Album Reviews

CHECK OUT THE ALBUMS THAT HAVE LEFT MR. H WITH PERMANENT HEARING LOSS IN HIS LEFT EAR, BUT A SONG IN HIS HEART.

American Water

Silver Jews: American Water

The tragic death of David Berman in 2019 didn't really change my mind about Silver Jews, it just reinforced it. This album, American Water, is one that I've gone back to...
Have We Met

Destroyer: Have We Met

Destroyer is almost an idea more than it is a band. It's a thing that lives inside Dan Bejar's head. It makes almost no sense when you pull back from it, and almost less...
Listen Like Thieves

INXS: Listen Like Thieves

Like almost everyone else who first came across this band, I thought they were called “Inks.” To be fair, though, my seventh grade brain hadn’t fully formed when I saw...
Speed Kills

Chubby & the Gang: Speed Kills

This cover reminds me of both Doggystyle and Short Dog's in the House meets R. Crumb, but Chubby is no hip-hop star. Nor is he a dog. In fact, Chubby’s name isn’t even...
Thin Mind

Wolf Parade: Thin Mind

There was a time when Wolf Parade was “challenging” music. But it seems the owners of that tradition have spun that mantle off to side projects and personal quibbles. Or...
Marigold

Pinegrove: Marigold

Pinegrove is a band from Montclair, New Jersey that sounds distinctly like they’re not from New Jersey. They do retain some of that classic emo flavor from the state...
A Distant Call

Sheer Mag: A Distant Call

That is some old school album cover art. I can't decide if it's bad or good, but I like what it's putting out there. It feels like a real cover from the 70s hard rock...
uknowhatimsayin

Danny Brown: uknowhatimsayin¿

Danny Brown is like 2010’s version of Funkdoobiest mixed with like Ol' Dirty Bastard on acid. I was enamored with him when I first heard his insane “Stoned is the way of the...
It's Real

Ex Hex: It’s Real

I don't know much about Pat Benatar other than the fact she was a style icon. And played some 80s rock tunes that stylized power chords and put some ballz into the genre...
You Deserve Love

White Reaper: You Deserve Love

You know how Weezer always aspired to be Cheap Trick? Well it now seems that on their major label debut, White Reaper aspires to be Weezer being Cheap Trick. So, second-wave...
The Queen Is Dead

The Smiths: The Queen Is Dead

Why Morrissey? Why!? Why do you have to be such a bloody douche nozzle? I ask this question despite the fact that it seems The Smith's whole reason for being was to...
IGOR

Tyler, The Creator: IGOR

I have so little reference when it comes to stuff like IGOR. It isn't really hip hop. Though maybe it is? It sounds more like DJ Shadow's Entroducing.... than it does...
Cut Your Teeth

Necking: Cut Your Teeth

Necking is a term that my mom (Boomer that she is) used when I was a kid. Like way too much. She used it in reference to her own high-school days and to anything having...
Saw You Up There

Yeesh: Saw You Up There

Apparently Yeesh has already broken up. And this album, Saw You Up There, is their last, posthumous release. So if you're looking for live dates or even a music...
Cool Car

Girlfriend Material: Cool Car

There was a time when I thought Tokyo Police Club was the future of music. You know, Canadian wonderkind with a sense of modern irony playing what amounted to post-punk...