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.
Death Grips - Steroids: Even the throwaway stuff is great.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dropkick Murphys - 11 Short Stories of Pain and Glory: The transition from street punk to arena rock has been fascinating.
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.
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.
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.
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