St. Vincent - St. Vincent: Atop many end-of-year lists for a damn good reason.
Spoon - They Want My Soul: Spoon is the band I never remember I missed.
Speech Debelle - Speech Therapy: Refreshing, innovative hip-hop that needs more recognition.
Sonic's Rendezvous Band - City Slang/Sweet Nothing: This band needs more attention.
Sonic Avenues - Mistakes: No mistakes here, fun pop/rock album.
Smashing Pumpkins - Monument to an Elegy: Short (for them), restrainted (for them), but effective rock album.
Smashing Pumpkins - Oceania: The moment i realized the parallels in career between them and Saves the Day.
Smashing Pumpkins - Adore: Not nearly as bad as anticipated. In fact, quite a good album.
Smashing Pumpkins - Gish: Why have I slept on this album so long?
Sleater-Kinney - No Cities To Love: Cannot wait to listen to this again.
Shellac - Dude Incredible: Extremely engaging post-punk/math rock akin to modern Mission of Burma.
Run The Jewels - 2: Easily the best hip-hop album of last year. Unbelievable they could top their debut, but they did.
She & Him - Classics: More of what you have come to expect.
Ty Segall - Manipulator: I want to like this, but struggling to get through each song.
Seam - The Problem With Me: What an absolutely great album.
Antonio Sanchez - Birdman Soundtrack: Pretty good on its own, but wish the sequence were drastically different.
Josh Rouse - Nashville: Pleasant enough, but would be disservice to only listen to once.
Rough Francis - Maximum Soul Power: Evokes none of those adjectives.
Rotting Out - This Is Just A Life: Black Flag meets Over My Dead Body.
Perfect Pussy - Say Yes to Love: Brash, loud, angry, fun. Yes.
Rotting Out - The Wrong Way: Less Bane worship, more awesome.
Rotting Out - Street Prowl: Something captivating about Walter's delivery.
The Roots - ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin: Disappointing.
Roll The Tanks - Broke 'til Midnight: Great contemporaries of modern Against Me!.
Davis Rogan - The Real Davis: I will miss you, Treme.
Rodan - Fifteen Quiet Years: Worth having, but Rusty deserves to be in the rotation.
Rodan - Rusty: Very obvious Slint successor.
Right Away, Great Captain: Bitter End/Eventually Home/Church Of The Good Thief: Andy Hull starting to grow on me.
Buddy Rich - Mercy, Mercy - Drumming more prominent, but still needs to be louder.
Buddy Rich - The New One!: Wish the drumming was more prominent and louder in the mix.
Damien Rice - My Favourite Faded Fantasy: Always have a special place for O.
Restorations - LP3: This should have been on more "Best Of" lists last year.
Resist - We Want Our World Back: No Ten Yard Fight, but as close as we might get.
Ratking - So It Goes: Good modern hip-hop.
Rancid - And Out Come The Wolves: A great continuation of Operation Ivy with a bit more Clash.
Rachel's - Selenography: Their best work.
Pure Hell - Noise Addiction: Certainly not as good as Death, but maybe just as important.
The Progress - Merit: Miss Piebald? Listen to this.
Prawn - Kingfisher: Triumphant addition to the emo revival.
Pixies - Pixies: For completists only.
Pixies - Trompe le Monde: All good things come to and end.
Pixies - Bossanova: Slightly-less-than a masterpiece.
Pixies - Doolittle: Masterpiece.
Pixies - Surfer Rosa/Come On Pilgrim: Mostly good indie rock.
Pink Floyd - The Endless River: Feels like a cash grab.
Tom Petty - Hypnotic Eye: Lost some of the charm from the past few albums.
Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal: Start to buy into the hype.
Parkay Quarts - Content Nausea: Like a hip-hop mixtape, this collection a testing ground.
Owen - I Do Perceive: Singer-songwriter is a tough sell for me.
Ought - More Than Any Other Day: Owes much to the Talking Heads.
Open Mike Eagle - Dark Comedy: Alternative hip-hop that is worth listening to but not obsessing over.
Only Crime - To The Nines/Virulence/Pursuance: Hard to tell where one ends and begins from melodic hardcore supergroup.
One Small Step for Landmines - Whale EP: Closest thing to early Saves the Day.
Of Montreal - Aureate Gloom: More solid weirdness.
O'Brother - Garden Window: Post-rock? Alternative metal? Not sure, but I want to know more.
New Found Glory - Resurrection: Not going to change anyone's opinion about them.
New Basement Tapes - Lost On The River: Loved the documentary, but the songs just do not do it for me.
Mother Earth - Make a Joyful Noise: Lost gem of the '60s.
Mogwai - Rave Tapes: One of their more restrained albums, and better off for it. Repelish is their most Slint-esque song in some time.
Modern Baseball - You're Gonna Miss It All: Big step up from Sports.
Modern Baseball - Sports: Stylistically similar to The Front Bottoms.
A Minor Forest - Independence: More instrumental, but in a challenging way.
A Minor Forest - Flemish Altruism: Musically between Tweez and Spiderland.
Mastodon - Once More 'round the Sun: Transitional album from who they were to who they want to be in the pop landscape.
Makthaverskan - I/II: I may not listen to the album in full, but I will always love when a song of theirs comes on.
Make Do and Mend - Don't Be Long: Less on the Foo Fighters, more on the Hot Water Music.
Make Do and Mend - Everything You Ever Loved: A great mix of Foo Fighters and Hot Water Music.
Liars - Mess: Trying to be Radiohead is a tough road, but they seem to be handling it well.
Jerry Lee Lewis - Another Place, Another Time: Country music classic from a godfather of rock.
Jenny Lewis - The Voyager: If not for her history, not sure I would care.
Sondre Lerche - Please: One of the most captivating voices in music.
Large Professor - The LP: Do not let release date affect your opinion, this is a great early '90s album.
Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly: Does not come across as cohesive, but needs more listens.
Kendrick Lamar - Section.80: Feels like the mixtape it is.
King Geedorah - Take Me To Your Leader: Easily my favorite MC.
Kaleidoscope - Incredible!: Might by hyperbolic, but Good Enough not as catchy.
Kain - Blue Guerilla: All I could think of was Pinot Noir.
KMD - Black Bastards: Great to hear MF Doom at the beginning.
Juliana Theory - Love: Later Saves The Day owes much to this.
Joyce Manor - Never Hungover Again: Now we are getting somewhere.
Joyce Manor - Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired: Tough to tell when self titled ended and this began.
Joyce Manor - Joyce Manor: I guess I was expecting more considering the press attention.
Bessie Jones - Get In Union: Sometimes all you need is the passion.
Jazz June - They Love Those Who Make the Music: Cap'n Jazz meets Texas is the Reason and I swoon.
Iron Maiden - Number of the Beast: No more will I ridicule the band.
Interpol - El Pintor: Big shoes from Bright Lights still not filled, but this is best attempt.
Insect Trust - Insect Trust: Some albums are lost classics, but not this one.
Lia Ices - Ices: Completely forgettable.
Iceage - Plowing Into the Field of Love: Not nearly as compelling as earlier works.
Hot Rod Circuit - If It's Cool With You: Far better than I gave them credit for when this came out.
Mary Hopkin - Postcard: Pretty great singer from 60s.
Hey Mercedes - Loses Control: Straight up pop. Wonder why they did not get bigger.
Have Heart - What Counts/Things We Carry: Still do not get the fuss. Good, but not great.
Hallelujah the Hills - Have You Ever Done Something Evil: Closest Forgot It In People ripoff I have heard. Awesome.
Gun Club - Fire of Love: Glorious post-punk.
Godspeed! You Black Emperor - Asunder: At the head of the class for a reason with no relinquishment in sight.
Go! Team - The Scene Between: This is where I depart from caring about their future releases.
Give - Electric Flower Circus: Like it, but the vocals are mixed a bit too prominently.
Ghostface Killah - 36 Seasons: He just keeps killing it with every release.
Gaslight Anthem - Get Hurt: I miss the '59 sound.
Future Islands - Singles: Not as bad I was expecting, but only a few tracks I really got into.
Fugazi - First Demo: I was not ready for this earlier in my life. I am now.
Fucked Up - Glass Boys: Slow version is leaps and bounds better than an already-awesome album. Like BOTT half-speed.
Front Bottoms - Talon of the Hawk: Is this not the Hold Steady?
Front Bottoms - Front Bottoms: Closest band, from presentation perspective, would be Hold Steady.
Front Bottoms - I Hate My Friends: Earnest like early Saves the Day, Brand New, and Dashboard Confessional.
Front Bottoms - My Grandma vs Pneumonia: Transitional album from earnest minimalism to full time band.
Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways: Great concept, looking forward to watching the documentary, but mediocre results.
Field Report - Marigolden: Great little indie band.
Father John Misty - I Love You Honeybear: Outdoing an excellent debut is hard to do, but mission accomplished.
Father - Young Hot Ebony: Hip-hop continues to innovate at a pace I did not anticipate.
Roky Erickson - I Have Always Been Here: Certainly hit-or-miss, but looking forward to digging deeper.
Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) - You Will Eventually Be Forgotten: Traditional emo done very well.
DRI - Dealing With It: Was expecting more from a genre-defining album.
Dresden Dolls - No, Virginia: Such a captivating singer in everything she does.
Dream Theater - Metropolis, Part 2; Scenes From a Memory: Not normally one for prog rock, this floored me.
Drake - If You're Reading This, It's Too Late: Throwaway tracks as intended.
Mac Demarco - Salad Days: I fought it for a while, but I get it now. Where can I get more?
Kevin Devine - Bulldozer: Such a letdown coming off Bubblegum.
Kevin Devine - Bubblegum: Bigger is better for the songwriter.
Devil Makes Three - I'm a Stranger Here: Mixing country, bluegrass, and folky-punk does not work on disc, but could be great live.
Decemberists - What a Terrible/Beautiful World: Always enjoyable, but not as great as King is Dead.
Death Grips - Jenny Death: Huge payoff when listening right after Fashion Week and Niggas on the Moon.
Death Grips - Niggas on the Moon: Their "acoustic" album as things get quieter and less chaotic.
Death Grips - Fashion Week: My least favorite release from them, but if someone puts words on top I could be swayed.
Davenport Cabinet - Damned Renegades: My favorite current classic rock album. Needs to tour with Blitzen Trapper.
Cymbals Eat Guitars - Lose: Stopgap from where they came from to where they want to go.
The Cramps - Songs the Lord Taught Us: Pyschobilly is perfect characterization.
Crain - Heater: Less Spiderland, more traditional.
Crain - Speed: Undeniable Spiderland influence in the best way possible.
Consolation Prize - Consolation Prize: Not exactly hardcore, but not exactly hard rock.
Codeine - Frigid Stars/Barely Real: Slowcore not always my thing, but deserves another listen.
Code Orange - I Am King: Huge step forward for the band.
Cloud Nothings - Here and Nowhere: Pretty good, but far from great.
Clipping - Clppng: Death Grips lite is not a bad comparison, but it tries too hard at times and goes too long.
Circulatory System - Mosaics Within Mosaics: Sometimes hit-or-miss, but this one is a huge hit.
Circa Survive - On Letting Go: Glorious amalgamation of Mars Volta, Coheed, and Silversun Pickups.
Chrysalis - Definition: More hit than miss, but too much miss.
Childish Gambino - Kauai/STN MTN: A good EP worth of material spread out over an hour.
Cheap Girls - Famous Graves: Solid as ever.
Cerebellum - Cerebellum: Louisville in the '90s was a special place.
Michael Cera - True That: Uhh.
Julian Casablancas - Tyranny: Been a while since I found a great headphones album. Now to find my headphones.
The Bronx - The Bronx (IV): Diminishing returns have arrived.
Bob Dylan - Basement Tapes Complete: Absolutely essential.
The Bronx - The Bronx (III): A harder Foo Fighters.
The Bronx - The Bronx (II): Losing some of the edge of their debut is slightly less compelling, but enjoyable nonetheless.
Braid - No Coast: Mostly great.
Braid - Closer to Closed: Without revisiting Frame and Canvas, this is their best to date.
Braid - Movie Music, Vols. 1 and 2: Pretty safe to skip. Cover of My Life is great.
Braid - The Age of Octeen: Starting to come together a bit more.
Braid - Frankie Welfare Boy Age Five: So young, so innocent.
Born Against - Discography: Worth listening to, worth returning to for the message.
Blacklisted - When People Grow, People Go: Please keep going and growing. Slowly.
Bjork - Vulnicura: More subdued, but hard to complain about it.
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