Tyler begins his journey cataloguing 2016’s Albums of the Year, opening with blurbs on releases by Frank Ocean, one of the Knowles Sisters, and Beach Slang.
For the second half of September’s Albums of the Month, we wander a little more into the minefield of “albums everyone else is reviewing.” That doesn’t make them somehow un-excellent, unmoving, or unimportant… just that sometimes their music can feel so dissected that it is more advisable to use a light, empathetic touch. To leave some of the mystery there, for others to find.
We have another two-part Albums of the Month this month after taking August off. While in retrospect there were some hidden gems from August (Blowout, The Afterglows, Ka), September is so righteously stacked with quality music that a double dose was only fitting.
Summer music tends to be frivolous, filled with nonsensical choruses and ill-advised chart-adjacent singles. Yet for all the heat and “we’ll live forever” teenage screams, there are just as many heartfelt explosions of feeling. The Albums of the Month for both June and July (sorry guys!) prove this in spades.
Think about your favorite indie rock record.
As you can see, we have a “Part 1” title of Albums of the Month. That’s because May is so packed with music it would be an awfully unruly article to provide you with all of May’s recommendations at one time. So we’re splitting it up into some of the best records that came out in the first half of the month.
Getting caught up in the zeitgeist is so effortless, those artists that fall just outside of it can get easily washed up on the beach as part of a rogue swell.
I’m going to try and find a unifying theme to the Albums Of The Month that I’m going to recommend to you. Think of it like a review of the reviews. This being the first month, thought I’d run that down.
The Gaslight Cafe, 1961.
A young man begins strumming the opening chords of “Hang Me, Oh Hang Me,” a song that, like most folk songs, is listed as “traditional.”
We posted 200 articles, essays, and reviews in 2015. Here they are, organized for you.