Restorations - LP5000: Solid rock album.
The Mountain Goats - Hex Of Infinite Binding: Always so solid, I look forward to each release.
The Mice - For Almost Ever, Scooter: Fantastic power pop that should be found by more.
Paul McCartney - Egypt Station: A little long, but it still such a treasure to have.
Joyce Manor - Million Dollars To Kill Me: I want it to be harder and faster than it is.
Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic Pillow: Would love to re-listen without the two big singles.
Gouge Away - Burnt Sugar: What a ripper!
Fucked Up - Dose Your Dreams: I like some of what they are doing, but certainly feels like a band looking for a new identity at times.
Crime - San Francisco's STILL Doomed: I think I have reach peak post-punk.
Candy - Good To Feel: Another example of the modern hardcore resurgence.
Bad Moves - Tell No One: Tell everyone about this great little pop/rock album.
Coheed and Cambria - The Unheavenly Creatures: Their best since IKSSE3.
Tragedy - Fury: Yep, Tragedy.
State Faults - Resonate Desperate: More emphasis on the music than screechy vocals is a nice change of pace.
Respire - Denouement: Solid addition to the avant gardecore side of the spectrum.
Punch - Push/Pull: A split with Loma Prieta should tell you a lot of what you need to know.
Origami Angel - Doing The Most: Looking forward to them doing more.
Nervous Dater - Don't Be A Stranger: Uncompelling indie pop/rock.
Moonflower - Ancient Burial Mound: Loving the melodic punk-adjacent indie rock resurgence.
Lord Snow - Solitude: The blurry album cover represents the music inside very well.
Loma Prieta - Life/Less: There is a desperation in these songs that is refreshing to hear.
Jungbluth - Part Ache: Chaotic, frenetic, loud.
Jerome's Dream - Completed: Excellent screamo collection.
Interpol - Marauder: Dislike the vocal mix, but a pretty good return to form otherwise.
I Hate Sex - World Of Grief: Amazing vocals for the style of music.
Idles - Joy As An Act Of Resistance: The post-punk resurgence has a winner.
Failures - Decline And Fall: Fairly generic screamo.
Eminem - Kamikaze: Huge step up from his last album.
Duster - Stratosphere: So much to love about this slo-core album.
Comadre - Comadre: One of the best screamo albums in the last ten years.
Busdriver - Electricity Is On Our Side: A little long, but a great foundation.
Berurier Noir - Macadam Massacre: Would love to know what they are saying.
The Armed - Only Love: Jane Doe From Above 1979.
Antarctigo Vespucci - Leavin' La Vida Loca: Their best yet.
Antarctigo Vespucci - Soulmate Stuff: Such a great pairing of people.
Antarctigo Vespucci - I'm So Tethered. Had no idea I needed this in my life.
Snail Mail - Lush: Liked it a lot more than the singles would have otherwise led me to believe.
Pere Ubu - Dub Housing: A punkier Talking Heads.
Meg Myers - Take Me To The Disco: Strong '90s alternative vibes.
Mitski - Be The Cowboy: Album of the year contender.
Illuminati Hotties - Kiss Yr Frenemies: Excellent indie pop.
Death Cab For Cutie - Thank You For Today: Understated is not something I associate with DCFC.
DBS - Tales From The Crib: Dime-a-dozen punk from the mid-90s.
The Coup - Steal This Album: Not sure how I skipped this group, but course correcting now.
Birds In Row - We Already Lost The World: Much better than the deceptive singles.
Kanye West - Ye: Not sure what all the hate is for as this is still pretty good.
Junior Wells - Hoodoo Man Blues: Could have skipped the singing and focused on the guitar playing.
Kamasi Washington - Heaven and Earth: I found it less engaging as a whole than The Epic.
M. Ward - What A Wonderful Industry: What a wonderful album.
Vein - Errorzone: Going to give it another go, given the hype.
Townes Van Zandt - Live At the Old Quarter: Essential singer songwriter.
Two Gallants - We Are Undone: My time away has renewed my faith.
Three Shade of Dirty - Paper Roses: Fun little pop demo.
Stil Life - From Angry Heads with Skyward Eyes: What an amazing album!
Sophie - Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides: Very Lynchian.
Pusha T - Daytona: Seven tracks is perfect.
No Right - Unjustified: Classic straight edge hardcore.
Nine Inch Nails - Bad Witch: I have enjoyed this run of EPs more than any of their albums.
Nausea - Extinction: Not really my thing.
Nails - Unsilent Death: Todd Jones strikes again
Mom Jeans - Puppy Love: A bit of a letdown coming off Best Buds.
Mil-Spec - Demo/When The Fever Broke/Changes: What a run of great hardcore tracks.
Middle Class - Out Of Vogue: The first hardcore track? Not sure, but really great regardless.
Michael Cera Palin - Growing Pains/I Don't Know How To Explain It: Lofty name to live up to. Nails it.
Line Of Sight - Demo/Dissent: Awesome straight edge hardcore.
JPEGMAFIA - Veteran: Not really feeling it.
Integrity - Those Who Fear Tomorrow: Essential and I need to get more of their stuff.
Guiding Wave - To Dance Around Love: Really great post-punk.
Get Up Kids - Kicker: More please.
Gaslight Anthem - '59 Sounds Sessions: A little underwhelming for such a classic album.
Feederz - What Would Hitler Do: Would love to see them live, but could do without new music.
Failure Face - Complete Failure: Weirdly melodic, but aggressive.
Envy - A Dead Sinking Story: Given the hype, I had expectations that were too high.
Electric Eels - God Says Fuck You: Not my favorite proto-punk band, but have to respect what they were doing.
Econochrist - Trained To Serve: Great early '90s hardcore.
Dirty Projectors - Lamp Lit Prose: There is much to unpack here.
Die Hoffnung - Elegies and Creation Songs: Not my favorite from the brothers, but I am glad it exists.
Culture Abuse - Bay Dream: Not as immediately compelling as Peach.
Cringer - Greatest Hits, Vol. 1: Pretty good, if generic, punk from the late '80s.
Converge - Beautiful Ruin: Outstanding supplement.
Commander Salamander - Gross October: Indebted to Midwest emo, in a good way.
Clipping - Face: Keeps getting better and better.
Breathing Walker - Breathing Walker: Moss Icon with a violin!
Blue Streak - No Guns on TV: Looking forward to what the future brings.
At The Drive-In - In Diamante: Great little EP.
Arctic Monkeys - Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino: Too grown up.
Amusement Parks On Fire - All The New Ends: Glad they are back at it
Agoraphobic Nosebleed - Demo: Did a split with Converge which should give you an idea on sound, but super short tracks.
Worst Party Ever - Anthology: Early Front Bottoms, for whatever that is worth.
Amanda Woodward - La Decadence De La Decadence: French screamo that is worth your time.
Hank Wood and the Hammerheads - Self Titled: Best traditional punk album of the year. Maybe the decade.
Wonder Years - Sister Cities: Solid album from these pop-punk/modern emo vets.
Wipers - Is This Real: This is real.
Jack White - Boarding House Reach: I hope this is the album he felt he had to make in order to do something fun again.
The Voidz - Virtue: A few good tracks, but felt like a lot of filler.
The Vaselines - Dum Dum: Can see why Nirvana were such big fans.
User Error - Cassette: Grown up Assfactor 4.
Twitching Tongues - In Love There Is No Law: Not sure what kind of band they are trying to be.
Turnstile - Time and Space: To their own drum they beat and I follow.
True Love - The Pact: One of my favorite modern hardcore bands.
Titus Andronicus - A Productive Cough: Album of the year contender for the great Rolling Stone cover.
Threadbare - Escapist: Huge improvement and what was surely unique for 1997.
Threadbare - Threadbare: Could have done without the 11 minute closer.
Threadbare - Feeling Older Faster: Not exactly screamo, but heavier than emo.
Sza - Ctrl: Pretty solid pop album worthy of a lot of the praise.
Stormzy - Gang Signs & Prayer: I prefer the former, but even then in limited doses.
Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska: Now this is an album of his I want to revisit.
Bruce Springsteen - Darkness On The Edge Of Town: I still cannot get into Bruce.
The Sound - From The Lion's Mouth: Slightly cleaner but still compelling.
The Sound - Jeopardy: How was the band not huge?
Sorority Noise - YNAAYT: Unnecessary.
The Slits - Cut: Magnificent post-punk.
The Screamers - In A Better World: I like the demos better.
The Screamers - Demos '77-'78: How great they could have been.
Rocket From The Tombs - Rocket Redux: Stick with the raw recordings.
Rocket From The Tombs - The Day The Earth Met: Well, I guess I need to check out Pere Ubu now.
Rocket From The Crypt - Scream, Dracula, Scream: Essential punk 'n' roll.
Reggie and the Full Effect - 41: Can we start again?
Pulling Teeth - Martyr Immortal: Short, fast, loud.
Preoccupations - New Material: I like the old material better.
Pianos Become The Teeth - Wait For Love: Decent, but not as good as earlier works.
A Perfect Circle - Eat The Elephant: I always expect heavier, but this was really good.
The Alan Parsons Project - I Robot: Good for what it is.
Parquet Courts - Wide Awake: AOTY contender.
Owls - Two: Anything from the Kinsella brothers is worth your time.
Ought - Room Inside The World: Disappointing.
Origami Angel - Quiet Hours: Cool little emo band from DC.
Open City - City of Ash: Great little EP.
The Only Ones - The Only Ones: I have so much to learn about '70s punk.
Okkervil River - In The Rainbow Rain: Just never hits me like it does others.
Of Montreal - White Is Relic Irraelis Mood: Big return to form.
No Age - Snares Like A Haircut: Pretty good, but high bar for success.
Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour: Much better than her last album.
David Murray - Blue For Memo: Jazz plus Saul Williams is a mixed bag.
The Most - Mostified: Bonkers but great.
The Messthetics - The Messthetics: Worth a single listen.
Martha - Blisters In The Pit Of My Heart: Big improvement.
Martha - Courting Strong: Perfect encapsulation of their live show.
Mandroid Echostar - Coral Throne: Somewhere between SSTB and IKSSE Coheed.
The Longshot - Love Is For Lovers: The softer side of Billie Joe Armstrong.
Knocked Loose - Laugh Tracks: No laughing at the great hardcore album.
King Krule - The Ooz: Some cool songs, but not enough of them.
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Gumboot Soup: Leftovers from an astonishing year.
The Kids - The Kids: Classic punk from the '70s.
Jason Isbell - The Nashville Sound: Slight too clean, but great songs.
Iceage - Beyondless: Not very engaging.
Death Grips - Year Of The Snitch: A lot to unpack here, but Streaky in album context is way better than as a single.
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.
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.
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