Trees Outside the Academy

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Trees Outside the Academy
Studio album by Thurston Moore
Released September 18, 2007 (2007-09-18)
Recorded 2007 Amherst, Massachusetts
Genre Alternative rock
Length 46:07
Label Ecstatic Peace!
Producer John Agnello and Thurston Moore
Thurston Moore chronology
Psychic Hearts
(1995)
Trees Outside the Academy
(2007)
Demolished Thoughts
(2011)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
The A.V. Club A- link
Pitchfork Media 7.9/10 link
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars link
Stylus magazine C- link

Trees Outside the Academy is an alternative rock album by American musician Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth. It was released on 18 September 2007 and was Moore's first solo album since 1995's Psychic Hearts. It was released on Moore's own label, Ecstatic Peace!. It was recorded with Sonic Youth's drummer Steve Shelley and violinist Samara Lubelski.

The recording took place at Dinosaur Jr guitarist J. Mascis' home studio. Mascis also contributed lead guitar for some tracks. It features the track "Thurston @ 13" which is, "Some weird cassette tape that Thurston found at his mom's of him at 13 years old in the early '70s performing some kind of odd sound-theatre."

The album debuted at #6 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, barely missing the Billboard 200.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by Thurston Moore.

  1. "Frozen Gtr." – 4:07
  2. "The Shape Is in a Trance" – 4:41
  3. "Honest James" – 3:52
  4. "Silver>Blue" – 5:52
  5. "Fri/End" – 3:33
  6. "American Coffin" – 3:58
  7. "Wonderful Witches + Language Meanies" – 2:26
  8. "Off Work" – 4:14
  9. "Never Day" – 4:03
  10. "Free Noise Among Friends" – 0:36
  11. "Trees Outside the Academy" – 6:07
  12. "Thurston@13" – 2:38

Personnel[edit]

  • Thurston Moore – acoustic & electric guitars, bass, vocals, piano on track 6
  • Steve Shelley – drums on tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 9 & 11
  • Samara Lubelski – violin on tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 9 & 11
  • J Mascis – lead guitar on tracks 1, 2, 7 & 11
  • Gown – electric guitar on track 1 & 9
  • John Moloney – drums on track 7
  • Christina Carter – vocals on tracks 1 & 3
  • Leslie Keffer – noise on track 8

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
Belgian Albums Chart (Vl)[1] 47
French SNEP Albums Chart[2] 176
Norwegian Albums Chart[3] 18
US Billboard Heatseekers Albums[4] 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Thurston Moore – Trees Outside the Academy". Ultratop (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Thurston Moore – Trees Outside the Academy". lescharts.com (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Thurston Moore – Trees Outside the Academy". norwegiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Trees Outside the Academy – Thurston Moore: Awards". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 

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