Song of the Day: Thurston Moore – Trees Outside the Academy

Thurston Moore with Samara Lubelski and Cheryl Waters

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole, is Trees Outside the Academy by Thurston Moore from the 2007 album Trees Outside the Academy on Ecstatic Peace!.

Thurston Moore – Trees Outside the Academy (MP3)

Twelve years after his first solo effort, Psychic Hearts, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore returns with an acoustic guitar to show his softer side. Trees…was recorded in J. Mascis’ (Dinosaur Jr.) studio and features Mascis helping out on electric guitar, SY’s Steve Shelley on drums and Samara Lubelski on violin. While the album is folkier and more song-based than any of Moore’s previous output, it’s not without fuzz interjections from Mascis or moodiness from Lubelski’s violin. The songwriting and guitar changes remind us why Moore is heralded as one of the best and most influential musicians in rock. Fans of Rather Ripped and Sonic Nurse shouldn’t require too much prodding to get into this one; it is both a glowing tribute to the artist’s art-rock origins with SY and a personal essay on Moore as he nears the half-century mark. For tons of photos and videos, check out the artist’s MySpace fan page. The following video of Fri/End is taken from the last stop on Moore’s recent North American tour, a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live:

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