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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brand New - Science Fiction: Stunning and worth the wait.
Ministry - The Land of Rape and Honey: Not as engaging as I am expecting their live show to be.
Broken Social Scene - Hug of Thunder: This one is going to take some time to digest.
YDI - Out For Blood: Nothing that resonates.
X-Japan - Blue Blood: Was not expecting each song to sound so similar.
Xiu Xiu - Plays the Music of Twin Peaks: This sas way better than it should be.
Wear Your Wounds - WYW: There is a really good album, or maybe long EP, in here.
Vietnam - Vietnam (1985): A lost (to me) classic.
Verlaines - Bird Dog: Enough to warrant a second listen.
Various - Princess Leia's Stolen Death Star Plans: A great one-time novelty listen.
Various - Ramshackle Glory/Ghost Mice: Now I need to dig into Ghsot Mice.
Various - Bomb the Music Industry/Laura Stevenson: BtMI side is fantastic.
Various - Bomb the Music Industry!/O Pioneers: Great pairing
Various - The Syness Clinic/Everyone Asked About You: Mostly forgettable emo from the late '90s.
Unwound - Repetition: I just did not get it.
Unbroken - It's Getting Tougher: Odds and ends that are worth a listen.
Unbroken - Life. Love. Regret.: Not nearly as good as Ritual, but still pretty great.
Unbroken - Ritual: Where has this been all of my life?!
Udusic - Ugly: Intriguing hardcore.
True Love - Heaven's Too Good For Us: It is no Background Music, but I will certainly take it.
True Love - Floral Note/New Young Gods: Great American Nightmare-inspired band.
James Supercave - Better Strange: Wish I had context for why I queued this underwhelming album.
Sun Kil Moon - Common As Light: Long. Very long.
Sorority Noise - You're Not As ______ As You Think: Modern emo at its finest.
Smith Street Band - More Scared Of You: The Hold Steady for the The Get Up Kids crowd.
Slow Fire Pistol - Demo/Moment of Clarity: Looking forward to more from this solid screamo band.
Slowdive - Slowdive: I think I need to revisit their old material.
Skewbald Grand Union - Skewbald Grand Union: Two songs is not enough
The Shins - Heartwoms: Nice return to form.
Sense Field - To End A Letter: For completists.
Sense Field - Living Outside: Certainly fatiguing.
Sense Field - Tonight and Forever: A little too slick for its own good.
Sense Field - Building: This should have been huge on the radio.
Sense Field - Killed For Less: Still a bit too rough around the edges.
Sense Field - Sense Field: Looking forward to more form this melodically-inclined hardcore-adjacent band.
Saxon Shore - The Exquisite Death Of: Just shy of post-rock, but a hell of a great instrumental album.
Samiam - Clumsy: How was this not bigger in the era post-Dookie?
Run The Jewels - 3: Almost too consistent.
Rudimentary Peni - Death Church: Early '80s punk in all of its low-fi glory.
Jeff Rosenstock - Live and Acoustic at Vinyl Paradies: Now I need to see him.
Ritual Mess - Vile Art: Wow, this is the best screamo album I have heard in a long time.
Ritual Mess - Ritual Mess: Successfully piqued my screamo interests.
Remo Drive - Greatest Hits: Part Weezer, part Get Up Kids, all pretty awesome.
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.
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.
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.
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