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In celebration of the 30th anniversary of Sonic Youth’s album “Daydream Nation,” filmmaker Lance Bangs and SY drummer Steve Shelley will present a program of “Daydream Nation”-related films on Thu, Jan 10.
Two are rarely-screened archival pieces from 1989, in brand new restorations. Lance Bangs will also present excerpts from his new concert film of the band performing the album in its entirety in Glasgow in 2007. A few unseen gems from the band’s archives will round out the bill. Among the excerpts and selections:
PUT BLOOD IN THE MUSIC, Dir. Charles Atlas, 1989 (SY Edit): Charles Atlas’s first major recognition came for his work with Merce Cunningham as the company’s filmmaker-in-residence from 1978-1983. From this pioneering work establishing the field of “Dance for Camera,” he went on to make the faux cinéma vérité HAIL THE NEW PURITAN for BBC4 about the Scottish dancer Michael Clark, featuring music by Glenn Branca, Bruce Gilbert (of Wire), Jeffrey Hinton, and the Fall. Then Atlas was approached by the Irish writer David Donohue, asking him to do a movie about music in New York.
DAYDREAM NATION, Dir. Lance Bangs, 2018: Lance Bangs' new Sonic Youth concert film presents the band performing the titular double album in Glasgow on Aug 21-22, 2007. Bangs blends HD footage shot in Glasgow with fragments of personal Super 8mm and 16mm from his archives of Sonic Youth over the decades.
About the “Daydream Nation” album: Sonic Youth released their sixth album “Daydream Nation” on Oct 8,1988, an immediate critical success. Robert Palmer wrote in Rolling Stone that it “presents the definitive American guitar band of the Eighties at the height of its powers and prescience.” Time has not dimmed the album’s lustre. It was selected to the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry in 2005, and in 2013, Consequence of Sound declared “the record simply rules.”