5.26.2017 | Blind Guardian - A Night at the Opera: Ok, fatigue is certainly alive and well now.

Blind Guardian - Nightfall in Middle Earth: Trying a bit too hard now.

Blind Guardian - Imaginations from the Other Side: Still digging it.

Blind Guardian - Somewhere Far Beyond: The most complete album yet.

Blind Guardian - Tales from the Twilight World: Normally fatigue is setting in, but not here.

Blind Guardian - Follow The Blind: An improvement.

Blind Guardian - Battalions of Fear: Clunky speed metal.

Bay Faction - Jasper/Bay Faction: Completely forgettable, but I hear the songwriting is great.

Atari Teenage Riot - The Future of War: Industrial punk for fans of Death Grips.

Animal Collective - Meeting of the Waters/The Painters: I content that they are one of the best EP bands.

Aggression Pact - Promo/7"/Instant Execution: Fantastic hardcore band.

Ryan Adams - 1989: Fascinating look at pop music.

Ryan Adams - The Suicide Handbook: Meh.

Youth Funeral - Symptom of Time/See You When I See You: Looking forward to more.

Young Marble Giants - Colossal Youth: The longer it went, the more captivated I became.

Voivod - Nothingface: This is considered a high water mark?

Veruca Salt - Ghost Notes: Too poppy to be edgy, too edgy to be poppy.

5.20.2017 | Various - Honeywell/Reach Out Split: Underrated screamo split.

Vanishing Life - People Running: Growing on me.

Vandals - The Quickening: I am too old to enjoy too much.

United States of America - United States of America: Weird.

Uniform Choice - Screaming For Change: Youth of Today mixed with Gorilla Biscuits.

Unherd - Unherd: Fugazi influenced, Assfactor 4 related. What is not to like?!

Turnstile - Nonstop Feeling: Really pushing their sound. In a good way.

Turnstile - Step 2 Rhythm: Oddly dance-y.

Turnstile - Pressure To Succeed: Hardcore with vocals you can understand? What sorcery is this?

Tragically Hip - Fully Completely: A continuation of the greatness.

Tragically Hip - Up To Here: More traditional rock that should be bigger.

Tonka - Anthology: Embrace-influenced greatness.

Thunderclap Newman - Hollywood Dream: Intriguing backstory, but mostly forgettable songs.

Thermals - More Parts Per Million: If this was good before, it does not appear to have held up.

Teen Crud Combo - Judgement Night Soundtrack Pt. 2: Thank for the beyond excellent recommendation, Turned Out A Punk.

Teen Crud Combo - Suck It: Good hardcore over too soon.

Szobel, Herman - 1976 - Szobel: This is amazing!

Suffocate for Fuck Sake - Blazing Fires and Helicopters: I wish they would pick the quiet or the loud.

Suffocate for Fuck Sake - Suffocate for Fuck Sake: Try to occupy similar space of City of Caterpillar, but trying too hard.

Phil Collins - The Singles: Not for me.

5.12.2017 | Subhumans - Cradle to the Grave: Hard to keep going back and finding essential albums I skipped.

Skip Spence - Oar: I get why some might be into it, but it failed to grab me.

Solea - Even Stranger/Finally We Are Nowhere: Not quite Texas is the Reason, but close enough.

Sled - Discography: If you told me this came out in 1994 I would have believed you.

Slaughter Beach, Dog - Dawg: More from this or Modern Baseball please.

Silicon Teens - Music for Parties: This should not work. But it does more than that and excels.

The Shaggs - Philosophy of the World: This is music at is most ethereal. Fans of Wild Man Fischer and Daniel Johnston are probably in the know already.

Scratch Acid - Just Keep Eating: Enough here to warrant another listen.

John K Samson - Provincial: I still like his bands better.

Rainer Maria - Look Now Look Again: Glad I came back to them. Such captivating tracks.

Q And Not U - Different Damage: Mid-career Piebald without the addiction to puns. So pretty awesome.

Psycho Squatt - Anthology: Gogol Bordello meets Crass meets good ska? And it is glorious.

Pusha T - Darkest Before Dawn: Sounds antiquated because the genre has come so far.

Pulsars - Pulsars: Regiie and the Full Effect if they played it straight.

John Prine - Great Days: The gamut of the singer-songwriter genre has far more good than bad and enough great.

Poison Idea - Feel The Darkness: Absolutely essential hardcore punk.

Pansy Division - Deflowered: Mostly forgettable power pop, leaning pop punk.

OnGuard - This Has Its Price: I would pay more for more.

Angel Olsen - Bur Your Fire For No Witness: Not as good as her most recent, but worth listening to.

NWA - efil4zaggin: As not someone who focuses on lyrics, it was hard to ignore the back half.

NWA - NWA and the Posse: Complete cashgrab that feels like it.

5.11.2017 | Nothing More - Nothing More: Trying a bit too hard.

Nothing More - Vandura: An improvement, but just not there yet.

Nother More - Shelter: Shows potential.

New Rising Sons - New Rising Sons/Theives and Angels: Interesting, wish there was more.

New Radicals - Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too: More than just a single.

Mother Love Bone - Apple: Grunge is just not for me.

The Monks - Black Monk Time: Pretty skippable until it was put into context.

Modern Lovers - Modern Lovers: Unbelievable proto-punk.

Milemarker - Frigid Forms Sell: Post-hardcore that is worth your time.

The Melvins - Houdini: Not what I was expecting given the praise.

Magnum Force - Collected Crimes: Fantastic modern powerviolence.

Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers - The Teenagers: Classic and essential.

Life Without Buildings - Any Other City: Out of nowhere, I need to listen to this album on repeat for a week.

The La's - The La's: Come for the big single, stay for the great album.

LaGrecia - On Parallels: I will listen to anything he does.

Kraftwerk - Autobahn: I...did not hate it. Was actually pretty good.

Knife Fight - Isolated: Always worth a listen when they put something out.

Kaytranda - 99.9%: I tried, but could not get into it.

Carly Rae Jelpsen - EMOTION: How did I miss this pop gem?

I Don't Want To Know Why The Caged Bird Sings - Things Are Getting Better: Definite improvement over the EP.

I Don't Want To Know Why The Caged Bird Sings - Winter: So much great screamo.

Ice Cube - Death Certificate: Consistency from NWA to debut to this is a flawless run.

Ice Cube - Amerikkka's Most Wanted: So good.

4.22.2017 | Hopesfall - The Satellite Years: The polarity of the two vocalists is something I always find oft-putting.

Honeywell - Industry: Excellent proto-screamo.

Helmet - Dead To The World: Really solid hard rock album.

The Haunted - The Haunted: Rolling Stones copycats.

Harvest - Transitions: Not as cathartic.

Harvest - Live with a God Complex: Seminal metalcore.

Margo Guryan - Take a Picture: So many singer/songwriters and so little time. Not worth yours.

Green River - Dry As a Bone/Rehab Doll: Mostly forgettable proto-grunge.

Forty Days Rain - Evolution: New remaster sounds great.

Exploding Hearts - Guitar Romantic: Would love to hear more from these '70s punk revivalists.

Dwarves - Blood, Guts, and Pussy: I think I am too old for his.

De La Soul - 3 Feet and Rising: Without context I would have ignored it.

The Dear Hunter - Act 3: The prelude.

The Dear Hunter - Act 2: A needed jump, but too much too quickly.

The Dear Hunter - Act 1: Skeletal compared to more recent records.

Culture Abuse - Day Dream of Nothing/Spray Paint the Dog: The more I hear, the more I like.

CRU - Da Dirty 30: Completely forgettable rap from the late-'90s.

The Count Five - Psychotic Reaction: Perfectly fine psychadelic '60s songs.

Copper - Drag Queen: 8 tracks of emo that are worth revisting.

Convicts - Convicts: Trying far too hard to be hard.

J. Cole - Cole World, The Sideline Story: Uninteresting at every turn.

Coalesce - Functioning On Impatience: Not bad, but too much fuss.

Circle One - Are You Afraid: Always surreal when you discover essential so late in the game.

Chumbawumba - The Singles '82-'87: So great, and so much more than getting back up again.

Christie Front Drive - Stero: More likely to play this than Anthology.

Christie Front Drive - Anthology: Have to contextualize to what emo was in the early '90s.

The Chills - Kaleidoscope World: Worth at least one listen to see if anything sticks.

3.19.2017 | Cassie - Cassie: A great R&B/hip-hop album that seems lost to time.

Car Seat Headrest - Non-Teens of Denial Discography: http://uproxx.com/music/car-seat-headrest-bandcamp-albums/

Career Suicide - Anthology 1 and 2: Decent, but not particularly special when taken all at once.

Cannae - Demo: I wish there was more.

Campaign - Enemies: Still not sure why these guys are not bigger.

Buffalo Clover - Test Your Love: A little too much deviation from their winning formula.

Buffalo Clover - Low Down Time: An improvement on a good debut.

Buffalo Clover - Pick Your Poison: I will pick her over him.

Buena Vista Social Club - Buena Vista Social Club: A bit long, but enough to warrant repeat listens.

Jeff Buckley - Grace: So much more, and better, than what is a great cover.

Boxer - The Hurt Process: Kid Dyanmite/Lifetime-influenced and awesome.

Blitz - Voice of a Generation: Classic oi! album.

2.20.2017 | Dropkick Murphys - 11 Short Stories of Pain and Glory: The transition from street punk to arena rock has been fascinating.

2.19.2017 | Birthmark - Antibodies: Can probably skip it, but glad I listened.

Julien Baker - Sprained Ankle: Hauntingly beautiful.

Bad Brains - Into The Future: Pretty good

Bad Brains - Build A Nation: Not bad, but relative to their few before it.

Bad Brains - I And I Survived: I almost did not.

Bad Brains - God Of Love: So bad.

Bad Brains - Rise: If you did not know it was Bad Brains it would not be so bad.

Bad Brains - Quickness: Is with how I will skip over this one in the future.

Bad Brains - I Against I: The non-reggae tracks are great

Bad Brains - Bad Brains: WOW!

At The Drive-In - Acrobatic Tenement: Early ATDI and early Coheed share more similarities than I realized.

A Tribe Called Quest - Midnight Marauders: Leaps and bounds above the latest.

Atlantic Pacific - Meet You New Love: I like the concept, but executing is flawed.

The Assistant - In The Year of The Dawg: Not as desperate sounding as their debut.

1.31.2017 | Animal Flag - Everything Will Be Okay: An improvement, but not as good as their newest.

Animal Flag - Flood of Sunlight: Glad I listened to the newest album first because I might have otherwise tuned out.

Ryan Allen - Basement Punk: I think we have a difference of opinion on both punk and basement.

52 Hertz - Demo/Somnolence/Twosome: Mostly forgettable but not worthless alternative(?) rock.

Neil Young - Peace Trail: I could get behind more of this.

You Blew It! - 2016 - Abendrot: '90s emo lives!

Wovenhand - Star Treatment: Always worth a listen.

Jack White - Acoustic Recordings: What a great collection.

Weyes Blood - Front Row Seat To Earth: A little slow moving for where I was at the time.

Watsky - x Infinity: Keep making music please.

1.22.2017 | Turnstile - Move Thru Me: Unsurprising hardcore. Sometimes that is just fine.

Touche Amore - Stage Four: I always forget about how great they are between album cycles.

Super Unison - Auto: Worth listening to on a regular basis.

Suffocate For Fuck Sake - In My Blood: Cribbing parts of City of Caterpillar and Converge is one way to get my attention.

Somos - First Day Back: Some strong tracks, but the production holds it back a bit.

Solange - Seat At The Table: Could not get into it.

Smoke DZA & Pete Rock: Don'e Smoke Back: Best old-school hip-hop album of 2016?

Sleigh Bells - Jessica Rabbit: How the music industry has changed since they came on the scene. They now sound dated.

Xenia Rubinos - Black Terry Cat: I can skip it.

Rolling Stones - Blue And Lonesome: Wow!

Planes Mistaken For Stars - Prey: Decent return.

Pinegrove - Cardinal: Really surprised this made so many year end lists. Deserving, just surprising.

Papa M - Highway Songs: Sounds like demos to a new Slint album. Please?

Angel Olsen - My Woman: Such an incredibly haunting voice.

Neurosis - Fires Within Fires: Mostly as expected.

Kevin Morby - Singing Saw: Really want to give it a second listen.

Metallica - Hardwired... To Self-Destruct: Runs too long, but even shorter would not be very interesting to me.

Cass McCombs - Mangy Love: Not sure why I tried.

Leithause and Batmanglij - I Had A Dream: Make more please.

Mikey Erg - Tentative Decisions: Loved this album despite no context for who he is.

Cymbals Eat Guitars - Pretty Years: Play it really loud.

Culture Abuse - Peach: One of the best punk-related albums of 2016.

Common - Black America Again: Musically safe, lyrically adventurous.

Childish Gambino - Awaken, My Love: I am not a big funk listener, but this was so good.

Tribe Called Quest - We Got It From Here: Not familiar with their classic work probably hurt my enjoyment of this.

Youth Funeral - I Would Do It All Again: Screamo is alive and well.

Vanishing Life - Exile/Surveillance: I love Walter, but this is my least favorite project of his.

Two Tongues - Two Tongues Two: What a disappointment, first single aside.

Trash Talk - Tangle: Monotonous.

Teenage Fanclub - Here: On the list of bands I should like based on other's opinions but I struggle to get into.

Strokes - Future Present Past: A return to form was the billing. Not sure I cared the first time around.

Vince Staples - Prima Donna: Not sure I can justify the hype.

Regina Spektor - Remember Us To Life: Not her strongest outing.

Jeff Rosenstock - Worry: Never has album art resembled so closely how I feel listening to the album.

12.09.2016 | Slaughter Beach, Dog - Welcome: Want more Modern Baseball? Get this now.

John Samson - Winter Wheat: Following Oberst and Price, the singer-songwriter fatigue began to set in.

Margo Price - Midwest Farmer's Daughter: Country album of the year.

Preoccupations - Preoccupations: Expecations can tamper with a first listen. Such is the case here.

The Pixies - Head Carrier: Another in the streak of consistency.

Conor Oberst - Ruminations: A slow burner, but ultimately worth it.

Nurse - EP: Still searching for a great modern hardcore band.

Mono - Requiem For Hell: Been a while since a post-rock kept me as engaged as this did.

The Monkees - Good Times!: Calling it a Monkees album seems like a stretch, but calling it good is not.

Microwave - Much Love: More nuanced than their debut.

Paul McCartney - Pure McCartney: A single disc is all that is needed.

Led Zeppelin - The Complete BBC Sessions: Required for fans.

Kings of Leon - WALLS: Continuing their trajectory towards arena, radio-friendly rock.

Joyce Manor - Cody: Their best album yet.

Jimmy Eat World - Integrity Blues: Another great album.

Gringo Starr - The Sides and In Between: Good in a sea of great this year.

Green Day - Revolution Radio: Not revulationary, but certainly radio friendly. But, still, Green Day is great.

Kevin Devine - Instigator: A few podcasts later and I am fully invested in his music.

Dear Hunter - Act 5: Hymns With The Devil In Confessional: I need to listen to them more. Or all the time.

Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition: Hip-hop album of the year.

Bon Iver - 22, A Million: Their time away has allowed me to grow with them sonically.

Beach Slang - A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings: Not sure I get all the hype.

Animal Flag - LP: Looking forward to a lot more.

American Television - Reaction: Great opener for Piebald with a great record.

American Football - LP2: Good enough.

10.07.2016 | Self Defense Family - Colicky: Post-punk with a definite Joy Division affinity.

Dolly Parton - Pure & Simple: Sounds so genuine, even after all these years.

Okkervil River - Away: Sounds, for the first time, complacent.

Frank Ocean - Blond: Listening to an artist at the top of his craft.

Lydia Loveless - Real: Good, but not worth the hype.

Garrett Klahn - Garrett Klahn: It is not Back and to the Left, but still worth a listen.

Kindling - Everywhere Else: Shoegaze, if that is your thing.

Sam Coomes - Bugger Me: Great beginning but quickly looses steam.

clipping - Splendor & Misery: Space rap opera needs more than one, or two, listens.

AJJ - The Bible 2: Earnest folk-punk that is something above the rest.

Against Me! - Shape Shift With Me: New Wave:White Crosses :: TGDB:SSWM

Wreck and Reference - Indifferent Rivers Romance End: Cool concept, but wears thin quickly.

Hank Wood and the Hammerheads - Stay Home!!: Great punk songs to be heard live.

Various - Hamilton Broadway Cast Recording: Great execution, but hard to keep focus for 2+ hours.

9.24.2016 | Tragically Hip - Man Machine Poem: Disappointed they broke up, but excited to dig into the back catalog.

Thank You, Scientist - Stranger Heads Prevail: A bit superfluous in places, but they should tour with Kamasi Washington.

Temple of the Dog - Temple of the Dog: Interesting pedigree but I could not get into it.

Chaim Tennenbaum - Chaim Tannenbaum: Sounds like something out of the '50s.

9.18.2016 | Son House - Heroes Of The Blues: Blues, to me, is always in the shadow or Robert Johnson, but this is still worth a listen.

Skipjack - A Soundtrack To A Eulogy: Boring, formulaic pop-punk.

Shai Hulud - Just Can't Hate Enough: Always breaking the rule that the singer defines the band.

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez - Blind Worms, Pious Swine: 12 albums released this year. Can someone make a best of?

Pkew Pkew Pkew - Pkew Pkew Pkef: If fratcore is not a thing already, they just invented it.

Of Montreal - Innocence Reaches: Always worth a listen.

100 Demons - In The Eyes of the Lord: Recommended to me as a fan of early Hatebreed. Did not disappoint.

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