Nails - Unsilent Death: Todd Jones strikes again
Mom Jeans - Puppy Love: A bit of a letdown coming off Best Buds.
Mil-Spec - Demo/When The Fever Broke/Changes: What a run of great hardcore tracks.
Middle Class - Out Of Vogue: The first hardcore track? Not sure, but really great regardless.
Michael Cera Palin - Growing Pains/I Don't Know How To Explain It: Lofty name to live up to. Nails it.
Line Of Sight - Demo/Dissent: Awesome straight edge hardcore.
JPEGMAFIA - Veteran: Not really feeling it.
Integrity - Those Who Fear Tomorrow: Essential and I need to get more of their stuff.
Guiding Wave - To Dance Around Love: Really great post-punk.
Get Up Kids - Kicker: More please.
Gaslight Anthem - '59 Sounds Sessions: A little underwhelming for such a classic album.
Feederz - What Would Hitler Do: Would love to see them live, but could do without new music.
Failure Face - Complete Failure: Weirdly melodic, but aggressive.
Envy - A Dead Sinking Story: Given the hype, I had expectations that were too high.
Electric Eels - God Says Fuck You: Not my favorite proto-punk band, but have to respect what they were doing.
Econochrist - Trained To Serve: Great early '90s hardcore.
Dirty Projectors - Lamp Lit Prose: There is much to unpack here.
Die Hoffnung - Elegies and Creation Songs: Not my favorite from the brothers, but I am glad it exists.
Culture Abuse - Bay Dream: Not as immediately compelling as Peach.
Cringer - Greatest Hits, Vol. 1: Pretty good, if generic, punk from the late '80s.
Converge - Beautiful Ruin: Outstanding supplement.
Commander Salamander - Gross October: Indebted to Midwest emo, in a good way.
Clipping - Face: Keeps getting better and better.
Breathing Walker - Breathing Walker: Moss Icon with a violin!
Blue Streak - No Guns on TV: Looking forward to what the future brings.
At The Drive-In - In Diamante: Great little EP.
Arctic Monkeys - Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino: Too grown up.
Amusement Parks On Fire - All The New Ends: Glad they are back at it
Agoraphobic Nosebleed - Demo: Did a split with Converge which should give you an idea on sound, but super short tracks.
Worst Party Ever - Anthology: Early Front Bottoms, for whatever that is worth.
Amanda Woodward - La Decadence De La Decadence: French screamo that is worth your time.
Hank Wood and the Hammerheads - Self Titled: Best traditional punk album of the year. Maybe the decade.
Wonder Years - Sister Cities: Solid album from these pop-punk/modern emo vets.
Wipers - Is This Real: This is real.
Jack White - Boarding House Reach: I hope this is the album he felt he had to make in order to do something fun again.
The Voidz - Virtue: A few good tracks, but felt like a lot of filler.
The Vaselines - Dum Dum: Can see why Nirvana were such big fans.
User Error - Cassette: Grown up Assfactor 4.
Twitching Tongues - In Love There Is No Law: Not sure what kind of band they are trying to be.
Turnstile - Time and Space: To their own drum they beat and I follow.
True Love - The Pact: One of my favorite modern hardcore bands.
Titus Andronicus - A Productive Cough: Album of the year contender for the great Rolling Stone cover.
Threadbare - Escapist: Huge improvement and what was surely unique for 1997.
Threadbare - Threadbare: Could have done without the 11 minute closer.
Threadbare - Feeling Older Faster: Not exactly screamo, but heavier than emo.
Sza - Ctrl: Pretty solid pop album worthy of a lot of the praise.
Stormzy - Gang Signs & Prayer: I prefer the former, but even then in limited doses.
Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska: Now this is an album of his I want to revisit.
Bruce Springsteen - Darkness On The Edge Of Town: I still cannot get into Bruce.
The Sound - From The Lion's Mouth: Slightly cleaner but still compelling.
The Sound - Jeopardy: How was the band not huge?
Sorority Noise - YNAAYT: Unnecessary.
The Slits - Cut: Magnificent post-punk.
The Screamers - In A Better World: I like the demos better.
The Screamers - Demos '77-'78: How great they could have been.
Rocket From The Tombs - Rocket Redux: Stick with the raw recordings.
Rocket From The Tombs - The Day The Earth Met: Well, I guess I need to check out Pere Ubu now.
Rocket From The Crypt - Scream, Dracula, Scream: Essential punk 'n' roll.
Reggie and the Full Effect - 41: Can we start again?
Pulling Teeth - Martyr Immortal: Short, fast, loud.
Preoccupations - New Material: I like the old material better.
Pianos Become The Teeth - Wait For Love: Decent, but not as good as earlier works.
A Perfect Circle - Eat The Elephant: I always expect heavier, but this was really good.
The Alan Parsons Project - I Robot: Good for what it is.
Parquet Courts - Wide Awake: AOTY contender.
Owls - Two: Anything from the Kinsella brothers is worth your time.
Ought - Room Inside The World: Disappointing.
Origami Angel - Quiet Hours: Cool little emo band from DC.
Open City - City of Ash: Great little EP.
The Only Ones - The Only Ones: I have so much to learn about '70s punk.
Okkervil River - In The Rainbow Rain: Just never hits me like it does others.
Of Montreal - White Is Relic Irraelis Mood: Big return to form.
No Age - Snares Like A Haircut: Pretty good, but high bar for success.
Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour: Much better than her last album.
David Murray - Blue For Memo: Jazz plus Saul Williams is a mixed bag.
The Most - Mostified: Bonkers but great.
The Messthetics - The Messthetics: Worth a single listen.
Martha - Blisters In The Pit Of My Heart: Big improvement.
Martha - Courting Strong: Perfect encapsulation of their live show.
Mandroid Echostar - Coral Throne: Somewhere between SSTB and IKSSE Coheed.
The Longshot - Love Is For Lovers: The softer side of Billie Joe Armstrong.
Knocked Loose - Laugh Tracks: No laughing at the great hardcore album.
King Krule - The Ooz: Some cool songs, but not enough of them.
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Gumboot Soup: Leftovers from an astonishing year.
The Kids - The Kids: Classic punk from the '70s.
Jason Isbell - The Nashville Sound: Slight too clean, but great songs.
Iceage - Beyondless: Not very engaging.
Death Grips - Year Of The Snitch: A lot to unpack here, but Streaky in album context is way better than as a single.
I Create - All We Are Is Now: Transcendent post-hardcore/screamo.
I Create - Make The Years: Pretty standard post-hardcore/screamo.
Husker Du - Zen Arcade: Whoa.
Hurray For The Riff Raff - The Navigator: A little too inside the lines.
Hop Along - Bark Your Head Off, Dog: Swinging for the fences and clearing them has to be a great feeling.
HIRS - Friends, Lovers, Favorites: Noisecore at its finest.
Tylisha Haskins - Goya Boy: Huge step up form ...All That Jazz.
Guyver-One - Discography: Pretty great screamo.
Guilt - Comprehensive Guide To Anger Management Composed In Drop D: Starts off pretty decent, but the back half is Slint-influenced hardcore.
The Go! Team - Semicircle: Always sucked in by a single or review or snippet. Usually disappointed.
Gasoline Heart - You Know Who You Are: Perhaps a response to Texas Is The Reason, they occupy a space between Gaslight Anthem and Hot Water Music.
Fury - Paramount: Bands like Fury give me hope for hardcore.
The Fix - At The Speed of Twisted Thought: Essential and inexplicably off my radar for far too long.
Fiddlehead - Springtime and Blind: Not sure how to describe this major Album of the Year contender.
Fiddlehead - Out Of The Bloom: Looking forward to more.
Father John Misty - God's Favorite Customer: Another excellent album.
The Fall - 50,000 Fall Fans Can't Be Wrong: I mean, they can, but not about The Fall.
Eminem - Revival: Maybe this was the album he needed to make in order to have a real revival?
Disfear - Live The Storm: Amazing.
The Dickies - The Incredible Shrinking Dickies: Come for the Paranoid cover, stay for the vital punk.
The Decemberists - I'll Be Your Girl: Not sure how I feel about the new direction yet.
Dead Boys - Young, Loud, And Snotty: Essential punk.
Richard Dawson - Peasant: Strong contender for album of last year.
Dashboard Confessional - Crooked Shadows: Still searching for that Top 40 hit.
Czarface and MF Doom - Meets: Anything Doom related it worth checking out.
Company Flow - Funcrusher Plus: A bit long in the tooth, but refreshing.
Citizen - As You Please: More melodic, but far better.
Car Seat Headrest - Twin Fantasy (Face To Face): Love the remake.
David Bowie - Scary Monsters: Clearly a singles artist, with few exceptions.
David Bowie - Lodger: Slight step down from Heroes.
David Bowie - Heroes: Best since Ziggy Stardust.
David Bowie - Station To Station: Transitional album.
David Bowie - Aladdin Sane: Disappointint follow-up to Ziggy, though not without bright spots.
David Bowie - Hunky Dory: Building the case for being a singles artist.
David Bowie - The Man Who Sold The World: Some pretty good songs.
Birdchest - Birdchest: Assfactor 4 reborn.
Big Thief - Capacity: I just do not get the hype.
Jello Biafra and the New Orleans Raunch and Soul All-Stars: Walk on Jindal's Splinters: Great novelty album.
Courney Barnett and Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea Lice: Whoa.
Bad Moves - Bad Moves: Incredibly, it captures their live presence so well.
awakebutstillinbed - what people call low self-esteem is really just seeing yourself the way that other people see you: Pay attention to this band.
Anti-Flag - Die For The Government: Some really great punk songs here.
Antagonize - Demo: So great to have him back.
Animal Flag - Void Ripper: Huge step forward in their sound.
Andrew WK - You're Not Alone: I Get Wet is such a great album, everything else will pale in comparison. Including this.
Neil Young - Hitchiker: One of his best of the recent run.
The Worst - Of The Worst: Early '80s punk that suffers from the production issues, but worth a listen.
Kamasi Washington - Harmony Of Difference: Great warm-up for his new album.
War On Drugs - A Deeper Understanding: A bit long, but wonderfully executed.
Joni Void - Selfless: Gripping, if uneven at times.
Tylisha Haskins - ...And All That Jazz: A little rought, but he has the passion.
This Day Forward - In Response: Far too polished, but should have been huge in 2003.
Sticks And Stones - Inner Revolt: Really great punk from the mid-to-late-'80s.
Colin Stetson - New History Warfare, Vol. 2- Judges: What a weirdly engrossing album.
Steely Dan - Countdown To Ecstasy: Always avoided Steely Dan for some unknown reason. No longer.
St. Vincent - Masseduction: This will be a grower.
Slaughter Beach, Dog - Birdie: I miss Modern Baseball.
Skating Polly - The Big Fit: A bit of a step down.
Skating Polly - Fuzz Steilacoom: Huge step up from their debut.
Skating Polly - Lost Wondefuls: Such youthfulness.
Sid Sludge Studio Band - Hardcore Caesar: Interesting time capsule type of recording.
A. Savage - Thawing Dawn: Looking forward to more Parquet Courts after this.
Sampha - Process: Not really fond of R&B, but this is pretty good.
Russian Circles - Guidance: Meh post-rock.
Rainer Maria - Rainer Maria: Awesome return to producivity.
Quicksand - Interiors: Would like it more had it been under a different moniker.
Queens Of The Stone Age - Villains: Feels a little over produced.
Queen - A Night At The Opera: So quintessentially '70s.
Propagandhi - Victory Lap: Heavier on the prog than I would have liked, but certainly not bad.
Sandro Perri - Impossible Spaces: On a list of great Constellation releases for a reason.
Parasites - Pair Of Sides: Great early pop-punk.
Ought - More Than Any Other Day: Really good, but could have been great if a little shorter.
Sean Nelson - Make Good Choices: Good choice to listen to this solo album.
The National - Sleep Well Beast: Someday, their greatest hits album will be in constant rotation.
Mountain Goats - Marsh Witch Visions: Great tease.
Mogwai - Every Country's Sun: Like all of their releases, it has its moments.
Mansions - Dig Up The Dead: Gets a lot of praise, but not getting it.
Manchester Orchestra - A Black Mile To The Surface: I really want to like these guys.
Daniele Luppi and Parquet Courts - Milano: This should have been much bigger last year.
The Lonely Forest - Arrows: Pretty good indie rock.
Iojii and Swarvy - Due Rent: Hope they got that rent covered so we can hear more.
Liars - Theme From Crying Fountain: Always worth checking out.
Ted Leo - The Hanged Man: Inconsistent.
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.
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