Before they headed to the Minnesota State Fair last night for a rain-soaked concert with the Magic Numbers and The Flaming Lips, Sonic Youth stopped by for a tour of the Walker galleries with Performing Arts curator Philip Bither. The band–Thurston Moore, Steve Shelley, Lee Ranaldo, and Kim Gordon–has been here before: Gordon gave a talk on Yoko Ono’s influence in 2001; Ranaldo performed in 2004 as part of the group playing a live score for Stan Brakhage’s films in Text of Light; and, most memorable of all, SY headlined Rock the Garden 2000 (with Stereolab and Sunship Sextet). But this time around, they came specifically to see the work of a friend, Cameron Jamie (here they are posing with Jamie’s Kranky Masks). What’d they think of the exhibition? They’ve promised to let me know for a future post or feature in Walker magazine.