It is taking longer than expected to fetch the next song to play. The music should be playing soon. If you get tired of waiting, you can try reloading your browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.
Your Pandora One subscription will expire shortly.
close
Your Pandora One trial subscription will expire shortly. Upgrade to continue unlimited, ad-free listening.
You've listened to hours of Pandora this month. Consider upgrading to Pandora One.
Close
Hi . Pandora is using Facebook to personalize your experience. Learn MoreNo Thanks
-0:00
0:00
Change Skin

We created Pandora to put the Music Genome Project directly in your hands

It’s a new kind of radio –
stations that play only music you like

 
Create an account for free. Register
Now Playing
Music Feed
My Profile
Create a Station
People who also like this

Lee Ranaldo

Lee Ranaldo, co-founder of avant-garde rock group Sonic Youth, was born in 1956 in East Norwich, New York. In addition to constant touring with Sonic Youth, Ranaldo has been extremely active in the New York music scene for the past 30 years, recording and collaborating with numerous acts, producing discs, and publishing several books of poetry and journal entries.

Ranaldo attended SUNY Binghamton in Binghamton, New York, where he played in an experimental punk outfit called the Fluks (named after the Dadaist art movement Fluxus). His early influences include many psychedelic California bands from the late '60s, including the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, and Hot Tuna, as well as early New York City punk units like the Ramones, Television, and Talking Heads.

After moving to New York in 1979, Ranaldo briefly attempted to revive the Fluks before playing with a series of acts including Rhys Chatham and Plus Instruments (with whom he recorded an LP in 1982). Through Chatham, Ranaldo met the charismatic composer Glenn Branca, who created avant-garde pieces for electric guitar ensembles. Through the burbling downtown no wave scene of the early '80s, Ranaldo met future Sonic Youth bandmates Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon.

Throughout the '80s, the bandmembers worked hard to sustain themselves, recording and touring constantly. The early years of Sonic Youth are documented in a book of road journals written by Ranaldo and published by Soft Skull Press in the mid-'90s. In 1987, he released his first solo album, From Here to Infinity, on SST Records, a vinyl release with locking grooves at the end of each track.

By the early '90s, after the completion and subsequent canonization of their seminal Daydream Nation (and probably partially by dint of sheer survival), Sonic Youth were looked up to as elders in the fledgling alternative music scene, acting as mentors to dozens of younger bands (including Nirvana). In this role, Ranaldo has produced albums for Babes in Toyland, You Am I, Deity Guns, and others.

Ranaldo's role in the ever-experimental Sonic Youth has been an important one, acting as a textural axis for Gordon and Moore. Though he typically only contributed a handful of songs to each Sonic Youth recording, Ranaldo quickly developed his own songwriting style -- throbbing beats topped with beat-influenced, half-spoken/half-sung poetry delivered in Ranaldo's reassuring, gently confident voice, such as "Eric's Trip" on Daydream Nation and the title track on 1999's NYC Ghosts & Flowers.

In addition to releasing a book of his poetry (also published by Soft Skull Press), Ranaldo has also edited a volume of tour journals from the 1995 Lollapalooza Tour written by Moore, Beck, Stephen Malkmus (of Pavement), Courtney Love, and others. Ranaldo also has an ongoing collaboration with jazz drummer William Hooker. The two create dissonant music -- Hooker on drums, Ranaldo on modified guitars, synthesizers, and other electronics -- while taking turns reading and improvising poetry. These collaborations include 1998's heavily edited live album Clouds as well as 2005's Music for Stage and Screen, which featured excerpts of a score Ranaldo produced for Dania Saragovia's film Jealousy, as well as music for plays by Gil Kofman and Michele Salimbeni.

Ranaldo continued to collaborate throughout the 2000s with avant luminaries, as on Christian Marclay: Graffiti Composition, which also featured Elliott Sharp and Vernon Reid, and also released solo forays into the fringes of guitar work while also working with Sonic Youth. When that band moved to Matador Records to release The Eternal, Ranaldo also signed on as a solo artist. His debut album for the label, Between the Times and the Tides, featured familiar faces such as Alan Licht, Nels Cline, Steve Shelley, and Jim O'Rourke, and arrived in March 2012. For 2013's Last Night on Earth, Ranaldo assembled a new band, the Dust, which featured Licht and Shelley along with Tim Luntzel. ~ Jesse Jarnow, Rovi
full bio

Comments

Love his sound.
Lee, you're the Man. Thanks.

We're sorry, but a browser plugin or firewall may be preventing Pandora from loading.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser.

Please check our Help page for more information.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser
or install a newer version of Flash (v.10 or later).

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please install Adobe Flash (v.10 or later).

[67, 73, 77, 84, 110, 95, 101, 105, 75, 114, 99, 79, 70, 113, 71, 91, 89, 124, 73, 80, 76, 123, 118, 72, 75, 100, 127, 94, 65, 69, 65, 90, 72, 107, 76, 85, 124, 66, 120, 123, 100, 119, 83, 121, 96, 90, 76, 125, 95, 84, 105, 108, 75, 127, 84, 86, 115, 106, 94, 66, 94, 90, 83, 81, 113, 119, 113, 68, 73, 65, 94, 106, 85, 103, 101, 95, 106, 86, 93, 108, 67, 89, 66, 66, 74, 116, 81, 68, 123, 86, 89, 109, 85, 70, 71, 111, 111, 91, 93, 108, 90, 86, 92, 113, 65, 83, 96, 123, 72, 73, 122, 108, 83, 117, 75, 118, 107, 103, 68, 79, 118, 76, 94, 96, 84, 113, 71, 109, 86, 83, 106, 84, 97, 79, 76, 102, 77, 80, 75, 67, 73, 76, 101, 121, 126, 108, 125, 108, 109, 77, 100, 74, 109, 121, 82, 81, 70, 76, 113, 117, 86, 116, 76, 113, 123, 69, 76, 66, 82, 75, 120, 97, 79, 99, 70, 92, 92, 114, 124, 92, 114, 82, 126, 100, 107, 101, 70, 78, 127, 84, 101, 73, 105, 106, 79, 119, 68, 104, 118, 72, 70, 120, 115, 118, 66, 109, 112, 124, 120, 72, 102, 71, 93, 66, 69, 80, 73, 116, 93, 64, 71, 84, 67, 101, 127, 97, 126, 102, 79, 123, 93, 91, 119, 81, 103, 126, 64, 107, 94, 72, 118, 78, 105, 68, 116, 64, 121, 112, 90, 127, 125, 99, 115, 93, 120, 92, 93, 96, 105, 120, 116, 91, 90, 102, 114, 117, 97, 68, 96, 65, 92, 99, 110, 82, 120, 123, 95, 81, 107, 102, 93, 100, 110, 80, 91, 120, 66, 118, 67, 71, 87, 83, 75, 67, 86, 123, 69, 75, 79, 116, 111, 83, 103, 98, 100, 100, 70, 109, 101, 112, 77, 101, 84, 103, 127, 75, 98, 81, 121, 122, 124, 69, 85, 79, 114, 86, 104, 65, 110, 78, 95, 122, 125, 87, 112, 76, 121, 95, 103, 109, 73, 65, 112, 102, 80, 79, 100, 90, 87, 92, 85, 74, 120, 120, 106, 71, 66, 95, 113, 88, 92, 89, 81, 73, 101, 66, 101, 115, 116, 116, 117, 103, 94, 70, 124, 99, 113, 77, 78, 92, 104, 115, 123, 99, 84, 118, 118, 69, 88, 102, 75, 81, 101, 97, 115, 102, 107, 110, 76, 71, 81, 113, 85, 88, 68, 116, 96, 115, 94, 101, 67, 117, 118, 108, 123, 107, 101, 71, 110, 105, 68, 108, 113, 85, 77, 104, 75, 88, 81, 94, 113, 71, 86, 66, 71, 84, 92, 75, 67, 103, 92, 100, 114, 110, 105, 106, 101, 105, 116, 80, 123, 116, 76, 71, 69, 98, 124, 98, 101, 105, 123, 113, 98, 108, 119, 121, 85, 122, 91, 77, 90, 77, 115, 79, 124, 117, 123, 104, 71, 77, 65, 94, 73, 83, 89, 93, 69, 64, 77, 87, 97, 67, 84, 119, 123, 109, 69, 68, 75, 124, 94, 119, 76, 122, 104, 99, 73, 73, 119, 121, 124, 94]