6.16.2018 | I Create - All We Are Is Now: Transcendent post-hardcore/screamo.

I Create - Make The Years: Pretty standard post-hardcore/screamo.

Husker Du - Zen Arcade: Whoa.

Hurray For The Riff Raff - The Navigator: A little too inside the lines.

Hop Along - Bark Your Head Off, Dog: Swinging for the fences and clearing them has to be a great feeling.

HIRS - Friends, Lovers, Favorites: Noisecore at its finest.

Tylisha Haskins - Goya Boy: Huge step up form ...All That Jazz.

Guyver-One - Discography: Pretty great screamo.

Guilt - Comprehensive Guide To Anger Management Composed In Drop D: Starts off pretty decent, but the back half is Slint-influenced hardcore.

The Go! Team - Semicircle: Always sucked in by a single or review or snippet. Usually disappointed.

Gasoline Heart - You Know Who You Are: Perhaps a response to Texas Is The Reason, they occupy a space between Gaslight Anthem and Hot Water Music.

Fury - Paramount: Bands like Fury give me hope for hardcore.

The Fix - At The Speed of Twisted Thought: Essential and inexplicably off my radar for far too long.

Fiddlehead - Springtime and Blind: Not sure how to describe this major Album of the Year contender.

Fiddlehead - Out Of The Bloom: Looking forward to more.

Father John Misty - God's Favorite Customer: Another excellent album.

The Fall - 50,000 Fall Fans Can't Be Wrong: I mean, they can, but not about The Fall.

Eminem - Revival: Maybe this was the album he needed to make in order to have a real revival?

Disfear - Live The Storm: Amazing.

The Dickies - The Incredible Shrinking Dickies: Come for the Paranoid cover, stay for the vital punk.

The Decemberists - I'll Be Your Girl: Not sure how I feel about the new direction yet.

Dead Boys - Young, Loud, And Snotty: Essential punk.

Richard Dawson - Peasant: Strong contender for album of last year.

Dashboard Confessional - Crooked Shadows: Still searching for that Top 40 hit.

Czarface and MF Doom - Meets: Anything Doom related it worth checking out.

Company Flow - Funcrusher Plus: A bit long in the tooth, but refreshing.

Citizen - As You Please: More melodic, but far better.

5.26.2018 | Car Seat Headrest - Twin Fantasy (Face To Face): Love the remake.

David Bowie - Scary Monsters: Clearly a singles artist, with few exceptions.

David Bowie - Lodger: Slight step down from Heroes.

David Bowie - Heroes: Best since Ziggy Stardust.

David Bowie - Station To Station: Transitional album.

David Bowie - Aladdin Sane: Disappointint follow-up to Ziggy, though not without bright spots.

David Bowie - Hunky Dory: Building the case for being a singles artist.

David Bowie - The Man Who Sold The World: Some pretty good songs.

Birdchest - Birdchest: Assfactor 4 reborn.

Big Thief - Capacity: I just do not get the hype.

Jello Biafra and the New Orleans Raunch and Soul All-Stars: Walk on Jindal's Splinters: Great novelty album.

Courney Barnett and Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea Lice: Whoa.

Bad Moves - Bad Moves: Incredibly, it captures their live presence so well.

awakebutstillinbed - what people call low self-esteem is really just seeing yourself the way that other people see you: Pay attention to this band.

Anti-Flag - Die For The Government: Some really great punk songs here.

Antagonize - Demo: So great to have him back.

Animal Flag - Void Ripper: Huge step forward in their sound.

Andrew WK - You're Not Alone: I Get Wet is such a great album, everything else will pale in comparison. Including this.

5.12.2018 | Neil Young - Hitchiker: One of his best of the recent run.

The Worst - Of The Worst: Early '80s punk that suffers from the production issues, but worth a listen.

Kamasi Washington - Harmony Of Difference: Great warm-up for his new album.

War On Drugs - A Deeper Understanding: A bit long, but wonderfully executed.

Joni Void - Selfless: Gripping, if uneven at times.

Tylisha Haskins - ...And All That Jazz: A little rought, but he has the passion.

This Day Forward - In Response: Far too polished, but should have been huge in 2003.

Sticks And Stones - Inner Revolt: Really great punk from the mid-to-late-'80s.

Colin Stetson - New History Warfare, Vol. 2- Judges: What a weirdly engrossing album.

Steely Dan - Countdown To Ecstasy: Always avoided Steely Dan for some unknown reason. No longer.

5.05.2018 | St. Vincent - Masseduction: This will be a grower.

Slaughter Beach, Dog - Birdie: I miss Modern Baseball.

Skating Polly - The Big Fit: A bit of a step down.

Skating Polly - Fuzz Steilacoom: Huge step up from their debut.

Skating Polly - Lost Wondefuls: Such youthfulness.

Sid Sludge Studio Band - Hardcore Caesar: Interesting time capsule type of recording.

A. Savage - Thawing Dawn: Looking forward to more Parquet Courts after this.

Sampha - Process: Not really fond of R&B, but this is pretty good.

Russian Circles - Guidance: Meh post-rock.

Rainer Maria - Rainer Maria: Awesome return to producivity.

Quicksand - Interiors: Would like it more had it been under a different moniker.

Queens Of The Stone Age - Villains: Feels a little over produced.

Queen - A Night At The Opera: So quintessentially '70s.

Propagandhi - Victory Lap: Heavier on the prog than I would have liked, but certainly not bad.

Sandro Perri - Impossible Spaces: On a list of great Constellation releases for a reason.

Parasites - Pair Of Sides: Great early pop-punk.

Ought - More Than Any Other Day: Really good, but could have been great if a little shorter.

Sean Nelson - Make Good Choices: Good choice to listen to this solo album.

The National - Sleep Well Beast: Someday, their greatest hits album will be in constant rotation.

Mountain Goats - Marsh Witch Visions: Great tease.

Mogwai - Every Country's Sun: Like all of their releases, it has its moments.

Mansions - Dig Up The Dead: Gets a lot of praise, but not getting it.

Manchester Orchestra - A Black Mile To The Surface: I really want to like these guys.

Daniele Luppi and Parquet Courts - Milano: This should have been much bigger last year.

The Lonely Forest - Arrows: Pretty good indie rock.

Iojii and Swarvy - Due Rent: Hope they got that rent covered so we can hear more.

Liars - Theme From Crying Fountain: Always worth checking out.

Ted Leo - The Hanged Man: Inconsistent.

2.20.2018 | LCD Soundsystem - American Dream: Some Talking Heads influence at times, but on the whole I am just not invested.

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Sketches of Brunswick East: Something new from them and i need to recalibrate.

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Polygondwanaland: Unreal how they keep churning out above average all year long.

Hot Water Music - Light It Up: Yup, this is Hot Water Music.

Grizzly Bear - Painted Ruins: I think I missed the boat for this to be interesting.

Gogol Bordello - Seekers and Finders: Gets a little plodding towards the end.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Luciferian Towers: Always find ways to captivate.

Aby Gnana Diop - Liital: Looking for something fundamentally sound but wildly weird?

GlassJaw - Material Control: Still cannot get into these guys.

The Front Bottoms - Going Grey: What a dissapointing turn.

Friend Enemy - 10 Songs: Confounding.

Foo Fighters - Concrete and Gold: Their most Floydian outing.

Feu Therese - Ca Va Cogner: Major Le Fly Pan Am vibes, in a good way.

Emperor X - Oversleepers International: Do not remember them sounding so much like The Mountain Goats, but glad to find out now.

Jeff Rosenstock - Post-: I give this album 9 out of 10.

American Nightmare - American Nightmare: Clean production holds it back, but these are going to rip live.

1.27.2018 | Bob Dylan - The Bootleg Series, Vol. 13, Trouble No More: Shining a bright light on an oft-ridiculed time of his career and making it a highlight seems to be a trick Dylan Inc seems to flourish with.

David Dondero - With Love: Pretty standard singer/songwriter tracks.

Do Make Say Think - Stubborn Persistent Illusions: Such a strong opening track!

Dion - Kickin' Child- The Lost Album: Glad this was found. Worth a listen.

Deerhoof - Mountain Moves: I always get confused by the myriad of Deer/Dear bands. I think this is my least favorite.

Death From Above - Outrage! Is Now: Would not have guessed this was DFA1979.

The Darkness - Pinewood Smile: You already know if you are going to like this.

Billy Corgan - Ogilala: Surprised this was slept on last year. Really solid.

Converge - The Dusk In Us: Forever challenging themselves into interesting directions.

Cocteau Twins - Treasure: I always assumed this was more electronic.

The Clientele - Music For The Age of Miracles: Underrated.

Circa Survive - The Amulet: Requires a lot of commitment.

Chonny and Clyde: Non-essential.

Burn - Do Or Die: I might like this better than their original output.

The Bronx - V: So glad they are back.

Carla Bonzulich - Evangelista: Weird enough that you want to revisit, but not sure how soon.

Bjork - Utopia: Longer that it needed to be.

Chuck Berry - Chuck: Not revelatory, but nice to have.

Julien Baker - Turn Out The Lights: Solid follow-up.

American Standard - Wonderland: Great melodic hardcore from the late '80s.

12.25.2017 | TWIABPAIANLATD - Harmlessness: Tried too hard to outdo themselves.

TWIABPAIANLATD - Whenever, If Ever: Worth a listen if you can get past the pretentious band name.

Wavves - You're Welcome: Another solid album.

Van Pelt - Sultans Of Sentiments: Now this is something special.

Transit - Listen and Forgive: Fine pop-punk album that leans a little heavy to the former.

Tigers Jaw - Tigers Jaw: One of the best albums of the emo revival.

Sunday's Best - The Californian: Straight forward pop rock album.

Snowing - I Could Do Whatever I Wanted If I Wanted: Widely praised, but needs multiple listens.

Slaughter Beach, Dog - Motorcycle.jpg: Miss Modern Baseball, excited for this full length.

Rozwell Kid - Precious Art: For fans of Jeff Rosenstock.

Rancid - Trouble Maker: Feels so generic.

12.09.2017 | Protester - Hide From Reality: Another solid seven inch.

Priests - Nothing Feels Natural: Stunning.

Portugal. The Man - Woodstock: So many hit singles on this.

Pianos Become the Teeth - Keep You: Lost in an avalanche of the emo revival, it can be hard to navigate the deluge. Not sure this is worth the detour.

Amanda Palmer and Edward Ka-Spel - I Can Sping A Rainbow: Can appreciate it for its art if nothing more.

Owls - Owls: No Cap'n Jazz, but damn if it is not good enough.

Nervous Cop - Nervous Cop: Zach Hill continues to impress.

Native Nod - Today Puberty, Tomorrow The World: Slint meets Cap'n Jazz and it is glorious.

Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked At Me: Brutal emotion.

Moose Blood - I'll Keep You In Mind From Time To Time: Cross between Front Bottoms and Hotelier.

Machine Girl - WLFGRL: For fans of Death Grip's music sans the vocals.

Lorde - Melodrama: Comes across far too formulaic.

Joan of Arc - How Memory Works: There is a lot to unpack here.

Jay-Z - 4:44: I continue to listen more out of obligation than genuine interest.

The I.L.Y.'s - Bodyguard: Their best work.

Ho99o9 - United States of Horror: Some interesting bits, but the whole tries too hard.

11.17.2017 | Have Mercy - The Earth Pushed Back: A little too on the nose.

Give - Sonic Bloom: The more I listen, the more they become my favorite modern hardcore band.

Gates - Bloom & Breathe: With so much great emo/rock around, pretty easy to skip.

Fucked Up - Year of the Snake: As much as I like their LPs, the EPs always stay with me longer.

Free - Ex Tenebris: It is no Have Heart, but not really trying to be.

Foxing - The Alabatross: Too dense to pass judgement.

FM359 - Truth, Love and Liberty: Early Dropkick Murphys' slower songs are the foundation.

Fleet Foxes - Crack-Up: Still early, but liking it better than their last.

Fifteen - The Choice of a New Generation: A perfectly fine pop-punk album.

Elder - Reflections on a Floating World: Drags on a bit too long.

Edgewise - Angels and Addicts: Glad they are back.

The Drums - Abysmal Thoughts: Abysmal is mildly hyperbolic.

Allison Crutchfield - Tourist In This Town: Worthy of additional visits.

clipping. - Wriggle: Their best release yet.

Citizen Youth: For fans of Hotelier and Title Fight.

11.09.2017 | Crimsphrine - Duct Tape Soup: Poor recording quality likely impacts its enjoyability.

Charly Bliss - Guppy: Great power-pop with chirpy female vocals.

Big Boi - Boomiverse: The hip-hop universe appears to be passing him by.

Dan Auerbach - Waiting On A Song: Fantastic album that feels like an instant classic.

Arcade Fire - Everything Now: Not as dire as others may have indicated.

Anti-Heros - American Pie: Solid four chord punk from the mid-90s.

Animals As Leaders - Animals As Leaders: Too quick to get into a groove without not enough space.

Alt-J - Relaxer: Very unexpected.

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.

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