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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Tyler, The Creator-Cherry Bomb (2015)

My Rating: 42% (D-)

Pitchfork Rating: 67%

Rolling Stone Rating: 70%

Metacritic Rating: 69%

Average Rating: 62%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. DEATHCAMP
  2. BUFFALO
  3. PILOT
  4. RUN
  5. FIND YOUR WINGS
  6. CHERRY BOMB
  7. BLOW MY LOAD
  8. 2SEATER
  9. THE BROWN STAINS OF DARKEESE LATIFAH PART 6-12 (REMIX)
  10. FUCKING YOUNG / PERFECT
  11. SMUCKERS
  12. KEEP DA O’S
  13. OKAGA, CA

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

I don’t know, half asleep?

Thoughts on Album Cover:

This album cover was actually the first thing that convinced me to check Tyler out.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

No.

Final Thoughts:

Before I was even listening to Tyler, The Creator, I remember reading an interview with him about the negative reception of this album. He said something along the lines as people being upset about what he was rapping about now, saying that he used to rap about having to live with his grandma and that just wasn’t his life after becoming an artist. Of course that makes sense, your art will change dependent on how your life changes, but I don’t think that’s why it was negatively received, it was received negatively because it’s not a good album. Seriously Cherry Bomb just isn’t a good album, it’s boring, it’s kind of R&B at times, and most the album I was waiting for Tyler to start going hard on the mic, but whenever he did, which is a rare moment on Cherry Bomb, it was too little too late. I’m glad Tyler didn’t keep going down this road. Boring album.

Tame Impala-Currents (2015)

My Rating: 81 (B+)

Pitchfork Rating: 93%

Rolling Stone Rating: 70%

Metacritic Rating: 84%

Average Rating: 82%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Let It Happen
  2. Nangs
  3. The Moment
  4. Yes I’m Changing
  5. Eventually
  6. Gossip
  7. The Less I Know The Better
  8. Past Life
  9. Disciples
  10. ‘Cause I’m A Man
  11. Reality In Motion
  12. Love Paranoia
  13. New Person, Same Old Mistakes

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

In the mood for a mix between psychedelic electronic and pop.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s awesome, I really like how you can picture what kind of album you’re getting into with the cover.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yeah if it was a good price.

Final Thoughts:

Tame Impala is a group that a lot of my friend circle absolutely love, but I never really checked them out, except for the occasional song I’d hear at breweries or other hipster-esque places I frequent. Currents is a really solid album, it’s unique but not in a way that really pulls me away from the chill vibes they’re aiming for. Pop, psychedelic, and electronic fans will all be represented on Currents, and that’s probably the strong part of the album, it caters to a wide audience without pinpointing their sound to one genre. I’m not officially a Tame Impala advocate, Currents is really solid but the likeliness of me going out of my way for a show is still fairly low. The next album I check out should tip the scales to either be a casual listener, or an official fan.

Tyler, the Creator-Goblin (2011)

My Rating: 69% (C+)

Pitchfork Rating: 80%

Rolling Stone Rating: 70%

Metacritic Rating: 72%

Average Rating: 73%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Goblin
  2. Yonkers
  3. Radicals
  4. She feat. Frank Ocean
  5. Transylvania
  6. Nightmare
  7. Tron Cat
  8. Her
  9. Sandwitches feat. Hodgy Beats
  10. Fish
  11. Analog feat. Hodgy Beats
  12. Suck feat. Jasper Dolphin & Taco Bennett
  13. Window feat. Domo Genesis, Mike G, Hodgy Beats & Frank Ocean
  14. Au79
  15. Golden
  16. Burger feat. Hodgy Beats
  17. Untitled 63
  18. Steak Sauce

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Angry and want some grimy hip-hop.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s awesome, one of those that I’m sure pop culture could easily mix to make t-shirts and what not (Goblin/Rick and Morty is what I’m thinking).

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Hmmmmmmmm, perhaps if it were on sale.

Final Thoughts:

Tyler, The Creator is quite the rapper, he is definitely not music you put on with a large crowd around, he will 100% offend more than a few. His albums seem to follow a similar trend for me, lots of tracks with mostly good stuff, but a few major misses. Yonkers is such an amazing track, probably the song he will be most known for (even though he probably doesn’t want to be known just for that). I have a hard time getting through whole albums of Tyler’s, mostly because it is so explicit and kind of gets a little much after a bit. I do really like his flow and his lyrics are really clever sometimes, especially when it comes to mental illness (Email full of emails, I never write back. Ain’t kill myself yet, and I already want my life back). Tyler, The Creator is shocking, no doubt about it, but every once in awhile his vulnerability will drip through, and when it does it’s really out of place, but also relatable to the crowd I think he’s trying to cater to.

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.

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.

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