In No Particular Order: December 9 – 31, 2016

Well, you’ve stumbled upon the final In No Particular Order of 2016. It also happens to be the shortest version of INPO you’ll find this year, since there are more exciting things in the works. Like, perhaps, the Top 50 Albums of 2016 and all the fun to go along. So these are basically the last few picks of the year for me, so thank you to everyone who is reading this and has read any in the past! Feel free to browse through some of the older posts here,…

Album Releases: Week of December 16, 2016

Injury Reserve – Floss (Hip-hop) White Spaces – Slow Steady (Indie rock/shoegaze) Kid Cudi – Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’ (Hip-hop) Omar Rodríguez-López – Some Need It Lonely (Indie rock) Michael Angelakos [Of Passion Pit] – Merry Christmas, Mr. Fields (Holiday) Few Nolder – Ace of Space EP (Electronica) Rebel Kind – Just for Fools (Indie rock/Garage noise) Call of the Void – AYFKM EP (Deathhore) Cattle – Nature’s Champion (Noise-rock) The Funeral Portrait – A Moment of Silence (Metalcore) Little Simz – Stillness in Wonderland (Hip-hop) Aaron Rose – Elixir EP (Hip-h0p) The Lox – Filthy America… It’s Beautiful (Hip-hop) Gucci Mane…

Album Releases: Week of December 9, 2016

Alternative / Indie / Rock Peter Broderick – Grunewald EP (Composer/Singer-songwriter) The Coral – Holy Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues EP (Alternative experimental rock) Rosie Crow – Rosie Crow (Singer-songwriter/Indie electro-pop) Enemies – Valuables (Indie experimental/math-pop) Future PEERS – Future PEERS (Indie electro-pop/Experimental rock) Jeen – Modern Life (Indie pop) Stove – Is The Meat That Fell Out (Indie lo-fi/Shoegaze) Maria Taylor – In the Next Life (Singer-songwriter) Neil Young – Peace Trail (Singer-songwriter) Electronic The Colorist Orchestra & Emiliana Torrini – The Colorist & Emilíana Torrini (Electro-pop) Eli Keszler – Last Signs of Speed (Jazz/Percussion) Nina Kraviz – Fabric 91 (Electronica/House) Raf Rundell – The Adventures of Selfie Boy, Pt. 1…

Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love!

Alright, forget everything you know about hip-hop for a second – and especially forget Childish Gambino’s 2011 record Camp and 2013’s Because the Internet. This is by no means a follow-up to either of his previous releases; even his handful of mixtapes and releases in-between have no real connection to Awaken, My Love!. Instead, Awaken, My Love! is an experimentation from Donald Glover as he explores the ’70s, and their legacy of funk and psychedelic music. And for many Gambino fans, it is an extremely polarizing release. Some find it bland and disorientating, others creative and progressive.…

Album Releases: Week of December 2, 2016

Alternative / Rock / Indie Beans On Toast – A Spanner in the Works (Singer-songwriter/Drunk folk) Peter Doherty – Hamburg Demonstrations (Brit-rock/Indie rock) Marika Hackman – Wonderland EP (Christmas/Singer-songwriter) Kevin Krauter – Changes EP (Singer-songwriter) The Last Shadow Puppets – The Dream Synopsis EP (Alternative rock) Omar Rodríguez-López – Nom De Guerre Cabal (Experimental alternative rock) The Rolling Stones – Blue & Lonesome [Covers album] (Rock) Country / Folk Kane Brown – Kane Brown (Country) El Hombre Trajeado – Fast Diagonal (Experimental folk-punk) Damien Jurado & Richard Swift – Other People’s Songs, Vol. 1 [Covers album] (Indie folk rock) RaeLynn – WildHorse…

In No Particular Order: November 25, 2016

Is it just me, or were there very few Black Friday brawls surfacing around the internet this past weekend? Is this a sign that people are starting to ditch the materialistic insanity that is store-crashing fights? Maybe people are realizing that if they didn’t get the last 60″ TV or over-priced coffee machine, their Christmas shopping was not ruined? Or were most of the phones recording the action broken in a dramatic crossfire of left hooks and hair pulling? Maybe new iPhone just really, really slow at uploading videos to Facebook… Either…

Album Releases: Week of November 25, 2016

Alternative / Rock / Indie Dungen – Häxan (Indie rock/instrumental) Icon For Hire – You Can’t Kill Us (Indie pop/Electro-rock) Natalie McCool – The Great Unknown (Singer-songwriter) Minor Victories – Orchestral Variations (Instrumental/Ambient rock) Young Legionnaire – Zero Worship (Indie alternative rock) Country / Folk Garth Brooks – Gunslinger (Country) Electronic / Experimental Adam Betts – Colossal Squid (Experimental/Percussion) Jay Daniel – Broken Knowz (Electronica) Letherette – Last Night On The Planet (Electronica/Dance) Mica Levi & Oliver Coates – Remain Calm (Ambient/Neo-classical) Sex Swing – Sex Swing (Experimental/Industrial rock) Tornado Wallace – Lonely Planet (Electronic) worriedaboutsatan – Blank Tape (Electronica/Dance) Hip – hop…

In No Particular Order: November 18, 2016

Hello, snow! Fall is essentially over, and with winter suddenly sliding its way into our lives, that means it’s getting close to the busiest time of the year: album of the year picks. For all those wondering, I’ve started compiling my favourite records from 2016 into a nice, organized list. I’ve got a few in mind to take over the top spot… As always, you can check out the full list of new releases from the past week here, and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter and Instagram to…

Album Releases: Week of November 18, 2016

Alternative / Rock / Indie Blackfield – Blackfield V (Progressive rock) Justin Carter – Know It All (Indie singer-songwriter/Baroque pop) DIANA – Familiar Touch (Indie synth-pop/post-punk) Cory Hanson – The Unborn Capitalist From Limbo (Singer-songwriter) Highly Suspect – The Boy Who Died Wolf (Indie experimental alternative rock) Julia Holter – Bleed for This OST (Score/Singer-songwriter) Omar Rodríguez-López – Zapopan (Experimental alternative rock) Lower Plenty – Sister Sister (Indie lo-fi rock) Our Girl – Normally EP (Indie lo-fi rock) Split Single – Metal Frames (Alternative rock) Tasseomancy – Do Easy (Indie experimental pop-rock) Thee Oh Sees – An Odd Entrances (Indie rock/Psych-garage) Title Tracks –  Long…

In No Particular Order: November 11, 2016

Alright, let’s keep this short and sweet. I know you want to get started and enjoy all the sweet, new releases from the past week so I won’t drag on too long. ‘Cause no one likes someone who just rambles on about nothing and just fills space with words. It’s almost like they’re trying to either hide something or just fill a gap with nonsense to make them seem important or more knowledgable about a subject. Truth is, they probably know just as much as you do or the next…