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Sonic Youth – Dirty (1992/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Sonic Youth – Dirty (1992/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 1:02:11 minutes | 2,44 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: PonoMusic | © Geffen Records, Universal Music GmbH

Dirty was the band’s seventh studio album recorded with producer Butch Vig and engineer Andy Wallace, spawning the singles “100%,” “Youth Against Fascism” and “Sugar Kane”. Rolling Stone declares “Dirty is a great Sonic Youth disc, easily ranking with Daydream Nation and Sister among the band’s most unified and unforgettable recorded works”.

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Sonic Youth – A Thousand Leaves (1998/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Sonic Youth – A Thousand Leaves (1998/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:14:22 minutes | 2,82 GB | Genre: Alternative Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks |  Front Cover | © DGC/Geffen Records
Recorded: 1997–1998, Echo Canyon in New York City

Truth be told, the grunge era never quite fit Sonic Youth. They may have been at the peak of their popularity, but they had traded their experimentalism for sheer, bracing noise. It may have sounded good, but ultimately Dirty didn’t have the cerebral impact of Sister, largely because it was tied to an admittedly effective backbeat. Beginning with Washing Machine, Sonic Youth returned to more adventurous territory, and in 1997, they released a series of EPs that illustrated their bond with such post-rock groups as Tortoise and Gastr del Sol. Those EPs, as well as the epic Washing Machine closer, “The Diamond Sea,” provide the foundation for A Thousand Leaves, the band’s most challenging and satisfying record in years. The blasts of dissonance that characterized their SST masterworks have been replaced, by and large, by winding, intricate improvisations. There’s a surprising warmth to the subdued guitars of Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, and Kim Gordon, which keeps the lengthy songs captivating. Both Moore and Ranaldo concentrate on quiet material, which almost makes Gordon’s noisy politicized rants sound a little out of place, but her best moments (“French Tickler,” “Heather Angel”) have unsettling, unpredictable twists and turns that greatly contribute to the success of A Thousand Leaves. It may be their most cerebral album in ages, but that only makes it all the more engaging.

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Sonic Youth – Rather Ripped (2006/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Sonic Youth – Rather Ripped (2006/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 51:49 minutes | 2,05 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © DGC/Geffen Records
Recorded: December 2005 – January 2006, Sear Sound in New York City

Rather Ripped contains some of Sonic Youth’s most poppy and accessible songs, co-produced by John Agnello working with the band for the first time. The 2006 release marked the end of Sonic Youth’s nine-album run on Geffen Records as well as the departure of guitarist and producer Jim O’Rourke, who joined the group in 1999.

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Sonic Youth – Murray Street (2002/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Sonic Youth – Murray Street (2002/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 45:41 minutes | 1,76 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © DGC/Geffen Records
Recorded: August 2001 – March 2002 at Echo Canyon, New York City

Considered one of the band’s best albums, Sonic Youth’s 2002 release Murray Street is named for the location of the group’s studio in New York City, only two blocks from the World Trade Center. The terrorist attacks of 9/11 occurred during the writing and recording of this album, which therefore reflects the turmoil and uncertainty of the times. Murray Street also marks the beginning of Grammy-winning producer and guitarist Jim O’Rourke’s six year stint as a member of Sonic Youth.

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Sonic Youth – The Diamond Sea EP (1995/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Sonic Youth – The Diamond Sea EP (1995/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 33:37 minutes | 1,27 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Pono | Front Cover | © DGC/Geffen Records

The Diamond Sea from Sonic Youth’s 1995 release Washing Machine holds the distinction as the band’s longest song, clocking in at almost 20 minutes on the album. This EP takes the song one step further with a 26 minute “extended” version and also includes a drastically-edited single mix of the song along with the quirky outtake My Arena.

“We all have different aesthetics as to how songs should work. I generally push for a lot of abandon while some people in the group are more interested in truncating things. If I was the leader as much as people say I am, every song would be 20 minutes long.” –Thurston Moore, lead vocalist/guitarist

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Sonic Youth – Sonic Nurse (2004/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Sonic Youth – Sonic Nurse (2004/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:00:40 minutes | 2,39 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Pono | Front Cover | © DGC/Geffen Records
Recorded: July 2003 – February 2004 at Echo Canyon, New York City

Picking up where Murray Street’s languid experimentalism left off, Sonic Youth’s somewhat awkwardly named Sonic Nurse shows that the band still sounds revitalized, and may have even tapped into a more fruitful creative streak than they did on their previous album. Anyone who has stuck with Sonic Youth this long knows more or less what to expect from them, but the group still has the potential to surprise; one of Sonic Nurse’s biggest surprises is the return of Kim Gordon. She had a relatively limited presence on NYC Ghosts & Flowers and Murray Street, but she’s back in a big way on this album, contributing four tracks; not coincidentally, Gordon’s songs are among the strongest on the album. “Pattern Recognition” gets Sonic Nurse off to a strong start and ranks among her best rock songs, falling somewhere between “Kool Thing” and “Bull in the Heather” in its icy-hot appeal. Her quieter songs have just as much impact: “Dude Ranch Nurse” boasts an oddly timeless guitar lick and lyrics (“Let me ride you till you fall/Let’s pretend that there’s nothing at all”) that blur the line between alluring and nihilistic. “I Love You Golden Blue” is another standout, a beautiful but bleak ballad with ghostly vocals that recall Nico at her most fragile. Of course, the rest of the band finds moments to shine: Thurston Moore’s “Dripping Dream” begins as absurdist, angular rock (although he still has the ability to make phrases like “We’ve been searching for the cream dream wax” sound like the coolest thing ever) and stretches out into a beautiful epic, with the interplay of feedback and guitar lines giving it a comet-tail majesty. “Paper Cup Exit,” the requisite Lee Ranaldo track, has a sharper-edged mix of noise and melody than most of Sonic Nurse. Another of the album’s surprises is how much of its inspiration seems to come from the band’s late-’80s/early-’90s material. It’s not just that the band slams George W. Bush on the mellow protest song “Peace Attack,” just as Dirty’s “Youth Against Fascism” railed against the first President Bush, or that they peer into the void of pop culture on “Kim Gordon and the Arthur Doyle Hand Cream” as they did on Goo’s Karen Carpenter tribute, “Tunic.” On songs like “New Hampshire” — which could pass for a lost track from Daydream Nation — Sonic Youth actually sound younger and more enthusiastic than they have in a few albums. All told, this album is probably the band’s best balance of pop melodies and avant-leaning structures since Washing Machine; even if it doesn’t rank among their most ambitious work, Sonic Nurse sounds like the kind of album Sonic Youth should be making at this point in their career. –AllMusic Review by Heather Phares

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Sonic Youth – NYC Ghosts & Flowers (2000/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Sonic Youth – NYC Ghosts & Flowers (2000/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 42:43 minutes | 1,67 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Geffen Records

NYC Ghosts & Flowers is the 11th studio album by American noise rock/alternative rock band Sonic Youth. It was released on May 16, 2000 by record label DGC. The album was very experimental and can be considered as a reaction to the theft of their instruments in July 1999, in which many irreplaceable guitars and effects pedals were stolen. This is also the first album since Bad Moon Rising in which Sonic Youth used John Cage-like prepared guitar, for example using a bicycle horn between the strings on Lightnin, a lime between the strings and the first pickup and a file inserted over the neck pickup on Small Flowers Crack Concrete and a drum stick between the strings in Free City Rhymes.

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Sonic Youth – Washing Machine (1995/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192Hz]

Sonic Youth – Washing Machine (1995/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:08:17 minutes | 2,55 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | @ Geffen Records, Universal Music

Sonic Youth’s ninth album Washing Machine is the first record to almost exclusively feature Kim on guitar rather than bass, and contains some of their lengthiest material since “Goo” and “Daydream Nation”, including the epic “The Diamond Sea” which drifts onward for an unprecedented 20 minutes, still the longest track on any SY album (excluding the SYR releases). Incidentally, “The Diamond Sea” would prove to be one of the band’s most popular songs, and it along with SY’s headlining spot on the summer Lollapalooza tour would introduce legions of new fans to their music.

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Sonic Youth – Goo (1990/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Sonic Youth – Goo (1990/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 49:56 minutes | 2,06 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: PonoMusic | @ Geffen Records, Universal Music

Goo was the sixth studio album by alternative rock group Sonic Youth and their first for a major label. Its lead single, “Kool Thing” made it to the number 7 spot on the singles chart and featured Chuck D of Public Enemy, the record also features the singles “Disappearer” and “Dirty Boots”.

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