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5.0 classic
A Tribe Called Quest Midnight Marauders
Angelo Badalamenti Twin Peaks
Arcade Fire Funeral
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath
Blink-182 Enema of the State
Bob Dylan The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan Blonde on Blonde
Bob Dylan Highway 61 Revisited
Bob Dylan New Morning
Bob Dylan Bringing It All Back Home
Bob Dylan Blood on the Tracks
Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago
Built to Spill There's Nothing Wrong with Love
Perhaps my personal favorite album of Built To Spill's. This is the record over which I feel in love with their approach to music and life in general. I can put this on anytime and instantly be dragged back to the salty summer air blowing through my hair as I bonded with these tunes over the warm months of 2006. Absolutley gorgeous in the most broken, fragile sense I've ever heard in a rock band. A milestone for all independent rock music.
Built to Spill Perfect from Now On
Charles Mingus The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady
Coheed and Cambria The Second Stage Turbine Blade
Creedence Clearwater Revival Willy and the Poor Boys
Creedence Clearwater Revival Cosmo's Factory
Cymbals Eat Guitars Lenses Alien
Death Cab for Cutie We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes
Elliott Smith Roman Candle
Elliott Smith Elliott Smith
Elliott Smith Either/Or
Elliott Smith XO
Explosions in the Sky How Strange, Innocence
Explosions in the Sky Those Who Tell the Truth...
The truth is that this is a flawlessly executed, alternatively illuminating, dizzying, and sublime record that defies and coalesces the silent sky.
Fang Island Fang Island
Godspeed You! Black Emperor F♯ A♯ ∞
This record sounds the way I feel inside most of the time. It is indisputably sad, unique, powerful, terrifying and heartachingly gorgeous.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada
Absolutely, devestatingly haunting and transcendent, yet, firmly rooted to this world, Slow Riot For New Zero Canada is a minuture symphony for the modern age. Brilliantly binding the melodrama of strings to the laudatory clang and pound of drums, to the heavenly thrusting reach of guitars, the record transports one to a place both familiar, and yet, strangely canny and unique. This may well be the soundtrack to the end of days, and it could not sound more melancholy and bittersweet.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
GZA Liquid Swords
Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsys
Joanna Newsom Divers
Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125
Metallica Master of Puppets
Miles Davis In a Silent Way
Miles Davis Kind of Blue
Miles Davis Jack Johnson
Miles Davis Sketches of Spain
Music as sublime, understated, and unnervingly powerful as the sun baked hillsides and beautiful night skyskapses from which it sprang. Undisputedly one of Miles Davis' most subtle, sultry, and whimsical albums, Sketches of Spain is an exercise in impressionistic painting with a sonic palate. And the landscape which Mr. Davis paints is, to put it mildly, supremely beautiful.
Modest Mouse This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About
Modest Mouse The Lonesome Crowded West
Modest Mouse The Moon & Antarctica
Mogwai Young Team
Mono / World's End Girlfriend Palmless Prayer / Mass Murder Refrain
Mount Eerie Dawn
One of the best albums of all time. Phil's epic chronicle of self-loss and reckoning with the infinite and absurd is a resonating brass bell. A journey worth taking over, and over again. This album is just as good, if not better, than Neutral Milk Hotel's legendary "In The Aeroplane Over The Sea." Please, get this album, put on a pair of headphones, and take the plunge.
Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Nick Drake Pink Moon
Nirvana MTV Unplugged in New York (DVD)
Nirvana Nevermind
Nirvana In Utero
Oasis Definitely Maybe
THE quintessential British rock album of my generation. 51 minutes of the most melodic, roughshod, bloody lively collection of tunes of the entire 1990s. The perfect album for the perfect place in history. Amazing.
Oasis (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
Ornette Coleman Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation
Pavement Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
Pavement Terror Twilight
Pedro the Lion Control
Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon
If you have ever had any interest in getting lost, quite literally, in a body of music, look no further. Floyd's epic, sprawling, spooky, enthralling, downright beautiful meditation on the brevity of life, the immenence of death, the problems of war, poverty, and insanity, and the search for some over-arching truth that might illuminate or explain everything. Then again, listening to the album, one gets the distinct feeling that Waters and Gilmour did not believe in the possibility of a coherent response to the questions they bemoaned so elegantly. "All that you touch, and all that you see, is all your life will ever be." A masterpiece of classic, progressive rock and enduringly resounding testament to the power of curiosty.
Pixies Doolittle
Radiohead OK Computer
Radiohead Kid A
Radiohead Amnesiac
Radiohead The King of Limbs: From the Basement
Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...
Sam Cooke Ain't That Good News
The keystone of modern soul, Sam Cooke is indesputably the greatest R&B singer/songwriter of all time. Ain't That Good News features some of Sam's best songs, including "Good Times", and was recorded soon after the drowning death of his 18-month old son. The bittersweet agony in Sam's voice is palpable, yet this album sounds much more like a celebration of life than a mourning of its brevity. Ain't That Good News is the stuff of legend.
Sam Cooke Sam Cooke At The Copa
Saves the Day Stay What You Are
Say Anything ...Is A Real Boy (re-release)
Sigur Ros ( )
Slint Spiderland
Spiritualized Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space
Steve Reich Music for 18 Musicians
Sufjan Stevens Illinois
Talk Talk Laughing Stock
The Antlers Hospice
Hospice is an album that simply radiates beauty. It is suffused in darkness, yet it glows brilliantly and, betraying its lyrical, thematic content, somehow winds up leaving its listener heaving sobs of joy, so thoroughly exhausted and ravaged by the delerious sadness that there's simply no other way out. Peter Silberman's angelic voice devestates whilst at once uplifting, the synths, guitars, and ambient sounds surging subtly, powerfully, and organically behind, wrapping the delicate falsetto in a merlot warmth, which softly confides a quiet reserve of strength. A rare, unique, truly haunting--in every shade of the word--modern masterpiece. Someday, it will sit in a museum, posterity looking back in wonder at the way human beings emoted in the distant past, and marveling at the sublime beauty; timeless, elegant, and sharp.
The Avett Brothers Emotionalism
The Avett Brother deliver a stunning set of country-twinged folk-rock on Emotionalism, masterfully balancing a bevy of influences and genres, and sculpting them into authentic, honest, ocassionaly downright heartbreaking, record filled with equal parts nostalgia and resentment.
The Beach Boys Pet Sounds
The Beatles The Beatles
The Beatles Revolver
The Dodos No Color
The Flaming Lips Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
The Microphones The Glow Pt. 2 (Re-release)
The Microphones The Glow Pt. 2
The Mountain Goats The Sunset Tree
The Rolling Stones Exile on Main St.
Why isn't there a 6 rating, for Perfect?
The Strokes Room on Fire
The Strokes Is This It
The Tallest Man on Earth The Wild Hunt
The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground & Nico
The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground
The Wrens The Meadowlands
Van Morrison Moondance
Van Morrison Astral Weeks
Vince Guaraldi Trio A Charlie Brown Christmas
Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown! The best Christmas album of all time; this album shall be forever innocent, pure. Christmas morning simply seems hollow without this playing merrily and softly in the background, draping its warm, soft arms about you and declaring: "All is well."
Weezer Pinkerton
Weezer Weezer
Yo La Tengo I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One
Yo La Tengo And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside...

4.5 superb
A Winged Victory for the Sullen A Winged Victory for the Sullen
This is simply stunning. It captures the majesty of a snow-blown winter morning; every detail, every contour and curve, every angle and jagged edge, and the glint of the snowflakes in the sunshine. The ethereal, timelessness and transcendence, flow through this music, permeating its every surface and hoisting it up; the softness of it loftily floating above the abyss, fragily, fleetingly. In a word, this record is tragic. The human heart and Universe have so little in common, yet, seemingly so much as well. I wept, but for what, I cannot tell you, for I know not myself.
AJJ Knife Man
A brilliant, savage, funny, sad record about the American Nightmare. Andrew Jackson Jihad is performed and sung to the key of heartbreak and dissolution. Absurd and rebellious all at once.
Arcade Fire The Suburbs
Arctic Monkeys Favourite Worst Nightmare
Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
Babyshambles Down In Albion
Ben Kweller Sha Sha
Perfect stoner rock. Great melodies, solid guitar, drums, and bass, and an endearing, sort of Rivers Cuomo-esque vocal style from Kweller. Excellent indie pop-rock, for sure brah.
Bernhard Fleischmann The Humbucking Coil
Between the Buried and Me The Great Misdirect
Between the Buried and Me Colors
The best progressive metal album ever made. Ever. Pure brilliance.
Between the Buried and Me Colors_Live
Between the Buried and Me The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues
The most thrilling fucking thirty minutes of innovative, tight, and downright terrifyingly awesome metal music I have ever been brutalized by. This EP, combined with the forthcoming, connected LP, could turn out to be the best metal record of all time. I will never stop loving this band so long as they continue to shatter the air with such beauty and monstrous grace.
Between the Buried and Me The Parallax II: Future Sequence
Black Sabbath Paranoid
Blind Faith Blind Faith
Blink-182 blink-182
Bob Dylan Bob Dylan
Bob Marley and The Wailers Legend
Bomb the Music Industry! Vacation
Bon Iver Blood Bank
Bon Iver Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Justin Vernon takes a bold, confident step forward, and a humble, glancing step to the side, on his band's eponymous sophmore record, "Bon Iver." Gone is the lo-fi, rustic sound of 2008/2009's reclusive hermit masterpiece, "For Emma, Forever Ago," here replaced by a dense, lush, electronic, symphonically jazzy sound. Beauty abounds here. Vernon's vocals dazzle and shine. The acoustic guitar passages mesmerize. The descending piano and sax melodies endear. This is an instant classic, through and through. Do not allow the hype to cloud your judgement, for the music shall speak for itself quite plainly. By far the best album of the year, "Bon Iver" makes me happy to be alive, drawing breath, and experiencing the agonizingly wonderful music echoing in my heart. Sublime.
Built to Spill The Normal Years
Built to Spill Ultimate Alternative Wavers
Built to Spill Keep It Like a Secret
Burial Untrue
Causa Sui Euporie Tide
Chromatics Kill for Love
Fuck me slowly in the technicolor nighttime. This is the music of reckless abandon and the most beautiful, spiritual release. Dive in and get lost in the glamorous, hazy glory of youth and fleeting significance.
Circa Survive Blue Sky Noise
Cloakroom Further Out
Cloud Nothings Attack on Memory
Cloud Nothings Cloud Nothings
Coheed and Cambria In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
Coldplay Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
Coldplay Mylo Xyloto
After hearing the EP, I was underwhelmed and disapppointed. Mylo Xyloto, however, is a fantastic Coldplay album; a near perfect fusion of the two distinct styles that marked X & Y and Viva La Vida. Coldplay have not done anything revolutionary or groundbreaking here, but then again, the band sounds so pleasant and naturally charming that it's quite hard to begrudge them for playing to their strengths.
Colin Stetson New History Warfare Vol 2: Judges
Creedence Clearwater Revival Bayou Country
Creedence Clearwater Revival Creedence Clearwater Revival
Cursive The Ugly Organ
Gothic, brutal, catchy indie-rock with some intense instrumental sections and a closing track that brings the whole thing down in a massive firestorm. We all know art is hard.
Cymbals Eat Guitars Why There Are Mountains
Dan Mangan Nice, Nice, Very Nice
One of the most sincere, vulnerable albums I've ever heard, Nice, Nice, Very Nice is a stunning array of beautiful, rich, endearing tunes, which, with the brushstrokes of a genius, Mangan has crafted into a near masterpiece.
Daniel Johnston 1990
Death Symbolic
Death Cab for Cutie Something About Airplanes
Death Cab for Cutie Transatlanticism
Dinosaur Jr. Farm
Dinosaur Jr. You're Living All Over Me
Awesomely fuzzed out, chunky guitars fill out this sprawl of hazy, half-baked lyrics and stoned-out metaphors. The riffs are hooky, catchy, yet never soft; they maintain an element of slinky danfer, even at their most playful and lyrical. J. Mascis' penchant for speak-singing his lyrics works especially well on this record. The mixing is rough, yet perfectly suited to his lamenting, wilting voice. You're Living All Over Me nails the perfect balance between pop sensibilities and rock aesthetics. The resulting noise is best summed up in my favorite track of the record, "Sludgefeast."
Dinosaur Jr. Beyond
Doves The Last Broadcast
Doves Lost Souls
Elliott Smith New Moon
Elliott Smith Figure 8
Elliott Smith From a Basement on the Hill
"I'm already down, I got no fight." I love and miss you, Elliott.
Elliott Smith Live at Largo
Explosions in the Sky The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place
Explosions in the Sky All of a Sudden, I Miss Everyone
Explosions in the Sky Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
Simply stunning. I sat and stared through the dancing, colorful movements sweeping across the screen as the music transported me through time; both physically and poetically. Memories. Memories of love lost, of happy days under the sun, of my mother and father holding my hand, of my first experience of the absurd, of longing for union with the expansive truths of the universe. Memories of things which have yet to occur. Visions of the past unspooled before me like great chasms; my heart swelled and sank, ebbed and flowed. I cried, softly, happily, gratefully, humbly, as "Postcard From 1952" stole me away to a particular place in history, situated somewhere between my imagination and infinity. A place of purity, innocence, and warmth. This is, without a doubt, the best album of the year. Explosions In The Sky have truly outdone themselves, and created the best album of their career. Listen to this alone. If you have any affection for the beauty, wonder, sublimity, and sheer awe that is life itself, you shall love this record. A man can be rich, if he has love in his heart. Take care, take care, take care.
Fiona Apple The Idler Wheel...
Flying Lotus Until the Quiet Comes
Flying Lotus Cosmogramma
Four Tet There is Love in You
Frank Turner England Keep My Bones
Fugazi In on the Kill Taker
Ghostface Killah Ironman
Giles Corey Giles Corey
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Yanqui U.X.O.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
Grouper A I A
Hot Chip In Our Heads
Iggy Pop The Idiot
Interpol Turn on the Bright Lights
Isis Panopticon
James Blackshaw Litany of Echoes
James Blackshaw The Glass Bead Game
James Blackshaw The Cloud of Unknowing
James Blackshaw Love is the Plan, the Plan is Death
James Blake James Blake
The best electronic album I've heard in a long time, James Blake is subtle, sultry, and undeniably moving. Outstanding record.
Jay Electronica Act I: Eternal Sunshine (The Pledge)
Jeff Mangum Live at Jittery Joe's
John Coltrane A Love Supreme
Jose Gonzalez Veneer
Joy Division Unknown Pleasures
Joy Division Closer
Justin Vernon Self Record
Kanye West Graduation
King Creosote and Jon Hopkins Diamond Mine
Kurt Vile Wakin on a Pretty Daze
La Dispute Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair
La Dispute Wildlife
Nearly flawless follow-up to Somewhere At The Bottom Of The River Between Vega And Altair, La Dipsute have really found their footing on Wildlife. At turns brutal, brilliant, beautiful, and bold, the record moves at its own pace and leaves everything on the table. Dreyer's vocals have vastly improved, as has the songwriting and sonic cohesion. Absolutely fantastic.
Lady Lamb The Beekeeper Ripely Pine
Laura Stevenson Sit Resist
Album of the year contender. This could be the masterpiece of 2011, and it's only May. Take a listen as Stevenson tears through your entire emotional range as a human being in less than 2 minutes on the stunning track, "Final Piece." Or seduces you gently into her silken web and then devestates you with beauty across both parts of "Halloween." Or just fall in love with her amidst the bells and accordians of "The Healthy One." Either way, don't miss the final track, "I See Dark." You'll never be sightless at night again. And don't miss this album if you have any appreciation at all for independent folk, rock, or pop music.
LCD Soundsystem This Is Happening
An elegant swan song from the old-scruffy dancemaster himself, James Murphy and his LCD Soundstytem. Superbly arranged and executed dance rock that is sure to get any white people party grooving as hard as they can try. Farewell and adieu, James. Thanks for the tunes.
Leyland Kirby Eager To Tear Apart The Stars
M83 Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
Madvillain Madvillainy
Maps & Atlases Perch Patchwork
Mark Kozelek & Jimmy Lavalle Perils from the Sea
Easily the best thing Kozelek has released since April.
Mastodon Remission
Mastodon Leviathan
Mastodon Crack the Skye
Metallica S&M
Metallica Ride the Lightning
Metallica ...And Justice for All
Miles Davis The Complete In a Silent Way Sessions
Miles Davis 'Round About Midnight
Minus the Bear Highly Refined Pirates
Minus the Bear This is What I Know About Being Gigantic
Modest Mouse Everywhere and His Nasty Parlour Tricks
Modest Mouse Building Nothing Out of Something
Modest Mouse Good News for People Who Love Bad News
Mono You Are There
Mount Eerie Wind's Poem
Mount Eerie Clear Moon
Phil hits an elegant, beautiful stride on Clear Moon. The album is graceful and sleek, yet still wonderfully fuzzy and hazed out. After going into the wilderness at night on Black Wooden Ceiling Opening and Wind's Poem, the sun seems to be peeking over the horizon, as Dawn approaches. This record feels like a long, lonesome, wintry summer dusk in Alaska; all delirious and flowing, at once pristine as spring water and velvety as rich, humid air. Absolutely gorgeous from start to finish, and surely one of the most unique, enjoyable releases of the year.
My Morning Jacket Z
Neutral Milk Hotel Everything Is
Neutral Milk Hotel On Avery Island
Nick Drake Bryter Layter
Nick Drake Five Leaves Left
Nicolas Jaar Space Is Only Noise
Nirvana MTV Unplugged in New York
Nujabes Spiritual State
Samurai meets jazz meets textural hip-hop. FUCK YES.
Nujabes Metaphorical Music
Shit just got real. A sake-drenched escapade into the night, all smoke and horns and beats, swirling about, condensing and evaporating, lifting the listener out of the ordinary and into the mystic. Astounding.
Opeth Still Life
Ornette Coleman The Shape of Jazz to Come
Pavement Slanted and Enchanted
Pavement Brighten the Corners
Philip Glass Etudes for Piano, Vol. 1
Chillingly pretty and undeniably unique, Philip Glass' Etudes for Piano, Vol. 1 is a tour de force of elegant, melancholy minimalism and a reaching, searching collection of primaly sophisticated music. Brilliant.
Philip Jeck Stoke
Pinback Blue Screen Life
Pinback This Is a Pinback CD
Pixies Surfer Rosa
Polaris Music from The Adventures of Pete and Pe
If you grew up in the 90's and you have a heart, you will love this album. It is pure nostalgic, sentimental bliss. Pete & Pete were an enormous part of my childhood, and the songs on this record swirl up emotions that only fond memories of childhood can conjur. Solid, heartfelt, and often sublime, this is a diamond in the rough of an album.
Portishead Third
Protest the Hero Scurrilous
Protest the Hero Fortress
Protest the Hero Kezia
A truly groundbreaking, unique, viscerally rich album steeped in its own unique, brutal, gothic mythology. One of the best metal albums of all time, and the band made it when most of its members were 19 years-old. KEZIIIIAAAAA!
Radiohead The King of Limbs
In true Radiohead fashion, The King of Limbs blossoms slowly and kingly; unfolding its lotus bloom with care, dilligence, and patience. This is an adult rock album, and it is meant to be enjoyed by adults who think and feel deeply. Thom sings with the conviction and passion of a man who has experienced much; created much with his hands of which he is proud and for which millions of people adore him. At this point in their career, Radiohead are confident, and dangerously so for every other band in the world. From the otherworldy, underwater electro-balled opener "Bloom," to the heartbreakingly gorgeous, piano-backlight "Codex", to the stunningly groovy jam of "Lotus Flower," King lives up to its royal billing. I am so grateful I took the time to give this a second chance, as I always am with Radiohead, and I know have another album on the list of those which I must give to my children, should they find themselves here one day.
Radiohead The Bends
Radiohead Hail to the Thief
Radiohead I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings
Radiohead In Rainbows: From the Basement
Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool
Ratatat Ratatat
Nearly flawless mixture of post-rock and pop-ambient electronica, and some incredible, searing synth melodies and sweeping, buzzing guitar riffs combine to form one of the most unique sounding records I've ever heard. Ratatat is a music about they joy of playing music. Listen for yourself, and you won't be disappointed.
Real Estate Days
Real Estate Atlas
Saves the Day In Reverie
Say Anything ...Is a Real Boy
"and the record begins with a song of rebellion..."
Scale the Summit Carving Desert Canyons
Scale the Summit The Collective
This album is fantastic. It contains some of the most technically beautiful, well-arranged post-metal that I have ever heard. Inititially, the darkness inherent in the sound of this album drove me from it, but now it stands as the primary reason for my affection for it. Sprawling, immense, and filled with diversions through murky clouds of dissonant melody, The Collective is an immensely impressive piece of music.
Sigur Ros Agætis byrjun
Sigur Ros Takk...
Sigur Ros Valtari
Slint Tweez
Slint Slint
Smog Kicking a Couple Around
Sonic Youth Dirty
Sparklehorse It's a Wonderful Life
Sparklehorse Good Morning Spider
Spoon Transference
It took three years for Transference to make sense to me, but when at last it revealed itself one mournfully slow and still spring sundown, I was transformed. Spoon is a religious band for me. They are composed and comprised of particles which flow in my soul and their melodies share a currency with the stuff of transcendence. There's something dark and weird and just-slightly-disconcerting at the heart of this record, something glowing and rare and mythical. I can't explain it and that's basically the whole point. Out go the lights.
Spoon Kill the Moonlight
Spoon Girls Can Tell
Spoon Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
Spoon They Want My Soul
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks Mirror Traffic
Easily one of the top 5 albums of the year, Mirror Traffic is 50 minutes of exuberant, radiant, elegantly restrained shades of Malkmus. The Jicks have never sounded so in control of their sound; so assured of direction, yet so loose as to allow for a genuinely profound enjoyment of the journey. This is a fantastic record, one that never lags for a moment and feels as vital and alive as any of Malkmus' work with Pavement. I can't wait to wind down and affirm the splendor of life with this record by the ocean, as September slowly evaporates the summer. Such a beautiful, simple lifestyle always demands a soundtrack, and I've found it in Mirror Traffic.
Sufjan Stevens The Age of Adz
Sufjan Stevens All Delighted People
Sufjan Stevens Carrie and Lowell
Sun Kil Moon Ghosts of the Great Highway
Sun Kil Moon April
Sun Kil Moon Benji
Surfer Blood Astro Coast
Symmetry Themes For An Imaginary Film
Epic in scope and textured by the finest, most elegant moonlight production, Symmetry's Themes For An Imaginary Film is a work of geunine immersion, full of the nuance and subtlety that make the best film scores so memorable. Spanning two discs, each containing 18 tracks, the music ranges from thumping, pulse-pounding action sequences to rather down-tempo elctronic ballads to sinister, ominous laments to pure seratonin candy. The imagination is engaged at all times throughout, and, given the right setting, the feet may feel equally compelled to express their pleasure. Sublime sounds for a sanguine ride into the sunset.
Television Marquee Moon
The Antlers Familiars
The Band Music from Big Pink
The Caretaker An Empty Bliss Beyond This World
The Dodos Visiter
The Dodos Carrier
The Kinks Lola vs. Powerman and the Moneygoround
The Libertines Up The Bracket
The Men Open Your Heart
The Middle East The Recordings of the Middle East
The National Boxer
The National Alligator
The Olivia Tremor Control Dusk at Cubist Castle
The Rolling Stones Let It Bleed
The Rolling Stones Beggars Banquet
The Smashing Pumpkins Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
The Stone Roses The Stone Roses
The Tallest Man on Earth Shallow Grave
The Tallest Man on Earth Sometimes The Blues Is Just A Passing Bird
The Tallest Man on Earth The Tallest Man on Earth
The Tallest Man on Earth There's No Leaving Now
The War on Drugs Slave Ambient
Slave Ambient is nearly flawless, from start to glorious, breathtaking finish. This is lush indie-rock, in the vein of The Velvet Underground, complete with drips and drabs of Lou Reed-style vocals. Dense, yet at times melodically lofty as a cloud, The War On Drugs have crafted something truly special which lingers in one's mind for days. Hell, some of the songs outright resemble memories; hazy, nostalgiac, and nearly always more beautiful and meaningful than the actual experience.
The War on Drugs Lost in the Dream
The Weeknd House of Balloons
This is the sound of lust coming gloriously alive. A thrilling, sultry, vibrantly grimy R&B record for the ages. Fantastic.
The Weeknd Echoes of Silence
The xx xx
"And we, we live half in the day time. And we, we live half at night." This sparse, sultry album, filled with lustful hushed vocal interplay and icicle guitar picking, is one of my favorite albums of 2009. I saw The xx once live, and it was almost counter-productive; the allure of this record lies in its obscurity, its intentional aura of intimacy through anonymity, and its refusal to recognize or address the listener. Listening to xx is both a vouyeristic and vicarious endeavour, and one which begs to be undertaken quite frequntly. "I am yours now, so now I don't ever have to leave. I've been found out, so I'll never explore."
Thrice The Illusion of Safety
Thrice The Artist in the Ambulance
Thrice Beggars
Thrice Major/Minor
Beautifully muddy and brilliantly clean, madly dark and wildly, endlessly hopeful, powerful yet understated, Major/Minor is a dense, forecfully emotive record that finds Thrice striding gracefully and heroically into the next decade. Though not as exploratory or ground-breaking as previous albums such as Vheissu and Beggars, the album is simply magnifecent to behold, a joy to listen to, and a real gift in times when such goodness is scarce.
Titus Andronicus The Monitor
Touche Amore/La Dispute Searching for a Pulse/The Worth of the World
Treepeople Something Vicious for Tomorrow / Time Whore
Treepeople Guilt Regret Embarrassment
Trophy Scars Never Born, Never Dead
Ugly Casanova Sharpen Your Teeth
Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the City
Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Wilco A Ghost is Born
William Tyler Impossible Truth
Eloquent, charming, warm, and worn-in, like a late afternoon when the sun has just dipped over the apex of the sky and casts burnt-out orange and spectacular lavender all about the trees and bellies of clouds. Tyler's fingers croon with ebulient poise, crafting gently-shaped smoke balloons, enveloping and complete. Stunning in its immediacy and power to comfort.
William Tyler Behold the Spirit
Wu-Tang Clan Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
Yo La Tengo The Sounds Of The Sounds Of Science
Yuna Nocturnal

4.0 excellent
!!! !!!
Cool, squiggly guitars, offbeat drumming, and some really funky basslines abound on !!!. The vocals are mellow and almost spoken as opposed to sung; think James Murphy with a bit more nasally timbre. Interesting indie rock dance rock record.
Aesop Rock Skelethon
Algernon Cadwallader Parrot Flies
alt-J An Awesome Wave
There's an intangible quality to this record, a sinewy, distant feeling, that attracts me to it. A groovy, at times shimmeringly beautiful and radiant, torrent of music, An Awesome Wave is really just that. Harmonies are ghostly and creepy in the best way, drum beats are utilized in service of moving bodies, and the synth-coated texture assures that the whole affair is thoroughly modern. A brilliant debut album, which I suspect may mark the beginning of a rather unique career for this young, aloof band. Listen to it loud and make sure you can feel the bass in your chest.
Amia Venera Landscape The Long Procession
The sound of the end of the world in the key of Green.
Andrew Bird Noble Beast
Andy Stott Luxury Problems
Animals As Leaders Weightless
Animals As Leaders Animals as Leaders
Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works 85-92
Aphex Twin Syro
Apollo Brown Clouds
Arcade Fire The Arcade Fire
Arcade Fire Neon Bible
Arctic Monkeys Who The Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys?
Arctic Monkeys I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
Check out this EP for the two non-album tracks. Bigger Boys and Stolen Sweethearts is a rather melodic, poppy track for the Monkeys, and Chun Li Flying Bird Kick finds them in full on, non-vocal, heavy rythmic lock-step grooviness. [Side note: I cannot seem to find a way to edit the information, but this EP was released in 2005. I forgot to enter the release date and it automatically assigned it to 2011.]
Arctic Monkeys Suck It and See
A sneakily heavy, British 60's pop-rock album, Suck It And See is brash and sneering, but it's all been toned down to a thick, heavy smolder. The occasional eruptions into full blown "dogshit rock n' roll", as Turner puts it on "Library Pictures", are exhilarating. This bunch of tunes is melodically beyond solid; Turner is a brilliant wordsmith, and The Monkeys are masters of atmosphere. Initially, I found this album boring and uninspired, but the more I listen, the more I hear, and the more I understand what the band has done in recording a record of this style and stature. I think the lads will fare well in years to come, and may, in time, prove themselves to be among the greatest British rock bands of all time.
Arctic Monkeys When The Sun Goes Down
An EP containing three non-album tracks, "Settle For A Draw," "Stickin' To The Floor," and "7." Each track is clasic, vintage 2005/2006 Arctic Monkeys. Brilliant British phrasings, prickly, post-punkish guitar lines, a thick, semi-bluesy rhythm section, and some goddamn stunning songwriting mark this EP as a "can't miss" in the band's catologue. This is band I knew and fell in love with, playing as they do best, long before they had aspirations of putting people to sleep with their albums.
Atoms for Peace Amok
Beach House Teen Dream
Beach House Depression Cherry
Beach House Bloom
Benn Jordan Pale Blue Dot
Between the Buried and Me Alaska
Between the Buried and Me The Silent Circus
Between the Buried and Me Alaska (Instrumental)
Beyond Creation The Aura
Bill Callahan Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle
Bill Callahan Dream River
Bill Holt Dreamies
At age 28, Bill Holt dropped out of society, quit his job, and secluded himself in a basement for a over a year. What emerged from his time underground is the record Dreamies. Written as a both a response and homage to The Beatles' "Revolution Number 9", Dreamies builds ominously atop a slowly, deliberately strummed four chord progression, as soundclips from the likes of JFK are gradually woven in, and twitchy, sinister synth flourishes added. Composed of two tracks, "Program Ten" and "Program Eleven," the record plays well only as a whole. It is a true album, intended to be heard in one sitting. Holt re-released a newly remasterd version of Dreamies in 2006, with the two songs seperated masterfully into two suites comprised of six and seven tracks respectively. Listening to Dreamies is meant to be a fully immersive aural experience, and, in all likelihood, designed to be heard in an altered state of consciousness. I love this album; it exudes an eerie quality that lends itself to feeling like an artificact of some lost civilization. Take the plunge if you dare.
Blue Gene Tyranny Detours
Boards of Canada The Campfire Headphase
Bob Dylan Nashville Skyline
Built to Spill You in Reverse
Built to Spill There Is No Enemy
Built to Spill The Electronic Anthology Project
This EP contains seven songs, each plucked from one of Built To Spill's studio albums, reworked into synth and drum-machine laden, early 80's New Wave dance tracks. This album is a must-have for any serious fan of Built To Spill and Doug Martsch's side projects. Hilarious, fun, and gnarly. Long live Built To Spill!
Burial and Four Tet Ego/Mirror
Called to Arms Peril and the Patient
Caribou Swim
Causa Sui Pewt'r Sessions 1
Cee Lo Green The Lady Killer
Cemeteries The Wilderness
Circa Survive Juturna
Cloud Nothings Turning On
Cloud Nothings Here and Nowhere Else
Coheed and Cambria From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
Coheed and Cambria Neverender
Crystal Castles Crystal Castles III
Currensy Pilot Talk
Currensy Pilot Talk II
Daft Punk Discovery
Dan Mangan Oh Fortune
David Lynch Crazy Clown Time
I'll be honest: I love David Lynch like he's family. The man can do nearly no wrong in my eyes. That being said, however, Crazy Clown Time is an astoundingly interesting, thoughtful, fantastically odd and eclectic pop album. Lynch exhibits his mastery of the dialectical nature of dreams and nightmares, life and death, love and hate; and modern society's civil, shining exterior, which he has built a career dismantling, tarnishing, and illuminating, is ripped wide open and displayed through the stark filter of Lynch's mind. Though some will loathe this record for its somewhat obtuse posturing, I think most will find a lot of substance and fun amidst the bramble of David Lynch's Crazy Clown Time.

PS - Do not miss "Strange and Unproductive Thinking," the shining star of the album, even if you choose not to listen to the whole thing.
Death Cab for Cutie The Photo Album
Death Cab for Cutie Narrow Stairs
Death Cab for Cutie Forbidden Love
Defeater Empty Days and Sleepless Nights
Derek Paravicini Echoes Of The Sounds To Be
He's blind and he's a Super Hero. Listen to him play and try not to love it.
Dinosaur Jr. Green Mind
Dinosaur Jr. Without a Sound
Dinosaur Jr. Where You Been
Dinosaur Jr. I Bet on Sky
Not nearly as good as 2009's Farm, but still fantastic nonetheless. Jay, Lou, and Murph seem to have relaxed a bit on I Bet on Sky, with far less riffing than your average Dinosaur Jr. album and some surprisingly down-tempo tracks. I was hoping for a more rocking, energetic album, but it's hard to deny that Dinosaur Jr. are still one of the best indie bands around and they've been at it on and off for nearly 30 years.
Dirty Beaches Drifters/Love Is The Devil
Dirty Beaches Hotel
Dirty Projectors Swing Lo Magellan
Downfall of Nur Umbras de Barbagia
Earl Greyhound Soft Targets
Soft Targets is the undisputed love child of Led Zeppelin and The Black Keys. It's fucking cool and is best served loud.
El Ten Eleven Ten Eleven
Elder (USA-MA) Dead Roots Stirring
"Wait until those little Eichmanns get a taste of this crunchy groove!"
Explosions in the Sky The Rescue
Faces Ooh La la
Fang Island Day of the Great Leap
Fang Island Sky Gardens EP
Fang Island Major
FareWell Poetry Hoping for the Invisible to Ignite
Farewell Republic Burn the Boats
Fiona Apple Extraordinary Machine
Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues
Fleet Foxes Sun Giant
Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes
Forest Swords Dagger Paths
Four Tet Pink
Frank Ocean channel ORANGE
Frightened Rabbit The Midnight Organ Fight
Future Islands In Evening Air
Fuzz Fuzz
Ghostface Killah Twelve Reasons to Die
Ghostface Killah Apollo Kids
Grimy, undulating groovy soul beats slink through this record whilst Ghost and crew flow and fly over them with force, grace, and angular swordplay. Ghost is on top of his game--lyirically and stylistically--and his Wu-Tang roots have not been this exposed, this raw, for quite some time. Terrific hip-hop album.
Gil Scott-Heron I'm New Here
Listening to this early this morning upon hearing news of Heron's untimely death was quite moving and, at times, breath taking. It is hard to remain objective at this moment, but prior to all of my old ratings beingd, I had this album at a 3.5. I rate it a 4 now because, whether it is fair or not, this record now sounds eerily prophetic, self-aware, and, ultimately, cathartic. I hope they send a limousene from heaven to take him to God, if there is one.
Hop Along Painted Shut
Interpol Antics
Isis Wavering Radiant
J. Tillman Vacilando Territory Blues
James Blake Enough Thunder
James Blake Overgrown
Japandroids Post-Nothing
Japandroids Celebration Rock
Jeff Mangum Live At Aquarius Records
Jeff Mangum Live At XFM
Jenny Hval Apocalypse, girl
Jincallo Beacons Of Light
slippery sunshine hazy beats, smooth and mellow, flowing through drops of fog and shimmering / / the sound of calm peering through stoned eyes
Jincallo The First, The Last
the path to enlightenment travels through the center of your mind, the depths of which you can scarecely conceive. sometimes, yesterday is the future, you just can't see it yet.
John Coltrane Olé Coltrane
John K. Samson Provincial
John Lennon Acoustic
John Talabot Fin
Joyce Manor Joyce Manor
Kanye West The College Dropout
Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Late Bloomer Things Change
Lil Wayne Da Drought 3
Lil Wayne Dedication 2
Little Joy Little Joy
The Strokes if you filtered them through the Amazon Jungle, a 1950's Doo-Wop lounge, and added a beautiful female counterpart to play the Girl from Ipanema. What a fantastically interesting, relaxing record.
Local Natives Gorilla Manor
Los Campesinos! Hello Sadness
Lucius Wildewoman
Manchester Orchestra Simple Math
A beautiful, sprawling, Indie-rock stunner. Epic, anthemic, and heartfelt to ground it all. Excellent record.
Maps & Atlases Beware and Be Grateful
Lush, rich, textured, and simply overflowing with beautiful noises from every which direction, Beware and Be Grateful sounds like Maps & Atlases finally breaking free from any constraints of identity and simply allowing themselves the space to let their songs breathe. More mature and restrained than Perch Patchwork in many ways, the record still finds a measure of wildness, expanding horizontally instead of reaching for those vertical peaks of dizzying math riffs. In many ways, this record reminds me of Death Cab for Cutie's Transatlanticism, not least of which is the astounding quality and coherence as an album, flowing serenely, intuitively, and gorgeously through to the bittersweet end. Beware and Be Grateful is not an album to be missed in 2012.
Maps & Atlases You and Me and the Mountain
Maps & Atlases Tree, Swallows, Houses
Mark Kozelek Whats Next To The Moon
Mark McGuire A Young Person's Guide
If you have two and a half hours and a joint on you, spark up, lay back, end enjoy this journey through the astral planes of your mind. A Young Person's Guide is an absolutely stunning, understated post-rock album.
Mastodon Blood Mountain
Metallica Kill 'Em All
Metallica Metallica
Metallica Death Magnetic
Method Man and Redman Blackout!
Mew Frengers
Miles Davis Porgy and Bess
Milk Music Beyond Living
Minus the Bear Acoustics
Minus the Bear Planet of Ice
Moderat Moderat
Modest Mouse The Fruit That Ate Itself
Modest Mouse Night on the Sun
Modest Mouse No One's First, and You're Next
Modest Mouse We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
Mono Under the Pipal Tree
Mount Eerie No Flashlight
Mount Eerie Black Wooden Ceiling Opening
Phil gets his quasi-black metal on with fantastically dissonant, yet melodically stunning tunes culled from the darkest of forests on a moonless night.
Mount Eerie Lost Wisdom
Mount Eerie Black Wooden
Phil Phil Phil, yeah yeah yeah, strum strum strumming his guitar in the living world.
Musk Ox Woodfall
Nico Chelsea Girl
Nirvana Live at Reading
Nirvana Bleach
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds The Dreams We Have As Children: Live At The Royal
Olafur Arnalds Living Room Songs
Om Advaitic Songs
Panda Bear Tomboy
Pedro the Lion Achilles Heel
Pinback Summer in Abaddon
Pixies Come On Pilgrim
A brilliant debut for a legendary band, Caribou finds the Pixies in a state of playful agitation, churning out rough hewn gem after gem. The jittery guitar slides on "Vamos" are fantastic, and "Nimrod's Son", "Carbiou", and "Levitate Me" are all fucking awesome in their own ways.
Pixies Trompe Le Monde
Protest the Hero Fortress (Instrumental)
Quasimoto The Unseen
Radiohead In Rainbows
Radiohead Airbag/How Am I Driving?
Raekwon Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang
Ramones Ramones
Ratatat Ratatat Remixes Vol.II
Ratatat Classics
Ratatat Ratatat Remixes Vol.1
Redneck Manifesto Friendship
Rich Aucoin We're All Dying To Live
Simply stunning; brimming to the point of overflowing with vivacity, electricity, and life. Rich Aucoin, who, in a seemingly knowing nod to forebarer and foundation-layer Sufjan Stevens chose to use a young boy in a rough-shod Superman outfit amongst a choatic urban scape as his album art, has crafted one of the best rock/electronic records of 2011. The gang vocals, the rippling, rhythmic, often hypnotically gorgeous bass, the bells and whistles and horns and chimes and every manner of pretty noise; it all coalesces under Aucoin's hand and ear into something truly magnificent, leaving the listener stunned and in a half-stupor. Clocking in at close to an hour, We're All Dying To Live is a lofty, trascendent romp in the clouds that never seems long-in-the-tooth, and invites everyone and anyone to join in the fun. Don't miss out on this record.
Ride Going Blank Again
Rodrigo y Gabriela 11:11
Roxy Music For Your Pleasure
Russian Circles Empros
S. Carey All We Grow
The perfect, soft, warm summer evening album. The cover art for this record could not be more fitting or apropos. Swaying, smooth, and elegantly stated. One of my favorite releases from 2010.
Sandro Perri Impossible Spaces
Beautifully recorded, elegantly constructed retro-pop music. Sandro Perri's Impossible Spaces is short, sweet, and incredibley infectious. Layers of twitchy synths are sewed and strung together by intricate, yet loose guitar lines and vocals that are smoother than silk and reminiscent of Andrew Bird. Fantastic noises abound on this minor gem of a record.
Say Anything Say Anything
Scale the Summit Monument
Sigur Ros Hvarf/Heim
Sonic Youth Goo
Spoon Series of Sneaks
Spoon Telephono
Spoon Gimme Fiction
Spoon Love Ways
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks Stephen Malkmus
The cover of Stephen Malkmus' first solo LP is more than fitting; it encapsulates both an attitude and an approach that permeates the record. After the melancholy and heavy-heartedness of Pavement's Terror Twilight, Malky kicks back, sighs, and sets forth an album that sounds as cool and beautiful as a California breeze, the sun setting lazily over the Pacific. Stephen Malkmus takes its listener to a place that many have been before, but few recognize: the space between Malky's ears.
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks Pig Lib
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks Senator - Single
"I know what the Senator wants. What the Senator wants is a blow job!" Malky has not sounded this energetic since 2008's "Gardenia." Tossing off odd ball lines about smoking weed in his truck and being invisible, the music builds in paranoic tension until it releases into a final verse and chorus. Carrying the momentum of the entire song through a soft, swift, bridge in which he chants repeatedly, "You are fading fast... You are gone..." Stephen Malkmus explodes elegantly into one of the best, to-the-point, yet exuberantly emotive guitar solos of his entire brilliant career. Hopefully this an indicator of what's in store for us Jicks fans on Mirror Traffic.
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks Face the Truth
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks Real Emotional Trash
Strand of Oaks Leave Ruin
Strand of Oaks Pope Killdragon
Sufjan Stevens Michigan
Sufjan Stevens Seven Swans
Sufjan Stevens The Avalanche: Outtakes and Extras
Sulk Graceless
Sun Kil Moon Among the Leaves
Surfer Blood Pythons
While the hooks are slightly less crunchy this time around, the dudes of Surfer Blood have rcertainly not exchanged excitement for quality on their sophomore album, Pythons. rPolished, jaunty, and beautiful, the music on Pythons is well-built and seductive. rCohesion and clarity of vision shine through. Standout tracks include singles "Demon Dance" rand "Weird Shapes," as well as the stunning closer to the non-deluxe version, "Prom Song." rJohn Paul Pitts' vocals have improved, though, for my taste, they are a bit lacking in the runhinged lunacy which gave them such bite and danger on Astro Coast. However, I have ra distinct suspicion that the more mature, refined indie pop sound contained herein will, in rtime, slowly unravel itself to reveal something far grander than I can hear from here. (!) rThis is summer music, through and through, and it's easily one of my favorite records of r2013 thus far. Lie back, let the chill sound of this serpent constrict itself about your rnucleus accumbens, and ride the tasty buzz straight through the dog days.
Surfer Blood Tarot Classics
Swarms Old Raves End
Undulating, pourous synths wash gently, ebbing and flowing, atop softly picked, subued, reverberating guitar lines. Patient, mellow flashes of bass and swells of volume permeate the record, as do the ghostly, ethereal vocal samples that round out the mix. This album is incredibly soothing, and one of the prettiest of 2011.
Swearin' Swearin'
Sweet John Bloom Weird Prayer
Taking Back Sunday Tell All Your Friends
Tech N9ne All 6's and 7's
Tenement Predatory Headlights
The Antlers Burst Apart
The Antlers Undersea
The Avett Brothers The Avett Bros.
Listening to these guys in such an early stage of their development is a rare and special treat. This EP is rough hewn--and all the better for it. The songs on this record simply exude life, each in its own battered, flawed fashion, and, set as a collection, allow the listenter access to the unbridled enthusiasm which clearly lies at the heart of who the Avett Brothers are as human beings, and certianly as artists. The record sounds like it was plucked up from some time capsule buried in the corn fields of Nebraska in 1927. Odd, dusty, somehow simultaneously familiar and vague. Ultimately, it's damn near impossible to resist the blissful nostalgia and good old-fashioned Americana that abounds on The Avett Brothers' debut EP, The Avett Bros. So, grab a smoke, grab a beer, and sit beside the fire as the Bros. spin their sepia tinged yarns of love, life, and loss.
The Black Keys Thickfreakness
The Dodos Time to Die
The Dodos The Dodos Live From Akropolis, Prague
Meric and Logan sound tight, slightly off-kilter, and deranged as they tear through the majority of their 2008 near-masterpiece, "Visiter," live in Prague. Most of the songs contain a minimal bit of improvisation; just enough to make the album interesting and fresh, but they remain faithful enough to the songs that the listener is able to readily identify with the wonderful emotions that endeared him or her to the band to begin with. Definitely worth a listen for the way they shred through "Joe's Waltz" and "Jodi" alone. Also, this may contain the best version of "Fools" the band has ever recorded. Heres' hoping these Dodos do not go extinct any time soon.
The Field Looping State of Mind
The Flashbulb Love As A Dark Hallway
Avant garde jazz at its joyously exuberant finest, Love As a Dark Hallway carves a uniquely modern soundscape through use of wriggling, bubbly basslines, creeping piano melodies, and gorgoeous swaths of angular, swooping synths. One of the best records of 2011.
The Flashbulb Soundtrack to a Vacant Life
The Flashbulb Opus At The End Of Everything
The Halo Benders God Don't Make No Junk
A keystone in mid-ninties indie stoner/surf rock music. Released the same year as co-lead singer Doug Martsch's more popular band, Bulit To Spill's classic, "There's Nothing Wrong With Love, this record sounds quite different, yet undoubtedly is imbued with a bit of the aforementioned band's DNA. The dual vocals, although a bit wearisome at first, eventually grow on the listener and becoming inviting, funny, and interesting. If sparse Built To Spill with a bit of Bill Callahan/Smog vocals sounds appealing to you, this is the band for you. Oh, and don't touch my bikini!
The Halo Benders Don't Tell Me Now
If you like Built to Spill, The Silver Jews, and Smog, then this is the album for you. Amazing set of laid-back, stoner surf rock suffused with a sense of sincerity that interacts wonderfully with the playful, often tongue-in-cheek, lyrical segments. Highly recommended for fans of Doug Martsch and his work with Built To Spill. I was very surprised that this was not already on Sputnik!
The Jezabels Prisoner
The Kills Keep On Your Mean Side
The Men Leave Home
The Microphones Mount Eerie
The Microphones Song Islands
The Middle East I Want That You Are Always Happy
I Want That You Are Always Happy is a stunning depature from The Middle East's often lofty, ethereal debut, Recordings of The Middle East. Imbued with a very profound, heavy sense of melancholy and pure American nostalgia, the record smolders, emitting a steady plume of gray smoke casually and elegantly. A truly superb independent folk album.
The Mountain Goats All Eternals Deck
The National Trouble Will Find Me
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart Belong
The Promise Ring Nothing Feels Good
The Replacements Let It Be
The Roots undun
The Sea And Cake The Sea And Cake
This is the first album I've listened to from The Sea and Cake, as I wanted to follow their progression as a band from their first record through their most recent. Upon first listen, this music speaks to me; serpentine, slinking, spiraling guitar melodies dance rhythmically with subdued, yet often surprisingly nimble bass lines. The vocals are hushed and buried under a soft lo-fi haze, but they are pretty and emotive at heart. This band reminds me of a perfect hybrid of Pinback, Pavement, and Built To Spill. Incredibly good rock record. I have a feeling this will reward multiple listens.
The Sea And Cake The Moonlight Butterfly
A great album made excellent by the mere presence of the ten minute epic, "Inn Keeping." This record sounds precisely what one would imagine The Sea and Cake would sound like in 2011; a slightly more relaxed, mature, subtly electronic version of their younger selves. Ultimately, The Moonlight Butterfly is a six track testament to the power of a band sticking to what it does best and doing it extremely well with each and every release.
The Shins Wincing the Night Away
The Sidekicks Runners in the Nerved World
The Strokes First Impressions of Earth
The Unicorns Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?
The Velvet Underground Loaded
The Walkmen You & Me
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra He Has Left Us Alone But Shafts of Light Sometimes Grace the Corner of Our
Thelonious Monk Monk's Blues
Thom Yorke Tomorrow's Modern Boxes
Thrice Vheissu
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. I & II
Thrice The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IV
Thrice Live At The House Of Blues
Tim Hecker Ravedeath, 1972
Tim Hecker Virgins
Touche Amore Parting The Sea Between Brightness And Me
Remember Sum 41's "Half Hour of Power?" Yeah, neither do I, but the point is, Touche Amore take twenty minutes and infuse them with raw, seething, passionate intensity that sounds all the more epic and vital as is speeds on through the record, toward the continually inevitably near closer. This is a fleeting burst of lightning; magnificent for a flash, and then gone to whence it came, as GOB would say.
Turnover Peripheral Vision
Twerps Range Anxiety
Upbeat, melodic, bright and nice. Very cool record. Nice to hear a jangly, guitar album in 2015. Winter is real on these streets, but the sun still shines.
Ty Segall Band Slaughterhouse
Unknown Mortal Orchestra Unknown Mortal Orchestra
A walk in the clouds is somtimes preferable to an evening by the fire.
Uyama Hiroto A Son of the Sun
Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend
Wale Mixtape About Nothing
Washed Out Life of Leisure
Way Through Clapper Is Still
Your pale arm moves purposefully through the damp, dank air, the meadow singing about you with the strings of lilac and cow-shit lapping up at your nostrils, as you salivate quietly in anticipation of the piping-hot cup of Earl Grey. Sitting upon a low-wall composed of bitter grey stone, you peer out across the dull dawn and make out the shape of a hooded figure moving quickly and eerily against the horizon. Stirred, your heart expands and deflates, whisking blood to your ears. A tear separates from the base of your eyelids and the thud of a guillotine blade lands. "Oh, sweet Mother, I'm coming home to you. Dear, girl," you weep, "I'm coming home, I'm coming home."
Wilco The Whole Love
A cool, restrospective-feeling record that encompasses many of the disparate styles and sonic textures of Wilco over the years. The Whole Love also harkens back to A Ghost Is Born in its freak out guitar solos and eclectic, roiling instrumentation and experimentation. Jeff Tweedy delivers, yet again.
Wilco Sky Blue Sky
William Elliott Whitmore Song Of The Blackbird
WU LYF Go Tell Fire to the Mountain
This record is fucking thrilling. It sounds, awesomely enough, like the resulting album from studio sessions with Isaac Brock bleating out vocals over an Explosions In The Sky soundscape. I really am at a loss for words; it's often breathtaking. An incredibly inspiring record which has restored a modicum of hope to me that the direction of music in the near future is not doomed. Fantastic, bros.
Yellow Ostrich Strange Land
Yo La Tengo Fade
Yo La Tengo Painful
Yo La Tengo I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass
Yuck Yuck

3.5 great
*shels Plains Of The Purple Buffalo
...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead Tao of the Dead
Adele 21
Against Me! New Wave
Seemingly standard, straightfoward rock n' roll reveals it's pop/punk/blues roots with repeated listens. This record sounds heavier than the average FM rock, but really aims at hitting one in the gut with the brute force of its catchiness and anthemic choruses. This feels like some sort of protest record. Against what, I couldn't tell you, but the elements of revolt are present in the DNA of most of the tunes on this album. Great rock record, but not one I'd listen to very frequently.
Aphex Twin Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt 2
Arctic Monkeys Leave Before The Lights Come On
Another solid set of early, non-album Monkey's tracks. Check out the soft, doo-wop number, "Baby I'm Yours." It sounds like Buddy Holly could have written it. Cheers lads!
Arctic Monkeys Fluorescent Adolescent
Arctic Monkeys Brianstorm
Arctic Monkeys AM
ASAP Rocky Live.Love.A$AP.
Basement I Wish I Could Stay Here
Basement Colourmeinkindness
Beastie Boys Licensed to Ill
Between the Buried and Me Between the Buried and Me
Bill Callahan Apocalypse
Black Moth Super Rainbow Dandelion Gum
BOAT Pretend to be Brave
Braids Native Speaker
Brian Eno Before and After Science
Broken Bells Broken Bells
Broken Social Scene Feel Good Lost
Burial Street Halo
Burial Kindred
Carter Burwell Where the Wild Things Are
Circa Survive On Letting Go
CKY Volume 1
CKY Infiltrate Destroy Rebuild
Coheed and Cambria No World for Tomorrow
Coldplay Parachutes
A beautifully melancholy, purposefully moody record that harkens back to the days of straightforward Britpop, subtly melding elements of both U2--for the worse--and Radiohead--for better--into a delicate tapestry held together by Chris Martin's angelic voice. Parachutes is the kind of album it is nearly impossible to hate.
Colleen Green Sock It To Me
dreamy bedroom grunge soaked in kush // streaming here:
Colleen Green I Want to Grow Up
Currensy Pilot Talk III
Cursive I Am Gemini
Daft Punk Human After All
Daft Punk Homework
Daft Punk Random Access Memories
Days Away Mapping An Invisible World
Death Cab for Cutie Plans
Death Cab for Cutie The Stability EP
Donnie Trumpet and The Social Experiment Surf
Drake 6 God
Each Other Heavily Spaced
Earl Sweatshirt I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside
Fair to Midland Arrows and Anchors
Feist Metals
Frank Ocean Nostalgia, Ultra.
From Indian Lakes Able Bodies
Fuck Buttons Tarot Sport
Fucked Up The Chemistry of Common Life
Fugazi 13 Songs
Gabrielle Aplin Home
What a refreshing, clean, nostalgic little EP. Gabrielle's voice is pristine, emotive, and beautiful, and she's got a hell of a knack for penning a melody. I cannot wait for her first LP after hearing this.
Gimu A Silent Stroll On Sombre St
Girlpool Before the World Was Big
Girls Father, Son, Holy Ghost
Himuro Yoshiteru Our Turn Anytime
Hum You'd Prefer an Astronaut
I Am Robot and Proud Uphill City
J Mascis Several Shades of Why
J. Tillman Year In The Kingdom
J.Rocc Some Cold Rock Stuf
James Blake Klavierwerke
James Blake The Bells Sketch
James Blake CMYK
Jeff Mangum Sign The Dotted Line (Single)
Jet Life Jet World Order
Julian Casablancas Phrazes for the Young
Justin Vernon Hazeltons
Kanye West Late Registration
Kate Bush 50 Words for Snow
Kings of Leon Because Of The Times
Kings of Leon Aha Shake Heartbreak
Kings of Leon Youth and Young Manhood
Kurt Vile Smoke Ring For My Halo
Some fuzzy, intricate, wonderfully-worded, primarily acoustic impressions flesh out this somewhat lo-fi, warm affair. Smoke Ring For My Halo is listenable almost to a fault, and contains some passages of sheer slacker transcendence and beauty. Great album from a fellow Philadelphian and all-around cool guy.
La Dispute Here, Hear. III
La Dispute Untitled
La Dispute/Koji Never Come Undone
Les Doux Dialects
Lil Wayne No Ceilings
Lil Wayne Tha Carter II
Lowercase Noises Migratory Patterns
Lykke Li Wounded Rhymes
Manchester Orchestra Fourteen Years Of Excellence
Manchester Orchestra I'm Like a Virgin Losing a Child
Mark Kozelek & Desertshore Mark Kozelek & Desertshore
Massive Attack Mezzanine
Massive Attack vs. Burial Four Walls/Paradise Circus
Mean Knowing
Metallica St. Anger
Fuck off, I just love it. alright? It's a tragically underrated album. I know what they were going for, and I understand it. Great fucking record.
Metallica Beyond Magnetic
Milk Music Cruise Your Illusion
Minus the Bear Menos El Oso
Modest Mouse Interstate 8
Mogwai Come On Die Young
Mount Eerie Ocean Roar
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
Oasis Be Here Now
Oasis Don't Believe the Truth
Oasis The Masterplan
Observer Drift Corridors
Dreamy bedroom lo-fi indie pop rock. Very endearing, gentle listen.
Owen Pallett Heartland
Panda Bear Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
Pavement Westing (By Musket and Sextant)
Pavement Wowee Zowee
Perfume Genius Put Your Back N 2 It
Philip Selway Familial
Pixies Bossanova
Pixies Doolittle 20th Anniversary Live Sampler
Preston School of Industry All This Sounds Gas
Pure Bathing Culture Moon Tides
Radical Face Ghost
Radiohead Pablo Honey
Radiohead COM LAG (2plus2isfive)
Ratatat LP3
Rodrigo y Gabriela re-Foc
Rodrigo y Gabriela Rodrigo y Gabriela
Rodrigo y Gabriela Live: Manchester And Dublin
Rodrigo y Gabriela Live in France
Say Anything In Defense of the Genre
SELA. Ghost Reporter
Shakey Graves Roll The Bones
Shugo Tokumaru In Focus?
Sigur Ros Med sud i eyrum vid spilum endalaust
Sleigh Bells Reign of Terror
St. Vincent Strange Mercy
Sun Kil Moon Tiny Cities
Sun Kil Moon Admiral Fell Promises
TesseracT One
The Antlers Uprooted
The Black Keys Attack & Release
The Black Keys El Camino
The Black Keys Brothers
The Dear Hunter Orange
The Dismemberment Plan !
The Dodos Beware of the Maniacs
The Flashbulb Arboreal
The Gerbils Glue (Single)
The Men New Moon
The Microphones It Was Hot We Stayed In The Water
The Microphones Don't Wake Me Up
The Stranger Watching Dead Empires in Decay
The Strokes Angles
"The Strokes return to form!" "Back to the basics!" Hardly. After hearing the single, 'Under Cover of Darkness,' I was stoked (no pun intended) to hear this album. It contained all the jagged, angular (get it?) riffs that made "Is This It?" and "Room On Fire" such undisputable classics, as well as a superb vocal turn by Julian Casablancas. One can imagine my immediate dissapointment upon hearing the rest of the album. While I cannot say this record is bad, I can certainly not bring myself to say it is good. Hopefully the backlash will not deter The Strokes from making music, nor send them into relative obscurity for the next five years, but rather spur them on to return the reigns to Julian. Ahhh, fuck it. "I just can't think, cause I'm just way to tired. Is this it?"rAfter a few listens, this album is growing on me. There's more than meets the ear, but I stand by my intitial assessment; this is not The Strokes of old. This record, released 10 years after their debut, sounds very much like the progression of culture itself; from focused, if a bit fuzzy, to intensely distracted and disjointed. Great album, but not up to par with my expectations.
They Might Be Giants Join Us
Still goofy, but this time around They Might Be Giants sound a little more groovy, heavy, and confident. Even the tongue-in-cheek moments are often cool without any need for irony. Another great record from a reliably odd, catchy alternative band. Join Us would be a really cool album to become a "Dad rock" hit.
Tom Day Crossroads (EP)
Toro Y Moi Underneath The Pine
Amazingly soothing, deceptively-intricate electronica laced with some smooth vocals, easy-going acoustic guitar fills, and plenty of ambience. Great record for a chill night iin.
Vampire Weekend Contra
Volcano Choir Unmap
Wale More About Nothing
Wavves Afraid of Heights
Wavves and Cloud Nothings No Life For Me
Waxahatchee Cerulean Salt
Wild Beasts Smother
There are worse things in life than being smothered by beauty.
Wild Beasts Two Dancers
William Elliott Whitmore Hymns for the Hopeless
Offbeat yet straightforward, Hymn For The Hopeless sounds as if it were unearthed from a time capsule dated 1955. Great little folk album.
Willis Earl Beal Nobody Knows
Youth Lagoon The Year of Hibernation

3.0 good
65daysofstatic We Were Exploding Anyway
Alcest Les Voyages de l'Âme
Alex Turner Submarine OST
Animal Collective Feels
Decent album, but I'm still not convinced by these wackos; I seem to lack that intangible, unique connection that most true fans of the band possess.
Animal Collective Sung Tongs
A refreshing, icicle-picked, occasionally sparse, ocasionally rich record from the primarily dense, lo-fi heavy Animal Collective. This record could definitely grow on me. The melodies and moments of clarity on this album are such a breath of fresh air to the stale, stuffy sound of "Here Comes The Indian." Surprisingly good and, in several spots, radiantly catchy and joyful.
Arctic Monkeys Humbug
Babyshambles The Blinding
Band of Horses Infinite Arms
Beirut The Rip Tide
Between the Buried and Me The Anatomy Of
Blink-182 Neighborhoods
Bloc Party A Weekend in the City
Bloc Party Silent Alarm
BOAT Dress Like Your Idols
A perfectly blanced off-kilteredness keeps this album bright, funny, occasionally joyful, and playful. "Dress Like Your Idols," unsurprisingly, is full of allusions to 90s indie-rock giants like Pavement, Modest Mouse, and Built To Spill. There's nothing new, noteworthy, or special on this record; just some good, mostly straightforward retro whimsy-rock. Check this out if you like any of the aforementioned bands, but be warned; this album is much cleaner than anything any of those bands ever released. If this does not deter you, dive on in for 37 minutes of nostalgic toe-tapping.
Broken Bells Meyrin Fields
Built to Spill Live
Built to Spill Ancient Melodies of the Future
Canyons of Static Farewell Shadows
Circa Survive Appendage
Coldplay Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall
Count Oak Cream Catalogue
Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi Rome
An astoundingly pretty, bass-driven score with touches of acoustic guiatar and swaths of strings. Danger Mouse and Luppi create a masterful mindscape, but, inexplacably, allow Jack White and Norah Jones to ruin the continuity of the music itself. This should have been a score, not a score/soundtrack hybrid.
Death Cab for Cutie You Can Play These Songs With Chords
Death Cab for Cutie The John Byrd EP
Death Cab for Cutie The Open Door
Dinosaur Jr. Whatever's Cool with Me
Disasterpeace Rise of the Obsidian Interstellar
A neat little glitchy piece of work, this album calls to mind the experience of playing Super Mario Brothers on acid; not that I've ever done such a thing, but this album sounds what I imagine that experience would be like. Interesting, but at times grating and irritating.
DJ Smokey Kush Alienz
Explosions in the Sky Friday Night Lights
Frightened Rabbit Sing The Greys
Frightened Rabbit The Winter of Mixed Drinks
Girls Album
Grateful Dead American Beauty
Hands Like Houses Ground Dweller
Interpol Our Love to Admire
James Blake Love What Happened Here
Jay-Z and Kanye West Watch the Throne
Jennifer O'Conner I Want What You Want
John Maus We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
Justice Audio, Video, Disco
Kool A.D. Not O.K.
Lana Del Rey Born to Die
Lil Wayne Tha Carter IV
Lou Reed and Metallica Lulu
Marissa Nadler Marissa Nadler
Mastodon The Hunter
Max Bemis and The Painful Splits Max Bemis and The Painful Splits
Max Bemis and The Painful Splits Max Bemis and The Painful Splits 2
Metallica Reload
Metome Objet
Modest Mouse Baron von Bullshit Rides Again
Modest Mouse Sad Sappy Sucker
Ne Obliviscaris Portal of I
Oasis Standing on the Shoulder of Giants
Oasis Heathen Chemistry
Oasis Dig Out Your Soul
Oneohtrix Point Never Replica
Onra Deep in the Night
Phoenix Bankrupt!
Protest the Hero Gallop Meets the Earth
Shugo Tokumaru Exit
Sigur Ros Von
Snowman Absence
Odd, spacey, and somewhat relaxing album. I would not, however, classify this band's sound as post-rock; they more closely resemble a restrained, more organized Animal Collective. Worth a listen, if for no other reason than this is the band's last album and, in some ways, oddly resembles a suicide note to music.
Sonic Youth Experimental Jet Set, Trash, and No Star
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks Tigers - Single
A solid, albeit obligatorily loopy, Stephen Malkmus alternative rock song. Clever, witty wordplay is on hand, as well as some lovely accompanying vocals, and an ever-so-slightly Midwestern, gently sweeping twang emenates effortlessly from the Jicks. I think I may also hear some spoons being softly brushed over a washboard and the cover art is beautiful, which both contribute to the quality of the song. Good track, but not nearly as fun as "Senator."
Sufjan Stevens A Sun Came
Sufjan Stevens The BQE
Sufjan Stevens Songs For Christmas
T. Rex Electric Warrior
Taken By Trees East of Eden
Taking Back Sunday Where You Want To Be
Talking Heads Speaking in Tongues
TesseracT Concealing Fate
Clean, technically brutal and epic, and just the right tone in the screaming/growling. Perfect balance of melody and pure driving rhythm. This contains moments of stunning brilliance and force, but sometimes feels a bit unfocused. Overall, excellent record.
The Antlers Cold War
The Antlers New York Hospitals
The Avett Brothers The Carpenter
I'm torn with this album. It's pretty. It's weak.
I fell in love with The Avetts on Emotionalism and I've had to compare every subsequent album with that one, which is rather unfair, but unfortunately true. So, listening to this album, I feel soothed and comforted and I think most of the melodies are really nice, but the whole thing lacks the drama that made Emotionalism so great. The songs here are rather bouyant and charming, and that's not really something I should fault them for, but after one listen, I thought to myself, "That was nice, but it's sort of hollow." None of the songs, save for "February Seven," really impacted me emotioanlly, and that's telling for a band that created an album just four years ago on which every song resonated with me in some way. Perhaps I'll change my mind in time, but as it stands, this is a very forgettable, if pleasant, folk-rock record from the Bros. Avett.
The Dear Hunter Black
The Dear Hunter Red
The Dear Hunter Green
The Microphones Window
The Radio Dept. Clinging to a Scheme
Fuzzed-out, sparse, sporadically-electronic lo-fi indie pop album that never really rises above a pleasant, distant hazy pleasantness. I expected more, due to Pitchfork's nomination of this record as part of its "Best New Music" series. Oh well. It's nice enough.
The Sheepdogs Learn and Burn
The Weeknd Thursday
Thrice Identity Crisis
Tom Day The Things We Leave Behind (EP)
Tortoise Millions Now Living Will Never Die
TV on the Radio Nine Types of Light
Ty Segall Goodbye Bread
Warm, fuzzy, and jam-packed with delicious lo-fi melodies. Meandering, almost ghostly, washed out vocals and chunky power chords set the rustic tone of the record pitch perfectly. Finally, though I cannot explain exactly why, the album art for Goodbye Bread might be the most apropos of the year, this side of Bon Iver, Bon Iver and Burst Apart. Clocking in at just over half an hour, this album is certainly worth a spin or two for any fan of indie garage rock or lo-fi.
Vetiver The Errant Charm
Washed Out Within and Without
Wild Flag Wild Flag
Willis Earl Beal Acousmatic Sorcery
Wolves in the Throne Room Celestial Lineage
Yann Tiersen Skyline
Youth Lagoon Wondrous Bughouse

2.5 average
Andy Stott We Stay Together
Apollo Brown and Guilty Simpson Dice Game
Get these beats in the hands of a master lyricist, now.
Bloc Party Intimacy
Botch We Are the Romans
Britney Spears Femme Fatale
Death Cab for Cutie Codes and Keys
Ben Gibbard has exchanged detail for universality; humanity and imperfection for a washed out, distant, synthy haze of distance and comfort. Death Cab, here, sound outright lazy and complacent--a word which I never, ever thought I would associate with a band that was once as special as Death Cab for Cutie were. Very sad, indeed, as this band is very dear to my heart, but every band is entitled to a few bumps along the road they traverse. Hopefully, Codes and Keys will remain an unfortunate sidestep, not blossom into Death Cab's new style, because when Ben sang, "When you need direction, then I'll be the guide," on "In The Passenger Seat," I took him at his word.
Gang Gang Dance Eye Contact
Listenable dance rock/electronica mixed with odd dubstep style beats and percussion. The vocals are a bit offputting as well; tinny female robot vocals surrounded by bubbling, glitchy synths. Not something I'd listen to unless I was high on opium or mushrooms.
Grimes Visions
Hubble Hubble Drums
Iceage New Brigade
Anyone else think this sounds about as average and underwhelming as music gets these days? Am I missing something? This record is not bad, it is just suffocatingly repetitve and, thus, boring as watching paint dry.
Kanye West 808s and Heartbreak
Kings of Leon Only By The Night
Lil Wayne Tha Carter III
Metallica Load
MGMT Congratulations
Minus the Bear Infinity Overhead
Of Montreal Paralytic Stalks
OVERWERK After Hours
Clean, robotic, and violet. Thunderous in electric waves.
Protest the Hero A Calculated Use of Sound
Rodrigo y Gabriela Area 52
Sufjan Stevens Enjoy Your Rabbit
Talib Kweli Gutter Rainbows
The Dear Hunter Yellow
The Dear Hunter Blue
The Dear Hunter Indigo
This is so fucking boring. I'm sorry, but I've listened to it five times through, both stoned and sober, and I just do not understand the fuss over this. Neither this particular EP, nor the compilation as a whole. It's all so bland and average; epic in scope, true, but the music is not nearly interesting or powerful enough to bare the burden of the record's length. I tried. I really did.
The Dear Hunter Violet
The Microphones Tests
The Shins Port of Morrow
The Strokes Comedown Machine
The xx Coexist

2.0 poor
Battles Gloss Drop
Eccentricity and monotony coalesce perfectly to create one hell of a boring, at times downright annoying album. The only thing which saves the album from a lower rating is the technical proficiency of the bassist and drummer; they keep things interesting from time to time.
Beardfish Mammoth
Beth Ditto EP
Daughn Gibson All Hell
This is about as authentic as a pair of cowboy boots from the clearance rack at your local Wal-Mart and just about as appealing. Contrived, phony, and gimmicky, this record reeks of tounge-in-cheek, winking irony, and I HATE that.
Four Tet Everything Ecstatic
Glassjaw Coloring Book
Guided by Voices Let's Go Eat The Factory
Keepaway Black Flute
The poor man's Animal Collective with horrible lyrics and shoddy, bubble-gum beats.
Liturgy Aesthethica
Loma Prieta I.V.
Mac Lethal Irish Goodbye
Man Man Life Fantastic
Man Man's "Life Fantastic" strikes a curious pose: calypso, rumba-ing screamo indie rock, piano honky-tonk, acoustic minimalism all share space on this odd, somewhat ingratiating, record. The vocals of Honus Honus sound like a more spastic, castrated Black Francis. As you might guess, this works in very rare moments, and tests the limit of the human conception of melody for the rest. This is another sad example of weird for the sake of weird, and I hate that shit.
Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm With You
Sub-par lyricist and singer + average drummer + excellent bassist - John Frusciante + someone who is not John Frusciante playing guitar = An album unbecoming of the former kings of California Alt-Funk. This may be the death knell of the Peppers, though there are a few keepers on the album, for those inclined to see silver linings.
Say Anything Anarchy, My Dear
Anarchy, My Dear, on which Max Bemis topples headlong into that which has threatened him, and kept him so interesting, for so long: insipidness. Save for "So Good," "Sheep," and "Peace Out," the latter of which represents one of the best songs in Bemis' entire catalogue, the record meanders around, bleating and baying wildly, awash in tinny, shallow production and heartless, overbearing, uninspired lyrics. Say Anything's fans deserve better. And, more importantly, Max Bemis deserves better from himself.
Taking Back Sunday Taking Back Sunday
What the fuck happened to the dude who used to shriek "And will you tell all your friends, you've got your gun to my head?" Who is this asshole asking me now, "Can you imagine Christ hitting a child?" What the fuck? This feels way too much like a grab for the arenas, and all traces of emotion have been drained from this once-vital "emo" band.
The Killers Hot Fuss
The Rolling Stones Undercover
Tyler, the Creator Bastard
This album really bums me out, and Tyler, The Creator is a black hole, consuming all joy and common decency.
Tyler, the Creator Goblin
Ulcerate The Destroyers of All
Unexpect Fables of the Sleepless Empire
Every awful thing people acuse Between The Buried and Me of being guilty of is true of this album. Truly a noodling, spastic, though admittedtly an occasionally thrilling, block of "avant garde metal." No thank you. I'll stick with Colors.

1.5 very poor
Animal Collective Campfire Songs
This album is, simply put, boring and mind-numbingly stupid. Strumming the same chord for 10 minutes while a bunch of people chant and make noises in the background is not a song; it's a waste of time. I guess it's agreeable enough, but listening to this record, I find it very hard to understand fans of Animal Collective.
Beyonce 4
Born of Osiris The Discovery
Coheed and Cambria The Afterman: Ascension
Lady Gaga The Fame
What can I say? I went into the record with the express intent of giving it a 1 to bring my objectivity score up, and I ended enjoying almost the entire album. Though I certainly could not listen to The Fame on a regular basis, it's refreshing to know that I am still human and can relate to something that so many both love and loathe with such odd fervor. Whatever one may think of her, the music stands out as a stark testament to the powerful minimalism of truly great pop music. The profundity here is in the profound lack thereof; as the lead singer instruscts, don't think, just fuckin' dance, bitch.
Lil Wayne Sorry 4 The Wait
Sorry 4 The Wait. Huh... Well, apology accepted, Weezy, granted The Carter IV sounds absolutely nothing like this lethargic piece of shit. Maybe hit the syrup a little harder or smoke a few more blunts, pal, because you, sir, are losing your weirdness. Here's hoping to a return to form for the F-Man.
Limp Bizkit Gold Cobra
Not much to say about this one. Another Limp Bizkit album, but with less youthful vigor, angst, and fun. At this point, it's rather pathetic and sad for Fred Durst and crew to be recording this kind of "music." I cannot like this band ironically or straightforwardly; they are objectively awful.
Liturgy Renihilation
Not too much going on here. Pretty boring black metal. Monotonous, droning, and devoid of the smoldering rage that marks the best black metal albums.
Mac Miller Blue Slide Park
Nate Young Stay Asleep (Regression Vol. 2)
If the drone genre is supposed to be analogous with boring, simplistic, and lazy, then this a phenomenal. Otherwise, it is terrible. The occasional spooky noise kept this from a 1.
The Big Pink Future This
The Killers Sam's Town
The Streets Computers And Blues
I think Mike Skinner has been listening to a bit too much Owl City these days. Holy shit, what a corny, saccharine, terribly produced, bloated sack of human excrament. Skinner should have quit while he was ahead and stopped after A Grand Don't Come For Free. Another disappointment from a formerly great artist.

1.0 awful
Animal Collective Here Comes the Indian
Jesus. H. Christ. This has to be some sort of joke. It has to be. Holy hell.
Coheed and Cambria Year of the Black Rainbow
I'm sorry, Coheed, I love you guys, but this is seriously pure fucking garbage. I expected something epic, not moody and whiney. As fans, we deserve better. As a band, you should be ashamed. Might want to officially apologize and record a new album that does not suck this terribly. It's like Indiana Jones 4... but worse.
Death Grips The Money Store
Gucci Mane and V-Nasty BAYTL
Hawthorne Heights The Silence in Black and White
Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience
Korn The Path of Totality
Lil Wayne Rebirth
Owl City Ocean Eyes
Just listen to one track, at random, and you've heard the entire album. In all fairness, this is one of the most worthless pieces of shit I have ever had to the displeasure to hear. This kid and his "music" are fucking insufferable. Let's hope he stops before this makes any other kids favor surface over substance in music.
Periphery Periphery
"Somone please turn that shit off and put Barry Manilow or Kenny G on, for Christ's sake! I'm serious! Now! Anything at all would be preferable to this noise! Quick, someone turn on the blender or give me one of those sharp knives so I can jam it way the fuck into my eardrum.! Pleaseeeee! Just. Make. It. Stop..."
Skrillex Bangarang
Skrillex More Monsters and Sprites
Sharon Marsh captured it best when she said of this brand of dubstep, and I quote, "It sounds like shit."
SuperHeavy SuperHeavy
Fuuuuuck me. What in the living fucking hell were these assholes thinking? I mean, literally nothing works on this record. At all. There are no saving graces, and today, I felt myself die a little inside whilst listening to Mick Jagger sing over 17 fucking reggae beats. What a bloated, sugary piece of fucking shit. I need to go lie down.
The Killers Day & Age
tUnE-yArDs w h o k i l l
There is absolutely nothing enjoyable about this black hole of agreeableness; it sucks from the moment it begins until the moment it mercifully, beautifully ends. Everything about the record is annoying, overdone, and just plain wrong. Fuck this shit.
Viva Brother Famous First Words

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