At the end of 1998 I named Sonic Youth's tenth album A Thousand Leaves as my #1 record of the year. This was the first one the NYC noiseniks recorded in their own studio, and the result was a return to challenging, no-compromise pop experimentation after the more accessible work of their early major-label years. Looking back, this is a bit of an odd choice for #1; it's not a record that I have returned to very much at all. In fact, I don't remember all of it very well. Sunday is the record's most accessible number. There was a time when I believed that absolutely no band was cooler than Sonic Youth; the band has, sadly, dissolved, and those days are past.