Top Records for April 2016

Sticking to the 25 number from last month. Note that I haven’t heard Lemonade because it’s not on Spotify, and I’m not going to pay for another service just to hear one album, so when it shows up on Spotify in a few weeks, it’ll probably occupy a spot towards the top of this list. That being said, here are my top picks for April.

1 Sturgill Simpson “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth” 8.6
2 the Gloaming “2” 8.4
3 Parquet Courts “Human Performance” 8.3
4 Lucy Dacus “No Burden” 8.3
5 Andrew Bird “Are You Serious” 8.3
6 Explosions in the Sky “the Wilderness” 8.2
7 Deakin “Sleep Cycle” 8.2
8 PJ Harvey “the Hope Six Demolition Project” 8.2
9 Sam Beam ft Jesca Hoop “Love Letter for Fire” 8.1
10 Robbie Fulks “Upland Stories” 8.1
11 Charles Bradley “Changes” 8.1
12 Black Mountain “IV” 8.1
13 the Jayhawks “Paging Mr Proust” 8
14 Peter Wolf “A Cure for Loneliness” 8
15 King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard “Nonagon Infinity” 8
16 John Doe “the Westerner” 8
17 Teleman “Brilliant Sanity” 7.9
18 Teen Suicide “It’s the Joyous Celebration, Let’s Stir the Honeypot” 7.9
19 Woods “City Sun Eater in the River of Light” 7.9
20 Kaitlin Aurelia Smith “EARS” 7.9
21 Niki and the Dove “Everybody’s Heart is Broken Now” 7.9
22 Wire “Nocturnal Koreans” 7.9
23 Bibio “A Mineral Love” 7.8
24 John Congleton and the Nighty Nite “Until the Horror Goes” 7.8
25 Bombino “Azel” 7.8



Top Records for April 2015

My rankings and scores for my top 20 records I listened to in April 2015
1 Alabama Shakes “Sound & Colour 8.5
2 Bop English “Constant Bop” 8.5
3 Waxahatchee “Ivy Tripp” 8.3
4 Speedy Ortiz “Foil Deer” 8.3
5 the Very Best “Makes a King” 8.3
6 East India Youth “Culture of Volume” 8.3
7 Drenge “Undertow” 8.2
8 Mountain Goats “Beat the Champ” 8.1
9 Blur “the Magic Whip” 8.0
10 the Wombats “Glitterbug” 7.8
11 Dwight Yoakum “Second Hand Heart” 7.8
12 Built to Spill “Untethered Moon” 7.8
13 Greg Holden “Chase the Sun” 7.7
14 Passion Pit “Kindred” 7.7
15 the Mowgli’s “Kids in Love” 7.7
16 Turbo Fruits “No Control” 7.6
17 Calexico “Edge of the Sun” 7.6
18 Villagers “Darling Arithmetic” 7.6
19 the Lilac Time “No Sad Songs” 7.6
20 Ava Luna “Infinite House” 7.5

Happy Listening!

Throwback Thursday: Passion Pit “Sleepyhead”

So, Passion Pit released their 3rd album, Kindred, this week. I was somewhat disappointed with it, but I did give it a better rating than its average. Their debut album, Manners, is on my list of favorite albums, probably mostly for personal reasons. Passion Pit was the first concert that my wife and I went to as a couple when we were dating, and also the last concert we went to before we got married. The consistency of that first album of saccharine sweet, bubbly pop tracks with those signature Michael Angelakos’ falsettos really made it something special, and I don’t think Michael’s been able to match that consistency across an album since. So, in honor of this week’s release, and as celebration of one of my favorite albums, today’s throwback Thursday track is “Sleepyhead”, Passion Pit’s first ever single. Flashback and enjoy!

Listen: Passion Pit “Sleepyhead”

Music Discovery of the Day for 4/23/15

Today’s Discovery for Thursday, April 23 comes out of Oakland, CA. I recently profiled fellow Oakland artist Day Wave, who’s also put out some more dynamite new music sense, but today’s pick is another brand new artist from the East Bay, singer-songwriter Hazel English. Today’s lovely little slice of pop heaven, “Never Going Home”, is a fuzzy little pop track that’ll definitely have you bobbing your head. If all music from this new artist is going to make you smile like this, she’s definitely one to watch out for.

Listen: Hazel English “Never Going Home”

Top Record for the Week of 4/7/15

A pretty solid batch of albums this week, a handful of good records, although I’m not sure there are any “excellent” records. This week’s album of the week:

Waxahatchee “Ivy Tripp”

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Katie Crutchfield is quickly becoming an indie-rock queen. Her last record, Cerulean Salt was pretty well received. I liked it myself, but I don’t know that I would have had it in the 8’s (seems like I had it hovering somewhere around there). With this record, however, she seems to have polished off her sound and is starting to find herself. In fact, that’s pretty much what the album is about. While Cerulean Salt was more of a coming of age album, Ivy Tripp is more about coming to grips with adulthood. It’s an intimate and ambitious record, that marks Katie’s full arrival to indie rock royalty.

Listen: Waxahatchee “Under a Rock”

Score: 8.5
Recommended Track(s): 
“Breathless”, “Under a Rock”, “La Loose”, “Blue”

Other Top Releases for the Week of 4/7/15

the Very Best “Makes a King”

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Score: 8.3
Recommended Track(s):
“Hear Me”, “Let Go”, “Mariana (ft Seye)”

East India Youth “Culture of Volume”

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Score: 8.3
Recommended Track(s):

Drenge “Undertow”

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Score: 8.2
Recommended Track(s):
“Running Wild”, “Never Awake”

Mountain Goats “Beat the Champ”

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Score: 8.1
Recommended Track(s):
“the Legend of Chavo Guerrero”, “Foreign Object”, “Choked Out”

That’s all for this week.

Enjoy and Keep Exploring!