Music

Check out the albums that have left Mr. H with permanent hearing loss in his left ear, but a song in his heart.

I'll Be the Tornado

Dads: I’ll Be the Tornado

Something about Jersey inspires emotion. Very seldom do you get bands from The Jerz that don’t either tug at those emo heartstrings — like the…

Run the Jewels 2

Run the Jewels: Run the Jewels 2

I have a love/hate relationship with modern rap. Mostly hate. With the whole mixtape thing, it feels like the market has been saturated with a…

Rips

Ex Hex: Rips

This irony here — or not so much irony, but pity — is that this is the album Wild Flag probably thought they were making. Or…

Chick Lead Singers

I realize, scanning my music collection, that I have very few albums by bands that are fronted by chicks. Sure there are some solo acts…

Ten

Pearl Jam: Ten

Easily one of the top five influential and memorable albums of my college years. For those who thought Nirvana was too discordant and suicidal, Pearl…

I Love Steve Albini

I Love Steve Albini

I know it’s super old school to care about producers in rock music, but I’m an old school kind of guy. It’s not as if…

2011 Albums of the Year

2011 Albums of the Year

So I figure everyone else is doing his top albums thing, so I might as well. Now I don’t get free albums or anything, so…

American Water

Great Lyrics: ‘Random Rules’

The Silver Jews, always sort of living in the shadow of their better known, better represented former agents, Pavement, are an amazing band in their…

Nevermind

Nirvana: Nevermind

I put this CD on sitting in a dorm room at college and my mind melted right out of my ear. Like right out of…

13 Songs

Fugazi: 13 Songs

I was a latecomer to Fugazi in the scheme of my rock ’n’ roll education. I had heard nothing of their DC sound before walking…

Titus Andronicus @ Mercury Lounge

This was my second time seeing Titus Andronicus. My first was in their native New Jersey. Maxwell’s in Hoboken to be more specific. The show…

Titus Andronicus @ Maxwell’s

Titus Andronicus @ Maxwell’s

Maxwell’s is one of those places that I swear I had been to back in my early twenties when I had some reason or other…

Miles Kurosky @ Mercury Lounge

Miles Kurosky @ Mercury Lounge

When one of my favorite bands of all time, Beulah, broke up I cried. Okay, I didn’t cry, but was kind of bummed out, but…

Dinosaur Jr. @ Bowery Ballroom

Dinosaur Jr. @ Bowery Ballroom

I finally got my chance, albeit twenty years late, to see the now two album deep reunited Dinosaur Jr. at The Bowery Ballroom. I had…

Zhigge

Zhigge: Zhigge

I’m not really sure why this CD made its way into my collection other than it must have dropped around the time when I would…

Yuck

Yuck: Yuck

Right off the bat this album sounds like something sitting in one of my many CD towers in the storage room. The exposed bassline, the…

Fever to Tell

Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Fever to Tell

Didn’t your mother ever tell you it’s not nice to sneer? I mean Miss Polly Jean Harvey wouldn’t even yelp like this, even if it…

XX

The xx: XX

I will admit to being a cheap ass when it comes to buying music. I’m not loyal to my online retailers now that I’m no…

Hard or Smooth

Wreckx-n-Effect: Hard or Smooth

There’s only one reason to own this album… and that reason is the ubiquitous 1992 hit, “Rump Shaker.” You remember the awful video with the…