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Last night on Earth

This is the name of a new album by Lee Ronaldo and the Dust. It should probably be subtitled #firstworldproblems. It’s mostly based on Lee’s experiences of being in NYC during _super_storm Sandy. I’m sure a lot of people had their lives or lifestyles messed up by Sandy but I guess the point I’m trying to make is that it’s interesting to compare the effects that natural disasters have on different parts of the world. Rich places: tens of billions of dollars worth of damage and a few people dead, poor places: tens of thousands of people dead and a few hundred thousand dollars worth of damage.

Most of the lyrics are about the weather and being stuck inside, so I can dig that. I actually quite like the album. Enough to have bought it. I only found out about it through that way that ‘friend of a friend’ way that twitter works. I haven’t kept tabs on Sonic Youth since Washing Machine and I was pretty disappointed to hear that Kim and Thurston broke up under messy circumstances and in a way that makes it seem fairly unlikely that Sonic Youth will ever get back together. And so through twitter I saw a life performance vid of Kim’s solo project body/head. I don’t know if they’re stoners – maybe that’s what summer in Germany does to you. And Thurston’s off having an affair—so when I listened to Last Night on Eart I was pleasantly surprised to hear that Lee has basically inherited the Sonic Youth sound. I don’t know what went on with their last however many albums but there was really only one way to go and that was mellower. That’s how this album is and of course it didn’t hurt that Lee also inherited SY’s drummer, Steve Shelley. Kind of like after the Beatles broke up and Ringo ended up living in the guest house at John’s big-arse mansion. And there’s two other guys in there I don’t know who they are.

There are times when the lyrics or singing sound a tad lame, and this is where there is no Thurston or Kim but Ronaldo’s always been a great guitarist and there’s some characteristically sweet chord progressions in there. You can stream the album here

, , , , — YS @ 9:29 am, December 3, 2013

2 Comments

  1. #firstworldproblems – I recall reading on Twuntr about “kind people who put powerboards on leads outside their apartment buildings so that those without electricity could CHARGE THEIR MOBILE PHONES.’

    Holy Cow Ranaldo and Thurston are #33 and #34 on the Top 100 axemen of all time. I am impressed, since I must be able to name the first 32 myself – y’know Keef, Hendrix, Angus Young, Eddie van Halen, Alvin Lee, Rory Gallagher, both Pattie Boyd’s husbands … I think the Rolling Stone list compiler must have been unwell that day.

    Comment by Ann ODyne — December 3, 2013 @ 3:40 pm
  2. Ooo, interesting. Without looking I would guess also Ry Cooder, Johnny Marr, .. and a bunch of others that Rolling Stone predictably love.

    I used to think Thurston and Lee’s alternate tunings were super-revolutionary but when it comes down to it the end sound is pretty much the same as a regular-tuned guitar.

    Comment by YS — December 4, 2013 @ 6:55 am

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