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|Dan's June Digs|
Note: this is not about albums released in june, but personal june discoveries. Thinking of doing a 'best summer discoveries' list, so july and august lists and so forth should come too.
Heard this album back in last november and felt slightly disappointed, gave it a spin again randomly and it just clicked. Genre defining and consistently amazing, pretty much every tune here is a classic, 'Good morning captain' is astounding. RATING: 4.5/5.
Had only heard 'Court and spark' before, past september i think, and felt interested in digging into her stuff more. Took me longer than i initially figured but this made up for it, album is impressively consistent and deserves its acclaim. RATING: 4.5/5.
This band is underrated hard, 'Foolish' and 'No pocky for kitty' are absolutely amazing, genre essentials i'd dare say. Once youthful and irreverent, this is a sound of a band reflecting on middle age. Which is not to say this doesn't sound interesting, less punk and more mellow than classic superchunk but still a couple of classic cuts. RATING: 3/5.
Locust Abortion Technician
This one is amazing, massively overlooked on sput it seems. Noisy, abrasive and defying song structure, a lot of cuts on this are hilarious and '22 going on 23' is a superb closer, unsettling as sh't. Curious to see if their other material can top this. RATING: 4/5.
|5||Queens of the Stone Age|
Lullabies to Paralyze
This, 'Era vulgaris' and their debut are all i had left to finish this band's discography. Having already spun this, and also 'Era' early in july, i can say this one will probably end up as my least favorite. It is decent, but pretty much every single here is only average, and second half has its share of dull moments. 'Tangled up in plaid' is a classic tune, though. RATING: 3/5.
Another kim deal side project, this one is probably her best besides 'Pod', which is almost pretty much a classic in itself. This is sometimes a bit more mellow, a sound that suits her pretty well, and there's enough classic kim punk tunes to justify a full listen. RATING: 3.5/5.
This is perfect. Definitely my fave floyd, every track is unbelievably good. Songwriting is spot on, musicianship is superb, not a single bad thing i could point out here tbh. And dave's solos are perfect too, no guitarist should be allowed to do extended solos but mark knopfler and dave, i mean just listen to 'Dogs'. RATING: 5/5.
One of my favorite vocalists from one of my favorite bands releasing a solo album that sounds quite a bit different than his main band's usual output is sure to get me excited. This sounds more intimate at times and chris has more creative freedom than ever before, not every experiment ends in greatness but there's a handful of gems, 'Follow my way' being my fave. RATING: 3.5/5.
Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon
I must've heard this 10 to 12 times on separate occasions before, and it never quite clicked for me. Yet i insisted since 'Sweet baby james' is a fantastic record (seriously, more people on sput should check it), unfortunately this doesn't quite live up to it. A couple of good tunes but nowhere near as memorable as sbj, still a decent album. RATING: 3/5.
Folk / Jazz fusion
My man doof inadvertently put this on my radar, some really great stuff on here. Instrumental folky jams that come off rather cohesive instead of wanky, this sounds very uplifting and peaceful overall, has a great atmosphere, 'Happiness is being together' is a real beauty. RATING: 4/5.
Come On Pilgrim
Can't believe it took me so long to hear this. This is logically closer in style to 'Surfer rosa', has a noisier and relentless quality. Plus, being only 20 minutes long, it never really gets boring. Pre-album version of 'Vamos' is great, and there's also classics such as 'Caribou' and 'Isla De Encanta'. Firmly top 3 pixies. RATING: 4.5/5.
You're Living All Over Me
Another classic that took me longer than expected to listen to, this is obviously a much better introduction to this band than my first proper dino jr. album ('Where you been'). What a time to start getting into em, have to hear their debut and 'Bug' before august. RATING: 4.5/5.
'Play' is arguably an excellent album, i guess moby couldn't resist following it up using a pretty identical formula. This has some good moments but unfortunately gets often asked an all too tempting question 'is it as good as play?'. And that it is not, i'm afraid. RATING: 3/5.
|14||June of 44|
The Anatomy of Sharks
'Spiderland' has been serving as an introduction for all types of bands for me recently. Out of all those, this one struck out as impressively great. All of this is quality from start to finish, title track in particular is fantastic. Slint fans should check this. RATING: 4/5.
Dying for It
I can thank kurt cobain for not only being a fantastic musician and creating some of my favorite albums, but also for getting me into bands such as this one. This ep is 4 songs of pure class, every tune is amazing, this is some of the catchiest stuff i've ever heard lol. RATING: 4.5/5.
Steve albini is a beast, his face is so punchable but he does make and produce some great music. Shellac easily has his best original material, and this single is solid proof. 'Doris' is a great tune, but 'Wingwalker' really stands out here, it is a classic tune. RATING: 4/5.
I had been meaning to check this for little more than a year, but i never imagined it to be this good. It really is special, regina is a quirky little artist but her quirkiness is a big part of why this is so good. Behind her goofy quality lies a delicate heart, making pretty much every song here even better. This is essential. RATING: 4.5/5.
|18||Red Hot Chili Peppers|
One Hot Minute
This one is incredibly underrated, slightly better than 'Californication' and amazes me how this has a lower average than 'Stadium arcadium'. Many people dismiss this because of dave navarro, but they had a great sound going on here, their typical funkiness and a mad psychedelic touch to it. 'Coffee shop' is a jam and a half. RATING: 4/5.
Carrie and Lowell
Yet another dude that got caught up in my waiting list a bit too long before i gave him a real spin, truth is this is a beauty. Had to do a couple of train rides recently and for some reason, listening to this one seemed really fitting. 'Death with dignity' is a fantastic tune. RATING: 4.5/5.
Absolutely loved 'moon safari' back when i first heard it in november, then i almost forgot about this band. Fortunately, this ep jumped at me randomly this past month and it's a great one. First half of this is superb, 'Casanova 70' rules and 'Les professionels' is even better, a sort of prelude to 'All i need', this is great for dedicated fans. RATING: 3.5/5.
|21||My Bloody Valentine|
'Loveless' has been on my list for ages now, i've known 'Only shallow' and 'Soon' for almost a year, yet i still haven't given that album a proper spin. But i finally got going, and this ep turned out to be an amazing starting point for me. Couldn't be more pleased too, this is special. RATING: 4/5.
Almost no one but me and zak seems to remember this band on sput. 'Big calm' and 'Who can you trust' are hidden gems, and they've done some other great stuff over time. Like this, for example. Perfect for this time of year, this is lovely melody all around, relaxing and fresh, just what i look for in em. RATING: 3.5/5.
Once again man, nirvana had some f'cking good taste. I'm really into this band atm, i had already heard 'II' and 'Up on the sun' last summer and fell in love pretty much, 'In a car' and 'I' more recently, now this. Plan to keep on going for sure, hoping it's all as good as this. RATING: 4/5.
|Heard a lot of amazing stuff this month it seems.|
|great list, quite a few I haven't spun on here too|
|daniel check Psychic Powerless, it's way better than Locust Abortion, Rembrandt Pussyhorse too|
|Nice. I've got so much love for 2.|
|Thanks doof, which ones are ya interested in? Nice rec ars, will try to get to it tomorrow, hope you dig pavement immensely. Sup jamie, yeah 2 is a beauty isn't it, i feel that 'this flight tonight' is so underrated, one of my fave tunes.|
|Yeah, I'll get to Pavement soon enough (probably about a week from now,) I already have 5th and 4th place of that pitch thing listened to, and yours came in 3rd so it's next haha.|
|2 is so damn good.|
|Crooked rain is probably their best, it sounds classic pavement all around but is probably a bit more polished. Wowee zowee genre hops even more, that one is really an oddball, it's a beauty though. Cheers clay bud.|
|I should check 2, 4, 16 and 23|
|Joni is a beauty, hope ya dig it doof. A bit surprised to see you taking an interest in butthole surfers tbh ahah, but in all seriousness that is a pretty fun album and i'll be happy if you love it too. Meat puppets are essential stuff too, 'II' is your best starting point but 23 rules too.|
|People used to play Butthole Surfers albums in my school form room :D|
|Been loving 1 lately|
And I keep meaning to check out Shellac and Regina Spektor, so this is a good reminder to get on that
|Doof that's a pretty cool thing actually ahah. Thanks pencil, yeah regina is absolutely amazing, 'us' is a classic tune, this shellac single is great to get ya started on em too.|
|Some lovely stuff on here Dan dude|
|Thanks zak, sent ya a shout on 22 buddy. Anything on here you'd be willing to check?|
|I've always be meaning to give 17 a proper listen. I'll give 10 a go as well.|
|Oh man i couldn't recommend you regina enough, this album is a total beauty. 10 sounds fine too :]|
|Some really good sounding stuff here, gotta love 2 and 19|
|Niiiiice animals is bae!|
|"Sup jamie, yeah 2 is a beauty isn't it, i feel that 'this flight tonight' is so underrated, one of my fave tunes."|
This Flight Tonight is a great song for sure, every song on that album is. I think the last two tracks might be my favourites.
You should also check her album The Hissing of Summer Lawns if you haven't already. Not as good as Blue but still really good in a very different way.
|Great list here but 10 is easily a 5 ;)|
|Hey cheers, boney and ALA fellas. Yeah jamie, gonna definitely listen to more of her stuff, gonna hear that one next since you rate it pretty highly. Thanks calc, ahah maybe not quite for me but it sure is special :]|
|check skinny puppy|
|Okay i might, is 'too dark park' their best starting point?|