KBGA Top 30 for 9/19

 

 

 

1 Oh Sees Orc
2 Mogwai Every Country’s Sun
3 Broken Social Scene Hug of Thunder
4 Japanese Breakfast Soft Sounds From Another Planet
5 Alvvays Antisocialities
6 Turnover Good Nature
7 Grizzly Bear Painted Ruins
8 The National Sleep Well Beast
9 Arcade Fire Everything Now
10 milo who told you to think??!!?!?!?!
11 Brand New Science Fiction
12 BROCKHAMPTON Saturation II
13 A Giant Dog Toy
14 Cory Fay Garden Variations
15 Death from Above Outrage! Is Now
16 Portugal. The Man Woodstock
17 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Murder of the Universe
18 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard With Mild High Club Sketches of Brunswick East
19 Andrea Harsell & Luna Roja Something for the Pain
20 Go Hibiki In the Years Spent
21 Mount Kimbie Love What Survives
22 Zola Jesus Okovi
23 Deerhoof Mountain Moves
24 Terrace Martin Presents The Pollyseeds Sounds of Crenshaw, Vol. 1
25 Toro Y Moi Boo Boo
26 Waxahatchee Out in the Storm
27 The War on Drugs A Deeper Understanding
28 Ariel Pink Dedicated to Bobby Jameson
29 Tyler The Creator Flower Boy
30 Iron & Wine Beast Epic

 

Brennan’s Adds for 9/5/17

 

milo- who told you to think​?​?​!​!​?​!​?​!​?​!
Hip-Hop

Milo’s just real good with words- like one of the best. He rhymes words you don’t see coming with more words you don’t see coming and builds some of the most creative and intelligent verses in current hip-hop. The background to his lyrics are beats jazzy, atmospheric as hell, and still pretty experimental for their simplicity. I loved “So the Flies Don’t Come” and this album feels closely tied to it. So if you love that album too then this is a must listen.
RIYL: Open Mike Eagle, Busdriver, Quelle Chris
RECC: 1,2,4,6,8,9,14

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 Brand New- Science Fiction 
Emo//Post-Hardcore

Some people really lost their minds once they saw a new Brand New album, damn. I have my memories with them but I was way more into Taking Back Sunday growing up so the nostalgia with Brand New isn’t that strong. I say this to say that this is a completely 100% unbiased, objective, and pinpoint accurate opinion of the new Brand New album. It’s good! It’s definitely a Brand New album but it’s certainly a new sound. It’s darker but less aggressive which I appreciate, and it’s just a good grown up take on their sound.
RECC: 4,5,6,10,12

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BROCKHAMPTON- Saturation II 

Hip-Hop
Well, this is a lot like Saturation, so imma pretty much copy paste my review that review because if you loved that than you’ll love this. “There’s a lot of personality coming from the artists here, which makes up for them not necessarily being able to blow you away with bars. But this album separates itself from the pack majorly in one way for me: the fucking beats. I mean these go hard like the first time I heard Hell Hath No Fury or DS2 or Chronic 2001. The instrumentals make me roll my windows down and go for a drive but also slam my head into a brick wall.”- Me

 RIYL: Tyler, The Creator, Kevin Abstract

RECC: 1,5,7,10,13

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A Giant Dog- Toy

Rock
Pile was like top ten albums of last year for me, and I was surprised when I saw this was coming out. Once again they’re a rock ‘n roll band through and through. Full of energy, harmonizing lead guitars and vocals, this album is another ripper.

 RECC: 2,5,6,11,12

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Mogwai- Every Country’s Sun

 Post-Rock//Experimental Rock
Great atmosphere on this project, layers of instruments and electronics make this thing feel full and like it’s in its own world from time to time. The songs run long and aren’t afraid riff on parts for awhile, I like this better than Atomic for sure.

 RIYL: Explosions In The Sky, This Will Destroy You, Minor Victories

RECC: 2,4,9,10

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Zola Jesus- Okovi

 Experimental//Pop

 Heavy, dark, experimental, but still catchy and poppy in the right ways.

RIYL: Austra, Bat for Lashes, Perfume Genius

RECC: 2,3,5,6,8

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Turnover- Good Nature

 Pop//Dream Pop

This sounds as joyful as the album art looks- also sounds way different than the last record.

RIYL: Beach Fossils, Real Estate, Tigers Jaw

RECC: 1,2,4,11

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 Grizzly Bear- Painted Ruins

 Indie Rock
Another pretty joyful sounding record, this time more groovy and more indie rock-y. Good indie rock though, different from other stuff you’re

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RIYL: Dirty Projectors, Animal Collective, The National

RECC: 2,4,7,9

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Oh Sees- Orc

Rock
If you liked Thee Oh Sees, you’re gonna like Oh Sees. They dropped the Thee but not their sound, it’s more solid psych rock from the prolific

group.

RIYL: Ty Segall, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, White Fence

 RECC: 1,2,3,4

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 Brennan’s Adds 8/22/17

milo- who told you to think​?​?​!​!​?​!​?​!​?​!

Hip-Hop

Milo’s just real good with words- like one of the best. He rhymes words you don’t see coming with more words you don’t see coming and builds some of the most creative and intelligent verses in current hip-hop. The background to his lyrics are beats jazzy, atmospheric as hell, and still pretty experimental for their simplicity. I loved “So the Flies Don’t Come” and this album feels closely tied to it. So if you love that album too then this is a must listen.

RIYL: Open Mike Eagle, Busdriver, Quelle Chris

RECC: 1,2,4,6,8,9,14

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BROCKHAMPTON- Saturation II

Hip-Hop

Well, this is a lot like Saturation, so imma pretty much copy paste my review that review because if you loved that than you’ll love this. “There’s a lot of personality coming from the artists here, which makes up for them not necessarily being able to blow you away with bars. But this album separates itself from the pack majorly in one way for me: the fucking beats. I mean these go hard like the first time I heard Hell Hath No Fury or DS2 or Chronic 2001. The instrumentals make me roll my windows down and go for a drive but also slam my head into a brick wall.”- Me

RIYL: Tyler, The Creator, Kevin Abstract

RECC: 1,5,7,10,13

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A Giant Dog- Toy

Rock

Pile was like top ten albums of last year for me, and I was surprised when I saw this was coming out. Once again they’re a rock ‘n roll band through and through. Full of energy, harmonizing lead guitars and vocals, this album is another ripper.

RECC: 2,5,6,11,12

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Mogwai- Every Country’s Sun

Post-Rock//Experimental Rock

“Every Country’s Sun takes two decades of Mogwai’s signature, contrasting sounds – towering intensity, pastoral introspection, synth-rock minimalism, DNA-detonating volume – and distills it, beautifully, into 56 concise minutes of gracious elegance, hymnal trance-rock, and transcendental euphoria. Produced by psych-rock luminary Dave Fridmann, it’s a structural soundscape built from stark foundations up; from a gentle, twinkling, synth-rock spectre to a solid, blown-out, skyward-thrusting obelisk. There’s percussive, dream-state electronics (“Coolverine”), church organs as chariots of existential fire (“Brain Sweeties”), tremulous, foreboding bleeping – possibly from a dying android (“aka 47”).”- Shine On

RIYL: Explosions In The Sky, This Will Destroy You, Minor Victories

RECC: 2,4,9,10

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Grizzly Bear- Painted Ruins

Indie Rock

“It’s a direct reflection of the joy they experienced while making it. It chimes with collective exhales, and the genuine love that came from reuniting with old friends… ‘Painted Ruins’ isn’t a passing pleasure, it’s a body of work intended to be lived in. Its psychedelic grooves, challenging composition and pensive lyrics require repeated listens and develop significance, attachment and deep-rooted appreciation over time. That said it strays from getting too intense or introspective. Some of the tracks take on a more personal bent.”- RCA

RIYL: Dirty Projectors, Animal Collective, The National

RECC: 2,4,7,9

 

 

Top 30

8/7/17

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1 Waxahatchee Out in the Storm
2 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Murder of the Universe
3 Japanese Breakfast Soft Sounds From Another Planet
4 Elder Reflections of a Floating World
5 Omar Souleyman To Syria, With Love
6 Shabazz Palaces Quazarz vs. the Jealous Machines
7 Great Grandpa Plastic Cough
8 Beach Fossils Somersault
9 SZA Ctrl
10 Toro Y Moi Boo Boo
11 Vince Staples Big Fish Theory
12 Shabazz Palaces Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star
13 Terrace Martin Presents The Pollyseeds Sounds of Crenshaw, Vol. 1
14 Broken Social Scene Hug of Thunder
15 Arcade Fire Everything Now
16 Denzel Curry 13- EP
17 Nick Hakim Green Twins
18 Jlin Black Origami
19 Girlpool Powerplant
20 Go Hibiki In the Years Spent
21 Billy Woods Known Unknowns
22 Actress AZD
23 Portugal. The Man Woodstock
24 Beach House B-Sides & Rarities
25 Brockhampton Saturation
26 Swet Shop Boys Sufi La- EP
27 Fleet Foxes Crack-Up
28 Sufjan Stevens & Co Planetarium
29 Tyler, The Creator Flower Boy
30 Dizzee Rascal Raskit

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TOP 30

 

Brennan’s Adds 8/4/17

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Dizzee Rascal- Raski

Hip-Hop//Grime
I added the Wiley album a little bit back and called him the grandfather of grime- which is true. But the other prominent forefather/grandfather of the genre is Dizzee Rascal, maybe the biggest name in the genre before the mainstream grime blossoming of the past few years. This is some hard as hell grime- just banger after banger with Dizzee trading his classic flows over top. There’s also some of the most unique samples I’ve heard on a grime album here, using sounds from all over the world and turning them into bombastic bass heavy beats.

RECC: 3,5,6,8,9,16

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Terrance Martin Presents The Pollyseeds- Sounds of Crenshaw, Vol. 1
R&B/Funk
Terrance Martin is one of the young jazz musicians making waves out of Southern California, with his biggest accomplishments being his debut album Velvet Portraits and being one of the driving forces behind the music of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly. His alto sax will sound familiar from those two projects, but the jazz is not as present on this project. Through and through this is a funky R&B album characterized by its tight drum grooves, synth layers, and heavy bass. Guest vocals and performances from names like Robert Glasper and Rose Gold keep the album fresh throughout and an overall fun listen.

____________________RECC: 3,4,5,7                   AFTER 10: 11

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Broken Social Scene- Hug of Thunder
Rock
The indie rock band’s return is one of their strongest albums, with really succinct songwriting, variance in sound (vocals and otherwise), and strong lead melodies. I think it’s their most dynamic album to date, so if you like indie rock boy do I have an album for you. But describing it as an indie rock album, for maybe the first time in their discography, undersells what this brings to the table.
RECC: 2,4,5,6,9                 AFTER 10: 12

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Japanese Breakfast- Soft Sounds From Another Planet
Indie Rock
A clear step up in songwriting and production value from Psychopomp, Soft Softs From Another Planet is the first thing to grab my attention by Japanese Breakfast. The lead single “Road Head” is fantastic and remains the album’s standout track, but the album has plenty of other highs. There isn’t a fear to branch out and experiment on this project, and that makes it one of the best entries in indie rock this year.
RECC: 2,5,6,9,10

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Tyler, the Creator- Flower Boy
Hip-Hop//R&B
Holy shit, I didn’t believe the hype until I listened myself. I was like “man I’m not 15 anymore there’s no way I’m going to enjoy a new Tyler project.” I love Earl and Frank, but nothing else under the Odd Future umbrella has been noteworthy to me, minus the occasional good beat. This album is the least abrasive of Tyler’s discography, the most eccentric, the most vulnerable, and most importantly- the most (and only) mature album of his discography. Sung vocals are on this project almost as much as Tyler’s rapping, and it somehow works very well with his deep gruff voice. The songs are so catchy, and the rapping is the best of his career. The beats often feel luxurious and well orchestrated, and goddamnit, now I’m listening to Tyler, The Creator in 2017.
RECC: 2,5,6,8,10

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Arcade Fire- Everything Now
Rock/Pop
This album has sorta had a meh reception, and I get it. It’s not one of the most interesting albums in their discography and they’re selling a $85 fidget spinner. That being said the standouts from this record are still really good and really catchy. “Creature Comfort” is a track any Arcade Fire fan should love and the title track is great despite it being a sonic departure. I wanted more from this project, but if you’re a die hard Arcade Fire fan then this should fill the void- just don’t expect The Suburbs or Funeral.
RECC: 2,3,4,5,6

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Toro y Moi- Boo Boo
Pop  
Recommended if you like: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Blood Orange, Ariel Pink
RECC: 2,3,8,9

Portugal. The Man- Woodstock
Pop Rock
Recommended if you like: Tame Impala, Spoon, MGMT, Yeasayer
RECC: 4,6,7 AFTER 10: 8,10

Waxahatchee- Out in the Storm
Indie/Singer-Songwriter
Recommended if you like: Angel Olsen, Big Thief, Frankie Cosmos, Mitski, Speedy Ortiz
RECC: 1,3,7,10

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