Our time is up, sadly.
I saw your discussion with Necrobutcher of Mayhem on YouTube. What attracted you to that kind of music? (I’m a huge fan myself). Do you listen to other metal bakes too? Would be interest to know who you enjoy these days.
There are loads of horrible dance-rock or electro-rock crossovers that sound like a feeble attempt at relevance. But there is occasionally some fantastic stuff as well. Sonic Youth’s music always seemed to me perfect to introduce some computerized elements. I can imagine a blissed out extended Sugar Kane mixed with the sort of stuff that Four Tet does. For such an experimental band, you largely stuck to a traditional set up. Was there ever any discussion about experimenting with electronics and samples, and if not why not?
Have your music tastes changed over the years – do you find yourself listening to more classical/different genres? Any particular lockdown favs?
What is your most precious vinyl record?
Did you ever want to be a full time, revolving, Fall member? And what is your favourite Fall track? Ta, and keep safe
Thurston goes disco
Can you name an album you love that people maybe wouldn’t expect you to love?
Ever been to Nantwich?
Keeping busy in lockdown times
Hi Thurston. excited for the new album. have you picked up any new quarantine hobbies? i saw you play germs burn on kexp in march and went out and bought a guitar the next day. i suck. hope you are well!!
The Guardian’s Laura Snapes asks:
I know you encountered Lizzy Mercier Descloux in your early years in New York. What are your memories of her? And why do you think she’s eluded the cultural canonisation of many (much less talented!) figures of that era?
I really loved your work with Jim O’Rourke, will you be considering working with him again in the future?
Hi Thurston, just wanted to ask if you miss New York, its music scene? Do you feel that there are a lot of things that have changed in this city the last couple of years? Which was your favourite restaurant in East Village?
I’ve really got into Wipers lately – seems like they were a huge influence on some of your peers – Dinosaur Jr and Nirvana particularly. You a fan?
We're off … with Hendrix
Let’s talk about Jimi. Was there any particular song that influenced you - say, Voodoo Chile?
We live, as you may have heard, in unprecedented times. And yet some reassuring constants remain. The seasons will still turn. Disco will be re-revived. And Thurston Moore will continue to release records, as he has done since the turn of the 1980s. His latest, By the Fire, arrives this Friday.
Recorded in London right up to the wire of lockdown, it takes inspiration from jazz great Albert Ayler’s mantra that “music is the healing force of the universe”. Says Moore: “This recording offers songs as flames of rainbow energy, where the power of love becomes our call. These are love songs in a time where creativity is our dignity, our demonstration against the forces of oppression.” Some are just Moore alone with his guitar; others feature a band with My Bloody Valentine’s Deb Googe and Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley among their number.
You can ask Moore about By the Fire – or his work with Sonic Youth, his labels Ecstatic Peace Library and the Daydream Library Series, his record shop, his adventures in the New York punk scene, his oft-tweeted views on American politics, and anything else you fancy – when he joins us for a virtual Guardian webchat at 12.30pm BST on Wednesday 23 September.
Post your questions in the comments section below. And, in the meantime, cue up his new song Cantaloupe and soak up the rainbow energy.