Why? Hef: 2019 resolutions? CB: Maybe ride bike. You? Hef: A and B and C and D and listen to 52 records "in entirety" and X and Y and Z. CB: How about this: you and I EACH need to listen to 52 records which the OTHER guy tells us to listen to. Hef: Okay. CB: Okay. That's why.

This Week

Hef is listening to Figure 8 by Elliott Smith (2000)

CB is listening to How Do You Feel Now? by Joywave (2015)

Last Week

Hef listened to

Burning Airlines

Mission: Control! 1999

Hef sez "Had not heard a single note prior to this assignment. Loved it! 8/10 w/ favorite being Wheaton Calling and least favorite being the very next track, Pacific 231. Will likely delve into some JawBox next, because why not?"

8 / 10

CB listened to

Otis Grand, Debbie Davies & Anson Funderburgh

Grand Union 1998

CB sez "I could imagine spending a weekend drunk in Memphis then coming home and finding this CD in my suitcase, unable to recollect how or why I have it. I presume there are three guitarists but I can't tell that it isn't one guy just playing three different guitars."

4 / 10



Van Halen Van Halen II 1979

Hef sez "You’re No Good 👍 Beautiful Girls 👍 Spanish Fly 👎 Bottoms Up 👎"

5 / 10

The Wrens The Meadowlands 2003

Hef sez "This one surprised me a bit, as I actually ended up liking it - a lot. 7/10 w/ the run from “She Sends Kisses” to “Faster Gun” being excellent."

7 / 10

Snail Mail Lush 2018

Hef sez "This had an early Cranberries feel to it. Lindsey has a nice voice, but she never gave me the explosion of raw emotion or jump in range/volume that Dolores used so well. Because of that, a lot of songs seemed just a tad bland. Still, this isn’t a Cranberries record, is it? As is, a decent debut - could’ve been so much better with just a few tweaks in production (cymbal work actually covered up her voice more than once). 5/10 w/ favorites bring the 1st three tracks (Pristine, Speaking Terms, Heat Wave)."

5 / 10

Giants Chair Prefabylon 2019

Hef sez "I liked it - listened to it 4+ times. Can’t really review because it’s not on Spotify anymore, though. Will have to check out the band’s releases from the late 90s."

7 / 10

Steely Dan Aja 1977

Hef sez "Really not a bad track in this short release. “Black Cow,” “Deacon Blues”, “Josie”, & of course “Peg,” which is a masterpiece, are my faves. Least favorite is title track."

7 / 10


Grandaddy The Sophtware Slump 2000

CB sez "This is pretty good; I'd listen to any of their records, no prob. Not crazy about the vocals. Fave: Household Appliance."

6 / 10

The Raconteurs Help Us Stranger 2019

CB sez "Cool band, great sound, solid record. Fave: Sunday Driver."

8 / 10

Army Navy Army Navy 2008

CB sez "This is okay. Some of this sounds like late-period R.E.M. Singer sounds so much like the Superchunk guy I had to look it up and see if it was him. Faves: Dark as Days, Golden Pony."

6 / 10

Blondie Autoamerican 1980

CB sez "This record is all over the place. You can tell they had lots of ideas, but most of them are bad ones. Fave: T-Birds, although the version I listened to tacked on Call Me, which would be the clear winner."

3 / 10

Counting Crows August and Everything After 1993

CB sez "So dull it should have been packaged in khaki pants and a polo shirt."

2 / 10

More previously

Butthole Surfers Psychic... Powerless... Another Man's Sac 1984 5/10
Houston Bottom of the Curve 2003 5/10
The Jicks Wig Out at Jagbags 2014 7/10
Led Zeppelin Houses of the Holy 1973 5/10
The Dismemberment Plan Emergency & I 1999 4/10
The Dave Brubeck Quartet Time Out 1959 4/10
The Clash Give 'Em Enough Rope 1978 6/10
Year of the Rabbit Year of the Rabbit 2003 5/10
Sonic Youth Sonic Nurse 2004 6/10
Roma 79 Cardinal Star 2014 3/10
Squirrel Bait Skag Heaven 1987 4/10
Wilco Star Wars 2015 6/7/10
Son Volt Okemah and the Melody of Riot 2005 7/10
Lenny Kravitz Are You Gonna Go My Way 1993 5/10
Mission of Burma Signals, Calls, and Marches 1981 6/10
Beck Colors 2017 7/10
Chavez Ride the Fader 1996 3/10
Television Marquee Moon 1977 5/6/10
American Football American Football 2019
The Magic Gang The Magic Gang 2018 8/10
fIREHOSE Flyin' the Flannel 1991
ZZ Top Tres Hombres 1973
Tame Impala Currents 2015
Sunny Day Real Estate LP2 1995
Phoenix It's Never Been Like That 2006
Gang of Four Entertainment! 1979
Riddle of Steel 1985 2007
Journey Escape 1981
Big Star #1 Record 1972 5 or 6/10
Spoon Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga 2007 7.1/10
Beastie Boys Ill Communication 1994

The New Pornographers Mass Romantic 2000 7/10
The Replacements Tim 1985 9/10
Son Little New Magic 2017 7/10
The Alan Parsons Project Eye in the Sky 1982 4/10
Meat Puppets Dusty Notes 2019 5/10
Catfish and the Bottlemen The Balance 2019 7/10
Billy Joel The Stranger 1977 6/10
Hootie & the Blowfish Cracked Rear View 1994 3/10
ABC How to Be a ... Zillionaire! 1985 3/10
The Interrupters Fight the Good Fight 2018 3/10
Dave Matthews Band Stand Up 2005 4/10
The Black Keys El Camino 2011 6/10
U2 Achtung Baby 1991 7/10
Cage the Elephant Social Cues 2019 4/10
The Mysteries of Life Come Clean 1998 7/10
Nirvana Nevermind 1991 9/10
Seven Mary Three American Standard 1995 3/10
The Housemartins The People Who Grinned Themselves to Death 1987 5/10
The Decemberists The Crane Wife 2006 7/10
John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton 1966 6/10
The Police Ghost in the Machine 1981 10/10
Postmodern Jukebox Emoji Antique 2015 1/10
John Mellencamp Human Wheels 1993 6/10
Eels The Deconstruction 2018 4/10
Kool & the Gang Emergency 1984 2/10
The 1975 The 1975 2013 4/10
Talking Heads Stop Making Sense [Special New Edition] 1999 (1984) 7/10
Warren Zevon The Wind 2003 5/10
Florence + the Machine How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful 2015 4/10
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble Texas Flood 1983 5/10
Boogie Down Productions By All Means Necessary 1988 3/10