Welcome back to another episode of Nerdist Sessions, where the spheres of general nerdism and music fandom unite in the extra groovy center of a musical Venn diagram. This month, we are privileged to host Thurston Moore, a living legend who played guitar for three decades with the iconic experimental rock band Sonic Youth, a band you might recognize from the “Homerpalooza” episode of The Simpsons or from being dissed in Juno (lol).
Sonic Youth’s history is now the stuff of lore for many reasons, both good and upsetting, but perhaps the most agreed upon characteristic of the band is that they were influential for their singular artistic tenacity. Though Moore is no longer making tinnitus-inducing music with Kim Gordon and Lee Ranaldo, he is still experimenting and testing his own boundaries. Moore’s new album, The Best Day, features both familiarly discordant guitar-driven noise and earnest introspection from someone in a uniquely vulnerable position as an established artist pivoting firmly into a new phase of life.
After performing a 12-string acoustic version of his album’s title track, Moore sat down with me to discuss how Matt Groening first became familiar with Sonic Youth and what it was like to be in an experimental band before the advent of the Internet. The entire time we were talking, I felt like this.
I hope you guys enjoy and we’ll see you again next month with another episode of Nerdist Sessions! Let us know who you would like to see next time in the comments and on Twitter!
Want even more Nerdist Sessions? Check out our inaugural episode with A.C. Newman!