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Sort by: Rating | Release Date | Rating Date | Name5.0 classicAnimal Collective FeelsEasily my favorite Collective release, and the album that put me to bed many nights in 2006, 'Feels' is breathtaking. Leaving behind the mess of folk craziness(genius?) that was 'Sung Tongs', they go for focus and pop sensibility over washy Beach Boys inspired melodies and experimental mayhem. 'Did You See The Words', 'Grass','Banshee Beat' and 'The Purple Canoe' bring in the albums brilliant, well crafted, lively first half, which is pure bliss. 'Bees' serves as a mild, almost mono tone transfer into the albums fantastic, second portion. That is where 'Feels' really shines, the ballads in the albums later minutes, 'Banshee Beat', 'Daffy Duck' are memorizing and absolutely gorgeous. While 'Turn into Something' fades out of it's acoustic strums, horse neighs and swirls of distortion into whispery melodies and croons to end what truly is a frantic pop masterpiece. Arcade Fire FuneralModern Classic. That being said, it's arguable (mostly because I know many who would argue this), but in time I feel that 'Funeral' will shine through as a brilliant statement of loss, growth and family that cannot be denied. Beyond sheer song structure and power, 'Funeral', I feel, finds itself beyond the pack in ways of overall structure, and tone. The deep sadness in 'Une Annee Sans Lumiere' and 'In The Back Seat' is near heartbreaking. Just as the hope and wonder in 'Wake Up' and 'Neighborhood#2(Laika)' reach unheard heights. This, almost, 'legitimacy' tacked onto what would normally be 'pretty good' lyrics adds a sense of beauty and earnest. The Fire's overall musicianship soars as well, past all boundaries of 'Pop Music' to create something really quite gorgeous. They did it, really they fucking did. Belle and Sebastian If You're Feeling SinisterBlur Think TankAt the point of writing this, I am completely convinced that Damon Albarn is a musical genius, and have been for quite some time. From start to finish, 'Think Tank' is achingly gorgeous and entirely inventive and unheard. 'Ambulance', 'Out of Time', 'On the Way to the Club' may be some of the most potent, pretty, unexpected love songs ever crafted. In 'Brothers and Sisters', Albarn yearns for us to lay off the stimulants among the extremely insightful spoken word verses. 'Good Song' is self explanatory, really it's very good, underselling. Among 'Think Tank's' pretty melodies, clings and clangs lies a masterpiece of modern music. If it remains the final album of Blurs fantastic career, at least it's a glorious send off. Broken Social Scene You Forgot It In PeopleHad you heard 'Feel Good Lost' before the release of this LP; how the fuck could you see this coming? Start to finish 'You Forgot It In People' is a fantastic ride through the experimental, awkward, and very human world of Broken Social Scene. This collective of Canadian musicians came together as a single mastermind and produced (continue to) some of the greatest pop music ever created. Kevin Drew, Leslie Feist, Brendan Canning and Emily Haines at the helm, of roughly 11, float their way through walls of pop mayhem, serene beauty and superb grooves. 'Stars and Sons', 'Anthems...' and 'Lover's Spit' are particularly gorgeous, while 'Almost Crimes' & "Pacific Theme' are pretty much perfect. 'You Forgot It In People' is a shambled masterpiece, that in my opinion, should not be missed.Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Clap Your Hands Say YeahCocteau Twins Heaven or Las VegasDavid Bowie LowEtta James At Last!Fleetwood Mac RumoursInner band turmoil, divorces left and right, Fleetwood's misery & marital issues sure as hell birthed some fantastic music in the process of ruining some lives. 'The Chain', 'Go Your Own Way', 'You Make Loving Fun', 'Dreams' are just the highlights on an album that is really quite near flawless. I've had this album with me for a very, very long time & it's at least one of my favorites, if not my favorite. Fun, inventive, brooding, at times extremely heart breaking, all the while remaining completely badass. Goodie Mob Soul FoodJohnny Cash At Folsom PrisonKing Crimson In the Court of the Crimson KingLauryn Hill The Miseducation Of Lauryn HillLed Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IVLed Zeppelin Houses of the HolyM83 Dead Cities, Red Seas and Lost GhostsMy favorite soundtrack music ever -- M83's 'Dead Cities, Red Seas and Lost Ghosts' is an electronic masterpiece. Mixing equal influences from Air & My Bloody Valentine, Anthony Gonzalez creates an eclectic masterwork of epic proportions. Add MBV's fuzzed out guitars with a French love for synths and you've pretty much got M83 in a pigeon hole -- or so it would seem. They go more rough, less pretty -- frightening as opposed to serene, this is not dream pop. Vocals are mostly kept to indeterminable male (Gonzalez) or robot, almost completely electronic female ones -- or a spoken word story here and there (see 'America'). Really though, this is mostly an instrumental album, along the lines of an Air, or Eluvium. Air is a fair (heh) choice for a comparison seeing as both electronic duos are French, and pretty much sound like it. The music broods with romantic turmoil, bevies of emotion as well as those awesome, awesome synths. Regardless of all M83's obvious comparisons, Gonzalez is able to bring his music to something totally different. With a soundtrack quality to his epic inclinations his music comes out sounding tried and exuberant, yet beautiful and serene. It always sounds HUGE, and really, benefits from that fact. 'Unrecorded', 'Run into Flowers' and 'In Church' -- hell every track is stand out. Get this. Massive Attack MezzanineAn essential masterpiece, 'Mezzanine' is a brooding triumph that grabs you, slaps you around, reminds you it loves you, and then caresses you down to sleep. From the fantastic opener, 'Angel', Massive Attack is unrelenting in their sheer quality and scale. Each song brims with tension, tunnels of sound envelop washy vocals, the beats are borderline evil & always fantastic. Nothing is skimped on, 'Mezzanine' is some of the best you'll ever hear. Modest Mouse The Moon & AntarcticaGlorious as it is haunting, The Moon & Antarctica is Modest Mouse's masterpiece. The ethereal, cold feeling that resonates from this music is amazing, and Brock's off-kilter vocal style shines amongst the guitar twangs and deep caverns his band mates create around him. Is there seriously any better starting 3 than this? '3rd Planet', 'Gravity...' & 'Dark Center...' are superb, and thats not to say the second half isn't as enthralling. Actually it's pretty fantastic, really the entire album is, if a bit overlong at times -- it's easily made up for by a large collection of extremely strong tracks. My Bloody Valentine LovelessBeautiful, in every sense of the word. Loveless, though not completely flawless, achieved heights not only never attained, but never even revealed. MBV's lush, flowing, chaos has no comparison, simply because there's nothing else that sounds quite like it. Many have recreated the sound slightly to much success, but none sound quite like MBV's layers of distortion. Bilinda Butcher's otherworldly voice drifts in an out of layers of sounds so beautifully, while Kevin Shields pushes every last bit of gorgeous melody out of the fuzz that surrounds him. When Shield's decides to lend his vocals to the fray some of the album's best tracks are produced. 'Loveless' is not something that should be missed, it is a rigidly beautiful classic piece of music. OutKast AqueminiPanda Bear Person PitchPink Floyd The Dark Side of the MoonThe best progressive album ever. Pound for pound some of the finest music ever crafted. My favorite Floyd, has been forever, it's truly an amazing album. Pink Floyd AnimalsPixies DoolittleRadiohead OK ComputerTo say that this is 'a classic' is understated, 'OK Computer' is the most essential record of the 1990s. It's easily in contention for the best piece of music I've ever heard and no matter how many times I listen to it, it hits me the same way. 'Airbag', 'Paranoid Android' & 'Subterranean Homesick Alien', are all fucking amazing. 'Climbing Up The Walls' may be the scariest pretty song I've ever heard while, 'No Surprises' & 'Exit Music' are some of the most beautiful. Plus there's really no better closer than 'The Tourist'. Radiohead achieved something really special here, and no matter how close they've come, can't seem to quite match it. But thats fine, might just be better that way.Rage Against the Machine The Battle of Los AngelesRage have painted a picture of a grim, gray world, filled with lies, treachery, murder, famine, genocide and a loss of hope. The Battle of Los Angeles unloads upon you like no other, De La Rocha backed by Morello and the boys is intense, yet they take time to build. 'Maria', 'Born Of A Broken Man' and 'Voice Of The Voiceless' seem to revel in their rising action and Rage knows all the right spots to hit to make the climax a pay off. 'Guerrilla Radio' and 'Mic Check' dig deep and rock hard, while 'Sleep Now In The Fire' is as frightening as it is jarring. LA is a battlefield, and Rage is at the helm. Sam Cooke Portrait Of A Legend 1951-1964Sam Cooke Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963Sam Cooke Ain't That Good NewsSigur Ros Agaetis byrjunSlowdive SouvlakiSonic Youth Daydream NationThe ultimate, the king of distortion, 'Daydream Nation' is beautiful as it is brilliant. To really describe the merits of this LP is harder than it seems at first, because really what makes it so essential is well, how fucking weird it really is. On first listen it may seem harsh, if a bit unfocused -- SY's vocals are less than entrancing and they spend a lot of time jamming out their distortion. This, unappealing as it may seem, is where the brilliance lies -- amongst these rough, chaotic lead voices lies the cries of a generation, on the verge of what they know is not a bright future. Sonic Youth detest the commercial world of double speak, but they understand that it's inevitable, and maybe, preferred. Beyond the phenomenal writing, lies the song structure, the composition -- it's amazing. There's no wasted note, no stray bit of distortion, everything has it's place, it's purpose there. This is why the distortion works, why, 'Daydream Nation' is a success. To encompass the full effect, full result of this album in words is futile, there's not enough time. I bought it when I was 14, and it changed the way I listen to music. Talking Heads Remain in LightThe Beach Boys Pet SoundsThe most complete and beautiful collection of American music ever produced, and quite frankly could be the best album ever, period. 'Wouldn't It Be Nice', 'Dont Talk', 'I'm Waiting For the Day', 'God Only Knows', are each arguably the best love song(s) ever penned. 'Sloop John B', 'That's Not Me' & 'I Know There's an Answer' are all amazing. The Wilson vocal harmonies that so many try (and fail) to mimic are at their peak here, and they're second to none. Deep into drugs and self seclusion, Brian Wilson pulled something extremely unique and beautiful out of this 'ego music' of his. The arrangements are beautiful, the songs resonate with heat and warmth, 'Pet Sounds' is really a thing to behold. The Beach Boys Today!The Beatles Abbey RoadThe Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club BandHahaha, an explanation? Tracks one through thirteen please. Regardless of what anyone may think about the quality of this album, it holds an array of not only some of my favorite Beatles tracks; but I feel it's has the most success as a whole. There's nothing here I'd ever skip, or tire of -- I anticipate each track after the next with the same excitement as ever. Instantaneous joy in the purest sense. The Cardigans First Band on the MoonReactions:
1. Who the fuck are The Cardigans?
2. Wait, these guys?
3. The one with 'Lovefool'?!
4. Hell yeah.
1. A Swedish band that has been making music for almost 15 years now. For their first few albums they stuck to a lounge/rock/Sabbath-covering style(their best), then moved on to dark techno-rock - Poprock - Straight up rock over the next 3 albums.
2. Yes, The Cardigans, they rock. Superb songwriting/crafting, one of the best rhythm sections of the early 90s, capped by Nina Perssons' fantastic, furious and supremely sarcastic voice.
3. Mmhmmm, 'First Band On The Moon' not only holds the band's best album title, but compare 'Losers', 'Step on Me' & 'Great Divide' to anything from the rest of their catalog (or a lot of other musicians for that matter) and well, point made.
4. That's right -- FBOTM is a fantastic album, perfect from start to finish, hell even years after the fact 'Lovefool' is just infectious now, as opposed to infectiously annoying. They're all at the top of their game here, Persson's is as soft as she is biting and the boys in the band bounce, drone and reach all the right epic heights and beautiful lows around her. It's amazing.The Moody Blues Days of Future PassedThe Roots Game TheoryThe Roots Things Fall ApartThe Strokes Is This ItThe Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground & NicoBeautiful, Frantic, Haunting, Serene all that and it'll rock you to the fucking core. 'The Velvet Underground and Nico' is a blast of pure brilliance that floats it's way into your heart with 'Sunday Morning' and brashly exits in a storm with 'European Son'. That right there is really the album as a whole. It'll softly find it's way past your guard, giving you a sense of serenity before it strips downs to a blaze of reverb, but somehow maintains it's charm. Few other's can do it, and really the VU pioneered it. Plus, Nico's full, brooding voice is something really quite gorgeous.The Wrens The MeadowlandsTV on the Radio Return to Cookie MountainWilco Yankee Hotel FoxtrotWolf Parade Apologies to the Queen MaryWomen Public Strain4.5 superb...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead Source Tags & CodesIt may have been a near perfect fluke, but 'Source Tags and Codes' is nothing less than a beast of a record. Band wistfully moves between moments of ear assaulting walls of sound to relaxed, almost jammy beauty. 'It Was There That I Saw You', 'Another Morning Stoner', 'Source Tags and Codes' are amazing, and even 'Homage' is a nice blast down AFI lane. A Sunny Day in Glasgow Ashes GrammarPhilly ensemble's sophomore release 'Ashes Grammar' is a compulsively listenable, brilliant, fractured dance/ambient-pop album with heavy holds in shoegaze, dreampop, and freakfolk. Old news yes, but 'Ashes Grammar' just happens to do it so goddamn well, not to mention uniquely, and infectiously, that they find their own sound in the chaos of the past. In the loss of integral members (bass! vocalists!) and movement from a bedroom to a studio, Ben Daniels and drummer/guitarist Josh Meakim and newly recruited vocalist Annie Fredrickson create magic. A 22 track behemoth that is setup in movements as opposed to singular tracks, most 'real songs' sitting between mood setting ambient interludes that hold their own against the longer tracks. Really these interlude portions just help the flow of the album, as it's 60+ minutes wiz by accordingly and are just a logical setup for the next bit of songs. From the freakfolk/dance induced 'Failure' and 'Close Chorus', to shoegazer tour de force(s) 'Nightime Rainbows' & 'Blood White'', 'Ashes Grammar' delivers. Dream pop masterworks , 'Shy', 'Headphone Space', 'Starting at a Disadvantage' and 'The White Witch' top off the album as the (hard to chose) stand outs but let's not be picky here. Why be, when there' s so much about Ashes Grammar to love.A Tribe Called Quest The Low End TheoryA Tribe Called Quest Midnight MaraudersAFI The Art of DrowningAir Moon SafariAl Stewart Past, Present and FutureAl Stewart Modern TimesAnimal Collective Strawberry Jamin person, 'fireworks' and '#1' are transcendental. Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion Animal Collective mixes in some ambient electro pop, new wave along with some house and everybody wins. Arcade Fire Neon BibleIf 'Funeral' was a masterpiece of youth, hope and family, 'Neon Bible' is The Arcade Fire's declaration of maturity and loss -- thankfully the spark is still there. The Fire bombast through out 'Neon Bible' with images of lost humanity, and a desolate future, outcries for action and reformation before we're overtaken by our own weight...some crazy shit. Though comparatively, the Fire were more joyous and bouncy on their last release, the deep dark caverns of 'Neon Bible's more reserved yet grand style shine through the wash and distortion that covers it's sound. There's something to be said though, with the loss of their youthfulness (only on record thankfully), something always feels a bit empty about it all. Not enough to detract from all the highlights of an absolutely fantastic album.Architecture In Helsinki In Case We DieAsobi Seksu CitrusI stupidly wrote this off as average for quite a long time. Then I sat down, and gave it some deserved spins.
one day Ill probably bump this up again.At the Drive-In Relationship of CommandBeware! Be-ware!!!
Or don't -- I mean I wouldn't -- you'd be missing a lot.
So, 'In/Casino/Out' was sweet, 'Vaya' and 'El Gran Orgo' were alright too, but I will honestly say I shoved this off when it came out, and didn't give a proverbial fuck 'til I was about 6 years older. In one fell swoop I was sucked back into my love for Cedric. 'Relationship of Command' is intense, more than anything else any of these musicians have done since. It's smart, it's intricate, it wraps you up in it's walls of sound,(distortion, screaming, frayed off beats), plus it'll rock your face off. Thankfully At the Drive-In, were, ya know, talented, so 'Relationship of Command' reeks of slick rips, delicate (yes delicate) breakdowns and full on assaults of sound. It's not overrated, it is one of the best rock albums of this decade, --and possibly the best hardcore album ever?Autolux Future PerfectRobotic domination anyone? Nearly perfect, from start to finish. 'Turnstile Blues', 'Subzero Fun', 'Robots in the Garden' & 'Here Comes Everybody' are standouts in this twisted and twitchy mini masterpiece. Beach House Teen DreamBeach House Bloomlol Sam Feldman shut the hell up and blunt out to this sir. Beastie Boys Licensed to IllBeastie Boys Paul's BoutiqueBeat Happening DreamyBeck Odelay!Big Boi Sir Lucious Left FootBig K.R.I.T. ReturnOf4evaBig L Lifestylez ov da Poor & DangerousBlack Star Black StarBlack Tambourine Black TambourineBlonde Redhead 23A ridiculously strong album from a very very good band. Blonde Redhead have been running on over a decade of already amazing material and then culminate all their influences into a single, different entity from anything else they've produced. There's not a single weak track here, the opener '23' is the stand out, by far, but nothing else really falls far behind -- it's all pretty amazing. Adopting a prominent shoegaze aspect tacked on to their already rough Sonic Youth like sound, mixed with the atmospheric, deep mood rock of 'Misery Is a Butterfly' (their best until '23') they create something quite beautiful an unique. I guess you could call '23' a shoegaze album, most tracks, even the dance cuts, reek of MBV, Ride & Slowdive, and really, sometimes they're better than all 3. Very small stretches of course, but it's those pristine highs that bring '23' it's lasting effect and efficient hook that keeps you coming back. Blondie Parallel LinesBlur ParklifeBlur Modern Life Is RubbishBlur 13Boards of Canada Music Has the Right to ChildrenBoards of Canada GeogaddiBoards of Canada In a Beautiful Place Out in the CountryBone Thugs-N-Harmony E 1999 EternalBrian Eno Another Green WorldBrian Eno Before and After ScienceBrian Wilson SmileBroken Social Scene Broken Social SceneCake Fashion NuggetCatherine Wheel FermentChromatics Kill For LoveCrazily potent spring fever all up in this bitch. CHVRCHES The Bones of What You BelieveCircle Takes the Square As the Roots Undoif ever given the chance never pass up the opportunity to see these guys play in a basement. intense. Clinic Internal WranglerClipse Hell Hath No FuryCocteau Twins TreasureCommon ResurrectionCut Copy In Ghost ColoursCut Copy are more live action electronica I guess, they use real instruments, and they may perform with a load of people on stage, but this means each song really has like 3 separate back beats. It's pretty tight when you break it down, not to mention the infusion of shoegaze and samples only adds to the melodic quality of each song. For all of 'In Ghost Colours' bangers ('Feel the Love', 'Lights and Music', 'Hearts on Fire', 'Far Away', 'So Haunted' & 'Nobody Lost, Nobody Found') they have some straight up beautiful tracks. 'We Fight for Diamonds', 'Unforgettable Season' and 'Midnight Runner' are a gorgeous suite in the mid section merging you between the organic beginning & the sample full, pure electronic finish. 'Midnight Runner' is brimming with pretty fuzz as it fades into the beat of 'Unforgettable Season' which calls out to a lover to remain faithful during the distance. 'Midnight Runner' comes in softly with a warped beat and a guitar strumming as Whitford croons 'It's a secret I've been keeping from you' a few times as the song builds into a flowing beat and piano. It's all those little things that give 'In Ghost Colours' it's edge, it's tangible, you feel Whitford as he sings and yelps and you live in his beats as they beg you to get down.Cymbals Eat Guitars Why There Are MountainsD'Angelo VoodooD'Angelo Brown SugarDaft Punk Alive 2007Daft Punk Random Access MemoriesDan Deacon BromstDanny Brown OldDavid Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust...David Bowie Hunky DoryDavid Bowie Station to StationDavid Bowie HeroesDe La Soul 3 Feet High and RisingDe La Soul De La Soul Is Dead Deafheaven SunbatherDeerhunter Microcastle'Microcastle' sees GA based Deerhunter turn down the fuzz and learn to pretty things up a bit. Granted, their rocker 'Nothing Ever Happened' is probably the best thing they've ever record, with all it's ferocity and beautiful instrumentation. 'Microcastle' has a kinder feel than 'Cryptograms', and really that's what pushes them past the mediocrity of their debut. 'Agoraphobia' & 'Never Stops' as well as enders 'Saved By Old Times' and 'These Hands' are quite gorgeous songs. Cox showed he was capable of such things with his Atlas Sound project, but I never saw these coming. 'Agoraphobia' and it's simple beat builds to beauty as Cox croons, 'Never Stops' and 'Little Kids' follow suit in their upbeat sound, seemingly alien to the (old)band but they produce nothing short of gold. Drawbacks can be found I'm sure, it's a bit too short, sometimes the whole album can just pass you by. The mid section can be a bit too wonky as they experiment their way around fractured riffs and weird drum beats all the while keeping it pretty minimalist. But, seriously, whatever, just sit back and enjoy 'Microcastle' and all its serene beauty.Defeater Travelsfffffffffffuuuuuucccccckkkk mmmmmmmeeeeee, this is so good.
If you like hardcore punk or (scr)emo, or post-hardcore, or whatever -- get this. Defeater Lost GroundDelerium KarmaDestroyer Kaputtnot really all that similar to Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti at all...DeVotchKa How It EndsDirty Projectors Bitte OrcaDirty Projectors Swing Lo MagellanEcho and The Bunnymen Heaven Up HereEcho and The Bunnymen Ocean RainEcho and The Bunnymen CrocodilesEcho and The Bunnymen PorcupineEels Beautiful FreakEels Electro-Shock BluesWhat was at first, very hard on my ears, save a few songs, has since become my favorite Eels album, and really one of my favorite albums period. 'Electro-Shock Blues' is so achingly painful at points it can defer some listeners, but really, there are a lot of gems here. E's loss of family and well, hope is what crafted this album, and it is morose at times, but more often than not in his sadness there's a lot of beauty to be found. 'Elizabeth on the Bathroom Floor', 'Elfi's God', 'P.S. You Rock My World' are gorgeous, while 'Last Stop: This Town' is a nice light hearted break from the albums slower tones. Everything here is great, no song really falters in my opinion, though as a whole 'Electro-Shock Blues' can run a bit long, and it's not an album for any time. But it's beauty is really found in it's soft but hauting tones, morose themes and E's aching voice and lyrics. El-P Fantastic DamageEl-P Cancer 4 CureEMA Past Life Martyred SaintsEminem The Marshall Mathers LPEtta James Tell MamaExplosions in the Sky How Strange, InnocenceFKA Twigs LP1Flying Lotus CosmogrammaFlying Lotus Until the Quiet ComesFrank Ocean Channel OrangeFreddie Gibbs The Miseducation Of Freddie GibbsFreddie Gibbs and Madlib PinataFucked Up The Chemistry of Common LifeHardcore, infused with all the strings, horns and bells and whistles you could ask for, with a great lead singer, this is some boss shit. Yes, maybe it's a bit meandering, their instrumentals, though quite badass, are not highlights of the album. and yes, in a genre where technicality is held in an extremely high regard -- they're not. But Fucked Up excel in their arrangements, they know how to build tension, to explode, and more importantly how to rock the fuck out. Pink Eyes(Damian Abraham), has a vicious growl and a scream that shakes the earth. Coupled with clean vocals from both male and female band mates his gravel pit of a voice is pulled up from average, to powerful. This is where they shine, issues with God, modern society, family, and materialism are prominent themes, and they handle it with class. They skip the pretension by not taking themselves too seriously, as well as having a sick drummer and guitarist. Plus 'Son the Father' & 'Black Albino Bones' are easily some of the best tracks of 2008.Fucked Up David Comes to LifeFugazi The ArgumentG-Side Starshipz and RocketzGalaxie 500 On FireBy the end of the day this will probably be a 5.
Also; see Yotimi's sound off -- Gang Gang Dance God's MoneyGang Gang Dance Saint DymphnaGang Gang Dance Eye ContactGang of Four Entertainment!Ghostface Killah IronmanGirls AlbumGodspeed You! Black Emperor Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas...Godspeed You! Black Emperor F#A# (Infinity)Godspeed You! Black Emperor 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!Gorillaz Demon DaysNever have I been so unimpressed with an album upon first listen, I mean I heard this once, then just basically put it down for a solid month before even remotely flirting with the idea of giving it a second shot. I'm a fucking idiot. 'Demon Days' is fantastic, an eclectic mash of utter madness somehow organized into 15 tracks. Pretty much leaving behind whatever the Gorillaz were, Albarn and co. restructure this animated 'super group' into something truly quite unique. I mean the idea of mixing cool verses and hooks with some sick rhymes is hardly new, it's just few do it better than these guys here. Armed with Damon Albarn's own musical insanity and a slew of excellent guest stars, 'Demon Days' is a party album, introspective character piece and twisted/fun labor of love all at once. The album really doesn't falter from start to finish, every song seems in it's right place. It's successful as a whole, but at times can be a bit goofy, but 90% of the time, you can just roll with it and let 'Demon Days' have it's fun.Gorillaz Plastic BeachGospel The Moon Is a Dead WorldGrandaddy Under the western freewayGrizzly Bear Yellow HouseIt takes no less than the first minute of 'Yellow House' to see that Grizzly Bear have stripped themselves down from their 'recorded in a submarine' sound to something more palpable, but no less expansive, cavernous and beautiful.
Said minute, which belongs to the opener 'Easier' is nothing other than gorgeous, a few chords and piano chimes fade into a nice acoustic/hummed rhythm. Then the 40th second hits, and 'Easier' opens wide into an expansive, glorious tunnel of sound. The song continues, it's a flood of folky-spacey pop accompanied by any number of guitars, drums, pianos, banjos, synth boards -- it's pretty amazing. 'Easier' is a standout (along with 'Knife', 'On a Neck, On a Spit', 'Little Brother' and 'Colorado'), and it would be easy to judge the rest of the album based on this track, but it would be a waste. Grizzly Bear transcend the usual freak-folk, star-pop and indie-rock cliches and build, an immediate, yet reserved -- expansive, yet focused, beautiful but albeit disjointed masterpiece with 'Yellow House'. Grizzly Bear VeckatimestGrizzly Bear ShieldsGuided by Voices Alien LanesGZA Liquid SwordsHercules and Love Affair Hercules and Love AffairWell looks like I misjudged another one. This lush, beautiful piece of modern dance music is nothing less than flooring. Mixing disco flair with a taste for soul and free jazz rarely used so well in modern electronica, Andrew Butler and his bandmates create a masterpiece. mixing infectious grooves, heart warming "ballads", and some straight up bangers that will get even the most rigid Jane and John shaking their asses. 'Hercules Theme' is the clear winner here, but nothing is short of amazing. It may take repeated listens but what gives 'Hercules and Love Affair' it's legs is that beyond all things, these tracks are purely danceable. Add the fact that they're gorgeous, fully realized pieces of music with a defined, interesting narrative and the singers slay -- it is pretty much that good. I Am Carpenter My God ClaraInterpol Turn on the Bright LightsIron & Wine The Shepherd's DogJay-Z The BlueprintJay-Z Reasonable DoubtJefferson Airplane Surrealistic PillowJon Hopkins ImmunityJoy Division CloserJoy Division Unknown PleasuresJustice CrossKanye West Late RegistrationKanye West The College DropoutKanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted FantasyKendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d cityKidcrash JokesKiller Mike R.A.P. MusicLaura Marling Once I Was an EagleLed Zeppelin Led Zeppelin III'III' was easily my favorite Zeppelin album years ago when I was first really introduced to them, since I've move more towards other LP of theirs, but it'll always have a spot. 'Immigrant Song' being over-licensed and over-played as it is, is still, well -- awesome. 'Since I Been Loving You', 'Gallows Pole' & 'Tangerine' are some personal favorites. Even though they have a more folk/acoustic sound this outing, it's still Zeppelin and still rocks pretty hard considering. Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IILed Zeppelin Physical GraffitiLes Savy Fav Let's Stay FriendsAnd to think I spent the better half of my teenage years seeing and hating these fools. Brooklyn by way of Rhode Island art-punk stalwarts, Les Savy Fav drop their, late Flaming Lips, meets early Talking Heads, post-punk-hardcore-twee masterpiece with 'Let's Stay Friends'. Liars Drum's Not DeadLiars SisterworldLos Campesinos! We Are Beautiful, We Are DoomedYear #1, Album #2(2!). 'We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed' sees the Campesino camp mature a little bit through acting just a bit more immature. As opposed to 'Hold On Now, Youngster...' their auspicious debut, where they seemed to be going over every line with red pen, 'We Are Beautiful,' is more haphazard. 'Youngster' saw all its lines end with just the perfect punch, just clever enough, and just enough emotion. Essentially showing they aren't involved as much as observing from the outside, basically they were too good for themselves; this time around they seem to feel right in their own skin. Gareth takes over the vocals predominantly, and he's basically crying about his ex, but he does it in such a way (You said he's got his teeth fixed/ I'm gonna break them!), that exemplifies a sense of here and now (Oh we kid ourselves there's future in the fucking!/but there is no fucking future!) that most other frontpeople can't attest to(My life was saved by a packet of 19 cigarettes/Held in my left breast pocket/for a closest friend). To say they have spirit is a bit cheap, they bombast through 10 tracks of glockenspiel infused, violin savvy indie rock. They keep the tensions high, the boy-girl interchanges sweet or biting and when they decide to slow it down on 'Heart Swells/Pacific Daylight Time' it pays off. It's one of their most touching tracks, they grow up just a little, enough to see their faults and deliver a fucking great follow up.Los Campesinos! Romance Is BoringThere was a time when the thought of Los Campesinos! would have sent me straight to the bathroom -- either to puke or to take a dump visually explaining my opinion of Garreth & co.'s bleak, asinine, above all annoying(ly voiced!) outlook on life. Those 2 days aside, Los Campesinos! have since proven those first inclinations wrong with a solid mix of glockspiel infused, string bevy, acid-tipped, hyper-literal indie rawk that is as infectious as it is funny/good/intelligent/honest/loveable. Over a mere 3 year span of life, LC! have released various EPs, 3 full length albums, toured the world a few times and even have seen the use(lessness) of mounds of critical praise, and backlash. But, in the end, what always mattered is that fact that really, they don't fucking care. The Campesinos were sincerely in it for themselves, and that we would listen, never mind dance around screaming their music like we couldn't do anything else better in our lives, was an added bonus. This first grouping of members will probably in years stand as an early era in an accomplished bands respected catalouge, but that's not to say there's nothing special about 'Romance Is Boring', furthermore, this specific Los Campesinos! While 'Youngster...' was pop savvy and fractured, and 'Beautiful' stronger, but still, in the end could not escape it's haphazard recording, and fissured sense, still feeling like an astounding collection of B-Sides by it's completion. 'Romance' finds the Campesinos! culminating everything they've done since their inception and throwing it together under one guise. Not a distaste for radio/modern living/douche bags, but the single thing none of them can fucking get over -- Love. Musically it sounds like the other LC! albums, but more focused, calmer, they play to their strength in pacing that made the breakneck speeds of their last 2 LPs endearing and fun, here is held down, almost hushed. You can feel the tension in the recording, not just concerning the record's content, but female lead vocalist Aleks Campesinos impending departure -- this is the sound of a band imploding upon itself, and finding a way to not only deal with that elephant in the room, but take it by the reigns. With nothing else to do, this group of Brits throw together yet another ramshackle collection of tracks that amount to an astoundingly repayable album. And for once, it all sounds cohesive. Garreth and Aleks finally seem comfortable speaking to one another via their microphones. Their best writing (which to begin with is hard to top, so stfu) is on display here, as well as musicianship, showcasing their talent with molding Twee and Punk legitimately, except now its honed, perfected to deliver that sugary jab at just the right moment. Many have stated that over the past few years watching this band grow up has been a pleasure. I wouldn't think I'm the first to say, but would like to reiterate wholeheartedly that personally, its been an immense pleasure to simply grow up with them.
Love Forever ChangesBeautiful, engrossing, reflective, haunting, heartbreaking, reaffirming, brilliant -- amazing. 'Forever Changes' is a gorgeous chronicle of Arthur Lee, lead singer, as he was living during the late 60s, the cusp of the 'hippie revolution' and a time he was convinced he was going to die. The lyrics are morose, but the music itself is lush and even upbeat. The horn sections that roar throughout the album only compliment the pristine string arrangements and soothing riffs. The fantastic instrumentation only brings forth the beauty of Lee's voice, and his lyrics. Bits like "Sitting on a hillside -- Watching all the people die -- I'll feel much better on the other side." become all the more haunting and long lasting. A pinnacle of American music. Lupe Fiasco Food & LiquorLykke Li I Never LearnM.I.A. ArularM83 Hurry Up, We're DreamingMadvillain MadvillainyMagazine Real LifeMarissa Nadler JulyMassive Attack Blue LinesMassive Attack ProtectionEssentially taking their successes from 'Blue Lines' and running, Massive Attack's second album 'Protection', is a deep, beautiful album. With 9 tracks that will floor you, and well, 'Light My Fire'. 'Protection', 'Euro Child', 'Sly' and 'Three' are fantastic. The diverse group of brilliant Brits, again, were able to create a fantastic, fluid success with their mix of deep dub beats, evil distortions and truly beautiful voices. MC5 Kick Out the JamsMcLusky McLusky Do DallasMenomena Friend And FoeMew And the Glass Handed KitesMew FrengersMew No More StoriesModern Life Is War WitnessModest Mouse The Lonesome Crowded WestA bold statement of modern 'Americana', 'The Lonesome Crowded West' could/would easily stand as Modest Mouse's crowning achievement of lonesome travel and desolate landscapes. This is of course if 'The Moon and Antarctica' had not shattered it with it's brazen outlook and ethereal tones. But -- that's not to say that this album is anything less than amazing. With 'Lonesome Crowded...", MM created a bleak outlook on the idea of modern, expansive America with it's frayed morals, uneven persona's and earthen tones. Brock's reference's to the characters of 'Jesus/God','the dogs', 'the woman' and 'the long bitter road' first really arise here on their sophomore release, but hardly play out their time. At 70+ minutes too, 'The Lonesome Crowded West' is quite the listen, but, everything flows together pretty flawlessly. MM's, Pixies-esque style is taken for a full ride, and really expands upon itself to give the first, real inkling of what sound this band would soon adopt for the remainder of their career (up until this point). Song's like 'Heart Cooks Brain', 'Convenient Parking', 'Trailer Trash' and 'Out of Gas' are standouts but that's like saying anything here is sub-par. 'The Lonesome Crowded West' is a masterpiece, it's a truthful/expressive/forgiving/unrelenting outlook on what it's like to live as an American, as well as what it was like for this one - Brock - in specific. Mos Def Black on Both SidesMy Bloody Valentine Isn't AnythingMy Bloody Valentine You Made Me RealiseMy Bloody Valentine m b vNas IllmaticNico Chelsea GirlNo Doubt Tragic KingdomOasis (What's the Story) Morning Glory?Blah blah blah, they desperately want to be The Beatles -- who the fuck cares? They got it right at least 2 times (3 1/2 in my opinion), and this, an argument for 90s rock and how absolutely phenomenal it *could* be. Morning Glory's strengths are played through in every song, every lick, every verse, every groan of Liam's brash, almost Lenon-esque voice. The band just knew how to sell their slick, insightful rock with a hint of modern peace and love. Moving from moments of sheer badassery to complete and utter beauty ('Wonderwall', 'Champagne Supernova', 'Don't Look Back in Anger' and 'She's Electric' please stand up) or just straight rock you to the core (Everything else). Oasis crafted a truly stupendous piece of music -- here's to hoping they can do it again. Operation Ivy EnergyOrchid Chaos is MeOrphans of Cush White NoizeOutKast Stankonia'Stankonia' is a beacon for all artists -- this is how you make an album. 'B.O.B.', 'Ms. Jackson'. 'So Fresh, So Clean', 'Gasoline Dreams', 'I'll Call Before I Come', are brilliant, OutKast are miles beyond their competition. The world's best MC's -- Andre 3000(then), and Big Boi(now), prove their worth with an opus of southern rap. Stankonia, everyone should be so lucky to visit. OutKast SouthernplayalisticadillacmuzikOutKast ATLiensPassion Pit GossamerPerfect Pussy I have lost all desire for feelingPerfect Pussy Say Yes to LovePg. 99 Document #8Phoenix Wolfgang Amadeus PhoenixPink Floyd Wish You Were HerePink Floyd The WallPixies Surfer RosaPJ Harvey Stories From The City, Stories From The SeaPJ Harvey Rid Of MePJ Harvey Let England ShakePonytail Ice Cream SpiritualPortishead DummyPortishead Third'Third' is not only a reinvention of the genre (trip hop), but a logical progression for a set of some forefathers and that�s after only a 10+ year hiatus . 'Third' is less a return to form as it is a reminder of quality, quality that Portishead have always held themselves to, and it just so happens they took their damn time to remind us of just how viable they are(were). 'Third' is not the same Portishead, they've moved from the lounge club to the movie screen, crafting soundtrack gems that always manage to be as terribly frightening as they are beautiful. And Beth Gibbons, let it be said her voice has aged wonderfully, she masterfully sings over bombast beats (Silence, Machine Gun, We Carry On), acoustic strums (Small, The Rip) and even sways her way through the surf rock of 'Deep Water'. Her voice has deepened, she sounds heftier, weathered, less kitsch and naive, but this plays to her as all kinds of new strength. On cuts like 'Machine Gun' who's unsettling beat alone could be enough to turn some listeners away at first, that's before Beth grabs a hold of it, and matched with her croons it somehow becomes gorgeous. Or check 'The Rip' and it's slow build before it explodes from a great synth line to electronic bliss -- Gibbon's lights up giving her best performance on record. Exclaiming: "Wild white horses/They will take me away" leaving her mundane imagery behind for a little hope is an example of 'Third's core. A little darkness leads way to the light.Prefab Sprout Steve McQueenPretty Girls Make Graves Good HealthPretty Girls Make Graves Pretty Girls Make GravesPrimal Scream ScreamadelicaPrince Purple RainPublic Enemy It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold UsQueen A Night at the OperaRadiohead The BendsRadiohead Kid ARadiohead In RainbowsNow 'In Rainbows' has risen from the pile of shit that is a lot of modern music to remind us what we should expect (demand?) from our artists. Not a single track is wasted,('Bodysnatchers', 'All I Need', 'Jigsaw Falling Into Place' & 'Reckoner' being highlights). Best part? There's no 'downside' here, there's no filler, and they still manage to sound distinctly like themselves, but still a drastic change from their previous effort. Problem? No -- It's all gravy. Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the MachineRed Hot Chili Peppers CalifornicationRide NowhereRoots Manuva Brand New Second HandRun the Jewels Run the JewelsSaint Etienne Fox Base AlphaSaint Etienne So ToughSam Cooke Night BeatSam Cooke Sam CookeSam Cooke My Kind of BluesSerena Maneesh Serena-ManeeshShabazz Palaces Lese MajestySharon Van Etten Are We ThereSigur Ros Takk...Sigur Ros KveikurSonic Youth GooSonic Youth SisterSonic Youth EVOLSorrow (UK) DreamstoneSpoon Gimme FictionSpoon Kill The MoonlightIt clocks in at just slightly over 30 minutes, and the band has since become more adventurous with their sound as their budget for albums increases -- but 'Kill The Moonlight' slays. Every song has it's hook and damn do they ever catch, you'll be hard pressed not to get these little indie rock gems stuck in your head. Daniel's lyrics and the song writing are at their peak here, straying from studio tricks and epic inclinations. Songs like 'Small Stakes', 'The Way We Get By', and 'Jonathan Fisk', bring forth your standard verse-chorus-verse structure. But the songs are jam packed with memorable 1 liners, slick guitar riffs, great drumming and keyboard fills. Plus the riffs on 'All The Pretty Girls Go To The City' and 'Something To Look Forward To' are almost too infectious. Spoon came out of the gates swinging with their debut ('Telephono') and continued with a string of great releases. But not until 'Kill The Moonlight', their opus of catchy, concise and intelligent yet accessible rock music, did they understand how to make a complete, fulfilling listen from start to finish -- thankfully they never forgot. St. Vincent ActorSt. Vincent Strange MercyStars Set Yourself On FireStevie Wonder Songs in the Key of LifeStevie Wonder InnervisionsSublime SublimeSubmerse StreamsTalib Kweli QualityTalk Talk Laughing StockTalk Talk Spirit of EdenTed Leo And The Pharmacists Hearts of OakTed Leo And The Pharmacists The Tyranny of DistanceThe Avalanches Since I Left YouThe Beatles RevolverThe Beatles Rubber SoulThe Beatles The BeatlesThe Beatles Help!The Besnard Lakes The Besnard Lakes Are the Dark HorseThe Blood Brothers ...Burn, Piano Island, BurnThe Cardigans LifeThe Cure Disintegrationthanks Robert Smith for reminding me what it sounded like when I rode to the coast skipping class in senior year of high school. Thanks.The Go! Team Thunder, Lightning, StrikeThe Hotelier Home, Like NoPlace Is ThereThe Kinks The Village Green Preservation SocietyThe Kinks Lola vs. Powerman and the MoneygoroundThe Kinks Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)The Knife Silent ShoutThe Magnetic Fields 69 Love SongsThe Magnetic Fields HolidayThe Magnetic Fields The Charm Of The Highway StripI could probably 5 this with assistance from just the right bourbon. The Mamas and The Papas California Dreamin'The Mars Volta De-Loused in the ComatoriumListening to 'Son et Lumiere' take place then subsequently fade into 'Inertiatic Esp' pretty much put to rest my worries that this record would come close to being sub par upon first listen. Little did I know it would become a defining record of my teenage years. Safe to say I hold 'De-Loused in the Comatorium' particularly high and (almost sadly) I probably judge each Volta, or any ex-ATDI member's release in comparison. A barrage of notes and sound will flood your ears almost from the get-go, like almost any Volta release since, but 'De-Loused' has a particular magic to it, that they've yet to ever grasp again. The epic, noise-prog holds together here a lot more cohesively than anything they've produced, and granted, their best song may be on their sophomore release, it's in their debut that their masterpiece record lies. Their prog/virtuoso ambitions aren't drowned out by their need to be different, they just seem to be having more fun on this record. There's no wasted track, they all deliver in the utmost sense. The Men Open Your HeartThe Microphones The Glow Pt. 2The Mighty Mighty Bosstones Let's Face ItThe Mighty Mighty Bosstones Question the AnswersThe National AlligatorThe National High VioletThe National Trouble Will Find MeThe New Pornographers Electric VersionThe New Pornographers Twin CinemaThe New Pornographers Mass RomanticThe Notorious B.I.G. Ready to DieThe Olivia Tremor Control Dusk at Cubist CastleThe Prodigy The Fat of the LandThe Prodigy Music for the Jilted GenerationThe Roots PhrenologyThe Roots Do You Want More?!!!??!The Roots Illadelph HalflifeThe Stooges Raw PowerThe Thermals The Body, The Blood, The MachineThe closest this Yeti can get to a religious experience now that the old gods boarded the ghost-clipper and sailed it into the tempest maelstrom. Good stuff. The Twilight Sad Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen WintersCompletely miscalculated this one too -- I seem to be making a habit of that recently. *shrugs* More to come soon, but safe to say there's more to "Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters', than wah-wah guitar, distortion, Grahams gorgeous yelp and Post-Rock grandeur. Tho The Twilight Sad will be damned if they let you know that. The Velvet Underground White Light/White HeatThe Walkmen Bows + ArrowsThe Walkmen You & MeThe Walkmen LisbonThe Walkmen HeavenThe War on Drugs Lost in the DreamThe Weakerthans Reconstruction SiteThe Weeknd ThursdayThe Who TommyThe sweetest fucking concept album/rock opera ever. The movie -- not so much, but can't win 'em all. The Who are the ultimate in successful artistic excess, 'Tommy' is the key argument that sometimes a little erratic indulgence is best. The Who QuadropheniaThe xx xxTitus Andronicus The Airing of GrievancesI wouldn't really call 'The Airing of Grievances' an album as much as a collection of 9 arguments, and front man Patrick Stickles is more giving a first-hand account than "singing". He yelps and screams over most of Titus Andronicus' debut disc, which is a gem of indie-emo self loathing, too smart for my surroundings (New Jersey!) bliss. His band mates do a very ample job of booming and blasting around his scream, twanging away on their guitars and smashing their drums and piano keys. Stickle's lyrics convey a hurt man, he may scream the odd "We can betray each other in dreams every night." Or "What could be the harm?/What a six week vacation from the use of my right arm?". Or maybe a chant of "Do do do do/Do do do do/Fuck everything/Fu-uck Me." Stickles is pissed sure, at himself, at god, at his parents, at the institutions he was forced to attend; but honestly, while he plays music, you couldn't tell. He couldn't be happier, even as his cries become blood curdling. It really shows in the band's music, it's fast (for the most part), fist pumping, chant worthy; it just so happens to be that their lead singer kinda sounds like Conor Oberst and he kinda whines a little. But whatever, they could give a fuck less, and that's why Titus succeed. 'Grievances' sounds like it was recorded in a submarine on shitty lowfi mics, as Stickles was in the next room screaming his lungs out. But this sound is fleshed out, real, and it works for them. They may be angry and bitter, but Titus Andronicus don't skip on the life affirming pop with a debut to be reckoned with.Titus Andronicus The MonitorTom Tom Club Tom Tom ClubTool Lateraluschuggachuggachuggachuggachugga drum drum drum ddddrrruuuummmm. Makes me feel like I'm 12 again. Tool AenimaTV on the Radio Dear ScienceTV On The Radio pretty much ditched the complicated fuzz/anthem rock of 'Return to Cookie Mountain' for some dance hall, electronic, funk/fuzz rock, soulful balladry bullshit. And it was all for the better, not necessarily better than 'Return', but for the better of the band. 'Dear Science' is like 25 minutes and 8 tracks shorter, but whatever, it?s still some boss music. 'Half Way Home' 'Love Dog' & 'DLZ' are the best songs that never made it onto '..Cookie', 'Golden Age', 'Crying', 'Dancing Choose' and 'Red Dress' are funk infused, rap, indie masterpieces. While their dance songs and rockers shine, 'Dear Science,' really lets it all go when it's heart is showing. Tracks like 'Stork & Owl' and 'Family Tree' are gorgeous ballads, adorn with sweet horns and strings, while 'Lover's Day' is probably the best song about a raucous fuck ever. Ever.U2 Achtung BabyU2 The Joshua TreeU2 WarUGK Ridin' DirtyViktor Vaughn Vaudeville VillainWaxahatchee Cerulean SaltWhite Rabbits Fort NightlyA wonderful blend of Ska and Indie rock The White Rabbits look to take you back to the time of Model T's and Great Gatsbys -- trust me it works. The Rabbits are able to handle this interesting concept by packing each one of their superbly composed, instantly catchy songs with more depth and drama than most artist fit into a multitude of LPs. By the time you reach 'March of the Camels', Fort Nightly's stand out track, you think the Rabbit's have pulled out all the stops...very very wrong. If the rest of the album wasn't convincing enough, 'Camels' is masterfully layered and blisteringly catchy. Did I mention cool as hell? Check the creepy kid choir on the chorus. Wild Beasts Two DancersWild Beasts Present TenseWu-Tang Clan Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)X Los AngelesX Wild GiftYamantaka // Sonic Titan YT//STLewis, Alex, Adam (Downer and Thomas), Conrad, MattyFrench, Marko, Andy, Ali, Yotimi and most certainly Senor Kiran. Yeah Yeah Yeahs Fever To TellYeah Yeah Yeahs Is IsThis may be the best stuff the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have put out. Something about this just strikes me right, 'Rockers to Swallow' and 'Kiss Kiss' just bite, while 'Down Boy' and 'Isis' are dark and cavernous. Karen O sounds her best, ever really, while Zinner and Chase pretty much keep pace with O. High hopes for the up coming album.4.0 excellentA Camp A CampA Place to Bury Strangers Exploding HeadA Sunny Day in Glasgow Autumn, AgainAFI Black Sails in the SunsetAir Talkie WalkieAir The Virgin SuicidesAir France No Way DownA group of Swedes mix high flying syth lines, great samples, a little heart and some bass that resonate heat. I honestly would listen to 'No Way Down', 2008's best EP, to feel like it was summer. Regardless of the temp outside, I was on an island, sipping away on ritas. I've heard it described as "post-rave bliss", and it's quite fitting. They fill their lush electronics, with full horn sections, great vocal samples and beautiful strings plus, the whistle on 'June Evenings' is where it's at.Animal Collective Sung TongsAnimal Collective Fall Be KindArcade Fire The SuburbsArcade Fire ReflektorArctic Monkeys Favourite Worst NightmareMonkeys mature and craft not just their best CD, but easily one of the best to arrive this year. 'Teddy Pickers' & 'Fluorescent Adolescent' happily bump their way to the top of the list here. Each is resoundingly catchy and the Monkey's tongue in cheek observational writing holds forth to give them some substance beyond the notes. Though 'Old Yellow Bricks' is the album's stinker, the rest holds up to bring together an extremely solid album. Plus '505' is a pretty badass final track.ASAP Rocky Live.Love.A$AP.ASAP Rocky LongLiveA$APAsobi Seksu FluorescenceYuki pretty much kills it on each and every Asobi Seksu record. At the Drive-In This Station Is Non-OperationalAutolux Transit TransitBailter Space Robot WorldBasement Jaxx Remedyall those naked bodies stacked on top of each other is a pretty decent visual representation of how you should feel after a Jaxx live set. Especially if any of this album is present during the show. Bat For Lashes Fur and GoldBat For Lashes Two SunsBat For Lashes The Haunted ManBattles MirroredBadass robot rock, Battles clearly crafted something all their own here. Acceding past their 'math rock' confines, they are able to transcend the cliches found in their genre of choice and really etch their own spot in modern music. Evolving their sound from early, instrumental, EPs and giving Tyondai Braxton's 'vocals' a dominant presence, they've created a nice musical balance amongst all their beeps, effects and single string plucking. Mostly indeterminable, Braxton's voice is more machine than man, going through a mess of filters before finally reaching the speakers. Thankfully, it only adds to the robotic feel they handle so well, plus John Stanier is a maniac drummer. 'Race In' - 'Atlas' - 'Rainbow' and 'Leyendecker' are personal favorites. They jam out a bit at times, and it's never quick. Sometimes the music just tends to mesh together, but more often then not it just astounds. Be Your Own Pet Be Your Own PetWe're on two wheels baby! Rawk Out!!
At least that's what Be Your Own Pet would hope(demand) of us. And with this clusterfuck of sound that is their debut, BYOP find a nice niche for themselves. It's just a question of if you appreciate that niche or not. Armed with a young punk spirit, bad ass instrumentation, a long play into a tongue-in-cheek and, well, Ms. Jemina Pearl, these kid's are looking to knock you onto your ass. Let it be their extremely loud sound, or Pearl's extremely dirty mouth, BYOP are out to attract a little attention, as well they should. They've got some shit to say (albeit sometimes it can be a bit stupid...) -- but maybe it won't hurt to listen just a little. I mean lines like 'Have fun and be safe with it -- Just kidding! Fuck shit up!' probably couldn't fly if BYOP saw themselves as god's next gift to rock and roll. A little pulp here and there is alright, which exactly what BYOP are all about. Stop taking yourself so seriously, chill the fuck out, and enjoy being young/allow the youth to have their fun. Simple. Beastie Boys Ill CommunicationBeastie Boys Hello NastyBeat Happening Beat HappeningBeat Happening Music to Climb the Apple Tree ByBeat Happening You Turn Me OnBelle and Sebastian Dear Catastrophe WaitressBelle and Sebastian The Life PursuitBen Folds Five Whatever and Ever, AmenBig Black Songs About FuckingBig Black AtomizerBlack Milk Album Of The YearBlackalicious Blazing ArrowBlackbird Blackbird Summer HeartBLK JKS Mystery EPBLK JKS After RobotsBlonde Redhead Misery is a ButterflyBlonde Redhead La Mia Vita ViolentaBlonde Redhead Melody of Certain Damaged LemonsBlood Orange Cupid DeluxeBlue Hawaii Blooming SummerBlur BlurBlur The Best OfBlur The Great EscapeBlur Midlife: A Beginner's Guide To BlurSlightly tops the 'Best of Blur' greatest hits comp, which is saying something considering that usually comps suck, and there's enough quality Blur material to fill up two, two disc compilations. The fact that these songs continue to carry their essential punch even years after the fact doesn't hurt either. These dudes haven't released an album since 2003, and yet somehow there's a distinctly different feel to this as compared to 'Best Of'. 'Mid Life' carries a sense of accomplishment, a cannon of 90s Brit pop which the previous comp couldn't even hold a candle to. Now if Albarn, Coxon and co. could put down their swords, pick up their guitars and just rock again. Added bonus, everything here slays and it's not all album only tracks or singles. 'Woo hoo!' indeed. Boards of Canada The Campfire HeadphaseBoards of Canada TwoismBoards of Canada Trans Canada HighwayBoards of Canada Tomorrow's HarvestBon Iver Bon Iver, Bon IverBraids Native SpeakerBrazilian Girls Brazilian GirlsBrazilian Girls Talk to La BombBroken Social Scene Feel Good LostBroken Social Scene Forgiveness Rock RecordBurial UntrueCamera Obscura My Maudlin CareerCamera Obscura Underachievers Please Try HarderCaribou Up In FlamesCaribou SwimCatherine Wheel ChromeCee Lo Green The Lady KillerChapterhouse WhirlpoolCharli XCX True RomanceCircle Takes the Square Decompositions: Volume Number OneClap Your Hands Say Yeah Some Loud ThunderClinic Walking With TheeClint Mansell & Kronos Quartet Requiem for a DreamClipse Lord Willin'Codeine The White BirchColdplay A Rush of Blood to the HeadCommon Like Water for ChocolateCrystal Castles Crystal Castles IICults CultsCurren$y Pilot TalkI could write a whole spiel about how the kid has shown up multiple times before and how if anyone was doubting this, their head was firmly planted far up their own ass but, uhh -- JETS. Curren$y Pilot Talk IICurren$y This Ain't No MixtapeCurren$y Weekend at Burnie'sCut Copy Zonoscopebrings the fucking womp womp womp. Cymbals Eat Guitars Lenses AlienDaft Punk DiscoveryDaft Punk HomeworkDamian Marley Welcome To JamrockDamian Valles Bow EchoesDanny Brown XXXDaughters DaughtersDavid Bowie Diamond DogsDavid Bowie Aladdin SaneDavid Bowie The Next DayDeath Cab for Cutie The Photo AlbumDeerhunter Halcyon DigestDelerium ChimeraDelerium PoemDelorean Ayrton SennaDelorean SubizaDenzel Curry Nostalgic 64Destroyer Destroyer's RubiesDestroyer This NightDestroyer Your BluesDeVotchKa Curse Your Little Heart DeVotchKa A Mad & Faithful TellingDevotcka, a Denver group of Mexican/Eastern European Gypsies (lol, no) put out their 2nd best album with their 4th effort. 'A Mad and Faithful Telling' is a little less epic, and a little shorter than their previous, better, effort, but it still floors. 'Brasso Profundo' starts off 'Telling' with a bang, it's violins and Spanish guitar floating over the bouncing upright base as Theo Urata cries out for his fellow revolutionaries. Now this is not very alien to them, it's the mid song jam out they do before picking it right back up again to finish off. The song shows right away that this is no 'How It Ends', and really is better for it. Had they just rehashed their Little Miss Sunshine album, it would've been a waste, they dig deep into their southwestern influences and Urata digs into his theme of a South American revolutionary. Their form of bouncy gypsy punk works best on songs like 'Clockwise Witness' and 'Undone' and their 'No Cars Go' remake of 'Head Honcho' bears similar results. The slower songs like 'New World', 'Blessing in Disguise' and 'Along the Way' shine as highlights while Urata croons and cries over beautiful string, horn and bell arrangements. Urata also has that voice -- and their drummer is boss; mm mmm good.DIIV OshinDirty Projectors Rise AboveWhat could have easily been a bullshit phone it, comes out breathing new life into a classic. Though not really too similar to Black Flag's 'Damaged', save lyrical similarities, 'Rise Above' is still, a faithful re imagination of the hardcore classic. The Projector's Dave Longstreth wails and quivers his way around 'Rise Above', and at first, it's his off putting voice that is the albums biggest detractor. The tripled choir of female voices that join Longstreth's particular croon is nothing but a delightful break and really a fantastic contrast. Its in this that the Projector's really sell 'Rise Above', amongst it's awry guitar twangs and walls of distortion, a certain balance and groove is found in the vocals. The brash, almost annoying voice of Longstreth is compliment by the softer choir of women and in turn his voice really becomes quite beautiful. 'What I See', 'No More', 'Depression', 'Gimme Gimme Gimme' are standouts on a fantastic retread. Dirty Projectors Ascending MelodyIf you enjoyed 'Bitte Orca' in any way Ascending Melody is a must have (and it's free!) this 7" is pretty much a continuation of that albums skewed pop-sweetness. 2 new songs, of the same caliber, just visit their website for an official link.Disclosure SettleDJ Shadow Endtroducing.....Do Make Say Think You, You're a History in RustI was reluctant as first to pick this up, the I heard 'The Universe!' and well that's all it took. Brooding, dark, and yet epic and glistening Do Make Say Think have crafted a fantastic album.Do Make Say Think Other TruthsDr. Dre The ChronicDrake Take CareDropkick Murphys The Warrior's CodeDropkick Murphys Sing Loud, Sing Proud!Dropkick Murphys The Gang's All HereEagles Hotel CaliforniaEels Blinking Lights & Other RevelationsEl-P I'll Sleep When You're DeadEluvium CopiaEMA The Future's VoidEmma Ruth Rundle Some Heavy OceanExplosions in the Sky The Earth is Not a Cold Dead PlaceExplosions in the Sky Those Who Tell the Truth...Factory Floor Factory FloorFiona Apple The Idler Wheel...Fleet Foxes Sun Giant EPFleetwood Mac Fleetwood MacFleetwood Mac TuskFlight of the Conchords The Distant FutureFlight of the Conchords Flight of the ConchordsFlorence and the Machine LungsFlying Lotus Los AngelesFoo Fighters The Colour and the ShapeFour Tet There is Love in YouFoxes in Fiction AlbertoFrank Ocean Nostalgia, UltraFreddie Gibbs midwestgangstaboxframecadillacmuzikFreddie Gibbs Cold Day in HellBLAKE WHAT THE FUCK QUIT HATING.
GANGSTA GIBBS. Free Energy Stuck On NothingFriendzone DXFrightened Rabbit The Midnight Organ FightFrog Eyes Paul's Tomb: A TriumphFucked Up Hidden WorldG-Side Sumthin 2 HateG-Side Huntsville InternationalG-Side The One...CohesiveTV Screens flippin down -- all you hear is tick n pound.G-Side IslandAnd here I was believing the bullshit I had the unfortunate unloading of upon my ear in the form of: "G-Side dun fucked up." Apprehensive I kept my distance from the iSLAND too long until the barrage of flashing lights, copious laughter and fucking killer beats was too much to refuse.
Hello, we've arrived. Galaxie 500 TodayGalaxie 500 This is Our MusicGang Gang Dance Gang Gang DanceGang of Four Solid GoldGavin Castleton HomeGhostface Killah FishscaleGhostface Killah Supreme ClienteleGirl Talk Night RipperGirl Talk Feed the AnimalsGirls Broken Dreams ClubGlasser RingGnarls Barkley St. ElsewhereGoldfrapp Felt MountainGorillaz GorillazGowns Red StateGrandaddy The Sophtware SlumpGreen Day DookieGreen Day InsomniacGreen Day American IdiotGrenadine GoyaGrimes VisionsGrouper Dragging a Dead Deer Up a HillImpressively beautiful, and quite utterly spellbinding at points 'Dragging a Dead Dear Up a Hill' is a flat out fantastic record. Liz Harris' brand of shoegaze is a fuzzy, confined mess of rapture. Somehow she's able to manage a great balance between her buzz and beauty, which aids to the albums great success. 'Heavy Water/I'd Rather Be Sleeping' may also be one of the most gorgeous tracks I've heard in recent memory(or ever). It can be a bit long, and it's a grower -- kind of, but overall she's crafted a near masterpiece record. Grouper A I AGrouper The Man Who Died in His BoatGuided by Voices Bee ThousandGuido AnideaIceage New BrigadeI hate when Rudy Klapper rates albums that could vaguely be described as "skuzzy punk." He knows he won't like it, but listens anyways and: BAM! 2.5.
KILLIN' ME RUDEBOY. Iceage You're NothingIncubus A Crow Left of the Murder...Incubus S.C.I.E.N.C.E.Iron & Wine Our Endless Numbered DaysIron & Wine The Creek Drank the CradleJack Johnson Brushfire FairytalesJames Blake CMYKJames Blake KlavierwerkeJames Blake James BlakeJames Blake OvergrownJanelle Monae The ArchAndroidJanelle Monae The Electric LadyJay-Z American GangsterJay-Z and Kanye West Watch the ThroneJenny Hval VisceraJill Scott Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1Jimmy Eat World Bleed AmericanJoey Bada$$ 1999Joy Orbison Hyph Mngo/Wet LookJoy Orbison BB/LadywellJoy Orbison Wade In/JelsJulia Holter Loud City SongJulian Lynch MareJulianna Barwick FlorineJunkie XL Big Sounds Of The DragsKelis KaleidoscopeKelis WanderlandKelis FoodKevin Drew Spirit If...Kevin Drew makes a break up album, that pretty much sounds like another Broken Social album -- but it's brilliant. 'Spirit If...' on it's own is hardly a Kevin Drew album, it's still created much in the vein of his other band (who technically "present" this record). A bunch of established artists come together to create some all around rock goodness. But something about it all seems distinctly him, like no one else could create this sound, it all comes back to Kevin Drew. 'Farewell to the Pressure Kids', 'Tbtf', 'Fucked Up Kid' are on spot BSS tracks, while 'Safety Bricks' and 'Lucky Ones' sound like a nice mix of The Boss and Dinosaur Jr. All the tracks here are stand out, though as a whole, the album can run a bit long (66 mins) and Drew's ideas at times, can't be saved from his own eccentric experimentation. Other times, it's just that which makes it beautiful.Laura Marling I Speak Because I CanLCD Soundsystem Sound of SilverLCD Soundsystem This Is HappeningLe1f HeyLed Zeppelin Led ZeppelinLes Savy Fav The Cat and the CobraLes Savy Fav 3/5Les Savy Fav InchesLess Than Jake Losing StreakLess Than Jake Hello RockviewLet's Wrestle In The Court Of The Wrestling Let'sLiars LiarsLightning Bolt Hypermagic MountainLil Wayne Tha Carter IILil Wayne Da Drought 3Lil Wayne Tha Carter IIILily Allen Alright, StillLocal Natives HummingbirdLos Campesinos! Sticking fingers Into SocketsLos Campesinos! Hold On Now, Youngster...What could've been a haphazard mix of indie pop, punk spirit and a heap of distortion ends up working out as an well crafted, insightful album. Los Campesinos! hold true their roots, embracing much of what made their genre enjoyable in the first place, this being said nothing here is fantastically original. They just play to their strengths, handle themselves with class and honestly don't craft a single bad track on this album. 'Death to Los Campesinos!' starts of 'Youngster' strong & EP winners 'Don't Tell Me to Do the Math(s)' & 'You! Me! Dancing!' hold up as album highlights. Though the crown goes to '...And We Exhale and Roll Our Eyes in Unison'. With pop sensibility, tight, intelligent song writing and the best tongue-in-cheek spirit seen in a while, 'Hold On Now, Youngster...' is an extremely strong debut. Los Campesinos! No BluesLupe Fiasco The CoolLykke Li Youth NovelsLykke Li Wounded RhymesM.I.A. KalaM83 Before The Dawn Heals UsMac DeMarco 2Made Out of Babies The RuinerMagazine Secondhand DaylightMagazine The Correct Use Of SoapMain Attrakionz 808s and Dark Grapes IIMain Attrakionz 808s and Dark GrapesMassive Attack 100th WindowMemory Tapes Seek MagicMemoryhouse The YearsMenomena I Am The Fun Blame Monster!Menomena Minesdrumsdrumsdrums. pianopianopiano. this is a fine fine album indeed.Menomena MomsMetric Live It OutMissy Elliott This Is Not A Test!Missy Elliott Under ConstructionMissy Elliott Miss E… So AddictiveModest Mouse Good News for People Who Love Bad NewsModest Mouse This Is A Long Drive For Someone With Nothing To..Modest Mouse We Were Dead Before the Ship Even SankMonty Are I Heart's Bleeding EPMore Than Life Love Let Me GoMos Def The EcstaticMurs Murs 3:16: the 9th EditionMutual Benefit Love's Crushing DiamondMy Bloody Valentine TremoloMy Bloody Valentine Feed Me with Your KissNam Le Nam LeNas It Was WrittenNas God's SonNas Life Is GoodNedry CondorsNedry In a Dim LightNeneh Cherry Blank ProjectNico The Marble IndexNico DesertshoreNico The End...Nirvana In UteroNirvana NevermindNo Age Everything In BetweenNoisia Split The AtomOasis Definitely MaybeOf Montreal Satanic Panic in the AtticOf Montreal The Gay ParadeOf Montreal Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?OutKast Speakerboxxx/The Love BelowPanda Bear Young PrayerPanda Bear Tomboylol Acad. Meaningless lyrics. YEAH I MEAN ITS NO ATREYU. Passion Pit MannersPaul Van Dyk Out There and BackPavement Wowee ZoweePavement Crooked Rain, Crooked RainPavement Slanted and EnchantedPearl Jam TenPg. 99 Document #5Pg. 99 Document #1Phoenix It's Never Been Like ThatPhoenix Bankrupt!Phonte Charity Starts at HomePink Floyd The Piper at the Gates of DawnPixies BossanovaPixies Best of Pixies: Wave of MutilationPJ Harvey To Bring You My LovePJ Harvey Uh Huh HerPJ Harvey Is This Desire?Ponytail Do Whatever You Want All The TimePop Winds Earth To FriendPregnant Liquidation on SwansPrimal Scream XTRMNTRPylon ChompQ-Tip The RenaissanceRace Horses Goodbye FalkenburgRadiohead Hail to the ThiefRaekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt IIRage Against the Machine Evil EmpireRage Against the Machine RenegadesRamones RamonesRaphael Saadiq The Way I See ItRaphael Saadiq Instant VintageRatatat ClassicsReal Estate Real EstateReal Estate DaysReal Estate AtlasRed Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex MagikReel Big Fish Turn the Radio OffReel Big Fish Our Live Album Is Better Than Your Live Rilo Kiley More AdventurousRobyn Body TalkRoots Manuva Run Come Save MeRoots Manuva Awfully DeepSaint Etienne Tiger BaySaint Etienne Good Humorband basically should have never been allowed to make music strictly based on the fact that what they would subsequently produce would be the kind of stuff that simultaneously fills in your 'its really good' and 'its infectious' meters to full at the same time. Screw you Saint Etienne. Sam Cooke EncoreSam Cooke Tribute to the LadySambassadeur EuropeanSantigold SantogoldSo, this album is righteous, in the fullest sense of the word. 30 something, ex punk band singer(chick) living in NYC(via PA), DIY's a badass solo debut. She mixes mod rock, dub, reggae, electronica, punk and tops it off with a nice helping of distortion. Did I forget to mention she's badass? Or downright crazy? In cuts like 'L.E.S. Astistes' she hopes her art/career "will be worth what I give up" as she tries to "stand up for the things that she believes". While in "Creator"('Santogold's 2nd best) she exclaims she is just that(an artist? a god? whothefuckcares.); "setting friction to this bitch, creepin in just like an itch", by the end you're apt to take her word for it. This is of course after the songs mingling tribal beat and bird like cries in the beginning have already dropped and exploded into a bad bass line and a booming beat. By booming I mean 'Creator' will rock the shit out of any trunk you got, son. 'Creator' is followed by the acid washed 'My Superman', which is then followed by the high flying mod rock of 'Lights Out'. This is really where 'Santogold' pulls itself past the crowd. She seems to move effortlessly between styles, and she varies it up enough to keep every song interesting. Yes there are the "dub songs", and the "mod songs" and the "electronic bouncers", but they are all pretty separate from one another. Distinct in their own way, each track showing prowess in a differnt aspect of musical composition, plus they all rock, so, kudos lady.ScHoolboy Q Habits and ContradictionsScreaming Females UglySerena Maneesh S-M 2: Abyss in B MinorSerge Gainsbourg Histoire de Melody NelsonSerge Gainsbourg Bonnie and ClydeSerge Gainsbourg Jane Birkin & Serge GainsbourgSharon Van Etten EpicSharon Van Etten TrampShearwater The Golden ArchipelagoSigur Ros Med sud i eyrum vid spilum endalaustSky Ferreira Night Time, My TimeSleigh Bells TreatsSleigh Bells Reign of TerrorSlint SpiderlandSlowdive Just for a DaySnoop Dogg DoggystyleSonic Youth Washing MachineSonic Youth Sonic NurseSonic Youth Murray StreetSonic Youth Rather RippedSorrow (UK) ExistenceSpoon Girls Can TellSt. Vincent Marry MeSt. Vincent St. VincentStars HeartStricken City Songs About People I KnowI must traverse the wilds on a grandiose expedition into foreign lands and find myself this Stricken City and shake their hands. Stricken City Animal Festival EPOn par if not better than their previous mega EP 'Songs About People I Know' -- half the length, but frrrreeeeee. Cannot wait for the full album this summer, also go DL this from their website. Now. Do it. Stricken City Losing Colouroh look I'm the first one to rate this.
and I gave it a 4.
surprise, surprise. Sublime 40 Oz. to FreedomSubmerse MechaSubmotion Orchestra Finest HourSurfer Blood Astro CoastSwan Lake Beast MoansSwarms Old Raves EndSwervedriver RaiseSwordplay and Pierre the Motionless Tap WaterTalking Heads More Songs About Buildings and FoodTalking Heads Talking Heads: 77Talking Heads Speaking in TonguesTalking Heads Fear of MusicTame Impala LonerismTangerine Dream ZeitTangerine Dream Alpha CentauriTed Leo And The Pharmacists The Brutalist BricksTeebs ArdourTenacious D Tenacious DThe Beatles A Hard Day's NightThe Beatles Let It BeThe Beatles Magical Mystery TourThe Beatles The Capitol Albums, Vol. 1The Beatles LoveThe Besnard Lakes The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring NightThe Big Pink A Brief History of LoveThe Blood Brothers This Adultery Is RipeThe Blood Brothers CrimesThe Breeders PODThe Breeders Last SplashThe Bug London ZooThe Cardigans EmmerdaleThe Cardigans Gran TurismoThe Cardigans Super Extra GravityThe Cars The CarsThe Clientele Bonfires on the HeathThe Distillers Coral FangThe Field Mice SnowballThe Field Mice For KeepsThe Field Mice Emma's HouseThe Fireman Electric ArgumentsThe Flaming Lips Yoshimi Battles the Pink RobotsThe Flaming Lips The Soft BulletinThe Flaming Lips EmbryonicThe Futureheads The FutureheadsThe Go! Team Proof of YouthFun and uplifting, The Go! Team strike again! Really though, quality album, still a controlled mess of sheer pop rapture, but this time around they seem a bit more tangible. I guess that's what happens when your kitchen sink project turns into an actual band. Though when you have a slew of quality guests, and Ninja at your helm, there's a certain quality to be expected, luckily they deliver. These songs sound like they could be done live to a resounding success -- which is why, on a whole, Proof Of Youth will rock you particularly hard. The Hold Steady Boys and Girls in AmericaThe Horrors Primary ColoursThe Horrors SkyingThe Hotelier We Are All AloneThe Hotelier It Never Goes OutThe Jesus and Mary Chain PsychocandyThe Juan MacLean The Future Will ComeThe Knife Deep CutsThe Knife Tomorrow, In a YearThe Knife Shaking the HabitualThe Magnetic Fields DistortionThe Magnetic Fields Distant Plastic TreesThe Magnetic Fields The House Of TomorrowIt must have been surprising for Susan Anway to hear: "You're fired." If she ever even did, one would imagine those words would slide out the gab of Magnetic Fields' leader and new lead-vocalist Stephin Merritt in his distinct baritone. Before the Merge signing on the heels of two successful exercises in twee that were Distant Plastic Trees (1991) and The Wayward Bus (1992--both with exclusively Anway on vocal duty--this was a stepping out party of sorts for Magnetic Fields. Stripping down their sound from the dreamy mini-orchestrations of their first two records to a more punk-based form of synthesizer-pop; The House Of Tomorrow EP was titled aptly as this would shift would reflect the second incarnation of this ever evolving project. Developing the looping, rhythm based songwriting that Holiday (1993) and The Charm Of The Highway Strip (1994) would adopt so successfully. "Alien Being" and "Love Goes On To Paris In The Spring" being the high points of bouncy chamber-pop but Merritt's austere baritone is on full display along with his inherent Pop savvy that would help build so many excellent gems as he was nestled away in the Back Bay. The Mars Volta Frances the MuteThe Men ImmaculadaThe Men Leave HomeThe Men New MoonThe Men Tomorrow's HitsThe Microphones It Was Hot We Stayed In The WaterThe Millennium BeginThe Morning Benders Big EchoThe National Sad Songs for Dirty LoversThe New Pornographers Brill BruisersThe Notwist Neon GoldenThe Olivia Tremor Control Black Foliage: Animation Music Volume 1The Pains of Being Pure at Heart The Pains of Being Pure at HeartThe Pains of Being Pure at Heart BelongThe Police SynchronicityThe Police Zenyatta MondattaThe Police Outlandos d'AmourThe Postal Service Give UpThe Radio Dept. Lesser MattersThe Radio Dept. Clinging to a SchemeThe Roots How I Got OverThe Roots undunThe Shins Chutes Too NarrowThe Shins Oh, Inverted WorldThe Shins Wincing the Night AwayThe Shins Port of MorrowThe Strokes Room on FireThe Temptations Cloud NineThe Thermals More Parts Per MillionThe Vaselines The Way Of The VaselinesThe Velvet Underground The Velvet UndergroundThe Very Best Warm Heart of AfricaIf you have any inclination towards world music or African pop then this is pretty much the perfect place to go. a fun, warm, brilliant piece of electro pop with an Afro-funk twist. The War on Drugs Slave AmbientThe Wave Pictures Susan Rode The CycloneThe Weakerthans Left and LeavingThe Weeknd House of BalloonsThe Weeknd Echoes of SilenceThe Who The Who Sell OutTimes New Viking Rip It OffTricky MaxinquayetUnE-yArDs w h o k i l lTV on the Radio Nine Types of LightTycho Past is PrologueUGK Super Tight...Unrest Imperial ffrrVampire Weekend Vampire WeekendReplay, replay, replay. There ya go, that's why this biatch works. Slick rips of Police style vocals/riffs mixed with some understated strings and a nice Afro twist - Vampire Weekend are pretty sweet. Too bad a good chunk of the album sounds all like the same song/verse/gimmick. It's pretty good though, regardless -- and the album kicks it up substantially after 'M79' and the last three tracks almost make up for everything on the album, but not quite. Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the CityVarious Artists (Indie) Dark Was The NightWarpaint Exquisite CorpseWarpaint The FoolWashed Out Life of LeisureWeezer PinkertonWeezer WeezerWilco SummerteethWilco The Whole LoveWild Beasts Limbo, PantoWild Beasts SmotherWild Nothing GeminiWild Nothing NocturneWipers Youth of AmericaWipers Is This Real?Wolf Parade Expo 86Women WomenX Under The Big Black SunYACHT See Mystery LightsYeah Yeah Yeahs It's Blitz!Yeasayer All Hour CymbalsYG My Krazy LifeYoung L Enigma TheoryYouth Lagoon The Year of HibernationYouth Lagoon Wondrous BughouseYuck YuckAdam Downer you couldn't be more correct. Oh my. Zolof the Rock and Roll Destroyer Jalopy Go Far3.5 great2562 Fever311 GrassrootsA Perfect Circle Thirteenth StepA Place to Bury Strangers A Place to Bury StrangersA Weather CoveA Weather Everyday BalloonsAn absurdly successful conversion from acoustic to electric. A Weather's delicate bedroom pop is maintained if not heightened by the move.Abel (NY) Make It RightAcid House Kings Music Sounds Better With YouAFI Sing the SorrowAir Love 2Alcest ShelterAlvvays AlvvaysAmusement Parks On Fire Road EyesAndy Stott Luxury ProblemsArab on Radar Queen Hygiene IIArcade Fire The Arcade FireArchitecture In Helsinki Fingers CrossedAriel Pink's Haunted Graffiti Before TodayAriel Pink's Haunted Graffiti Mature ThemesAsobi Seksu Asobi SeksuTo look back on this now after listening to both 'Citrus' and 'Hush' at length almost give's the New York shoegaze band a sense of history and place. Asobi Seksu's 2004 self titled debut presents a band with a clear set of skills and an honest vision but the lack of any direction. Tracks like opener 'I'm Happy But You Don't Like Me' or 'Walk On The Moon' present clear indications that band members Yuki Chikudate (vocals, keyboards) and James Hanna (guitar, vocals) know what they'd like to do, just not exactly how to get there. The songs are accessible, containing fun loving bouncy grooves, coupled with 1-2-1, verse-chorus-verse build ups that all have extremely satisfying ascensions and conclusions, 'Asobi Seksu' is a gem. It is however a gem because on subsequent albums the band showcases their maturation with not only layering tracks (see 'Citrus' and the 10 levels of sound in each song) but handling chaos with beauty. While 'Asobi Seksu' is hardly a bad album, it feels misplaced, unfinished and a bit cranky at times. This is all however mixed with the bands obvious prowess of distortion control & song structure plus they make some truly amazing music here -- other times it sounds like 'It's Too Late'. Asobi Seksu HushAsobi Seksu RewolfAn absurdly successful 'acoustic arrangement' take on the effects laden, pedal pushing star punk of Brooklyn's Asobi Seksu. They break down the core of the songwriting and bring the focus onto Hanna's musicianship and Yuki Chikudate's beautiful, effervescent voice. Luckily it pays off and 'Rewolf' turns out to be more than just an acoustic fan service. ATB No SilenceAtlas Sound LogosAtlas Sound ParallaxAu Revoir Simone Move in SpectrumsAzealia Banks FantaseaBand of Horses Everything All the TimeBaths CeruleanBattles Gloss DropBeat Happening JamboreeBeat Happening Black CandyBeck Sea ChangeBelle and Sebastian Write About LoveBen Folds Rockin' The SuburbsBen Folds Five Ben Folds FiveBen Frost By the ThroatBibio Silver WilkinsonBig Black HeadacheBig Boi Vicious Lies and Dangerous RumorsBig K.R.I.T. K.R.I.T Wuz HereBig K.R.I.T. 4Eva N A DayBig K.R.I.T. King Remembered In TimeBjork VespertineBjork DebutBjork VoltaBlack Sun Empire Lights And WiresBlackbird Blackbird Bye Bye Blackbird EPBlink-182 Blink-182Blink-182 Take Off Your Pants and JacketBlink-182 Enema of the StateBlonde Redhead Penny SparkleBlur LeisureBoards of Canada Boc MaximaBon Iver For Emma, Forever AgoBraids Flourish // PerishBrendan Canning Something For All of Us...lol Broken Social Scene solo outings, they're always pretty good, but they're always pretty scattered. Canning is able to bring himself out beyond the shadow of his BSS counterparts, but he does this mainly by purveying his key (natural) sound. He's the community man, and he shows it in full here. Taking the core BSS sound and building upon it (much like Kevin Drew), Canning is electric. 'Something For All of Us', 'Chameleon' and 'Possible Grenade' are the stand out rockers, 'All the Best Wooden Toys are Made In Germany' is a heaping of prog-indie bliss while 'Churches Under the Stairs' is one of the best BSS associated tracks ever. Canning leans more towards the commune feel, as opposed to Drew's reserved whispers and croons. And while Kevin turned up his vocals, Brendan chooses to wash his voice much like his bands albums. He's softer, more pleasant even, and what seems to be the obligatory "girl spot" on these 'BSS Presents' is held by Amy Milian (elegant and powerfully). 'Something For All of Us' makes sense really, I'm yet to meet someone that finds nothing to love here.Burial and Four Tet Moth/Wolf ClubCake Comfort EagleCamera Obscura Biggest Bluest Hi FiCamera Obscura Desire LinesCaribou Start Breaking My Heartceo White MagicCharlotte Hatherley New WorldsClams Casino Instrumental Mixtape 2Clinic Do it!Cloud Nothings Cloud NothingsCold War Kids Robbers and CowardsCommon BeCrocodiles Summer Of HateCurren$y Fast Times at Ridgemont FlyCurren$y Smokee RobinsonCurren$y Covert CoupCurren$y The Stoned ImmaculateCurren$y The Drive In TheatreCut Copy Bright Like Neon LoveDads American Radass (This Is Important)Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse Dark Night of the SoulDanny Brown The HybridDark Time Sunshine VesselDave Matthews Band Under The Table And DreamingDavid Bowie The Man Who Sold the WorldDavid Bowie Young AmericansDavid Bowie LodgerDe La Soul Stakes Is HighDe La Soul Smell The DA.I.S.Y.Death Cab for Cutie Something About AirplanesDeerhoof The Runners FourDeerhoof ReveilleDeerhoof Apple O'Deerhoof Deerhoof vs. EvilDeerhunter Rainwater Cassette ExchangeDepartures Teenage HazeDestroyer Trouble In DreamsDestroyer Bay of Pigs DeVotchKa Una VoltaDeVotchKa SuperMelodramaDiscovery LPDoldrums Lesser EvilDomo Genesis Rolling PapersDoves Kingdom of RustDrake So Far GoneDrake So Far GoneDropkick Murphys BlackoutDum Dum Girls I Will Be...this is pretty good. catchy but derivative as fuck sometimes. but Im not sure Ive heard a sweeter girl group surf rock thing, song than 'I Will Be.'Dum Dum Girls He Gets Me HighDum Dum Girls Only in DreamsDum Dum Girls End of DazeDungen Ta Det LugntEagles One of These NightsEarl Sweatshirt EARLEasy Star All Stars Dub Side of the MoonEasy Star All Stars RadiodreadEels Daisies Of The GalaxyEels SouljackerEels Eels With Strings - Live At Town HallEels Tomorrow MorningEl-P High WaterElbow The Seldom Seen KidEllie Goulding Lightsok this got a lot better on like listen 6 or whateverrr. Eluvium SimilesEmily Haines and the Soft Skeleton Knives Don't Have Your BackEminem The Slim Shady LPEminem The Eminem ShowFatboy Slim You've Come a Long Way, BabyFeist Let It DieFeist The ReminderField Music Tones of TownField Music Field Music (Measure)Fleetwood Mac Then Play OnFleetwood Mac Peter Green's Fleetwood MacFlight of the Conchords I Told You I Was FreakyFlorence and the Machine CeremonialsThis is what happens when artists are allowed to create a pastiche of epically bloated cine-pop. Ceremonials may all sounds like the same damn song but thankfully that tune is killer. Flying Lotus Pattern+Grid WorldFoo Fighters Foo FightersFoxes in Fiction Swung From The BranchesFreddie Gibbs Str8 Killa No FillaFreddie Gibbs Baby Face KillaFrog Eyes Tears of the ValedictorianFugees The ScoreFuture Islands In Evening AirGame The R.E.D. Album"Speakers On Blast" will fuck up pretty much every other hip hop track from this year. Gang Gang Dance Retina RiddimGarbage GarbageGarbage Version 2.0Ghastly City Sleep MoondriftsGhostface Killah Twelve Reasons to DieGirl Talk All DayGirls Father, Son, Holy GhostGod Help The Girl God Help The GirlGold Panda Lucky ShinerGoldfrapp Seventh TreeWell...wow, ok didn't see this coming. Honestly I expected another heaping pile of electronic bullshit with a few awesome tracks hidden beneath the sonic vomit. I was wrong! It's pretty awesome. The electronic acoustic sound Goldfrapp has adopted for 'Seventh Tree' shines through out. 'Clowns' mutters in an out of beautiful, barely discernible verses, while 'Caravan Girl' and 'Cologne Cerrone Houdini' find them adopting an almost vast/epic feel unseen in any other Goldfrapp LP. Plus 'Eat Yourself' is fucking awesome. They got more laid back, though I'm not sure how exactly, but it works tremendously. A truly beautiful album, with few missteps, but few innovations as well. Gonjasufi A Sufi and a KillerGonjasufi MU.ZZ.LEGrizzly Bear Horn of PlentyGrouper Roy Montgomery/Grouper Split EPLizHarrisLizHarrisLizHarrisLizHarrisLizHarrisLizHarrisLizHarris
Roy Montgomery is sweet too. Guilty Simpson Ode to the GhettoGuns N' Roses Appetite for DestructionHandsome Furs Face ControlHans Zimmer and James Newton Howard The Dark KnightHodgy Beats UntitledHooverphonic The Magnificent TreeHooverphonic Blue Wonder Power MilkI'm From Barcelona Let Me Introduce My FriendsIncubus Make YourselfIncubus Morning ViewIron & Wine Kiss Each Other CleanIslands Return To The SeaIslands Arm's WayIslands A Sleep and a ForgettingJack Johnson In Between DreamsJames Blake The Bells SketchJay-Z The Black AlbumJay-Z In My Lifetime, Vol. 1Jay-Z Vol. 3: Life and Times of S. CarterJay-Z Vol. 2: Hard Knock LifeJeff Buckley GraceJefferson Airplane VolunteersJimmy Eat World ClarityJimmy Eat World Static Prevailsjj jj n° 2Jonsi GoJourney Greatest HitsJoy Orbison J.Doe/BRKLN CLLNJoy Orbison Sicko Cell/Knock KnockJurassic 5 Power in NumbersJustin Timberlake JustifiedKelis TastyKelis Kelis Was HereKelis Flesh ToneKendrick Lamar Section.80King Midas Sound Waiting For YouLaura Marling Alas, I Cannot SwimLaura Marling A Creature I Don't KnowLaura Stevenson Sit ResistLCD Soundsystem LCD SoundsystemLed Zeppelin PresenceLed Zeppelin How the West Was WonLed Zeppelin BBC SessionsLess Than Jake AnthemLiars They Threw Us All in a Trench and...Liars WIXIWLightning Bolt Wonderful RainbowLightning Bolt Earthly DelightsLil Wayne Dedication 2Lil Wayne Tha CarterLittle Dragon Ritual UnionLocal Natives Gorilla ManorLorde Pure HeroineLostprophets Start SomethingLostprophets The Fake Sound Of ProgressLudacris Chicken 'N' BeerLudacris Word Of MoufLudacris Back For The First TimeLush SpookyM.I.A. MatangiM83 M83Mac DeMarco Rock and Roll Night ClubMain Attrakionz Bossalinis & FooliyonesMajor Lazer Guns Dont Kill People... Lazers DoMale Bonding Nothing HurtsMale Bonding Endless NowMarina and The Diamonds The Family JewelsMarnie Stern The Chronicles of MarniaMassive Attack HeligolandMellowHype YellowhiteMellowHype BLACKENEDWHITEMetallica Kill 'Em AllMetric Old World Underground, Where Are You NowMetric Grow Up and Blow AwayMicachu JewelleryMillionYoung Be So True EPMister Heavenly Out of LoveModest Mouse No One's First, and You're NextMonty Are I Wall Of PeopleMonty Are I The Red ShiftMoonface Dreamland EP: Marimba and Shit-DrumsSeriously the best fucking track that Sunset Rubdown have ever recorded.
Oh wait...Moonface With Siinai: Heartbreaking BraveryMoonface Julia with Blue Jeans OnMotion City Soundtrack Making MovesMr Twin Sister Color Your LifeMr Twin Sister In HeavenMy Bloody Valentine Ecstasy and WineMy Bloody Valentine GliderN.E.R.D. In Search OfNas Hip Hop Is DeadNeko Case Middle CycloneNeko Case The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight...Neon Indian Psychic chasmsNeutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the SeaNick Drake Pink MoonNicki Minaj Beam Me Up ScottyNicole Atkins Neptune CityNicole Atkins Mondo AmoreNicole Atkins Slow PhaserNiki And The Dove InstinctNirvana MTV Unplugged in New YorkOasis Be Here NowOasis Familiar To MillionsOasis Dig Out Your SoulOf Montreal Icons, Abstract TheeOh No Ono EggsOkkervil River The Silver GymnasiumOl' Dirty Bastard Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty VersionoOoOO oOoOOOutKast IdlewildPearl Jam Vs.Pearl Jam YieldPg. 99 Document #11This EP is only 9mins long, but it's some of the most epic 9 minutes you'll ever experience.
Plus 'Diagram For A Suicide' is essentially the shit.Pg. 99 Document #4Pharmakon AbandonPhoenix UnitedPhosphorescent Here's To Taking It EasyPixies Complete B-SidesPJ Harvey DryPJ Harvey White ChalkPonytail KamehamehaPop. 1280 The HorrorPortishead PortisheadPretty Girls Make Graves The New RomanceRa Ra Riot The Rhumb LineRadiohead The Astoria London Live (DVD)Raekwon Shaolin vs. Wu-TangMake a reference to Tom Brady? Instant greatness. Easiest decision ever.Ramones Leave HomeRaum The Event of Your LeavingRed Hot Chili Peppers Mother's MilkReel Big Fish Why Do They Rock So Hard?Reel Big Fish Cheer Up!Reflection Eternal Revolutions Per MinuteRick Ross Rich ForeverRide Going Blank AgainRide Today ForeverRilo Kiley The Execution of All ThingsRilo Kiley Take-Offs & LandingsRobyn Body Talk Pt. 1Saint Pepsi Hit VibesSambassadeur MigrationScHoolboy Q OxymoronScreaming Females Castle TalkSerge Gainsbourg Vu De L'ExterieurShad TSOLSharon Jones and the Dap-Kings Give the People What They WantShiny Toy Guns We Are PilotsSigur Ros VonSigur Ros ( )Slowdive PygmalionSnoop Dogg R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta) The MasterpieceSnowing Fuck Your Emotional BullshitSonic Youth DirtySonic Youth Bad Moon RisingSonic Youth The EternalSorrow (UK) Summer Of LoveSoundtrack South Park (Original Soundtrack)Soundtrack Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along BlogSpaceGhostPurrp Mysterious PhonkSpeedy Ortiz Real HairSpoon Ga Ga Ga Ga GaStalley Savage Journey To The American DreamStars NightsongsStars In Our Bedroom After The WarStephen Marley Mind ControlSunset Rubdown Random Spirit LoverSunset Rubdown DragonslayerSystem of a Down ToxicityT.I. KingT.I. Trap MuzikTalib Kweli The Beautiful StruggleTall Ships Everything TouchingTapes N Tapes The LoonTeam Ghost You Never Did Anything Wrong To MeTeen Daze Four More YearsTeen Daze Beach DreamsThe Antlers HospiceThe Antlers Burst ApartThe Antlers UnderseaThe Beach Boys Smiley SmileThe Beatles 1The Black Eyed Peas Behind the FrontThe Black Keys El CaminoThe Blood Brothers March On Electric ChildrenThe Bronx The Bronx (IV)The Cardigans Long Gone Before DaylightThe Chemical Brothers Come With UsThe Chemical Brothers SurrenderThe Cool Kids Totally Flossed Out EPThe Cool Kids The Bake SaleThe Cranberries No Need to ArgueThe Cranberries Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?The Dodos VisiterThe Field Mice SkywritingThe Field Mice SensitiveThe Field Mice I Can See Myself Alone ForeverThe Flaming Lips At War With The MysticsThe Flashbulb Soundtrack to a Vacant LifeThe Gaslight Anthem The '59 SoundThe Go! Team Rolling BlackoutsThe Good, The Bad & The Queen The Good, The Bad & The QueenThe Hold Steady Separation SundayThe Hold Steady Almost Killed MeThe Hold Steady Stay PositiveThe Hold Steady Heaven Is WheneverThe Jesus and Mary Chain DarklandsThe Lonely Island IncredibadThe Long Blondes Someone To Drive You HomeThe Long Blondes CouplesA solid follow up to equally as solid debut. The songs may have rocked harder before and the writing could have done with more quick quips and flowing narratives. but hey -- at least it's cohesive this time. The Long Blondes are able to keep their feet firmly planted in the post-punk that got them through 'Some One to Drive You Home' so successfully, and allow their hands to dabble around. The pulp they find this time is not mod life or 50s nostalgia, but lush lounge grooves and electro-pop of the disco floor. Kate Jackson's laissez faire croon spurt out tales of modern romance, nearly all soar, some fall flat on their face, but most of the time "Couples" is a little number that just keeps you coming back for more -- even though you know you shouldn't. The Low Anthem Oh My God, Charlie DarwinThe Magnetic Fields iThe Magnetic Fields The Wayward BusThe Magnetic Fields Get LostThe Mars Volta The Bedlam in GoliathYyyesss!! It doesn't suck, oh man, thank god this time it doesn't suck. 'Ilyena', 'Calvalettes' and 'Soothsayer' are actually some of the tightest Volta tracks ever. 'Bedlam' much like 'Frances' has the tendency to jam the fuck out on the distortion, but not in a good way, in more of a stupid white noise way; and unlike 'FTM' everything else isn't absolutely killer. The first two tracks are alright and the mid section starts to drag out a bit. But, at least it's a great LP. The Microphones WindowThe Middle East The Recordings of the Middle EastThe Most Serene Republic PopulationRunning with the success of 'Underwater Cinematographer', MSR add a little Flaming Lips, & a lot of Polyphonic Spree for their second record, 'Population'. Still wearing their influences on their sleeves, proudly at that, it almost makes it forgivable that their sound is really a culmination of many of their contemporaries. It all adds up to a fantastic end product though, somehow, I'm really still not sure how. 'Population' boasts it's BSS and New Pornographer song style with flair, and two lead singers that pretty much sound exactly like Ben Gibbard and Amy Milian -- and yet they're able to find a sound that is distinctly them. The swooping melodies, jazzy interludes/drumming and varied vocals give the Republic something of their own, independent of their peers. Their musicianship really isn't where their weakness lies, they're quite good at layering sounds and their song composition at times is really fucking impressive (or just sweet) -- but man those lyrics get pretty vapid. Their heart is in the right place, 'Population' is full of fantastic alterations to suburban life, big brother, modern living and the quest for happiness. Then there are gems like 'Suffers breasts - and the dryness of climatic milk' - what the fuck guys? 'Population' is still a beast of a record, The Republic are able to sprawl over nearly an hour of flowing, fantastic tunes. Though sometimes, you just need a break. The National BoxerThe New Pornographers TogetherThe Pains of Being Pure at Heart Higher Than the StarsThe price of admission is worth it for the remix alone. The Police Ghost in the MachineThe Radio Dept. Pet GriefThe Raveonettes Chain Gang of LoveThe Raveonettes Lust Lust LustThe Roots Rising DownThe Roots on autopilot, thankfully autopilot = dark, dense, brooding, amazing hip hop. They don't top 'Game Theory', their 2nd best, but they do push themselves into a new area of sound that is at least as intriguing. 'Rising Down' offers up something somewhat new from the Roots, an ass load of distortion, each of 'Rising Down's songs are washed in it, they sound akin to listening to them as they play underground. It's pretty f'in cool. Thought's lines aren't as tight as before, but thankfully this is no 'The Tipping Point'. Granted, he does rhyme 'nigga' like 50 times on '75 Bars', but at least it's surrounded by a seemingly huge and inexistent, thick bass line. It plays to 'Rising Down', Black Thought may not always be hot, but ?uestlove and the rest of them will be damned if they're not on fire. The instrumentation on 'Rising Down' is enough to make this one of the best hip-hop albums of this year, thankfully Thought is still tight and their guests have honestly just gotten better (Mos Def, Peedi Peedi and Dice Raw slay), but Malik B is seriously missed. If they were smart, they'd just keep him around all the time, because it seems to work out all the time (see: Things Fall Apart & Game Theory).The State Lottery When the Night ComesThe Strokes AnglesThe Tallest Man on Earth The Wild HuntThe Thermals Personal LifeThe Twilight Sad Forget The Night AheadThe Twilight Sad No One Can Ever KnowThe Walkmen Everyone Who Pretended To Like Me Is GoneThe White Stripes White Blood CellsThom Yorke The EraserTiesto Parade Of The AthletesTiesto In Search of Sunrise 3: PanamaTimes New Viking Present the Paisley ReichTimes New Viking Born Again RevisitedTokyo Police Club A Lesson in CrimeTokyo Police Club Elephant ShellSo, logical progression from 'A Lesson in Crime'? Yes. Is it good? Oh hell yeah, 30 minutes of bliss, awesome guitar work, still spacey and synth soaked, and Dave Monk's voice has got all it's Casablancas power and frustration. Could they have made a better record? With out a doubt. But doesn't mean that 'Elephant Shell' is anything less than f'in sweet. 'Sixties Remake' & "The Harrowing Adventures of...' are they only really weak tracks here, and that's only if you're being nit-picky. It's just you've heard it all before -- but with all these boring additions it somehow sums up into something quite interesting and re playable. Tokyo Police Club ChampTool UndertowTool OpiateToro Y Moi Causers of ThisTricky Mixed RacetUnE-yArDs BiRd-BrAiNsTV on the Radio Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty BabesTwin Shadow ConfessTycho DiveTyler the Creator BastardUGK UGK (Underground Kingz)UGK UGK 4 LifeUniversal Studios Florida Ocean SunbirdsVeil Veil Vanish Change in the Neon LightVolcano Choir RepaveWaka Flocka Flame FlockaveliWashed Out Within and WithoutWavves King of the BeachWeezer The Green AlbumWhy? AlopeciaWilco Wilco (The Album)Wintersleep Welcome To The Night SkyWipers Over the EdgeWolf Parade At Mount ZoomerKrug didn't quite 'fail' me, but he's certainly the weaker half on '...Mount Zoomer'. Wolf Parade have seen themselves turn from a band, to a collective of musicians, two whom are very distinct. Boeckner wails with all the fury of Bowie and Black, his detest for the concrete jungle and modern living is still very prominent in his songs on 'Zoomer & he's almost *more* prolific this time around. Sacrificing blunt song writing for a streamlined product that comes out sounding slicker -- but that's not to say they don't indulge in their progressive inclinations. I mean pretty much all of Krug's songs sound like Sunset Rubdown B-sides he just happened to record with his other band. Talk about prog indulgences, every record that band (Sunset Rubdown) has produced could easily be called 'A Day at the Renaissance Fair'. This comes out full force on Krug's contributions to 'Mt. Zoomer', which can be good (California Dreamer) or asinine ('Animal in Your Care'). Really, when they just let it all go and rock the fuck out for 10 minutes on the closer 'Kissing the Bee Hive', (the album's original title, wtf?)Spencer and Danny finally decided to get together and just be Wolf Parade agai -- it's quite mesmerizing. WU LYF Go Tell Fire to the MountainWu-Tang Clan Iron FlagWu-Tang Clan 8 DiagramsWyclef Jean The CarnivalI'm pretty sure I had this 5'd when I first joined sputnik based solely on the first three songs and 'Gone Til November.' Wye Oak My Neighbor / My CreatorYACHT Shangri-LaYamantaka // Sonic Titan UzuYeah Yeah Yeahs Yeah Yeah YeahsYeah Yeah Yeahs Show Your BonesYeah Yeah Yeahs MosquitoYo La Tengo I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your AssYoung Thug 1017 ThugZelienople The World Is A House On FireZola Jesus Stridulum IIZola Jesus ConatusZolof the Rock and Roll Destroyer Zolof the Rock and Roll DestroyerZolof the Rock and Roll Destroyer The Popsicle EPZolof the Rock and Roll Destroyer Schematics3.0 good!!! Myth Takes!!! Strange Weather, Isn't It?!!! THR!!!ER311 From Chaos311 311311 Soundsystem50 Cent Before I Self DestructFitty spends the better half of the decade making more money and fucking more bitches than you. All the while making 1 good album and some great singles. I guess he was listening to all the shit people were talking about his skill cause here he goes making his best album since 'Get Rich'. 'Before I Self Destruct' is not groundbreaking by any means, but the beats are deep and mean and his syrupy flow has found it self again along with his pen. Its not an album full of a predominance of hip hip love songs and a couple of street worthy bangers here an there. It's actually got some kind of structure(albeit *loose*) and attention to the filler tracks as opposed to just the 4 hit singles.A Camp ColoniaSomething just gets lost in those 8 years and 2 Cardigans' albums that split 'ACamp' and 'Colonia'.A Perfect Circle Mer de NomsAFI Very Proud of YaAFI DecemberundergroundAkron/Family S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNTAlabama Shakes Boys & GirlsWhat up The Souff??
Sounds like y'all are pretty much the same. American Football American FootballAnimal Collective Here Comes the IndianAnimal Collective PeopleAnimal Collective Water CursesAnother Animal Collective LP, another subsequent EP where the title track is the shit and everything else is filler. Woo.Animal Collective Centipede HzArchitecture In Helsinki Moment BendsArctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am, That's What...Arctic Monkeys HumbugArctic Monkeys Suck It and SeeASAP Mob Lord$ Never WorryAtlas Sound Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See...Average noise
Good for some occasions, but, even then, there's better.
'Scraping Past' & 'Small Horror' are pretty good, while the first 6 tracks are pretty much trash. It's an alright experiment and could be pretty cool live...maybe. Ava Luna Electric BalloonAvey Tare Down ThereBand of Horses Cease to BeginBe Your Own Pet Get Awkward'Get Awkward' is good, no doubt about that. That is of course if you're down for BYOP's style of punk rawk with a little jammy/indie flair mix it all around Jemina Pearl's southern fried spunk and snarl and you've got yourself a hell of an album. Kind of...I mean you had a hell of an album, with their self-title debut. 'Get Awkward' sees the same slick riffs (a lot slicker than anyone this young should be putting out), an unquenchable punk spirit and, well, immense disdain for at least one boy in particular, but it can't hold it all together as well. 'BYOP's strengths were found in it's tongue-in-cheek lyrics, powerhouse guitar work and a nice dose of punk chord crunch. It's all still here, it's just not as new, fresh, or interesting. They seem to overcook it sometimes ('You're a Waste', 'What's Your Damage'), or not cook it enough ('Food Fight') , but I mean, then there's always the fist 9 tracks which are solid as hell. And Pearl's voice/scream/snarl can still carry the band on it's own, thankfully her backing band kicks major ass, so, she needn't worry. Beach House Beach HouseBeach House DevotionBeastie Boys To the 5 BoroughsBeastie Boys Hot Sauce Committee Part TwoBen Folds Way To NormalBenjamin Gibbard Former LivesBest Coast Crazy For YouBig K.R.I.T. Live From The UndergroundBig Sean DetroitBjork MedullaBjork BiophiliaBlink-182 Cheshire CatBlink-182 Dude RanchBlink-182 BuddhaBlink-182 The Mark, Tom, And Travis ShowBloc Party Silent AlarmBlue Hawaii UntogetherBrazilian Girls New York CityBrian Eno Small Craft on a Milk SeaBright Eyes Four WindsBroken Bells Broken BellsCamera Obscura Let's Get Out of This CountryChildish Gambino Because The InternetClipse Til the Casket DropsCloud Nothings Attack on MemoryCold War Kids Up In RagsCold War Kids With Our Wallets FullColdplay ParachutesColdplay Viva la Vida or Death and All His FriendsCommon Electric CircusCrocodiles Sleep ForeverCrocodiles Endless FlowersCrocodiles Crimes of PassionCunninLynguists OneirologyCurren$y Muscle Car ChroniclesCurren$y HereDaft Punk Human After AllDale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Horse PowerDamien Rice ODananananaykroyd Hey EveryoneDananananaykroyd There Is A WayDanger Mouse and Daniele Luppi Romethis record is quite good and probably better than I am giving it credit for. high-five Jack. Das Racist RelaxDave Matthews Band Before These Crowded StreetsDave Matthews Band CrashDavid Bowie Space OddityDavid Byrne and Fatboy Slim Here Lies LoveDe La Soul Buhloone MindstateDe La Soul Are You In?Deadmau5 4x4=12Death Cab for Cutie TransatlanticismDeath Cab for Cutie PlansDeath Cab for Cutie Narrow StairsIt's ok, well, the first 3 tracks and 'Your New Twin Sized Bed' are great, but everything else here is general Death Cab. Now that would be ok, if the instrumentation was a tight as it was on say 'The Photo Album' or 'Something About Airplanes', but even 'Plans' outplays this album. Gibbard's fantastic voice can't save him from imploding into his own sappy lyrics and the plastic encasing his band's tunes. 'Narrow Stairs' is a confusing and sometimes frustrating journey, but it's hardly a bad one. 'I Will Posses Your Heart' almost sells the whole thing, but sadly, DC decided, in the end, regardless of what they may want us to think, to play it safe. Death Grips The Money StoreDeerhoof Friend OpportunityDeerhoof Offend MaggieDeerhoof The Man, the King, the GirlDeerhoof Breakup SongDeerhunter CryptogramsDefeater Empty Days and Sleepless NightsDelorean AparDestroyer Archer on the BeachDeVotchKa 100 LoversDizzee Rascal Boy In Da CornerDizzy Wright The Golden AgeDrake Thank Me LaterEagles DesperadoEels Hombre LoboEisley The ValleyEl Pus Hoodlum Rock, Vol. 1Elbow Build A Rocket Boys!Electric President The Violent BlueElectric Six Senor SmokeEllie Goulding HalcyonEmery ...In Shallow Seas We SailEsben and the Witch Violet CriesEvanescence FallenEvanescence The Open DoorExplosions in the Sky All of a Sudden, I Miss EveryoneFang Island Fang IslandFastball All the Pain Money Can BuyFatboy Slim PalookavilleFauxliage FauxliageFelt A Tribute to Christina RicciFelt Felt 3: A Tribute to Rosie PerezFleet Foxes Fleet FoxesFleetwood Mac Bare TreesFlogging Molly Drunken LullabiesFoo Fighters There Is Nothing Left to LoseFoo Fighters One by OneFoo Fighters Skin and BonesFoo Fighters Wasting Lightnew Foos sounds a lot like a really good homage to old Foos. Plus the band is making good videos again (and ya know, having fun on record.) Franz Ferdinand Tonight: Franz FerdinandFreeway & Jake One The Stimulus PackageFrightened Rabbit The Winter of Mixed DrinksFrog Eyes The Folded PalmFuture PlutoGang Gang Dance RAWWARGang Gang Dance HillulahGazpacho DemonGhostface Killah Bulletproof WalletsGil Scott-Heron and Jamie XX We're New HereGoldfrapp Black CherryGoldfrapp SupernatureGoo Goo Dolls GutterflowerGOOD Music Cruel SummerGorillaz G-SidesGorillaz Laika Come HomeGreen Day WarningGreen Day NimrodGreen Day KerplunkGrizzly Bear FriendGucci Mane The State vs. Radric DavisGuns N' Roses Use Your Illusion IIGuns N' Roses Use Your Illusion IGZA Pro ToolsHarlem HippiesHarvey Danger Where Have All The Merrymakers Gone?Some good tracks, and a whole lot of bullshit -- but the good tracks contain 'Flag Pole Sitter' which merits this album a 3 on its own. Have a Nice Life DeathconsciousnessHercules and Love Affair Blue SongsHow to Dress Well Love RemainsHypernova Through The ChaosI Would Set Myself On Fire For You I Would Set Myself On Fire For YouIncubus Light GrenadesInterpol AnticsInterpol Our Love to AdmireIslands VapoursJack Johnson On and OnJamie Woon MirrorwritingJapandroids Post-NothingJay-Z The Blueprint 3Jenny Hval Innocence Is KinkyJens Lekman Oh You're So Silent JensJens Lekman Night Falls Over KortedalaJet Get Bornjj jj n° 3Joanna Newsom Joanna Newsom and the Ys Street BandJohnny Foreigner Johnny Foreigner vs EverythingJulian Casablancas Phrazes for the YoungJustin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveSoundsJustin Timberlake The 20/20 ExperienceKaiser Chiefs EmploymentKanye West GraduationKanye created a shambled masterpiece -- at his worst lyrically but his best song composition by far. The risks he takes with his production seemingly make up for the fact that his writing, is well, not great. Realistically though, did you really appreciate Ye for his writing in the first place? No, you appreciate Mr. West because he creates sonic masterpieces, overall songs, and there's yet to be a single person in modern music that can do it better. Kanye West 808s and HeartbreakKanye West YeezusKiD CuDi Man On The Moon: The End Of DayKid Sister UltravioletIt's like if MIA and 36 Mafia had a baby and Spank Rock and Amanda Blank got down -- then those 2 babies fuuuuccckkedd.
That baby is Kid Sister -- even tho she's older than all of them. Korn Follow the LeaderLed Zeppelin In Through the Out DoorLes Savy Fav Root For RuinLess Than Jake Borders And BoundariesLetlive. Fake HistoryLiars They Were Wrong, So We DrownedLifehouse Stanley ClimbfallLifehouse No Name FaceLil Wayne The DedicationLil Wayne No CeilingsLily Allen It's Not Me, It's YouLinkin Park MeteoraLos Campesinos! Hello SadnessRobin Smith hammering things home once more. Hello, sadness. Lupe Fiasco Enemy of The StateLush SplitM.I.A. MayaM.I.A. VICKI LEEKXM83 Saturdays=YouthMajor Lazer Free The UniverseMassive Attack Danny the DogMassive Attack Splitting the AtomMatchbox Twenty Yourself or Someone Like YouMatchbox Twenty Mad SeasonMates of State Team BooMatt and Kim SidewalksMeek Mill DreamchasersMemory Tapes Player PianoMetallica S&MMethod Man and Redman Blackout! 2If you take it at face value (It's Wu-Tang...), and just appreciate that these two dudes got back together and created a sequel equal to it's predecessor, albeit a bit less surprising, you'll probably find something to enjoy here.Metric FantasiesMetric SyntheticaMGMT Oracular SpectacularMGMT CongratulationsMiike Snow Miike SnowMike G ALIMillionYoung Sunndreamm EPMissy Elliott The CookbookMonty Are I Thanks for the Metal SignMoonface Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I'd HopedMount Eerie Wind's PoemPhil went crazy, and skuzzed up his already skuzzy music with heaps and heaps of 'metal'. 'Wind's Poem' proves that Elvrum is an extremely talented musician (duh...) and that genre hopping, as it always has been, is quite easy for him. Sadly though, 'Wind's Poem' delivers significantly less than the sum of it's parts. He seems to sacrifice his superior songwriting talent to fit genre conventions that he's less than adept at recreating. While about as easy to swallow as any of his albums, 'Wind's Poem' lacks that essential aftertaste that gave all his previous work it's legs. This bitch stumbles right out the gate and struggles to keep it together throughout the duration. MS MR Secondhand RaptureMSTRKRFT Fist of GodMurs Murs For PresidentMuse AbsolutionMuse Origin of SymmetryMuse Black Holes and RevelationsMy Chemical Romance The Black ParadeNas & Damian Marley Distant RelativesNeon Indian Era ExtranaNo Age NounsOasis The MasterplanOasis Don't Believe the TruthOf Monsters and Men My Head is an AnimalOf Montreal Aldhils ArboretumOf Montreal Skeletal LampingOf Montreal False PriestOFWGKTA RadicalPaul McCartney Memory Almost FullPaul Van Dyk The Politics of Dancing, Vol. 2Peter Bjorn and John Gimme SomePharrell G I R LPhilip Selway FamilialPusha T Fear Of GodQueens of the Stone Age Songs for the DeafRa Ra Riot The OrchardRadiohead AmnesiacRadiohead Pablo HoneyRadiohead I Might Be Wrong: Live RecordingsRadiohead My Iron LungRadiohead COM LAG (2plus2isfive)Radiohead The King of LimbsRatatat LP4Red Hot Chili Peppers One Hot MinuteRed Hot Chili Peppers Stadium ArcadiumReel Big Fish We're Not Happy 'Till You're Not HappyRick Ross Deeper Than RapRick Ross Teflon DonRick Ross MastermindRide Carnival of LightRobyn Body Talk Pt. 2Rogue Wave PermalightRoots Manuva Dub Come Save MeRun DMT Bong Voyageyou nerd-faces this deserves a 3 based on cover art alone. yes I mean you Kiran and Ala. Rustie SunburstSaigon The Greatest Story Never ToldSambassadeur SambassadeurSantigold Master of My Make-BelieveSchool of Seven Bells AlpinismsSchool of Seven Bells GhostoryShout Out Louds OpticaSigur Ros ValtariSilence is Sexy This Ain't HollywoodSmoke DZA Dream.Zone.AchieveSnoop Dogg Tha DoggfatherSnoop Dogg Paid tha Cost to Be da Bo$$Snoop Dogg The Blue Carpet TreatmentSnoop Dogg Ego Trippin'Something Corporate Ready...BreakSon Lux Alternate WorldsSpoon TransferenceSquadda B Back to PlaytimeStalley Lincoln Way Nights (Intelligent Trunk Music)Stars Sad Robots EPTake out a few tracks from 'In Our Bedroom...' and plug these in, you've got yourself a hell of an album. For an EP it's pretty fully packed, and the live version of 'Going, Going, Gone' is haunting. But really, after many listens. 'Sad Robots' amounts to some bad ass cover art, 1 worthless instrumental, a live song, 3 great songs that should have been on the album instead, and 1 dud (Title Track). Stars The Five GhostsStars The NorthStephen Malkmus Mirror TrafficStone Temple Pilots PurpleSunset Rubdown Shut Up I Am DreamingT.I. Urban LegendT.I. T.I. vs. T.I.P.T.I. Paper TrailTalib Kweli EardrumTalib Kweli Gutter RainbowsTalking Heads Little CreaturesTapes N Tapes OutsideTed Leo And The Pharmacists Living With the LivingTeddybears Soft MachineTenacious D The Pick of DestinyTennis Cape DoryTennis Young And OldThe Alchemist Chemical WarfareThe Beatles Anthology 1The Beatles Anthology 2The Besnard Lakes Volume 1The Black Eyed Peas Bridging the GapThe Breeders Mountain BattlesThe Chemical Brothers We Are The NightThe Concretes WYWHThe Distillers Sing, Sing Death HouseThe Distillers The DistillersThe Futureheads The ChaosThe Gaslight Anthem American SlangThe Joy Formidable The Big RoarThe Killers Hot FussThe Libertines The LibertinesThe Lonely Island Turtleneck and ChainThe Magnetic Fields Love At The Bottom Of The SeaThe Mars Volta OctahedronThe Most Serene Republic Underwater CinematographerThe Most Serene Republic ...And The Ever Expanding UniverseThe New Pornographers ChallengersThe Police Reggatta de BlancThe Raveonettes Pretty In BlackThe Red Paintings Walls The Smashing Pumpkins Mellon Collie and the Infinite SadnessThe Smashing Pumpkins Siamese DreamThe Streets Original Pirate MaterialThe Streets A Grand Don't Come For FreeThe Strokes First Impressions of EarthThe Thermals Fuckin' AThe Thermals Now We Can SeeThe Twilight Sad Killed My Parents and Hit the RoadThe Vaselines Sex With An Xcertainly not bad but pales in comparison to their older recordings. It is nice to see that they can still write good pop tunes and Frances McKee can still sing.The White Stripes ElephantThe White Stripes The White StripesThe White Stripes Icky ThumpTimes New Viking Dancer EquiredTitus Andronicus Local BusinessTool 10,000 DaysToro Y Moi Underneath The PineTricky Angels With Dirty FacesTyler the Creator GoblinU2 All That You Can't Leave BehindU2 How to Dismantle an Atomic BombUNKLE Where Did The Night FallVampire Weekend ContraVivian Girls Vivian GirlsVivian Girls Everything Goes WrongVivian Girls Share the JoyWale Attention DeficitWalk the Moon TightropeWarpaint WarpaintWavves Afraid of HeightsWeekend SportsWhite Rabbits It's FrighteningWhite Rabbits Milk FamousWilco A Ghost is BornWilco Sky Blue SkyWild Nothing Empty EstateWiz Khalifa Kush & Orange JuiceYeasayer Odd BloodYellowcard Ocean AvenueYellowcard Lights and SoundsYellowcard Southern AirYoung Dro Ralph Lauren ReefaZebra Katz DRKLNG2.5 average1990s Cookies2 Chainz Based on a T.R.U. Story2 Chainz B.O.A.T.S. II: Me TimeAdele 21Air 10,000 Hz LegendsAir Pocket SymphonyAriana Grande My EverythingB.o.B Strange CloudsBand of Horses Infinite ArmsI wish I could sit in a studio and re-record my albums too...Best Coast The Only PlaceBillie Joe Armstrong/Norah Jones ForeverlyBlack Kids Wizard Of AhhhsBruno Mars Doo-Wops & HooligansBush Sixteen StoneBush Razorblade SuitcaseCerebral Ballzy Cerebral BallzyCharlotte Gainsbourg IRMChildish Gambino CampChristopher Owens LysandreCKY Volume 1Cocteau Twins Four-Calendar CafeCocteau Twins Milk & KissesCoheed and Cambria In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3CSS Cansei de Ser SexyDaft Punk Tron: LegacyDavid Bowie Let's DanceDeath Cab for Cutie Codes and KeysDeer Tick Born on Flag DayStandard folk rock; delivered on nothing that 'War Elephant' had promised -- even though 'Little White Lies' and 'The Ghost' are pretty much boss, don't be fooled. Digitalism I Love You, DudeDrake Nothing Was the SameEels Shootenanny!Eels End TimesEels Wonderful, GloriousEl Guincho Pop NegroElectric Six FireEminem EncoreEminem RecoveryYou could basically refer to this as Eminem's first real shot at recording something relevant in almost a decade -- and honestly it may echo the glory days, so much so that it's easy to just assume he's back. He's not, but I'll be god damned if it doesn't feel nice to hear Marshall drop a verse that doesn't induce painful cringes. So yeah, there's that. Empire Of The Sun Walking On A DreamFatboy Slim Halfway Between the Gutter and the StarsFelt Felt 2: A Tribute to Lisa BonetFilm School HideoutFilm School FissionFleetwood Mac Kiln HouseFleetwood Mac Future GamesFlogging Molly SwaggerFlogging Molly Alive Behind the Green DoorFort Minor The Rising TiedGoldfrapp Head FirstGoo Goo Dolls Dizzy Up The GirlGoo Goo Dolls A Boy Named GooGood Charlotte Good CharlotteGuns N' Roses "The Spaghetti Incident?"Hodgy Beats The Dena TapeHot Chip One Life StandIggy Azalea The New ClassicJ Mascis Tied to a StarJay-Z Kingdom ComeJay-Z The Blueprint²: The Gift & the CurseJay-Z Magna Carta... Holy GrailJimmy Eat World FuturesJoanna Newsom YsJustice Audio, Video, DiscoKiD CuDi Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. RagerKidcrash New RuinsKings of Leon Aha Shake HeartbreakKings of Leon Youth and Young ManhoodLe Tigre Feminist SweeptakesLil Wayne I Am Not a Human BeingTruthfully? This is a pretty stupid ass record. Granted Wayne can still hit a punchline--too bad most of them suck. But then again...prison sucks. I'll continue to wait for Tha Carter IV and Wanye will continue to sell millions of records. So yeah basically nothing has really changed since 'Rebirth.'Limp Bizkit Significant OtherLinkin Park Hybrid TheoryLinkin Park ReanimationLovesliescrushing BloweyelashwishLudacris The Red Light DistrictLush LovelifeMates of State Bring it BackMates of State Re-Arrange UsMates of State MountaintopsMillionYoung ReplicantsIts like chillwave is almost trying not to remove itself from its own cookie-cutter sometimes. Album would make another great millionyoung EP if some fat were trimmed. Modest Mouse Sad Sappy SuckerMuscles Guns Babes LemonadeMuse ShowbizMy Chemical Romance Three Cheers for Sweet RevengeMy Chemical Romance I Brought You My Bullets...N.E.R.D. Fly Or DieNas STILLmaticNoah and the Whale Peaceful, the World Lays Me DownOasis Heathen ChemistryOasis Standing on the Shoulder of GiantsOasis Stop the ClocksOf Montreal Paralytic StalksSo apparently the drugs have stopped working -- I am at a loss. Paramore Riot!Patrick Wolf The BachelorI mean maybe it's just me but, if there is such a thing as 'too quirky' or 'forced pretension' Wolf has done everything in his power to infest every second of 'The Bachelor's run time with just that. Too much quirkiness and an array or forced, lackadaisical pretensions drown out what could have been a very solid release. Album cover is ill tho...Patrick Wolf LupercaliaPenfold Amateurs and ProfessionalsPeter Bjorn and John Living ThingPB&J come back with all the heart, but this time they seem to have forgot the tunes. 'Living Thing' is about as interesting as tofu -- as a slug -- or maybe a rock. Basically every song, no matter what the intention of it might be, trugs along with an annoying ebb and flow that does nothing but bore the shit out of you. Even when they almost get it (I Want You!, Lay It Down, Stay This Way), the songs still seem to get lost in their own 'experimentation'. By that I mean a boring blast of distorted vocals here, or a total lack of a rhythm (section) in the song there. A hiccup in an otherwise great catalog of music, 'Living Thing' is the Swedish groups certifiable dud, and here's to their next outing having a bit more longevity and spirit than 'Living Thing'Power Animal People SongsRancid ...And Out Come the WolvesRed Hot Chili Peppers By the WayReel Big Fish Monkeys for Nothin' and The Chimps...Ringo Starr Y NotRosanne Cash The River & the ThreadSchool of Seven Bells Disconnect From DesireSchool of Seven Bells Put Your Sad DownScreaming Females Chalk TapeSex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks...Silversun Pickups SwoonSmall Black New ChainI think I put too much faith in these guys back in the summer--oops. Smith Westerns Dye It BlondeSnoop Dogg Tha Last MealSomething Corporate NorthSomething Corporate Leaving Through The WindowSoundtrack Garden StateSoundtrack JunoStars of Track and Field Centuries Before Love and WarSum 41 All Killer No FillerTalking Heads True StoriesThe Black Eyed Peas ElephunkThe Decemberists The King Is DeadThe Drums Summertime!The Drums The DrumsThe Drums PortamentoThe Faint MediaThe Fiery Furnaces Blueberry BoatThe Magic Numbers The RunawayThe Magnetic Fields RealismThe Mars Volta AmputechtureThe Notwist Close to the GlassThe Offspring SmashThe Offspring Ixnay on the HombreThe Offspring AmericanaThe Prodigy Always Outnumbered, Never OutgunnedThe Ruby Suns Fight SoftlyThe Smashing Pumpkins Machina - The Machines of GodThe Streets The Hardest Way To Make An Easy LivingThe Strokes Comedown MachineThe Temper Trap ConditionsThe Unicorns Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?The White Stripes Get Behind Me SatanThe White Stripes De StijlThese New Puritans HiddenU2 PopVelvet Revolver ContrabandWe Were Promised Jetpacks These Four WallsIf you put Frightened Rabbit and The Twilight Sad into a supersonic gravitron at the local Glasgow city fair, they'd come out as We Were Promised Jetpacks -- and they wouldn't play their instruments as well as before. Weezer MaladroitWeezer HurleyWyclef Jean The Carnival Volume II (Memoirs of an Immigrant)the difference between Carnival I & II is a crevasse about as wide as the one separating 'The Last Crusade' from 'The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.' Yeasayer Fragrant WorldA lot of these new songs sound absolutely excellent in person.
Shit leaves so much to be desired. Young Money We Are Young MoneyYuck Glow and Behold2.0 poor...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead Worlds Apart...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead The Century of SelfRadio Rock + Booze worthy chanting + bad drumming + Strings + AFI - Emo x U2 = 'The Century of Self'3 Doors Down Away From The Sun3 Doors Down The Better LifeAFI BurialsAmy Winehouse Back to BlackArchitecture In Helsinki Places Like ThisBlargh, what the fuck happened? Now I understand that 'In Case We Die' is a mixed bag for most -- for me is was a damn near perfect experience. I even really really enjoy some 'Fingers Crossed' and it's twee goodness from time to time, but 'Places Like These' is without a doubt, by far, the biggest disappointment of '07 for me. Album starts off pretty well too, 'Red Turned White' is a pretty good Architecture song, 'Heart it Races' is easily one of their strongest tracks ever -- then it stops, then it's shit. Art Brut Brilliant! Tragic!Audioslave AudioslaveAudioslave RevelationsBadly Drawn Boy It's What I'm Thinking - Photographing SnowflakesBeady Eye Different Gear, Still SpeedingBen Folds Songs for SilvermanBlack Kids Partie TraumaticBoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!
-That was my initial reaction, it hasn't changed much. 'Partie Traumatic' falls victim to boring composition, squeaky clean production, and indie-pop cliches. Reggie Youngblood sounds a whole hell of a lot like Robert Smith yes, and true his backing band can drop some pretty addicting/danceable beats, but as a whole it's trite and pretty boring.
Better luck next time. Blink-182 NeighborhoodsBlondie Panic of GirlsBreaking Benjamin We Are Not AloneBreaking Benjamin PhobiaBright Eyes I'm Wide Awake, It's MorningBuckcherry FifteenBush The Science of ThingsClap Your Hands Say Yeah HystericalCocoRosie Noah's ArkCocoRosie Grey OceansWhy did I bother with this record? I mean it's probably their best, but...uuugghhhhhh.Coheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of MadnessCold War Kids Loyalty to LoyaltyCold War Kids Mine is YoursColdplay X & YColdplay Prospekt's MarchDave Matthews Band EverydayDavid Bowie Pin UpsDavid Bowie David BowieDeerhoof The Milk Mandredg El CieloEvanescence EvanescenceFitz and the Tantrums More Than Just A DreamFleetwood Mac Mystery To MeFleetwood Mac PenguinFoo Fighters In Your HonorFoo Fighters Echoes, Silence, Patience & GraceWelcome to the world of phoning in albums. This, much like 'In Your Honour',is just the Foos making another Foos album. Some acoustic songs, some harder rock ones, a few 'singles' here and there. Whatever, 'The Pretender' is bullshit. 'Summers End' and 'Ballad Of The Beaconsfield Miners' are the few redeemable tracks on this disc. I'm still not sure what the big deal is. Fountains of Wayne Sky Full of HolesFuture HonestGarbage Beautiful GarbageGhostface Killah Ghostdini: The Wizard of Poetry in Emerald CityGucci Mane Burrrprint 2 (HD)Guns N' Roses Chinese DemocracyThis title track is fucking awesome
High five guys! You took over a decade to make 1 good song and successfully bastardized the rest of your catalog that has shown it's age immensely over the years. Incubus If Not Now, When?Interpol InterpolJimmy Eat World Chase This LightJunkie XL Booming Back At YouHis beats became repetitive, his interlays asinine and his voice recordings/samples are just plain aggravating now. He sounds like he sought out to make another 'bombastic, booming classic! yeah!', but instead the Dutchman collapsed under his own weight. Just see him live, or get 'Big Sounds of the Drags'.Kaiser Chiefs The Future is MedievalHey if you consider how bad the last record was and this time around both US and UK fans were able to sift through a shit-storm of 20 boring riffs, sterile synth lines and snare onslaughts to create a record that still sucks--albeit slightly less than history would suggest. Bright side though? At least the Kaiser's are finally coming to terms with that truth that maybe they should take a step back from any and all producer(s) ambitions. Kaiser Chiefs Start the Revolution Without MeUS re-mix of a very, very slimy record. A few new tracks do little to solve the lack of focus on the part of the Kaisers. Surprising considering how (overly)streamlined their records have always been--and well Post-Punk is generally quite rigid. No one ever told the Kaisers apparently. KiD CuDi Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother MoonKid Ink My Own LaneKings of Leon Come Around SundownWell...after a few forced listens on my way to and from Halloween festivities all there is to say: Slightly better than the previous dregs. Korn KornLe Tigre This IslandLess Than Jake In With The Out CrowdLil Wayne Dedication 3Lil Wayne The Drought is Over Pt. 6: The ReincarnationLupe Fiasco LasersMellowHype NumbersMetallica Garage Inc.Midtown Forget What You KnowMidtown Living Well is the Best RevengeMy Bloody Valentine This Is Your Bloody ValentineMy Chemical Romance Life on the Murder SceneMy Morning Jacket Evil UrgesNas UntitledNicki Minaj Pink FridayNo Doubt Push and ShoveNoah and the Whale Last Night On EarthQueens of the Stone Age Lullabies to ParalyzeRa Ra Riot Beta LoveRancid IndestructibleRed Hot Chili Peppers I'm with YouSlaughterhouse Slaughterhouse EPSnoop Dogg The DoggumentarySnow Patrol Final StrawSnow Patrol Fallen EmpiresI'm really not sure why I believe this would be any different...Sparta PorcelainStraylight Run Straylight RunSum 41 Half Hour Of PowerSystem of a Down MezmerizeTalking Heads NakedTapes N Tapes Walk It OffTeddybears Devil's MusicThe 1975 The 1975The Airborne Toxic Event The Airborne Toxic EventThe Airborne Toxic Event All At OnceThe Breeders Title TKThe Brian Jonestown Massacre My Bloody UndergroundThe Brian Jonestown Massacre Who Killed Sgt. Pepper?The Donnas Spend the NightThe Faint Blank-Wave ArcadeThe Field From Here We Go SublimeThe Fiery Furnaces Gallowsbird's BarkThe Horrors Strange HouseThe Receiving End of Sirens Between the Heart and the SynapseThe Roots The Tipping PointThis was one of the stupidest records from one of hip-hops shining lights. 'Don't Say Nothing', 'Guns are Drawn' and 'Boom!' sound essentially like dumbed down Roots songs. Which if anything is worse than just being bad, they kind of just remind you of what you're missing in the first place. Everything else pretty much goes over as 'meh', boring beats and surprisingly lame rhymes. Nothing really fantastic, but at least some of the Roots signature laid back jazz & live music feel kind of hang around -- kind of. The Ruby Suns ChristopherThe Sounds Something to Die ForThe Weeknd Kiss LandTimbaland Timbaland Presents Shock ValueU2 No Line on the HorizonWhite Lies RitualWhy? Mumps, Etc.Xiu Xiu AlwaysYelawolf RadioactiveGANGSTA BOO SIGHTING!!! WTF is this Stankonia?
NOPE. Yellowcard Paper WallsYellowcard When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes1.5 very poor...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead So Divided311 Evolver311 Don't Tread On MeAdele 19AFI Crash LoveAmanda Blank I Love YouAmerican Hi-Fi The Art Of LosingAmerican Hi-Fi American Hi-FiB.o.B The Adventures Of Bobby RayBirdman Pricele$$Buckcherry BuckcherryBuckcherry Time BombCKY Infiltrate Destroy RebuildCommon Universal Mind ControlDashboard Confessional The Places You Have Come To Fear The MostDashboard Confessional A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A ScarDave Matthews Band Stand UpDisturbed BelieveElement Eighty Element EightyEminem RelapseReally good beats and the fact that Em still has a better flow than most modern rappers can't save 'Relapse' from imploding in upon itself. Bloated and almost sophomoric the songs never find their way out of Em's verses (which are just as quirky and disturbing as ever) to a hook that has any chance of paying off. Basically there are no hooks, or if there's an attempt (3am, Mother,Insane -- fuckit the whole album) "Relapse" gives them no room to breathe. Instead they chock up to a rushed Em continuing his lame, accented flow to a chorus about how many drugs he does, how fucked up he is, or how much he goes against the grain. If 'Relapse' is supposed to be that jolt that rockets Marshall sky high once more, you couldn't tell. It feels more like Eminem is still searching for his wings, never mind trying to soar.Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP 2Yo can Em just start doing drugs again, already? I'm only about half kidding. Evanescence Anywhere But HomeFall Out Boy From Under the Cork TreeFleetwood Mac Mr. WonderfulFlobots Fight With ToolsFlobots Survival StoryRobin Smith doesn't like my sound off.
This album is the definition of garbage indie-hop. Godsmack GodsmackGodsmack AwakeGreen Day 21st Century BreakdownGreen Day iDOS!Green Day iTRE!Jet Shine OnJonas Brothers A Little Bit LongerI sat through this at my grandmother's usual Xmas Eve gathering. My little cousin loves it, the kid's a peach so I just kept my mouth shut and dealt with it.
Imagine if the seminal 90s boy bands were just *slightly* less corny and played their own instruments -- and were all ****ing related.
Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2Kaiser Chiefs Yours Truly, Angry MobKaiser Chiefs Off With Their HeadsKings of Leon Only By The NightAfter hearing the atrocious 'Sex On Fire' plus all their other bullshit releases I'm not really sure why I bothered with this. Watching this band ascend past their supposed grass roots to arena status has been less than gratifying, at least on their part. Passing up the inspired instrumental play between band members and their old Southern feel for a plastic sheen ready to reflect the stage lights, they produce their biggest flop yet. It may seem that I'm bitching about them 'making it. No, I'm bitching about their new lack of inspiration on phone-in's like 'Closer', 'Use Somebody' and 'Manhattan', not to mention the worst offender, lead off single 'Sex On Fire'. A song about a lead singer's great sex life collapses with boring riffs, awful drumming and a clunky chorus. These problems plague the whole of 'Only By The Night' and leave it as a lack luster release from a band that, personally, is yet to find themselves, let alone reach a stride.Korn IssuesKorn Life Is PeachyLady Gaga The FameLifehouse Lifehousecheesy and Lame. That's it really, they lost their sense of conviction. Wade's lyrics sound false and almost a farce of what they once were. Lifehouse made a 'Lifehouse Album', or, a standard adult contemp album. Snoozefest. Lil Wayne Hottest Nigga Under The SunLil Wayne RebirthLimp Bizkit Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog...Limp Bizkit Three Dollar Bill Y'all$Linkin Park Minutes to MidnightThis is one of the stupidest albums I've ever heard. Their songwriting has become extremely base, and well, the chug-chug guitar after a while becomes very grinding. Nothing is a worthwhile listen, the only reason this shit floats even a little bit is the slick production, and I'm not exactly sure the Rubin Touch really made this better.Linkin Park A Thousand SunsLostprophets Liberation TransmissionLostprophets The BetrayedLudacris Release TherapyLudacris Battle of the SexesMetallica ReloadMetallica LoadMumford and Sons Sigh No More"We were playing a festival in Dublin the other week. There was this other group like, warming up in the next sort of chalet, and they were terrible. I said 'shut them cunts up' and they were still warming up, so I threw a bottle at them. The bands said 'that's the Sons of Mumford' or something, 'they're number five in charts!' I just thought they were a load of retarded Irish folk singers." - The Immortal(ly Old) Mark E. Smith. Mumford and Sons BabelN.E.R.D. Seeing SoundsN.E.R.D. NothingAnd you make me touch your hands FOR STUPID REASONS. Nas I Am...New Found Glory New Found GloryNoah and the Whale The First Days of SpringNoah and the Whale Heart Of NowherePeaches The Teaches of PeachesPOP ETC Pop Etcthis band was very good when they went by "The Morning Benders" and did not make shitty dance-pop.Rick Ross Port of MiamiRick Ross TrillaShiny Toy Guns Season of PoisonDitching almost all of their electronic sound and adopting a prominent guitar scheme right and ready to compete with the best of top 40 radio, Shiny's flunk. 'Season of Poison' is a dud, there's 3 good tracks -- good ones. Not great, or amazing, good ('I Owe You a Love Song' 'Season Of Love' & 'Turned To Real Life'). Rather than coming to the choruses and banging through on drop d power chords they create electronic bliss, unlike the rest of the 'Season'. Shiny Toy Guns were interesting because regardless of how much they played to cliches, they surrounded it with a truly sick electronica song. Couple that with decent verses and instrumental play and you've got yourself a solid album (We Are Pilots). Mix crappy industrial, bullshit grunge and a dose of rap rock (check new singer Sisley Treasure on 'When Did This Storm Begin') and you've got this balls follow up. They may have ditched Carah (The best part...) but Sisley can hold her own; but she's barely there (3 tracks!). Me thinks Chad doesn't trust her, but if 'Frozen Oceans' is any indication, they'll find their savior in her voice. 'Season of Poison' sees a talented band flounder with the loss of an obviously integral member. They mix many styles and jumble genres in trying to move away from their previous core sound. Shinys may think they're evolving -- honestly it just seems like they're running out of ideas. Snoop Dogg Malice n WonderlandSoundtrack Moulin Rouge! - Music From Baz Luhrmann's FilmSquarepusher Shobaleader One - D'demonstratorSystem of a Down Steal This Album!The Big Pink Future ThisThe Bravery The BraveryThe Darkness Permission to LandI love Queen; Justin, you sir, are no Freddie Mercury and your band is no Queen. Stop it. The Killers Sam's TownThe Kooks Junk of the HeartThe Nightwatchman One Man RevolutionThe Pretty Reckless Light Me UpThe Smashing Pumpkins ZeitgeistThe Sounds Crossing the RubiconVelvet Revolver LibertadWeezer Make BelieveIt's hard at times, I feel, to write about albums that suck, mostly because, how much do you really have to listen before you realize, 'enough is enough'. Here, it took about 4 full listens and a handful of spins in a friends car before Weezer's 'Make Believe' was just too much. That being said, you know my experience with this album -- it sucks. 'Beverly Hills' was a sweet single, that's cool, but umm, where's the rest of this album? You call the remaining 11 tracks of utter bullshit songs? Damnit...you do. Well I guess I might I was just pop out the CD and toss it. Yep, and that's exactly what I did. Weezer RaditudeWiz Khalifa Rolling Papers1.0 awful3OH!3 Streets of GoldA Perfect Circle eMOTIVeI'm like
'lol, this poor excuse for a turd is an album?'
Maynard is like
'Yah dude, totally is the best cover album ever -- probably the best thing I've done'
Then he went off and formed Pussifer. Oops.
Adema AdemaAsher Roth Asleep In The Bread AisleAudioslave Out of ExileBullet for My Valentine The PoisonCocoRosie The Adventures of Ghosthorse and StillboCrazy Town The Gift of GameDisturbed The SicknessEiffel 65 EuropopEminem Eminem Presents: The Re-UpGood Charlotte The Young And The HopelessGreen Day ¡UNO!James Blunt Back To BedlamJay-Z and Linkin Park Collision CourseKesha AnimalSo I've really only heard like 4, well I guess 5 tracks from this album. But, yeah, whatever. I'm not losing sleep over this one. Korn UntouchablesLifehouse Who We AreLimp Bizkit Results May VaryIf I took a HUGE dump, and recorded it, burnt it onto a CD for a full 2 hour album, the sounds of my butt hole -- I'd be very interested in listening to this should you tell me my other option is 'Results May Vary'. I felt like this when I was 15, I don't feel much different now(7 years later). That stands for something in my mind, that this is one of the worst albums ever recorded. Nice one Fred!Limp Bizkit Gold CobraMatchbox Twenty More Than You Think You AreMetallica St. AngerIt's like if 'Kill em All' really sucked, maybe it would sound almost as bad as this. I had just thought 'St. Anger' was a weak single, not the strongest track on the album(it's total shit for Christ's sake!). 'Shoot Me Again','Invisible Kid' and 'Purify' are worthless, I understand all the pain & frustration in bedded here, it just sounds so contrived. Metallica sacrifices their skill with lightning riffs and sick licks for the 'chug-chug' guitar method -- what the hell.Mike Jones Who Is Mike Jones?Nas NastradamusNew Found Glory Sticks and StonesNickelback Silver Side UpNickelback The Long RoadI can't really even begin to express the hatred and detest I feel for this album. The unfortunate fact I was even remotely convinced that 'The Long Road' was 'so much better than the last one' was incredibly foolish on my part. Mostly because I've actually heard this all the way through...more than once. Some people can handle 'Flat on the floor' and 'Feeling way too damn good' or 'Another hole in the head' and other assorted asinine song titles, I can't. Not one song is really independent from the other, it's all the same boring riff, the same lame Kroger croon. That's really their biggest problem, the cheese factor, Nickleback really succeed best at being as lame as humanly possible, and I guess if you're into that, well give this a spin. If not, steer clear.Owl City Ocean EyesOwl City All Things Bright And BeautifulPanic! At the Disco A Fever You Can't Sweat OutPeaches FatherfuckerPeaches Impeach My BushPuscifer "V" Is For VaginaI would go so far as to say I'm a Tool fan, and that I have been for a while. I was one of those nerds buying 'Lateralus' on the day it came out, prompted from my 12th and 13th years of life where 'Undertow' and 'Anemia' were in heavy rotation. I even went so far as to pick up every Maynard side project I could and I would even call myself a fan of A Perfect Circle. Recently though I've acquired his Pussifer albums and to quote Sean Rizzo from our very own Sputnik review (*ahem*): 'unless borderline spoken word vocals fronting repetitive and primitive beats tickles your fancy, the album is a complete bore fest.'
this album is atrocious. Simple Plan No Pads, No Helmets... Just BallsSoundtrack Across the UniverseExcuse me while I take a big shit all over the years and years of tried and true accomplishment of this group of musicians.
Wait? Someone already did?
Oh...Stars Do You Trust Your Friends?The Black Eyed Peas Monkey BusinessThe Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies)The Bravery The Sun and the MoonThe Fray How to Save a LifeThe Fray The FrayThe Killers Day & AgeThe Ting Tings We Started NothingThe Used The UsedWeezer Christmas with WeezerYou've got to be kidding me.
Let's chug through 6 lame ass Christmas songs. Sounds like they did this last night in a drunken stupor and mixed it through the morning. will.i.am Songs About Girls
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