Average Rating: 3.27
Rating Variance: 1.10
Objectivity Score: 89% (Well Balanced)
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: between "Side Projects Are Never Successful" and "King of Minneapolis, Pts. III & IV" are a set of songs that you, more likely than not, will not see on most "Best of BtMI!" lists. The truth, however, is that they're actually brilliantly subtle and more impenetrable than anything Jeff Rosenstock has or will ever do. This section in particular is harmonically jarring, goofy, and breaches some real high level of esoteric in that it flies below the radar with a massive shedding of pop anthemics, but beneath all the spastic hardcore punk bullshit, ska-reminiscent rhythms and seemingly half-assed acoustic ditties is actually the heart and soul of the record, and the heart and soul of a circa-2006 Rosenstock. Where the universally acclaimed opening four tracks and closing two are a little more immediate and accessible, the middle section of the record is a dense, underrated effort that demands persistence. And when you finally crack that bastard open, Goodbye Cool World! shines brighter and more colourfully than any other BtMI! record, and that's saying something.Burial UntrueCharles 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 the freedom of jazz and the organisation of classical. The single, forty-minute piece that is Black Saint is obviously a composed 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 DopethroneLaura 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, but to sing. And I'll be damned if Laura ain't got the voice of an angel.LCD Soundsystem Sound of SilverMadvillain MadvillainyNeutral 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 DeclineRed Hot Chili Peppers Stadium ArcadiumAlbum 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. Every heart is lifted, while no bone is left un-funked. 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 concentrated and yet unburdened and carefree. It then becomes 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 Wonder Years Suburbia: I've Given You All and Now I'm NothingAlbum Rating: 5.0
Yes, pop punk is a legitimate genre.4.5 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-iiAnimal Collective FeelsArt Blakey Moanin'Austin Peralta Endless PlanetsBeck Sea ChangeBomb the Music Industry! ScramblesBomb 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.Botch An Anthology of Dead EndsBrave Bird Maybe You, No One Else Worth ItAlbum Rating: 4.3
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.Bright Eyes I'm Wide Awake, It's MorningCaptain, We're Sinking The Future Is CancelledCharlie Parker Charlie Parker With Strings: The Master TakesCorrupted El Mundo FrioDanny Brown XXXDeafheaven SunbatherAlbum Rating: 4.8
The 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 StoreDo Make Say Think Goodbye Enemy Airship the Landlord Is...Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) On Time Spent WaitingFall Out Boy Infinity On HighAlbum Rating: 4.4
Why the obvious mainstream pop hallmarks of Infinity on High make it a great album:
- produced cleanly -----> crystal clear and well mixed
- loaded into maximality -----> rich with uncommon pop rock material
- constantly digestible -----> really fun
- melodramatic -----> actually sounds natural and realFishbone The Reality of My SurroundingsAlbum Rating: 4.3
One of the most under-appreciated albums of all time.Flying Lotus Los AngelesFlying Lotus CosmogrammaFucked Up David Comes to LifeAlbum Rating: 4.4
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 VivosGodspeed You! Black Emperor Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas...Gris A l'ame Enflammee, l'ame ConstelleeInto It. Over It. IntersectionsAlbum Rating: 4.3
I've got to have sat down at least five times by now to try to write something about Evan Weiss' latest Into It. Over It. endeavour, Intersections. I put it on, I sit down, I open Microsoft Word, and I look at my screen. "Fuck".
Now, I got into Evan through Proper, and listened to almost nothing that year but that album and Suburbia by The Wonder Years. Naturally, I was into it (lel) because it was a great pop punk record, but it wasn't perfect, and I wanted Intersections to be a perfection of Proper; the one that would take Evan all over the world down to my little, crummy corner of Australia so I could maybe shake his hand. You have to know that I wasn't around for 52 Weeks to begin with and IIOI was never an acoustic project to me, because even tracks like "Wearing White" had that emo spark in them. Life is Suffering pretty much affirmed that. But with Intersections, Evan's finally over it (lel). He's broken out of the box of a scene that was the so-called "emo revival" 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 placed into a very strange, very free collection of tracks. 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.Iron Chic Not Like ThisIsis OceanicJames Blake James BlakeJames Blake OvergrownKayo Dot HubardoLoma 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 MoonchileOathbreaker Eros|AnterosOrnette Coleman Free Jazz (A Collective Improvisation)Panopticon PanopticonRancid IndestructibleRefused Refused Are Fucking DeadRocky Votolato Suicide MedicineAlbum Rating: 4.5
ROCKY YOU BEAUTIFUL MOTHERFUCKER WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFERosetta Wake/LiftRun The Jewels Run The JewelsAlbum Rating: 4.7
Run the Jewels isn't quite perfection, but hey, I sure as hell spin it like it is.State Faults Resonate/DesperateStreetlight Manifesto The Hands That ThieveSwans The SeerTeeheehee Rainbow Stab Brain BubblesTeen Suicide I Will Be My Own Hell Because There...The Dear Hunter The Color Spectrum (Complete Collection)The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble Here Be Dragonsthe pillows Fool on the PlanetThe Seatbelts BlueAlbum Rating: 4.4
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 Smith Street Band Don't Fuck With Our DreamsAlbum Rating: 4.3
The barebones music scene of Australia somehow bred this top-tier punk band: Wil Wagner & The Smith Street Band--with the latest addition to their infallible discography, Don't Fuck With Our Dreams--are here to save Aussie music.
And get high.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 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 reinvent that sound with every new album. They probably can't keep doing it 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.The World is a Beautiful Place... Whenever, If EverThee Silver Mount Zion He Has Left Us Alone...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.Touche Amore Is Survived ByAlbum Rating: 4.4
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 Angel" 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=SwxYIKh5P0MUnited Nations United NationsAlbum Rating: 4.6
I like my skramz the way I like your mom: fast and brutal...
...and with a few saxophones.Volcano Choir RepaveAlbum Rating: 4.3
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.We Lost The Sea The Quietest Place on EarthWilliam Parker The Peach Orchard4.0 excellentAlcoa Bone & MarrowAllison Weiss Say What You MeanBADBADNOTGOOD BBNGLIVE2bansheebeat Wutaibansheebeat Spiral PowerBob Dylan Another Side Of Bob DylanBob Dylan The Times They Are A-Changin'Boysetsfire While A Nation Sleeps...Caspian Waking SeasonDeltron 3030 Event IIDJ Shadow Preemptive StrikeDrake Take CareEarl 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 PleasuresFrank Zappa The Yellow SharkFuck Buttons Slow FocusFucked Up Year of the TigerAlbum Rating: 3.8
Incredible concept. Incredible lyrics. Pretty good track.Full of Hell The Inevitable Fear of Existencefun. Some NightsGenghis Tron Dead Mountain MouthGhosts and Vodka Addicts and DrunksGod Is An Astronaut Far from RefugeGodflesh HymnsGrimes VisionsHope Drone Hope DroneI Kill Giants I Kill GiantsAlbum Rating: 4.2
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.Into It. Over It. 52 WeeksAlbum Rating: 4.1
And that poor boy / won't know what hit him.Into It. Over It. and Koji IIOI/KojiAlbum Rating: 3.9
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 WoodsIron Chic The Constant OneJim Lockey and the Solemn Sun DeathAlbum Rating: 4.2
Like The Smith Street Band meets The Menzingers.John Coltrane My Favorite ThingsJulia Brown To Be Close To YouAlbum Rating: 3.9
Yet another project of Sam Ray's, and, as usual, the output is brilliant.Julia Brown LibraryKid Brother Collective Highway MilesKoji 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.Koji Crooked In My MIndAlbum Rating: 3.8
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.Loose 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.Manchester Orchestra Simple MathMason Wylie and the Mirsty Thercs 21 Day Mental DietAlbum Rating: 3.8
This is so much like Troubled Medium but it's really fucking good so I don't care.Mathew Lim ImpressionsAlbum Rating: 3.9
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 fucking good.Meishi Smile mYSTERIOUS sUMMER vACATIONMellowHype BLACKENEDWHITEMxPx Life in GeneralAlbum Rating: 3.8
Everybody's got that album. The "guilty pleasure", the one that you 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 downright brilliant work of high-school basement rehearsal pop punk, regardless of fluke or genuine genius.Neutral Milk Hotel On Avery IslandAlbum Rating: 4.1
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.Now, Now ThreadsO' God the White Whale Never Knows BestOjne Undici/DodiciOneohtrix Point Never ReplicaOwen L'Ami du PeuplePalms PalmsPedro the Lion ProgressPet Symmetry Two Songs About Cars. Two Songs With Long Titles.Album Rating: 3.9
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.Sigur Ros ValtariSigur Ros KveikurSilverstein This Is How the Wind ShiftsAlbum Rating: 4.0
Do yourself a favour and mix "This is How" and "The Wind Shifts" in Audacity.Slime Girls Vacation WastelandSwordplay and Pierre the Motionless Tap WaterTancred TancredAlbum Rating: 4.1
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 StarTeeheehee Rainbow Stab Swallowing Stones for Fun and ProfitThe Decemberists We All Raise Our Voices to the AirThe Devin Townsend Project EpicloudAlbum Rating: 4.2
Epicloud is big, operatic and filled with anthem choruses...and it seems like that is all it needs to be.The Dillinger Escape Plan One of Us Is the KillerThe Hundred Acre Woods The Hundred Acre Woods EPTheir / They're / There Their / They're / ThereAlbum Rating: 3.9
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.Their / 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 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.Tigers Jaw Hum/CoolAlbum Rating: 4.2
Three-out-of-five of the members of Tigers Jaw leave; band puts out one of the best songs of the year; recruit Brand New guitarist as touring member. BANG!Tigers on Trains FoundryTroubled Medium CAN U FEEL IT???Album Rating: 3.9
Evidently, Hanson feels it somethin' fierce.Tyler The Creator WolfAlbum Rating: 3.8
In case you were curious, Lucas is awful on this.Waxahatchee Cerulean SaltWil Wagner What Started Off With TrespassingAlbum Rating: 3.9
"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 Knows3.5 greatAFI Sing the SorrowAlkaline Trio My Shame Is Trueall the hours you wait patienceAn Autumn For Crippled Children EverythingAndrew Hill PaxAsh Borer BloodlandsB L A C K I E... All Caps, With Spaces B L A C K I E All Caps With Spaces DISCOGRAPHYBetween The Buried And Me The Silent CircusBinary Heart SplitsvilleCal Chuchesta ∆CALxTAPExTWO∆Album Rating: 3.3
I'm feeling a strong 10 to a light 11 here.Caravels LacunaCaspian Hymn For The Greatest GenerationChildren of Bodom Halo of BloodDads American Radass (This Is Important)Darkest Hour Hidden Hands Of A Sadist NationDeath Grips No Love Deep WebEfrim Manuel Menuck Plays "High Gospel"Eric Dolphy Eric Dolphy at the Five Spot, Volume 2Fall Out Boy Fall Out Boy's Evening Out With Your GirlfriendAlbum Rating: 3.5
I must be one GIGANTIC sucker for this band because, after six years, I still really enjoy this.Frank Turner Tape Deck HeartHot Water Music ExisterJesu Every Day I Get Closer To The Light...Jimmy Eat World DamageJohn Lithgoat Who Gives a Fuck NowhereJoyce Manor Of All Things I Will Soon Grow TiredKillswitch Engage Disarm the DescentAlbum Rating: 3.3
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.Linkin Park MeteoraLorde Pure HeroineMadvillain Madvillainy 2: The Madlib RemixMax Richter Waltz With BashirMiles Davis Someday My Prince Will ComeMisery Signals MirrorsMogwai Earth DivisionMy Chemical Romance Conventional Weaponsnic DemoAlbum Rating: 3.4
So this is legit pretty good Niechec Niechęć EPPoison the Well The Tropic RotRuby Nightingale Goodnight CreekSkinny 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.Sundials When I Couldn't BreatheTeeheehee Rainbow Stab Teeheehee Rainbow StabTenacious D The Pick of DestinyAlbum Rating: 3.7
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 BeThe Forces Of Evil Friend or FOE?The Internet Feel GoodThe Seatbelts Ask DNAThe Speed of Sound in Seawater First ContactAlbum Rating: 3.7
The Speed of Sound in Seawater finally, fully embrace the math pop and it sounds...
...sweet.The Wonder Years Manton StreetThundercat ApocalypseTrap Her Keep Her Fake RecordTrophy Scars Alphabet AlphabetsWarren of Ohms Untitled3.0 goodAnberlin Blueprints For The Black MarketBomb the Music Industry! Others! Others! (Volume 1: 2005 - 2008)Album Rating: 3.2
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."Cinema Staff NostalgiaClipping MidcityConverge No HeroesConverge and Napalm Death SplitCult of Luna VertikalDaft Punk Random Access MemoriesDeltron 3030 City Rising From The AshesDr. Dre The ChronicDrake Nothing Was the SameExplosions in the Sky Take Care, Take Care, Take CareFoo Fighters Echoes, Silence, Patience & GraceGOOD Music Cruel SummerGrimes Geidi PrimesHands 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).Inc. No WorldiNTRiKeT Songs For SleepyJohn Lennon ImagineAlbum Rating: 3.1
"It's a Hallmark card set to music." - Frank TurnerKanye West GraduationLess Than Jake In With The Out CrowdMetallica Death MagneticMinor Threat Salad DaysMinus the Bear Infinity OverheadMonoliths. ApeironMxPx Plans Within PlansAlbum Rating: 2.8
For 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 BleachOpeth HeritageParamore Brand New EyesRamones Pleasant DreamsRise Against EndgameSex-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 PureSilverstein Arrivals and DeparturesSlint TweezSparta ThreesSum 41 Underclass HeroTalk Talk It's My lifeThe Delicious Bread Collection Equals HitlerThe Dismemberment Plan Uncanney ValleyThe F-Ups The F-UpsThe Offspring AmericanaThrice Identity CrisisThursday WaitingWolves in the Throne Room Celestial LineageXasthur To Violate the ObliviousYellowcard Ocean Avenue Acoustic2.5 average1902 MotsiA Day To Remember Common CourtesyAlbum Rating: 2.4
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 unlistenable 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.A Loss For Words Before It CavesAC/DC Highway to HellAFI Crash LoveAgainst Me! True TransAlbum Rating: 2.6
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.Angels and Airwaves Love Part 2ASAP Ferg Trap LordBad 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 VestanColdplay Mylo XylotoConverge Halo in a HaystackDefeater 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 2Four 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 UnimagineJay-Z Magna Carta... Holy GrailJustin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2Kanye West YeezusLetlive. Exhaustion, Salt Water, And Everything In BetweenLetlive. 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.Leviathan True Traitor, True WhoreLinkin Park Minutes To MidnightMindless Self Indulgence IfMogwai The Hawk Is HowlingPolar Bear Club Death ChorusPowderfinger Golden RuleRadiohead Pablo HoneyRancid Let the Dominoes FallRed Hot Chili Peppers The Red Hot Chili PeppersReel Big Fish Candy Coated FuryAlbum Rating: 2.6
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.Santana ShamanStarkweather CrossbearerTeeheehee Rainbow Stab PizzafaceThe Dear Hunter MigrantAlbum Rating: 2.5
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 LadiesThe 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 EnglandWillis Earl Beal Acousmatic SorceryAlbum Rating: 2.4
Beal himself said something along the lines "like walking in on someone taking a shit" in referring to this record (ref: Nardwuar interview).XXYYXX DOLOR2.0 poorB.o.B The Adventures Of Bobby RayConverge GravelDisturbed The SicknessEminem RecoveryFall Out Boy PAX AM DaysAlbum Rating: 2.2
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 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 2Album Rating: 1.9
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 HappinessIn 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 NightLong Lost Save Yourself, Start Againmad 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 BabelAlbum Rating: 2.2
Somewhere out there, there's some tigers riding trains.NOFX Maximum RocknRollOFWGKTA The Odd Future TapeSay 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 Decemberists The King Is DeadAlbum Rating: 2.2
This is soooooooooooo boring.The Fall of Troy In the Unlikely EventThe Fray How to Save a LifeThe 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 2012Yellowcard Midget Tossing1.5 very poor All Those Born Among ThemAlbum Rating: 1.3
http://driftwoodrecords.bandcamp.com/album/dwr25-all-those-born-among-them3 Inches of Blood Here Waits Thy Doom50 Cent The MassacreBlack Eyed Peas The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies)Black Flag What The...dredg Chuckles & Mr. SqueezyEscape the Fate Escape The Fate (Deluxe Edition)Album Rating: 1.4
Wow, it's not just crap. It's deluxe crap.Fall Out Boy ****: Live In PhoenixFall Out Boy Save Rock and RollAlbum Rating: 1.7
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.HORSE the band Secret Rhythm of the UniverseHouse Vs. Hurricane Crooked TeethImagine Dragons Night VisionsLoma 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. Like, at all. Hell, listening to this thing is like watching a mentally challenged fellow trying to stick a piece of wood to a waterfall. 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 one effect: utter boredom. 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=bwnpDxAgcO4Misfits Project 1950My Bloody Valentine This Is Your Bloody ValentineNas NastradamusNOFX Liberal AnimationOmar Rodriguez-Lopez DespairPlain White T's Every Second CountsSleeping With Sirens FeelSum 41 Screaming Bloody MurderAlbum Rating: 1.3
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 Summer Set LegendaryTrivium The Crusade1.0 awfulBullet For My Valentine Temper TemperCeltic Frost Cold LakeFalling In Reverse Fashionably LateAlbum Rating: 1.1
Duh, it's a 1.Kerser The NebulizerAlbum Rating: Really fucking low
AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAKidz Bop Kidz Kidz Bop 23Album Rating: -1
these niggas bop hard watch your back ColtraneLupe Fiasco LasersSimple Plan No Pads, No Helmets... Just BallsSkrillex LeavingTeeheehee Rainbow Stab Murder Breath
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