While Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore get much of the attention in Sonic Youth, many longtime fans see guitarist/third singer Lee Ranaldo as the band’s secret weapon — and since today is Ranaldo’s birthday (he turns 55), we thought we’d honor SY’s least-known voice with one of his best-loved songs. This is a live performance of Goo standout “Mote,” filmed at a large outdoor show or festival sometime, presumably, in the early-to-mid 2000s, judging by the appearance of the now-departed Jim O’Rourke on stage. Check it out above.

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