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8.30.2015 | Wesley Wolfe - Numbskull: Solid singer/songwriter that I look forward to more of.


Wild Man Fischer - An Evening with: Merry go, merry go round.


White Lung - Deep Fantasy: Nothing revolutionary or essential.


Jack White - Lazaretto: More so than Blunderbuss, Lazaretto feels like a continuation of the White Stripes.


Weezer - Pinkerton: Not the biggest fan, but if there were an album to return to, this is it.


Weezer - Weezer (Green): I want more pop or more punk, but cannot get behind the middle ground it settles into.


Ween - The Mollusk: Still cannot get into it.


Ween - Chocolate and Cheese: No, sir, I do not like it.


Gerard Way - Hesitant Alien: If not for the pedigree, likely would not give it a second thought.


Wavves - King of the Beach: Should be a repeat for days to come.


Watsky - All You Can Do: Not the best showcase for new fans, but hard to deny the talent.


War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream: Feels like an essential album from a time long ago.


Violent Sons - Nothing as it Seems: Sean Murphy has one of those voices I will follow forever.


Velvet Underground - VU: Essential demos and odds-and-ends.


Velvet Underground - Loaded: Hits is what was asked for and what was delivered.


Velvet Underground - Velvet Underground: Quieter, introspective, still excellent.


Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat: How is this not as big as it needs to be?


Velvet Underground - Velvet Underground and Nico: Five stars indeed.


Various - Whiplash: So good.


Various - Broadsheet Music- Year in Review: New (to me) Broken Social Scene is enough.


Sharon Van Etten - Are We There Yet: Indie folk that blends into the crowd.


TVOTR - Seeds: More intensity, almost as catchy, but lacks a Wolf Like Me.


TS and the Past Haunts - Cool Butt in French: I love Travis, but his post-Piebald stuff has been lacking.


Title Fight - Hyperview: Clear progression for the band, and I am thankful to be along for the ride.


Thank You Scientist - Maps of Non-Existent Places: Was hoping for more give their live show.


Test of Time - A Place Beyond: Great, borderline formulaic, hardcore.


Kate Tempest - Everybody Down: Easy comparison the Original Pirate Material, but it drags towards the end.


T. Rex - Electric Warrior: You know the song, just not who it is. And then you wish you had known all along.


Swans - To Be King: Continues to push my musical tastes in directions I did not foresee.


Sun Kil Moon - Benji: Dense yet sparse. This is him at his best.


Suicide - Suicide: Punk in spirit if not aesthetics.


Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell: A return to form that oozes sadness.


Spires That in the Sunset Rise - Curse the Traced Bird: Always searching for great post-rock leads to comparisons of GY!BE.


7.12.2015 | 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.


7.08.2015 | 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.


7.03.2015 | 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.


6.17.2015 | 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.


6.14.2015 | 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.


6.09.2015 | 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.


5.29.2015 | 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.


5.23.2015 | 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?


5.17.2015 | 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.


5.08.2015 | 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.


5.05.2015 | 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.


4.29.2015 | 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.


4.25.2015 | 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.


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