Spinning: Records We Like & Haven’t Reviewed

Posted 4 years ago by Joel Funk

Believe it or not, we do listen to records we don’t review! Spinning is going to be a small piece in which we share what it is we’re currently listening to, and why we like it so much. I guess you could call it an article featuring a handful of small, mini reviews. Check out what we’ve been listening to most lately. This time around we feature artists ranging from Beach Slang to New Found Glory. You can get the full list right after the cut.

Tigers Jaw; Charmer.
Charmer is the essential Tigers Jaw record. I have no doubt that this is going to be the record that we’ll come back to when somebody mentions Tigers Jaw in conversation decades down the line. Everything we’ve grown to love about the band is shown off here, and shown off at it’s best. We’re just nervous kids, we’re just over it. Listen to this record here

Run, Forever; Settling.
Where was I two years ago? According to Timehop, I was busy being super excited about that Real Friends acoustic EP. I just wish somebody would have been like “DUDE, YOU NEED TO LISTEN TO RUN, FOREVER.” There’s something magical about this record. It feels older, wiser than it is. I LOVE this record. If Settling had come out this year, it would take a very easy second place, right behind the phenom that is Home, Like Noplace Is There. Listen to this record here.

New Found Glory; Coming Home.
This is the only New Found Glory record I care about. The production on this record is flawless. This record came out in 2006, so I was only 13 at the time. I remember hearing It’s Not Your Fault on MTv every morning while waiting for the bus, but this was before I really cared about music. I was pretending to be in to bands like Chiodos and Drop Dead Gorgeous to impress a girl (I’m lookin at you, Amber) at the time, and a huge part of me wishes I had paid more attention to this record back then. Regardless, this record is full of really well done love songs that express longing without sounding incredibly depressing. Perfect summertime record. Listen to this record here

The Hotelier; Home, Like Noplace Is There/Settle The Scar.
We’ll start with Settle The Scar. I don’t have much to say, because even though it’s only one song, I find it incredibly hard to describe to people. It’s just perfect. I mean, listen to it. HAVE YOU HEARD THAT BASSLINE AT THE THREE MINUTE MARK, HELLO. And I mean, the top notch lyrics don’t hurt anything either. Listen to this track here.

Now, onto Noplace. This record is beast of it’s own breed. I think I hit the nail on the head earlier this year when I said: “An unrelenting, desperate, and emotional call out to anybody that will listen. Home, Like Noplace Is There is a record that hit me like a sucker punch square to the stomach.” You can read the rest of that review right here. Hell, I even ended the damn thing saying “Welcome to my constant rotation boys, feel free to make yourself at home.” Listen to this record here.

Beach Slang; Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken?
This record makes me feel nostalgic for the backseat of my dads car growing up. He was such a huge fan of The Goo Goo Dolls at that point, and so my memories of that band are incredibly fond. Beach Slang sounds like The Goo Goo Dolls in the best way. Get familiar with these boys real quick. They’re going to be heading back into the studio to record the follow up to this EP very soon. That’s going to come out through Tiny Engines and I only see big things for these boys. Very excited. Listen to this record here.