I guess you could say this about any recent year, but 2012 often felt a lot like the late '70s. We got high-profile studio releases by Van Halen, ZZ Top, Aerosmith, Neil Young, Carlos Santana, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Rush, Kiss, Joe Walsh, Asia, Ringo Starr, Alvin Lee, Jeff Lynne and two members of The Jam, plus a live Led Zeppelin album and a pair of new songs by The Rolling Stones.
Late last month, Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo released Between The Times and The Tides, his first purely song-based, non-experimental solo outing, on Matador Records. Besides its healthy dose of melodic, guitar-based rock, the disc features a bevy of faces from Sonic Youth's past and present -- assuming there is a present for the band; Steve Shelley plays drums, one-time SY drummer Bob Bert plays congas and frequent SY collaborator Jim O'Rourke contributes some bass.
Longtime Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo released Between The Times And Tides, his first purely song-oriented, non-experimental solo outing, March 20 on Matador Records. The album, a disc full of shimmering, melodic guitar-based rock, is also aptly titled, since it comes at what is — at best — a "between" period for Sonic Youth fans, whose husband-and-wife heroes, Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon, announced their divorce late last year.
With the fate of Sonic Youth up in the air, guitarist Lee Ranaldo is set to release a new solo album, Between the Times & the Tides, on March 20. Ranaldo is currently streaming a track off the album, "Off the Wall," which you can hear in the YouTube clip below.