Sonic Youth Prepping B-Sides and Rarities

Geffen will on Dec. 12 release "The Destroyed Room: B-Sides and Rarities," which will fulfill Sonic Youth’s contract with the label. Kim Gordon says Thurston Moore and guitarist Lee Ranaldo have been in charge of the project, which will feature a blend of tracks from vinyl singles, compilations and international releases as well as material seeing the light of day for the first time.

Asked if Sonic Youth would consider re-signing with the label for which it has recorded since 1990, Gordon says, "I don’t really think they want us to stay. They fired a few key people working on [the band’s 2006 album ‘Rather Ripped’] a week before it came out. Our A&R person — he worked on our last record with us, and that was the first time we had an A&R person in five years, but we liked him. Also a marketing person who had really good ideas. So, I don’t know."

Gordon is also unsure if a potential move away from Geffen would affect the planned expanded reissue of Sonic Youth’s landmark 1988 album "Daydream Nation," which is thought to be in the Universal Music Enterprises pipeline.

For now, Sonic Youth will focus on touring, beginning Dec. 8 with the Nightmare Before Christmas festival in England, which Moore is curating. Visits to South America, Japan and China are in the planning stages for next year, and Gordon reports that Moore is working on material for his next solo album.

Source Billboard

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