‘no place for the undeserved’

Q2

As I’ve said before, this blog no longer focuses on album reviews or news or anything of that sort. The sole purpose of ILSUDH2 is to share my ‘live’ music experiences. I do my best to recap the shows I go to, but I just don’t have the time or energy to do much else these days. That being said, I still consume pop culture the same way I always have (in an obsessive, compulsive manner), so I felt it would be selfish not to share what I have learned along the way. For that reason, I will try to continue these quarterly reviews. For the sake of my (and your) time and sanity, I will follow the rule of ‘less talk, more rock’. The lists that follow will contain very little commentary. I’ve listened to (and watched and drank) a lot of crap so you didn’t have to. Now it’s your turn to put some time in. Luckily for you, these lists contain only the best of what the past three months had to offer.

ALBUMS.

spent a lot of time on older material the past few months, but here’s the recent releases that caught my ear

Arlo

Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound – Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound
(self-released)
I’ve Got Her

Ben Frost

Ben Frost – A U R O R A
(Mute/Bedroom Community)
Flex

EMA

EMA – The Future’s Void
(Matador)
3Jane

Cloud Nothings

Cloud Nothings – Here and Nowhere Else
(Carpark/Mom & Pop)
I’m Not Part of Me

Emma Ruth

Emma Ruth Rundle – Some Heavy Ocean
(Sargent House)
Shadows Of My Name

Lykke Li

Lykke Li – I Never Learn
(LL)
No Rest for the Wicked

Matt Woods

Matt Woods – With Love From Brushy Mountain
(Lonely Ones)
Lucero Song

SVE

Sharon Van Etten – Are We There
(Jagjaguwar)
Taking Chances

strand-of-oaks

Strand of Oaks – HEAL
(Dead Oceans)
Shut In

Swans

Swans – To Be Kind
(Mute/Young God)
Screen Shot

Wovenhand

Wovenhand – Refractory Obdurate
(Deathwish)
The Refractory

METAL ALBUMS.

the year in metal got off to a slow start, but it’s been in overdrive lately

Agalloch

 Agalloch – The Serpent & The Sphere
(Profound Lore)
Celestial Effigy

Atlas Moth

The Atlas Moth – The Old Believer
(Profound Lore)
City of Light

Black-Anvil

Black Anvil – Hail Death
(Relapse)
Still Reborn

Cormorant

Cormorant – Earth Driver
(Independent)
Daughter of Void

Dead Congregation

Dead Congregation – Promulgation of the Fall
(Profound Lore)
Only Ashes Remain

Killer-Be-Killed

Killer Be Killed
(Nuclear Blast)
Wings of Feather And Wax

Mastodon

Mastodon – Once More ‘Round the Sun
(Reprise)
High Ground

Thantifaxath

Thantifaxath – Sacred White Noise
(Dark Descent)
The Bright White Nothing at the End of the Tunnel

Triptykon

Triptykon – Melana Chasmata
(Century Media)
Tree Of Suffocating Souls

HIS

SHOWS.

it’s shaping up to be a another great year in live music (and travel)

#5. Lionel Richie
(Red Rocks Amphitheatre)

#4. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
(Buell Theater)

#3. OutKast
(BottleRock Festival, Napa)

#2. Arcade Fire
(Pepsi Center)

#1. Hood, Isbell, Cooley: One Night Only for Terry Pace
(Shoals Theatre, Alabama)

GOT

TV.

the first seasons of Fargo and Penny Dreadful came pretty close to making this list

#5. FIFA World Cup
(2014)

#4. Orange Is The New Black
(Season 2)

#3. Louie
(Season 4)

#2. Orphan Black
(Season 2)

#1. Game of Thrones
(Season 4)

BB

BEER.

this list could have been much longer, but I had to limit it to these 5 perfect brews

#5. Funk Metal 
(Jester King)

#4. Madrugada Obscura (2014)
(Jolly Pumpkin)

#3. Blackberry Dark Origins
(Crooked Stave)

#2. Khodynka
(Avery)

#1. Bible Belt
(Prairie Artisan Ales)

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Q2 Albums