Sonic Youth unearth a rare live bootleg from 1993

Just 1,300 copies of the original were made.

Sonic Youth performing live

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Sonic Youth have released a rare bootleg tape, recorded in Lisbon in 1993. Blastic Scene is one of many archive-pulls Sonic Youth has made recently, having recently uploaded 12 live shows.

The tape has been uploaded to the band’s Bandcamp page, available for purchase for $8 – before now, only 1,300 copies of it existed, and it was only ever available in Portugal, having been released as an official bootleg in 1995.

Take a listen to a preview of the release below, and purchase it here.

Aside from the 12 live shows recently uploaded, Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo also uploaded three hard-to-find recordings to Bandcamp. Two of these rarities were full-length records, both previously only available on physical media. DEMONS: MUSIC FOR STAGE AND SCREEN saw a limited CD release in Switzerland in 2004, while Scriptures Of The Golden Eternity saw a release exclusive to vinyl in 1993. The third was a cover of Hantarash’s My Dad Is Car, from a rare tribute album.

Blastic Scene also isn’t the only rare tape to resurface from the 1990s – yesterday, it was revealed that radio DJ Tony Prince would be auctioning off a rare demo recorded by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, believed to be the pair’s only post-Beatles collaboration.

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