Sonic Youth, the Eternal
I miss Sonic Youth.
In this video, produced by Pitchfork.TV, we see the band's most recent and, in my opinion, tightest, strongest, best, lineupSteve Shelley (drums), Kim Gordon (gtr/vox), Thurston Moore (gtr/vox), Lee Ranaldo (gtr/vox), and Mark Ibold (bass)performing "Calming the Snake," from the 2009 album, The Eternal.
Michael Lavorgna and I were sitting at the small bar at Great Jones Cafe. We had just ordered the round that would put us over the edge, and I was trying to explain to Mark Ibold what made Sonic Youth so special. Ibold was tending bar that night. This was before the band announced their "break."
"You see, they need to hear this stuff," Ibold said.
It made no sense. Why would Sonic Youth need to hear my thoughts about their music? Didn't they already know how special they were?
And now I wonder if this was some sort of foreshadowinga small hint that everything wasn't as it seemed. Like a child of divorced parents, now I wonder if the breakup was my fault. Could I have said or done something to keep the band together? If only I hadn't been so shy, intimidated, selfish.
But that's silly.
I miss Sonic Youth. And that's strange because their albums exist, these videos exist, my memories existif not quite accurately, only enhanced by time.
What is it about the live performance that defies every recorded document, even those of the highest fidelity?