The Catalyst

The Thurston Moore Band

numbskullshows.com presents: Live in The Atrium

The Thurston Moore Band

Sebadoh

Wed, October 8, 2014

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

The Catalyst

Santa Cruz, CA

$18 in advance / $20 at the door

Off Sale

This event is 16 and over

The Thurston Moore Band
The Thurston Moore Band
Thurston Moore has been at the forefront of the alternative rock scene since that particular sobriquet was first used to signify any music that challenged and defied the mainstream standard. He is the founder and ringleader of Sonic Youth, the band that turned on an entire generation to the value of experimentation in rock n' roll – from it's inspiration to a nascent Nirvana to the their own Daydream Nation recording being chosen by the USA Library of Congress for historical preservation in the National Recording Registry in 2006.

Thurston records and performs in a cavalcade of disciplines from free improvisation to acoustic composition to black/white metal/noise disruption. Along with his musical world he is involved with publishing and poetry, teaching writing annually at Naropa University, Boulder CO, a school founded by Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman in 1974.

The Best Day is the first solo record since Thurston's Demolished Thoughts (2010) with both the dynamism of thrashing electric guitars and blissful 12-string acoustic ballads. Most of the tracks feature Thurston's current London-centric line up of James Sedwards (guitars), Deb Googe (of My Bloody Valentine, bass) and Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth, drums). A few tracks feature all instrumentation by TM and a few others were recorded in the USA during 2012-13 before TM's relocation to London England.

It is a record defined by positivity and radical love. The songs range from the opener "Speak to the Wild", an almost Crazy Horse influenced paean to anti-authority and activism, to the closing contemplation of new world discoveries as investigated on "Rosetta", titled after the spaceship launched to scan the galaxies and which recently 'pinged' back affirmative light.

The Best Day is a new and exhilarating chapter for Thurston, and promises to be a creative highpoint for anyone interested in his legacy of avant-garde music and writing, as strong a statement as anything he has delivered post-Sonic Youth – serious and precocious and strangely accessible.
Sebadoh
Sebadoh
After leaving Dinosaur Jr, (a band he reunited with in 2005), Lou Barlow teamed up in his pal Eric Gaffney in 1988 with the plan to make lo-fi four-track recordings, under the name Sebadoh.The duo made two albums, Weed Forestin and The Freed Man, and released both on cassette, and released Sebadoh III in 1991.

Songs on that album were written by Barlow, Gaffney and a new recruit, bassist Jason Loewenstein. In 1993, Eric left and was replaced by drummer and friend Bob Fay, for two albums, Bakesale and Harmacy.

In 2004, Lou and Jason embarked on the "Turbo Acoustic" tour, but in 2007, the three original members of Sebadoh – Eric, Lou and Jason - reunited to play the "Classix" and performing together for the first time in 14 years across dates in the US, Canada and Europe. The setlist drew from a number of tracks off of their classic early-90s discs including III, Smash Your Head on the Punk Rock and the then-reissue of Bubble and Scrape.

In 2011, Jason and Lou set out on a world tour to support the re-issue of Sebadoh's 1994 album, Bakesale (the band's acclaimed fifth full-length album). Remastered and re-released by SubPop in North America, and Domino Records in the UK, the deluxe version of Bakesale comes filled with b-sides, EP tracks and rareties, plus photos and liner notes by Lou and Jason. There's also a grey-marble vinyl version. The band also embarked on the "Bakesale/Harmacy Remembering Time Tour", joined by drummer Bob D'Amico, who has played with Jason as part of the Friendly Fires and Circle of Buzzards.

In 2012, after disembarking from the Weezer Cruise that took place in January on a ship that sailed between Miami and Mexico, Sebadoh began work on the band's first new music in 14 years. Recording in several batches at Lou's rehearsal spot, Jason, Bob and Lou plan to release an EP of new songs in August to support a Sebadoh/Circle of Buzzards/Lou Barlow solo East coast tour. The EP will also be made available for download and a full new album will be issued in the new year.
Venue Information:
The Catalyst
1011 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA, 95060
http://www.catalystclub.com/