So please, bitch, complain, comment, compliment, whatever, i'd love to hear what others think and get some new albums to check out. and here it is:
Top 40 albums
1.Cloud Nothings – Attack on Memory
This album is amazing, i really liked Cloud Nothings' self titled in 2010, which was a fun punk/shoegaze thing, however still somewhat unpolished. This album completely blew me out of the water: it is amazingly polished, thier musicianship has improved tenfold, and the atmosphere in this album is overwhelming. If you want a great mix of punk and shoegaze/post-rocky buildup, check this out, its really unique and really good.
2. Swearin' – Swearin'
At first listen, i was impressed by this album, i liked it, some good female/male dual vocal indie/emo rock. After a few more listens i started to really like the individual songs for what they were. A few more times and i was addicted, addicted hard. this shit is so catchy, really good midwesty, jortscore, emo rock, or whatever the fuck else you want to call it. I had a mental breakdown deciding between this and attack on memory, solid as hell album.
3. Converge – All We Love We Leave Behind
Do i even need to write a description here? Converge never ever fails to amaze, their evolution as the band over the past 20+ years has been amazing to watch. I really can't believe it every time they release a new album that still hits as hard as the previous. Their maturation shows in this album, it it extremely polished, well-written hardcore album. Converge truly stands on their own level above all other hardcore punk acts out there.
4. Narrows – Painted
I've always been a huge botch fan, so naturally narrows is on my list, they're a bit of a supergroup with members of unbroken, some girls, botch, these arms are snakes, and more. This album is by far their best to date, with some great hard-hitting technical metalcore done right (i.e. not shitty as all hell as most bans who claim "technical, mathcore, chaotic, etc").
5. Emeralds – Just To Feel Anything
This is a really great instrumental/idm/drone/ambient/whatever outfit many of you may already know. Well, if you haven't heard this latest release, get it, its awesome. A bit more accessible than thier other work, with more beat-driven and electronica sections and less hardcore drone/ambient washout stuff. The title track never gets old for me, its just so entrancing...
6. Kali – Duress
Powerviolence from Canada that rages fucking hard. It bothers me this band doesnt get more attention. Sadly i hear thier broken up or at least one some hiatus. Also this album contains a lot of old split/demo material in addition to some new songs, so its not super cohesive but what the hell ever, who needs continuity in PV?
7. Joyce Manor – Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired
Joyce Manors only weakness is that they are incapable of creating an album longer than 20 minutes, with this one clocking in at 13, it hardly feels like an album and leaves you begging for more. And you know what? I take back my previous statement, it does feel like a full album. A short, fast, angsty blasting of weird catchy emo rock. This album falls slightly short of their 2011 self-titled in my opinion, but is still a great new bunch of songs from JM.
8. El-P – Cancer 4 Cure
Awesome catchy NYC rap from EL-P. Lots of cameos from some other great acts (Danny Brown, Despot, Killer Mike, Mr. Muthafuckin Exquire, and more). Just a great catchy rap album, with the same deep/complex lyrics you gotta listen to 9 times before you "get" that fans of EL-P and similar acts are used to. I think this album really got overlooked this year with everyone ranting and raving over the new Kendrick Lamar and Killer Mike... but thats just me.
9. Killer Mike – R.A.P Music
Yeah i know i just said everyones over-rating this album not one ranking prior. But it really is badass, it's super cohesive front front to back, with minimal filler. Theres no autuning, overproduced, club bullshit; just some hard-hitting southern rap from a former outkast boy. Also Killer Mike totally ups the punx with his song "Reagan".
10. Geraniüm – Geraniüm
Sick neo-crust from france. somewhat "overproduced" by crust standards (think Tragedy or something). I'll leave the uber-crusties to the bickering over how over-production makes you not punk or some equally dumb argument. This album rules, you should get into it, not enough people are.
11. Ronald Jenkees – Days Away
Well despite his affection of silly fedoras and "Hello Youtubes", Jenkees is pretty badass, most people would be pretty quick to write him off as a "youtube hit" and nothing else (for his recent popularity of "red lemonade"). He's actually a wonderful composer who churns out some really addictive melodies. This is an awesome electronic/classical style album for doing homework to (or just chilling out), check it out.
12. Sirs – Sirs
I dont know what it is about this album but i really like it. Its some great post-hardcore similar to bands like bear vs. shark or red animal war. If you like those guys as much as i do, then you should like these guys too.
13. Four Tet – Pink
Really rad chillout/instrumental/idm stuff; very catchy, good stuff to zone out too, got me through alot of late night projects.
14.Homewrecker – Worms and Dirt
Brutal, Scathing, Anti-Religious, Hardcore. Thats about the only 4 words needed. Get it.
15. Supreme Cuts & Haleek Maul – Chrome Lips
Some catchy, haunting, grimy indie hip-hop. Fuck odd future, get into this shit if you want some cool alternative sounding rap with "shocking" lyrics.
16. Kendrick Lamar – good kid m.A.A.d city
Yeah, even i'm sucked into the hype on this one. Kendrick spits out another solid-ass album, i actually didnt like it at first, i thought it was too overproduced and "club rap" sounding compared to section 80, but it grew on me. It has its own style that i can appreciate, i have a feeling Kendrick is going to be very big soon, he's very talented.
17. Horseback – Half Blood
Neat Psych/Drone album, another great "zone out" album i did alot of homework/project work to.
18. Ghostlimb – Confluence
Heavy, Pummeling, Hardcore as to be expected from Ghostlimb, another great album to add to thier repertoire.
19. We Were Skeletons – Blame and Aging
Screamo's not dead, case in point: this album. Its cool screamo, listen to it.
20. Code Orange Kids – Love Is Love // Return to Dust
Fun hardcore that's not afraid to mix in sludgy/noisy elements and stray from the traditional hardcore punk song formula. The whole band is like 18 or something too, however they sound a lot more polished/experienced. props to them for that.
21. Aesop Rock – Skelethon
Good release from Aesop, not as good as some of his past work by a small margin, but its still solid.
22. Run, Forever – Settling
Melodic Folk punk, makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, with a slight tinge of rebellion…
23. Ty Segal Band – Slaughterhouse
Fuzzy, Distorted, Noise-rock stuff that you’ll love if you’re a fan of …fuzzy distorted noise rock.
24. Sore Eyelids – Sore Eyelids
Members of Suis La Lune playing similar screamo stuff but with clean vocals and bit more post-rock influence, its good stuff, get into it.
25. Gaza – No Absolutes in Human Suffering
Anti-Religious hardcore/sludge/grind bullshit from my new home, Salt Lake City. I think I appreciate these guys more now that I’ve seen them live here – lots of energy…
26. Dowsing – It’s Still Pretty Terrible
Twinkly Emo Jamz from guess where? The Midwest.
27. Glocca Morra – Just Married
Good emotional hardcore punk
28. Swans – The Seer
A giant 2-disc epic of noise/drone/post-rock shit, its cool.
29. Downfall of Gaia – Suffocating In The Swarm Of Cranes
Heavy Sludge/Neo-Crust with a lot of atmosphere.
30. Japandroids – Celebration Rock
Two Canadian indie rockers that churn out what sounds exactly like the title implies – “celebration rock”.
31. Dikembe – Broad Shoulders
More twinkly/Midwest styled emo rock for ya’ll.
32. Pity Sex – Dark World
Fuzzy, Lo-fi, Shoegazy emo/indie rock stuff.
33. The Saddest Landscape – After the Lights
More 2012 screamo, one of only a handful released this year, yeah skramz’s not entirely dead.
34. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
I’ll probably get lots of shit for how low this is. I liked it but I didn’t LOVE it. Maybe I’ll regret this post later and learn to love this album, I dunno.
35. Suis la lune – Riala
Another solid release from the Swedish screamo group. Busy guys considering half of them are in Sore Eyelids too.
36. Black Moth Super Rainbow – Cobra Juicy
I remember this band being a lot weirder and noisier than this. This release is by far their most accessible, it’s a fun electronic album with lots of good catchy beats.
37. Dads – American Radass (This Is Important)
Emo/Indie Rock, its quirky & catchy.
38. Everyone Everywhere – Everyone Everywhere
The 2nd Self-titled album by this indie group. Good stuff.
39. Title Fight – Floral Green
Good punk rock that pulls from a plethora of other influences and genres.
40. Beau Navire – Lumens
Energetic screamo, reminds me a little of loma prieta or something.
41. Ape Up! – Kemosabe
Catchy Pop-Punk stuff.
42. Chelsea Wolfe – Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs
I just got into Chelsea Wolfe (loved apocalypsis), the only reason this isn’t further up the list is because I think the ambiance/atmsosphere present on her non-acoustic albums is sooo good, this release felt a slight bit lacking. Still a very talented female singer though.
43. Deer Leap – Here.Home.
Interesting emotional indie rock that sticks to some long, drawn out post-rock-esque song structures.
44. Such Gold – Misadventures
Melodic hardcore/pop punk that doesn’t annoy me.
45. aussitot mort – Nagykanizsa
Good screamo release from these guys, not too much difference from their previous albums, but it works.
46. Old Man Gloom – No
The sludge supergroup keeps sticking to what it knows best.
47. Murs & Fashawn – This Generation
I liked murs’ work in the three felt albums, so I checked this out. Lo and behold, its good hip-hop.
48. Joie De Vivre – Were all better than this
Emotional indie rock ballads, listen to this shit on rainy days.
49. Fight Amp – Birth Control
More riffy hardcore/sludge from these guys. If you like kylesa you’ll like these guys.
50. Animal Collective – Centipede Hz
Go ahead and bitch all you want. I liked this album enough to put it on my list, but it wasn’t their best.
1. Burial – Kindred EP
Before dubstep was turned into wubwubwubstep, there was burial. He sticks to the same formula that made “Untrue” an amazing album. This ep is helping tide me over until he (hopefully) releases a new LP.
2. Comadre – Cold Rain
Two Tracks from mixtapes 4 & 5 get a proper release, and one teaser track for their new album. I cannot fucking wait for their final self-titled album. Sad to see this band go, but I’m glad their going out in style. This Ep is awesome, and only a precursor to what I’m sure will be one of my 2013 Albums of the year.
3. Prawn – Ships
Really good melodic indie rock, they had an full length this year too that I failed to listen to on time before I wrote this. I’m sure it’d be up in my top 30 for the albums as well.
4. Graf Orlock – Los Angeles
More brutal cinema-grind, with more awesome packaging/artwork (each 7” came with a famous dead icon on a target, with real rounds fired through it).
5. Times New Viking – Over And Over
Lo-Fi indie rock shizz. I like it a lot.
6. Converge/Napalm Death – Split 7”
If you’re a converge fan, chances are you tend to want to hear every song they ever wrote. Well this split 7” has a new song of thiers, as well as a sick entombed cover, and two napalm death songs on the other side. Its short but sweet.
7. Isis – Temporal
A re-release of some previously unreleased songs, some remixes, and some other cool stuff. A good compilation of some old Isis stuff.
8. Jowls – Cursed
Some legit screamo. I’m exited for a full-length from these guys.
9. Direct Hit! - splits with Braver, The Haverchucks, & Hold Tight!
I looooved these guys’ LP “Domesplitter” and these assorted splits gave me some more good Direct Hit! Songs, angry fast pop punk/hardcore at its best.
10. Latyrx – Disconnection
A teaser EP for the upcoming “The Album: II”. At first I thought this was a completely different band, the opener track sounds like some club-rap wannabe hit. After that the album takes a turn back to the old-school beats and signature layering/dualing lyrics latyrx is known for.
11. Sepalcure – Eternally Yrs
Cool electronica/chillout stuff.
12. Iron Lung /The Process – Split 7” & Iron Lung – Saboteur 7”
A 7” split and 7” Ep from one of my favorite raging fast powerviolence acts. Can’t wait for “White Glove Test” to come out in 2013.
13. Nails /Skin Like Iron – Split
Pummeling fast hardcore/PV/Black metal stuff from nails and similar stuff from skin like iron.
14. Cerce/ LEER split & Cerce – Tour EP
Cerce is a really cool female-fronted punk/hardcore band from Baltimore one of my friends got me into. Leer are punk from the same area I think. Either way Cerce is great and you should know them.
15. Kylesa – From the Vaults, Vol 1.
Some re-released stuff from sole old splits. I had heard most of this stuff already (uber-punk cred) but its still nice.