Miguel Chen is the bass player of Teenage Bottlerocket.
Jetty Boys: Let 'Er Rip
Kid Tested Records
The Creeps: Our Time
Murderburgers: These Are Only Problems
Jon Loudon is the vocalist and guitarist of Restorations. From Jon:
Honorable Mention: Savages, Waxahatchee, Psychic Teens, Earthless, True Widow, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, Superchunk, Night Marchers. Shout outs to Paint It Black's Invisible and The Smith Street Band's Don't fuck With Our Dreams EPs, too.
Hell : I-III Cassette Box Set
Totally missed this band while they still had things in print. "I" "II" and "III" were the best metal(?) I stumbled upon this year. Wild band.
There's been enough said about this record. "Hard To Find" is their best.
Again, maybe not their best, but this got a ton of spins. "The Woodpile" is Olympics-grade indie pop.
Is that new full length out yet? The most interesting band in punk.
The Necks: Open
Slow. Really slow.
Bars of Gold: Wheels
They finally nailed it. Brilliant, and as good as (better than, at times?) anything Bear Vs. Shark ever did.
Mark Kozelek & Desertshore : Mark Kozelek & Desertshore
This is my second favorite songwriter, joined here by a couple of musicians from some of my favorite records of his. Droney folk music with bizarre lyrics.
Bill Callahan: Dream River
This is my favorite songwriter. Maybe not his best record, but I listened to it more than anything else since it came out. "Small Plane" and "Summer Painter" are among his best. His lead guitar player deserves a lot of credit, too.
Laura Stevenson performs solo and also with Laura Stevenson and the Cans.