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Album of the month – August 2017

Two-thirds of the way through 2017 and it’s been really interesting so far. Some exceptional music. A lot of terrible music. Ah, okay, not terrible… just not my cup of tea (although quite a bit of it is terrible). I’m going to have to do an arbitrary cut off – December 20th will do, why not? Then anything scoring over 60 (and in a rating system that runs from -100 to +100 I think a 60 is a good score) will get another listen, then the final top ten will be decided. And then it all begins again in 2018.

I really wish I could put Kikagaku Moyo’s wonderful Stone Garden in this month’s top rated albums but, alas, it’s an EP. It’s still bloody magnificent so I think you should check it out as soon as possible. Here’s Backlash for your listening pleasure:

I’ve been listening to quite a lot of psychedelic stuff recently, mostly Bardo Pond. Their new album Under The Pines is just a bit marvellous! Equally great is the new Rainer Maria record. However, album of the month goes to EMA with Exile In The Outer Ring. Have a listen to Fire Water Air LSD:

There’s a band called The Rememberables! With a name like that they’re either going to be incredibly amazing or unbelievably awful. Which is it? All is revealed below (and sorted alphabetically for the first time this year).

I enjoyed Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer’s Not Dark Yet but their cover of Nirvana’s Lithium was a bit painful. Different and brave, but it didn’t do it for me. They do nice covers of Into My Arms and Silver Wings.

I’m only tagging the rated albums from now on. It’s a bit too much otherwise.

68.18
EMA – Exile In The Outer Ring

66.67
Bardo Pond – Under The Pines
Rainer Maria – S/T

63.64
Jen Cloher – Jen Cloher

62.50
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real – Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

61.54
Almirante Ackbar – Sonidos Ultrasónicos y Audibles para Callar al Perro del Vecino

61.11
Widowspeak – Expect the Best

59.09
Grizzly Bear – Painted Ruins
Iron & Wine – Beast Epic

58.34
Grandaddy – Last Place
Nick Heyward – Woodland Echoes
Temples – Volcano
The Yawpers – Boy in a Well

56.67
Guided By Voices – How Do You Spell Heaven
Milo – Who Told You To Think??!!?!?!?!

56.25
Guerilla Toss – GT Ultra
Sam Patch – Yeah You, and I

55.56
The Mynabirds – Be Here Now

55.00
Elijah Ocean – Elijah Ocean
Oh Sees – Orc
The New Year – Snow

54.70
Guided By Voices – August By Cake

54.55
Liars – TFCF
Paul Draper – Spooky Action

53.85
Action Bronson – Blue Chips 7000
Donnacha Denney – Tessellatum
Girl Ray – Earl Grey

53.57
A$AP Twelvyy – 12

53.13
Brockhampton – Saturation II

52.78
Eluveitie – Evocation II – Pantheon

50.00
Amy O – Elastic
Birds – Everything All At Once
Dale Crover – The Fickle Finger of Fate
Filthy Friends – Invitation
Incendios Forestales Del Viejo Continente – Principios Y Fundamentos De La Fauna Moderna
Kelley Stoltz – Que Aura
Los Zapping – La Costa del Pacífico
Lucky Soul – Hard Lines
Lydia Cole – The Lay of the Land
Pinact – The Part That No One Knows
Queens of the Stone Age – Villains
Quiet Riot – Road Rage
Secret Shine – There Is Only Now
Sibusile Xaba – Open Letter To Adoniah
Sibusile Xaba – Unlearning
Soccer Mommy – Collection
Suzanne Santo – Ruby Red
Tera Melos – Trash Generator
The Fresh & Onlys – Wolf Lie Down
The Woggles – Tally Ho!
Trailer Trash Tracys – Althaea
Wiki – No Mountains In Manhattan
Will Hoge – Anchors
ZGTO – A Piece of the Geto

35.00
Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer – Not Dark Yet

23.07
Dubloadz – Dubloadz and the 9000 Ghosts

20.84
Warm Digits – Wireless World

12.50
Trans Am – California Hotel

-10.00
Dead Cross – Dead Cross

-78.56
The Rememberables – The Rememberables

Sorry, but no
A Giant Dog – Toy
A$AP Ferg – Still Striving
Accept – The Rise of Chaos
Adore Delano – Whatever
Akercocke – Renaissance in Extremis
Alash – Achai
Andrew Belle – Dive Deep
Angelo De Augustine – Swim Inside the Moon
Apollo Brown & Planet Asia – Anchovies
Aron D’Alesio – Aron D’Alesio
Attic – Sanctimonious
Ayo River – Failed State
Baby In Vain – More Nothing
Blondes – Warmth
Bloody Beach – Boys
Bodies Of Water – Spear in the City
Brand New – Science Fiction
Briana Marela – Call It Love
Camille Delean – Music on the Grey Mile
Chase & Status – Tribe
Chico Buarque – Caravanas
Cloakroom – Time Well
Cormorant – Diaspora
Crash City Saints – Are You Free?
Dagoba – Black Nova
Damaged Bug – Bunker Funk
Dan Wilson – Re-Covered
Daniel Caesar – Freudian
Dave East – Paranoia: A True Story
David Rawlings – Poor David’s Almanack
Dean Hurley – Anthology Resource Vol. 1: △△
Declaime – Young Spirit
Dent May – Across The Multiverse
Disasteradio – Sweatshop
Dizzy Wright – The Golden Age 2
Downtown Boys – Cost of Living
Emily Saliers – Murmuration Nation
End Christian – Energy & Strength
Eskimo Callboy – The Scene
Everything Everything – A Fever Dream
Felicia Atkinson – Hand In Hand
Fifth Harmony – Fifth Harmony
Frankie Rose – Cage Tropical
Ghostpoet – Dark Days + Canapés
Gogol Bordello – Seekers and Finders
Gold Class – Drum
Gordi – Reservoir
Guantanamo Baywatch – Desert Center
Gunplay – The Fix Tape
Hammock – Mysterium
Hard Working Americans – We’re All in This Together
Heinali & Matt Finney – How We Lived
Hype Williams – Rainbow Edition
Hypochristmutreefuzz – Hypopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia
Ian Felice – In the Kingdom of Dreams
Ian Hawgood – Transparencies
Incantation – Profane Nexus
Jack Cooper – Sandgrown
James Heather – Stories From Far Away On Piano
Joseph Shabason – Aytche
Kacy & Clayton – The Siren’s Song
Kesha – Rainbow
Khalil – The Water We Drink
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard with Mile High Club – Sketches of Brunswick East
Kitty – Miami Garden Club
KMFDM – Hell Yeah
Kodak Black – Project Baby 2
Kutmah – TROBBB!
Lawrence English – Cruel Optimism
Leaf – Trinity
Lil Debbie – OG In My System
Lil Peep – Come Over When You’re Sober, Pt. 1
Lil Uzi Vert – Luv Is Rage 2
Los Carpinteros – The Real Pava
Matt Pond PA – Still Summer
Maya Jane Coles – Take Flight
Mazes – The Violent Tapes
Mermaidens – Perfect Body
Moose – It’s Not Important
Mosquitos – Mexican Dust
Mozzy – 1 Up Top Ahk
Mystery Skulls – One of Us
Naomi Punk – Yellow
Neck Deep – The Peace And The Panic
Neon Waltz – Strange Hymns
No Malice – Let the Dead Bury the Dead
Norikiyo – Bouquet
Old Dominion – Happy Endings
Ozuna – Odisea
Papir – V
Paul Kelly – Life Is Fine
Pessimist – Pessimist
Phora – Yours Truly Forever
Photay – Onism
Raindeer – Neon Death
Randy Newman – Dark Matter
Ray Wylie Hubbard – Tell the Devil I’m Gettin’ There as Fast as I Can
Riff Raff – The White West
Sannhet – So Numb
Seasurfer – Under the Milkyway… Who Cares
Sivu – Sweet Sweet Silent
Slushii – Out of Light
So Much Light – Oh, Yuck
Steven Wilson – To The Bone
Sweet Apple – Sing the Night in Sorrow
Terminal Gods – Meridian
The Accidentals – Odyssey
The Cribs – 24-7 Rock Star Shit
The Districts – Popular Manipulations
The Duke Spirit – Sky is Mine
The Haunted – Strength in Numbers
The Lovely Bad Things – Teenage Grown Ups
The Lurking Fear – Out Of The Voiceless Grave
The Preatures – Girlhood
The Travelling Band – Sails
The War On Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
Thy Art Is Murder – Dear Desolation
Timber Timbre – Sincerely, Future Pollution
Tribalistas – Tribalistas
Triggerfinger – Colossus
Troy Ave – Album of the Summer
Turnover – Good Nature
Ugly God – The Booty Tape
Uncommon Nasa – Written at Night
UNKLE – The Road, Pt. 1
Violet Cold – Anomie
William Basinski – A Shadow in Time
William The Conqueror – Proud Disturber of the Peace
Willie J Healey – People and Their Dogs
Work Drugs – Flaunt the Imperfection
XXXTentacion – 17
Yards – Excitation Thresholds




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