Album Of The Week

Album Of The Week: Le1f Hey

By Tom Breihan / March 11, 2014 - 10:39 am

Chances are great that you, the reader sitting at home, give barely half a fuck (if that) about SXSW. Maybe you think it looks like fun, maybe you’re hoping to go one year, maybe you’ve been before, but the particulars of which barbecue place has the scariest line and whose RSVP list filled up the… More »

Album Of The Week: The Men Tomorrow’s Hits

By Tom Breihan / March 4, 2014 - 3:27 pm

This week, two primal, grizzled, loud, messy rock albums come out, and I had a hell of a time choosing between them. I’m still not sure I made the right call. The self-titled debut from the Leeds punk band Eagulls has “Possessed,” the best song on either album, and it has a clarity and a… More »

Album Of The Week: Schoolboy Q Oxymoron

By Tom Breihan / February 25, 2014 - 3:39 pm

If you’ve ever seen Schoolboy Q live, you’ve probably seen him doing the dance he does: Both hands up, pogoing sideways, spinning, careening, head bobbling madly in every direction. It’s a chaotic, all-over-the-place dance, and I’m amazed he doesn’t accidentally whirl off the stage at least once a show. (Q started out as Kendrick Lamar’… More »

Album Of The Week: Angel Olsen Burn Your Fire For No Witness

By Tom Breihan / February 18, 2014 - 2:23 pm

Half Way Home, the 2012 album with which Angel Olsen built her name, was a great album, but its greatness was the sort that you can only really admire from a distance. Whether purposefully or as a byproduct of the way it was recorded, Half Way Home sounded like the sort of record you might… More »

Album Of The Week: Sun Kil Moon Benji

By Tom Breihan / February 11, 2014 - 1:29 pm

If you spend enough time with the new Sun Kil Moon album Benji, there is every chance that you will end up crying sooner or later. The first time I misted up to the album, it was during a relatively innocuous moment. “I Love My Dad” is one of the jauntier songs on an album… More »

Album Of The Week: Mark McGuire Along The Way

By Tom Breihan / February 4, 2014 - 2:52 pm

If you’re old enough to actually remember the 1980s, there’s a particular sound — a ticking arpeggio, a guitar made to sound like a synth or a synth made to sound like a guitar — that probably conjures an instant stomach-flutter excitement in you. It’s what you hear on the intro of the Alan Parso… More »

Album Of The Week: Actress Ghettoville

By Miles Bowe / January 28, 2014 - 4:25 pm

As you know, this is usually Tom’s column. But I’m taking over this week to talk about one of the most anticipated experimental albums of the season. Things will be back to normal next week. More »

Album Of The Week: Against Me! Transgender Dysphoria Blues

By Tom Breihan / January 21, 2014 - 3:08 pm

I’ve been working for Stereogum for something like two and a half years now, writing literally thousands of blog posts, and I’ll stand by nearly every one of them. But there’s one towering exception. When Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace came out as transgender, I was so totally shocked and taken aback — the leader… More »

Album Of The Week: Big Ups Eighteen Hours Of Static

By Tom Breihan / January 14, 2014 - 4:43 pm

There’s a moment on “TMI” where Big Ups frontman Joe Galarraga tries to talk like a robot and totally fails. He literally says, “I am a robot from the 20th century / I am designed to never feel anything” in a spaced-out monotone that seems to serve as his version of the beep-bop-borp robot voice… More »

Album Of The Week: Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Wig Out At Jagbags

By Chris DeVille / January 7, 2014 - 4:16 pm

If you don’t know Stephen Malkmus by now, you will never never never know him. The former Pavement frontman’s signature sound was cemented somewhere around 1999’s contented, side-eyed sigh Terror Twilight — the fifth and final Pavement LP in name but Malkmus’ solo debut in spirit — or if you really wanna be a dick… More »

Album Of The Week: Burial Rival Dealer

By Tom Breihan / December 17, 2013 - 12:07 pm

A little more than halfway through the 10-minute title track of Burial’s Rival Dealer EP, around the time the first titanic sawtooth bassline disappears into static and the second one comes roaring in, we hear a brief burst of Lord Finesse declaiming “you know my motherfuckin’ style.” But if that’s Burial using Finesse as hi… More »

Album Of The Week: R. Kelly Black Panties

By Chris DeVille / December 10, 2013 - 4:02 pm

Although his nearly singleminded fixation on sex has been a constant plumb line, R. Kelly’s catalog is remarkably diverse. Stylistically, over the course of a 20-year solo career he’s evolved with the times from New Jack Swing all the way to the Auto-Tune era and beyond, to the point that his latest album features a… More »

Album Of The Week: bEEdEEgEE SUM/ONE

By Tom Breihan / December 3, 2013 - 12:02 pm

There are two big reasons why SUM/ONE, the solo debut from Gang Gang Dance’s Brian DeGraw, gets the Album Of The Week nod this week. One is a simple matter of timing. The release-date calendar always gets sparse toward the end of the year, and it’s especially glaring this year, when the Eminems and the… More »

Album Of The Week: Shearwater Fellow Travelers

By Tom Breihan / November 26, 2013 - 2:18 pm

There are plenty of good reasons to listen to Shearwater: There’s the band’s admirably expansive ambitions, almost prog-level for an indie rock band. (They made their mark by releasing an actual honest-to-god trilogy of albums.) There’s the panache with which they pull up dramatic, dynamic flare-ups, their big choruses erupting out of placid stillness. There’… More »

Album Of The Week: Blood Orange Cupid Deluxe

By Tom Breihan / November 19, 2013 - 2:43 pm

This is going to sound absolutely ridiculous, but Cupid Deluxe, Dev Hynes’s second album as Blood Orange, reminds me of The Chronic. Hynes’s lush and silky bedroom-pop is obviously light years removed, stylistically, from Dr. Dre’s snarling cinematic act of West Coast rap world-creation. But it takes a certain form of vision to be both… More »

Album Of The Week: Wooden Shjips Back To Land

By Tom Breihan / November 12, 2013 - 12:25 pm

For a band of cloudy-eyed cosmonaut warlocks, Wooden Shjips sure do sound friendly, and they’re only getting friendlier with time. The band started out as the resident mystics of the Bay Area garage-rock underground, cranking out fried DIY variations on the Stooges/Suicide/Spacemen 3 grooving-into-infinity blueprint on random barely-available vinyl singles and such. But even then,… More »

Album Of The Week: Cut Copy Free Your Mind

By Tom Breihan / November 5, 2013 - 1:10 pm

At what point does mastery become boring? Cut Copy are now almost a decade deep into a career of nothing but dizzy starry-eyed dance-rock anthems, and their sound has evolved in tiny fits and starts since they debuted with 2004’s Bright Like Neon Love. That album was one of the first things I put o… More »

Album Of The Week: Sky Ferreira Night Time, My Time

By Tom Breihan / October 29, 2013 - 4:04 pm

The music business is full of potential Sky Ferreiras. Imagine being one of the first two girls who got fired from Destiny’s Child, or being the one guy in this Mickey Mouse Club video who didn’t go on to be in ‘N Sync or Drive. Miley Cyrus’s recent antics have ignited our most recent storm… More »

Album Of The Week: Ryan Hemsworth Guilt Trips

By Tom Breihan / October 22, 2013 - 2:49 pm

Time to retire “cloud-rap.” The term, coined by a friend of the site who would probably rather not be chained to it anymore, once served as a useful descriptor for a thing that was happening on rap’s internet fringes. A few years ago, people like Lil B and Main Attrakionz stood out because their sound,… More »

Album Of The Week: Courtney Barnett The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas

By Tom Breihan / October 15, 2013 - 4:34 pm

This week, in this space, I expected to be writing about Big Wheel And Others, the sprawling new double-album from Cass McCombs, one of the greatest songwriters currently existing in the indie rock universe. And Big Wheel And Others is, in a lot of ways, a very good album. In a lot of ways –… More »

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