mp3: Sonic Youth Give Us A Free Mix-Tape.
Bands are supplying motion picture soundtracks left right and centre, with Brooklyn folk-rocksters Grizzly Bear recently writing a luscious score to accompany the critically acclaimed and emotionally gripping Blue Valentine (2010). Sonic Youth will offer a few tracks to the French thriller-drama “Simon Werner a Disparu“.
The soundtrack will be released in 2011 as the next edition of the SYR series, SYR9: Simon Werner a Disparu. The mix-tape doesn’t perservere with purely film material, featuring a splendid cover of Captain Beefheart’s riff-tastic “Electricity” among a few Daydream Nation demos. Ambient guitar and thick distorted rhythms dominate overall, and like the Grizzly Bear score, vocal tracks are generally sparse, favouring a more instrumental outlook.
The track-listing runs as follows:
1. “Theme de Simon” from SYR 9
2. “Star Power” [2009 acoustic performance of the EVOL track]
3. “Rain King” [early version] Daydream Nation Demo
4. “Skronky Jam” 
5. “Electricity” [alt. mix] Captain Beefheart Cover
6. “Alice et Clara (aspect)” from Simon Werner DVD bonus CD
7. “Unknown #1” [1988 Lee Ranaldo demo]
8. “Unknown #2” [1988 Lee Ranaldo demo]
9. “Escapades” from SYR 9
10. “Candle” [early version] Daydream Nation Demo
11. “M. Rabier (aspect)” from Simon Werner DVD bonus CD
Edit: If you now ‘right click/save as’ each song title, you can download the mp3.
-James Godwin, January 21st, 2011
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