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NOISE: Kylie Minoise - Enter Feedback Ninja: I wanted to add Kylie Minoise’s You Suffer, but it is just one track that is one hour and thirty-nine seconds long, which really didn’t seem playable on a radio show, the hypothetical final destination of MoM’s adds. So, I decided to go for Enter Feedback Ninja, Kylie Minoise’s most recent release. This album is really exciting!!! Thirteen of the fifteen track titles on this album have three exclamation points at the end of them!!! And one ends like this?!? Also this album is about ninjas, which is almost always a good thing. Minoise, given name Lea Cummings, if from the UK but has definitely been strongly influenced by Japanoise. Taking a cue from that genre most of the songs begin with someone screaming a sentence at you before going into what my boyfriend just described to me as “the good stuff,” “real shit,” and “stick your head in a blender shit” after I bullied him into giving this album a listen this morning while he was at work. But not everything on this album is this so called “stick your head in a blender shit” (though all of it is “the good stuff”). “Super Stealth Ninja Skill Time!!!” among others which I will avoid listing because I have no idea what to do about punctuation with these song titles are more ambient (and very spooky), and “Mind Rise!!!” is strait noise-jazz lol. PAIGE

RIYL: Merzbow, The Gerogerigegege, 385, ninjas in general

Recommended Tracks: “I Want My Black Ninja and I Want Him Now!!!” (1), “Wet Ninja Wet Ninja!!!” (3), “White Light Ninja Through to the Other Side!!!” (10), “Mind Rise!!!” (9), “It’s An Illusion!!!” (12) 

K-POP: After School - Virgin: After School is by far my favorite group in all of K-pop due to their constantly changing concepts as well as their controversial rotating member system, with members leaving and new ones added every couple of years. For their first full-length album, Virgin, the girls were in peak form with nine members, the highest their number has been. Like all K-pop albums there is little to no cohesion on Virgin, but what makes this album standout is the quality of these standalone tracks. The album opens with “Let’s Step Up”, which is best digested alongside its video due to their amazing tap dancing. Jarringly, the track transitions into the Daishi Dance produced single “Shampoo”,the video for this track is amazing and is a prequel to the “Let’s Step Up” video and is a must watch, but the track stands up well on its own. The titular track “Virgin” is peak After School, with synths providing a moody atmosphere, while leader Kahi pleads, “play the song again, again, again”. Virgin also showcases the group’s ability to be bright and bubbly as showcased on “Dream” where the English is a bit cringe worthy, but forgivable, with guest vocalist YoonJo’s voice on the bridge taking this song to the next level. A few of the albums tracks fall into the standard K-pop filler category, especially the ballads (“Play Your Love”, JungAh’s solo “My Bell”, Raina’s solo “Leaning Against Time”). The album also features updated versions of some of their older tracks “Bang”“Because of You”, and “When I Fall”, but the originals are better, with the only improvements being on “When I Fall” which now has a fuller arrangement than the acoustic original. Virgin is a great album that really hits on the diversity of sound offered not only by After School, but within K-pop hitting on many of the standard concepts within the genre, but doing them exceedingly well. KEN

RIYL: Girl’s Generation, Nine Muses, T-ara, 4minute

Recommended Tracks: "Shampoo" (2), "Virgin" (3), "Dream" (6), "When I Fall (2011 New Recording)" (12), "Funky Man" (10)    

Wet - Don't You: Wet is a Brooklyn-based trio based who make R&B inflected pop anthems. Their best know song “Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl” has been making the rounds for the past year, with its most notable form being the Branchez remix. Wet definitely is looking for a breakthrough hit, although it is probably not going to be present on this album. Their sound is very minimalist, with many of the tracks blending together. That being said, when a song breaks through on this album it really standouts, such as the aforementioned “Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl”, as well as “Deadwater” a track that recalls nostalgia via Dev Hynes-esque composition. Wet has a lot of potential as shown through the highlights of Don’t You. KEN

RIYL: Dornik, Haim, Cigarettes After Sex, London Grammar

Recommended Tracks: “It’s All in Vain” (1), “Deadwater” (2), “Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl” (3),  “You’re the Best” (8)


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Porches - Pool: I hate to compare myself to others because I either temporarily turn into a raging egomaniac (more so than usual) and take a victory lap around town while hollering “BOW DOWN BITCHES” or succumb to a wave of depression as I realize that I am not the best, not the winner – because life is always a competition. This week, I made the mistake of skimming the Pitchfork review for Pool, and the latter of these two scenarios occurred. I am not the best music reviewer; Pitchfork won this round. Honestly, how the fuck did Jeremy Gordon manage to muster up seven paragraphs-worth of criticism and analysis about this record? Congratulations, good sir. I have approximately four sentences, which are as follows: Porches’ latest album, Pool, explores indie-electronica’s intersections with house and synth-pop to cover a broad landscape of musical styles that could appeal to almost any listener. While some songs stick to a more standard type of house music [“Braid" (2), “Hour” (5), “Pool”(7)], others hybridize these typically danceable sounds with slower, moodier R&B undertones ("Underwater" "Shaver",   maybe even “Shape” (11), “Security” (12)]. Alternatively, Porches also experiments with different uses of the synthesizer to create melodies and moods ranging from eighties-esque love ballad [“Even the Shadow” (6), “Glow” (8), which kind of sounds like a Homeshake song] to whatever “Be Apart” (3) is to almost straight indie rock [“Mood” (4), which is also pretty eighties-ish actually, and “Car” (9)]. And that’s the whole album: somewhat sentimental, sometimes gloomy, always diverse. THRASLEY 

RIYL: Homeshake, Connan Mockasin

Recommended Tracks: “Car” (9), “Mood” (4), “Braid” (2)

Wild Nothing - Life of PauseSongwriter Jack Tatum states that his main goal is to constantly reinvent his band Wild Nothing’s sound, and while their latest release Life of Pause does not break significant musical barriers it reels the band into a classic dream-pop sound. The topics discussed in this release are nothing out of the ordinary, usually floating around why do people fall in love to whatever about how everything goes in circles. The sound has all of the synth, reverb and space that any fans of this kind of music are expecting and the melodies are catchy but safe. To summarize, nothing ever gets too unusual or unexpected, but by no means do I not significantly enjoy this album. It is much fun to listen to and is a release with songs that deserve multiple listens. It is also a good improvement from their previous releases, making the band feel more alive than ever. It never really gets old to hear the psychedelic tradition that the 60s left us still alive and sounding pretty good. HARRY

RIYL: DIIV, Animal Collective, MGMT

Recommended Tracks: "Life Of Pause" (5), "Reichpop" (1), "To Know You" (7), "TV Queen" (9) 

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Young Thug - I'm Up: A few months ago, I would have steadfastly argued that “Young Thug sucks.” As a product of a 2015 that belonged to artists like Drake and A$AP in the mainstream, the wild antics and goofy flow of Thugger just didn’t make sense to me at all. But it’s 2016 - I got put on, and now it’s my turn to put you guys on. With production from the likes of Metro Boomin and Mike WiLL, I’m Up is built on the same foundation as albums like Rodeo and What a Time to Be Alive. But while I do really respect Metro, high quality trap beats seem to be a dime a dozen these days. It is Thug’s fast flow and catchy lyrical hooks, combined with his have-fun-at-all-costs attitude, that actually makes I’m Up a mixtape worth hearing. When listening to Young Thug, it is SO important to understand that he is only doing this to have fun. He doesn’t want to carve his name next to Biggie in the hip-hop Hall of Fame. He just wants to make music that is hilariously fun to play really loud. And “fun” doesn’t refer only to turnup songs. I’m Up contains everything from the mellow homie tribute “My Boys,” to the energetic call to dance that is “Hercules.”Bottom line, you can listen to this album very critically and probably end up hating it, or you can take a page out of Young Thug’s book and just Get. Weird. CHRISTIAN 

RIYL: Travi$ Scott, Playboi Carti, Future

Recommended Tracks: "Hercules" (6), "F Cancer" (1) 

The Donkeys - Midnight Palms: Some nice and pop-y feel good jams from the SoCal natives. These guys have been around for a while pumping out mellow guitar rock that’s easy going and easy on the ears. On Midnight Palms, The Donkeys stay true to form, but with a southern tinge. Usually The Donkeys draw tiresome comparisons to the California sun and surf soaked folk tradition, but these tracks remind me of the South. It’s a little grittier and bluesy with a touch of tambourine and a distinct drawl on the vocals. Fittingly they filmed a vid for “Down the Line” on the porch of an old abandoned house in Atlanta. It’s a foot stomping track with a jangled up guitar and a hound dog howlin in the background. Seems like the San Diegoans have taken to the land of Magnolias and moonlight. Reminds me of hot nights here in Georgia, drinking beer and listenin to the bullfrogs. SHILL

RIYL: Real Estate, Dr. Dog, Vetiver

Recommended Tracks: “Hold Onto You” (3), “Down the Line” (2) 

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Dr. Dog - The Psychedelic SwampDr. Dog's latest album is a rework of their 15-year-old debut. In delving into and reinventing the past, the band showcases all their different sides and all the reasons we love them. Tracks like "Engineer Says" are particularly jam-band-y, while "Bring My Baby Back" is an indie-rock hit in the making, à la "How Long Must I Wait." Meanwhile, "Badvertise" is an upbeat power punch that reminds me of that MGMT song "Brian Eno" (tbt). Basically, these guys have taken an album which they once described as "unlistenable" (and were right about - I accidentally pulled up the original version of "Swampadelic Pop," and not gonna lie, it's rough) and turned it into a showcase of how far they've come (and if you followed that last link, then you know just how far that is). While they have retained the general essence, quirkiness, and experimental quality of the original album, The Psychedelic Swamp rings of the rich eclectic sound Dr. Dog has developed over the years. CAROLINE
 
RIYL: Delta Spirit, Deer Trick, Wilco

Recommended Tracks: "Swampadelic Pop" (2), "Bring My Baby Back" (3), "Engineer Says" (8), "Badvertise" (11), "Good Grief" (12)