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.