We received a nice treat in the mail at the Drunkard home offices a couple of weeks ago in the form of Sonic Youth’s upcoming album Rather Ripped. Have been massively impressed with their last two albums, Murray Street and Sonic Nurse, respectively, I had been anticipating the news of this release with baited breath. Maybe not bated breath, as I am still not all too clear on the origin of that saying, but I’ve been brimming with anticipation. Yeah, I like that better.
Rather Ripped yet again exemplifies why these cats are the Grateful Dead of Art-Rock. Like those aged hippies, no one does what Sonic Youth does, nor could. Pale imitations, yes, but never matched, nor topped.
I cannot yet comment on the net effect of Jim O’Rourke’s exodus from the band, as the full scope of the cumulative album experience has yet to sink in, but so far things are looking up. I played this track below on my radio show last week. Enjoy.
MP3: Sonic Youth :: Incinerate
**Travis at Buddyhead reminded me of the greatness of Sonic Youth’s, Spike Jonze directed, “100%” video.
**Visit rBally and get hip to these Live MP3s from Sonic Youth in Paris playing Rather Ripped
Amazon: Sonic Youth – Rather Ripped
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