Good friday to you all!!! While we sit here on a pretty slow new release friday and twiddle our collective thumbs and pretend everything is A-OK a storm is brewing. We here at Blocland think of ourselves as family. But I fear our happy home is going to be torn asunder in about a month. If you are wondering why all the lead up to my point….well that’s perfectly understandable. I’m trying to create tension here. Are you writing the article? No, no you are not. So just read the fucking thing and buy into my attempt at trepidation and outright fear. Where was I before you so rudely interrupted me? Oh yeah, the family angle. So on August 24 famed classic rock revivalists The War On Drugs release their 9th full length album, “A Deeper Understanding.” And thus far we have heard four tracks from this thing and each one sounds great. MANY of the Blocland staff have already begun the ramp-up for this thing garnering AOTY accolades from our site as well as many others. Not so fast, Dire Straits fans. Just two weeks later indie poppers Alvvays return with their sophomore effort, “Antisocialites.” And there’s more than one Blocland correspondent that has heard the first two singles from this and believe it to have AOTY written all over it.
I think the debate really comes down to whether you prefer regurgitated sounds from 1978 or much fresher repuked puke from 1993. One things for sure these two albums are absolutely “Blocland Approved.” We don’t need to hear the damn things. These are bands we love and we have predetermined they are worthy of our love. Where do you stand on this? Are Kendrick, Vince, Lorde, Perfume Genius, Charly Bliss, and countless other Blocland favorites sweatin’ bullets that they are gonna get kicked down a peg, or two, in our final 2017 ATOY wrap up? I sense their fear. That Blocland top 20 AOTY list can make or make the career of a young band or artist. Do I need to remind you of the absolute rocketship success of one FJM after our review of his latest album?
Other sites will start their stupid 2017 year end wrap-up lists in November. Oh how 2004 of you. Not us. We start the tongues a-waggin’ in early August. That’s why we represent music in 2017. Hot takes with minimal facts or knowledge. Wise up, P4K. Nah, it’s too late. It’s the La Brea Tar Pits for the likes of you.
Sooooo……..where’s your money? WoD or Alvvays? Tell us in the comments.