Kim Gordon, DJ Olive, Ikue Mori, SYR5 (SYR): After releasing four challenging, experimental albums on their own indie label, SYR, Sonic Youth have begun issuing offshoot projects, the first of which is a collaboration between SY singer/bassist/guitarist Kim Gordon, DJ Olive and Ikue Mori, mixed by Jim O'Rourke. "International Spy" features Gordon improvising lyrics — "I spy into your ear" — over an audio collage that is somehow soothing, while "Neu Adult" feels like a beat poetry reading over the sounds of a beehive. Actually, this is exactly what you'd expect, and then some. It feels very New York/Village/late-night/modern/Jackson Pollock/let's go somewhere new/let's have fun while we go there. I love it! — Michael Goldberg

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