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Jon R’s Top Albums of 2016

Pinegrove Cardinal

Epic, guitar noodling, Limbeck + Pavement worshipping indie rock from New Jersey. Gems all the way through.

Martha Blisters in the Pit of My Heart

Amazing record. Catchy as hell poppy punk rock w/ the most adorable of cockney accents.

Mitski Puberty 2

The build up on ‘Your Best American Girl’ easily makes it the best song of 2016.


Bon Iver 22 A Million

Epic, dark, and extremely well done. The sampling of Mahalia Jackson, the auto-tune, a creative masterpiece.

 
Owen  King of Why’s

Mike Kinsella is like George Lucas to me. I will pretty much listen to any Mike Kinsella material and love it.


GLOSS  Trans Day of Revenge

Only EP on this list. Ferocious trans hardcore-punk band. Crushing.


Dawg Yawp  S/T

Only local Cincinnati band on the list. A duo playing psychedelic tinged Americana music, substituting a mandolin/banjo for a sitar. 


Joyce Manor Cody

“This Song’s a Mess & So Am I” reminds me of the melodic punk I listened to when I got into punk in the first place. Kind of a metaphor for every punk song ever.


American Football  S/T2

Because it’s Mike Kinsella this gets high marks. Songs are very AF, but at the same time missing something of what makes the initial self-titled record so magical.


PUP The Dream is Over

Probably the best straight-up punk record to come out this year. A truly pissed off, loud discordant guitar, truly original gem of a (Canadian) punk record. 


Diarrhea Planet  Turn to Gold

Huge sounding Nashville guitar rock record. Seriously, yuge guitar sound.


Angel Du$t  Rock the Fuck on Forever

This record sounds exactly like the brilliatn pop punk-hardcore love child I had in my head as a 16 year old. For fans of head bobbing and head walking.

Frankie Cosmos  Next Thing

‘If I Had a Dog’ is a jam.

 
Into It Over It  Standards

This band. Evan Weiss may soon becoming a modern day Mike Kinsella for me. Fan-boying so hard for this record even though it isn’t nearly as good as Proper. 

 

Annual best record I didn’t discover until December:

Crown Court  Capital Offence

I’m a sucker for anything fast (and I mean fast), snotty and from the UK. Dig it.

 

Josh’s Top Albums 2016

PUP The Dream is Over

PKEW PKEW PKEW S/T

Modern Baseball Holy Ghost

Martha Blisters in the Pit of my Heart

Somnia How the Moon Shines on the Shit

Chris Farren Can’t Die

Pears Green Star

Against Me! Shape Shift with Me

Angel Du$t Rock the Fuck on Forever

Pinegrove Cardinal

 

2015 Top Albums of the Year (Jon’s List)

Poor Jeremy it Could Always Be Worst

The Prosecution words with destiny

Leftover Crack Constructs of the State

In evil hour Built on our backs

Hooligans United: A Tribute to Rancid

Break Anchor IN A VAN DOWN BY THE RIVER

SNAFU Present Day Plague

The Regressives S/T

Great Collapse Holy War

Not On Tour Bad Habits

The Skints FM

2015 Albums of the Year (Josh’s List)

Top Ten

Waxahatchee Ivy Tripp

Al Mirabella Floral Couch 

Orenthal Rising

Turnstile Nonstop Feeling

Make War S/T

Bully Feels Like

 

Mischief Brew This is Not For Children

 

Jeff Rosenstock We Cool?

Sledding With Tigers Come on and Slam 

Spraynard Mable

Top Three EP (or Singles)

Sheer Mag II

Iron Chic Ys

Two Inch Astronaut Good Behavior (Single)

Top 10 albums of 2014- Josh’s List

Last year we handed ourselves the task of coming up with top albums of 2013. We ended up posting a tad too late in 2014. This year we are ahead of the pack and have a list of our top 10 albums 2014. We also did a little extra work and put together a few honorable mentions that didn’t make the cut.

Against Me! Transgender Dysphoria Blues

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Andrew Jackson Jihad Christmas Island

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Chumped Teenage Retirement

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Priests Bodies and Control and Money and Power

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Pup Self-titled

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Restorations LP3

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Sledding With Tigers A Necessary Bummer

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The Lawrence Arms Metropole

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Two Inch Astronaut Foulbrood

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Typefighter The End of Everything

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Honorable Mentions:

RVIVR Bicker and Breathe EP

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Loud Boys Hard Feelings/For the Ladies 7″

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Hostage Calm Die on Stage

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Baby Bry Bry & The Apologists I Learned To Drown Myself Out, Part I

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Top Albums of 2014-Jon’s List

Last year we handed ourselves the task of coming up with top albums of 2013. We ended up posting a tad too late in 2014. This year we are ahead of the pack and have a list of our top 10 albums 2014. We also did a little extra work and put together a few honorable mentions that didn’t make the cut.

 

Kettle Rebellion (aka Mischief Brew) Kettle Rebellion

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Mad Caddies Dirty Rice

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Moral Dilemma Is Anyone Alive Out There

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Morning Glory War Psalms

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Mongol Horde s/t

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Potato Pirates Raised Better Than This

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Praise Lights Went Out

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Sad and French s/t

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Stray bullets Ghost Town Rockers

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The Last Slice Underground

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Honorable Mentions:

S.N.A.F.U Fear the Future

We discovered this album this year despite a 2011 release date

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Krum Bums Smoke EP

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Oppositions Rising Get Off Your Ass, Get Off Your Knees EP

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Great Collapse Elemental EP

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(A Much Delayed) Top Album List of 2013

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I’ll keep the text short and sweet here. I was a huge jerk and never formally put my list down in the history books.

(In no specific order) Here is my top album list of 2013!

Kill Lincoln (Washington, DC), “That’s Cool…in a totally negative and destructive way”

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Eli Mardock- (Lincoln, NE), “Everything Happens for the First Time”

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RVIVR (Olympia, WA), “The Beauty Between”

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Hospital Ships (Lawrence, KS), “Destruction in yr Soul”

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Justin Timberlake (Mickey Mouse Club), “The 20/20 Experience”

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The Blow (Brooklyn, NY), “Self-Titled”

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The Eastern Sea (Austin, TX), “Plague”, Vinyl Release

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Collapser (Washington, DC), “Direction/Location EP”

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Kopecky Family Band (Nashville, TN), “Kids Raising Kids”

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Signals Midwest (Cleveland, OH), “Light on the Lake”

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Priests (Washington, DC), “Tape Two”

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Worthless United (Asbury Park, NJ),  “A Nation Under”

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