Thee Oh Sees-The Master’s Bedroom Is Worth Spending A Night In (2008)

My Rating: 93% (A+)

Pitchfork Rating: 72%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 83%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Block Of Ice
  2. Visit Colonel
  3. Grease 2
  4. Ghost in the Trees
  5. Two Drummers Disappear
  6. Graveyard Drug Party
  7. The Master’s Bedroom is Worth Spending a Night in
  8. Grease
  9. Adult Acid
  10. The Coconut
  11. Maria Stacks
  12. Poison Finger
  13. You Will See This Dog Before You Die
  14. Quadrospazzed
  15. Koka Kola Jingle

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Wanting to rock out/dance.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It creeps me out, I love it.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Own it on vinyl, haven’t spun it yet, though.

Final Thoughts:

This is one of those albums that I didn’t know how familiar I was with it until I sat down and listened to the whole thing. Damn every second song is one that made me have an “oh yeah, this song is friggin’ rad” moment. Thee Oh Sees will always be one of those landmark bands for me, a band that points to a specific time in my life as well as a gateway drug to some of my other favourite bands currently. The Master’s Bedroom Is Worth Spending A Night In is the bridge between the old Oh Sees and the current Oh Sees, it helps explain the evolution of the band. It’s a great record for newbies to start with, as well as just a really solid album in general. Easy to dance to; easier to dance to with a cheap beer in hand.

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Ty Segall-Goodbye Bread (2011)

My Rating: 85% (B++)

Pitchfork Rating: 81%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 80%

Average Rating: 82%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Goodbye Bread
  2. California Commercial
  3. Comfortable Home
  4. You Make The Sun Fry
  5. I Can’t Feel It
  6. My Head Explodes
  7. The Floor
  8. Where Your Head Goes
  9. I Am With You
  10. Fine

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Looking for a more laid back garage rock album.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Hilarious, I love it a lot, one of my favourite covers of his.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Absolutely.

Final Thoughts:

Ty Segall has been one of my favourite finds this year, being such an Oh Sees fan it totally checks out that I’d dig his stuff, he also puts on an amazing, high energy live performance. On Goodbye Bread we’re treated to what sounds like a mix of his high energy garage rock style (Emotional Mugger) and his laid back folk sound (Sleeper) to create a highly unique and entertaining album. It’s not without its faults, as with most garage rock albums it’s not entirely cohesive, you could put on a mix of all of Segall’s work and it would be hard to differentiate the albums, but ultimately Goodbye Bread is a solid addition. I would recommend music lovers to start with this one just so you can taste his diversity in musical styles. I’m excited to delve deeper into his discography, I’ve yet to be disappointed in his work.

Ty Segall-Melted (2010)

My Rating: 86% (B++)

Pitchfork Rating: 75%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 82%

Average Rating: 81%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Finger
  2. Caeser
  3. Girlfriend
  4. Sad Fuzz
  5. Melted
  6. Mike D’s Coke
  7. Imaginary Person
  8. My Sunshine
  9. Bees
  10. Mrs.
  11. Alone

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Looking for noise rock to drown away your sad thoughts.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

All of his covers terrify me.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Not this one, I like him but not really desiring this one on vinyl.

Final Thoughts:

Ty Segall is one of those artists who has released a lot of albums in a short amount of time, and because of that I don’t know how consistently good he can make them. Melted is a good example of his genius being somewhat flawed (just somewhat, I mean it still received an 86%), true I like a lot of the songs on this record, but the overall flow is really not there. Where Emotional Mugger worked as an entire record, Melted seems disjointed and a little rushed. Some seem to have emotional ties to this record, to me this is one I picked the tracks off of that spoke to me and left the rest behind, I took what I wanted for shuffle but probably wouldn’t revisit this as an album again anytime soon.

Allah-Las-Calico Review (2016)

My Rating: 88% (A-)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 69%

Average Rating: 79%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Strange Heat
  2. Satisfied
  3. Could Be You
  4. High And Dry
  5. Mausoleum
  6. Roadside Memorial
  7. Autumn Dawn
  8. Famous Phone Figure
  9. 200 South La Brea
  10. Warmed Kippers
  11. Terra Ignota
  12. Place In The Sun

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Driving down a highway.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Does next to nothing for me.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Not really.

Final Thoughts:

Allah-Las is consistent, nothing ground breaking here, but consistent. Calico Review offers an album that is easy to listen to while doing mundane tasks or just staring at the roof and thinking things few, the biggest thing they’ve got going for them is just how unobtrusive their music is. It’s not something that demands the spotlight, nor does it really want it. It’s great music that you can put on at pretty much any get together without any objection. They are like the more laid back version of Woods. Calico Review is not going to be on the top of many lists, but I don’t think it’s a bad album by any stretch of the imagination, it’s a humble listen for humble moments in your life.

Ty Segall-Emotional Mugger (2016)

My Rating: 91% (A)

Pitchfork Rating: 73%

Rolling Stone Rating: 70%

Metacritic Rating: 77%

Average Rating: 78%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Squealer
  2. Californian Hills
  3. Emotional Mugger/Leopard Priestess
  4. Breakfast Edge
  5. Diversion
  6. Baby Big Man (I Want a Mommy)
  7. Mandy Cream
  8. Candy Sam
  9. Squealer Two
  10. W.U.O.T.W.S.
  11. The Magazine

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Tripping ballz.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Scary as hell.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

I own it on vinyl, listened to it 8 bazillion times.

Final Thoughts:

I was so excited when I discovered Ty Segall, mostly because it sounded like an artist that was heavily influenced by Thee Oh Sees; it was almost like finding another discography of Thee Oh Sees to work with. But Ty is more than just a Thee Oh Sees offshoot, in fact I’d say that most people would argue that between Segall and Dwyer, Segall is the better artist. I don’t know about all that but he does sound exactly like a spooky John Lennon (read on his wiki) and I love his music. I can’t wait to see him live in August, curious to see how his performance will vary from Dwyer’s.

Coachwhips-Bangers Vs. Fuckers (2004)

My Rating: 91% (A)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 91%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. You Gonna Get It
  2. Extinguish Me
  3. I Knew Her, She Knew Me
  4. Purse Peeking
  5. Dancefloor, Bathroom
  6. I Drank What?
  7. Evil Son
  8. Thee Alarm
  9. Recline, Recline
  10. Harlow’s Muscle of Love
  11. Goodnite Goodbuy

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Angry and need something to rock out to.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Lol wut?

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

I already do, it’s awesome!

Final Thoughts:

Coachwhips were a logical progression for me, being as I’m such a John Dwyer fan it was only time until I listened to this album. It’s not incredibly different than his other stuff, but it’s different enough that it’s worth checking out. Really fast paced, really muffled vocals, really loud. It’s a lot of fun if you need to wake up, rock out, or get rid of some of that pesky teenage angst, looking at you Holden Caulfield.

Damaged Bug-Hubba Bubba (2014)

My Rating: 71% (C++)

Pitchfork Rating: 68%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 63%

Average Rating: 67%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Gloves For Garbage
  2. Rope Burn
  3. Eggs At Night
  4. SS Cassidinea
  5. Catastrophopbia
  6. Hubba Bubba
  7. Sic Bay Surprise
  8. Photograph
  9. Hot Swells
  10. 1-2 An Airplane
  11. Metal Hand
  12. Wasteland

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

In the mood to take a psychedelic ride through space.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Yeah it’s really solid, lots to stare at and it’s psychedelic looking like the music.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yep anything from this label I almost am always gonna want on vinyl.

Final Thoughts:

Jon Dwyer is slowly becoming one of my favourite contemporary artists, with his projects Thee Oh Sees, Coach Whips, and Damaged Bug, there is so much to sink your teeth into. Damaged Bug goes heavier on the lo-fi electronic sound. Giving you muffled vocals and 80’s sound effects that can be both danceable and mellow. Hubba Bubba offers a wide scope of sound that’s sure to keep psychedelic fiends entertained, but is not all too accessible to others not familiar to the genre.

Thee Oh Sees-Floating Coffin (2013)

My Rating: 100% (A++)

Jen Yip (abandonsight) Rating: 94%

Pitchfork Rating: 80%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 82%

Average Rating: 89%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. I Come From The Mountain
  2. Toe Cutter – Thumb Buster
  3. Floating Coffin
  4. No Spell
  5. Strawberries 1 + 2
  6. Maze Francier
  7. Night Crawler
  8. Sweet Helicopter
  9. Tunnel Time
  10. Minotaur

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Looking for psychedelic/melodic punk.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

I like it but it scares the shit out of a lot of my friends.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Own it on vinyl already and it’s good times.

Final Thoughts:

It all started with Cheap Beer by FIDLAR for me, from there I was discovering a heavier genre of music that I typically avoided. I found an article that recommended both Thee Oh Sees and Jay Reatard (thank you, thank you, thank you) and added Floating Coffin to my library. It sat untouched for quite some time, until the day Minotaur came onto shuffle. I must’ve listened to that song 20 times back to back on my drive home from Christina Lake that day. From there I found Toe Cutter – Thumb Buster and the rest is history. I see this band every time they come through Vancouver, and I have every intention to continue doing so. Thee Oh Sees are their own unique brand of fun, and I so wish for all my friends to be as into them as I am. Start with Minotaur, then see if you can branch into the heavier stuff. Floating Coffin is the perfect drop in album.

Jay Reatard-Blood Visions (2006)

My Rating: 100% (A++)

Pitchfork Rating: 91%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 95.5%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Blood Visions
  2. Greed, Money, Useless Children
  3. It’s So Easy
  4. My Shadow
  5. My Family
  6. Death Is Forming
  7. Oh It’s Such a Shame
  8. Not a Substitute 
  9. Nightmares
  10. I See You Standing There
  11. We Who Wait
  12. Fading All Away
  13. Turning Blue
  14. Puppet Man
  15. Waiting for something

Favourite Song on Album:


Listen to This Album When You’re:

Angry/Need to really rock out.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s…uh. Yeah, it’s something. I mean it does really reflect the music, especially tracks like Death is Forming and My Family.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

I almost had my hands on a copy of it the other day, but alas, they were sold out. One day my prince will come.

Final Thoughts:

This is such an incredible album. I love every track on it. There are few albums that I play on repeat but this is one of them. Jay Reatard’s vocals and guitar playing are incredible. This is exactly what I’m looking for in a punk record and I don’t think any other punk album will ever top it for me. RIP Jay Reatard.

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