Protomartyr reissues 2012’s ‘No Passion All Technique’

Protomartyr No Passion All Technique Urinal Cake Records · Reissued May 10, 2019 · Released October 12, 2012 Hearing this record after their most recent release shows how far the band has come. Protomartyr, the Detroit post-punk band who has gained a lot of attention in recent years, have recently reissued their debut record, No Passion […]

The Velvet Underground’s self-titled LP turns 50

The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground  MGM · March 1, 1969 On the fiftieth anniversary of their eponymous album, music fans should take a moment to appreciate their impact and legacy. Every once in a while, a band comes along who doesn’t receive much attention during their career, but gains an insane cult following later on. […]

Arctic Monkeys’ ‘Humbug’ turns 10

Arctic Monkeys Humbug  Domino Records · August 19, 2009 Most Arctic Monkeys fans can admit that the first time they listened to Humbug, they didn’t like it. With its slower tempos, crunchy guitar, and psychedelic organ accompanying Turner’s low croon, Humbug is an album that requires a certain mood to listen to: a hate-everyone-and-everything kind of […]

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ ‘Californication’ turns 20

Red Hot Chili Peppers Californication  Warner Bros. Records · June 8, 1999 Californication encapsulates everything that the Red Hot Chili Peppers represent stylistically as a band. The Red Hot Chili Peppers have always challenged the conventions of rock music. With almost a dozen studio albums, they have had much opportunity to experiment with their sound and influence […]

‘Illmatic’ turns 25

Nas Illmatic  Columbia Records · April 19, 1994 In 1994, hip-hop was beginning to gradually move away from its fundamental roots dating back to the 1970’s in New York City.  The West Coast and G-Funk, popularized by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, were dominating airwaves all over the country. Alternative, experimental forms of the genre pioneered […]

Modest Mouse’s ‘Good News For People Who Love Bad News’ turns 15

Modest Mouse Good News For People Who Love Bad News Epic Records · April 6, 2004 Good News For People Who Love Bad News, the fourth studio album from Modest Mouse, was a departure from the group’s earlier work. Lead by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Isaac Brock, the band had just achieved critical acclaim for their previous […]

St. Vincent’s ‘Actor’ turns 10

St. Vincent Actor  4AD · May 4, 2009 Actor, St. Vincent’s sophomore album, is filled with contrasts: screeching guitars, Annie Clark’s heavenly voice, angelic string sections, and lyrics that reveal crushing anxiety upon further inspection. These compositional opposites can be viewed as a metaphor of the deception people have towards themselves and others, as stated by […]

Talking Heads’ ‘Fear of Music’ turns 40

Talking Heads Fear of Music  Sire Records · August 3, 1979 “To shake your rump is to be environmentally aware.” – David Byrne Born out of art school academia and the first wave punk scene at CBGB’s, Talking Heads was a group armed with intellectualism and intention. Unlike their New York City contemporaries, the Heads weren’t interested […]

De La Soul’s ‘3 Feet High and Rising’ turns 30

De La Soul 3 Feet High and Rising Tommy Boy Records · March 3, 1989 30 years ago, on March 3rd, 1989, American hip-hop trio De La Soul released their ground-breaking debut studio album, 3 Feet High and Rising.  The group originally comprised of Posdnuos, Trugoy, and Maseo, who came together when they were in high school. […]

Animal Collective’s ‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’ Turns 10

Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion Domino Records · January 6, 2009 Coming off three innovative, creative and original albums in a row, in 2009, Animal Collective had almost nothing to prove to their fan base. They were about emotional, driven, catchy, but still extremely experimental albums that each had their own flavor. From the folky and fast […]

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