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8.12.2018 | 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.


7.20.2018 | 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.


6.23.2018 | 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.


6.22.2018 | Death Grips - Year Of The Snitch: A lot to unpack here, but Streaky in album context is way better than as a single.


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.


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