William Lim

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5.0 classic
Boards of Canada Music Has the Right to Children
Bomb the Music Industry! Goodbye Cool World!
Album Rating: 5.0

The best Bomb the Music Industry! record. And I mean it this time: Goodbye Cool World is the best. It took me a long time to see its perfection too, because for every "Side Projects Are Never Successful" and "King of Minneapolis" is one or two songs that you, more likely than not, will not see on most "Best of BtMI!" lists. Goodbye Cool World! contains scores of overly eclectic, downright unlikeable songs like "Fuck the Fans" or "My Response to An Article in Alternative Press" that (at first) seem to pale in comparison to the scores of immediate classic songs that constitute BtMI!'s later discography, but the truth is that the weirdest songs on Goodbye Cool World! are wildly under-appreciated, brilliantly subtle and more impenetrable than anything Jeff Rosenstock has or will ever do. These cuts off the record in particular are harmonically jarring, goofy, and breach some real high level of esoteric in that they don't seem able to stick at all, owing to incomprehensible lyrics, a massive shedding of pop anthemics, bullshit hardcore punk spasticity, electronically mutilated ska rhythms and seemingly half-assed acoustic ditties. Somewhere between them all, however, is the heart and soul of the record, and the heart and soul of a circa-2006 Rosenstock, who brings together the most insanely incohesive musical pallet of his career and makes Bomb the Music Industry!'s most cohesive album with passionate performances, varied, purposeful composition and an overall structure that flows beautifully from start to finish; in all those ways, it is also the band's richest work. While there are a few tracks on the record that undoubtedly belong to the "hits" of the BtMI! discography, the truly deranged body of Goodbye Cool World! is a dense, underrated effort that demands persistence, and when you finally crack that bastard open, it shines brighter and more colourfully than any other BtMI! record, and that's saying something.
Boris Flood
Burial Untrue
Burzum Filosofem
Charles Mingus The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady
Album Rating: 5.0

"Mingus was doing compositions while other people were playing tunes."
--John Handy.

Charles Mingus' The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady is the perfect collision of jazz and composition; a single piece with the free spirit of its time and genre but made from the mind as much as the heart. Black Saint is certainly a planned and organised epic, but beyond that, it is a jazz piece: with the very same jazz that improvisers of bebop mustered notes from thin air into brilliant songs, Mingus forms a single, overwhelmingly expressive large-scale work with the cohesive, thought-out approach of the Stravinskys and Schoenbergs that he studied in his youth. Tying the two diverging styles together is the cumulative climaxing of Mingus' career--his compositional peak, his gypsy aesthetic, his massive band of virtuosos, and every hallmark of the unique musical soul that was Mingus himself--mixing, bursting, and booming into what is potentially the greatest jazz record of all time.
Electric Wizard Dopethrone
Fugazi Red Medicine
Laura Stevenson Sit Resist
Album Rating: 5.0

From the retrospective position of about two years post-Sit Resist, one can only marvel at how Stevenson pulled off a second classic in Wheel which could only further highlight the brilliance of her 2011 effort by contrasting it in so many ways. Something about Wheel's production and execution obscures what Sit Resist excels in most: its intimacy. And that's what Sit Resist is: the epitome of intimate musical experience that could ever be built from the instrumental idiosyncrasies of the mumbling bass on "Halloween Pts. 1 & 2", the accordion on "I See Dark", that weird little start-stopping thing on "Caretaker", and, especially, Laura's bursting screams on "The Healthy One". Stevenson's quirky little arrangements create personality, while her masterful composition creates a world rich with colour, and so Sit Resist builds upon these a story of love that encapsulates the complexity of Laura's emotions and Laura's world simultaneously, in all their splendour.
Laura Stevenson Wheel
Album Rating: 5.0

There's something about Wheel, man. It breaks absolutely no surface ground at all, and in that its strengths become remarkably subtle. No, it doesn't grab your attention with an astounding voice, complex instrumentation or anything too unique, but when you really listen, Laura Stevenson reveals a grand structure that is unlike anything we have heard in indie folk for years. You can hear it in every climax, every croon, and every moment of this album: Wheel is born out of a passion so pure and burning and yet chooses not to scream in a completely unrestrained fashion, but to sing a carefully constructed epic and beat down on you with a prolonged 45-minute emotional burst. Laura herself may not possess some sort of mind-blowing voice, but I'll be damned if Wheel doesn't sing like an angel.
LCD Soundsystem Sound of Silver
Madvillain Madvillainy
Album Rating: 5.0

Madvillainy is mixtape-reminiscent in the brevity of each of its 22 tracks, but like the very best of this kind of production-heavy, lots-of-short-tracks hip hop record as exemplified by DJ producers like J Dilla and Flying Lotus, it is a truly purposeful journey. Madvillainy moves from start-to-finish through a single flowing path that encompasses a feast of rhymes and beats and sounds and samples that vary endlessly and naturally in mood and pace over the course of the album. Hip hop's long-standing Flow Champion reaches the apex of his career on this record, showcasing a colossal run of some of his best verses in reaction to the rich production of Madlib's broadly encapsulating pallet of jazz flow, classic hip hop groove, and the mix mentality/sampling flavour of a true DJ; a diverse and elegant articulation of the familiar into a truly forward-thinking and individual style. In short, Madvillainy is not only two of hip hop's absolute best musicians at their absolute best, but also an unbelievably multi-faceted work that entangles a million elements by way of the unique chemistry between DOOM and Madlib. Perfection, in other words.
maudlin of the Well Bath
Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Album Rating: 5.0

In the Aeroplane Over the Sea is a record that is special to so many people, but ask any one of them to explain what the album is about and you'd be unlikely to receive a convincing answer. What little we have scraped together concerning the vast ideas present in Mangum's lyrics--Anne Frank, allusions to sex, and a single lyric of mourning--have been useless in attempting to understand the entirety of the record. And yet, this messy assembly of seemingly meaningless, stream-of-consciousness lyrics and borderline-throwaway musical arrangements can still inspire so many emotions in so many different people. And in that, Mangum's feat is one more grandiose than even he would care to admit: he creates an auditory capturing of the experience of life. Indeed, one is only along for the ride with In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, and not the great, unknowable answers.
Nick Drake Pink Moon
NOFX The Decline
Owen I do perceive.
Red Hot Chili Peppers Stadium Arcadium
Album Rating: 5.0

Stadium Arcadium is the complete aural representation of a career as titanic and turbulent and perfect as that of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. It takes a little from everyone--Kiedis' dynamic vocals, Frusciante's diverse guitar stylings, Flea's contrasting kinetic and somber bass playing and Smith's highly eclectic drumming--and then sprawls it everywhere. Every genre becomes the realm of the Chili Peppers, lifting every heart and funking every muscle. This great achievement of variety on Stadium Arcadium comes from the band's ability to transform seemingly random ideas--everything from the bass line on "Torture Me" to the ridiculous guitar riff on "Hump de Bump"--into songs that are both essential and meaningful to the album in that wherever these ideas have come from, the songs that are built from them are uniquely Chili Peppers. At one hundred and forty four minutes, Stadium Arcadium is effortless for both performer and listener, because it is in contrast that the album reaches its height: simultaneously a great exertion and yet unburdened and carefree, because it is with all the expertise gained from their long career that the Red Hot Chili Peppers are able to comfortably focus all of their energy to bring forth the richness in every far-fetched, simple motif that makes up the single, monumental labour of love that is Stadium Arcadium. The album is the ultimate representation of the mastery of an art, finally coming forth as a celestial opus built over twenty years of craft.
Rites of Spring Rites of Spring
Slayer Reign in Blood
Sodom Persecution Mania
The Arrogant Sons of Bitches Three Cheers For Disappointment
The Lawrence Arms Oh! Calcutta!
Album Rating: 5.0

Oh! Calcutta! is an odyssey of incredible moments. You'll find sharp, heavy guitars breaking down your door, guns blazing as "Recovering the Opposable Thumb" enters its first verse; you'll be screaming "AEROPLANE AEROPLANE / don't leave without me" along to one of the greatest punk hooks of all time on "Are You There Margaret? It's Me, God"; you'll be floored by the most energetic piece of Chicago punk ever with "Key to the City"...three miniscule observations out of an immeasurably hard-hitting twelve tracks only encapsulate the tiniest aspects of this slice of dynamic, urgent Chicago punk which The Lawrence Arms have poured their hearts into to the point that this is both audibly and infectiously passionate. Oh! Calcutta! is peppered with tender sections of '50s nostalgia, solidified with a ground-shattering Les Paul tone, and brought to life with an array of battle-cry hooks, revealing a modern punk rock jewel in which the most miniscule of moments are more powerful than entire albums.
The Mars Volta Frances the Mute
The Microphones The Glow Pt. 2
Tigers on Trains Grandfather

4.5 superb
Airospace 戦場ヶ原 ひたぎ [vol. II]
Album Rating: 4.8

Airospace is another of the anime obsessed, enigmatic artists whose work is buried deep within the unfathomable archive that is Bandcamp, and he happens to have released the best hip hop tape of the year in the form of Senjougahara Hitagi [vol. II], named for the Bakemonogatari cover seductress. Quite simply, it's extremely unhinged (in both flow and production), and from this yields a series of dark, masterful, labyrinthine verses attached to mysterious, eclectic, and positively nuts beats. But, far from being driven by aggression or shock value like Death Grips or Tyler, the Creator, the music is unquestionably the most overpowering aspect of Airospace's insane dream in that it's so very easy to get lost in. It's complex, drifting, lush, raw, free-form, surreal, and psychologically scary; rich experimental hip hop that plays like the soundtrack to an uber-arthouse visual anime experiment from the minds of insane, psychopathic versions of Earl Sweatshirt and Flying Lotus. Needless to say, it's fresher than a barrage of my shitty similes and adjectives can describe.

Albert Ayler Spiritual Unity
Altar of Plagues Teethed Glory and Injury
An Autumn For Crippled Children Try Not To Destroy Everything You Love
Animal Collective Feels
Art Blakey Moanin'
Austin Peralta Endless Planets
Beck Sea Change
Bill Seaman f (noir)
Bomb the Music Industry! Vacation
Album Rating: 4.9

Bomb the Music Industry! ended the journey in the most wonderful of ways that was Vacation. Not only was it more than we could ask for in a record, but it closed at a place that contradicted Album Minus Band in so many ways in that it was focused, hi-fi and decisively conventional, and yet still so passionate, heartbreakingly touching, and perfectly accurate in its encapsulation of the same guy who wrote "Sweet Home Cananada" on his laptop all those years ago, only a little more grown up. Bomb the Music Industry! thus ended in a way that showed growth and change but never betrayed the ideals they had at the beginning, enhancing the majesty of their career and allowing them to fulfill something beautiful in death with a legacy of music, personality, and an unrivalled ethos left behind like an archaic punk rock doctrine. I always look at that perfect album cover as the closing sunset on a beach like the moment that I realized that my favourite band was dead and Vacation was Jeff Rosenstock--silhouetted, not as he once was--looking out on the world that awaited him with the band that he built, sustained, and dissolved finally gone and still with so many years left to his life.
Bomb the Music Industry! Scrambles
Bomb the Music Industry! To Leave or Die in Long Island
Bomb the Music Industry! Album Minus Band
Bomb the Music Industry! Adults!!!: Smart!!! Shithammered!!! And Excited By Nothing!!!!!!!
Botch An Anthology of Dead Ends
Bright Eyes I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band Trout Mask Replica
Captain, We're Sinking The Future Is Cancelled
Charlie Parker Charlie Parker With Strings: The Master Takes
Chronic Future Modern Art
Corrupted El Mundo Frio
Danny Brown XXX
Deafheaven Sunbather
The most beautiful black metal album ever.
The dreamiest screamo album ever.
The most aggressive post-rock album ever.

Death (MI) ...For the Whole World to See
Death Grips The Money Store
Death Grips The Powers That B
Dinosaur Jr. You're Living All Over Me
Direct Hit! Brainless God
Do Make Say Think Goodbye Enemy Airship the Landlord is Dead
Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) On Time Spent Waiting
Eric Dolphy Out To Lunch
Face to Face Don't Turn Away
Fall Out Boy Infinity on High
Fireworks Gospel
Fishbone The Reality of My Surroundings
One of the most under-appreciated albums of all time.
Flying Lotus Until the Quiet Comes
Flying Lotus Cosmogramma
Flying Lotus Los Angeles
Flying Lotus You're Dead!
Freddie Gibbs and Madlib Pinata
Fuck Buttons Tarot Sport
Fucked Up David Comes to Life
Listening to David Comes to Life is like going to a four-act play (not even a musical, just a play): you either fall asleep half way through or you're loving every second of it.
Gob Muertos Vivos
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
Gris A lame Enflammee, lame Constellee
Hard Girls A Thousand Surfaces
Have a Nice Life The Unnatural World
Hot Water Music Caution
Iron Chic Not Like This
Isis Oceanic
James Blake Overgrown
James Blake James Blake
Jenny Hval Innocence Is Kinky
Jesu Silver
Jizue Bookshelf
Julia Brown An Abundance of Strawberries
Julia Holter Loud City Song
Kayo Dot Hubardo
Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly
LCD Soundsystem This Is Happening
Loma Prieta I.V.
Los Campesinos! Hold On Now, Youngster...
Album Rating: 4.3

Los Campesinos! covering Black Flag's "Police Story" says a lot about them. Right when that ridiculous cry of "we hate them!" hits, you find yourself simultaneously encountering Los Campesinos! the pop band--anthemic, uproarious, and youthful--and the underlying punk energy that truly defines Hold on Now, Youngster...: the album achieves in its monumental formulation of an engaging and totally organic pop sound, by way of punk undertones and the ridiculous, overjoying sadness and discontent sprinkled across its lyrics not unlike college life seen through a rainbow.
Matana Roberts COIN COIN Chapter One: Gens de couleur libres
Matana Roberts COIN COIN Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile
McCoy Tyner Sahara
Mitski bury me at makeout creek
Mogwai Special Moves
Mount Eerie Sauna
Mount Eerie Wind's Poem
Naked City Naked City
Neutral Milk Hotel Ferris Wheel on Fire
Album Rating: 4.3

Ferris Wheel on Fire can be considered a prelude, companion piece or appendix to In the Aeroplane Over the Sea; an extension of what Aeroplane is and was; it's ...Was a Real Boy, if you will. It resembles a sequel to the '98 classic both musically and lyrically, featuring a strikingly similar general sound despite the fact that the songs on it reach back as far as 1992 to 1995, and even recollects Aeroplane on multiple occasions: the numerous Aeroplane one-liners on "Oh Sister", which plays instrumentally like "Two-Headed Boy" set on fire; to the swaying, "Oh Comely"-reminiscent rhythm of "Engine"; and closing with the utterly forlorn finality of "My Dream Girl Don't Exist", echoing the lyrics of "Ghost" as Mangum plays his final resonant strums. Coming forward so long after that acclaimed album like the scraps of a follow-up that never came to be, what Ferris Wheel on Fire actually serves to do is affirm Jeff Mangum's greatest musical strength. Dating back even further than that primordial 7" Everything Is, the tracks on Ferris Wheel surprisingly sound hardly amateurish, though Everything Is is clearly so. Ferris Wheel can be contrasted similarly to On Avery Island, with the former sounding much more confident than the latter. These comparisons draw a line in the sand between two aspects of Jeff Mangum's musical identity: that which relies on processed sound--the lo-fi, psych folk approach that we find on Neutral Milk Hotel records like Everything Is or On Avery Island--and another that fans will be well acquainted with, either from the Live at Jittery Joe's album or in person at his initial comeback tour. On Ferris Wheel on Fire, we find Jeff Mangum with only his voice and his acoustic guitar, and yet, it is a stronger record than any Neutral Milk Hotel release prior to In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. This can hardly be considered a surprise, especially if you have seen him live or heard his solo live record, but the true puzzlement is found when considering that these brilliant, stripped-down tracks were recorded before On Avery Island, and some even before Everything Is. It shows that while Jeff was still attempting to harness the lo-fi electric weirdness that he would not master until Aeroplane was recorded, he was already writing to such a brilliantly heartbreaking calibre with little musical augmentation. To summarise it in a sentence, Ferris Wheel on Fire is a lost blueprint; proof that the genius that eventually made In the Aeroplane Over the Sea was there for a very long time, and even without a full band or electronics or anything, Jeff Mangum remains a goddamn genius.
Oathbreaker Eros|Anteros
Obliteration Black Death Horizon
Ornette Coleman Free Jazz (A Collective Improvisation)
Owen At Home With Owen
Owen L'Ami du Peuple
I get it, it does sound like "just another Owen album". It really isn't. It's easy to dismiss it as such, but you're missing out on the best thing Mike Kinsella's done since At Home with Owen.
Panopticon Panopticon
Pharoah Sanders Karma
Rancid Indestructible
Ricky Eat Acid Three Love Songs
Rocky Votolato Suicide Medicine
Rosetta Wake/Lift
Run the Jewels Run the Jewels
Run the Jewels isn't quite perfection, but hey, I sure as hell spin it like it is.
Run the Jewels Run the Jewels 2
Sharon Van Etten Are We There
Shiina Ringo Shouso Strip
Sleater-Kinney No Cities to Love
Sparta Wiretap Scars
St. Vincent St. Vincent
State Faults Resonate/Desperate
Streetlight Manifesto The Hands That Thieve
Sufjan Stevens Carrie and Lowell
Swans To Be Kind
Swans The Seer
Swarms Old Raves End
Sweet Teens terminal grouse
Teeheehee Rainbow Stab Brain Bubbles
Teen Suicide i will be my own hell because there is a devil inside my body
teen suicide? psh, dumbest band name i ever heard bet this is like a -1.5 at best lol lets try this shit holy mother of god
The Dear Hunter The Color Spectrum (Complete Collection)
The Drones I See Seaweed
The Hotelier Home, Like NoPlace Is There
The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble Here Be Dragons
The Lawrence Arms The Greatest Story Ever Told
The Pillows Fool on the Planet
Would be perfect if there was some more Happy Bivouac stuff on here.
The Quintet Jazz At Massey Hall
The Seatbelts Blue
Dammit, every time I listen to this album I think "I need to watch the show again" and then I watch the show and I think "I need to listen to this album again" and then I listen to this album I think "I need to watch the show again" and then I watch the show and I think "I need to listen to this album again" and then I listen to this album I think "I need to watch the show again" and then I watch the show and I think "I need to listen to this album again" and then I listen to this album I think "I need to watch the show again" and then I watch the show and I think "I need to listen to this album again" and then...
The Tallest Man on Earth The Wild Hunt
Album Rating: 4.8

Watching a video of Kristian Matsson playing a guitar from the 1800s in the back of a New York music store (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkwxxJE3zcY) brings about a single realization--make no mistake--The Wild Hunt is genius. In fact, it is almost unbelievable that such a thing exists; that a married Swedish 27-year-old with a Bob Dylan-esque voice (but better and way more emotional) and a single guitar could manifest what acoustic guitar folk was perhaps made to do and singer-songwriters have been trying to achieve since Guthrie. Matsson is raw, from every seemingly light arpeggio pluck on "Troubles Will Be Gone" to the striking, abrasive cut of his strums on "You're Going Back". He is emotional, even when restrained on "The Drying of the Lawns" or writhing in strain on "Kids on the Run". And above all, he's completely stripped down. Matsson on The Wild Hunt represents the simplicity of acoustic music and just how rich a sound can be brought forward from so very little.
The War on Drugs Lost in the Dream
The Weakerthans Live At Burton Cummings Theatre
The Wonder Years The Greatest Generation
Album Rating: 4.8

The Wonder Years is one of those bands that have carved out their own, unique sound within an extremely derivative genre, and continue to redefine that sound with every release, though the changes are relatively minor. They probably can't keep up this consistency forever, but until it gets old, enjoy the next installment in the discography of what is undoubtedly the best mainstream-styled pop punk band ever.
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra He Has Left Us Alone But Shafts of Light Sometimes Grace the Corner of Our
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything
Thriftworks Fade
Thy Catafalque Tuno Ido Tarlat
Times of Grace The Hymn of a Broken Man
Makes you wonder what the fuck was going on with KsE II.
Titus Andronicus Local Business
Album Rating: 4.4

In the wake of the raw sprawl of overdriven guitars and gruff yells in The Monitor, Titus put together a jangle-heavy existential masterpiece that hits accurately between their previous two records, taking the indie songwriting of Airing and the anthemic rock sound of Monitor with strangely clear lo-fi-production and '80s alt-rock influence to create a truly fresh, polished record. It's impressive, yes, but the best thing about Local Business is that it balances its songs through variety and necessity, flowing beautifully and effortlessly as the aural journey that Titus Andronicus wanted it to be.
Trophy Eyes Everything Goes Away
Trophy Scars Holy Vacants
Trophy Scars Never Born, Never Dead
Troubled Medium WHAT ARE YOU DOING
two albums out in one year and neither of them has a dick on the cover

i'm disappointed, spare
United Nations United Nations
I like my skramz the way I like your mom: fast and brutal...

...and with a few saxophones.
Viet Cong Viet Cong
Waxahatchee Ivy Tripp
heeeeeey the song "Blue" must be the prequel to "Blue Pt. II"; KATIE PULLING A GEORGE LUCAS ON THIS ONE
Wayne Shorter Speak No Evil
We Lost the Sea The Quietest Place on Earth
William Parker The Peach Orchard
Women Public Strain

4.0 excellent
Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties We Don't Have Each Other
Against Me! Transgender Dysphoria Blues
Airospace 戦場ヶ原 ひたぎ [vol. I]
Alcoa Bone & Marrow
Allison Weiss Say What You Mean
Allison Weiss Remember When
Andrew Hill Point of Departure
Arrange Their Bodies in a Fog
bansheebeat Spiral Power
Bjork Post
Bob Dylan The Times They Are A-Changin'
Bob Dylan Another Side of Bob Dylan
Bomb The Music Industry!/Laura Stevenson Split 7"
Bomb the Music Industry!/O Pioneers!!! Split
Boris Noise
Brave Bird Maybe You, No One Else Worth It
Album Rating: 3.9

With the debut album Maybe You, Grand Rapids' self-proclaimed "frat-boys of emo", Brave Bird, manage to blow a hurricane of fresh air our way: it's got the vocals of a young Jesse Lacey, strained into painful screams on occasion; some of the most technically proficient twinkle riffs in recent memory (all of which seem to have been finger-picked on an SG...you heard me); and a range of exciting punk tracks without so much as a power chord ("Too Late Now", "The Worst Things..."), as well as slow burners which see Brave Bird expand their style into some of the most exciting five or six minute tracks emo has to offer ("Thick Skin", "Maybe You..."). It's a phenomenal effort in which the band demonstrates a fully formed sound--encapsulated in some of the year's most enjoyable tracks and catchiest pop choruses, no less--Brave Bird shows a degree of confidence and development in their debut that rivals that of Snowing's Fuck Your Emotional Bullshit.
Brave Bird T-Minus Grand Gesture
Caleb McAlpine All Things New
Cecil Taylor Conquistador!
Ceres I Don't Want To Be Anywhere But Here
Charles Mingus The Clown
Cheap Girls Famous Graves
Me or somebody else should review this because it's so good.
Chelsea Wolfe Apokalypsis
Chris Farren Like a Gift from God or Whatever
CHVRCHES The Bones of What You Believe
If you rate this any lower than a 3.8 then you clearly just don't have fun.
CityCop Loner
Who keeps bumping that Boner guy, seriously?
Clipping CLPPNG
Cloud Nothings Here and Nowhere Else
Oh, so Cloud Nothings put out a legitimately establishing record? FINALLY!
Courtney Barnett sometimes i sit and think, and sometimes i just sit
Crying Get Olde Second Wind
Dark Time Sunshine Vessel
Death Grips No Love Deep Web
Death Grips The Powers That B - Part I: Niggas on the Moon
Death Grips Exmilitary
Death Grips The Powers That B - Part II: Jenny Death
Devin Townsend Project Epicloud
Epicloud is big, operatic and filled with anthem choruses...and it seems like that is all it needs to be.
DJ Shadow Preemptive Strike
Dot Hacker How's Your Process? (Work)
Earl Sweatshirt Doris
Album Rating: 3.8

I don't want to talk about Doris nearly as much as I want to listen to it. I mean, it's good. Hell, it's great. But if you were an Odd Future fan like I was--bumping EARL daily and sacrificing bitches in order to invoke his return--this isn't the record you were waiting for. However, that doesn't change the fact that Earl is in better form than ever, the beats are brilliant, and several of the niggas on here are most definitely on point. But, as great as all this sounds, Doris feels a little loosely slapped together. There's some mediocre, underwhelming and even downright awful shit on here (SK La' Flare...I don't even...), but mostly, Doris is way too inconsistent and hit-or-miss to feel like a real, flowing album. Hell, EARL (apparently a mixtape and not an album) is more of an album than this one, but between Staples flowing like a motherfucker on "Hive", or RZA and his beat on "Molasses" getting me AMPED AS FUCK, how could this be a bad album? Simply put, Doris is a taste of Earl that only adds to the promise of his budding career, and that's all it needs to be, even if it did take a long time. It's safe to say that this is Earl's debut, because the Earl you knew is definitely in the ground.
Earl Sweatshirt I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside: An Album By Earl Sweatshirt
Elvis Depressedly Holo Pleasures
Fall Out Boy Folie a Deux
Fall Out Boy Take This to Your Grave
Fall Out Boy From Under the Cork Tree
Fire! Orchestra Enter!
Fire! Orchestra Exit!
Fireworks Oh, Common Life
Frank Turner England Keep My Bones
Frank Zappa The Yellow Shark
Fucked Up Year of the Tiger
Incredible concept. Incredible lyrics. Pretty good track.
Fucked Up Year of the Dragon
Fucked Up Glass Boys
Full of Hell The Inevitable Fear of Existence
Full Of Hell and Merzbow Full Of Hell and Merzbow
Genghis Tron Dead Mountain Mouth
Ghosts and Vodka Addicts and Drunks
God Is An Astronaut Far from Refuge
Godflesh Hymns
Godspeed You! Black Emperor 'Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress'
Grimes Visions
Hope Drone Hope Drone
I Kill Giants I Kill Giants
Twenty-eight minutes of mathy-emo-post-hardcore-whatever that should be enough proof that Bandcamp does house some freaking masterpieces. This thing is energetic, cohesive, and really keeps you on your toes.
Initials Leave Expired
Currently the essential 2014 release in Australian music until I hear the new Jezabels record.

Into It. Over It. 52 Weeks
And that poor boy / won't know what hit him.
Into It. Over It. Intersections
Album Rating: 4.1

With Intersections, Evan's finally over it (lel). He's broken out of the box of the so-called "emo revival" scene that--though recognising him as a unique, innovative, and dedicated musical character--lumped him together with a hell of a lot of admittedly disposable bands. What's on Intersections is an encapsulation of the style that is the soul of Evan's music as it was on all his past works placed into a very strange, very free collection of songs. But there's one defining truth that eventually becomes evident about every single track on Intersections: Evan has never been more heartfelt. "I caught a chill / when the newsprint said the gunman was 19" was what first caught my ear, and likewise, it sent a chill down my spine immediately. There's so much here, from heartwrenching lyrics to weird instruments; from woah-ohs to feedback; everything from the "do you know my name?" on "New North Side Air" to the hazy collage of vocal lines on "Contractual Obligation" is perhaps bigger, louder, and more beautiful than anything we've ever heard from Evan, but, more than anything, it's Mr. Weiss creating an eclectic instrumental backdrop for his most sincere, evocative performance yet. And, with time, I realised it worked extraordinarily well: Intersections is one of the richest, most ambitious releases to emerge from emo in a while, rolling out a tapestry for the rest of Evan's career as if to herald the musical unpredictability that we're probably in for with the future of Into It. Over It.
Into It. Over It. and Koji IIOI/Koji
It's a consistent release, but it's hard to ignore that some of the best tracks of both Evan and Andrew's discographies are on here alongside some of their slightly more forgettable ones.
iNTRiKeT The Woods
Iselia II: Dawn
Jeff Rosenstock Summer Seven Club
Jeff Rosenstock We Cool?
Jeff Rosenstock I Look Like Shit
Jim Lockey and the Solemn Sun Death
Like Frank Turner meets The Menzingers.
Jizue Shiori
Joey Badass 1999
John Coltrane My Favorite Things
Julia Brown to be close to you
Yet another project of Sam Ray's, and, as usual, the output is brilliant.
Kashiwa Daisuke Kotonoha no Niwa Soundtrack CD
Kashiwa Daisuke 9 Songs
Kid Brother Collective Highway Miles
yay, more severely underrated emo unearthed from a shallow grave long after their members have moved on from music
KMD Bl-ck B-st-rds
Koji Spring Song Vol. 1
Album Rating: 4.0

Recorded at a house show clearly occupied by close friends, Spring Song Vol. 1 is intensely personal yet rarely exclusive. The sheer execution of some of Koji's greatest tracks on this record is enough to affirm its strength, but the way that Koji's spontaneity, sincerity and natural showmanship is able to engage not only his live audience but listeners at home as well is nothing short of a commendably realistic live experience.
Kreator Hordes of Chaos
La Dispute Rooms of the House
Lil B God's Father
Loose Lips Sink Ships The Contemporary Issues of Celibacy
Los Campesinos! No Blues
Album Rating: 3.9

Los Campesinos! stake their claim in one of the best years of music in recent memory with the long awaited follow-up to the shaky Hello Sadness. The most interesting thing about No Blues is that so very many of the silly idiosyncrasies that have become hallmarks in the Los Campesinos! brand of punk-fueled college indie pop have been stripped, and what we're left with is a pure, heavy pop rock behemoth tuned just right in atmosphere by the production of John Goodmanson, set on pink fire by a pounding rhythm section and given a soul by uplifting melodies and vocals from the always spirited Gareth David. Most important to note is that beyond the highlight of yet another of Gareth's unstoppably infectious hook-tsunamis is inspired, flowing songwriting that holds No Blues together as one of the most cohesive works of the Los Campesinos! discography.
Love American Hollow Crosses
Love Like... Electrocution Love Like... Electrocution
Manchester Orchestra Simple Math
Matana Roberts COIN COIN Chapter Three: river run thee
Matthew Shipp Greatest Hits
Melt-Banana Fetch
Milhouse Thrillhouse
Mutoid Man Helium Head
Nails Abandon All Life
Neutral Milk Hotel On Avery Island
On Avery Island is not nearly as sophisticated as its acclaimed successor, but remains incredibly enjoyable (yet appallingly underrated) in its laid back, layered, and fuzzed-out sound.
Nujabes Spiritual State
O' God the White Whale Never Knows Best
Old Gray Demo
Oneohtrix Point Never Replica
Owen No Good for No One Now
Owen (the ep)
Owen New Leaves
Owen Ghost Town
Owen Owen
Owls Owls
Owls Two
Papermoons No Love
Pedro the Lion Progress
Perfect Pussy I have lost all desire for feeling
Pet Symmetry Two Songs About Cars. Two Songs With Long Titles.
Evan Weiss and Dowsing make some uplifting-ass power pop, complete with "WOAH-OH-OHS" and trumpets, for the most fun two songs of the year.
Peter Brotzmann Machine Gun
Pianos Become the Teeth Keep You
Pinch Hitter When Friends Die in Accidents
Banjo-emo brings unique timbres to a stale genre, enhanced by the fact that these guys are brilliant songwriters.
Prawn Kingfisher
Through scores of mediocre, imitative bullshit--not unlike the consistency of the last twenty years of pop punk--a truly great record from the emo revival scene always shines through eventually. And when it does, it's grandiose. I'm glad that Prawn were the next band to accomplish this feat.
Quasimoto Yessir Whatever
Ruby Nightingale Sleeping in Pashminas
Self Defense Family Try Me
Shabazz Palaces Lese Majesty
Shad Flying Colours
Shinobu 10 Thermidor
Signals Midwest Light On The Lake
Sigur Ros Kveikur
Silverstein This Is How the Wind Shifts
Slime Girls Vacation Wasteland
Sport Bon Voyage
Sun Ra Jazz in Silhouette
Swordplay and Pierre the Motionless Tap Water
Tancred Tancred
So, No Sleep puts out Allison Weiss, competing for a stake in "Best Female Fronted Indie of 2013".
And Topshelf retaliates with Tancred, throwing down the gauntlet with a most formidable opponent.
Both vie for the top spot ferociously. Laura Stevenson, meanwhile, sits in the crowd, opens up a bag of peanuts, and laughs.
Tau Tau OneWorld Star
Teeheehee Rainbow Stab Swallowing Stones for Fun and Profit
The Bennies Rainbows in Space
if you have ever liked ska or psych or partying or weed or bikes or having fun in general at any point in your life then i guarantee that there's something for you to like about this band

The Decemberists We All Raise Our Voices to the Air
The Dillinger Escape Plan One of Us Is the Killer
The Flaming Lips The Terror
The Flaming Lips 7 Skies H3
The Gaslamp Killer Breakthrough
The Hundred Acre Woods The Hundred Acre Woods EP
The Lawrence Arms Metropole
The Menzingers Rented World
The Mountain Goats Beat the Champ
what's with this bup ba da da bup bup ba bup on "foreign object"; thought i was listening to pop punk for a second
The World is a Beautiful Place... Whenever, If Ever
Their / They're / There Analog Weekend
Album Rating: 4.2

For many, Their / They're / There's debut was one of the best EPs of 2013. So hold up with your end-of-year lists as the supergroup (fuck you, Evan, you guys are a supergroup) proceeds to put out the best EP of the year in Analog Weekend. A short collection of three precise math rock cuts, the trio yet again creates a varied, intent mix of noodly guitars, urgent drumming and powerful, distinctive vocals, this time with a much more cohesive and focused bonding of the three members' styles. The Analog Weekend EP is all too short of an output for a group with such a fresh sound, but nonetheless, it's a release that's probably worth more spins than any other EP that the year has offered thus far.

However, Vice Magazine does not agree: http://i.imgur.com/rj6NPSr.jpg
Thundercat Apocalypse
Thy Light No Morrow Shall Dawn
Tigers on Trains Foundry
Tigers on Trains Antarctica In Color
Touche Amore Is Survived By
Album Rating: 4.2

I'd just like to start by saying that Touche Amore came in and blew a fucking hole in the wall with Is Survived By. Previously criticised for the fairly underwhelming Parting the Sea..., I think a lot of people missed what the band were really doing on that album: they were learning to write real albums, however subpar some of the actual songs may have been on their own. Is Survived By is the simultaneous application and beefing up of their short-song formula and the aforementioned compositional strengths developed on Parting the Sea..., in addition to all of the new territory they tread into across the course of the record, from female vocals on "Blue Angels" to masterful post-rock influence on "Non Fiction". The album sees Touche Amore take a completely unexpected leap forward and finally consolidate their previously questionable position at the genre's front by crafting the masterpiece that we were all waiting for.

Also: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwxYIKh5P0M
Troubled Medium CAN U FEEL IT???
Evidently, Hanson feels it somethin' fierce.
United Nations The Next Four Years
Volcano Choir Repave
Album Rating: 4.0

Repave sails its way into the top tier of this year's exceptional catalog with some much needed uplifting rock music. Where Bon Iver is perhaps a more subtle entity, what strikes with Volcano Choir is that the band is a little more straightforward and upfront, but equally as dreamy in their impacting and beautiful indie rock instrumentation, taking cues from indie folk in Repave's acoustic guitar tendencies and post-rock in its build-up driven structuring. Repave is a rich endeavour for its endless succession of masterful melodies and instrumental arrangements which will surely catch you off guard, and its this songwriting skill that escalates the album's impact remarkably when it becomes apparent that Volcano Choir knows exactly what they're doing 100% of the time, and does it well. It's intent, no-bullshit music that doesn't want to prove itself as experimental or edgy, and needs only to be completely, wonderfully beautiful.
Waxahatchee Cerulean Salt
Weezer Everything Will Be Alright in the End
Wil Wagner What Started Off With Trespassing
"And I'm keeping Tallahassee / 'cause you only listen to Get Lonely"

seriously tho Wil Wagner is da masta of sad and I want ya to know dat if I hang meself it will b 2 his sweet sweet jamz
Willis Earl Beal Nobody Knows
Women Women
Yoshino Yoshikawa Yumetatsu Glider
Zoom Lens does it again

3.5 great
+44 When Your Heart Stops Beating
AFI Sing the Sorrow
Against Me! White Crosses
Aivi & Surasshu The Black Box
Alcest Shelter
Yo, why the fuck is this album so beautiful? It's like a sandwich of beautiful made out of Sigur Ros-sauce and Whirr-cheese and there's no meat because dead animals are not beautiful, maaaaaaaan and then it's sandwiched between two slices of fluffy epic-atmospheric-guitar-tone-infused-bread, and when you eat it the sandwich explodes in your mouth and it turns to this weird hazy dust thing while still in your mouth that envelops you from inside out in this gradual shiny fade like an erupting sunset in slow motion and you become part of the beauty and like woaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
Alkaline Trio My Shame Is True
all the hours you wait patience
Amber Pacific The Turn
really lame terrible awful pop punk and i don't care because these songs are so good
An Autumn For Crippled Children Everything
An Autumn For Crippled Children The Long Goodbye
Andrew Hill Pax
Antarctigo Vespucci I'm So Tethered
Antarctigo Vespucci Soulmate Stuff
Here it is, kids, the feel-good punk album of the year.
Antemasque Antemasque
Ash Borer Bloodlands
B L A C K I E... All Caps, With Spaces B L A C K I E All Caps With Spaces DISCOGRAPHY
bansheebeat Wutai
Beck Morning Phase
Between the Buried and Me The Silent Circus
Binary Heart Splitsville
Bomb the Music Industry! Get Warmer
Bomb the Music Industry! Everybody That You Love
Boysetsfire While A Nation Sleeps...
Cal Chuchesta ∆CALxTAPExTWO∆
I'm feeling a strong 10 to a light 11 here.
Caspian Waking Season
Caspian Hymn For The Greatest Generation
Children of Bodom Halo of Blood
Clams Casino Instrumental Mixtape 2
Code Orange Love Is Love // Return To Dust
Colin Stetson New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light
Dads American Radass (This Is Important)
Death Grips Government Plates
Album Rating: 3.6

In my original soundoff, I discussed how Government Plates is a pretty weird album. It's actually not. Sure, it uses stranger samples and effects than that of any other Death Grips release, but what do these sounds actually do? To be honest, all that's happening is that they are arranged in 4/4 bangers or more low-key ditties like "Birds" and "Big House". Some of the strangeness turns out awesome (the killer bass banging on "You might think he loves you..."), and some of it isn't as good (MC Ride's "BDA BDA BDA AWW AWWW AWWW DOY DOY DOY" thing on "Whatever I want"). Whatever it's merit, however, it's really just not that experimental of a record.

Now, THIS is the record that Sobhi was talking about: the one that pseudo-intellectual teenagers praise madly in an attempt to look smart. What's lost due to the eclecticism of the group's sound pallet is some of the natural, raw, angry energy that truly made The Money Store, Exmilitary, and the best cuts on No Love Deep Web pop. What's gained, however, is a set of tracks that are--at heart--still very fun with a simple aesthetic, but push the boundaries of "fun" with an in-your-face, albeit insane, quirk. It's not brilliant, or even that original, but it's impossible to deny that Government Plates is really, really, really fun.

In an "I like to beat the shit out of things" way.
Deflate You Can't Sleep It Off
Our friend, Perry Maltese.

Deltron 3030 Event II
Drake Take Care
Efrim Manuel Menuck Plays "High Gospel"
Electric Wizard Time to Die
Eric Dolphy Eric Dolphy at the Five Spot, Volume 2
fauxdeep Poisoned Leaves
Fire! Orchestra Second Exit
Frank Turner Tape Deck Heart
fun. Some Nights
Georgia Maq Friends and Bowler's Run
Ghostface Killah and BADBADNOTGOOD Sour Soul
Ging Nang BOYZ 光のなかに立っていてね
Hospital Living and Dying
Hot Water Music Exister
Jesu Everyday I Get Closer to the Light from Which I Came
John Lithgoat Who Gives a Fuck Nowhere
Joyce Manor Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired
Joyce Manor Never Hungover Again
you fucking know it

Kittyhawk Hello, Again
Koji Crooked in My Mind
Koji's first full-length is a very confident effort, and certainly a strong one, but Crooked in My Mind is just too far from the masterpiece that the man seemed to tease in his earlier EPs: a great record plagued by the unreached potential to be greater.
Koji Matters
LCD Soundsystem LCD Soundsystem
Linkin Park Meteora
Madvillain Madvillainy 2: The Madlib Remix
Main Attrakionz 808s and Dark Grapes II
Mason Wylie and the Mirsty Thercs 21 Day Mental Diet
Mathew Lim Impressions
Album Rating: 3.4

Who would have thought that, of all the mainstream-styled post-hardcore/metalcore bullshit, the best of them would be actually be a young, Asian solo artist who tracked his first recorded effort in his bedroom? I sure as hell didn't, so fuck your horizons and veils--regardless of whether they're black or pierced--because Impressions is brooding, bursting, poppy, heavy, angry, soaring, and actually good.
Max Richter Waltz With Bashir
Meishi Smile Lust
MF DOOM Born Like This
Mike G ALI
Miles Davis Someday My Prince Will Come
Misery Signals Mirrors
Mogwai Earth Division
Molecular Corporation Ambient Sputnik and The Dancing Government
MxPx Life in General
Album Rating: 3.7

Everybody's got that album. The "guilty pleasure", the one that you kind of like because it did something for you in your early musical endeavours. For me, however, MxPx's Life in General is not that album. Just look to the single "Move to Bremerton": it's immaculately crafted right down to the guitar mutes, cymbal crashing and fittingly half-hearted vocal performance. Frankly, it's hard to care that this album is so primitive and raw and amateurish, because it's a fantastic work of high-school basement rehearsal pop punk, regardless of fluke or genuine genius.
My Chemical Romance Conventional Weapons
My Chemical Romance Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys
nic Demo
So this is legit pretty good
Niechec Niechęć EP
Now, Now Threads
Ojne Undici​/​Dodici
Old Man Gloom Seminar II: The Holy Rites of Primitivism Regressi
Owen O, Evelyn
Owen The Seaside EP
Owen Other People's Songs
Owen Abandoned Bridges
Palms Palms
Perfect Pussy Say Yes to Love
Poison the Well The Tropic Rot
Radiohead The King of Limbs
Ruby Nightingale Goodnight Creek
Rx Bandits Gemini, Her Majesty
Ryan Hemsworth Still Awake
Saint Pepsi Gin City
Say Anything Hebrews
Sigur Ros Valtari
Skinny Genes MEH
Album Rating: 3.7

Azeem "Ace" Sajid, notably of House Boat and The Steinways, has always been in the shadow of a bigger musician in each of his bands, limiting his compositional input and squashing his potential. With his solo project Skinny Genes, however, Ace finally makes a name for himself. It's a solid, eight-minute slice of House Boat-style pop punk, and it often does sound a little too much like House Boat, but Ace's combination of innovative phrasing, cool pop melodies, vocal harmonies and masterful structuring yield a listen which bodes extremely well for the future of the underrated, late blooming pop punker.
Sorority Noise Forgettable
fuck Dowsing
Sundials When I Couldn't Breathe
Teeheehee Rainbow Stab Teeheehee Rainbow Stab
Tenacious D The Pick of Destiny
The D rock hard all over, but the fact that a good chunk of these tracks aren't actual songs as much as just audio from the film leaves something to be desired.
The Beatles Let It Be
The Bennies Better Off Dread
The Bruce Lee Band Community Support Group
The Bruce Lee Band Everything Will Be Alright, My Friend
The Forces Of Evil Friend or FOE?
The Gaslight Anthem Get Hurt
The Internet Feel Good
The Mars Volta Noctourniquet
The Seatbelts Ask DNA
The Smith Street Band Don't Fuck With Our Dreams
The Speed of Sound in Seawater First Contact
The Speed of Sound in Seawater finally, fully embrace the math pop and it sounds...

Their / They're / There Their / They're / There
Album Rating: 3.7

Trust this unholy union of three monumental indie musicians to bring you some of the year's sweetest twinkle jams. Like frontman Evan's Into It. Over It. project but with Matt Frank's guitar wankery and the general aesthetic variety of Owen's better albums: an amalgamation of three personalities into something quite original.
Thriftworks Hermetic Thriftology
Tigers Jaw Charmer
What a sweet album.

"Hum" is still the best song ever, by the way.
Trap Her Keep Her Fake Record
Trophy Scars Alphabet Alphabets
Warren of Ohms Untitled
Woods of Desolation Toward the Depths
Yellowcard Lift a Sail
You Blew It! Keep Doing What You’re Doing

3.0 good
Adventures Supersonic Home
Airospace The Devil and His Mistress
ALL Percolator
Anberlin Blueprints For the Black Market
Andrew Jackson Jihad Christmas Island
I couldn't say that I care much about this record but thank God it exists, solely for the purpose that "Do, Re, and Me" and "Linda Ronstadt" are two of my favourite songs of the year.
ASAP Ferg Trap Lord
bansheebeat Galactics
Big Nig Eno Is (Not) Proud of Me
Blacklisted When People Grow, People Go
Bomb the Music Industry! Others! Others! Volume 1
Have you ever just sat and listened to "SUPERTALK!"?
- Laura: "Where does George Washington keep his armies...in his sleevies!"
- John: "That's not a joke, that's just embarrassing."
Built to Spill Ultimate Alternative Wavers
Childish Gambino Because the Internet
Cinema Staff Nostalgia
City and Colour The Hurry and the Harm
Clipping Midcity
Converge No Heroes
Converge/Napalm Death Split
Cult of Luna Vertikal
Daft Punk Random Access Memories
Darkest Hour Hidden Hands of a Sadist Nation
Dead Ending Dead Ending
Death Cab for Cutie Codes and Keys
Deltron 3030 City Rising From The Ashes
Do Make Say Think Do Make Say Think
Domo Genesis No Idols
Dr. Dre The Chronic
Drake Nothing Was the Same
Fall Out Boy Fall Out Boy's Evening Out With Your Girlfriend
Foo Fighters Sonic Highways
Foo Fighters Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
GOOD Music Cruel Summer
Got A Girl I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now
Grimes Geidi Primes
GZA Legend of the Liquid Sword
Hands on the Stereo Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
Album Rating: 3.2

Sounding like an amateur-ish version of old Four Year Strong, the EP has moments where Hands on the Stereo really shine ("Into It, Over It") and others that are just head-shakingly bad (there is a ton of god-awful breakdowns on this thing).
Honeyblood Honeyblood
iNTRiKeT Songs For Sleepy
John Lennon Imagine
"It's a Hallmark card set to music." - Frank Turner
Kanye West Graduation
Killswitch Engage Disarm the Descent
Album Rating: 3.2

Killswitch's latest effort is predictable. Fine. I don't care. The atmosphere is fantastic on a lot of these tracks, some of the riffs are actually quite compelling, and its dynamically pretty interesting. All I could ask for from five guys who dominate metalcore on that side of the river.
Less Than Jake In With The Out Crowd
Lil B 05 Fuck Em
Lorde Pure Heroine
Los Campesinos! Hello Sadness
Metallica Death Magnetic
Minor Threat Salad Days
Minus the Bear Infinity Overhead
Modest Mouse Strangers to Ourselves
Monoliths. Apeiron
Monoliths. Black Santa Rides The Firetrain
MxPx Plans Within Plans
For a band that should have called it quits a long time ago, "Aces Up" is fantastic.
N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton
Neurosis Honor Found in Decay
New Found Glory Catalyst
Nirvana Bleach
Noumenon Party Mathematics
Opeth Heritage
Paramore Brand New Eyes
Rally Cats Strictly For Your Own Pleasure
Rise Against Endgame
Rise Against The Black Market
Seahaven Winter Forever
Sex-Dragoon Mayo
Album Rating: 2.awesome


Act now and get a bonus CD: Hornpipe Fever...arr
Shai Hulud Misanthropy Pure
Slint Tweez
Sparta Threes
Streetlight Manifesto 99 Songs of Revolution: Volume I
Sum 41 Underclass Hero
Talk Talk It's My Life
Tenmon Byousoku no 5cm
The Clash Sandinista!
The Decemberists What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World
i feel kind of bad for the band that this leaked so insanely early but WHOOOOOOO NEW DECEMBERISTS
The Delicious Bread Collection Equals Hitler
The Dismemberment Plan Uncanney Valley
The F-Ups The F-Ups
The Flaming Lips At War With The Mystics
The Men New Moon
The Offspring Americana
The Pillows Moondust
Album Rating: 3.2

Like almost every Pillows album since Smile, Moondust holds an inconsistent portion of some great songs from the band between some of their less favourable ones. The situation on this latest effort, however, is much less severe than it was on Pied Piper or Wake Up!: "Happy Birthday", "About a Rock'n'Roll Band" and the title track are easily amongst the absolute best of The Pillows and justify the album's existence alone, and even the more forgettable tracks on Moondust like "Song for You" and "Message" aren't terrible, though the album would have been better without them. Ultimately, Moondust will surely find a place with longtime fans of the aging trio, although the band is still a few easily omittable tracks away from the truly remarkable records that they have seem unable to craft since the '90s. Nevertheless, Moondust perpetuates one important truth about The Pillows: there's something on every single one of their albums that you're sure to enjoy.
The Roots ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin
The Wonder Years Manton Street
The World is a Beautiful Place... Josh Is Dead
Thrice Identity Crisis
Thursday Waiting
Tigers Jaw Two Worlds
Trap Them Blissfucker
Wolves in the Throne Room Celestial Lineage
Wolves in the Throne Room Celestite
Xasthur To Violate the Oblivious
Yellowcard Ocean Avenue Acoustic
Yung Lean Unknown Death 2002
Yvette Young Acoustics
This is pretty nice math pop on acoustic guitar. I can name-drop a whole lot of RIYL stuff like any one of Mike Kinsella or Damien Verrett's projects or TTNG's latest album but the truth is that this is just nice beautiful-type sappy-type acoustic shit with twinkle riffs. Take it or leave it, but the first track is a real hooker so it's worth a quick listen for sure.


2.5 average
1902 Motsi
A Loss For Words Before It Caves
AC/DC Highway to Hell
AFI Crash Love
Against Me! True Trans
Album Rating: 2.4

Laura Jane Grace's little two song acoustic outing is just that, a little acoustic outing. It's Grace, so it can't be awful, but at the same time, you can't expect it to be much at all, and indeed, it is not. What it is, however, is two extremely hi-fi and polished songs reminiscent of The Menzingers' On the Possible Past demo with some light ambient feedback and a chorus of backing vocals. Ultimately, the music is nothing special, and the lyrics are solid but brought down by what occasionally sounds like Grace is flaunting her change in gender (e.g. the title "True Trans Soul Rebel"). But again, it's only two acoustic songs, so my hope that the album will be solid remains intact.
Agalloch The Serpent and the Sphere
Angels and Airwaves Love - Part II
Animal Collective Centipede Hz
Bad Brains Into The Future
Bad Religion Into the Unknown
Being As an Ocean Dear G-d
Botch The Unifying Themes of Sex, Death, and Religion
Burzum Sol austan, Mani vestan
Caravels Lacuna
Chester Watson Phantom
Code Orange I Am King
Coldplay Mylo Xyloto
Common The Dreamer/The Believer
Cynic Kindly Bent to Free Us
Defeater Letters Home
Album Rating: 2.7

I think what pisses me off the most about Letters Home is it's an LP. I mean, it's not like what's here is awful, but it's really, really forgettable. Considering the amount of actually interesting moments here that have been cut off by some predictable, dead obvious Defeater structural habits, this could have been condensed into an EP. Think about it, if a Travels-tier record came out from these guys tomorrow, you wouldn't give a fuck about this record. If this were an EP, you'd spend maybe 10-15 minutes of your not-so-precious time listening to this EP and it might actually be memorable enough to come back to. So, Defeater, if you're ever feeling uninspired again, just make a short EP instead of trying to bust your chops making another shitty album.
Dowsing I Don't Even Care Anymore
Album Rating: 2.7

The candle burns bright for whole soft emo thing with Topshelf and CYLS at the helm of the growing, united scene, and Dowsing is one of the slightly bigger bands out there, making a name for themselves nationally. Unfortunately, their music has never been that great. I Don't Even Care Anymore in particular is a glowing example of the staleness that emo and the emerging twinklecore subgenre has been faced with time and time again, and though the songwriting here actually holds it own surprisingly well for something that is so unoriginal, it doesn't suppress the fact that this just feels disaffected, lazy, and extremely been-there-done-that: the backing vocals are the only thing that make this seem at all passionate. There are a few choice cuts, but I Don't Even Care Anymore is ultimately forgettable even though the damn thing is so short.
Drake Thank Me Later
Dream Theater A Dramatic Turn of Events
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Explosions in the Sky Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
Fishbone Chim Chim's Badass Revenge
Four Year Strong In Some Way, Shape, or Form.
Frank Turner Poetry of the Deed
Funeral for a Friend Tales Don't Tell Themselves
Gob Foot In Mouth Disease
Green Day 21st Century Breakdown
Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction
Hands Like Houses Unimagine
Hatebreed Hatebreed
Hodgy Beats Dena Tape 2
Inc. No World
Jay-Z Magna Carta... Holy Grail
Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2
Kanye West Yeezus
Kayo Dot Coyote
Lemuria Pebble
Letlive. The Blackest Beautiful
Album Rating: 2.7

Some time after Fake History came out, I found myself grappling with the question of whether letlive. were really brilliant, inventive post-hardcore groovers or whether they had just stumbled upon a golden formula...I guess I got my answer with this album. The Blackest Beautiful is a set of great ideas buried under overproduction which not only yields a flat and weak record devoid of the rawness that this band thrives on (part of which is the blame of the overemphasis on frontman Butler's vocals), but also tacks on a bunch of inconsistent and sometimes even incoherent effects embellishments which scream "artificiality". The band's songwriting is also disappointingly lazy and sees the potential of so very many songs go to waste between weak filler and pop hooks which inevitably turn thin. It's really just a lame version of Fake History which tries to grow and actually ends up falling into a totally uninspired and unengaging sound, the exact opposite of what brought them acclaim with their previous record.
Leviathan True Traitor, True Whore
Long Lost Save Yourself, Start Again
Macintosh Plus FLORAL SHOPPE
MellowHype INSA
Mindless Self Indulgence If
Mogwai The Hawk Is Howling
OFWGKTA 12 Odd Future Songs
Powderfinger Golden Rule
Radiohead Pablo Honey
Ramones Pleasant Dreams
Rancid Let the Dominoes Fall
Santana Shaman
Saosin In Search Of Solid Ground
SBTRKT Wonder Where We Land
Silverstein Arrivals and Departures
Starkweather Crossbearer
Sufjan Stevens Enjoy Your Rabbit
Teeheehee Rainbow Stab Pizzaface
The Dear Hunter Migrant
I don't care if it's not a curveball: water is never a curveball but at least it's still refreshing.
The Internet Purple Naked Ladies
The Jesus Lizard Blue
The Pillows OOPArts
The Promise Ring Wood/Water
The Weeknd Kiss Land
The Wonder Years Get Stoked on It!
"When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong" is practically the exact same track as "Won't Be Pathetic Forever".
The World is a Beautiful Place... Between Bodies
Transit Young New England
Trash Talk 119
Willis Earl Beal Acousmatic Sorcery
Beal himself said something along the lines "like walking in on someone taking a shit" in referring to this record (ref: Nardwuar interview).
Wu-Tang Clan 8 Diagrams
Wu-Tang Clan A Better Tomorrow

2.0 poor
A Day to Remember Common Courtesy
Album Rating: 2.1

Especially since Homesick, the way I've judged A Day to Remember is by drawing a line in the sand between their above average, and often enjoyable pop punk material, and their unnecessary and sometimes downright awful metalcore bullshit, since the two have rarely mixed well as of late. On Common Courtesy, the metalcore bullshit is--as expected--bullshit. Over on the pop punk side, A Day to Remember produce enjoyable, anthemic songs yet again, but suffer from a degree of sameness and a deficiency of truly inspired songwriting traits or motifs that render the album a chore to listen to from front to back. In the end, Common Courtesy is merely another A Day to Remember record: one as unsatisfying as any post-For Those work of theirs until the day that they finally ditch their run-of-the-mill metalcore tendencies and instead pour their aggression into a track like "Best of Me". Take it or leave it.
Animal Collective Monkey Been to Burntown
Animal Collective Danse Manatee
ASAP Mob Lord$ Never Worry
B.o.B The Adventures Of Bobby Ray
Childish Gambino Camp
Converge Halo in a Haystack
Converge Converge
Death Grips DxDG
Descendents Sessions
Disturbed The Sickness
Eminem Recovery
Evan Parker, Derek Bailey and Han Bennink The Topography of the Lungs
Fall Out Boy Save Rock and Roll
Honestly, how much is there to say about this record? "It's a generic piece of synthetic garbage!" "No, it's uplifting and ambitious!" Blah blah blah. You know what? Fall Out Boy made a pop record. Surprise!

Also, if you've ever made the "this is shit/not rock and roll, so the Save Rock and Roll title is stupid" statement, then I hope that you know that it is the furthest thing from witty because it is the most obvious thing you could possibly say about this album and you are shooting fish in a barrel.
Fall Out Boy PAX AM Days
I'm pretty sure that the reason I hate this so much is that Patrick's vocals really do not fit at all on this thing except maybe on "Caffeine Cold" and "Love, Sex, Death". I hope he knows that he's not Glenn Danzig.
Falling in Reverse The Drug in Me Is You
From First to Last Dear Diary, My Teen Angst Has a Body Count
Gorillaz The Fall
Gravediggaz Nightmare in A-Minor
Hodgy Beats The Dena Tape
Hodgy Beats Untitled 2
I still love BlackenedWhite, but at this point, I've totally given up on Hodgy. I mean, "Alone" and "Karateman" are okay but does anyone really give a fuck?
Hurts Happiness
I Kill Giants No One Will Ever Leave You
In Flames A Sense of Purpose
Isis Sawblade
Jay-Z The Blueprint 3
Jimmy Eat World Jimmy Eat World
Kid Rock Devil Without A Cause
Killswitch Engage Killswitch Engage II
Kings of Leon Only By The Night
Letlive. Exhaustion, Salt Water, And Everything In Between
Linkin Park Minutes to Midnight
Liturgy Aesthethica
mad dads mad dads (demos)
MellowHype Numbers
Album Rating: 2.1

Where BlackenedWhite finally saw promise in then-amateur Hodgy Beats, Numbers sees him fall flat on his face. His rhythms are constantly recycled, his style is tired beyond belief, and his lyrics and hooks are often just awful (what the hell is "a herpe at the tip of a slurpee"?). Left Brain is in good form on a few of these tracks, but whatever worthwhile beats he is able to churn out are unfortunately unable to lift off the ground without complementary chemistry from Hodgy.
Mumford and Sons Babel
Somewhere out there, there's some tigers riding trains.
NOFX Maximum RocknRoll
OFWGKTA The Odd Future Tape
Parkway Drive Deep Blue
Polar Bear Club Death Chorus
Rancid Honor Is All We Know
Red Hot Chili Peppers The Red Hot Chili Peppers
Reel Big Fish Candy Coated Fury
It's mostly a rehashed bummer, but there are some tracks, particularly the hilarious reggae jam "Hiding In My Headphones" and the single "I Know You Too Well To Like You Anymore", that do prove worthy additions to the RBF discography.
Say Anything Anarchy, My Dear
Slayer Diabolus in Musica
T.S.O.L. Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Free Downloads
The All-American Rejects Kids in the Street
Album Rating: 2.0

Combining horribly generic pop rock techniques with a bit of "silly for the sake of silly", the once guiltily enjoyable All-American Rejects have compiled an entirely unfocused album reliant solely on the aforementioned combination in a failed attempt to formulate an album establishing maturity yet with a sprinkle of childishness (a la Weezer). The album is riddled with interest-sparking moments (e.g. some of "Fast and Slow", the guitar solo on "Heartbeat Slowing Down"), but leaves far too much to be desired between its overall underwhelming-ness.
The Bouncing Souls Comet
The Decemberists The King Is Dead
This is soooooooooooo boring.
The Fall of Troy In the Unlikely Event
The Fray How to Save a Life
The Seatbelts Cowboy Bebop Remixes: Music for Freelance
The Story So Far Songs Of
The Weeknd Trilogy
Album Rating: 2.1

The reasons this sucks are very simple:

- remastering such perfect tracks a year after release is absolutely pointless.
- a lot of the atmosphere (which pretty much made Abel's career) is lost in the remastering.
- the small edits made to the old tracks are also pointless and actually reduce the quality of the record.
- the new tracks feel like second-rate outtakes.
- this travesty is the only Weeknd release available on vinyl (and, surprise surprise, it's ridiculously overpriced).
The World is a Beautiful Place... The Distance
Three Days Grace One-X
Tim Kasher The Game of Monogamy
Trash Talk No Peace
Trvth Earth Is Dust
Various Artists (Punk) Japanese Pop Punk Compilation 2012

1.5 very poor
3 Inches of Blood Here Waits Thy Doom
50 Cent The Massacre
Amber Pacific Virtues
dredg Chuckles & Mr. Squeezy
Dry Satire Demo
Ed Sheeran +
Escape the Fate Escape the Fate
Fall Out Boy ****: Live In Phoenix
Fall Out Boy American Beauty / American Psycho
HORSE the band Secret Rhythm of the Universe
Hotel Books I'm Almost Happy Here, But I Never Feel At Home
House Vs. Hurricane Crooked Teeth
Imagine Dragons Night Visions
Kreator Endorama
Loma Prieta Matrimony EP
Megadeth Super Collider
MellowHigh MellowHigh
Album Rating: 1.7

Taking jabs at all three of the individuals that make up MellowHigh is an affair that could surely substantiate essays, but the truth is that the trio's first collaborative full-length suffers mostly from the fact that it does not stick. The combined effect of having two MCs who contribute nothing more than an endless succession of samey verses, a producer who insists on throwing totally random shit into a 4/4 sequencing and calling them "beats", and a surplus of boring hooks yields only a single word: forgettable. While I have to give credit to "Yu" and "Troublesome" for being excitingly constructed--especially concerning production--there's just too little on MellowHigh that makes the album seem at all focused, or even thought out.

Meanwhile, Tyler makes a horror movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwnpDxAgcO4
Misfits Project 1950
Muse The 2nd Law
My Bloody Valentine This Is Your Bloody Valentine
Nas Nastradamus
NOFX Liberal Animation
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Despair
Paramore Paramore
Plain White T's Every Second Counts
Sleeping With Sirens Feel
Sum 41 Screaming Bloody Murder
Sum 41 make dark, heavy rock songs that sound fucking confident and driven and important until you realise that nothing they do is interesting at all.

Anyone can go on and on about why this album sucks and how much they hate it but I most certainly believe that the above sentence defines this entire album completely.
The Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies)
The Clash Cut the Crap
The Delicious Bread Collection Pumpkin Bread (2delicious4me)
The Summer Set Legendary
Travis Barker Give The Drummer Some
Trivium The Crusade
Weezer Raditude
Whitechapel This Is Exile
Xasthur All Reflections Drained
Yellowcard Midget Tossing
Young Thug 1017 Thug 3: The Finale

1.0 awful
Avicii True
Black Flag What The...
Bullet for My Valentine Temper Temper
Celtic Frost Cold Lake
Falling in Reverse Fashionably Late
Duh, it's a 1.
Kerser The Nebulizer
Album Rating: Really fucking low

Kidz Bop Kidz Kidz Bop 23
Album Rating: -1

these niggas bop hard watch your back Coltrane
Lupe Fiasco Lasers
Pantera Metal Magic
Simple Plan No Pads, No Helmets... Just Balls
Skrillex Leaving
Static Colours Sun Swells
Teeheehee Rainbow Stab Murder Breath
Turnstile Nonstop Feeling

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