Saul Williams - Encrypted & Vulnerable: Vulnerable seems apt.
Wear Your Wounds - Rust on the Gates of Heaven: Nice to have on in the background.
Verse en Coma - Rialto: The best post-City of Caterpillar.
Wound Man/Regional Justice Center Split: Quick hit split when you need something heavy in your day.
Various - 1977-The Year That Punk Broke: So many gems.
TSOL - TSOL: Better than the LP.
TSOL - Dance With Me: A case of judging a band by its fans hurts me again.
Soul Glo - The NIgga In Me Is Me: Clear progression forward.
Soul Glo - Untitled: Loud, chaotic, emotional.
Sophie - Oil Of Every Pearl's Uninsides Nonstep Remix Album: Better than anticipate, but just makes me want to listen to the album.
Regional Justice Center - Institution: Heavy.
Purple Mountains - Purple Mountains: Hard not to listen through the prism of what happened.
Pure Prairie League - Bustin' Out: Amei is the star, but the rest really hangs in there.
Oso Oso - The Yunahon Mixtape: Big step up.
Oso Oso - Real Stories of True People Who Kind of Look Like Monsters: Strong Brand New vibe.
Northern Towns - Good as Gold: I miss OMDB.
Lingua Ignota - Caligula: More brooding than brash.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Infest The Rats' Nest: Heavy Gizzard is good Gizzard.
Ill Repute - What Happens Next: Not as good as the demo or debut, but at 15 minutes it is hard to argue with.
Ill Repute - Land Of No Toilets: Shorter, faster, louder.
Ill Repute - Demo: 1982?!
Haram - Drescher: A little safe given the pedigree.
Glass Beach - The First Glass Beach Album: A lot to unpack here.
Ghastly City Sleep - Moondrifts: Interesting footnote to my City of Caterpillar deep dive.
The Frogs - It's Only Right and Natural: So bizarre, so worth your time.
Elbow Deep - Bodily Fluids: Some redeeming aspects.
District 9 - Schoolhardknox Revisited: Not the biggest NYHC fan, but this was really great.
Chance, the Rapper - The Big Day: So much here to like.
Bouncing Souls - How I Spent My Summer Vacation: Fantastic melodic punk album.
Bon Iver - i,i: Feels like one long song. Too long.
Arrogant Sons of Bitches - Three Cheers for Disappointment: Jeff Rosenstock is a treasure.
Arrogant Sons of Bitches - This Is What You Get: Not sure if parody or homage. Great either way.
Arrogant Sons of Bitches - Pornocracy: Good framework for an album.
Arrogant Sons of Bitches - Built To Fail: Ska I can believe in.
Mecht Mensch - Acceptance: Lost to tides of time.
Thom York - Anima: Far too quiet.
Violent Tumor - Abortion: Very rough sounding recording.
The Undertones - The Undertones: Classic.
Titus Andronicus - An Obelisk: Stripped down and glorious.
Antagonize - Slip Death: Muddy vocals strike again.
Thank You Scientist - Terraformer: Some great concepts, but could have used some focus.
State - No Illusions: Like a punch to the mouth.
Raconteurs - Help Us Stranger: Much more subdued than I remembered.
PUP - Morbid Stuff: Needs to tour with Jeff Rosenstock.
One Step Closer - From Me To You: Have Heart vibes.
National Skyline - National Skyline: Pretty good, Radiohead-inspired rock.
Mark Mulcahy - The Gus: His best work yet.
Magazine - Real Life: Just when I think I have mined all the post-punk classics, I find this gem.
Lost Sounds - Lost Sounds: A little Screamers vibe that has me interested in more.
Koro - 700 Club: Early '80s hardcore that scratches a certain itch.
Jaylib - Champion Sound: Does not always hit, but there is enough.
Frail - Make Your Own Noise: Great metallic emo from the '90s.
Forgetters - Forgetters: A few good tracks, but not enough to save it.
Flashlight - Poetry Class '96: Underrated midwestern emo.
Drums - Brutalism: Unmistakably Johnathan Pierce.
Downhaul - About Leaving: Settling into a routine.
Downhaul - Where We Started: Swinging for the fences.
Downhaul - About Leaving: Less quirky Front Bottoms.
Downhaul - Little Whim: Finding their footing.
Death Grips - Gmail and the Restraining Orders: Glad to have whatever they decide to put out.
Cyanamid - Stop The World: Bookend tracks oppose the chaos within.
Castor - Tracking Sounds Alone: Some many emo bands, so little time.
C.I.A. - God, Guts, Guns: Did not disappoint after finding it on a list of best 7"s of '80s hardcore.
Brave Little Abacus - Just Got Back From The Discomfort/We're Alright: Songs are definitely there, but it does not come together as an album.
Black Midi - Schlagenheim: Not sure how it will hold up, but current top 3 for AOTY.
Black Keys - "Let's Rock": The quotes are apt.
Baroness - Gold & Grey: Weird production on the vocals made for a washed out experience.
Silversun Pickups - Widow's Weeds: All blends together.
Origami Angel - Gen 3: Best yet.
Coleman Hawkins and Henry Red Allen: Reunion in Hi-Fi: Some great moments.
Bob Dylan - Rolling Thunder Revue: Fascinating.
CityCop - Nesh: Looking forward to more.
Vampire Weekend - Father Of The Bride: Beneficiaries of their past success.
Tyler, The Creator - IGOR: Not the biggest fan, but this was pretty compelling.
Playboi Carti - Die Lit: I can do a few songs, but at an hour in length it is a slog.
The National - I Am Easy To Find: Comes across as very safe.
Magnitude - To Whatever Fateful End: Great hardcore record that does not feel stale.
Knope - Picture Perfect: Really enjoying these smaller releases.
Joshua Redman Quartet - Come What May: Too clean on the production side.
I Love Your Lifestyle - The Movie: Some good tracks, but the album falls flat.
Holly Herndon - Proto: Interesting concepts abound.
Get Up Kids - Problems: Looking forward to a few more spins.
Fury - Failed Entertainment: I felt entertained.
Full of Hell - Weeping Choir: A lot to like, but far too inconsistent
Editors - Violence: Not their strongest
Editors - In Dream: Wish I had not fallen off these guys, because this is great.
Creative Adult - Fear of Life: Slower, sadder.
Creative Adult - Ring Around the Room: Much better in bite-size form.
Creative Adult - Psychic Mess: A little longer than I would have liked.
Creative Adult - Bulls in the Yard: A continuation of their previous EP.
Creative Adult - Dead Air: A little Fucked Up vibe.
Broken Social Scene - Let's Try The After, Vol. 2: Not as strong as Vol. 1 which was not as strong as Hug of Thunder.
A Certain Ratio - ACR:SET: Nice to have a one-disc overview of this essential post-punk band.
Tallest Man On Earth - I Love You. It's A Fever Dream: A little less Dylan-esque, a bit more compelling.
Starflyer 59 - Young In My Head: Perfect album after a long week.
Mummies - Never Been Caught: I would have believed you if you said it was a long lost proto-punk band.
Mountain Goats - In League with Dragons: I wish it had a little more fire.
Martha - Love Keeps Kicking: And they keep writing hooks!
Magic Circle - Departed Souls: Feels too Greta Van Fleet this time around.
Jenny Lewis - On The Line: Looking forward to a Greatest Hits from her.
La Dispute - Panorama: I want to like it, but still undecided.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Fishing For Fishies: Unexpected, as always.
Craig Finn - I Need A New War: Or at least a new band?
Bob Dylan - Blood on the Tracks (Original New York Test Pressing): How different the world may have been.
Coasta - Sunzal: Interesting Brand New-related nugget.
Andrew Bird - My Finest Work Yet: Pretty close.
Beyonce - Homecoming: I was hoping this would be a good introduction. I am clearly not the target audience.
Autoclave - Autoclave: Feels so far ahead of its time, even for Dischord.
Xiu Xiu - Girl with Basket of Fruit: The album I did not know I wanted, but now need in my life.
The Wrens - Meadowlands: Sorry I missed this classic when it came out. Scratched a lot of itches.
Watsky - Complaint: My least favorite, but still better than most others.
Various - Holy Split (Origami Angel/Commander Salamander): Love what both bands are doing in their own space and, now, together.
Spirit of the Beehive - Hypnic Jerks: The Unicorns would be proud.
Spanish Love Songs - Schmaltz: Just enough different from the current Menzingers/Hotelier sound to keep it interesting.
Sidney Gish - No Dogs Allowed: Skippable.
Retirement Party - Somewhat Literate: Somewhat good.
Radar State - Strays: Feels too comfortable for its own good, but sounds like they are having fun.
Amanda Palmer - There Will Be No Intermission: Always worth a listen.
Anderson .Paak - Oxnard: Not my favorite album of his, but still solid.
Anderson .Paak - Venice: You could already here what he would become.
Mono - Nowhere Now Here: Right place, right time. Really liked this.
Knope - No Life: Looking forward to more.
Kississippi - Sunset Blush: Not bad, but nothing groundbreaking.
Khayembii Communique - Khayembii Communique: Another forgotten screamo band.
Just Friends - Nothing But Love: Great little record.
Hatebreed - Concrete Confessional: It is Hatebreed and I did not miss much by not knowing this came out.
Ezra Furman - Transangelic Exodus: Would love to see a tour with of Montreal.
The Drums - Abysmal Thoughts: Nice improvement
The Drums - Encyclopedia: Sounds like they are trying too hard.
Broken Social Scene - Let's Try The After (Vol. 1): Worthy addition to the catalog.
boygenius - boygenius: Given the hype, I was expecting more, but still solid.
Better Oblivion Community Center - Better Oblivion Community Center: Not exactly essential Oberst, but nice to have.
Beirut - Gallipoli: Beautiful soundtrack.
Paul Baribeau - Paul Baribeau: Was hoping for something more cohesive.
The 1975 - A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships: Not sure who the target demographic for something like this is, but it is not me.
American Football - LP3: Big step up from the solid LP2
Young Jesus - The Whole Thing Is Just There: This is an album worth diving into.
Swingin' Utters - Peace and Love: Not sure if this is the same band from Five Lessons Learned.
Street Dogs - Stand For Something Or Die For Nothing: Heard one, heard them all.
Pinback - Summer in Abaddon: AFK is a big winner, but the rest fails to engage.
mewithoutYou - [Untitled]: These guys have grown up.
The Interrupters - Fight The Good Fight: Much better than I would have thought.
Give - Love In This House: Sad to see these guys go out.
Foxing - Nearer My God: I really want to like this, but just cannot seem to get into it.
Daughters - You Won't Get What You Want: I can understand the hype for those looking for something heavier.
Camp Cope - How To Socialize and Make Friends: All the songs blend together, though not terrible songs.
Antagonize - Promo: Very much looking forward to a full length
Throbbing Gristle - 20 Jazz Funk Greats: Indeed.
Earl Sweatshirt - Some Rap Songs: Cannot wait for Some More Rap Songs.
Soccer Mommy - Clean: Pretty generic singer-songwriter album.
Smashing Pumpkins - Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1: I continue to enjoy everything he puts out.
Slow Fire Pistol - Beauty: I wish they would release more
Saba - Care For Me: Probably the best hip-hop album of last year.
Noname - Room 25: Lacks urgency
Janelle Monae - Dirty Computer: I can see the reason for the hype, but it does not hit on all cylinders.
Low - Double Negative: I had written these guys off a while back. Prematurely, it seems.
Dead Kennedys - Iguana Studios Rehearsal: Not essential, but fascinating all the same.
Beach House - 7: I cannot get into it.
Say Anything - Oliver Appropriate:Feels disjointed musically.
MF DOOM and Bishop Nehru - NehruvianDOOM: Not sure how I missed this in the DOOMverse, but glad I found it.
LVL UP - Hoodwink'd: Incredibly solid indie rock album.
Lingua Ignota - Al Bitches Die: Recommended in the vein of Death Grips, but not in the same universe.
Julia Holter - Aviary: So much here to like, even if it does feel long at time.
Laura Jane Grace - Bought To Rotl Unenamored with the lead single, the album experience completely redeems it.
Drug Church - Cheer: One of my favorite punk-adjacent albums of the year.
Disco Inferno - D.I. Go Pop: I had high hopes for this post-rock album. Too high as it turns out.
Titus Andronicus - Home Alone On Halloween: An unproductive EP.
Machine Girl - The Ugly Art: Some compelling moments, but overall falls flat.
Jim Carrol Band - Catholic Boy: Thank you for the introduction Against Me!.
Bob Dylan - More Blood, More Tracks: My favorite Dylan album, but six discs is a bit much.
Cursive - Vitriola: Been years since I revisted The Ugly Organ. Time to do so again.
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