. . . I was never that good at the words anyways - bn


. . . you're not punk and i'm tellin everyone, save your breath i never was one - bs



Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday Playlist - 3/27

Tracklist:
Restorations - D / Shallow Cuts - Calamine / LVL UP - Black Honey / Frank Turner - Plain Sailing Weather / AA Bondy - A Slow Parade / Smoke or Fire - Little Bohemia / Arms Aloft - The Decline of Midwestern Civilization / Elway - Take Me, Stabler / Prawn - Absurd Walls / Richard Buckner & Jon Langord - The Inca Princess / The Smith Street Band - Don't Fuck With Our Dreams / Nothing - Endlessly / The Henry Clay People - This Ain't a Scene / The Flatliners - Eulogy / Rozwell Kid - Kangaroo Pocket / The Lawrence Arms - Beautiful Things / Pretty Boy Thorson & The Falling Angels - Get Along / Shellshag - Sweet Hoodie / The Record Collection - Part of the Cool / Micah Schnabel - Ex's and O's / Waters - Take Me Out to the Coast / Banquets - Paths / The Hotelier - Dendron / Hum - Stars / Matt Bauer - First Dust (Part 2)

DPDC Friday Playlist - 3/27/15



Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday Playlist - 3/20

Tracklist:
Broadcaster - Wasting Time With You / Timeshares - The Bad Parts / Success - Sooner or Later / Sleater-Kinney - Fade / Deerhunter - Desire Lanes / The Mountain Goats - Heel Turn 2 / The Menzingers - Time Tables / Sorority Noise - Rory Shield / Bastards of Young - Boys Like Us / Lydia Loveless - Wine Lips / The Brokedowns - Debt Sounds / Adam Faucett - Benton / Heartsounds - The Song Inside Me / Polar Bear Club - Light of Local Eyes / Hop Along - Waitress / Run, Forever - Sun Bruised / Oklahoma Car Crash - Blue Eyes, Blue Water / Runaway Brother - Moth / Ma Jolie - A Mile of Rope / The Get Up Kids - Better Half / PUP - Cul-De-Sac / Worship This! - Summit Tower / The National - Afraid of Everyone / Cheatahs - Sunne / Helium - XXX

DPDC Friday Playlist - 3/20/15


Friday, March 13, 2015

Friday Playlist - 3/13

Tracklist:
The Downtown Struts - Abused / The Smith Street Band - I Don't Wanna Die Anymore / The Rentiers - The Legend of Molly Pitcher /  Neko Case - Middle Cyclone / Typesetter - Nietzsche in Florida /Apologies, I Have None - Joiners & Windmills / Lucero - Bikeriders / Cheap Girls - Man in Question / Red Collar - American Me / Laura Stevenson - Eleonora / Arliss Nancy - Hold It Together / Bangers - The Mitigation Committee / Rival Schools - Paranoid Detectives / Jets to Brazil - Air Traffic Control / Dinosaur Jr. - What Was That / Timeshares - Pass the Bottle / Off With Their Heads - Drive / Alone at 3am - Sawdust / Chumped - Something About Geography / I Love Your Lifestyle - Poetry Issues / Late Bloomer - Mirror / The Creeps - Strangle This Town / Make Do and Mend - Ever Since / Seam - Rafael / Simon Joyner - Joy Division 

DPDC Friday Playlist 3/13/15





Friday, March 6, 2015

Friday Playlist - 3/6

Tracklist:
Nightlights - Are You the Keymaster? / The Bootheel - Northsider / Anakin - Astro[not] / Cloud Nothings - Stay Useless / The Hold Steady - Chips Ahoy! / John K. Samson - Grace General / Captain We're Sinking - Beer Can / The Sidekicks - Jesus Christ Supermalls / Jeff Rosenstock - You, In Weird Cities / Glocca Morra - Anniversary Song / Title Fight - Stab / LVL UP - Hex / Restorations - When You're Older / Woahnows - Grey Matters / Sam Russo - Tinned Peaches / The New Pornographers - The Jessica Numbers / Tigers Jaw - Distress Signal / Lilly Hiatt - Get this Right / Chandos - Drug Bros / Old Wild Eyes - Skeleton Days / Prawn - Scud Running / Modern Baseball - Fine, Great / Hop Along - Sally II / Two Inch Astronaut - Part of Your Scene / Drag the River - Death of the Life of the Party 

DPDC Friday Playlist - 3/6/15

Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday Playlist - 2/27

Tracklist:
Hard Girls - 996 Tears / Pet Symmetry - A Detailed and Poetic Physical Threat  . . . / Superchunk - Iron On / Little Big League - Property Line / Headphones - I Never Wanted You / My Morning Jacket - O Is the One that is Real / Sleeping Weather - I'll Find a Way / Roomrunner - Wojtek / Great Apes - Sam's Song / '68 - Track 7 n / Placeholder - Mount Joy / Annabel - Parade Rest / Mount Moriah - Younger Days / Choke Up - Wildflower / Beach Slang - Dirty Cigarettes / The Riot Before - Back Stage Room / Two Cow Garage - Soundtrack to my Summer / The Young Leaves - Alive and Well / Somos - Streets Upon Streets / Gateway District - Corner Store / Muscle and Bone - Song for Broken Teeth / The Holy Mess - Goodbye 3713 (Must Have Been a Good One) / Youth Group - Shadowland / Dilly Dally - Green / Micah P. Hinson - Or Just Rearrange

DPDC Friday Playlist - 2/27/15

Friday, February 20, 2015

Friday Playlist - 2/20

Tracklist:
Nona - Bus Rides / Banner Pilot - Overwinter / Sundials - Hidden Books / Divers - Blood Song / Plow United - Spindle / Old Flings - Postcards / The Low Culture - Screens / The Mendoza Line - Mysterious in Black / Dinosaur Jr. - Pieces / New Bruises - There Was Only One Johnny Cash / Dismemberment Plan - Mexico City Christmas / Arliss Nancy - Coals / 500 Miles to Memphis - Keep it Together / White Lung - Wrong Star / Eastern Anchors - Goodnight Jersey City / The Rentiers - Stories of Adam / Wilco - Pot Kettle Black / The Arrivals - The Dilemma / Kite Party - Summery Dream / Sundowner - Grey on Grey / Adventures - I Feel So Sure / The Menzingers - The Obituaries / Two Houses - Gelcsman's Youth / Hurry - Situational Comedy / Richmond Fontaine - Winner's Casino 

DPDC Friday Playlist - 2/20/15

Friday, February 13, 2015

Friday Playlist - 2/13

Tracklist:
Murder By Death - Strange Eyes / Jawbox - U-Trau / Chumped - Novella Ella Ella Eh / Choke Up - My Oh My / Mansions - City Don't Care / Have Gun, Will Travel - When We Were Kings / Burning Airlines - Meccano / Osoosooso - A Bunch of Things I Don't Know / Smoke or Fire - Delawhere / Restorations - The Plan / Luther - A Quiet Stretch of Weather / Signals Midwest - The Quiet Persuader / Bloc Party - The Pioneers / LVL UP - DBTS / Attack in Black - Husbands / Worship This! - Jen, With 2 N's / Captain We're Sinking - A Bitter Divorce / Swearin' - Loretta's Flowers / Civil War Rust - Diving / Josh Nolan - Do It Right / Bob Mould - Star Machine / Ben Nichols - Toadvine / LaGrecia - Baseball Ghosts / Unrest - Cath Carroll / Franz Nicolay - Bring Me Flowers 

DPDC Friday Playlist - 2/13/15

Friday, February 6, 2015

Friday Playlist - 2/6

Tracklist:
Muncie Girls - Sleepless / Nightmares for a Week - We'll Do Our Worst Lord / Arliss Nancy - Both Got Old / Andy Thomas - Nowhere but Down / Crow Bait - Separate Stations / Lifetime - Francie Nolan / Great Cynics - Whatever You Want / Have Mercy - Plastic Covered Furniture / Cloakroom - Outta Spite / The Weakerthans - Watermark / Ladyhawk - The Dugout / The National - Green Gloves / Weatherbox - Pagan Baby / American Steel - Smile on Me / Latterman - Good Morning, Here is Jan / Built to Spill - Stab / Japandroids - Younger Us / Invaluable - Bottle Caps / The Creeps - Cancer / Maritime - Protein and Poison / Unwound - Demolished / Carpenter - Joan / Jawbreaker - Outpatient / The Menzingers - I Was Born / Bad Books - Pyotr 

DPDC Friday Playlist - 2/6/15

Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday Playlist - 1/30

Tracklist:
Broadway Calls - Open Letter / The Sidekicks - Jesus Christ Supermalls / Donovan Wolfington - Hey Alex / You Blew It! - Bedside Manor / Save Ends - Same Old Dice / Telekinesis - Country Lane / The Dirty Nil - Cinnamon / Red City Radio - We are the Sons of Woody Guthrie / The Marked Men - Wait Here, Wait For You / Sweet John Bloom - Laying You Off / Elway - There is a Line / Title Fight - Chlorine / Samiam - Lullaby / Great Lakes USA - Ghosts / Somos - Familiar Theme / The Magnetic Fields - Book of Love / Aspiga - Medusa's Dance / Wolves & Wolves & Wolves & Wolves - I'll Be the Hyena / The Hotelier - Among the Wildflowers / All Eyes West - From Under / Tiny Moving Parts - Whiskey Waters / Ma Jolie - How Far is 5K / Cory Branan - Survivor Blues / Two Hand Fools - Tales of Our Lies / Elephant Micah - Albino Animals 

DPDC Friday Playlist - 1/30/15

Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Playlist - 1/23

Tracklist:
Uncle Tupelo - Punch Drunk / The Smith Street Band - Postcodes (For People Who Will Not Arrest Me) / Typesetter - Settling / Superchunk - Seed Toss / The Mountain Goats - The Legend of Chavo Guerrero / The Flatliners - Hal Johnson Smokes Cigarettes / Father John Misty - Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings / Makthaverskan - Asleep / Jets to Brazil - Sea Anemone / Arms Aloft - Blues for Mamimi Samejima / The Record Collection - Brand New Storm / William Elliot Whitmore -Bury Your Burdens in the Ground / Grand Champeen - Take Me Home / Dr. Dog - These Days / Dillinger Four - Shiny Things is Good / Waxahatchee - Air / California X - Hadley, MA / Shinobu - 2Tone Tuesday / Stay Clean Jolene - Concrete Block / Austin Lucas - Go West / Team Dresch - She's Crushing My Mind / The xx - VCR / Grand Vapids - Secret Sin / Fucked Up - Glass Boys / Laura Stevenson & The Cans - Mammals

DPDC Friday Playlist 1/23/15

Friday, January 16, 2015

Friday Playlist - 1/16 - 2014 Best of the Rest

In lieu of the typical Friday playlist, I've decided to put up a set of songs (in no order of relevance) that collectively comprise another year end best list of sorts. These are some favorite songs off of albums that were in contention and fell just outside of the 'best of' lists. There are 50 of them and that's pared down. So it's a long playlist, but it was a good year for music, and it's a long weekend.

Will be back to the customary playlists next week I suspect.

DPDC 2014 BEST OF THE REST

Friday, January 9, 2015

DPDC "Best" EPs/Splits/7"s of 2014

Another tough list to narrow down . . .

Playlist included.

1. Beach Slang - Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken? / Cheap Thrills on a Dead End Street (take your pick)
2. The Weaks - The World Is a Terrible Place and I Hate Myself and Want to Die
3. Nightmares for a Week / Banquets - Split
4. Donovan Wolfington - Scary Stories You Tell in the Dark
5. Courtesy Drop - Stabilize
6. The Downtown Struts - Hope You're Dope
7. The Westward Spirit - Chemical Imbalance
8. Great Apes - Playland at the Beach
9. And We Danced - Back to the Middle
10. Lilac Daze - Sedated

DPDC Favorite EPs/Splits/7" of 2014

Thursday, January 8, 2015

DPDC "Best" Albums of 2014

After a brief forced hiatus from a number of things, I've finally gotten situated to put up year end lists (also have some other guest lists i've been sitting on that I'll post in the next week or so).  Might as well start with the main one. Here are my 25 favorite albums from the past year (I think) with associated playlist; Top EP/Split/7", and best of the rest lists to follow.

1. Restorations - LP3
2. Somos - Temple of Plenty
3. Against Me! - Transgender Dysphoria Blues
4. You Blew It! - Keep Doing What You're Doing
5. Hard Girls - A Thousand Surfaces
6. The Hotelier - Home, Like Noplace Is There
7. The Menzingers - Rented World
8. Tiny Empires - Weird Headspace
9. Cheatahs - S/T
10. The Hold Steady - Teeth Dreams
11. Muscle and Bone - Peace & Light
12. Chumped - Teenage Retirement
13. The Smith Street Band - Throw Me in the River
14. The Holy Mess - Comfort in the Discord
15. Sorority Noise - Forgettable
16. Typesetter - Wild's End
17. Little Big League - Tropical Jinx
18. Cheap Girls - Famous Graves
19. Crow Bait - Sliding Through the Halls of Fate
20. Posture & The Grizzly - Busch Hymns
21. The Creeps - Eulogies
22. Cloud Nothings - Here and Nowhere Else
23. Cayetana - Nervous Like Me
24. Banner Pilot - Souvenir
25. Sad & French - S/T

Releases from Sharon Van Etten, Dark Blue, PUP, Strand of Oaks, Typefighter, Lydia Loveless, Great Explainer, Brave Bird and Braid were closely in the mix.

DPDC Favorite Albums of 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014

Guest List: Best of 2014 - Scotty & Jonathan of Death to False Hope Records

It's my hope that you've been paying attention to Death to False Hope Records output for years, particularly since Scotty Sandwich and Jonathan Minor started it around this time 6 of them ago.  If you haven't you'd likely be interested to know they've been the source of initial introductions to tons of bands you surely love today, including but certainly not limited to Captain We're Sinking, Arliss Nancy, Old Flings, The Sky We Scrape, Worship This!, Civil War Rust, and Masked Intruder. DTFH is also responsible for releases from some excellent bands that might be new to you, Sad & French, Downbound City, Habits, Westward Spirit etc. All this explanation is a way of saying the label and its site are probably home to your next favorite band.

Find it all here.

If all that wasn't enough nowadays each year brings us a DTFH Fest at Motorco in Durham, NC. Typically first weekend in May, a destination festival that's becoming an annual staple for some and even beginning to take precedent over certain other mainstays. Since we're on a list theme, here's a rundown of who played last year.

A Bottle Volcanic / Almost People / Appalucia / American Television /Among Giants / Arliss Nancy / Ascetic Parade / Banquets / Bats & Mice / Brian McGee(of Plow United/Molly and the Zombies) / / Beasts of No Nation / Bside Project / CAMPAIGN / Captain,We're Sinking / Dollar Signs / EYES & TEETH / Gameday Regulars / Gunner's Daughter / HABITS / Invaluable / Late Bloomer / Museum Mouth / Nightmares For A Week / Old Flings / Sad and French / The Sky We Scrape / Unifier / The Westward Spirit / wolves & wolves & wolves & wolves / Worship This! / Wringer


Also, need to mention their bands.
Scotty plays in Almost People, Jonathan in Ringwald.

On to the lists. Thanks to both for agreeing to contribute. Please check out everything they're doing.

Scotty Sandwich(DTFH Records/ DTFH Fest, Almost People)
Best of 2014

Top 10 Albums
10. Holy Mess - Comfort in the Dischord
09. The Rentals - Lost In Alphaville
08. Late Bloomer - Things Change
07. Chumped - Teenage Retirement
06. Against Me - Transgender Dysphoria Blues
05. The Record Collection - The Record Collection
04. Sad And French - Sad and French
03. The Menzingers - Rented World
02. ExFriends - Rules For Making Up Words
01. Bruce Lee Band - Everything Will Be Alright, My Friend

Top 10 EPs
10. Murder City Devils - The White Ghost Has Blood On It's Hands Again
09. Static Is A City - Static Is a City
08. Apologies, I Have None - Black Everything
07. Beach Slang - Filthy Luck
06. Future Primitive - FP14
05. Great Apes - Playland at the Beach
04. Plow United - Delco
03. ExFriends - Animal Needs
02. Wolves & Wolves & Wolves & Wolves - Scorched Earth
01. Westward Spirit - Chemical Imbalance 

Jonathan Minor (Death to False Hope Records / Ringwald)
Best of 2014
So here are my top 20 favorite new releases and my favorite song for each.
Only kind of in order. Braid and Shellac win this year for me though.

1. Braid - No Coast
Braid - "Damages":http://youtu.be/FYQr77qdwqQ
2. Shellac - Dude, Incredible!
Shellac - "All The Surveyors":http://youtu.be/NK0kxtOajVA
3. Late Bloomer - Things Change
Late Bloomer - "Dr. Abernathy":http://youtu.be/z2MxivNcv7c
4. Rx Bandits - Gemini, Her Majesty
RX Bandits - "Stargazer":http://youtu.be/Sss0b00lEu8
5. Prawn - Kingfisher
Prawn - "First As Tragedy, Second As Farce": http://youtu.be/Itqzr77-xnY
6. Dikembe - Mediumship
Dikembe - "Snakes In My Path":http://youtu.be/AcK0zdC9lmU
7. Burners - Adults
Buenters - "Closed Eyes":http://moneypitmedia.bandcamp.com/track/closed-eyes
8. Tigers Jaw - Charmer
Tigers Jaw - "Slow Come On":http://youtu.be/riGw7erGQH0
9. Enjoyment Records - I Guess This Is Growing Up Vol. 1
Tir Asleen - "Wendy Clear":http://youtu.be/Hrah2FSttq8
10. Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright In The End
Weezer - "Da Vinci":http://youtu.be/sO3ulKpe9TY
11. The Jazz June - After the Earthquake
"It Came Back" by The Jazz June:http://youtu.be/d_lufZKvJtM
12. Sage Francis - Copper Gone
Sage Francis - "VONNEGUT BUSY" lyric video: http://youtu.be/-utMO586HCg
13. Cayetana - Nervous Like Me
Cayetana - "Dirty Laundry":http://youtu.be/z0DKtKTQaL0
14. Rubrics - What Is The World Without Rubble?
Rubrics - "How Soon Not Now Becomes Never":http://youtu.be/ZV35RSkqtuM
15. Pianos Become The Teeth - Keep You
Pianos Become The Teeth - "Repine":http://youtu.be/47M6dAUK6Sk
16. Bruce Lee Band - Everything Will Be Alright My Friend
Bruce Lee Band - "Be Alright":http://youtu.be/EdIpYNjGEeo
17. Cory Branan - The No-Hit Wonder
Cory Branan - "The Only You":http://youtu.be/XOJvvz_goVw
18. Tiny Empires - Weird Headspace
Tiny Empires - "Wide Open Spaces":http://youtu.be/GtKQpJ-euDw
19. Bodyfather / Mtn Isl - Split
Bodyfather - "Gonner"
http://moneypitmedia.bandcamp.com/track/gonner
20. Fellow Project - Basic Axemanship
Fellow Project - "Tugboat"
http://deadbrokerekerds.bandcamp.com/track/tugboat


All in all it was a great year for music. There's so much to catch up on too. In reality I listened to "Chase This Light" by Jimmy Eat World more than anything else though. Most anticipated for next year are Sleater Kinney, Descendents, and Ghostface Killah / MF Doom! That's all I got!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday Playlist - 12/19

Tracklist:
Courtesy Drop - The Eighth Gate / Bedford Falls - Paperbacks / Banner Pilot - Red Line / Somos - Familiar Theme / The Sidekicks - Deer / American Aquarium - Wolves / Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound - Don't Need to Know / Elway - One Flew East / protectors - Fighting for Our Lives on Holy Island Ice / Wess Floyd - Staring Down the Barrel of the City / Baby Ghosts - Hevy Head (Heavy Head) / The Anniversary - Emma Discovery / Gaslight Anthem - American Slang / Above Them - Step Back, Release / Swearin' - Kenosha / The Hotelier - The Scope of All This Rebuilding / JKutchma & The Five Fifths - Used to Believe / All Eyes West - Miss Medicine / Tenement - Stupid Werld / Rocky Votolato - The Nights Disguise / The Holy Mess - Cigarette Reflections / Northcote - Counting Down the Days / Posture & The Grizzly - You Know I Know What You Did Last Summer / Sad & French - Another Way to Let You Go / John K. Samson - Highway 1 West 

DPDC Friday Playlist - 12/19/14

Guest List: Best of 2014 - Todd Farrell Jr.

If you inhabit the circle of fandom surrounding Lucero, Two Cow Garage, Glossary, Cory Branan, Austin Lucas etc., if you buy records from folks like Last Chance Records or This is American Music, and if you visit sites like Ninebullets, Bucket Full of Nails, and this one, you are likely already well acquainted with Todd's songs, if not Todd himself.  If you aren't familiar it's as good a time as any to introduce yourself.  Everything Todd's done, both solo and accompanied by "the dirty birds" is available on his bandcamp site.  His new single 'Paper Napkins' is probably one of his best and most earnest songs to date and his full-length "All Our Heroes Live In Vans" showed up on all sorts of year-end lists last year.

Also turns out Todd and I tend have similarly [impeccable] taste not only in bands but in 'hometowns' and pro sports franchises (for better or worse). He helped me out by contributing year end lists last year and i'm lucky enough he's agreed to supply them again this go-around.

Todd Farrell Jr.'s Best of 2014

Albums:

1. The Hotelier - “Home, Like Noplace is There”

This record came completely out of nowhere for me. Like many of the great records that came out this year, this one is from a band that I had previously not heard of. The opening track “An Introduction to the Album” sets the tone absolutely perfectly with three and a half minutes of building to a crescendo that doesn’t deliver, then it doesn’t deliver, and then… it delivers so hard with everything you wanted it to be and more. It’s one of the most satisfying opening opening tracks I’ve ever heard. The entire record is a victory in words, and is one that requires active and inattentive listening to fully comprehend those words (if anyone really can truly know what Christian Holden yearns to say more than he does). The closer “Dendron” is one of my favorite songs I’ve ever heard, and the melodic tie into the opening track seals and delivers this record as a complete piece of work that hits everything it wanted to do perfectly. I saw them in Nashville last summer(?) and they played the record in its entirety, and it was one of the most satisfying and rewarding punk rock sets I’ve seen in a long time. Cheers, Hotelier, this album rules.

2. Against Me! - “Transgender Dysphoria Blues”

Before we get started with this one, I want it to go on record that I’m not picking this because of how “important” it is. Yes, I think it’s very important, maybe even one of the most important records of the decade. It’s honest like punk goes, but the courage behind that honesty sets it apart from the rest. However, the reason it is so high up my list is because of what any music list should be… the songs are really good. Laura Jane Grace successfully wrote an entire record about the struggles of coming to terms with and living as a transgender person that is completely relatable to a straight white kid (me). The songs are so good, and that’s what makes it even more important.

3. Restorations - “LP3”

Restorations’ “LP2” was my top record of the year last year, and it came close to hitting that spot again. This band defies any sort of genre or label and seems to make all the right noises at the right time to pull at your musical and musical heartstrings simultaneously. I think they’re geniuses.

4. Ryan Adams - “Ryan Adams”

It may come a a surprise, but I’m not actually a HUGE Ryan Adams fan. I like his stuff, but never really spent a considerable amount of time with it (other than Whiskeytown). This record was a great one for two main reasons. First and foremost, the songs are great. Second, the sonic pallet is slightly different than you’d expect from a release like this. Instead of lots of mandolin and fiddle and banlol and all the "cool-kid Americana” stuff that everyone in East Nashville worships nowadays, Adams lets it rip with electric guitars and poppy hooks, and I’m so happy for it. This record also gave me renewed faith in the Fender Stratocaster and the chorus pedal.

5. The Lawrence Arms - “Metropole”

I think this record will be passed over by a lot of other lists because of it’s similarity and release proximity to the Against Me! record. It’s an old man punk band (“org-core", as they call it) putting out a a comeback album in early January. The thing is, it’s really good. “October Blood” might be one of their best songs ever. It’s a front to back listen that picks up right where they left off, only now the songwriting is a little more mature and focused. There’s still the dirty wit of Brendan Kelly, but it’s now maybe a little darker and introspective. I may have listened to this record more than any other this year.

6. Cory Branan - “The No-Hit Wonder”

I’ve had the pleasure of calling Cory a friend of mine for a while now, and this was a very cool and exciting year for Cory. He had a kid, got to play the Ryman, and even had his face painted on the side of a building in my neighborhood in East Nashville. Bloodshot seems to really like him, which is great because he deserves every bit of it. It’s a really great record, and it finally gives us recorded versions of some of the best songs he’s ever written that we’ve been hearing him play live for a good while. It seems like he’s finally getting the recognition and push that he’s always deserved, and I couldn’t be happier about it. (Special story and slight humble brag note: at his release party at The High Watt, Austin Lucas, Chris Carraba and myself very sang very drunken BGVs on “Wayward and Down”, and while we were still on stage he brought his son, Clem, out on stage to introduce to the audience. A month or so later, he did the same thing at the Ryman Auditorium (sans drunk BGV singers), which I think is every musician’s dream. Cheers to Cory for a great year.

7. Centro-Matic - “Take Pride in Your Long Odds”

Centro-Matic has never put out bad album. Everything Will Johnson and Matt Pence touche immediately turns into gold, in my opinion. This being their last record, there’s a certain sentimental feeling to it, that I can’t really even describe because I think on its own it’s up there with the best of their catalog.

8. At the Gates - “At War With Reality”

OK, hang with me. At the Gates is a Swedish death metal band who (along with In Flames) created what’s known as “the Gothenburg sound”, which is basically really heavy music combined with lots of melody… or as it’s so cleverly called, “melodic death metal”. At the Gates last record “Slaughter of the Soul” was one of the most important records to come out of that scene, and set the tone for it. Then the band broke up. Well, they surprised everyone when they decided to get back together, and record another record. I was worried, because it would be very easy for them to put out a mediocre album (ahem, Darkest Hour’s last one) and ruin something I loved so much. They didn’t, and it’s just as relentless and true to form as the rest of their catalog. It’s been a long time since I thought a metal record was worthy of a top 10, so take that for what you will.

9. Somos - “Temple of Plenty”

This is another one that popped up out of nowhere for me. It’s a punk/almost piper pop album, but it has a very different sonic platform than most of the other records of its ilk. Guitar tones and guitar work that is a little noodley and all over the place that comes together to form really tight hooks and melodies. It’s a really cool sound, and I can’t wait to hear what comes next from them.

10. The Menzingers - “Rented World”

A lot of people hated on this album, and I think the reason is dumb. The Menzinger’s last record “On the Impossible Past” was near flawless. “Rented World” goes in a slightly different direction, but that doesn’t mean the direction is bad. I don’t think comparing catalogs warrants reason for a record to be good (for the same reason, I also don’t think that Gaslight Anthem record is bad, it’s just different). “Rented World”, however, has really great songs on it. I think the lyrics of “My Friend Kyle” has some of the best lines I’ve heard all year.

Honorable mentions: Matthew Ryan, Lydia Loveless, Cheap Girls, The Hold Steady, Banner Pilot, Modern Baseball, The Hold Steady

EPs:
Beach Slang - “Cheap Thrills on a Dead End Street”
Aaron Lee Tasjan - “Crooked River Burning”
The Downtown Struts - “Hope You’re Dope”
Beach Slang - “Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken?”
(tie) Nightmares For a Week/Banquets - “Split”, Courtesy Drop - “Stabilize"

Songs:
Restorations - “All My Home”
The Hotelier - “Dendron”
Against Me! - “Fuckmylife666"
Beach Slang - “Dirty Cigarettes”
The Lawrence Arms - “October Blood"
Cory Branan - "The Only You”
Somos - “Strangest Example”
Ryan Adams - “Kim”
The Menzingers - “My Friend Kyle”
The Hold Steady - “The Only One”

Best shows I saw in 2014:
Jason Isbell at the Ryman Auditorium (night 3, Sturgill Simpson opening)
Centro-Matic farewell tour at Mercy Lounge (openers: Water Liars, Kelly/Joey from Glossary)
Against Me! at Mercy Lounge
Red Collar at the White Water Tavern (Last Chance Records Holiday Hangout)
Ryan Adams at the Chicago Theater (opener: Butch Walker)

Guest List: Best of 2014 - Jason and Ryan of The Sky We Scrape

Last year Chicago's The Sky We Scrape put out an LP, Divides, that registered in my "best of" list (you can currently name your price for it over at their bandcamp page) and played a show, with Arliss Nancy, at Sidebar in Baltimore that may’ve been my favorite of the year.

They’re at it again in 2014 with a new EP, Broken Laddersout on Underground Communique records. Jason also has a solo release available under the Model Homes moniker (with an Arliss Nancy cover no less) that you can find here.


Thankfully, Jason and Ryan agreed to share their favorite albums of 2014 here. (Note: you may’ve also seen Jason’s appear on the excellent Punktastic site this week).
2014 Top 10 List // Jason S. Thompson from The Sky We Scrape / Model Homes

1. David Bazan and Passenget String Quartet - "Volume 1"
2. Restorations - "LP3"
3. I Am The Avalanche - "Wolverines"
4. PUP - "PUP"
5. Against Me! - "Transgender Dysphoria Blues"
6. Typesetter - "Wilds End"
7. Cut Teeth - "Night Years"
8. Masked Intruder - "M.I."
9. Aspiga - "What Happened To You?"
10. Owl John - "Owl John" 
10.5. The Felix Culpa - "Split with Foreign Tongues" (didn't *really* make it because it's only 2 songs by Culpa... but holy poopers those two tracks are insane)

Top 10 of 2014 list // Ryan Steele from The Sky We Scrape

1. Restorations - LP3
2. Against Me - transgender dysphoria Blues
3. Pup - s/t
4. Pianos become the teeth - Keep You
5. Beach Slang - who would ever want anything so broken *(I know it's an EP, but I always listen to it twice so deal with it)
6. You Blew It! - Keep Doing What You're Doing
7. Lawrence Arms - Metropole
8. The Hotelier - home like no place is there
9. Diarrhea Planet - Aliens in the outfield *(See above Beach Slang note)
10. Chumped - Teenage Retirement
Honorable  mentions:
I Am The Avalanche -  Wolverines
Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
Typesetter - Wild's End
RVIVR - Bicker and Breathe EP 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Guest List: Best of 2014 - Tom Willecome from Bedford Falls

Last year I bothered some people to contribute lists of their favorite albums, eps, songs, whatever, from 2013.  Surprisingly they were game.  I've been at it again this year and everyone has been equally as gracious.

So today I'm kicking it off with 2014 favorites from Tom, who's taste is as good as his band. Hopefully, you've already caught on to Bedford Falls, either through this site or elsewhere. They've been at it for awhile and are far far too under-appreciated.  I feel completely assured in saying that if you visit this site or listen to the playlists you will absolutely become a fan. It honestly feels silly that this may be people's way of introduction.

As self described, Bedford Falls are a rock band from South Wales who've been ploughing their particular furrow for almost a decade now. Playing music that owes much to that sweet spot in the 90s when Punk-Rock and Indie-Rock were pretty much two names for the same thing. They ally noise to melody and melancholy in a manner consistent with bands like; Hüsker Dü, Buffalo Tom, Dinosaur Jr., The Posies and Superchunk.  

Very apt description, and if you are into Cheap Girls, Failures' Union (see split), or any one of the wave of 90's revival type bands, they are totally in your wheelhouse.

Listen for yourself here
http://bedfordfalls.bandcamp.com/

Savings & Loan is my favorite release of their's and one of the best albums out that year, but it's all well worth your attention.

So on to the point, here's Tom's list:

Tom Willecome’s Top Albums of 2014

Wye Oak – Shriek 
Dreamy, ethereal pop from Baltimore, Maryland. Like Stevie Nicks singing for the Sugarcubes.
http://wyeoakmusic.com/site/

The Notwist – Close To The Glass
The band that Radiohead think they are. Cutting edge rock music, blending elements of Indie-Rock, Kraut Rock and Electronica but with tunes and a fragile beauty.
http://notwist.com/

Bob Mould – Beauty and Ruin
A classic slice of amped up noise pop. Another shining example of the former Husker Du/Sugar frontman’s massive return to form.
http://bobmould.com/

New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers
The Canadian supergroup returns with another infectious, hook-laden opus full of loud guitars, pumping synths and sweet harmonies.
http://www.thenewpornographers.com/

Solids – Blame Confusion
Punishing, high energy Indie-Rock from this French-Canadian two-piece. Taking all the things you liked about Shoegaze, adding it to all the things you like about punk and attempting to reach terminal velocity.
https://solids.bandcamp.com/

The Reigning Sound – Shattered
Memphis Garage-Rock veterans take things a little slower. Combining their love of Country and Soul with the stompers that they built their reputation on for an album that feels like a lesson in the subtle art of writing pop music.
http://www.mergerecords.com/reigning-sound

Cloud Nothings – Here and Nowhere Else
Taut, angular, energetic yet teeming with melody. The album you hoped the Pixies were going to make but didn’t.
http://cloudnothings.com/

Hiss Golden Messenger – Lateness of Dancers
You know how when you watch footage of Southern California in the 70s there’s this magical, dreamlike quality to the sunlight? That’s what this swooningly gorgeous Folk-Rock record sounds like.
http://www.mergerecords.com/hiss-golden-messenger

Ex Hex – Rips
It really does. Three ladies playing a New-Wave/Punk hybrid that owes as much to The Cars as it does The Ramones.
http://www.exhexband.com/

Nina Persson – Animal Heart
Cardigans front lady takes all the stuff that was great about that band and adds even more Disco. Because Disco rules.

J. Mascis – Tied to a Star
Dinosaur Jr. main-man again proves himself just as adept with an acoustic guitar as he is with an electric. Combining delicate arrangements and a sunny pop sensibility with his cracked vocal whine and searing guitar solos.
http://www.jmascis.com/

The Hold Steady – Teeth Dreams
More seedy tales and brusque, blue-collar, barroom rock on this return to form from the boys from Brooklyn.
http://theholdsteady.net/

Centro-Matic – Take Pride in Your Long Odds
A fitting swansong for the best ever Indie-Rock band out of Denton. The usual display of lush arrangements, pop hooks and off-kilter lyrics. They’ll be missed.
http://www.centro-matic.com/

Cheap Girls – Famous Graves
Rawkus guitars, sing-along choruses and “that” voice combine to make this probably the strongest set of songs yet from these Michigan natives.
http://www.cheapgirls.net/

The Both – s/t
Ted Leo and Aimee Mann combine to answer the age old question of; “What would it sound like if Ted Leo and Aimee Mann started a band together?”
The answer, my friend, is; smart, energetic and awesome.
http://the-both.com/

Split Single – Fragmented World
Bob Mould/Superchunk/Telekinesis sideman, Jason Narducy returns to centre-stage for the first time in about a decade to provide us with an album of accomplished, intelligent Pop-Rock.
http://www.splitsinglemusic.com/

Give – Electric Flower Circus
Washington DC Hardcore Punk upstarts dig into their parents’ old 80s alternative rock records for this jolt of positive energy and emotion. Loud guitars. Big choruses.
https://givemusical.bandcamp.com/album/electric-flower-circus

Cheatahs – s/t
Huge waves of distorted guitars and a profound love of the pre-Brit Pop Creation Records roster. Pop on your Doc Martens and shake your fringe to this.
http://cheatahs.net/
Spider Bags – Frozen Letter

A mercurial blend of Garage Punk, Country and Psych Rock. Mixing wistful melancholy ditties, stomping rockers and off-the-wall freak-outs to great effect.
http://www.thespiderbags.com/

Hospitality – Trouble
If Belle & Sebastian came from New York and had grown up watching Wes Anderson films they probably wouldn’t sound this energetic. Sparkling, witty, off-kilter pop with an unmistakable air of ennui.
https://hospitality.bandcamp.com/

Young Conservatives – s/t
Not young. Not conservative. This band hates you and you probably deserve it. Vicious, venomous fits of outraged political Hardcore.
https://youngconservatives.bandcamp.com/

The No Marks – Light of One
Twenty five years ago they’d have called this UK Punk supergroup’s slab of buzzsaw guitars, impassioned vocals and sweet melodies “Melodic Hardcore”. In 2014 I just call it; ace.
https://brassneckrecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-no-marks-light-of-one-2

Crow Bait – Sliding Through The Halls Of Fate
An odd, yet enticing, mix of Gruff Punk, Indie Rock and Laurel Canyon style Folk Pop.
https://crowbait.bandcamp.com/

Ryan Adams – 1984
Ryan Adams likes mid-80s punk rock so much that he went out and made his best record since Heartbreaker in an attempt to replicate it. A genuine thrill.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2g9PCGdWZc

Ryan Adams – s/t
A love letter to the mid-80s AOR/MOR that he grew up listening to coupled with some of his strongest songwriting in years.
http://paxamrecords.com/

Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday Playlist - 12/12

Tracklist:
Chumped - Something About Geography / Superchunk - Precision Auto / The Sky We Scrape - Nocturnal Americans / Strand of Oaks - Shut In / Lucero - And We Fell / The Weaks - Nietzsche's Harvest Song / Red City Radio - Spinning in Circles is a Gateway Drug / Alone at 3am - Sleep When I'm Dead / Matt Woods - 80 Miles an Hour / Torche - Kicking / The Brokedowns - DIY Space Program / Wood Ear - Leghold / Paint it Black - Little Fists / Bry Webb - AM Blues / The Menzingers - Lilith Avi / Off With Their Heads - Clear the Air / Polar Bear Club - One Hit Back / Chuck Prophet - Castro Halloween / Placeholder - Calculation / Lauderdale - Broken Man / Fire Mountain - Wired and Dying / Timeshares - From an Admirer Not Darryl / Signals Midwest - St. Vincent Charity / Pedro the Lion - Rapture / Cutters - Batman 666

DPDC Friday Playlist - 12/12/14



Friday, December 5, 2014

Friday Playlist - 12/5

Tracklist:
Glossary - Shaking Like a Flame / Centro-matic - Tied to the Trailer / Two Knights - Benji's Cool Times Summer Jamz / Ma Jolie - The Shitty Beatles / Prawn - First as Tragedy, Second as Farce / The Smith Street Band - Kids / Austin Lucas - Alone in Memphis / Typefighter - Split Intent / Great Apes - Go Niners (As Told by Telegraph Hill) / The Flatliners - Tail Feathers / The Get Up Kids - Shorty / Red Collar - Choices / Two Cow Garage - Brass Ring / Little Big League - Property Line / Slobberbone - Bright Eyes Darkened / Heartsounds - Walking Dead / Meridian - Logic & Mathematics / The Rural Alberta Advantage - Muscle Relaxants / The Westward Spirit - Chemical Imbalance / Avail - 25 Years / Todd Farrell Jr. - Paper Napkins / Arliss Nancy - 40s / Cheap Girls - A Lesser Rate / The Creeps - Everything Makes Sense / Aspiga - You're OK / John Moreland - Blues & Kudzu 

DPDC Friday Playlist 12/5/14

Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Playlist - 11/21

Tracklist:
Sorority Noise - Rory Shield / Chumped - Penny / Eagulls - Opaque / Dark Blue - Here on My Street / Pentimento - Unless / Latterman - Good Morning, Here is Jan / LVL UP - I Feel Extra-Natural / Center of the Sun - Home / The District Attorneys - California Fire / Guided by Voices - I Am a Scientist / Pacer - Mechanical / Cory Branan - Missing You Fierce / The Shins - Kissing the Lipless / Campaign - Old Haunts / Ryan Adams - Wolves / Radiator Hospital - Ghost Story / Apologies, I Have None - Joiners & Windmills / Old Flings - Tbc / Downtown Struts - Italian Homes / Damien Jurado - Lose My Head / Nothing - Dig / The Riot Before - They Rode on in the Friscalating Dusklight / The Sidekicks - Static Mouth / Caves - Puddle / American Gun - Therapy 

DPDC Friday Playlist - 11/21/14

Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday Playlist - 11/14

Tracklist:
Tiny Empires - Wide Open Spaces / The Tim Version - For the Birds / Califone - Funeral Singers / Save Ends - Same Old Dice / Typesetter - Obvious Imperfections / Smoke or Fire - I'll Be Gone / Water Liars - Ray Charles Dream / Grade - Seamless / PJ Bond (w/ Arliss Nancy) - Let the Hammer Fall / Dowsing - Meant to Shred / Tigers Jaw - Nervous Kids / Laura Veirs - Parisian Dream / The Hotelier - In Framing / Luther - An American Gothic / Nai Harvest - Pastel / Two Cow Garage - Geri / Sparklehorse - It's Not So Hard / The Snips - Times / Unwelcome Guests - Tattered Old Flag / Gameday Regulars - Smoke Jumpers / None More Black - We Dance on the Ruins of the Stupid Stage / Down and Outs - It's Over / The Riot Before - Back Stage Room / Solids - Haze Away / Drag the River - Death of the Life of the Party 

DPDC Friday Playlist 11/14/14

Friday, November 7, 2014

Friday Playlist - 11/7

Tracklist:
Arliss Nancy - Front Seat / Banquets - March 19th / Courtesy Drop - Orion / Superchunk - Learned to Surf / Sundials - Splinter / The Sky We Scrape - Continental Divide / The Smith Street Band - The Arrogance of the Drunk Pedestrian / The Great Explainer - Untitled / The Hold Steady - Hurricane J / Banner Pilot - Effigy / Lydia Loveless - Boy Crazy / Vigilantes of Love - Extreme North of the Compass / The Loved Ones - The Bridge / Donovan Wolfington - Die Alone / Restorations - Tiny Prayers / Jeff Rosenstock - Hey Allison! / Hard Girls - 996 Tears / Mineral - Gloria / Shinobu - Not Gonna Happen / The Weakerthans - Left and Leaving / Cheatahs - Northern Exposure / Arms Aloft - Skinny Love / Prawn - First as Tragedy, Second as Farce / The Holy Mess -Worthless Original / Bellwether - West End 


Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday 10/31 sadly playlist free

Our second son was born on Wednesday, so between managing a 2 year old and 2 day old along with daily life stuff, there's been no time for anything else

So sorry no playlist this week. Hope you'll just revisit some past ones.

Happy halloween'ing, fest'ing, or whatever weekending you have going on.


Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Playlist - 10/24

Tracklist:
Texas is the Reason - Back and to the Left / The Young Leaves - Alive and Well / Little Big League - Tropical Jinx / Waters - For the One / Paper Arms - Choke / The Dopamines - Straight Papers / Aspiga - Fortunes / I Love Your Lifestyle - Christopher Robin / Glossary - As Far as Fear Will Take You / Fistful of Beard - 5th Ave / You Blew It! - You & Me & Me / Vulture Whale - Land It / The Sidekicks - 1940's Fighter Jet / Speedy Ortiz - American Horror / American Aquarium - Burn.flicker.die / Violent Soho - Dope Calypso / Red City Radio - Joy Comes With the Morning / Polar Bear Club - Drifting Thing / Ex Hex - How You Got That Girl / Charly Bliss - Love Me / The Weaks - How to Put an Audience to Sleep in Under Two Minutes / Alkaline Trio - Cooking Wine / Spraynard - Ah Gun / Dillinger Four - Wrecktheplacefantastic / Lucero - Nights Like These

DPDC Friday Playlist 10/24/14