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Old 08.03.2009, 10:41 PM   #1
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Event: David Browne in conversation with Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo
"To celebrate the paperback publication of David's "Goodbye 20th Century: A Biography of Sonic Youth""
What: Lecture
Host: David Browne
Start Time: Thursday, August 13 at 7:00pm
End Time: Thursday, August 13 at 8:00pm
Where: Barnes & Noble
Street:97 Warren Street
City/Town:New York, NY


 
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Old 08.04.2009, 10:06 AM   #2
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thanks. you know everything ab out sy!
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Old 08.13.2009, 09:50 AM   #3
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Old 08.13.2009, 09:10 PM   #4
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Thanks, Moshe! I just got back from this a while ago, and it was very interesting. It was mostly just David Browne and Lee talking on a variety of subjects, such as:

SY's longevity

How their songwriting process has become more efficient. Said they no longer live in proximity to each other and no longer spend weeks in the studio, just writing and writing like they used to. Said their new Hoboken studio is actually better than Murray Street.

How they generally write and record the music first and then assign songs to different people to sing.

Lee and his friends' ill-fated attempt to move into the East Village in 1979. They didn't last more than a day because the neighborhood was so scary. That was a funny story!

How NYC was such a draw in those days for artistic types. Said many visual artists, writers, etc ended up in bands because it was so much easier to get a gig playing music than to get yr writing published or paintings displayed in a gallery.

About an early management duo they worked with who wanted them to do all sorts of things in order to become more commercially successful. It didn't take long for them to realize SY wasn't cooperating, so they bailed.

Their tour with Neil Young and how much they admire him. He said that opening for a big name act like him almost always works out badly because the fans aren't there for you, and added (jokingly, perhaps) that they accepted the tour just so they could meet him. He discussed their disastrous attempt at an acoustic set at his Bridge School Benefit.

The fact that he has done work towards his solo record, but there's still more work to do.

The fact that I am his number one musical influence. (Maybe I just heard that part in my head.)

And other things I can't remember.
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Old 08.13.2009, 09:34 PM   #5
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The fact that he has done work towards his solo record, but there's still more work to do.
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

the long rumored singer songwriter type one?
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Old 08.14.2009, 01:53 AM   #6
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lee said he finds comfort in being in a band and creating work as a band that he's not compelled to finish working on his solo work at the moment. 8(

interesting story from the '04 bs benefit shows: lee said after the shows mccartney would visit sy in their dressing room and just hang out on the couch talking. paul even asked t + l about tunings! david browne said jim o joked that paul was probably just trying to get away from his wife. lol
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Old 08.14.2009, 02:03 AM   #7
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oh yeah. lee mentioned they reworked a song (starpower as moshe has revealed) for gossip girl. in the show they're playing at some couple's wedding. lee said he has no clue about the show but t + k are big fans.
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Old 08.14.2009, 02:20 AM   #8
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b'aw. it would be an amazing record though! get compelled lee!

ahahaha, macca.
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Old 08.14.2009, 03:46 AM   #9
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cheers for info! was the anyone with cam.? it might end up on youtube.
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Old 08.14.2009, 08:53 AM   #10
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yes thanks for the write up.
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Old 08.14.2009, 09:50 AM   #11
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i was really ticked i couldn't make that.

but oh well...at least i get to see thurston tonight!
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Old 08.14.2009, 09:52 AM   #12
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Old 08.14.2009, 10:09 AM   #13
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i was really ticked i couldn't make that.

but oh well...at least i get to see thurston tonight!
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Old 08.14.2009, 12:15 PM   #14
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Whoa. Macca. That's pretty groovy.
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