It’s that time of year again – Binge-eating, over-spending, egg-nogging and Pure Pop Year-ender-ing! The form is open and we want to hear from all of you on what you loved this year – Music is the main focus, but if you’re more concerned about books, movies or celebrity crushes, we’ll (begrudgingly) accept alternative lists too (as long as Baby Goose is on your list).
Lists will be accepted and displayed from now till the the New Year and one lucky submitter will win a 20$ Gift Certificate to Pure Pop! All lists must contain 5 entries, including all fields filled out to be published and/or gift certificated. (If you can’t find a youtube video, post some funniest home videos or rick roll us or something) Lets the lists begin!
Ryan Power - Identity Picks Now, bear with me while I reference Erik Erikson. I swear to God, I know where I’m going with this. So, he had this whole dichotomy of growth that worked in sequential stages, right? You know the one I’m talking about—the eight developmental stages from birth to death, through the greatest choose-your-own-adventure—life. You could take the high road or the low. From square one, you could screw it up and ruin everything or make it increasing difficult to choose the right path, obscured by your own sense of mistrust and lack of identity. On the other hand, you may be the perfectly perky poster child, un-beguiled by the snares of confusion, control, presumed inferiority, fear, failure. You may be that individual is a constant quasi-nirvana, wrapped up in their own Shangri-la. Terrestrial paradise, Eden, is at your fingertips. Obviously, no one is that guy, the latter. Screw that guy. Somewhere we tend to fall somewhere in between, hanging in that balance of comedy and tragedy. It is here that we tend to wonder how we got in this position, and what it takes to get on solid ground, on our own terms. Identity Picks, Burlingtonian, Vermont-ionian Ryan Power’s new LP on NNA Tapes is steeped in these themes, and like a good brew, supplies a sumptuous sonic bouquet of social commentary. Whereas his previous release—his fifth release, mind you, I Don’t Want to Die, was internal and introspective, Identity Picks comes off universal, abstract and ambling in subject matter. Nevertheless, most certainly, therein lies the very central theme: purpose. Certainly, on each track, Power seems to exude such self-awareness, so completely cognizant of his foibles, perks and quandaries. However, he also seems aware of the fact that he lacks answers—answers to big questions at that. This is not your run-of-the-mill existential crisis we’re working with here. This moves far beyond the “who am I, what am I doing here” kind of questions but also asks, “What what will I be doing there? Or what will I be doing then?” These are such poignant questions as, of course, we all must deal with them at some point in our lives, or face stagnation. Because of this, this album really drives home.
Young Fathers - Tape Two These days, there's an awfully lovely smattering of "alternative" and "experimental" hip hop to come out, and this year is no exception. International trio (though British-based) Young Fathers delivers an emotional follow-up to their "Tape One" from last year with the apropos "Tape Two." This album, while very short (under a half hour) is saturated with variety in style. Tribal, primordial drums thunder throughout the album. At times, elements of soul, gospel, and reggae bleed into each other. At other times, chaotic synths cut through. The album is beautifully disruptive offering powerful lyrics and passionate choruses.
Disclosure - Settle Sexy production; Immensely talented vocalists; lush melodies; fat, crunchy beats; catchy hooks; This album makes me want to eat a lot of pizza and play laser tag. ALL NIGHT LONG.
Deerhunter - Monomania Despite Bradford Cox's lamentations and existential quandaries that splatter this album, I cannot help but feel so happy listening to it. It's a fuzz-bomb of glee and vivacity. Perhaps it is not as experimental as some the band's earlier works or as polished as "Halcyon Digest," but that's what I think I appreciate most about this album. It shoots right down the middle. It's accessibly obnoxious and I love that. It's an album that warrants repeat after repeat listen. Soak Big Reg chewing gum in some cheap bourbon, put it in your mouth (provided you're of the legal drinking age, kids) and ponder the wacky things in life. That's Monomania, sorta.
Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of The City Ah, the millennial crisis. I know it well. This album speaks to me on so many levels. Life, death, youth, atheism, self-worth, identity, intimacy, trust, burning sedans-- Vampire Weekend tackles these subjects with earnest and vulnerability. It's hard to explain; sometimes you just hear an album and know it's not only going to be good, but will have a lasting impact on you for years to come. I strongly recommend this album.
I work in Financial Aid at VSAC.
I enjoy playing music, brewing beer, reading, writing, and talking about music all the time.
I cannot stress enough the embarrassment of quality albums that dropped this year. Here are some honorable mentions:
The Knife – Shaking the Habitual
Tim Hecker – Virgins
Savages – Silence Yourself
My Bloody Valentine – MBV
Arcade Fire – Reflektor
There’s a ton of others. I’m way too lazy to list them. What a year.
Paper Castles - Vague Era I'm all about Burly's local music scene and this year had a few super awesome releases. I had trouble deciding between Hello Shark's HS and Vague Era, but Vague Era hit the top of my list of favorites (sorry HS). This album has been on repeat since it came out a couple weeks ago. It combines all of my favorite things about the local music scene - awesome soundscapes, thoughtful lyrics, and the DIY aesthetic. If you want to start listening to local music, I highly suggest checking this album out, it rocks.
Jerry Paper - International Man of Misery One time my radio co-host, Sho Sho and I, interviewed Lucas Nathan in Washington Square Park. Together, we laughed about a man running into a tree and getting hit in the face with a football, we talked about our dream business cards, we shared our most embarrassing moments and discussed the glory that is R. Kelly. This album brought me to the 11th dimension of sad man jams. In the word's of Sho's mom, "Jerry Paper, what a dude."
Coma Cinema - Posthumous Release I'm not sure what to say about this album except that it is sad and miserable and beautiful and I have listened to it way too many times this year. Thank you, Mat Cothran.
The Homeshake Tape by Homeshake One time, Peter Sagar stood next to me at an UN BLONDE show and took off his fleece. He then turned to his friend in front of me, laughed and said, "Dude, I took off my fleece!" Peter Sagar - guitarist for the infamous Mac DeMarco. Peter Sagar - the man behind Homeshake. Peter Sagar - the man who took off his fleece. This album gets me dancing and makes me feel all happy inside. This album is perfect. Here is a photo of Shuggie Otis Peter Sagar took while sitting in front of me: http://instagram.com/p/e0M7ronMfa/
The Memories - Love is the Law I don't consider this the best album of 2013, but I consider it the best album of 2013. The Memories know how it's done and Love is the Law is an album that makes everything in the world better. Rikky is the best showman on the west coast and his music makes me happier than a grilled cheese sandwich. There are a million things I could say about The Memories, but i'll let this video speak for itself.
hi, my name is Karla and I work at Pure Pop! I love music and I love puppies. this year has been a crazy year for me – I was able to see so many great bands live and had the opportunity to interview some of my all time favorite artists. I had so much trouble trying to pick my top 5, but the above tracks were on HEAVY rotation in my collection. although I’m obsessed with all of these albums, there are a few others on my list that must be mentioned and are worth a listen. sorry I cheated.
6. What Surrounding by UN BLONDE
7. HS by Hello Shark (another local Burly album that was the soundtrack to my year)
8. Mala by Devendra Banhart
9. To Be Close to You by Julia Brown
10. Holo Pleasures by Elvis Depressedly
11. Split 7″ by Alex G and R.L. Kelly
12. Lonely Women by TV Girl
13. S/T by Wren and Mary (local from Burly)!
14. Humble Noon by Lisa/Liza
15. Persona Non Grata by Cosmonauts
happy almost new year
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu - Nanda Collection The most unapologetically processed and catchy thing I've ever heard and I love it. I actually think that there is some substance here. The music is essentially just pure fun through and through with no frills, but the production (courtesy of Yasutaka Nakata of Capsule, who also wrote the whole album) is actually remarkably well done. The palette of sounds on this record ranges from late-'90s era video game sounds to wobble bass to strangely out-of-tune horns. I won't argue that Nanda is some kind of innovative masterpiece, but after hours of listening to this shit and bobbing my head like a 14-year-old Japanese schoolgirl, I just had to put it on here.
Blood Ceremony - The Eldritch Dark The best possible thing that could possibly be produced by a band basing their sound and look on '70s rock. Not much else to say about this one.
Deafheaven - Sunbather Y'all should've caught on to blackgaze long ago. I guess all it took was a bunch of short-haired guys who shop at Urban Outfitters and have a pink album cover to make it happen. Thank god they make kick ass music so that I don't have to put on my metal elitist cap.
Nails - Abandon All Life I honestly think this is the angriest album ever recorded. I know a lot of people might refute me on that, but the combination of chunky guitars, blistering blast beats, and ball-crushing riffs on this record makes it something to admire. Other bands have used similar formulas, but Nails do it in a more effective and succinct way than anyone has before.
Gorguts - Colored Sands In a year full of mediocre comeback albums, I didn't expect a whole lot from Gorguts' return. After 12 years out of the game and massive lineup overhauls, it's easy to lower your expectations. But Colored Sands is hands down the best metal album put out this decade. Where other bands returning from extended hiatuses try to capture some spark that has long since faded, Gorguts 3.0 draw influence from contemporary bands – many of whom were influenced themselves by Gorguts – and craft an intricately finessed yet utterly uncompromising masterpiece of an album. Best of all, the action here is often broken up by brief clean or otherwise quiet segments/interludes. The result is a long album that holds up for its entire duration despite the viciousness of the music, something that is hard to say for what most people consider the Gorguts magnum opus, Obscura. Also, the lyrics are totally rad.
It’s list season! The best time of the year as far as I’m concerned. That actually might be because I get to stuff my face with delicious food and spend time with family, but whatever.
I usually agree fairly well with the critical consensus and year-end lists that come out, but I have to say that this year I think there’s been a lot of shit tossed around (no offense to everyone else posting lists here…). Almost all of the major releases that came out in 2013 were horrendous or at the very least forgettable. There were a few good ones in there – I must say that I do like the new Sigur Ros and Daft Punk albums – but even those didn’t have the staying power through the end of the year. There was a ton of good metal that came out this year but I feel like the rest of the music world was a bit of a desert. Oh well. Here are my honorable mentions anyway:
Fire! Orchestra – Exit!
Gris – À l’âme enflammée, l’äme constellée…
Wardruna – Runaljod: Yggdrasil
Eluvium – Nightmare Ending
Kayo Dot – Hubardo
Lycus – Tempest
Laura Marling – Once I Was an Eagle
Progenie Terrestre Pura – UMA
King Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds / Haunted Head I'm still upset that my new boss introduced me to this terrible garage-fuzz band (featuring King Congo Powers of The Gun Club, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and The Cramps) while I was trying to get work done one day. I dislike them so much that I certainly didn't check out their live show when they played down the road from my abode here in Somerville, Mass last month. They put on a pretty lame live show-- not that I'd know. Avoid at all costs if you're into scuzzy garage-punk like Mark Sultan or Shannon and the Clams.
The Migs / Whatever Forever Psh, who even listens to local, unsigned musicians anymore? This lousy self-released record is from Dover, NH's own post-punk losers, The Migs. Even though "Whatever Forever" was technically released in December '12, I'm including it on this list because I just got wind of it this summer...and hoo, is it stinky! "He Ain't So Great" is a particularly stale track that I listen to very infrequently since it is boring, slow, and sad. Anyhow, do you like old school Strokes-type stuff? 'Cause if you do, you'll hate this record.
Franz Ferdinand / Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action Those of you who know me know that I've hated Scottish art-rockers Franz Ferdinand since high school. They are, in fact, my least favorite band. And they're up to their usual antics on this album-- these songs are neither cerebral nor musically innovative and interesting. And they're not sexy. At all.
Deerhunter / Monomania I think we can all agree-- Bradford Cox just sucks. Amirite? No persona as a live performer, pretty much no personality whatsoever-- I just wish he were more...mysterious! Anyhow, like the rest of Deerhunter's catalog, Monomania is just terrible. Loads of very long, drawn out, dull songs with lyrics that could just put me to sleep! Oh, and I don't want to hear your squeaky guitar drone-y things, Mr. Cox and Mr. Pundt. I need some easier listening. Can somebody just put some Michael Buble on or SOMETHING?
Vampire Weekend / Modern Vampires of the City Ugh. I thought I was done with this band after A-Punk, but they're still around, eh? SOMEHOW I came to possess the white vinyl version of this album right when it came out-- don't ask me how, since I hate this band--and, like, I just wish someone would take it off my hands. What is it with the songs named after women on this album? "Diane Young" is catastrophically lethargic, while "Hannah Hunt" feels uninspired and meaningless. Up your game, guys. These are two of the worst tunes in VW's already revolting repertoire. And, like, why do I even need Vampire Weekend when I can just listen to "Graceland" over and over until my ears bleed? You can call me Al. And not that it matters, but let's face it: the band members of VW are dreadfully unattractive and tweet highly uninspired non-sequiturs far too often.
If you encountered a blue-eyed Lady Pure Popper behind the counter before, say, late May of this year– well, it sure as hell wasn’t me.
The above five albums are my five absolute least favorite from this year, but I also found Arcade Fire’s “Reflekor”, Ryan Power’s “Identity Picks”, Fuzz’s self-titled debut, and King Tuff’s “Was Dead” reissue to be particularly despicable. Among many others. Boy, 2013–what a crappy year for music.
About me? Well, I truly despise Ty Segall, college radio, eating hummus, drinking Darjeeling, sleeping in, and traversing by bicycle around my new digs (just outside Boston, Mass).
Oh, and I’m never sarcastic.
Billy Bragg - Tooth & Nail I guess once Billy Bragg hit his 50's, it would be too much to expect the one-man punk assault from his earliest albums. However, I like mellow Billy, too. Highlights are the politically charged "No Ones Know Nothing Anymore" and "There Will Be A Reckoning", the latter appearing in a slightly different version from his Fight Songs album from 2011.
Elvis Costello & The Roots - Wise Up Ghost OK. Elvis Costello can record an album of the sound of him eating saltines and it would probably end up in my top 5 of any given year. That said, this album is pretty fantastic! For Costello-philes, there are four songs that are reworkings of very deep cuts from his vast catalog of songs. At first I was put off about that, but now I have finally come to accept and love those "new" tunes! The first single and opening track on the album, "Walk Us Downtown", is outstanding!
Neko Case - The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You Neko Case can sing the phone book and it would be mesmerizing, but I also happen to think that she is a badass songwriter. If "Nearly Midnight, Honolulu" doesn't give you shivers, then you have no soul. "Night Still Comes" would be on my short list for song of the year. If you splurged on the deluxe version, you even get Neko covering the Robin Hitchcock song "Madonna of the Wasps"!
Quasi - Mole City Yes, yes, yes! Twenty-four brand new Quasi tunes?!? Sam and Janet did it again! I dare you to listen to "Bedbug Town" or "You Can Stay But You Gotta Go" and not have them stuck in your head for the rest of the week, month, or year. Underneath all of the fuzziness and scuzziness, the tracks on Mole City are truly pop gems.
The Dirtbombs - Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-blooey! Mick Collins is a living legend. He was the leader in Blacktop, The Gories, and now for the last 20 years (wait, seriously? 20 years?) The Dirtbombs. What happens when the man who is THE guy in the Detroit garage rock scene decides to make a bubble gum pop record? You get Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-blooey!, an album insanely stupidly hook-filled and catchy. I cannot help it - since I got my hands on this album, I've been listening to it almost daily. From lead track "Sugar on Top" to last track "We Come in the Sunshine" (the latter heavily borrowed from "Good Vibrations"), it's a near-perfect collection of songs...and my favorite album of 2013.
Phil Yates is a local musician who plays in Phil Yates & the Affiliates, a former DJ at WWPV 88.7 FM The Mike, and teaches mathematics at Saint Michael’s College. He is relieved that he didn’t have to count past 5 for this “Best of 2013″ list.
We will be opening on Friday at 10 a.m. People will enter on a first come, first serve basis. As always, we do like to provide everyone in line the opportunity to get their most desired items. We will conduct a wish list drawing similar to what we did on Record Store Day.
If you are in line by 9:30 a.m., you will be able to hand in a wish list of up to 10 items that you would like to purchase. We will randomly draw from the collected wish lists & reserve the top 2 items available from each drawn wish list. These 2 items will be reserved for you behind the counter.
So please remember, first in line means first in the store but doesn’t guarantee that you will get all the items you desire. First in line does mean that you will get first access to items that are not reserved thru the wish list drawing.
Thanks again for your understanding. The wish list drawing went really well on Record Store Day, it allows everyone a chance to get their hands on the items they desire without having to camp out in line for 4 hours.
I know many people are away for the holiday week. If you are unable to make it to the store on Friday, we will start taking requests by phone/email on items beginning at 11 am.
There is a list below that Meg prepared that details all the special releases that Pure Pop has received for Black Friday.
Please note that will be having a sale on all non-Black Friday titles.*
10% vinyl/new cds/dvds/t-shirts/posters
20 % used cds
*does not include already discounted/sale items
Pure Pop is here for you today to address that big elephant in the room.
That’s right, folks, Black Friday is in the all-too-near future. To celebrate, we offer below a list of the better things to think about purchasing.
Joseph Arthur $14.97
Atlas Genius: $16.97
Bad Things: $6.97
Band of Horses: $4.97
Beat Box Book: $59.97
Blackberry Smoke/Lynyrd Skynyrd $5.97
Blind Boys of Alabam/Isbell/JP White $5.97
Brendan Benson $19.97
Blood Ceremony $22.97
Brandi Carlile $7.97
Charles Bradley: $6.47
Billy Bragg & Wilco Mermaid Ave $37.97
Billy Bragg & Wilco Vol 2 $37.97
Billy Bragg & Wilco Vol. 3: $37.97
Nick Cave: $22.97 (LP)/$12.97(CD)
Chris Robinson Band $74.97
Church of Misery $24.97
Civil Wars: $9.97
The Clash-Self-titled: $13.97
The Clash- Combat Rock: $13.97
The Clash-Give ‘Em Enough Rope: $13.97
The Clash-London Calling: $19.97
The Clash-Sadinista: $22.97
Gene Clark: $18.97
Cold War Kids $9.97
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.: $21.97
Miles Davis-Jazz Track: $24.97
Miles Davis- Kind of Blue: $24.97
Miles Davis: Miles + Monk: $24.97
Dawes cd $6.97
Dawes lp $12.97
Lana Del Ray: $21.97
Devin Townsend Project $12.97
The Doors: $24.97
Duran Duran: $16.97
John Denver and His Muppet Friends: $24.97
Bob Dylan: $39.97
Fallout Boy: $14.97
A Tribute to John Fahey: $24.97
Flaming Lips (CD): $9.97
Flaming Lips (LP): $18.97
Ghost BC $22.97
Robert Glasper: $10.97
Grateful Dead: $39.97
Jackie Greene: $12.97
Vince Guaraldi: $8.97
Hardworking Americans: $5.97
Jimi Hendrix: $9.97
Hot Wacks VA: $5.97
Michael Hurley: $19.97
Jethro Tull: $24.97
Jack Johnson: $14.97
Ernie Kovacs: $14.97
Lady Gaga: $21.97
Sondre Lerche: $11.97
Life of Agony $27.97
Nick Lowe: $24.97
Dave Matthews Band: $77.97-$89.97
Metallica: $39.97 reg. ($54.97 for 45rpm edition)
Mystical Weapons: $19.97
Harry Nilsson: $24.97
Roy Orbison: $109.97
Van Dyke Parks $9.97
Lullaby Renditions of Pearl Jam: $17.97
Vitamin String Quartet performs Radiohead: $17.97
Red Hot Chili Peppers: $34.97
Rolling Stones: $9.97
A Tribute to Shel Silverstein: $24.97
Silversun Pickups: $12.97
Paul Simon-Self-titled: $24.97
Paul Simon-Still Crazy After All These Years: $24.97
Paul Simon-There Goes Rhymin’ Simon: $24.97
Sly and the Family Stone: $9.97
Stone Temple Pilots: $22.97
Sunn O.: $26.97
Tegan & Sara: $6.97
Ten Big Stiffs: $89.97
Josh Tillman $15.97
Trigger Hippy: $11.97
Truth & Soul Box: $54.97
Uncle Tupelo: $9.97
Upsetters/Lee Scratch Perry: $28.97
Townes Van Zandt: $49.97
Widespread Panic: $74.97
Xiu Xiu: $21.97
Zabriskie Point Soundtrack: $29.97
See? Despite its appropriately ominous name, Black Friday doesn’t have to be so bad!
More information on these titles is available on the record store day site, click here.
Deleted Arrows/The body as a wasteland Deleted Arrows is an instrumental, conceptual rock band out of Providence, RI. Comprised of members of The Cancer Conspiracy, Daughters and Sweetthieves, Deleted Arrows weave complex rhythm with textured soundscape into a flowing composition on their debut "The Body As A Wasteland". I love this record. I am sure they would hat me for saying this, but if you've lived in Burlington for a long time this album is basically a third record from The Cancer Conspiracy. Which is just a gift I thought I'd never receive.
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds/Push the Sky Away Nick and The Seeds outdid themselves with this relatively somber release. My wife got me the crazy special edition vinyl release of this album that came with two additional 7" singles, a DVD and a reproduction of Nick's lyric book. We also got to see them in Boston and it was killer.
Queens of the Stone Age/...Like Clockwork Arguably the only mainstream rock band left worth paying attention too. This album didn't live up to it's hype for me, but it grew on me enough to make it's way onto the list. Some excellent rock tunes to be heard for sure.
Chelsea Wolfe/Pain is Beauty Dark, brooding, moody. Her use of more electronics on this record rubbed me the wrong way at first, but i got over it and came to love this album. Got to see her put on an excellent show in Boston a couple months ago with the band responsible for my #1 opening...
True Widow/Circumambulation A stellar second full length from this Texas trio. Slow, dark and loud. They have become my "favorite thing to listen to while....." insert anything.
Hi! I am Justin Gonyea. I teach visual art in the Burlington School District. I am the vocalist/guitarist for Vultures of Cult http://www.vulturesofcult.com. I produce, engineer, mix and master records for bands here in Burlington (Vultures of Cult, Paper Castles, Trapper Keeper, Mass of Tharsis, Cloudeyes, Iron Sword, In Memory of Pluto, Romans, ETC..). I own and operate a small record label with my wife, Audra, called Prolific Summer http://www.prolificsummer.com http://justingonyea.tumblr.com
McCartney - New Diverse, yet still sounds like classic McCartney. "Early Days" is one of his best in years. You can almost hear the "vintage" appeal of Abbey Road coming through the record.
John Fogerty - Wrote a Song for Everyone I am an old school Creedence fan, but have always enjoed Fogerty's solo work. The new stuff, and the duets, on this album really are something special. "Someday Never Comes" with My Morning Jacket was a real standout.
Lorde- Pure Heroine Although she is suffering from massive overplay right now, the girl can write (and sing), and doesn't seem to be interested in making music for anyone but herself or in impressing anyone. That's cool and I hope more young people follow her lead.
Arcade Fire - Reflektor The whole image of Win Butler walking around Haiti, coming up with these sons in his head, is pretty awesome. The fact that this album has as much breadth as it does, and most of it was (allegedly) cut out to make the album shorter, is even more so.
Vampire Weekend- Modern Vampries of the City This may be a conventional pick, but screw it, this album was awesome. Their sound has really matured and sound like they are establishing a new identity for themselves, even when there was never really any need to do so.
I am really glad Vinyl seems to still be going strong, if not gaining strength, in these tough times for the music business. (Maybe the world really does have a way of evening things out?) I enjoy the fact that the new Lo-Fi trend seems here to stay, even if it has to compete for airplay with the Auto-Tuned and digitized sounds that seem to be so prevalent.
letlive. - The Blackest Beautiful If you're looking for a new post-hardcore record for your ears and haven't heard anything from letlive., now's the time to indulge. This record may be the breakout album for the band, that also has one of the craziest live shows and frontman you will ever see.
I the Mighty - Satori This one is probably a relative unknown to most, but these guys have a powerful progressive rock sound influenced by Coheed and Cambria, Circa Survive, and Envy on the Coast. Their honest lyrics and raw sound is one worth giving a listen.
Pearl Jam - Lightning Bolt Oh Pearl Jam, I don't know how you do it after 23 years. This is definitely a revitalization if I've ever seen one, and if you've ignored them or never gave them a chance before, there isn't a more accessible record.
Balance and Composure - The Things We Think We're Missing If you enjoy a combination of 90s alt-rock, grunge, and emo, meet your new favorite band. Give yourself sometime alone with this beauty and you'll fall in love.
The Wonder Years - The Greatest Generation Dismiss any negative views you may have toward pop punk and look at this record as a testament from a twenty-something just trying to make sense of the crazy world we find ourselves living in. This is a record for those who love the catchiness of pop punk with the grit of punk rock.
2013 was an amazing year for music, and narrowing down my top 5 of a year that isn’t over yet was a daunting task. I couldn’t recommend these records more, as well as many others, to anyone and everyone. Also definitely check out these records:
Touche Amore – “Is Survived By”
Defeater – “Letters Home”
Have Mercy – “The Earth Pushed Back”
Citizen – “Youth”
Turnover – “Magnolia”
Here’s to another great year of music!