7.22.2017 | Reason To Believe - When Reason Sleeps Demons Dance: More pop-punk than DC.

Reason to Believe - Demo/Next Door: Very DC-reminiscent melodic hardcore.

Ramshackle Glory - Who are your friends gonna be?: A little too Rehearsing My Choir.

Raekwon - The Wild: He and Ghostface just keep killing it.

Matt Pryor - Memento Mori: His most somber set of songs ever.

Protester - Demo/Protester/No Identity: Great hardcore that sounds both new and old.

Open City - Open City: More abrasive than I was anticipating.

Praise - Leave it All Behind: Almost too polished.

of Montreal - Rune Husk: When they hang it up, there will be so much to sift through for a greatest hits.

Conor Oberst - Salutations: So glad this exists, but prefer the originals in most cases.

Nine Inch Nails - Not The Actual Events: Really starting to like the EP format for them.

New Found Glory - Makes Me Sick: Less punk than anything they have ever released.

Narco Debut - Garden Dreams: The SSTB comparisons are warranted.

Mark Mulcahy - The Possum in the Driveway: Always worth listening to.

Mountain Goats - Goths: Best album since Sunset Tree.

6.30.2017 | John Moreland - Big Bad Luv: Sucked in by a charasmatic review, it is nothing to write home about.

Mom Jeans - Best Buds: Excellent album in the crowded emo revival field.

The Menzingers - After The Party: This is not getting the hype it deserves.

Jordaan Mason - Divorce Lawyers I Shaved My Head: Not sure I get the NMH vibe that has been described, but it is certainly captivating.

Sondre Lerche - Pleasure: Not just another solid Sondre album, the formula is tweaked just enough to make refreshing.

Jens Lekman - Pleasure: Mesmerizing melodies.

Labradors - The Great Maybe: Missing something that was on their EP.

Labradors - Hate Summer: Come for the Kanye cover, stay for the rest.

6.23.2017 | KRS-One - The World Is Mind: Reminding everyone that the fundamentals of hip-hop done properly can still be compelling.

Kiss - Alive!: Good to know they were a real rock band underneath it all.

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Murder of the Universe: Album of the year so far and it is not really close.

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Flying Microtonal Banana: Excellent follow-up to Nonagon.

Tim Kasher - No Resolution: Fair or not (the latter more likely), I will forever measure his albums against The Ugly Organ and this one does not compete.

Jesus and Mary Chain - Damage and Joy: I might like this more than their original albums.

Japandroids - Near to the Wild Heart of Life: A much slower burn than their debut, but I think it will be worth it in time.

I Love Your Lifestyle - We Go Way Back: Decent, but not extraordinary album from the emo revival.

Zach Hill - Face Tat: I do not think I would have appreciated this prior to Death Grips, but I sure do now.

Heart on My Sleeve - In The Midst Of Hope and Nothingness: Screamo full of desperation and break-at-any-moment. Not quite to Cap'n Jazz level, but akin enough.

Have a Nice Life - The Unnatural World: Amazing post-punk album.

Gray Matter - Thog: Completely skippable.

Gray Matter - Take It Back: Not quite at the same level.

Gray Matter - Food For Thought: A classic-sounding hardcore-adjacent album.

Glocca Morra - Just Married: Decent emo revival, but too much competition.

Give - Electric Flower Cult: One of the best bands in "hardcore"

Giants Chair - Purity and Control: Fantastic follow-up.

Giants Chair - Red and Clear: Heaviner, less melodic Get Up Kids and it is great.

Fit For Abuse - Too Little, Too Late: No it is not.

Fit For Abuse - Pysco Ray Sessions: Glad to finally own these on vinyl.

Craig Finn - We All Want The Same Thing: His most un-Hold Steady solo album yet. For better or worse.

Father John Misty - Pure Comedy: Enough really great stuff to come back to. Might be better as two EPs though.

Everyone Asked About You - Let's Be Enemies: Decent return to form.

Everyone Asked About You - Memory Fails Me Sometimes: A little more polished takes away some of the charm.

Everyone Asked About You - Everyone Asked About You: Had to do a double take on release date because it sounded too 90's emo.

Bill Evans - Waltz for Debby: Not quite as captivating.

Bill Evans - Sunday at the Village Vanguard: Captivating jazz.

Elbow - Little Fictions: Consistent, but can see why it is not getting as much coverage as previous outings.

Bob Dylan - Triplicate: I would listen to just about anything he puts out with regularity.

6.18.2017 | Death Grips - Steroids: Even the throwaway stuff is great.

6.17.2017 | Ducky Boys - Three Chords and the Truth/Chasing the Ghost: He can write a song and should be more well known.

Dirty Projectors - Dirty Projectors: Album of the year contender.

Mac DeMarco - This Old Dog: I do not get the fascination.

Davenport Cabinet - Selfish Angels: Sad to see them go.

Code Orange - Forever: Almost accessible.

Cock Sparrer - Shock Troops: So great for what it is.

Cloud NOthings - Life Without Sound: Slightly disappointing.

Cheap Girls - God's Ex-Wife: Miss these guys.

Charmer - Best Worst Birthday/Whateverville: Given their contemporaries, hard to recommend.

6.16.2017 | Chairlift - Moth: Great voice, but not enough to overcome the rest.

Busdriver - Temporary Forever: Was really hoping for more.

Bomb the Music Industry - Adults/Vacation: Too bad it had to come to an end.

Bomb the Music Industry - Scrambles: Did I mention how much fun live this would be?

Bomb the Music Industry - Others! Others!: Some of which could have stayed away.

Bomb the Music Industry - Get Warmer: Now it all clicks.

Bomb the Music Industry - Goodbye Cool World: Really wish I had seen these guys live now.

Bomb the Music Industr - To Leave or Die in Long Island: Still a bit rough around the edges.

Bomb the Music Industry - Album Minus Band: Hit or miss, but has potential.

Blind Guardian - At the Edge of Time: Not sure where the albums end or begin anymore.

Blind Guardian - A Twist In The Myth: Too much.

At The Drive-In - Interalia: Calibrated expecations could lead to a positive experience.

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.

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