Sonic Youth are planning on working in the studio next year, on the follow up to their last album The Eternal. Lee Ranaldo said that it was likely that the band would be recording new music when speaking to the BBC's 6Music.
There are other Sonic Youth projects flying around right now, including the Daydream Nation DVD. The package will iclude footage from the dates they played in 2007-2008, in which they played the album in full. They'll also include video footage from the original Daydrem Nation shows, back when the album originally came out.
The band is also working on the soundtrack for French film, although this is in the early stages. The band recently met with the director of the film and will begin work on the music.
There's also a massive archiving project going on right now, as Sonic Youth is going through the long and tedious process of archiving old audio and video footage, committing old analog material to digital storage. They're working on a centralized database.
"We’re doing a big archival house clean right now. We’ve got a massive archive of audio and video that’s sitting in our studio in Hoboken. We’ve got somebody in there who’s noting every single thing down and making a massive database, and then we’re going to start digitising it because some of the tapes are 30 years old now," said Lee.
Early January will see the band playing a handful of shows in the U.S., in support of The Eternal.
"We’re still deeply ensconced in our new record, so we’re gonna play a lot of The Eternal, " he said. "That’s what we’re having the most fun with. We usually try and pick a smattering of stuff from various old records. It could be way old or it could be from the last couple, you never know."
Sonic Youth Tour Dates
01-04 Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theater
01-05 Phoenix, AZ - Marquee Theater
01-07 San Diego, CA - House of Blues
01-08 Pomona, CA - Fox Theater
01-09 Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
01-10 San Francisco, CA - Fillmore Auditorium