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Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo announces new album, stream “Lecce, Leaving”

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    Since Sonic Youth went on hiatus in late 2011, guitarist Lee Ranaldo has maintained a steady work schedule. On top of touring and random collaborations, 2012 saw the release of two albums, his solo album Between The Times And Tides followed by On Jones Beach with his group Glacial. Now, Ranaldo’s formed a new band, Lee Ranadlo and the Dust, featuring Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley, composer Alan Licht, and Tim Lüntzel. On October 8th, the foursome will release their debut album, Last Night on Earth, via Matador Records.

    In anticipation of the album’s release, Ranaldo and Co. have released album opener “Lecce, Leaving”. At its core, the song maintains much of its acoustic origins, most notably in the folk-rock guitar that weaves its way in and out and the simplistic tone of Ranaldo’s voice (who delivers strange-but-poetic lines like “Left you in a pile of stones/Took what I could take”). From there, the group layer on big guitar hooks and an air of power-pop abandonment, giving new life and energy to its earnest undertones. Listen in below.

    Last Night on Earth Tracklist:
    01. Lecce, Leaving
    02. Key-Hole
    03. Home Chds
    04. The Rising Tide
    05. Last Night on Earth
    06. By the Window
    07. Late Descent no 2
    08. Ambulancer
    09. Blackt Out

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    In support, the group will be on tour for the rest of the year, including gigs at NXNE and ATP and dates with Built to Spill. Consult their full schedule below.

    Lee Ranaldo and the Dust 2013 Tour Dates:
    10/08 – Hudson, NY @ Club Helsinki
    10/09 – Buffalo, NY @ Tralf Music Hall
    10/11 – Toronto, ON @ NXNE
    10/12 – Detroit, MI @ Trinosophes
    10/13 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
    10/14 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
    10/15 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
    10/17 – Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s Oasis
    10/18 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
    10/19 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck *
    10/20 – St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird *
    10/22 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
    10/23 – Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle
    10/25 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Bell House
    11/10 – Groningen, NL @ Vera Euser
    11/11 – Hamburg, DE @ Kampnagel
    11/12 – Berlin, DE @ TBC
    11/13 – Cologne, DE @ Gebaude 9
    11/14 – Metz, FR @ Le Musee De Cour D’or
    11/15 – Metz, FR @ Caveau Des Trinitaries / Musique Volantet Festival
    11/17 – Lausanne, CH @ Le Romandie
    11/18 – Feyzin, FR @ L’Epicerie Moderne
    11/20 – Villeneuve D’Asq, FR @ Festival Tour De Chauffe
    11/21 – London, UK @ The Garage (NME Radar Night)
    11/22 – Camber Sands, UK @ ATP
    11/23 – Paris, FR @ BB Mix Festival
    11/25 – Poitiers, FR @ Confort Moderne
    11/26 – Tours, FR @ Temps Machine
    12/06 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
    12/07 – Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore Cabaret
    12/08 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
    12/11 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
    12/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex

    * = w/ Built to Spill

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