2013 kicked ass. For every album that’s out there on someone’s year-end top ten list, there’s three more that are just as good. It’s a fantastic feeling to be overwhelmed by the amount of awesome music that people are making.
Here’s my top ten favorites for the year. Let’s keep the momentum going into 2014 (looking at you, Lawrence Arms)!
10. Larry And His Flask – Under The Lamplight
I’ve always been a sucker for the folky side of punk and this album is no exception. If you get a chance to see this band, definitely take it; they are as much fun to watch as they are to listen to.
9. Galactic Cannibal – We’re Fucked
This is definitely my most listened-to-while-driving album of the year. You just have to throw this one on, turn it way up, and let it punch you squarely in the face for 22 minutes.
8. Red City Radio – Titles
2012 left me riding on a Hot Water Music high, and I was told to keep an ear out for Red City Radio’s new release, and I’m really glad I did!
7. Elway – Leavetaking
I didn’t get my hands on this one until the last minute but it definitely pulled me into Elway’s music.
6. Comadre – S/T
This album hits that sweet spot right in between gritty and catchy. This side of the hardcore punk genre isn’t always for me, but holy shit, the desperation of these songs will just grab you and rip something out.
5. Bad Religion – True North
For some reason that I’m still not exactly sure of, I let myself get REALLY excited for “Dissent Of Man” back in 2010 and was completely let down by it. Having learned my lesson, I headed into this next Bad Religion release with considerably less enthusiasm, but ended up being massively blown away.
4. The Flatliners – Dead Language
Honestly, I don’t think I was completely sold on The Flatliners until this one came out. The band really seemed to find their voice with 2010’s “Cavalcade,” but “Dead Language” really honed and elevated it to a new point that struck a chord with me this year.
3. Streetlight Manifesto – The Hands That Thieve
Check out my review of this one here. Additional shout out goes to frontman Toh Kay’s acoustic rendition of this album.
2. Direct Hit! – Brainless God
It’s always a great feeling when an album you’ve been anticipating for months is released and doesn’t disappoint. Somehow these songs manage to be catchy, energetic, sad, funny and socially relevant all in the same three minutes. Consider picking up a copy over at Red Scare to support the band, who recently lost their tour van and all its contents to some thieving bastards.
1. Off With Their Heads – Home
I don’t have too many bullshit opinions to project onto this one. In almost every sense, this album is straightforward, which is the best thing punk can be.
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