Sonic Youth's Sonic New Year Down Under

Hangin' with the kangaroos. Photo by Jay Blakesberg.

Sonic Youth are now in Australia for a month long tour.

This is what they did before they left. Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore spent

Christmas in Los Angeles. Lee Renaldo returned to New York after the group's

spate of Christmas shows to spend the holidays in New York with his girlfriend

and son, Cody. And Steve Shelly, always the renegade, went back to Michigan to

trim the tree with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Shelly. As a final act before that

lovely 16 hour flight Down Under, Kim Gordon posed for LifeMagazine for

a May Mother's Day issue, which will feature a story on rock moms. No, we don't

know if Courtney was included.