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.

Phoenix

Pedro the Lion: Phoenix

I've always been a little weirded out by Dave Bazan's Christianity and the kind of pigeonholing of Pedro the Lion as a "Christian" band. After all, that's not my...
Power Chords

Mike Krol: Power Chords

Mike Krol’s Power Chords is like an ode to what music ought to be. No, seriously. There’s so much garbage out there. So much “experimentation.” So much electronica...
Ruby Vroom

Soul Coughing: Ruby Vroom

Soul Coughing’s 1994 album, Ruby Vroom. came out at a very important pivot point in my life. I was transitioning from college student to real-life person and needed...
Future Me Hates Me

The Beths: Future Me Hates Me

Look, man, I can’t be all punk all of the time. In fact, as I age I’m getting less and less able to take discordant noise. So a band like The Beths comes to me and I...
Maruader

Interpol: Marauder

I will say with complete certitude that this is the last Interpol album I will ever review. They are a band that meant something to me for (generously) three albums...
LP5000

Restorations: LP5000

At only seven tracks, calling this an LP is kind of a stretch. In fact, I’m not even sure it qualifies as such, but in the world of digital music, I’m probably the...
DOVE

Belly: DOVE

I have to start by saying that I absolutely hate this cover. It looks like some pseudo hippy shit from the early 90s. Granted, I suppose Belly is kind of a psuedo...
Bat Fangs

Bat Fangs: Bat Fangs

For five-and-a-half seconds of the first track on this album, “Turn It Up,” I thought I accidentally put on a Scorpions tune. Turns out it’s actually a White Reaper...
Fall Into the Sun

Swearin’: Fall Into the Sun

There’s something warm and inviting about boy/girl singing. Even if it’s not at the same time. Like Blake Babies or something I used to jam out to in the Discman...
Master Volume

The Dirty Nil: Master Volume

Rock and fuckin’ roll, man! Like the stuff they used to play at stadiums before pop and hip-hop took over the world. Like Cheap Trick and that kind of stuff. Not...