Top Records for January 2016

New year, new me, and all that jazz. Look, I managed to compile a top 20 list again this month. A few days, late, but whatever, back up off me. No further delay, here are my top records (with scores) for January 2016.

1 Savages “Adore Life” 8.6
2 David Bowie “Blackstar” 8.5
3 Milk Teeth “Vile Child” 8.4
4 Shearwater “Jet Plane and Oxbox” 8.3
5 Emily Wells “Promise” 8.3
6 Anderson .Paak “Malibu” 8.3
7 Jacob Metcalf “Fjord” 8.2
8 Tindersticks “the Waiting Room” 8.2
9 Eleanor Friedberger “New View” 8.2
10 Cactus Blossoms “You’re Dreaming” 8.1
11 Tedeschi Trucks Band “Let Me Get By” 8.0
12 Adrian Younge “Something About April II” 7.9
13 Saul Williams “MartyrLoserKing” 7.9
14 Night Beats “Who Sold My Generation” 7.8
15 Sea Pinks “Soft Days” 7.8
16 War Party “To Love and Fear It” 7.8
17 Half Japanese “Perfect” 7.7
18 Ron Pope and the Nighthawks “Ron Pope and the Nighthawks” 7.7
19 MONEY “Suicide Songs” 7.7
20 De Rosa “Weem” 7.7



Top Records for June 2015

So between being busier at work than we have been earlier in the year and just not being able to get into a lot of albums this month, I haven’t gotten to do any review posts, and I definitely didn’t score 20 records to make the usual monthly list. That being said, this month’s top record for June is from the hometown kid, Leon Bridges. I’ll give what scores I’ve got below, and I’m going to try and pump out a mid-year list here soon.

1 Leon Bridges “Coming Home” 8.5
2 Jamie XX “In Colour” 8.5

3 Wolf Alice “My Love is Cool” 8.4
4 Bully “Feels Like” 8.3
5 Active Child “Mercy” 8.3
6 Girlpool “Before the World Was Big” 8.1
7 Kacey Musgraves “Pageant Material” 7.9

Top Records for May 2015

My rankings and scores for my top 20 records I listened to in May 2015
1 Torres “Sprinter” 8.6
2 Shamir “Ratchet” 8.5
3 Patrick Watson “Love Songs for Robots” 8.4
4 Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear “Skeleton Crew” 8.3
5 Unknown Mortal Orchestra “Multi-Love” 8.3
6 Mikal Cronin “MCIII” 8.2
7 Oddisee “the Good Fight” 8.2
8 Hop Along “Painted Shut” 8.2
9 Twenty One Pilots “Blurryface” 8.1
10 Crocodiles “Boy” 8.0
11 Tallest Man on Earth “Dark Bird is Home”8.0
12 Brandon Flowers “the Desired Effect” 8.0
13 Other Lives “Rituals” 8.0
14 Vanbot “Perfect Storm” 7.9
15 Hot Chip “Why Make Sense?” 7.9
16 My Morning Jacket “the Waterfall” 7.8
17 the Vaccines “English Graffiti” 7.7
18 Django Django “Born Under Saturn” 7.7
19 Kopecky “Drug for the Modern Age” 7.6
20 Joanna Gruesome “Peanut Butter” 7.6

Happy Listening!

Top Record for the Week of 5/19/15

This week’s records were sending me back to my high school and college years, for sure.

This week’s top record:

Shamir “Ratchet”

Get It On Vinyl

Shamir Bailey is a 20-year old singer/songwriter from Las Vegas with an innate knack for crafting delicious dance pop songs. Ratchet is built on synth, owing huge debts to 90’s house, and being as I’m not a big house music guy, I imagine the Spring Break parties on MTV when I was in high school, if the music had actually been good. Bailey was drumming a lot of buzz at South By Southwest this year, so look to be hearing a lot from him in the near future.

Watch: Shamir “On the Regular”

Score: 8.5
Recommended Track(s): 
“Vegas”, “On the Regular”, “Demon”, “Head in the Clouds”

Other Top Releases for the Week of 5/19/15

Twenty One Pilots “Blurryface”

Not Cool Enough for Vinyl, Get It On CD?
Score: 8.1
Recommended Track(s):
“Heavydirtysoul”, “Fairly Local”, “the Judge”

Brandon Flowers “the Desired Effect”

Get It On Vinyl
Score: 8.0
Recommended Track(s):
“Can’t Deny My Love”, “Dreams Come True”, “Between Me and You”, “Lonely Town”

Hot Chip “Why Make Sense?”

Get It On Vinyl
Score: 7.9
Recommended Track(s):
“Love is the Future”, “Cry For You”, “Dark Night”

Joanna Gruesome “Peanut Butter”

Get It On Vinyl
Score: 7.6
Recommended Track(s):
“Last Year”, “Honestly Do Yr Worst”

That’s all for this week.

Enjoy and Keep Exploring!