Sonic Youth is "raiding the tape vault" for rarities that will bolster Universal's upcoming reissues of the group's "Daydream Nation" (1988), "Goo" (1990), and "Dirty" (1992) albums.

Sonic Youth is "raiding the tape vault" for rarities that will bolster Universal's upcoming reissues of the group's "Daydream Nation" (1988), "Goo" (1990), and "Dirty" (1992) albums. According to the band's official Web site, the two-CD sets will sport "the original tracks re-mastered in their original running order, plus handpicked demos, live versions, outtakes, and B-sides from the archive." No release date has been set.

"We have left no stone unturned in the search for what material exists that could shed new light on each album," the band reports.

"Daydream Nation" is considered by many to be Sonic Youth's crowning achievement, expertly blending the band's more avant-garde leanings with memorable melodies to create one of underground rock's most lasting albums. "Goo" was the band's first set for DGC and featured the No. 7 Modern Rock Tracks hit "Kool Thing." "Dirty" sports the No. 4 Modern Rock Tracks single "100%," as well as "Dirty Boots," the video for which was a staple of MTV's "120 Minutes" show for years to follow.

Along those lines, the band says it is "screening additional material and planning special features" to include on DVD editions of the home videos "Screaming Fields of Sonic Love," "The Goo That Lives on in My Heart," and "1991: The Year Punk Broke." No release date has yet been finalized.

Work continues on Sonic Youth's next Interscope/DGC studio album at the band's downtown New York studios, which are in close proximity to the site of the former World Trade Center. "Interrupted, but far from deterred, by the events of 9/11/01, the sessions have taken on an urgency that should come across in the final mixes," the band says. The band has unveiled a host of new songs at various shows in the past few months, including "Disconnection Notice," "Celtic Frost," and "The Empty Page." The as-yet-untitled album should be released in May or June.

Later this spring will also see the release of Sonic Youth's collaboration with French vocalist Brigitte Fontaine, two tracks of which were issued internationally on the latter's "Kekeland" album (Virgin). The upcoming album, to be released on the band's SYR imprint, will feature remixes, outtakes, and live performance clips.

Amid all of this activity, Sonic Youth will, as previously reported, curate the first North American installment of the All Tomorrow's Parties festival, set for March 14-17 on the campus of the University of California at Los Angeles. The newly added March 14 date will feature spoken word performances by National Public Radio's Ira Cohen and poet/musician Lydia Lunch, plus a live set from free jazz pianist Cecil Taylor.

For the full lineup, visit the event's official Web site.

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