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8.18.2017 | Brand New - Science Fiction: Stunning and worth the wait.


8.14.2017 | Ministry - The Land of Rape and Honey: Not as engaging as I am expecting their live show to be.


Broken Social Scene - Hug of Thunder: This one is going to take some time to digest.


8.11.2017 | YDI - Out For Blood: Nothing that resonates.


8.10.2017 | X-Japan - Blue Blood: Was not expecting each song to sound so similar.


Xiu Xiu - Plays the Music of Twin Peaks: This sas way better than it should be.


Wear Your Wounds - WYW: There is a really good album, or maybe long EP, in here.


Vietnam - Vietnam (1985): A lost (to me) classic.


Verlaines - Bird Dog: Enough to warrant a second listen.


Various - Princess Leia's Stolen Death Star Plans: A great one-time novelty listen.


Various - Ramshackle Glory/Ghost Mice: Now I need to dig into Ghsot Mice.


Various - Bomb the Music Industry/Laura Stevenson: BtMI side is fantastic.


Various - Bomb the Music Industry!/O Pioneers: Great pairing


Various - The Syness Clinic/Everyone Asked About You: Mostly forgettable emo from the late '90s.


Unwound - Repetition: I just did not get it.


Unbroken - It's Getting Tougher: Odds and ends that are worth a listen.


Unbroken - Life. Love. Regret.: Not nearly as good as Ritual, but still pretty great.


Unbroken - Ritual: Where has this been all of my life?!


Udusic - Ugly: Intriguing hardcore.


True Love - Heaven's Too Good For Us: It is no Background Music, but I will certainly take it.


True Love - Floral Note/New Young Gods: Great American Nightmare-inspired band.


James Supercave - Better Strange: Wish I had context for why I queued this underwhelming album.


Sun Kil Moon - Common As Light: Long. Very long.


Sorority Noise - You're Not As ______ As You Think: Modern emo at its finest.


Smith Street Band - More Scared Of You: The Hold Steady for the The Get Up Kids crowd.


Slow Fire Pistol - Demo/Moment of Clarity: Looking forward to more from this solid screamo band.


Slowdive - Slowdive: I think I need to revisit their old material.


7.29.2017 | Skewbald Grand Union - Skewbald Grand Union: Two songs is not enough


The Shins - Heartwoms: Nice return to form.


Sense Field - To End A Letter: For completists.


Sense Field - Living Outside: Certainly fatiguing.


Sense Field - Tonight and Forever: A little too slick for its own good.


Sense Field - Building: This should have been huge on the radio.


Sense Field - Killed For Less: Still a bit too rough around the edges.


Sense Field - Sense Field: Looking forward to more form this melodically-inclined hardcore-adjacent band.


Saxon Shore - The Exquisite Death Of: Just shy of post-rock, but a hell of a great instrumental album.


Samiam - Clumsy: How was this not bigger in the era post-Dookie?


Run The Jewels - 3: Almost too consistent.


Rudimentary Peni - Death Church: Early '80s punk in all of its low-fi glory.


Jeff Rosenstock - Live and Acoustic at Vinyl Paradies: Now I need to see him.


Ritual Mess - Vile Art: Wow, this is the best screamo album I have heard in a long time.


Ritual Mess - Ritual Mess: Successfully piqued my screamo interests.


Remo Drive - Greatest Hits: Part Weezer, part Get Up Kids, all pretty awesome.


7.22.2017 | Reason To Believe - When Reason Sleeps Demons Dance: More pop-punk than DC.


Reason to Believe - Demo/Next Door: Very DC-reminiscent melodic hardcore.


Ramshackle Glory - Who are your friends gonna be?: A little too Rehearsing My Choir.


Raekwon - The Wild: He and Ghostface just keep killing it.


Matt Pryor - Memento Mori: His most somber set of songs ever.


Protester - Demo/Protester/No Identity: Great hardcore that sounds both new and old.


Open City - Open City: More abrasive than I was anticipating.


Praise - Leave it All Behind: Almost too polished.


of Montreal - Rune Husk: When they hang it up, there will be so much to sift through for a greatest hits.


Conor Oberst - Salutations: So glad this exists, but prefer the originals in most cases.


Nine Inch Nails - Not The Actual Events: Really starting to like the EP format for them.


New Found Glory - Makes Me Sick: Less punk than anything they have ever released.


Narco Debut - Garden Dreams: The SSTB comparisons are warranted.


Mark Mulcahy - The Possum in the Driveway: Always worth listening to.


Mountain Goats - Goths: Best album since Sunset Tree.


6.30.2017 | John Moreland - Big Bad Luv: Sucked in by a charasmatic review, it is nothing to write home about.


Mom Jeans - Best Buds: Excellent album in the crowded emo revival field.


The Menzingers - After The Party: This is not getting the hype it deserves.


Jordaan Mason - Divorce Lawyers I Shaved My Head: Not sure I get the NMH vibe that has been described, but it is certainly captivating.


Sondre Lerche - Pleasure: Not just another solid Sondre album, the formula is tweaked just enough to make refreshing.


Jens Lekman - Pleasure: Mesmerizing melodies.


Labradors - The Great Maybe: Missing something that was on their EP.


Labradors - Hate Summer: Come for the Kanye cover, stay for the rest.


6.23.2017 | KRS-One - The World Is Mind: Reminding everyone that the fundamentals of hip-hop done properly can still be compelling.


Kiss - Alive!: Good to know they were a real rock band underneath it all.


King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Murder of the Universe: Album of the year so far and it is not really close.


King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Flying Microtonal Banana: Excellent follow-up to Nonagon.


Tim Kasher - No Resolution: Fair or not (the latter more likely), I will forever measure his albums against The Ugly Organ and this one does not compete.


Jesus and Mary Chain - Damage and Joy: I might like this more than their original albums.


Japandroids - Near to the Wild Heart of Life: A much slower burn than their debut, but I think it will be worth it in time.


I Love Your Lifestyle - We Go Way Back: Decent, but not extraordinary album from the emo revival.


Zach Hill - Face Tat: I do not think I would have appreciated this prior to Death Grips, but I sure do now.


Heart on My Sleeve - In The Midst Of Hope and Nothingness: Screamo full of desperation and break-at-any-moment. Not quite to Cap'n Jazz level, but akin enough.


Have a Nice Life - The Unnatural World: Amazing post-punk album.


Gray Matter - Thog: Completely skippable.


Gray Matter - Take It Back: Not quite at the same level.


Gray Matter - Food For Thought: A classic-sounding hardcore-adjacent album.


Glocca Morra - Just Married: Decent emo revival, but too much competition.


Give - Electric Flower Cult: One of the best bands in "hardcore"


Giants Chair - Purity and Control: Fantastic follow-up.


Giants Chair - Red and Clear: Heaviner, less melodic Get Up Kids and it is great.


Fit For Abuse - Too Little, Too Late: No it is not.


Fit For Abuse - Pysco Ray Sessions: Glad to finally own these on vinyl.


Craig Finn - We All Want The Same Thing: His most un-Hold Steady solo album yet. For better or worse.


Father John Misty - Pure Comedy: Enough really great stuff to come back to. Might be better as two EPs though.


Everyone Asked About You - Let's Be Enemies: Decent return to form.


Everyone Asked About You - Memory Fails Me Sometimes: A little more polished takes away some of the charm.


Everyone Asked About You - Everyone Asked About You: Had to do a double take on release date because it sounded too 90's emo.


Bill Evans - Waltz for Debby: Not quite as captivating.


Bill Evans - Sunday at the Village Vanguard: Captivating jazz.


Elbow - Little Fictions: Consistent, but can see why it is not getting as much coverage as previous outings.


Bob Dylan - Triplicate: I would listen to just about anything he puts out with regularity.


6.18.2017 | Death Grips - Steroids: Even the throwaway stuff is great.


6.17.2017 | Ducky Boys - Three Chords and the Truth/Chasing the Ghost: He can write a song and should be more well known.


Dirty Projectors - Dirty Projectors: Album of the year contender.


Mac DeMarco - This Old Dog: I do not get the fascination.


Davenport Cabinet - Selfish Angels: Sad to see them go.


Code Orange - Forever: Almost accessible.


Cock Sparrer - Shock Troops: So great for what it is.


Cloud NOthings - Life Without Sound: Slightly disappointing.


Cheap Girls - God's Ex-Wife: Miss these guys.


Charmer - Best Worst Birthday/Whateverville: Given their contemporaries, hard to recommend.


6.16.2017 | Chairlift - Moth: Great voice, but not enough to overcome the rest.


Busdriver - Temporary Forever: Was really hoping for more.


Bomb the Music Industry - Adults/Vacation: Too bad it had to come to an end.


Bomb the Music Industry - Scrambles: Did I mention how much fun live this would be?


Bomb the Music Industry - Others! Others!: Some of which could have stayed away.


Bomb the Music Industry - Get Warmer: Now it all clicks.


Bomb the Music Industry - Goodbye Cool World: Really wish I had seen these guys live now.


Bomb the Music Industr - To Leave or Die in Long Island: Still a bit rough around the edges.


Bomb the Music Industry - Album Minus Band: Hit or miss, but has potential.


Blind Guardian - At the Edge of Time: Not sure where the albums end or begin anymore.


Blind Guardian - A Twist In The Myth: Too much.


At The Drive-In - Interalia: Calibrated expecations could lead to a positive experience.


5.26.2017 | Blind Guardian - A Night at the Opera: Ok, fatigue is certainly alive and well now.


Blind Guardian - Nightfall in Middle Earth: Trying a bit too hard now.


Blind Guardian - Imaginations from the Other Side: Still digging it.


Blind Guardian - Somewhere Far Beyond: The most complete album yet.


Blind Guardian - Tales from the Twilight World: Normally fatigue is setting in, but not here.


Blind Guardian - Follow The Blind: An improvement.


Blind Guardian - Battalions of Fear: Clunky speed metal.


Bay Faction - Jasper/Bay Faction: Completely forgettable, but I hear the songwriting is great.


Atari Teenage Riot - The Future of War: Industrial punk for fans of Death Grips.


Animal Collective - Meeting of the Waters/The Painters: I content that they are one of the best EP bands.


Aggression Pact - Promo/7"/Instant Execution: Fantastic hardcore band.


Ryan Adams - 1989: Fascinating look at pop music.


Ryan Adams - The Suicide Handbook: Meh.


Youth Funeral - Symptom of Time/See You When I See You: Looking forward to more.


Young Marble Giants - Colossal Youth: The longer it went, the more captivated I became.


Voivod - Nothingface: This is considered a high water mark?


Veruca Salt - Ghost Notes: Too poppy to be edgy, too edgy to be poppy.


5.20.2017 | Various - Honeywell/Reach Out Split: Underrated screamo split.


Vanishing Life - People Running: Growing on me.


Vandals - The Quickening: I am too old to enjoy too much.


United States of America - United States of America: Weird.


Uniform Choice - Screaming For Change: Youth of Today mixed with Gorilla Biscuits.


Unherd - Unherd: Fugazi influenced, Assfactor 4 related. What is not to like?!


Turnstile - Nonstop Feeling: Really pushing their sound. In a good way.


Turnstile - Step 2 Rhythm: Oddly dance-y.


Turnstile - Pressure To Succeed: Hardcore with vocals you can understand? What sorcery is this?


Tragically Hip - Fully Completely: A continuation of the greatness.


Tragically Hip - Up To Here: More traditional rock that should be bigger.


Tonka - Anthology: Embrace-influenced greatness.


Thunderclap Newman - Hollywood Dream: Intriguing backstory, but mostly forgettable songs.


Thermals - More Parts Per Million: If this was good before, it does not appear to have held up.


Teen Crud Combo - Judgement Night Soundtrack Pt. 2: Thank for the beyond excellent recommendation, Turned Out A Punk.


Teen Crud Combo - Suck It: Good hardcore over too soon.


Szobel, Herman - 1976 - Szobel: This is amazing!


Suffocate for Fuck Sake - Blazing Fires and Helicopters: I wish they would pick the quiet or the loud.


Suffocate for Fuck Sake - Suffocate for Fuck Sake: Try to occupy similar space of City of Caterpillar, but trying too hard.


Phil Collins - The Singles: Not for me.


5.12.2017 | Subhumans - Cradle to the Grave: Hard to keep going back and finding essential albums I skipped.


Skip Spence - Oar: I get why some might be into it, but it failed to grab me.


Solea - Even Stranger/Finally We Are Nowhere: Not quite Texas is the Reason, but close enough.


Sled - Discography: If you told me this came out in 1994 I would have believed you.


Slaughter Beach, Dog - Dawg: More from this or Modern Baseball please.


Silicon Teens - Music for Parties: This should not work. But it does more than that and excels.


The Shaggs - Philosophy of the World: This is music at is most ethereal. Fans of Wild Man Fischer and Daniel Johnston are probably in the know already.


Scratch Acid - Just Keep Eating: Enough here to warrant another listen.


John K Samson - Provincial: I still like his bands better.


Rainer Maria - Look Now Look Again: Glad I came back to them. Such captivating tracks.


Q And Not U - Different Damage: Mid-career Piebald without the addiction to puns. So pretty awesome.


Psycho Squatt - Anthology: Gogol Bordello meets Crass meets good ska? And it is glorious.


Pusha T - Darkest Before Dawn: Sounds antiquated because the genre has come so far.


Pulsars - Pulsars: Regiie and the Full Effect if they played it straight.


John Prine - Great Days: The gamut of the singer-songwriter genre has far more good than bad and enough great.


Poison Idea - Feel The Darkness: Absolutely essential hardcore punk.


Pansy Division - Deflowered: Mostly forgettable power pop, leaning pop punk.


OnGuard - This Has Its Price: I would pay more for more.


Angel Olsen - Bur Your Fire For No Witness: Not as good as her most recent, but worth listening to.


NWA - efil4zaggin: As not someone who focuses on lyrics, it was hard to ignore the back half.


NWA - NWA and the Posse: Complete cashgrab that feels like it.


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