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DS Staff Picks: Mike Scott’s Top 10 Albums of 2016

2016 was a really solid year for albums for me. In the past, I’ve shied away from end of year lists sometimes, just because I didn’t always think I’d find 10 albums I really loved to write about. But no such problems for this past year. (And that’s without Slayer or Maiden releasing anything.)

The top couple of albums in my list truly have hit me hard. On repeat in my car, on my phone and with me on a lot of my early morning commutes out in the South London cold, I can definitely see a lot of these records staying with me for a long time. So, I’m going to not mention 2016’s questionable votes, referendums and the deaths, but just say my lovely daughter was born this year and I’ll remember it as a great music year…

You can read the full list below.

 

 

 

 

 

 



DS Staff Picks: Midwest Punk’s Top 10 Albums of 2016

There’s been a lot of talk about how shitty 2016 has been, but I don’t get it at all. It was a pretty damn good year for me for the most part, and I think 2016 was an excellent year in music. I was lazy and late in 2015, so I didn’t get a list up, so I figured I better get it done this year. Three or four of my top five bands (depending on where my top five sits on any given day) released new albums this year, and one of them didn’t even make the list, because the year in punk music was just that good.

Whatever you thought of 2016, you can see my full top 10 list below, for whatever it’s worth.



DS Staff Picks: Paul Carr’s Top 10 Albums of 2016

I admit, I’ve  been out of the game a while. I grew up, had kids and musically treaded water for a couple of years. Then in 2016, I found pockets of time to listen to the odd track, then the odd ep and finally I found the time to throw myself fully back into the punk pool. What became clear was that after a couple of years with my finger off the pulse, I had an insatiable desire for the music I love. I was hungrier than ever and 2016 saw plenty of great new music to satisfy my appetite. So below are my picks. They mean more to me than just a list of records, they signify a year of rediscovery.



DS Staff Picks: AnarchoPunk’s Top 10 Albums of 2016

Your favorite molotov cocktail waiter, AnarchoPunk here with my Album of the Year List for 2016! For those unfamiliar with my work, I write the monthly Hidden Gems of Bandcamp piece and manage the Exclusive Premieres and sometimes, you may even hear me on DS Radio doing band interviews. On last year’s AoTY list, I cheated a little bit and included EPs. I’ve held myself to a higher standard (yuck!) in 2016 and limited my selections to LPs only. With that being said, I did include a brief list of my favorite EPs because there were so many rad short albums too. Astute readers will notice a few big names like NOFX, Blink 182 and Descendents missing from my annual list. Good observational skills! With a ton of superb younger acts filling up the ranks, it wasn’t difficult finding bands to replace some of the bigger names who released slightly disappointing albums this year and it took me awhile to whittle it down to just ten records.

So, without further fanfare, check out my Top Ten Albums of 2016 below!



DS Staff Picks – Bizarro Dustin’s Top Albums of 2016

In a lot of ways, 2016 kinda sucked. You can probably figure out what I’m talking about when I say that, and I hope that you would agree. Yet, somehow it was also a really good year. On a personal level, I moved into a new apartment with my girlfriend, left an emotionally abusive and draining job of three years, and started not one, but two jobs, one of which could very well become a career (the only downside to working two jobs is that it gives me less time to devote to Dying Scene). And then there was the music.

Oh yes, the music. Maybe 2016 wasn’t a great year for most things, but the music was terrific. I started narrowing down my list at the beginning of December, and after a day and a half I decided that, much like last year, I wasn’t going to limit myself to ten records. I know that’s against the rules, but breaking all the rules is punk rock.

You can find my list below.

I guess I’ll also throw this out there: I enjoyed Tacocat’s Lost Time, Chris Farren’s Can’t Die, Jeff Rosenstock’s WORRY., Doe’s Some Things Last Longer Than You, and Petrol Girls’ Talk of Violence this year, but not to the point where I felt like they were essential listening in the same way that the following albums were.

 



DS Staff Picks – Hopeless Romantic’s (Meredith) Top 10 Albums of 2016

It seems like just yesterday I was putting together my 2015 list, but alas, here we are again at the end of another year. 2016 was a great year for new albums and it was harder than usual to put together this list, but I guess I shouldn’t complain about too much good music. Check out the soundtrack to my last rollercoaster of a year below.



DS Staff Picks: Jerry Baughn’s Top 10 Albums of 2016

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you, but 2016 has been a weird year.  But through it all, at least there’s always new bands to discover, new releases from old favorites, and of course plenty of shows to attend (FEST was amazing as usual.)  Here’s some of the music that helped get me through this year.



DS Staff Picks: Jay Stone picks his top sixteen albums of 2016 with Spotify playlist!

I’m not entirely sure how, but we’ve reached the middle of December 2016 without the Earth’s core opening up and swallowing us all down into the burning fiery furnace below. That can only mean one thing; it’s time for people who spend all year pretending to be entertainment journalists to narrow down the most entertaining things of the last 365 days into bite size pieces. And in list form! This is the sixth one of these I’ve done for Dying Scene, so the intro stuff might start to get a bit repetitive. As such, I’ll spare you my normal rambling 1500 word babble and jump in to the music itself. You’re welcome.

As is usually the case, I didn’t trim my list to ten, in spite of our esteemed leader, Johnny X, instructing us to do so. What can I say; I’m not a fan of restrictions, or base ten number systems. I thought there was something apropos about reclaiming the number 16 from the giant shitstorm that was this year. I also genuinely love all of the albums in my final list, and if I were to submit this list a week from now, the last half-dozen or so might be in a very different order. I did adhere to the instructions about keeping the list Dying Scene-relevant. If you’re into expanding horizons, you should check out Sturgill Simpson’s A Sailor’s Guide To Earth, Amanda Shires’ My Piece Of Land, Sadler Vaden’s self-titled album, David Bowie’s Blackstar, Wilco’s Schmilco, and probably a bunch of other mid-tempo stuff I’m forgetting.

As always, I didn’t include EPs, split-releases or live albums in my final list, because…because I didn’t. However, you should by no means skip toyGuitar‘s Move Like A Ghost, Useless ID‘s We Don’t Want The Airwaves and Dead To Me‘s I Wanna Die In Los Angeles on the EP front. You should also check out The Darlings‘ live album, and the Bundles/Dan Webb And The Spiders split 12-inch that came out a couple months ago. Oh, and Oklahoa’s Don’t Make Ghosts put out an EP, Death Ride, that’s easily one of the best debuts this year.

I did include tracks from all of the above, and obviously all of the below, on the Spotify playlist I curated for this story…scroll all the way down for that and hit “play.”

Check out my list below.



December’s Hidden Gems of Bandcamp

The Good Good Grief

Well, if it’s one thing we learned in 2016, it’s that we can survive a thorough beating. For putting your head down and toughing it out like good little soldiers, we’ve decided to reward you with what we think is the best list of the year! So, onwards and upwards to better days because we’re a proud, fiercely independent lot and not a bunch of whiny saps! Check out our final installment of Hidden Gems of Bandcamp for this the year of our lord 2016 below!

*As always, thank you all for reading and contributing, we hope to see you back in next month for the kick off to another outstanding year of treasure hunting! Have a happy Festivus and a safe New Year!



DS Staff Picks – Carson Winter’s Top 10 Albums of 2016


It’s been a big year for me. I’ve gone to a bunch of shows, I made it out to my first ever Punk Rock Bowling (and finally met Head Honcho Dave), and I got my first pro-paid short story bought up by an indie publisher. 2016 has been alright by me. Now, what do we have in terms of music this year? Well, if there’s anything I learned, it was that I am essentially a boring, dyed-in-the-wool melodic punk dude. I got the beard, the glasses, the flannel; I love the Menzingers and Hot Water Music. Just look at my top three albums this year, I am a predictable beast. But, I think that’s okay. I’ve embraced my own cliches and have realized that if there’s one things I like, it’s throaty vocals and singalong anthems.

With that said though, there were a couple other genres that represented themselves for me this year that I absolutely fell in love with, so maybe those horizons aren’t set in stone quite yet. Maybe 2017 will tell a new story. Click here for my best albums of 2016.



Dying Scene Founder Dave Buck’s Top 10 Punk Albums of 2016

Sup punk fans. I’m Dave and I founded this here website 6 or 7 years ago. Some of you might recognize me by my pen name Johnny X. I won’t waste your time telling you about the trials and tribulations of 2016 or how much the punk scene means to me. That’s not why you’re here. You’re here because you’re curious what an a-hole like me might have selected for his Top 10 Releases of 2016. You want to know if any of my selections overlap with your own or if you’ll discover an unknown gem or two. Well, find my list below, and I encourage you to stream tracks as you go.



Vote for your favorite punk albums of 2016

Alright punk fans, if you’re as much a nerd as we are then you’ve been mentally compiling your 2016 Top 10 albums list since mid January and revised it at least 100 times over the proceeding eleven and a half months. Now it’s time to focus all that fret and anguish into something useful.

Enter your 5 favorite releases of 2016 below for the “DS Readers Choice List” that will be published on the 1st of January.

Submissions will be accepted until December 31st but please only enter once, and only enter albums that were released in 2016.



November’s Hidden Gems of Bandcamp

Rise on Everest

Thanksgiving always throws off our timing on Hidden Gems but I guess it’s better late than never, right? RIGHT!??! Look, 2016 has been rough on all of us in one aspect or another but as we near it’s end, we would like to thank you for reading and hope that our silly little article has made this tough, bitter pill of a year a little easier to swallow. This month, we’ve got six sick bands that we’re betting you haven’t heard of, to help get you over this last, awful gulp. Check out November’s stellar selections below and then we’ll see you back here next month for our year end blowout!



October’s Hidden Gems of Bandcamp

Foxtrot

Oh Yea!!! It’s October!! Why all of the excitement? Well, October = Halloween and Halloween = office costume contest!! While we normally don’t get too excited about such a childish and menial event, rumor has it that Phyllis over in Accounting was so amped about the Misfits reunion a few months back that she has been working on a Glenn Danzig costume (ed: Oh god…is that what the fishnet tank top is for? Has HR been alerted?). Needless to say, there’s considerably more excitement around DyingScene HQ this year! If envisioning questionably attired, 62 year old accountants isn’t enough to get you stoked, it’s also time for this month’s installment of Hidden Gems of Bandcamp! This month, we’ve uncovered five fantastic bands that we’re betting aren’t on your radar yet. Check ’em out below!



A look at the Romanian Punk Rock scene from Romanian punk act TBA

The punk rock scene in Romania is like a ghost, haunting places and minds but somehow never really there. Although the first bands started to appear in the early 90’s, after the revolution, the situation here is “stranger than fiction”. Almost everyone knows that Romania’s current social and economic status is somewhere around 20 or 30 years in the past relative to western countries. It’s kind of the same with the punk rock scene. Truth be told, there are some local bands that manage to gather more than a hundred people for a show, have been doing this for more than 10 years and are doing a good job musically. But still, many bands came, more bands left.

Along the years, the scene became nothing more than an isolated bubble. Isolated in the terms that everyone knew about the local hero bands but few were interested in other countries’ underground scenes. With a few exceptions, none of the Romanian bands tried to tour outside Romania or record a split with a foreign band. One of the only relations between the outside-of-Romania punk rock scene and the Romanian punk rock scene were the small opening bands that would play for a 2 beer/each share, lasting no more than 1 or 2 years, never releasing a record because of the difficulty and expenses and not getting too much help from the bigger bands. It is a little bit strange that many of these small bands adopted a proto-punk sound, with a big Ramones, Toy Dolls, Adicts or other old school band influence or a reggae-ska feeling. It’s like it was obvious that the spirit and the will of starting something bigger were there, but the interest of doing it for the present, expanding their views, looking outside and not only living in the past wasn’t. It somehow feels like a nationalist thing but I don’t wanna go that far. And I don’t want to criticize or blame anyone in particular for this. Maybe it’s the lack of interest from the public to search for something new, maybe the bands’ attitude of singing mostly in Romanian and being content with seeing some happy kids at their show, without trying to educate them in the spirit of this movement. The underground scene at some point shifted towards other musical genres like indie or metal and the punk scene was left with a couple of popular bands and a bunch of smaller bands that wouldn’t last a year before splitting up.

A lot of people nowadays associate the word “punk” with either very popular local bands or piss-drunk, strange-hair-money-for-beer beggars. It seems that we killed the punk from punk. That’s why, when an active and well known underground band from any other country tours in Romania, sometimes there are less than 10 people attending the show.

It is still a good thing that we have one or two venues where this music can be played, at least in Bucharest, but for a city with 3 million people it shouldn’t be enough. No squats at all or autonomous places, even though some people tried to do this but were defeated by the spirit of this country. And I’m talking more about Bucharest because its the city where I saw my first punk show and got in touch with people from the scene. There are some promoters here and there in the country that try to keep this movement alive and over the past years, the cities closer to the western boarder obviously had a more active scene compared to the one in the overcrowded, communist-like capital. But things are getting messy in these cities too. It doesn’t feel like the scene is dying because it was never really there. It was there only in a superficial and mostly local way. I like to think that we are destroying ourselves only to be recreated into something new and stronger this time.

TBA was born out of the few people attending the underground punk shows and out of frustration of not having a proper scene. I mean really, how many Romanian punk bands do you know? Some Romanians go abroad to pick fruit, some to steal and, to be honest, we are not far from that. We go abroad, steal information, gain some experience, pick up some details, come back home and try to do something with what we have.

Just like all bands, TBA started when a guy (Matei-bass) wanted to start a punk band and he knew some other guys (Leo – vox, guitar; Matei – guitar, vox; Razvan – drums) that wanted more or less the same thing. Picking a name was easy since we had more important things to worry about and TBA seemed like the name you’d someday see on a concert or festival poster. About a month after our first rehearsal together we had written our first song, Lost and Found, and had our first concert, riddled with covers and guest appearances from our friends in the local punk scene.

A few months and one drummer (enters André from Portugal) later we were ready (or so we thought) to embark on our first tour, with Volstead Akt (Fr) and Agora (Ro), with a rented van and no drummer, since André couldn’t make it on such short notice. Halfway through the tour, after a dull set of concerts in Romania (except Sibiu) we had abandoned the drum machine and put Leo in charge of the drums without knowing how to drum, crashed the van, somehow replaced it with a small hatchback, got to France and met up with Dragos, a hitchhiker friend of Leo’s, who took over on guitar whenever he could find a ride to the next gig. It was there that we had the best two weeks of our lives, playing and sleeping in squats, being treated like old friends and recording our first demo at our friends’ place.

In the following year we played every gig we could that didn’t require a van, we followed Gnarwolves and Despite Everything on tour (we only needed a regular car) and opened for them on all three of their romanian dates without anyone asking us to and we started working on our first EP, Evenings, which we recorded over 3-4 days at our rehearsal room and released through our own record label, Overdue Records.

TBA plays an unequal mix of punk, melodic hardcore, pop punk and post rock and stands for not waiting around. Not waiting to find that perfect name, not waiting to have more than one song, not waiting until the songs sound perfect to play them, not waiting to find a drummer before you plan the tour (actually when we planned the tour we did have a drummer, he just bailed in the meantime), not waiting to get your own van and not waiting for someone to magically offer you a record deal.

The only possible plan for the future? Keep on doing stuff…

We’re happy to say that, as pessimistic as the story of the Romanian punk scene may seem, the situation isn’t really so dire as proven to us by the audience we had when releasing our first EP, just a few weeks ago. If all those people keep showing up to support the scene and not only local bands, we have a real chance!