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Blogs - April 21, 2016

i am challenging myself to listen to 365 new albums/year (beginning 04/21/16), which is a lot like challenging myself to listen to a new album every single day, but a little more forgiving in the event that i happen to forget. i'll keep track here:

1. prince - 1999 (1982)
2. a$ap ferg - always strive and prosper (2016)
3. pet shop boys - super (2016)
4. interpol - interpol (2010)
5. marilyn manson - antichrist superstar (1996)
6. niki & the dove - everybody's heart is broken now (2016)
7. smashing pumpkins - siamese dream (1993)
8. marilyn manson - mechanical animals (1998)
9. billboard top hits: 1975 (~1975)
10. marilyn manson - the golden age of grotesque (2003)
11. now that's what i call music! (~1998)
12. oasis - (what's the story) morning glory? (1995)
13. stone temple pilots - purple (1994)
14. now that's what i call music!, vol. 57 (~2016)
15. now that's what i call music!. vol. 4 (~2000)
16. michael jackson - thriller (1982)
17. nirvana - bleach (1989)
18. now that's what i call music!, vol. 56 (2015)
19. andy grammer - magazines or novels (2014)
20. the xx - xx (2009)
21. ministry - keΦaΛhΞΘ (1992)
22. arctic monkeys - whatever people say i am, that's what i'm not (2006)
23. van halen - van halen (1978)
24. van halen - van halen ii (1979)
25. van halen - women and children first (1980)
26. van halen - fair warning (1981)
27. van halen - diver down (1982)
28. van halen - 1984 (1984)
29. van halen - 5150 (1986)
30. van halen - ou812 (1988)
31. van halen - for unlawful carnal knowledge (1991)
32. after the burial - dig deep (2016)
33. disturbed - the sickness (2000)
34. pierce the veil - misadventures (2016)
35. 3oh!3 - night sports (2016)
36. erra - drift (2016)
37. slayer - reign in blood (1986)
38. nirvana - nevermind (1991)
39. tim heidecker - in glendale (2016)
40. at the drive-in - relationship of command (2000)
41. radiohead - a moon shaped pool (2016)
42. slipknot - slipknot (1999)
43. slipknot - iowa (2001)
44. bear hands - you'll pay for this (2016)
45. beartooth - aggressive (2016)
46. the kills - ash & ice (2016)
47. judas priest - rocka rolla (1974)
48. judas priest - sad wings of destiny (1976)
49. judas priest - screaming for vengeance (1982)
50. judas priest - painkiller (1990)
51. the ongoing concept - handmade (2015)
52. the lonely island - popstar: never stop never stopping (2016)
53. fall city fall - victus (2013)
54. megadeth - peace sells... but who's buying? (1986)
55. ariana grande - dangerous woman (2016)
56. beck - record club: kick (~2010)
57. meghan trainor - thank you (2016)
58. now that's what i call music!, vol. 55 (~2015)
59. now that's what i call music!, vol. 3 (~1999)
60. now that's what i call music!, vol. 5 (~2000)
61. now that's what i call music!, vol. 54 (~2015)
62. now that's what i call music!, vol. 53 (~2015)
63. modern baseball - holy ghost (2016)
64. issues - headspace (2016)
65. marilyn manson - portrait of an american family (1994)
66. letlive. - if i'm the devil... (2016)
67. nick jonas - last year was complicated (2016)
68. peter bjorn and john - breakin' point (2016)
69. the temper trap - thick as thieves (2016)
70. bassnectar - unlimited (2016)
71. i see stars - treehouse (2016)
72. gojira - magma (2016)
73. judas priest - sin after sin (1977)
74. van halen - balance (1995)
75. judas priest - stained class (1978)
76. judas priest - hell bent for leather (1979)
77. misterwives - our own house (2015)
78. fitz & the tantrums - fitz & the tantrums (2016)
79. marilyn manson - holy wood (in the shadow of the valley of death) (2000)
80. now that's what i call music!, vol. 6 (~2001)
81. now that's what i call music!, vol. 52 (~2014)
82. megadeth - so far, so good... so what! (1988)
83. megadeth - killing is my business... and business is good! (1985)
84. metallica - ride the lightning (1984)
85. the prodigy - the fat of the land (1997)
86. hot hot heat - hot hot heat (2016)
87. guns n' roses - appetite for destruction (1987)
88. ac/dc - for those about to rock we salute you (1981)
89. riff raff - peach panther (2016)
90. broods - conscious (2016)
91. whitechapel - mark of the blade (2016)
92. judas priest - unleashed in the east (1979)
93. george michael - faith (1987)
94. tegan and sara - love you to death (2016)
95. me - even the odd ones out (2013)
96. alanis morissette - jagged little pill (1995)
97. metronomy - summer 08 (2016)
98. onerepublic - dreaming out loud (2007)
99. phil collins - both sides (1993)
100. danny brown - old (2013)
101. phil collins - face value (extra values) (2016)
102. gino vannelli - the best and beyond (2010)
103. genesis - genesis (1983)
104. judas priest - british steel (1980)
105. judas priest - point of entry (1981)
106. borns - dopamine (2015)
107. abc - the lexicon of love (1982)
108. fit for an autopsy - absolute hope absolute hell (2015)
109. slipknot - all hope is gone (2008)
110. periphery - periphery iii: select difficulty (2016)
111. barenaked ladies - stunt (1998)
112. carly simon - film noir (1997)
113. panic! at the disco - death of a bachelor (2016)
114. judas priest - turbo (1986)
115. swmrs - drive north (2016)
116. martika - martika (1988)
117. the drifters/the coasters - the drifters/the coasters (1988)
118. highly suspect - mister asylum (2015)
119. death spells - nothing above, nothing below (2016)
120. united nations - united nations (2008)
121. the struts - everybody wants (2016)
122. white sea - in cold blood (2014)
123. fastball - little white lies (2009)
124. nf - mansion (2015)
125. stevie t - album of epicness (2015)
126. young the giant - home of the strange (2016)
127. placebo - meds (2006)
128. kill the noise - alt classic (2016)
129. bad omens - bad omens (2016)
130. islander - power under control (2016)
131. capsize - a reintroduction: the essence of all that surrounds me (2016)
132. miss may i - deathless (2015)
133. wage war - blueprints (2015)
134. crown the empire - retrograde (2016)
135. meshuggah - obzen (2008)
136. supertramp - breakfast in america (1979)
137. bastille - wild world (complete edition) (2016)
138. hellions - opera oblivia (2016)
139. judas priest - ram it down (1988)
140. grouplove - big mess (2016)
141. glassjaw - worship and tribute (2002)
142. dumbfoundead - old boy jon (2013)
143. hardcore henry (original motion picture soundtrack) (~2016)
144. veil of maya - eclipse (2012)
145. xtc - skylarking (1986)
146. local natives - sunlit youth (2016)
147. architects - lost forever // lost together (2014)
148. usher - hard ii love (2016)
149. paper route - real emotion (2016)
150. goldroom - west of the west (2016)
151. blink-182 - california (2016)
152. breakdown of sanity - perception (2013)
153. monuments - gnosis (2012)
154. radiohead - in rainbows (2007)
155. placebo - placebo (1996)
156. pixies - surfer rosa (1988)
157. the drums - encyclopedia (2014)
158. taking back sunday - tidal wave (2016)
159. faith no more - we care a lot (1985)

News - December 21, 2015

If your favorite music didn't make the list, I probably didn't like it very much.


Muse's Drones

For fans of: Franz Ferdinand, Royal Blood, Fall Out Boy.
The straightforward rock album fans of "Stockholm Syndrome" and "Knights Of Cydonia" have been patiently waiting for.
Spotlight Track:

Bonus Track: Happy Song by Bring Me The Horizon from the album That's The Spirit.

Oceans Ate Alaska's Lost Isles

For Fans of: Like Moths To Flames, The Word Alive, Woe, Is Me.
Good luck trying to keep track of the time signatures.
Spotlight Track:

Bonus Track: Hollow Life by Coast Modern from the album (Forthcoming).

Palisades' MIND GAMES

For fans of: That's Outrageous!, Abandon All Ships, Issues.
Pop-metal salad drowned in delicious hook dressing.
Spotlight Track:

Bonus Track: Carry On by Cœur De Pirate from the album Roses.

Enter Shikari's The Mindsweep

For fans of: letlive., Beartooth, We Came As Romans.
Smart rock music with an important message - "there was never a broadcast made of such urgency."
Spotlight Track:

Bonus Track: American Beauty/American Psycho (Remix feat. A$AP Ferg) by Fall Out Boy from the album Make America Psycho Again.

D.A.'s Time Machine

For fans of: Jellyfish, Queen, Elton John.
Cornelius Thornibald Spainhower himself could not have come up with a more accurate moniker for D.A.'s debut album.
Spotlight Track:

Bonus Track: New Americana by Halsey from the album Badlands.


For fans of: Raury, FKA twigs, Banks.
Simply put, BOOTS is a genius whose refreshing take on hip-pop boasts utterly antagonizing levels of talent.
Spotlight Track:

Bonus Track: (Cover of Taylor Swift's) Blank Space by I Prevail from the album Punk Goes Pop, Vol. 6 (2015 Digital Edition).

Until The Ribbon Breaks' A Lesson Unlearnt

For fans of: Glass Animals, Cherub, The Weeknd.
The heart is a real tangible element of this group's debut release.
Spotlight Track:

Bonus Track: Another Night On Mars by The Maine from the album American Candy.

From First To Last's Dead Trees

For fans of : D.R.U.G.S., Falling In Reverse, From First To Last.
Let's face it - From First To Last were never the best band in the scene. That is until Periphery-frontman Spencer Sotelo stepped in to perform Matt Good's signature hooks. I only pray that this album was as well-received by the rest of the scene as it's been by me.
Spotlight Track:

Bonus Track: The Shade by Metric from the album Pagans In Vegas.

Born Of Osiris' Soul Sphere

For fans of: Deceiver-era The Word Alive, Glass Cloud, Veil Of Maya.
Born Of Osiris is the catharsis Patrick Bateman yearns for. Thank you BOO for this outstanding outlet.
Spotlight Track:

Bonus Track: Trip Switch by Nothing But Thieves from the album Nothing But Thieves (Forthcoming).

Periphery's Juggernaut

For fans of: Volumes, Between The Buried And Me, Dream Theater.
Best heard in its entirety, this double album is as beautifully-orchestrated/masterfully-executed as heavy music gets.
Spotlight Track:

Bonus Track: Shroud (feat. Krizz Kaliko) by Tech N9ne from the album Special Effects.

CHVRCHΞS' Every Open Eye

For fans of: The Naked And Famous, Purity Ring, Passion Pit.
The best in cognitive dissonance since Passion Pit's Gossamer.
Spotlight Track:

Bonus Track: I Mean Something (feat. Feist) by Peaches from the album Rub.

Big Data's 2.0

For fans of: Robert DeLong, AWOLNATION, Capital Cities.
Any pop album that features a dial-up modem as an instrument is great in my book.
Spotlight Track:

Bonus Track: Don't Wait Up by Robert DeLong from the album In The Cards.

Everything Everything's Get To Heaven

For fans of: alt-J, Two Door Cinema Club, Vampire Weekend.
"In March, the band described their sound as 'Baroque Obama' on Facebook, explaining to Gigwise that 'it's where Bach meets Jay Z'."
Spotlight Track:

Bonus Track: SIRI (feat. Elliphant & Pusha T) by YOGI from the album (Forthcoming).

HOLYCHILD's The Shape Of Brat Pop To Come

For fans of: twenty | one | pilots, Saint Motel, CHVRCHΞS.
Every single track on the album could hold its own as a pop single.
Spotlight Track:

Bonus Track: Love Me by The 1975 from the album I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It (Forthcoming).

Tyler, The Creator's Cherry Bomb

Whoever mixed this album should literally be put in jail.
Antispotlight Track:

Bonus Track: My Type by Saint Motel from the album (Forthcoming).

Joywave's How Do You Feel Now?

For fans of: HOLYCHILD, Saint Motel, Atlas Genius.
What can be said about an album that surpasses no less than 75 others?
Spotlight Track:


And finally, I also revised MY FAVORITE ALBUMS OF 2014 list:
NUMBER FOURTEEN. Crown The Empire's The Resistance: Rise Of The Runaways
NUMBER THIRTEEN. For All Those Sleeping's Incomplete Me
NUMBER TWELVE. Volumes' No Sleep
NUMBER ELEVEN. Knife Party's Abandon Ship
NUMBER TEN. THE HELL's Groovehammer
NUMBER NINE. Emmure's Eternal Enemies
NUMBER EIGHT. Kaiser Chiefs' Education, Education, Education & War
NUMBER SEVEN. The Neighbourhood's #000000 & #FFFFFF
NUMBER SIX. Taylor Swift's 1989
NUMBER FIVE. Beartooth's Disgusting
NUMBER FOUR. Glass Animals' Zaba
NUMBER THREE. SomeKindaWonderful's SomeKindaWonderful
NUMBER TWO. Skrillex' Recess
NUMBER ONE. Run The Jewels' Run The Jewels 2

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News - September 30, 2015

im going to let the music speak entirely for itself, choosing one single to represent each album.

in chronological order, music youre too late to anticipate:

best album that technically came out in the second quarter but you wouldnt know it because its still not out in america unless you buy it from the band's uk web page:
everything everything/get to heaven

best album by a band whose name sounds like a punk rock band though i dont think they are one:
new politics/vikings

best album with the worst compact disc packaging ive ever seen in my entire life:
nathaniel rateliff & the night sweats/nathaniel rateliff & the night sweats

best album by a band who apparently doesnt understand the definition of sophomore slump:
atlas genius/inanimate objects

best album that confused my brother when i secretly saved it to his spotify:
oh wonder/oh wonder

im basically making this list entirely for my own reference at this point:
bring me the horizon/thats the spirit

best 14th album by a band:
duran duran/paper gods

best album featuring beats reminiscent of the time some dude dropped generic drums on top of an acoustic simon & garfunkel cut in order to better appeal to the masses:
lana del rey/honeymoon

best album featuring one particular lyric repeated in excess of 100 times:
metric/pagans in vegas

best album whose primary songwriter's last name is LeDong if you like switch around the D and the L in it or whatever who cares:
robert delong/in the cards

best album by a band whose origin you couldnt pinpoint hearing them:
chvrchΞs/every open eye

best album by a band whose lead singer is not a girl like i thought she was:
silversun pickups/better nature

in chronological order, music you should be excited for:

new hurts album, 10/09
representative single selected by catherine barnhart

new nothing but thieves album, 10/16

new the hell album, 10/30

new the neighbourhood album, 10/30

News - June 30, 2015

im going to let the music speak entirely for itself, choosing one single to represent each album. note: this write-up is available as a spotify playlist for those interesting in streaming there.

in alphabetical order, music youre too late to anticipate:

best album that makes you feel like you could really get into surfing:
cayucas/dancing at the blue lagoon

best album youll want to h8 but you cant:
from first to last/dead trees

best pop album whose title references a classic hardcore punk album:
holychild/the shape of brat pop to come

best album by a disturbing moustache:
joywave/how do you feel now?

best album by a popular band whose attraction you cant quite pinpoint though it clearly exists:
the maine/american candy

best album to feature language that doesnt sound like english but actually is:
major lazer/peace is the mission

best soundtrack for a political attack ad:

best tech n9ne album of the year (so far):
tech n9ne/special effects

i generally base my hype for an album on a bands earlier stuff, so singles below are from previous releases.

in chronological order, music you should be excited for:

new frank ocean album, 07/15

new atlas genius album, 08/28/15

new blessthefall album, 09/18/15

new metric album, 09/18/15

new hurts album, 10/09/15
representative single selected by catherine barnhart

new drake album, 2015

new the hell album, 2015

new pierce the veil album, 2015

finally, today is a new release tuesday. heres a few ill be checking out:

fronzilla/party peoples anthem
man overboard/heavy love
senses fail/pull the thorns from your heart

Blogs - May 13, 2015

Upon returning to the hotel, I lost it. The room was a mixture of Catherine's scent and the baby's clothing. The baby clothes were stacked a mile high on the dresser, threatening to fall at the drop of a pin. I tugged my wet clothes off, throwing the bulk into my stillborn's clothing. They tumbled down without a sound, making me even more frustrated. I wanted noise, I needed the battle cry of the war Mother Nature had started. I know I was angry, yet I felt nothing. I was empty inside without my Catherine.

Her body was still warm, growing colder by the second while I stood by her sullen body. Our baby was never warm, it was never even a baby. It was just a dark mass of wrinkling skin. The flesh of that baby boy would never fill the clothing my dearest Cat so carefully picked out during her last few days.

She looked beautiful from the very start; she was tired but still so very beautiful. How could they not have saved her? Catherine was in the best of hands and she was so strong. So how could she have died?

I had to escape this room we shared for so many weeks. To flee her luscious sweet scent. I pulled on dry clothes and headed out the door.

I found myself in the hotel bar. I ordered our drink, a cognac. I could have drowned myself in the many drinks I had downed within a half an hour. Taking away the pain of losing Catherine would be so easy if I just drowned.

"Mr. Henry, that's your sixth drink. Would you like a glass of water now?" the barmaid asked.

"Does it look like I need a glass of water? No! Damnit, give me another cognac!" I clashed the glass down with such force that the bottom shattered which caused the entire glass to shatter in my hand. I held my shaking hand up, watching the blood drip in pools on the smooth oak wood bar counter. Glass shards jutted out in awkward positions in the palm of my hand. The crystal was turning a dark red.

The barmaid had left, searching for the barman. "Mr. Henry, I must ask you to return to your room or leave the hotel. You're disturbing the other guests."

"Oh am I? Well you all can go to hell!" I stormed out of the hotel into the rain for the second time that day. I walked in the storm for twenty minutes before I wound up by the river.

I fell onto my knees by the river Catherine and I had once floated on, letting my head fall back feeling the sting of the rain on my face. The pain was welcomed.

My hand was throbbing; blood was being pumped out from around the shards of glass, but this pain was accepted also.

"Catherine," I screamed into the darkness of the night. "We lost our child and I've lost you, my dear." I was becoming overwhelmed with dizziness and nausea.

I toppled, face first, into the cold Switzerland water. The dark water engulfed me, clogging my mouth and nose as I sank to the bottom of the river. My heavy army boots, that I couldn't part with, dragging me down. I could feel my heart beat slow and I knew I was dying. Was this the time to ask for forgiveness from God? On my death bed? Though I'm sure my sweet Cat did not ask for salvation in her time of need. No, it wasn't time to beg for God; it was time to die. I let the current carry me away as I let out the last of the air in my lungs.


A week later my body was shot at by Germans while I floated down the river. They didn't know I was already dead.

catherine barnhart wrote this while under quarantine for the writing bug.

cover art: "under the waves" by eli @kampsin.

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