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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