Music

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

Wild Flag

Wild Flag: Wild Flag

Welcome to Sleater-Kinney’s less annoying little cousin. Not to say that all Sleater-Kinney is annoying, but there’s only so much riot grrrrrrl a person can…

The Whole Love

Wilco: The Whole Love

Oh, Wilco. You’re so cute. And so overrated. Even Yankee Foxtrot Hotel, which we all subscribed to as the second coming of “good” music, fails…

Alopecia

Why?: Alopecia

Is this the rap/rock hybrid that things like the Judgment Night soundtrack folks imagined back in the early 90s? Probably not. They didn’t do hipster…

WWI

White Whale: WWI

For some reason the opening moments of this album remind me of INXS. I can’t say exactly why, as the rest of the album is…

The White Stripes

The White Stripes: The White Stripes

Laid bare of all pretention, this album is a straightforward, raw foot-stomping preview of a career to come. Part Yeah Yeah Yeahs (whose Karen O…

Milk Famous

White Rabbits: Milk Famous

This is a band I always want to like more than I do. It’s not that I dislike anything they do, including this, their new…

Fort Nightly

White Rabbits: Fort Nightly

Imagine some sort of weird Walkmen and Madness mash-up and you have The White Rabbits. Throw in some spooky Specials or Clinic reverb and maybe…

Weezer The Green Album

Weezer: Weezer [the green album]

There we go. This oughta make some of those Pinkerton-haters happy. Keeping the rockin’ attitude of Pinkerton, but adding back in some of the funniness…

Weezer Blue Album

Weezer: Weezer [the blue album]

My introduction to this album came upon me like a sign. KROQ played “(Undone) The Sweater Song” one day, and I happened to catch the…

Pinkerton

Weezer: Pinkerton

These guys got totally hosed on this album. Actually, it’s a better all around record than their debut. It’s more textured and emotional and the…

Maladroit

Weezer: Maladroit

They have really poured on the pop for this one. “Dope Nose” is a great, great pop song in all its power chord glory. It’s…

Valentina

The Wedding Present: Valentina

Look, I know these guys are old, but I still find them incredibly compelling. There’s something immediate about their music, entertaining and clear headed. Just…

Lisbon

The Walkmen: Lisbon

Lead singer, Hamilton Leithauser, sounds like Dylan if Dylan thought he could sing. It’s not to say he can’t, but close your eyes and imagine…

Smoke Ring for My Halo

Kurt Vile: Smoke Ring for My Halo

I generally stay away from the low-key singer/songwriter stuff since Elliott Smith snuffed himself. I saw one of his shows at Irving Plaza back when…

Venomous Villain

Viktor Vaughn: VV2: Venomous Villain

I’m not much for instrumental albums or albums filled with guest spots. So imagine my disappointment when the second Vik Vaughn album turned out to…

Vaudeville Villain

Viktor Vaughn: Vaudeville Villain

More stripped down than his straight-ahead MF Doom stuff, and a little more dark, Viktor Vaughn is a great alter-ego in and of itself. He’s…

Dager Beach

John Vanderslice: Dagger Beach

John Vanderslice isn’t what I would call a “happy” guy. He uses the word “alone” and “fear” quite a lot in his songs. Granted, when…

Goblin

Tyler, the Creator: Goblin

This album would literally make Hipster Father-in-Law’s head explode. And, yes, I know when people say “literally” they usually use it incorrectly as hyperbole and…