I was talking to a friend a few days ago, and they posed a great question. What are the top albums released in 2023 so far? As we just hit the midpoint of 2023, it’s the perfect time to take a quick look back over the past 6 months and make a list. These are, essentially, my top 10 albums of 2023 so far. As always, I am focusing the list on items I have added to my collection.Read More »The Top 10 Best Indie Albums of 2023 (So Far)
Andy Fenstermaker is a music lover, writer, marketing professional, and entrepreneur who has dedicated his life to sharing his passion for music with others. He is the founder of FensePost, a renowned music blog that has been sharing the latest and greatest in indie music since 2006. Andy has always been fascinated by the power of music to connect people, and he started FensePost with the aim of sharing his love of music with others. Andy developed a passion for music at a young age. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Andy grew up surrounded by a vibrant music scene that left an indelible mark on him. He attended Washington State University, where he studied Communication and Business. He holds a BA in Communication and a Masters in Business Administration. After graduating, Andy started writing about music and created FensePost as the outlet. The blog has a strong focus on indie music, but also covers a range of other genres including folk, indie pop, psychedelic, garage rock, and experimental. Andy and the blog relocated to the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in 2020.
I remember stepping off a bus in 2007 on my first trip to New York City. It was swelteringly hot and humid and a haze hung over the city. My feet hit the pavement and I was immediately slapped with three very distinct scents: diesel fumes from the public busses, garbage that was bagged and piled in towering mounds for collection that day, and urine.Read More »The Men | New York City | Album Review
Slowdive just released a track called “Kisses” off their forthcoming 2023 LP Everything is Alive. As I went down the Slowdive rabbit hole, it reminded me of this rare little unofficial bootleg that I unearthed a while back. I’m not sure where I picked it up, but all 13 variants are banned on Discogs due to the release’s unofficial nature. It’s called Hide Yer Eyes.Read More »Slowdive | Hide Yer Eyes | Rare Vinyl Bootleg
I was in Fort Worth last weekend and went to a little shop called Doc’s Records & Vintage. What a trip! I finally found a spot in DFW with an amazing selection of obscure 7-inch singles at great prices! I picked up a number of things, including a few unicorns. One amazing find was this rare 7-inch single called Tropical Depression EP featuring 2 songs by Furniture Huschle on the A-side and 3 by Mountain Goats on the B-side.Read More »Rare Crate Digging Find: Mountain Goats & Furniture Huschle’s Tropical Depression EP
I spent a few days in the hospital earlier this month after some pretty intense abdominal pain. Turns out, my gallbladder has been causing me issues for years. Something I chalked up to merely bad indigestion actually could have killed me. A quick trip to the ER early one morning led to a two-day stay and surgery to have it removed. During the visit, I pulled the trigger on a vinyl order, and today I’m going to share what I got in this Discogs Vinyl Haul post.Read More »Discogs Vinyl Haul: The Wailers, a Rare Blonde Redhead, & Shoegaze Deep Cuts
We all have albums that had a huge impact on us growing up. Today I want to share a story about one of mine. For that, we need to go back 14 years before I was born. In the spring of 1966, May 16 to be exact, The Beach Boys released an iconic album: Pet Sounds. The album would become a cornerstone of the band’s legacy. And its impact would resonate through generations.Read More »The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds: The Album That Changed My Life
Have you seen this topic trending on TikTok? “How much I paid for vinyl but it gets progressively worse?” I’m going to share my list of escalating prices, just as found on these trending posts, and when you see it you might be shocked. I’ll tell you why in a moment, and it’s probably not why you think.Read More »How Much I Paid For Vinyl But it Progressively Gets Worse…
This album is true crate digger gold. A Holy Grail vinyl record. One to cherish and love. I present to… Read More »Vinyl Holy Grail: Here are the Sonics!!! Original Pressing
To begin, I have an embarrassing admission to make: For the most part, I have been flat out ignoring The New Pornographers since their 2007 release Challengers. In this album review, I’m setting out to see what sets their new album, Continue as a Guest apart. What about it caught my attention compared to everything else they’ve done in the past 15 years? Does this album have staying power? Is it any good?
Let’s find out.Read More »The New Pornographers: Continue As A Guest [Album Review]
In my last post, I reviewed the 2023 Record Store Day EP, Become, by dream pop duo Beach House. Become is somewhat of a companion EP to their 2022 album Once Twice Melody. Today, I’m going to look back over the band’s career and rank the eight full-length albums they’ve given us so far.Read More »Discography Ranked: Beach House Albums (2006-2023)