What our staff has to say: “Originally released in 2003, take the opportunity on RSD to grab this 20th anniversary pressing of the quintessential comp of post-punk and no wave dance music of NYC. Mars, The Contortions, Glenn Branca, the crucial figures are here. It also has beautifully done inner sleeves with photos and info on the major players.” – Hannah
Soul Jazz Records’ New York Noise: Dance Music from The New York Underground 1978-82.
Gets a new 20th anniversary one-off limited-edition heavyweight yellow vinyl pressing + download code exclusively for Record Store Day 2023.
This new edition features classic New York post-punk, punk funk, synth wave and no wave tracks from Arthur Russell/Dinosaur L, James White and the Contortions, The Theoretical Girls, Mars, Konk, Material, Bush Tetras, and Lizzy Mercier Descloux alongside rare tracks by the likes of Alan Vega (Suicide), Chain Gang and Implog.
New York Noise sums up the point in time and space where dance music and punk rock first met as New York’s No Wave artists such as Glenn Branca, James White alongside dance music’s experimental pioneers including Arthur Russell (Dinosaur l), Bill Laswell (Material), and Konk created new musical art forms out of this union.
“Compilations like this are necessary because they document bygone fragments of time and keep them alive for younger generations. Compilations like this are dangerous because they tend to fall in the hands of young bands who spend more time looking behind than ahead.” –All Music
“New York Noise is a comprehensive look at the post-punk and no wave era, a short period in time whose influence is still immeasurable and sensed today.” –The Guardian
“One of the most satisfying archival collections, Soul Jazz’s compilation New York Noise 1978-1982, gathers far-reaching tracks from such diverse acts as Liquid Liquid, Material, and Glenn Branca.” –Pitchfork