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.

  • Blochead4real

    I have been informed this is nowhere NEAR WoD ninth album as mentioned in the article. In my defense it certainly feels like their ninth.

    • Padfoot24

      It’s amazing that Alvvays can fill one of those dumb “10 Best” listicles with only 11 songs lol

  • Cooolin

    Dammit Bloc, upsetting the office chemistry right when we’re tryin’ to get a BIG EVENT off the ground. Guess I’d better keep my thoughts on Alvvays to myself.

    • Cooolin

      Also, maybe an WoD/Alvvays vote split will let some bands like White Reaper or Slowdive ascend to that #1 spot. First step in the coveted BEGOT.

      • Blochead4real

        BEGOT is the ultimate accolade any entertainer can strive for. Good call.

        • Cooolin

          I hear Whoopi Goldberg’s been working with Jack Antonoff. Going for that B.

  • lobster man

    None of the above.

  • Padfoot24

    I have appointed myself to lead the special counsel investigating possible year-end list collusion between our Dicktater, the old bat Doris Montgomery and the rock band The War On Drugs.

    • Blochead4real

      You brave soul. God speed.

      • Black Antlers

        Yes, Godspeed will be releasing the AOTY

        • Blochead4real

          ….you black antler

  • DFrye

    BASK shall not be dethroned. WOD or no WOD. Wtf is an Alvvays?
    https://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/riffipedia/images/0/06/Bask.jpg

    • Blochead4real

      Alvvays is a Canadian (it’s a real place!!!) indie pop band that released one perfect album a few years back. And have released two new singles, each are great, as a lead up to their second album. They are also the band that EVERY GUY should own their first album because EVERY WOMAN that hears them falls in love immediately. This would be sexist if it weren’t true. What? You gonna tell me they don’t ALL order Chicken Tikka Masala next?

      • DFrye

        You had me at “Canadian”.

  • raptor jesus

    Alvvays… who do they think they are spelling their name like that? Wavves?

    • Doris Montgomery

      got em

  • Doris Montgomery

    I love WoD 🙂

    • Blochead4real

      we know, dawg. we all f’ing know.

  • Black Antlers

    I want regurgitated sounds from this version of 1978 – puke that was eaten and re-puked.

  • Caleb Tripp

    Shockingly, it is currently Lorde, my dudes