Sonic Youth: 30 Years of Daydream Nation

Sonic Youth: 30 Years of Daydream Nation

A FILM BY: Charles Atlas, Steve Shelley, Lance Bangs
STARRING: Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon, Lee Ranaldo, Steve Shelley

***Thurston Moore, Steve Shelley, and Sonic Youth Archivist Aaron Mullan in person for a post-film Q&A | One Night Only***

Sonic Youth released their sixth album Daydream Nation on October 18,1988. The album was an immediate critical success. Robert Palmer wrote in Rolling Stone that it "presents the definitive American guitar band of the Eighties at the height of its powers and prescience". Time has not dimmed the album's lustre: It was selected to the Library of Congress's National Recording Registry in 2005, and in 2013 Consequence of Sound declared "the record simply rules."

In celebration of the album's 30th anniversary, Sonic Youth, in conjunction with the Music Box Theatre and SY archivist Aaron Mullan, will present a program of Daydream Nation-related films on November 11. The rarely-screened 1989 documentary Put Blood in the Music will be shown in a new restoration. Rare and unseen gems from the band's archive, plus excerpts from Lance Bangs's new concert Daydream Nation concert film from Glasgow 2007 will round out the bill.


Put Blood in the Music - 1989, Dir. Charles Atlas (SY Edit)Put Blood in the Music is a unique documentary on the downtown New York music scene. In a collage of music, performance and commentary, Atlas captures the energy and pluralism that characterize this urban milieu. Reflecting the eclecticism of his subject, Atlas re-structures the conventional "talking head" format to allow a fragmented, fast-paced compendium of voices and sounds. Screening here is the Sonic Youth-centric portion of the film.

Sonic Youth Archives: Steve Shelley, "Through the years and as the times changed we recorded our live shows as often as we could afford to on cassettes, dats, cdrs and when possible on multi-track recorders and videotape. We collected fan-generated audience tapes, shady bootlegs and anything we could get our hands on. We now maintain an archive of hundreds of hours of Sonic Youth concerts and we're starting to share some of our favorites (often from the best uncirculated source possible)."

Daydream Nation - 2018, Dir. Lance Bangs: Lance Bangs's new Sonic Youth concert film "Daydream Nation" presents the band performing the titular double album in Glasgow on August 21st and 22, 2007. Bangs blends HD footage shot in Glasgow with fragments of personal Super8mm and 16mm from his archives of Sonic Youth over the decades.

Sonic Youth performed "Daydream Nation" in its entirety less than 20 times during a 2007 tour, often at festivals or outdoor venues. This document captures one of the few indoor club performances; a setting SY member Thurston Moore always claimed was the type of venue for which the songs were written. Glasgow had been a great city for the band's tours, and the live sets shown in the film received a 5 star review in the Guardian.

"Daydream Nation" the film features multitrack audio of this material with a fidelity beyond any 1980's documents, and offers a performance of this material by musicians who are simply more experienced and more adept with their instruments. The joy of the band and the audience are a sight to behold; the band and the fans joined together in celebration of this landmark album.

 

 

Technical Information

Production Year: 2018
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 90 mins
Format: DCP