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RANDOM MUSINGS ABOUT 2002 It's been a difficult year, with American politicians - arguably the most important in the world - showing how easily they can scare the people into ignoring a failing economy, a cowboy president, and a spiraling into war. The current state in the United States rem.



RANDOM MUSINGS ABOUT 2002

    It's been a difficult year, with American politicians - arguably the most important in the world - showing how easily they can scare the people into ignoring a failing economy, a cowboy president, and a spiraling into war. The current state in the United States reminds me of a quote from Julias Caesar which seems all too relevant, two millenia after it was originally said:

      "Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind. And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so. How do I know? For this is what I have done. And I am Caesar." - Julius Caesar

    Speaking of war, what about bin Laden? What happened to tracking him down, at any cost? I distinctly recall the president making that promise, but instead, the focus seems to have shifted to Saddam. And no surprise, no one cares. Al Gore, a week or so before he retired from politics told a little joke which seemed to explain the bin Laden/Saddam situation:

      "The guy who lost his car keys, and he was looking for them on the street corner under the street lamp, and a friend came by, tried to help him, and said, "Where'd you last have them?" And he said, "When I got out of the car, over in that field across the street." And his friend said, "Well, why are you looking for 'em here?" and he said, "'Cause the light's better here.'"

    So where does that leave the world going into 2003? Well, a quarter of the world is now involved in armed conflict, Bush and his republicans control the United States - so much for checks and balances - and civil liberties are out in the window. But thank god, Friends has been renewed for another season.

    Well, now that I've said my piece, here's the top ten.

THE TOP TEN RECORDS OF 2002 ACCORDING TO AUBIN

    These are in no particular order, each record has it's strengths, and these are just the more interesting, unique and memorable albums I listened to this year.

    1. Time in Malta - A Second Engine (Equal Vision)

    This one came completely out of nowhere. I had never heard of them, and had Equal Vision not sent me a copy, it's possible I wouldn't. A wholly original record, intense, melodic, and nearly flawless in execution. I have a longer review here.

    2. Eighteen Visions - Vanity (Trustkill)

    As a big fan of their previous recordings, Vanity was somewhat of a surprise to me. Downplaying their metal/hardcore sensibilities to add more melody and, well, calm, to the record was an unlikely path, but the band succeeded admirably. The intensity, heaviness, and schitzophrenic vocalizations were still there, but an ethereal sense seems to pervade the record. One of the most devastating, and simultaneously soothing records in recent memory.

    3. Glassjaw - Worship and Tribute (Warner)

    Like Eighteen Visions, Glassjaw moved into unfamiliar terrority with their second major label record. While not as flat out chaotic as Everything You Ever Wanted to Know..., Worship is a stunningly solid record, from one of the few major label metal/hardcore bands worth listening to.

    4. As Friends Rust - A Young Trophy Band... (Equal Vision)

    I know it's an EP, but the Rust once again demonstrated why they are one of my favourite bands; it's a bittersweet record, because vocalist Damien has left the band, choosing to end with one of his finest performances.

    5. Jawbreaker - etc. (Blackball)

    It's a rare thing for a B-sides album to make a list like this, to be honest, the majority of B-sides records are mostly curiousity fodder, more so than the daring, incredible collection was Etc. Of course, Jawbreaker is one of the most important and influential bands in this scene, so I'm not that surprised.

    6. Lawrence Arms - Apathy and Exhaustion (Fat Wreck Chords)

    After a few strong records, the Lawrence Arms makes their Fat debut one to remember. The dueling snotty/smooth vocals, the stellar production, and the memorable songwriting make for arguably the best record on Fat this year.

    7. Consumed - Pistols at Dawn (Golf Records UK)

    A major maturing for the formerly Fat, always British band. While not even released on this side of the ocean, which is our loss, Pistols at Dawn shows a powerful, darker side to the metal-tinged band. I hope that someone elects to release the album domestically, because it easily surpases their last full length, which was one of Fat's most memorable releases.

    8. Killswitch Engage - Alive or Just Breathing (Roadrunner)

    This is the other major label hardcore/metal band worth listening to.

    9. Over It - Timing is Everything (Lobster)

    Jordan from pastepunk.com reviewed this one, so check it out, because I couldn't say it better myself.

    10. Thrice - The Illusion of Safety (Hopeless)

    Everything good about hardcore, metal, punk and pop is in here. Everything bad isn't.

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:
    Bad Religion - The Process of Belief, Dillinger Escape Plan - Irony is a Dead Scene, The Stereo - Rewind Record, Dillinger Four - Situationist Comedy, Common Rider - This Is Unity Music, Mighty Mighty Bosstones - A Jackknife to a Swan, Sparta - Wiretap Scars, Weezer - Maladroit
THE PUNKNEWS.ORG MIXTAPE

    We also decided that there were a number of songs that we'd put on a mix tape, but which were on albums which just weren't as perfect. Call this, Aubin's 2002 Mixtape.

    Side A.

      1. Darkest Hour - An Epitaph (So Sedated So Secure)
      2. Norma Jean - Memphis Will Be Laid To Waste (Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child)
      3. Thursday - Jet Black New Year (Five Stories Falling)
      4. You're So Last Summer - Taking Back Sunday (Tell All Your Friends)
      5. Dillinger Four - Noble Stabbings (Situationist Comedy)
      6. Get Up Kids - Overdue (On a Wire)
      7. Common Rider - Firewall (This is Unity Music)
      8. Lawrence Arms - Presenting the Dancing Machine (Uncontrollable Fatulence)
      9. Dillinger Four - Noble Stabbings (Situationist Comedy)
      10. Staring Back - Version 2.0 (On)

    Side B.

      1. Jets to Brazil - You're The One I Want (Perfecting Loneliness)
      2. Ben Kweller - Wasted and Ready (Sha Sha)
      3. Weezer - Keep Fishin' (Maladroit)
      4. All-American Rejects - The Last Song (Self-Titled)
      5. Divit - William (Broadcaster)
      6. Alkaline Trio - Queen of Pain (Alkaline Trio/Hot Water Music Split)
      7. Brand New - Am I Wrong (Safety in Numbers Split)
      8. Flogging Molly - What's Left Of This Flag (Drunken Lullabies)
      9. Foo Fighters - All My Life (One By One)
      10. The Stereo - Two Weeks Notice (Rewind Record)

TEAR-JERKING, PAINFUL, DISAPPOINTMENTS

    Keep in mind that a disappointment doesn't necessarily mean a bad record, but that I had high hopes which sadly, weren't met by the record. (Well, Except for Gusto, which was in fact an awful record, for any band.)

    1. Jets to Brazil - Perfecting Loneliness
    2. IN*DK - Kill Whitey
    3. Guttermouth - Gusto
    4. Cave In - Tides of Tomorrow
    5. Get Up Kids - On a Wire

2003

    To end the lists on a hopeful note, 2003 should be an incredible year, many, many new records to look forward to, including - but not limited to - NOFX, Thursday, The Weakerthans, Social Distortion, Rancid, The Descendents, Alkaline Trio, Further Seems Forever, Saves the Day, The International Noise Conspiracy. Let me just restress one of those. The Descendents are putting out another record.

JOE STRUMMER (1952-2002)

    Finally, to end this piece, I wanted to write something about Joe Strummer. I wrote this bit five times. I usually don't have to scrap so many, but this is a staggeringly jarring and tragic event. In spite of the many great things that have happened, great music that has been released, and bands I was fortunate enough to see, this year will remain in my memory as the year Joe Strummer died.

    Joe was the elder statesman of punk rock, while some of his contemporaries milked their past glories with every resurgence of punk into the mainstream, Joe was happy to leave the legacy of the Clash intact. He was content to write new music, move in new directions, and provide the kind of quiet dignity that we could only hope people would strive for. From his later work in the Clash, to his soundtracks, and his tracks with the Mescalaros, Joe was constantly moving in new directions, and pushing boundries.

    As I sit here, listening to my copy of The Clash UK, I'm dumbfounded by how fresh, and new the music still sounds, even though everyone from Operation Ivy to Rancid to Kid Dynamite, to Alkaline Trio have taken inspiration from these songs. Even if you've never listened to the Clash, if you listen to this music, you've felt Joe's influence.

    We have lost too many musicians these past years, Joey, Dee Dee, it goes on; the list is far too long. Thankfully, Joe left us a rich, dynamic body of work, and as bands decades from now quote the Clash as an influence, we'll still remember him fondly.

 


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Anonymous (May 19, 2003)

not that it matters, but no one mentioned coheed and cambria's debut o n EVR. i thought that album was incredible, and i don't mean it in the "my band is better than your band" way...in all honesty i was awed at their work

Anonymous (April 21, 2003)

2002's best:
The Killing Tree- "The Romance Of Helen Trent"
Mighty Mighty Bosstones- "A Jackknife To A Swan"
Common Rider- "This Is Unity Music"
Blueprint 76- "Into The Flames"
INDK- "Kill Whitey"
Against Me- "Reinventing Axl Rose"
Lawrence Arms- "Apathy and Exhaustion"

Decent:
Bouncing Souls / Anti-Flag "BYO Split Series Volume 4"
Hot Water Music- "Caution"
Weezer- "Maladroit"
Bob Dylan- "Love and Theft" (2001, or 2002?)
Goldfinger- "Open Your Eyes"
Boy Sets Fire- "Live For Today"
Thrice- "The Illusion Of Safety"

Crap:
Guttermouth- "Gusto" (with exception of 2 songs)
Alkaline Trio / Hot Water Music- "Split"
Reel Big Fish- "Cheer Up"
Taking Back Sunday- "Tell All Your Friends"

Lookin' forward in 2003:
Alkaline Trio- "Good Mourning" (kicks ass)
Rise Against- "Revolutions Per Minute" (kicks ass)
Suicide Machines- "A Match and Some Gasoline"
Bouncing Souls- "Anchors Away"
Strike Anywhere- "tba"
None More Black- "File Under Black"
Paint It Black- "CVA"
Lawrence Arms- "tba"
Leftover Crack- "Shoot the Kids At School" (if they stick with the title)

Anonymous (April 7, 2003)

my top nine (?):

9. Strung Out - American Paradox (rockin)

8. Bouncing Souls/Anti-Flag - BYO split (Both bands rule)

7. Plea For Peace Comp. (for a comp this was awesome, well mostly the second disc)

6. Midtown - Living Well is the Best Revenge (very catchy)

5. Bad Religion - Process of Belief (self explanitory)

4. Taking Back Sunday - Tell All Your Friends (also very catchy, especially for the type of music they play)

3. Dillinger Four - Situationist Comedy (scratchy vocals rule, catchy, and fun song names haha)

2. NUFAN - Hard Rock Bottom (extremely catchy, I hadn't listened to it for months and half the songs could just pop into my head at any time, maybe a little poppy but I liked it)

1. Lawrence Arms - Apathy and Exaustion (Once again - Scratchy vocals rule, catchy. no 2 songs sound the same)

Anonymous (January 20, 2003)

the best recordings of all time are no doubt the Watergate Tapes... THAT IS OUR PRESIDENT...

Anonymous (January 20, 2003)

Band that is better than any band to form in the last twenty years-

THE RAMONES

Anonymous (January 12, 2003)

over it! nice.

Anonymous (January 9, 2003)

The Killing Tree - Romance of Helen Trent

waste_elite (January 7, 2003)

"that guitar player was in grade, so he's automaticall way fucking cool than you. hahah"

he can't be cool if he's playing for avril lavigne

Anonymous (January 7, 2003)

okay, so i tried to resist the temptation of contributing my list to what is already a hugely masturbatory thing, though somewhat interesting as well. anyways, i'll reserve my judgements and thoughts on the bizarre similarities between almost everyone's list, and instead try to encourage everyone to look harder for good music. as a disclaimer, i'm not as punk as i used to be. in no particular order:

Mates of State, "Our Constant Concern", Polyvinyl- Creative song structure and amazing vocal harmony make this possibly the best pop album since their last recording. The best part is that hey actually manage to rock live, and i mean ROCK. An impressive feat for a band without guitar or bass.

The Static Age, "The Cost of Living", Primary- Sure, the singer totally rips on Richard Butler's (of Psychedelic Furs fame) vocal style, but this album has some great songwriting. This is new wave (real deal new wave, not some new jack faint or aeffect techno shit) with leanings toward hardcore/punk. They will be huge.

Hope Conspiracy, "Endnote", Equal Vision- What the hell is wrong with everyone that they namedrop shitty metalcore bands like Eighteen Visions and all that other trustkill jock rock, but somehow manage to ignore this amazing album? This album simply smokes any of that pretty boy moshmetal shit with truly inventive songwriting and some harsh yet melodic vocals. Get down with the sound or get out of town.

Mu330, "Ultrapanic", Asian Man- These guys are my jam, and are pretty much the ONLY skapunk band on the planet worth shit. Why? This album totally rocks. There's a huge range in song style, Dan Potthast's voice is fuckin sweet, and they still rock for the kids. Don't be that asshole that used to like ska but now just talks shit about it. Pick this up and remember exactly you first got into ska in the first place.

I Farm, "Two Selected Works", Traffic Violation- Sure, this is cheating, but it's totally worth it. I Farm was (is?) an amazing band. Edgy, frantic, fast punk rock, with sometimes screamy vocals. This'll make you feel weird, but only for the first few times, so suck it up.

Majority Rule/Pg. 99 "Split", Magic Bullet- I can't decide if this qualifies as a full length, but it's got more than eight songs on it, so I'll say it is. This an amazing album featuring two of today's best heavy East Coast bands. If you've never heard either, and you enjoy tastefully screamy hardcore, get it now. NOW!

Corn on Macabre- "Chapters I and II", Magic Bullet- Who doesn't like funny, sarcastic grindcore? Seriously, this is awesome. Billups, the lyrical genius behind this chaos, has written a comedy record about horror movies set to some extremely brutal music. It's a juxtaposition that just can't fail. The name's silly I know, but it works out in the end.

Rocket From the Crypt, "Live at Camp X-Ray", Vagrant- Now I wish I wasn't doing this, because I think Vagrant sucks ass, but dude, it's fuckin RFTC! This albums is smokin, just like all their other albums! Don't ask questions, just buy it and rock out.

Panda Squad, "California Old Western Mystery Spurs?", Aurora Seven- I know you've never heard these guys, and at this point, it's too late. They've just broken up. Bummer. But this album should help us all remember the good things about the Panda Squad, like how their unique indie pop spiced with punk could make even the coolest scenester want to dance. Get a hold of this, and feel your head start to bop of its own accord.

Bratmobile, "Girls Get Busy", Lookout!- I've gotta say that I'm disappointed in myself for not having more lady bands on my list. That's pretty shitty of me. So check out the Gossip, the Bangs, the Rondelles, Wolfie, and The Hymen Manuever, for starters. This here Bratmobile album should point you in the right direction though. Rockin pop a la Bikini Kill/Le Tigre, though with the emphasis on ROCK. Check it out, you stupid sexist jerks.

Now, here's the best five ep/7"/single:

Planes Mistaken For Stars, "Spearheading the Sin Movement", No Idea- Three intense songs from an intense band. Live, they're amazing. Tough and heavy, yet dorky and akward at the same time. They rock like Sabbath, but I'd still let them babysit my kids. Awesome heavy punk/hardcore.

Matt Pond PA, "This is Not the Green Fury", Polyvinyl- I know what you're thinking. Two Matt Pond PA full lengths came out this year, but i chose the seven inch. Let me tell you why: the two songs are amazing, and the interludes fit the mood. This could be the perfect seven inch, if you're into folky orchestrated indie.

Tragedy, "Can We Call This Life?", Tragedy- Hi. This is some rockin heavy crust punk. Bye. (I haven't gotten the new full length yet, or else it would have most definitely gone up above)

Cave In, "Tides of Tommorow", Hydrahead- Sure, I was a skeptical as everyone when I'd heard that Cave In had gone all prog on us, but you know what? It actually works, and furthermore, makes me less ashamed to say that I saw Rush when I was seventeen and thought it was the best concert I'd ever been to. Check this out.

Deadguy, "Work Ethic", Blackout- Like Drowningman? Ever wonder if they sound like a less talented version of another band? Well they do. Technically, Deadguy did it second (check Rorschach for the some of the original chaos-metal blueprints), but damn, do they ever do it well. This ep has the original singer and guitar player on it, making this some of their best songwriting. Don't be sacred.

Okay, that's it. This list is totally thrown together, as should be apparent, so I'm sure I left some things out. Like Against Me and Dillinger 4 for instance. Oh well. Anyways, everyone needs to start listening to music from before the nineties more. That's pretty much what I've been doing this entire year. Trust me, you'll love it. Get yourselves some albums by the Beach Boys, the B-52s, Prince, My Bloody Valentine, the Smiths, the Mc5, The Psychedlic Furs, Kraftwerk, Elvis Costello, Billy Bragg, the Cars, etceteras. Broaden your horizons. Epitaph and Fat can only take you so far. Man, that was pretentious.

Anonymous (January 7, 2003)

oh NOW i get it... youre a complete fucking idiot...

Anonymous (January 7, 2003)

Can I get a copy of the playdough cd?

Anonymous (January 7, 2003)

"2.avril lavigne -- i saw that guitarist of her's wearing a Propagandhi shirt. haggard... "

that guitar player was in grade, so he's automaticall way fucking cool than you. hahah

Anonymous (January 7, 2003)

I don't know whether or not anyone has already mentioned this (and don't care, either), but that Drums of War quote is most assuredly NOT Julius Ceaser. Pretty commonly believed misattribution, though, so I don't blame you*

*You uncultured, clueless, obviously ill-read twat :b

Anonymous (January 6, 2003)

"*****WussEmoRock*****'s TOP 10 CD'S OF 2002

10) Finch - What It Is To Burn
9) Brand New - Your Favorite Weapon
8) Yellowcard - The Underdog E.P.
7) Simple Plan - No Helmets, No Pads...Just Balls
6) Something Corporate - Leaving Through The Window
5) Reel Big Fish - Cheer Up!
4) Staring Back - On
3) Taking Back Sunday - Tell All Your Friends
2) Allister - Last Stop Suburbia
1) Thrice - The Illusion of Safety"

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha, the only decnet release on there is tbs.

Finch, Thrice, Brand New and TBS all put out awesome cds. I think Thrice and Brand New both came out in 2001 but yeah yeah yeah. Most importantly however, Staring Back - On is the best album on his list and I bet most of you haven't even heard them, go listen now.

Anonymous (January 6, 2003)

Band of the year - Lawrence ARms

Anonymous (January 6, 2003)

Ask your mommy she's always up to the task. twat

Anonymous (January 6, 2003)

I'm trying to fuck myself right now, I can't get it to bend in that direction though. Help!

Anonymous (January 6, 2003)

Here's my top 5 cd's of 2002:
1. Raffi's Christmas Album
2. Starbucks World music
3. AOL 8.0
4. A cd made by my retarded cousin...out of play dough
5. Go fuck yourself

This is to prove a point; no one cares what you think. No one cares what I think. So we should all just go fuck ourselves.

viceroymonarch (January 6, 2003)

"Oh man, WussEmoRock has different tastes than us? Lets talk shit about him and make threats of bodily harm over the internet. Dude, we are sooo punk!"

Lame.

Anyway here's my top 5:
1. Midtown - Living Well Is The Best Revenge
2. Taking Back Sunday - Tell All Your Friends
3. Alkaline Trio / Hot Water Music split
4. The Used self-titled
5. One True Thing - Finally...

Anonymous (January 6, 2003)

Cool list wuss, Simple Plan and Allister on the best of the year? Allister at #2? SIMPLE PLAN ROCKS BRO.

Anonymous (January 6, 2003)

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Anonymous (January 6, 2003)

"*****WussEmoRock*****'s TOP 10 CD'S OF 2002

10) Finch - What It Is To Burn
9) Brand New - Your Favorite Weapon
8) Yellowcard - The Underdog E.P.
7) Simple Plan - No Helmets, No Pads...Just Balls
6) Something Corporate - Leaving Through The Window
5) Reel Big Fish - Cheer Up!
4) Staring Back - On
3) Taking Back Sunday - Tell All Your Friends
2) Allister - Last Stop Suburbia
1) Thrice - The Illusion of Safety"

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha, the only decnet release on there is tbs.

propagheny (January 5, 2003)

This is a good recap of 2003, but a few point.
First, I am not doing one of these lists because I guarantee I will get 3 or 4 cds in a couple months that I would put in the top ten.
Second, what about the Alk3/Hot Water split? That kicked ass. Granted, it was only 7 songs, but they all ruled. Plus, you get two fantastic bands.
Third, Gusto was terrible. I just thought I would say that one more time because it can't be overemphasized. Also, I can't believe Avril Lavigne's guitarist was wearing a Propagandhi shirt. That is wrong on so many levels.
Finally, nobody comment about Wuss and his shitty list any more. I think we are just encouraging him at this point.

Anonymous (January 5, 2003)

LAST YEAR I CAME ON TO THE PUNKNEWS.ORG SITE TO READ THE TOP 10 OF 2001, AND I GAVE MY TWO CENTS AND LEFT MY TOP TEN OF 2001, WHICH INCLUDED METAL ALBUMS ALONG WITH PUNK ALBUMS. I DID THAT BECAUSE I BELIEVE THAT BOTH STYLES ARE VERY HARD AND AGGRESSIVE, AND RAD. AND MANY OF MY FRIENDS , WHO VISIT THIS SITE, ALL LOVE METAL TOO. SO THIS IS MY PERSONAL OPINION ON THE TOP 10 OF 2002. SO I'LL GIVE YOU MY TOP FIVE OF METAL AND TOP 5 OF PUNK.

METAL
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5) IRON MAIDEN - ROCK IN RIO
4) Dream Evil - Dragonslayer
3) Shadows Fall - THE ART OF BALANCE
2) Blaze - Tenth Dimension
1) MUDVAYNE - THE END OF ALL THINGS TO COME

PUNK..ETC
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5) Reel Big Fish-Cheer Up!
4) No Use For A Name Hard Rock Bottom
3) Lawerence Arms Apathy and Exhaustion
2) finch - what it is to burn
1) THE USED

THANKS.

waste_elite (January 5, 2003)

wuss, why are you so concerned that everyone on this site see your horrible "best of"? god, it should be considered vandalism.

Anonymous (January 5, 2003)

Bad Religion- best album of the year, hands down...later!!!

Anonymous (January 5, 2003)

can some of you guys pleaseeeeeeeeeee be ashamed of yr pour taste as to not make me want to *search and destroy* ha! that joke ruled.....but seriosuly thrice?.....c'mon....ya kno punk rock not shabby metal outakes....if i hear one more twangy strung out inspired metal guitar riff in a "punk rock band" i'm going to shoot you. CAUSE ITS YR FAULT FOR BUYING IT

WussEmoRock (January 5, 2003)

*****WussEmoRock*****'s TOP 10 CD'S OF 2002

10) Finch - What It Is To Burn
9) Brand New - Your Favorite Weapon
8) Yellowcard - The Underdog E.P.
7) Simple Plan - No Helmets, No Pads...Just Balls
6) Something Corporate - Leaving Through The Window
5) Reel Big Fish - Cheer Up!
4) Staring Back - On
3) Taking Back Sunday - Tell All Your Friends
2) Allister - Last Stop Suburbia
1) Thrice - The Illusion of Safety

Anonymous (January 5, 2003)

I don't get Over it either.

Anonymous (January 5, 2003)

Okay, I went to Lobster Records and downloaded a Over It MP3. I don't see why this in your top ten. I think it's pretty bland and sounds like all the other pop bands that try to have a rock feel to them.

waste_elite (January 5, 2003)

ack, for christs sake, i forgot the Dischord box set.

waste_elite (January 5, 2003)

off the top of my head here are some of my favorite releases of 2002. i know i'll forget a lot of shit.

-hot snakes
they bring the rock like none other, despite the naysayers.

-against me!
these guys will blow up soon enough. political folk punk that will move you.

-dillinger four
one of the few pop-punk bands worth listening to anymore. intelligent, funny, political. good stuff.

-lawrence arms
one of those discs that i just picked up because there wasn't anything i wanted at the record store. what a surprise. lyrics that any fuck up can relate to: "sleep all day, drink your life away, just another step closer to the comfort of the grave"

-jawbreaker
it's jawbreaker, you know it's good

-flogging molly
i'm really tired of the whole celtic punk thing, but this band is just too goddamned good.

-drive like jehu
yank crime was finally re-released with bonus tracks. words can't describe the greatness of this band. buy everything they've ever done and thank me in the morning.

-rise above
rollins band playing black flag tunes with guest vocalists. sounds pretty simplistic but it kicks ass.

-dillinger escape plan
DEP plus Mike Patton equals utter insanity. this shit's genius.

-the locust
i don't remember if flight of the wounded... came out in 01 or 02. i don't really care, i need something to make the list an even 10. love em or hate em, they'll tear you and everyone within earshot a new asshole.

duped (January 5, 2003)

armchair martian goddamnit

Anonymous (January 5, 2003)

I am looking forward to the new Good Riddance and Rise Against albums most in 2003. The new descendents record will hopefully be good, hopefully with the angry energy of "Milo Goes To College"...."Everything Sux" had "some" great songs (ie. title track) but a lot of munotonous ones as well. I'm kind of tired of Rancid, but the new record might be worth a listen if it is anything like the last awesome record. There's a new Rollins Band record coming out in summer or fall. Anyway, I think the new Rise Against will be a classic, the new Good Riddance will be another kick ass album. I was never really into Lagwagon so I can't say I'm looking forward to that one. I'll check out the new F Minus. Death By Stereo's new album will destroy. I'm interested in hearing the new NOFX song about Bush (aka the stupidest man alive). And, finally, AFI's major label debut will be interesting.

Anonymous (January 4, 2003)

hahaha! Ataris? Are you fucking serious? Please tell me you're retarded because then I would feel a lot better. But if you aren't, then you should be. Go fuck yourself.

Anonymous (January 4, 2003)

does anyone know what's going on with Against All Authority? damn, they rawk.

Anonymous (January 4, 2003)

bands with good releases this year.

10.taking back sunday
9.sick of it all (live)
8.rancid/NOFX split
7.goldfinger -- "fuck Ted Nugent!"
6.bouncing souls/anti flag split
5.ten foot pole
4.millencolin
3.mxpx (10 yrs boys!)
2.avail
1.NoFX

disapointments:
1.elvis presley
2.avril lavigne -- i saw that guitarist of her's wearing a Propagandhi shirt. haggard...
3.that paul mccartney solo thing

haha later kids

Anonymous (January 4, 2003)

how about we all just shut the fuck up and listen to our CDs. you wouldn't be ranting on and on if you didnt think you had something to prove, so drop the acts.

to be quite frank, the best album of the year was the fucking re-issue of "...Anywhere but Here" (the Ataris) 2002 sucked.

Anonymous (January 4, 2003)

funny I thought it was music

Anonymous (January 4, 2003)

No facts?! hahahaha. This is a punk site....half of punk rock is about protest and activism. These topics are VERY suitable here.

Anonymous (January 4, 2003)

Have you ever had an original thought ever in your life? Here's what you should do, stop reciting lectures from your college professors and come up with your own ideas. Nice to see mommy and daddy are spending all that money so you can "borrow" your professorÔ??s ideas and make them your own. What the fuck does George bush have to do with the top 10 punk albums of 2002? Did he pass some new anti punk law? Umm nope. So why don't you stick to what's relevant? I'm sure you've had to write an essay or two. I'm not saying I like the fact that Yosemite Sam is our president, but I come to this site to get away from all that shit. Music is escapism and you're not helping. Do you see this hypocrisy? If I comment on Christian music you people say I have no class and should shut the fuck up. But you can comment all you want on shit you have no facts on? Bitch please. Just stick to reviewing records. twat

Anonymous (January 4, 2003)

mick fletcher from lancaster england's
top 10 of 2002 in no particular order:
4ft fingers
finch
flogging molly
w.o.r.m.
nofx/rancid split
bombshell rocks
bouncing souls/anti flag split
bad religion
various - rise above (black flag tribute)
brand new

best song : finch - letters to you

best live act : lightyear

Anonymous (January 4, 2003)

By the way...the fact that a kid can be pulled out of school and detained by the FBI for wearing a "Not My President" shirt with crosshairs on the presidents head is sad. That's freedom of speech...even if the constitution doesn't say so. I think I'm gonna do it just to see the reaction. Fucking fat cats.

Anonymous (January 4, 2003)

For that whole argument about "democrats & republicans"...I don't like either much. Bush is just pathetic....I think it's sad that we have someone born with a silver spoon in their mouth as president. The whole republican party is ignorant...interested in their interests only, not giving a damn about the people they step on. The democrats have some good ideas, but it was Gore and his wife who tried to censor music and keep Ice T from putting Cop Killer on his record, which they unfortuantely suceeded in. To me they are both coniving conservative morons. If anyone of you think your government or ANY government works then you are sorely mistaken. What do i think is the answer? I honestly don't know, but government certainly isn't it. Neither is war or violence.

Anonymous (January 3, 2003)

Flogging Molly - Drunken Lullabies
Allister - Last Stop Suburbia
Taking Back Sunday - Tell All Your Friends
Sparta - Wiretap Scars
Lawrence Arms - Apathy and Exhaustion
Sum 41 - Does This Look Infected?
Something Corporate - Leaving Through the Window
Dropkick Murphys - Live on St. Patrick's Day
Bad Religion - Process of Belief
Midtown - Living Well is the Best Revenge

never got arround to getting the new NUFAN, Common Rider or bosstones cds.

Anonymous (January 3, 2003)

From way down there...

"Why hasn't anyone mentioned the transplants? Hell, they put an original album, and this is the thanks they get."

Original doesn't always mean good. In this case, it meant repetative, and hard to listen to. If Travis barker is such an amazing drummer, why does the beat not change at all through the whole album? And what's with the singer guy? He's terrible. If this band didn't have famous people in it, they'd still be shopping for a label.

Anonymous (January 3, 2003)

I liked Gusto. Lick my balls shithead.

In other news, Canada is concidering the push to stop marijuana possession as being a criminal act. I wish I lived in Canada, I'm too poor to move.

Also, Billboard is calling Mtv Unplugged 2.0 the #1 indie record.
How indie.

Anonymous (January 3, 2003)

Find all the people that liked Gusto.
Put them all together.
Find a really big blender.
put them all in.
put it on slice and dice
and what comes out is guttermouth!

Anonymous (January 3, 2003)

who said that the caeser quote is not a fake? you just made an ass of yourself. check out that http://www.snopes.com link that someone below posted.

aubin (January 3, 2003)

Call this a footnote... first of all, IN*DK was damn good, but I didn't like it as much as the other projects by (largely) the same members (Choking Victim, Leftover Crack)

Second, regarding the quote, if it isn't in fact a real Caesar quote, I apologize, my references are lacking. It's still a good quote though.

Third, regarding Streisand, she's not a Republican, she's a hard and fast Democrat, which is a shame, because her generally shrill and disagreeable attitude would be better associated with them.

Fourth, I don't like Bush, but his intelligence isn't the issue. To quote President Bartlet "if you're dumb, surround yourself with smart people. If you're smart, surround yourself with smart people who disagree with you."
Bush has the first part down... but those people aren't acting in the best interests of the people who elected them.

Anonymous (January 3, 2003)

Let me say what he said again
The descendents are putting out a new record!!!!! fuck yea.

Anonymous (January 3, 2003)

A gallup poll said that Bush has the lowest IQ of any president, you say? That's funny. Here I thought that Gallup... uh, you know, did polls. And the last time I checked, polls don't give any indication of IQ, merely the public's opinion. Weird how I could have been totally misinformed. It must have been the government lying to me.

Anonymous (January 3, 2003)

Sorry..but you're still wrong about the quote.
http://www.snopes.com/quotes/caesar.htm

Anonymous (January 3, 2003)

"I think Gusto is too complex"

Wow. Really? I'm sorry. That's really sad to hear.

Anonymous (January 3, 2003)

Atreyu released a good CD in 2002 it is definitely one of my favorites of the year.

Atreyu - Suicide Notes And Butterfly Kisses

Anonymous (January 3, 2003)

the quote from that ceaser dude is not a fake, its just that its always in latin and this is first time i have seen it in english, anywaze the dude who wrote about some barbera streisand or however you spell it, you obviously dont pay much attention to anything at all.. she is a republican who funds republicans and bush is also a republican and the thing about it being fake is a just propaganda to change the subject away from what a jackass he really is. i also saw some gallup poll thing that said he has the lowest IQ of any president we ever had.. go figure.. dont believe everything you read. governments like to play down anything that makes them look bad.

Anonymous (January 3, 2003)

my top ten:

10. Midtown "Living well is the best revenge"
--so much better than anything else mca or drive thru put out. good honest popish rock with punk in mind. girl songs i can dig.

9. The Red Chord "Fused together in revolving doors".
--bring the rock

8. Norma Jean "Spoil the martyr and kiss the child".
--brutal shit

7. Eighteen Visions "Vanity".
--i wish i was as cool as these guys. great hair, wonderful, soothing music.

6. Killswitch Engage "alive or just breathing"
--rock and roll

5. Haste "When Reason Sleeps"
--dueling vocals done right.

4. Thrice "the illusion of safety"
--rock on

3. Unearth "Endless" and Evergreen Terrace "Burned alive by time"
--Unearth's was short, but soo god damn good. EVERGREEN TERRACE just brings the rock.

2. Hopesfall "No wings to speak of" EP and "The satellite years"
--perfect blend of hardcore and melody, great albums.

1. Over it "timing is everything"
--this CD just wont get old. i love these guys, come to Colorado again!

This year rocked.
-jeremy

Anonymous (January 3, 2003)

Oh god, the Flaming Lips AND Wilco released the TWO BEST ALBUMS OF THE YEAR and not one of perons mentioned them....shame on all of you

Spoon came in a close third

Jimi

Anonymous (January 3, 2003)

When it comes to the BYO splits released this year, AntiFlag/Bouncing Souls and Nofx/Rancid, which do you think is betteer?

I own both and I find the Rancid and nofx cd fun, but not really with much substance.

As for the Anti-Flag, they kick ass, and that is such a great 5 songs. Bouncing souls do an awesome cover of the Anti-Flag song, and maybe I few other good ones.

Yeah, I like Anti-Flag's side, and in general that cd more.

Also, what do you guys think of the A-F bands?
There seem to be a lot of awesome ones now: Anti-Flag, the Unseen, The Code, and Pipedown

Anonymous (January 3, 2003)

5 favorites of 2002(check them out):

5. Over It - Timing Is Everything [what pop punk should be]
4. The Killing Tree - The Romance Of Helen Trent[Rise Against but more hardcore. Sweet!]
3. Drexel - The Inevitable Is Available[More of that Boston rock to fill your socks]
2. The Black Widows - Stops A Beating Heart[Hardcore done right]
1. Bad Astronaut - Houston, We Have A Drinking Problem[This band is better than Lagwagon]

Ramo

recordings (January 3, 2003)

to the guy down down a few...i thought hatbreeds new album was pretty damn nice! what didnt ya like about it?

Anonymous (January 2, 2003)

why the hell does everyone have the NOFX/Rancid split in the top ten?!?! Tha's appauling, donnt get me wrong...both good bands but that cd sucks cock. there's only one good song on it and that's "radio". rancid seriously half-assed that piece of shit..they sound horrible

Anonymous (January 2, 2003)

ARMCHAIR MARTIAN - WHO WANTS TO PLAY BASS?

-duped

evildeadalive (January 2, 2003)

Yeah, I noticed the D4 song thing too, I was actually just about to mention it...
Anyways, that's a pretty good mix tape... freakin great Larry Arms song.

Anonymous (January 2, 2003)

to all the people who have wriiten "you probably dont care" followed by their top lists of 2002... youre right, we dont. why would someone want to read hundreds of these things?

aubins list is the one i relate most to out of the pn.org editors, so nice one mate. on a pedantic note, you mentioned the same dillinger 4 song on the first side of your tape... deliberate? sorry if thats been mentioned before, couldnt deal with trawling through all the reader top tens to actually sift out the proper comments on the top tens.

Anonymous (January 2, 2003)

I think Gusto is too complex and it doesn't sound like every other record they put out so people get confused and angry. I like old guttermouth, but this is better music.

Anonymous (January 2, 2003)

Thanks for the great site guys. I've yet to find a place where I can get more/better punk rock info on a daily basis. This is like my morning paper. Anyways, here's my top ten in no particular order:

1. Bad Religion - POB
2. Common Rider - This Is Unity Music
3. Distillers - Sing Sing Death House
4. Hot Water Music - Caution
5. Bouncing Souls/Anit Flag - Split
6. Nofx/Rancid - Split
7. Transplants- S/T
8. Anti Flag - Mobilize
9. Avail - Front Porch Stories
10. Bosstones - JTAS

Big Expectations for 2003: Rancid, AFI, Sucide Machines, Bouncing Souls, Social Distortion (The 5 new songs sound fucking incredible)

MR. KENZINGTON

Anonymous (January 2, 2003)


You guys all forgot the #1 album of the year...

Whippersnapper: appearances wear thin on
fueled by ramen ............... best CD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! but otherwise a good list nonetheless

Anonymous (January 2, 2003)

Nice list..but the Caesar quote is a phony which did not appear until after 9/11.

Anonymous (January 2, 2003)

NOT THAT YOU CARE, BUT:

My top 5 for 2002
1. Drexel - The Inevitable Is Available 2. Alkaline Trio / Hot Water Music - split
3. Coheed And Cambria - Second Stage Turbine Blade
4. Taking Back Sunday - Tell All Your Friends (I hear the lead singer of this band loves it when you call them Thursday)
5. The Giant Rock And Roll Swindle (various artists)

The worst CD ever made after the songwriter gives up his immature, comical edge and starts taking prozack and writing shitty songs:
1. Guttermouth - Gusto

The award for finding a way to make me listen to F Minus by putting two really really really good songs onto an otherwise really really really shitty disc goes to:
1. The Crack Rock Steady Seven / F Minus - Baby Jesus Sliced Up In The Manger (split)

Thank you.

Anonymous (January 2, 2003)

I would like to round up everyone who enjoys Gusto and send them off to an desert island to ensure this kind of thing never happens again.

fools.

Anonymous (January 2, 2003)

I agree gusto isn't like old guttermouth, it's a lot better.

Anonymous (January 2, 2003)

Gusto?

Anonymous (January 2, 2003)

MY TOP 10 ALBUMS OF THE YR:

1. BAD RELIGION "PROCESS OF BELIEF"
2. Nofx/Rancid BYO SPLIT
3. Thrice "Illusion of Safety"
4. Bad Astronaut "Houston We Have a Drinking Problem"
5. Strung Out "American Paradox"
6. No Use For A Name "Hard Rock Bottom"
7. Avail "Front Porch Stories"
8. Lawerence Arms "Apathy and Exhaustion"
9. Guttermouth "Gusto"
10. Snapcase "End Transmission"

YOU GUYS FORGOT ABOUT JOEY CAPE CHRIS FLIPPIN CHRIS REST JESSE BUGLIONE AND DAVE RUAN..I CANT WAIT FOR THE NEW LAG NEXT YR!!!

jheisel (January 2, 2003)

I think that Julius Caesar quote is false, as I remember Barbara Streisand flubbing it late last year. Check this URL - http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2002/10/03/1033538721280.html - or search for streisand shakespeare quote on google for more.

Anonymous (January 2, 2003)

Has anyone else tried to order the LTJ cereal box today? I thought it went on sale today? I can't find it on FBR's website.

-sickboi

Anonymous (January 2, 2003)

That Ten Foot Pole was easily their worst to date and coud be included on the disappointments of 2002... - bigjerk

Anonymous (January 2, 2003)

People are forgetting that Strung Out, Ten Foot Pole, and Finch all released great CD's this year...

Also Time in Malta fucks shit up, get their CD if you don't already have it..

irish_joo (January 2, 2003)

good call on the lawrence arms, the most listenable album of the year

BITTER (January 2, 2003)

and yes, mentioning Vallely twice was not an accident

BITTER (January 2, 2003)

Not too shabby a year-end review if i must say so myself.

Here would be mine:

1. Andrew W.K. - I Get Wet (a perfect 10, no doubt - and I thought it came out this year, correct me if I'm wrong)
2. Stay Gold - Pills and Advice
3. The Hope Conspiracy - Endnote
4. Yellowcard - The Underdog E.P.
5. Taking Back Sunday - Tell All Your Friends
5. Blood For Blood - Outlaw Anthems
6. Hatebreed - Perseverance (a disappointment, by only by Hatebreed terms)
7. Horror Show - Our Design
8. New Found Glory - Sticks adn Stones
9. Mike V and The Rats - I haven't even heard this, but Vallely? in a band?
10. No Warning - Ill Blood

Honourable Mentions

Mike V and the Rats - Forever comes crashing demo

pope_schlomo (January 2, 2003)

Here's my Top 10(in no particular order):

1. Bad Religion - The Process Of Belief

2. Hot Water Music - Caution

3. Red Animal War - Black Phantom Crusades

4. Queens Of The Stone Age - Songs For The Deaf

5. Against Me! - Reinventing Axl Rose

6. The Hope Conspiracy - Endnote

7. Jawbreaker - Etc.

8. Bad Astronaut - Houston, We Have A Drinking Problem

9. Common Rider - This Is Unity Music

10. Lawrence Arms - Apathy Exhaustion

Honorable mentions:
*Dillinger Four(they would be no. 11)
*Sixer
*Trapdoor Fucking Exit
*The Killing Tree, The Killing Tree, The Killing Tree
*The Anniversary
*The Get Up Kids
*Raised Fist
*Snapcase
*Over It(they would be no.12)
*Foo Fighters
*The Stereo
*Cadillac Blindside
*Big D and The Kids Table
*Drexel
*Pretty Girls Make Graves
*Eighteen Visions

Disappointments:
Simple Plan, NFG, Goldfinger, Audioslave, Good Charlotte Good Charlotte Good Charlotte, Guttermouth, Warped Tour, pants

Everyone have a good 2003!

Ramo
(Joe Strummer, I wish you live through 2003 and beyond. RIP)

TheOneTrueBill (January 2, 2003)

i think i like your list the least of the three

new 7 seconds record muthafucka!

Anonymous (January 2, 2003)

I can't believe you all wrote those lame ass "trying to sum it all up" opening paragraphs. How stupid. You're not THAT important.

I personally consider Aubin to be pretty important, seeing as how he was the one who started this site. If you bother coming here, i think you can tolerate him saying a few words.

Anonymous (January 2, 2003)

I already posted a top ten, but I just wanted to mention that The Lawrence Arms seem to have impressed just about everyone. In my humble opinion, they released the best record on Fat Wreck, and I dare say this...the best cd of the year. These Chicago boys of mine are becoming huge. Does anyone else see them stealing the spotlight when it comes to FAt Wreck?

Anonymous (January 2, 2003)

Killswitch Engage motherfucker

Anonymous (January 1, 2003)

i don't care what anyone says, gusto is still a good album

Anonymous (January 1, 2003)

Lawrence Arms "apathy and exhaustion"
Unearth "endless"
Everytime I die... "last night in town"
Taking back sunday "tell all your friends"
Red animal War "forgot the name"
Sparta "wiretap scars"

Anonymous (January 1, 2003)

I'm suprised no one mentioned Taking back sunday. I don't really even listen to music like that, but I listen to that record more than anything at all this year.

Anonymous (January 1, 2003)

Hey guy below me, why don't you try focusing you criticism towards something that isn't so petty and trivial. Because, you sound like an ass.

Anonymous (January 1, 2003)

I can't believe you all wrote those lame ass "trying to sum it all up" opening paragraphs. How stupid. You're not THAT important.

sloppyblake (January 1, 2003)

the new alkaline trio will be good. the reissue of jawbreaker's dear you will be amazing. new cursive. new blueskiesburning. new planes mistaken for stars. im excited for 2003.

Anonymous (January 1, 2003)

DREDG...whats wrong with you people!?

Anonymous (January 1, 2003)

Dillinger Four-Situationist Comedy
Lawrence Arms- Apathy and Exhaustion
A Radio With guts- Beat Heart Sweet Stereo
Against Me!-Reinventing Axl Rose
Jawbreaker-ect.

Those are the top five. Can't think of 5 more at the moment, but those five were my favorite.

Bryne (January 1, 2003)

Here's my top ten in no particular order

Queens of the Stone Age - Songs for the Deaf

Hot Water Music - Caution

Snapcase - End Transmission

Nerf Herder - American Cheese

Foo Fighters - One by One

Bad Religion - The Process of Belief

The Stereo - Rewind Record

Thrice - The Illusion of Safety

Andrew W.K. - I Get Wet

Dillinger Escape Plan - Irony is a Dead Scene

Honorable mentions include Finch, Avenged Sevenfold, Weezer, and Sparta.

My biggest disappointment by far, was Audioslave.

Anonymous (January 1, 2003)

How can you leave the H2O E.P. off of the top 10. Its only an E.P. but it still rips. These guys are so much better and more mature now then when their old shit came out. Dont forget H2O!!!

Anonymous (January 1, 2003)

what about armchair martian - who wants to play bass?

-duped

Anonymous (January 1, 2003)

MY TOP 10 ALBUMS OF THE YR:

1. BAD RELIGION "PROCESS OF BELIEF"
2. Nofx/Rancid BYO SPLIT
3. Thrice "Illusion of Safety"
4. Bad Astronaut "Houston We Have a Drinking Problem"
5. Strung Out "American Paradox"
6. No Use For A Name "Hard Rock Bottom"
7. Avail "Front Porch Stories"
8. Lawerence Arms "Apathy and Exhaustion"
9. Guttermouth "Gusto"
10. Snapcase "End Transmission"

Anonymous (January 1, 2003)

pssst, the cash is in the post ;)

wes ocp/consumed
x

Anonymous (January 1, 2003)

an american paradox is strung out's worst and weakest record. if they went back to playing metal i'd like them again.

Anonymous (January 1, 2003)

over it? bleh.

wyzo

johnnydanger (January 1, 2003)

hey to the person who said Over It can't be better than Strung Out because they're on a smaller label: are you kidding? just because they're not on Fat doesn't mean they're not one of the most amazing releases of 2003

TheOneTrueBill (January 1, 2003)

why is everyone forgetting Dee Dee? granted, Joe was recent and all, but you can't leave out Dee Dee

yellowtrash (January 1, 2003)

You like Vanity? I think 18 Visions got annoying with that album.

Anonymous (January 1, 2003)

Let's get on the ball game here. The Pacific Northwest owned 2002: The Epoxies, The Spits, The Cripples, The Diskords, The Briefs, and the Exploding Hearts. I thought this was a punk website!

-Johnny B

Lumpycustard (January 1, 2003)

Top 10ishes? Not in any order, here's mine.

1. Thrice - Illusion of Safety
2. Hot Water Music - Caution
3. Over it - Timing is Everything
4. Strung Out - American Paradox
5. Audioslave - S/T
6. The Stereo - Rewind Record
7. Millencolin - Home fr. Home
8. Bad Religion - Process of Belief
9. Danko Jones - Born A Lion
10. Park - No Signal

Dissapointments?

1. NUFAN - Hard Rock Bottom
2. Face to Face - How to Ruin Everything
3. And You Will Know Us... - S/T
4. Viva Death - S/T
5. Unwritten Law - Elva
6. Slick Shoes - S/T
7. Goldfinger - Open Your Eyes
8. Midtown - Living Well...
9. Something Corporate - Leaving Thru...
10. No new Lagwagon, NOFX or Riddance.

Anonymous (January 1, 2003)

nice, over it is there and thrice illusion of safety.
the[]muffin[]girl

Anonymous (January 1, 2003)

How could you possibly say indk was a bad cd? granted it wasn't anything new, it doesn't change ezra's ability to create amazing songs. god bless indk, leftover crack, choking victim, and any other variety of bands stza and ezra decide to create.

Anonymous (January 1, 2003)

Bouncing Souls/Anti-Flag split (enough said)
Bad Religion PoB (BLASTS EVERYTHING AWAY)
Raised Fist- Dedication (they're back!!)
Midtown - Living Well is the Best Revenge (not punk, but worth mentioning)
NOFX/Rancid split (does ANYTHING need to be said?)
New Found Glory - Sticks and Stones (not punk but really catchy, and really good)
Millencolin -Home From Home (The guys evovled, and I'm digging it. If you don't, too bad.)
The Distillers - Sing Sing Death House (see scott's review)
Less Than Jake Pezcore remastered (still a vital CD, and still smashes everything to bits, why it didn't make more top 10 lists, I don't know)
Allister - Last Stop Suburbia (DTR seems to have cornered the market on catchy fast-paced rock){not to mention being real dicks to this site}

here's what I'm looking forward to in 2k3

AFI, Less Than Jake, Rancid, and the Ataris all have new cd's coming out.

Dissapointments/downers:

H20 (god All We Want sucked)
Joe Strummer's death.
Ikara Colt/D.O.L.L (pukes)
Why hasn't anyone mentioned the transplants? Hell, they put an original album, and this is the thanks they get.
wh

borntolose (December 31, 2002)

Wow, InDk is a disapointment...

That makes no sense on every level I try to conceive it.

Dubar (December 31, 2002)

INDK is a disappointment compared to CV/LoC? If you think about it that way... but INDK isn't an extension of those bands.. Ezra just happens to be/have been in them. His writing style is MUCH more personal and MUCH less "shock rock" type stuff.... if you haven't, go to mglory.org and check out his other band: Morning Glory. This guy is my hero.

Anyways.. I'm almost sure the new Death by Stereo will make it onto a few lists next year. Any thoughts? ...keep in mind that if you disagree I hate you.

Anonymous (December 31, 2002)

Fantastic review mate. I like how you included various quotes and a summary of the year that was, I only have 2 of your Top 10 in my Top 10 but I certainly will go check out some of these bands in your list, whom I haven't heard yet

-bemused-

Anonymous (December 31, 2002)

I'm very glad to see that thrice and over it made your list, good choices, but, you all forgot staring back.

*****Wuss-Emo-Rock***** (in Utah)

Anonymous (December 31, 2002)

finally someone mentioned glassjaw. thank you.

evildeadalive (December 31, 2002)

I wish Aubin did reviews more often...

Anonymous (December 31, 2002)

How the Hell does one place Over It ahead of Strung Out. Come on. Lobster records does some good stuff, but in no way would most of these bands find a slot on the Fat roster.

hubitcherkokov (December 31, 2002)

I'm surprised no one has mentioned Strung Out's "An American Paradox". I'm happy The Larry Arms are finally getting a lot of props though. I was also a big fan of Avenged Sevenfold's "Sounding The Seventh Trumpet"...but all in all, great Top 10's Aubin, Scott, and Adam! Cheers to a new year!

aubin (December 31, 2002)

Regarding IN*DK, I do like the album, it's a fine piece of work, but in comparison to Choking Victim and Leftover Crack, it seemed lacking. It was only a disappointment in comparison to those.

Anonymous (December 31, 2002)

Hmmm nobody said whippersnapper...sure it came out in the beginning of the year, but it certainly deserved a spot in the top ten

Anonymous (December 31, 2002)

INDK a disappointment??
i don't agree at all

Anonymous (December 31, 2002)

Good idea with the mix tape. That was nice

Anonymous (December 31, 2002)

The tribute to Joe was a nice touch. I enjoyed reading this a lot, some great insight into not only the music that was released this year, but also the state of our nation.
-Janelle

travis (December 31, 2002)

nice work Aubin. Only 1 of your top 10 is in my top 10. this was such a great year for music.

Anonymous (December 31, 2002)

Noble Stabbings is that good eh

Anonymous (December 31, 2002)

I like the top part. Good job.

recordings (December 31, 2002)

wow, you mentioned time in malta! nice work.

Anonymous (December 31, 2002)

Thank you for mentioning AFR. The DVD with Strike Anywhere is fucking mindblowing.

-sickboi

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