If you’re in New York on October 28, head over to Other Music before 8 p.m. According to a flyer, Lee Ranaldo plans a demonstration and discussion of… the guitar.
This is a cool way to let everyone know Ranaldo has a new album out. It’s a good one too, Last Night on Earth.
Lee Ranaldo’s second post-Sonic Youth album, Last Night On Earth, will be released October 8 on Matador. Meanwhile he’s given us a second preview with the release of “Ambulancer,” a track that shows off the album’s psychedelic sound.
“When this song started out, on acoustic guitar, the riff that I began with reminded me of Neil Young’s ‘Ambulance Blues’ in some way – which is a song I love dearly,” Ranaldo told Rolling Stone. “It’s turned out nothing like that but that initial spark carried over into the finished lyrics.”
Lee Ranaldo and the Dust is the Sonic Youth guitarist/singer/songwriter’s new band. In addition to Lee, the combo includes drummer Steve Shelley, guitarist Alan Licht and bassist Tim Lüntzel. The new album, due Oct. 8, is titled Last Night On Earth and includes nine tracks: “Lecce, Leaving,” “Key-Hole,” “The Rising Tide,” “Last Night On Earth,” “By The Window,” “Late Descent no 2,” “Ambulancer,” and “Blackt Out.” The album is a distinct evolution from Lee’s first post-Sonic Net solo effort, the under-rated Between The Times & The Tides.
In case you haven ‘t yet seen it, here’s the video for “Lecce, Leaving”:
Lee is also a visual artist. This summer he had an exhibit of his “Lost Highway Drawings” at a gallery in Portugal. Here’s one of them:
You can see more here.