.

Exclusive Stream: Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo Makes His Solo Debut

Preview the guitarist's folky 'Between the Times and the Tides'

March 12, 2012 9:00 AM ET
Lee Ranaldo, 'Between the Times and the Tides'
Lee Ranaldo, 'Between the Times and the Tides'
Matador

Lee Ranaldo has spent the past three decades building a body of work that includes his work as a member of Sonic Youth and a variety of experimental side projects, but Between the Times and the Tides marks the guitarist's first album as a solo singer-songwriter. "Over the summer I pulled out a bunch of my acoustic guitars and was just fooling around, and a whole bunch of songs just started generating, just kind of out of nowhere," Ranaldo told Rolling Stone last year. "What was refreshing about this was just to see all these songs sprout and actually kind of follow each other down this road and actually get completed."

Whereas Ranaldo has traditionally contributed only one or two songs per Sonic Youth record, Between gives him space to explore musical tangents that would not necessarily fit in with that band, such as the straight-up folk rock of the single "Off the Wall" or the spare acoustic ballad "Stranded." The album will be in stores on March 20th, but you can stream it in full today on Spotify.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Wake Up Everybody”

John Legend and the Roots | 2010

A Number One record by Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes in 1976 (a McFadden- and Whitehead-penned classic sung by Teddy Pendergrass) inspired the title and lead single from Wake Up!, John Legend's tribute album to message music. The more familiar strains of "Wake Up Everybody" also fit his agenda. "It basically sums up, in a very concise way, all the things we were thinking about when we were putting this record together in that it's about justice, doing the right thing and coming together to make the world a better place," he said. Vocalists Common and Melanie Fiona assist Legend on this mission to connect.

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com