Last year on Record Store Day, Beck released his cover of Sonic Youth's "Green Light." In 2006, The Go! Team released a scratchy, banging cover of SY's "Bull in the Heather." That same year, Karen O and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs recorded a lovely acoustic version of "Diamond Sea." Am I missing any other great SY covers?
Tonight at the Rendezvous, local bands will pay homage to the gigantically influential Sonic Youth with a tribute night that starts at 10 p.m. Can't think of many bands that deserve their own tribute night more than Sonic Youth--and the best part of tonight's show? It's free.
Performing will be Kinski, Moronic Yoof (which contains members of Unnatural Helpers, Thee Sgt. Major, and the defunct Dutchess & the Duke), the Skip Tracers, Rain Kings, and the Sky Blue Ninjas (which contains members of Kinski and the Spoils.)
Hope someone does a monster cover of "Dirty Boots"!
(In "real" Sonic Youth news, Thurston Moore's got a new solo album in the works; it's called Benediction and is being produced by Beck).