Album Of The Week

Album Of The Week: Shamir Ratchet

By Tom Breihan / May 19, 2015 - 10:36 am

Shamir Bailey’s voice sounds like freedom. That’s all illusion and artifice, of course. No one person can stand in as an avatar for that sort of feeling. Bailey is a human, like the rest of us, and he’s had to deal with the hardships of growing up as an androgynous black man in the burnt-earth… More »

Album Of The Week: Eskimeaux O.K.

By Tom Breihan / May 12, 2015 - 3:01 pm

DIY music isn’t supposed to sound like this. You can tell that Gabrielle Smith’s one-woman band Eskimeaux belongs somewhere in the DIY matrix because there’s an instinctive intimacy to it. The lyrics read like the sort of poetry an incredibly smart and insightful high-school kid might write and then keep to herself forever even though… More »

Album Of The Week: Metz II

By Tom Breihan / May 5, 2015 - 1:57 pm

This is one of those weeks where there’s just an insane array of good music, where it feels like you’re shorting seven other albums if you pick a single one and name it the best. This could’ve gone any number of different ways. Downtown Boys’ Full Communism is a furious and urgent and needed skronk-hardcore… More »

Album Of The Week: Mew +-

By Michael Nelson / April 28, 2015 - 2:00 pm

Tom’s not doing AOTW this week, so I’m pinch-hitting for him. And I’m happy to be doing so, because I’m writing about one of my favorite records of 2015. But before I get to that, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention another worthy album that’s out today — Blur’s The Magic Whip. More »

Album Of The Week: Young Thug Barter 6

By Tom Breihan / April 21, 2015 - 2:10 pm

There was a time, not that long ago, when “weird” was all Young Thug really was. He was fascinatingly, absorbingly weird, but he hadn’t learned what to do with that weirdness. Over his first few mixtapes, Thug managed to transition from being a Lil Wayne disciple to a figure capable of pushing Wayne’s most way-out… More »

Album Of The Week: Tribulation The Children Of The Night

By Michael Nelson / April 14, 2015 - 5:23 pm

Tom’s off AOTW duties this week, so I’m here in his stead…

There’s a pretty fascinating debate going on right now about the classification “indie”: what it is or what it isn’t, whether its definition should be expanded or whether the term should be abandoned altogether. And those arguments are relevant at Stereogum… More »

Album Of The Week: Waxahatchee Ivy Tripp

By Tom Breihan / April 7, 2015 - 11:01 am

There’s an established narrative, a trajectory that the critically acclaimed indie band is supposed to follow. The first album should be the raw, striking, personal howl that comes out of nowhere and builds itself a cult. The second album is where the band beefs up its sound, gets marginally more professional, and really starts to… More »

Album Of The Week: Godspeed You! Black Emperor Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress

By Tom Breihan / March 31, 2015 - 1:00 pm

When a big and great album comes out, and when we give that big and great album a Premature Evaluation, I often use this space to point out that the album you’ll be reading about below isn’t the real album of the week; it’s the one that ended up in this slot because we already… More »

Album Of The Week: Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit

By Tom Breihan / March 24, 2015 - 1:17 pm

How can something so small and specific sound so huge? A week after Kendrick Lamar made a grand, sprawling, uncompromising album about what it means to be black in America, here comes Courtney Barnett with an album of songs about looking at roadkill or trying to decide whether you want to go out tonight. It’… More »

Album Of The Week: Tobias Jesso Jr. Goon

By Tom Breihan / March 17, 2015 - 11:50 am

A quick note: Even if you haven’t fallen in love with it, Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly is this week’s Album Of The Week, no question. But we’ve already run our review, and so here’s something else.

“You said you never met a girl who had as many James Taylor records a… More »

Album Of The Week: Heems Eat Pray Thug

By Tom Breihan / March 10, 2015 - 12:22 pm

There are people who, at the mere mention of the name “Das Racist,” will make a face like they smelled a fart. These people will then mention something about “that Pizza Hut song” — a wound from six years ago that apparently has not adequately healed yet. Das Racist came into the game with a… More »

Album Of The Week: Pile You’re Better Than This

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / March 3, 2015 - 2:46 pm

Tom is off Album Of The Week duty today, so I’ve stepped in to tell you about Pile’s new LP. Observers of the insular New England music scene have always referenced Pile as its backbone; they’re the footnote at the bottom of a Speedy Ortiz track write-up, the namesake of Krill’s 2014 slipshod concept EP… More »

Album Of The Week: Screaming Females Rose Mountain

By Tom Breihan / February 24, 2015 - 4:15 pm

This column can be hard to write when I’m not in love with any album that comes out during a particular week. But it’s a whole lot harder when I’m in love with way too many albums. This was one of those weeks. This is kind of a good problem to have, but there i… More »

Album Of The Week: Mourn Mourn

By Tom Breihan / February 17, 2015 - 4:01 pm

Even at her most feral and vengeful, PJ Harvey was never a punk. 1993’s Rid Of Me, which Harvey recorded with Steve Albini, is about as close as she ever came. As a punk record, Rid Of Me works beautifully; it’s stark and loud and intense and confrontational. But even there, Harvey is a time-traveling… More »

Album Of The Week: Father John Misty I Love You, Honeybear

By Tom Breihan / February 10, 2015 - 12:37 pm

Father John Misty left a successful band and invented a whole new persona just so he could get away from the idea of cliche. And then he fell in love, the biggest cliche of all. FJM is, of course, Josh Tillman, a young man who escaped a fundamentalist Christian upbringing in suburban Maryland to spend… More »

Album Of The Week: John Carpenter Lost Themes

By Tom Breihan / February 3, 2015 - 1:09 pm

There are plenty of reasons the horror and sci-fi and action movies of the late-’70s and ’80s have aged so well. There was the self-conscious and shameless cheapness of it all: These were movies designed to entertain fucked-up teenagers, and they prized jolts and cheap thrills and general viciousness. But there was also the ’60s-hangover… More »

Album Of The Week: Natalie Prass Natalie Prass

By Tom Breihan / January 27, 2015 - 2:17 pm

First things first: All hail Björk’s Vulnicura. It’s the best album that’s come out in the past week, but you already knew that, and we already wrote about it. So, as usual, let’s use this space to dig a little deeper.

This week was a two-horse race, and it was close. There were… More »

Album Of The Week: Viet Cong Viet Cong

By Tom Breihan / January 20, 2015 - 12:19 pm

First, a note: The week’s real best album is Sleater-Kinney’s triumphant comeback No Cities To Love. It’s also the best album of the month. It could quite well end up being the best album of the year. It’s fucking incredible. But we’ve already reviewed the album, in Premature Evaluation form. So we’re using this space,… More »

Album Of The Week: Mark Ronson Uptown Special

By Tom Breihan / January 13, 2015 - 1:52 pm

There are very few pop stars with backstories as epic and strange as that of Mark Ronson. Where do you start with this guy? Son of a real estate mogul. Stepson of the guitarist from Foreigner. Brother of Samantha Ronson, the DJ who famously dated Lindsay Lohan when she was in her extreme tabloid-bait phase. More »

Album Of The Week: Rae Sremmurd SremmLife

By Tom Breihan / January 6, 2015 - 10:27 am

Nothing happens in early January. It’s sad, but it’s true. In movies, January is where the big Hollywood studios throw every movie that apparently didn’t deserve a release date during the rest of the year. And in music, major and indie labels alike take a couple of weeks to shake off their holiday slumber, perha… More »

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