Oct. 2 Guster/Evermotion

Newest release by Guster I haven’t visited till now. Some of the magic that me fall in love with them in the first place is still present and vibrant in some songs. That being said, aside from “Doin’ It By Myself” or “Long Night” and a few other scattered songs, this album didn’t scream at me to be regularly replayed like their other albums Keep It Together, Parachute, and Goldfly did. If anything this album has inspired me to revisit their other albums and eps I’ve been overlooking. This album had some fun 70s grooves and live they integrated the new songs well into their expansive setlist.

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Sept. 28 Princess Reason/Self-titled

Soft relaxing minimalist pop rock and even softer lyrics to match the instrumentation. Baltimore home-town diy heroes and a hidden gem for sure. Repetitive looping guitar riffs, subtle changes, and distant delicate sounds in the background that have a powerful calming effect. Makes me want to hug my partner with the lights off and talk about cities.

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Sept. 27 Green Day/Dookie

Pure 90s punk, and half the soundtrack to my teenage years-around the same time I first picked up my first bass and got into the Foo Fighters. First thought: “Oh, I love tony hawk pro skater soundtracks!” Despite my love for hardcore and punk I had ever gotten around to officially picking up a Green Day album. I felt like Dookie was the perfect introduction to a stranger I had informally known for years. I guess at the end of high school and beginning of college I got so caught up in Jawbreaker and the local NJ hardcore scene I never felt the need to look back any further to other foundational punk acts. Dirnt’s bass in this sticks primarily to the chords, but compliments them in bursts of simple intricacy and the tradition between tracks 3-4 is rewarding as hell. I listen to this album and I’m 13 again back in my parent’s basement playing tony hawk and ranting about the superiority of ACDC.

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Sept. 27 Titus Andronicus/The Monitor

The font choice and album cover fit such a fun industrialization/early America vibe. The music is as powerful as the statement of the album art and the rock and roll, well-layered progressions, brass, ad references to New Jersey make this album sound powerful and dense. Makes me feel like I’m listening to one long song story riding a wave of energetic buzz.

Sept. 27 Fleetwood Mac/Tango in the Night

My first full Fleetwood Mac album that wasn’t The Dance. In a last second effort to throw new music in my car I routed through my dad’s cassette collection and came across this album. Super glad I dived into this when I did, and aside from Mick’s slightly excessive solo rant about halfway through the record it was greatly rewarding. All the tones and lyrics were brutally 80s dream pop rock aesthetic. Makes me feel like I’m trapped in a vocal vortex cyclone of Christine McVie’s voice and I don’t want to escape.

Sept. 26 Tycho/Dive

Holy vapor/synthwave. Maybe less vapor and more cheesy techno? Regardless, this makes for a good study soundtrack along with their other albums. The holiest of chills, but nothing incredibly outstanding. I’m still unfamiliar with the origins of this stimulation, but all vapor/synth wave has me craving to bike through modern city infrastructures and suburbia backroads.