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CON X PAPA: Con's Side

100 Albums to rec, we start with a 5 of the other person's list. 40 recs are without specifications, then we both set 6 groups of 10 albums (or other limitations) that should have a certain theme, genre or style or what not. 1. SLUDGE - doesnt have to be sludge METAL per say but anything with this aesthetic really. grimy guitar tones, a deafening, deep bass, distortion ofc just bring on the sludge (10) 2. JAZZ - ok this one is genre specific, really love jazz but have noooo idea where I should go for some of the deep cuts. also rec classics that I havent rated if u think they are essential, preferably more experimental jazz (not free form) and less like the doo-wap style. (10) 3. HATE - rec me albums from genres I despise that I might still like but the albums have to be under 45 min. here's a quick list: Country, Death Metal, Grindcore, """progressive rock""", and pop tbh. (10) 4. LONELY - rec me 10 albums you think I'd like where ur the only person with that album rated (if u cant find 10 with this spec then just keep it under 5 ratings). (10) 5. NONSENSE - rec me albums with extremely unique songwriting (aka Benjamin Clementine) where if I played it for a friend they would not understand what's going on. preferably psych-y nonsense but I'm flexible... (10) 6. BITTER - rec me album that you have at a 2 or under that you think I'd love despite ur hate for them. preferably in genres I'm comfortable with. (10)
1mol
JORD


STARTER 5 REC
Rating: 3.71/5
Thoughts: Really loved this rec even if it was a bit all over the place stylistically and structurally. Although it's heavily a blackgaze album, the guitar tones jumped from dream pop to post hardcore to post rock right back to blackgaze, and these contrasts (esp the dreamier bits) were phenomenal. Production on here only bolstered the experience; the vocals were mixed superbly and despite the songs being all over the place the mixing somehow held it all together.
Highlights: JORD, Lambda
2Manicured Noise
Northern Stories 1978/80


FREE REC 1/40
3The The
Soul Mining


FREE REC 2/40
4Giant Haystacks
We Are Being Observed


LONELY REC 1/10
5Protomartyr
Relatives In Descent


FREE REC 3/40
Rating: 3.93/5
Thoughts: Yeah, thank god you properly educated me on post-punk last year with that rec tourney, not sure a former self would've enjoyed this as much. But dang, this is the proper amount of brooding 40-year old angst with some groovy, dissonant instrumentation to boot. Although the lead singer isn't always droning on about the most interesting stuff, there are definitely some flashes of brilliance (especially with that Elvis story). And at 12 songs this thing kinda flies by, really smooth listen all the way through with only a couple relatively low / boring spots. Some proper new age post punk commenting on the fucked up society we live in today with a focus on the mundane.
Highlights: A Private Understanding, Male Plague, The Chuckler
6Still Life
From Angry Heads With Skyward Eyes


FREE REC 4/40
7Michael Kiwanuka
Love & Hate


FREE REC 5/40
8St. Vincent
Strange Mercy


FREE REC 6/40
9Brodka
Clashes


FREE REC 7/40
10Charles Bradley
No Time For Dreaming


FREE REC 8/40
11Jawbox
For Your Own Special Sweetheart


FREE REC 9/40
Rating: 3.58/5
Man right out the gate this got off to a roaring start, loved the QANU vibes due to the angular riffs and desperate shouts for vocals. Really amazing energy-filled first half but for some reason they slowly transitioned into your avg 90s emo band by the end of it all. It's fine and all but their sound was wayyy more interesting when they just went bonkers. Either way it's a solid album.
Highlights: Breathe, Green Glass
12Royal Headache
High


FREE REC 10/40
13And Also The Trees
Born Into The Waves


FREE REC 11/40
14And Also The Trees
(Listen for) the Rag and Bone Man


FREE REC 12/40
15A Primary Industry
Ultramarine


LONELY REC 2/10
16Tempers
Services


LONELY REC 3/10
17Elbow
Asleep In The Back


FREE REC 13/40
Rating: 3.89/5
Thoughts: This is some soft boi shit and I kinda love it. The vocals are pretty mundane but lyrically they are fantastic and the whole melancholy feel to the delivery is pretty soothing in a way. Didn't find myself hating any track in particular, just that the repetitiveness of some of this was a bit too much; it's a good album to get yourself lost in. If I had to make a comparison it'd be as if Duster tried really hard to become a britpop band but got too lost in the sadness. Definitely will be coming back to this...
Highlights: red, can't stop
18Allen Toussaint
Southern Nights


LONELY REC 4/10
19Thelonious Monk
Thelonious Monk With John Coltrane


JAZZ REC 1/10
20Balance and Composure
Light We Made


BITTER REC 1/10
Rating: 2.69/5
Thoughts: Well yeah this was pretty boring, especially since I'm more familiar with these guys' harsher/punk material before this. They kinda just hopped on the whole PBTT / La Dispute softcore wave but didn't bring anything new or interesting to the table other than a few interesting mixing elements. Honestly I probably won't ever return to this and even with 2+ listens no song truly stuck out to me except maybe the single. Dud.
Highlights: Spinning, Postcard
21Fear Like Us
Succour


LONELY REC 5/10
22Hoodlum Shouts
Heat Island


LONELY REC 6/10
23yrs
Through Time & Space...


BITTER REC 2/10
Rating: 2.55/5
Thoughts: Idk man, I mean instrumentally this thing is pretty nice and right up my alley. Like, the twinkly, dreamy nature mixed with some experimental track lengths/structures is kinda cool, but the vocals and lyrics really just throw me off way too much. And you know me, I'm all for whiny vocals when done right, but this is too much to bear for me. It just sounds like all cliche emo vocalists but with a lil extra nasal clogging and less wit/character in the lyric department. And at 14 tracks long this thing definitely did not justify its length. Nice try, but I'm gonna have to agree with your rating on this one.
Highlights: Black Hole // Hatchback
24A Will Away
Here Again


FREE REC 14/40
25Sturgill Simpson
A Sailor's Guide To Earth


HATE REC 1/10
26The Burning of Rome
Year of the Ox


HATE REC 2/10
27Conjurer
Mire


HATE REC 3/10
Rating: 3.85/5
Thoughts: This was pretty solid overall, a short-ish endeavor into the blackgaze/post hardcore realm and the vocals were harsh but still manageable con-wise. I liked this a bit more than Mol as it wasn't too inconsistent and tended to stick with what it knew best. The clean vocals mixed in were perfect as well as the cleaner guitar tones. Oh, and the riffs were huge ofc
Highlights: Thankless, Of Flesh Weaker Than Ash
28Pfarmers
Gunnera


NONSENSE REC 1/10
29Ukandanz
Awo


NONSENSE REC 2/10
Rating: 4.36/5
Thoughts: Like actually a really well thought out rec considering the category it is in. I didn't know what to make of this at first as it sounds like some alt rock / sludge metal / prog band doing jazz fusion with a saxophonist and some Ethiopian singer who has the range and timbre of a God. Like seriously, the riffs here go off, it's angular, the rhythms don't make sense, bassist is unreal as it's just constant grooves for all 6 songs here. A genre smoothie I never knew I needed...
Highlights: Sewotch men yelalu, Ambassel To Brussel...
30Melt Yourself Down
Melt Yourself Down


NONSENSE REC 3/10
31The Armed
Only Love


NONSENSE REC 4/10
Rating: 4.20/5
Thoughts: It's an intoxicating, noisy mess of an album that hits you over the head with its abrasiveness and neon-tainted electronic spills. It's an extreme punk album, brazen and loud with impassioned vocals and hammering rhythmic sections. Sometimes it breathes a bit, though, letting you attempt to decipher the cacophony and vocal layerings which every once in awhile veer off into a soaring, pop-kissed melody. It's absolutely absurd, but in the best way possible. Definitely will grow, I expect this to be one of my favorite finds of the year. Also the enigma / idea of having the artists faceless and nameless (for the most part), thereby empowering only the art itself is beautiful and exactly the mindset the world of music needs.
Highlights: Role Models, Fortune's Daughter, On Jupiter
32The Veils
Total Depravity


FREE REC 15/40
33Lykke Li
I Never Learn


HATE REC 4/10
34The Lion's Daughter and Indian Blanket
A Black Sea


SLUDGE REC 1/10
Rating: 4.04/5
Thoughts: Just reading the album review soundoff for this was enough to get me interested and damn did it not disappoint. Although metal has always dipped it's hands into folk elements, especially with the medieval kind of aesthetic, sludge metal is almost the most removed from it due to the distortion and how ugly bands try to make their music sound (thanks Electric Wizard). However, the combination of these two genres melded really well together, thanks to the superb mixing which delicately introduced distortion while violins and banjos plucked away in the foreground. Don't get me wrong, though, this this explodes with about as much magnitude as any other sludge metal band, but the patience they have to get there is really what makes it. Plus, the dualities of the yelled/folk vocalists paired so strangely well together, really enjoyed this all the way through (minus the bonus track)
Highlights: Swann, Sea of Trees, That Place
35Beastwars
Beastwars


SLUDGE REC 2/10
Rating: 3.53/5
Thoughts: Ok well the first track got me undeniably hype for this album, loved the guitar tones and the dude's voice had this perfect snarl to it yet was still undoubtedly based in the bluesy/classic rock style. When Beastwars turn up the energy ever so slightly the results are fascinating, especially seen with the hit Red God; it's a short yet compelling explosion featuring ever-so-slightly pop vocals but enough bite to send ya flying. Maybe I need more time with it, but the last 3 songs bored me incredibly as it felt like they tried to write 3 different closers, couldn't decide which one worked the best and just threw all three in. Consistent, yes, but could've had some slight variation near the end there.
Highlights: Red God, Damn the Sky
36Kaviar Special
Vortex


LONELY REC 7/10
37Jason Isbell
Southeastern


HATE REC 5/10
38Magnolia Electric Co
Magnolia Electric Co


HATE REC 6/10
Rating: 3.97/5
Thoughts: So this was pretty blissful to listen to; it's some country tinged folk / alt rock that is a bit explosive in nature yet still subdued and homely to listen to. It's a very cozy album, especially vocally, with the instrumentation wavering between classic folk rock and some strangely innovative chord progressions. If there's any type of country I'd like, it'd definitely be stuff that leans towards this (and definitely not any singer that sounds like that dude on The Old Black Hen ugh).
Highlights: Just Be Simple, John Henry Split My Heart, Farewell Transmission
39Slingshot Dakota
Break


BITTER REC 3/10
Rating: 3.59/5
Thoughts: You know, I can definitely see why you'd be bitter towards this release, it's pretty inoffensive indie punk with a typical girl vocalist. I kinda dig this vibe, despite the really strange mix going on with the guitar; it's some kind of distortion but electronica-inspired and consistently appears on almost every song. That's what it is though, consistent, and I like this kind of music so I consistently enjoyed this release, just wasn't anything too special but it didn't try to be either,
Highlights: Doreen, You
40Xiu Xiu
A Promise


NONSENSE REC 5/10
Rating: 4.10/5
Thoughts: Well this was a mess, a beautiful, lo-fi, drunken sporadic mess on the dingy floor that Jamie recorded this on. Reading into the album really helped with this one as well, it's so unflinchingly personal yet attempts to be a universal gathering for all those who are broken. The vocals on here are actually incredible, ranging from whimpering spoken bits to semi-freak outs that pop in at will. And other than Pink City, the instrumentals here are bitterly sparse yet so subtly smooth and calming, that still begets a certain eeriness to the whole piece. Well done with these nonsense recs, Papa.
Highlights: Sad Pony Guerrilla Girl, Walnut House, Ian Curtis Wishlist
41Horrid Red
Empty Lungs


NONSENSE REC 6/10
42Cold Wrecks
Breaking


FREE REC 16/50
Rating: 3.56/5
Thoughts: Well if this isn't your stereotypical mix of emo/pop punk then I really don't know what is. Both vocalists not only emulate their influences but often put on impersonations of their own contemporaries, making this feel more than just a bit unoriginal. But, sigh, yes I still like this because fuck it I just like this style man. Sounds like a cross between Modern Baseball and Run, Forever with a slight mix of folk and The Wonder Years but all somewhat muted and not nearly as impacting as the previously mentioned bands. They have a slight variety between songs though which is somewhat helpful and the lyrics are the right amount of sappy, especially on Friends.
Highlights: Friends, Sad, Suburbs
43Contact (PA, USA)
Zero Moment


FREE REC 17/20
44Jean-Jacques Perrey
Moog Indigo


NONSENSE REC 7/10
45Allen Toussaint
The Bright Mississippi


JAZZ REC 2/10
46Joe Henderson
Our Thing


JAZZ REC 3/10
47Art Blakey and Thelonious Monk
Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers with Thelonious Monk


JAZZ REC 4/10
48Sun Ra
The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra, Vol 1


JAZZ REC 5/10
Rating: 3.43/5
Thoughts: My first exploration into free jazz, (well, Sun Ra refused to call it such but again I'm a noob) was extremely atmospheric and a bit discomforting. I enjoyed the production and the drumming on here was superb, yet I felt the lack of melodies and the spatial awareness made this extremely difficult to latch onto. It's one of those albums that I appreciate, but from afar, not yet as developed in my own jazz tastes which makes this a bit too abstract and obtuse for me to actually enjoy. I do appreciate his philosophy on life and music, however, so that definitely prompted me to explore past this work of his.
Highlights: Of Heavenly Things
49Inter Arma
Paradise Gallows


SLUDGE REC 3/10
50Deep Turtle
There's a Vomitsprinkler in My Liverriver


FREE REC 18/40
51Daitro
Laisser Vivre Les Squelettes


FREE REC 19/40
52Somewhere South of Here
With Her Came the Birds


FREE REC 20/40
53Knapsack
This Conversation Is Ending Starting Right Now


FREE REC 21/40
54The Progress
Merit


FREE REC 22/40
55Somos
Temple of Plenty


FREE REC 23/40
56Ereb Altor
Nattramn


FREE REC 24/40
57Teho Teardo and Blixa Bargeld
Still Smiling


FREE REC 25/40
58The Microphones
Mount Eerie


BITTER REC 4/10
Rating: 3.64/5
Thoughts: As with any Phil Elvrum project, the sense of atmosphere and mood lingers on in this thick fog, and Mount Eerie (the album) is no different. Opener sees Phil mixing tribal, dissonant drums into a wet yet dark, foreign world before he himself cuts through the mist. While it's anxiously moody and invokes a sense of dread, the songs on here aren't to explosive. In fact, the project mostly amounts to built up instrumental tension while Phil does his classic mumble over some guitar pluckings in a grandiose manner. I dig it, probably need some more time with this much like The Glow Pt. 2 but overall it's what I expected.
Highlights: III. Universe, IV. Mount Eerie
59Earth Moves
The Truth In Our Bodies


FREE REC 26/40
Rating: 4.08/5
Thoughts: Now this was pretty special, the vocals were perfectly between screamo and sludge and I adored them and the lyrics (which I could usually make out wow!). But man, this combination of like blackgaze and screamo and emo is perfectly in tune with my tastes. It's less so about the riffs and more so about the feeling and this feels desperate as fuck. Textured as hell and emotional to boot, easy four from me.
Highlights: Pia Mater, House of Flowers
60Dvne
Asheran


SLUDGE REC 4/10
Rating: 3.68/5
Thoughts: Although this resided in the ~metal~ genre, I actually really dug most of the songs on here. Sometimes it got a bit too proggy with the chugging guitars and the classic metal cliches were a bit annoying, but overall I really dug this excursion into doom/sludge metal as the dual vocals were absolutely phenomenal. Songs dragged on a bit too much at times but overall they proved they could write a 6-9 minute song that was actually engaging all the way through. Def will come back to this one and hopefully it'll open me up to the many other fantastic bands within this scene.
Highlights: Thirst, Rite of the Seven Mournings
61Various Artists (Jazz)
We Out Here


JAZZ REC 6/10
62Damien Jurado
Rehearsals for Departure


FREE REC 27/40
63The Promise Ring
30 Degrees Everywhere


FREE REC 28/40
Rating: 3.62/5
Thoughts: Well this was exactly what I expected, some nice 90s emo with a bit of pop sensibilities. Well, not nearly as power pop / emo as Nothing Feels Good, which I think struck some bittersweet balance between the two while on here the vocals and production are much differently mixed. It kinda sounds like any standard 90s emo album in those terms, which unfortunately makes the lead singer a bit more average and not as unique as the one found in their next effort (although his signature "doot doos" are still present). Definitely was just a bit too samey but the latter half helped break up the pace of the first which I appreciated.
Highlights: Red Paint, Somebody's Done For
64September (emo)
Erasmia Pulcella


FREE REC 29/40
65Hugonaut
Hello Destroyed


SLUDGE REC 5/10
Rating: 3.22/5
Thoughts: Well this was a pretty average record with some good things going on with it. As for the tone, definitely very sludgy and the riffs off of this were definitely the highlights. The songs themselves went on a bit too long but with only 7 songs it didnt feel too bad. The singer though is something I'll never understand about this genre. It's heavily classic rock influenced, and while this means he has a decent voice, it also means he can get a bit theatrical. The higher register parts came off as very corny and the lyrics never really helped with that either. I enjoyed a couple off this, but just wish it was less indebted to other genres I dislike.
Highlights: Dissatisfied, The Brain is the Mind
66The Dear Hunter
Act IV: Rebirth in Reprise


HATE REC 7/10
67The Burning Hell
Public Library


FREE REC 30/40
68Netherlands
Audubon


SLUDGE REC 6/10
Rating: 3.66/5
Thoughts: Yeah good rec, really dug the sound on this one and the vocals, albeit strange, were a good fit for my own tastes. This was a confusing listen; the guitars / bass muddy everything up in such a harsh, sludgy manner but the high pitched vocals hover above the swamp in some clean airplane. Like, even though they aren't exactly opposites, the contrast is still there but the vox venture dangerously into "prog rock" territory every now and then. Definitely loved a couple songs off this, just wish every song was as engaging as the first in terms of songwriting.
Highlights: L. M. M., The Bottom of the Ocean
69Arabrot
The Gospel


SLUDGE REC 7/10
70Lock Howl
Pareidolia


SLUDGE REC 8/10
71Geneva (UK)
Further


LONELY REC 8/10
72Kvelertak
Meir


SLUDGE REC 9/10
73Julia
Julia


FREE REC 31/40
74Dusk (WI)
Dusk


HATE REC 8/10
75No Problem
Let God Sort Em Out


FREE REC 32/40
76Damien Jurado
The Horizon Just Laughed


FREE REC 33/40
77Spectral Wound
Infernal Decadence


HATE REC 9/10
78The Future Kings of England
The Fate Of Old Mother Orvis


HATE REC 10/10
79Shaarimoth
Current 11


SLUDGE REC 10/10
80Hot Snakes
Suicide Invoice


FREE REC 34/40
81Aesop Rock
The Impossible Kid


FREE REC 35/40
82Ka
Honor Killed The Samurai


FREE REC 36/40
Rating: 3.61/5
Thoughts: This was pretty chill I definitely dig this style of conscious rap and floating, minimalist beats with a focus on wordplay. To that point, though, I think the beats themselves were sometimes a bit too empty and substance-less and although Ka's skills are undoubtedly great I wouldn't of minded some busier production. With that being said, this is obviously a well thought out album; it has a decent running theme focusing on the samurai/honor and also is a breeze to listen through as it's incredibly consistent. Hard to pick favorite songs, but I think with a couple more listens those will become a bit more obvious. Definitely dug this style though and I never got too too bored.
Highlights: Destined, Finer Things / Tamahagene
83Ghostpoet
Dark Days + Canapés


FREE REC 37/40
84clipping.
CLPPNG


FREE REC 38/40
85Mihai Edrisch
L'un Sans L'Autre


FREE REC 39/40
86Holy Esque
Television / Sweet


FREE REC 40/40
87The Eleventh House
Introducing The Eleventh House...


JAZZ REC 7/10
88Igorrr
Savage Sinusoid


NONSENSE REC 8/10
Rating: 3.69/5
Thoughts: Well this sure was pure nonsense, like literally, the first track feature shouted nonsense and it's pretty damn awesome. I really like the electronic, breakneck influence here, and the first few tracks with the yelled vocals overtop some baroque sounding instrumentation is a combination I never knew I needed. However, this album has like three tricks up its sleeve, and about halfway through it starts to get a biiiit tiresome seeing them pull it over on you a bunch of times. Plus, the latter half is where it gets reasonably more "metal" in the traditional sense and as a result, less interesting to me. First half would be close to a 5, especially those first three tracks oh man.
Highlights: ieuD, Humous, Viande
89Palehound
A Place I'll Always Go


BITTER REC 5/10
Rating: 3.55/5
Thoughts: I really dug this even thought it probably shouldn't have come as a surprise. It's just simple twee-inspired indie pop with a cute but confident lead singer. Melodies remind me of a toned-down version of Shady Bug without too much of the PUNK and some songs on here are definitely welcoming earworms. I think I prefer their debut a bit more as the production fell a bit flat at parts and it didn't end too memorably, but I'll def return to this.
Highlights: Turning 21, Carnations
90Getatchew Mekurya, The Ex and Guests
Y'Anbessaw Tezeta


JAZZ REC 8/10
91Sleigh Bells
Jessica Rabbit


BITTER REC 6/10
92The Tragically Hip
Man Machine Poem


BITTER REC 7/10
93Yaeji
Yaeji


BITTER REC 8/10
94This Wild Life
Low Tides


BITTER REC 9/10
95battle ave.
Year of Nod


LONELY REC 9/10
96Mad Masks
Mad Masks


NONSENSE REC 9/10
97VRCVS
VRCVS


LONELY REC 10/10
98Dog Faced Hermans
Hum of Life


NONSENSE REC 10/10
99Szun Waves
New Hymn to Freedom


JAZZ REC 9/10
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