DiS Users' May 2018 Album Of The Month

Vote for your favourite album and also your second and third choices. Make your selections clear please as it makes tallying up the scores easier. If you list a whole bunch of albums without making your selections clear I’ll take the first three mentioned as 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. No joint positions please. Sorry to be a pedant.

Your album of the month will get three points, 2nd placed album two points and 3rd placed album one point. If you name only one album I’ll give that three points. If you name two albums I’ll score them with three and two points accordingly.

My choices:

1. Belly - Dove
2. Beach House - 7
3. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Sparkle Hard

A Belly reformation a few years back was brilliant news for a middle aged indie kid like me. They’re one of my favourite bands and their new album can sit with their previous two as brilliant indie pop rock records. Perhaps coincidental but great to have Belly, The Breeders and Kristen Hersh playing London shows in the new few weeks; they’re 4AD big hitters for me. Luckily I’ve tickets to their gigs.

The new Beach House album is stunning and will get better with repeated listens no doubt. The last few Stephen Malkmus albums have been ok but nothing too special. This one is excellent. Not as good as his debut but then few albums are.

Please forgive any shameless bumps of this thread during the week. I’ll keep this thread open until Sunday 3rd June and so you’ll have over a week to listen to today’s releases before choosing.

Vote now!! (Or later in the week) but make your choices clear please

Too many good albums released this month, could easily make a top 10… so I’m going to (sort of)

Nailed on:

1. Arctic Monkeys - Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino
2. Parquet Courts - Wide Awake!

Nothing between these, this’ll have to do:

3. Tropical Fuck Storm - A Laughing Death in Meatspace
4. Big Ups - Two Parts Together
5. Iceage - Beyondless

Same goes for these:

6. Beach House - 7
7. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Sparkle Hard
8. Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel
9. Daniel Blumberg - Minus
10. Skee Mask - Compro

…and if that’s not enough I also enjoyed Pinkshinyultrablast, John Maus, DJ Koze, Gaz Coombes and GAS. There really wasn’t much I listened to this month that didn’t get a positive reaction

Anyone on the look out for a snottier Slint type fix, look no further.

@1101010 perhaps?


I you’d told me a month ago I would be voting for an Arctic Monkeys album I would have been very, very surprised…

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It’s really really good eh

It’s a strange and bold record for a major stadium level rock band to make. I’m not convinced it 100% works but on the other hand I can’t stop listening to it. I think it’s one of those records where you’ll only really know how good it is with the benefit of some time and perspective. It has been compared to lots of things but really it doesn’t sound very much like anything I can think of.

It will be really interesting to see where they go next. I liked the early Records but had no time for the leather-clad American sounding stadium rock period. Maybe they have the commercial stability to just be consistently weird and adventurous now. Either that or this will turn out to be an outlier and they’ll go back to more straight forward stuff.

This is the hope, for me anyway

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Has anyone likened it to John Lennon’s solo stuff yet? I’m getting a big hit of that. Tad of The Doors… but, yeah, without properly sounding like any of the likenesses

I feel that it could have been improved if they’d found a way to make more of the tracks coalesce into actual memorable songs with using the general atmosphere of the thing - when they do manage that (on the title track and in a few other places) it is truly glorious. It’s a fine line though, because had they gone too far in that direction it would have lost something of what makes it unique.

As I said above I think we’ll only really know how successful it is if it lives on in the memory. I think it will.

Hard to make a list of top 3 from last Friday alone. Have really enjoyed Parquet Courts & Stephen Malkmus over the past week. Definitely need more time with Skee Mask & Gas - they could find their way in.
New Beach House will likely make it.
Best month for new releases ytd.


  1. Slow Mass - On Watch
  2. Big Ups - Two Parts Together
  3. GAS - Rausch

ludicrous month. utterly spoiled for choice. but, that said…

  1. Tropical Fuck Storm
  2. Iceage
  3. Beach House

…and, which i never do, but on this rare occasion must acknowledge notable mentions for Junglepussy, Arctic Monkeys, Jon Hopkins and the Jicks. all superb.

  1. Tropical Fuck Storm - ALDIM
  2. Jon Hopkins - Singularity
  3. DJ Koze - knock knock
  1. Arctic Monkeys
  2. Parquet Courts
  3. Courtney Barnett
  4. Beach House

Outrageous month:

  1. Parquet Courts - Wide Awake

  2. Iceage - Beyondless

  3. Skee Mask - Compro

  4. DJ Koze - Knock Knock

  5. Pusha T - DAYTONA

  6. Beach House - 7

  7. Arctic Monkeys - Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino

Haven’t listened to Malkmus or GAS yet but I assume they’re great. Jon Hopkins left me a little cold as it’s just more of the same.

Great month, and there’s loads I still need to
Listen to.

  1. Jon Hopkins
  2. Parquet Courts
  3. Courtney Barnett
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  1. Parquet Courts
  2. Slow Mass
  3. Lawn
  1. Jon Hopkins
  2. Arctic Monkeys
  3. Skee Mask
  1. Arctic Monkey - Hotel and Casino
  2. christian fitness - nuance

Ok. It’s a Saturday night (technically Sunday as it’s 12:13am. Will DiS users vote for Arctic Monkeys in numbers such that they’ll “win” this thing?