Spoon-Telephono (1996)

My Rating: 50% (D)

Pitchfork Rating: 75%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 63%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Don’t Buy The Realistic
  2. Not Turning Off
  3. All The Negatives Have Been Destroyed
  4. Cvantez
  5. Nefarious
  6. Claws Tracking
  7. Dismember
  8. Idiot Driver
  9. Towner
  10. Wanted To Be Your
  11. Theme To Wendel Stivers
  12. Primary
  13. The Government Darling
  14. Plastic Mylar

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Looking for unedited garage rock.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s pretty meh, doesn’t do a lot for me.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Not in the least.

Final Thoughts:

Spoon has always been an intriguing band to me since I heard their song I Turn My Camera On, I never really checked out their discography, but have decided that I would dig in through this site. Telephono is their first release, and it is a growing pains album, it’s almost unlistenable at moments, and doesn’t reflect their later style that made them catch my attention. The album sounds like a watered down Sex Pistols mixed with a watered down Sonic Youth, if that sounds like something you want to hear than maybe check Telephono out, but if you, like me, like their later radio hits then start at a later album.

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Busdriver-Thumbs (2015)

My Rating: 63% (C)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 63%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Hottentot Supercluster feat. Zeroh & Kaveh Rastegar
  2. Black Labor (as understood by Equiano)
  3. Hyperbolic 2
  4. MUCH
  5. Ministry of the Torture Couch feat. Hemlock Ernst
  6. Worlds to Run feat. milo & Anderson .Paak
  7. Skit
  8. Surrounded by Millionaires feat. Daveed Diggs
  9. Great Spooks of Enormous Strength
  10. Del’s Couch feat. Del the Funky Homosapien
  11. Shadows and Victories feat. Jeremiah Jae
  12. NY 03 LIVE feat. Caural
  13. Species of Property
  14. Two Feet in the Layered Cake feat. Kool A.D.
  15. Answering Machinist feat. Jeremiah Jae

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Wanting to dig deep into The Good Life emcees.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

I love this cover, it reminds me of some of the spirit characters on Miyazaki films.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Nope.

Final Thoughts:

Busdriver is an impressive emcee, there’s no doubt about that, don’t believe/trust me? Listen to Me – Time and shut your face. The thing that separates Busdriver from other wordy rhymers, such as Aesop Rock and MF Doom, is his inability to make a solid album. He has a few tracks that are fun on each album, but he can’t make one that demands more than one listen. He’s a great artist that seems to be wandering a little aimlessly. This is the time where I think a concept album with a famous beat maker would really help Busdriver make an album of note. Let’s see a Danger Mouse and Busdriver collab, please!

Eels-End Times (2010)

My Rating: 86% (B++)

Pitchfork Rating: 39%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 71%

Average Rating: 65%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. The Beginning
  2. Gone Man
  3. Mansions Of Los Feliz
  4. In My Younger Days
  5. A Line In The Dirt
  6. End Times
  7. Apple Trees
  8. Paradise Blues
  9. Nowadays
  10. Unhinged
  11. High And Lonesome
  12. I Need A Mother
  13. Little Bird
  14. On My Feet

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Sad and/or lonely.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It must be from a graphic novelist that I know but I’m too lazy to look it up, it’s aces though.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yeah it’d be beautiful on vinyl.

Final Thoughts:

Okay, I’m a little pissy at Pitchfork at this moment so let me get that out of the way, we sometimes really disagree with each other, but never has it been so apparent than this album, 3.9? 3.9? Are you high? You can not like the lyrics, but I mean it’s still well made music. 3.9 should be reserved for something extra bad, not a routine album from a reliable artist. Anywhozits. End Times is a really chill album from Eels, it’s a great album to listen to before bed or while winding down. I’ve always enjoyed the way Eels can get at the heart of loneliness and I think this is one of the most lonely sounding albums he’s made yet. There are a few up-beat tracks that I think a wide audience can enjoy (Gone Man, Paradise Blues), but they’ll always be at their best at the really mellow tunes (Line in the Dirt, On My Feet, I Need A Mother).

Catfish And The Bottlemen-The Balcony (2014)

My Rating: 73% (B-)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 52%

Average Rating: 62.5%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Homesick
  2. Kathleen
  3. Cocoon
  4. Fallout
  5. Pacifier
  6. Hourglass
  7. Business
  8. 26
  9. Rango
  10. Sidewinder
  11. Tyrants

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Want to turn your brain off to some soft rock.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s great, very simplistic, love minimalist album covers.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Not this one.

Final Thoughts:

Catfish And The Bottlemen didn’t necessarily stand out to me, but it wasn’t grating either. It’s really the opening track of this album is fantastic, and it just kind of plateaus from there. They remind me a lot of Seabird  but with more angst. I’d say if they diversified a little bit and focused on their songwriting they could produce a solid album.

Death From Above 1979-The Physical World (2014)

My Rating:  59% (D+)

Pitchfork Rating: 70%

Rolling Stone Rating: 60%

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 63%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Cheap Talk
  2. Right On, Frankenstein!
  3. Virgins
  4. Always On
  5. Crystal Ball
  6. White Is Red
  7. Trainwreck 1979
  8. Nothing Left
  9. Government Trash
  10. Gemini
  11. The Physical World

Favourite Song on Album:


Listen to This Album When You’re:

In the mood for some pop punk.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Love it! Their marketing is probably the best part of their band.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Nah.

Final Thoughts:

Death From Above 1979 has this kind of Where’s Fluffy (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) mystique about them. When I first moved to Vancouver all I could see was posters with this album cover on it, I had no idea what it was. Finally I sat down and listened to The Physical World, and after all these years I can say that it’s kind of a big bowl of meh. I like some songs but overall their marketing is just way better than their actual music. I wish I could go back to living in the bubble, but part of being an adult is seeing things as they are. Oh well their album covers are still rad.

ATA Kak-Obaa Sima (1994)

My Rating: 64% (C)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 64%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Obaa Sima
  2. Moma Yendodo
  3. Adagya
  4. Medofo
  5. Daa Nyinaa
  6. Yemmpa Aba
  7. Bome Nnwom

Favourite Song on Album:


Listen to This Album When You’re:

Wanting some hella funky beats.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Yeah, it’s pretty typical of the genre. Not a huge fan. I don’t hate it either, though.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

No thanks.

Final Thoughts:

AKA Kak does one thing incredibly well: their beats. Every tracks beat is incredible, sounding like it belongs on a Sega game at points, as well as in a dance hall at other times. The problem with the record is that it is not that easy for casual listening. For the most part I don’t want this album on my shuffle because it’s awfully repetitive and typically the tracks are a little too long for my liking. A fun experience, but not one I’m signing up for again.

Xenia Rubinos-Black Terry Cat (2016)

My Rating: 50% (D)

Pitchfork Rating: 80%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 65%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Romeo
  2. Don’t Wanna Be
  3. Mexican Chef
  4. Black Stars
  5. Just Like I
  6. Right?
  7. 5
  8. Lonely Lover
  9. Laugh Clown
  10. I Won’t Say
  11. LL
  12. See Them
  13. Now Ur Being The Girl
  14. How Strange It Is

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Wanting some experimental R&B shiznat.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s great, kinda funny just like the artist

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

No thanks.

Final Thoughts:

I’d call Xenia Rubinos’s Black Terry Cat a very experimental album. I can honestly say that I’ve never heard anything quite like it. There are a few really catchy tunes on this album, but overall it got a little repetitive for me near the second half of the album. It’s an artist to keep your eye on, but I still think she’s got some growing pains to get through.

Beady Eye-BE (2013)

Requested Rating by: Zak Eburne

My Rating: 68% (C+)

Pitchfork Rating: 58%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 63%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Flick of the Finger
  2. Soul Love
  3. Face the Crowd
  4. Second Bite of the Apple
  5. Soon Come Tomorrow
  6. Iz Rite
  7. I’m Just Saying
  8. Don’t Bother Me
  9. Shine A Light
  10. Ballroom Figured
  11. Start Anew
  12. Dreaming of Some Space
  13. The World’s Not Set in Stone
  14. Back After The Break
  15. Off At The Next Exit
  16. Girls in Uniform
  17. Evil Eye

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Needing to mellow out.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

I feel like anything I say on this will either sound creepy or like I’m avoiding the fact that there is a topless woman on the cover. So I’ll just say that I really like the colours on this cover (now I sound racist and/or still creepy).

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Nah.

Final Thoughts:

Beady Eye is the kind of band I like on shuffle, but getting through all of BE was a little tedious, mostly because it all just kinda sounds the same after you get through 3 or 4 songs. It’s pretty solid music, but it’s rare that I find it that catchy, and I wish that their style would be a little more diverse.

Wavves-You’re Welcome (2017)

My Rating: 58% (D+)

Pitchfork Rating: 60%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 74%

Average Rating: 64%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Daisy
  2. You’re Welcome
  3. No Shade
  4. Million Enemies
  5. Hollowed Out
  6. Come to the Valley
  7. Animal
  8. Stupid in Love
  9. Exercise
  10. Under
  11. Dreams of Grandeur
  12. I Love You

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Not quite in the mood for punk, or in the mood for pop, but want a freakazoid mix of both for some reason.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s a nice colour, but a little too simple for my liking.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

No sir.

Final Thoughts:

I don’t really know what to think of this band, they’re music is a really weird mix that sometimes feels a little “weak” for my expectations for punk. They are pretty liberal with the ooh’s and la’s and that gets to me. The vocalist also can be really good or grating depending what mood I’m in. You’re Welcome doesn’t let me make a definitive stand on this group, but good lord let’s hope it doesn’t continue in this direction, please.

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