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10.02.2019 | 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.


9.15.2019 | 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.


8.23.2019 | 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.


7.21.2019 | 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.


6.14.2019 | 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.


5.30.2019 | Fury - Failed Entertainment: I felt entertained.


Full of Hell - Weeping Choir: A lot to like, but far too inconsistent


Editors - Violence: Not their strongest


5.28.2019 | 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.


5.25.2019 | 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.


4.04.2019 | 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.


3.28.2019 | 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


2.02.2019 | 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


1.06.2019 | 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.


12.01.2018 | 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.


11.17.2018 | 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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