I guess I’ll be the only detractor on this one and risk the down votes. I for one found this album a considerable step down, even from New Moon which saw the band really move toward a jam band feel. I heard some of these songs played last year at a show, and instantly feared what this album would sound like.
I’m a fan of Leave Home more, and this is far removed from that sound. They seemed less predictable back then, and what they do now seems far safer and accessible.
Regardless, I preferred Nothing and Real Estate this week.
Yeah, it definitely does. If you like Leave Home, it’s a massive disappointment hearing what they’ve become.
If you’re giving this the premature evaluation that means it won’t be your album of the week. Please don’t opt for The Men’s Tomorrows Hits, because that album sucks.
Stripes are def in my top 5 bands of all time. My personal top 10 songs…. which is really difficult.
1. Dead Leaves
2. I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself
3. I’m Finding It Harder to be a Gentleman
4. Truth Doesn’t Make a Noise
5. Effect & Cause
6. Offend in Every Way
7. Hello Operator
8. There’s No Home For You Here
9. White Moon
10. Hotel Yorba
Meh. Decent band, but I like About to Die more than any of these.
I didn’t really care for this. It’s just a Tame Impala rip off.
Japandroids won’t be releasing anything. They are on hiatus per their Facebook page.
Deerhunter camp usually alters years between projects, so its possible we’ll see a Lotus Plaza or Atlas Sound album, unless the band tours the whole year.
Viet Cong (Ex-Women project)
Deerhunter is not high enough.
Great stuff here. Given your picks, I’m surprised you didn’t include Mikal Cronin or at the very least Deerhunter. Seem right up your alley.
Or maybe it’s b/c those two are at the top of my list and I’m selfish.
Hate to admit it, but I have never liked this band until Lousy. I’ve tried to get into their older stuff but I’m having difficulty. I love Lousy though, it’ll be in my top 5 of the year actually.
It’s definitely a grower. I like it.
Coehn gave Monomania an 8.3. That album is clearly a 9 at least. For this, he should die.
I love these lists. Helps me find new stuff when I’ve overplayed Monomania and mbv.
Hopefully the better thing he has to do is make new Fugazi music.
Simple Song was far from the best song on Port of Morrow. Rifle’s Spiral was ten times better, and this list is too lite on Chutes too Narrow. Please review and resubmit this list with corrections.
Mikal Cronin – Weight, Shout It Out
Deerhunter – Dream Captain, THM, Neon Junkyard
QOTSA – If I had a Tail, Fairweather Friends
Vampire Weekend – Dianne Young
1. Deerhunter – Monomania
2. MBV – MBV
3. Mikal Cronin – MCii
4. Kurt Vile – Waking On a Pretty Daze
5. The Men – New Moon
6. Savages – Silence Yourself
7. QOTSA – …Like Clockwork
8. Youth Lagoon – Wonderous Bughouse
9. Chelsea Light Moving – s/t
10. California X – s/t
Baths gets a nod as well as Vampire Weekend too.
I feel R doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Moreso than Deaf it clearly shows the contributions of the cast. It’s leaner than Deaf but it’s very powerful. I suppose Deaf has more pop friendly sounds to it and was what got the band noticed.
I’ll say this about Clockwork. It’s good. I like it. It’s better than Era Vulgaris, but probably on par with Lullabies, maybe an eyelash below. But I’m glad the band has somewhat rebounded after Vulgaris, so this is definitely a step in the right direction, even if the collaborators are there in name only it seems.
Hmmmm. I don’t like this. But I did like Roomrunner, so that was a good nod.
It’s okay. I don’t hate it, but it’s not really my type of music.
Very true. They’ve done it on all of their albums up to Monomania. For some reason though, on HD it’s more distracting. I still love the album, but I think I like Monomania more at the moment.
I know that DH changed course on this most recent album, but Monomania really deserves a lot more love than it receiving at the moment. It sounds crazy, I know, but I’m actually listing it a bit (just a smidge) higher than Halcyon Digest – particularly because of how immediate it was for me. On first listen back on April 8th, I was instantly taken by it, which I can’t say was true for the first time with HD or even my favorite Microcastle.
There isn’t a single song on Monomania that I skip. Unfortunately, on HD, I tend to skip Sailing and Basement Scene… dunno why though. They just seem to break the mood for me.
I didn’t really care for this. It’s still early, I’ve given it maybe 4 spins so far, but it’s just not as immediate for me as their debut was. I’m likely to change my mind further down the road. It’s better than Contra, I will say that.
I’m with you. I like it though, just not as much as others apparently. I agree with all of the comparisons (Sonic Youth, Joy Division, etc.) but overall I just like it, not love it.