Arts Good Moon Rising
Their little brothers in Nirvana may have made it in first, but Sonic Youth can now claim the honor of being included in the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry. More specifically, their 1988 masterwork, Daydream Nation, has met the Library’s criteria as a recording that is ” culturally, historically or aesthetically important, and/or inform(s) or reflect(s) life in the United States.”
In addition to this simply being a well-deserved notice, just reading the announcement from the Library of Congress is a delight:
“Pioneer members of New York City’s clangorous early 1980s No Wave scene, Sonic Youth are renowned for a glorious form of noise-based chaos. Guitarists Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo had previously performed with Glenn Branca’s large guitar ensembles, and their alternative guitar tunings and ringing harmonies attest to this apprenticeship. On Daydream Nation, their third album, the group’s forays into outright noise always return to melodic songs that employ hypnotic arpeggios, driving punk rock rhythmic figures and furious gales of guitar-based noise. Bassist Kim Gordon’s haunting vocals and edgy lyrics add additional depth to the numbers she sings.”.
Kool things, indeed.