Confuse Yr Idols: A Tribute to Sonic Youth

Confuse Yr Idols: A Tribute to Sonic Youth

     
 
Sonic Youth's mind-blowing legacy as both sonic adventurers and literate, sick-talented songwriters can't be accurately covered in the space of one disc. Narnack Records obviously understands this. Instead of issuing just-another-tribute or a detailed but kinda boring career survey, the NYC imprint celebrates Sonic Youth's spirit with an appreciation by and for those

Overview

Sonic Youth's mind-blowing legacy as both sonic adventurers and literate, sick-talented songwriters can't be accurately covered in the space of one disc. Narnack Records obviously understands this. Instead of issuing just-another-tribute or a detailed but kinda boring career survey, the NYC imprint celebrates Sonic Youth's spirit with an appreciation by and for those already in the know. In other words, it's as wildly inventive and weirdly cracked as the band it fetes. Confuse Yr Idols clicks into gear with a squelchy, psycho-ecstasy version of "Death Valley '69" (courtesy of Racebannon) that should scare off any casual listeners wandering in from SY's flirtations with reality. For that matter, "Kool Thing" -- arguably its most recognizable song -- here is handled by indie rock collagists Tub Ring. The re-version cuts between punk discordance, lounge music, and what might be a party metal influence; best is the famous Kim Gordon/Chuck D breakdown, handled as a conversation between Chuck and a robot. Word up. Still, it's not all insanity. New Grenada is more straightforward with their run through "Eric's Trip," and Elf Power's "Kotton Krown" keeps the coed harmony, but loses the whining dissonance in favor of acoustic guitars and an Eastern-tinged breakdown. New York trio Parts & Labor conducts a full-on amplification of "Sugar Kane," from feedback to melody to percussion. Mike Langlie recasts Goo's "Cinderella's Big Score" in the damaged childhood image of his Twink toy piano project; no one has ever made the line "Go upstairs at once and help your sisters" sound creepier. In Stationary Odyssey's hands, "Dirty Boots" becomes an inky dream of ambient texture and spidery guitar; Aaron Turner sounds a bit like Thurston Moore, but at his most detached. After rolling through a strange, nearly hip-hop version of the Confusion Is Sex nugget "Making the Nature Scene," Confuse Yr Idols concludes with another view of "Death Valley," this one from the vantage point of the Boredoms' Yoshimi. Performing as Saicobab on a mixture of keys and treated vocals and supported by a sitar, he builds to a ragga fervor before dropping into the original's strident, she-devil on wheels chord progression. Innovative and experimental, and yet entirely visceral, it's a perfect representation of what Sonic Youth has brought to contemporary music.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/13/2004
Label:
Narnack Records
UPC:
0825807701925
catalogNumber:
7019

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Dixon   Guitar,Vocals
Dale Flattum   Group Member
Mike Morasky   Group Member
Darren Mor-X   Group Member
Dave Weiner   Trumpet
Yoshimi   Keyboards,Vocals,Wind Chimes,Pedal Bass
Tank   Group Member
B.J. Warshaw   Bass,Vocals
Mike Anderson   Vocals
Laura Carter   Piano
Andrew Rieger   Guitar,Vocals
Dave Wrathgeber   Sitar
Michael Farmer   Keyboards,Vocals
Roxanne Martin   Vocals
Andy Moore   Guitar,Vocals
John Nelson   Synthesizer,Guitar,Background Vocals
Kevin Gibson   Vocals
Rob Kleiner   Keyboards,electronics
Jason Fields   Bass
Mike Langlie   Turntables
Shawn Sprinkel   Guitar
Nicole Allie   Vocals
Shawn Knight   Bass
Dan Friel   Keyboards,Vocals
Aaron Tanner   Bass,Vocals
Rob Smith   Drums
Theresa Brooks   Bassoon
Quinn Dawson   Triangle
Jesse Gallamore   Guitar
Toby Jeffers   Sampling
Dave Melkonian   Synthesizer,Drums
James Robinson Parran   Piano
Joel Saladino   Drums
Chris Saligoe   Guitar
Chris Shern   Vocals
Brett Siler   Guitar,Ambience
Yoshidadaikiti   Sitar
Dave Tavares   Drums

Technical Credits

Sonic Youth   Composer
Steel Pole Bath Tub   Producer
Michael Dixon   Engineer
Jonathan Burnside   Engineer
Kohichi Hara   Engineer
Elf Power   Engineer
Drew Peters   Engineer
Jeff Brooks   Producer
Andy Moore   Engineer
Seth Misterka   Engineer
Mike Langlie   Sound Effects
Jim Zespy   Engineer
Yoshimi P We   Producer
Aaron Tanner   Producer,Executive Producer,drum sequencing
Toby Jeffers   drum sequencing
Brett Siler   Engineer
Dan Jeremy Brooks   Producer

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