Monthly Archives: December 2012

Best Album Produced by Steve Albini: Cloud Nothings – Attack on Memory

Dylan Baldi has ditched his bedroom for the musical powerhouse that is Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio studios in Chicago. I understand having to ditch the bedroom, as we here at SWR said our goodbyes back in September to the original site (I meant to tell someone about that), it’s about growing up. Sort of. Getting old seems to be a theme I’m noticing more this year that most others. Is it because it’s a constant or is it because it’s easy? Either way, the incredible performance and more precise production that Albini is able to extract out of any artist does them good. It shows their full potential if the group is willing. Darker than the earlier Cloud Nothing stuff, it’s not just about growing older. It’s more about pretending to forget that you are. It’s not dealing with the problems, it’s sweeping them away for the time being because there is always going to be more. Even after your dead. That’s when all this stuff will get done.

Recommended Track: Wasted Days
Runner Up: Screaming Females – Ugly

The “Where the Hell Are They” Award: Flight

What happened to Flight? After a lucrative 2009, releasing 4 7″s, and two proper EPs/Mini Albums bookending the 2010 year, it seemed like they were bound for something more. There was a lot of buzz building around them, there were tons of shows throughout 2010 and into 2011, and the only thing the band seemed to need was a proper full length release. Then nothing. Absolute dead air radio silence since early 2011. Did they break up? Is this just a hiatus? What happened? Grungy, messy, a bit more Echo reminiscing than I usually like, but here I am two years later just waiting for something more. You may be gone (I honestly have no idea), but you’re certainly not forgotten. Check out their final release of 2010, The Lead Riders, above.

Recommended Track: Straight Line

“Fuck It, We’re Old” Album of the Year: Japandroids – Celebration Rock

Celebration as in fireworks, which open and close the album. Celebration as in, “hey we’ve all made some stupid decisions in the past but why not keep making them?” Celebration as in, “fuck you this is what we’re going to do no matter what you say.” Celebration as in, “what did we do last night?” [...]

Best Cover Album: Off! – Off!

I apologize if the joke of this category is lost. Keith Morris has done what we all expected Keith Morris to do at some point, attempt to recreate the sound and brutality that Black Flag dripped of. The Circle Jerks just weren’t up to snuff, and all of his other side projects were ephemeral, so he comes full [...]

The Bon Iver Award for Bands or Albums People Need to Shut the Fuck Up About: Fun.

PLEASE SHUT THE FUCK UP ABOUT FUN. Also Grizzly Bear, Kendrick Lamar, Yeasayer and Frank Ocean. And Merry Christmas to all!

The Dubstep Joke Died in 2010 Award For Best Dubstep Album: Death Grips – The Money Store

Death Grips front man Stefan Burnett would probably hate me for calling then dubstep, as it has far too many negative connotations attached to it in this post IE9 commercial era we live in. But what else would you expect from a hot headed “fuck you all” who hates just about everything in this money store of a country [...]

Most Contentious Album of the Year: Tenacious D – Rize of the Fenix

A conversation with myself: “I’m not totally sure why we’re having this conversation.” “Me either.” “I mean we had waited 6 years for a new D album and they delivered.” “I agree with both of those statements.” “Oh I see, you’re conflicted.” “We’re conflicted.” “Look, whatever. This has been the album I’ve been waiting for. [...]

Griefed! Podcast #44: The Awards Begin

Join Alex and Tigs as they give out their first round of awards to some of their favorite, and least favorite, games this year. Recorded on December 19th 2012.

The “Why The Fuck Didn’t I Know About This Earlier” Award: Future of the Left

Had I known the history of this band I probably wouldn’t have ignored them for so long. 2/3 of the seminal, incredible post-hardcore group Mclusky are more or less keeping their dream of scathing vocal bombs dropped on anyone and anything that deserves it. Andy “Falco” Falkous has always had a penchant for pissing people [...]

The “Keepin the Dream Alive” Award: Placebo – B3

Obviously no one has told these London alt rockers that the 90′s ended over a decade a go, and that New Order has broken up, reunited, broken up again, and then reformed again with a different line up. I’m not complaining because I’ve gotten a few listens out of this 5 song EP. Maybe it’s [...]