Since they’ve fulfilled their contractual obligations to Universal, Sonic Youth announced that they’d decided to return to their more independent roots without specifying which label (Sub Pop? Domino? Matador?). This morning Matador’s Gerard Cosloy wrote a post confirming that SY “recently reached an agreement with Matador to release the band’s 16th album of new material in all worldwide territories, save for Japan.” Look for it “sometime in 2009.” He then says some nice things about his most recent signees:
While Sonic Youth’s status as one of the more innovative and influential bands of the past 30 years needs little explanation, the group’s most recent recordings for Geffen — 2006’s Rather Ripped being their final for the label — rank amongst the current decade’s best.
For Matador, the opportunity to work in partnership with a group who’ve made such an profound impact on our roster/hometown/collective consciousness was one to jump at. Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo and Steve Shelley will commence recording the new Sonic Youth LP/CD this autumn and we look forward to sharing further details in the very near future.
Please check out sonicyouth.com for details about their many recent and upcoming pursuits, including the travelling museum exhibition Sonic Youth Etc.: Sensational Fix, which focuses on the multidisciplinary activities of the band since 1981, and the recently self-released CD Andre Side Af Sonic Youth.
History buffs will recall that Cosloy used to manage Homestead, which originally put out Bad Moon Rising and the “Death Valley ’69 12″, etc., so the pairing not only makes sense, it seems kinda obvious in retrospect. What’s not as clear is what happens with Moore’s Ecstatic Peace! label, which had joined forces with Universal a couple years back.