Queens of the Stone Age-…Like Clockwork (2013)

My Rating: 90% (A)

Pitchfork Rating: 73%

Rolling Stone Rating: 80%

Metacritic Rating: 82%

Average Rating: 81% (B+)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Keep Your Eyes Peeled
  2. I Sat By the Ocean
  3. The Vampyre of Time and Memory
  4. If I Had a Tail
  5. My God Is the Sun
  6. Kalopsia
  7. Fairweather Friends
  8. Smooth Sailing
  9. I Appear Missing
  10. …Like Clockwork

Label:

Matador

Favourite Song on Album:


Listen to This Album When You’re:

Ready to rock out, but you’re kind of tired too.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s awesome!

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yes, it’d be awesome to own.

Final Thoughts:

Queens of the Stone Age have never been a huge band for me, I honestly don’t know their catalog too well, but I really love 3’s and 7’s, it was one of my favourite songs to play on Guitar Hero. …Like Clockwork never hits 3’s and 7’s level, but it’s a really solid album, one to put on and zone out to. It doesn’t make me want to rock out as, say, Thee Oh Sees, but it is consistently enjoyable and is made me played on vinyl again and again. I think they probably have better albums out there, but …Like Clockwork is definitely not a bad start to get to know them.

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Bell X1-Chop Chop (2013)

My Rating: 100% (A++)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 76%

Average Rating: 88%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Starlings Over Brighton Pier
  2. A Thousand Little Downers
  3. Careful What You Wish For
  4. Diorama
  5. I Will Follow You
  6. Drive-By Summer
  7. Motorcades
  8. Feint Praise
  9. The End Is Nigh

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Want something with a little more energy than Damien Rice.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

I absolutely love this cover!

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

So bad!

Final Thoughts:

Bell X1 flew under the radar for me for a very long time. I knew their song Flame and mostly just listened to the Flock album (with that track on it). I branched out a few years ago and came across Chop Chop, one of my all time favourite chill albums. Its got a big sound to it, but it still maintains a chill feel. Bell X1 worked brilliantly on Chop Chop, and props to them for not making more tracks than they needed to (9 songs on an album is almost unheard of nowadays). Any Death Cab, Snow Patrol, and/or Arcade Fire fans should feel at home at Chop Chop. Awesome album.

Fuzz-Fuzz (2013)

My Rating: 94% (A+)

Pitchfork Rating: 73%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 79%

Average Rating: 82%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Earthen Gate
  2. Sleigh Ride
  3. What’s in My Head?
  4. HazeMaze
  5. Loose Sutures
  6. Preacher
  7. Raise
  8. One

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Looking for a contemporary band that sounds very much like they are from the 80’s.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Fits the album very well.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Absolutely.

Final Thoughts:

I kept being told by like minded people that since I’m a big fan of Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall that I had to check out Segall’s project Fuzz. I decided to finally check em out, having normal expectations, knowing I was more than likely going to like it, but not to the amount that I found myself actually loving this album. Fuzz is both epic and intimate, it’s a garage rock fans fantasy, lots of distortion, with not a huge tracklist (no watering down the album here). What surprised me most was how little singing is actually on the album, usually that makes me check out fast, but somehow Fuzz kept me interested through the entire play. Fuzz is unique from Ty Segall’s stuff, maybe because it sounds a little fuller and isn’t as worried about just jamming out when it feels right.

King Krule-6 Feet Beneath The Moon (2013)

My Rating: 96% (A+)

Pitchfork Rating: 73%

Rolling Stone Rating: 70%

Metacritic Rating: 77%

Average Rating: 79%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Easy Easy
  2. Boarder Line
  3. Has This Hit?
  4. Foreign 2
  5. Ceiling
  6. Baby Blue
  7. Cementality
  8. A Lizard State
  9. Will I Come
  10. Ocean Bed
  11. Neptune Estate
  12. The Krockadile
  13. Out Getting Ribs
  14. Bathed In Grey

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Feeling introspective and need a background to figuring things out.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s incredible, I love it.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

One of the first I owned on vinyl actually.

Final Thoughts:

King Krule was criminally underrated for a very long time, I say was because with his 2017 release The Ooz, his step into the spotlight became much more prominent. He’s one of those artists I don’t know how to explain to other people, relaxing at times, angry at times, jazzy and electronic, he’s an orgy of sounds and styles. Not only is he experimental when he needs to be, he can bring the house down (Baby Blue), can have a great sunny day stroll feel (Border Line), and a big band his-fit (A Lizard State). 6 Feet Beneath The Moon isn’t all things to all people, but to the few of us who it hit, it’s everything.

Run The Jewels-Run The Jewels (2013)

My Rating: 95% (A+)

Pitchfork Rating: 85%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 90%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Run The Jewels
  2. Banana Clipper (Feat. Big Boi)
  3. 36 Chain
  4. Ddfn
  5. Sea Legs
  6. Job Well Done (Feat. Until The Ribbon Breaks)
  7. No Come Down
  8. Get It
  9. Twin Hype Back (Feat. Prince Paul)
  10. A Christmas Fucking Miracle

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Wanting to get into Run The Jewels, start at part one and keep going through the next two albums, the evolution is fun to experience.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Classic, the next two albums follow the same theme, like the consistency.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Love to!

Final Thoughts:

Run The Jewels are doing something in hip hop that happens very rarely, they’re becoming popular practically based on their incredible flows alone. No doubt the production is amazing, beats are tasty, and marketing has been great too, but when it comes down to it Run The Jewels are successful because of the chemistry between El-P and Killer Mike and their ability to twist together incredible 16’s that are damn near impossible to rap along with, even though you may really feel tempted to. Their first album is not their best, but their worst is better than most rappers best efforts. It’s consistently political, hilarious, and jaw dropping. Run The Jewels are changing mainstream hip-hop, and I am so on board with them.

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.

Earl Sweatshirt-Doris (2013)

My Rating: 80% (B+)

Pitchfork Rating: 83%

Rolling Stone Rating: 70%

Metacritic Rating: 82%

Average Rating: 79%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Pre (feat. SK La’ Flare)
  2. Burgundy (feat. Vince Staples)
  3. 20 Wave Caps (feat. Domo Genesis)
  4. Sunday (feat. Frank Ocean)
  5. Hive (feat. Vince Staples & Casey Veggies)
  6. Chum
  7. Sasquatch (feat. Tyler, The Creator)
  8. Centurion (feat. Vince Staples)
  9. 523
  10. Uncle Al
  11. Guild (feat. Mac Miller)
  12. Molasses (feat. RZA)
  13. Whoa (feat. Tyler, The Creator)
  14. Hoarse
  15. Knight (feat. Domo Genesis)

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Half asleep and want to mellow out to some dark sounding hip-hop.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

The Odd Future crew always make the most simplistic awesome covers, this one’s no different.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Not really an album I want on vinyl, just good through my headphones.

Final Thoughts:

Earl Sweatshirt is my favourite artist in the Odd Future collective, he still seems to be an undiscovered gem (what with the popularity of Tyler, The Creator). Doris is a great addition to his other body of work, it keeps true to his sound and doesn’t dip in quality throughout the record, besides the horribly miscalculated Guild (feat. Mac Miller) (was I the only one who thought that track should’ve been so much better?) Doris will entertain you while you’re out of your mind washing dishes at your moms house, it’s a great example of alt hip-hop.

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.

The Uncluded-Hokey Fright (2013)

My Rating: 81% (B+)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 79%

Average Rating: 80%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Kryptonite
  2. Delicate Cycle
  3. Tv On 10
  4. Earthquake
  5. Organs
  6. Superheroes
  7. Jambi Cafe
  8. Bats
  9. Scissorhands
  10. Eyeball Soup
  11. The Aquarium
  12. Teleprompters
  13. Alligator
  14. Wyhoum
  15. Boomerang
  16. Tits Up

Favourite Song on Album:


Listen to This Album When You’re:

Ready to try a genre that hasn’t quite been invented yet, I call it Folk-Hop.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s like acid art, I bet it would be incredibly terrifying while listening to this on acid…don’t listen to this while you’re on acid.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

For sure.

Final Thoughts:

Kimya Dawson and Aesop Rock, who would’ve thought these two very different musicians would try an experimental band together? I’m so glad they did though, the outcome is super unique/weird and I’m a big fan. The songs are very catchy and sometimes they get to really difficult/sad topics. This is an album for the weirdos by the weirdos. Enjoy it ya freaks.

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