It’s hard to believe Sonic Youth have been broken up for almost a decade. We still miss them, but fortunately, they’ve been unearthing so many rare and previously unreleased recordings on their Bandcamp lately, and the four core members have remained highly prolific in the years since SY called it a day. In the past year alone, Kim Gordon released her debut solo album, Lee Ranaldo put out a new album (with Raül Refree) and other material, Thurston Moore has a new album coming and recently put out other material too, and Steve Shelley has drummed on a lot of new stuff recently, including the upcoming Thurston Moore album.

If you’re a longtime Sonic Youth fan, they need no introduction. But if you’re new to the band, diving into their discography can be intimidating. They put out 16 studio albums over the course of 27 years (counting their self-titled debut, which sometimes is considered an EP) — all of it varying from good to some of the greatest rock music ever recorded — and that’s not counting their many live albums, bootlegs, collaborations, “side” projects/releases (like Ciccone Youth), their experimental SYR series, and other odds and ends that came out over the years. It’s a lot to dig into, and most of it is well worth your time. New York Times critic Robert Palmer famously said Sonic Youth were “making the most startlingly original guitar-based music since Jimi Hendrix” in
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