Sonic Youth, 'The Eternal'

Record Rack: A weekly round-up of the pertinent new releases hitting stores this Tuesday:

ARTIST: Sonic Youth
RELEASE: The Eternal
BACKSTORY: After 20 years on a major label, the noise-rock pioneers return to their indie roots for their Matador Records debut and 16th album overall, which band members say took some inspiration from their decision to revisit 1988’s seminal Daydream Nation in a series of Don’t Look Back-inspired concerts. The record features current fifth member Mark Ibold (ex-Pavement) on bass and was co-produced by Rather Ripped knobman John Agnello and the band.

ARTIST: Pigface
RELEASE: 6
BACKSTORY: The industrial supergroup, which spun off from Ministry in the late ’80s, issues its sixth studio album, with mastermind Martin Atkins joined by the likes of former KMFDM member En Esch and ex-Revolting Cock Chris Connelly. Seven years in the making, the record marks Pigface’s first release on Detroit’s Full Effect Records.

ARTIST: Paul Weller
RELEASE: Just a Dream: 22 Dreams Live
BACKSTORY: The DVD portion of this CD/DVD package includes the full 90-minute live session the former Jam leader recorded last fall for the BBC, alongside a host of additonal live clips and videos and an interview with Weller himself. The 13-track live CD was recorded at Brixton Academy in London last November. Together, they come in a 32-page book of photos taken last year on tour.

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