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IN 2022 I WILL LISTEN TO YOUR ALBUM OF THE YEAR


Lamp, broken circa 1988
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I didn't forget! There's like no chance I'll listen to them all in 2022 this year! Woohoo!

Rules:

  1. First Come, First Serve.
  2. If you nominate two, I'll listen to zero.
  3. No guarantees that my review will be positive.
  4. If someone suggests your album I'll ask the both of you if you have another album you'd rather I review. First Come First Serve still applies.

This year, I haven't been listening to a lot of new music because I've been trying to close up loose ends as I prepare for a real big transition next year. So I didn't listen to a lot of the big stuff this year, and I have a big list of stuff I meant to hear from this year. However, in lieu of knowing for sure, the new album I've listened to the most is "God's Country" by Chat Pile. Over the last two years I've had my eternal fill of noise rock where the vocalists just tell you they suck over and over like it's profound soul-searching, only to later just be telling on themselves. Fool me once, etc. Chat Pile hits those same veins of dark atmosphere and tension, but through just looking at the world around them and not just roleplaying as a guy who pretends he sucks. On top of that, I feel they're the best in class of the Jesus Lizard lineage, a style of rock band that mostly annoys me.

Show me what you got! Please. Please show me what you got.

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OOOOH am I still blocked for the Neptunian Maximalism?  Because that still rules and they have a new one coming out in 23 that sounds exactly the same. 

 

My favorite album of the year hands down and has been since like February is Skinty Fia by Fontaines D.C. 

Best concert I've seen all year .... only concert I seen all year.  But it was Lawful Jr. and Mia Metal's first show ever, so it's the best concert they've ever seen too. 

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Think I've settled on Krüller by Author & Punisher as my album of the year. Long time since an album has grown on me like this one, at first I was disappointed that there was nothing quite as hooky as my favourite track on his last album, but when it sinks in, it really sinks in. The title track was lodged in my brain for a solid week.

I liked the Chat Pile album a lot, and it's in my top 20 for sure, but I think I still carry a torch for noise rock where horrible deviants sing about being horrible deviants. I'm probably a prick, but I'm just not there yet for very on the nose shrieking about how homelessness is bad, it made me cringe a  bit. Grimacesmokingweed.jpg is incredible though.

 

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12 hours ago, SturmCRF said:

Think I've settled on Krüller by Author & Punisher as my album of the year. Long time since an album has grown on me like this one, at first I was disappointed that there was nothing quite as hooky as my favourite track on his last album, but when it sinks in, it really sinks in. The title track was lodged in my brain for a solid week.

I liked the Chat Pile album a lot, and it's in my top 20 for sure, but I think I still carry a torch for noise rock where horrible deviants sing about being horrible deviants. I'm probably a prick, but I'm just not there yet for very on the nose shrieking about how homelessness is bad, it made me cringe a  bit. Grimacesmokingweed.jpg is incredible though.

 

I love both of those albums.  Grimace is a masterstroke, and so is Why because of how it really fucking provokes a reaction out of people.  Yeah, it's a very childlike take on homelessness but I think that's the fucking point.  The soundtrack and "Lake Time" that just came out are fucking genius as well.  A Chat Pile country song?  Who knew that would rip? 

A&P's Portishead cover is fucking aces. 

BTW the new Neptunian Maximalism is even better than the first.  But I'm sticking with Fontaines DC.

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18 hours ago, SturmCRF said:

I liked the Chat Pile album a lot, and it's in my top 20 for sure, but I think I still carry a torch for noise rock where horrible deviants sing about being horrible deviants.

After the Alexis Marshall allegations from Kristin Hayter I had to cash out on that entirely, but I can't navigate that conflict for anyone but myself.

I was surprised to see a reply to this (I say "a reply" because I have lawful on ignore) and honestly the timing blows because there is A LOT OF UPHEAVAL happening in my life right now so I will get started on this in January when I'm more in the mood for new things. So, if anyone else wants to participate, go for it! Submission is open late this time!

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3 hours ago, Lamp, broken circa 1988 said:

After the Alexis Marshall allegations from Kristin Hayter I had to cash out on that entirely, but I can't navigate that conflict for anyone but myself.

I was surprised to see a reply to this (I say "a reply" because I have lawful on ignore) and honestly the timing blows because there is A LOT OF UPHEAVAL happening in my life right now so I will get started on this in January when I'm more in the mood for new things. So, if anyone else wants to participate, go for it! Submission is open late this time!

Pretty silly to have me on ignore for making you listen to bad ass music my friend

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Not sure it's for everyone, but Suede aka The London Suede (they toured USA/Canada last month with the Manic Street Preachers) delivering an absolute banger was a lovely surprise. Brett Anderson's really matured as a vocalist and a lyricist, and relative minimalism suits them as....they're a great band with an underrated rhythm section.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHJd1Z1G3M4&list=OLAK5uy_l1NAKALxmguFVdcm8UhHrqECJINlSZZVQ&ab_channel=SuedeHQ

Suede - Autofiction - LP - Neon Music Hungary

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So the last two years I put a decent bit of work into figuring out what my album of the year was (naturally I still stumbled upon my favorite '21 release in about February of this year) (I like how I make that sound like work, all I did was listen to a bunch of music) and I got it down to a final four earlier this week. Figuring out which of those four I liked best though... man I went back and forth so many times.

Shoutouts to BackxWash's His Happiness Shall Come First Even Though We Are Suffering (felt it was probably more guilty pleasure good than legit good) and Honningbarna's Animorphs (don't speak a lick of Norwegian but great high energy punk album) as I liked them both a bunch but my final two was Ashenspire's Hostile Architecture and Soul Glo's Diaspora problems and... while it is somewhat different from Black Midi I could see one who disliked them also not caring for Ashenspire for my official pick is:

 

Soul Glo: Diaspora Problems

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Alright! Let's get started!

I know Author & Punisher cuz he's from my city! I listened to this album once last year, around when it came out, and went "this is neat" but I didn't retain more of it. I'm more than happy to give it another shot under any circumstances, and these circumstances will do nicely.

Spoiler

"drone carrying dread" is how you know this is someone from San Diego. Did you know San Diego makes all the Predator Drones? Neat little fact to tuck away with all the "we have the biggest zoo! we have comiccon!" stuff. These are some big fukin chords so you know I'm having a good time. The other Author & Punisher stuff is less melodic than this so it's neat seeing him expand. It's very Deftones adjacent, though with a slower beat. I love this opener just in general, of just being thrown into the deepend of what this record is gonna sound like.

And there's that A&P sound that I know! I'm brought back to thinking about Deftones here, which I need to specify is a good thing because the Deftones fuckin rule. It's at this point that I realized that this record has guitars and that's probably what's creating the bridge between A&P and Deftones for me right now.

Still having a great time! Though I gotta say this one maybe feels more cheesy than the others? The drama isn't as natural through the sound and the pacing, but the instruments are attempting to convey it as such and it's not really working so much. I see this track has a Tool man on it so I'm gonna blame him lol

Major key just feels fucking weird on an A&P record, though I do appreciate how it's using the sliding notes to put dissonance into the song to make it uneasy. Without that, it would just feel like a bro-y Beach House song, or like The War on Drugs discovered power electronics. It's a neat tune and a good counterpoint after the last one.

Ok this also feels really weird and also has a tool man on it so that's 2 for 2 on Tool Man Songs not working for me. It's weird hearing him write around someone else's rhythm section, especially when the drummer is very consciously trying to play in their style. At points it feels like an A&P cover.

It was a few minutes before I realized this was a Portishead cover, and it's doing the right thing where they're keeping all of the lyrics intact instead of being like "I am man portishead, I change all lyrics to man," though I won't lie and say it didn't throw me for a loop at first.

Third collaboration, and I think this one works the best of them because what Vytear is contributing is a different tonality on top of what A&P does. See, the rest of his sound is HEAVY bass and and drums, so working with a bassist and a drummer doesn't do as much for him as working with someone who's in a totally different part of the EQ band like Vytear spends their time. In turn, this becomes the most exhilarating song on the record, because of the ways in which it is dense in a contrasting way from the rest of the record. Good shit.

Not an ending ballad, but I wasn't expecting one here. I thought at first it wasn't a great ending to the record but then the bridge hit and I got it better. This track does have that dramatic pacing and movement he strove for earlier on the record, where the tension isn't raw dissonance but in how it's progressing and expanding. I like how it melts down as well.

= = =

Good time! Huge chords! San Diego represent!

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