Danny Brown is a hyper-entertaining class clown, an ingenious hip hop innovator, and above all, someone who carries a deep pain wherever he goes.
This perhaps relatable personality makeup shines wonderfully throughout his phenomenal discography. XXX for instance might at first listen sound like a wonderfully drugged-out party, but any thoughtful listener could tell you it's a cry for help. Atrocity Exhibition maybe even more so. It may ... read more
This is my favorite Jane Remover album. I'm a sucker for emo chord progressions, massive shoegaze crescendos, ambitious songwriting, vulgar lyrics, janky mixing, and sensitive vocals, and Jane Remover delivers completely. I'd go as far as saying it's a shoegaze record unlike any other I've heard. While Census Designated is a sharp pivot from Jane Remover's earlier work, she clearly has maintained her glitchy production chops, as she ... read more
While King Gizzard's first full-fledged plunge into metal Infest the Rats' Nest was pretty darn cool, it couldn't help but strike as a tad bit gimmicky. While there are clear parallels between Stoner Metal and Psychedelic Rock, the bottom line is that a psych-pop band throwing a thrash metal curve ball was always a bit too memey to really take 100000% seriously, no matter how well it actually delivered. I respected the effort but could ... read more
It seems Gen Z is learning a lesson us older punks know all too well: Foo Fighters have ALWAYS been cool. This art rock stuff is what they really are all about. Yes, a significant amount of their discography is as cut-and-paste as radio rock gets. But in a way that makes them even cooler. Not only can Dave and the rest of the band make artsy indie punk bangers (See: Nirvana, early Foo Fighters, Sunny Day Real Estate, Cat Power, Queens ... read more
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