Sonic Youth's most celebrated and critically respected album, 1988's Daydream Nation, will receive a 30th-anniversary cinematic commemoration at Grand Illusion on Monday, October 22, as director Lance Bangs will present three films related to that sprawling, psychedelic opus. On the docket are Charles Atlas's Put Blood in Music, a 1989 documentary about New York City's downtown music scene, in which SY figure promiently; On Rust, a Dutch television program that gave Sonic Youth some of their first European exposure; and Daydream Nation, Bangs's film shot in Glasgow, Scotland, of the band performing the titular LP over two nights in 2007, with additional Super 8 and 16mm footage from the director's personal archives. (Am I alone in wishing Sonic Youth and their archivists had done something like this for 1987's Sister, which I think is their peak?)
Along with Bangs, Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley will be in attendance at Grand Illusion for a post-screening Q&A, and Shelley will be selling merchandise. The films screen at 6:30 pm and 9:00 pm. You can buy tickets here. No promises, but you just might learn the exact dimension of hell... on a Monday night yet.