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Sentimental Education

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Album Review

Free Kitten is as close as indie-rock can come to a "supergroup": it includes Pavement's Mark Ibold, Pussy Galore's Julie Cafritz, the Boredoms' Yoshimi, and Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, and most of Sentimental Education dabbles in the sort of New York artiness one would expect from this collection. Half of the tracks sound like Goo-era Sonic Youth ("Strawberry Milk," "Bouwerie Boy"); the other half are either deconstructive experiments ("Never Gonna Sleep," D.J. Spooky's "Spatialized Chinatown Express Mix") or pop parodies (the album begins with a campy cover of Serge Gainsbourg's "Teenie Weenie Boppie.") While Sentimental Education can't really compare to the work of any of its members' bands, it provides enough of the thrills of each to be consistently satisfying.

Biography

Formed: 1992 in New York, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Free Kitten began in 1992 in New York as a vehicle that would allow Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Pussy Galore's Julia Cafritz to pursue other projects away from their usual work with their respective bands. Guitarist Cafritz and bassist Gordon began playing out, offering their audiences short sets of post-punk numbers. They put out Call Now/Straight Up later that year, and proceeded on the Lollapalooza tour. Their singles include "Oh Bondage, Up Yours," which was originally done by X-Ray Spex. Yoshimi,...
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