As the year comes to a close, we all sit around a think about what music has been through this past year. 2012 was by no means a mediocre year in music. In fact, in most instances it was brought to bigger and better heights, achievements that would never seem possible were achieved, barriers and limits … Continue reading »
punkyou started playing “These Kind Of Ice Skates / Comfortable Clothes / See How Tame I Can Be? / Drainage / Video Killed The Radio Star / If I Needed You There / Bride Of Usher / Violent Inside / I’m Always Tired” by Joyce Manor
After 12 months of thought (or about a week) I’ve narrowed it down to my top 7 albums of this year. You may ask yourself…”Why 7?” Well, the answer is that beyond these 7 records, I would have felt like I was just listing a few that I thought I should have liked. Did I enjoy more than 7 records this year? Of course. But only these 7 stood out to me as the best of the year. So there.
My faith in pop punk was completely reborn with the emergence of The Wonder Years. I’ve never been a big pop punker, but the realist-punk TWY bring to the table seems to bring the maturity that I felt the genre has always lacked (I personally don’t enjoy fast, humorous songs that exist just for the sake of being fast and trying to be funny). Dear Suburbia… is such a smart record, with references to the town they live in and a lightly binding concept throughout. This is finally the PopPunk record that seems like it was written for a mid twenties kid that hasn’t quite got it all figured out yet. The Wonder Years - Suburbia I’ve Given You All And Now I’m Nothing
Balance & Composure was a brand new band for me in 2011 also. Separation grew on me the same way The Dangerous Summer did. “Galena” got me hooked and interested in the rest of the album. B&C have this driving, grinding feel that I love so much in so many of their songs. Sometimes the only word I can think to describe parts of their songs is “filthy” (“Fade”, “Quake”, “Patience”). Driving bass kicks with vocal and guitar melodies that flow steadily make this album stand out to me. It seems like those stupid audio visualizers were made to use while listening to this album (you know, where the equalizer makes a line all squiggly and switches between trippy colors…I cant be the only one that has watched that at least once). Balance and Composure - Separation
I’ve been a Childish Gambino fanboy for about a year and a half. I knew Donald Glover existed as a hip-hop artist, among his many other ventures, and thought it would be cool of me to like his music. I functioned that way for a while, trying to listen to his mix tapes. Last year’s “EP” made me a true fan (Freaks & Geeks…nuf said) and some remixed singles had me waiting for Camp hardcore. “Bonfire” was released early and the Casey Anthony line made me legit yell and laugh out loud at the same time. The lyrics in Camp are incredible. Coherent as a narrative on first listen, then filled with hilarious and heart wrenching references that take multiple listens to catch. The musicality of this album is amazing as well. Camp isn’t just verses over beats; there are some legit songs and arrangements. The leadoff “Outside” stands out here with its chorale arrangement. With Camp, Childish Gambino went from a novelty act for backpackers and hipsters to a legitimate, intelligent artist. Childish Gambino - Camp
The fact that The Dangerous Summer’s War Paint is on this list, let alone as high as it is, is a surprise to even me. After a few listens I liked exactly .5 songs on this album. Not half the songs, not one or two songs, but one half of a song. As I kept listening, the lyrics struck me and I loved the songs more. Like the Transit record, this one is extremely personal to me, even to the point where I don’t like to listen to one of the songs anymore because I’m reminded how terrible I felt at one point. It seems like I discovered a new favorite song on this record every couple of days. The songs vary a great deal in tempo, time signature, and feeling (“In My Room” and “No One’s Gonna Need You More” come to mind). There’s a lot to be said for an album that seems like its brand new every time you listen to it even 4 months after it’s first spin. The Dangerous Summer - War Paint
Whether it’s in part because of my name or not, I love Manchester Orchestra. I’m sure I was biased even before Simple Math came out. I had the highest of expectations for it, and it definitely lived up to those. This album has a bit of a cleaner sound than METN but still brings more punch than LAVLAC. The video for “Virgin” was shot by a kid in Rochester, NY (where I live) and makes me love it even more. What really set this album apart for me, and signaled more good things to come form the band, were the string arrangements. At times, they overshadow the drums and guitar in the best way possible. They add a melody that adds such a great dimension and brings more feeling to the songs they are in. But all the while, they seem to just exist within and then vanish from your memory of the song as soon as it’s over. Manchester Orchestra - Simple Math
I’m late getting on the Transit wagon but if there was ever an album to win over new fans, it’s Listen & Forgive. Without being my favorite album from this year, it is my most heavily played. I don’t believe that this band’s pieces are individually anything spectacular. They don’t have soaring vocals, shredding guitars, or pounding drums. What they do have are great songs and a collective sound so solid that I couldn’t help but fall in love. “Long Lost Friends” and “All Your Heart” are standouts for me. This is one of two albums this year that felt like it was written about/for me. We all know that those are the best albums. Transit - Listen & Forgive
I bought Moving Mountains’ Forward when it came out on a whim. I struggled to get into it and to be honest, I still do. All it took to get me hooked on their 2011 release Waves, was one view of the above video for “Always Only for Me”. MovMou bring everything to this album. It’s filled with happiness, sadness, angst, and hope. Waves seems like an album written by a band that’s matured out of writing 10 minute songs with 8 minutes of instrumentals just to prove that they can. I love this album because of the vocal melodies that are original to MovMou (“Parts in Different Places”). The lyrics are cryptic enough to allow the listener to decide what the song means to them. I loved this album even before some tough times this year and I loved it more during and after them. It’s a gorgeous album that will be a classic to me forever. Waves is my Album of the Year for 2011. Moving Mountains - Waves
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By the way, the screenshot in the article is from PPRAE and the song we’re all singing along to is “Tired Tiger” by Moving Mountains. That’s easily one of my favorite songs of the year!
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jessipedia: hey folks Tired Tigress: Hi Jess. jessipedia: So, how did the room get started? THEdickhatch: Well, when the FBR room died, Jon made this. Feve10: Jon aka therarecreature DJ DORFPIMP started playing “For Members Only” by Northstar jessipedia: FBR? THEdickhatch: Fueled By Ramen TheRareCreature: Dorfpimp and I were working together…I made a room for us to DJ in together…was on a pop punk kick but wanted more variety. Dick and Quart were our two first super regulars and then Neesh came along. DJ DORFPIMP: so we were like we need to make a room for all kinds of awesome music we enjoy and then it grew slowly. like watching a baby grow. Another Band Girl: Then cool people find each other. The rest is history. Since Jon and Adam spoke to everyone in chat, it became a room of friends with the same music taste. Tired Tigress: But we later expanded the room’s musical palette to incorporate mostly everything.
The interview was a success! Thank you Turntable.FM and Jessipedia for selecting Pop Punk/Rock/Alternative/Emo as the Room of the Week! Also, thank you Moving Mountains for writing such a beautiful song! Plus congrats are in order- Tired Tigress has hit 8K!
1&done going strong. Still 30+ folks in the room, so we amended the “wait 3” rule to “wait 5.” Rock on, lovelies. <3 Neesh