Recommended Releases: Winter 2017


This is my first post of 2017. How sad is that? I haven’t written about a live show since early December. Winter just got away from me in ways I can’t explain. That’s not to say I didn’t come across some good stuff though. Somewhere between work meetings, visiting my hometown for the first time in years, celebrating my 40th in Mexico, and working on selling my house to buy another, I found time to listen to some albums, attend some shows, see some movies, and watch a little tv.

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 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.


not exactly a stellar start to the year, but still quite a few titles worth checking out


bedwetter – volume 1: flick your tongue against your teeth and describe the present

Full Album

Blanck Blanck Mass – World Eater
(Sacred Bones)

Silent Treatment

Crystal Fairy Crystal Fairy – Crystal Fairy

Drugs on the Bus

Foxygen Foxygen – Hang

Follow the Leader

Holly Holly Macve – Golden Eagle
(Bella Union)

Heartbreak Blues

Hurray Hurray for the Riff Raff – The Navigator

Hungry Ghost

Jay Som Jay Som – Everybody Works
(Polyvinyl / Double Denim)


Neil Neil Cicierega – Mouth Moods


Nikki Nikki Lane – Highway Queen
(New West)

Highway Queen

RTJ3 Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 3


ValerieValerie June – The Order of Time


The xx The xx – I See You
(Young Turks)

On Hold


winter is the best time for some black metal, with a side of thrash


Fen – Winter

Winter II

GOO The Great Old Ones – EOD: A Tale of Dark Legacy
(Season of Mist)

The Shadow Over Innsmouth

Kreator Kreator – Gods of Violence
(Nuclear Blast)

Satan Is Real

Power Power Trip – Nightmare Logic
(Southern Lord)

Soul Sacrifice



live music at home and on the road

#5. Nikki Lane / Brent Cobb
(Underground Arts, Philadelphia)

#4. Japandroids / Craig Finn
(Gothic Theatre)

#3. Cody Jinks / Paul Cauthen / Ward Davis
(Gothic Theatre)

#2. Reverend Horton Heat with Jello Biafra
(Larimer Lounge)

#1. The Avett Brothers At The Beach:
Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile, The Devil Makes Three, Lake Street Dive, Band of Horses

(Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya)



the return of Jarmusch and Shyamalan, amazing women, and a grumpy old man

#5. 20th Century Women
(Mike Mills)

#4. Split
(M. Night Shyamalan)

#3. Paterson
(Jim Jarmusch)

#2. Hidden Figures
(Theodore Melfi)

#1. A Man Called Ove
(Hannes Holm)



a rare network winner, unfortunate orphans, a heavy crown, classic revenge, and conmen

#5. This Is Us, Season 1

#4. A Series of Unfortunate Events, Season 1

#3. The Crown, Season 1

#2. Taboo, Season 1

#1. Sneaky Pete, Season 1


Winter 2017