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Album Preview: Sonic Youth’s ‘The Eternal’


Kudos to Newsweek‘s Pop Vox blog for bringing us the first music from Sonic Youth’s upcoming album, The Eternal, three months in advance of its June 9 release. At Newsweek’s request, the band edited together a two-and-a-half-minut sonic “melange” of the record’s songs — check it out below!

The Eternal is Sonic Youth’s debut album for New York indie label Matador. Recorded in November and December with producer John Agnello at the band’s Hoboken, NJ, studio, the album features a few firsts for Sonic Youth: Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore, and Lee Ranaldo share vocals on several songs, and Pavement bassist Mark Ibold, who has been part of Sonic Youth’s touring band for years, makes his studio debut.

Can’t wait until June to hear the whole album? Matador has just the thing: The Buy Early, Get Now campaign. Fans who pre-oder The Eternal on LP or CD will receive a digital download of The Eternal on April 28, and later (via mail or local record store), a bonus limited edition live LP ofthe band’s July 4, 2008, show at New York City’s Battery Park, which will contain an exclusive poster.

Check out the album preview below. Then tell us what you think in the comment section.

Listen: Sonic Youth, The Eternal Preview: