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112/29/181/5Beastie BoysIll Communication1994
My faves are Sure Shot, Sabrosa (Phish feel) & Root Down (that bass).
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https://open.spotify.com/album/6lfjbwFGzQ6aSNP1N3JlT8?si=dbL13MFAQoKoyyWSdUbK8g
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21/5/191/12SpoonGa Ga Ga Ga Ga2007
This is a band I generally like, but often forget about. I absolutely hated “The Ghost if you Lingers” due to the repetitive keyboard throughout. It angered me. “The Underdog”was great and had an early Billy Joel feel to it. Also liked 1st track and “Eddie’s Raga” a lot.
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https://open.spotify.com/album/3k4KtMTnGJsnqTt0AHEmnw?si=_vQVCzXyTZO3ngnIc8avmA
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31/12/191/19Big Star#1 Record1972
#1 is lukewarm for me. Didn’t hate it, didn’t love it. 5/6 range. It’s my least favorite of the three assignments thus far
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https://open.spotify.com/album/1BumwwIEw1EC3xAHyf1ive?si=x0EfDMp9Q8u1_Qm7v716lg
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41/19/191/26JourneyEscape1981
A pleasant stroll through the well-known hits (including the way overplayed, even still, Open Arms) but the remaining songs were fairly unremarkable. The album, as a whole, was meant to be sliced up for playlist purposes.
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https://open.spotify.com/album/43wpzak9OmQfrjyksuGwp0?si=a4yaTWZEQaWOYi51cXY80g
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51/26/192/2Riddle of Steel19852007
Would bet band would list Meat Puppets as an influence if asked. Solid record.
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https://open.spotify.com/album/4oGEpSqkz8f9FgXs6PQmQH?si=8oEfsY5uQCW-QKerBSCF2A
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62/2/192/9Gang of FourEntertainment!1979
My initial thoughts were that the album is exactly what a punk album should be. Stripped down, basic, at times seemingly recorded with the smallest of budgets. Often the lyrics and guitar alternate while the bass-centric pulse continues. The heavily political lyrics were no surprise. My favorites were “Damaged Goods” & “At Home He’s a Tourist.”
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https://open.spotify.com/album/1UMvR1rwj9EzLnbj4L6Zoy?si=idUsHYy2S8iNaNTD4dGWLA
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72/9/192/16Phoenix
It's Never Been Like That
2006
Really liked this one. Reminded me of an older Gomez release. Faves: Napoleon Says & Rally.
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https://open.spotify.com/album/7vWL0BcIYUfb5qpbeWuHnj?si=ECRZ66gWT0aaS8Imd_LwAw
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Sunny Day Real Estate
LP21995
paste, undercooked rice, stubbing my toe, paper cuts - all things more bearable than this album. It seems they possibly enjoyed some Smashing Pumpkins offerings back in the day and gave it a go just for the hell of it, despite their lack of talent. Producer should be criminally charged.
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https://open.spotify.com/album/0P52LfBl3FRrh19ynSgbvi?si=3Gfw0mohQTi59dlHcOvWpw
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92/23/193/2Tame ImpalaCurrents2015
Ok. Mellow and maybe too much spatial effects w/ voice. A lot of the songs felt similar to one another & at times I felt as if I was listening to piped music outside a Kohl’s dressing room. First track was best.
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https://open.spotify.com/album/79dL7FLiJFOO0EoehUHQBv?si=VxMGeC9zRJSiernTvjtreg
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103/2/193/9ZZ TopTres Hombres1973
nice change of pace from recent assignments. Bluesy 🎸 always nice. Listened to it a few times through.
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https://open.spotify.com/album/0Em8m9kRctyH9S3MTXAHvY?si=50Qp0TRTSEWHrhbpM9b2nw
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113/9/193/16fIREHOSEFlyin' the Flannel1991
Solid, mellow-ish alt-funk that was underrated then and still holds up. I’d never heard the entire album before. I’m not sure who was singing on first track, but the delivery, to me, was very Johnny Rotten circa P.I.L’s “album,” which isn’t a bad thing. Oddly couldn’t find P.I.L. listed as an influence of the band (Hüsker Dü was though).
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https://open.spotify.com/album/3a5tmE8ZTwFkAVsjhxzXpW?si=Ddf36PotR5GuOnEsOpcwyQ
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123/16/193/23The Magic GangThe Magic Gang2018
I was more than pleasantly surprised by how solid this album was all around. Great pick. Faves: Your Love, I’ll Show You, and Fade Away- but entire release is good (8/10 if I did such things).
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133/23/193/30American FootballAmerican Football2019
I listened to it in entirety 3×. Still walked away feeling like each song just bled into the next indistinguishably.
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https://open.spotify.com/album/7ki5b310cwDVVJBevBLwdw?si=aO9_gVpDTBSJ0m39zFFEvQ
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143/30/194/6TelevisionMarquee Moon1977Favorites: See no Evil, Friction5/68
https://open.spotify.com/album/630o1rKTDsLeIPreOY1jqP?si=2Ni5023oQ_2SYXODX61_Kw
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154/6/194/13ChavezRide the Fader1996
I listened twice because I couldn’t remember anything after 1st listen. After second listen I just remember roller coaster start. 3/10 and thinking of revoking your music listening license.
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164/13/194/20BeckColors2017
I’d heard the single, obviously, but never listened to the album until this week. Then I listened to it several times and wondered why Beck’s stuff wasn’t in my musical rotation more. 7/10 with favorites being: Seventh Heaven, I’m So Free, and yes, Up All Night.
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https://open.spotify.com/album/2guirTSEqLizK7j9i1MTTZ?si=D_HI_IVrQFOa4hQULdg8Xg
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174/20/194/27Mission of Burma
Signals, Calls, and Marches
1981
Favorites: Academy Fight Song, This is not a Photograph
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https://open.spotify.com/album/7r9tElGmULLXbShIQ5qgyQ?si=Mf2osuLtQe6dFnp86cF3gg
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184/27/195/4Lenny Kravitz
Are You Gonna Go My Way
1993
Opening track kicks you in the head and grabs your attention, but then Lenny apologizes repeatedly and lullabies you to sleep. “Just Be A Woman” is awful, “Are You Gonna Go My Way” is classic, and if you don’t dig “Sugar” we can’t be friends.
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https://open.spotify.com/album/35LzZH7Fgog8lf1hfcdoMQ?si=3p-ky14ITtKFvYXKBkcZfQ
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195/4/195/11Son Volt
Okemah and the Melody of Riot
2005
Didn’t think I’d like it, but was wrong. Favorites include: Bandages & Scars, Medication (esp 🎸 work), and 6 string belief. Didn’t care for Jet Pilot.
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https://open.spotify.com/album/12VPXGYEykCrgf0EcXUFYt?si=YrRM-PtxQFS2YNJvRpx10w
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205/11/195/18WilcoStar Wars2015
Liked EKG right off the bat, then hated it when it turned into 7 minute long cycle. Then I realized I had it on repeat and it was not Wilco’s fault. So, like EKG, Random Name Generator, and King of You.
6/77
https://open.spotify.com/album/7BD2cOGKumTOMctWSysCD5?si=aEoF1ROkSKeSm8n-iCjcFg
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215/18/195/25Squirrel BaitSkag Heaven1987
I’d heard a lot of this previously. Didn’t enjoy much this go-round, though. “Tape from California” is ok.
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https://open.spotify.com/album/620kXi2sLtJ71FYRI8Ujz5?si=gNUZcGZCTDu_wDzHfcTvow
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225/25/196/1Roma 79Cardinal Star2014
I have a lot to say about it, but I’m drinking. So - it’s total crap.
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236/1/196/8Sonic YouthSonic Nurse2004
6/10 w/ faves being Stones, Dripping Down, & Pattern Recognition. I also like Kim’s vocals on ...Hand Cream, where she sounds like a female version of Violent Femmes front man.
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https://open.spotify.com/album/7gA7xctF7tq62T2YooL6wS?si=NwXNu1uRTFCGAHSGBohylg
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246/8/196/15Year of the RabbitYear of the Rabbit2003
5/10 w/ Strange Eyes, Vaporize, & Say Goodbye being pretty good.
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https://open.spotify.com/album/5OoDVRouHLJ1CzyV2mzaQc?si=Ps6DJCf9R_-L7jbp2roBVQ
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256/15/196/22The Clash
Give 'Em Enough Rope
1978
An ok Clash record is better than most good records. Highlights: English Civil War, Julie, Stay Free (my favorite).
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https://open.spotify.com/album/4NEvCc6vHcsCPviWPCCrVg?si=6rmwZimwSaikGvh-4Hur_w
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266/22/196/29
The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Time Out1959‘Take Five’ best of bunch.46
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276/29/197/6
The Dismemberment Plan
Emergency & I1999
Liked Memory Machine & Spider in the Snow ok, though.
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https://open.spotify.com/album/0Y0V072vxDWEvCelPBaWAO?si=_jUU-n5mTZ2RgK-BBiJtkg
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287/6/197/13Led Zeppelin
Houses of the Holy
1973
It’s Zep, so there’s that. It’s not my favorite Zep album though. 5/10 imo - but could be just due to overexposure of songs like D’yer Mak’er.
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https://open.spotify.com/album/5phxHbK2GSr7hEu4orLywP?si=zBOON9EaSVGblhNeAJzh_A
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297/13/197/20The JicksWig Out at Jagbags2014
This is a prime example of the sum being greater than the parts. Each song, on its own is just ok. The album, though...it works well when played through.
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https://open.spotify.com/album/6zEGxtFhXjUHnLPqvzChs9?si=lQpMEHnyT_OGkDWycLJubg
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307/20/197/27Houston
Bottom of the Curve
2003
This one started strong but went downhill after first 3 tracks. “I’m a Girl” was the point of no return, although a few tracks after that attempted to redeem the album, they failed and their titles weren’t memorable. “The Lousy Picture I Took” is awful, and an appropriate way to close this way too long offering.
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https://open.spotify.com/album/6OeQfXE4b56MgQbKutzgQh?si=oi8XILgRRj-WVM5ndPSVBg
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317/27/198/3Butthole Surfers
Psychic... Powerless... Another Man's Sac
1984
In all honesty, here’s a band I wanted to like more than I ever truly did. They had a great name. Their album artwork was always solid. Yet I listened to their stuff selectively & intermittently at best. This album, for me is a typical offering from the band. Some (“Concubine”) are damn near unlistenable. Some (“Woly Boly,” “Mexican Caravan”) are pretty damn good. “Lady Sniff” is one that teenage and middle age Hefs agree upon - a timeless anthem/verbal middle finger set to music.
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328/3/198/10Steely DanAja1977
Really not a bad track in this short release. “Black Cow,” “Deacon Blues”, “Josie”, & of course “Peg,” which is a masterpiece, are my faves. Least favorite is title track.
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338/10/198/17Giants ChairPrefabylon2019
I liked it - listened to it 4+ times. Can’t really review because it’s not on Spotify anymore, though. Will have to check out the band’s releases from the late 90s.
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348/17/198/24Snail MailLush20188
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