Celebrating 25 years of Sonic Youth.

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KEXP Suggests… Sonic Youth – Rather Ripped (SYR/Geffen)

“The legendary New York rockers celebrate their 25th anniversary with one of their strongest albums in quite awhile. In some ways, it’s one of their most conventional releases: The songs are concise and almost poppy, with no extended noise jams (though there are still plenty of noisy bits). Nevertheless, it’s still very much Sonic Youth – the odd guitar tunings, the tension/release structure and loud/soft dynamics are all still there, but it’s all in more compact song form. And it’s the consistently strong quality of the songs that puts the album a cut above.” – Don Yates

Rather Ripped is due out June 13, but you can listen to the entire record… Check it out!

1. Reena – (WMA)
2. Incinerate – (WMA)
3. Do You Believe In Rapture? – (WMA)
4. Sleepin’ Around – (WMA)
5. What A Waste – (WMA)
6. Jams Run Free – (WMA)
7. Rats – (WMA)
8. Turquiose Boy – (WMA)
9. Lights Out – (WMA)
10. The Neutral – (WMA)
11. Pink Steam – (WMA)
12. Or – (WMA)

Visit the KEXP Live Performances Archive to listen to an in-studio performance from Sonic Youth on 7/14/2004 – (WMA, Real)

Catch Sonic Youth at The Moore on June 30 with Awesome Color.

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