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Here’s a small list of some new releases for the week of July 24th, 2020.  Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff and/or contributors, and by all means, feel free to leave a comment as to what’s missing. How Sowing does this every week is beyond me. – […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 | EP/Live/Compilation 10. Periphery – Periphery IV: Hail Stan [Official site] // [Spotify] Whether you love Periphery or hate them, you can’t ignore them. Well, you can, but where’s the fun in that? 2019 was a pretty huge year for the shitposting meme-lords of the progressive metal world. They started their own record label and released Hail Stan, which […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 | EP/Live/Compilation 10. Nostromo (CHE) – Narrenschiff [Bandcamp] // [Spotify] Sailing Narrenschiff (aka “Ship of Fools”) is like getting your ass kicked for 20 minutes straight by a bunch of deranged Swiss freaks. Nevertheless, this massive display of power never really gets out of control, just like an experienced fighter who always delivers his blows at the right moments. […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 | EP/Live/Compilation 30. Lightning Bolt – Sonic Citadel [Official site] // [Spotify] Sonic Citadel is a timely reminder of exactly how much colour and joy can be packed into a solid noise rock album. While last year’s big name releases in that field (Daughters and KEN Mode) were harrowing and monochromatic, Lightning Bolt smash their way through every […]

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 | EP/Live/Compilation 50. Prince Daddy and The Hyena – Cosmic Thrill Seekers [Bandcamp] // [Spotify] In case you couldn’t tell from that gloriously stupid band name, Prince Daddy are a bit of an audacious bunch. Cosmic Thrill Seekers is the most ambitious emo release of the 2010s and can be counted as one of the best, too. Hung loosely […]

In case you haven’t noticed: the charts are finally updated and the default year when adding new albums to the database is 2019. Sayonara, 2016! 26 entries make the cut for Q2 2019 (as always, thanks to BlushfulHippocrene, DrGonzo1937, insomniac15, manosg, Rowan5215, and verdant for pitching in!), so while I was perilously close to throwing […]

Welp, it’s March 31st, possibly April 1st, so you know what that means. Is your March Madness bracket more busted than Kyle Ahrens’ ankle or Chuma Okeke’s ACL? Did your baseball team start off on a roaring 162-0 pace before regression towards the shit kicked in real, real hard? Fear not, people who don’t even […]

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 […]

50-31 | 30-11 | EPs | 10-1 10. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN. [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] Let’s just forget for a moment that the Collector’s Edition of DAMN. ever happened. OK, is it out of your minds? Good. Now let’s also for a moment ignore the nearly invisible thread of a thematic composition, as it’s really the drops of blood that fall […]

50-31 | 30-11 | EPs | 10-1 15. The Wonder Years – Burst and Decay [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] While not necessarily offering much in new material, The Wonder Years manage to affirm their intentions with this emotionally wrought collection of beautifully arranged acoustic renditions of previous material. Dan Campbell’s vocals ring as self-assured and vibrant as ever, […]

Happy belated New Year! Wishing you all good luck, good health, and good times in 2018. The Jom 100 is comprised of 100 albums released in 2017 that I happened to listen to the most based on the following arbitrary parameters: Scrobbler data Recommendations from users Super-subjective taste based on whatever seemed like a good […]

50-31 | 30-11 | EPs | 10-1 50. Ryuichi Sakamoto – Async [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] It feels weird to be kicking off our best of the year list with async. After all, the opener “Andata” is the sort of song associated with endings; it’s a funeral dirge, a reflection of where Sakamoto’s mind was no doubt wandering […]

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