2. Telekinesis- Effluxion (2019)

Posted by KB on 1/1/2020 to Reviews In Brief

3. Olivia Jean- Night Owl (2019)

Posted by KB on 12/31/2019 to Reviews In Brief
Anyone who predicted that "Night Owl" would be my #3, let alone in my top 20, wins a prize or is lieing. This Third Man Records produced gem kept showing me new things upon each listen. Ankle deep in nostalgic, retro, back room, roller derby rock Jean molds songs that have muscle while being quite hummable. Just the right amount of rockabilly, echo and AM pop riffs fronted with a soulful warble. "Night Owl" won't knock your leather jacket off upon first listen but it will slowly remove it as you 'get' each song eventually.

Favorite Songs: Brushfire, Night Owl, The Hunt, Jaan Pehechaan Ho

night owl




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Olivia Jean- Night Owl

4. SWMRS- Berkeley's On Fire (2019)

Posted by KB on 12/31/2019 to Reviews In Brief

5. Hayes Carll- What It Is (2019)

Posted by KB on 12/30/2019 to Reviews In Brief

6. Suggested Friends- Turtle Taxi (2019)

Posted by KB on 12/30/2019 to Reviews In Brief
Suggested Friends has a, contradictory, stripped down big sound. The band from London wears it's "dyke" label with pride as they intelligently sing about daily observations, relationships and the state of our world. SF borrows from punk, power pop and 80's alternative, seamlessly blending the styles to create a unique identity for each of their songs. Faith Taylor sings with a conviction, not always experienced with DIY bands, delivering perfect punches at perfect times making you have to take notice. I dare anyone to listen to this and be bored.

Favorite Songs: The Apocalypse (It's Just A Day Away), G.N.A, Magnolia, Cygnets, At Ease

turtle taxi




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Suggested Friends- Turtle Taxi

7. Young Guv- Guv I & II (2019)

Posted by KB on 12/28/2019 to Reviews In Brief
This is the album you would get if Matthew Sweet, Evan Dando and Alex Chilton hunkered down in a studio for about a day. Basically a combo album of EPs I and II, this album jangles from the start with a couple of dance pop songs peppered in to round out possibly the most upbeat release of the year. The songs are brilliant because they sound so simple but anyone who is in the know understands that creating a great pop song is not easy let alone a gaggle of great pop songs. Need a pick me up? I & II is your drug.

Favorite Songs: Patterns Prevail, Every Flower I See, Luv Always, Didn't Even Cry, Trying To Decide

Guv I & II




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Young Guv- Guv I & II

It's a No This Time

Posted by KB on 12/28/2019 to Reviews In Brief
It happens. Sometimes artists you like just put out stinkers. Here are some that I felt just didn't cut it. I will leave any commentary out because I have faith that this indiscretion may get rectified.

Dandy Warhols- Why You So Crazy
Fidlar- Almost
GospelbeacH- Let it Burn
Jimbo Matthus- Incinerator
National- I Am Easy To Find
Pink- Hurts 2B Human
Redd Kross- Beyond the Door
Robert Randolph & the Family- Brighter Days
Sleater Kinney- The Center Won't Hold
Volbeat - Rewind - Replay - Rebound

8. Amyl and the Sniffers- Amyl and the Sniffers (2019)

Posted by KB on 12/28/2019 to Reviews In Brief

9. Apex Manor- Heartbreak City (2019)

Posted by KB on 12/27/2019 to Reviews In Brief
Apex Manor (Ross Flournoy) has followed up The Year of Magical Drinking with a solid, breezy but punchy rock album. The songs shoot out of the blocks and maintain a rigorous pace then without warning end. This structure keeps the songs ring in your head because you want more. There is an urgency in the guitar driven pop songs with deliberate delivered vocals creating a sense of seriousness. This doesn't mean the songs are lacking joy there is ample fun. Hopefully they won't wait another eight years to release their next.

Favorite Songs: Asked & Answered, The Long Goodbye, Heartbreak City, Nervous Wreck

heartbreak city




Check Out and Buy:
Raconteurs- Help Us Stranger

10. Jenny Lewis- On the Line (2019)

Posted by KB on 12/27/2019 to Reviews In Brief

On the Cusp

Posted by KB on 12/27/2019 to Reviews In Brief
Before delving into my top 10, here are a few that were almost there.

Young Enough






Check Out:
Charly Bliss- Young Enough
Click to See Review


Launch Fly Land






Check Out:
Dreamers- Launch Fly Land
Click to See Review


falling




Check Out:
Dude York- Falling
Click to See Review


twelve nudes




Check Out:
Ezra Furman- Twelve Nudes
Continuation into he evolution with spit and vitriol.


Into the Iris




Check Out:
Flat Worms- Into the Iris

Click to See Review


slow century




Check Out:
I Was A King- Slow Century
Click to See Review


desert rose




Check Out:
Michaela Anne- Desert Rose
Smart, traditional country with an easy gait.


no exit




Check Out:
The Resonars- No Exit
Click to See Review

11. Raconteurs- Help Us Stranger (2019)

Posted by KB on 12/26/2019 to Reviews In Brief
This is the Jack White release everyone wanted. He just need Brendan Benson and the rest of the Raconteurs to realize it. With little effort a listener can identify the White or the Benson contributions. White with his patented anvil hard riffs, back beat melodies and change of time signatures and Benson's melodic introspective-ness. While possibly not the best of of the three Raconteurs releases it does still bring creative boldness which makes this a fun, interesting listen. I predict this will end up in the 'why don't I listen to this more' category.

Favorite Songs: Don't Bother Me, Somedays (I Don't Feel Like Trying), Sunday Driver, What's Yours is Mine

help us stranger




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Raconteurs- Help Us Stranger

12. Bleached- Don't You Think You've Had Enough (2019)

Posted by KB on 12/26/2019 to Reviews In Brief
Sparse gargage punk pop with riot girrrl attitude. Bleached doesn't tread any new water and one could easily dismiss "Don't You Think You've Had Enough" as been-there-heard-that-before and then you realize that you've listened to it three times consecutively and you weren't the slightest bit bored. No crazy solos or screaming vocals just hook heavy riffs and melodies with ardent, understated layered vocals. DYTYHE is just edgy enough to warrant coolness and poppy enough to bring the fun.

Favorite Songs: Heartbeat Away, Somebody Dial 911, Rebound City, Real Life, Shitty Ballet

Don't You Think You've Had Enough




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Bleached- Don't You Think You've Had Enough

13. Whiskey Meyers- Whiskey Meyers (2019)

Posted by KB on 12/24/2019 to Reviews In Brief
There is country rock and there is shit-kicking Whiskey Meyers country rock. If you are a pop-radio-friendly-country fan, please stop reading because you are wasting your time. WM twang slaps you in the face and doesn't stop- and folks that is a good thing, and not in a sadomasochistic way. Graveled voices, grungy-oily guitars and back porch foot stomping. These songs matter to them. They are singing about themselves and they could give two shits if you care. Play it loud. Play it sweaty. Then roll over the nearest radio with your pick-up truck.

Favorite Songs: Die Rockin', Bitch, Gasoline, Glitter Ain't Gold, Bury My Bones

whiskey meyers




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Whiskey Meyers- Whiskey Meyers

14. Angie McMahon- Salt (2019)

Posted by KB on 12/24/2019 to Reviews In Brief

15. Spiral Stairs- We Wanna Be Hypnotized (2019)

Posted by KB on 12/23/2019 to Reviews In Brief

16. Capsula- Bestiarium (2019)

Posted by KB on 12/23/2019 to Reviews In Brief
Capsula is my favorite band from Spain. It's also the only band from Spain I follow. That said, Capsula consistently puts out interesting, borderline psychedelic, sonic rock. Intricate melodies and layered vocals that meander through heavy beats and driving hooks. They conjure up visions of deep colored smoke which goes in line with their lyrics which fall into the mythical bizarre world of creatures in dark olden times, so don't look for too much emotional attachment, just enjoy the imaginative reverberation bellowing from your speaker. I believe you won't be disappointed.

Favorite Songs: Biform, Red Moon Falls, Russian Roulette, Magnets

bestiarium




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Capsula- Bestiarium

17. Adia Victoria- Silences (2019)

Posted by KB on 12/22/2019 to Reviews In Brief

18. Nick Waterhouse- S/T (2019)

Posted by KB on 12/22/2019 to Reviews In Brief
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