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February 18, 2017

here's a list of albums i'm looking forward to. bookmark this page and check back often for updates! upcoming album releases are listed chronologically, then alphabetically.

05.19.17
erasure/world be gone
linkin park/one more light
missio/loner
misterwives/connect the dots
oceano/revelation

05.26.17
cover your ass vol. 1

06.09.17
∆/relaxer
rise against/wolves
volumes/different animals

06.16.17
fleet foxes/crack-up
oh wonder/ultralife
royal blood/how did we get so dark?

07.28.17
joywave/content

December 21, 2015

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

MY FAVORITE ALBUMS OF 2015:

NUMBER FIFTEEN.
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.

NUMBER FOURTEEN.
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).

NUMBER THIRTEEN.
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.

NUMBER TWELVE.
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.

NUMBER ELEVEN.
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.

NUMBER TEN.
BOOTS' AQUARIA

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).

NUMBER NINE.
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.

NUMBER EIGHT.
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.

NUMBER SEVEN.
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).

NUMBER SIX.
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.

NUMBER FIVE.
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.

NUMBER FOUR.
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.

NUMBER THREE.
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).

NUMBER TWO.
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).

WORST ALBUM OF THE YEAR.
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).

BEST ALBUM AND SONG OF THE YEAR.
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:

CONGRATULATIONS JOYWAVE!

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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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

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:
muse/drones

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
refused/freedom
senses fail/pull the thorns from your heart

March 31, 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:

if you like grouplove, imagine dragons, & walk the moon, you might like this alternative rock album:
awolnation/run

if you like joywave, oh wonder, & phoebe ryan, you might like this electropop album:
big data/2.0

if you like architects, eskimo callboy, & hacktivist, you might like this post-hardcore album:
enter shikari/the mindsweep

if you like as artifacts, camisado, & the paramedic, you might like this metalcore album:
oceans ate alaska/lost isles

if you like crown the empire, secrets, & thats outrageous!, you might like this electronicore album:
palisades/mind games

if you like the contortionist, monuments, & tesseract, you might like this progressive metal album:
periphery/juggernaut: alpha and omega

if you like chvrches, fka twigs, & odesza, you might like this chillwave album:
purity ring/another eternity

if you like diplo, galantis, & skrillex, you might like this edm album:
skrillex & diplo present jack ü

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 joywave album, 04/21/15

new passion pit album, 04/21/15

new twenty | one | pilots album, 05/19/15

new muse album, 06/05/15

new franz ferdinand + sparks (ffs) album, 2015

new kaiser chiefs album, 2015

new kanye west album, 2015

new senses fail album, 2015

finally, today is a new release tuesday. heres a few ill be checking out:
death cab for cutie/kintsugi
the maine/american candy
the prodigy/the day is my enemy

March 27, 2015

kampsin.com is currently accepting poetry and short story submissions to be published on its homepage. selected personally by eli @kampsin, featured works will be treated to a @kampsin-designed cover or banner, displayed prominently on the home page, and promoted via both facebook and twitter.

submissions should, at the very least, hone a dark tone, similar to that of hypernostalgia.

e-mail submissions to ekampsen@ksu.edu as a simple text email. the subject line should be the title of your work and the body of the e-mail should include the following information:

name as it should appear in the by line.
twitter handle as it should be published in your "about the author" information.
a short bio, no more than one sentence.

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