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Top 20 of 2004: Hein's PicksHein's Picks (2004)
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I hope I'm not sounding as if I'm entering my penopause, but I reached the age of 36 in 2004. Damn... 36!...that's nearly 40. And although I have always considered myself very "in touch" with teenagers, today I have to acknowledge that the generation gap is clearly appearing. I never really felt home to the 70's or 80's old-school anarcho-punks or anything (although I definitely witnessed and experienced that period and it got me into this music in the first place), but my haydays definitely were in the melodic skate/hardcore punk period when labels like Epitaph, Lookout! and Fat Wreck emerged. And that's the music I'll still be in love with, probably and hopefully for the rest of my life. It's not something that happened all of a sudden in 2004 of course, but reading through the reviews and comments on this very newssite, it struck me more than ever how few people still like these bands and music from the mid 90's, and it somehow saddens me to hear all the shouts and insults that kids are outing towards the older bands about how they should considering quitting and how preposterous they look. It also shows in the music, with more and more bands that sound more and more the same claiming to have invented a new sound, while actually playing simple indie-rock, emo-boringness or genuine streetpunk. I'm the first person on earth to admit that good recording quality should be a priority for a release, but sometimes I have the feeling that there's no real "soul" or "heart" in some of this music because of the neat recordings.

This feeling I'm describing above here, luckily was tempered while going over all the releases that came out in 2004, as in between all the lesser stuff that was sent my way, I came to the pleasant conclusion that it was hard to narrow this list down to only 20 releases.

 

Top 20 Of 2004  
#20. J Church - Society Is A Carnivorous Flower
No Idea Records
 
#19. The Ghoulies - Reclaim The World
Rockstar  
#18. Despistado - The Emergency Response
Jade Tree  
#17. Jimmy Eat World - Futures
Interscope    
#16. Red Lights Flash - Free...
A-F Records  
#15. Shuriken - Evacuate / Disintegrate
You And Whose Army?    
#14. My Awesome Compilation - The View Is Amazing
Sorepoint  
#13. The Break - Handbook For The Hopeless
Ferret  
#12. This Providence - Our Worlds Divorce
Rocketstar  
#11. Pulley - Matters
Epitaph  
#10. Tsunami Bomb - The Definitive Act
Kung Fu  
#9. Zolof The Rock 'n Roll Destroyer - Popsicle
Eyeball  
#8. Rehasher - Off Key Melodies
No Idea
#7. The Fight - Nothing New Since Rock 'n Roll
Repossession  
#6. The Gamits - Antidote
Suburban Home  
#5. Audio Karate - Lady Melody
Kung Fu  
#4. 7 Seconds - Take It Back, Take It On, Take It Over
SideOneDummy  
#3. Social Distortion - Sex, Love and Rock 'n Roll
Time Bomb  
#2. Rise Against - Siren Song Of The Counter Culture
Interscope  
#1. Descendents - Cool To Be You
Fat Wreck Chords
 

Looks like the oldies did a good job this year, with 3 out of the top 5 that were around in the 80's as well. A few letdowns for me this year as well though. Not that these were the worst albums of the year, but I surely expected a lot more of the new Bad Religion, Ten Foot Pole and Flogging Molly albums, and I only really liked the first couple songs on that highly praised Green Day album, which to me didn't bring that much of a change as some people were writing.

  Anticipated For 2005

Which brings me to 2005, and since my job here at punknews.org is primarily to keep you all informed on upcoming releases through the release calendar I thought I was obliged to make this quite extensive. These are in chronological order (although still very tentative):

 
  1. Street Dogs (Side One Dummy)
  2. Gatsbys American Dream (Fearless)
  3. Bigwig (Fearless)
  4. Bottom Line (Nice Guy)
  5. Over It (Lobster)
  6. Paint It Black (Jade Tree)
  7. A Change Of Pace (Immortal)
  8. Transplants (La Salle)
  9. Millencolin (Burning Heart + Epitaph)
  10. Near Miss (Takeover)
  11. Rock Kills Kid (Fearless)
  12. A Static Lullaby (Columbia)
  13. Chixdiggit (Fat)
  14. Propagandhi (Fat)
  15. Reel Big Fish (Jive?)
  16. Lorene Drive (Lobster)
  17. Horace Pinker (label tba)
  18. Alkaline Trio (Vagrant)
  19. The Soviettes (Fat)
  20. MxPx (Side One Dummy)
  21. Useless ID (Kung Fu)
  22. Ataris (Columbia)
  23. 5 Days Off (Funtime)
  24. A.F.I. (Geffen)
  25. Rufio (Nitro)
  26. No Use For A Name (CD + EP on Fat)
  27. Bracket (Fat)
  28. Epoxies (Fat)
  29. Fall Out Boy (Island/Fueled By Ramen)
  30. Thrice (Island)
   

 


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Anonymous (November 24, 2005)

got milk ? :-) http://www.trinitytc.com/888/casino-directory-2005.html

Anonymous (January 4, 2005)

the fight record is easily the worst record of the year, and maybe of all time. no wonder you didnt like the new green day record.

Hein (January 3, 2005)

To the one who said "dude didnt rancid put out a record this year or am i gay because im the only one who liked it?!?"... Indestructible came out in August 2003, and was surely in my top list of 2003. Guess you're not gay.

About some of the other remarks: I must confess that I didn't spend too much time on the new Strung Out and Only Crime albums for some bizar reason. I guess these albums didn't hit me instantly, and I actually never grabbed back to them afterwards. And you're right that the number of releases that are sent my way, causes these things to happen.

Anonymous (January 3, 2005)

Thank you for coming to my defense on my list. I've only been listening to punk for about 5 years but already I feel my generation of music has passed. When someone mentioned Punk music in the year 2000 people thought of the catchy skate-punk sound. Now I feel that the new generation thinks of punk as these new bands that like to scream at the top of their lungs in the backround. I guess they call this screamo emo.

In my generation the old school was thought of as Misfits, Sex Pistols etc.....but now I think the "new" school sound of 95-2000 has been put aside aswell. I think punk is into the third generation.

Anonymous (January 3, 2005)

"My top 15 of 2004.......I break this thing down methodically every year.
15. Guttermouth-Eat Your Face
14. The Living End-Modern Artilery
13. Only Crime-To the Nines
12. Autopilot Off-Make a Sound
11. 1208-Turn of the Screw
10. A Wilhelm Scream-Mute Print
9. The Get up Kids-Guilt Show
8. Pulley-Matters
7. Ten Foot Pole-Subliminable Messages
6. Enemy You-Stories Never Told
5. SUM 41-Chuck
4. Bad Religion-Empire Strikes First
3. Rise Against-Siren Song of the counter culture
2. Descendents-Cool to be You
1. STRUNG OUT-EXILE IN OBLIVION

I'm glad someone on this post also mentioned Strung Out. I can't believe the staff went completely against this cd"

Now this is the type of listener we need more of on this site. A listener who appreciates a great pop hook and fast paced traditionally influenced punk. I guess the reviewers are sent TONS of material that is hard to ignore, but i'm sure the vast majority of it is crappy fugazi rip offs. Seriously there is too many bands playing off the "if we play something unique, even if it sucks, people will still give us indie cred" card. And folks, I HATE it when bands pull this card. Why try and write music for a minority? why not make GOOD music for the masses? Like Nirvana, Sublime, NOFX and countless others did in the 90's... (*sigh* I miss 94')

I'm sick of all this dillinger escape plan meets radiohead meets crappy metalcore bands that have been churned out like boy bands over the past 4 years. Strung Out- Exile in Oblivion is a great POP album... that's right I said it, POP!, fuck all this nonsense about being punk just make good music. And I'm spent...

8dollarclarinetsolo (January 3, 2005)

good call on rehasher

dude didnt rancid put out a record this year or am i gay because im the only one who liked it?!?

bizzlebrizzle (January 3, 2005)

Hein and FortyMinutesWest are the best reviewers ever!

punxtar (January 2, 2005)

good call on the social d, 7 seconds, the gamits and pulley!

-jimmy eat world and rise against not so much

thirtyseconds (January 2, 2005)

This is the best list. Well, the one that matches mine the most. Belvedere and Bullet Treatment deserve mention in my opinion. Belvedere, Only Crime and Pulley would be my top 3- nothing has come close to those. 2005 is going to top last year for sure!

Anonymous (January 1, 2005)

My top 15 of 2004.......I break this thing down methodically every year.

15. Guttermouth-Eat Your Face

14. The Living End-Modern Artilery

13. Only Crime-To the Nines

12. Autopilot Off-Make a Sound

11. 1208-Turn of the Screw

10. A Wilhelm Scream-Mute Print

9. The Get up Kids-Guilt Show

8. Pulley-Matters

7. Ten Foot Pole-Subliminable Messages

6. Enemy You-Stories Never Told

5. SUM 41-Chuck

4. Bad Religion-Empire Strikes First

3. Rise Against-Siren Song of the counter culture

2. Descendents-Cool to be You

1. STRUNG OUT-EXILE IN OBLIVION

I'm glad someone on this post also mentioned Strung Out. I can't believe the staff went completely against this cd.

Anonymous (January 1, 2005)

Thanks for giving Rehasher and the Gamits some recognition.
I fucking love 'off key melodies'.
Excellent list.

Anonymous (January 1, 2005)

someone who appreciates This Providence.

woot woot

Anonymous (January 1, 2005)

Pulley! A man after my heart!

Anonymous (January 1, 2005)

congrats, your list is worst than fortyminuteswest

Anonymous (January 1, 2005)

While I like this list, I was thoroughly disappointed with Rise Against' s new album. I still enjoy it but it pales to either Revolutions or Unraveling. It was an incredible letdown mainly because my expectations were so high.

Anonymous (January 1, 2005)

This score is for "Matters" being on there.

joeg (December 31, 2004)

i was really disappointed with the new descendents record. very bland, very boring.

adam (December 31, 2004)

"I thought 7 Seconds didn't come out until next month!"

Hein's from Belgium, where it is out.

-adam

bizzlebrizzle (December 31, 2004)

10.)Wrangler Brutes - Zulu
9.)Sex Positions - Self-Titled
8.)The Gamits - Antidote
7.)Pulley - Matters
6.)Rise Against - Siren Song Of The Counterculture
5.)Still Crossed - Love and Betrayl
4.)Minus The Bear - They Make Beer Commericals Like This
3.)Only Crime - To The Nines
2.)Dillinger Escape Plan - Miss Machine
1.)Strung Out - Exile In Oblivion

My most anticipated for next year:

Paint It Black
Cursed
Kill Your Idols
7 Seconds
The Loved Ones
Propagandhi
Avail
Bigwig
New Mexican Disaster Squad
Bane

bizzlebrizzle (December 31, 2004)

I thought 7 Seconds didn't come out until next month!

Inspection12e (December 31, 2004)

best list so far. like they said below off key melodies is great.

-i12e

Anonymous (December 31, 2004)

Not feeling the Descendents on this one though

Anonymous (December 31, 2004)

Off Key Melodies is the catchiest fucking record of the year.

Anonymous (December 31, 2004)

all these lists suck.

Anonymous (December 31, 2004)

really nice list, Hein.
the new 7 Seconds is amazing.

Duffe

Anonymous (December 31, 2004)

that 7 seconds record is great.

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