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Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of January 25, 2019.  Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff and/or contributors. Featured Release Say Anything: Oliver Appropriate Genre: Pop Punk Label: Dine Alone Music Inc. Ramping up for their 8th studio album, Say Anything embarks on […]

Trophy Scars – “Qeres” This already feels like the riskiest inclusion on this list so far.  Trophy Scars don’t exactly have the clout of a band like Titus Andronicus or The Dillinger Escape Plan, yet here they are, nestled snug on my cement-as-fuck decade enshrinement.  But let me ease any concerns: they deserve to be […]

The Dillinger Escape Plan – “Farewell, Mona Lisa” There’s no feeling in this place… Whenever I think of the best metalcore acts of the decade – ha, nevermind – I never think about metalcore.  That almost – almost – led me to overlook what should be an obvious inclusion on anyone’s decade list.  The Dillinger Escape Plan […]

…Aaand we’re back!  Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of January 18, 2019.  Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff and/or contributors. Featured Release Sharon Van Etten: Remind Me Tomorrow Genre: Folk/Indie-Rock Label: Jagjaguwar Coming off of her celebrated 4th LP, Are We There, […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 | EPs/Live Albums/Compilations 10. SOPHIE – Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] Artificiality gets a bad rap. Despite the divide between “natural” and “unnatural” being a nebulous and slippery one, many people are highly invested in establishing and maintaining a hierarchy between the two. These people affix the […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 | EPs/Live Albums/Compilations 10. Iglooghost – Clear Tamei [Bandcamp] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] By now Iglooghost has solidified himself as one of the most talented producers, being able to take the most frantic drums of Aphex Twin’s and molding it into something that’s altogether his own. Within the splashes of melody lines, one […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 | EPs/Live Albums/Compilations 30. Tim Hecker – Konoyo [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Bandcamp] The location: an unnamed New Zealand city, a suburb which I will grant anonymity. A long-disused industrial warehouse, fallen into dilapidation, on the corner of a noisy major thoroughfare and a street which exclusively houses those kind of depots, tin expanses stowing wares […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 | EPs/Live Albums/Compilations 50. Horrendous – Idol [Bandcamp] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] Horrendous’ ascension from rabid Swede-worshiping youngsters to trailblazing veterans has been one of the most compelling arcs to witness in all of death metal history. The way these four Philly natives have progressed over the last six years has been nothing short of awe-inspiring, and […]

mewithoutYou – “Rainbow Signs” God gave Noah the rainbow sign…no more water, is the H-Bomb next time? There’s stark contrast in the implications carried by the phrase, “the end of the world.”  For those with a religious upbringing, it likely conjures images of plague, famine, and horsemen wreaking unfathomable devastation.  To others, they might imagine World War III […]

25-11  |  10-1 10) Sepulcher – Panoptic Horror Genre: Death Metal  |  Bandcamp Despite how fantastic of a sales pitch it is, I can’t help but feel like I’m doing Panoptic Horror a disservice by describing it as “Hell Awaits era Slayer meets crust punk.” That feeling mostly comes down to the fact that, although they’re […]

25-11  |  10-1 25) Yung Lean – Poison Ivy Genre: Hip-Hop  |  Official Site I feel somewhat reticent talking about Yung Lean, let alone his latest, Poison Ivy. Whatever I write drips with ignorance, despite my love for the 22-minute project; and in some sense, that’s unavoidable. An air of mystique has always seemed to surround the […]

Sufjan Stevens – “Impossible Soul” though I know it’s small, I want love for us all So, anyone got a spare 30 minutes to listen to a pop track?  I know, it’s easy to approach songs that lengthy with trepidation; usually they’re either a bloated mess, annoyingly repetitive, or worse yet – they do that pointless “hidden track” thing where they […]

Titus Andronicus – “A More Perfect Union” tramps like us, baby, we were born to die The weight of 2019 is bearing down on us.  As the final stop in a 10 year waiting period – which started waaay back when the staff punctuated their 2000-2009 list with a Jane Doe victory – there’s an awful […]

ITEM, a Cleveland-based indie rock group, came into my life as a surprise discovery by a friend.  I was immediately entranced by the sleepy absurdity of Sad Light, which ends up juxtaposing heavily with its most poignant moments — tales of environmental destruction and emotional dysfunction meeting with non-sequiturs and childlike playfulness.  I spoke to […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 10. Hop Along – Bark Your Head Off, Dog [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] Frances Quinlan is a rare breed. Few vocalists can turn a melody in as many directions, alternating between raspy falsetto and out-of-breath shouts in a way that sounds both melodically pleasing and emotionally poignant. But we already knew that […]

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