Sunday, June 25, 2017

Cugerock Top 15 Albums of 2016 - 1st Half of 2017

Sorry folks. I know it's been awhile. I would say in the past 18 months I've experienced the absolute highest of highs and darkest of lows in my life thus far. That being said I quote Mike D of the Beastie Boys...

"I've been through many times in which I thought I might lose it. The only thing that saved me, has always been music."

This was also the quote submitted for my high school yearbook that never made it to print unfortunately. #FunYetSadFact

Let's recap the great albums from the last year and a half. Young indie upstarts mixed with modern rock mainstays, old punk legends and shoegaze revivals. Enjoy and PLEASE keep buying music.

1. Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Denial

2. Descendents - Hypercaffium Spazzinate

3. Yuck - Stranger Things

4. The New Pornographers - Whiteout Conditions

5. Tennis - Yours Conditionally

6. Spoon - Hot Thoughts

7. Fleet Foxes - Crack Up

8. The London Suede - Night Thoughts

9. Slowdive - Slowdive

10. Land of Talk - Life After Youth

11. Hamilton Leithauser & Rostam - I Had a Dream That You Were Mine

12. Nada Surf - Stay Who You Are

13. Real Estate - In Mind

14. The Thermals - We Disappear

15. Tegan & Sara - Love You to Death

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Cugerock Top 10 Albums of 2015

Music helped me get through a lot of tough stuff personally this year. Old and new artists alike. Here are the top new albums from 2015. Most were on heavy rotation throughout the year while others debuted late in the game.

Thanks to all of the friends and relatives that recommended some of the below.

2016 is going to be a great year for tunes. Lots of new albums and a few reunions on tap.

"Rock and/or Roll"

1. The Dodos - Individ

2. Sleater Kinney - No Cities to Love

3. Blur - The Magic Whip

4. Hop Along - Painted Shut

5. Baroness - Purple

6. Tame Impala - Currents

7. Martin Courtney - Many Moons

8. Swervedriver - I Wasn't Born to Lose You

9. Beach House - Depression Cherry

10. Metz - II

Honorable Mention (Pacific-Northwest Edition)

Modest Mouse - Strangers to Ourselves

Built to Spill - Untethered Moon

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Belle & Sebastian + Real Estate @ Radio City Music Hall (6/10/15)

Credit goes to Brooklyn Vegan for capturing some great shots of the show last night.

Our seats were in the mezzanine but there really wasn't a bad seat in the house. Its freaking Radio City people. Here are some of my pics. 

The set list spanned the catalog which was awesome. 

Nobody's Empire
I'm a Cuckoo
The Party Line
The State That I Am In

Dirty Dream Number Two
Perfect Couples
Piazza, New York Catcher
The Cat With the Cream
If You're Feeling Sinister
The Wrong Girl
Dear Catastrophe Waitress
If You Find Yourself Caught In Love
The Boy with the Arab Strap
I Didn't See it Coming
Sleep the Clock Around

Lazy Line Painter Jane
Judy and the Dream of Horses

The State I Am In, If You're Feeling Sinister and Boy with the Arab Strap were the tops in my mind. I was also surprised and delighted they played If You Find Yourself Caught in Love. The big screen background was like nothing I've even seen, I have never seen Real Estate but they were so good.  

I haven't been to Radio City since the Beck Midnite Vultures tour and B&S at the Hammerstein Ballroom in the early 2000s. Real Estate actually mentioned that same show as the last time they saw them...which was cool and didn't make me feel old.

Speaking of, I was introduced to B&S in college. I heard the Boy with the Arab Strap album and was hooked. Real Estate came to me more recently in life but I'm equally hooked. Both have such distinct vocals and signature sounds. Place them both in Radio City...fuggettaboutit.

Couldn't ask for a more "Perfect Couple" 


Check out an older Cugerock post which features a an Pitchfork documentary on If You're Feeling Sinister

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Cugerock Top 14 of 2014: Best Albums of The Year

I think the theme of 2014 (for me at least) is "still got it" with stellar releases from long running indie favs like The New Pornographers, Spoon and Interpol coupled with the long awaited return from veterans like DFA 1979, Unwound and Braid. A few more contemporary bands like Tennis, Cloud Nothings and Real Estate came forth with solid records as well to round out the list. Enjoy!

1. Spoon - They Want My Soul

2. New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers

3. Braid - No Coast

4. Real Estate - Atlas

5. Interpol - El Pintor

6. Unwound - No Energy

7. Death From Above 1979 - The Physical World

8. Tennis - Ritual in Repeat

9. Cloud Nothings - Here and Nowhere Else

10. Fucked Up - Year of the Dragon EP

11. Peter Matthew Bauer - Liberation!

12. Strand of Oaks - Heal

13. The Men - Tomorrows Hits

14. Tokyo Police Club - Forcefield 

Honorable (aka had to) Mention

Fugazi - First Demo

Not new music but a new release showcasing rough drafts of some legendary tracks.


Great year for music indeed. Looking forward to the highly anticipated cuts from Sleater Kinney, Modest Mouse, Belle & Sebastian and others in early 2015...oh and Star Wars :)

Happy New Year!!

Friday, June 6, 2014

American Football Reissue Their Self-Titled Album

(regarding the recent American Football reunion shows) Holmes said, "Obviously, we knew the time was ripe for three middle aged dudes to play some old songs about teenage feelings, and stand around tuning guitars for a long time."

They also just released a video for Never Meant...15 years late.

Like other bands in the mid-late 90s/early aughts (Hum, The Anniversary, Sunny Day Real Estate etc) these guys made amazing music and moved to other ventures as quickly as they came in.

PLEASE pick up this record. It'll make your day/year/life.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentines Day - From De La Soul

Holy crap this is awesome. De La Soul has released their entire catalog for FREE for Valentines Day. Check the link below.

"Keep the love spinning"

Extra Cugerock Treat:

Wednesday, January 1, 2014


2013 has been a swell year for tunes my friends. Some old favorites...some new on the scene. Check these out. You wont be disappointed. If you are, you can call me to complain at 555-5785.

Happy New Year!!!

1.  Savages - Silence Yourself

2.  Tennis - Small Sound EP

3.  Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold (thanks for the reco Budz)

4.  Washed Out - Paracosm (good call Dominic)

5.  Tegan & Sara - Heartthrob

6.  The Appleseed Cast - Illumination Ritual (I think I converted Mr. Faust on this one)

7.  Superchunk - I Hate Music

8. The London Suede - Bloodsports

9.  Surfer Blood - Pythons

10. The Thermals - Desperate Ground (made the cut Danny...its a "grower")