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Sort by: Rating | Release Date | Rating Date | Name5.0 classicBoards of Canada Music Has the Right to ChildrenBomb 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 seem to pale in comparison to the immediate classic songs that practically constitute their 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 and purposeful composition, and in that way, it is also their 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 FloodBurial UntrueBurzum FilosofemCharles Mingus The Black Saint and the Sinner LadyAlbum Rating: 5.0
"Mingus was doing compositions while other people were playing tunes."
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 DopethroneFugazi Red MedicineLaura Stevenson Sit ResistAlbum 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 WheelAlbum 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 SilverLCD Soundsystem The Long Goodbyeoh hey we were one of the greatest bands ever because we put out three incredible records in our span and then we had this final show at Madison Square Garden featuring three hours or something of our best songs which was amazing and then we recorded it on this live DVD and it also came with this profoundly brilliant doco yea and i mean you can listen to that already awesome sounding audio from the DVD or you can get this beautiful 5XLP boxset with an even more awesome sounding rip and listen to that
oh i'm sorry how many times did you say we changed your life again?Madvillain MadvillainyAlbum 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 BathNeutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the SeaAlbum 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 MoonNOFX The DeclineOwen I do perceive.Red Hot Chili Peppers Stadium ArcadiumAlbum Rating: 5.0
I recall a line from Metallica's Some Kind of Monster documentary in which James Hetfield described the albums Load and ReLoad as the band "whipping anything into decent shit". I feel the same way about the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Stadium Arcadium, except that they "whip it" into "brilliant shit". The album 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 SpringThe 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 not only audible, but also 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 MuteThe Microphones The Glow Pt. 2Tigers on Trains Grandfather4.5 superbAirospace 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.
http://airospace.bandcamp.com/album/vol-iiAn Autumn For Crippled Children Try Not To Destroy Everything You LoveAnimal Collective FeelsArt Blakey Moanin'Austin Peralta Endless PlanetsBeck Sea ChangeBomb the Music Industry! VacationAlbum 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 and heartbreakingly touching. Bomb the Music Industry! thus ended in a full circle which only enhanced the majesty of their career, and with that, they fulfilled something beautiful in death, leaving behind a legacy of music, personality, and an ethos unrivalled. 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! ScramblesBomb the Music Industry! To Leave or Die in Long IslandBomb the Music Industry! Album Minus Band.Bomb the Music Industry! Adults!!!...Botch An Anthology of Dead EndsBright Eyes I'm Wide Awake, It's MorningCaptain Beefheart and His Magic Band Trout Mask ReplicaCaptain, We're Sinking The Future Is CancelledCharlie Parker Charlie Parker With Strings: The Master TakesCorrupted El Mundo FrioDanny Brown XXXDeafheaven SunbatherThe most beautiful black metal album ever.
The dreamiest screamo album ever.
The most aggressive post-rock album ever.
All...at...the...same...time.Death (MI) ...For the Whole World to SeeDeath Grips The Money StoreDinosaur Jr. You're Living All Over MeDirect Hit! Brainless GodDo Make Say Think Goodbye Enemy Airship the Landlord Is...Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) On Time Spent WaitingEric Dolphy Out To LunchFall Out Boy Infinity on HighFireworks GospelFishbone The Reality of My SurroundingsOne of the most under-appreciated albums of all time.Flying Lotus Until the Quiet ComesFlying Lotus CosmogrammaFlying Lotus Los AngelesFlying Lotus You're Dead!Freddie Gibbs and Madlib PinataFuck Buttons Tarot SportFucked Up David Comes to LifeListening 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 VivosGodspeed You! Black Emperor Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas...Gris A lame Enflammee, lame ConstelleeHave a Nice Life The Unnatural WorldHot Water Music CautionIron Chic Not Like ThisIsis OceanicJames Blake OvergrownJames Blake James BlakeJesu SilverJizue BookshelfJulia Brown An Abundance of StrawberriesJulia Holter Loud City SongKayo Dot HubardoLCD Soundsystem This Is HappeningLoma 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 libresMatana Roberts Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi MoonchileMcCoy Tyner SaharaMogwai Special MovesNaked City Naked CityNeutral Milk Hotel Ferris Wheel on FireAlbum 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|AnterosObliteration Black Death HorizonOrnette Coleman Free Jazz (A Collective Improvisation)Owen At Home With OwenOwen L'Ami du PeupleI 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 PanopticonPharoah Sanders KarmaRancid IndestructibleRicky Eat Acid Three Love SongsRocky Votolato Suicide MedicineRosetta Wake/LiftRun the Jewels Run the JewelsRun the Jewels isn't quite perfection, but hey, I sure as hell spin it like it is.Sharon Van Etten Are We ThereSparta Wiretap ScarsSt. Vincent St. VincentState Faults Resonate/DesperateStreetlight Manifesto The Hands That ThieveSwans To Be KindSwans The SeerSwarms Old Raves EndTeeheehee Rainbow Stab Brain BubblesTeen Suicide I Will Be My Own Hell Because There...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 godThe Dear Hunter The Color Spectrum (Complete Collection)The Hotelier Home, Like NoPlace Is ThereThe Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble Here Be DragonsThe Lawrence Arms The Greatest Story Ever ToldThe Pillows Fool on the PlanetWould be perfect if there was some Happy Bivouac stuff on here.The Seatbelts BlueDammit, 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 HuntAlbum 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 DreamThe Weakerthans Live At Burton Cummings TheatreThe Wonder Years The Greatest GenerationAlbum 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 Mount Zion He Has Left Us Alone...Thee Silver Mount Zion Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on EverythingThy Catafalque Tuno Ido TarlatTimes of Grace The Hymn of a Broken ManMakes you wonder what the fuck was going on with KsE II.Titus Andronicus Local BusinessAlbum 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 AwayTrophy Scars Holy VacantsWow.Trophy Scars Never Born, Never DeadTroubled Medium WHAT ARE YOU DOINGtwo albums out in one year and neither of them has a dick on the cover
i'm disappointed, spareUnited Nations United NationsI like my skramz the way I like your mom: fast and brutal...
...and with a few saxophones.Wayne Shorter Speak No EvilWe Lost the Sea The Quietest Place on EarthWilliam Parker The Peach Orchard4.0 excellentAaron West and The Roaring Twenties We Don't Have Each OtherAgainst Me! Transgender Dysphoria BluesAirospace 戦場ヶ原 ひたぎ [vol. I]Alcoa Bone & MarrowAllison Weiss Say What You MeanAndrew Hill Point of DepartureArrange Their Bodies in a FogBADBADNOTGOOD BBNGLIVE2BADBADNOTGOOD IIIbansheebeat Wutaibansheebeat Spiral PowerBjork PostBob Dylan The Times They Are A-Changin'Bob Dylan Another Side of Bob DylanBomb The Music Industry!/Laura Stevenson Split 7"Bomb the Music Industry!/O Pioneers!!! SplitBoris NoiseBrave Bird Maybe You, No One Else Worth ItAlbum 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 GestureCaleb McAlpine All Things NewCeres I Don't Want To Be Anywhere But HereCheap Girls Famous GravesMe or somebody else should review this because it's so good.Chelsea Wolfe ApokalypsisCHVRCHES The Bones of What You BelieveIf you rate this any lower than a 3.8 then you clearly just don't have fun.Clipping CLPPNGCloud Nothings Here and Nowhere ElseOh, so Cloud Nothings put out a legitimately establishing record? FINALLY!Dark Time Sunshine VesselDeath Grips The Powers That B - Part I: Niggas on the MoonDeath Grips ExmilitaryDevin Townsend Project EpicloudEpicloud is big, operatic and filled with anthem choruses...and it seems like that is all it needs to be.DJ Shadow Preemptive StrikeDot Hacker How's Your Process? (Work)Earl Sweatshirt DorisAlbum 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.Elvis Depressedly Holo PleasuresFall Out Boy Folie a DeuxFall Out Boy Take This to Your GraveFall Out Boy From Under the Cork TreeFire! Orchestra Enter!Fire! Orchestra Exit!Fireworks Oh, Common LifeFrank Turner England Keep My BonesFrank Zappa The Yellow SharkFucked Up Year of the TigerIncredible concept. Incredible lyrics. Pretty good track.Fucked Up Year of the DragonFucked Up Glass BoysFull of Hell The Inevitable Fear of ExistenceGenghis Tron Dead Mountain MouthGhosts and Vodka Addicts and DrunksGod Is An Astronaut Far from RefugeGodflesh HymnsGrimes VisionsHope Drone Hope DroneI Kill Giants I Kill GiantsTwenty-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 ExpiredCurrently the essential 2014 release in Australian music until I hear the new Jezabels record.
http://arrestrecordsaustralia.bandcamp.com/album/initials-leave-expiredInto It. Over It. 52 WeeksAnd that poor boy / won't know what hit him.Into It. Over It. IntersectionsAlbum 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, however, is the 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/KojiIt'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 WoodsIselia II: DawnJeff Rosenstock Summer Seven ClubJeff Rosenstock I Look Like ShitJim Lockey and the Solemn Sun DeathLike Frank Turner meets The Menzingers.Joey Bada$$ 1999John Coltrane My Favorite ThingsJulia Brown To Be Close To YouYet another project of Sam Ray's, and, as usual, the output is brilliant.Julia Brown LibraryKashiwa Daisuke Kotonoha no Niwa Soundtrack CDKid Brother Collective Highway Milesplease raise your glasses for the severely underratedKMD Bl-ck B-st-rdsKoji Spring Song Vol. 1Album 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.La Dispute Rooms of the HouseLil B God's FatherLoose Lips Sink Ships The Contemporary Issues of CelibacyLos Campesinos! No BluesAlbum 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 CrossesLove Like... Electrocution Love Like... ElectrocutionManchester Orchestra Simple MathMatthew Shipp Greatest HitsMeishi Smile mYSTERIOUS sUMMER vACATIONMelt-Banana FetchMilhouse ThrillhouseMutoid Man Helium HeadNails Abandon All LifeNeutral Milk Hotel On Avery IslandOn 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 StateO' God the White Whale Never Knows BestOld Gray DemoOneohtrix Point Never ReplicaOwen No Good for No One NowOwen (the ep)Owen New LeavesOwen Ghost TownOwen OwenOwls OwlsOwls TwoPapermoons No LovePedro the Lion ProgressPerfect Pussy I have lost all desire for feelingPet 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 GunPianos Become the Teeth Keep YouPrawn KingfisherThrough 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 WhateverSelf Defense Family Try MeShabazz Palaces Lese MajestyShad Flying ColoursSignals Midwest Light On The LakeSigur Ros KveikurSilverstein This Is How the Wind ShiftsSlime Girls Vacation WastelandSport Bon VoyageSun Ra Jazz in SilhouetteSwordplay and Pierre the Motionless Tap WaterTancred TancredSo, 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 StarTeeheehee Rainbow Stab Swallowing Stones for Fun and ProfitTerror Pigeon! LIVE IT UP BEFORE YOU DIE IT UP!The Bennies Rainbows in Spaceif 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
http://thebennies.bandcamp.com/album/rainbows-in-spaceThe Decemberists We All Raise Our Voices to the AirThe Dillinger Escape Plan One of Us Is the KillerThe Flaming Lips The TerrorThe Flaming Lips 7 Skies H3The Gaslamp Killer BreakthroughThe Hundred Acre Woods The Hundred Acre Woods EPThe Lawrence Arms MetropoleThe Menzingers Rented WorldThe World is a Beautiful Place... Whenever, If EverTheir / They're / There Analog WeekendAlbum 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.jpgThundercat ApocalypseThy Light No Morrow Shall DawnTigers on Trains FoundryTigers on Trains Antarctica In ColorTouche Amore Is Survived ByAlbum 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=SwxYIKh5P0MTroubled Medium CAN U FEEL IT???Evidently, Hanson feels it somethin' fierce.United Nations The Next Four YearsVolcano Choir RepaveAlbum 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 SaltWeezer Everything Will Be Alright in the EndWil 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 jamzWillis Earl Beal Nobody KnowsYoshino Yoshikawa Yumetatsu GliderZoom Lens does it again 3.5 greatAFI Sing the SorrowAgainst Me! White CrossesAivi & Surasshu The Black BoxAlcest ShelterYo, 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 Trueall the hours you wait patienceAmber Pacific The TurnAn Autumn For Crippled Children EverythingAndrew Hill PaxAntarctigo Vespucci Soulmate StuffHere it is, kids, the feel-good punk album of the year.Antemasque AntemasqueAsh Borer BloodlandsB L A C K I E... All Caps, With Spaces B L A C K I E All Caps With Spaces DISCOGRAPHYBeck Morning PhaseBetween the Buried and Me The Silent CircusBinary Heart SplitsvilleBomb the Music Industry! Get WarmerBomb the Music Industry! Everybody That You LoveBoysetsfire While A Nation Sleeps...Cal Chuchesta ∆CALxTAPExTWO∆I'm feeling a strong 10 to a light 11 here.Caspian Waking SeasonCaspian Hymn For The Greatest GenerationChildren of Bodom Halo of BloodClams Casino Instrumental Mixtape 2Colin Stetson New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More LightDads American Radass (This Is Important)Darkest Hour Hidden Hands of a Sadist NationDeath Grips Government PlatesAlbum 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.Death Grips No Love Deep WebDeltron 3030 Event IIDrake Take CareEfrim Manuel Menuck Plays "High Gospel"Electric Wizard Time to DieEric Dolphy Eric Dolphy at the Five Spot, Volume 2Frank Turner Tape Deck Heartfun. Some NightsGeorgia Maq Friends and Bowler's RunHot Water Music ExisterJesu Every Day I Get Closer To The Light...John Lithgoat Who Gives a Fuck NowhereJoyce Manor Of All Things I Will Soon Grow TiredJoyce Manor Never Hungover Againyou fucking know it
http://i.imgur.com/YBn1USw.pngKittyhawk Hello, AgainKoji Crooked In My MIndKoji'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 MattersLCD Soundsystem LCD SoundsystemLinkin Park MeteoraLorde Pure HeroineMadvillain Madvillainy 2: The Madlib RemixMain Attrakionz 808s and Dark Grapes IIMason Wylie and the Mirsty Thercs 21 Day Mental DietMathew Lim ImpressionsAlbum 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 BashirMeishi Smile LustMellowHype BLACKENEDWHITEMF DOOM Born Like ThisMike G ALIMiles Davis Someday My Prince Will ComeMisery Signals MirrorsMogwai Earth DivisionMolecular Corporation Ambient Sputnik and The Dancing GovernmentMxPx Life in GeneralAlbum 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 WeaponsMy Chemical Romance Danger Days...nic DemoSo this is legit pretty good Niechec Niechęć EPNow, Now ThreadsOjne Undici/DodiciOld Man Gloom Seminar II: The Holy Rites of Primitivism RegressiOwen O, EvelynOwen The Seaside EPPalms PalmsPerfect Pussy Say Yes to LovePoison the Well The Tropic RotRadiohead The King of LimbsRuby Nightingale Goodnight CreekRx Bandits Gemini, Her MajestyRyan Hemsworth Still AwakeSay Anything HebrewsSigur Ros ValtariSkinny Genes MEHAlbum 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 Forgettablefuck Dowsing Sundials When I Couldn't BreatheTeeheehee Rainbow Stab Teeheehee Rainbow StabTenacious D The Pick of DestinyThe 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.Tenmon Byousoku no 5cmThe Beatles Let It BeThe Bennies BETTER OFF DREADThe Bruce Lee Band Community Support GroupThe Bruce Lee Band Everything Will Be Alright, My FriendThe Forces Of Evil Friend or FOE?The Gaslight Anthem Get HurtThe Internet Feel GoodThe Mars Volta NoctourniquetThe Seatbelts Ask DNAThe Smith Street Band Don't Fuck With Our Dreamshttp://i.imgur.com/9ncaUs7.pngThe Speed of Sound in Seawater First ContactThe Speed of Sound in Seawater finally, fully embrace the math pop and it sounds...
...sweet.The Wonder Years Manton StreetTheir / They're / There Their / They're / ThereAlbum 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 ThriftologyTigers Jaw CharmerWhat a sweet album.
"Hum" is still the best song ever, by the way.Trap Her Keep Her Fake RecordTrophy Scars Alphabet AlphabetsWarren of Ohms UntitledWoods of Desolation Toward the DepthsYellowcard Lift a SailYou Blew It! Keep Doing What You’re Doing3.0 goodAirospace The Devil and His MistressAnberlin Blueprints For The Black MarketAnimal Collective Centipede HzASAP Ferg Trap LordBig Nig Eno Is (Not) Proud of MeBomb the Music Industry! Others! Others! (Volume 1: 2005 - 2008)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."Chester Watson PhantomChildish Gambino Because the InternetCinema Staff NostalgiaCity and Colour The Hurry and the HarmClipping MidcityCode Orange Love Is Love // Return To DustConverge No HeroesConverge/Napalm Death SplitCult of Luna VertikalDaft Punk Random Access MemoriesDeath Cab for Cutie Codes and KeysDeltron 3030 City Rising From The AshesDomo Genesis No IdolsDr. Dre The ChronicDrake Nothing Was the SameEvan Parker, Derek Bailey and Han Bennink The Topography of the LungsFall Out Boy Fall Out Boy's Evening Out With Your GirlfriendFoo Fighters Echoes, Silence, Patience & GraceGOOD Music Cruel SummerGot A Girl I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff NowGrimes Geidi PrimesGZA Legend of the Liquid SwordHands on the Stereo Teamwork Makes the Dream WorkAlbum 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 HoneybloodInc. No WorldiNTRiKeT Songs For SleepyJohn Lennon Imagine"It's a Hallmark card set to music." - Frank TurnerKanye West GraduationKillswitch Engage Disarm the DescentAlbum 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 CrowdLil B 05 Fuck EmLos Campesinos! Hello SadnessMetallica Death MagneticMinor Threat Salad DaysMinus the Bear Infinity OverheadMonoliths. ApeironMonoliths. Black Santa Rides The FiretrainMxPx Plans Within PlansFor a band that should have called it quits a long time ago, "Aces Up" is fantastic.N.W.A. Straight Outta ComptonNeurosis Honor Found in DecayNew Found Glory CatalystNirvana BleachNoumenon Party MathematicsOpeth HeritageParamore Brand New EyesRise Against EndgameRise Against The Black MarketSeahaven Winter ForeverSex-Dragoon MayoAlbum Rating: 2.awesome
Arr...ninety sea shanties on three compact discs - BLOW THE MAN DOWN MATIES BLOW THE MAN DOWN - ROW ROW ROW YOUR BOAT - IN THE NAVY COME ON AND JOIN YOUR FELLOW MAN
Act now and get a bonus CD: Hornpipe Fever...arrShai Hulud Misanthropy PureSlint TweezSparta ThreesSum 41 Underclass HeroTalk Talk It's My LifeThe Delicious Bread Collection Equals HitlerThe Dismemberment Plan Uncanney ValleyThe F-Ups The F-UpsThe Flaming Lips At War With The MysticsThe Offspring AmericanaThe Pillows MoondustAlbum 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" and "About a Rock'n'Roll Band" are easily amongst the absolute best of The Pillows and justify the album's existence alone, but 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 is worth holding on to.The Roots ...And Then You Shoot Your CousinThe World is a Beautiful Place... Josh Is DeadThe World is a Beautiful Place... Between BodiesThrice Identity CrisisThursday WaitingTigers Jaw Two WorldsWolves in the Throne Room Celestial LineageWolves in the Throne Room CelestiteXasthur To Violate the ObliviousYellowcard Ocean Avenue AcousticYung Lean Unknown Death 2002Yvette Young AcousticsThis 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.
http://yvetteyoung.bandcamp.com/album/acoustics-ep2.5 average1902 MotsiA Loss For Words Before It CavesAC/DC Highway to HellAFI Crash LoveAgainst Me! True TransAlbum 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 SphereAndrew Jackson Jihad Christmas IslandI 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.Angels and Airwaves Love - Part IIBad Brains Into The FutureBad Religion Into the UnknownBeing As an Ocean Dear G-dBotch The Unifying Themes of Sex, Death, and ReligionBurzum Sol austan, Mani vestanCaravels LacunaChildish Gambino CampCode Orange I Am KingColdplay Mylo XylotoCommon The Dreamer/The BelieverConverge Halo in a HaystackCynic Kindly Bent to Free UsDefeater Letters HomeAlbum 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 AnymoreAlbum 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 LaterDream Theater A Dramatic Turn of EventsEminem The Marshall Mathers LP 2Explosions in the Sky Take Care, Take Care, Take CareFour Year Strong In Some Way, Shape, or Form.Frank Turner Poetry of the DeedFuneral for a Friend Tales Don't Tell ThemselvesGob Foot In Mouth DiseaseGreen Day 21st Century BreakdownGuns N' Roses Appetite for DestructionHands Like Houses UnimagineHatebreed HatebreedJay-Z Magna Carta... Holy GrailJustin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2Kanye West YeezusKayo Dot CoyoteLetlive. The Blackest BeautifulAlbum 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 flat and weak quality 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". At best, the band's songwriting is also 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.Letlive. Exhaustion, Salt Water, And Everything In BetweenLeviathan True Traitor, True WhoreLong Lost Save Yourself, Start AgainMellowHype INSAMindless Self Indulgence IfMogwai The Hawk Is HowlingPowderfinger Golden RuleRadiohead Pablo HoneyRamones Pleasant DreamsRancid Let the Dominoes FallRed Hot Chili Peppers The Red Hot Chili PeppersReel Big Fish Candy Coated FuryIt'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.Santana ShamanSaosin In Search Of Solid GroundSilverstein Arrivals and DeparturesStarkweather CrossbearerSufjan Stevens Enjoy Your RabbitTeeheehee Rainbow Stab PizzafaceThe Dear Hunter MigrantI 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 LadiesThe Pillows OOPArtsThe Promise Ring Wood/WaterThe Weeknd Kiss LandThe Wonder Years Get Stoked on It!Album Rating: 2.7
Get Stoked on It!'s formula is flawed in that The Wonder Years have sliced up the most unoriginal areas of pop punk and melodic hardcore and merged them into something that only glimpses at the band's personal sound, but is ultimately washed down by an endless succession of cringe-worthy cliches.
P.S: "When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong" is virtually the exact same track as "Won't Be Pathetic Forever".Transit Young New EnglandTrash Talk 119Willis Earl Beal Acousmatic SorceryBeal 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 DiagramsXXYYXX DOLOR2.0 poorA Day to Remember Common CourtesyAlbum 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 BurntownAnimal Collective Danse ManateeASAP Mob Lord$ Never WorryB.o.B The Adventures Of Bobby RayConverge GravelDeath Grips DxDGDescendents SessionsDisturbed The SicknessEminem RecoveryFall Out Boy Save Rock and RollHonestly, 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 DaysI'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 YouFrom First to Last Dear Diary, My Teen Angst Has a Body...Gorillaz The FallGravediggaz Nightmare in A-MinorHodgy Beats The Dena TapeHodgy Beats Untitled 2I 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 HappinessI Kill Giants No One Will Ever Leave YouIn Flames A Sense of PurposeIsis SawbladeJay-Z The Blueprint 3Jimmy Eat World Jimmy Eat WorldKid Rock Devil Without A CauseKillswitch Engage Killswitch Engage IIKings of Leon Only By The NightLinkin Park Minutes to MidnightLiturgy Aesthethicamad dads mad dads (demos)MellowHype NumbersAlbum 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 BabelSomewhere out there, there's some tigers riding trains.NOFX Maximum RocknRollOFWGKTA The Odd Future TapeParkway Drive Deep BluePolar Bear Club Death ChorusSay Anything Anarchy, My DearT.S.O.L. Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Free DownloadsThe All-American Rejects Kids in the StreetAlbum 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 CometThe Decemberists The King Is DeadThis is soooooooooooo boring.The Fall of Troy In the Unlikely EventThe Fray How to Save a LifeThe Seatbelts Cowboy Bebop Remixes: Music for FreelanceThe Story So Far Songs OfThe Weeknd TrilogyAlbum 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).Three Days Grace One-XTim Kasher The Game of MonogamyTrvth Earth Is DustVarious Artists (Punk) Japanese Pop Punk Compilation 2012Whitechapel This Is Exile1.5 very poor3 Inches of Blood Here Waits Thy Doom50 Cent The MassacreAmber Pacific VirtuesAvicii TrueBlack Flag What The...dredg Chuckles & Mr. SqueezyDry Satire DemoEd Sheeran +Escape the Fate Escape the FateYawn..................................................Fall Out Boy ****: Live In PhoenixHORSE the band Secret Rhythm of the UniverseHotel Books I'm Almost Happy Here, But I Never Feel At HomeHouse Vs. Hurricane Crooked TeethImagine Dragons Night VisionsJohn Cage 4'33As covered by The World is a Beautiful Place...:
http://brokenworldmedia.bandcamp.com/album/433Loma Prieta Matrimony EPMegadeth Super ColliderMellowHigh MellowHighAlbum 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.
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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 CrapThe Delicious Bread Collection Pumpkin Bread (2delicious4me)Album Rating: YO FUCK PUMPKIN BREADThe Summer Set LegendaryTravis Barker Give The Drummer SomeTrivium The CrusadeXasthur All Reflections DrainedYellowcard Midget Tossing1.0 awfulBullet for My Valentine Temper TemperCeltic Frost Cold LakeFalling in Reverse Fashionably LateDuh, it's a 1.Kerser The NebulizerAlbum Rating: Really fucking low
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