Thomas S.

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5.0 classic
At the Drive-In Relationship of Command
this album is kind of like that drug dealer you always meet down in the dark, dank alley down the street
who grabs you by the balls and screams indecipherable acid-induced threats at you before spontaneously
disappearing from sight in a purple haze and you only realise when you get home that he took your fucking
Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
Last night was the moment where I finally understood this album. It was night three of a four day camping trip, and although we were all exhausted, none of us could sleep. A storm had rolled in from over the hills frighteningly quickly, and we had only minutes to hammer in the last peg into the soft earth and crawl inside our cold, homeless tents before the wind blew in. It was relentless; gust after gust collided into the plastic wall beside me and rain hammered onto the roof above, truly cementing the solitude of such a forlorn situation. Without the promise of sleep, I took out my MP3 player and scrolled through my artist list. Only one album seemed right at that moment: Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven. It was only with the occasional crack of thunder and the arduous howling of the wind that I came to understand - and with understanding, love - this record, and the ninety minute epic came to an end in what felt like a minute. It might take weeks, months, and even years for each of you to find your moment, but when you do, you too will reach blissful understanding.
Kayo Dot Choirs of the Eye
What is there to say about Kayo Dot's Choirs of the Eye? This record pushes the musical boundries in every direction possible, manifesting itself as the most progressive (and my personal favourite) album of the last decade. Toby Driver has composed five of the most exquisite arrangements in recent memory; from the atrociously heavy "The Antique" to the beautifully serene and ethereal "Wayfarer", every second of each song asserts itself as deeply experimental, ground-breaking, and above all, emotionally moving. Death metal; classical; jazz; instead of naming every single genre attributing to this piece of work - and trust me, there are many - it's easier to say that this is music: true, unadulterated, heartfelt music.
mewithoutYou Brother, Sister

4.5 superb
Animal Collective Fall Be Kind
Blink-182 blink-182
Bright Eyes I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
Broadcast Tender Buttons
Coheed and Cambria The Second Stage Turbine Blade
Dungen 4
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada
"F# A# Infinity" had it's moment, but the ambient drone featured in every track grew extremely monotonous and took a huge amount away from the overall enjoyment of the music itself. "Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada" was the solution to this complaint, and is by far the most accessible and well produced "Godspeed You! Black Emperor" album to date. The two tracks featured here are up there with the best of their discography. "Moya" slowly builds off a gorgeous chord progression to create an epic climax, whilst "Blaise Bailey Finnegan III" is built around an old recorded interview and forms an absolutely beautiful 16 minutes. Although it's not a full length, do not let it fool you: this is a must have for your collection.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor John Peel Sessions
Iron And Wine The Shepherd's Dog
Miles Davis Kind of Blue
Million Dead A Song to Ruin
Minus the Bear Planet of Ice
Paul McCartney Ram
Relatively Clean Rivers Relatively Clean Rivers
Sigur Ros ( )
Spiritualized Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space
Sufjan Stevens Illinois
"Come On, Feel The Illinoise" is the album Sufjan Stevens has been aiming for. His song writing skills have finally flourished to include a full orchestra which beefs up the music and makes for a much more interesting listen, the title track being a great example. Every song flows perfectly into the next, and it's clear this is Sufjan at his best. A beautiful album from a premier singer songwriter of our time.
Tame Impala Innerspeaker
Tame Impala's Innerspeaker is essentially the soundtrack to a stoner's life.
Tera Melos Untitled
Tera Melos's Untitled (often cited as their eponymous release, or simply the Melodies) remains the best math record I've ever heard. With all four members well versed in jazz theory, the album is jam packed with irregular chord voicings, liquid time signatures, beautiful guitar phrasing and spazzy dissonant freakouts that makes each song as unpredictable as Kanye West at an award ceremony. Nick Reinhart grabs his motherfucking guitar by the neck and strangles the beast the whole time; I swear you've never heard double handed tapping until you've listened to this. Likewise, Vince's drum beats are consistantly unique and inventive, often stealing the show (see "Melody 3") with his... well, incredible drumming. No matter the amount of replays, this album still blows my mind with each listening.
The Fall of Troy Ghostship
The Mars Volta Frances the Mute
The Middle East The Recordings of the Middle East
It's bands like these that invoke the inner patriotism inside me. "Blood" is a great example of The Middle East's overall sound: beginning with soft fingerstyle arpeggios and serene male voice, the song gradually builds into a wonderful climax complete with horns and ecstatic gang vocals. The whole album follows in a similar, dreamy folk fashion, much like fellow contemporaries Fleet Foxes. This has restored my faith in Australian music.
The Tallest Man on Earth The Wild Hunt
I would cry to this if I didn't have a huge penis.
Tim Hecker Harmony in Ultraviolet

4.0 excellent
Anais Mitchell Hadestown
Hadestown is a sprawling folk-opera fronted by Anais Mitchell's ethereal timbre and wistful performances. A cast of other musicians (including the one and only Justin Vernon) have contributed to what will surely be one of the greatest albums we'll see this year.
Animal Collective Strawberry Jam
As Cities Burn Hell Or High Water
At the Drive-In Vaya
BATS Red In Tooth and Claw
Bing and Ruth Tomorrow Was The Golden Age
Bon Iver Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Bright Eyes Lifted or The Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground
Broken Social Scene You Forgot It in People
Caribou Up In Flames
Cassino Kingprince
Cast Spells Bright Works and Baton
Cast Spells/Good Old War Split
Two songs from each artist that are easily the best out of their respective discographies.
Coheed and Cambria In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
Crepes Channel Four
Damiera M(US)IC
Damiera have crafted a unique sound that flows throughout this record flawlessly. The technical, intertwining guitars and incredibly catchy pop hooks are endlessly fun to listen to (albeit slightly homogenous by the last track), with unpredictable song structure and multiple time signatures keeping things fresh. Fun!
Do Make Say Think Other Truths
dredg El Cielo
Dungen Allas Sak
Eluvium Copia
Film School alwaysnever
Fionn Regan The End of History
The most criminally underrated folk record of the decade - this is right up there with For Emma, Forever Ago.
Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues
Glassjaw Worship and Tribute
Godspeed You! Black Emperor F♯ A♯ ∞
Gotye Eyes Wide Open
Great Lake Swimmers Lost Channels
Grizzly Bear Yellow House
Henryk Gorecki Symphony No. 3, Op. 36
Hot Cross Fair Trades and Farewells
Iron And Wine Our Endless Numbered Days
Iron And Wine Norfolk
Recorded during the 2005 tour supporting the Woman King EP, Norfolk contains eighteen songs that span the whole of Sam Beam's career up until that point. Produced and mixed beautifully, the set is a great look into the exceptional performances in which Sam Beam and co. are capable. Featuring a full band, new takes on old tracks and of course the wonderful "The Trapeze Swinger", this is a treat for old and new fans alike.
Janelle Monae The ArchAndroid
Julia Holter Loud City Song
King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard Float Along. Fill Your Lungs
Kurt Vile Smoke Ring For My Halo
La Dispute Vancouver
La Dispute Untitled
Lone Wolf The Devil and I
Manchester Orchestra Mean Everything to Nothing
Maps and Atlases You and Me and the Mountain
Maps and Atlases Perch Patchwork
The humble Dave Davison quietly proves once again that he's one of the most talented musicians in the indie scene today.
maudlin of the Well Bath
Mew Frengers
mewithoutYou Catch For Us the Foxes
Mimas The Worries
The Worries really doesn't sound much like a debut. Mimas are extremely mature in their approach to the music, with multiple genres organically crafted into sprawling soundscapes that together form a very smooth album. The indie post-rock they produce is very comparable to Sigur Ros; the uplifting, soaring icelandic singing is astoundingly similar in both timbre and approach, yet the gang vocals and odd scream that the band scatter through this record certainly serves to differentiate it from others. A solid effort, that's for sure.
Minus the Bear They Make Beer Commercials Like This
Mono / World's End Girlfriend Palmless Prayer / Mass Murder Refrain
My Bloody Valentine Loveless
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds No More Shall We Part
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis The Road
Nick Drake Pink Moon
Northstar Pollyanna
O'Brother Garden Window
Panda Bear Person Pitch
Phosphorescent Pride
Pond (AUS) Hobo Rocket
Hobo Rocket is the fifth installment from Perth's most talented bongtroopers and
is representative of a distinctive shift in aural attitude. This album stands far removed
from the breezy, happy-go-lucky vibes that underlined their previous full length, Beard,
Wives, Denim
; Hobo Rocket is instead a dark and twisted figure, characterised by
8-bit fuzz tones and Allbrook's sprawling, disassociated vocals. In their explorations of
the darker side of psychedelia, Pond take yet another (perhaps intentional) stride away from
Parker's euphoric psych-pop vision that is Tame Impala, proving once again that they're a
band more than capable of standing on their own two feet.
Pygmy Lush Mount Hope
Radical Face Ghost
Rage Against The Machine Rage Against The Machine
Refused The Shape of Punk to Come
Rosetta A Determinism of Morality
Russian Circles Enter
Say Anything ...Is a Real Boy
Say Anything In Defense of the Genre
Seekae The Sound of Trees Falling on People
It's almost paradoxical the way The Sound of Trees Falling on People achieves its
ethereal atmospherics with the array of harsh digital sounds and off-kilter beats as its
cornerstones; the album limps and glitches its way through eighteen tracks like a breeze - a
testament Seekae's incredible song-crafting ability - with style that'd make Boards of
Canada proud.
Silversun Pickups Swoon
Tame Impala Lonerism
I've always imagined Kevin Parker waking up with a start in the early hours of the morning, dripping with sweat and panting heavily with the cyclic psychedelia of "It Was Not Meant to Be" swirling around his mind like a carousal, beamed straight from the celestial bodies above. "Lonerism" doesn't sound like that at all; this time around Parker allows himself to confess his insecurities, his loneliness and his doubts, making this record far more poignant than the impenetrable blissfulness that was "Innerspeaker". "Solitude is Bliss" has been replaced with "Why Won't They Talk to Me" and it's now a whole lot more believable that Tame Impala is in fact just one man, locked away inside a studio for days at a time wondering if he should have approached that one girl at the bar the other night. It's also utterly brilliant, next-level pop songwriting.
Tera Melos Patagonian Rats
I'm listening to "Frozen Zoo", double-handed tapping my guitar, watching the Simpsons, eating popcorn and beating off to pictures of Nick Reinhart's moustache in euphoric delight over the release of Patagonian Rats.
The Ascent of Everest/We All Inherit The Moon The Ascent of Everest/WAITM Split LP
The Beatles Revolver
The Fall of Troy Doppelganger
The Hills Have Eyes Spring Demo
An adoring and overall successful tribute to Botch.
The Mars Volta De-Loused in the Comatorium
The National Sleep Well Beast
The Snake The Cross The Crown Cotton Teeth
Eccentrically named Alabama quintet The Snake The Cross The Crown were signed - as somewhat of an anomoly - to Equal Vision in early '04, releasing two records and a documentary whilst on their roster. To me, that really begs one outstanding question: how the fuck did I not hear about them until now? The ambivalent mix of indie and americana folk pertaining to this sophomore effort rocks, grooves and croons every bit as well as its contemporaries (see: The Decemberists, The Mountain Goats, Great Lake Swimmers) and certainly never deserved to slip under the radar to the degree we've seen. Make up for lost time; Cotton Teeth is a brilliant release worthy of your attention.
The Sound of Animals Fighting Tiger and the Duke
The Tallest Man on Earth Shallow Grave
The Tallest Man On Earth is a fucking legend. Poetic, minimal and overall beautiful folk.
Thrice Vheissu
Trophy Scars Hospital Music for the Aesthetics of Language
Various Artists (Indie) Dark Was The Night
The release of this record signified a simultaneous arousal of indie kids around the world.
Vincent Gallo When
Wolf People Steeple
A throwback into the psychedelic '60s that pays homage to its roots without seeming antiquated and vacuous.
Yndi Halda Enjoy Eternal Bliss EP

3.5 great
65daysofstatic The Fall of Math
An Emerald City An Emerald City EP
Yes, New Zealand has music.
An Emerald City's first effort is an interesting affair consisting of sprawling, dynamic soundscapes littered with an incredibly varied cast of instruments which I don't even know by name. There's a huge eastern influence here and is ultimately the focus of each track. The songs themselves are presented in a post-rock format. I can't really describe the sound of this properly, so I suggest you go check them out.
Arcade Fire Funeral
Armor For Sleep What To Do When You Are Dead
At the Drive-In In/Casino/Out
Battles Mirrored
Belle and Sebastian If You're Feeling Sinister
Blakfish See You In Another City
Blakfish are smart with their particular brand of stop-start post-hardcore. Combining the dissonance of early The Fall of Troy and the catchy harmonies of Thrice circa The Illusion of Safety with the technicality of Meet Me In St. Louis, See You In Another City is a record that will appeal to both ends of the hardcore spectrum. Angular drumming and impressive intertwining guitars give an impression of a much more mature outfit, and a memorable scream will keep these five songs in your head for days.
Blink-182 Dude Ranch
Bob Dylan Blood on the Tracks
Bon Iver Blood Bank
Brand New The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
By The End Of Tonight/Tera Melos Complex Full of Phantoms
Cassino Sounds of Salvation
Cave In Jupiter
Circa Survive Juturna
City of Caterpillar City of Caterpillar
Coheed and Cambria No World for Tomorrow
Crepes In Cahoots
Cursive Domestica
Cursive The Ugly Organ
Cursive Mama, I'm Swollen
Cynic Traced in Air
Darwin Deez Darwin Deez
Stand up and get ready to fuckin' dance; the brightest, most infectious record of the year has arrived.
Dead Meadow Feathers
Deerhunter Halcyon Digest
Dungen Ta Det Lugnt
Earl Sweatshirt EARL
Elliott Smith XO
Flyying Colours Mindfullness
Foals Antidotes
Foals Total Life Forever
With Total Life Forever, Foals have matured into big, sexy horses.
Ghastly City Sleep Ghastly City Sleep
There are a very small number of songs which are capable of moving me emotionally. Kayo Dot's "Wayfarer" is one, as is Godspeed You! Black Emperor's "Blaise Bailey Finnegan III" and mewithoutYou's "In A Sweater Poorly Knit". With this album comes the welcome addition of cold and crystal-clear "Ice Creaks", a song so devestatingly beautiful that it - in places - transcends music itself. Gorgeous falsesetto and Mia's superb violin lines make for a classic listen that sweeps you up and takes you away. It is a shame that the other three tracks on this record do not live up to the grand quality set by the opener, but they still succeed and are worthy of a listen.
Ghastly City Sleep Moondrifts
Gotye Like Drawing Blood
Grizzly Bear Veckatimest
Horse Feathers House With No Home
Horse Feathers Thistled Spring
Thistled Spring refines Horse Feathers' warm brand of folk with the welcome addition of some subtle sophomore touches.
Hot Cross Cryonics
In Pieces Lions Write History
Iron And Wine Woman King
Iron And Wine Around the Well
Jaga Jazzist What We Must
Justin Vernon Hazeltons
La Dispute Here, Hear. III
Four lovely songs orientated around Dreyer's gorgeous spoken word lyrics that span a myriad of genres.
Lisa Hannigan Sea Sew
Loma Prieta Last City
Loose Lips Sink Ships Loose Lips Sink Ships 7"
twidly twidly do bi bup *melodic run here* tap-a-tap-a-tapa *angular chord here* doobly doobly dab
Margot and the Nuclear So and So's Animal!
maudlin of the Well Part the Second
Meet Me in St. Louis Variations on Swing
Melody's Echo Chamber Melody's Echo Chamber
Melody's Echo Chamber Bon Voyage
mewithoutYou A to B: Life
Miike Snow Miike Snow
Mildlife Phase
Minus the Bear Highly Refined Pirates
Modern Life Is War Witness
Modest Mouse The Moon & Antarctica
Murder by Death Who Will Survive and What Will Be Left of Them?
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds Push The Sky Away
NOFX The Decline
O'Brother The Death of Day
Okkervil River Black Sheep Boy
Panda Bear Tomboy
Parades Foreign Tapes
Paul Marshall Vultures
pg.lost Yes I Am EP
Pharoahe Monch Desire
Phosphorescent Here's To Taking It Easy
Pond (AUS) Frond
Glamorous and funky in some places and off-the-wall rocking in others, Frond is
another brilliant piece of the Perth's '70s psychedelic rock movement that'll have your
booty shaking in no time.
Pond (AUS) Beard, Wives, Denim
As Tame Impala's little eccentric, hyperactive brother, Pond has always had enormous shoes
to fill; sharing the same psychedelic sound space, drawing comparisons between the two is
almost unavoidable. With Beard, Wives, Denim, Pond prove they're capable of fending
for themselves. Dungen, Spiritualized and the Rolling Stones all contribute to one writhing
beast of a record that must've been as fun to record as it is to listen.
Portugal. The Man Waiter: ''You Vultures!''
Pretend Bones In The Soil, Rust In The Oil
Pretend's Bones in the Soil, Rust in the Oil was painfully overlooked in 2009. A sprawling debut that combines the beautiful subtleties of post-rock's greatest with the endearing honesty and uncertain melodies of American Football.
Rage Against The Machine The Battle of Los Angeles
Right Away, Great Captain! The Eventually Home
Rivulets You Are My Home
Rooftops A Forest Of Polarity
S. Carey All We Grow
Saosin Translating the Name
Sharon Van Etten I Don't Want To Let You Down
Sigur Ros Hvarf/Heim
Silversun Pickups Carnavas
Slow Club Yeah So
Sufjan Stevens Michigan
Sufjan Stevens Seven Swans
Sufjan Stevens Run Rabbit Run
Most of us who hail Sufjan Stevens as our indie god tend to ignore the existence of Enjoy Your Rabbit. It isn't that the record is bad on any accounts - who really knows what consists of a good electronica album anyway? - but more the fact that it's such a glaring inconsistancy in the king's acclaimed discography. There's no doubt that Stevens' newest output, Run Rabbit Run, will be suprising in two respects: firstly, that it shows it's actually possible to rearrange the sterile bleeps and bloops of the original songs into a piece that can be played by a four-piece orchestra, and secondly, that it actually sounds good.
Sun Kil Moon Ghosts of the Great Highway
Taking Back Sunday Louder Now
Tame Impala Tame Impala
Tartar Lamb Sixty Metonymies
Tenhi Maaaet
Tera Melos Drugs to the Dear Youth
The Appleseed Cast Mare Vitalis
The Black Keys Brothers
The Blood Brothers ...Burn, Piano Island, Burn
The Fall of Troy The Fall of Troy
The Fall of Troy Manipulator
The Fall of Troy Phantom on the Horizon
The Mars Volta Amputechture
The National High Violet
The Republic of Wolves Varuna
The War on Drugs A Deeper Understanding
The Wrens The Meadowlands
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra Kollaps Tradixionales
Kollaps Tradixionales is the sixth record from ambiguous post-rock quintet A Silver Mt. Zion (or as they're called on this release, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra). This album sees major improvements in Efrim's voice; he can actually sing in tune whilst still retaining the emotional, cathartic qualities heard on his earlier work. The music itself accentuates the "rock" in post-rock, remaining rooted in dynamics-based song structure whilst incorporating a edgy, dirty quality that really sets it apart from it's contemporaries. "'Piphany Rambler" is one of the best tracks in the band's discography to date.
Thrice The Illusion of Safety
Thrice Beggars
Touche Amore/La Dispute Searching for a Pulse/The Worth of the World
TTNG This Town Needs Guns
Unknown Mortal Orchestra II
Unknown Mortal Orchestra Multi-Love
Warpaint The Fool
The Fool sees Warpaint hit their stride to the beat of some hazy, psychedelic indie-rock.
Yellow Ostrich The Mistress

3.0 good
A City Safe From Sea Throw Me Through Walls
Alexisonfire Dog's Blood
Anberlin Cities
Animal Collective Feels
Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion
As Cities Burn Son, I Loved You At Your Darkest
Baths Cerulean
Bear vs. Shark Terrorhawk
Best Coast Something in the Way
Blink-182 Enema of the State
Box Car Racer Box Car Racer
Brand New Deja Entendu
Brian Eno Ambient 1: Music For Airports
Bright Eyes Fevers & Mirrors
Broadcast The Noise Made by People
Broken Bells Broken Bells
Brother/Ghost Black Ice
Circa Survive The Inuit Sessions
Circa Survive Blue Sky Noise
City and Colour Sometimes
City and Colour Bring Me Your Love
City Of Ifa Sketchy Youth
Coheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
Conor Oberst Conor Oberst
Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile Lotta Sea Lice
Damien Rice O
Dashboard Confessional The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most
Death Cab for Cutie Transatlanticism
Elliott Smith Either/Or
Envy A Dead Sinking Story
Fang Island Fang Island
Finch Say Hello to Sunshine
Fionn Regan The Shadow of an Empire
Fionn Regan smashes his acoustic guitar against the wall and spits out ten reckless folk numbers in quick succession.
Firekites The Bowery
Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes
Frightened Rabbit The Midnight Organ Fight
Frodus And We Washed Our Weapons In The Sea
fun. Aim and Ignite
Funeral for a Friend Casually Dressed & Deep in Conversation
Giraffes? Giraffes! More Skin With Milk-Mouth
GL Touch
Grizzly Bear Painted Ruins
Hopesfall The Satellite Years
Horse Feathers Words Are Dead
Iron And Wine The Creek Drank the Cradle
Iron And Wine The Sea and the Rhythm EP
Jonsi Go
Jose Gonzalez Veneer
Justin Vernon Self Record
The actual title for this is 'Self Record'; it was recorded and released by Justin during 2005 before putting out an album with DeYarmond Edison. Vernon's folk roots are very apparent here, however his neo-soul leanings - which would be further explored in Hazeltons and peak with his current project, Bon Iver - begin to show in many of these songs. An incredibly long album, the bulk of it is taken by long, winding atmospheric tracks that don't really go anywhere. Although this may be frustrating, the persistent listener will find absolute gems between the rough: "Whippgrass", "Ring Out" and "Return to You" are all stand out tracks that are worthy of a listen.
Khruangbin Con Todo El Mundo
Kurt Vile Wakin on a Pretty Daze
Kurt Vile Bottle It In
La Dispute Here, Hear. II
Leader Cheetah The Sunspot Letters
The similarities to Neil Young are so uncanny that it's a critique more than a compliment. Nevertheless, Leader Cheetah debut strong with The Sunspot Letters; full of soulful vocal melodies and rustic songwriting, the talent of these South Australians is tangible and exciting.
letlive. Fake History
Look Mexico Gasp Asp
Loose Lips Sink Ships Puptent
Manchester Orchestra Fourteen Years Of Excellence
Meniscus Absence of I
Mew And the Glass Handed Kites
MGMT Oracular Spectacular
Minus the Bear Acoustics
Minus the Bear Omni
Mono Hymn to the Immortal Wind
Muse Absolution
Mutiny On The Bounty Danger Mouth
My Kappa Roots The House of St Colme Burnt Down
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and John Frusciante Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and John Frusciante
An album composed from the incessant noodling of two premiere guitarists was always going to be a hit and miss affair.
Owen At Home With Owen
Owen New Leaves
Pg. 99 Document #8
Piglet lava land
Regina Spektor Soviet Kitsch
Richard Youngs Sapphie
Right Away, Great Captain! The Bitter End
Rosie Thomas These Friends of Mine
Snowy Belfast Odds & Ends
Sufjan Stevens All Delighted People
Sufjan Stevens The Age of Adz
sufjan serenades us during some sort of star wars battle
Sunbeam Sound Machine Wonderer
Post-Tame Impala bedroom psychedelia. Some genuine frontal lobe melters on the front half -
'Wandering, I', 'Real Life', 'In Your Arms' and 'Fever Dream' are all heady balls of bliss - dragged
down by a couple of paint-by-numbers jams towards the end of the record.
Temples Sun Structures
The Antlers Hospice
The Beatles Abbey Road
The Mountain Goats We Shall All Be Healed
The National Boxer
The Radio Dept. Clinging to a Scheme
The Receiving End of Sirens Between the Heart and the Synapse
The Tallest Man on Earth The Tallest Man on Earth
The Tallest Man on Earth Sometimes The Blues Is Just A Passing Bird
The Wooden Birds Magnolia
Lovely folk.
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra He Has Left Us Alone But Shafts of Light Sometimes Grace the Corner of Our
Thrice The Artist in the Ambulance
Thursday Full Collapse
Unknown Mortal Orchestra Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Unknown Mortal Orchestra Sex and Food
Volcano Choir Unmap
Why? Alopecia
William Fitzsimmons Until When We Are Ghosts

2.5 average
...Of Stalwart Fads I Regret To Inform You The Boat Has Been Destroyed
The frilly hammer-ons-pull-offs rock of The Fall of Troy with some at times horribly pitchy vocals. Fortunately, 2:01 seconds into "Weirs, the Elk" makes it all worthwhile.
All the Empires of the World ...Will Be Laid To Waste
All-Time Quarterback All-Time Quarterback
American Football American Football
Anathallo Floating World
Anthony Green Avalon
Anthony Green released another uninspired album full of half-finished songs and filler, with a few gems in the mix. Listen to "Slow Down (Long Time Coming)", "Devil's Song", "She Loves Me So" and "Miracle Sun" by other means and save your money.
Arcade Fire The Suburbs
As Cities Burn Come Now Sleep
Avey Tare Down There
Blink-182 Greatest Hits
Broken Social Scene Forgiveness Rock Record
City Of Ifa Black Pyramid
Coheed and Cambria Year of the Black Rainbow
Deerhunter Microcastle
DeYarmond Edison Silent Signs
Explosions in the Sky The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place
Fear Before The Always Open Mouth
Fireworks We Are Everywhere
Fleet Foxes Sun Giant
Grizzly Bear Horn of Plenty
Grouper Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill
Jack Johnson On and On
Japandroids Post-Nothing
Kayo Dot Blue Lambency Downward
La Dispute Here, Hear.
Local Natives Gorilla Manor
Make Do and Mend Bodies Of Water
Mason Jennings In The Ever
mewithoutYou It's All Crazy! It's All False! It's All A Dream! It's Alright!
Minus the Bear Menos El Oso
Native Wrestling Moves
Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Portugal. The Man The Majestic Majesty
Saetia A Retrospective
Seabear We built a fire
Silversun Pickups Pikul
Skrillex Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites
Snowing Fuck Your Emotional Bullshit
It's not worth the mounds of hyperbolic claims it receives.
It's not worth the mounds of hyperbolic claims it receives.
It's not worth the mounds of hyperbolic claims it receives.
It's not worth the mounds of hyperbolic claims it receives.
It's not worth the mounds of hyperbolic claims it receives.
It's not worth the mounds of hyperbolic claims it receives.
It's not worth the mounds of hyperbolic claims it receives.
It's not worth the mounds of hyperbolic claims it receives.
It's not worth the mounds of hyperbolic claims it receives.
It's not worth the mounds of hyperbolic claims it receives.
It's not worth the mounds of hyperbolic claims it receives.
It's not worth the mounds of hyperbolic claims it receives.
It's not worth the mounds of hyperbolic claims it receives.
It's not worth the mounds of hyperbolic claims it receives.
It's not worth the mounds of hyperbolic claims it receives.
Taking Back Sunday Tell All Your Friends
Tame Impala Currents
The Jezabels Prisoner
The Microphones The Glow Pt. 2 (Re-release)
The Spill Canvas Sunsets and Car Crashes
The Thermals The Body, The Blood, The Machine
These New Puritans Hidden
This Will Destroy You Young Mountain
Trophy Scars Bad Luck
Twain Harte A Sunny Place for Shady People
Tyler, the Creator Goblin
Warpaint Exquisite Corpse
Warpaint's Exquisite Corpse has a lot of potential. Playing a hazy brand of indie with hints of psychedalic, shoegaze and post-rock, the female fronted band have put forward a solid debut with five songs that twist and turn with every spaced out section and sing-song melody that is thrown in the mix. Unfortunetly, this EP is much too long and completely devoid of any solid hooks or melodies, rendering the overall listen monotonous and arduous. Nevertheless, a band to watch in the future.
Wavves King of the Beach

2.0 poor
50 Cent Get Rich or Die Tryin'
Alex Lahey B-Grade University
Circa Survive On Letting Go
Circle Takes the Square As the Roots Undo
Emery ...In Shallow Seas We Sail
Enter Shikari Take to the Skies
Just Like Vinyl Just Like Vinyl
An album representing Thomas Erak's growing pains as an artist. Although awkward and over-ambitious on the whole, there are glimpses of promise for the future; "Kite" sees Erak stepping up to the plate vocally (2:14 is the best he's ever sounded), while the tail end of "It's Over" showcases a panache of jazzy avante garde songwriting that unfortunately owes itself entirely to Omar Rodriguez Lopez. But hey, at least the guitars are cool!
Kayo Dot Coyote
La Dispute Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair
Mugstar Mugstar
Mumford and Sons Sigh No More
Silverstein Discovering the Waterfront
Snakadaktal Snakadaktal
Taking Back Sunday Where You Want To Be
Tash Sultana Notion
The Fall of Troy In the Unlikely Event
The Mars Volta The Bedlam in Goliath

1.5 very poor
Aiden Nightmare Anatomy
Kesha Animal
Paris Hilton Paris
Simple Plan Still Not Getting Any...
Tame Impala Currents B-Sides and Remixes
Then Falls Caesar The Dawn- EP

1.0 awful
brokeNCYDE I'm Not a Fan, but the Kids Like It!
Crazy Frog Crazy Frog Presents Crazy Hits
Short Stack Stack is the New Black
Soulja Boy

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