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5.0 classic
Animal Collective Feels
Easily my favorite Collective release, and the album that put me to bed many nights in 2006, 'Feels' is breathtaking. Leaving behind the mess of folk craziness(genius?) that was 'Sung Tongs', they go for focus and pop sensibility over washy Beach Boys inspired melodies and experimental mayhem. 'Did You See The Words', 'Grass','Banshee Beat' and 'The Purple Canoe' bring in the albums brilliant, well crafted, lively first half, which is pure bliss. 'Bees' serves as a mild, almost mono tone transfer into the albums fantastic, second portion. That is where 'Feels' really shines, the ballads in the albums later minutes, 'Banshee Beat', 'Daffy Duck' are memorizing and absolutely gorgeous. While 'Turn into Something' fades out of it's acoustic strums, horse neighs and swirls of distortion into whispery melodies and croons to end what truly is a frantic pop masterpiece.
Arcade Fire Funeral
Modern Classic. That being said, it's arguable (mostly because I know many who would argue this), but in time I feel that 'Funeral' will shine through as a brilliant statement of loss, growth and family that cannot be denied. Beyond sheer song structure and power, 'Funeral', I feel, finds itself beyond the pack in ways of overall structure, and tone. The deep sadness in 'Une Annee Sans Lumiere' and 'In The Back Seat' is near heartbreaking. Just as the hope and wonder in 'Wake Up' and 'Neighborhood#2(Laika)' reach unheard heights. This, almost, 'legitimacy' tacked onto what would normally be 'pretty good' lyrics adds a sense of beauty and earnest. The Fire's overall musicianship soars as well, past all boundaries of 'Pop Music' to create something really quite gorgeous. They did it, really they fucking did.
Belle and Sebastian If You're Feeling Sinister
Blur Think Tank
At the point of writing this, I am completely convinced that Damon Albarn is a musical genius, and have been for quite some time. From start to finish, 'Think Tank' is achingly gorgeous and entirely inventive and unheard. 'Ambulance', 'Out of Time', 'On the Way to the Club' may be some of the most potent, pretty, unexpected love songs ever crafted. In 'Brothers and Sisters', Albarn yearns for us to lay off the stimulants among the extremely insightful spoken word verses. 'Good Song' is self explanatory, really it's very good, underselling. Among 'Think Tank's' pretty melodies, clings and clangs lies a masterpiece of modern music. If it remains the final album of Blurs fantastic career, at least it's a glorious send off.
Broken Social Scene You Forgot It in People
Had you heard 'Feel Good Lost' before the release of this LP; how the fuck could you see this coming? Start to finish 'You Forgot It In People' is a fantastic ride through the experimental, awkward, and very human world of Broken Social Scene. This collective of Canadian musicians came together as a single mastermind and produced (continue to) some of the greatest pop music ever created. Kevin Drew, Leslie Feist, Brendan Canning and Emily Haines at the helm, of roughly 11, float their way through walls of pop mayhem, serene beauty and superb grooves. 'Stars and Sons', 'Anthems...' and 'Lover's Spit' are particularly gorgeous, while 'Almost Crimes' & "Pacific Theme' are pretty much perfect. 'You Forgot It In People' is a shambled masterpiece, that in my opinion, should not be missed.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Cocteau Twins Heaven or Las Vegas
David Bowie Low
Etta James At Last!
Fleetwood Mac Rumours
Inner band turmoil, divorces left and right, Fleetwood's misery & marital issues sure as hell birthed some fantastic music in the process of ruining some lives. 'The Chain', 'Go Your Own Way', 'You Make Loving Fun', 'Dreams' are just the highlights on an album that is really quite near flawless. I've had this album with me for a very, very long time & it's at least one of my favorites, if not my favorite. Fun, inventive, brooding, at times extremely heart breaking, all the while remaining completely badass.
Galaxie 500 On Fire
By the end of the day this will probably be a 5.
Also; see Yotimi's sound off --
Goodie Mob Soul Food
Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison
King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King
Lauryn Hill The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV
Led Zeppelin Houses of the Holy
M83 Dead Cities, Red Seas and Lost Ghosts
My favorite soundtrack music ever -- M83's 'Dead Cities, Red Seas and Lost Ghosts' is an electronic masterpiece. Mixing equal influences from Air & My Bloody Valentine, Anthony Gonzalez creates an eclectic masterwork of epic proportions. Add MBV's fuzzed out guitars with a French love for synths and you've pretty much got M83 in a pigeon hole -- or so it would seem. They go more rough, less pretty -- frightening as opposed to serene, this is not dream pop. Vocals are mostly kept to indeterminable male (Gonzalez) or robot, almost completely electronic female ones -- or a spoken word story here and there (see 'America'). Really though, this is mostly an instrumental album, along the lines of an Air, or Eluvium. Air is a fair (heh) choice for a comparison seeing as both electronic duos are French, and pretty much sound like it. The music broods with romantic turmoil, bevies of emotion as well as those awesome, awesome synths. Regardless of all M83's obvious comparisons, Gonzalez is able to bring his music to something totally different. With a soundtrack quality to his epic inclinations his music comes out sounding tried and exuberant, yet beautiful and serene. It always sounds HUGE, and really, benefits from that fact. 'Unrecorded', 'Run into Flowers' and 'In Church' -- hell every track is stand out. Get this.
Massive Attack Mezzanine
An essential masterpiece, 'Mezzanine' is a brooding triumph that grabs you, slaps you around, reminds you it loves you, and then caresses you down to sleep. From the fantastic opener, 'Angel', Massive Attack is unrelenting in their sheer quality and scale. Each song brims with tension, tunnels of sound envelop washy vocals, the beats are borderline evil & always fantastic. Nothing is skimped on, 'Mezzanine' is some of the best you'll ever hear.
Modest Mouse The Moon & Antarctica
Glorious as it is haunting, The Moon & Antarctica is Modest Mouse's masterpiece. The ethereal, cold feeling that resonates from this music is amazing, and Brock's off-kilter vocal style shines amongst the guitar twangs and deep caverns his band mates create around him. Is there seriously any better starting 3 than this? '3rd Planet', 'Gravity...' & 'Dark Center...' are superb, and thats not to say the second half isn't as enthralling. Actually it's pretty fantastic, really the entire album is, if a bit overlong at times -- it's easily made up for by a large collection of extremely strong tracks.
Mos Def Black on Both Sides
My Bloody Valentine Loveless
Beautiful, in every sense of the word. Loveless, though not completely flawless, achieved heights not only never attained, but never even revealed. MBV's lush, flowing, chaos has no comparison, simply because there's nothing else that sounds quite like it. Many have recreated the sound slightly to much success, but none sound quite like MBV's layers of distortion. Bilinda Butcher's otherworldly voice drifts in an out of layers of sounds so beautifully, while Kevin Shields pushes every last bit of gorgeous melody out of the fuzz that surrounds him. When Shield's decides to lend his vocals to the fray some of the album's best tracks are produced. 'Loveless' is not something that should be missed, it is a rigidly beautiful classic piece of music.
OutKast Aquemini
Panda Bear Person Pitch
Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon
The best progressive album ever. Pound for pound some of the finest music ever crafted. My favorite Floyd, has been forever, it's truly an amazing album.
Pink Floyd Animals
Pixies Doolittle
Radiohead OK Computer
To say that this is 'a classic' is understated, 'OK Computer' is the most essential record of the 1990s. It's easily in contention for the best piece of music I've ever heard and no matter how many times I listen to it, it hits me the same way. 'Airbag', 'Paranoid Android' & 'Subterranean Homesick Alien', are all fucking amazing. 'Climbing Up The Walls' may be the scariest pretty song I've ever heard while, 'No Surprises' & 'Exit Music' are some of the most beautiful. Plus there's really no better closer than 'The Tourist'. Radiohead achieved something really special here, and no matter how close they've come, can't seem to quite match it. But thats fine, might just be better that way.
Rage Against The Machine The Battle of Los Angeles
Rage have painted a picture of a grim, gray world, filled with lies, treachery, murder, famine, genocide and a loss of hope. The Battle of Los Angeles unloads upon you like no other, De La Rocha backed by Morello and the boys is intense, yet they take time to build. 'Maria', 'Born Of A Broken Man' and 'Voice Of The Voiceless' seem to revel in their rising action and Rage knows all the right spots to hit to make the climax a pay off. 'Guerrilla Radio' and 'Mic Check' dig deep and rock hard, while 'Sleep Now In The Fire' is as frightening as it is jarring. LA is a battlefield, and Rage is at the helm.
Sam Cooke Portrait Of A Legend 1951-1964
Sam Cooke Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963
Sam Cooke Ain't That Good News
Sigur Ros Agætis byrjun
Slowdive Souvlaki
Sonic Youth Daydream Nation
The ultimate, the king of distortion, 'Daydream Nation' is beautiful as it is brilliant. To really describe the merits of this LP is harder than it seems at first, because really what makes it so essential is well, how fucking weird it really is. On first listen it may seem harsh, if a bit unfocused -- SY's vocals are less than entrancing and they spend a lot of time jamming out their distortion. This, unappealing as it may seem, is where the brilliance lies -- amongst these rough, chaotic lead voices lies the cries of a generation, on the verge of what they know is not a bright future. Sonic Youth detest the commercial world of double speak, but they understand that it's inevitable, and maybe, preferred. Beyond the phenomenal writing, lies the song structure, the composition -- it's amazing. There's no wasted note, no stray bit of distortion, everything has it's place, it's purpose there. This is why the distortion works, why, 'Daydream Nation' is a success. To encompass the full effect, full result of this album in words is futile, there's not enough time. I bought it when I was 14, and it changed the way I listen to music.
Talking Heads Remain in Light
The Beach Boys Pet Sounds
The most complete and beautiful collection of American music ever produced, and quite frankly could be the best album ever, period. 'Wouldn't It Be Nice', 'Dont Talk', 'I'm Waiting For the Day', 'God Only Knows', are each arguably the best love song(s) ever penned. 'Sloop John B', 'That's Not Me' & 'I Know There's an Answer' are all amazing. The Wilson vocal harmonies that so many try (and fail) to mimic are at their peak here, and they're second to none. Deep into drugs and self seclusion, Brian Wilson pulled something extremely unique and beautiful out of this 'ego music' of his. The arrangements are beautiful, the songs resonate with heat and warmth, 'Pet Sounds' is really a thing to behold.
The Beach Boys Today!
The Beatles Abbey Road
The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The cover alone has me feeling 10/10 all day every day.
The Cardigans First Band on the Moon
Back when disco was the thing, in space.
The Moody Blues Days of Future Passed
The Roots Game Theory
The Roots Things Fall Apart
The Strokes Is This It
The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground & Nico
Beautiful, Frantic, Haunting, Serene all that and it'll rock you to the fucking core. 'The Velvet Underground and Nico' is a blast of pure brilliance that floats it's way into your heart with 'Sunday Morning' and brashly exits in a storm with 'European Son'. That right there is really the album as a whole. It'll softly find it's way past your guard, giving you a sense of serenity before it strips downs to a blaze of reverb, but somehow maintains it's charm. Few other's can do it, and really the VU pioneered it. Plus, Nico's full, brooding voice is something really quite gorgeous.
The Wrens The Meadowlands
TV on the Radio Return to Cookie Mountain
Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Wolf Parade Apologies to the Queen Mary
Women Public Strain

4.5 superb
...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead Source Tags & Codes
It may have been a near perfect fluke, but 'Source Tags and Codes' is nothing less than a beast of a record. Band wistfully moves between moments of ear assaulting walls of sound to relaxed, almost jammy beauty. 'It Was There That I Saw You', 'Another Morning Stoner', 'Source Tags and Codes' are amazing, and even 'Homage' is a nice blast down AFI lane.
A Sunny Day in Glasgow Ashes Grammar
Philly ensemble's sophomore release 'Ashes Grammar' is a compulsively listenable, brilliant, fractured dance/ambient-pop album with heavy holds in shoegaze, dreampop, and freakfolk. Old news yes, but 'Ashes Grammar' just happens to do it so goddamn well, not to mention uniquely, and infectiously, that they find their own sound in the chaos of the past. In the loss of integral members (bass! vocalists!) and movement from a bedroom to a studio, Ben Daniels and drummer/guitarist Josh Meakim and newly recruited vocalist Annie Fredrickson create magic. A 22 track behemoth that is setup in movements as opposed to singular tracks, most 'real songs' sitting between mood setting ambient interludes that hold their own against the longer tracks. Really these interlude portions just help the flow of the album, as it's 60+ minutes wiz by accordingly and are just a logical setup for the next bit of songs. From the freakfolk/dance induced 'Failure' and 'Close Chorus', to shoegazer tour de force(s) 'Nightime Rainbows' & 'Blood White'', 'Ashes Grammar' delivers. Dream pop masterworks , 'Shy', 'Headphone Space', 'Starting at a Disadvantage' and 'The White Witch' top off the album as the (hard to chose) stand outs but let's not be picky here. Why be, when there' s so much about Ashes Grammar to love.
A Sunny Day in Glasgow Sea When Absent
A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory
A Tribe Called Quest Midnight Marauders
AFI The Art of Drowning
Against Me! Transgender Dysphoria Blues
Air Moon Safari
Al Stewart Past, Present and Future
Al Stewart Modern Times
Animal Collective Strawberry Jam
in person, 'fireworks' and '#1' are transcendental.
Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion
Animal Collective mixes in some ambient electro pop, new wave along with some house and everybody wins.
Arcade Fire Neon Bible
If 'Funeral' was a masterpiece of youth, hope and family, 'Neon Bible' is The Arcade Fire's declaration of maturity and loss -- thankfully the spark is still there. The Fire bombast through out 'Neon Bible' with images of lost humanity, and a desolate future, outcries for action and reformation before we're overtaken by our own weight...some crazy shit. Though comparatively, the Fire were more joyous and bouncy on their last release, the deep dark caverns of 'Neon Bible's more reserved yet grand style shine through the wash and distortion that covers it's sound. There's something to be said though, with the loss of their youthfulness (only on record thankfully), something always feels a bit empty about it all. Not enough to detract from all the highlights of an absolutely fantastic album.
Architecture In Helsinki In Case We Die
Asobi Seksu Citrus
I stupidly wrote this off as average for quite a long time. Then I sat down, and gave it some deserved spins.
one day Ill probably bump this up again.
At the Drive-In Relationship of Command
Beware! Be-ware!!!rOr don't -- I mean I wouldn't -- you'd be missing a lot. r
Autolux Future Perfect
Robotic domination anyone? Nearly perfect, from start to finish. 'Turnstile Blues', 'Subzero Fun', 'Robots in the Garden' & 'Here Comes Everybody' are standouts in this twisted and twitchy mini masterpiece.
Bat For Lashes Two Suns
Bat For Lashes The Haunted Man
Beach House Devotion
Beach House Teen Dream
Beach House Bloom
lol Sam Feldman shut the hell up and blunt out to this sir.
Beach House Depression Cherry
Beastie Boys Licensed to Ill
Beastie Boys Paul's Boutique
Beat Happening Dreamy
Beck Odelay
Big Boi Sir Lucious Left Foot
Big K.R.I.T. ReturnOf4eva
Big K.R.I.T. Cadillactica
Big L Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous
Black Star Black Star
Black Tambourine Black Tambourine
Blonde Redhead Misery is a Butterfly
Blonde Redhead La Mia Vita Violenta
Blonde Redhead Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons
Blonde Redhead 23
A ridiculously strong album from a very very good band. Blonde Redhead have been running on over a decade of already amazing material and then culminate all their influences into a single, different entity from anything else they've produced. There's not a single weak track here, the opener '23' is the stand out, by far, but nothing else really falls far behind -- it's all pretty amazing. Adopting a prominent shoegaze aspect tacked on to their already rough Sonic Youth like sound, mixed with the atmospheric, deep mood rock of 'Misery Is a Butterfly' (their best until '23') they create something quite beautiful an unique. I guess you could call '23' a shoegaze album, most tracks, even the dance cuts, reek of MBV, Ride & Slowdive, and really, sometimes they're better than all 3. Very small stretches of course, but it's those pristine highs that bring '23' it's lasting effect and efficient hook that keeps you coming back.
Blondie Parallel Lines
Blur Parklife
Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish
Blur 13
Boards of Canada Music Has the Right to Children
Boards of Canada Geogaddi
Boards of Canada In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony E 1999 Eternal
Brian Eno Another Green World
Brian Eno Before and After Science
Brian Wilson Smile
Broken Social Scene Broken Social Scene
Cake Fashion Nugget
Catherine Wheel Ferment
Chromatics Kill for Love
Crazily potent spring fever all up in this bitch.
CHVRCHES The Bones of What You Believe
Circle Takes the Square As the Roots Undo
if ever given the chance never pass up the opportunity to see these guys play in a basement. intense.
Clinic Internal Wrangler
Clipse Hell Hath No Fury
Cocteau Twins Treasure
Common Resurrection
Cut Copy In Ghost Colours
Cut Copy are more live action electronica I guess, they use real instruments, and they may perform with a load of people on stage, but this means each song really has like 3 separate back beats. It's pretty tight when you break it down, not to mention the infusion of shoegaze and samples only adds to the melodic quality of each song. For all of 'In Ghost Colours' bangers ('Feel the Love', 'Lights and Music', 'Hearts on Fire', 'Far Away', 'So Haunted' & 'Nobody Lost, Nobody Found') they have some straight up beautiful tracks. 'We Fight for Diamonds', 'Unforgettable Season' and 'Midnight Runner' are a gorgeous suite in the mid section merging you between the organic beginning & the sample full, pure electronic finish. 'Midnight Runner' is brimming with pretty fuzz as it fades into the beat of 'Unforgettable Season' which calls out to a lover to remain faithful during the distance. 'Midnight Runner' comes in softly with a warped beat and a guitar strumming as Whitford croons 'It's a secret I've been keeping from you' a few times as the song builds into a flowing beat and piano. It's all those little things that give 'In Ghost Colours' it's edge, it's tangible, you feel Whitford as he sings and yelps and you live in his beats as they beg you to get down.
Cymbals Eat Guitars Why There Are Mountains
Cymbals Eat Guitars LOSE
D'Angelo Voodoo
D'Angelo Brown Sugar
D'Angelo Black Messiah
Daft Punk Alive 2007
Daft Punk Random Access Memories
Dan Deacon Bromst
Danny Brown XXX
Danny Brown Old
Danny Brown Atrocity Exhibition
David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
David Bowie Hunky Dory
David Bowie Station to Station
David Bowie "Heroes"
David Bowie Blackstar
De La Soul 3 Feet High and Rising
De La Soul De La Soul Is Dead
Deafheaven Sunbather
Deafheaven New Bermuda
Deerhunter Microcastle
'Microcastle' sees GA based Deerhunter turn down the fuzz and learn to pretty things up a bit. Granted, their rocker 'Nothing Ever Happened' is probably the best thing they've ever record, with all it's ferocity and beautiful instrumentation. 'Microcastle' has a kinder feel than 'Cryptograms', and really that's what pushes them past the mediocrity of their debut. 'Agoraphobia' & 'Never Stops' as well as enders 'Saved By Old Times' and 'These Hands' are quite gorgeous songs. Cox showed he was capable of such things with his Atlas Sound project, but I never saw these coming. 'Agoraphobia' and it's simple beat builds to beauty as Cox croons, 'Never Stops' and 'Little Kids' follow suit in their upbeat sound, seemingly alien to the (old)band but they produce nothing short of gold. Drawbacks can be found I'm sure, it's a bit too short, sometimes the whole album can just pass you by. The mid section can be a bit too wonky as they experiment their way around fractured riffs and weird drum beats all the while keeping it pretty minimalist. But, seriously, whatever, just sit back and enjoy 'Microcastle' and all its serene beauty.
Deerhunter Halcyon Digest
Deerhunter Fading Frontier
Defeater Travels
fffffffffffuuuuuucccccckkkk mmmmmmmeeeeee, this is so good.
If you like hardcore punk or (scr)emo, or post-hardcore, or whatever -- get this.
Defeater Lost Ground
Delerium Karma
Destroyer Kaputt
not really all that similar to Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti at all...
DeVotchKa How It Ends
Dirty Projectors Bitte Orca
Dirty Projectors Swing Lo Magellan
Echo and The Bunnymen Heaven Up Here
Echo and The Bunnymen Ocean Rain
Echo and The Bunnymen Crocodiles
Echo and The Bunnymen Porcupine
Eels Beautiful Freak
Eels Electro-Shock Blues
What was at first, very hard on my ears, save a few songs, has since become my favorite Eels album, and really one of my favorite albums period. 'Electro-Shock Blues' is so achingly painful at points it can defer some listeners, but really, there are a lot of gems here. E's loss of family and well, hope is what crafted this album, and it is morose at times, but more often than not in his sadness there's a lot of beauty to be found. 'Elizabeth on the Bathroom Floor', 'Elfi's God', 'P.S. You Rock My World' are gorgeous, while 'Last Stop: This Town' is a nice light hearted break from the albums slower tones. Everything here is great, no song really falters in my opinion, though as a whole 'Electro-Shock Blues' can run a bit long, and it's not an album for any time. But it's beauty is really found in it's soft but hauting tones, morose themes and E's aching voice and lyrics.
El-P Fantastic Damage
El-P Cancer 4 Cure
EMA Past Life Martyred Saints
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP
Etta James Tell Mama
Explosions in the Sky How Strange, Innocence
FKA Twigs LP1
Flying Lotus Cosmogramma
Flying Lotus Until the Quiet Comes
Frank Ocean channel ORANGE
Freddie Gibbs midwestgangstaboxframecadillacmuzik
Freddie Gibbs The Miseducation Of Freddie Gibbs
Freddie Gibbs You Only Live 2wice
Freddie Gibbs and Madlib Pinata
Frog Eyes Carey's Cold Spring
Frog Eyes Pickpocket's Locket
Fucked Up The Chemistry of Common Life
Hardcore, infused with all the strings, horns and bells and whistles you could ask for, with a great lead singer, this is some boss shit. Yes, maybe it's a bit meandering, their instrumentals, though quite badass, are not highlights of the album. and yes, in a genre where technicality is held in an extremely high regard -- they're not. But Fucked Up excel in their arrangements, they know how to build tension, to explode, and more importantly how to rock the fuck out. Pink Eyes(Damian Abraham), has a vicious growl and a scream that shakes the earth. Coupled with clean vocals from both male and female band mates his gravel pit of a voice is pulled up from average, to powerful. This is where they shine, issues with God, modern society, family, and materialism are prominent themes, and they handle it with class. They skip the pretension by not taking themselves too seriously, as well as having a sick drummer and guitarist. Plus 'Son the Father' & 'Black Albino Bones' are easily some of the best tracks of 2008.
Fucked Up David Comes to Life
Fugazi The Argument
G-Side Starshipz and Rocketz
G-Side Huntsville International
Gang Gang Dance God's Money
Gang Gang Dance Saint Dymphna
Gang Gang Dance Eye Contact
Gang of Four Entertainment!
Ghostface Killah Ironman
Girls Album
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
Godspeed You! Black Emperor F♯ A♯ ∞
Godspeed You! Black Emperor 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
Gorillaz Demon Days
Never have I been so unimpressed with an album upon first listen, I mean I heard this once, then just basically put it down for a solid month before even remotely flirting with the idea of giving it a second shot. I'm a fucking idiot. 'Demon Days' is fantastic, an eclectic mash of utter madness somehow organized into 15 tracks. Pretty much leaving behind whatever the Gorillaz were, Albarn and co. restructure this animated 'super group' into something truly quite unique. I mean the idea of mixing cool verses and hooks with some sick rhymes is hardly new, it's just few do it better than these guys here. Armed with Damon Albarn's own musical insanity and a slew of excellent guest stars, 'Demon Days' is a party album, introspective character piece and twisted/fun labor of love all at once. The album really doesn't falter from start to finish, every song seems in it's right place. It's successful as a whole, but at times can be a bit goofy, but 90% of the time, you can just roll with it and let 'Demon Days' have it's fun.
Gorillaz Plastic Beach
Gospel The Moon Is a Dead World
Grandaddy Under the Western Freeway
Grizzly Bear Yellow House
It takes no less than the first minute of 'Yellow House' to see that Grizzly Bear have stripped themselves down from their 'recorded in a submarine' sound to something more palpable, but no less expansive, cavernous and beautiful.
Said minute, which belongs to the opener 'Easier' is nothing other than gorgeous, a few chords and piano chimes fade into a nice acoustic/hummed rhythm. Then the 40th second hits, and 'Easier' opens wide into an expansive, glorious tunnel of sound. The song continues, it's a flood of folky-spacey pop accompanied by any number of guitars, drums, pianos, banjos, synth boards -- it's pretty amazing. 'Easier' is a standout (along with 'Knife', 'On a Neck, On a Spit', 'Little Brother' and 'Colorado'), and it would be easy to judge the rest of the album based on this track, but it would be a waste. Grizzly Bear transcend the usual freak-folk, star-pop and indie-rock cliches and build, an immediate, yet reserved -- expansive, yet focused, beautiful but albeit disjointed masterpiece with 'Yellow House'.
Grizzly Bear Veckatimest
Grizzly Bear Shields
Grouper Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill
*drool inducing guitar leads and wayward riffing. frequently spellbinding, this is one of the better records of the previous decade. Yay Liz.*
Grouper Ruins
Guided by Voices Alien Lanes
GZA Liquid Swords
Hercules and Love Affair Hercules and Love Affair
Well looks like I misjudged another one. This lush, beautiful piece of modern dance music is nothing less than flooring. Mixing disco flair with a taste for soul and free jazz rarely used so well in modern electronica, Andrew Butler and his bandmates create a masterpiece. mixing infectious grooves, heart warming "ballads", and some straight up bangers that will get even the most rigid Jane and John shaking their asses. 'Hercules Theme' is the clear winner here, but nothing is short of amazing. It may take repeated listens but what gives 'Hercules and Love Affair' it's legs is that beyond all things, these tracks are purely danceable. Add the fact that they're gorgeous, fully realized pieces of music with a defined, interesting narrative and the singers slay -- it is pretty much that good.
Hundred Waters The Moon Rang Like a Bell
I Am Carpenter My God Clara
Interpol Turn on the Bright Lights
Iron And Wine The Shepherd's Dog
Jamie xx In Colour
Jay-Z The Blueprint
Jay-Z Reasonable Doubt
Jefferson Airplane Surrealistic Pillow
John Legend Get Lifted
Jon Hopkins Immunity
Joy Division Closer
Joy Division Unknown Pleasures
Julia Holter Ekstasis
Julia Holter Loud City Song
Julia Holter Have You In My Wilderness
Kanye West Late Registration
Kanye West The College Dropout
Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city
Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly
Kendrick Lamar untitled unmastered.
Kendrick Lamar DAMN.
Kidcrash Jokes
Killer Mike R.A.P. Music
Kylesa Static Tensions
Kylesa Spiral Shadow
Laura Marling Once I Was an Eagle
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin III
'III' was easily my favorite Zeppelin album years ago when I was first really introduced to them, since I've move more towards other LP of theirs, but it'll always have a spot. 'Immigrant Song' being over-licensed and over-played as it is, is still, well -- awesome. 'Since I Been Loving You', 'Gallows Pole' & 'Tangerine' are some personal favorites. Even though they have a more folk/acoustic sound this outing, it's still Zeppelin and still rocks pretty hard considering.
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II
Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti
Les Savy Fav Let's Stay Friends
And to think I spent the better half of my teenage years seeing and hating these fools. Brooklyn by way of Rhode Island art-punk stalwarts, Les Savy Fav drop their, late Flaming Lips, meets early Talking Heads, post-punk-hardcore-twee masterpiece with 'Let's Stay Friends'.
Liars Drum's Not Dead
Liars Sisterworld
Los Campesinos! We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed
Year #1, Album #2(2!). 'We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed' sees the Campesino camp mature a little bit through acting just a bit more immature. As opposed to 'Hold On Now, Youngster...' their auspicious debut, where they seemed to be going over every line with red pen, 'We Are Beautiful,' is more haphazard. 'Youngster' saw all its lines end with just the perfect punch, just clever enough, and just enough emotion. Essentially showing they aren't involved as much as observing from the outside, basically they were too good for themselves; this time around they seem to feel right in their own skin. Gareth takes over the vocals predominantly, and he's basically crying about his ex, but he does it in such a way (You said he's got his teeth fixed/ I'm gonna break them!), that exemplifies a sense of here and now (Oh we kid ourselves there's future in the fucking!/but there is no fucking future!) that most other frontpeople can't attest to(My life was saved by a packet of 19 cigarettes/Held in my left breast pocket/for a closest friend). To say they have spirit is a bit cheap, they bombast through 10 tracks of glockenspiel infused, violin savvy indie rock. They keep the tensions high, the boy-girl interchanges sweet or biting and when they decide to slow it down on 'Heart Swells/Pacific Daylight Time' it pays off. It's one of their most touching tracks, they grow up just a little, enough to see their faults and deliver a fucking great follow up.
Los Campesinos! Romance Is Boring
There was a time when the thought of Los Campesinos! would have sent me straight to the bathroom -- either to puke or to take a dump visually explaining my opinion of Garreth & co.'s bleak, asinine, above all annoying(ly voiced!) outlook on life. Those 2 days aside, Los Campesinos! have since proven those first inclinations wrong with a solid mix of glockspiel infused, string bevy, acid-tipped, hyper-literal indie rawk that is as infectious as it is funny/good/intelligent/honest/loveable. Over a mere 3 year span of life, LC! have released various EPs, 3 full length albums, toured the world a few times and even have seen the use(lessness) of mounds of critical praise, and backlash. But, in the end, what always mattered is that fact that really, they don't fucking care. The Campesinos were sincerely in it for themselves, and that we would listen, never mind dance around screaming their music like we couldn't do anything else better in our lives, was an added bonus. This first grouping of members will probably in years stand as an early era in an accomplished bands respected catalouge, but that's not to say there's nothing special about 'Romance Is Boring', furthermore, this specific Los Campesinos! While 'Youngster...' was pop savvy and fractured, and 'Beautiful' stronger, but still, in the end could not escape it's haphazard recording, and fissured sense, still feeling like an astounding collection of B-Sides by it's completion. 'Romance' finds the Campesinos! culminating everything they've done since their inception and throwing it together under one guise. Not a distaste for radio/modern living/douche bags, but the single thing none of them can fucking get over -- Love. Musically it sounds like the other LC! albums, but more focused, calmer, they play to their strength in pacing that made the breakneck speeds of their last 2 LPs endearing and fun, here is held down, almost hushed. You can feel the tension in the recording, not just concerning the record's content, but female lead vocalist Aleks Campesinos impending departure -- this is the sound of a band imploding upon itself, and finding a way to not only deal with that elephant in the room, but take it by the reigns. With nothing else to do, this group of Brits throw together yet another ramshackle collection of tracks that amount to an astoundingly repayable album. And for once, it all sounds cohesive. Garreth and Aleks finally seem comfortable speaking to one another via their microphones. Their best writing (which to begin with is hard to top, so stfu) is on display here, as well as musicianship, showcasing their talent with molding Twee and Punk legitimately, except now its honed, perfected to deliver that sugary jab at just the right moment. Many have stated that over the past few years watching this band grow up has been a pleasure. I wouldn't think I'm the first to say, but would like to reiterate wholeheartedly that personally, its been an immense pleasure to simply grow up with them.
Love Forever Changes
Beautiful, engrossing, reflective, haunting, heartbreaking, reaffirming, brilliant -- amazing. 'Forever Changes' is a gorgeous chronicle of Arthur Lee, lead singer, as he was living during the late 60s, the cusp of the 'hippie revolution' and a time he was convinced he was going to die. The lyrics are morose, but the music itself is lush and even upbeat. The horn sections that roar throughout the album only compliment the pristine string arrangements and soothing riffs. The fantastic instrumentation only brings forth the beauty of Lee's voice, and his lyrics. Bits like "Sitting on a hillside -- Watching all the people die -- I'll feel much better on the other side." become all the more haunting and long lasting. A pinnacle of American music.
Lupe Fiasco Food & Liquor
Lykke Li I Never Learn
M.I.A. Arular
M83 Before The Dawn Heals Us
M83 Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
Mac DeMarco Salad Days
Madvillain Madvillainy
Magazine Real Life
Majical Cloudz Are You Alone?
Marissa Nadler July
Massive Attack Blue Lines
Massive Attack Protection
Essentially taking their successes from 'Blue Lines' and running, Massive Attack's second album 'Protection', is a deep, beautiful album. With 9 tracks that will floor you, and well, 'Light My Fire'. 'Protection', 'Euro Child', 'Sly' and 'Three' are fantastic. The diverse group of brilliant Brits, again, were able to create a fantastic, fluid success with their mix of deep dub beats, evil distortions and truly beautiful voices.
MC5 Kick Out the Jams
mclusky McLusky Do Dallas
Menomena Friend And Foe
Mew And the Glass Handed Kites
Mew Frengers
Mew No More Stories
Modern Life Is War Witness
Modest Mouse The Lonesome Crowded West
A bold statement of modern 'Americana', 'The Lonesome Crowded West' could/would easily stand as Modest Mouse's crowning achievement of lonesome travel and desolate landscapes. This is of course if 'The Moon and Antarctica' had not shattered it with it's brazen outlook and ethereal tones. But -- that's not to say that this album is anything less than amazing. With 'Lonesome Crowded...", MM created a bleak outlook on the idea of modern, expansive America with it's frayed morals, uneven persona's and earthen tones. Brock's reference's to the characters of 'Jesus/God','the dogs', 'the woman' and 'the long bitter road' first really arise here on their sophomore release, but hardly play out their time. At 70+ minutes too, 'The Lonesome Crowded West' is quite the listen, but, everything flows together pretty flawlessly. MM's, Pixies-esque style is taken for a full ride, and really expands upon itself to give the first, real inkling of what sound this band would soon adopt for the remainder of their career (up until this point). Song's like 'Heart Cooks Brain', 'Convenient Parking', 'Trailer Trash' and 'Out of Gas' are standouts but that's like saying anything here is sub-par. 'The Lonesome Crowded West' is a masterpiece, it's a truthful/expressive/forgiving/unrelenting outlook on what it's like to live as an American, as well as what it was like for this one - Brock - in specific.
My Bloody Valentine Isn't Anything
My Bloody Valentine You Made Me Realise
My Bloody Valentine m b v
Nas Illmatic
Nico Chelsea Girl
No Age Everything In Between
No Doubt Tragic Kingdom
Oasis (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
Blah blah blah, they desperately want to be The Beatles -- who the fuck cares? They got it right at least 2 times (3 1/2 in my opinion), and this, an argument for 90s rock and how absolutely phenomenal it *could* be. Morning Glory's strengths are played through in every song, every lick, every verse, every groan of Liam's brash, almost Lenon-esque voice. The band just knew how to sell their slick, insightful rock with a hint of modern peace and love. Moving from moments of sheer badassery to complete and utter beauty ('Wonderwall', 'Champagne Supernova', 'Don't Look Back in Anger' and 'She's Electric' please stand up) or just straight rock you to the core (Everything else). Oasis crafted a truly stupendous piece of music -- here's to hoping they can do it again.
Oasis Definitely Maybe
Operation Ivy Energy
Orchid Chaos is Me
Orphans of Cush White Noize
Ought More Than Any Other Day
OutKast Stankonia
'Stankonia' is a beacon for all artists -- this is how you make an album. 'B.O.B.', 'Ms. Jackson'. 'So Fresh, So Clean', 'Gasoline Dreams', 'I'll Call Before I Come', are brilliant, OutKast are miles beyond their competition. The world's best MC's -- Andre 3000(then), and Big Boi(now), prove their worth with an opus of southern rap. Stankonia, everyone should be so lucky to visit.
OutKast Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik
OutKast ATLiens
Panda Bear Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
Passion Pit Gossamer
Perfect Pussy I have lost all desire for feeling
Perfect Pussy Say Yes to Love
Pg. 99 Document #8
Phoenix Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here
Pink Floyd The Wall
Pixies Surfer Rosa
PJ Harvey Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea
PJ Harvey Rid of Me
PJ Harvey Let England Shake
Ponytail Ice Cream Spiritual
Portishead Dummy
Portishead Third
'Third' is not only a reinvention of the genre (trip hop), but a logical progression for a set of some forefathers and that�s after only a 10+ year hiatus . 'Third' is less a return to form as it is a reminder of quality, quality that Portishead have always held themselves to, and it just so happens they took their damn time to remind us of just how viable they are(were). 'Third' is not the same Portishead, they've moved from the lounge club to the movie screen, crafting soundtrack gems that always manage to be as terribly frightening as they are beautiful. And Beth Gibbons, let it be said her voice has aged wonderfully, she masterfully sings over bombast beats (Silence, Machine Gun, We Carry On), acoustic strums (Small, The Rip) and even sways her way through the surf rock of 'Deep Water'. Her voice has deepened, she sounds heftier, weathered, less kitsch and naive, but this plays to her as all kinds of new strength. On cuts like 'Machine Gun' who's unsettling beat alone could be enough to turn some listeners away at first, that's before Beth grabs a hold of it, and matched with her croons it somehow becomes gorgeous. Or check 'The Rip' and it's slow build before it explodes from a great synth line to electronic bliss -- Gibbon's lights up giving her best performance on record. Exclaiming: "Wild white horses/They will take me away" leaving her mundane imagery behind for a little hope is an example of 'Third's core. A little darkness leads way to the light.
Prefab Sprout Steve McQueen
Pretty Girls Make Graves Good Health
Pretty Girls Make Graves Pretty Girls Make Graves
Primal Scream Screamadelica
Prince Purple Rain
Public Enemy It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
Queen A Night at the Opera
Radiohead The Bends
Radiohead Kid A
Radiohead In Rainbows
Now 'In Rainbows' has risen from the pile of shit that is a lot of modern music to remind us what we should expect (demand?) from our artists. Not a single track is wasted,('Bodysnatchers', 'All I Need', 'Jigsaw Falling Into Place' & 'Reckoner' being highlights). Best part? There's no 'downside' here, there's no filler, and they still manage to sound distinctly like themselves, but still a drastic change from their previous effort. Problem? No -- It's all gravy.
Rage Against The Machine Rage Against The Machine
Red Hot Chili Peppers Californication
Red Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Ride Nowhere
Rilo Kiley The Execution of All Things
Rilo Kiley Take-Offs and Landings
Roots Manuva Brand New Second Hand
Run the Jewels Run the Jewels
Run the Jewels Run the Jewels 2
Saint Etienne Fox Base Alpha
Saint Etienne So Tough
Sam Cooke Night Beat
Sam Cooke Sam Cooke
Sam Cooke My Kind of Blues
Serena Maneesh Serena-Maneesh
Shabazz Palaces Lese Majesty
Sharon Van Etten Are We There
Sigur Ros Takk...
Sigur Ros Kveikur
Slowdive Slowdive
Sonic Youth Goo
Sonic Youth Sister
Sonic Youth EVOL
Sorrow (UK) Dreamstone
Spoon Gimme Fiction
Spoon Kill the Moonlight
It clocks in at just slightly over 30 minutes, and the band has since become more adventurous with their sound as their budget for albums increases -- but 'Kill The Moonlight' slays. Every song has it's hook and damn do they ever catch, you'll be hard pressed not to get these little indie rock gems stuck in your head. Daniel's lyrics and the song writing are at their peak here, straying from studio tricks and epic inclinations. Songs like 'Small Stakes', 'The Way We Get By', and 'Jonathan Fisk', bring forth your standard verse-chorus-verse structure. But the songs are jam packed with memorable 1 liners, slick guitar riffs, great drumming and keyboard fills. Plus the riffs on 'All The Pretty Girls Go To The City' and 'Something To Look Forward To' are almost too infectious. Spoon came out of the gates swinging with their debut ('Telephono') and continued with a string of great releases. But not until 'Kill The Moonlight', their opus of catchy, concise and intelligent yet accessible rock music, did they understand how to make a complete, fulfilling listen from start to finish -- thankfully they never forgot.
Spoon They Want My Soul
St. Vincent Actor
St. Vincent Strange Mercy
Stars Set Yourself On Fire
Stevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life
Stevie Wonder Innervisions
Sublime Sublime
Submerse Streams
Susanne Sundfor Ten Love Songs
SZA Ctrl
Talib Kweli Quality
Talk Talk Laughing Stock
Talk Talk Spirit of Eden
Tame Impala Currents
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists Hearts of Oak
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists The Tyranny of Distance
The Avalanches Since I Left You
The Beatles Revolver
The Beatles Rubber Soul
The Beatles The Beatles
The Beatles Help!
The Besnard Lakes The Besnard Lakes Are the Dark Horse
The Blood Brothers ...Burn, Piano Island, Burn
The Cardigans Life
The Cure Disintegration
thanks Robert Smith for reminding me what it sounded like when I rode to the coast skipping class in senior year of high school. Thanks.
The Go! Team Thunder, Lightning, Strike
The Hotelier Home, Like NoPlace Is There
The Kinks The Village Green Preservation Society
The Kinks Lola vs. Powerman and the Moneygoround
The Kinks Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)
The Knife Silent Shout
The Magnetic Fields 69 Love Songs
The Magnetic Fields Holiday
The Magnetic Fields The Charm Of The Highway Strip
I could probably 5 this with assistance from just the right bourbon.
The Mamas and The Papas California Dreamin'
The Mars Volta De-Loused in the Comatorium
Listening to 'Son et Lumiere' take place then subsequently fade into 'Inertiatic Esp' pretty much put to rest my worries that this record would come close to being sub par upon first listen. Little did I know it would become a defining record of my teenage years. Safe to say I hold 'De-Loused in the Comatorium' particularly high and (almost sadly) I probably judge each Volta, or any ex-ATDI member's release in comparison. A barrage of notes and sound will flood your ears almost from the get-go, like almost any Volta release since, but 'De-Loused' has a particular magic to it, that they've yet to ever grasp again. The epic, noise-prog holds together here a lot more cohesively than anything they've produced, and granted, their best song may be on their sophomore release, it's in their debut that their masterpiece record lies. Their prog/virtuoso ambitions aren't drowned out by their need to be different, they just seem to be having more fun on this record. There's no wasted track, they all deliver in the utmost sense.
The Men Open Your Heart
The Microphones The Glow Pt. 2
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones Let's Face It
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones Question the Answers
The National Alligator
The National High Violet
The National Trouble Will Find Me
The New Pornographers Electric Version
The New Pornographers Twin Cinema
The New Pornographers Mass Romantic
The Notorious B.I.G. Ready to Die
The Olivia Tremor Control Dusk at Cubist Castle
The Prodigy The Fat of the Land
The Prodigy Music for the Jilted Generation
The Roots Phrenology
The Roots Do You Want More?!!!??!
The Roots Illadelph Halflife
The Stooges Raw Power
The Thermals The Body, The Blood, The Machine
The closest this Yeti can get to a religious experience now that the old gods boarded the ghost-clipper and sailed it into the tempest maelstrom. Good stuff.
The Twilight Sad Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters
Completely miscalculated this one too -- I seem to be making a habit of that recently. *shrugs* More to come soon, but safe to say there's more to "Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters', than wah-wah guitar, distortion, Grahams gorgeous yelp and Post-Rock grandeur. Tho The Twilight Sad will be damned if they let you know that.
The Velvet Underground White Light/White Heat
The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground
The Walkmen Bows + Arrows
The Walkmen You & Me
The Walkmen Lisbon
The Walkmen Heaven
The War on Drugs Slave Ambient
The War on Drugs Lost in the Dream
The Weakerthans Reconstruction Site
The Weeknd Thursday
The Who Tommy
The sweetest fucking concept album/rock opera ever. The movie -- not so much, but can't win 'em all. The Who are the ultimate in successful artistic excess, 'Tommy' is the key argument that sometimes a little erratic indulgence is best.
The Who Quadrophenia
The xx xx
The xx I See You
Thundercat Apocalypse
Thundercat The Beyond/Where The Giants Roam
Titus Andronicus The Airing of Grievances
I wouldn't really call 'The Airing of Grievances' an album as much as a collection of 9 arguments, and front man Patrick Stickles is more giving a first-hand account than "singing". He yelps and screams over most of Titus Andronicus' debut disc, which is a gem of indie-emo self loathing, too smart for my surroundings (New Jersey!) bliss. His band mates do a very ample job of booming and blasting around his scream, twanging away on their guitars and smashing their drums and piano keys. Stickle's lyrics convey a hurt man, he may scream the odd "We can betray each other in dreams every night." Or "What could be the harm?/What a six week vacation from the use of my right arm?". Or maybe a chant of "Do do do do/Do do do do/Fuck everything/Fu-uck Me." Stickles is pissed sure, at himself, at god, at his parents, at the institutions he was forced to attend; but honestly, while he plays music, you couldn't tell. He couldn't be happier, even as his cries become blood curdling. It really shows in the band's music, it's fast (for the most part), fist pumping, chant worthy; it just so happens to be that their lead singer kinda sounds like Conor Oberst and he kinda whines a little. But whatever, they could give a fuck less, and that's why Titus succeed. 'Grievances' sounds like it was recorded in a submarine on shitty lowfi mics, as Stickles was in the next room screaming his lungs out. But this sound is fleshed out, real, and it works for them. They may be angry and bitter, but Titus Andronicus don't skip on the life affirming pop with a debut to be reckoned with.
Titus Andronicus The Monitor
Tom Tom Club Tom Tom Club
Tool Lateralus
chuggachuggachuggachuggachugga drum drum drum ddddrrruuuummmm. Makes me feel like I'm 12 again.
Tool Ænima
TV on the Radio Young Liars
TV on the Radio Dear Science
TV On The Radio pretty much ditched the complicated fuzz/anthem rock of 'Return to Cookie Mountain' for some dance hall, electronic, funk/fuzz rock, soulful balladry bullshit. And it was all for the better, not necessarily better than 'Return', but for the better of the band. 'Dear Science' is like 25 minutes and 8 tracks shorter, but whatever, it?s still some boss music. 'Half Way Home' 'Love Dog' & 'DLZ' are the best songs that never made it onto '..Cookie', 'Golden Age', 'Crying', 'Dancing Choose' and 'Red Dress' are funk infused, rap, indie masterpieces. While their dance songs and rockers shine, 'Dear Science,' really lets it all go when it's heart is showing. Tracks like 'Stork & Owl' and 'Family Tree' are gorgeous ballads, adorn with sweet horns and strings, while 'Lover's Day' is probably the best song about a raucous fuck ever. Ever.
U2 Achtung Baby
U2 The Joshua Tree
U2 War
UGK Ridin' Dirty
Viktor Vaughn Vaudeville Villain
Vince Staples Summertime '06
Vince Staples Big Fish Theory
Waxahatchee Cerulean Salt
Waxahatchee Ivy Tripp
White Rabbits Fort Nightly
A wonderful blend of Ska and Indie rock The White Rabbits look to take you back to the time of Model T's and Great Gatsbys -- trust me it works. The Rabbits are able to handle this interesting concept by packing each one of their superbly composed, instantly catchy songs with more depth and drama than most artist fit into a multitude of LPs. By the time you reach 'March of the Camels', Fort Nightly's stand out track, you think the Rabbit's have pulled out all the stops...very very wrong. If the rest of the album wasn't convincing enough, 'Camels' is masterfully layered and blisteringly catchy. Did I mention cool as hell? Check the creepy kid choir on the chorus.
Wild Beasts Two Dancers
Wild Beasts Present Tense
Wu-Tang Clan Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
X Los Angeles
X Wild Gift
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan YT//ST
Beautiful noise from the Great White North.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Fever To Tell
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Is Is
This may be the best stuff the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have put out. Something about this just strikes me right, 'Rockers to Swallow' and 'Kiss Kiss' just bite, while 'Down Boy' and 'Isis' are dark and cavernous. Karen O sounds her best, ever really, while Zinner and Chase pretty much keep pace with O. High hopes for the up coming album.
Young Thug Barter 6
Young Thug JEFFERY

4.0 excellent
2 Chainz Pretty Girls Like Trap Music
A Camp A Camp
A Place to Bury Strangers Exploding Head
A Sunny Day in Glasgow Autumn, Again
AFI Black Sails in the Sunset
Air Talkie Walkie
Air The Virgin Suicides
Air France No Way Down
A group of Swedes mix high flying syth lines, great samples, a little heart and some bass that resonate heat. I honestly would listen to 'No Way Down', 2008's best EP, to feel like it was summer. Regardless of the temp outside, I was on an island, sipping away on ritas. I've heard it described as "post-rave bliss", and it's quite fitting. They fill their lush electronics, with full horn sections, great vocal samples and beautiful strings plus, the whistle on 'June Evenings' is where it's at.
Alvvays Alvvays
Animal Collective Sung Tongs
Animal Collective Fall Be Kind
Arcade Fire The Suburbs
Arcade Fire Reflektor
Arctic Monkeys Favourite Worst Nightmare
Monkeys mature and craft not just their best CD, but easily one of the best to arrive this year. 'Teddy Pickers' & 'Fluorescent Adolescent' happily bump their way to the top of the list here. Each is resoundingly catchy and the Monkey's tongue in cheek observational writing holds forth to give them some substance beyond the notes. Though 'Old Yellow Bricks' is the album's stinker, the rest holds up to bring together an extremely solid album. Plus '505' is a pretty badass final track.
ASAP Rocky Live.Love.A$AP.
Asobi Seksu Fluorescence
Yuki pretty much kills it on each and every Asobi Seksu record.
At the Drive-In This Station Is Non-Operational
Autolux Transit Transit
Bailter Space Robot World
Baroness Purple
Basement Jaxx Remedy
all those naked bodies stacked on top of each other is a pretty decent visual representation of how you should feel after a Jaxx live set. Especially if any of this album is present during the show.
Bat For Lashes Fur and Gold
Battles Mirrored
Badass robot rock, Battles clearly crafted something all their own here. Acceding past their 'math rock' confines, they are able to transcend the cliches found in their genre of choice and really etch their own spot in modern music. Evolving their sound from early, instrumental, EPs and giving Tyondai Braxton's 'vocals' a dominant presence, they've created a nice musical balance amongst all their beeps, effects and single string plucking. Mostly indeterminable, Braxton's voice is more machine than man, going through a mess of filters before finally reaching the speakers. Thankfully, it only adds to the robotic feel they handle so well, plus John Stanier is a maniac drummer. 'Race In' - 'Atlas' - 'Rainbow' and 'Leyendecker' are personal favorites. They jam out a bit at times, and it's never quick. Sometimes the music just tends to mesh together, but more often then not it just astounds.
Be Your Own Pet Be Your Own Pet
We're on two wheels baby! Rawk Out!!
At least that's what Be Your Own Pet would hope(demand) of us. And with this clusterfuck of sound that is their debut, BYOP find a nice niche for themselves. It's just a question of if you appreciate that niche or not. Armed with a young punk spirit, bad ass instrumentation, a long play into a tongue-in-cheek and, well, Ms. Jemina Pearl, these kid's are looking to knock you onto your ass. Let it be their extremely loud sound, or Pearl's extremely dirty mouth, BYOP are out to attract a little attention, as well they should. They've got some shit to say (albeit sometimes it can be a bit stupid...) -- but maybe it won't hurt to listen just a little. I mean lines like 'Have fun and be safe with it -- Just kidding! Fuck shit up!' probably couldn't fly if BYOP saw themselves as god's next gift to rock and roll. A little pulp here and there is alright, which exactly what BYOP are all about. Stop taking yourself so seriously, chill the fuck out, and enjoy being young/allow the youth to have their fun. Simple.
Beach House Beach House
Beach House Thank Your Lucky Stars
Beastie Boys Ill Communication
Beastie Boys Hello Nasty
Beat Happening Beat Happening
Beat Happening Music to Climb the Apple Tree By
Beat Happening You Turn Me On
Belle and Sebastian Dear Catastrophe Waitress
Belle and Sebastian The Life Pursuit
Ben Folds Five Whatever and Ever, Amen
Big Black Songs About Fucking
Big Black Atomizer
Bilal A Love Surreal
Billy the Kid Horseshoes and Hand Grenades
Black Milk Album Of The Year
Blackalicious Blazing Arrow
Blackbird Blackbird Summer Heart
BLK JKS Mystery EP
BLK JKS After Robots
Blood Orange Cupid Deluxe
Blue Hawaii Blooming Summer
Blur Blur
Blur The Best Of
Blur The Great Escape
Blur Midlife: A Beginner's Guide To Blur
Slightly tops the 'Best of Blur' greatest hits comp, which is saying something considering that usually comps suck, and there's enough quality Blur material to fill up two, two disc compilations. The fact that these songs continue to carry their essential punch even years after the fact doesn't hurt either. These dudes haven't released an album since 2003, and yet somehow there's a distinctly different feel to this as compared to 'Best Of'. 'Mid Life' carries a sense of accomplishment, a cannon of 90s Brit pop which the previous comp couldn't even hold a candle to. Now if Albarn, Coxon and co. could put down their swords, pick up their guitars and just rock again. Added bonus, everything here slays and it's not all album only tracks or singles. 'Woo hoo!' indeed.
Boards of Canada The Campfire Headphase
Boards of Canada Twoism
Boards of Canada Trans Canada Highway
Boards of Canada Tomorrow's Harvest
Bon Iver Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Braids Native Speaker
Brazilian Girls Brazilian Girls
Brazilian Girls Talk to La Bomb
Broken Social Scene Feel Good Lost
Broken Social Scene Forgiveness Rock Record
Burial Untrue
Camera Obscura My Maudlin Career
Camera Obscura Underachievers Please Try Harder
Caribou Up In Flames
Caribou Swim
Caribou Our Love
Catherine Wheel Chrome
Cee Lo Green The Lady Killer
Chapterhouse Whirlpool
Charli XCX True Romance
CHVRCHES Every Open Eye
Circle Takes the Square Decompositions: Volume Number One
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Some Loud Thunder
Clinic Walking With Thee
Clint Mansell and Kronos Quartet Requiem for a Dream
clipping. CLPPNG
Clipse Lord Willin'
Codeine The White Birch
Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the Head
Common Like Water for Chocolate
Crystal Castles Crystal Castles II
Cults Cults
Currensy Pilot Talk
I could write a whole spiel about how the kid has shown up multiple times before and how if anyone was doubting this, their head was firmly planted far up their own ass but, uhh -- JETS.
Currensy Pilot Talk II
Currensy This Ain't No Mixtape
Currensy Weekend at Burnie's
Cut Copy Zonoscope
brings the fucking womp womp womp.
Cymbals Eat Guitars Lenses Alien
Dads I’ll Be The Tornado
Daft Punk Discovery
Daft Punk Homework
Damian Marley Welcome To Jamrock
Damian Valles Bow Echoes
Daughters Daughters
David Bowie Diamond Dogs
David Bowie Aladdin Sane
David Bowie The Next Day
Death Cab for Cutie The Photo Album
Delerium Chimera
Delerium Poem
Delorean Ayrton Senna
Delorean Subiza
Denzel Curry Nostalgic 64
Denzel Curry 13
Destroyer Rubies
Destroyer This Night
Destroyer Your Blues
Destroyer Poison Season
DeVotchKa Curse Your Little Heart
DeVotchKa A Mad & Faithful Telling
Devotcka, a Denver group of Mexican/Eastern European Gypsies (lol, no) put out their 2nd best album with their 4th effort. 'A Mad and Faithful Telling' is a little less epic, and a little shorter than their previous, better, effort, but it still floors. 'Brasso Profundo' starts off 'Telling' with a bang, it's violins and Spanish guitar floating over the bouncing upright base as Theo Urata cries out for his fellow revolutionaries. Now this is not very alien to them, it's the mid song jam out they do before picking it right back up again to finish off. The song shows right away that this is no 'How It Ends', and really is better for it. Had they just rehashed their Little Miss Sunshine album, it would've been a waste, they dig deep into their southwestern influences and Urata digs into his theme of a South American revolutionary. Their form of bouncy gypsy punk works best on songs like 'Clockwise Witness' and 'Undone' and their 'No Cars Go' remake of 'Head Honcho' bears similar results. The slower songs like 'New World', 'Blessing in Disguise' and 'Along the Way' shine as highlights while Urata croons and cries over beautiful string, horn and bell arrangements. Urata also has that voice -- and their drummer is boss; mm mmm good.
DIIV Oshin
Dirty Projectors Rise Above
What could have easily been a bullshit phone it, comes out breathing new life into a classic. Though not really too similar to Black Flag's 'Damaged', save lyrical similarities, 'Rise Above' is still, a faithful re imagination of the hardcore classic. The Projector's Dave Longstreth wails and quivers his way around 'Rise Above', and at first, it's his off putting voice that is the albums biggest detractor. The tripled choir of female voices that join Longstreth's particular croon is nothing but a delightful break and really a fantastic contrast. Its in this that the Projector's really sell 'Rise Above', amongst it's awry guitar twangs and walls of distortion, a certain balance and groove is found in the vocals. The brash, almost annoying voice of Longstreth is compliment by the softer choir of women and in turn his voice really becomes quite beautiful. 'What I See', 'No More', 'Depression', 'Gimme Gimme Gimme' are standouts on a fantastic retread.
Dirty Projectors Ascending Melody
If you enjoyed 'Bitte Orca' in any way Ascending Melody is a must have (and it's free!) this 7" is pretty much a continuation of that albums skewed pop-sweetness. 2 new songs, of the same caliber, just visit their website for an official link.
Disclosure Settle
DJ Shadow Endtroducing...
Do Make Say Think You, You're a History in Rust
I was reluctant as first to pick this up, the I heard 'The Universe!' and well that's all it took. Brooding, dark, and yet epic and glistening Do Make Say Think have crafted a fantastic album.
Do Make Say Think Other Truths
Do Make Say Think Stubborn Persistent Illusions
Dr. Dre The Chronic
Drake Take Care
Dropkick Murphys The Warrior's Code
Dropkick Murphys Sing Loud, Sing Proud!
Dropkick Murphys The Gang's All Here
Dungen Ta Det Lugnt
Eagles Hotel California
Earl Sweatshirt I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside
Eels Blinking Lights & Other Revelations
El-P I'll Sleep When You're Dead
Eluvium Copia
EMA The Future's Void
Emma Ruth Rundle Some Heavy Ocean
Empress Of Me
Ex Hex Rips
Explosions in the Sky The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place
Explosions in the Sky Those Who Tell the Truth...
Factory Floor Factory Floor
Father John Misty I Love You, Honeybear
Fiona Apple The Idler Wheel...
FKA Twigs M3LL155X
Fleet Foxes Sun Giant
Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac Tusk
Flight of the Conchords The Distant Future
Flight of the Conchords Flight of the Conchords
Florence and the Machine Lungs
Flying Lotus Los Angeles
Flying Lotus You're Dead!
Foo Fighters The Colour and the Shape
Four Tet There is Love in You
Foxes in Fiction Alberto
Frank Ocean Nostalgia, Ultra.
Freddie Gibbs Cold Day in Hell

Free Energy Stuck On Nothing
Friendzone DX
Frightened Rabbit The Midnight Organ Fight
Frog Eyes Paul's Tomb: A Triumph
Fucked Up Hidden World
G-Side Sumthin 2 Hate
G-Side The One...Cohesive
TV Screens flippin down -- all you hear is tick n pound.
G-Side Island
And here I was believing the bullshit I had the unfortunate unloading of upon my ear in the form of: "G-Side dun fucked up." Apprehensive I kept my distance from the iSLAND too long until the barrage of flashing lights, copious laughter and fucking killer beats was too much to refuse.

Hello, we've arrived.
Galaxie 500 Today
Galaxie 500 This is Our Music
Gang Gang Dance Gang Gang Dance
Gang of Four Solid Gold
Gavin Castleton Home
Ghostface Killah Fishscale
Ghostface Killah Supreme Clientele
Girl Talk Night Ripper
Girl Talk Feed the Animals
Girls Broken Dreams Club
Glasser Ring
Gnarls Barkley St. Elsewhere
Goldfrapp Felt Mountain
Gorillaz Gorillaz
Gowns Red State
Grandaddy The Sophtware Slump
Green Day Dookie
Green Day Insomniac
Green Day American Idiot
Grenadine Goya
Grimes Visions
Grimes Art Angels
Grouper A I A
Grouper The Man Who Died in His Boat
Guided by Voices Bee Thousand
Guido Anidea
Holly Herndon Platform
Iceage New Brigade
I hate when Rudy Klapper rates albums that could vaguely be described as "skuzzy punk." He knows he won't like it, but listens anyways and: BAM! 2.5.

Iceage You're Nothing
Iceage Plowing into the Field of Love
Incubus A Crow Left of the Murder...
Incubus S.C.I.E.N.C.E.
Iron And Wine Our Endless Numbered Days
Iron And Wine The Creek Drank the Cradle
Jack Johnson Brushfire Fairytales
James Blake CMYK
James Blake Klavierwerke
James Blake James Blake
James Blake Overgrown
Janelle Monae The ArchAndroid
Janelle Monae The Electric Lady
Jay-Z American Gangster
Jay-Z and Kanye West Watch the Throne
Jenny Hval Viscera
Jill Scott Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1
Jimmy Eat World Bleed American
Joey Badass 1999
Joy Orbison Hyph Mngo/Wet Look
Joy Orbison BB/Ladywell
Joy Orbison Wade In/Jels
Julia Holter Tragedy
Julian Lynch Mare
Julianna Barwick Florine
Junkie XL Big Sounds Of The Drags
Kelis Kaleidoscope
Kelis Wanderland
Kelis Food
Kendrick Lamar Section.80
Kendrick Lamar Kendrick Lamar
Kevin Drew Spirit If...
Kevin Drew makes a break up album, that pretty much sounds like another Broken Social album -- but it's brilliant. 'Spirit If...' on it's own is hardly a Kevin Drew album, it's still created much in the vein of his other band (who technically "present" this record). A bunch of established artists come together to create some all around rock goodness. But something about it all seems distinctly him, like no one else could create this sound, it all comes back to Kevin Drew. 'Farewell to the Pressure Kids', 'Tbtf', 'Fucked Up Kid' are on spot BSS tracks, while 'Safety Bricks' and 'Lucky Ones' sound like a nice mix of The Boss and Dinosaur Jr. All the tracks here are stand out, though as a whole, the album can run a bit long (66 mins) and Drew's ideas at times, can't be saved from his own eccentric experimentation. Other times, it's just that which makes it beautiful.
Kylesa Exhausting Fire
Laura Marling I Speak Because I Can
Laura Marling Short Movie
LCD Soundsystem Sound of Silver
LCD Soundsystem This Is Happening
Le1f Hey
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin
Les Savy Fav The Cat and the Cobra
Les Savy Fav 3/5
Les Savy Fav Inches
Less Than Jake Losing Streak
Less Than Jake Hello Rockview
Let's Wrestle In The Court Of The Wrestling Let's
Liars Liars
Lightning Bolt Hypermagic Mountain
Lil Wayne Tha Carter II
Lil Wayne Da Drought 3
Lil Wayne Tha Carter III
Lily Allen Alright, Still
Liz Just Like You
Local Natives Hummingbird
Los Campesinos! Sticking fingers Into Sockets
Los Campesinos! Hold On Now, Youngster...
What could've been a haphazard mix of indie pop, punk spirit and a heap of distortion ends up working out as an well crafted, insightful album. Los Campesinos! hold true their roots, embracing much of what made their genre enjoyable in the first place, this being said nothing here is fantastically original. They just play to their strengths, handle themselves with class and honestly don't craft a single bad track on this album. 'Death to Los Campesinos!' starts of 'Youngster' strong & EP winners 'Don't Tell Me to Do the Math(s)' & 'You! Me! Dancing!' hold up as album highlights. Though the crown goes to '...And We Exhale and Roll Our Eyes in Unison'. With pop sensibility, tight, intelligent song writing and the best tongue-in-cheek spirit seen in a while, 'Hold On Now, Youngster...' is an extremely strong debut.
Los Campesinos! No Blues
Lupe Fiasco The Cool
Lupe Fiasco Tetsuo and Youth
Lykke Li Youth Novels
Lykke Li Wounded Rhymes
M.I.A. Kala
Mac DeMarco 2
Mac DeMarco This Old Dog
Made Out of Babies The Ruiner
Magazine Secondhand Daylight
Magazine The Correct Use Of Soap
Main Attrakionz 808s and Dark Grapes II
Main Attrakionz 808s and Dark Grapes
Massive Attack 100th Window
Memory Tapes Seek Magic
Memoryhouse The Years
Menomena I Am The Fun Blame Monster!
Menomena Mines
drumsdrumsdrums. pianopianopiano. this is a fine fine album indeed.
Menomena Moms
Metric Live It Out
Missy Elliott This Is Not a Test!
Missy Elliott Under Construction
Missy Elliott Miss E… So Addictive
Modest Mouse Good News for People Who Love Bad News
Modest Mouse This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About
Modest Mouse We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
Monty Are I Heart's Bleeding EP
More Than Life Love Let Me Go
Mos Def The Ecstatic
Mr Twin Sister In Heaven
Murs Murs 3:16: the 9th Edition
Mutual Benefit Love's Crushing Diamond
My Bloody Valentine Tremolo
My Bloody Valentine Feed Me with Your Kiss
My Iron Lung Relief
Nam Le Nam Le
Nas It Was Written
Nas God's Son
Nas Life Is Good
Nedry Condors
Nedry In a Dim Light
Neneh Cherry Blank Project
Nico The Marble Index
Nico Desertshore
Nico The End...
Nirvana In Utero
Nirvana Nevermind
NOISIA Split The Atom
Of Montreal Satanic Panic in the Attic
Of Montreal The Gay Parade
Of Montreal Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
OutKast Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Panda Bear Young Prayer
Panda Bear Tomboy
lol Acad. Meaningless lyrics. YEAH I MEAN ITS NO ATREYU.
Passion Pit Manners
Paul Van Dyk Out There and Back
Pavement Wowee Zowee
Pavement Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
Pavement Slanted and Enchanted
Pearl Jam Ten
Perfume Genius Too Bright
Pg. 99 Document #5
Pg. 99 Document #1
Phoenix It's Never Been Like That
Phoenix Bankrupt!
Phonte Charity Starts at Home
Pink Floyd The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Pixies Bossanova
Pixies Best of Pixies: Wave of Mutilation
PJ Harvey To Bring You My Love
PJ Harvey Uh Huh Her
PJ Harvey Is This Desire?
Ponytail Do Whatever You Want All The Time
Pop Winds Earth To Friend
Pregnant Liquidation on Swans
Preoccupations Viet Cong
Primal Scream XTRMNTR
Pusha T King Push – Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude
Pylon (US) Chomp
Q-Tip The Renaissance
Race Horses Goodbye Falkenburg
Radiohead Hail to the Thief
Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... Pt II
Rage Against The Machine Evil Empire
Rage Against The Machine Renegades
Ramones Ramones
Raphael Saadiq The Way I See It
Raphael Saadiq Instant Vintage
Ratatat Classics
Real Estate Real Estate
Real Estate Days
Real Estate Atlas
Reel Big Fish Turn the Radio Off
Reel Big Fish Our Live Album Is Better Than Your Live
Rilo Kiley More Adventurous
Robyn Body Talk
Roots Manuva Run Come Save Me
Roots Manuva Awfully Deep
Saint Etienne Tiger Bay
Saint Etienne Good Humor
band basically should have never been allowed to make music strictly based on the fact that what they would subsequently produce would be the kind of stuff that simultaneously fills in your 'its really good' and 'its infectious' meters to full at the same time. Screw you Saint Etienne.
Sam Cooke Encore
Sam Cooke Tribute to the Lady
Sambassadeur European
Santigold Santogold
So, this album is righteous, in the fullest sense of the word. 30 something, ex punk band singer(chick) living in NYC(via PA), DIY's a badass solo debut. She mixes mod rock, dub, reggae, electronica, punk and tops it off with a nice helping of distortion. Did I forget to mention she's badass? Or downright crazy? In cuts like 'L.E.S. Astistes' she hopes her art/career "will be worth what I give up" as she tries to "stand up for the things that she believes". While in "Creator"('Santogold's 2nd best) she exclaims she is just that(an artist? a god? whothefuckcares.); "setting friction to this bitch, creepin in just like an itch", by the end you're apt to take her word for it. This is of course after the songs mingling tribal beat and bird like cries in the beginning have already dropped and exploded into a bad bass line and a booming beat. By booming I mean 'Creator' will rock the shit out of any trunk you got, son. 'Creator' is followed by the acid washed 'My Superman', which is then followed by the high flying mod rock of 'Lights Out'. This is really where 'Santogold' pulls itself past the crowd. She seems to move effortlessly between styles, and she varies it up enough to keep every song interesting. Yes there are the "dub songs", and the "mod songs" and the "electronic bouncers", but they are all pretty separate from one another. Distinct in their own way, each track showing prowess in a differnt aspect of musical composition, plus they all rock, so, kudos lady.
ScHoolboy Q Habits and Contradictions
ScHoolboy Q Blank Face LP
Screaming Females Ugly
Serena Maneesh S-M 2: Abyss in B Minor
Serge Gainsbourg Histoire de Melody Nelson
Serge Gainsbourg Bonnie and Clyde
Serge Gainsbourg Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings Give the People What They Want
Sharon Van Etten Epic
Sharon Van Etten Tramp
Shearwater The Golden Archipelago
Sigur Ros Med sud i eyrum vid spilum endalaust
Sky Ferreira Night Time, My Time
Sleater-Kinney No Cities to Love
Sleigh Bells Treats
Sleigh Bells Reign of Terror
Slint Spiderland
Slowdive Just for a Day
Snoop Dogg Doggystyle
Sonic Youth Washing Machine
Sonic Youth Sonic Nurse
Sonic Youth Murray Street
Sonic Youth Rather Ripped
Sorrow (UK) Existence
Spoon Girls Can Tell
Spoon Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
St. Vincent Marry Me
St. Vincent St. Vincent
Stars Heart
Stricken City Songs About People I Know
I must traverse the wilds on a grandiose expedition into foreign lands and find myself this Stricken City and shake their hands.
Stricken City Animal Festival EP
On par if not better than their previous mega EP 'Songs About People I Know' -- half the length, but frrrreeeeee. Cannot wait for the full album this summer, also go DL this from their website. Now. Do it.
Stricken City Losing Colour
oh look I'm the first one to rate this.
and I gave it a 4.
surprise, surprise.
Sublime 40 Oz. to Freedom
Submerse Mecha
Submotion Orchestra Finest Hour
Surfer Blood Astro Coast
Swan Lake Beast Moans
Swarms Old Raves End
Swervedriver Raise
Swordplay and Pierre the Motionless Tap Water
Talking Heads More Songs About Buildings and Food
Talking Heads Talking Heads: 77
Talking Heads Speaking in Tongues
Talking Heads Fear of Music
Tame Impala Innerspeaker
Tame Impala Lonerism
Tangerine Dream Zeit
Tangerine Dream Alpha Centauri
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists The Brutalist Bricks
Teebs Ardour
Tenacious D Tenacious D
The Amazing Picture You
The Beatles A Hard Day's Night
The Beatles Let It Be
The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour
The Beatles The Capitol Albums, Vol. 1
The Beatles Love
The Besnard Lakes The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night
The Big Pink A Brief History of Love
The Blood Brothers This Adultery Is Ripe
The Blood Brothers Crimes
The Breeders POD
The Breeders Last Splash
The Bug London Zoo
The Cardigans Emmerdale
The Cardigans Gran Turismo
The Cardigans Super Extra Gravity
The Cars The Cars
The Clientele Bonfires on the Heath
The Distillers Coral Fang
The Field Mice Snowball
The Field Mice For Keeps
The Field Mice Emma's House
The Fireman Electric Arguments
The Flaming Lips Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
The Flaming Lips The Soft Bulletin
The Flaming Lips Embryonic
The Futureheads The Futureheads
The Go! Team Proof of Youth
Fun and uplifting, The Go! Team strike again! Really though, quality album, still a controlled mess of sheer pop rapture, but this time around they seem a bit more tangible. I guess that's what happens when your kitchen sink project turns into an actual band. Though when you have a slew of quality guests, and Ninja at your helm, there's a certain quality to be expected, luckily they deliver. These songs sound like they could be done live to a resounding success -- which is why, on a whole, Proof Of Youth will rock you particularly hard.
The Hold Steady Boys and Girls in America
The Horrors Primary Colours
The Horrors Skying
The Hotelier We Are All Alone
The Hotelier It Never Goes Out
The Jesus and Mary Chain Psychocandy
The Juan MacLean The Future Will Come
The Knife Deep Cuts
The Knife Tomorrow, In a Year
The Knife Shaking the Habitual
The Magnetic Fields Distortion
The Magnetic Fields Distant Plastic Trees
The Magnetic Fields The House Of Tomorrow
It must have been surprising for Susan Anway to hear: "You're fired." If she ever even did, one would imagine those words would slide out the gab of Magnetic Fields' leader and new lead-vocalist Stephin Merritt in his distinct baritone. Before the Merge signing on the heels of two successful exercises in twee that were Distant Plastic Trees (1991) and The Wayward Bus (1992--both with exclusively Anway on vocal duty--this was a stepping out party of sorts for Magnetic Fields. Stripping down their sound from the dreamy mini-orchestrations of their first two records to a more punk-based form of synthesizer-pop; The House Of Tomorrow EP was titled aptly as this would shift would reflect the second incarnation of this ever evolving project. Developing the looping, rhythm based songwriting that Holiday (1993) and The Charm Of The Highway Strip (1994) would adopt so successfully. "Alien Being" and "Love Goes On To Paris In The Spring" being the high points of bouncy chamber-pop but Merritt's austere baritone is on full display along with his inherent Pop savvy that would help build so many excellent gems as he was nestled away in the Back Bay.
The Mars Volta Frances the Mute
The Men Immaculada
The Men Leave Home
The Men New Moon
The Men Tomorrow's Hits
The Microphones It Was Hot We Stayed In The Water
The Millennium Begin
The Morning Benders Big Echo
The National Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers
The New Pornographers Brill Bruisers
The Notwist Neon Golden
The Olivia Tremor Control Black Foliage: Animation Music Volume 1
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart Belong
The Police Synchronicity
The Police Zenyatta Mondatta
The Police Outlandos d'Amour
The Postal Service Give Up
The Radio Dept. Lesser Matters
The Radio Dept. Clinging to a Scheme
The Roots How I Got Over
The Roots undun
The Shins Chutes Too Narrow
The Shins Oh, Inverted World
The Shins Wincing the Night Away
The Shins Port of Morrow
The Strokes Room on Fire
The Temptations Cloud Nine
The Thermals More Parts Per Million
The Vaselines The Way Of The Vaselines
The Very Best Warm Heart of Africa
If you have any inclination towards world music or African pop then this is pretty much the perfect place to go. a fun, warm, brilliant piece of electro pop with an Afro-funk twist.
The Wave Pictures Susan Rode The Cyclone
The Weakerthans Left and Leaving
The Weeknd House of Balloons
The Weeknd Echoes of Silence
The Who The Who Sell Out
The World Is a Beautiful Place... Harmlessness
Times New Viking Rip It Off
Tinashe Aquarius
Titus Andronicus The Most Lamentable Tragedy
Tricky Maxinquaye
tUnE-yArDs w h o k i l l
TV on the Radio New Health Rock
TV on the Radio Nine Types of Light
Tycho Past is Prologue
UGK Super Tight...
Unrest Imperial ffrr
Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend
Replay, replay, replay. There ya go, that's why this biatch works. Slick rips of Police style vocals/riffs mixed with some understated strings and a nice Afro twist - Vampire Weekend are pretty sweet. Too bad a good chunk of the album sounds all like the same song/verse/gimmick. It's pretty good though, regardless -- and the album kicks it up substantially after 'M79' and the last three tracks almost make up for everything on the album, but not quite.
Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the City
Various Artists (Indie) Dark Was The Night
Vince Staples Hell Can Wait
Warpaint Exquisite Corpse
Warpaint The Fool
Washed Out Life of Leisure
Weezer Pinkerton
Weezer Weezer
Wilco Summerteeth
Wilco The Whole Love
Wild Beasts Limbo, Panto
Wild Beasts Smother
Wild Nothing Gemini
Wild Nothing Nocturne
Wipers Youth of America
Wipers Is This Real?
Wolf Parade Expo 86
Women Women
X Under The Big Black Sun
YACHT See Mystery Lights
Yeah Yeah Yeahs It's Blitz!
Yeasayer All Hour Cymbals
YG My Krazy Life
Young L Enigma Theory
Young Thug 1017 Thug
Youth Lagoon The Year of Hibernation
Youth Lagoon Wondrous Bughouse
Yuck Yuck
Adam Downer you couldn't be more correct. Oh my.
Zolof the Rock and Roll Destroyer Jalopy Go Far

3.5 great
...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead IX
2562 Fever
311 Grassroots
A Perfect Circle Thirteenth Step
A Place to Bury Strangers A Place to Bury Strangers
A Weather Cove
A Weather Everyday Balloons
An absurdly successful conversion from acoustic to electric. A Weather's delicate bedroom pop is maintained if not heightened by the move.
Abel (NY) Make It Right
Acid House Kings Music Sounds Better With You
AFI Sing the Sorrow
Air Love 2
Alcest Shelter
Amusement Parks On Fire Road Eyes
Andy Stott Luxury Problems
Arab on Radar Queen Hygiene II
Arcade Fire The Arcade Fire
Architecture In Helsinki Fingers Crossed
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti Before Today
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti Mature Themes
Asobi Seksu Asobi Seksu
To look back on this now after listening to both 'Citrus' and 'Hush' at length almost give's the New York shoegaze band a sense of history and place. Asobi Seksu's 2004 self titled debut presents a band with a clear set of skills and an honest vision but the lack of any direction. Tracks like opener 'I'm Happy But You Don't Like Me' or 'Walk On The Moon' present clear indications that band members Yuki Chikudate (vocals, keyboards) and James Hanna (guitar, vocals) know what they'd like to do, just not exactly how to get there. The songs are accessible, containing fun loving bouncy grooves, coupled with 1-2-1, verse-chorus-verse build ups that all have extremely satisfying ascensions and conclusions, 'Asobi Seksu' is a gem. It is however a gem because on subsequent albums the band showcases their maturation with not only layering tracks (see 'Citrus' and the 10 levels of sound in each song) but handling chaos with beauty. While 'Asobi Seksu' is hardly a bad album, it feels misplaced, unfinished and a bit cranky at times. This is all however mixed with the bands obvious prowess of distortion control & song structure plus they make some truly amazing music here -- other times it sounds like 'It's Too Late'.
Asobi Seksu Hush
Asobi Seksu Rewolf
An absurdly successful 'acoustic arrangement' take on the effects laden, pedal pushing star punk of Brooklyn's Asobi Seksu. They break down the core of the songwriting and bring the focus onto Hanna's musicianship and Yuki Chikudate's beautiful, effervescent voice. Luckily it pays off and 'Rewolf' turns out to be more than just an acoustic fan service.
ATB No Silence
Atlas Sound Logos
Atlas Sound Parallax
Au Revoir Simone Move in Spectrums
Azealia Banks Fantasea
Band of Horses Everything All the Time
Baths Cerulean
Battles Gloss Drop
Bayside Cult
Beat Happening Jamboree
Beat Happening Black Candy
Beck Sea Change
Belle and Sebastian Write About Love
Ben Folds Rockin' The Suburbs
Ben Folds Five Ben Folds Five
Ben Frost By the Throat
Bibio Silver Wilkinson
Big Black Headache
Big Boi Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors
Big K.R.I.T. K.R.I.T Wuz Here
Big K.R.I.T. 4Eva N A Day
Big K.R.I.T. King Remembered In Time
Bilal Airtight's Revenge
Bjork Vespertine
Bjork Debut
Bjork Volta
Black Sun Empire Lights And Wires
Blackbird Blackbird Bye Bye Blackbird EP
Blink-182 blink-182
Blink-182 Take Off Your Pants And Jacket
Blink-182 Enema of the State
Blonde Redhead Penny Sparkle
Boards of Canada Boc Maxima
Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago
Braids Flourish // Perish
Brendan Canning Something For All of Us...
lol Broken Social Scene solo outings, they're always pretty good, but they're always pretty scattered. Canning is able to bring himself out beyond the shadow of his BSS counterparts, but he does this mainly by purveying his key (natural) sound. He's the community man, and he shows it in full here. Taking the core BSS sound and building upon it (much like Kevin Drew), Canning is electric. 'Something For All of Us', 'Chameleon' and 'Possible Grenade' are the stand out rockers, 'All the Best Wooden Toys are Made In Germany' is a heaping of prog-indie bliss while 'Churches Under the Stairs' is one of the best BSS associated tracks ever. Canning leans more towards the commune feel, as opposed to Drew's reserved whispers and croons. And while Kevin turned up his vocals, Brendan chooses to wash his voice much like his bands albums. He's softer, more pleasant even, and what seems to be the obligatory "girl spot" on these 'BSS Presents' is held by Amy Milian (elegant and powerfully). 'Something For All of Us' makes sense really, I'm yet to meet someone that finds nothing to love here.
Burial and Four Tet Moth/Wolf Club
Cake Comfort Eagle
Camera Obscura Biggest Bluest Hi Fi
Camera Obscura Desire Lines
Caribou Start Breaking My Heart
ceo White Magic
Charlotte Hatherley New Worlds
Clams Casino Instrumental Mixtape 2
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah The Tourist
Clinic Do it!
Cloud Nothings Cloud Nothings
Cold War Kids Robbers and Cowards
Common Be
Crocodiles Summer Of Hate
Currensy Fast Times at Ridgemont Fly
Currensy Smokee Robinson
Currensy Covert Coup
Currensy The Stoned Immaculate
Currensy The Drive In Theatre
Cut Copy Bright Like Neon Love
Dads American Radass (This Is Important)
Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse Dark Night of the Soul
Danny Brown The Hybrid
Dark Time Sunshine Vessel
Dave Matthews Band Under The Table And Dreaming
David Bowie The Man Who Sold the World
David Bowie Young Americans
David Bowie Lodger
De La Soul Stakes Is High
De La Soul Smell The DA.I.S.Y.
Death Cab for Cutie Something About Airplanes
Deerhoof The Runners Four
Deerhoof Reveille
Deerhoof Apple O'
Deerhoof Deerhoof vs. Evil
Deerhunter Cryptograms
Deerhunter Weird Era Cont.
Deerhunter Rainwater Cassette Exchange
Departures Teenage Haze
Destroyer Trouble In Dreams
Destroyer Bay of Pigs
DeVotchKa Una Volta
DeVotchKa SuperMelodrama
Discovery LP
Doldrums Lesser Evil
Domo Genesis Rolling Papers
Doves Kingdom of Rust
Drake So Far Gone
Drake So Far Gone EP
Drake If You're Reading This It's Too Late
Drake and Future What a Time to Be Alive
Dropkick Murphys Blackout
Dum Dum Girls I Will Be
...this is pretty good. catchy but derivative as fuck sometimes. but Im not sure Ive heard a sweeter girl group surf rock thing, song than 'I Will Be.'
Dum Dum Girls He Gets Me High
Dum Dum Girls Only in Dreams
Dum Dum Girls End of Daze
Eagles One of These Nights
Earl Sweatshirt EARL
Easy Star All Stars Dub Side of the Moon
Easy Star All Stars Radiodread
Eels Daisies Of The Galaxy
Eels Souljacker
Eels Eels With Strings - Live At Town Hall
Eels Tomorrow Morning
El-P High Water
Elbow The Seldom Seen Kid
Ellie Goulding Lights
ok this got a lot better on like listen 6 or whateverrr.
Eluvium Similes
Emily Haines and the Soft Skeleton Knives Don't Have Your Back
Eminem The Slim Shady LP
Eminem The Eminem Show
Fatboy Slim You've Come a Long Way, Baby
Feist Let It Die
Feist The Reminder
Field Music Tones of Town
Field Music Field Music (Measure)
First Aid Kit The Big Black & the Blue
First Aid Kit The Lion's Roar
First Aid Kit Stay Gold
Fleetwood Mac Then Play On
Fleetwood Mac Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac
Flight of the Conchords I Told You I Was Freaky
Florence and the Machine Ceremonials
This is what happens when artists are allowed to create a pastiche of epically bloated cine-pop. Ceremonials may all sounds like the same damn song but thankfully that tune is killer.
Flying Lotus Pattern+Grid World
Foo Fighters Foo Fighters
Foxes in Fiction Swung From The Branches
Freddie Gibbs Str8 Killa No Filla
Freddie Gibbs Baby Face Killa
Frog Eyes Tears of the Valedictorian
Fugees The Score
Future Islands In Evening Air
Gang Gang Dance Retina Riddim
Garbage Garbage
Garbage Version 2.0
Gazelle Twin Unflesh
Ghastly City Sleep Moondrifts
Ghostface Killah Twelve Reasons to Die
Girl Talk All Day
Girls Father, Son, Holy Ghost
God Help The Girl God Help The Girl
Gold Panda Lucky Shiner
Goldfrapp Seventh Tree, ok didn't see this coming. Honestly I expected another heaping pile of electronic bullshit with a few awesome tracks hidden beneath the sonic vomit. I was wrong! It's pretty awesome. The electronic acoustic sound Goldfrapp has adopted for 'Seventh Tree' shines through out. 'Clowns' mutters in an out of beautiful, barely discernible verses, while 'Caravan Girl' and 'Cologne Cerrone Houdini' find them adopting an almost vast/epic feel unseen in any other Goldfrapp LP. Plus 'Eat Yourself' is fucking awesome. They got more laid back, though I'm not sure how exactly, but it works tremendously. A truly beautiful album, with few missteps, but few innovations as well.
Gonjasufi A Sufi and a Killer
Gonjasufi MU.ZZ.LE
Grizzly Bear Horn of Plenty
Grouper and Roy Montgomery Split
Roy Montgomery is sweet too.
Guilty Simpson Ode to the Ghetto
Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction
Handsome Furs Face Control
Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard The Dark Knight
Hodgy Untitled
Hooverphonic The Magnificent Tree
Hooverphonic Blue Wonder Power Milk
I'm From Barcelona Let Me Introduce My Friends
Incubus Make Yourself
Incubus Morning View
Iron And Wine Kiss Each Other Clean
Isaiah Rashad Cilvia Demo
Islands Return To The Sea
Islands Arm's Way
Islands A Sleep and a Forgetting
Jack Johnson In Between Dreams
James Blake The Bells Sketch
Jay-Z The Black Album
Jay-Z In My Lifetime, Vol. 1
Jay-Z Vol. 3: Life and Times of S. Carter
Jay-Z Vol. 2: Hard Knock Life
Jeff Buckley Grace
Jefferson Airplane Volunteers
Jimmy Eat World Clarity
Jimmy Eat World Static Prevails
jj jj n° 2
Joey Badass B4.DA.$$
Jonsi Go
Journey Greatest Hits
Joy Orbison J.Doe/BRKLN CLLN
Joy Orbison Sicko Cell/Knock Knock
Jurassic 5 Power in Numbers
Justin Timberlake Justified
Kelis Tasty
Kelis Kelis Was Here
Kelis Flesh Tone
Kendrick Lamar Overly Dedicated
King Midas Sound Waiting For You
Kurt Vile Childish Prodigy
Kurt Vile Smoke Ring For My Halo
Kurt Vile Wakin on a Pretty Daze
Kylesa Ultraviolet
Laura Marling Alas, I Cannot Swim
Laura Marling A Creature I Don't Know
Laura Stevenson Sit Resist
LCD Soundsystem LCD Soundsystem
Led Zeppelin Presence
Led Zeppelin How the West Was Won
Led Zeppelin BBC Sessions
Less Than Jake Anthem
Liars They Threw Us All in a Trench and...
Lightning Bolt Wonderful Rainbow
Lightning Bolt Earthly Delights
Lil Uzi Vert Lil Uzi Vert vs. The World
Lil Uzi Vert Luv Is Rage 1.5
Lil Wayne Dedication 2
Lil Wayne Tha Carter
Linkin Park Meteora
Little Dragon Ritual Union
Local Natives Gorilla Manor
Lorde Pure Heroine
Lostprophets Start Something
Lostprophets The Fake Sound Of Progress
Ludacris Chicken 'N' Beer
Ludacris Word Of Mouf
Ludacris Back For The First Time
Lush Spooky
M.I.A. Matangi
M83 M83
Mac DeMarco Rock and Roll Night Club
Main Attrakionz Bossalinis and Fooliyones
Major Lazer Guns Dont Kill People... Lazers Do
Male Bonding Nothing Hurts
Male Bonding Endless Now
Marina and The Diamonds The Family Jewels
Marnie Stern The Chronicles of Marnia
Massive Attack Heligoland
MellowHype Yellowhite
Metallica Kill 'Em All
Metric Old World Underground, Where Are You Now
Metric Grow Up and Blow Away
Micachu and the Shapes Jewellery
MillionYoung Be So True EP
Mister Heavenly Out of Love
Modest Mouse No One's First, and You're Next
Monty Are I Wall Of People
Monty Are I The Red Shift
Moonface Dreamland EP: Marimba and Shit-Drums
Seriously the best fucking track that Sunset Rubdown have ever recorded.
Oh wait...
Moonface With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery
Moonface Julia with Blue Jeans On
Motion City Soundtrack Making Moves
Mr Twin Sister Color Your Life
Mr Twin Sister Mr Twin Sister
My Bloody Valentine Ecstasy and Wine
My Bloody Valentine Glider
N.E.R.D. In Search Of
Nas Hip Hop Is Dead
Neko Case Middle Cyclone
Neko Case The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight...
Neon Indian Psychic Chasms
Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Nick Drake Pink Moon
Nicki Minaj Beam Me Up Scotty
Nicole Atkins Neptune City
Nicole Atkins Mondo Amore
Nicole Atkins Slow Phaser
Niki And The Dove Instinct
Nirvana MTV Unplugged in New York
Oasis Be Here Now
Oasis The Masterplan
Oasis Familiar To Millions
Oasis Dig Out Your Soul
Of Montreal Icons, Abstract Thee
Oh No Ono Eggs
Okkervil River The Silver Gymnasium
Ol' Dirty Bastard Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version
OutKast Idlewild
Pearl Jam Vs.
Pearl Jam Yield
Pg. 99 Document #11
This EP is only 9mins long, but it's some of the most epic 9 minutes you'll ever experience.
Plus 'Diagram For A Suicide' is essentially the shit.
Pg. 99 Document #4
Pharmakon Abandon
Pharmakon Bestial Burden
Phoenix United
Phoenix Ti Amo
Phosphorescent Here's To Taking It Easy
Pixies Complete B-Sides
PJ Harvey Dry
PJ Harvey White Chalk
Ponytail Kamehameha
Pop. 1280 The Horror
Portishead Portishead
Pretty Girls Make Graves The New Romance
Pusha T My Name Is My Name
Ra Ra Riot The Rhumb Line
Radiohead The Astoria London Live (DVD)
Raekwon Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang
Make a reference to Tom Brady? Instant greatness. Easiest decision ever.
Ramones Leave Home
Raum The Event of Your Leaving
Red Hot Chili Peppers Mother's Milk
Reel Big Fish Why Do They Rock So Hard?
Reel Big Fish Cheer Up!
Reflection Eternal Revolutions Per Minute
Rick Ross Rich Forever
Ride Going Blank Again
Ride Today Forever
Robyn Body Talk Pt. 1
Saint Pepsi Hit Vibes
Sambassadeur Migration
ScHoolboy Q Oxymoron
Screaming Females Castle Talk
Serge Gainsbourg Vu De L'Exterieur
Shiny Toy Guns We Are Pilots
Sigur Ros Von
Sigur Ros ( )
Sinkane Mean Love
Slowdive Pygmalion
Snoop Dogg R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta) - The Masterpiece
Snowing Fuck Your Emotional Bullshit
Sonic Youth Dirty
Sonic Youth Bad Moon Rising
Sonic Youth The Eternal
Sorrow (UK) Summer Of Love
Soundtrack (Film) South Park (Original Soundtrack)
Soundtrack (Television) Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
SpaceGhostPurrp Mysterious Phonk
Speedy Ortiz Real Hair
Stalley Savage Journey To The American Dream
Stars Nightsongs
Stars In Our Bedroom After The War
Stephen Marley Mind Control
Sunset Rubdown Random Spirit Lover
Sunset Rubdown Dragonslayer
System of a Down Toxicity
T.I. King
T.I. Trap Muzik
Talib Kweli The Beautiful Struggle
Tall Ships Everything Touching
Tapes N Tapes The Loon
Team Ghost You Never Did Anything Wrong To Me
Teen Daze Four More Years
Teen Daze Beach Dreams
The Antlers Hospice
The Antlers Burst Apart
The Antlers Undersea
The Beach Boys Smiley Smile
The Beatles 1
The Black Eyed Peas Behind the Front
The Black Keys El Camino
The Blood Brothers March On Electric Children
The Bronx The Bronx (IV)
The Cardigans Long Gone Before Daylight
The Chemical Brothers Come with Us
The Chemical Brothers Surrender
The Cool Kids Totally Flossed Out EP
The Cool Kids The Bake Sale
The Cranberries No Need to Argue
The Cranberries Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?
The Dodos Visiter
The Field Mice Skywriting
The Field Mice Sensitive
The Field Mice I Can See Myself Alone Forever
The Flaming Lips At War With The Mystics
The Flashbulb Soundtrack to a Vacant Life
The Game The R.E.D. Album
"Speakers On Blast" will fuck up pretty much every other hip hop track from this year.
The Gaslight Anthem The '59 Sound
The Go! Team Rolling Blackouts
The Go! Team The Scene Between
The Good, The Bad & The Queen The Good, The Bad & The Queen
The Hold Steady Separation Sunday
The Hold Steady Almost Killed Me
The Hold Steady Stay Positive
The Hold Steady Heaven Is Whenever
The Jesus and Mary Chain Darklands
The Lonely Island Incredibad
The Long Blondes Someone To Drive You Home
The Long Blondes Couples
A solid follow up to equally as solid debut. The songs may have rocked harder before and the writing could have done with more quick quips and flowing narratives. but hey -- at least it's cohesive this time. The Long Blondes are able to keep their feet firmly planted in the post-punk that got them through 'Some One to Drive You Home' so successfully, and allow their hands to dabble around. The pulp they find this time is not mod life or 50s nostalgia, but lush lounge grooves and electro-pop of the disco floor. Kate Jackson's laissez faire croon spurt out tales of modern romance, nearly all soar, some fall flat on their face, but most of the time "Couples" is a little number that just keeps you coming back for more -- even though you know you shouldn't.
The Low Anthem Oh My God, Charlie Darwin
The Magnetic Fields i
The Magnetic Fields The Wayward Bus
The Magnetic Fields Get Lost
The Mars Volta The Bedlam in Goliath
Yyyesss!! It doesn't suck, oh man, thank god this time it doesn't suck. 'Ilyena', 'Calvalettes' and 'Soothsayer' are actually some of the tightest Volta tracks ever. 'Bedlam' much like 'Frances' has the tendency to jam the fuck out on the distortion, but not in a good way, in more of a stupid white noise way; and unlike 'FTM' everything else isn't absolutely killer. The first two tracks are alright and the mid section starts to drag out a bit. But, at least it's a great LP.
The Microphones Window
The Middle East The Recordings of the Middle East
The Most Serene Republic Population
Running with the success of 'Underwater Cinematographer', MSR add a little Flaming Lips, & a lot of Polyphonic Spree for their second record, 'Population'. Still wearing their influences on their sleeves, proudly at that, it almost makes it forgivable that their sound is really a culmination of many of their contemporaries. It all adds up to a fantastic end product though, somehow, I'm really still not sure how. 'Population' boasts it's BSS and New Pornographer song style with flair, and two lead singers that pretty much sound exactly like Ben Gibbard and Amy Milian -- and yet they're able to find a sound that is distinctly them. The swooping melodies, jazzy interludes/drumming and varied vocals give the Republic something of their own, independent of their peers. Their musicianship really isn't where their weakness lies, they're quite good at layering sounds and their song composition at times is really fucking impressive (or just sweet) -- but man those lyrics get pretty vapid. Their heart is in the right place, 'Population' is full of fantastic alterations to suburban life, big brother, modern living and the quest for happiness. Then there are gems like 'Suffers breasts - and the dryness of climatic milk' - what the fuck guys? 'Population' is still a beast of a record, The Republic are able to sprawl over nearly an hour of flowing, fantastic tunes. Though sometimes, you just need a break.
The National Boxer
The New Pornographers Together
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart Higher Than the Stars
The price of admission is worth it for the remix alone.
The Police Ghost in the Machine
The Radio Dept. Pet Grief
The Raveonettes Chain Gang of Love
The Raveonettes Lust Lust Lust
The Roots Rising Down
The Roots on autopilot, thankfully autopilot = dark, dense, brooding, amazing hip hop. They don't top 'Game Theory', their 2nd best, but they do push themselves into a new area of sound that is at least as intriguing. 'Rising Down' offers up something somewhat new from the Roots, an ass load of distortion, each of 'Rising Down's songs are washed in it, they sound akin to listening to them as they play underground. It's pretty f'in cool. Thought's lines aren't as tight as before, but thankfully this is no 'The Tipping Point'. Granted, he does rhyme 'nigga' like 50 times on '75 Bars', but at least it's surrounded by a seemingly huge and inexistent, thick bass line. It plays to 'Rising Down', Black Thought may not always be hot, but ?uestlove and the rest of them will be damned if they're not on fire. The instrumentation on 'Rising Down' is enough to make this one of the best hip-hop albums of this year, thankfully Thought is still tight and their guests have honestly just gotten better (Mos Def, Peedi Peedi and Dice Raw slay), but Malik B is seriously missed. If they were smart, they'd just keep him around all the time, because it seems to work out all the time (see: Things Fall Apart & Game Theory).
The Shins Heartworms
The State Lottery When the Night Comes
The Strokes Angles
The Tallest Man on Earth The Wild Hunt
The Thermals Personal Life
The Twilight Sad Forget The Night Ahead
The Twilight Sad No One Can Ever Know
The Walkmen Everyone Who Pretended To Like Me Is Gone
The White Stripes White Blood Cells
Thom Yorke The Eraser
Tiesto Parade Of The Athletes
Tiesto In Search of Sunrise 3: Panama
Times New Viking Present the Paisley Reich
Times New Viking Born Again Revisited
Tokyo Police Club A Lesson in Crime
Tokyo Police Club Elephant Shell
So, logical progression from 'A Lesson in Crime'? Yes. Is it good? Oh hell yeah, 30 minutes of bliss, awesome guitar work, still spacey and synth soaked, and Dave Monk's voice has got all it's Casablancas power and frustration. Could they have made a better record? With out a doubt. But doesn't mean that 'Elephant Shell' is anything less than f'in sweet. 'Sixties Remake' & "The Harrowing Adventures of...' are they only really weak tracks here, and that's only if you're being nit-picky. It's just you've heard it all before -- but with all these boring additions it somehow sums up into something quite interesting and re playable.
Tokyo Police Club Champ
Tool Undertow
Tool Opiate
Toro Y Moi Causers of This
Tricky Mixed Race
tUnE-yArDs BiRd-BrAiNs
TV on the Radio Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes
Twin Shadow Confess
Tycho Dive
Tyler, the Creator Bastard
UGK UGK (Underground Kingz)
UGK UGK 4 Life
Universal Studios Florida Ocean Sunbirds
Veil Veil Vanish Change in the Neon Light
Volcano Choir Repave
Waka Flocka Flame Flockaveli
Washed Out Within and Without
Wavves King of the Beach
Weezer The Green Album
Why? Alopecia
Wilco Wilco (The Album)
Wild Nothing Life of Pause
Wintersleep Welcome To The Night Sky
Wipers Over the Edge
Wolf Parade At Mount Zoomer
Krug didn't quite 'fail' me, but he's certainly the weaker half on '...Mount Zoomer'. Wolf Parade have seen themselves turn from a band, to a collective of musicians, two whom are very distinct. Boeckner wails with all the fury of Bowie and Black, his detest for the concrete jungle and modern living is still very prominent in his songs on 'Zoomer & he's almost *more* prolific this time around. Sacrificing blunt song writing for a streamlined product that comes out sounding slicker -- but that's not to say they don't indulge in their progressive inclinations. I mean pretty much all of Krug's songs sound like Sunset Rubdown B-sides he just happened to record with his other band. Talk about prog indulgences, every record that band (Sunset Rubdown) has produced could easily be called 'A Day at the Renaissance Fair'. This comes out full force on Krug's contributions to 'Mt. Zoomer', which can be good (California Dreamer) or asinine ('Animal in Your Care'). Really, when they just let it all go and rock the fuck out for 10 minutes on the closer 'Kissing the Bee Hive', (the album's original title, wtf?)Spencer and Danny finally decided to get together and just be Wolf Parade agai -- it's quite mesmerizing.
WU LYF Go Tell Fire to the Mountain
Wu-Tang Clan Iron Flag
Wu-Tang Clan 8 Diagrams
Wyclef Jean The Carnival
I'm pretty sure I had this 5'd when I first joined sputnik based solely on the first three songs and 'Gone Til November.'
Wye Oak My Neighbor / My Creator
Wye Oak The Knot
Wye Oak Civilian
Wye Oak Shriek
YACHT Shangri-La
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan Uzu
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Show Your Bones
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Mosquito
Yo La Tengo I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass
Young Thug Slime Season
Zelienople The World Is A House On Fire
Zola Jesus Stridulum II
Zola Jesus Conatus
Zolof the Rock and Roll Destroyer Zolof the Rock and Roll Destroyer
Zolof the Rock and Roll Destroyer The Popsicle EP
Zolof the Rock and Roll Destroyer Schematics

3.0 good
!!! Myth Takes
!!! Strange Weather, Isn't It?
!!! THR!!!ER
...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead Tao of the Dead
311 From Chaos
311 311
311 Soundsystem
50 Cent Before I Self Destruct
Fitty spends the better half of the decade making more money and fucking more bitches than you. All the while making 1 good album and some great singles. I guess he was listening to all the shit people were talking about his skill cause here he goes making his best album since 'Get Rich'. 'Before I Self Destruct' is not groundbreaking by any means, but the beats are deep and mean and his syrupy flow has found it self again along with his pen. Its not an album full of a predominance of hip hip love songs and a couple of street worthy bangers here an there. It's actually got some kind of structure(albeit *loose*) and attention to the filler tracks as opposed to just the 4 hit singles.
A Camp Colonia
Something just gets lost in those 8 years and 2 Cardigans' albums that split 'ACamp' and 'Colonia'.
A Perfect Circle Mer de Noms
AFI Very Proud of Ya
AFI Decemberunderground
Akron/Family S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT
Alabama Shakes Boys & Girls
What up The Souff??

Sounds like y'all are pretty much the same.
American Football American Football
Animal Collective Here Comes the Indian
Animal Collective People
Animal Collective Water Curses
Another Animal Collective LP, another subsequent EP where the title track is the shit and everything else is filler. Woo.
Animal Collective Centipede Hz
Architecture In Helsinki Moment Bends
Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
Arctic Monkeys Humbug
Arctic Monkeys Suck It and See
ASAP Mob Lord$ Never Worry
Atlas Sound Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See...
Average noise
That's it.
Good for some occasions, but, even then, there's better.
'Scraping Past' & 'Small Horror' are pretty good, while the first 6 tracks are pretty much trash. It's an alright experiment and could be pretty cool live...maybe.
Ava Luna Electric Balloon
Avey Tare Down There
Band of Horses Cease to Begin
Be Your Own Pet Get Awkward
'Get Awkward' is good, no doubt about that. That is of course if you're down for BYOP's style of punk rawk with a little jammy/indie flair mix it all around Jemina Pearl's southern fried spunk and snarl and you've got yourself a hell of an album. Kind of...I mean you had a hell of an album, with their self-title debut. 'Get Awkward' sees the same slick riffs (a lot slicker than anyone this young should be putting out), an unquenchable punk spirit and, well, immense disdain for at least one boy in particular, but it can't hold it all together as well. 'BYOP's strengths were found in it's tongue-in-cheek lyrics, powerhouse guitar work and a nice dose of punk chord crunch. It's all still here, it's just not as new, fresh, or interesting. They seem to overcook it sometimes ('You're a Waste', 'What's Your Damage'), or not cook it enough ('Food Fight') , but I mean, then there's always the fist 9 tracks which are solid as hell. And Pearl's voice/scream/snarl can still carry the band on it's own, thankfully her backing band kicks major ass, so, she needn't worry.
Beastie Boys To the 5 Boroughs
Beastie Boys Hot Sauce Committee Part Two
Ben Folds Way To Normal
Benjamin Gibbard Former Lives
Best Coast Crazy For You
Big K.R.I.T. Live From The Underground
Big Sean Detroit
Bjork Medulla
Bjork Biophilia
Blink-182 Cheshire Cat
Blink-182 Dude Ranch
Blink-182 Buddha
Blink-182 The Mark, Tom and Travis Show
Bloc Party Silent Alarm
Blue Hawaii Untogether
Blur Leisure
Brazilian Girls New York City
Brian Eno Small Craft on a Milk Sea
Bright Eyes Four Winds
Broken Bells Broken Bells
Camera Obscura Let's Get Out of This Country
Childish Gambino Because the Internet
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Only Run
Clipse Til the Casket Drops
Cloud Nothings Attack on Memory
Cold War Kids Up In Rags
Cold War Kids With Our Wallets Full
Coldplay Parachutes
Coldplay Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
Common Electric Circus
Crocodiles Sleep Forever
Crocodiles Endless Flowers
Crocodiles Crimes of Passion
CunninLynguists Oneirology
Currensy Muscle Car Chronicles
Currensy Here
Daft Punk Human After All
Damien Rice O
Damon Albarn Monkey: Journey to the West
Damon Albarn Everyday Robots
Dananananaykroyd Hey Everyone
Dananananaykroyd There Is A Way
Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi Rome
this record is quite good and probably better than I am giving it credit for. high-five Jack.
Das Racist Relax
Dave Matthews Band Before These Crowded Streets
Dave Matthews Band Crash
David Bowie Space Oddity
David Byrne and Fatboy Slim Here Lies Love
De La Soul Buhloone Mindstate
De La Soul Are You In?: Nike+ Original Run
Deadmau5 4x4=12
Death Cab for Cutie Transatlanticism
Death Cab for Cutie Plans
Death Cab for Cutie Narrow Stairs
It's ok, well, the first 3 tracks and 'Your New Twin Sized Bed' are great, but everything else here is general Death Cab. Now that would be ok, if the instrumentation was a tight as it was on say 'The Photo Album' or 'Something About Airplanes', but even 'Plans' outplays this album. Gibbard's fantastic voice can't save him from imploding into his own sappy lyrics and the plastic encasing his band's tunes. 'Narrow Stairs' is a confusing and sometimes frustrating journey, but it's hardly a bad one. 'I Will Posses Your Heart' almost sells the whole thing, but sadly, DC decided, in the end, regardless of what they may want us to think, to play it safe.
Death Grips The Money Store
Deerhoof Friend Opportunity
Deerhoof Offend Maggie
Deerhoof The Man, the King, the Girl
Deerhoof Breakup Song
Deerhunter Monomania
Defeater Empty Days and Sleepless Nights
Delorean Apar
Destroyer Archer on the Beach
DeVotchKa 100 Lovers
Dizzee Rascal Boy In Da Corner
Dizzy Wright The Golden Age
Drake Thank Me Later
Eagles Desperado
Eels Hombre Lobo
Eisley The Valley
El Pus Hoodlum Rock, Vol. 1
Elbow Build A Rocket Boys!
Electric President The Violent Blue
Electric Six Senor Smoke
Ellie Goulding Halcyon
Emery ...In Shallow Seas We Sail
Esben and the Witch Violet Cries
Evanescence Fallen
Evanescence The Open Door
Explosions in the Sky All of a Sudden, I Miss Everyone
Fang Island Fang Island
Fastball All the Pain Money Can Buy
Fatboy Slim Palookaville
Fauxliage Fauxliage
Felt A Tribute to Christina Ricci
Felt Felt 3: A Tribute to Rosie Perez
Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes
Fleetwood Mac Bare Trees
Flogging Molly Drunken Lullabies
Foo Fighters There Is Nothing Left to Lose
Foo Fighters One by One
Foo Fighters Skin and Bones
Foo Fighters Wasting Light
new Foos sounds a lot like a really good homage to old Foos. Plus the band is making good videos again (and ya know, having fun on record.)
Franz Ferdinand Tonight: Franz Ferdinand
Freeway & Jake One The Stimulus Package
Frightened Rabbit The Winter of Mixed Drinks
Frog Eyes The Folded Palm
Fucked Up Glass Boys
Future Pluto
Gang Gang Dance RAWWAR
Gang Gang Dance Hillulah
Gazpacho Demon
Ghostface Killah Bulletproof Wallets
Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie XX We're New Here
Goldfrapp Black Cherry
Goldfrapp Supernature
Goo Goo Dolls Gutterflower
GOOD Music Cruel Summer
Gorillaz G-Sides
Gorillaz Laika Come Home
Green Day Warning
Green Day Nimrod
Green Day Kerplunk
Grizzly Bear Friend
Gucci Mane The State vs. Radric Davis
Guns N' Roses Use Your Illusion II
Guns N' Roses Use Your Illusion I
GZA Pro Tools
Harlem Hippies
Harvey Danger Where Have All The Merrymakers Gone?
Some good tracks, and a whole lot of bullshit -- but the good tracks contain 'Flag Pole Sitter' which merits this album a 3 on its own.
Have a Nice Life Deathconsciousness
Hercules and Love Affair Blue Songs
How to Dress Well Love Remains
Hypernova Through The Chaos
I Would Set Myself On Fire For You I Would Set Myself On Fire For You
Incubus Light Grenades
Interpol Antics
Interpol Our Love to Admire
Islands Vapours
Jack Johnson On and On
Jamie Woon Mirrorwriting
Japandroids Post-Nothing
Jay-Z The Blueprint 3
Jenny Hval Innocence Is Kinky
Jens Lekman Oh You're So Silent Jens
Jens Lekman Night Falls Over Kortedala
Jet Get Born
jj jj n° 3
Joanna Newsom Joanna Newsom and the Ys Street Band
John Legend and the Roots Wake Up!
Johnny Foreigner Johnny Foreigner vs Everything
Jr Jr Horse Power
Julian Casablancas Phrazes for the Young
Justin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveSounds
Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience
Kaiser Chiefs Employment
Kanye West Graduation
Kanye created a shambled masterpiece -- at his worst lyrically but his best song composition by far. The risks he takes with his production seemingly make up for the fact that his writing, is well, not great. Realistically though, did you really appreciate Ye for his writing in the first place? No, you appreciate Mr. West because he creates sonic masterpieces, overall songs, and there's yet to be a single person in modern music that can do it better.
Kanye West 808s and Heartbreak
Kanye West Yeezus
Kanye West The Life of Pablo
Kid Cudi Man on the Moon: The End of Day
Kid Sister Ultraviolet
It's like if MIA and 36 Mafia had a baby and Spank Rock and Amanda Blank got down -- then those 2 babies fuuuuccckkedd.
That baby is Kid Sister -- even tho she's older than all of them.
Korn Follow the Leader
Led Zeppelin In Through the Out Door
Les Savy Fav Root For Ruin
Less Than Jake Borders and Boundaries
letlive. Fake History
Liars They Were Wrong, So We Drowned
Lifehouse Stanley Climbfall
Lifehouse No Name Face
Lil Uzi Vert The Perfect Luv Tape
Lil Wayne The Dedication
Lil Wayne No Ceilings
Lil Yachty Teenage Emotions
Lily Allen It's Not Me, It's You
Linkin Park Hybrid Theory
Los Campesinos! Hello Sadness
Robin Smith hammering things home once more. Hello, sadness.
Lupe Fiasco Enemy Of The State: A Love Story
Lupe Fiasco Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album Pt.1
Lupe Fiasco DROGAS Light
Lush Split
M.I.A. Maya
M83 Saturdays=Youth
Major Lazer Free The Universe
Massive Attack Danny the Dog
Massive Attack Splitting the Atom
Matchbox Twenty Yourself or Someone Like You
Matchbox Twenty Mad Season
Mates of State Team Boo
Matt and Kim Sidewalks
Meek Mill Dreamchasers
Memory Tapes Player Piano
Metallica S&M
Method Man and Redman Blackout! 2
If you take it at face value (It's Wu-Tang...), and just appreciate that these two dudes got back together and created a sequel equal to it's predecessor, albeit a bit less surprising, you'll probably find something to enjoy here.
Metric Fantasies
Metric Synthetica
MGMT Oracular Spectacular
MGMT Congratulations
Miike Snow Miike Snow
Mike G ALI
MillionYoung Sunndreamm EP
Missy Elliott The Cookbook
Monty Are I Thanks for the Metal Sign
Moonface Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I'd Hoped
Mount Eerie Wind's Poem
Phil went crazy, and skuzzed up his already skuzzy music with heaps and heaps of 'metal'. 'Wind's Poem' proves that Elvrum is an extremely talented musician (duh...) and that genre hopping, as it always has been, is quite easy for him. Sadly though, 'Wind's Poem' delivers significantly less than the sum of it's parts. He seems to sacrifice his superior songwriting talent to fit genre conventions that he's less than adept at recreating. While about as easy to swallow as any of his albums, 'Wind's Poem' lacks that essential aftertaste that gave all his previous work it's legs. This bitch stumbles right out the gate and struggles to keep it together throughout the duration.
MS MR Secondhand Rapture
MSTRKRFT Fist of God
Murs Murs For President
Muse Absolution
Muse Origin of Symmetry
Muse Black Holes & Revelations
My Chemical Romance The Black Parade
Nas & Damian Marley Distant Relatives
Neon Indian Era Extrana
No Age Nouns
Oasis Don't Believe the Truth
Of Monsters and Men My Head is an Animal
Of Montreal Aldhils Arboretum
Of Montreal Skeletal Lamping
Of Montreal False Priest
Paul McCartney Memory Almost Full
Paul Van Dyk The Politics of Dancing, Vol. 2
Peter Bjorn and John Gimme Some
Philip Selway Familial
Playboi Carti Playboi Carti
Pusha T Fear Of God
Queens of the Stone Age Songs for the Deaf
Ra Ra Riot The Orchard
Radiohead Amnesiac
Radiohead Pablo Honey
Radiohead I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings
Radiohead My Iron Lung
Radiohead COM LAG (2plus2isfive)
Radiohead The King of Limbs
Ratatat LP4
Real Estate In Mind
Red Hot Chili Peppers One Hot Minute
Red Hot Chili Peppers Stadium Arcadium
Reel Big Fish We're Not Happy 'Till You're Not Happy
Rick Ross Deeper Than Rap
Rick Ross Teflon Don
Rick Ross Mastermind
Ride Carnival of Light
Robyn Body Talk Pt. 2
Rogue Wave Permalight
Roots Manuva Dub Come Save Me
Run DMT Bong Voyage
you nerd-faces this deserves a 3 based on cover art alone. yes I mean you Kiran and Ala.
Rustie Sunburst
Saigon The Greatest Story Never Told
Sambassadeur Sambassadeur
Santigold Master of My Make-Believe
School of Seven Bells Alpinisms
School of Seven Bells Ghostory
Shout Out Louds Optica
Sigur Ros Valtari
Silence is Sexy This Ain't Hollywood
Smoke DZA Dream.Zone.Achieve
Snoop Dogg Tha Doggfather
Snoop Dogg Paid tha Cost to Be da Bo$$
Snoop Dogg Tha Blue Carpet Treatment
Snoop Dogg Ego Trippin'
Something Corporate Ready...Break
Son Lux Alternate Worlds
Spoon Transference
Spoon Hot Thoughts
Squadda B Back to Playtime
Stalley Lincoln Way Nights (Intelligent Trunk Music)
Stars Sad Robots EP
Take out a few tracks from 'In Our Bedroom...' and plug these in, you've got yourself a hell of an album. For an EP it's pretty fully packed, and the live version of 'Going, Going, Gone' is haunting. But really, after many listens. 'Sad Robots' amounts to some bad ass cover art, 1 worthless instrumental, a live song, 3 great songs that should have been on the album instead, and 1 dud (Title Track).
Stars The Five Ghosts
Stars The North
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks Mirror Traffic
Stone Temple Pilots Purple
Sunset Rubdown Shut Up I Am Dreaming
T.I. Urban Legend
T.I. T.I. vs. T.I.P.
T.I. Paper Trail
Talib Kweli Eardrum
Talib Kweli Gutter Rainbows
Talking Heads Little Creatures
Tapes N Tapes Outside
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists Living With the Living
Teddybears Soft Machine
Tenacious D The Pick of Destiny
Tennis Cape Dory
Tennis Young And Old
The Alchemist Chemical Warfare
The Beatles Anthology 1
The Beatles Anthology 2
The Besnard Lakes Volume 1
The Besnard Lakes Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO
The Black Eyed Peas Bridging the Gap
The Breeders Mountain Battles
The Chemical Brothers We Are the Night
The Concretes WYWH
The Distillers Sing, Sing Death House
The Distillers The Distillers
The Futureheads The Chaos
The Gaslight Anthem American Slang
The Joy Formidable The Big Roar
The Killers Hot Fuss
The Libertines The Libertines
The Lonely Island Turtleneck and Chain
The Magnetic Fields Love At The Bottom Of The Sea
The Mars Volta Octahedron
The Most Serene Republic Underwater Cinematographer
The Most Serene Republic ...And The Ever Expanding Universe
The New Pornographers Challengers
The Police Reggatta de Blanc
The Raveonettes Pretty In Black
The Red Paintings Walls
The Rosebuds Night of the Furies
The Smashing Pumpkins Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
The Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream
The Streets Original Pirate Material
The Streets A Grand Don't Come For Free
The Strokes First Impressions of Earth
The Thermals Fuckin' A
The Thermals Now We Can See
The Twilight Sad Killed My Parents and Hit the Road
The Vaselines Sex With An X
certainly not bad but pales in comparison to their older recordings. It is nice to see that they can still write good pop tunes and Frances McKee can still sing.
The White Stripes Elephant
The White Stripes The White Stripes
The White Stripes Icky Thump
The xx Coexist
Times New Viking Dancer Equired
Titus Andronicus Local Business
Tool 10,000 Days
Toro Y Moi Underneath The Pine
Tricky Angels With Dirty Faces
tUnE-yArDs Nikki Nack
Tyler, the Creator Goblin
U2 All That You Can't Leave Behind
U2 How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
UNKLE Where Did The Night Fall
Vampire Weekend Contra
Vivian Girls Vivian Girls
Vivian Girls Everything Goes Wrong
Vivian Girls Share the Joy
Wale Attention Deficit
Walk the Moon Tightrope
Warpaint Warpaint
Wavves Afraid of Heights
Weekend Sports
White Rabbits It's Frightening
White Rabbits Milk Famous
Wilco A Ghost is Born
Wilco Sky Blue Sky
Wild Nothing Empty Estate
Wiz Khalifa Kush & Orange Juice
Yeasayer Odd Blood
Yellowcard Ocean Avenue
Yellowcard Lights and Sounds
Yellowcard Southern Air
Young Dro Ralph Lauren Reefa
Young Thug Slime Season 2
Young Thug I'm Up
Young Thug Slime Season 3
Zebra Katz DRKLNG

2.5 average
1990s Cookies
2 Chainz Based On a T.R.U. Story
2 Chainz B.O.A.T.S. II #METIME
Adele 21
Air 10,000 Hz Legends
Air Pocket Symphony
Ariana Grande My Everything
B.o.B Strange Clouds
Band of Horses Infinite Arms
I wish I could sit in a studio and re-record my albums too...
Best Coast The Only Place
Billie Joe Armstrong/Norah Jones Foreverly
Black Kids Wizard Of Ahhhs
Bruno Mars Doo-Wops & Hooligans
Bush Sixteen Stone
Bush Razorblade Suitcase
Cerebral Ballzy Cerebral Ballzy
Charlotte Gainsbourg IRM
Childish Gambino Camp
Christopher Owens Lysandre
CKY Volume 1
Cocteau Twins Four-Calendar Cafe
Cocteau Twins Milk & Kisses
Coheed and Cambria In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
CSS Cansei de Ser Sexy
Daft Punk Tron: Legacy
David Bowie Let's Dance
Death Cab for Cutie Codes and Keys
Deer Tick Born on Flag Day
Standard folk rock; delivered on nothing that 'War Elephant' had promised -- even though 'Little White Lies' and 'The Ghost' are pretty much boss, don't be fooled.
Digitalism I Love You, Dude
Drake Nothing Was the Same
Eels Shootenanny!
Eels End Times
Eels Wonderful, Glorious
El Guincho Pop Negro
Electric Six Fire
Eminem Encore
Eminem Recovery
You could basically refer to this as Eminem's first real shot at recording something relevant in almost a decade -- and honestly it may echo the glory days, so much so that it's easy to just assume he's back. He's not, but I'll be god damned if it doesn't feel nice to hear Marshall drop a verse that doesn't induce painful cringes. So yeah, there's that.
Empire Of The Sun Walking On A Dream
Fatboy Slim Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars
Felt Felt 2: A Tribute to Lisa Bonet
Film School Hideout
Film School Fission
Fleetwood Mac Kiln House
Fleetwood Mac Future Games
Flogging Molly Swagger
Flogging Molly Alive Behind the Green Door
Fort Minor The Rising Tied
Goldfrapp Head First
Goo Goo Dolls Dizzy Up The Girl
Goo Goo Dolls A Boy Named Goo
Good Charlotte Good Charlotte
Guns N' Roses "The Spaghetti Incident?"
Hodgy The Dena Tape
Hot Chip One Life Stand
Iggy Azalea The New Classic
J Mascis Tied to a Star
Jay-Z Kingdom Come
Jay-Z The Blueprint²: The Gift & the Curse
Jay-Z Magna Carta... Holy Grail
Jimmy Eat World Futures
Joanna Newsom Ys
Justice Audio, Video, Disco
Kid Cudi Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager
Kidcrash New Ruins
Kings of Leon Aha Shake Heartbreak
Kings of Leon Youth and Young Manhood
Le Tigre Feminist Sweeptakes
Lil Wayne I Am Not a Human Being
Truthfully? This is a pretty stupid ass record. Granted Wayne can still hit a punchline--too bad most of them suck. But then again...prison sucks. I'll continue to wait for Tha Carter IV and Wanye will continue to sell millions of records. So yeah basically nothing has really changed since 'Rebirth.'
Lil Yachty Lil Boat
Lil Yachty Summer Songs
Lil Yachty Summer Songs 2
Limp Bizkit Significant Other
Linkin Park Reanimation
Logic Everybody
Lovesliescrushing Bloweyelashwish
Ludacris The Red Light District
Lush Lovelife
Mates of State Bring it Back
Mates of State Re-Arrange Us
Mates of State Mountaintops
MillionYoung Replicants
Its like chillwave is almost trying not to remove itself from its own cookie-cutter sometimes. Album would make another great millionyoung EP if some fat were trimmed.
Modest Mouse Sad Sappy Sucker
Muscles Guns Babes Lemonade
Muse Showbiz
My Chemical Romance Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
My Chemical Romance I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love
N.E.R.D. Fly Or Die
Nas STILLmatic
Noah and the Whale Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down
Oasis Heathen Chemistry
Oasis Standing on the Shoulder of Giants
Oasis Stop the Clocks
Of Montreal Paralytic Stalks
So apparently the drugs have stopped working -- I am at a loss.
Paramore Riot!
Passion Pit Kindred
Patrick Wolf The Bachelor
I mean maybe it's just me but, if there is such a thing as 'too quirky' or 'forced pretension' Wolf has done everything in his power to infest every second of 'The Bachelor's run time with just that. Too much quirkiness and an array or forced, lackadaisical pretensions drown out what could have been a very solid release. Album cover is ill tho...
Patrick Wolf Lupercalia
Penfold Amateurs and Professionals
Peter Bjorn and John Living Thing
PB&J come back with all the heart, but this time they seem to have forgot the tunes. 'Living Thing' is about as interesting as tofu -- as a slug -- or maybe a rock. Basically every song, no matter what the intention of it might be, trugs along with an annoying ebb and flow that does nothing but bore the shit out of you. Even when they almost get it (I Want You!, Lay It Down, Stay This Way), the songs still seem to get lost in their own 'experimentation'. By that I mean a boring blast of distorted vocals here, or a total lack of a rhythm (section) in the song there. A hiccup in an otherwise great catalog of music, 'Living Thing' is the Swedish groups certifiable dud, and here's to their next outing having a bit more longevity and spirit than 'Living Thing'
Pharrell Williams G I R L
Power Animal People Songs
PVRIS White Noise
Rancid ...And Out Come the Wolves
Red Hot Chili Peppers By the Way
Reel Big Fish Monkeys for Nothin' and The Chimps...
Ringo Starr Y Not
Rosanne Cash The River & the Thread
School of Seven Bells Disconnect From Desire
School of Seven Bells Put Your Sad Down
Screaming Females Chalk Tape
Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols
Silversun Pickups Swoon
Small Black New Chain
I think I put too much faith in these guys back in the summer--oops.
Smith Westerns Dye It Blonde
Snoop Dogg Tha Last Meal
Something Corporate North
Something Corporate Leaving Through The Window
Soundtrack (Film) Garden State
Soundtrack (Film) Juno
Stars No One Is Lost
Stars of Track and Field Centuries Before Love and War
Sum 41 All Killer No Filler
Talking Heads True Stories
The Black Eyed Peas Elephunk
The Decemberists The King Is Dead
The Drums Summertime!
The Drums The Drums
The Drums Portamento
The Faint Media
The Fiery Furnaces Blueberry Boat
The Magic Numbers The Runaway
The Magnetic Fields Realism
The Mars Volta Amputechture
The Notwist Close to the Glass
The Offspring Smash
The Offspring Ixnay on the Hombre
The Offspring Americana
The Prodigy Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned
The Ruby Suns Fight Softly
The Smashing Pumpkins Machina/The Machines of God
The Streets The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living
The Strokes Comedown Machine
The Temper Trap Conditions
The Unicorns Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?
The White Stripes Get Behind Me Satan
The White Stripes De Stijl
These New Puritans Hidden
U2 Pop
Velvet Revolver Contraband
We Were Promised Jetpacks These Four Walls
If you put Frightened Rabbit and The Twilight Sad into a supersonic gravitron at the local Glasgow city fair, they'd come out as We Were Promised Jetpacks -- and they wouldn't play their instruments as well as before.
Weezer Maladroit
Weezer Hurley
Wyclef Jean The Carnival Volume II (Memoirs of an Immigrant)
the difference between Carnival I & II is a crevasse about as wide as the one separating 'The Last Crusade' from 'The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.'
Yeasayer Fragrant World
A lot of these new songs sound absolutely excellent in person.

On record?

Shit leaves so much to be desired.
Young Money We Are Young Money
Yuck Glow and Behold

2.0 poor
...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead Worlds Apart
...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead The Century of Self
Radio Rock + Booze worthy chanting + bad drumming + Strings + AFI - Emo x U2 = 'The Century of Self'
3 Doors Down Away from the Sun
3 Doors Down The Better Life
AFI Burials
alt-J Relaxer
Amy Winehouse Back to Black
Architecture In Helsinki Places Like This
Blargh, what the fuck happened? Now I understand that 'In Case We Die' is a mixed bag for most -- for me is was a damn near perfect experience. I even really really enjoy some 'Fingers Crossed' and it's twee goodness from time to time, but 'Places Like These' is without a doubt, by far, the biggest disappointment of '07 for me. Album starts off pretty well too, 'Red Turned White' is a pretty good Architecture song, 'Heart it Races' is easily one of their strongest tracks ever -- then it stops, then it's shit.
Art Brut Brilliant! Tragic!
Audioslave Audioslave
Audioslave Revelations
Badly Drawn Boy It's What I'm Thinking - Photographing Snowflakes
Beady Eye Different Gear, Still Speeding
Ben Folds Songs for Silverman
Black Kids Partie Traumatic
-That was my initial reaction, it hasn't changed much. 'Partie Traumatic' falls victim to boring composition, squeaky clean production, and indie-pop cliches. Reggie Youngblood sounds a whole hell of a lot like Robert Smith yes, and true his backing band can drop some pretty addicting/danceable beats, but as a whole it's trite and pretty boring.
Better luck next time.
Blink-182 Neighborhoods
Blonde Redhead Barragan
Blondie Panic of Girls
Breaking Benjamin We Are Not Alone
Breaking Benjamin Phobia
Bright Eyes I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
Buckcherry Fifteen
Bush The Science of Things
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Hysterical
CocoRosie Noah's Ark
CocoRosie Grey Oceans
Why did I bother with this record? I mean it's probably their best, but...uuugghhhhhh.
Coheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
Cold War Kids Loyalty to Loyalty
Cold War Kids Mine is Yours
Coldplay X & Y
Coldplay Prospekt's March
Dave Matthews Band Everyday
David Bowie Pin Ups
David Bowie David Bowie
Deerhoof Milk Man
dredg El Cielo
Evanescence Evanescence
Fitz and the Tantrums More Than Just A Dream
Fleetwood Mac Mystery to Me
Fleetwood Mac Penguin
Foo Fighters In Your Honor
Foo Fighters Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
Welcome to the world of phoning in albums. This, much like 'In Your Honour',is just the Foos making another Foos album. Some acoustic songs, some harder rock ones, a few 'singles' here and there. Whatever, 'The Pretender' is bullshit. 'Summers End' and 'Ballad Of The Beaconsfield Miners' are the few redeemable tracks on this disc. I'm still not sure what the big deal is.
Fountains of Wayne Sky Full of Holes
Future Honest
Garbage Beautiful Garbage
Ghostface Killah Ghostdini: The Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City
Gucci Mane Burrrprint 2 (HD)
Guns N' Roses Chinese Democracy
This title track is fucking awesome
High five guys! You took over a decade to make 1 good song and successfully bastardized the rest of your catalog that has shown it's age immensely over the years.
Incubus If Not Now, When?
Interpol Interpol
Jimmy Eat World Chase This Light
Junkie XL Booming Back At You
His beats became repetitive, his interlays asinine and his voice recordings/samples are just plain aggravating now. He sounds like he sought out to make another 'bombastic, booming classic! yeah!', but instead the Dutchman collapsed under his own weight. Just see him live, or get 'Big Sounds of the Drags'.
Kaiser Chiefs The Future is Medieval
Hey if you consider how bad the last record was and this time around both US and UK fans were able to sift through a shit-storm of 20 boring riffs, sterile synth lines and snare onslaughts to create a record that still sucks--albeit slightly less than history would suggest. Bright side though? At least the Kaiser's are finally coming to terms with that truth that maybe they should take a step back from any and all producer(s) ambitions.
Kaiser Chiefs Start the Revolution Without Me
US re-mix of a very, very slimy record. A few new tracks do little to solve the lack of focus on the part of the Kaisers. Surprising considering how (overly)streamlined their records have always been--and well Post-Punk is generally quite rigid. No one ever told the Kaisers apparently.
Kid Cudi Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon
Kid Ink My Own Lane
Kings of Leon Come Around Sundown
Well...after a few forced listens on my way to and from Halloween festivities all there is to say: Slightly better than the previous dregs.
Korn Korn
Le Tigre This Island
Less Than Jake In with the Out Crowd
Lil Wayne Dedication 3
Lupe Fiasco Lasers
MellowHype Numbers
Metallica Garage Inc.
Midtown Forget What You Know
Midtown Living Well is the Best Revenge
My Bloody Valentine This Is Your Bloody Valentine
My Chemical Romance Life on the Murder Scene
My Morning Jacket Evil Urges
Nas Untitled
Nicki Minaj Pink Friday
No Doubt Push and Shove
Noah and the Whale Last Night On Earth
Queens of the Stone Age Lullabies to Paralyze
Ra Ra Riot Beta Love
Rancid Indestructible
Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm With You
Slaughterhouse Slaughterhouse EP
Snoop Dogg Doggumentary
Snow Patrol Final Straw
Snow Patrol Fallen Empires
I'm really not sure why I believe this would be any different...
Sparta Porcelain
Straylight Run Straylight Run
Sum 41 Half Hour Of Power
System of a Down Mezmerize
Talking Heads Naked
Tapes N Tapes Walk It Off
Teddybears Devil's Music
The 1975 The 1975
The Airborne Toxic Event The Airborne Toxic Event
The Airborne Toxic Event All At Once
The Breeders Title TK
The Brian Jonestown Massacre My Bloody Underground
The Brian Jonestown Massacre Who Killed Sgt. Pepper?
The Donnas Spend the Night
The Faint Blank-Wave Arcade
The Field From Here We Go Sublime
The Fiery Furnaces Gallowsbird's Bark
The Horrors Strange House
The Receiving End of Sirens Between the Heart and the Synapse
The Roots The Tipping Point
This was one of the stupidest records from one of hip-hops shining lights. 'Don't Say Nothing', 'Guns are Drawn' and 'Boom!' sound essentially like dumbed down Roots songs. Which if anything is worse than just being bad, they kind of just remind you of what you're missing in the first place. Everything else pretty much goes over as 'meh', boring beats and surprisingly lame rhymes. Nothing really fantastic, but at least some of the Roots signature laid back jazz & live music feel kind of hang around -- kind of.
The Ruby Suns Christopher
The Sounds Something to Die For
The Weeknd Kiss Land
Timbaland Timbaland Presents Shock Value
Toro Y Moi What For?
U2 No Line on the Horizon
White Lies Ritual
Why? Mumps, Etc.
Xiu Xiu Always
Yelawolf Radioactive
GANGSTA BOO SIGHTING!!! WTF is this Stankonia?

Yellowcard Paper Walls
Yellowcard When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes

1.5 very poor
...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead So Divided
311 Evolver
311 Don't Tread On Me
Adele 19
AFI Crash Love
Amanda Blank I Love You
American Hi-Fi The Art Of Losing
American Hi-Fi American Hi-Fi
B.o.B The Adventures of Bobby Ray
Birdman Pricele$$
Buckcherry Buckcherry
Buckcherry Time Bomb
CKY Infiltrate Destroy Rebuild
Common Universal Mind Control
Dashboard Confessional The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most
Dashboard Confessional A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar
Dave Matthews Band Stand Up
Disturbed Believe
Element Eighty Element Eighty
Eminem Relapse
Really good beats and the fact that Em still has a better flow than most modern rappers can't save 'Relapse' from imploding in upon itself. Bloated and almost sophomoric the songs never find their way out of Em's verses (which are just as quirky and disturbing as ever) to a hook that has any chance of paying off. Basically there are no hooks, or if there's an attempt (3am, Mother,Insane -- fuckit the whole album) "Relapse" gives them no room to breathe. Instead they chock up to a rushed Em continuing his lame, accented flow to a chorus about how many drugs he does, how fucked up he is, or how much he goes against the grain. If 'Relapse' is supposed to be that jolt that rockets Marshall sky high once more, you couldn't tell. It feels more like Eminem is still searching for his wings, never mind trying to soar.
Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Yo can Em just start doing drugs again, already? I'm only about half kidding.
Evanescence Anywhere But Home
Fall Out Boy From Under the Cork Tree
Fleetwood Mac Mr. Wonderful
Flobots Fight with Tools
Flobots Survival Story
Robin Smith doesn't like my sound off.
This album is the definition of garbage indie-hop.
Godsmack Godsmack
Godsmack Awake
Green Day 21st Century Breakdown
Green Day iDOS!
Green Day iTRE!
Jet Shine On
Jonas Brothers A Little Bit Longer
I sat through this at my grandmother's usual Xmas Eve gathering. My little cousin loves it, the kid's a peach so I just kept my mouth shut and dealt with it.
Imagine if the seminal 90s boy bands were just *slightly* less corny and played their own instruments -- and were all ****ing related.
Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2
Kaiser Chiefs Yours Truly, Angry Mob
Kaiser Chiefs Off With Their Heads
Kings of Leon Only By The Night
After hearing the atrocious 'Sex On Fire' plus all their other bullshit releases I'm not really sure why I bothered with this. Watching this band ascend past their supposed grass roots to arena status has been less than gratifying, at least on their part. Passing up the inspired instrumental play between band members and their old Southern feel for a plastic sheen ready to reflect the stage lights, they produce their biggest flop yet. It may seem that I'm bitching about them 'making it. No, I'm bitching about their new lack of inspiration on phone-in's like 'Closer', 'Use Somebody' and 'Manhattan', not to mention the worst offender, lead off single 'Sex On Fire'. A song about a lead singer's great sex life collapses with boring riffs, awful drumming and a clunky chorus. These problems plague the whole of 'Only By The Night' and leave it as a lack luster release from a band that, personally, is yet to find themselves, let alone reach a stride.
Korn Issues
Korn Life Is Peachy
Lady Gaga The Fame
Lifehouse Lifehouse
cheesy and Lame. That's it really, they lost their sense of conviction. Wade's lyrics sound false and almost a farce of what they once were. Lifehouse made a 'Lifehouse Album', or, a standard adult contemp album. Snoozefest.
Lil Wayne Rebirth
Limp Bizkit Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water
Limp Bizkit Three Dollar Bill Y'all
Linkin Park Minutes to Midnight
This is one of the stupidest albums I've ever heard. Their songwriting has become extremely base, and well, the chug-chug guitar after a while becomes very grinding. Nothing is a worthwhile listen, the only reason this shit floats even a little bit is the slick production, and I'm not exactly sure the Rubin Touch really made this better.
Linkin Park A Thousand Suns
Lostprophets Liberation Transmission
Lostprophets The Betrayed
Ludacris Release Therapy
Ludacris Battle of the Sexes
Metallica Reload
Metallica Load
Mumford and Sons Sigh No More
"We were playing a festival in Dublin the other week. There was this other group like, warming up in the next sort of chalet, and they were terrible. I said 'shut them cunts up' and they were still warming up, so I threw a bottle at them. The bands said 'that's the Sons of Mumford' or something, 'they're number five in charts!' I just thought they were a load of retarded Irish folk singers." - The Immortal(ly Old) Mark E. Smith.
Mumford and Sons Babel
N.E.R.D. Seeing Sounds
N.E.R.D. Nothing
And you make me touch your hands FOR STUPID REASONS.
Nas I Am...
New Found Glory New Found Glory
Noah and the Whale The First Days of Spring
Noah and the Whale Heart Of Nowhere
Peaches The Teaches of Peaches
this band was very good when they went by "The Morning Benders" and did not make shitty dance-pop.
Rick Ross Port of Miami
Rick Ross Trilla
Shiny Toy Guns Season of Poison
Ditching almost all of their electronic sound and adopting a prominent guitar scheme right and ready to compete with the best of top 40 radio, Shiny's flunk. 'Season of Poison' is a dud, there's 3 good tracks -- good ones. Not great, or amazing, good ('I Owe You a Love Song' 'Season Of Love' & 'Turned To Real Life'). Rather than coming to the choruses and banging through on drop d power chords they create electronic bliss, unlike the rest of the 'Season'. Shiny Toy Guns were interesting because regardless of how much they played to cliches, they surrounded it with a truly sick electronica song. Couple that with decent verses and instrumental play and you've got yourself a solid album (We Are Pilots). Mix crappy industrial, bullshit grunge and a dose of rap rock (check new singer Sisley Treasure on 'When Did This Storm Begin') and you've got this balls follow up. They may have ditched Carah (The best part...) but Sisley can hold her own; but she's barely there (3 tracks!). Me thinks Chad doesn't trust her, but if 'Frozen Oceans' is any indication, they'll find their savior in her voice. 'Season of Poison' sees a talented band flounder with the loss of an obviously integral member. They mix many styles and jumble genres in trying to move away from their previous core sound. Shinys may think they're evolving -- honestly it just seems like they're running out of ideas.
Snoop Dogg Malice 'n' Wonderland
Soundtrack (Film) Moulin Rouge! - Music From Baz Luhrmann's Film
Squarepusher Shobaleader One - D'demonstrator
System of a Down Steal This Album!
The Big Pink Future This
The Bravery The Bravery
The Darkness Permission to Land
I love Queen; Justin, you sir, are no Freddie Mercury and your band is no Queen. Stop it.
The Killers Sam's Town
The Kooks Junk of the Heart
The Nightwatchman One Man Revolution
The Pretty Reckless Light Me Up
The Smashing Pumpkins Zeitgeist
The Sounds Crossing the Rubicon
Velvet Revolver Libertad
Weezer Make Believe
It's hard at times, I feel, to write about albums that suck, mostly because, how much do you really have to listen before you realize, 'enough is enough'. Here, it took about 4 full listens and a handful of spins in a friends car before Weezer's 'Make Believe' was just too much. That being said, you know my experience with this album -- it sucks. 'Beverly Hills' was a sweet single, that's cool, but umm, where's the rest of this album? You call the remaining 11 tracks of utter bullshit songs? do. Well I guess I might I was just pop out the CD and toss it. Yep, and that's exactly what I did.
Weezer Raditude
Wiz Khalifa Rolling Papers

1.0 awful
3OH!3 Streets of Gold
A Perfect Circle eMOTIVe
I'm like
'lol, this poor excuse for a turd is an album?'
Maynard is like
'Yah dude, totally is the best cover album ever -- probably the best thing I've done'
Then he went off and formed Pussifer. Oops.
Adema Adema
Asher Roth Asleep In The Bread Aisle
Audioslave Out of Exile
Bullet For My Valentine The Poison
CocoRosie The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillbo
Crazy Town The Gift of Game
Disturbed The Sickness
Eiffel 65 Europop
Eminem Eminem Presents: The Re-Up
Good Charlotte The Young And The Hopeless
Green Day ¡UNO!
James Blunt Back To Bedlam
Jay-Z and Linkin Park Collision Course
Kesha Animal
So I've really only heard like 4, well I guess 5 tracks from this album. But, yeah, whatever. I'm not losing sleep over this one.
Korn Untouchables
Lifehouse Who We Are
Limp Bizkit Results May Vary
If I took a HUGE dump, and recorded it, burnt it onto a CD for a full 2 hour album, the sounds of my butt hole -- I'd be very interested in listening to this should you tell me my other option is 'Results May Vary'. I felt like this when I was 15, I don't feel much different now(7 years later). That stands for something in my mind, that this is one of the worst albums ever recorded. Nice one Fred!
Limp Bizkit Gold Cobra
Matchbox Twenty More Than You Think You Are
Metallica St. Anger
It's like if 'Kill em All' really sucked, maybe it would sound almost as bad as this. I had just thought 'St. Anger' was a weak single, not the strongest track on the album(it's total shit for Christ's sake!). 'Shoot Me Again','Invisible Kid' and 'Purify' are worthless, I understand all the pain & frustration in bedded here, it just sounds so contrived. Metallica sacrifices their skill with lightning riffs and sick licks for the 'chug-chug' guitar method -- what the hell.
Mike Jones Who Is Mike Jones?
Nas Nastradamus
New Found Glory Sticks and Stones
Nickelback Silver Side Up
Nickelback The Long Road
I can't really even begin to express the hatred and detest I feel for this album. The unfortunate fact I was even remotely convinced that 'The Long Road' was 'so much better than the last one' was incredibly foolish on my part. Mostly because I've actually heard this all the way through...more than once. Some people can handle 'Flat on the floor' and 'Feeling way too damn good' or 'Another hole in the head' and other assorted asinine song titles, I can't. Not one song is really independent from the other, it's all the same boring riff, the same lame Kroger croon. That's really their biggest problem, the cheese factor, Nickleback really succeed best at being as lame as humanly possible, and I guess if you're into that, well give this a spin. If not, steer clear.
Owl City Ocean Eyes
Owl City All Things Bright And Beautiful
Panic! at the Disco A Fever You Can't Sweat Out
Peaches Fatherfucker
Peaches Impeach My Bush
Puscifer "V" Is For Vagina
I would go so far as to say I'm a Tool fan, and that I have been for a while. I was one of those nerds buying 'Lateralus' on the day it came out, prompted from my 12th and 13th years of life where 'Undertow' and 'Anemia' were in heavy rotation. I even went so far as to pick up every Maynard side project I could and I would even call myself a fan of A Perfect Circle. Recently though I've acquired his Pussifer albums and to quote Sean Rizzo from our very own Sputnik review (*ahem*): 'unless borderline spoken word vocals fronting repetitive and primitive beats tickles your fancy, the album is a complete bore fest.'
They don't
He's right,
this album is atrocious.
Simple Plan No Pads, No Helmets... Just Balls
Soundtrack (Film) Across the Universe
Excuse me while I take a big shit all over the years and years of tried and true accomplishment of this group of musicians.
Wait? Someone already did?
Stars Do You Trust Your Friends?
The Black Eyed Peas Monkey Business
The Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies)
The Bravery The Sun and the Moon
The Fray How to Save a Life
The Fray The Fray
The Killers Day & Age
The Ting Tings We Started Nothing
The Used The Used
Weezer Christmas with Weezer
You've got to be kidding me.
Let's chug through 6 lame ass Christmas songs. Sounds like they did this last night in a drunken stupor and mixed it through the morning. Songs About Girls

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