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ActuallyIan -
This thing broke me. It exceeded all of my expectations, and is by far the best jazz album I've reviewed on this site so far. I can absolutely see why people in the jazz community hated this guy's guts so much. The shit he's doing on here is bizarre even by today's standards, and I can only imagine how it must've sounded to a typical listener in fucking 1959. Who else would think to form a jazz band with no chordal instruments, a dollar store saxophone, and almost no jazz conventions whatsoever?
ActuallyIan -
Avenade's characteristic blending of post-hardcore and noise rock aggression with 90's alt rock songwriting sensibilities comes back for a slightly more refined and accessible version of last year's It's a Whimsical Afterlife. The production, songwriting, and performances are all improved in my opinion, and the songs are still gargantuan without being self-indulgent. He even surprises you with some really catchy and pop-ish moments every now and then without sacrificing quality.

Overall, ... read more
ActuallyIan -
Finishing up all the 2020 albums I still wanna review, so I figured I should give this album a shoutout. Super intricate storytelling, hilarious bars, and ridiculously creative and versatile production makes this an enjoyable listen for any hip hop fan, apart from the occasional questionable line here and there.
ActuallyIan -
I honestly didn't believe the hype all that much after the first few listens. I knew I liked it on some level, but I was always occupied with something else on my first few listens. But when I finally sat down to actually take notes and review this thing, it hit me. Every good thing I've heard about this album was true.

Fuck you Ichiko Aoba for derailing my best albums of 2020 list at the last second
ActuallyIan -
I've listened to a lot more jazz over the past few months than I ever really have in my life. Jazz has always been one of my blindspots, but so far my History of AOTY-core listening queue has been almost entirely jazz. The bright side is I'm quickly getting a history of the genre and figuring out which kinds of jazz line up the most with my personal taste, along with listening to the classics that I appreciate but that take me a little longer to get into.

I think with this album though, I've ... read more
Nov 30, 2020
thank you for responding, added your pick to the list
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Nov 18, 2020
hi SpeakerStrings, hope you're doing well! i'm making a list and i'd like you to participate. the question is: what is the most annoying song of all time?
Nov 9, 2020
Nov 5, 2020
Hey, whats your favorite album released in the 60’s. (For a list)
Nov 1, 2020
Hi, I just released my new Ep Yūgen (幽玄) It is made in ambient style so if you like this kind of music you can give it a chance if you want. I would be very happy to hear what are your thoughts about this record. Simple rating would be great too!! Thank you and sorry for bothering ^.^

Here is a link to Ep:
Oct 11, 2020
hey, what are your top 10 favorite albums of all time? its for a list :)
Aug 28, 2020
Keep up the great work!
Ian | 19 | they/them | Resident music twink | I give a lot of 9s because I like music a lot don't @ me
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