Lee Ranaldo

Composer / Member of Sonic Youth

Lee Ranaldo is a composer, visual artist, writer, and founding member of the New York City group Sonic Youth, who continue to record new music and tour the world on a regular basis. Their most recent record, The Eternal, was relased in June 2009 on Matador Records. His visual and sound works have been shown at galleries and museums around the world.

His most recent solo recording is We'll Know Where When We Get There, in collaboration with partner Leah Singer. Against Refusing, a book of poems based on internet spam, will be published by Waterrow Press in 2010. His visual work will be on view in the show Sonic Youth, etc.: Sensational Fix, which opens at the Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid on January 28, 2010, and at Hogar Collection in Williamsburg, opening January 15/16, 2010.

Lee Ranaldo appears in the following:

New Sounds Presents: Lee Ranaldo, Steve Gunn and Dom Flemons

Thursday, June 08, 2017

John Schaefer wraps the New York Guitar Festival with performances by Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth, singer-songwriter Steve Gunn and Grammy Award-winning folk artist Dom Flemons.


Lee Ranaldo And The Dust: Sonic Youth's Guitarist Goes Solo

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Hear Lee Ranaldo perform in the Soundcheck studio.


Music To Calm Dogs; Lee Ranaldo And The Dust Plays Live

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

In this episode: Soundcheck producer -- and new dog owner -- Katie Bishop shares her tale of canine separation anxiety woe and her experience with specially-designed music for calming dogs.

Then, a New York City Animal Care & Control behavior specialist explains why the organization recently started piping music into their shelters, and we hear from the founder of the Rescue Animal MP3 Project. 

Plus, sound researcher Joshua Leeds talks about what dogs actually hear and why music can have an impact on domestic animals.

And, Lee Ranaldo, the longtime Sonic Youth guitarist, performs with his new band The Dust in the Soundcheck studio.

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A New Song From Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Longtime Sonic Youth guitarist and composer Lee Ranaldo shares a track from his upcoming album, Last Night On Earth. Plus, he puts together a Pick Three playlist.


Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo Debuts A New Song; Burning Man; Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

In this episode: Sonic Youth may be on hold for the time being, but that hasn't stopped the band's longtime guitarist Lee Ranaldo. Hear a sneak preview of Ranaldo's upcoming album, Last Night On Earth, with the new song "Lecce, Leaving." Plus he offers a playlist for our Pick Three series.

Then, a lookahead at the bonkers annual festival Burning Man.

And Ivan Neville brings his New Orleans funk band Dumpstaphunk to the Soundcheck studio for a raucous and gritty performance.


Lee Ranaldo: In Studio

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Lee Ranaldo has written songs and played guitar in the veteran alternative rock group Sonic Youth for three decades. With the group facing an uncertain future after the breakup of members Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon, Ranaldo has released a solo record titled "Between the Times and the Tides." Ranaldo and his band join us in studio to play some songs off the new album.

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Eight Days of Steve: Lee Ranaldo

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Sonic Youth guitarist reflects on the work of composer Steve Reich.
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Lee Ranaldo

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Musician and poet Lee Ranaldo made his name as a guitarist in the groundbreaking rock band Sonic Youth. He joins us to talk about his new work with a very different groundbreaking band, the Bang on a Can All-Stars.


Why Music is Universal

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

According to recent findings, there may be a scientific basis to the reason Western music has been so readily distributed around the globe. We discuss the study, which demonstrates a universal recognition of music that expresses the emotions of happiness, sadness and fear. Also: musician and poet Lee Ranaldo, co-founder ...

The Summer of Daydream Nation

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Sonic Youth’s “Daydream Nation” is considered one of the most influential albums in rock. We talk with band-members Lee Ranaldo and Steve Shelley about the record's genesis, and why the band’s now performing it, in its entirety, on stage.

Sonic Youth will be performing ...