AOTY 2023
The Mars Volta - De-Loused in the Comatorium
As an At The Drive-In diehard, I was at this show a month before this album dropped. The band was opening for The Chili Peppers for an arena tour and to end the East Coast leg, Mars Volta did a one off at North Six in Brooklyn (650 person venue). Flea played bass with MV, and John Frusciante was in the crowd. 4 days after this show MV member Jeremy Ward (sound technician and vocal operator) died of a heroin overdose. This was his last show. ... read more
Beck - Mutations
Nigel Godrich produced, one year on from OK Computer. Stands next to Odelay on its own right. Not as off the wall, more just knocking it out of the park indie country/folk songs. Great vocal melodies on here, esp love We Live Again and Dead Melodies. Tropicalia is a without a doubt a great tune, but it feels like the label was like "uh, we need a song for the masses".
Amyl & The Sniffers - Comfort to Me
Never been a huge fan of traditional punk rock music but some of these songs are fun, furious and sound fresh. Hope the rest catches up with me.

Security, Hertz & Knifey for sure.

Eric Clapton - This Has Gotta Stop
dumbest shit since the last dumbest shit.
Drake - Certified Lover Boy
Used to like him 10 years ago, now I'm officially done trying with Drake. When even the "good" songs have moments that annoy me, I just don't see the purpose anymore.

Drake with that 19 YO mentality when the dude is in his mid 30's... and people say Kanye is unlikable. Best song Drake dropped was that andre 3k Kanye song.

Mega Bog - Life, and Another
Last one from Mega Bog was a NR from me, but I am enjoying this new one quite a bit. Def hear the Aldous and Cate Le Bon comps.
Angel Olsen - Aisles
Don't take it so seriously. Angel has "fun" like I do.

Listened to this more. Dont love Safety Dance, the rest I enjoy a good amount. As a child of the 80s I don't really get down too much with music from then, but I knew all these songs obv. Dont get why Gloria isn't rated higher, that shit is great.

Kanye West - Donda

already have lots of feelings about this, but being that we can't even officially know if this is the final thing and we only have a censored album its hard to really know what to score this. I go back and forth on a score, and can understand people giving this a 60 or so, but I def enjoy it more than that. I think this album will be looked on more favorably in the future.

I also think Kanye continues to be a great microcosm for America. Ugly, beautiful, confusing, profound, ... read more

Sturgill Simpson - The Ballad of Dood & Juanita
written and recorded in a week, Sturgill continues to blaze whatever trail he wants.
Cindy - 1:2
Digging on the lofi sad energy of this san fran bands lead single. Hoping this is aces.


second single is also enjoyable.

Quicksand - Distant Populations
The singers uncle was my High School social studies teacher. lol

One of the kings of post-hardcore, Walter Schreifels played in Gorilla Biscuits, Youth of Today, & Rival Schools along with fronting Quicksand. After dropped two acclaimed albums back in the mid-90's Quicksand went away for 20 plus years. Now 2 albums into their return, they are back with a melodic crunchy rocker post-hardcore album. A bunch of solid 2/3 minute tunes, easily digestible and highly enjoyable.

If you like ... read more

Queens of the Stone Age - Rated R
Everything in moderation.
The Flaming Lips - Zaireeka
you don't need to "buy 4 cd players" per se, you just need to have one CD player and 3 friends.
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra - Horses in the Sky
The ever name changing GY!BE companion band that grew into something more. Efrim's laments were as effective as they ever would be. These songs aren't nearly as complex as a Godspeed song, but are no less beautiful and maybe are even more so. The world seemed to be teetering when this came out, now it seems almost without meaning. War still sucks, hope seems even more distant, and we still can't see pictures of the dead Marines.
Liars - The Apple Drop
"They tell me I'm a juiced up
worn out sad sack
And they can't figure out what I'm trying to do here
Except stand around and be a dick"

Its like my experience at aoty! jk jk, lets get on with it.

After Aaron Hemphill left the band post "Mess", Angus Andrew became the loan Liar. The wedding dress album covers from TFCF & Titles With The Word Fountain perhaps reflect on the marriage of being in a band, and the breaking up of said "marriage". After the two ... read more

Daniel Hart - The Green Knight
Omg I can’t wait to see this movie
Kanye West - Yeezus
I will never forget geeking out seeing kanye on SNL perform Black Skinhead and New Slaves. After his SNL performance of Power and Runaway I couldn't see how he could ever compete with that creativity. Enter Yeezus.
SPELLLING - The Turning Wheel
So is this some new Disney soundtrack or something?
Vince Staples - Vince Staples
Imagine thinking this.
Imagine thinking that.
Imagine caring about this.
Imagine caring about that.
Willie Dunn - Creation Never Sleeps, Creation Never Dies: The Willie Dunn Anthology
Its a lot to take in, but some of these songs are really powerful. Canadian indigenous singer-songwriter's output of the 70's and 80's is collected on one, 22 song / 78 minute journey. A lot of heavy material, but a few of the arrangements add much needed light. In general though, its a man with a deep melancholy voice ruminating over his guitar.

Light in the Attic knows what is up.

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Recent Review Comments
On luna128's review of The Mars Volta - De-Loused in the Comatorium
"panic at the disco didn't exist when this came out."
On Beck - Mutations
"@daFigz™ <3"
On Amyl & The Sniffers - Comfort to Me
"@ocrakraut hope you enjoy it!"
On Mega Bog - Life, and Another
"I enjoy the run of the first half, then things are less fully formed but still enjoyable enough. It’s not amazing or anything to me, but I think it’s a solid and enjoyable listen."
On homotom's review of Dennis Wilson - Pacific Ocean Blue
"Need to check this out"
On Kanye West - Donda
"Also, as a far left person since before the internet and cell phones were even a thing, I totally get hating on America. I feel like my attitude has changed some over time, not that I am a flag flying patriot person At ALL nor will I ever be, but I just see ugliness isn't strictly an American thing. I don't think I have the energy to forcefully defend my position atm though! lol Either way, thank you for having a coherent conversation! Good to see that can still happen here on aoty!"
On Kanye West - Donda
"I totally understand what you are saying here and agree with you. Actually I think I complained about KW flirting with joel osteen for my JIK review. You are right, that is all gross. $200 t shirt (that are ugly as sin) is gross. Ill be honest, I don't know why but his surface level religious themes on this new one annoy me a lot less than they did on JIK. Some of these songs are, as the kids would say, bangers. My wife and I go back and forth as we listen to him about how we shouldn't like this... but we just do lol"
On homotom's review of Kanye West - Donda
"We don't know what's wrong with us either!!! ;)"
On Kanye West - Donda
"The capitalist angle of things is def something I could write a paper about... like da baby trying to get sympathy by talking about his childhood poverty is a really poor attempt at "dont judge me" after his horrid comments. In general, many rappers have been about showing off how much money they have, and there is lots of reason why they do this. I'm not sure I care to go into why they do this, and I think it would be nice if they did more giving back with their wealth, but I'm not sure if we should really expect more of them."
On Kanye West - Donda
"I know I shouldn't like him, but after being a fan for so long I can't totally dismiss him (although JIK is a really bad album). I'm def not much of a capitalist, nor am I religious at all, but I guess I choose to... accept his flaws. Maybe accept isn't the right word... I acknowledge them, but can still appreciate his music. Again to draw comparisons to America: We need to acknowledge our history and continue to work to be and do better, but imo we should still be able to admit the little successes we've made over time. Most people are complex, messy and at times hypocritical. I think so, anyway. TBH, I've seen a few critical reviews mention scripture, and I personally have no desire to listen to kanye try and justify his actions in that way. yuck, no thanks!"
On homotom's review of Modest Mouse - The Golden Casket
"I cant even look at the page for this album cause it makes me so annoyed. In some cases it's the fantano effect, imo. I also have to laugh at all the people who are "big fans" who don't like this new one... for many of these people, this is the first MM album released since they have become "big fans""
"Can’t wait for the Northman"
On The Flaming Lips - Zaireeka
"You might be right!"
On Liars - The Apple Drop
"Curious to see what you think! @TheBravesDH"
On JohnLouisHoward's review of Dry Cleaning - Bug Eggs/Tony Speaks!
"Oh man, I need to hear this!"
On smallpeeble's review of Lil Wayne - Tha Carter IV
"It really wasn't bad of an album, and the un-credited andre3k verse is so good."
On lemuriams's review of Dave Matthews Band - Before These Crowded Streets
"Hey I was 17 when this album came out! 🤣"
On Doofy's review of Kanye West - JESUS IS KING
"This review still makes me LOL"
On Liars - Drum's Not Dead
"@pressrg Their discography is quite varied in style. The debut is art/dance punk and the most accessible thing they did (and a really fun album), but I suppose this album is my fav from them. Everything up through Mess is worth a real shot though. The last 2 were basically solo albums, as one of the two main guys called it quits. The upcoming album is solid, it leaked a week or so ago but I still need more time with it to score. Give them a try! I find their music goes well with the fall and winter though.... some of it has horror/Halloween vibes."
On ThiagoMelo's review of Miles Davis - Sketches of Spain
"I'm not a huge jazz person either but this is one of my favs. Check out pharoah sanders - karma, alice coltrane - journey in satchidananda & mingus - black saint and the sinner lady... if you haven't already!"
On MySoftBulletin's review of Vince Staples - Vince Staples
"OG AOTY users know what’s up"
On WildChameleon's review of SPELLLING - The Turning Wheel
"@Rob Can't speak for anyone else, but I'm not sure if there is anything you can do switch things up. As far as the functionality of the website itself, I think everything is great. I like the look, I like the layout, I'm more than happy to support the site financially. I think there are just clicks of people who swarm every new noteworthy release and can kind of ruin the experience a bit. The "inside jokes/meme" stuff on the comment section can be really frustrating. One line "reviews" can get dozens of likes, just a lot of very no nuance reviews (this is mid/this is boring and so forth) ... I get that you want to grow the site though, and recognize that some users obv have some pull over certain followers. Not sure what you can do about that though, you know?"
On WildChameleon's review of SPELLLING - The Turning Wheel
"I agree with you for sure! Its been a struggle to find the desire to keep using this site as I have for the past 4 plus years now. There are some really good users on here, but we have so many users now that are just mostly clones of each other."
On Dom & The Wizards - The Australian Cyclone Intensity Scale
"glad you like it @jordymusic ... I've grown accustomed to having my very own little wheel house so I appreciate when others pay attention and enjoy the things I do."
On SinSupremus's review of Modest Mouse - The Golden Casket
"It’s better than the alternative"

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