Rewind: Sonic Youth/Dinosaur Jr./Nirvana (2009)

I know this sounds like a rewind to 1990 and not 2009, but these bands that were so influential in the 80s and 90s have put out three great releases in the past year.

Sonic Youth’s The Eternal builds on the promise of Rather Ripped.  It is the best album they have put forward since 1992’s Dirty.  I have to admit I am a little biased here.  I saw them do most of this material live from the third row at the Ogden last year and they killed it.  Kim Gordon is as old as my mother and she’s still hot…and Thurston is older than my father and could teach these kids in other bands a thing or two about rock.  They have not lost their touch and are on a roll right now.

I am embarrassed to admit I walked out of a Dinosaur Jr. show in 2008.  I was there to see Band of Horses and wrote Dinosaur Jr. off as just another old grunge band trying to make a comeback.  I was so wrong.  I wish I could go back to that show.  J Mascis is a guitar hero if there ever was one, I never doubted that.  But Farm is a great album and I did doubt that.  It’s good in a nostalgic way, but without sounding dated.  I don’t know if that makes sense, but I keep coming back to this album and I have finally decided I really like it.  Maybe it’s familiarity, maybe it’s just good songwriting…I don’t know.  Check it out and see if I’m wrong.

Now Nirvana.  I almost never listen to re-releases or old live albums, etc.  I figure I was there when it was happening and if I want to revisit that time or place I will put on the CDs I listened to back then.  But Live at Reading kept popping up.  Everyone was raving about it and I got sick of it.  So sick of it, I finally listened to it.  And now I’m a believer.  This album reminds of why I liked Nirvana so much.  It’s raw, it’s loud and it’s a mess.  I love it!  But man, it pisses me off I never saw them live!