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Chelsea Light Moving

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Chelsea Light Moving is the band from Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, named the #1 Guitarist Of All Time by Spin. Featuring the backing talents of Keith Wood on guitar, Samara Lubelskion bass and John Moloney on drums; the same band from Thurston's 2011 solo album Demolished Thoughts -- but this time it hits hard with rock n roll noise. The man himself describes the tracks as "chug & shred burners," and they hit the usual mind blowing variety of rock-historical reference points and the primal clatter Thurston's pioneered for over two decades.


1. Heavenmetal
2. Sleeping Where I Fall
3. Alighted
4. Empires Of Time
5. Groovy & Linda
6. Lip
7. Burroughs
8. Mohawk
9. Frank O'Hara Hit
10. Communist Eyes

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 5, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B00AZF135G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,769 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Antiquity on March 14, 2013
Format: Audio CD
At first I thought this sounded like a sub-par Sonic Youth album. Maybe just tossed off to tide Thurston over while SY is on an indefinite break. As is often true for me with Sonic Youth music, it took several listens for me to realize how fantastic this album is. Reminds me of Washing Machine-area SY.

The only downside is that this reminds you of how good a new SY album would be, if they were in full force and united.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By zombie313 on March 12, 2013
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The fate of Sonic Youth is still in question. One can always hope they will figure out a way to forge ahead. But either way it plays out Chelsea Light Moving feels like a natural progression in Thurston Moore's sonic world domination. Featuring songs that would feel at home on later era SY albums, others that are distinctly unique, and songs that would be equally comfortable on Moore's last two solo efforts this album just feels...right. Samara Lubelski's bass and John Moloney's drumming pummels your ears while Thurston and Keith Wood, or Hush Arbors, play a fantastic game of noise cat and mouse. This album has it all, from the melodic opener of "Heavenmetal", featuring such lyrics as "be a warrior and love life," to the heavy as balls "Alighted", the experimental punk of "Lip" free rhyme association of "Mohawk" and hardcore "Communist Eyes." Noise reigns supreme and if this album is any indication Chelsea Light Moving have a very exciting future.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Roelof Broekman on March 7, 2013
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If this is what follows after personal turmoil, maybe artistic differences, or whatever that I don't know of: it certainly provides us listeners with a wonderful energetic record that blows my mind away! I have to thank Thurston Moore and his new band to keep the faith in music that has it's roots in the late seventies but now mixed with a contemporary sound that cuts deep in my soul. I love every minute of this record, from the rawest energetic attacks to the mellower moves. There is no way you won't be entertained on this one. To keep listeners interested these days, after decades of recorded music, is the true gift of a real artistic artist. Thurston Moore delivers. Big time. And you know what? I don't like to write anymore: I'm listening to the record right now...and I just can't sit still, it f...s me up like hell: listen to Burroughs...wow!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Clifton on November 19, 2013
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This is the solo album Thurston was always trying to make. I know it's a band ... but it's Thurston all over the place. Better than the last three Sonic Youth albums easily.
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By Garry Messick on October 22, 2014
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Don't get me wrong. This is a worthwhile record, and if you're a fan of Sonic Youth you'll enjoy it. But that's the problem -- it's impossible not to compare this with Sonic Youth, and it comes up short. The band just doesn't quite propel the songs (which are consistently pretty strong) into the stratosphere the way SY would have. To be fair, for a while I thought maybe it was more the mix than the playing, but after several listenings, I doubt that's what the problem is. The problem is simply the difference between a good band and a great band.
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By vvv on November 30, 2013
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It's not SY, or is it?

No, Lee is missing, the rhythm section feels different, and *she* ain't singing.

But damn, it's good, and it's a good band, handling Moore's SY-type stuff like the noise-pop needs.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kirk A. Gauthier on April 26, 2013
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If you're like me, you shed a tear or two when you heard the news of Sonic Youth's hiatus/possible break-up as well as the divorce of Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon. Is doom looming on the horizon for the pioneers of art-punk/no wave/noise rock? That has yet to be determined, but, in the meantime, at least we have Chelsea Light Moving, Thurston's new band.

While I feel that SPIN Magazine's choice to name Thurston Moore the Greatest Guitarist of All Time is a bit of a stretch, he is certainly in my list of top 5 guitarists. When you hear Thurston's name attached to a project--any project--you expect greateness, and greatness is often received. If you were lucky enough to snag a copy of Thurston Moore and Loren Connors's "The Only Way to Go Is Straight Through" Record Store Day exclusive, chances are you were blown away by their exceptional improvisation.

Sadly, I feel like that expectation of greatness from Thurston is CLM's ultimate downfall. Granted, I didn't know what to expect from this band because the music Thurston creates is so diverse, but I think my expectations were a bit too high. This album feels less like a new venture for Thurston's talents and more like a way to pay his divorce lawyer. If this album had come out in the mid to late '90s, it would've been an absolute dynamo. Unfortunately, this is 2013, and the music style sounds a tad bit dated.

"Heavenmetal" and "Sleeping Where I Fall" sound like outtakes from the early days of Frank Black's post-Pixies solo records, lyrically, vocally, and instrumentally. With the opening lines of "Alighted," we get the Thurston Moore we know and love, but more along the lines of mid-'90s Sonic Youth.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By moonshiny on May 13, 2013
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Thruston has returned to roots on this album, great album for fans of his original work in sonic youth, very raw.
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