I have been a huge Sonic Youth since the first time I ever heard them back in 1990 while in college. I like pretty much all of their albums (except for maybe NYC Ghosts and Flowers, I've still not quite warmed up to that one). I have never really gotten that much out of the individual members' solo material or non-Sonic collaborations with other artists. Until now. The new solo album from Thurston Moore, Trees Outside the Academy, is fantastic. The songs are primarily acoustic; and they sound like some of Thurston's catchier Sonic tunes done in a much quieter setting. J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. plays lead guitar on a few of the songs, as well.
I found this interesting interview of Thurston conducted by the BBC, where he talks about the making of the new record.