The Sonic Youth archive train rolls on and the band have added two more releases to their bandcamp. First is the somewhat infamous 1987 Master-Dik EP, which originally came out via SST/Blast First and features a few covers, including Ramones' "Beat on the Brat." Here's Lee Ranaldo with more:

A slight hiccup in our production? This is the infamous EP that Blast First label head Paul Smith begged us not to release. It has long been reviled or misunderstood by many! The song itself, Master-Dik - possibly a play on words related to Masterdisk, where we mastered our albums in those days - first saw light of day in a different version as a bonus track on the Sister CD when it came out. That was the 'non-beatbox version' (meaning Steve was playing the drums). The version on this EP has full beatbox in effect. J Mascis even puts in an appearance on lead guitar! In essence, although this track was recorded during and associated with the Sister era, it actual looked ahead to the making of the Ciccone Youth Whitey Album about 18 months later. It was the first appearance by the Royal Tuff Titty, who at one point even declares "We're Ciccone!"

Following Beat on the Brat, Side 2 journeys thru a sonic wonderland of 14 selections (or is it 15? 13?), beginning with an except from a live Radio Suisse broadcast as we goofed around with Beatles and George Benson covers (you kinda had to be there) and a bunch of other soundscapes, rehearsal takes and sound effects, including one of my favorite tracks from this period, 'Our Backyard' (not kidding). We were playing with 'scope, expanding and contracting in new and different ways. In any case, love it or hate it, we went ahead and released it over Paul's objections, and, defying predictions, it didn't derail our career. The Peter Anderson photos with the spray paint spiral behind became emblematic of this period and were widely seen at the time.

The other release new to Bandcamp is Live at All Tomorrow's Parties 2000. Say the band:

Sonic Youth's first live performance in 2000 and their last as a quartet for some time was a predominately instrumental set at the very first All Tomorrows Parties Festival. Curated by Mogwai, the event took place at Camber Sands Holiday Village in East Sussex, UK, a somewhat charmingly dilapidated summer camp (non-Brits: think Tommy's Holiday Camp). SY opened with a brand new 23-minute sonic assault, "J'Accuse Ted Hughes" (then titled "New Drone" and later to appear as side 1 of SYR 7) and the band performed the bulk of the soon-to-be released "NYC Ghosts & Flowers". "Free City Rhymes" and "Renegade Princess" were played instrumentally. Kim sang "Nevermind" and "Side2Side", Lee sang "NYC Ghosts & Flowers". The encore was "Lightnin" and "Sunday". This was the gig that spawned the fabled NME headline "Goodbye 20th Century, Goodbye Talent"!

More: Lee Ranaldo made a quarantine-themed video for his cover of John Lennon's "Isolation" which is from his 1988 solo album Amarillo Ramp (for Robert Smithson) that's now on Bandcamp.

More From Brooklyn Vegan