Sonic Youth Gearing Up for New Album, French Soundtrack and DVD

Sonic Youth Gearing Up for New Album, French Soundtrack and DVD
It's fitting that Sonic Youth's most recent album was called The Eternal, because the legendary New York band refuse to slow down. Besides releasing and touring that record, their 16th, this year, the band found time to show up on Gossip Girl and to let Thurston Moore launch a publishing house. Now, SY's Lee Ranaldo has revealed that 2010 will likely be just as hectic for the band.

Speaking with BBC 6 Music, Ranaldo said that 2010 will most likely see a 17th album from the band, saying, "We're most probably going back into the studio next year."

First, however, Sonic Youth are working on the soundtrack for a French teen movie. "We met the director in Paris and we liked what we saw," Ranaldo said. Frustratingly enough, he did not reveal the name of the film or who the director is. However, we do know that French filmmaker Michel Gondry is working on a movie called Return of the Ice Kings, "a story about kids who invent a water that makes you hear music when you drink it." Now, this may just be a coincidence, but it is something to think about.

As if that weren't enough, the band will also take on a new DVD. The disc will include performances from their recent Daydream Nation tour that took place in 2007 and 2008. It will be interspersed with clips of the band performing the same songs in 1988.

UPDATE: In an email to Exclaim!, Renaldo crushed our hopes of the band working with Gondry, writing, "We are working on a soundtrack [with a] young French director, but not Gondry." However, he still did not name names.