Chelsea Light Moving
Released: Mar 2013
Go ahead and scour the debut of Thurston Moore's new quartet for coded Kim Gordon and/or Sonic Youth references: All you'll get on this terse, taut, snarling art-gallery-punk bromide are gnomic pronouncements like "Don't shoot/ We are your children," "We are the third eye/ Of rock 'n' roll" and, perhaps most notably, "Too f*ckin' bad!" Neither as avant-garde as SY's wildest stuff nor as placid and gentle as his recent solo work, CLM's riff-driven spazz-guitar freakouts are both familiar and oddly refreshing. "Mohawk" even offers a little Darby Crash-inspired poetry-slam action.