Concert Review

Lee Ranaldo…Green Mtn Boy For A Day

“I’m here supporting the non-violent left” got everyone’s attention in Vermont at Essex’s Champlain Valley Expo. Vermont has always woven themselves into the liberal fabric and feels quite at home there. Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo certainly made himself at home Sunday night supporting Wilco and his new release Between The Times & The Tides on Matador Records.

Ranaldo job was to “turn all the lights down and turn on the stars” for Wilco. He exceeded expectations by plowing through more pop sounding cuts than we usually here from his daytime job, Sonic Youth. Drummer, Steve Shelley has been a sidekick engine with Ranaldo for many many years. Ranaldo was also joined by Wilco’s Nels Cline, who appears on his new record.  Alan Licht (guitar), Irwin Menken (bass) round out his line-up.

Ranaldo’s group sizzled for the strong contingent of SY fans and Wilco supporters. His new record reminds me a tougher version of REM’s Murmur. The highlight of his set was “Angles” and all it’s combustion. With Cline and Licht sparring lick for lick with Ranaldo the Vermont crowd was treated to a reckless abandon sonic experiment.

Alan Licht & Irwin Menken in Vermont photo by Rob Eldridge

I spoke with Lee after his set and was impressed with his graciousness and friendly demeanor. He clearly loves to create. He is involved in all sort of artistic mediums that should be perused if you have a few minutes by going to his website. You’ll be better for it.

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By Rob Eldridge – Steelesque

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