Recommended Releases: Spring 2016

Spring2016As 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 seasonal 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. They also won’t include mp3s anymore. To preview the music, please follow the various links and this Spotify playlist. I listened to (and watched) 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 stuff the season had to offer.


it was extremely hard to widdle this list down to a manageable size

AesopAesop Rock – The Impossible Kid

Aesop Rock – Rings

Arliss_Nancy-Greater_Divides-CoverArliss Nancy – Greater Divides

Arliss Nancy – Bar of the Century

beyoncelemonadealbumartworkBeyoncé – Lemonade

Beyoncé – Formation

brandy-clark-big-day-in-a-small-townjpg-0bf9273e7dc5bd90Brandy Clark – Big Day in a Small Town
(Warner Bros.)

Brandy Clark – Girl Next Door

car-seat-headrest-teens-denial-album-newCar Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial

Car Seat Headrest – Vincent

ChanceChance The Rapper – Coloring Book

Chance The Rapper- No Problem

Death-GripsDeath Grips – Bottomless Pit

Death Grips – Giving Bad People Good Ideas

LUHLUH – Spiritual Songs for Lovers to Sing


MargoMargo Price – Midwest Farmer’s Daughter
(Third Man)

Margo Price – Hurtin’ (On The Bottle)

moonface-siinaiMoonface / Siinai – My Best Human Face

Moonface & Siinai – Risto’s Riff

Operators_Blue-Wave_1024_1024x1024Operators – Blue Wave
(Last Gang)

Operators – Cold Light

ParkerParker Millsap – The Very Last Day
(Thirty Tigers)

Parker Millsap – Pining

Sturgill-SimpsonSturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth

Sturgill Simpson – Brace For Impact (Live A Little)


Vijay Iyer / Wadada Leo Smith – A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke

Vijay Iyer & Wadada Leo Smith – Passages


didn’t listen to a lot of metal, but these three crushed my soul this spring

ArchitectsArchitects – All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us

Architects – A Match Made in Heaven

Cobalt-Slow-ForeverCobalt – Slow Forever
(Profound Lore)

Cobalt – Slow Forever

cult-luna-julie-christmas-mariner-albumCult of Luna / Julie Christmas – Mariner

Cult Of Luna & Julie Christmas – A Greater Call


the divas upstaged the indie rockers

#5. Wolf Parade
(Bowery Ballroom)

#4. Father John Misty
(Ellie Caulkins Opera House)

#3. The Flaming Lips
(Red Rocks Amphitheatre)

#2. Beyoncé
(Qualcomm Stadium)

#1. Rihanna
(Viejas Arena)

Sing StreetFILMS.

the 80’s were a recurring theme in recent film

#5. The Jungle Book
(Jon Favreau)

#4. Green Room
(Jeremy Saulnier)

#3. Midnight Special
(Jeff Nichols)

#2. Everybody Wants Some!!
(Richard Linklater)

#1. Sing Street
(John Carney)

got (1)TV.

spies, warriors, cults, clones, marriage, and children

#5. Catastrophe, Season 2

#4. Orphan Black, Season 4
(BBC America)

#3. The Path, Season 1

#2. The Americans, Season 4

#1. Game of Thrones, Season 6

Revisit Winter 2016 Recommendations


Spring 2016