Week of October 15th:
Alvvays – Antisocialites
This is the second full length album from Alvvays. I didn’t enjoy this as much as their 2014 self titled album. Antisocialites didn’t grab me the same way as the first album. This one could be a grower, and just doesn’t grab you right away.
Bully – Losing
Losing is Bully’s follow up to 2015’s Feels Like. Bully feels very reminiscent of female fronted alternative bands from the 90s. If the Breeders and Veruca Salt had a baby, it’d be Bully. Overall I really liked this album. One of those you can throw on the turntable and dance around your apartment.
Iron Chic – You Can’t Stay Here
Iron Chic is one of those bands that I didn’t stumble across until this year. And, I’m really glad that I did. You Can’t Stay Here is their new record. Pretty sure I listened to it about six times while walking around Lincoln Park Zoo. In total, I think I’ve listened to this album eight times so I guess I like it.
The Menzingers – After the Party
After the Party is a revisit for me. So far it’s in my top five for records of the year. It’s just a fun record. Full of sing-along moments, and always puts me in a good mood. Favorites off of this are After the Party, Lookers, Wild Years, Charlie’s Army, and Midwestern States. The only song I really don’t like is Thick as Thieves.
Randy Newman – Trouble in Paradise
Sometimes you have to go back to the classics. Admittedly thanks to the Los Angeles Dodgers I’ve rediscovered this record. It’s been fun to go back and listen to. And, I’m sure my neighbors are tired of hearing Randy Newman coming from my apartment.
Taylor Swift – Gorgeous
So far none of the singles from Reputation have been anything to write home about. But, I will admit I’m looking forward to the new record. Mainly I just want to see what tea Taylor has to spill. And, rest assured I will be dissecting every song to figure out what they’re about.
Week of October 8th:
Chelsea Wolfe – Hiss Spun
Hiss Spun is the new album from Chelsea Wolfe. She continues going down a heavier sound that she was starting to explore more on Abyss. And she also gets me in the mood for autumn/Halloween.
Lawrence Arms – Apathy and Exhaustion
Speaking of autumn, there’s something about Lawrence Arms and this album that put me right in autumn. I don’t know if it’s when I bought this album or got into the Lawrence Arms, but it always takes me to fall. And walking around Logan Square back in 2005/2006, not lying to my parents about being in the city…
Lawrence Arms – Oh! Calcutta!
Again, it’s fall in Chicago, it’s time for Lawrence Arms. But, this is one of my favorite Lawrence Arms albums. It was great seeing this album performed live in its entirety at Riot Fest 2017.
Lawrence Arms – The Greatest Story Ever Told
Another great Lawrence Arms album to throw on the turntable, and sit back and enjoy. As said above, it’s crisp air, crunchy leaves music.
What I’m looking forward to listening to this upcoming week:
- St. Vincent – MASSEDUCTION
- Alvvays – Antisocialites
- Iron Chic- You Can’t Stay Here