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.

Quasimoto-Yessir Whatever (2013)

My Rating: 83% (B++)

Pitchfork Rating: 74%

Rolling Stone Rating: 60%

Metacritic Rating: 69%

Average Rating: 71.5%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Broad Factor
  2. Seasons Change
  3. The Front
  4. Youngblood
  5. Astronaut
  6. Planned Attack
  7. Brothers Can’t Save Me
  8. Catchin’ The Vibe
  9. Am I Confused?
  10. Sparkdala
  11. Green Power
  12. LAX to JFK

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Sick of conventional music, looking for something psychedelic and reminiscent of the golden age of hip-hop.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s super awesome. I love it so much. It fits the album title and the overall vibe of the music on the record.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yes, absolutely.

Final Thoughts:

This is what I’d define as psychadelic hip-hop. It’s like John Dwyer put his talents to a hip-hop album and allowed a weed fiend take the mic from him. You can practically smell the weed through the speaker when listening to Yessir Whatever. It’s truly a unique album, super odd, not for everyone, it strums the right chord for me, but I can see it really grating against others. Listen to it and let me know your opinion in the comments below.

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.

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