Feb 15, 2019
76
A fairly underrated soundtrack to an underappreciated movie. Many of the contributions on here are pretty obscure in general - especially from a typical American tween. This soundtrack was one of my first exposures to non-American music, and continues to be a great listen for me to this day. I feel like it was very carefully put together by Elfman and Beck, and Beck's original songs he wrote for the movie are some of my favorite Beck songs in general. Also, I think this soundtrack does an ... read more
Feb 12, 2019
85
A much more grim and focused effort in my opinion than their first album. Swell Maps create a beautiful aesthetic through abstract, DIY-infused soundscapes that accompany their progressive and forward-thinking percussion and guitar work. I love how much more vocally sparse this album is, as I think the vocals on A Trip to Marineville pull me away from the mood. These however, feel more like an accompaniment to the instruments, rather than dancing overtop of them. The more monotone chanting ... read more
Feb 12, 2019
82
Swell Maps' debut is a wiley and charismatically obnoxious post-punk album. Where most of its charm lies, however, is in the visceral DIY-style production that takes the iconic experimentation of then-contemporary acts like Joy Division or The Slits, and dials it up to 11. I think the band's vocals blend with the sonics better on their second album than A Trip to Marineville, but it's still a fantastic record, particularly the second half. A lot of Swell Maps' best work is on here, but it feels ... read more
Feb 11, 2019
85
One of the most unique classical albums I've ever heard. Most music that's considered "alien-sounding" usually deals with cutting edge instrumentation, or at the very least electronic instrumentation. However, Ben Johnston's String Quartet combine the most grounded and traditional sounds with the most unusual approaches. It's alien sounding for alien sounds almost. Highly recommend it, as I don't think another composer will ever write in this way, and I also don't imagine a Quartet ... read more
Feb 10, 2019
78
A sadly overlooked album full of iconic classic rock songwriting and melodic gems. I think if he hadn't died so early, he'd often be in the conversation of classic rock greats.
Feb 10, 2019
83
I think this album's worth is initially gauged by its singles, but honestly the songwriting is so solid all the way through, it feels like almost a disservice to jump around from song to song. It's a very pop-friendly album that somehow also feels most cohesive when you listen to the whole thing in one sitting. It's got some kinda charm.

Favorite Track: Strangers
Feb 10, 2019
87
Roy's lyrics and guitar playing are so explorative in nature to the point that I feel like I'm camping alone in the Scottish Highlands for an indefinite time. With his peculiar accent and more repetitive song structures, Roy creates one-of-a-kind folk songs using his signature voice and experimental instrumentation/lyrics. Stormcock has always occupied a little sliver between intimate/small and grand/endless sounding folk records. I think it's why it reminds me of the Highlands: you're alone to ... read more
Feb 10, 2019
89
Blue is instrumentally sparse, with each song mostly consisting of Joni's voice, a couple guitars, and maybe a piano/keyboard thrown in. Yet in the same breath, it feels so melodically and lyrically dense that ultimately the whole project feels as if it's brimming with color and personality. Every line feels iconic, every guitar part is so easy to wire into, every flutter or flare of Joni's voice sounds as if it's soaring. Blue stands the test of time as not just a strong foundation for a ... read more
Jan 7, 2019
92
My favorite Brian Eno album.

I came home not too many minutes ago to a package I don't remember ordering. I opened it and, to my huge surprise, a vinyl copy of this was inside. Having no idea whether I'd ordered it in my sleep or not (which I've done with other items), I checked my Amazon and credit card history, both with no record of it. At this point I realized it probably came with a receipt, and checked the box. A very old friend who now lives in Seattle sent it to me for my birthday ... read more
Jan 5, 2019
76
Link Wray's most consistent project - not a bad song on it, and covers loads of popular guitar-playing styles from the era and before.

Favorite Tracks: Tail Dragger, La De Da
Jan 1, 2019
82
A disarmingly silly-sounding album given the genre, Cut stands well on its own as probably the only project incorporating strong elements of dub and reggae along with the traditional industrial sound associated with the then-emerging post-punk landscape. It starts off choppy and awkward, but still chipper and fun enough to keep listening. After many returns, the album feels much more cohesive and dynamic, and has definitely grown to be one of my favorites from this era of post-punk. The vocal ... read more
Nov 22, 2018*
73
Panda Bear's solo career has an oddly specific set of expectations from me - expectations one-of-a-kind from other artists. This all has to do with his 2007 album, Person Pitch.
Person Pitch instilled a love for a specifically slow, open and distant sound only Panda Bear could seem to make, and that aesthetic has been applied and slightly tweaked on each of his releases since.
Unlike Person Pitch, Tomboy and Panda Bear vs. the Grim Reaper felt a lot drier and flatter - the distant aesthetic ... read more
Nov 21, 2018
83
Apologies to the Queen Mary is a disjointed, wily blast of an early-2000's indie album, with a very tender and modest heart to it. The production is pretty reminiscent of the times - where bands like Arcade Fire really popularized the spacious, big-roomed percussion in all the indie albums coming out at this time. But I think this album does it best, given the attitude and personality of the band's sound. It sounds pleasantly awkward, unsure, amateur, and more colorful than any of their later ... read more
Nov 18, 2018
68
A pretty sweet debut riding the wave of noise rock at the time of its release. The first half feels a bit like demos but the second half comes through strong.

Favorite Tracks: The Idea of North, Song of the Minerals
Nov 15, 2018
83
The sadness Jackson carried with him throughout his life can be plainly felt on his self-titled album. Simple, melancholy songwriting is matched with personal and timeless lyrics reminiscent of the folk era's golden years.

Favorite Track: Blues Run the Game
Nov 2, 2018
37
I probably would've enjoyed this more if he released it as a mixtape. Just by subconscious bias honestly.
Oct 25, 2018
NR
My girlfriend after hearing this in the car:

"Dude, I would totally listen to this if I was a hitwoman and was about to go BREAK SOME NECKS"
Oct 11, 2018
78
Happiness is a Warm Gun is one of the best Beatles covers I've heard before

Favorite Tracks: Glorious, Metal Man, Happiness is a Warm Gun
Oct 11, 2018
64
It's about as unnerving as the collaboration would suggest, but I do wish there were actual songs and not just droning soundscapes. A nice combination would've been awesome, but I doubt they intended on spending very much time or effort on this, so it makes sense why it sounds so "in the moment." An odd little EP made for kicks I guess, and with that in mind, it delivers. Also, In Dreams is gorgeous

Favorite Track: In Dreams, Sea
Oct 6, 2018
76
Favorite Tracks: Roi, Mad Lucas, Do You Love Me Now?

Least Favorite: I Just Wanna Get Along
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