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12. Thurston Moore - The Best Day (Matador) None of my lists would be complete without a Sonic Youth related record as all former members have continually created great records since their disbandment in 2011. Kim Gordon's work with Body/Head, while uber-experimental, has been stellar. Lee Renaldo has written some of his best pop songs and somehow failed to crack this list last year. Thurston Moore has thrown himself into new projects with abandon recording with Chelsea Light Moving and releasing several solo records. The Best Day might be the best, amping up and building on all the touchstones of Moore's songwriting. From the opening salvo of the "Teen Age Riot-esque" "Speak to the Wild," the record presents a united front of song-craft like little Moore has done outside of SY. The eleven minute elegiac "Forevermore" has a lilting quality that sits nicely next to "Tape" and its ballad-like structure and manipulation. Even "Germs Burn," another of Moore's common references to Darby Crash's doomed band, the Germs, with its Nirvana influenced guitar lines shows the depth of Moore's vision.