Classic Album Sundays New York City presents Sonic Youth’s Daydream Nation with a special Q&A with David Browne, author of Goodbye 20th Century: A Biography of Sonic Youth.

Kicking off a new chapter at Nowadays. Starting October 14th, the NYC edition of the communal active listening sessions founded by Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy dives into Sonic Youth’s Daydream Nation, an album that turns 30 this year.

We invite you to take a seat in front of the hifi, listen and learn with your hosts, Paul Raffaele & Barbie Bertisch, founders of Love Injection Fanzine. Join us monthly on a Sunday to unpack some of the most iconic LPs in existence.

Please note this is a seated event starting at 12 (noon) sharp, kicking off with context music and a proper introduction. Full album playback starts at 1pm. Food and drinks will be available, and anyone who comes for CAS will get in free to Mister Sunday, which starts at 3pm at Nowadays.

We can’t wait.

Daydream Nation is a great uniter: You’d be hard pressed to find many fans of indie rock who don’t have some love for this record. That’s partly because this record is great, sure—that’s one boring reason—but it’s also because this record is one of a handful that helped shape the notion of what American indie rock can potentially mean. It’s almost a tautology: Indie fans love Daydream Nation because loving stuff like Daydream Nation is part of how we define what indie fans are.

Not that there wasn’t plenty of underground music in the U.S. before this album’s 1988 release—hardcore punk, high-art avant garde, quirky college rock, DIY, weirdo regional scenes. But the notion that all those Reagan-era discontents might be in the same boat—a new Alternative Nation just beginning to converge—hadn’t yet been fully articulated. Sonic Youth sensed that convergence in the making, and they were pretty sure it had something to do with Dinosaur Jr.: “A new aesthetic of youth culture,” Thurston Moore called it in Matthew Stearns’ 33 1/3 book about the album, “wherein anger and distaste, attributes associated with punk energy, were coolly replaced by head-in-the-clouds outer limits brilliance.”

Join us at one of our album listening sessions around the world to experience Sonic Youth in a way you never have before.

Buy the album here.

Read more: Album Of The Month – Sonic Youth ‘Daydream Nation’
Listen: Sonic Youth ‘Daydream Nation’ Musical Lead Up Playlist
Listen: Sonic Youth ‘Daydream Nation’ Legacy Playlist

New York City

Date and Time: Sunday October 14th 2018 12:00pm – 3:00pm


Nowadays, 56-06 Cooper Ave #1, Ridgewood, NY 11385, USA


$10 in advance


Paul Raffaele and Barbie Bertisch (Love Injection Magazine)

Audio Menu: Rega Exact MM CartridgeRega P9 TurntableAudio Note UK pre-amplification and power amplificationAudioQuest Interconnects and cablingKlipschorn LoudspeakersKlipsch SW-115 Subwoofers