Daniel Dias

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Back To School

School will start later than usual for me, Monday's my first day back. Starting 12th grade, my last year of high school before heading off to college. All the teachers are different than last year's, and my class changed up a lot, a bunch of people coming in and out, but thankfully the few close friends I have are still there. For some reason, I feel as if the year will be better than any other I've had so far. The hours are great, I have all but one afternoon off, and I think I'll finally be able to have a nice time at school and not slack off. I'm in the school basketball team, I'm the starting point guard, and it's been the most fun I've ever had there in a while. So yeah, all stuff combined, I'm feeling confident the year's gonna be great. Feel free to share your situation, high school experiences, whatever you want. List is some of my digs of the summer.
1Screaming Trees
Buzz Factory

Okay, so everyone here who talks to me regularly knows I'm a huge 90's grunge fan. Screaming Trees are a band that's a joy to find, so talented yet went completely under the radar. Buzz is an excellent album, a great influence of American punk and late 60's psychedelia in an underrated, essential record of the genre. 4/5.
2John Butler Trio
Grand National

John Butler's short but diverse discography seems to go unnoticed here, which is a shame. He's probably past his prime by now, his past releases have been decreasing, but up until Grand National the man was on fire. Here, his best qualities are put on display, a catchy, relaxed and introspective jam rock album. Some nice funk and pop traces here. 4/5.

R.E.M.'s influence on indie rock is often, sadly overlooked. Murmur, Reckoning and Automatic, to name a few, are essentials. They decreased from late 90's to early 00's, but they came back strong on Accelerate, a strong "return to roots" record, that is as fun and energetic as it is short. 3.5/5.
4Mad Season
Live at The Moore

Absolutely stunning performance, Mad Season really was an insanely gifted band. Another amazing Seattle collaboration, a "supergroup" of sorts, uniting members from Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam and Screaming Trees, coming to life in a bone chilling live concert. Time will continue to prove the value they had. 4.5/5.
5The Tallest Man on Earth
Shallow Grave

Another amazing find for me, The Tallest Man On Earth's simple but direct, honest and emotional style already perfectly shown in a stunning debut album from one of the most promising and talented folk artists of our time. Dylan comparisons aside, as inevitable as they may seem, Mattsson is really good. 4.5/5.
6Pearl Jam
Riot Act

If you know me well enough here, you'll know Pearl Jam is one of my all time favorite bands. Expecting a band to maintain the level of greatness found in Ten or Vs. would not make sense, yet they've never put out a bad album. That being said, Riot Act is an excellent surprise, a muscular art rock record that sees Pearl Jam at an impressive moment of form. 4/5.
7The Smashing Pumpkins
Siamese Dream

Being a huge alternative rock fan, I can't believe it took me so long to finally hear Smashing Pumpkins' discography. Having started on it recently, I've found myself coming back to Siamese Dream incessantly, over and over again for the past month. Every song is just stunning (Spaceboy aside, in my opinion), creating a truly impressive album and a timeless classic. 5/5.
8Joni Mitchell
Court and Spark

Excellent offering by an immensely talented folk artist, Joni Mitchell. Her jazz influences make a stunning impact here, and though the last 2 or 3 songs sort of deteriorate, the majority of the album is a great experience, a relaxing ride that makes for a great listen on a cloudy winter afternoon. 4/5.
Pearson's Square

Buckethead's discography is ridiculously scary, his comic book influenced Pikes series is stretching a little bit, his outputs are more often miss than hit. But when he hits, he's worth hearing. On Pearson's Square, he shows it. Ditching his heavy metal riffs and distorted electric guitars, he goes mostly acoustic on a mellow, ambient trip that offers some memorable moments, guitar noodling aside. Opener and closer are especially great. 3/5.
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