Monster turns 25

Monster turns 25

I vividly remember hearing the opening guitar riff on What’s the Frequency, Kenneth? on Mtv. Back then that platform was one of the main ways I found out about new releases. By this time, I was already a huge R.E.M. fan and eager to see where their 9th record was going to go. The video encapsulated a new direction for the band while also making a commentary to their fame. Monster came out during an interesting age of media and music and its analysis is  sprinkled throughout the album. Despite it’s negative reception I immediately embraced its uniqueness and listening to it again, the songs hold up pretty strong. Definitely worth revisiting these songs again and the re-issue is physically beautiful.

New Tool

It’s been 13 years. Finally a new album and although it is a quintessential Tool release, Fear Inoculum could have been a so much more. I’ll never say no to a Tool album as their releases have been pillars of music but the band could have pushed in a new direction.  Very underwhelming…


2019 April-June: “And hope that someone’s listening to their radio tonight”

Happy Summer!

I finally got my SXSW playlist complete.
listened to every official band that was playing live and after 90 hours of music I got the best 99 songs from Austin.

This Friday, a great excuse to check out the new Public Records venue in Brooklyn to see King Britt.

Operators are back with a new album, and hoping it plays better live.

Really digging that new Black Midi record. Not to be confused with the music genre with surely confuses things. Google Conlon Nancarrow and go down a wormhole.

Snail Mail was one of my tops for 2018. Now’s your chance to catch them live.

Finally get to see Blanck Mass after he cancelled opening up for Daughters.

So much buzz around Aldous Harding

Get out and see those free shows at the Brooklyn Bandshell and Piers!!

full concert list

SXSW playlist here

April – June playlist here

2019 Jan-March : “Sometimes I feel like other people I don’t remember anymore”

The beginning of 2019 has started quite strong.
Lots of good songs dropped in anticipation for new releases.

Excited for the following albums:
Aldous Harding, Big Thief, Vampire Weekend, Tim Hecker, The National, Operators, Sky Ferreira, Tool

The months after April are always my busiest as the bands from SXSW make their way up the east coast. A mix of old & new bands are on my calendar, including a bunch from my top 100 list. Some highlights:

The Coathangers come back with a new release. Although not that crazy about what I’ve heard so far on it, their live shows are super fun.

The double bill of Black Belt Eagle Scout, Julia Jacklin is a must go show.

Three bands on my 2018 top 10 lists playing at the same time 🙁
Camp Cope & Health w/ Youth Code.
I’ll be opting for the Health show so if anyone wants tix for Camp Code, hit me up.

Other top 2018 list bands playing live.
JPEGMAFIA, Idles, Tierra Whack, MGMT
and Versus is coming back with a show and a new release.

I’ve added some up & comers to the concert list from SXSW bands that caught my ear, so that list will be constantly updated in the next few days. Currently working on my SXSW playlist.

full concert list

dh 2019_1 Jan-March

HEALTH : Vol. 4 Slaves of Fear

Woohoo what a start to 2019. I have been eagerly awaiting this new release from HEALTH. They have been dropping these incredible collaboration singles all last year. Their song Innocence with Youth Code was my pick for #1 of 2018, so you know I’m hyped for even more new stuff. Just got my preorder and upon 1st listen it’s dark and beautiful. Not sure if I like it more than Death Magic but it is different enough to mark some new territories for the band to explore. The title track is a hooky gem and on constant repeat over here. And if you haven’t seem them live, get tickets NOW.

Best of 2018 – “Innocence can only last a little while”

When a year ends, I always look forward to reflecting back on all the music that passed through my ear drums. The music that was born in 2018 reflected the mood of our current social and emotional situation in this world. Full of anxiety, fear, angst and downright anger. Within this tumultuous spin of turmoil there were beautiful glimmers of hope and warmth. Despite the rollercoaster of what this year was, the following soundtrack will hopefully be a nice guide to all the amazing sonic high points.

Starting with over 5000 new tracks, editing them down to my 101 was not an easy task. Going through the arduous process made me appreciate all the gems that came through and I hope you enjoy the journey and get exposed to some new bands.

OK, enough blah blah

The list


My Top Albums of 2018

10. Screaming Females – All at Once

9. U.S. Girls – In a Poem Limited

8. Half Waif – Lavender

7. Noname – Room 25

6. Sleep – The Sciences

5. Camp Cope – How to Socialize & Make Friends
Hard to not include a band from Australia on any top list. This punk trio from Melbourne doesn’t pull any punches on this lyrically charged album with songs full of resilience. Themes of inequality, loss and growth come through with emotional and shrieking vocals. Reminds me of early Rainer Maria in all the best ways.

4. Snail Mail – Lush
A strong solo album by Lindsey Jordan. Moody, emotional and introspective lyrics over heartfelt guitars. Her deadpan delivery of earnest lyrics are carried along with instrumental flourishes and jangling chords. This guitar driven dream pop album was a gem.

3. JPEGMAFIA – Veteran
Was very excited when the underground and experimental rapper and producer from Baltimore dropped this full length. It is a clusterfuck of mastery production full of weird, crazy, aggressive sounds. The frenetic album is one of the most creative and unique rap glitch hop albums of the year.

2. Parquet Courts – Wide Awake!
This somewhat schizophrenic album was on a heavy repeat all year. Elements of post punk and art punk weave throughout the album. The lyrics and instrumentation are powerful and engaging. This album is far more polished but the band hasn’t lost their edge and if anything they are flexing their musical and emotional range.

1. Daughters – You Won’t Get What You Want
With their first album in 8 years, Daughters come back with a frightening tour de force of avant-garde noise rock. The production on this is incredible, highlighting the shrill guitars, violent dissonance and barking vocals. The songs are longer than in previous releases which allows the listener to fall into the abyss on these songs. My emotions were swirling when this album finished and needed to take a mental pause before I played it all over again. This album is pure dread and it’s absolutely amazing. One of the most intense and powerful releases I have heard in a long time.


My Top Songs of 2018

10. “Future Me Hates Me” – The Beths

9. “Killshot” – Emimem

8. “Jetty” – Tycho

7. “Dead Eyes” – Dusted

6. “Prom Queen” – Beach Bunny

5. “Leveler” – Half Waif

4. “Baby Love” – Nilüfer Yanya

3. “Palindrome” – Azure Ray

2. “In Camera” – Yumi Zouma

1. “INNOCENCE” – Health, Youth Code

Listen to the rest of the top 101 songs here on Spotify
Best songs of 2018

There was so much great music this year, its almost impossible to fit it all onto an arbitrarily numbered list.
Here’s another playlist of all the amazing tunes I also absolutely loved
More from 2018

Best Band Name Awards:
Shred Flinstone
Menace Beach
Naked Giants
Nap Eyes
Animal Electricity
Coma Pony

Thanks for tuning in
If you like the bands or hopefully introduced to new sounds, go and support them!
Buy their music, merch, or better yet, see them live!
here is a sampling of upcoming shows from bands featured on the list.

Noname  1/5-6 @ Brooklyn Steel
Palehoud – 1/17 @ Brooklyn Steel
Azure Ray – 1/19 @ Bell House
HEALTH – 1/23 @ Elsewhere
Lala Lala – 1/26 @ Rough Trade
Bodega – 1/31 @ Rough Trade
Cup – 2/1 @ Alphaville
Nilüfer Yanya – 2/9 @ Beacon Theater
Naked Giants – 2//13 @ Rough Trade
Adrianne Lenker – 2/14 @ Luke Temple
Cherry Glazer – 2/16 Bowery Ballroom
Anderson .Paak – 2/22 @ Hammerstein
Kamasi Washington – 2/23 @ Apollo
Julia Holter – 2/22 @ Warsaw
The Beths – 3/01 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Viagra Boys – 3/12 @ Elsewhere
Daughters – 3/13 @ Warsaw
Dilly Dally – 3/21 @ MHOW – 3/23 @ Baby’s All Right
Let’s Eat Grandma – 4/5 @ Elsewhere
Black Belt Eagle Scout – 4/24 @ Bowery Ballroom
HEALTH – 4/25 @ Elsewhere

Happy New Year !!!
and so exited for what 2019 has to come

As always, thanks for listening