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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