DS Staff Picks – Best Albums of 2011 (Dylan)

DS Staff Picks – Best Albums of 2011 (Dylan)

Hey, my name’s Dylan and I’m one of the many bad ass writers of punk rock news, here at Dying Scene! Since 2011 has come to an end we, the writers, are all compiling lists of our Top 10 favorite albums of 2011.

There were so many awesome albums that came out this year making it difficult to decide on 10 that I think were the best, but after a lot of headache-inducing decisions, I narrowed my list down to 10 albums and threw in some honorable mentions.

You check out my list right here. Feel free to talk shit about it in the comment section!

Honorable Mentions:

Against Me! – “Russian Spies/Occult Enemies”

Chaser – “Action!”

The Dopamines/Dear Landlord – Split 7-inch

Cobra Skulls – “Agitations”

Toh Kay – “Streetlight Lullabies”

Dead To Me – “Moscow Penny Ante”

10. Blink 182 – “Neighborhoods”

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“Neighborhoods” is Blink 182‘s first album in a few years and, sadly, it wasn’t the album the band hyped it up to be. I love some songs and I hate some. Some songs (After Midnight, Natives, Hearts All Gone and Wishing Well) are really catchy, while others (Love Is Dangerous, Fighting The Gravity) are disappointingly bland. But in the end, most of the songs are good and this is one of my favorite albums of 2011.

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9. Strung Out – “Top Contenders”

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“Top Contenders” is basically a HUGE compilation of re-mastered Strung Out songs that includes 2 brand new tunes called “City Lights” and “Saturday Night.” This is a really good release but I ended up giving it a lower spot on my list due to it being a compilation of re-mastered songs, instead of an album consisting of new material.

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8. Me First and the Gimme Gimmes – “Sing In Japanese”

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“Sing In Japanese” has Me First and The Gimme Gimme‘s covering old-ass Japanese songs and singing in Japanese. (Ha! Get it?!) Seriously though, it’s a fun 6-song EP and if you’re drunk enough, you can sing along to most of it. The cover art, in my opinion, is the best used on any album this year, and my favorite song is the first track, “Hero.”

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7. The Copyrights – “North Sentinel Island”

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The Copyrights are one of the few new-ish pop punk bands that I actually like. They aren’t too poppy and on top of that, they aren’t a bunch of douchebags in skinny jeans and neon green T-Shirts bouncing around, while singing like 12-year-old girls. (Cough… All Time Low). They also know more than 3 chords, and write really catchy songs. My favorite tunes on “North Sentinel Island” are Hard-Wired, Expatriate Blues, and The New Ground Floor.

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6. Pour Habit – “Got Your Back”

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“Got Your Back” is a perfect continuation of the epic technical punk rock that Pour Habit gave us with their debut album, “Suiticide.” This album is an upbeat punk masterpiece laced with a few Reggae tunes. My favorite songs off this album are Matter Of Opinion, Party, Teens Turned To Fiends, and Dead Soldier’s Bay. Check out an interview we conducted with one of the members (Colin) here, and read our review of the album (in which Jay describes it as a “kick to the face”) right here.

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5. House Boat – “Thorns Of Life”

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House Boat was introduced to me by Lauren and I immediately fell in love with “Thorns Of Life” after listening to a few tracks off the album. If you didn’t know, this band features Mike Erg (The Ergs!) on drums and he’s a fucking beast! Most tracks on this album clock in around 2 minutes, but there really isn’t a single bad song on the entire release. All I can say is… LISTEN TO THIS ALBUM.

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4. Advocate – “The Management”

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In case you haven’t heard of them, Advocate is a melodic punk band from Oakland, California and “The Management” is their debut EP. This EP is so amazing, I shit my pants from the sheer awe every time I listen to it, and I listen to it almost every day! My favorite looney-tunes off this bad boy are the title track, “The Management,” and “Collateral Damage.” Check out a review that I wrote for this beast of an EP here, and stream/download it for free (courtesy of Death To False Hope Records) right here.

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3. Less Than Jake – “Greetings From”

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Less Than Jake have been going strong as a staple in punk/ska for 2o years now and “Greetings From…” is a prime example of the band’s inability to make bad music. It’s a 5-song EP of catchy punk and ska tunes that will have you skanking from start to end. My favorite tracks are Can’t Yell Any Louder, and Harvey Wallbanger. (Both have very different sounds).

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2. Atlas Losing Grip – “State Of Unrest”

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“State Of Unrest” is the 2nd full-length from everyone’s favorite skate punkers, Atlas Losing Grip (who are fronted by Rodrigo from Satanic Surfers) and goddamn, it packs a punch! This album features some of the most thought-provoking and simply amazing lyrics and melodies I have ever heard. My favorite tracks on it are Logic, Different Hearts, Different Minds, and All In A Days Work. You can stream this album here.

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1. Banner Pilot – “Heart Beats Pacific”

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For a while I didn’t know why I loved Banner Pilot so much, but after listening to “Heart Beats Pacific” for the hundredth time, I found an answer. Every song they write is just so damn catchy, and their mellow feel brings you down a little. There are too many great songs on this album to name, but amongst my favorites are Red Line, Spanish Reds, and Division Street.

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