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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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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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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12/7/2021
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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
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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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
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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.

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10/6/2021
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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.

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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.

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10/3/2021
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Moment Bends
Architecture in Helsinki2011
Pop

Pleasant and defanged.

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10/3/2021
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The Score
Fugees1996
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9/27/2021
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Nastavi, Calliope
Babehoven2021

Too much angst, not enough sonic.

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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

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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.

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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.)

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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.

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9/4/2021
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DONDA
Kanye West2021

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

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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.

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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.

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8/19/2021
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Bo Jackson
Boldy James / The Alchemist2021
Hip-Hop
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8/18/2021
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A Sky Record
Damon & Naomi2021
Rock
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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7/20/2021
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Bae 5
Yung Bae2019
House

It's fun!

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7/19/2021
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Sob Rock
John Mayer2021
Pop

Alexa, play "mi

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7/18/2021
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Yasuragi Land
Foodman2021
Experimental

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

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.)

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6/28/2021
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音楽
Tokyo Jihen2021
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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?

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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.

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6/8/2021
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Changephobia
Rostam2021
Pop

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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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5/5/2021
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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

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5/2/2021
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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!

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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 :(

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4/23/2021
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Koolmotor
Five Deez2002
Hip-Hop
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4/19/2021
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Ming Ming
Otay::onii2019
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4/19/2021
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FEVER DREAM
Of Monsters and Men2019
Pop

Wow they got generic quick!

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4/14/2021
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Floor Seats
A$AP Ferg2019
Hip-Hop
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4/13/2021
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G_d’s Pee AT STATE’S END!
Godspeed You! Black Emperor2021
Experimental
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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.

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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

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4/1/2021
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Green to Gold
The Antlers2021
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3/31/2021
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SoulFly
Rod Wave2021
Hip-Hop
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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.

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3/26/2021
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Us
Peter Gabriel1992
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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.

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3/19/2021
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Sonderlust
Kishi Bashi2016
Folk
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3/6/2021
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Omoiyari
Kishi Bashi2019
Folk

Inconsequential and pleasant!

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3/5/2021
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Muldrew
Joseph Shabason2019
Experimental

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

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3/3/2021
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Gems from the Equinox
Meyhem Lauren2017
Hip-Hop
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3/3/2021
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Glass
Meyhem Lauren2018

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

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3/2/2021
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Harlecore
Danny L Harle2021
Electronic

This is too much for me!

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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!

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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.)

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2/28/2021
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Juvenile
CRi2020
House

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

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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?

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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.

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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.

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2/16/2021
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A N M L 7
Lofigo2020
Hip-Hop

Lo-fi sadboy forgettable hiphop.

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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!

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2/11/2021
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HANADRIEL
HANA2020
Pop

Way too scattershot to legitimately enjoy.

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2/11/2021
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The Finish Line
Middle School2020
Lo-fi

Above average rote chill hop.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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".

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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!)

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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.)

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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1/1/2021
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A Japanese Horror Film
Chester Watson2020
Hip-Hop

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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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12/18/2020
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Taylor Swift2020
Pop

Some pleasant, catchy bops!

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12/16/2020
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DJ Vision
DJ Motive2020

Pretty fun, as far as forgettable electronica goes!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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12/12/2020
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Anime, Trauma, Divorce
Open Mike Eagle2020
Hip-Hop
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11/1/2020
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Fetch the Bolt Cutters
Fiona Apple2020
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9/20/2020
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The Shore
Fleet Foxes2020
Folk
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9/1/2020
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Notes on a Conditional Form
The 19752020
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8/1/2020
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Run The Jewels 4
Run The Jewels2020
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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.

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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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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.

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Tako Tsubo
L'Imperatrice2021
Pop
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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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