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This is a relatively new catalog that I started in late 2020 (with some backdating) as a bit of a forcing function to listen to more new music and not just constantly listen to a rotation of the same power pop 1 and lo-fi that I always do.

It is bare-bones (in terms of content & metadata) at the moment, but I hope to have some more interesting pieces in the next few months!

Footnotes

  1. give carly rae jepsen a sword

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And the War Came

Shakey Graves2014
Americana
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9/19/2022
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Louie

Lo-fi
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9/11/2022
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Dina ögon

Dina ögon2021

Beautiful spring/autumn music. Feels like a soundtrack to a movie I wish I was in.

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9/11/2022
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Chet Baker in Tokyo

Chet Baker2019
Jazz
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9/8/2022
Keep on Smiling

Keep on Smiling

Two Door Cinema Club2022
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9/7/2022
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The Elephant Man's Bones

Roc Marciano / The Alchemist2022
Hip-Hop
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8/30/2022
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A Beginner's Mind

Sufjan Stevens & Angelo de Augutine2021
Folk
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8/21/2022
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Reset

Panda Bear / Sonic Boom2022
Pop

Animal Collective meets the Beach Boys (meant as a compliment, but not as something I necessarily want to listen to.)

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8/17/2022
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Cheat Codes

Danger Mouse / Black Thought2022
Hip-Hop
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8/15/2022
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The Night Land

Talaboman2017
EDM
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8/12/2022
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No Rules Sandy

Sylvan Esso2022
Pop
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8/12/2022
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Florist

Florist2022
Folk
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8/10/2022
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Surrender

Maggie Rogers2022
Pop
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7/31/2022
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Boat Songs

MJ Lenderman2022
Rock
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7/28/2022
The Flute

The Flute

Jonas Haefeli1991
Ambient
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7/19/2022
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The Other Side of Make-Believe

Interpol2022
Rock

Yeah, file this one under "DALL-E-generated rock album",

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7/19/2022
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The Minstrel Show

Little Brother2005
Hip-Hop

Wow.

This brings me back to two albums in particular: Camp Lo's Uptown Saturday Night ↗ and Kanye's The College Dropout ↗ — less in terms of sound and production (though the Kanye—9th Wonder connection is of course very obvious) and more in terms of just sheer entertainment value. This record has it all: a concept that makes the skits worth sitting through, comedy, pretty incredible verses, and just delightful production. It's so rare for me to listen to an album — even one that I really, really like — and then immediately listen to it five more times. Five!

More than anything, this record has a mise en place. It has an opinion and a worldview that it defines well and then you just get to live in it in a really delightful way for forty-five minutes. It's fun from start to finish. I don't know what else to say about it.

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7/13/2022
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The Listening

Little Brother2003
Hip-Hop

I was perhaps over-excited after listening to The Minstrel Show ↗ — a 10/10 album for me, and the first I've run into in a while — and had to start binging their discography. This was fine, and good, and Big Pooh continues to bang, but it just doesn't compare. I think I might come back to it in a few weeks so that I don't have the lingering tastes of their following album in my mouth; right now this just feels less fun than the successor.

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7/13/2022
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Far Side Virtual

James Ferraro2011
Vaporwave

Weird and fun without being more weird than fun, which I think is a tricky balance for a lot of the late-stage vaporware acts.

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7/11/2022
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GOLD

Alabaster dePlume2022
Jazz

This might be more of a loungey record that rewards a listen when I'm sitting and reading or milling about as opposed to being in a bit more of a flow mode, but this felt...scattered? Disjointed? Incoherent? Certainly not unpleasant, but hard to pin down in a way that left me unsatisfied.

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7/8/2022
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Interior

Teen Daze2021
House

I liked-not-loved this. It was fun and a little bit vibe-y and would happily listen to it again, but I would be hard-pressed to recognize it out of a crowd.

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7/5/2022
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Mercury

The Range2022
House

When I listened to Potential ↗ six years ago I was absolutely blown away: in retrospect, it was my first house album, but it was a sort of album that felt simultaneously alien and warm, like something that I'd never really touched before.

This album felt like...more of the same, but not in a good way. I was worried that maybe this was a bit of nostalgia, so I relistened to the original album — nope! Potential was still that good. This album is fine, and not poorly crafted, but it does not do what that first debut did.

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7/3/2022
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MUNA

MUNA2022
Pop

Silk Chiffon is so good a track it almost singlehandedly rescues what is a fairly flatline album (or perhaps a particularly flatline back half of an album). Nothing wrong with it, and I'll probably listen a few more times, but it never tops the high of the opener.

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6/29/2022
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More Black Superheroes

Westside Boogie2022
Hip-Hop
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6/28/2022
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DRILL MUSIC IN ZION

Lupe Fiasco2022
Hip-Hop

I feel like Lupe has done a pretty poor job balancing his lyricism and his scrutability; he does an incredible job of doing that here, and alongside what might be my favorite production of his of all time. Really, really solid album, and one that I'm looking forward to listening to again and again and again.

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6/24/2022
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In Free Fall

Maya Shenfeld2022
Experimental
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6/22/2022
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Sunday at the Village Vanguard

Bill Evans Trio1961
Jazz

I am not sure what live jazz is supposed to be if not this.

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6/21/2022
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Superstore

Sam Gendel2022
Experimental

The good news about this album — really a collection of sketches, as hinted by the album art — is that if you don't like one track you just have to wait a minute to hear a completely different one. The bad news is that if you don't like one track you're probably not going to like a lot of them.

It really feels sonically akin to a very helter-skelter OST for an indie game. But there's just...no there there. I did not have fun listening to it.

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6/20/2022
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Profound Mysteries

Röyksopp2022
Electronic
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6/19/2022
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Teeth Mark

S.G. Goodman2022
Folk

Spare, beautiful folk music.

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6/16/2022
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Skoobzilla

Trouble2016
Hip-Hop
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6/10/2022
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From Capelton Hill

Stars2022

This is very much an album about what it means to have spent twenty years making music that is almost entirely about being in your late twenties and feeling that the most important parts of life are happening and fleeting. It is soft and comforting and you can't help but feel that, outside of the impressiveness that you're listening to it at all (I remember seeing Stars in DC in, what, 2010, and being blown away!) it feels a bit hollow, a bit like a cove

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6/8/2022
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WE

Arcade Fire2022
Indie

The Lightning II is an absolute banger but this feels a bit like a cover band (or, a more modern version: a DALL-E rendition of an Arcade Fire album).

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5/27/2022
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Soundness of Mind

Liila2021
Ambient
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5/25/2022
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Waltz for Debby

Bill Evans1962
Jazz

This, to me, is what jazz is, perfect and timeless.

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5/24/2022
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Butterfly Blue

Mallrat2022

My only memory of Mallrat was listening to For Real a few hundred times back in 2016, so this album was not really what I expected — wavier and dreamier. One terrible Azealia Banks verse aside, I liked it quite a bit: relaxing, sweet, and dreamlike without being gratuitous.

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5/22/2022
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Preacher's Daughter

Ethel Cain2022
Folk
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5/19/2022
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So Far So Good

The Chainsmokers2022
Pop

Shocked to discover that Pitchfork liked a pop EDM record more than I did. This wasn’t bad, but there are just way more entertaining takes on the pop crossover record than this.

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5/18/2022
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Come Home The Kids Miss You

Jack Harlow2022
Hip-Hop

I think the Pitchfork review was a little harsh and felt somehow like punching down, but...yeah, the album's not good. The production is fine but milquetoast and some of the punchline raps are the worst bars I've heard in years. There are no moments of exult.

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5/16/2022
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Un Verano Sin Ti

Bad Bunny2022

Some fun beats but the thing felt discohesive and overlong to me. (AKA: it failed the "can I tell that the album is over and it shifted to random songs" test.)

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5/15/2022
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Dance Fever

Florence + The Machine2022
Pop

I'll be honest — I forgot how fun Florence + The Machine is.

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5/14/2022
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Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers

Kendrick Lamar2022
Hip-Hop

My "Sing About Me / Dying Of Thirst is the greatest passage of hip-hop in the 21st century" take is potentially being updated to "Auntie Diaries / Mr. Morale / Mother I Sober is the greatest passage of hip-hop in the 21st century".

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5/13/2022
SHUNKA RYOUGEN

SHUNKA RYOUGEN

HARU NEMURI2022
Japanese
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5/9/2022
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The Turning Year

Roger Eno2022
Ambient
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5/2/2022
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Multitude

Stromae2022
Pop

He continues to have the bops!

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4/27/2022
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Gloam

Cole Pulice2020
Jazz
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4/26/2022
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Serenity

Koloah2022
Ambient
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4/23/2022
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It's Almost Dry

Pusha T2022
Hip-Hop

"Like Brady, gets better with time / Didn’t have to reinvent the wheel, just a better design" sums up this album. It lacks the heater-heater brutality of Daytona ↗, but it just so damn good and fun even if it is not genre-defining (or even Pusha T-defining). And that Kanye track is the first good Kanye-related thing in my eyes in like...three

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4/22/2022
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Humble Quest

Maren Morris2022
Pop

Pitchfork describes this album as "matter-of-factly masterful", and I think that's apt! This is need something that breaks out of its country-pop confines, but it's a very pleasant and mellifluous country-pop album that feels good for warm Sunday afternoons. It is sweet and well-produced and I smiled listening to it.

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4/10/2022
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Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You

Big Thief2022
Folk
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4/9/2022
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DFTK

Hip-Hop

I didn't love everything in the album, but the opener is a banger and it feels sonically much more interesting than the median Young Thug-lineage album. There isn't the level of...malaise that I associate with a lot of these drops.

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4/8/2022
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Crest

Bladee2022
Pop

Nothing wrong with it, but simply...boring tonally, unexperimental, not doing anything for me at all.

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3/27/2022
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Portrait in Jazz

Bill Evans Trio1960
Jazz

Utterly delightful and maasterful.

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3/26/2022
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Glitch Princess

yeule2022
Pop

Weird without being precious and esoteric without being unpleasant. This feels like an order of magnitude stranger (and in a good way!) than the XCX experimental stuff. L

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3/25/2022
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Lilac

IU2021
KPop

Fun and light and probably my favorite pop maximalist album that I've listened to this year.

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3/22/2022
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Tana Talk 4

Benny the Butcher2022
Hip-Hop

Nothing wrong with it, but incredibly underwhelming.

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3/19/2022
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Things Are Great

Band of Horses2022
Rock

Sure is a Band of Horses album! Sure does remind me of commuting to a shitty internship in 2011! Sure kinda feels more like a facsimile than something new, but at least it's warm.

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3/9/2022
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Fantasy

Rainy, ethereal breakbeats & post-rave. I wish this was twice or thrice as long; as soon as I feel like I'm getting into it the album is over.

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2/1/2022
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Valdevaqueros

Fred Nevché2018
Pop

Very solid "night-time pop", and perhaps the sole thing of redeeming artistic merit of Emily in Paris ↗, as I was alerted to its presence by the show's use of it as a closing track.

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1/27/2022
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Sick!

Earl Sweatshirt2022
Hip-Hop

The first album of the year that just did absolutely nothing for me.

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1/18/2022
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Piano Ten Thousand Leaves - 5th Selection

Chair House2015
Instrumental

Beautiful and sparse piano instrumentation. Very good for cold mornings with coffee & a crossword or focusing on writing.

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1/17/2022
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Magic

Nas2022
Hip-Hop

I have absolutely no qualms with this album. The rhymes are great, the production is classic (if a bit overly nostalgic), and it doesn't outstay its welcome.

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1/16/2022
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Fragments

Bonobo2022
Electronic

Reminds me a lot of, well, other Bonobo albums, but also Thrupence. I'll be giving it a couple more listens as it is perfectly reasonable and nice coding music, even if it has not changed my understanding of what Bonobo's ambitions are.

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1/15/2022
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Dawn FM

The Weeknd2022
Pop

You know, the concept is really cool, and I think I might try a couple more times to see if it grows on me, but I simply could not give a shit about the production.

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1/12/2022
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The Makin' Magick II Album

DJ Sabrina The Teenage DJ2021
Experimental

Okay, now we're talking. Less moody than The Other World ↗ and captures the same surreal verve as Charmed ↗. Definitely will be revisiting many many times this year, even if it feels its length a little more than the latter.

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1/2/2022
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For My Friends

Jacob Banks2021
Pop
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1/2/2022
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The Other Realm

DJ Sabrina the Teenage DJ2021
Experimental

Lacks a bit of the pure verve of Charmed ↗, which is a fundamental album to me, but still boppy & an easy way to lose yourself for a

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1/1/2022
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Fiat Lux

Tarta Relena2021
Experimental

More academic than listenable, but undeniably beautiful.

✭✭✭✭
1/1/2022
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Lover's Rock

The Dears2020
Rock
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12/24/2021
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Juju Music

King Sunny Adé1982
World
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12/17/2021
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Big Sleepover

Big Boi & Sleepy Brown2021
Hip-Hop

A couple fun productions (Can't Sleep's hook is incredible!) but the verses feel a little dialed-in and I'm at the point of time where I am not particularly blown away by bedroom rap.

✭✭✭
12/11/2021
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Live!

Fela Ransome-Kuti and Ginger Baker1971
Jazz

This is so much fun, and the fact that my fiance called it "muzak" is honestly grounds for divorce.

✭✭✭✭✭
12/9/2021
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The Brightness

Anais Mitchell2007
Folk

This is a nice album, and it is fun to listen to Anais suss out some of her work and get a glimpse into her maturation (Hades & Persephone made it all the way to Hadestown!) but the songwriting here is just weaker than Young Man In America, a perfect gem of a folk record. This feels sparser, muter, and less interesting, though still nice.

✭✭✭
12/7/2021
It's All Smiles

It's All Smiles

No Rome2021
Pop

The production is too glitchy & clever to be pleasant or interesting, which in of itself is not a huge deal except that the lyrics & vocals are so featherweight that it's not worth the effort of digestion.

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12/5/2021
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DJ-Kicks

Jessy Lanza2021
House

???

12/1/2021
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Windswept Adan

Ichiko Aoba2021
Experimental
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11/29/2021
Balsams

Balsams

Chuck Johnson2017
Experimental

I don't think I was quite in the right headspace to listen to this, which was airy and minute without hinting at any sort of deeper beauty. Will probably try to give it another go!

✭✭
11/27/2021
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Hadestown (2021)

The Hadestown Cast2016
Soundtrack

It's not a masterpiece like the 2010 original, but — separated from its musical trappings — feels like something of a well-executed live action reboot. There are moments of repetition and subtext turned into text and those things aren't great, but it feels good to spend more time in this world, and to drink a bit more of it than usual. (And the execution is tremendous, too, even if I miss Anais and Justin's original vocals.)

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11/26/2021
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MP Da Last Don

Master P1998
Hip-Hop

106 is too many minutes for almost any album, let alone one as rambling & repetitive as this. There's a lot of nice moments, and at its height it feels like an all-night party (a cliche, I know, but the bevy of fun features and energy changes makes it a hard one to resist).

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11/26/2021
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30

Adele2021
Pop

Adele has such a good voice!

✭✭
11/24/2021
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Salt

Pop

Relatively upbeat and fun, but a little too — what's the word? Estoeric? Weird? — for me.

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11/22/2021
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Red (Taylor's Version)

Taylor Swift2021
Pop

Nothing wrong with this, but it is interminably long and I do not think it is interesting enough to justify two fucking hours of runtime, except perhaps to superfans.

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11/20/2021
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An Evening With Silk Sonic

Funk

Yes, it's 70's cosplay, and it's a little sterile, but who cares? It's fun!

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11/13/2021
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Voyage

ABBA2021
Pop

Nothing wrong with this album, but it just makes me feel old as shit.

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11/12/2021
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Makin' Magick

DJ Sabrina the Teenage DJ2017
House

It just doesn't hit the exultant highs of Charmed, and I just can't really see myself listening to this over again due to the length compared to Charmed.

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11/9/2021
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How Long Do You Think It's Gonna Last?

Big Red Machine2021
Folk

Mostly a reminder that Anais Mitchell is perfect and I need to listen to her more often. Less glibly, I thought this was as good-not-great as a side project gets: it suffers from lack of gestalt (as evinced by the lackluster second half) but the songs are pleasant and good even if they don't quite cohere.

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11/9/2021
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Screen Violence

Chvrches2021
Pop

This is the worst Chvrches album, and it’s still compulsively listenable — but besides the commitment to a bit of a horror-movie aesthetic it doesn’t have any of the moments of sheer glee or revelation that every previous entry does, and the lyrics are at a nadir.

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10/30/2021
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Shade

Grouper2021
Experimental

This is 'experimental' and not in a way that I find fun or rewarding.

✭✭
10/27/2021
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Cheese

Stromae2010
Pop

It is firmly worse than anything that came after it, but still kind of catchy!

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10/20/2021
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Floating Mountains

Soshi Takeda2021
Vaporwave

This failed the "can you tell when this album ends and Spotify transitions to Discover Weekly?" test three times in a row.

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10/13/2021
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Summer is Over

TV Girl2021
Pop

God help me — this is not good music, it is uninteresting, but I love it so much. It is tailor-made for me.

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10/13/2021
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Talk Memory

BADBADNOTGOOD2021
Jazz

Feels a little too atonal & uninteresting for my tastes.

✭✭
10/12/2021
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Sometime I Might Be Introvert

Little Simz2021
Hip-Hop

Opening track might be my favorite single track of the year, but the album is a bit too interlude-heavy and all over the place for me. Probably worth relistening to

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10/9/2021
Star-Crossed

Star-Crossed

Kacey Musgraves2021

The obvious and deserved comparison is with Evermore/Folklore — a stripped down, mellower version of the author's ouevre. While I think Taylor's latest outings are good-not-great, I thought this was closer to great; the songwriting is steadier and more interesting, and the pathos hits a little stronger.

✭✭✭✭
10/6/2021
Our Bande Apart

Our Bande Apart

Third Eye Blind2021
Rock

This is the first time in my life I have thought about Third Eye Blind in a way that isn't just "Semi-Charmed Life" and..this album is pretty sonically fun? "The Dying Blood" will be stuck in my head for a while. It is not a revolutionary album, but it was short and sweet.

✭✭✭✭
10/4/2021
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Fingers Crossed

Architecture in Helsinki2003
Pop

This is exactly the genre of music I have spent a long time being obsessed with, and I am almost wistful that I am finally listening to this album now that I've put most of my twee obsessions behind me.

✭✭✭✭
10/3/2021
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Moment Bends

Architecture in Helsinki2011
Pop

Pleasant and defanged.

✭✭✭
10/3/2021
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The Score

Fugees1996
✭✭✭✭
9/27/2021
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Nastavi, Calliope

Babehoven2021

Too much angst, not enough sonic.

✭✭✭
9/21/2021
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Space 1.8

Nala Sinephro2021
Jazz

Quiet and unassuming but pleasant enough to want to listen to a second time

✭✭✭✭
9/20/2021
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Leave the Bones

Lakou Mizik & Joseph Ray2021
World
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9/16/2021
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The Day I Saw The Rainbow

Takashi Kokubo1989

Beautiful.

✭✭✭✭
9/15/2021
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Demon Days

Gorillaz2005

I'll be honest... I don't get it? I liked the DOOM verse! It didn't sound bad! But it was not particularly fun or interesting.

9/13/2021
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Baduizm

Erykah Badu11997
Pop

Very relaxing and pleasant and simple and great. Nothing revelatory but I see myself coming back to this over and over (and finally understand the Badu hype.)

✭✭✭✭
9/5/2021
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Bayani

Blue Scholars2007
Hip-Hop

Yes, it's clearly a record of its time — 2007 backpack rap through and through. But it's fun! And it's good! I am a sucker for all of the Seattle references, obviously, but the production is great and while the vocals are not exactly revelatory, the writing is solid (if not, again, an artifact of what it meant to be an alt-rapper in 2007). The thing holds up well.

✭✭✭✭
9/4/2021
DONDA

DONDA

Kanye West2021

I found it more consumable and interesting than anything post-Yeezus, but does it have to be so fucking long?

✭✭✭✭
8/29/2021
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Solar Power

Lorde2021
Pop

Hard to resist the Folklore / Evermore comparisons, and both of those album — while milquetoast — at least to invite enjoyable listening. This felt like it was an album filled with tracks that were meant to be played in late-era episodes of Felicity.

✭✭
8/23/2021
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Anjelitu

Hip-Hop

Funky feels like an apt word to use for a short, fun, weird EP that ends with a great Aesop Rock collab.

✭✭✭✭
8/19/2021
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Bo Jackson

Boldy James / The Alchemist2021
Hip-Hop
✭✭✭✭
8/18/2021
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A Sky Record

Damon & Naomi2021
Rock
✭✭✭
8/11/2021
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leon mode

Leon Chang2021
Pop

A bit too glitch-y for my tastes, but it's fun! Not gonna beat the VGM sunshine of his previous work.

✭✭
8/10/2021
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The Album

Blackpink2020
KPop

I would forgive the simplicity of the bubblegum or the datedness of the production or the very short runtime if any of these songs were bops but...they weren't? It just wasn't a very fu album.

✭✭
8/8/2021
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Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night

Bleachers2021
Pop

I don't mean this in a bad way, but boy is this a Bleachers album. I mean, maybe a little bit of a bad way.

✭✭✭
8/4/2021
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The House is Burning

Isaiah Reshad2021
Hip-Hop
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8/2/2021
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moment l.p.

Clammbon2019

Nice J-Pop, even though I was hoping for something more DJ Okawari-esque given that I discovered them via the Nujabes collab!

✭✭✭
7/22/2021
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Bae

Yung Bae2014
House

Just...straight up less boppy and interesting than Bae 5 (which I listened to yesterday). Good for Yung Bae as growing and improving as an artist!

✭✭✭
7/20/2021
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Bae 5

Yung Bae2019
House

It's fun!

✭✭✭✭
7/19/2021
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Sob Rock

John Mayer2021
Pop

Alexa, play "mi

✭✭
7/18/2021
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Yasuragi Land

Foodman2021
Experimental

No! I hate it! This is weird! No!

✭✭
7/14/2021
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Space Jam: A New Legacy: Soundtrack

I mean, it certainly wasn't good, and some of the Looney Tunes references were truly awful, but I didn't hate listening to it!

✭✭
7/13/2021
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Riot!

Paramore2007
Pop

This album slaps, and it's very fun to imagine a world in which I got obsessed with this singularly rather than From Under The Cork Tree. How different the last fifteen years might have been!

✭✭✭✭
7/11/2021
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The Life of Pi’erre 4

Pierre Bourne2019
Hip-Hop

Same-y, boppy hiphop. Not consequential or memorable (besides the production tag) but fun!

✭✭✭✭
7/4/2021
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Blue

Joni Mitchell1971

Seems like a nice album! Sounded great! Just didn't care! (I know, this makes me a bad person.)

✭✭✭✭
6/28/2021
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音楽

Tokyo Jihen2021
✭✭
6/15/2021
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epiphany

KA$HDAMI2021

I gotta stop taking album advice from Pitchfork. This was fine but why am I listening to this?

✭✭✭
6/9/2021
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Jubilee

Japanese Breakfast2021
Pop

This was a pleasant album to listen to that had absolutely no lasting effect whatsoever.

✭✭✭
6/8/2021
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Changephobia

Rostam2021
Pop

Felt...forgettable? I need to spend some more time with it.

✭✭✭✭
6/5/2021
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Off the Yak

Young M.A.2021
Hip-Hop

Pitchfork described this artist as being one of the best to come out of a theoretical "rap battle" and boy did that set some wrong expectations for this very uneven album.

✭✭✭
5/28/2021
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SOUR

Olivia Rodrigo2021
Pop

Hard not to resist the girl in red comparison and boy was that album more interesting, more fun, and more pleasant than this one!

✭✭✭✭
5/21/2021
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Sunday Painter

Spencer Zahn2020
Ambient
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5/16/2021
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The Off-Season

J.Cole2021
Hip-Hop

Some legitimately great lines and production and also some of the corniest lines I have heard in years and it's hard to disentangle the two.

✭✭✭
5/15/2021
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Music for Living Spaces

Green-House2021
Ambient

Music for Airports for the 21st century. Perfect music, gentle and lilting and quiet.

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5/10/2021
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Yasuke

Flying Lotus2021
Instrumental

Incredible beats. What's not to love?

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5/10/2021
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if I could make it go quiet

girl in red2021
Pop

Very-good-bordering-on-great pop-punk bordering on the style of Charly Bliss. A little uneven but the highs are very high, and I see myself listening to this over and over again.

✭✭✭✭
5/6/2021
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The Fellowship

Joseph Shabasonjs2021
Jazz

I am a sucker for all things Joseph Shabason at this point, and maybe it's fair to call this album a little too reminiscent of his prior work, but — who cares? It's sonically diverse and lush and delightful to listen to.

✭✭✭✭✭
5/5/2021
Deltron 3030

Deltron 3030

Deltron 30302000
Hip-Hop

I feel bad not liking this album that much...? The first two tracks are iconic and the production is so fun but man it is just not that interesting to listen

✭✭✭
5/2/2021
C-GIRL

C-GIRL

City Girl2021
Pop

The vocals were a bit too aggressive but overall the same pleasant, unmemorable-but-solid pop vibes that the rest of her albums entail. It's not live changing, but it is good!

✭✭✭✭
4/29/2021
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Islah

Kevin Gates2016
Hip-Hop

One of my favorite albums in a while, and definitely one of my favorite tracks in a long while (Two Phones). I am not at all embarrassed to say my introduction to this album is via Frasier.

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4/29/2021
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Samurai Champloo Music Record: Departure

Nujabes2004
Hip-Hop
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4/28/2021
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Nurture

Porter Robinson2021
Pop

I liked the singles more than the gestalt and I had already listened to all of the singles already :(

✭✭✭
4/23/2021
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Koolmotor

Five Deez2002
Hip-Hop
✭✭✭✭
4/19/2021
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Ming Ming

Otay::onii2019
✭✭
4/19/2021
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FEVER DREAM

Of Monsters and Men2019
Pop

Wow they got generic quick!

✭✭
4/14/2021
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Floor Seats

A$AP Ferg2019
Hip-Hop
✭✭✭
4/13/2021
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G_d’s Pee AT STATE’S END!

Godspeed You! Black Emperor2021
Experimental
✭✭
4/5/2021
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Haram

Armand Hammer / The Alchemist2021
Hip-Hop

Features aside, I just wasn't super engaged. Might try another few listens to see if it sticks.

✭✭✭
4/3/2021
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Fiesta & Fiascos

Lifter Puller2000
Rock

I am not enough of a Craig Finn diehard to have enjoyed listen

✭✭
4/1/2021
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Green to Gold

The Antlers2021
✭✭✭✭
3/31/2021
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SoulFly

Rod Wave2021
Hip-Hop
✭✭✭✭
3/29/2021
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To See The Next Part Of The Dream

Parranoul2021
Shoegaze

This is the kind of album that you respect rather than you like.

✭✭✭✭
3/26/2021
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Us

Peter Gabriel1992
✭✭✭✭
3/20/2021
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Before the Dawn Heals Us

M832007
Bedroom Pop

I think I would have loved this album a lot more if I was 1) in high school (not a knock against the album!) 2) ignorant of all the other M83 albums that have succeeded it.

✭✭✭
3/19/2021
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Sonderlust

Kishi Bashi2016
Folk
✭✭✭✭
3/6/2021
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Omoiyari

Kishi Bashi2019
Folk

Inconsequential and pleasant!

✭✭✭✭
3/5/2021
Muldrew

Muldrew

Joseph Shabason2019
Experimental

This just doesn't do it for me! Too weird! Too atypical! I wanted nice glitchy jazz!

✭✭
3/3/2021
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Gems from the Equinox

Meyhem Lauren2017
Hip-Hop
✭✭✭
3/3/2021
Glass

Glass

Meyhem Lauren2018

5 Wagon is an absolute banger, and the production is fun, but the back half feels a little lyrically vacuous.

✭✭✭
3/2/2021
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Harlecore

Danny L Harle2021
Electronic

This is too much for me!

✭✭
3/1/2021
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All These Perfect Crosses

Craig Finn2020

I just don't really care about B-Sides albums. This is fine! The horns version of God in Chicago is great! But I don't care!

✭✭
3/1/2021
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Tidvatten

Hosini2019
House

Very downbeat and forgettable house music. (Calling it House might be incorrect; it's ideologically and aesthetically more similar to something like Tycho.)

✭✭✭
2/28/2021
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Juvenile

CRi2020
House

Just incredibly buttery, fun, exciting EDM. I love it!

✭✭✭✭✭
2/26/2021
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Open Door Policy

The Hold Steady2021
Rock

That sure was a Hold Steady album! I don’t know; it doesn’t have the unpolished verve of early THS and it feels like what the band is trying to do now is more steadily and laudibly accomplished by Craig’s solo work. It’s not bad, but — why listen to this album?

✭✭✭
2/19/2021
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Life After Death

The Notorious B.I.G.1994
Hip-Hop

It is an overstuffed record and there is a bit too much going on but man, he is just so so so good and there are too many classic tracks.

✭✭✭✭✭
2/17/2021
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Charmed

DJ Sabrina the Teenage DJ2020
House

Leisurely, delightful, warm house music. Comically long run-time, but it's so familiar and yet expansive that I find myself listening to it over and over again.

✭✭✭✭✭
2/16/2021
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A N M L 7

Lofigo2020
Hip-Hop

Lo-fi sadboy forgettable hiphop.

✭✭
2/12/2021
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[USA]

Anamanaguchi2019
Pop

There were some nice, chiptuney bops. I probably should have paid more attention, but it didn't seem to demand it of me!

✭✭✭
2/11/2021
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HANADRIEL

HANA2020
Pop

Way too scattershot to legitimately enjoy.

✭✭
2/11/2021
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The Finish Line

Middle School2020
Lo-fi

Above average rote chill hop.

✭✭✭
2/10/2021
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Pop Music / False B-Sides II

Baths2020
Electronic

Every single Baths album has one line that absolutely murders me and apparently this one decided it should be Is it love / or is it focus?

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2/9/2021
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The Aces

The Aces2020
Pop

Some isolated bops but extremely uneven and unfinished in terms of feel.

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2/5/2021
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All The Good Times

Gillian Welch2020
Folk

This is not my genre of music! But it was sweet and loamy and wistful in a way that I can appreciate, even if it's not a bottle I see myself reaching for often.

✭✭✭
2/2/2021
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Collapsed in Sunbeams

Arlo Parks2021
Pop

Gen Z Corinne Bailey Rae, which is not to say that it sounds bad but it is (to steal a great phrase from the Pitchfork review) a pleasant monotone. I will probably listen to it three more times and forget about it!

✭✭✭
2/1/2021
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Burden of Proof

Benny the Butcher2020
Hip-Hop

Honestly, get rid of a couple of the features and this would be an all-timer for me. I loved the verses and production.

✭✭✭✭
1/28/2021
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Post-Nothing

Japandroids2009
Punk

I feel embarrassed to say I like Japandroid's later, more polished efforts, but its still solid and growly garage music that errs right on the side of listenability.

✭✭✭✭
1/25/2021
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.wav

Flux Pavilion2021
EDM

I remember listening to a couple Flux Pavilion remixes on Hype Machine and Spotify recommended me this album so I thought I would give it a shot. It is one of the most aggressively bad albums I have listened to in a while. I don't understand how you manage to be simultaneously boring and painful.

1/24/2021
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Isles

Bicep2021
Dancehall

Immemorable but fun (and occassionally trippy) dancehall beats. Good coding music!

✭✭✭✭
1/22/2021
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A Million Miles Away

Macross 82-992014
Dancehall

Lots of incredible bops (the opening six tracks are all fire emoji) with little cohesion and no sense of "oh, this album is over".

✭✭✭✭
1/21/2021
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Demidevil

Ashnikko2021
Pop

I didn't hate this (there are Charli XCX-esque peaks in here somewhere) but it feels like a bizarre and intentionally bad mixtape than something to actually 'enjoy' listening to. (Daisy is very fun as a track though!)

✭✭
1/20/2021
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Waken

Cuushe2020

Dreamy and ethereal and just a whole bunch of good vibes. Not super memorable, but impactful (and good lord the opening track is so good.)

✭✭✭✭
1/15/2021
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OK Bamboo

Shuna Hasanuma2007
Instrumental

Pleasant, elegant, and utterly forgettable piano-driven lo-fi. (Discover Tokyo is an incredible track, though.)

✭✭✭
1/12/2021
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AINOU

Kaho Nakamura2018
Pop

Pleasant, sunny, genre-bending Japanese indie pop. Not a lot of cohesion but delightful to listen to throughout.

✭✭✭✭
1/12/2021
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Savage Mode II

21 Savage / Metro Boomin2020
Hip-Hop

Some truly awful lyrics but the production and flow is just incredible. Such a fun listen.

✭✭✭✭✭
1/11/2021
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Limbo

Amine2020
Hip-Hop

I think I might just be a little spoiled because a couple fun puns and sunny production is no longer sufficient to get me into an album.

✭✭
1/11/2021
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How To Be Human

Chelsea Cutler2020

Chelsea Cutler belongs to what in my mind is a vanguard of interchangable, pleasant-but-never-transcendent soundcloud pop singers (EXES of course is my favorite in this group). This album is almost a lo-fi version of something like CRJ: it optimizes for legibility over anything resembling artistic merit. And it does it well!

✭✭✭✭
1/10/2021
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So

Peter Gabriel1986
Pop

I would probably have loved this album even more if:

  1. Sledgehammer was not on it.
  2. I had listened to it ten years ago so I could base entire swaths of my personality around it, as I have done with Graceland

It is glorious, though, and I'm probably gonna go down a Peter Gabriel rabbit hole now.

✭✭✭✭
1/4/2021
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Good Guess

Winston C.W.2020
Bedroom Pop

The instrumentals on this album are soft and nice and gorgeous and the lyrics are pleasant and introspective and I think I would love this album if the vocals weren't so cacophonous. I'll try and listen to it a few more times to see if he grows on me, but I'm skeptical.

✭✭✭
1/3/2021
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The Price of Tea in China

Boldy James2020
Hip-Hop

Alchemist’s sensational beats (and very Madvillain-y sampling) make this fun but Boldy’s verses just do not do anything for me, in tenor or in substance.

✭✭✭
1/2/2021
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Portrait in Love

Rook1e2020
Lo-fi

I listened to this album twice and both times I forgot that I was listening to an album and not just a generic lo-fi playlist.

✭✭
1/1/2021
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It Is What It Is

Thundercat2020
Experimental
12/31/2020
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A Japanese Horror Film

Chester Watson2020
Hip-Hop

Mumblecore Liquid Swords, and I mean that in a very positive way.

✭✭✭✭✭
12/30/2020
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Purity Ring

Purity Ring2020
Pop

I mean, it’s a Purity Ring album, and a polished one at that. Macabre lyrics, sleek production, pop hooks. It is not novel for them but it is very well executed, and I like it!

✭✭✭✭
12/29/2020
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When Man Fails You

Yves Tumor2015
Experimental

Limerence is a work of art and a couple other tracks are standouts, but it lacks a certain level of coherence that makes me want to listen to tracks, rather than the entire album through.

✭✭✭✭
12/28/2020
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Live at the Harlem Square Club

Sam Cooke1963
Live

Joyous, joyous soul that feeds on the live crowd. I don’t think it’s possible to listen to this album without singing along to it.

✭✭✭✭✭
12/28/2020
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Live at Tubby's

75 Dollar Bill2020
Experimental

The riffing is fun and I have to imagine that if I was there live for this set I would have dug it but man, it is a chore to listen to.

✭✭
12/27/2020
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Everything Will Change

The Postal Service2020
Live

This is not the best Ben-Gibbard-related live album (that is the inimitable The John Byrd EP), and it feels strictly inferior to Give Up, but as far as live albums go it is warm and pleasantly produced and I listened to it three times straight which is a pretty good sign.

✭✭✭✭
12/21/2020
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Real Bad Boldy

Boldy James2020
Hip-Hop

I absolutely abhored the opening title track but it heats up from there, with Street Shit and Champion being standout entries in the back half of the album.

✭✭✭✭
12/20/2020
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Holographic Universe(s?)!

Nonlocal Forecast2020

There were some fun samples in here but I can't think of a worse sign for an album than not knowing that you had finished it and moved onto the next album.

✭✭✭
12/18/2020
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evermore

Taylor Swift2020
Pop

Some pleasant, catchy bops!

✭✭✭✭
12/16/2020
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DJ Vision

DJ Motive2020

Pretty fun, as far as forgettable electronica goes!

✭✭✭✭
12/14/2020
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Linus and Juicy

Jose 'Juicy' Gonzales2016

Every year, the Jose Gonzales Trio put on a live performance of the Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack to raise funds for the Strawshop Theatre (a troupe of which I'm a fairly ardent supporter.) It is perhaps my favorite part of Christmas, and this is a recorded version of that music. And, I mean, I love these guys but there's no improving on the original.

✭✭
12/14/2020
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A Written Testimony

Jay Electronica2020
Hip-Hop

Probably not a great sign that I thought “oh, I should listen to this, I didn’t realize Jay Elec had finally dropped an official album” and then remembered halfway through that I had listened to this six months prior, and that the clue that led to my recall of this fact was a terrible Jay-Z lyric.

✭✭✭
12/13/2020
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We Will Always Love You

The Avalanches2020
Electronic

The Jamie XX feature and Leon Bridges alone make this a classic but wow the entire thing is just beautiful from start to finish.

✭✭✭✭✭
12/12/2020
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Anime, Trauma, Divorce

Open Mike Eagle2020
Hip-Hop
✭✭✭✭
11/1/2020
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Fetch the Bolt Cutters

Fiona Apple2020
✭✭✭
9/20/2020
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The Shore

Fleet Foxes2020
Folk
✭✭✭
9/1/2020
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Notes on a Conditional Form

The 19752020
✭✭✭✭
8/1/2020
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Run The Jewels 4

Run The Jewels2020
✭✭✭✭
7/1/2020
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Blue Hours

Bear's Den2022
Indie

Felt like a softer, folkier version of Frightened Rabbit. Will revisit once it is colder out, because this is definitely an autumnal album.

✭✭✭✭
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Passion

Peter Gabriel1989
World
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Honestly Nevermind

Drake2022
House

I have a distinct impression that this is going to get panned, but you know what? This is the most interesting thing Drake has done in a long time, and I don't mind the simple-but-catchy dancehall beats.

✭✭✭✭
Subconsciously

Subconsciously

Black Coffee2021
House

This was a pleasant and samey album almost the entire way through, but the final four songs — starting with Ready For You — elevated it from "forgettably mellifluous" to "okay, I need to throw a bunch of these on a playlist."

✭✭✭✭
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The Last Goodbye

Odesza2022
House
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Time Skiffs

Animal Collective2022
Experimental

This was dreamlike and nice, but I think I'm at the point where I simply cannot care about Animal Collective. I've tried for two decades and it's time to give up.

✭✭✭
Tako Tsubo

Tako Tsubo

L'Imperatrice2021
Pop
✭✭✭✭
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Home, Before and After

Regina Spektor2022
Pop

Absolutely nothing wrong with this record except that it is very boring and treads nothing new for an artist with a lovely voice,, solid lyrics, and unrealized ambition.

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Call Me If You Get Lost

Call Me If You Get Lost

Tyler the Creator2021
Hip-Hop
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God's Fifth Wish

Fat Jon2021
Hip-Hop

I'm not one to criticize Fat Jon instrumentals (they're great!) but I literally forgot what this album was a week after listening to it.

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