Sonic Youth Vinyl, CD & tapes by Sonic Youth at Norman Records

It would be extremely incorrect to narrow Sonic Youth down to just their classics, but let's start there for now and see how it goes. Noise rock exists in part because Sister does; because Daydream Nation does; because EVOL does. Three recor...read more »

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Thurston Moore
Pollination / Leave Me Alone

Having made a name for himself in NYC rock outfit Sonic Youth, Thurston Moore returns under his solo guise with this enthralling cover of New Order's 'Pollination / Leave Me Alone'. Recorded in Salford ('the only place he would dare to cover a New Order song') Moore here pays homage to his idols with a fresh take on the track.
  • Vinyl 7" (DLS07)
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Thurston Moore
Trees Outside The Academy (Remastered)

Trees Outside the Academy was Sonic Youth founder Thurston Moore’s second solo album. It was originally released in 2007. His only previous solo album, Psychic Hearts, came 13 years earlier. The songs on this album are mainly based on acoustic guitar, backed by fellow Sonic Youth member Steve Shelley on drums and Samara Lubelski, who has played with MV/EE, on violin. 

Jay Reatard / Sonic Youth
Hang Them All / No Garage

This split single by Jay Reatard and Sonic Youth was originally released back in 2009. It was a time before Jay Reatard's tragic passing and Sonic Youth were still together as a band. The 7” features 'Hang Them All' by Jay Reatard and 'No Garage' by Sonic Youth, who for the original release called themselves Sonik-Youth. 
  • Vinyl 7" (OLE864S)
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Thurston Moore
By The Fire

Featuring Debbie Googe of My Bloody Valentine on bass and backing vocals and his erstwhile Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley doing some of the drum parts, By The Fire is alternative rock icon Thurston Moore’s seventh solo album. Completed in the short gap between his band’s tour of Europe and the coronavirus lockdown, it’s one of his most focussed solo efforts yet. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (DLS10)
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  • Vinyl Double LP (DLS10B)
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Kim Gordon
No Home Record

A new solo record from the iconoclastic Kim Gordon, co-founder of Sonic Youth and an acclaimed solo artist since their demise. No Home Record is preoccupied with the feelings of transience and displacement - both physical and spiritual - that go hand-in-hand with modern existence, and consists of nine tracks of exploratory alternative rock.

Sonic Youth
Battery Park, NYC: July 4th 2008

Hear Sonic Youth  in the twilight of their great and mighty career, performing live at New York’s Battery Park on the Fourth of July 2008 (USA! USA!). This storming and comprehensive live recording was previously only available with special pre-orders of The Eternal, but is now readily available, and on tasty vinyl too, Thanks Matador.
  • Vinyl LP (OLE1472LP)
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Sonic Youth
Sonic Nurse

The 2004 statement by Sonic Youth, Sonic Nurse, is a late gem in the catalogue, mining that rich seam in between lush indie rock melodicism and searing guitar noise like no-one else ever quite could. Sonic Nurse is the second album for which Jim O’Rourke was an official member of the band, and the presence of Jim is always, always a good thing. Universal reissue.

Thurston Moore
Spring Swell / Leave Me Alone

Thurston Moore is releasing three 7” singles. Each will contain moments from his lives shows in 2019. They will also see the former Sonic Youth man discover his inner Manc by including a cover of a New Order song on each single, which he recorded in Salford. Spring Swell /Leave Me Alone is released through Daydream Library and includes an 8-page zine.
  • Vinyl 7" (DLS08)
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Thurston Moore
Three Graces / Leave Me Alone

Former Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore is releasing three seven inch singles. Each will include live track from 2019 live shows and a New Order cover on the B-side, which Moore and his band recorded in Salford. Three Graces / Leave Me Alone is released on Daydream Library and comes with an 8-page zine.

Sonic Youth
The Destroyed Room: B-Sides and Rarities

The Destroyed Room does exactly what its subtitle declares and collects together Sonic Youth's B sides and rarities onto one hodge-podge but neatly collected album. It focusses on the band's Geffen years with flip sides to all their singles on that imprint plus compilation tracks, Japanese bonus things and a couple of unreleased treats.  

Thurston Moore
Spirit Counsel

Spirit Counsel by Thruston Moore is a 3 CD box set containing instrumental pieces that he’s recorded over the last year or so. The pieces are reflective and meditative. Moore takes inspiration from Alice Coltrane, Glenn Branca and Sun Ra. Among the musicians appearing on the recordings are Deb Googe (My Bloody Valentine) and David Toop.

Lee Ranaldo
Electric Trim Live At Rough Trade East

Ex-Sonic Youth man Lee Ranaldo has announced a new live album! Electric Trim Live At Rough Trade East was recorded solo at the intimate setting of the popular East London record shop, on the first date of the UK leg of his Electric Trim tour. Performed excitingly 'just-as-he-wanted-them-to-be', the songs in this set are fresh and stripped-back of arrangements, pared down to the simplicity and sturdiness of the structures and the songs themselves. LP on Mute, with a download included for 2 bonus tracks.

Sonic Youth
NYC Ghosts & Flowers

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Sonic Youth
Washing Machine

A return to in-print and on-vinyl status for a few Sonic Youth albums. 1995’s Washing Machine contains examples of the band in weirded 60’s girl-group mode (‘Little Trouble Girl’), as well as ‘The Diamond Sea’, the only 20+ minute, whole-side noise jams ever to make it to a ‘proper’ Sonic Youth studio album. Double LP reissue.

Thurston Moore
Klangfarbenmelodie.. And The Colorist Strikes Primitiv

Klangfarbenmelodie….And The Colourist Strikes Primitiv by Thurston Moore was originally released in the same year as his Psychic Hearts album. In the Sonic Youth timeline that’s in between Washing Machine and A Thousand Leaves. It’s also in a time before people read Kim Gordon’s Biography…..Anyway, what we have here is a reissue, on vinyl for the first time, of Thurston Moore's vicious noise-rock set recorded with free jazz drummer Tom Surgal. It was originally released by Corpus Hermeticum, a label owned by Bruce Russell from The Dead C. Russell edited the recording for this release and contributes new liner notes. Heavyweight white vinyl on Glass Modern.

Sonic Youth
Murray Street

'Murray Street' is the go to album for a 2000s era Sonic Youth record. Here the alternative rock legends balance their melodic ear with their formless tendencies. Avant-rock staple Jim O'Rourke joined the band as their official fifth member, adding twinkling electronics and sprawling textures to their sound.

Thurston Moore
Mx Liberty / Panik

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Sonic Youth
Spinhead Sessions

Here is the sound of Sonic Youth when they were still a very young band (check out the group photo on the sleeve!), rehearsing in 1986. Spinhead Sessions has the band breaking away from the rock and post-punk parts of their early sound, instead pressing into semi-abstract guitar-haze… Never previously released, Spinhead Sessions is now out in the world, courtesy of Goofin’.

Sonic Youth
The Diamond Sea

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Sonic Youth Su Tim Barnes
Koncertas Stan Brakhage Prisiminimui

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Lee Ranaldo
Electric Trim

Ranaldo is often seen as second fiddle to Thurston Moore's sonic experimentation but is still loved by obsessive Sonic Youth fans around the world, 'Electric Trim' is the follow up to 2013's more song based 'Last Night On Earth' and is a collaboration with producer Raül ‘Refree’ Fernandez and a host of live players including Sharon Van Etten, Kid Millions, Wilco's Nels Cline and of course long time friend and SY bandmate Steve Shelley.

Thurston Moore
Rock n Roll Consciousness

Thurston Moore has kept himself very busy since Sonic Youth disbanded in 2011, working with numerous small projects, playing with countless collaborators and running Ecstatic Peace. Rock n Roll Consciousness is his first properly distributed full length for a while, and flutters between avant-garde, no-wave and poetic pop. A warm and engrossing oddity.

Sonic Youth
Hits Are For Squares

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Sonic Youth
Slaapkamers Met Slagroom

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Sonic Youth
Daydream Nation

Is there a finer stamp of approval than your album appearing in a pre-millennium episode of the Simpsons? Sonic Youth’s Daydream Nation, is one of the American indie underground’s epics, and was their last before signing to a major label (take from that what you will). LP box set comes with live versions, covers, and a booklet with previously unpublished photos.

Sonic Youth
Master-Dik

Master-Dik is one an early piece of the Sonic Youth puzzle, an EP released the year before their Daydream Nation. As well as the title track, this collection includes a scrappy series of short tracks that span beatboxing, sound collage, and covers of The Ramones and The Beatles. Peculiar stuff, reissued by the Goofin’ label.

Sun City Girls, Sonic Youth, Various
Not The Spaces You Know, But Between Them

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Sonic Youth
Anagrama


  • Vinyl 12" (SYR1-12)
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Sonic Youth
Teenage Riot

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Various, Sonic Youth, Sunn 0))), Bonnie Prince Billy, Etc
Does Your Cat Know My Dog

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Sonic Youth
Bad Moon Rising

Bad Moon Rising was only the second record for these presidents of noise rock, and saw a reverence for classic rock and all its idealism hit a brick wall of distortion an disdain. Sonic Youth made feedback the new pop music, and this record helped them on their way to that very reasoned idea: this is a piece of accessible dissonance.

Ciccone Youth
The Whitey Album

The Whitey Album by Ciccone Youth is an album that was recorded in 1988 by Sonic Youth with Mike Watt and Greg Ginn. The album features infamous cover versions of Madonna’s Into The Groove, known here as Into The Groovey and Robert Palmer’s Addicted To Love. The band’s name is taken from Madonna’s surname. The Whitey Album is available on vinyl LP and CD.

Various (Beck, Sonic Youth, Pavement et al)
At Home With The Groovebox

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Sonic Youth
Simon Werner A Disparu

Though Sonic Youth became a more dependable straight down the line noise machine in the latter part of their career, they continued to make more out-there music on the side that harked back to their more experimental roots. Simon Werner A Disparu is a soundtrack for the titular film by Fabrice Gobert and is an all-instrumental affair constructed from improvisations the band performed after watching the film sans soundtrack. 

Sonic Youth
Sister

Goofin’ records repress Sonic Youth’s art-rock masterwork Sister, and they’ve even included a download with the vinyl LP. On their fifth album the band’s dissonant no-wave drones are as heavy as ever, but they’re tied to sharper songwriting and thoughtful band dynamics.

Various (Sonic Youth, Mogwai, Shellac etc.)
All Tomorrow's Parties

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Sonic Youth
Dirty

Sonic Youth's seventh album 'Dirty' was released in 1992 at the height of the grunge movements powers. The NY noise rockers were one of the most influential to the muddy rock scene, so it made sense they'd soak up a heap of influences from the groups they were touring with at the time. 'Dirty' is packed full of catchy alternative rock tunes, complete with their avant-rock guitar theatrics and super-cool vocal deliveries of Kim, Thurston and Lee. Some will say this is 'pop' Sonic Youth, but the tunes like 'Sugar Kane', '100%', 'JC' and 'Youth Against Fascism' make this irresistible record an ideal starting point into Sonic Youth's unique take on guitar music.
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Sonic Youth
A Thousand Leaves

One of the more experimental records from later on Sonic Youth, there's still plenty of tunes to be had at. It even topped The Wire's records of the year back in 1998! 'A Thousand Leaves' is full of psychedelic suites, dissonant riffing, feedback collages and the ultra-cool delivery of three of their four members. Includes the well-known piece 'Sunday'.

Mudhoney / Sonic Youth
Live In Hollywood

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Sonic Youth
Evol

Sonic Youth’s Evol is their third album from 1986 and as the title may hint towards, Evol is the album which sees Sonic Youth evolve into a rockier sound which always reminds me a bit of The Doors, as the sound swells from crashing guitar into murky drums effortlessly. Available on vinyl or CD. CD comes with an additional track which also comes with the vinyl’s download code.   
  • Vinyl LP (GOO019LP)
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Sonic Youth, Stereolab, Dead C, Boredoms, Various
Sonic Youth Presents All Tomorrows Parties 1.1

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Sonic Youth
Confusion is Sex

Your favourite uncle of noise rock, ok, maybe more like wisen parents, Sonic Youth’s 1983 album Confusion Is Sex is a dark backwards step into their more primitive state. Noisy, disjointed and clanky as hell. Guitars being destroyed for your listening pleasure. Repressed by Goofin’, good work guys. Yes. Just Yes.

Sonic Youth / Erase Errata
Buddy Series Vol. #1

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Various (Electrelane, Sonic Youth, Explosions in the Sky, Times New Viking etc. etc.)
The Art of Touring

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Sonic Youth
Silver Session

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Sonic Youth / Jim O'Rourke
Invito Al Ĉielo

Invito Al Cielo By Sonic Youth and Jim O’Rourke is the third in a series of experimental albums by Sonic Youth released on their own SYR label. It was also the first time that the legendary New Yorkers would collaborate with O’Rourke. O’Rourke subsequently joined the band for their Murray Street album. The title is Esperanto and translates as An Invitation to Heaven.

Sonic Youth
Death Valley '69

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Sonic Youth
Helen Lundeburg/ Eyeliner

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Sonic Youth
Rather Ripped

And yea, verily, ‘twas a rather ripped time in the kingdom. ‘Rather Ripped’ is regarded by many as Sonic Youth's late-period masterpiece. First released in 2006, this was the group’s first record without Jim O'Rourke since he’d joined the band in the late-90s. Shrinking to a four-piece allowed Sonic Youth to refocus their sound, and the result is an album of taut, grungey alternativa that can stand up to the likes of ‘Daydream Nation’, ‘Goo’ and ‘Dirty’.

Sonic Youth
Youth Against Fascism

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Sonic Youth
Master=Dik / Beat On The Brat

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Sonic Youth, Deerhoof, Daniel Johnston, Various
All Tomorrows Parties 3.1 Curated By Matt Groening

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Sonic Youth
Sonic Youth

Once again available on CD, with bonus live tracks and studio outtake "Where The Red Fern Grows". The self-titled 1982 debut from Sonic Youth witnesses the legendary NYC noiseniks in embryonic form, more sparse than later manifestations and occasionally bearing a resemblance to the dubby, bass-heavy post-punk of Public Image Ltd as much as no-wave peers such as DNA and Teenage Jesus & The Jerks. Originally released via Glenn Branca’s Neutral label, the recordings feature Richard Edson on drums and form a crucial document of a band whose aesthetic was still in its early stages.

Sonic Youth
The Destroyed Room

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Sonic Youth, Big Black, Dinosaur Jr, Various
The Devils Jukebox

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Sonic Youth
The Eternal

From the crunch and screech of opening number ‘Sacred Trickster’ you know that Sonic Youth are not messing around on ‘The Eternal’. Their fifteenth and final LP, this 2009 set sees the more considered sound of 2006’s ‘Rather Ripped’ exchanged for some of the meatiest riffage that Sonic Youth delivered at any point in their career (well, their later career at least). Grinding yet melodic, ‘The Eternal’ is a parting throwdown to all the young pretenders who had come out in the band’s wake.

Thurston Moore & Tom Surgal
Not Me

Erstwhile guitar-noise practitioner and former Sonic Youth guy Thurston Moore teams up with Tom Surgal and his drum kit for this 1996 free-improv session. The two duck and weave around each other, generating sizzling electro-crackle atmospheres for all the family. This reissue of Not Me comes with new liner notes in a replica of the original LP sleeve, and is limited to 500 copies. On Fourth Dimension.

V/A (Sonic Youth, Rapeman, Big Black, Dinosaur Jr, UT etc)
Blast First - Nothing Short Of Total War (Part One)

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Sonic Youth/ Laughing Hyenas/ Gumball/ These Immortal Souls
Split

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Mudhoney / Sonic Youth
Touch Me I'm Sick / Halloween

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Sonic Youth
Goodbye 20th Century

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Sonic Youth
J’Accuse Ted Hughes

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Sonic Youth, Swans, Live Skull, Various
Speed Trials

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Sonic Youth, Swans, Live Skull, Various
Plow!

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Sonic Youth
Made in USA

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Sonic Youth
Providence (Stereo and mono)

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Sonic Youth/ ICP/ The Ex
In the Fishtank

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Bloc Party, Sonic Youth, Various
Rough Trade Counter Culture 2004

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Sonic Youth/ Yamatsuka Eye (Boredoms)
TV Shit

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Sonic Youth
Goo

A return to in-print and on-vinyl status for a few Sonic Youth albums. 1990’s Goo was considered to be their most accessible album to date: it does after all contain the popular tunes ‘Dirty Boots’ and ‘Kool Thing’, virtually pop hits for Sonic Youth. LP reissue on Universal / Back To Black, with a variation on that great Topshop T-shirt design as sleeve art!

Sonic Youth/ The Ex
In The Fishtank

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Sonic Youth
100%

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Sonic Youth
Screaming Fields Of Sonic Love

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Various (Sonic Youth, Philip Jeck, Angus Maclise, John Cage etc.)
An Anthology Of Noise & Electronic Music Vol. 1

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Sonic Youth/ Mats Gustafsson
Hidros 3

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Sonic Youth, Calexico, Cat Power, Various
You Can never Go Fast Enough

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Sonic Youth
Hold That Tiger

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