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KSPC is pleased to wish a happy birthday to two darlings of the Underground programming block: the Minutemen’s punk classic Double Nickels on the Dime and Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore!

Hailing from San Pedro, CA, the Minutemen were a pivotal force in American underground music. Their 1984 double album Double Nickels on the Dime is an 80-minute opus of proletariat politics and econo jams, critically praised as the band’s finest work. It’s one of Pitchfork Media‘s Top 100 Albums of the 1980s and one of Rolling Stone‘s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. As Minutemen bassist Mike Watt tweeted yesterday, today marks Double Nickels’ 25th anniversary.

Thurston Moore, singer/songwriter/guitarist of legendary New York rock band Sonic Youth, needs no introduction except to say the dude’s still rockin’ at age 51. In addition to touring and recording with Sonic Youth, Moore works on a variety of side and solo projects and runs the Ecstatic Peace! label. Earlier this summer, Moore and fellow Sonic Youth Lee Ranaldo were honored with signature editions of the Fender Jazzmaster guitar. Sonic Youth’s latest album, The Eternal, came out in June.

-rachel d.

One Response to “This Day in History:”

  1. November 25, 2009 at 11:32 pm #

    ‘Double Nickels’ is in my top 5 favorite albums of all time, ever. The Minutemen were the coolest, & D. Boon is sorely missed. ‘Double Nickels’ was about as highly evolved as ‘punk rock’ ever got. Those guys created their own niche with that record; their own world that for 80 minutes or so you too could inhabit. It never gets old, it sounds incredible, and it was made for about $1000. Jam econo.

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