Music For Ignoring Your Parents Over The Holidays
Being home for the holidays can be a little tough. After growing up and moving out, returning to your childhood town, your childhood room, or your childhood bed can be a bit like going back in time. Cue angsty music to play while angry-crying about high school drama, right? Luckily, this year was filled with albums that are great to listen to while pretending you can’t hear your parents yelling that dinner is ready and that you better get your butt downstairs. They just don’t understand.
No Cities To Love by Sleater-Kinney
While you’ll never be able to sing like Corin Tucker, it’s pretty fun to try. No Cities To Love is guitar rock at its best. If you want to to tune into your teen angst but from the perspective of actually being a grown-up, the album takes on the stresses of being an adult. From having a kid to figuring out that it’s hard to rely on the people around you, Sleater-Kinney makes music about people who have problems that everyone deals with, but with the sound of your youth resonating through every song. A great mixture of energy and wisdom, it’s the perfect album to listen to while sitting in your childhood room and wondering, “How did I even get here?”
Product by SOPHIE
Although technically just a collection of singles, PRODUCT is basically as close to an album as the mysterious producer has ever gotten. Every SOPHIE song is basically an ironic ode to the pop stars of your childhood: Britney Spears, the Spice Girls, Christina Aguilera. And while it may be a cynical look at bubblegum, it’s nonetheless some of the best pop music in the game right now. An added benefit of blasting PRODUCT to tune out your parents is that SOPHIE songs are incomprehensible to anyone over 30. You’ll get some great “What the hell is this noise?” looks.
Apocalypse, girl by Jenny Hval
There’s something genuinely enjoyable about feeling alienated every once in awhile. Apocalypse, girl is somehow both inviting and isolating, while also screaming, “I understand conceptual art and enjoy drinking wine in my underwear!” Jenny Hval has basically created an album to freak out your parents that’s easy to enjoy. With lines like “What is soft dick rock?” and “I’m complex and intellectual,” you’ll let your parents know that the money they spent sending you to liberal arts school went to good use.
Feels Like by Bully
Bully’s debut album sounds like something you would’ve listened to in your teens and never appreciated until your 20s. As lead singer Alicia Bognanno sings lyrics like, “I remember getting too fucked up / And I remember throwing up in your car,” it’s hard not to think back on your own teen antics. With a voice that always sounds as though it’s on the verge of breaking, Bognanno rips through nostalgia with the raw passion and insight that only comes from time. The album isn’t exactly angry, per se, but it’s informed by anger; it’s informed by parties, hangovers, and regret. Plus, it absolutely shreds on guitar.
Barter 6 by Young Thug
While Young Thug put out a million songs this year, Barter 6 is our favorite album released by him–and it’s perhaps his most cohesive. While it retains the off-kilter rap that he’s known for, it feels like an opus for the young rapper. Beyond being “weird,” he’s expanded to being a fabulous musician. Easy to listen to, but almost impossible to understand, Barter 6 is the perfect rap album to confuse your parents with.
Stay tuned to Milk for more ways to piss off the people that fed, clothed, and raised you.