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No Wave can be a tough nut to crack. The genre’s doodly and distant (and saxophoney), but it’s also rhythmic and propulsive. Coming out of New York in the late 1970’s with bands like Lydia Lunch, DNA and Suicide, the genre has evolved over the last 30-plus years with acts like Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Swans and Liars re-packaging it for the Pitchfork set (Swans’ newest record, To Be Kind, even managed to crack the Top 40 in both the US and UK).

Below, we’ve put together a playlist of some of our favorite No Wave tracks, running the gamut from the early days all the way up to today, and features artists like Sonic Youth, Suicide, Teenage Jesus and the Jerks and more.