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 Aja by Steely Dan (1977)

CB is listening to August and Everything After by Counting Crows (1993)

Last Week

Hef listened to

Butthole Surfers

Psychic... Powerless... Another Man's Sac 1984

Hef sez "In all honesty, here’s a band I wanted to like more than I ever truly did. They had a great name. Their album artwork was always solid. Yet I listened to their stuff selectively & intermittently at best. This album, for me is a typical offering from the band. Some (“Concubine”) are damn near unlistenable. Some (“Woly Boly,” “Mexican Caravan”) are pretty damn good. “Lady Sniff” is one that teenage and middle age Hefs agree upon - a timeless anthem/verbal middle finger set to music."

5 / 10

CB listened to

The New Pornographers

Mass Romantic 2000

CB sez "These Canucks do nice work. If you asked me who their influences are I'd say "all of them" but after a minute or two I might just say "Supertramp." Faves: Jackie, Occupant, Execution Day."

7 / 10



Houston Bottom of the Curve 2003

Hef sez "This one started strong but went downhill after first 3 tracks. “I’m a Girl” was the point of no return, although a few tracks after that attempted to redeem the album, they failed and their titles weren’t memorable. “The Lousy Picture I Took” is awful, and an appropriate way to close this way too long offering."

5 / 10

The Jicks Wig Out at Jagbags 2014

Hef sez "This is a prime example of the sum being greater than the parts. Each song, on its own is just ok. The album, though...it works well when played through."

7 / 10

Led Zeppelin Houses of the Holy 1973

Hef sez "It’s Zep, so there’s that. It’s not my favorite Zep album though. 5/10 imo - but could be just due to overexposure of songs like D’yer Mak’er."

5 / 10

The Dismemberment Plan Emergency & I 1999

Hef sez "Liked Memory Machine & Spider in the Snow ok, though."

4 / 10

The Dave Brubeck Quartet Time Out 1959

Hef sez "‘Take Five’ best of bunch."

4 / 10


The Replacements Tim 1985

CB sez "Rare instance where band goes to major label, makes best record. All killer, no filler."

9 / 10

Son Little New Magic 2017

CB sez "Not bad for the genre. Starts out pretty well, heats up in second half. Fave: The Middle."

6 / 10

The Alan Parsons Project Eye in the Sky 1982

CB sez "Pretty conventional record from one of England's finest prog rock bands. One of England's prog rock bands, anyway. First two tracks are a 10, then the record devolves. Amazing that this went platinum."

4 / 10

Meat Puppets Dusty Notes 2019

CB sez "So they added a keyboard player. That sort of makes things worse, but the songwriting is still solid. Best track is Vampyr's by far. Also really liked On."

5 / 10

Catfish and the Bottlemen The Balance 2019

CB sez "Solid rock. Faves: 2all, Sidetrack."

7 / 10

More previously

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

Billy Joel The Stranger 1977 5/10
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 3/10
The Black Keys El Camino 2011 6/10
U2 Achtung Baby 1991 6/10
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 5/10
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