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Hasa Diga Eebowai

Finally saw Book of Mormon this weekend--on Broadway, no less. Although it should go without saying, it's pretty much the best thing since Jesus swung by America for a spell. List is the albums I listened to on the Megabus trips there and back.
1La Dispute
Rooms of the House


I've been spinning this one a lot lately. I'm sort of surprised to say this, but it might actually be my favorite by the band. Favorite Track: Tough to pick, given how well it all flows together, but "35" has been stuck in my head (in a good way, so far) recently.
2Manchester Orchestra
Cope


Just huge-sounding. I feel like RAGC! and Bad Books are siphoning off a bit of the sonic versatility of Manchester's earlier stuff, which is sort of a shame, but they compensate well with the bite-size epics on-display here. Even so, I'll probably still need to hear it a few more times before really appreciating it. Favorite Track: "Every Stone." Subject, of course, to change.
3The Hold Steady
Teeth Dreams


It's taken me way too long to get around to listening to these guys, but I'm glad I did. Based off of reviews, I was surprised by the vocal style, but in retrospect, I'm not sure what I was really expecting anyway. Favorite Track: "Oaks." The simple choice, maybe, but there's a reason for that.
4Counterparts
The Difference Between Hell and Home


A little late to the game on this one as well. Mainly because, despite being an unabashed acolyte of the NWOAHM back in my salad days, I now seem unfairly averse to the mere mention of metalcore. Not sure why, since despite the garbage groups, I'm sure there are still plenty of fantastic acts like this keeping the flame alive. Favorite Track: "Wither."
5 Cheatahs
Extended Plays


Just a fun album. Pairs surprisingly well with emerging from the Lincoln Tunnel and into the Big Ol' Wormy Apple. Favorite Track: "The Swan."
6Intronaut
Habitual Levitations


Yet another band I've been indefensibly lax in listening to, especially considering how much I enjoy stoner-ish, sometimes-sorta-sludgy post-metal. This reminds me if Meshuggah had a baby raised by Isis, who taught the child to chill out a little. But just a little. Favorite Track: "The Way Down."
7Chevelle
La Gargola


Really unsure how I feel about this one. It's definitely more aggressive than I'd been expecting, and while I can appreciate that, I also think's Chevelle's great sense of crunchy melodicism is what has sort of set them apart from--and, frankly, well above--a lot of their radio rock peers. Chevelle reviews often note the obvious influence of Tool, and while I think it's definitely an apt comparison, this album brought it to mind in a atypical way, in that it sort of reminds me of Tool's earlier, less dynamic/atmospheric work. Which is fine. But still, I feel like something valuable may have been sacrificed in the process. Time will tell. Favorite Track: "One Ocean." Probably unsurprising, given what I mention above. And it's possible I mainly pick this since it stands out for the contrast it provides. But I don't think that's the whole story, since the song itself is really well- constructed.
8The War on Drugs
Lost in the Dream


A definite change of pace. Tried to use this one to get to sleep in the wee hours on the way back, but ended up being too engrossed by it to do so. Well, that and the lady across from me kept rolling around in her sleep and accidentally kicking my shins. So, a little of column A, a little of column B. Favorite Track: "An Ocean Between the Waves." Clearly, I just like songs about oceans is all.
9I Am the Avalanche
Wolverines


Since I was already up, figured I might as well embrace the energy. Nothing really innovative or groundbreaking here, but I feel like the vocals have always been enough to set these folks apart from the pop-punk pack. Favorite Track: "Anna Lee."
10The Republic of Wolves
His Old Branches


Another perennial listen lately. Surprised these guys don't get a lot of attention on this site, given how well they fit into the Brand New niche of intellectual, post- hardcore-tinged alt rock. Ah, genres. Such a totally worthwhile thing. Favorite Track: "Through Windows." Though, again, with this one it's tough to truly play favorites.
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