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.

Thundercat-Drunk (2017)

Record Review Requested By: Samantha Matheson

My Rating: 85% (B++)

Pitchfork Rating: 85%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 80%

Average Rating:  83%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Rabbot Ho
  2. Captain Stupido
  3. Uh Uh
  4. Bus In These Streets
  5. A Fan’s Mail (Tron Song Suite II)
  6. Lava Lamp
  7. Jethro
  8. Day & Night
  9. Show You The Way (feat. Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins)
  10. Walk On By (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
  11. Blakkk
  12. Tokyo
  13. Jameel’s Space Ride
  14. Friend Zone
  15. Them Changes
  16. Where I’m Going
  17. Drink Dat (feat. Wiz Khalifa)
  18. Inferno
  19. I Am Crazy
  20. 3AM
  21. Drunk
  22. The Turn Down (feat. Pharrell)
  23. DUI

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

You want something experimental and funky.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Friggin’ awesome and terrifying.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Absolutely!

Final Thoughts:

I can safely say that I have never heard anything quite like Drunk, it’s a truly one of a kind experience. Ridiculous lyrics, crazy sounds, way too many tracks for one album, it’s as if you are listening to Tim and Eric as a funk album. It’s hard to take the album too seriously, but honestly it’s just really good/fun music. I don’t know if it came on on shuffle if those nearby could appreciate it for what it is, but I think as an album not knowing what you’re getting yourself into but open to new experiences it can be quite the space ride. For fans of techno, funk, and hip-hop you’ll find plenty to fawn over.

Tyler, The Creator-Wolf (2013)

My Rating: 69% (C+)

Pitchfork Rating: 78%

Rolling Stone Rating: 60%

Metacritic Rating: 70%

Average Rating: 69%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Wolf
  2. Jamba ft Hodgy Beats
  3. Cowboy
  4. Awkward
  5. Domo23
  6. Answer
  7. Slater ft Frank Ocean
  8. 48
  9. Colossus
  10. PartyIsntOver/ Campfire/ Bimmer ft Laetitia Sadier & Frank Ocean
  11. IFHY ft Pharrell
  12. Pigs
  13. Parking Lot ft Casey Veggies & Mike G
  14. Rusty ft Domo Genesis & Earl Sweatshirt
  15. Trashwang ft Na’kel, Jasper, Lucas, L-Boy, Taco, Left Brain & Lee Spielman
  16. Treehome95 ft Coco O. & Erykah Badu
  17. Tamale
  18. Lone

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Looking for absolutely ridiculous, angry, original hip hop.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Hilarious, I love it!

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

No too uneven.

Final Thoughts:

Making any album to have more tracks than 12 songs is ambitious, but can really backfire on you. On Wolf I feel like too much was packed into one sitting. Tyler, The Creator is incredible, don’t get me wrong, but there are two albums here forced to be on one making the whole thing seemed a little mish-mashed and unfocused. When he hits the pocket though it’s so much fun to listen to; Tamale, Parking Lot, and Answer being great examples of his diversity. Tyler is angry, and he’s going to piss people off, that’s kinda his gimmick (niche), if you are easily offended by language or political incorrectness this is not your album. If you take lyrics with a grain of salt and are into crazy flows/beats you’ll feel at home.

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.

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.

A Tribe Called Quest-We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service (2016)

My Rating: 81% (B+)

Pitchfork Rating: 90%

Rolling Stone Rating: 80%

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 83.7%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. The Space Program
  2. We The People….
  3. Whateva Will Be
  4. Solid Wall of Sound
  5. Dis Generation
  6. Kids…
  7. Melatonin
  8. Enough!!
  9. Mobius
  10. Black Spasmodic
  11. The Killing Season
  12. Lost Somebody
  13. Movin Backwards
  14. Conrad Tokyo
  15. Ego
  16. The Donald

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Looking to find a contemporary release from the Zulu Nation.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s rad. I kind of wish they continued with their mascot on the cover, but it’s still a really cool looking cover.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yep most old school hip-hop would be amazing on vinyl.

Final Thoughts:

A Tribe Called Quest was a highly influential Hip-Hop group, we thought we had heard all there was to hear from the group but they surprised us with We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service in 2016. Phife Dawg never got to see the release of this album which is just heartbreaking because it was a solid addition to their discography. Maybe a little uneven, (some tracks do not flow to the next very well) but overall an album that may give you some flashbacks of your highschool years skateboarding and being counter culture.

Tashaki Miyaki-The Dream (2017)

My Rating: 77% (B)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 77%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. L.A.P.D. Prelude
  2. City
  3. Girls On T.V.
  4. Out Of My Head
  5. Anyone But You
  6. Cool Runnings
  7. Tell Me
  8. Facts of Life
  9. Keep Me In Mind
  10. Get It Right
  11. Somethin Is Better Than Nothin
  12. L.A.P.D. Finale
  13. L.A.P.D.

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

On the lookout for a more chill and minimalist Little Dragon esque singer.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s beautiful, really great colours.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yeah, absolutely.

Final Thoughts:

I first came across Tashaki Miyaki through a Castle Face Records playlist on spotify. I instantly loved the track playing (City) and decided to get the whole album from there. I was a big fan of this album. It’s really listenable, and a great addition to my shuffle. I’m excited to see what this a group does next, here’s hoping they get a little more experimental because I could find myself getting bored if the second album kinda follows suit, but all to say it’s a surprisingly delightful album.

Talking Heads-Talking Heads:77 (1977)

My Rating: 81% (B+)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 81%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Uh Oh, Love Comes To Town
  2. New Feeling
  3. Tentative Decisions 
  4. Happy Day
  5. Who Is It?
  6. No Compassion
  7. The Book I Read
  8. Don’t Worry About The Government
  9. First Week, Last Week… Carefree
  10. Psycho Killer
  11. Pulled Up
  12. Love – Building On Fire
  13. I Wish You Wouldn’t Say That
  14. Psycho Killer (Acoustic)
  15. I Feel It In My Heart
  16. Sugar On My Tongue

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Wanting to be impressed by a band that was influential and before its time.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Yeah, it looks like a fail screen. Not doing a lot for me.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yeah, I really would love to have this on vinyl.

Final Thoughts:

I just found out that I love Talking Heads, it’s really fun to discover oldies that really cater to you. Talking Heads are funky and weird and funny. I love their sound and this album has some solid tunes on it.

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