Wednesday, January 3, 2018

My Favorite Albums of 2017

1.  DEAD CROSS - S/T
1. Divine Filth  2. Shilelagh  3. Grave Slave

I took a pee and it came out red
I took a dump and it came out dead



2.  THE MENZINGERS - AFTER THE PARTY
 1. Tellin' Lies, 2. Black Mass, 3. Bad Catholics

Where we gonna go now that our twenties are over?




3.  THE DARKNESS - PINEWOOD SMILE
 1. I Wish I Was In Heaven  2. Happiness  3.Stampede Of Love

And we're never gonna stop
Shitting out solid gold




4.  RYAN ADAMS - PRISONER
 1. Shiver And Shake  2. Do You Still Love Me?  3. To Be Without You

I've been waiting here like a dog at the door
You used to throw me scraps you don't do it anymore



 
5.  L.A. GUNS - THE MISSING PEACE
 1. Speed  2. The Flood's the Fault of the Rain  3. The Devil Made Me Do It

You and me we need it
We got the wander lust
Live for the forward thrust




6.  DAVE HAUSE - BURY ME IN PHILLY
 1. Wild Love  2. Divine Lorraine  3. Dirty Fucker

Springtime brought the fever
I'm buying flowers with a shake in my knees
I was fine on my own
Now she's got me dreaming about losing my teeth



 7.  BOOTSY COLLINS - WORLD WIDE FUNK
1. Candy Coated Lover  2. Hot Saucer  3. Worth My While

In Funk We Thrust
(and there's no hole in this doughnut
...if only I could fill you in)



8.  ROYAL BLOOD - HOW DID WE GET SO DARK?
1. I Only Lie When I Love You  2. Lights Out  3. She's Creeping

 I'm a devil to your addiction
Your affection
And your friction



9.  WEEZER - PACIFIC DAYDREAM
 1. Feels Like Summer  2. Mexican Fender  3. La Mancha Screwjob

Yeah it feels like summer to me



10.  LIVING COLOUR - SHADE
1. Blak Out  2. Program  3. Inner City Blues
 
I’ll be dressed impeccably
In a gray, pin stripe suit
With wing tip shoes, just a
Singin’ the blues
No one can refute



11.  AFI - THE BLOOD ALBUM
 1. Hidden Knives  2. Dumb Kids  3. So Beneath You


I left a little something on the table for you


12.  RACQUET CLUB - S/T
 1. Head Full of Bees  2. Boundaries  3. Blue Skies


 A head full of bees, you write such pretty songs
But not one is for me
A heart that waits impatiently



13.  RANCID - TROUBLE MAKER
 1. Where I'm Going  2. An Intimate Close Up Of A Street Punk Trouble Maker  3. I Got Them Blues Again
 
 Retaliation is my crime
Communication a waste of time
Inebriation suits me fine
Incarcerate my own mind
  
 

  

Thursday, January 5, 2017

My Favorite Albums of 2016



1.  ANTHRAX - FOR ALL KINGS
Anthrax return once again with vocalist Joey Belladonna and like 2011's Worship Music, make one of the best albums of their career.  This was definitely my "go-to", especially when working out at the local YMCA.  Thanks in part to my favorite of "The Big Four" thrash bands, I ended up losing a big forty pounds this year!   Beautiful packaging too!  Long live physical format!!!

Top 3 Tracks:  ***Zero Tolerance **Defend/Avenge *Suzerain


2.  SUM 41 - 13 VOICES
Wasn't expecting this being so good.  This album marks the return of Dave "Brown Sound" Baksh after exiting ten years ago and he definitely puts his sorely missed heavy metal chocolate back into Sum-41's pop punk peanut butter.  Two of the bonus tracks ("Better Days" and "Black Eyes") on the deluxe edition are also worth your time. 

Top 3 Tracks: ***Fake My Own Death **Goddamn I'm Dead Again *God Save Us All (Death To POP)


3.  TEMPT - RUNAWAY
 Growing up a child of the classic MTV era, I've always had a soft spot for 80's glam rock.  Tempt are a young band from NYC and their debut album Runaway sounds like I put a Ratt or Dokken tape into my 1983 Sony Walkman.    

Top 3 Tracks:  ***Aamina **Under My Skin *Use It Or Lose It


4.  MONSTER TRUCK - SITTIN' HEAVY
Monster Truck owe as much to AC/DC as they do to Lynyrd Skynyrd.  This is their sophomore release and it's got a mean rooster strut with a crispy southern flavor that Colonel Sanders would approve of.  Finger Lickin' Good!!!

Top 3 Tracks:  ***Why Are You Not Rocking?  **Don't Tell Me How To Live *The Enforcer 


5.  BRIAN FALLON - PAINKILLERS
Great stripped down Gaslight Anthem album that's not a Gaslight Anthem album.  Fallon delivers some memorable, moody tunes with great storybook lyrics to sit back and sip Scotch to.

Top 3 Tracks:  ***Honey Magnolia **Among Other Foolish Things *Smoke


6. WHITE LIES - FRIENDS 
I may have missed out on White Lies fantastic 2009 debut ..To Lose My Life if I hadn't been working in a record store.  It was always fun discovering those albums by throwing on the promo copies inside the shop.  Three albums later and though the record store I worked at no longer exists, we get another great album from the UK's White Lies.   Brooding synths that at times can turn into downright jubilant anthems.   Mascara wearing new-wave post punk to dance to Friday nights at Mad Planet in Milwaukee.

Top 3 Tracks:  ***Don't Want To Feel It All **Take It Out On Me *Right Place


7.  DINOSAUR JR - GIVE A GLIMPSE OF WHAT YER NOT
This is the fourth album in a row featuring the original three members of Dino Jr and their streak of greatness continues.  This one definitely feels more melancholy than the standard amount of melancholy on a Dinosaur Jr record.  Reminds me of Green Mind-era a bit. 

Top 3 Tracks: ***Be A Part **I Told Everyone *Knocked Around 


8.  RIVAL SONS - HOLLOW BONES
 The blueprint to Rivals Sons may be rooted in blues based classic rock, but this album in particular really seems to imprint their own identity alongside their heroes.  There is no reason this album, along with the 2014's Great Western Valkyrie, shouldn't be played on mainstream rock radio alongside Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath or the Doors.

Top 3 Tracks:  ***Thundering Voices **Hollow Bones Pt.2 *All That I Want


9.  FACE TO FACE - PROTECTION
The is definitely my favorite Face To Face album in the past twenty years.  It lies somewhere in-between 1995's Big Choice and the self-titled album from 1996 .  Super tight, modern day-classic Face To Face skate-punk anthems with the bass popping like popcorn and plenty of "whoa-oh-oh" sing-along angst to shake your fist at. 

Top 3 Tracks:  ***Protection **Bent But Not Broken*See If I Care


10.  BLINK 182 - CALIFORNIA 
One third Alkaline Trio and two thirds Blink-182 equals the best batch of tunes either band respectively have put out in awhile.  Usually when a major member of a band is replaced I feel the band should change the name to reflect the new project, but Matt Skiba fills Tom DeLonge's spot quite comfortably and I'll be damned if this doesn't feel more like classic dick-and-fart joke era Blink than the last few releases with new more mature Tom.   

Top 3 Tracks:  ***Bored To Death **Sober *San Diego



Other albums I enjoyed in 2016...

 
AUGUSTINES - THIS IS YOUR LIFE

It has just been announced that Augustines are breaking up.  It's a pity, because it's a real head-scratcher how these guys never got bigger.  Three albums in and the lyrics and melodies still give me goose bumps.

Top 3 Tracks:  ***Landmine **Are We Alive? *The Forgotten Way



BLEACHED - WELCOME THE WORMS

These L.A. ladies play sunny, fuzzy (slightly grungy) melodic  tunes laced with some beautiful harmonies.  Feels like a 60's girl group but with a slacker surf vibe.  

Top 3 Tracks:  ***Sour Candy **Wednesday Night Melody *Keep On Keepin On



BIG JESUS - ONEIRIC

This debut had two of my favorite songs of 2016 ("Shards" and "Shrimp") and they couldn't have been any more different.  At times totally brutal with monster fuzzy riffs and shredding solos. Other times completely spaced out, riding a peaceful euphoria before being sucked into the center of a sonic whirlpool.

Top 3 Tracks: ***Shards **Shrimp *Lock & Key
 
DIRTY HEADS - S/T -
The new Dirty Heads satisfied my rasta rap sweet spot in 2016.  I obviously listened to this enough last year since I caught my 3 year old daughter singing in her room "let's all get hiiiiiigh..."

Top 3 Tracks:  ***Red Lights **Smoke & Dream *Moon Tower
GREEN DAY - REVOLUTION RADIO 
Definitely my favorite Green Day album since American Idiot.  This one feels a bit like 2000's Warning to me.  Every track is catchy and solid in a post Lookout! way.  Don't see how this wouldn't be all over modern radio... but then again...



Top 3 Tracks:  ***Youngblood **Bang Bang *Say Goodbye


PULLEY - NO CHANGE IN THE WEATHER                                                                           I've always been a fan of Scott Radinsky's vocals since his days in Scared Straight and Ten Foot Pole.  With his day job being a pitcher and now a coach in the MLB, this is the first full-length from Pulley in over a decade.  The alternating tempos in the riffs on "Syndrome", the final shredding solo at the end of "Farewell" and all the awesome harmonies throughout bring back their signature 90's Epitaph style of skate punk and it feels as comfortable as throwing on an old pair of Fuct jeans.   

Top 3 Tracks:  ***Syndrome **Farewell *No "I" In Team
  

BEACH SLANG - A LOUD BASH OF TEENAGE FEELINGS                               Released only 11 months after their fantastic debut, the new Beach Slang full-length picks up right where they left off without missing a beat.  Same great heart-tugging songs to sing along to.  If you liked the first then grab on to this bratwurst!                                                                                                                                                            Top 3 Tracks:  ***Punks In A Disco Bar **Hot Tramps *Spin The Dial 


WEEZER - WHITE ALBUM

So, I guess the story goes that the guy who produced this album was previously in a Weezer cover band and helped them rediscover that classic Blue Album/Pinkerton sound.  Whatever he did worked, because this is my favorite since the Red Album (C'mon..."Pork & Beans"!!!) 


Top 3 Tracks:  ***Jacked Up **Endless Bummer *Summer Elaine & Drunk Dori

PURPLE - BODACIOUS
The second album from this Texan Trio is a little less chaotic and a little more polished.  The singles "Mini Van" and "Bliss" were stuck in my head for a long time, even preventing me from sleeping.  This was one of those albums I had to take a break from for my own sanity.  As with their debut (409), they dip their toes in multiple genres from hip-hop to funk to punk to reggae to straight up pop.  I'm hoping to get a chance to see them live in 2017!
 
         Top 3 Tracks:  ***Mini Van **Bliss *Pretty Mouth





Sunday, October 9, 2016

This Guy Is Hardcore...SLAYER!!!

Headbanging to Slayer During Hurricane Matthew.  I vote for this patriotic guy for President.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Soul Low - Always Watching Out


I will always have a soft spot for bands from Milwaukee.  I loved this song from the 2015 Sweet Pea EP.  It just came on during the shuffle setting on my iPod and I forgot how good it was.