This album has been out for a little over a week and it's jumped near the top of my 2013 list. It's top quality indie rock with the perfect pop sensibilities. At this point, I'm not sure it will beat out Ghostface for my favorite of 2013. It will probably get a strong second place, but only time will tell.
This release is new and not new at the same time. Prior to now, this album had only been bundled with early vinyl copies of The Silent Surf from 2010. It's a short one but it's really chill.
Well, it's about time I get back to my 20 years gone campaign. Letters to Cleo was one of my favorite bands in the 1990s and it all started with this record. Some of the stuff I listened to back then didn't age so well. That isn't the case with these guys. I can still listen to them today and love it just as much.
Ghostface really outdid himself on this new concept album. Twelve Reasons to Die sets the backdrop with the vibe of a 1960s film soundtrack, telling the story of Tony Starks and his demise at the hands of the DeLuca crime family. It's a refreshing twist by one of my favorite artists.
The Strokes released a new album this week. It's a turn in the right direction too. They're one of my favorite bands, but I didn't dig the last couple of albums that much. This stuff is good though.
Musically, times were changing for me in 1993. As a younger kid I loved Aerosmith. This album marked the end of the line for me though. The band should've probably called it quits after this one too. Then we wouldn't have that crappy song from the Armageddon soundtrack.
I took a little break from digging through the past and I came across this new offering from Mogwai. It's subtle, finely crafted post-rock. I like it.
I bought this album in 1994. This was a tough album to own as a teenage boy and it was tough enough just being a kid. I listened to it a lot. Listening to it again now, I realize that it's still pretty good. I might give it a few more spins before putting it back on the shelf.
This album kicks things off right. I can't deny the way that thick swell of electric guitar made me feel. It sounded good back then and the same holds true today. Yeah.
I can't say I'm a big fan of more recent work by Counting Crows, but August & Everything After is magic. Twenty years later and I can still listen to it from start to finish. It feels so genuine. I love this album.
It doesn't get any better than Wu-Tang Clan. Go ahead, listen to some other hip-hop from this era. None of it can compare. Listen to anything from the present day too. The Wu's lyrical content leaves it in the dust. Seriously. Amazing.
This will always stick out as a pretty awesome album for me. Being one of the few CDs that I owned on a tight budget in the 90s meant I played the Hell out of it. Happy 20th birthday!
I remember this album popping up and disappearing in 1995. It's full of good solid alternative rock from start to finish. I'm glad I dug it out and gave it a spin.
I stumbled back across this double album recently and I'm glad I did. This is a whole lot of ambient drone. I'd venture to say it's an absolutely perfect example of the genre. Seriously.
This album is a little weird, but at the same time it's a little magical. On some levels, the fuzzy, dark warmth it generates feels more at home right now, in this exact moment, than it ever would have in the past.
I've found my first favorite album of 2013 and it's still January. This three piece makes such a big noise. It's thick, guitar-driven and awesome.
A friend of mine recently recommended a Max Richter album and it made me think of this record. I went back and listened to it a couple times this evening. This music is big and thunderous. It sounds good
Some nights, I put this on just before going to bed. The delicate, hypnotic drone is my ticket to dreamland.
This is solid downtempo work. Each track feeds the next with a dark, electronic crawl. It's the kind of thing you get lost in.
This album recently found me again. My girlfriend first introduced me to Ulrich Schnauss in 2008. His work is more beat-driven, yet it still retains a chill, ambient quality. It's good stuff.
I love how the acoustic instruments and electronic elements are blended on this album. It's very balanced, and a little on the minimal side.
This is one of my favorite ambient albums at the moment. I love the rich swells and sonic textures. It's great from start to finish.