The writers of Hear & Now get together with a vinyl of their choice, a bottle of wine, and an open mind full of things to say about each album.
Allyson brought Failure's The Heart is a Monster
JASON: This album title sounds so emo.
SPIKE: This intro could be what hell sounds like.
JASON: The intro sounds Ike the beginning of a sci-fi movie or something.
ALLYSON: I'm so glad that Jason no longer thinks they're emo after listening to the opening notes on the first song.
JESII: Almost out of tune vocals.
SPIKE: I have heard this band before. I think this band was on a Tony Hawk game.
JASON: I think it's a bad sign when I'm looking at the movie ads on Spike's TV and am just totally tuning out the music.
JESII: It's like a darker Hoobastank vibe.
ALLYSON: Apparently, no one else is feeling the feels with this record. Maybe it's too early in the day to bust out this record?
SPIKE: The lower harmony is super monotone and it reminds me of Alice in Chains.
JESII: I appreciate the break down, but there don't need to be six in one song.
SPIKE: This band is Billy Joe Armstrong playing with Deftones as an Alice in Chains cover band.
JASON: It sounds like every song is trying to emulate a different style of 90s alt-metal and grunge.
SPIKE: They stole this intro of "Adam City Queen" from Korn.
ALLYSON: How is everyone thinking Failure sounds like Green Day and Alice In Chains? Or even Korn? Failure doesn't sound like any of these bands.
JESII: This album is like an M. Night Shyamalan movie: trying to throw me off with twists, but I already know where it's going next.
SPIKE: This album makes me feel like I've been listening to 97.9 KUPD for an entire day.
JASON: Should have quit while you were ahead, Failure.
ALLYSON: I'm really living for how everyone is so awkward right now.
Jesii brought Beach House's Bloom
ALLYSON: I've heard of them before, and reminded so because I'm sitting straight across from Spike's framed poster.
JESII: This album is light on its feet while being emotionally heavy.
JASON: "Myth" is a great opening track with a catchy melody that builds well.
SPIKE: If "Myth" was a painting, it would be the most hauntingly beautiful painting ever made.
JASON: Holy catchy chorus, Batman!
JESII: The layers of instruments blend nicely on "Myth," and Victoria's vocals vary in intensity throughout.
ALLYSON: Beach House reminds me that I need a nap.
JASON: "Wild" is the quintessential dream pop track.
JESII: The 80s stock keyboard sounds at the beginning make me happy.
SPIKE: "Lazuli" has the best feel. It sounds just like the video looks, which is dark, spacey, and super awesome.
JASON: The beginning of "Lazuli" sounds like one of those tones you'd hear before that "the number you have dialed is busy" voice.
JESII: I'll say it because I don't plan on ever running for office: this album is gold when you're stoned; little golden sparklers of sounds.
ALLYSON: Spike made a great life decision to obtain Bose Speakers.
Spike brought Haerts' Hemiplegia
JASON: Excuse me, what? (In regards to title)
ALLYSON: This sounds like one of this previous WINYL picks, The Jezabels.
JESII: This is such a Spike choice: dreamy girl-fronted synth-pop with surprise bass lines and layered vocals.
JASON: Spike is the king of finding obscure indie rock quartets and quintets with female vocalists.
SPIKE: Haerts was my most listened to band of 2013, according to Spotify. (Which is when this EP came out)
ALLYSON: At first, I thought Haerts' album cover was a disdain towards left-handed people like myself, and was relieved to find out that it's not the case after further research.
JESII: She sounds like Nelly Furtado vocally. So I ask Siri, "Where is Nelly Furtado?" Siri responded, "Sorry, I could not find Nelly Fritatta in your contacts." So there's that.
JASON: The second track is a hell of a lot funkier, almost Talking Heads-like. The chorus was pretty intense, too.
SPIKE: "Wings" has the perfect amount of everything on every instrument.
ALLYSON: Listening to this album reminds me of going to a club, which is rarely.
JASON: Third track starts out like a Tame Impala outtake but gets much more intense by the time the chorus kicks in.
SPIKE: This bassist kicks ass.
ALLYSON: Crap. I accidentally Face-timed Spike while trying to figure out Siri.
JASON: Not a bad record.
Jason brought the Less Than Zero movie soundtrack
JASON: This album's a pretty great snapshot of what pop radio sounded like in 1987. It also sounds better than the newer records too.
SPIKE: Joe Perry goes nuts on the Aerosmith track. I like it.
ALLYSON: Upbeat start. Feeling inspired to look up Billy Corgan pictures on the Internet.
JASON: Roy Orbison's voice kick ass.
SPIKE: Roy Orbison says "Yay."
ALLYSON: Fast forward to ten minutes later, I'm still looking up Billy Corgan pictures on the Internet.
JASON: Poison's cover of "Rock and Roll All Night" is way too note for note.
SPIKE: I don't like the vocal delivery on Poison's "Rock and Roll All Night". It ruins the whole song.
JESII: The 80s were fucking weird and I will fight you if you say otherwise.
ALLYSON: "Going, going back, back to Cali, Cali."
JASON: "Going Back to Cali" is all about that bass.
SPIKE: This song is boring. Really boring.
JASON: "You & Me" is Danzig singing like Roy Orbison covering a Motown song.
SPIKE: This is how I imagine the best style for Danzig to sing on. 50's pop with his vocals? Done.
ALLYSON: Wow, Danzig.
SPIKE: I downloaded this song on Kazaa in high school.
JESII: Spike knew within two seconds of the song that it was Slayer. The man loves dreamy chick pop, but do not be fooled: there is a butt rock-loving man underneath that hip layer.
ALLYSON: Thank God for Slayer for bringing me back to life.
JASON: Can't decide if this Slayer cover is good or bad.
ALLYSON: There's such a wide variety on this soundtrack. Now it's Public Enemy.
JASON: Remember when Flava Flav was relevant?
JESII: We can blame VH1 and the basic cable I had as a freshmen in college.
SPIKE: Bring the noise! This song was on the Thrasher video game and fuck yeah.
ALLYSON: Oran "Juice" Jones is not related to OJ Simpson.
JASON: Oran "Juice" Jones was never relevant, and this song proves why.
ALLYSON: "How to Love Again" sounds like a song that you would hear at the end of the night at Bikini Lounge.
(Let it be known that after WINYL commenced, the writers relocated to Bikini Lounge where the worst Flaming Dr. Peppers ever made by man were consumed.)