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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.