posted at 2/23/2014 6:04 PM EST
If and when you hear anything worth a listen from this year post it here.
Also, is there anything you're looking forward to for this year?
I've heard a couple so far and they're all good.
Against Me! - Transgender Dysphoria Blues (punk rock)
Sun Kil Moon - Benji (singer/songwriter, folk)
The Doppelgangaz - Peace Kehd (hip hop)
St. Vincent - self titled (pop)
posted at 2/23/2014 9:38 PM EST
Most people here don't give a cr@p about the things I like....and while I wish more did I honestly don't care whether-or-not anyone thinks I'm smart/dumb, fat/thin, cool/square, rich/poor because it doesn't change the reality.
I almost always spit blood at reunions.....because usually they are simply money-inspired and also usually under-rehearsed K-Tel Greatest Hits rubbish i.e. re-recorded versions to dodge royalty payments....but!
My view is the Kinks might finally play again, and soon. IMO, the most underrated band ever, best drummer ever, and DD invented heavy metal, roight?
posted at 2/24/2014 11:58 AM EST
Not new, but I finally picked up Tame Impala's Lonerism last month and really dug it, along with the last Sleigh Bells record.
Also been on a live Umphrey's McGee kick lately.
Looking forward to the latest from The Nels Cline Singers.
posted at 2/24/2014 1:37 PM EST
Morning Phase, Beck's new album
Looking forward to U2's new album. Also, albums from Fleet Foxes, Death Cab, and Damon Albarn.
posted at 3/10/2014 9:20 PM EDT
updated top ten of the year so far...
1. The Hotelier - Home Like No Place Is There (emo/punk) (from Dudley, MA)
2. St. Vincent - self titled (art pop)
3. Against Me! - Transgender Dysphoria Blues (punk rock)
4. Sun Kil Moon - Benji (singer/songwriter, folk)
5. Decibelle - Tribute (ambient) (from Martha's Vineyard)
6. The Doppelgangaz - Peace Kehd (hip hop)
7. Behemoth - The Satanist (metal)
8. Have a Nice Life - The Unnatural World (post-punk/shoegaze)
9. Schoolboy Q - Oxymoron (west coast hip hop)
10. Pharrell Williams - G I R L (r&b/soul)
posted at 7/9/2014 12:09 PM EDT
I've really enjoyed Ziggy Marley's latest album, Fly Rasta, and his show kicking off the Lowell Summer Music Series was impressive. Probably the best work he's done in 20 years.
Lost In The Dream by The War On Drugs is one of my latest favorite albums/bands. The whole album is remarkably consistent, and it will probably make my best-of list this year.
First Aid Kit - Stay Gold
John Butler Trio - Flesh & Blood
Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots
Umphrey's McGee - Similar Skin
Looking forward to new releases from Jeff Tweedy, Tom Patty and The Kooks in the coming months.
Upcoming shows: Newport Folk, Umphrey's, Peter Wolf, Grand Point North
posted at 7/9/2014 1:48 PM EDT
I also really liked Lost in the Dream by The War on Drugs, good call Matty. Reminded me a little of Springsteen.
A couple of others I've liked so far
AURORA by Ben Frost (industrial electronic)
To be Kind - Swans (drone, post-rock)
Loose Power - Survival Knife (post hardcore)
Distant Satellites - Anathema (art/prog rock)
The Astronaut - Wax Fang (indie/prog rock)
It's been a good year so far.
posted at 7/31/2014 4:35 PM EDT
Well, the 7/29 Soundgarden/NIN show was pretty good. I suppose I don't like some of NIN's newer stuff as much (but really, the show was more for the wife. She likes them more than I, anyhow).
Soundgarden was entirely on top of their game, and Cornell's voice was just as strong as it was a good 25 years ago. My only gripe is that they're one of those bands that turn the amps up really high - enough that if you don't know the song well you have trouble telling notes apart. Some bits just blend into "really *(#$& loud". And then your ears are ringing after the set....
NIN was within hearing range...or my ears became acclimated at that point.
Looking forward to the Keys in a couple months, TD Garden.
Slash is also putting out a new album this fall; hope its better than the last, which I found hit or miss