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.

Change Today?

T.S.O.L: Change Today?

Goth rock was an underrated corner of the 80s rock world. Especially for angry teenagers living during that time. Not the murky swirling stuff, but the music that came...
Viewing

Stay Inside: Viewing

There hasn't been a band with a name as appropriate for the times we're currently living in than Stay Inside in quite a while. I mean, I suppose if there was a band called...
RTJ4

Run the Jewels: RTJ4

These Gen Z kids don't really appreciate what hip hop is supposed to be. Says the white-guy Gen Xer. But, seriously, there's an art to it that seems to be lost in this...
NO DREAM

Jeff Rosenstock: NO DREAM

I love the fact that there's a dude named Jeff Rosenstock from Long Island who started his musical career making ska music now making some of my favorite type of punk...
The New Abnormal

The Strokes: The New Abnormal

The Strokes are a band that debuted in 2001 and quickly rose to international fame. But here in 2020 are a group of 40-year-old men putting out albums that barely make a...
Trust the River

Sparta: Trust the River

From the ashes of At the Drive-In came Sparta. An odd moniker for a band from El Paso. I figured Alamo would be more apt, but no need to be retro controversial, I suppose...
Saint Cloud

Waxahatchee: Saint Cloud

I listen to Waxahatchee and I'm confused. This album, Saint Cloud, has this kind of adult contemporary, singer-songwriter type thing. Like a more traditional Sheryl Crow...
Melee

Dogleg: Melee

I seem to complain constantly about the lack of energy in modern rock music. The lack of drive and, quite frankly, anger. After all, that's why the youth start rock bands...
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...