Daydream Nation was Sonic Youth's sixth album, their first double LP, and their last for an indie label before signing with major label Geffen. Widely considered to be Sonic Youth's watershed moment, Daydream Nation catapulted them into the mainstream and proved that indie bands could enjoy wide commercial success without compromising their artistic vision.
Disc One features the original 1988 album, remastered under the band's supervision. From the anthemic "Teen Age Riot" to "Eric's Trip," "Total Trash," "Candle, and "'Cross The Breeze," Daydream Nation contains some of Sonic Youth's best known songs. Disc one closes with a bonus home demo of "Eric's Trip."
The "Live Daydream" Disc two, comprised largely of previously unreleased tracks, features 15 live performances from the band's "Daydream Nation" Tour. Culled from performances at CBGB's in New York City to The Paradiso in Amsterdam (and several others), "Live Daydream" includes live versions of every song on the original album. Added to that are four studio bonuses: "Within You Without You," a Beatles cover from Sgt. Pepper Knew My Father - an NME-sponsored charity Beatles Tribute album, "Computer Age" from the critically-acclaimed Neil Young tribute album The Bridge; "Electricity" from the Captain Beefheart tribute album Fast And Bulbous, and a cover of Mudhoney's "Touch Me, I'm Sick," originally released as a Sub Pop 7" single.
A milestone in post-punk rock, Daydream Nation was praised from the beginning, earning the #3 spot on Rolling Stone's 1988 Albums of the Year list (#2 Village Voice, #9 New Musical Express). The accolades have continued ever since, including...
"100 Greatest Albums of the 1980s" (Rolling Stone, 1989)
"100 Alternative Albums" (Spin, 1995)
"Top 99 Albums of '85 to '95" (Alternative Press, 1995)
"The Essential 200 Rock Records" (Rolling Stone, 1997)
"Top 100 Favorite Records of the 1980's (Pitchfork, 2002)
"101 Essential Guitar Albums" (Guitarist, 2000)
"Top 100 Albums of All Time" (New Musical Express, 2003)
"500 CDs You Must Own Before You Die" (Blender, 2003)
"Top 100 Albums of the Last 20 Years" (Spin, 2005)
"The 100 Coolest Albums in the World Right Now!" (GQ, 2005)
Celebrating the re-release of Daydream Nation, the band will perform the entire album live at several select shows in North America and Europe. Confirmed dates (with others to be announced) are as follows:
June 2 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Festival
June 21 - Munich, Germany - Tollwood Festival
June 27 - Berlin, Germany - Columbia Halle
July 5 - Turin, Italy - Spazio
July 6 - Ferrara, Italy - Piazza Castello
July 7 - Rome, Italy - Teatro Romano di Ostia Antica
July 13 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Festival
July 19 - Berkeley, CA - Berkeley Community Theater
July 20 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theater
August 30 - London, England - Roundhouse
August 31 - London, England - Roundhouse (sold out)
September 1 - London, England - Roundhouse (sold out)