Sonic Youth devotees wanting to hear Battery Park, NYC: July 4, 2008—a bonus collection of live tracks supplementing their final album, The Eternal—were S.O.L. for years. The assemblage of tracks spanning their 30-year reign has been out of print for a decade, and streaming services never managed to lock it down.
That is, until now. Battery Park, NYC: July 4, 2008 is finally scheduled for release in both physical and streaming formats in honor of its 10th anniversary, June 7, via Matador Records. Not only that, but those quick on the draw can also snag a copy of album, recorded at Battery Park’s River To River Festival, for 25% off through June 14. Fans can now hear a new live version of “Bull in the Heather,” the only single released from their 1994 album Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star.
Sonic Youth is considered one of the most influential rock bands of the last 30 years—Battery Park, NYC: July 4, 2008 showcases exactly why that is. Pulling material from works like Daydream Nation and Dirty, the album gives enthusiasts a lot to appreciate.
Check out the Battery Park, NYC: July 4, 2008 album art and tracklist below, beneath Paste archival audio from a 1991 Sonic Youth show. You can stream “Bull in the Heather” here.
Battery Park, NYC: July 4, 2008 Album Art:
Battery Park, NYC: July 4, 2008 Tracklist:
01. She Is Not Alone
02. The Sprawl
03. World Looks Red
04. Jams Run Free
05. Hey Joni
06. The Wonder
08. Bull In The Heather
10. Making The Nature Scene