And so to put the punchline before the joke, to douse all hopes before they can be aroused by 1,200 words of purply praising prose, Lee Ranaldo -- or, more accurately, the electronic keystrokes made by a transatlantic Lee Ranaldo -- reveals why Sonic Youth has bypassed St. Louis in recent years and why the band will be bypassing us again on its current tour: "Our U.S. booking agent has a long-standing vendetta against St. Louis due to a serious bout of unrequited love some years back, and it is his small knife into the heart of your fair city that keeps us from returning. Although... More >>>