Dan Yemin is in Paint it Black, Lifetime, Armalite and Kid Dynamite. His list is in no particular order.
Permanent Ruin: Hell Is Real
All you need to know is this quote from the lyric sheet: "Permanent Ruin endorses a lifestyle free of bullshit posers." Made a believer out of me. Male-backed speed-freak brutality.
KA: The Night's Gambit
Some seriously dark, brooding and thoughtful shit from this Brooklyn MC. Ferocious, but in the most understated & elegant way. Dude makes all his own beats too.
El-P & Killer Mike: Run The Jewels
Fool's Gold Records
Makes the apocalypse sound like a party I'd want to be invited to. "Pan Africanist gangsta rap."
Grave Mistake Records
Swearin': Surfing Strange
I'd crawl through manure to listen to this band play. Like the Muffs meets Nirvana but recorded in a Philadelphia basement and downshifted to the relative minor key. 2013 is the year the Crutchfield sisters took over, and it's a better world because of it. Musician crush on the drummer, who also gets the Aaron Cometbus style award for 2013.
Radiator Hospital: Something Wild
Philadelphia owned this year. So proud. But please don't move here from Brooklyn and drive the rents up.
Savages: Silence Yourself
Reliving my adolescence with these highly stylized Siouxsie & the Bunnymen-esque tunes. Somber and thought provoking, while also being wildly energetic.
Now that itā??s all typed and edited, Iā??m looking at this list and Iā??m like "This is a good list." I like that there are two self-released records on it. I like that the biggest label represented on the list is freaking Recess Records. I like how different the records sound from each other. But just in general, I like this list because it tells me that the world might be a total mess and the music industry might as well have had a hydrogen bomb dropped on it, but, creatively anyway, people are making fucking awesome punk rock records and showing no sign of stopping. Also, 2013 is the year I got a PhD. Screw you guys. Love, Joel.