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Old 09.10.2015, 10:42 PM   #1
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Please disregard this thread if you are not absolutely in love with Experimental Jet Set, Trash, and No Star.

When I was a teenager my sister somehow got a hold of this album and when she played it, it absolutely blew me away.

A year or so ago I decided that my life would obviously be better if I added some more Sonic Youth to it. So I picked up two albums: Daydream Nation and Dirty.

However, after listening numerous times to ensure I've given them a decent chance, I didn't like a damn song on either of those albums.

So that brings me here, to ask you for your help. Where can I find the magic of Experimental Jet Set, Trash, and No Star? Does that magic exist on any of the other Sonic Youth albums, or did Sonic Youth just decide to cram it all on that particular album?

Thanks!
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Old 09.10.2015, 11:07 PM   #2
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You're trolling us right? A thread about the universally least liked SY album and saying you didn't like a single song from one of the universally recognized best SY albums and another definitely great one? ill admit that recently i reassessed EJSTNS and i realized its better than i ever thought, i almost ranked it above Goo once.... but really??
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Old 09.10.2015, 11:28 PM   #3
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You're trolling us right? A thread about the universally least liked SY album and saying you didn't like a single song from one of the universally recognized best SY albums and another definitely great one? ill admit that recently i reassessed EJSTNS and i realized its better than i ever thought, i almost ranked it above Goo once.... but really??

Thanks for the feedback but I'd prefer to hear from someone with (apparently oddball) tastes more similar to my own.
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Old 09.11.2015, 12:24 AM   #4
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Old 09.11.2015, 02:17 AM   #5
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You might find something of interest on Washing Machine or maybe Made in USA but ExpJetSet's style is kind of unique in the SY catalogue. I love ExpJetSet, and think it gets an unfair rap, it's a beautiful and unusual record. Rather Ripped is clearly SY's worst album, and by a long way.
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Old 09.11.2015, 02:28 AM   #6
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Also maybe their self titled album (as in check it out, it's awesome and also kind of different to SY's other stuff)
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Well, I love both experimental & RR even Experimental is the least favourite also to me. I think you should try GOO, RR & Eternal because along with experimental, DDN & Dirty theyīre most straightforward SY-records. But of course itīs possible you donīt like those too.
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Well, Nurse also didnīt have much more experimentalism as experimental. And of course Sister rocks as hell!
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Old 09.11.2015, 11:26 AM   #9
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Try Thurston's Psychic Hearts album from the same era/studio.
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Please disregard this thread if you are not absolutely in love with Experimental Jet Set, Trash, and No Star.

When I was a teenager my sister somehow got a hold of this album and when she played it, it absolutely blew me away.

A year or so ago I decided that my life would obviously be better if I added some more Sonic Youth to it. So I picked up two albums: Daydream Nation and Dirty.

However, after listening numerous times to ensure I've given them a decent chance, I didn't like a damn song on either of those albums.

So that brings me here, to ask you for your help. Where can I find the magic of Experimental Jet Set, Trash, and No Star? Does that magic exist on any of the other Sonic Youth albums, or did Sonic Youth just decide to cram it all on that particular album?

Thanks!

do you have EJSTANS demos?
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Try Thurston's Psychic Hearts album from the same era/studio.
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Old 09.11.2015, 02:49 PM   #11
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Old 09.11.2015, 06:18 PM   #13
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Psychic Hearts sounds like one third of an SY album
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Old 09.11.2015, 11:24 PM   #14
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Rather Ripped is also a killer album. fuck 'em. if it came out in the late 80's people would love it. cliché saying, I know. it's not them evolving or going backwards, it's just SY. sweet sliding grooves on that one too.

highlights: Jams Run Free, Pink Steam. c'mon.
Rather Ripped is a kick ass record and fun tour
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Old 09.12.2015, 08:04 AM   #15
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Psychic Hearts is not a bad album. it's got some good grooves on there.
Yea, Psychic is ok album.
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btw,

with all the other great tracks you posted, did you forget to add "Sympathy for the Strawberry" by accident or something?

no harm!,............ just saying everyone should check out this track too.

No I didn't forget it, I thought about including it but then decided it might be a bit jammy and sprawling considering (what I imagine to be) the OPs tastes.
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Psychic Hearts isn't that bad, it just isn't that good either
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Well, I think like Chris if someone likes Experimental, he might like Psychic even itīs not as great as Experimental. Also if one likes the sounds of Experimental, he might like Sister because they are made in the same studio and have quite same sounds (RR also, but I think itīs sounds are more modern).

The songs you Toilet put here are of course really great, but many of them have quite different vibes as in Experimental.
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Old 09.13.2015, 11:12 AM   #19
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Maybe NYC Ghosts & Flowers, as it is also a strange detour of an album like Jet Set is, though it is very different from Jet Set.
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exp jet set is one of my favorites as well.. i would suggest washing machine and a thousand leaves, though neither of those albums are so packed with details as EJSTNS is.. the songs are more long-form, but there are similar vibes here and there. check "no queen blues," "saucer like," and the title track from washing machine.

a thousand leaves is possibly 'softer', but it contains a lot of raw, weird and delicate elements.. it's a beautiful, inconsistent recording. there's variety to it.
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