Sunday, July 6, 2008

Halfway through 2008...

So here we are, just over the halfway point of 2008. I've seen a lot of great shows, listened to a lot of great records, and already blogged about a ton of crap that no one is reading. In this post, I'll take a look at the top 5 full lengths, live shows, and EPs/7" of the year. Leave some comments with your lists, if you're reading this!

Full lengths
1. Paint it Black - New Lexicon - One of the most innovative hardcore punk records in the last few years from a band that keeps pushing the envelope.
2. Lemuria - Get Better - Female fronted indie pop that I wanted to hate, but just can't.
3. Blacklisted - Heavier Than Heaven, Lonelier Than God - Another Philly hardcore band raising the bar for everyone else.
4. Able Baker Fox - Voices - As close as I'll ever get to another Small Brown Bike record. Gruff indie rock that needs to start touring.
5. Hot Water Music - Till The Wheels Fall Off - Sure, I guess it's tacky to put a b-sides collection on this list, but whatever, it's Hot Water Music. One of the most important bands ever for me.

Live shows
1. Paint it Black - Sailor Jerry's - Kids will be talkin about this one for a long time...
2. Hot Water Music / The Lawrence Arms - NJ - First time seeing Hot Water in years, and the boys in the Lawrence Arms always put a smile on my face. Plus, fun trip with great dudes and a total babe.
3. Lemuria / Crumbler / Fallen From the Sky - Deep Sleep - Three bands that don't sound at all alike, but all rip.
4. None More Black - Deep Sleep - Kinda like a show in a sauna, from a band finally getting the respect their last album deserved.
5. Paint it Black / Marked Men / Dustheads / Amateur Party - Church - This was a well rounded record release show for Paint it Black, with a ton of great bands. The only downside to the entire weekend was World Inferno.

1. Crumbler - Dirty Weeks - Short, fast, hilarious. Expect a review this week.
2. Title Fight - Kingston - The best Lifetime/Saves the Day/Fairweather inspired pop punk I've heard in years.
3. The Gaslight Anthem - Senor and the Queen - Better than either of their LPs, four songs with a wide range of styles, but all uniquely punk rock and roll.
4. The Steinways - Unoriginal Recipe - Six new ones from these pop punk kings that serves as a teaser for their new full length.

Things I'm Anticipating
Dillinger Four - Live shows, as well as The Civil War
Hot Water Music - two shows this weekend!
The Revival Tour
The Gaslight Anthem - '59 Sound
Off With Their Heads - From the Bottom
Dead to Me - New LP

What's on your halfway list?

1 comment:

Joe said...

Full lengths
1. the Hold Steady - Stay Positive
2. the Steinways - Gorilla Marketing
3. Off With Their Heads - From the Bottom
4. REM - Accelerate
5. Lemuria - Get Better

Live shows
1. Don Giovanni showcase at Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ (the Ergs, Hunchback, the Steinways, the Measure, etc)
2. Roky Erickson and the Explosives at Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ
3. Full of Fancy/the Steinways @ the Parlor in New Brunswick, NJ
4. the Zatopeks/the Slotcars/the Lanterns @ Deep Sleep
5. Insubordination Fest 08

1. Dead Mechanical - A Great Lie
2. the Steinways - Unoriginal Recipe
3. Deep Sleep - Manic Euphoria
4. Double Dagger's 2 new 7"s

Things I'm Anticipating
my wedding