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Best of 2011Best of 2011: Tyler's picksTyler's picks (2011)
Reviewer Rating: 5
Contributed by: JeloneGlassPipeMurder
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Tyler is a staff reviewer - ed. It's weird. Every year, I keep having the best year yet, and I always wonder how I can possibly top the previous. But so far, so good. Maybe not for my Punknews output, asgrad school, work, music, and volunteering ate up the vast majority of my time, but I.
Tyler is a staff reviewer - ed.
Welp. It sounds exactly like a Social Distortion record.
I was lucky to pick up on Oathbreaker just before they came stateside and joined Deathwish, and they sure didn't let down here. Dark, violent hardcore at some of its best.
Horace Pinker: Local State Inertia
This band has held a special place with me ever since their appearance on the ancient Punk Bites 2 compilation on Fearless. I was stoked to find out they were still around, and even more pleased to hear Local State Inertia.
This record grew on me. "The War Unseen" is one of the year's best hardcore tracks, and despite the changes, it's interesting to see how the Warriors have evolved their brand of metallic Nardcore over the last nine years.
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones: The Magic of Youth
It's hard to believe that the band that essentially pioneered ska-core in 1989 would still be kicking out quality records 20 years later, but the Bosstones have done it again with The Magic of Youth
I didn't expect much, but the Turbo A.C.'s brought some of the catchiest songs of the year on the second half of this album.
I was never a Face to Face megafan, but they proved why they were among the most successful punk bands of the '90s with their 2011 return.
Sharp Objects: Sharp Objects
I operate under the assumption that anything any member of the Briefs is involved in is going to be great. Sharp Objects' self-titled debut LP proves it to be true.
For a year without a Gaslight Anthem studio LP, I'll take the Horrible Crowes as a standalone stopgap, but certainly no replacement.
Backtrack: Darker Half
One of the more invigorating NYHC bands of late, Backtrack delivers on Darker Half. Here, they walk a nice line between following the paths of Long Island hardcore before them and forging their own way.
Catchier! Faster! Punker! This release seemed to fly somewhat below the radar but is totally worth catching up on.
The Dead Milkmen: The King in Yellow
This album is especially impressive in that it sounds just like a Dead Milkmen album...26 years after the release of Big Lizard in my Backyard. While I could have gone for a little more Joe Jack Talcum, the opening instrumental was enough in itself to announce the triumphant return of the Dead Milkmen.
You can put me in the camp of "people who never thought Rival Schools would put out another record after United by Fate but really like Pedals." Yep. I'm one of those guys. I guess it'd be fair to assume by now that Walter Schreifels can do no wrong.
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