Alex Kugaczewski

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09.10.16 40 Records To Spin: 201601.28.16 Vinyl Additions, January 2016
09.23.15 New Vinyl in my Cardboard Box03.17.15 Vinyl So Far
01.06.15 40 Albums From 201401.06.15 40 Albums From 2014
06.11.14 Favorites of 201403.25.14 My Favorite Things, Pt 1.
03.23.14 Vinyl Escapades03.21.14 Springtime Jams
08.08.13 Ulver Ranked (post Black Metal)03.19.13 Your Significant Other's Music
12.11.12 Favorite Folk And Recs10.23.12 2012 Music > 2012 Election
07.15.12 Edit Your Info, Also, Purchases07.13.12 Psychedelic Recs
08.09.11 Alt / Prog / Art Rock Recs04.16.11 A Fix Of Melancholy

40 Records To Spin: 2016
1Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
Skeleton Tree

A stunning display of grief and raw emotion.
Everything and Nothing

It's beautiful. But it's Hammock, so that goes without saying. They make it seem effortless.
A Moon Shaped Pool

I'm pretty sure I've cried about four times listening to this on separate occasions.
Pleiades' Dust

The masters are back.
5David Bowie

All hail the king.
6Causa Sui
Return To Sky

Spaced-out and rocking out all at once,
7Aesop Rock
The Impossible Kid

Better than Labor Days? You bet.
8The Dear Hunter
Act V: Hymns With The Devil In Confessional

Bombastic, brilliant.

Ulver's most underrated record, bringing kraut, synth, drone, and ambient into a swirling mess.
10Kevin Morby
Singing Saw

Sleeper hit for best folk/folk rock record this year.
11Snarky Puppy
Culcha Vulcha

Fusion done right.
12Yawning Man
Historical Graffiti

The legends return with... accordions? Somehow, this works out beautifully.
City Sun Eater In The River Of Light
What One Becomes

Recording your drums in an abandoned church can do wonders.
15Kendrick Lamar
untitled unmastered.

When your b-side record is better than 95% of full length albums in your genre.
17Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean making a solid claim to being the best high-profile R&B artist working today.
18Glass Animals
How To Be A Human Being

How to have fun.
Jet Plane and Oxbow

Shearwater shows that going commercial isn't always a cardinal sin.
20King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard
Nonagon Infinity

Insanity at its most rocking.
21Death Grips
Bottomless Pit

Speaking of insanity...
22Kitchie Kitchie Ki Me O
Are You Land Or Water

Dance kraut.
23Massive Attack
Ritual Spirit

This EP and its sister release hint at a stunning return to form for one of the greats.
Terminal Redux

Like Voivod but thrashing like it's 1980.
25Ryley Walker
Golden Sings That Have Been Sung
26Gold Panda
Good Luck And Do Your Best

Sometimes you just need to relax.
Slow Forever

Changing your vocalist and putting out your best album.
The White Album

This had no right being as good as it is.
29The Pineapple Thief
Your Wilderness

I'm not sure if Gavin Harrison gave this band the kick they needed, but boy, does this album kick.
Asphalt For Eden

The sickening, industrial production returns.
For This We Fought the Battle of Ages

Some people might think strings don't belong in metal. Those people are wrong.
32Anderson .Paak

I've got beats, stuck in my head, and he's got the feeling.

Riffs: served piping hot with a hint of cannabis.
34Joe Bonamassa
Blues of Desperation

Easily Bonamassas's best record in quite a while. All original material and a healthy serving of riffs.
35Charles Bradley

Soul with vintage style.

Not as good as III, but a solid collection of tunes with excellent guest spots.
37Anna Ternheim
For The Young

The best singer/songwriter album you haven't heard this year.
The Fall of Hearts

After a meandering, dull album preceding it, Katatonia is back on track with a fantastic record.
39The Drones
Feelin Kinda Free

Not quite as good as I See Seaweed, but a poignant release all the same.
40Dinosaur Jr.
Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not

They need no introduction. You know it's good, if a bit too similar to prior works.
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