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Oh ‘YOKOKIMTHURSTON’: Ono Teams With Sonic Youth Duo

Yoko Ono with Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore in 2010 / Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty

Yoko Ono has joined forces with Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore for a new collaborative album. YOKOKIMTHURSTON will arrive on September 25 via Chimera Music, Ono’s management has confirmed. The six-song release teams the perennial avant-garde renegade — and, of course, widow of the Beatles’ John Lennon — with the erstwhile noise-rock power couple, who late last year revealed they would be going their separate ways after 21 years of marriage.

YOKOKIMTHURSTON isn’t the trio’s first time working together. The 14-minute advance single “Early in the Morning,” which will appear on the album, is out now via Chimera Music and the usual retailers — you can hear a preview over at Amazon.

Separately, the Guardian has posted a video of Ono, Gordon, and Moore performing “Mulberry,” from Ono’s 2001 album Blueprint for a Sunrise, live at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles. This particular piece leans decidedly more toward the art world, with ululating vocals and a steady underpinning of screeching drone.

In other Sonic Youth news, fellow SY member Lee Ranaldo released his first proper solo album, Between the Times and the Ties, earlier this year on Matador; as SPIN contributor Dan Weiss notes in his 7-of-10 review, the record offers “impeccably structured psychedelic jamming.” Moore’s Beck-produced solo album Demolished Thoughts came out last year.

1. “I Missed You Listening”
2. “Running the Risk”
3. “I Never Told You, Did I?”
4. “Mirror Mirror”
5. “Let’s Get There”
6. “Early in the Morning”