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Old 05.21.2008, 04:37 PM   #1
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Sonic Youth Sets Track List For Starbucks Compilation


 


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Sonic Youth has finalized the track list for its compilation "Hits Are for Squares," due June 10 exclusively in Starbucks stores in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., as well as online.

In addition to the exclusive Sonic Youth track "Slow Revolution," the limited-edition CD features Sonic Youth songs, handpicked by Radiohead, Chloe Sevigny, Dave Eggers, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Beck, Flea, David Cross and other enthusiasts. Participants have also written about their selections for the liner notes.

"I guess, for some, Sonic Youth represents something that they don't really equate with Starbucks," Moore told Billboard last year. "But I kind of like the absurdity of it. Sonic Youth has always, in a way, made itself available to the super mainstream."

"In a way, Sonic Youth has a branded name," he continued. "People know the name, but not necessarily our music, which might be a little too outsider for some. And when they do hear a little something, it doesn't tell the whole story. I thought it would be interesting to have a CD available in a store like Starbucks where the casual consumer can sort of have access to [our music] more readily."

"From my experience nothing gets you going like putting on 'Teenage Riot' at full volume ... 0 to 60, standing still," Vedder writes of his choice. "Play it twice and you will have cleaned the house and shoveled the walk. In a car you'll find yourself doing 95 and getting pulled over before the first chorus."

Sonic Youth has a few shows lined up this summer, including a July 4 gig with the reunited Feelies at New York's Battery Park.

Here is the track list for "Hits Are for Squares:"

"Bull in the Heather," selected by Catherine Keener
"Sugar Kane," selected by Beck
"100%," selected by Mike D
"Kool Thing," selected by Radiohead
"Disappearer," selected by Portia De Rossi
"Superstar," selected by Diablo Cody
"Stones," selected by Allison Anders
"Tuff Gnarl," selected by Dave Eggers and Mike Watt
"Teenage Riot," selected by Eddie Vedder
"Shadow of a Doubt," selected by Michelle Williams
"Rain on Tin," selected by Flea
"Tom Violence," selected by Gus Van Zant
"Mary-Christ," selected by David Cross
"World Looks Red," selected by Chloe Sevigny
"Expressway to Yr Skull," selected by Flaming Lips
"Slow Revolution," exclusive new Sonic Youth recording
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Old 05.21.2008, 04:45 PM   #2
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I remember Eddie Vedder Playing "Teenage riot" back on the piarte radio days...Monkeywrench...

You could hear him drop the needle...


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http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/..._id=1003806843

Sonic Youth Sets Track List For Starbucks Compilation



 


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May 21, 2008, 4:40 PM ET



 

Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Sonic Youth has finalized the track list for its compilation "Hits Are for Squares," due June 10 exclusively in Starbucks stores in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., as well as online.

In addition to the exclusive Sonic Youth track "Slow Revolution," the limited-edition CD features Sonic Youth songs, handpicked by Radiohead, Chloe Sevigny, Dave Eggers, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Beck, Flea, David Cross and other enthusiasts. Participants have also written about their selections for the liner notes.

"I guess, for some, Sonic Youth represents something that they don't really equate with Starbucks," Moore told Billboard last year. "But I kind of like the absurdity of it. Sonic Youth has always, in a way, made itself available to the super mainstream."

"In a way, Sonic Youth has a branded name," he continued. "People know the name, but not necessarily our music, which might be a little too outsider for some. And when they do hear a little something, it doesn't tell the whole story. I thought it would be interesting to have a CD available in a store like Starbucks where the casual consumer can sort of have access to [our music] more readily."

"From my experience nothing gets you going like putting on 'Teenage Riot' at full volume ... 0 to 60, standing still," Vedder writes of his choice. "Play it twice and you will have cleaned the house and shoveled the walk. In a car you'll find yourself doing 95 and getting pulled over before the first chorus."

Sonic Youth has a few shows lined up this summer, including a July 4 gig with the reunited Feelies at New York's Battery Park.

Here is the track list for "Hits Are for Squares:"

"Bull in the Heather," selected by Catherine Keener
"Sugar Kane," selected by Beck
"100%," selected by Mike D
"Kool Thing," selected by Radiohead
"Disappearer," selected by Portia De Rossi
"Superstar," selected by Diablo Cody
"Stones," selected by Allison Anders
"Tuff Gnarl," selected by Dave Eggers and Mike Watt
"Teenage Riot," selected by Eddie Vedder
"Shadow of a Doubt," selected by Michelle Williams
"Rain on Tin," selected by Flea
"Tom Violence," selected by Gus Van Zant
"Mary-Christ," selected by David Cross
"World Looks Red," selected by Chloe Sevigny
"Expressway to Yr Skull," selected by Flaming Lips
"Slow Revolution," exclusive new Sonic Youth recording
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Old 05.21.2008, 04:59 PM   #3
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Ha, Radiohead are there are chose Kool Thing? I guess that makes sense in a similar way to The Bends like Just or something.

And I'm glad Flaming Lips are doing an EVOL song
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oooh diablo picked superstar....way to go out on a limb there.
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Old 05.21.2008, 06:14 PM   #5
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You always do it up so right...thanks for the freshie, freshy fresh (Moshe).
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Old 05.21.2008, 06:56 PM   #6
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Me and Beck have the same favourite SY song.

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Old 05.21.2008, 07:27 PM   #7
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"Rain on Tin," selected by Flea

????????????
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Old 05.21.2008, 07:31 PM   #8
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"Rain on Tin," selected by Flea

????????????

He's into musical wanking, isn't he? Rain On Tin comes close to it.
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Yeah, you must be right, Danny. I'm also surprised he knows this song/this band...
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Old 05.21.2008, 08:25 PM   #10
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Heh, I remember seeing Flea at the side of the stage for the Mike Watt,
Stereolab and SY performances at ATP LA 6 years ago. Why wouldn't he
know about them? They've only been making music for several hundred
years.
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Heh, I remember seeing Flea at the side of the stage for the Mike Watt,
Stereolab and SY performances at ATP LA 6 years ago. Why wouldn't he
know about them? They've only been making music for several hundred
years.

hell yeah, i was talking to flea outside right before the secondmen came on!
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happy to see some confirmation on whats up with this,after moshe had posted that starbucks cut back their music thingee considerably i didn't think this might make it..thanks again moshe,i had asked about it on the other "HITS" thread but it went kooky...i wrote starbucks this morning and got an almost instant reply with this
Thank you for your interest in Starbucks Entertainment.
The Sonic Youth Compilation will be available in certain markets on
6/10.
You may purchase the release through our website on the morning of
release.
http://www.hearmusic.com groovey
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Old 05.21.2008, 09:59 PM   #13
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Hurray! Thanks for the info (and new thread), Moshe! There are some surprising choices...

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"Bull in the Heather," selected by Catherine Keener
"Disappearer," selected by Portia De Rossi
"Shadow of a Doubt," selected by Michelle Williams
"World Looks Red," selected by Chloe Sevigny

Four great, but challenging songs picked by 4 actresses. Interesting!

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"Sugar Kane," selected by Beck
"100%," selected by Mike D
"Kool Thing," selected by Radiohead

While it's also interesting that this group basically selected the band's biggest singles. (I guess yes, "Bull" and "Disappearer" were singles, but not on the scale as these 3) Really? Radiohead chose "Kool Thing"? I mean.. I don't actually listen to Radiohead but I would've pegged them for a more adventurous pick, no? Alright... I love "Sugar Kane", but surprised it was Beck's pick.

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"Teenage Riot," selected by Eddie Vedder
"Rain on Tin," selected by Flea
"Stones," selected by Allison Anders
"Superstar," selected by Diablo Cody
"Expressway to Yr Skull," selected by Flaming Lips

Right on, these are great songs that give a fine recorded representation of the band's many sounds.

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"Tuff Gnarl," selected by Dave Eggers and Mike Watt

Ha! "World Looks Red" is still weirder though.

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"Tom Violence," selected by Gus Van Zant
"Mary-Christ," selected by David Cross

These are just bizarre. But okay! Can't wait to see who picked a Lee song...



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Hurray! What we're all anticipating the most. And it's right around the corner!
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Old 05.21.2008, 10:14 PM   #14
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hell yeah, i was talking to flea outside right before the secondmen came on!

Blood Sugar Sex Magic is dedicated to Mike Watt. It says so in the liner notes. And Good Time Boys (another Chili Peppers song) mentions fIREHOSE by name.
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Moshe. Whoa, yeah!

Oh. Excellent. Interesting that Kim, T-M, LR, and Mr. Shelley couldn't get any professionals, African-American names, professors, technicians, designers into the new thing at STARBUCKS
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Old 05.21.2008, 11:30 PM   #16
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Okay, I might have taken this a bit far...but the new track is 10 minutes or less. Which is okay. I'm interested to hear how it sounds.
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Old 05.21.2008, 11:49 PM   #17
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did I mention that Slow Revolution has Kim vox?
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This "Celebrety selection" thing is so fake.

Yeah, sure, they honestly asked each of these artists to pick their favorite SY song, and amazingly it came out with a list of their most popular singles (yeah, with "Tuff Gnarl" in place of "Schizophrenia", but that's the only exception!) Hmm, could it be that the A&R team who put this together spoke to the managers of these acts and asked if their names could be associated with these particular songs? I believe the write-ups came from the real artists (after their songs were assigned to them), and maybe Watt even demanded to at least get to pick another song from Sister besides the single, but overall the whole thing is obviously completely put together.

Good songs? Sure. The ones the label always got most behind like every other greatest hits album ever.
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Old 05.22.2008, 01:26 AM   #19
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That song selection is kinda... meh...

I'll pick it up for the new track though.
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