Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Best Albums Of 2017 So Far

So after seeing a few of these lists pop up online I thought we should release ours! These are the best albums of 2017 so far. For all the runner's up albums you can check out the monthly roundups we have been publishing each month. These are curated from those lists and each of these albums comes highly recommended. ENJOY!!!

Sam Amidon-The Following Mountain(Nonesuch)

Genre: Folk

Arca-Self Titled(XL)

Genre: Art Pop, Glitch Pop, Ambient Pop, Post-Industrial, IDM

Dan Auerbach-Waiting On A Song(Easy Eye Sound)

Genre: Pop Rock, Blues Rock, Folk Pop

Mario Batkovic-Self Titled(Invada)

Genre: Treated Accordian, Modern Classical, Drone, Loops

BNQT-Volume 1(Dualtone)

Genre: Indie Rock

BMX Bandits-Forever(Elefant)

Genre: Indie Pop

Children Of Alice-Self Titled(Warp)

Genre: Library Music

Neil Cicierega-Mouth Moods(Self Released)

Genre: Mashup, Pop, Musical Comedy, Dance Pop, Novelty, Satire

Mike Dillon-Life Is Not A Football(The Royal Potato Family)

Genre: Experimental Rock

Feral Ohms-Self Titled(Silver Current)

Genre: Hard Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Noise Rock

Foxygen-Hang(Jagjaguar)

Genre: Progressive Pop, Baroque Pop, Glam Rock, Psychedelic Pop

The Garden-U Want The Scoop?(Epitaph)

Genre: Post-Punk, Comedy Rock, Abstract Hip Hop

Girlpool-Powerplant(Anti-)

Genre: Indie Pop, LO-FI Indie, Twee Pop, Dream Pop

Jesca Hoop-Memories Are Now(Sub Pop)

Genre: Singer/Songwriter, Indie Folk, Art Pop, Folk Pop, Psychedelic Folk

Hurray For The Riff Raff-The Navigator(ATO)

Genre: Folk Rock, Latin Alternative, Alt Country, Tex Mex

Idles-Brutalism(Balley)

Genre: Post-Punk, Hardcore Punk, Post-Hardcore, Noise Rock

Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind-Super Natural(Hound Gawd!)

Genre: Garage Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Stoner Rock

Jlin-Black Origami(Planet Mu)

Genre: Footwork, Afro-House, Post-Industrial, Tribal House

The Koreatown Oddity-Finna Be Past Tense(Stones Throw)

Genre: Abstract Hip Hop

Pokey LaFarge-Manic Revelations(Rounder)

Genre: Blue Eyed Soul, Folk, Country

Sondre Lerche-Pleasure(House Of Hassle)

Genre: Indietronica, Synthpop, Indie Pop, Neo Psychedelia, Alternative Dance

Los Angeles Police Department-Self Titled(2nd)(Anti-)

Genre: Indie Pop, Psychedelic Pop

Magnetic Fields-50 Song Memoir(Nonesuch)

Genre: Indie Pop, Chamber Pop, Baroque Pop, Singer/Songwriter, Synthpop

Meatbodies-Alice(In The Red)

Genre: Psychedelic Rock, Garage Rock, Heavy Psych

The Mountain Goats-Goths(Merge)

Genre: Singer/Songwriter, Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Chamber Pop, Twee Pop

Mount Eerie-A Crow Looked At Me(Self Released)

Genre: Singer/Songwriter, Indie Folk, Contemporary Folk, Slowcore

Mutoid Man-War Moans(Sargent House)

Genre: Stoner Metal, Stoner Rock, Post-Hardcore, Sludge Metal

Once And Future Band-Self Titled(Castle Face)

Genre: Progressive Rock, Progressive Pop, Art Rock

Oxbow-Thin Black Duke(Hydra Head)

Genre: Experimental Rock, Art Rock, Noise Rock, Blues Rock

The Paperhead-Chew(Trouble In Mind)

Genre: Psychedelic Pop

Perfume Genius-No Shape(Matador)

Genre: Art Pop, Ambient Pop, Minimal Wave

Pissed Jeans-Why Love Now?(Sub Pop)

Genre: Post Hardcore, Noise Rock

Quelle Chris-Being You Is Great, I Wish I Could Be You More Often(Mello Music)

Genre: Abstract Hip Hop, Jazz Rap, Spoken Word

The Regrettes-Feel Your Feelings Fool!(Warner Bros.)

Genre: Punk Rock, Pop Punk, Alternative Rock, Doo-Wop, Girl Group

Alexandra Savior-Belladonna Of Sadness(Columbia)

Genre: Indie Pop, Art Pop, Dream Pop

Soulwax-From Deewee(Play It Again Sam)

Genre: Synthpop, Electro House

StabScotch-Uncanny Valley

Genre: Experimental Rock, Noise Rock, Brutal Prog, Avant Garde Metal, Post-Hardcore

Tonstartssbandht-Sorcerer(Mexican Summer)

Genre: Neo Psychedelia, Experimental Rock, Jam Band, Psychedelic Rock, Psychedelic Pop

Trementina-810(Burger Records)

Wheeler Walker Jr.-Ol' Wheeler(Pepper Hill)

Genre: Musical Parody, Outlaw Country, Neo-Traditionalist Country, Southern Rock

Wall-Untitled(Wharf Cat)

Genre: Post-Punk

Wavves-You're Welcome(Ghost Ramp)

Genre: Indie Rock, Garage Rock, Pop Punk

White Hills-Stop Mute Defeat(Thrill Jockey)

Genre: Darkwave, Psychedelic Rock, Post-Punk

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Monthly Roundup-May 2017

Highlights among the highlights(and a few notes):

Mac Demarco released his least ambitious album this time around. Still enjoyable but the songwriting here is extremely lacking while the lyrics are a bit more fleshed out, which he alluded to in pre-release interviews. Just not his strongest effort yet still enjoyable.

UPDATED: SPOTIFY LIST!

Oxbow put out a pretty left field album considering their normal sound. This time around they went for a more orchestral "huge" sound mixed with noisy bluesy rock. Very nice turn for this band that has existed since the 80s!

Slowdive came back and released a solid album, not an amazing album, but a solid one that is worth hearing, especially if you are a huge Slowdive fan, which I am not.

Girlpool surprised me with their second album. To me the first album was abysmal. I still think it is one of the worst albums made by any artist. This second one sees them jump light years ahead in terms of quality all around. Gone are the harsh screeching dual vocals. Gone is the horrible lame attempt to ape Beat Happening. This one feels very fleshed out and mature. I am now happy to see what they will be making moving forward.

Jim Jones and The Righteous Mind released a blistering set of Stooges inspired garage rock that really will impress fans of all types of hard rock that isn't afraid to throw a few guitar solos here and there!

Paramore shocked me with their first good album. They went back to the 80s and basically made their version of a Vampire Weekend album.

Jlin returned with a great set of songs. Her percussion programming is pretty fucking excellent. There are surprises with each listen on this one. Definitely one of the best of the year so far.

Pokey came back with a solid set of more soulful styled old timey rock tunes. I wouldn't say better than his old style but definitely not worse, just a nice addition to his impressive catalog.

This really was the month for surprise. Quite a few bands I had written off for various reasons released music that I actually enjoyed. As I mentioned above Girlpool and Paramore shocked me, but moving down the list I have to mention 2 more. The Mountain Goats released what I feel is their best album yet with "Goths" and Wavves really impressed me with their new album, free from a major label and utilizing a lot of samples this time around with "You're Welcome" Also Crescent returned which is nice!

May 5th

Mac DeMarco-This Old Dog(Captured Tracks)

Genre: Singer/Songwriter, Indie Pop, Folk Pop, Psychedelic Pop, Soft Rock, Synth Pop

Juana Molina-Halo(Crammed Discs)

Genre: Folktronica, Art Pop, Avant-Folk

Oxbow-Thin Black Duke(Hydra Head)

Genre: Experimental Rock, Art Rock, Noise Rock, Blues Rock

Perfume Genius-No Shape(Matador)

Genre: Art Pop, Ambient Pop, Minimal Wave

Joan Shelley-Self Titled(No Quarter)

Genre: Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Folk, English Folk Music, Indie Folk

Slowdive-Self Titled(Dead Oceans)

Genre: Dream Pop, Shoegaze, Ambient Pop

Wooden Wand-Clipper Ship(Three Lobed)

Genre: Indie Folk

May 12th

Joey Agresta-Let's Not Talk About Music(Wharf Cat)

Genre: LO-FI Folk, Indie Rock

Girlpool-Powerplant(Anti-)

Genre: Indie Pop, LO-FI Indie, Twee Pop, Dream Pop

Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind-Super Natural(Hound Gawd!)

Genre: Garage Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Stoner Rock

Paramore-After Laughter(Fueled By Ramen)

Genre: New Wave, Alternative Dance, Synthpop, Power Pop

Pwr Bttm-Pageant(Polyvinyl)

Genre: Queercore, Indie Rock, Power Pop, Emo-Pop

Harry Styles-Self Titled(Columbia)

Genre: Pop Rock, Glam Rock, Folk Pop, Hard Rock, Singer/Songwriter

BMX Bandits-Forever(Elefant)

Genre: Indie Pop

Jlin-Black Origami(Planet Mu)

Genre: Footwork, Afro-House, Post-Industrial, Tribal House

Pokey LaFarge-Manic Revelations(Rounder)

Genre: Blue Eyed Soul, Folk, Country

Low Cut Connie-Dirty Pictures Part 1(Contender)

Genre: Rock n Roll

Man Forever-Play What They Want(Thrill Jockey)

Genre: Experimental, Drone, Indie Rock

The Mountain Goats-Goths(Merge)

Genre: Singer/Songwriter, Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Chamber Pop, Twee Pop

Daniel Romano-Modern Pressure(You've Changed)

Genre: Psychedelic Folk, Folk Rock

She Devils-Self Titled(Secretly Canadian)

Genre: Punk, Garage Rock

Wavves-You're Welcome(Ghost Ramp)

Genre: Indie Rock, Garage Rock, Pop Punk

White Hills-Stop Mute Defeat(Thrill Jockey)

Genre: Darkwave, Psychedelic Rock, Post-Punk

May 26th

Sam Amidon-The Following Mountain(Nonesuch)

Genre: Folk

Crescent-Resin Pockets(Geographic)

Genre: LO-FI, Indie Rock