Sonic Youth, Rather Ripped (Geffen 2006)
I was loving SY's spiralling neo-deadhead epic songs circa Murray Street, so at first the relatively tame + tight alternarock on Rather Ripped (their poppiest since Dirty) didn't connect ... but it just took some repeated spins and volume. Kim rules this album with "Reena," "Jams Run Free," and especially "What a Waste" ... love her new singing-in-tune initiative, as heard toward the end of this track while the guitars follow along ... hot.

Sonic Youth - "What a Waste"

I think I'm gonna highlight some more rock stuff all week, so check back.