Unlike my unappreciated albums list, neither acclaim nor sales (nor the lack thereof) are a factor here - and no crossover betwixt the two lists is allowed - this time it's strictly about the songs!
In no particular order...
1. The Biters Hang Around
Races like an Exploding Heart!
2. Bad Religion The Devil in Stitches
Those melodic songs with the maddeningly allusive lyrics of Mr. Brett are always the highlight of a Bad Religion album.
3. Frank Turner I Still Believe
I fuckin' love Rock N' Roll Retrenchment songs!
4. OFF! I Don't Belong
Really, you could pick any song at random from the The First Four 7"'s and lay waste to much of the contemporary music landscape.
5. Graham Parker: First Responder
GP still knows.
6. Len Price 3 I Don't Believe You
Mod-punk lives in the UK!
7. Candy Hearts: Don’t Go Blocking the Sunshine
8. Leatherface My World Ends
By rule of custom and law all staff of The Big Takeover must adore Bad Religion, Teenage Fanclub, The Buzzcocks and Leatherface - well I'm batting .750...
9. Rev Peyton: Clap Your Hands
If every generation gets the white bluesman they deserve, perhaps the millennials will anoint Warp Tour vet Reverend Peyton (whose new album, The Wages, was produced by former Zero Boy Paul Mahern and released on Side One Dummy) their Delta man.
10. Varsity Weirdos: Why I Didn't Like August '93
Pop-punk band covers 90's East Coast indie-rock band Elevator to Hell: Goodness ensues
11. Miniboone "Cool Kids..."
Indie gets some of it's rock n' roll back.
12. Sleigh Bells Infinity Guitars
Sure hype is toxic but you just need to minimize your contact with it to avoid the ill-effects.
13.Butch Walker: She Like Hair Bands
No matter his twisted history, Walker cuts a fine and clever power-pop line between Marshal Crenshaw and Fountains of Wayne.
14. Mark Bates: Death Sucks
Catchy folk-rock song full of desperately clever lines.
15. Vampire Weekend: Ruby Soho
Contra was a fine follow-up but I always loved the way the hipsters didn't realize that they were digging a ska band and that the band was unashamed to show it (by say, covering a Rancid song!)
16. Justin Townes Earle: Harlem River
A little of his Dad, a little of his namesake, a little of the Freewheeelin' Dylan and something altogether different.
17. Van Buren Boys Told You So
"I know it's only rock n' roll..."
18. NoMeansNo Something Dark Against Something Light
There's still a some twisted, dark little secrets in the NMN formula.
19. The Dahlmans: Holiday Road
Lyndsey Buckingham (and Chevy Chase) move over, this song has a brand new owner!
20. The Queers: Back to the Basement
Yup, the new Queers album does represent a return to "1-2 Fuck You" sorta punk rock but Joe King has a way with a tune that all the snottiness in the world can't hide.
21. The Lanskies: Bank Holiday
Franco-British Cure-Meets-Futureheads goodness.
22. World Inferno/Friendship Society: Paul Roebson
Ya really can't nail this band down, I mean who guessed they were holding back an A Capella e.p. recorded back in 2005?
23. The Contrast: Coming Back To Life (or "Caught in a Trap")
Such retro-sixties-ness is blatant Little Steve's Underground Garage bait but we're all the richer for it.
24. Superchunk "Crossed Wires"
A nineties resurgence I never expected
25. The Alarm Direct Action
Mike Peters has beaten cancer and an unpleasant mid-career gulch (much of the 1990's) to hit a sustained career high in the aughts.
26. Houseboat DC Showcase Presents: Inferiority Complex, Volume 420
As they warn, "You want novelty? Innovation? Vicissitude?!? You're outta luck!"
27. Betty & the Werewolves: Paper Thin
28. Forgetters Vampire Lessons
Blake Schwarzenbach is bach.
29. Magic Kids Super Ball
C'mon that's adorably ridiculous...
30. Article of Faith Back with a Vengeance
Another unexpectedly furious surprise reunion.
31 Wavves King of the Beach
"Noise-pop" is what Nathan Willliams's work gets labeled, as if The Velvet Underground, The Buzzcocks, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Pixies and Jay Reatard were all reference points, which they kinda are but with more Beach Boys (noise-surf?)
32. The Rags "Love is a Lie
Smart Irish guitar-pop.
THE RAGS - LOVE IS A LIE from The Rags on Vimeo.
33. Less Than Jake TV Medley
I admit that the novelty factor and the visuals (and not the dreadful run-though of the That 70's Show theme*) got these long-running ska-punks on the list. * Yes, I know...
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