Thurston Moore: gtr, bass, vox
Steve Shelley: drums
Samara Lubelski: violin
with: j mascis, christina carter, andrew macgregor, john moloney, leslie keffer
"trees outside the academy"
1. Frozen Gtr 4:06
2. The Shape Is In A Trance 4:39
3. Honest James 3:49
4. Silver>Blue 5:51
5. Fri/End 3:19
6. American Coffin 3:56
7. Wonderful Witches 2:24
8. Off Work 4:12
9. Never Day 4:01
10. Free Noise Among Friends :34
11. Trees Outside The Academy 5:50
12. Thurston@13 2:37
produced by john agnello and thurston moore
recorded and mixed by john agnello at bisqueteen, amherst ma, spring 2007
mastered by greg calbi at sterling sound
Winter Special: Signed(!) Grunge Book plus CDs
Trees Outside the Academy LP
Trees Outside the Academy LP-A
Trees Outside the Academy CD
January 29, 2008
Proud to announce the release of Thurston Moore "Live from SoHo". Recorded in October at the Apple Store this release offers a unique take on a slew of songs from Trees Outside the Academy and Psychic Hearts as performed by the band that includes Steve Shelley, Chris Brokaw, Samara Lubelski, and Matt Heyner. This is an Itunes exclusive - that's the way they do.
January 18, 2008
All Music: "'Trees Outside the Academy' goes even deeper into that meditative territory, focusing on Moore's acoustic guitar textures and songwriting in a nimble way that underscores that this is his album… the album's good-natured sprawl is so appealing that it makes its listeners feel like friends, too."
No Ripchord: "'Trees Outside the Academy' sparkles with an eclectic (yet accessible) sound that has my early vote for Album of the Year."
Prefix Mag: "Ultimately, 'Trees Outside the Academy' will most likely be remembered as Moore's most personal solo album, not because he sang with anymore emotion than anything he did with Sonic Youth, but because within its twelve songs he tackled many facets of music that interest him."
Onion A/V Club: "This time, Moore turns inward and turns down, which works to his advantage."
Austin Chronicle: "There's still clamor; it just happens between songs. The rest is honest to goodness pop, from crystalline opener 'Frozen Gtr' to the pastoral duet 'Honest James.'"Treble Zine: "Moore is far from a one trick pony; he embraces the acoustic guitar into his arsenal and has created a very moving album about life, loss, love and reflective devotion….What you are about to hear is someone embracing his roots with a new musical weapon that's elegantly commanding you to crank it up."
October 5, 2007
09-24 Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell's *
09-26 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *
09-27 Boston, MA - Museum of Fine Arts * (free for college students)
09-28 Princeton, NJ - Princeton University Terrace Club * (free for college students)
09-29 Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel *
09-30 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's *
10-01 Northampton, MA - Pleasant Street Theater
10-17 New York - Apple Store Soho
10-24 Seattle, WA - Neumos #
10-25 Portland, OR - Doug Fir #
10-26 Arcata, CA - Humbolt State University #
10-29 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall #
10-30 Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex #
10-31 Los Angeles, CA - KCRW Morning Become Eclectic
10-31 Visalia, CA - Howie & Sons Pizza
11-01 Los Angeles, CA - Jimmy Kimmel Show
* with Christina Carter
# with Scorces
VinylYES!!!!!! we will have vinyl for Trees Outside of The Academy! Our UK distro partners Cargo are cooking up an amazing PICTURE DISK with some new art and an additional track. It will be available on our website and as an import from Cargo. We're rushing production to have it ready for the East Coast tour dates.
Moves from #36 to #17 CMJ Top 200 (2nd Week)
Moves from #166 to #69 CMJ Indie Radio Select (1st Week, Debut!)
#18 CMJ AAA (1st Week, Debut!)
Breakdown from the good folks at TERRORBIRD: "Thurston has a GREAT week out with plenty of new station pick ups, which not only help the record pick up in overall tracked airplay, but also move into the overall Top 20 in Week 3 at a new peak of #17!"
July 20, 2007
September 2007 and the summer shall wane and the leaves will glow their death state and school bells will peal forth dream desires and wild wishes and oh yeh:
ECSTATIC PEACE releases thurston "trees outside the academy”
It’s Thurston’s first solo outing since 1995’s Psychic Hearts. Of course, Thurston’s been releasing records here, there and everywhere mostly in the context of rowdy and rambunctious noise/improv escapades but this new one is killer diller SONGS! Unlike Psychic Hearts’ skeletal trio rock, this new jammer, 12 years post, has a far fuller bouquet of sonic depth and proves this Sonic dude to have a very real songwriting life outside of the legendary Sonic Youth (of which he is a founding figure, duh).
This newborn disc is 12 songs long. Thurston recorded primarily on acoustic guitar and bass, laying down the core of the tunes with drummer compatriot Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelly and violinist Samara Lubelski, a noted player from MV/EE and The Golden Road, Hall of Fame and other awesome gatherings as well as solo artiste.
Thurston grabbed John Agnello to record and mix the sucker after having a helluva good time with the bro from working on Sonic Youth’s 2006 killer Rather Ripped. They decided to work in Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis’ Bisquiteen studio (the top floor in J’s Amherst house actually) where Dino did their Beyond album. This worked out very nicely as it allowed Thurston to yell down the stairs every time he needed a shredding guitar solo and J would trundle up, plug in and BURN. Other guests on “trees outside...” are Christina Carter, she of Charalambides, and she of the most beatific, beautific voice on land, sea and air.
One track called Honest James has Thurston and Christina singing duet against a single acoustic guitar and it is a naked groove. The otherworldly Canadian musician Andrew Macgregor aka “Gown” plays some spectacularly understated and incredible guitar and Sunburned Hand of The Man’s John Moloney takes over the drum stool to absolutely flail on the pit snarling Wonderful Witches. And then there’s the 20 seconds or so of primal noise wave courtesy of American noise underground genius Leslie Keffer on Off Work.
Most of the tunes are lyric driven but there are a couple of majestic instrumentals like Trees Outside The Academy, which brings the album to a musical and breathless close. There’s also some weird cassette tape that Thurston found at his mom’s of him at 13 years old in the early 70s making some kind of sound-theatre. It’s kinda nuts, and it’s the last “hidden” track. Tracks like Frozen Gtr, The Shape Is In A Trance, Silver>Blue, Never Day and Fri/end (a theme song to the hippest TV show yet to be broadcast) will lead you in to a sparkling and heavy new world of Thurston’s heart, mind and soul.
Thurston Moore, for those of you just visiting planet Earth, has been playing music and liberating whatever ossifying standards rock n’ roll becomes threatened by since the late 70s when he walked the downtown jungle of punk/post-punk/no wave NYC and started the band Sonic Youth. Ever since he and the band have consistently stayed true to the authenticity and creativity of radical rock n roll idealism. From the experience of a life touring, writing, having a magical daughter with his amazing wife and partner Kim Gordon, Thurston has poured a heady brew into whatever speakers this new CD flows from. Take a sip, and pass it around.