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Thirty Under Thirty

So instead of actually reviewing things, I thought I'd condense the process. I picked 30 albums that, judging by Sputnik's ratings (almost all of the picks have less than 30 votes), you probably haven't heard. I think they are especially sweet or essential or you should hear them or whatever and I'm going to write a little blurb about them, five at a time. I tried to include a little diversity with each list too, even though it's obviously and understandably biased towards my taste ~duh~ and eras I like, like the 00s and 90s. Anyway I hope you enjoy them. I'm not sure whether this will become a circlejerk for the older users with sweet taste or if this will actually introduce new music to people but I'd be happy with a combo of the two. PART TWO

[1982] Okay so chances are you've probably seen this before and haven't checked it out because it's a split. Understandable. I'm usually skeptical, too, but I'd actually make the argument that this release is all the better for it. Each band shows off differing sides of the early DC punk scene: Faith (with a Mackeye at the helm, nonetheless) add some melody to the mix, with a more vocal-centric approach and ~emoshunal~ lyrics, while Void are thrashy and disgusting and abrasive. Most consider the latter as the better side, but that's nothing against The Faith. Together they form an absolutely seminal punk release, a must-listen for any fan of the Dischord-styles which they would later play an integral part in forming. 4.5.
2Ulrich Schnauss
A Strangely Isolated Place

[2003] Ever find an album that you totally didn't know you were looking for but then once you hear it you realize it's everything you?ve ever needed? A Strangely Isolated Place is that album. It's downtempo electronic, and it's got these really vague inspirations a la shoegaze that make it all the more intriguing. It reminds me very much of what M83 would sound like today had Gonzalez not gotten all 80s-crazy and went bombastic on our collective asses. 4.0.
3Grinning Death's Head
Black Sun Rising

[2011] So Grinning Death's Head are one of my favorite black metal bands. As unjustified as that may be, they do fucking rule and that?s a fact. They're pretty lo-fi, and they approach the whole black metal thing from a pretty punk point of view, from what I can tell. Obviously this is something I'm not incredibly well-versed in, so IXm not gonna go overboard in my descriptions of it, but they have a really nasty atmosphere and their timing is impeccable, so appreciate. Plus, as you can tell, they have really decent album art which is most important to me, anyways. They have a few listenable releases under their belt at this point, but I think Black Sun Rising is my favorite. Again, if you pride yourself on listening to metal you should be really embarrassed that I know about this and am recommending it to you. Remedy that. 4.0.
4Toys That Kill
Fambly 42

[2012] If you've ever been one of those assholes that's like "lol pop punk sux these days" while secretly thinking about how superior you are this is a band that shows you how you are actually just dum wrong. Toys That Kill is more of just a straight-up DIY punk band than anything I guess but they're bouncy and fun enough to constitute pop-punk for me plus you have to sing along to certain parts when they come on so yeah, definitely pop-punk. They're sorta like House Boat and Night Birds etc; but don't worry, contrary to popular worries listening to these bands will not turn you into Hep Kat, thankfully. They may turn you into bungy though but that would be for the best we can all agree. Merry Christmas fuck you. RIYL: songs that you sing along to even when you have no idea what they're about, BTMI! but better, taking showers while high. 4.0
5Dan Mangan
Nice, Nice, Very Nice

[2009] This is another release I'm willing to bend the rules for a little, simply because it's such an immediately likable release that I think so many users would really be into. Comparisons are easy when it comes to Mangan because his music is so simple (think Frank Turner, Wil Wagner -- folky singer-songwriters that bare their inner selves to the world). Maybe you, reasonably, think Frank Turner is a little nauseating; or, unreasonably, that Wil Wagner just isn't your guy. Well, Mangan most definitely is. He makes up for the fact that he's Canadian by writing clever lyrics and sings them in his clear voice. Stylistically there's a track or two that achieve this really charming sense of simple profoundness, as well, due mostly to the way the songwriting and themes intertwine. It's charming, trust me. 4.5.
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