Listen: Thurston Moore Shares “Chelsea’s Kiss” in Support of Jailed Whistleblower Chelsea Manning

"Chelsea's Kiss" To Be Released on Cassette Store Day

Sep 22, 2016 Photography by Wendy Lynch Redfern (for Under the Radar) Bookmark and Share


We reported yesterday that Thurston Moore (ex-Sonic Youth of course) is releasing a new single in support of jailed whistleblower Chelsea Manning entitled "Chelsea's Kiss." You can now stream the near 8-minute long song below. The lyrics deal with "orders too gruesome to carry out" and are fittingly political in nature.

The current print issue of Under the Radar is our Protest Issue. It features artists holding protest signs of their own making. One of those artists is Moore and his sign says "Free Chelsea Manning." Manning is a United States Army private who was court marshaled in 2013 and sentenced to a 35 year jail sentence for violating the espionage act by leaking classified and sensitive materials to WikiLeaks (nearly three quarters of a million documents). The material exposed civilian deaths in Iraq due a U.S. helicopter attack, among many other things. She's also a trans woman.

"Chelsea's Kiss" will be backed by "Sad Saturday" and released on Cassette Store Day (October 8) via Blank Editions, with some proceeds going to the Chelsea Manning Support Network. "Chelsea's Kiss" was recorded by Moore, Ryan Sawyer, Deb Googe (of My Bloody Valentine), and James Sedwards (of Nøught). There will also be release party on October 8 at Lion Coffee + Records in London (where Moore is based these days).

(Via Pitchfork)



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