Artist: Richie Nice Album: Almost Like the Movies Year: 2017 Bandcamp Writing a song like "Will You Be?," with its chorus of "will you be / will you be my girlfriend," is a tricky enough proposition that many would not... Continue Reading →
Artist: Slenko & McKeys Album: Atone Lower Year: 2017 Bandcamp Speaking for no man but myself, the thing that keeps me coming back to Godspeed! You Black Emperor records is the way that band channels the idea of being crushed... Continue Reading →
Artist: Castle Black Album: Trapped Under All You Know Year: 2017 Bandcamp Trapped Under All You Know's best track is "Blind Curtain," a four-and-a-half minute argument that Castle Black could be the dirtbag Sleater-Kinney that I didn't realize I've been... Continue Reading →
Artist: Overwinter Album: Condor Year: 2017 Bandcamp If there's an easy through-line to point to on Overwinter's Condor it's a preoccupation with trip-hop. Elements of the genre's hallmarks are scattered throughout the record's five songs. It's most obvious in queasy bump... Continue Reading →
Artist: Kings of Freon Album: See, There's your Problem and Fridge Over Troubled Water Year: 2017 Bandcamp Bandcamp Even in the grand tradition of alternative rock smart-asses, Kings of Freon are a special, specific kind of goofy. Near as I... Continue Reading →
Artist: Kewku Collins Album: Grey Year: 2017 Soundcloud The obvious argument to make against Grey is that it can't overcome its influences. "Things I know" comes out the gate sounding like a discarded b-side from the second half of Yeezus.... Continue Reading →
Artist: Kinda Alright Album: pretty sweet! Year: 2017 Bandcamp If you ever get the chance, you should pick up a copy of Cap'n Jazz's Analphabetapolothology re-release on vinyl. Besides being the urtext for an entire movement in modern alternative rock, the... Continue Reading →
Artist: Welter Album: Gold Year: 2017 Bandcamp Pop-punk is a solved formula. We've brushed its outer reaches, we've felt its boundaries. This isn't a problem; It's the logical conclusion of exploration. If anything, we should feel good about what we've... Continue Reading →
Artist: Bike Theifs Album: Lean Into It Year: 2017 Bandcamp Exploring the neurosis of economic privilege is something of a cottage industry in 2017, but, goddamn, no one does it quite like the Canadians. Lean Into It sounds like this... Continue Reading →
Artist: Future and Young Thug Album: SUPER SLIMEY Year: 2017 There's a pattern to these recent high-profile rap collaborations and SUPER SLIMEY sticks to it. Both Future and Thug are well and truly On One at different points (for Future,... Continue Reading →
Cohesion is overrated. Cornelius' latest record, Mellow Waves, mockingly wags its genitals at the very notion. It's creative and expressive without being schizophrenic or willfully obnoxious. Now, when I say that pretentious-ass music writer-y thing there, I don't mean that Cornelius... Continue Reading →
Look, some of this stuff works. The title track may have snagged its ballroom fragility straight from Abba, but that doesn’t make the song any less of an earworm. The “dancing to New Order” vibe on “Creature Comforts” overpowers any... Continue Reading →
Technological advances, both theoretical and active, that I hope to never engage with, ranked from "least offensive" to "move offensive." Keyless Cars - Here is the only inconvenience of the push-to-start model of car, which I have been brainwashed by... Continue Reading →
Here's what you should do: You should start listening to Sam Amidon's new album, The Following Mountain, as he and the lord intended, at track one. "Fortune" is a nice, beardy folk song in the tradition of Iron and Wine... Continue Reading →
Big Boi is an underrated weirdo. As much credit as Three Stacks gets for being the artistic half of Atlanta's rap Godfathers, he's not out here doing albums with Phantogram and rapping on Game of Thrones mixtapes. Andre Patton is... Continue Reading →
A few weeks back, I discovered that the robots that run my Spotify account had been successfully trained to auto-complete "Diplomats" and not "Diplo" when I typed the letters "D" and "I" into the search bar. This was a coup;... Continue Reading →
No reason for it, but I'll take it anyway.
Death to the lads.
Your body: it hurts!
Thinking about Prince.
I probably liked Papa Roach more than I should have.
Bring me back to the alt-FM radio days of the 90s.
Twinkle rock for the actual celestial bodies.
Now I, too, know the pieces fit.
Cold punk music for cold months.
Do the things you like / don't do the things you like.
2,000 kids still feel pretty sweet tonight.
Bad camp movies - "Linger" - Middle-school kissing - Baltimore music for hormones
The tattoo you don't have is more important than the one you do.
Of the 43 albums that were released this year, these are the 15 that I felt like writing about.
Most music is fine. These 15 are better than fine. Good, even.
Dispatches from shows you did not attend and that I only sparsely remember.
All the shit I should have listened to this year but didn't.
Looking back on last year's mistakes before making this year's mistakes.
Don't forget this.
The father of all our styles gets its due.
Philly youths make emotional screaming sound new again.
Don't be afraid.
Getting ticks the healthy way!
You should probably listen to the Devil's music.
I don't know if I'm being trolled or what. There is no greater "I am an aging youth rocker" clarion call than this right here. https://soundcloud.com/polyvinyl-records/beach-slang-younger-us-japandroids-1
"BLEEEEEEHHH!" - Most Bear vs Shark songs.
Would-be champions lay it down.
Keep it up, grimy Fishtown.