Monday, 29 December 2014

187(ish) albums / EPs you should have bought this year: Vol. 4

Once again, too many albums to whittle down into even a top 50. So, just in time for the New Year, here's your chance to catch up on the year's records you should have bought instead of Nicki Minaj's Anaconda.





















January
03/01 Pixies - EP2 (Self-Released)
05/01 Sianvar - Sianvar EP (Blue Swan)
07/01 Self Defense Family - Try Me (Deathwish Inc.)
10/01 Decade - Good Luck (Spinefarm)
10/01 Not Scientists - Leave Stickers On Our Graves 7" (Delete Your Favourite Records)
14/01 You Blew It! - Keep Doing What You're Doing (Topshelf)
24/01 Against Me! - Transgender Dysphoria Blues (Total Treble / Xtra Mile)
28/01 The Lawrence Arms - Metropole (Epitaph)




















February
03/02 Bombay Bicycle Club - So Long, See You Tomorrow (Island / Vagrant)
03/02 Frank Turner - Polaroid Picture (Xtra Mile)
03/02 Maxïmo Park - Too Much Information (V2 / Daylighting)
04/02 Les Claypool's Duo De Twang - Four Foot Shack (ATO / Prawn Song)
04/02 Tides Of Man - Young and Courageous (Self-Released)
07/02 Weerd Science - Red Light Juliet Broadcast 2: Steady Straight Lights/Sudden Dark Turns (Self-Released)
10/02 Brawlers - I Am a Worthless Piece of Shit (Alcopop!)
11/02 Give And Take - Noteworthy (We Are Triumphant)
14/02 The Presidents Of The United States Of America - Kudos To You! (PUSA Inc. / Burnside)
14/02 Versus You - Moving On (Flix / Noiseworks / GChord)
17/02 My Favourite Runner Up - Crossroads (Self-Released)
21/02 Beck - Morning Phase (Capitol)
24/02 Only Rivals - Details (Self-Released)




















March
03/03 We Are Scientists - TV en Français (100%)
04/03 Comeback Kid - Die Knowing (Distort / Victory)
04/03 Ivy League TX / Turnover / Maker / Such Gold - 4-Way Split (Broken Rim)
04/03 Morning Glory - War Psalms (Fat Wreck)
10/03 Muncie Girls / Great Cynics - Split 12" (Specialist Subject)
11/03 Architects - Lost Together // Lost Forever (Epitaph)
11/03 Elder Brother - Heavy Head (Pure Noise)
14/03 Luca Brasi - By A Thread (Poison City)
18/03 I Am The Avalanche - Wolverines (I Surrender)
18/03 La Dispute - Rooms of the House (Better Living / Staple)
24/03 Animals As Leaders - The Joy Of Motion (Sumerian)
24/03 Pixies - EP3 (Self-Released)
31/03 Self Defense Family - I Tried To Make You Something You Would Enjoy (Triple B)




















April
01/04 Mac Demarco - Salad Days (Captured Tracks)
01/04 Manchester Orchestra - Cope (Loma Vista / Favorite Gentlemen)
08/04 John Frusciante - Enclosure (Record Collection)
08/04 OFF! - Wasted Years (Vice)
08/04 PUP - PUP (Royal Mountain / SideOneDummy)
08/04 Todd Terje - It's Album Time (Olsen)
14/04 Rob Cantor - Not A Trampoline (Self-Released)
15/04 Fucked Up - Year Of The Dragon (Tankcrimes)
21/04 Hey Vanity - Blindfolds (Small Town)
22/04 The Menzingers - Rented World (Epitaph)
25/04 Goodnight Neverland - Old Tree (Self-Released)
28/04 Leagues Apart - Brief Interviews With Hideous Men (Self-Released)
29/04 Sunny Day Real Estate / Circa Survive - Split (Self-Released)




















May
02/05 Bear Trade - Blood and Sand (Everything Sucks / Dead Broke)
02/05 DZ Deathrays - Black Rat (I OH YOU / Infectious)
06/05 Andrew Jackson Jihad - Christmas Island (SideOneDummy)
06/05 Atmosphere - Southsiders (Rhymesayers)
08/05 Counterpunch - Bruises (Cyber Tracks)
09/05 Closure In Moscow - Pink Lemonade (Sabretusk)
12/05 Swans - To Be Kind (Young God / Mute)
13/05 Bane - Don't Wait Up (Equal Vision)
13/05 Cheap Girls - Famous Graves (Xtra Mile)
13/05 Kill The Capulets - The Stranger (Three One G)
13/05 Me First and The Gimme Gimmes - Are We Not Men? We Are Diva! (Fat Wreck)
13/05 Only Crime - Pursuance (Rise)
14/05 Kurt Travis - Everything Is Beautiful (Blue Swan)
17/05 Chris Cresswell - One Week Record (One Week)
20/05 Goodtime Boys - Rain (Bridge Nine)
20/05 Self Defense Family / Meredith Hunter - Split (Run For Cover)
22/05 The New Tusk - Mine To Breathe (Footloose)
23/05 Tomahawk - M.E.A.T. (Ipecac)
26/05 Möngöl Hörde - Möngöl Hörde (Xtra Mile)
27/05 Annabel / Dowsing - Split (Count Your Lucky Stars)
27/05 Masked Intruder - M.I. (Fat Wreck)
27/05 Trash Talk - No Peace (Trash Talk Collective / Odd Future)
31/05 Fair Do's - Trying Times (Pumpkin / Bird Attack / Bells On / No Reason)




















June
02/06 A Dead Forest Index - Cast Of Lines (Pop Noire)
03/06 Bob Mould - Beauty & Ruin (Merge)
03/06 Fucked Up - Glass Boys (Matador)
03/06 King Buzzo - This Machine Kills Artists (Ipecac)
03/06 Sage Francis - Copper Gone (Strange Famous / Speech Development)
03/06 Tigers Jaw - Charmer (Run For Cover)
04/06 MellowHype - INSA (Odd Future)
09/06 Pure Graft - Casual Labour (Everything Sucks)
10/06 Royal Tusk - Mountain (Hidden Pony)
10/06 Say Anything - Hebrews (Equal Vision)
13/06 Self Defense Family - Two Genuine Oddities From Our Distant Past (Driftwood)
14/06 Creeper - Creeper (Self-Released)
15/06 Baton Rouge - Totem (Purepainsugar / Adagio830 / Bakery Outlet / Long Legs Long Arms)
16/06 Caustic Window - Caustic Window (Rephlex)
16/06 Freeze The Atlantic - Freeze The Atlantic (Alcopop!)
17/06 The Antlers - Familiars (ANTI- / Transgressive)
17/06 The Front Bottoms - Rose (Bar/None)
17/06 The Story So Far - Songs Of (Pure Noise)
18/06 Hogwash - Rainmaker (Diskrete)
24/06 Mastodon - Once More 'Round the Sun (Reprise)
27/06 Gallows - Chains (Venn)




















July
01/07 Antemasque - Antemasque (Nadie)
01/07 Every Time I Die - From Parts Unknown (Epitaph)
07/07 Mike TV - Sausage Hospital (Don't Rush Me)
08/07 Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties - We Don't Have Each Other (Hopeless)
08/07 '68 - In Humor and Sadness (eOne / Good Fight)
11/07 Adolescents - La Vendetta (Concrete Jungle)
14/07 Andrew Cream / Don Blake - Split (Scene Better Days)
15/07 Fucking Invincible - It'll Get Worse Before It Gets Better (Atomic Action)
15/07 United Nations - The Next Four Years (Temporary Residence)
18/07 Jonathan Boulet - Gubba (Popfrenzy)
21/07 Allusondrugs - Allusondrugs (Clue)
21/07 Joyce Manor - Never Hungover Again (Epitaph)
22/07 Anberlin - Lowborn (Tooth & Nail)
22/07 Four Year Strong - Go Down In History (Pure Noise)
22/07 Real Friends - Maybe This Place Is the Same and We're Just Changing (Fearless)
22/07 RX Bandits - Gemini, Her Majesty (MDB)
28/07 Basement - Further Sky (Run For Cover)
29/07 The Holy Mess - Comfort In The Discord (Self-Released)
29/07 Skull Puppies - Critical Failures (Self-Released)
31/07 Secret Band - Secret Band (Blue Swan)




















August
05/08 Bracket - Hold Your Applause (High Output)
12/08 Prawn - Kingfisher (Topshelf)
19/08 Alcoa - The Thank You EP (Self-Released / Bridge Nine [December Reissue])
19/08 Aviator - Head In The Clouds, Hands In The Dirt (No Sleep)
19/08 Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) - You Will Eventually Be Forgotten (Count Your Lucky Stars)
19/08 He Is Legend - Heavy Fruit (Tragic Hero)
22/08 Astpai - Burden Calls (Ass Card / Jump Start)
26/08 J Mascis - Tied to a Star (Sub Pop)
29/08 Eat Meat - All My Friends Are Doing It (Self-Released)




















September
01/09 Pulled Apart By Horses - Blood (Best Of The Best / Sony RED)
01/09 Sweet Empire - Old Ideas Keep Fighting Us (Shield / Gunner / LaserLife)
01/09 X-TV - Blue / Bleu (Self-Released)
02/09 Code Orange - I Am King (Deathwish Inc.)
03/09 Not Scientists - Leave Stickers On Our Graves 7" (Delete Your Favourite Records / Shield / Guerrilla Asso / Monster Zero!)
09/09 All Leather - An Insufficient Apology (Three One G)
09/09 The American Scene - Haze (Pure Noise)
09/09 Busdriver - Perfect Hair (Big Dada)
09/09 Death From Above 1979 - The Physical World (Last Gang / Warner Bros.)
15/09 Gnarwolves - Gnarwolves (Big Scary Monsters / Pure Noise / Tangled Talk)
16/09 Hostage Calm - Die On Stage (Run For Cover)
16/09 Le Butcherettes - Cry is for the Flies (Ipecac)
16/09 Manchester Orchestra - Hope (Loma Vista / Favourite Gentlemen)
19/09 Aphex Twin - Syro (Warp)
23/09 Warsawwasraw - Sensitizer (Three One G)
26/09 Thom Yorke - Tomorrow's Modern Boxes (Self-Released)
30/09 Finch - Back To Oblivion (Razor & Tie)
30/09 Self Defense Family - Duets (Iron Pier)




















October
03/10 Smile And Burn - Action Action (RAR)
06/10 Flying Lotus - You're Dead! (Warp)
07/10 Minus The Bear - Lost Loves (Dangerbird)
07/10 NehruvianDOOM - NehruvianDOOM (Lex)
07/10 New Found Glory - Resurrection (Hopeless)
07/10 Shakey Graves - And The War Came (Dualtone Music Group, Inc.)
07/10 Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright In The End (Republic)
07/10 The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die - Between Bodies (Broken World)
13/10 The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die - The Distance (Broken World)
14/10 Kittyhawk - Hello, Again (Count Your Lucky Stars)
14/10 Melvins - Hold It In (Ipecac)
14/10 Self Defense Family - Indoor Wind Chimes b/w Cottaging (Deathwish, Inc.)
14/10 Transit - Joyride (Rise)
20/10 Thurston Moore - The Best Day (Matador)
21/10 Doomsday Student - A Walk Through Hysteria Park (Three One G)
21/10 Primus - Primus & The Chocolate Factory with The Fungi Ensemble (ATO / Prawn Song)
23/10 Panda Bear - Mr Noah (Domino)
24/10 The New Tusk - Monster Trucks (Get Into It Recs)
24/10 Skull Puppies - Venus Crytrap (Self-Released)
27/10 Rancid - ...Honor Is All We Know (Hellcat)
28/10 Creepers - Lush (All Black)
28/10 Lagwagon - Hang (Fat Wreck)
28/10 Man Overboard - Passing Ends (Lost Tape Collective)
28/10 Pianos Become The Teeth - Keep You (Epitaph)
28/10 Restorations - LP3 (SideOneDummy)
31/10 The Smith Street Band - Throw Me In The River (Poison City / Banquet)




















November
03/11 Great Cynics - Lost & Found / Wet Feet (Kissability)
04/11 Empire! Empire! / Joie De Vivre - Split (Run For Cover)
04/11 Mariachi El Bronx - Mariachi El Bronx (III) (White Drugs/ATO)
04/11 Psychostick - IV: Revenge Of The Vengeance (Rock Ridge)
07/11 Krokodil - Nachash (Spinefarm)
07/11 Stolas - Allomaternal (Blue Swan)
10/11 Pink Floyd - The Endless River (Parlophone / Capitol)
10/11 Such Gold - The New Sidewalk (Razor & Tie)
11/11 Old Man Gloom - The Ape Of God (SIGE)
11/11 Swingin' Utters - Fistful of Hollow (Fat Wreck)
16/11 Jameson - Carnivore (Self-Released)
17/11 TV On The Radio - Seeds (Harvest)
18/11 The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die / Rozwell Kid / Kittyhawk / Two Knights - Sundae Bloody Sundae (Skeletal Lightning)
24/11 Circa Survive - Descensus (Sumerian)
24/11 Frank Turner - The Fourth Three Years (Xtra Mile)
24/11 The Lion And The Wolf - Symptoms (Self-Released)
25/11 Pet Symmetry / Slingshot Dakota - Split (Soft Speak)
25/11 Prawn - Settled (Topshelf)




















December
01/12 Rolo Tomassi / Stockades - Split (Tangled Talk)
02/12 Narrows / Retox - Split (Three One G)
09/12 Ghostface Killah - 36 Seasons (Salvation / Tommy Boy)
09/12 Joyce Manor / Toys That Kill - Split (Recess)
12/12 Communicaution - Unfixed (Flix)

Friday, 27 December 2013

171 Albums/EPs you should have bought this year: Vol. 3

Once again, out I churn another easy list of the year's best albums rather than writing something of any substance. Still, if I get you to listen to at least one of these albums, I've succeeded. 2013 was interesting for the various scenes I dip my toes into. The same way I ended last year, I started this year still in Australia, and I have been introduced to a tonne of shit-hot bands that absolutely have to find their way into your ears some way or another (The Smith Street Band, Stockades, Nuclear Summer, El Alamein, Waiting Room). As far as record releases go, anything could happen. Deafheaven, for example seamlessly spliced together some unfeasibly unmatchable genres to blissful effect, whilst Gregg Ginn "reformed" Black Flag only to do his best to undo all the work they did in the 80s to change perceptions of what "punk" should be. That being said, here are all the releases you should have picked up this year, as always, in chronological order:

January
01/01 Omar Rodriguez-Lopez - Equinox (Rodriguez-Lopez Productions)
01/01 Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Group - Woman Gives Birth To Tomato! (Rodriguez-Lopez Productions)
02/01 Omar Rodriguez-Lopez - Unicorn Skeleton Mask (Rodriguez-Lopez Productions)
04/01 Alarm Bells - Part One (Self-Released)
08/01 Touché Amoré / Pianos Become The Teeth - Split (Deathwish Inc. / Topshelf)
14/01 Everything Everything - Arc (Sony RCA)
15/01 CityCop / Les Doux - Family Ties / Labors Of Love (Flannel Gurl / Sea Of Tranquility)
19/01 Hesitation Wounds - Hesitation Wounds (Secret Voice)
21/01 Mr. Kamikaze - Something Beginning With 'I' (Self-Released)
22/01 Bad Religion - True North (Epitaph)
22/01 This Town Needs Guns - 13.0.0.0.0 (Sargent House)
23/01 Taking Meds - Demo (Self-Released)
25/01 Nuclear Summer / Stockades - Split (Monolith)
28/01 Biffy Clyro - Opposites (14th Floor)
29/01 Tomahawk - Oddfellows (Ipecac)


February
01/02 Bear Trade - Belief Is A Graveyard (Everything Sucks)
05/02 Broadway Calls - Comfort/Distraction (No Sleep)
05/02 The Bronx - The Bronx (ATO / White Drugs)
05/02 Coheed And Cambria - The Afterman: Descension (Hundred Handed / Everything Evil)
11/02 Foals - Holy Fire (Transgressive)
11/02 Humanfly - Awesome Science (Brew)
11/02 Sketches - Bastion (Self-Released)
14/02 Zeus - Opera (Three One G / Tannen / Offset / Santeria)
18/02 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Push The Sky Away (Bad Seed Ltd.)
25/02 Atoms For Peace - Amok (XL)
25/02 Joe Tilson - Embers (Fellside)
25/02 Steven Wilson - The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories) (Kscope)


March
05/03 Chelsea Light Moving - Chelsea Light Moving (Matador)
05/03 How To Destroy Angels - Welcome Oblivion (Columbia)
05/03 They Might Be Giants - Nanobots (Idlewild / Lojinx / Breakaway)
08/03 Omar Rodriguez-Lopez - ¿Sólo Extraño? (Rodriguez-Lopez Productions)
14/03 Stolas - Living Creatures (Blue Swan)
17/03 Wil Wagner - Laika (Poison City)
18/03 Tilian - Material Me (Vital)
19/03 Uncommonmenfrommars / Inside Riot - Split (Delete Your Favourite Records)
22/03 AC4 - Burn This World (Ny Våg / Deathwish Inc.)
26/03 The Story So Far - What You Don't See (Pure Noise)
26/03 The Strokes - Comedown Machine (RCA)


April
02/04 Alkaline Trio - My Shame Is True (Heart & Skull / Epitaph)
02/04 Authority Zero - The Tipping Point (Hardline Entertainment)
02/04 The Dear Hunter - Migrant (Equal Vision)
02/04 Jello Biafra & The Guantanamo School Of Medicine - White People And The Damage Done (Alternative Tentacles)
02/04 Mudhoney - Vanishing Point (Sub Pop)
02/04 Transit - Young New England (Rise)
02/04 Tyler, The Creator - Wolf (Odd Future / RED / Sony)
02/04 Zozobra - Savage Masters (Brutal Panda)
05/04 The Shake Appeal - Approach With Caution (EmuBands)
05/04 Waiting Room - Swan Songs (Monolith)
08/04 Great Cynics - Like I Belong (Bomber)
08/04 Rival Schools - Found (United By Fate)
12/04 Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Mosquito (Dress Up / Interscope)
16/04 Ghostface Killah - Twelve Reasons To Die (Soul Temple / RED)
16/04 Meat Puppets - Rat Farm (Megaforce)
20/04 Touché Amoré / Title Fight - Split (Sea Legs)
22/04 Frank Turner - Tape Deck Heart (Xtra Mile / Interscope)
22/04 Mike TV - Kelsey (Don't Rush Me)
29/04 The Computers - Love Triangles, Hate Squares (One Little Indian)
29/04 New Found Glory - Mania (Epitaph)
30/04 Koji - Crooked In My Mind (Run For Cover)
30/04 Melvins - Everybody Loves Sausages (Ipecac)
30/04 Streetlight Manifesto - The Hands That Thieve (Pentimento / Victory)

May
06/05 Arcane Roots - Blood & Chemistry (Play It Again Sam)
07/05 Joe Satriani - Unstoppable Momentum (Epic)
13/05 Andrew Cream - Adapts And Adjust (Aaahh!!! Real Records)
13/05 Shades - Demo (Self-Released)
14/05 The Dillinger Escape Plan - One Of Us Is The Killer (Sumerian / Party Smasher)
14/05 Mindless Self Indulgence - How I Learned To Stop Giving A Shit And Love Mindless Self Indulgence (Uppity Cracker)
14/05 Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires Of The City (XL)
14/05 The Wonder Years - The Greatest Generation (Hopeless / Universal)
17/05 Their / They're / There - Their / They're / Their (Polyvinyl)
21/05 Pet Symmetry - Two Songs About Cars. Two Songs With Long Titles. (Asian Man)
21/05 Weerd Science - Red Light Juliette (Self-Released)
24/05 Fucking Invincible - Downtown Is Dead (Atomic Action)
27/05 Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaind - Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaind (Self-Released)
28/05 Alice In Chains - The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here (Capitol)
28/05 Man Overboard - Heart Attack (Rise)
28/05 Retox - YPLL (Epitaph / Three One G)


June
03/06 Queens Of The Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork (Matador / Rekords Rekords)
04/06 City And Colour - The Hurry And The Harm (Dine Alone)
04/06 Portugal. The Man - Evil Friends (Atlantic)
04/06 Real Friends - Put Yourself Back Together (Self-Released)
06/06 Robotosaurus / Totally Unicorn - Together Alone (Monolith)
07/06 The Lonely Island - The Wack Album (Universal Republic)
08/06 Dad Punchers - These Times Weren't Made For You (Secret Voice)
08/06 Hodgy Beats - Untitled EP 2 (Odd Future)
11/06 Deafheaven - Sunbather (Deathwish Inc.)
11/06 Jimmy Eat World - Damage (RCA / Dine Alone)
17/06 Dinosaur Pile-Up - Nature Nurture (SO Recordings)
17/06 Gnarwolves - Funemployed (Tangled Talk / Big Scary Monsters)
17/06 The JCQ - Mechanical Young (Hassle)
17/06 Stockades - Stockades (Monolith) 
18/06 Listener - Time Is A Machine (Self-Released)
18/06 Make Do And Mend / The Flatliners - Split (Rise)
18/06 Quasimoto - Yessir Whatever (Stones Throw)
18/06 The Story So Far / Stick To Your Guns - Split (Pure Noise)
18/06 The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die - Whenever, If Ever (Topshelf)
24/06 RX Bandits - The Covers EP (Uppercut / Primary Wave)
25/06 Palms - Palms (Ipecac)
26/06 Bosnian Rainbows - Bosnian Rainbows (Sargent House / Rodriguez-Lopez Productions / Clouds Hill)


July
01/07 Goldheart Assembly - Long Distance Song Effects (New Music Club)
02/07 A Great Big Pile Of Leaves - You're Always On My Mind (Topshelf)
09/07 letlive. - The Blackest Beautiful (Epitaph)
15/07 Against Me! - True Trans (Self-Released)
16/07 Defeater - Letters Home (Bridge Nine)
20/07 Travels - Death & Things Between (Self-Released)
24/07 El Alamein - No Bad Days (Monolith)


August
02/08 Army Of Champions - Burning Alive (Self-Released)
06/08 Norma Jean - Wrongdoers (Razor & Tie)
09/08 Round In Circles - Round In Circles (Self-Released)
09/08 The Smith Street Band - Don't Fuck With Our Dreams (Poison City)
13/08 Dowsing - I Don't Even Care Anymore (Count Your Lucky Stars)
14/08 John Frusciante - Outsides (Record Collection)
19/08 Bloc Party - The Nextwave Sessions (Frenchkiss)
19/08 Earl Sweatshirt - Doris (Tan Cressida)
20/08 O'Brother - Disillusion (Triple Crown)
27/08 Self Defense Family - The Corrections Officer In Me (Family Drugs)

September
02/09 Landscapes - Life Gone Wrong (Pure Noise)
03/09 Modern Life Is War - Fever Hunting (Deathwish Inc.)
03/09 Nine Inch Nails - Hesitation Marks (Polydor)
03/09 Pixies - EP-1 (Self-Released)
06/09 Little Scout - Are You Life (Self-Released)
09/09 Arctic Monkeys - AM (Domino)
09/09 Balance And Composure - The Things We Think Are Missing (No Sleep)
13/09 Sons Of Buddha - Didoudam (Dirty Witch)
17/09 The Flatliners - Dead Language (New Damage / Fat Wreck)
24/09 Into It. Over It. - Intersections (Triple Crown)
24/09 Jonny Craig - Find What You Love And Let It Kill You (Self-Released)
24/09 Touché Amoré - Is Survived By (Deathwish Inc.)
30/09 Rice Milk - Be A Mensch (asdfg)


October
05/10 White Veil - No Life/No Momentum / [Over] Reaction (Self-Released)
07/10 Dan Le Sac VS Scroobius Pip - Repent Replenish Repeat (Sunday Best / Strange Famous)
07/10 New Found Glory - Kill It Live (Violently Happy / Bridge Nine)
08/10 Dance Gavin Dance - Acceptance Speech (Rise)
08/10 A Loss For Words - Before It Caves (Rise / Velocity)
08/10 theHELL - Southern Medicine (Self-Released)
08/10 Tim Kasher - Adult Swim (Saddle Creek)
14/10 Empire - Where The World Begins (Lightside Drive)
14/10 Nightlife - For The Record (Self-Released)
14/10 We Are Scientists - Business Casual (Masterswan)
15/10 Kevin Devine - Bubblegum (Big Scary Monsters)
15/10 Kevin Devine - Bulldozer (Big Scary Monsters)
15/10 Red Fang - Whales And Leeches (Relapse)
18/10 Bodyjar - Role Model (UNFD)
18/10 Dials - Dials EP (Self-Released)
20/10 Astpai - Crohnicles (Jump Start)
21/10 Bangers - Crazy Fucking Dreams (Beach Community / Specialist Subject / Waterslide)
22/10 AFI - Burials (Republic)
28/10 Arcade Fire - Reflektor (Self-Released)
29/10 Close Your Eyes - Line In The Sand (Victory)
29/10 Dad Punchers / The Exquisites - Split (Lauren) [Digital, physical releases due in January]
29/10 A Lot Like Birds - No Place (Equal Vision)
29/10 Protest The Hero - Volition (Razor & Tie)
29/10 The Swellers - The Light Under Closed Doors (No Sleep)
31/10 Mellowhigh - Mellowhigh (Odd Future)


November
04/11 M.I.A. - Matangi (Interscope)
05/11 Iron Chic - The Constant One (Bridge Nine)
05/11 Melvins - Tres Cabrones (Ipecac)
05/11 A Wilhelm Scream - Partycrasher (No Idea)
11/11 Jamie Lenman - Muscle Memory (Xtra Mile)
12/11 Anthony Green - Young Legs (Moshtradamus)
12/11 Koji - Matters (Self-Released)
12/11 Less Than Jake - See The Light (Fat Wreck)
12/11 Title Fight - Spring Songs (Revelation)
15/11 Endless Heights - New Bloom (Broken Hive)
19/11 Polar Bear Club - Death Chorus (Rise)
24/11 Nuclear Summer - Death To False Sunshine Metal (Monolith)
26/11 NOFX - Stoke Extinguisher (Fat Wreck)
29/11 Glowbug - Lights In The Snow (Self-Released)



December
02/12 BraidedVeins - Future/Forever (Save Your Generation)
10/12 Their / They're / There - Analog Weekend (Topshelf)
17/12 Bo Burnham - what. (Comedy Central)

That's it. Did I miss anything? Comment below! Bye!

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

New site.

I have a new site dedicated to my new art "experiment." It's called Strangers I have drawn, and it's one of those Tumblr things. Check it out here. I'll be back later in the month for my yearly best albums and EPs list. I may even make a new blog post here one day (But I might not. I'm really lazy).
Bye x


http://strangersihavedrawn.tumblr.com 

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

120 albums / EPs that you should have bought this year: Vol. 2

As far as new music goes, 2011 was a tough year to follow. Both veterans and new-coming artists were providing us with stellar releases with each passing month. Predictably enough 2012 followed and brought us another cataclysm of awesome records. So much so that once again, it's virtually impossible to do any kind of top 50 countdown (Or maybe I'm just to lazy to do so), so here is a chronological, month-by-month list of all the albums I've purchased this year, and feel you need to know about. So, stop dancing to Gangham Style and Call Me Maybe, and sink your teeth into these genuinely awesome releases.


January
17/01 Anthony Green - Beautiful Things (Photo Finish)
20/01 Pulled Apart By Horses - Tough Love (Transgressive)
24/01 Foxy Shazam - The Church Of Rock And Roll (I.R.S.)



February
14/02 Classics Of Love - Classics Of Love (Asian Man)
16/02 Less Than Jake - Seasons Greetings From Less Than Jake (Sleep It Off)
20/02 The Menzingers - On The Impossible Past (Epitaph)
21/02 Busdriver - Beaus$Eros (Fake Four Inc.)
24/02 Hodgy Beats - Untitled EP (Odd Future)

March
05/03 Our Time Down Here - Midnight Mass (Self-Released)
06/03 Every Time I Die - Ex Lives (Epitaph)
09/03 The Wonder Years / Polar Bear Club / Transit / The Story So Far / A Loss For Words / Into It. Over It. - Glamor Kills Tour Split (Glamor Kills)
12/03 Young Legionnaire - Wreckonomics (Wichita)
13/03 Melvins - The Bulls & The Bees (Scion A/V)
13/03 Say Anything - Anarchy, My Dear (Equal Vision)
20/03 OFWGKTA - The OF Tape Vol. 2 (Odd Future)
20/03 The Shins - Port Of Morrow (Aural Apothecary)
26/03 The Mars Volta - Noctourniquet (Warner Bros.)


April
06/04 K.Flay - Eyes Shut (RCA)
12/04 Nightlife - The Road To Hope And Glory (Self-Relased)
16/04 In Oceans - Jack The Lad (Self-Released)
23/04 Jack White - Blunderbuss (Third Man)
24/04 The Wonder Years / Stay Ahead Of The Weather - Punk Is Dead. Get A Job. (Hopeless)


May
04/05 DZ Deathrays - Bloodstreams (Hassle)
07/05 The Cribs - In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull (Wichita)
08/05 Matt Skiba And The Sekrets - Babylon (Superball Music)
08/05 OFF! - OFF! (Vice)
11/05 Tenacious D - Rize Of The Fenix (Columbia)
14/05 Anywhere - Anywhere (All Tomorrow's Parties)
15/05 Hot Water Music - Exister (Rise)
17/05 Omar Rodriguez-Lopez - Un Corazón de Nadie (Rodriguez-Lopez Productions)
22/05 Glowbug - Suit Of Swords (Self-Released)
28/05 Architects - Daybreaker (Century Media)
29/05 Millencolin - The Melancholy Connection (Burning Heart)
29/05 The Swellers - Vehicle City Blues 7" (Side One Dummy)
30/05 Army Of Champions - Animal Verses Man (Arrest)


June
01/06 The Hives - Lex Hives (Disque Hives)
05/06 Japandroids - Celebration Rock (Polyvinyl Record Co.)
05/06 Melvins Lite - Freak Puke (Ipecac)
05/06 Oh No - Ohnomite (Stones Throw)
06/06 Hot Chip - In Our Heads (Domino)
11/06 Maxïmo Park - The National Health (V2)
12/06 B. Dolan - House Of Bees Vol. 2 (Strange Famous)
12/06 Motion City Soundtrack - Go (Epitaph)
12/06 Right Away, Great Captain! - The Church Of The Good Thief (Favorite Gentlemen)
18/06 The British Public - The British Public (Tip Top)
19/06 A Loss For Words - Returning To Webster Lake (Rise)
19/06 NOFX - My Stepdad's A Cop And My Stepmom's A Domme (Fat Wreck)
19/06 MC Lars - The Edgar Allan Poe EP (Horris Records)
20/06 Omar Rodriguez-Lopez - Saber, Querer, Osar y Callar (Rodriguez-Lopez Productions)
26/06 Old Man Gloom - NO (Hydra Head)


July
09/07 Serj Tankian - Harakiri (Serjical Strike)
13/07 Right Away, Great Captain - The Lost Sea (Self-Released)
15/07 John Frusciante - Letur-Lefr (Record Collection)
16/07 Domo Genesis X Alchemist - No Idols (Odd Future)
17/07 Baroness - Yellow & Green (Relapse)
20/07 The Antlers - Undersea (Transgressive)
23/07 The Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten (Mercury)
24/07 Mike Patton & Luciano Berio - Laborintus II (Ipecac)
24/07 Omar Rodriguez-Lopez - Octopus Kool Aid (Rodriguez-Lopez Productions)
30/07 The Locust - Molecular Genetics From The Gold Standard Labs (Anti)
31/07 Deantoni Parks - Touch But Don't Look (Rodriguez-Lopez Productions)
31/07 Reel Big Fish - Candy Coated Fury (Piss Off Publishing)


August
01/08 Converge / Napalm Death - Converge / Napalm Death Split (Self-Released)
06/08 El Alamein - New Patterns (Self-Released)
06/08 Hold Your Horse Is - Frimley (Apres Vous)
14/08 Such Gold - Misadventures (Razor & Tie)
19/08 Bloc Party - Four (Frenchkiss)
20/08 JJ DOOM - Key To The Kuffs (Lex)
24/08 The Smith Street Band - Sunshine & Technology (Poison City)
27/08 Just Like Vinyl - Black Mass (Superball Music)
28/08 Circa Survive - Violent Waves (Self-Released)
28/08 The Chariot - One Wing (Good Fight)
28/08 Minus The Bear - Infinity Overhead (Dangerbird)


September
03/09 Jonathon Boulet - We Keep The Beat, Found The Sound, See The Need, Start The Heart (Modular)
04/09 Propagandhi - Failed States (Epitaph)
05/09 Melvins - 1983 (Self-Released)
07/09 The Presets - Pacifica (Modular)
10/09 Billy Talent - Dead Silence (Atlantic)
10/09 Gallows - Gallows (Venn)
10/09 The xx - Coexist (Young Turks)
11/09 NOFX - Self Entitled (Fat Wreck)
16/09 Grizzly Bear - Shields (Warp)
17/09 Freeze The Atlantic - Speakeasy (Alcopop!)
18/09 Band Of Horses - Mirage Rock (Hugher Lewis And The Dudes Inc.)
18/09 Title Fight - Floral Green (Side One Dummy)
19/09 Paul Gilbert - Vibrato (Music Theories)
24/09 Green Day - ¡Uno! (Reprise)
24/09 John Frusciante - PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone (Record Collection)
30/09 Flying Lotus - Until The Quiet Comes (Warp)


October
02/10 Touché Amoré / The Casket Lottery - Split (No Sleep)
08/10 Coheed And Cambria - The Afterman: Ascension (Everything Evil)
08/10 Converge - All We Love We Leave Behind (Epitaph)
09/10 Black Books - II (Triple Crown)
09/10 Hostage Calm - Please Remain Calm (Run For Cover)
09/10 MellowHype - Numbers (Odd Future)
09/10 Trash Talk - 119 (Odd Future)
10/10 Waiting Room - A Sad Day For Dennis May (Monolith)
11/10 The Prize Fighter Inferno - Half Measures (Evil Ink Comics)
15/10 Anberlin - Vital (Universal Republic)
15/10 Light You Up - (Ice Grills)
15/10 Sonic Boom Six - Sonic Boom Six (Xtra Mile)
15/10 The Swellers - Running Out Of Places To Go (Snowbird Songs)
16/10 We Are The Union - You Can't Hide The Sun (Paper + Plastick)
23/10 Basement - Colormeinkindness (Run For Cover)
30/10 Peace'd Out - Peace'd Out (Siren)
31/10 Nightmare Of You / Nightmares For A Week - Nightmares Split (Paper + Plastick)


November
05/11 Rolo Tomassi - Astraea (Destination Moon)
06/11 Uncommonmenfrommars - Easy Cure (Effervescence)
12/11 Crystal Castles - (III) (Fiction)
12/11 Green Day - ¡Dos! (Reprise)
12/11 Soundgarden - King Animal (Seven Four)
13/11 Deftones - Koi No Yokan (Reprise)
23/11 Farman - Over And Over Again (Self-Released)
27/11 Departures - Teenage Haze (No Sleep)



December
04/12 Alexisonfire - Death Letter (Dine Alone)
04/12 Endless Heights - Lady Wisdom 7" (Broken Hive)
11/12 Green Day - ¡Tré! (Reprise)
18/12 Angels & Airwaves - Stomping The Phantom Brake Pedal (To The Stars)
18/12 Blink-182 - Dogs Eating Dogs (Self-Released)



So, there you have it. My favourite releases of the year. But do you disagree with me? Is there anything that you have found particularly eargasmic this year that I have failed to mention? Feel free to post your opinion in the comment box below. This is my shallow attempt to make this site look like it may be worth Blogger's bandwidth costs. See you next year!

Friday, 23 December 2011

135 Albums/EPs that you should have bought this year

It's that time once again. Seeing as all the magazines, newspapers and websites in my field of vision are prepping their end of year lists, I felt it was my duty to present one that doesn't have fucking Adele in it. A lot has happened in the music world this year, with bands like Glassjaw, Rival Schools and Blink-182 presenting their first releases in what seemed like 500 years, and a whole roster of fresh-faced new bands showing us what they're made of too. It may seem like overkill, but a top ten would be impossible for me to whittle down, so the following is a chronological list of every album and EP I've purchased this year, and you'd be a fucking idiot not to check any of them out...unless it's the new Sum 41 album, which is shit.

January:

  • 01/01 Glassjaw – Our Color Green (The Singles) (Self-Released)
  • 02/01 Citycop – The Hope In Forgiving & Giving Up Hope (Self-Released)
  • 10/01 Our Time Down Here – Last Light (Self-Released)
  • 18/01 The Aquabats! – Hi-Five Soup! (Fearless)
  • 21/01 Amanda Palmer – Amanda Palmer Goes Down Under (Self-Released)
  • 24/01 Architects – The Here And Now (Century Media)
February:

  • 01/02 Me First And The Gimme Gimmes – Go Down Under (Fat Wreck Chords)
  • 13/02 Glassjaw – Coloring Book (Self-Released)
  • 14/02 Gay For Johnny Depp – What Doesn’t Kill You, Eventually Kills You (Shine Boy Recordings)
  • 14/02 Mogwai – Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will (Rock Action)
  • 15/02 Chixdiggit – Safeways Here We Come (Fat Wreck Chords)
  • 18/02 Radiohead – The King Of Limbs (Self-Released)
  • 22/02 Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows – D.R.U.G.S. (Sire/Decaydance)
March:

  • 08/03 Dance Gavin Dance – Downtown Battle Mountain II (Rise)
  • 08/03 Defeater – Empty Days & Sleepless Nights (Bridge Nine)
  • 08/03 Rival Schools – Pedals (Photo Finish/Atlantic)
  • 15/03 Rise Against – Endgame (DGC/Interscope)
  • 18/03 Alex Turner – Submarine (Domino)
  • 18/03 The Strokes – Angles (RCA/Rough Trade)
  • 21/03 Random Hand – Seething Is Believing (Bomber Music)
  • 21/03 The Weeknd – House Of Balloons (XO)
  • 22/03 CKY – B-Sides & Rarities (Distant/Mighty Loud)
  • 22/03 Protest The Hero – Scurrilous (Underground Operations)
  • 25/03 Sum 41 – Screaming Bloody Murder (Island)
April:

  • 01/04 Hyro Da Hero – Birth, School, Work, Death (Stereo Bang Media)
  • 01/04 The Kills – Blood Pressures (Domino)
  • 08/04 Young Widows – In And Out Of Youth And Lightness (Temporary Residence)
  • 11/04 TV On The Radio – Nine Types Of Light (Interscope)
  • 12/04 Atmosphere – The Family Sign (Rhymesayers)
  • 12/04 Foo Fighters – Wasting Light (RCA)
  • 12/04 Thursday – No Devolución (Epitaph)
  • 16/04 Omar Rodriguez-Lopez – Telesterion (Rodriguez-Lopez Productions)
  • 18/04 Freeze The Atlantic – Colour By Numbers (Alcopop!)
  • 18/04 Rolo Tomassi – Eternal Youth (Destination Moon)
  • 27/04 Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee Part Two (Capitol)
May:

  • 03/05 Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues (Sub Pop/Bella Union)
  • 03/05 La Dispute / Koji – Never Come Undone (No Sleep)
  • 09/05 Young Legionnaire – Crisis Works (Wichita)
  • 10/05 The Antlers – Burst Apart (Frenchkiss/Transgressive)
  • 10/05 Farewell Atlantic – İHey, Hey Pioneers! (Paper + Plastic)
  • 10/05 The Lonely Island – Turtleneck & Chain (Universal Republic)
  • 10/05 Manchester Orchestra – Simple Math (Favorite Gentlemen)
  • 12/05 Le Butcherettes – Sin Sin Sin (Rodriguez-Lopez Productions)
  • 16/05 The Computers – This Is The Computers (One Little Indian)
  • 16/05 Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi – Rome (Parlophone/EMI)
  • 17/05 Living With Lions – Holy Shit (Black Box/Adeline)
  • 17/05 Weerd Science – Sick Kids (Horris Records)
  • 24/05 Cave In – White Silence (Hydra Head)
  • 24/05 Into It. Over It. / Such Gold – Split (No Sleep/Mightier Than The Sword)
  • 24/05 Thurston Moore – Demolished Thoughts (Matador)
  • 25/05 Glowbug – Mr. Plastic (Self-Released)
  • 30/05 Jello Biafra & The Guantanamo School Of Medicine – Enhanced Methods Of Questioning (Alternative Tentacles)
  • 31/05 Death Cab For Cutie – Codes And Keys (Atlantic)
June:

  • 06/06 Arctic Monkeys – Suck It And See (Domino)
  • 06/06 Frank Turner – England Keep My Bones (Xtra Mile/Epitaph)
  • 06/06 Fucked Up – David Comes To Life (Matador)
  • 07/06 City And Colour – Little Hell (Dine Alone/Vagrant)
  • 07/06 Skrillex – More Monsters And Sprites (Big Beat/Atlantic)
  • 07/06 Touché Amoré – Parting The Sea Between The Brightness And Me (Deathwish)
  • 13/06 Dananananaykroyd – There Is A Way (Pizza College)
  • 14/06 Bad Meets Evil – Hell: The Sequel (Shady/Interscope)
  • 14/06 The Dear Hunter – The Colour Spectrum: Complete Collection (Triple Crown)
  • 14/06 The Swellers – Good For Me (Fueled By Ramen)
  • 14/06 The Wonder Years – Suburbia I’ve Given You All And Now I’m Nothing (Hopeless/No Sleep)
  • 20/06 Less Than Jake – Greetings From (Self-Released)
  • 20/06 Wolves Like Us – Late Love (Prosthetic)
  • 21/06 Tally Hall – Good & Evil (Quack! Media)
  • 28/06 Set Your Goals – Burning At Both Ends (Epitaph)
July:

  • 11/07 Blitz Kids – Vagrants & Vagabonds (Hassle)
  • 12/07 Alkaline Trio – Damnesia (Heart & Skull)
  • 12/07 Incubus – If Not Now, When? (Epic/Immortal)
  • 12/07 Sublime With Rome – Yours Truly (Fueled By Ramen)
  • 19/07 Portugal. The Man – In The Mountain In The Cloud (Atlantic)
  • 22/07 The Living End – The Ending Is Just The Beginning Repeating (Dew Process)
  • 24/07 Moira Stewart – Whatever We Do Is Love (Baby Serious)
August:

  • 02/08 Mariachi El Bronx – Mariachi El Bronx (II) (ATO)
  • 02/08 NOFX – NOFX (Fat Wreck Chords)
  • 05/08 Little Scout – Take Your Light (MGM)
  • 09/08 Into It. Over It. – Twelve Towns (Topshelf Records)
  • 16/08 Psychostick – Space Vampires VS Zombie Dinosaurs In 3-D (Rock Ridge Music)
  • 18/08 The Weeknd – Thursday (XO)
  • 19/08 Frenzal Rhomb – Smoko At The Pet Food Factory (Shock Records)
  • 19/08 Gotye – Making Mirrors (Eleven)
  • 23/08 MC Frontalot – Solved (Level Up/Nerdcore Fervor)
  • 23/08 Retox – Ugly Animals (Ipecac)
  • 26/08 Bombay Bicycle Club - A Different Kind Of Fix (Island)
September:

  • 01/09 Secret Band – Secret Band EP
  • 02/09 The Drums – Portamento (Moshi Moshi/Island)
  • 06/09 MC Lars – Lars Attacks! (Hollis Records)
  • 06/09 Thrice – Major/Minor (Vagrant)
  • 12/09 Mogwai – Earth Division (Rock Action)
  • 12/09 Primus – Green Naugahyde (ATO/Prawn Song)
  • 13/09 Kevin Devine – Between The Concrete And The Clouds (Razor & Tie/Favourite Gentlemen)
  • 13/09 Me First And The Gimme Gimmes – Sing In Japanese (Fat Wreck Chords)
  • 13/09 Polar Bear Club – Clash Battle Guilt Pride (Bridge Nine)
  • 16/09 Broadway Calls – Toxic Kids (All For Hope/Banquet)
  • 19/09 Scroobius Pip – Distraction Pieces (Speech Development)
  • 20/09 Andrew Jackson Jihad – Knife Man (Asian Man)
  • 23/09 Machine Head – Unto The Locust (Roadrunner)
  • 26/09 This Time Next Year – Drop Out Of Life (Equal Vision)
  • 27/09 Blink-182 – Neighborhoods [Deluxe Edition] (DGC/Interscope)
  • 27/09 Into It. Over It. –Proper (No Sleep)
  • 27/09 Man Overboard – Man Overboard (Rise)
  • 27/09 Zechs Marquise – Getting Paid (Rodriguez-Lopez Productions)
October:

  • 01/10 Glowbug – Covered In Lights Vol. 1 (Self-Released)
  • 04/10 La Dispute – Wildlife (No Sleep)
  • 04/10 New Found Glory – Radiosurgery (Epitaph)
  • 04/10 Transit – Listen & Forgive (Rise)
  • 05/10 Björk – Biophilia (One Little Indian/Polydor)
  • 07/10 &U&I – Light Bearer (Ondryland)
  • 11/10 I Am The Avalanche – Avalanche United (Drive-Thru)
  • 11/10 A Lot Like Birds – Conversation Piece (Doghouse)
  • 11/10 Trash Talk – Awake (True Panther Sounds)
  • 17/10 LYU – Without You Here (Self-Released)
  • 19/10 We Are The Union – Graveyard Grins (Paper + Plastic)
  • 21/10 Tom Waits – Bad As Me (Anti-)
  • 24/10 Close Your Eyes – Empty Hands And Heavy Hearts (Victory)
  • 24/10 A Loss For Words – No Sanctuary (Rise/Velocity)
  • 27/10 Mastodon – The Hunter (Reprise)
  • 31/10 The James Cleaver Quintet – That Was Then, This Is Now (Hassle)
November:

  • 01/11 Angels & Airwaves – Love: Part Two (To The Stars)
  • 01/11 Pianos Become The Teeth – The Lack Long After (Topshelf Records)
  • 08/11 Four Year Strong – In Some Way, Shape Or Form (Decaydance/Universal Motown)
  • 04/11 Animals As Leaders – Weightless (Prosthetic)
  • 15/11 Doomsday Student – A Jumper’s Handbook (Anchor Brain)
  • 18/11 Frank Turner – The Second Three Years (Xtra Mile/Epitaph)
  • 22/11 Such Gold / A Loss For Words – Split (No Sleep/Mightier Than The Sword)
  • 26/11 Roots Manuva – 4everevolution (Big Dada)
December:

  • 05/12 Gallows – Death Is Birth (Thirty Days Of Night)
  • 06/12 The Black Keys – El Camino (Nonesuch)
  • 12/12 That Fucking Tank – TFT (Obscene Baby Auction)
  • 17/12 CityCop – Seasons (Self-Released)
  • 20/12 MC Lars – The Frosty The Flowman EP (Horris Records)
  • 21/12 The Weeknd – Echoes Of Silence (XO)
  • 21/12 Skrillex - Bangarang (Big Beat)

So there you go. If you are yet to purchase any of these, I suggest catching up. So what are your favourite records of 2011? Feel free to share a piece of your mind in the comments section.

Have a just about acceptable Christmas, yeah?
xxx