Monthly Archives: October 2017

A Deeper Understanding – The War on Drugs

Genre: Rock Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps Rating: 9/10 Commentary: This is sort of superfluous. The War on Drugs is just writing the best rock albums right now. There’s really nothing more to say about it than that. This album is, maybe, slightly less awesome than 2014’s Lost in a Dream but still absolutely amazing.… Read More »

Stitch of the World – Tift Merritt

Genre: Folk/Country Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps Rating: 8/10 Commentary: This is a remarkable album by an artist that I was previously unfamiliar with. There are 6 albums in the back catalogue, which I haven’t had time to listen to yet. This album is eclectic, but mostly on the subdued side. The best songs include… Read More »

Guerra de Poder – Calibre 50

Genre: Corridos Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps Rating: 6.5/10 Commentary: This is a very strong entry from Calibre 50, who’ve gotten very popular recently and have been experimenting with more pop-friendly material. This album is a return to form, and these are really great corridos all of them, without any distracting antics. Nothing special, just… Read More »

The Last Days of Oakland – Fantastic Negrito

Genre: Blues/Rock Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps Rating: 5.5/10 Commentary: I really like this album, and I’ve seen the performer live as well, which was a great live show. The album was originally released in 2016, but then it won a Grammy in the blues category and so got re-released with new material in 2017.… Read More »

Howling, for the Nightmare Shall Consume – Integrity

Genre: Metalcore Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps Rating: 6/10 Commentary: Metalcore is probably my least favorite metal subgenre. Integrity’s been around since the very beginning (decades now) and never really done much for me. This album, however, is worth listening to. For those who aren’t keen on the genre, the first go-through just feels like… Read More »

Irreversible Entanglements – Irreversible Entanglements

Genre: Free jazz/slam poetry Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps Rating: 9.5/10 Commentary: This is the best album I’ve listened to this year so far, and it tops my “how not to be a fascist” play list. Minimalist, free-form jazz with combined with the defiant poetry of Moor Mother (Camae Ayewa). This is an album that… Read More »

The Underside of Power – Algiers

Genre: Post-Punk Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps Rating: 8.5/10 Commentary: This album is angry, indignant and another one to add to the “how not to be a fascist” play list. The music, both in tone and content, is will get you off your ass and out in the streets. As an album, it is a… Read More »