I’ve Heard It: Algiers – The Underside of Power

In 1937, school teacher and poet Abel Meeropol penned “Strange Fruit”. The poem was written as a reaction to the Southern states' African American targeting lynch mobs. Two years later “Strange Fruit” was committed to record...

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: Allison Crutchfield – Tourist In This Town

People of Blocland, I wish i didn't have to do this on today of all days, but I'm kicking off our new album heard-it-ing column and it's called "I've Heard It" This week the album is one...

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: Freddie Gibbs – You Only Live 2wice

I've been a fan of Mr. Gibbs ever since 2014's Piñata, his masterpiece collaboration with legendary producer Madlib. Probably the greatest rapper to emerge from Gary, Indiana (though I'll shamefully admit I've never listened to Ric Jilla,...

I’ve Heard It: Migos – Kull-cher

Raindrop Droptop SKRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRT https://open.spotify.com/album/2AvupjUeMnSffKEV05x222 This has been "I've heard it." You can also heard the album up there. Beware: everything you know and love will ratchet the fuck up 2 beast mode.

I’ve Heard It: Converge – The Dusk In Us

When you put out one of the most beloved pieces of art of the 21st century, you deserve a free pass. In an ideal world, you’d be allowed to fuck around. You’d be allowed to get...

I’ve Heard It: Valerie June- The Order of Time

  I flipped upon Valerie June’s 2014 set of Austin City Limits in a shabby hotel room off highway 101. The episode rose goosebumps on par with, Grammy winner, Esperanza Spalding’s power-house performance years before. I was hooked. A...

I’ve Heard It: GAS – Narkopop

Ever wipe bleu cheese dipping sauce from your lips after gorging down 9 Pizza Hut wings and ask yourself, "I could use a nap!"? Look no further Blocland reader, as the new extra drowsy dipping sauce Narkopop...

I’ve Heard It: Destroyer – Sky’s Grey

  Welp. This one came out of nowhere. A bit of background: I cherish all Destroyer. Sky's Grey isn't going to change that. It's basically an instant classic. In some ways this feels like a perfect distillation...