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Thurston Moore

Trees Outside The Academy (2020 reissue)



Released: 24th Jul 2020


limited cream & army green swirl lp + 12 page lyric sheet / anzine

Released: 24th Jul 2020


Originally released in 2007 This was Thurston's first solo outing since 1995's Psychic Hearts.

Thurston recorded primarily on acoustic guitar and bass, laying down the core of the tunes with drummer compatriot Sonic Youth's Steve Shelly and violinist Samara Lubelski. They decided to work in J Mascis' studio (the top floor in J's Amherst house actually). This worked out very nicely as it allowed Thurston to yell down the stairs every time he needed a shredding guitar solo and J would trundle up, plug in and BURN. Most of the tunes are lyric driven but there are a couple of majestic instrumentals like Trees Outside The Academy, which brings the album to a musical and breathless close. There's also some weird cassette tape that Thurston found at his mom's of him at 13 years old in the early 70s making some kind of sound-theatre.

Trees Outside The Academy (2020 reissue)


  1. Frozen Gtr
  2. The Shape Is In A Trance
  3. Honest James
  4. Silver>Blue
  5. Fri/End
  6. American Coffin
  7. Wonderful Witches
  8. Off Work
  9. Never Day
  10. Free Noise Among Friends
  11. Trees Outside The Academy
  12. [email protected]