Sonic Youth, ‘The Destroyed Room: B-sides and Rarities’ (Geffen)
As aging punks who value the album-as-statement, Sonic Youth release anthologies that hang together remarkably well (see their indie-’80s primer and video collection Screaming Fields of Sonic Love). The Destroyed Room assembles various collectors’ fodder from their major-label years: “Bull in the Heather” B-side “Razor Blade” channels acoustic Royal Trux (how very indie ’90s!); “Kim’s Chords” and “Beautiful Plateau” are bonus clang from the Japanese release of Sonic Nurse, while “Campfire” is a blipping Groovebox experiment. Some of the tracks sound pretty tossed-off, but it’s nice to hear such a brainy bunch not overthinking things.