Recommended Releases: Summer 2017

Summer 2017This is my fourth post of 2017. How sad is that? I only written about one live show this year, and that was for Corey Feldman! This year 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, planning a trip to Vietnam, and moving, I found time to listen to some albums, attend quite a few shows, see a few 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.

ALBUMS.

this year started out a little slow, but summer delivered

alvvays

Alvvays – Antisocialites
(Polyvinyl)

In Undertow

Brand New

Brand New – Science Fiction
(Procrastinate! Music Traitors)

Science Fiction

BSS

Broken Social Scene – Hug of Thunder
(Arts & Crafts)

Skyline

Clams

Clams Casino – Instrumental Mixtape 4
(self-released)

Instrumental Mixtape 4

EMA

EMA – Exile in the Outer Ring
(City Slang)

Breathalyzer

Emily

Emily Haines & the Soft Skeleton – Choir of the Mind
(Last Gang)

Statuette

Kesha

Kesha – Rainbow
(Kemosabe)

Praying

Lana

Lana Del Rey – Lust for Life
(Interscope)

White Mustang

LCD

LCD Soundsystem – american dream
(DFA)

tonite

Manchester

Manchester Orchestra – A Black Mile to the Surface
(Loma Vista)

The Gold

National

The National – Sleep Well Beast
(4AD)

Day I Die

Open Mike

Open Mike Eagle – Brick Body Kids Still Daydream
(Mello Music Group)

Brick Body Complex

Tyler

Tyler, the Creator – Flower Boy
(Columbia)

Who Dat Boy

Vince

Vince Staples – Big Fish Theory
(Def Jam)

Big Fish

War on Drugs

The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
(Atlantic)

Pain

Zola

Zola Jesus – Okovi
(Sacred Bones)

Siphon

METAL ALBUMS.

the heavier stuff

Cormorant

Cormorant – Diaspora
(self-released)

Diaspora

Der

Der Weg einer Freiheit – Finisterre
(Season of Mist)

Aufbruch

Myrkur

Myrkur – Mareridt
(Relapse)

Ulvinde

FYFSHOWS.

from the Buffalo Rose to Los Angeles, and back to Red Rocks

Honorable Mention: Corey Feldman  & The Angels
(Buffalo Rose)

#5. Kendrick Lamar
(Pepsi Center)

#4. Sturgill Simpson
(Red Rocks)

#3. Father John Misty
(Red Rocks)

#2. Guns N’ Roses
(Sports Authority Field)

#1. FYF
(Exposition Park)

motherFILMS.

intense, funny, sad, scary, and downright terrifying

#5. Dunkirk
(Christopher Nolan)

#4. Wind River
(Taylor Sheridan)

#3. The Big Sick
(Michael Showalter)

#2. IT
(Andy Muschietti)

#1. mother!
(Darren Aronofsky)

GOTTV.

winter came this summer, along with billionaires, killers, and lots of cocaine

#5. Mr. Mercedes, Season 1
(Audience)

#4. Preacher, Season 2
(AMC)

#3. Narcos, Season 3
(Netflix)

#2. The Defiant Ones
(HBO)

#1. Games of Thrones, Season 7
(HBO)

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Summer 2017

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