June 2, 2018No Comments

7 – Beach House

Beach House are the best and everyone knows it. The consisitency at which they create great music is pretty much unheard of. Even that B-sides album Thank Your Lucky stars was better than most albums that came out last year. 


With 7 the duo known as Beach House have blessed us with what I think is their most complete and compelling album. Every song builds on the last so fluidly and effortlessly. It is heavy and immersive, one of my favorite tracks "L'Inconnue" is mostly in French, a language I do not even speak. That goes to show the power of Beach House and how music is really just sound and the human voice regardless of the language can be the most powerful instrument.

Not much else I can say about this album. I love it. You will too. Unless of course you suck and don't like good music.

June 2, 2018No Comments

Beyondless – Iceage

This is the first Iceage album I have really listened to.
I was pleasantly surprised as this is one of the best albums I have listened to this year. I've had it on repeat for a month and I highly recommend checking it out.


If you are as unfamiliar with Iecage as I was here is an intro to their sound. They are a Danish punk band with slightly gothic influences. That sounded very pretentious as I typed and reread it, so basically they sound fucking cool. I'm sure it sounds even more punk and raw live. I will definitely try and see them this summer/fall/winter and you should too.

This is probably the easiest review I have ever written. This Iggy Pop quote pretty much sums everything up:

"Iceage is the only current punk band that sounds really dangerous.”

I completely agree with him.

June 2, 2018No Comments

God’s Favorite Customer – Father John Misty

Josh Tillman returns as everyone's favorite narcissist, Father John Misty. His follow up to last year's Pure Comedy is much more subdued and personal. But don't worry there is still plenty of witty commentary to go around.


Tillman retreated to a New York City hotel room for two months to create this album. One can only assume the chemicals and psychedelic concoctions that were consumed during that time. Despite this rock n' roll cliché creative process the end-product is quite pleasing. FJM manages to remove his ego and delve to personal levels unheard of for him since I love you, Honeybear. 

The former Fleet Foxes drummer sounds tired and worn down. Playing the part of Mr. Misty seems to have finally taken a toll on him. Which may have been for the best, his lyrics sound more honest, dark and vulnerable in this state of mind. He still has his sense of humor in tact as he displays on the piano ballad "Palace":

"Last night I wrote a poem/Man, I must’ve been in the poem zone.”

The themes of politics, religion and existential dread run deep on this album. But they are delivered in a simplified and self examining way. This version of FJM is refreshing and welcome. One can only listen and enjoy it, who knows how long it will last and what he has up his sleeve in the future.

October 21, 2017No Comments

Love What Survives – Mount Kimbie

If you want to be pleasantly surprised by an electronic band you have never heard of then have I got the album for you. 


Mount Kimbie is that band and their album Love What Survives will blow you away. I was unfamiliar with this band prior to listening. I had seen it get good reviews but was skeptical due to its electronic label.

This is not an electronic album. I thought I was listening to a post-punk band, albeit with different frontman on most songs. The climax being the King Krule fronted Blue Train Lines. This song is amazing. It features tons of feedback, a heavy baseline and compact/sharp drums overlaid by Archy Marshall’s haggard vocals. It's a winning combination, and one I wish Marshall would adopt on his solo releases. (I really am not a King Krule fan.) This is my favorite song of the year, hands down. Imagery of death, drugs and struggle, it doesn't get any more punk than that.

The rest of the album is solid. Delta is a great track and the James Blake collabs are actually pretty good too. I wish I knew more about this band to write a better review. What I do know is this album is great and will get many more listens from me in the future as it should from you too.

October 21, 2017No Comments

Relatives in Descent – Protomartyr

On Protomartyr's fourth LP they struggle to find meaning in life and in musical direction. They seem to get in their own way more often than not, which is a bummer after their last release was so promising. 


Frontman Joe Casey takes center stage on this album. Which isn't necessarily a good thing. Protomartyr are at their best when they are balanced, when Casey Lets his band mates get their points across. The Agent Intellect was heavier, more compact and packed a punch, Relatives wants to fight but is afraid to throw any punches.

It starts off strongly with A Private Understanding but fails to reach those heights again until the closing track Half Sister. You are left with Casey often rambling over a band that just wants to let loose and rock out.

Their songs are traditionally disjointed, with no clear structure musically or lyrically, but they usually find a way to hit home. Relatives struggles to get to the point, they are angry and frustrated but appear to have no outlet with Casey preaching over the top of them.

Don't get me wrong this is still a good album and is worth your time more than 90% of the music out there. It's just a step in the wrong direction after such promising albums preceded it. It will take you a few listens to appreciate it and all of its intricacies but hopefully they will get back to what got them here in the future, angry Detroit rock.

October 7, 2017No Comments

A Deeper Understanding – The War On Drugs

The perfect album doesn't exi-.The War on Drugs new album comes on. It's not actually perfect, but it's close. 


A Deeper Understanding is beautiful from start to finish. Adam Granduciel seems to actually have a deep understanding of songwriting and chord progression than the average singer-songwriter. He may actually be Bruce Springsteen's long lost albeit sad son.

This album is haunting. You won't be able to stop listening to it. This is my 6th blog post of the day that no one will read so I am tired of writing. Anyways, this album is fucking awesome, period. End of blog post.

October 7, 2017No Comments

Communicating – Hundred Waters

Hundred Waters? Who is that? An awesome electronic band that will probably blow up to Sylvan Esso heights in the next 6 months when every college girl in America "Discovers" them. 


This album is awesome and I'm not even really into electronic music. Her voice is excellent, makes me feel all warm and comfy inside. The music is equally enthralling.

Wave to anchor is the first song I heard form this album, and is one of my favorite songs of the year. If you are looking for a good album to throw on at a party or be productive at work this is it. It is upbeat and will get the people going. They will probably be like, " who is this they are awesome." Proceed to add it to their Spotify playlist and tell all of their friends about it.

Great album. That's all I have to say about that.

October 7, 2017No Comments

Scum Fuck Flower Boy – Tyler, the Creator

Tyler comes out with his best album to date. After the failure that was Cherry Bomb. He also comes out of the closet?


I'm not a huge fan of rap. There are some exceptions, I love Outcast and enjoy some older stuff like Biggie or Nas. But Tyler has never really been my jam. Always thought Earl the strongest talent from the whole OF crew. But this album is awesome.

You will not find a dull moment on this album. Tyler is at his best rapping about his insecurities and failed attempts at love and belonging.

I'm just going to let his lyrics do the talking for this review.

“Shoutout to the girls that I lead on/For occasional head and always keeping my bed warm/And trying they hardest to keep my head on straight/And keeping me up enough till I had thought I was airborne.”

“Next line will have ‘em like ‘Whoa’: I’ve been kissing white boys since 2004.”

Whoa. 

Tyler is usually immature and vulgar for the fuck of it. He has matured greatly on this album. He seems to have realized past wrong doings and may have actually learned from them. I'm looking forward to what Tyler will do in the Future. This is my surprise album of the year.

October 7, 2017No Comments

American Dream – LCD Soundsytem

LCD Soundsytem, they broke up right? They did, kind of. Did they pull that stunt to sell out MSG? Maybe, but who cares. They are back, so fuck it. 


I have never really been like, "Oh man I want to listen to a whole LCD album straight through." I usually bounce around from song to song, back and forth between albums. I think that is how they are digested best.

I saw them live for the first time this summer at Pitchfork and it completely changed my perception of them. Seeing their massive band piece together so many different sounds so well creates a whole different feeling than what can be achieved listening to an album at home. Some bands suck live, LCD blows your mind live, but kind of lose their luster on my car stereo.

This album has gotten so much press and hype that it kind of ruined it for me. They've been saying this album will be coming out for like two-three years now. Then they released the shitty album artwork and everyone went crazy. I was very disappointed by the artwork. I honestly believe their is a correlation between album artwork and music quality.

This album doesn't suck as much as it's artwork would have you believe, but it definitely doesn't live up to the hype that I've been hearing for the last 3 years. The best songs are Call the Police and American Dream, which I heard month before on SNL. The rest of the album is very boring and flat. The songs slowly build into another slow build and then end in a slow fade, not a lot of high-energy or emotion to be found.

Will these songs be awesome live, probably. Will I ever listen to the whole album straight through, no. I actually got bored with it after about four listens and haven't played it since.

October 7, 2017No Comments

Cry Cry Cry – Wolf Parade

Wolf Parade's first new album for a while delvers everything that you love about them. No surprises here, just straight forward excellent indie rock. 


Not a whole lot needs to be said here. This album is awesome from start to finish. No weak points or songs that you will eventually skip over every listen. It's not revolutionary by any means, it's just solid.

I remember hearing Apologies to the Queen Mary in high school and being blown away. Cry Cry Cry doesn't quite have that effect but it will be on repeat for me for the next month or so. Wolf Parade have such a  unique sound and it was sorely missed. Glad they put this out and hoping to catch them play it live in the near future.

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