I’ve Heard It: Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner and James McAlister – Planetarium

Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner and James McAlister explore the voyage to the great attractor with their thought-provoking album Planetarium, A seventeen track collaborative project of intergalactic candor that even PBS Space Time should consider...

I’ve Heard It: TOPS – Sugar at the Gate

Most of us Millenials (I can only speak for my generation, but if it applies to others, that's swell) were taught how to listen to music in a similar way that we were taught how to...

I’ve Heard It: Michael Seyer – Bad Bonez

Bad Bonez, the new album by bedroom pop prodigy Michael Seyer, is a grower. On first listen, there's not much to distinguish it from the sea of hypnagogia that dominates Bandcamp in 2018, but Seyer has a...

I’ve Heard It: Couch Slut – Contempt

Yikes bikes. I hadn't heard the first album from noise-rock beasts Couch Slut so this second album, Contempt, caught me a wee bit-off guard. Lead singer Megan Osztrosits is a terror who is able to cut...

I’ve Heard It: Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.

Turns out that XXX. by U2, featuring Kendrock Lemur is NOT the most self-righteous song on the planet. Glad we at Blocland decided to wait until we heard the album before making up our hivemind's opinion. Now......

I’ve Heard It: Panopticon – The Scars of Man On the Once Nameless Wilderness...

I think Ansel Adams would've been a black metal fan. He definitely would've been a Panopticon fan. The famed photographer and environmentalist's aesthetic consists exclusively of crisp black and white images of mammoth rock formations and...

I’ve Heard It: Hell – Machitikos

August, that time of year synonymous with sun, sea, warm evenings, relaxed attitudes, cold beer, barbecues, holidays, happiness, and DOOM!!! Hell have kindly obliged us on the last point and are about to drop a new...

I’ve Heard It: Yellow Eyes – Immersion Trench Reverie

US black metal roars once again as October the 20th sees Will and Sam Skarstad return under the banner of their most well known project, Yellow Eyes. This time it's with a new album, the strangely...

I’ve Heard It: Joan Shelley – Joan Shelley

Shelley's self-titled album, released on Friday, continues down that path of simple and atmospheric folk that reveals further depths on each listen. It was recorded at Wilco's The Loft with Jeff Tweedy serving as a deft but light-handed producer. Tweedy, along with his drummer son, plays a few instruments and Elkington shows up again but, as with their last album, Shelley and Salsburg steal the show.

I’ve Heard It: King Tuff – The Other

  The Other¬†opens with its solemn and sparse title track, and Kyle Thomas sounds like he's on the brink of descending into a spiral of despair. His words are a little clumsy, like a tipsy, nervous storyteller...