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This list is a summary of all the individual staff lists, we hope if gives you a picture of which records were mutually enjoyed this year. Often this is a tough task, and this year the diversity of opinions among individual staffers was more obvious than last.

For the individual lists we've got columns from the editors Aubin, Adam, Brian, Justin, Meg and Chris, our alumni editor Scott, and staff reviewers Anchors, Jesse, Greg0rb, Matt Whelihan and Ben_Conoley.

Punknews.org's Top 2(2) Albums of 2006
Tie - 19. Yo La Tengo - I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass
Matador
Even though the band hops through genres with reckless abandon, the most easy comparison I could make is to They Might be Giant's, another band with an expansive musical vocabulary and the tenacity to try and the ability to succeed in each attempt. Some of the songs are a tad long, but the resulting compilation is nonetheless fun, quirky and cool. (Aubin)
Tie - 19. Moneen - The Red Tree
April 11 on Vagrant
Very rarely does a record hit me so hard in the heart that I get moved just by listening to it. The Red Tree is one of those elusive few that tugs on heartstrings as often as it makes you throw your fist in the air. Massively underappreciated in North America's largely trend-driven musical culture (they're slightly bigger in their homeland of Canada but still don't come close to the popularity of inferior acts like Alexisonfire or Silverstein up north), Moneen are emo's perpetual underdogs -- and if that sort of drive lets them make challenging, moody, explosive rock records like this, then here's to never getting your just due. (Scott)
Tie - 19. Dead to Me - Cuban Ballerina
July 11 on Fat Wreck
Not just the stories on the album, but I feel like in general this album is a sign of punk rock recovering from the depths of style over substance. As a huge fan of One Man Army, I'm glad to see Jack's harmonic warble tempered with Chicken's gruffer snort and darker lyrical subject matter. The duality on this album makes it work, combining the personal with the political all while framing it in a classic punk sound. (Justin)
Tie - 19. Be Your Own Pet - Be Your Own Pet
June 6 on Ecstatic Peace
This is the punk record of the year for me. Aubin and I chat quite a bit about the New Bomb Turks, a band we both revere, and we've brought them up quite a bit while discussing this record. BYOP share in that band's sense of speed, attitude and reckless abandon. There was plenty of decent punk rock released this year, but little of it urgent or alive as this. (Adam)
18. The Falcon - Unicornography
September 26 on Red Scare
Providing the feel-good album of the year was merely a side-project for the Falcon. This punk rock supergroup carved this incredible collection of tunes in their spare time, and this laidback approach is what makes this record one of the year's must haves. (Chris)
17. Cursive - Happy Hollow
August 22 on Saddle Creek
Thank your lucky stars Cursive was resurrected, even though it's minus a cello player. I was disappointed but then I realized that if there's an instrument family I like even more than strings, it's brass, baby! They fit perfectly into this biting jab at small-town living where Christianity tends to have a stranglehold, an album that could very well have been set in the small southern Indiana town I teach in. (Greg)
16. The Evens - Get Evens
November 6 on Dischord
It's hard to look at Ian MacKaye's work from an objective standpoint, especially since he's been more or less beatified by the scene and held up as this caricature of punk morality. It's nice then that the Evens is such a low-key group and a bit of a fresh start. As someone who adored Fugazi's quiet moments (loved The Argument) this is a terrific extension on those. The Evens maintain a really interesting political dynamic: looking at Washington from both a local hometown perspective and as the symbol it is to the rest of the world. A unique wartime record. (Adam)
15. Latterman - â?¦We Are Still Alive
August 22 on Deep Elm
After bursting into the national consciousness last year, ...We Are Still Alive shows Latterman brimming with even more potential, some realized and some not. Taking on a much more somber, less "super posi" tone than previous efforts, the band sounds far more sure of itself and is writing from a more realistic and heartfelt point of view. (Justin)
14. The Thermals - The Body, The Blood, The Machine
August 22 on Sub Pop
The Thermals have always been known for their simplicity. They've made basic melodies, terse lyrics, fuzzy tones, three chords, and frills free drumming their hallmarks. So it may come as a surprise that the band's third album is a concept record about a fascist Christian state that employs organ, a variety of rhythms and tempos, and even (gasp!) guitar solos. Still, despite these changes the band's other staples -- an endless supply of energy and extreme catchiness -- are also present making the record just as easily memorable and as difficult to sit still during. Turn it up, shout along, and watch as your hands, feet, and head move to the beat, cause honestly, simple never sounded so good. (Matt Whelihan)
13. The Blood Brothers - Young Machetes
V2
The Blood Brothers are, plain and simply, one of the most creative and outright daring bands working in hardcore today. They work without the net of hardcore convention and as a result, capably define and foretell the genre. As always, their albums are clever, subversive, frustrating and brilliant. (Aubin)
12. This Is Hell - Sundowning
May 16 on Trustkill Records
In 2006, This is Hell easily became one of my favourite hardcore acts, both live and recorded and Sundowning is a major part of why. (Meg)
11. Set Your Goals - Mutiny!
July 11 on Eulogy Recordings
Mutiny! could be the only Eulogy release I've liked since...well, whatever A New Found Glory put out through them, funny enough. But tell me: How many fast, unabashedly poppy melodic hardcore songs did ANFG actually write? Few and far between. How many provoked intelligent discussion, like the questioning of one's own religious upbringing? Zip. How many fucking awesome post-Gorilla Biscuits projects did they get me into because of their existence? Fuhgettaboutit. (Brian)
10. The Draft - In a Million Pieces
September 12 on Epitaph Records
I had lofty expectations for this album, and the Draft only exceeded them. Hot Water Music is probably the most important band in my days of listening to punk. The Draft aren't just a continuation of Hot Water Music despite at many times seeming to be a natural progression from the band of these dudes used to be in. The Draft sounds like four guys who are doing what they love to do and aren't the least bit concerned with what anyone else is doing. Chris Wollard's lyrics are as strong as ever and the rhythm section that made HWM so great is still holding up. (Ben_Conoley)
9. Ignite - Our Darkest Days
May 16 on Abacus Recordings
Welcome back Ignite. Vocalist Zoli Telgas is undoubtedly the most talented frontman in hardcore, and from the U2 cover to the blistering speed of "Know Your History," he does nothing but prove it time and time again. His incredible range and the skill of the men behind him make this an absolute must have for anyone remotely interested in hardcore. (Anchors)
8. No Trigger - Canyoneer
March 21 on Nitro
One of the newest faces of melodic punk/hardcore happens to have keen eyes, a canine-like sense of smell, a sharp tongue and chiseled jawline. Weird metaphors aside, Canyoneer could be the genre's most consistent and assertive debut since Kid Dynamite...seriously. (Brian)
7. Saves the Day - Sound the Alarm
April 11 on Vagrant Records
This album reminded me of why I love Saves the Day, especially with the melodic and aggressive "The End." (Meg)
6. Maritime - We, The Vehicles
April 18 on Flameshovel Records
Glass Floor had its moments, but here von Bohlen and company nail it. Dancey but not in a pound-you-over-the-head kind of way, it maintains a light groove through the majority of the record with memorable melodies laid on top. I just hope that Axelson's replacement on bass can fill the void. (Greg)
5. The Loved Ones - Keep Your Heart
February 21 on Fat Wreck Chords
Who would have thought that combining members of some of the best hardcore bands of the past 10 years would have created the best record of 2006, with absolutely no elements of hardcore? The Loved Ones built a load of hype with a stellar EP in 2005, and a schedule of non-stop touring in support of some of the best acts in punk today. But the final piece of the puzzle was fit into place with their debut full-length, with a stripped down style of early pop-punk, combined with the strong vocals of Dave Hause and song structures that build from obvious influences, rather than replicate. The Loved Ones are the type of band that you can imagine heading straight to the top. I can display my thoughts only in a way used to measure the greatness of any record: by playing it for that friend with the absolute worst taste in music and getting that head nod and smile from them, followed by the question "Hey, this is pretty good, who are these guys?" (Chris)
4. Strike Anywhere - Dead FM
September 5 on Fat Wreck Chords
With their jump to Fat's roster, this politically charged band took the chance to spit-shine not only their production values but their lyrical content. While the production left a bit to be desired at some points the shift in lyrics from raging against the machine to the more personal politics gave Thomas the chance to shine. (Justin)
3. The Lawrence Arms - Oh! Calcutta!
March 7 on Fat Wreck Chords
Oh! Calcutta! is the sum of every great song the Lawrence Arms have ever written. The reasons I love this album so much are nothing new. They've been one of my favorite bands for some time, in part because I always loved the differences between Brendan Kelly's and Chris McCaughan's vocals. After hearing Oh! Calcutta! for the first time I couldn't help but think, "But of course! Why weren't they doing that the whole time?" While the band's back catalogue still holds some of my favorite records, Oh! Calcutta! ushered in an era of the Lawrence Arms that is simply undeniably excellent. (Ben_Conoley)
2. The Hold Steady - Boys and Girls in America
October 3 on Vagrant
I don't drink, but if I did, I would get shitfaced to this band. It's pure Midwestern bar-rock for the blue-collar crowd, with enough of a wink-and-a-nudge attitude to capture the hipsters and intelligent enough for NPR fans. It's deceptively simple rock'n'roll played by guys who take being fun as seriously as a heart attack, and I love them for it. (Scott)
1. Brand New - The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
November 21 on Universal Records / Tiny Evil
Brand New's latest album is a trojan horse; a burst of 90s-era alternative rock masquerading as an emo watershed. I had high hopes for this band, but they managed to both confound my expectations and raise them once again. (Aubin)
Honorable Mentions
Sinking Ships - Disconnecting (Revelation), Aloha - Some Echoes (Polyvinyl), Ryan's Hope - Apocalypse in Increments (Punknews), Bad Astronaut - Twelve Small Steps, One Giant Disappointment (Fat Wreck), Crime in Stereo - The Troubled Stateside (Nitro), Bouncing Souls - The Gold Record (Epitaph), Street Dogs - Fading American Dream (DRT), Tim Barry - Rivanna Junction (Suburban Home)

Top 3 EPs
3. Agent - I Wouldnâ??t Trade That for Anything
November 28 on Iron Pier
Without a doubt, had there not been a separate spot for EPs, Agent's debut effort would have made my top 15. The latest band flying the flag of melodic hardcore out of Long Island, Agent have established themselves as a force to be reckoned with. If you like Braid, Lifetime, and Save the Day but haven't heard this yet, you're sleeping on a winner. (Ben_Conoley)
2. Polar Bear Club - The Redder, The Better
June 13 on Triple Attack / Luchador
Jesus fucking Christ. It's amazing enough Polar Bear Club sound like nothing else blowing up out of upstate New York's punk/hardcore scene, but it's even more special that they write some of the most tensely emotional, masterfully dynamic, enthralling tunes around. Webzine editors/reviewers everywhere are currently frothing for LP no. 1, and I'm no exception. (Brian)
1. Off with Their Heads - Hospitals
June 13 on Recess
This is the album that everyone should have been listening to instead of shitty bands like the Lawrence Arms. Fast, melodic, bleak, snarky. Go get it, and realize that your taste in music sucks. (Jesse)
Punknews.org 2006 Mixtape
    Side A
  1. Bouncing Souls - So Jersey
  2. Brand New - Jesus Christ
  3. Cursive - Opening the Hymnal / Babies
  4. The Decemberists â?? O Valencia!
  5. Have Heart - The Machinist
  6. The Lawrence Arms - Are You There Margaret? It's Me, God
    Side B
  1. Moneen â?? Don't Ever Tell Locke What He Can't Do
  2. RX Bandits - Only For The Night
  3. Saves the Day - The End
  4. Set Your Goals â?? Mutiny!
  5. Shook Ones - So Grown Up [7" version]
  6. Sinking Ships - Wait

 

 
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Anonymous (March 3, 2007)

greatest album of 2006 is comets on fire-avatar

Anonymous (February 14, 2007)

nice try wentzie but the last word is mine (til some other yahoo preempts me)

My Top Pix of Oh-Six (Valentine's 07 edition!)

Top 5 no real order

Hidden World - Fucked Up
Facetious Feat Folly - Shook Ones
A Hero Next Door - A Hero Next Door
Violence Violence - Ceremony
Unicornography - The Falcon

A few more albums - not ordered
Fat X-Mas Bonus Sampler (seriously - a top 5 if it was a 'real' album)
Keep Your Heart - Loved Ones
Goodbye Cool World - Bomb The Music Industry!
Cuban Ballerina - Dead To Me

EPs
Diver - A Wilhelm Scream
Slaughter of the Insole - Shook Ones
Pass The Posion - Banner Pilot
Two Songs - Lifetime

wallofyouth (January 23, 2007)

i watched the whole lame argument below unfold but chose not to comment until much later, when everyone has cooled off and forgotten about this. now, i can have the last word. and that word

is boobies@!

SuperRad (January 9, 2007)

Get these lists off of here, jerks. They sucked to begin with. Like we want or care to look at these for another week.

dev (January 9, 2007)

People are still posting on the best of lists? Wow. Well, when in Rome...
I've really tried to like the new Brand New album. I really have. I like "90's emo". Texas is the Reason and Samiam are pretty much my two favorite bands of all time. But Brand New's newest just sucks. It's boring and has no staying power in my playlist. To be fair though, I was just listening to "Jesus Christ" and I swear he was gonna break into "Hate Me" by Blue October. Is that what they were going for? Hate Me? Blue October?

maverick (January 9, 2007)

Worst. Argument. Ever.

I'm still pissed about Minus The Bear not making last year's Top 20, anyway.

-Scott

Anonymous (January 8, 2007)

"[B]ut this utopian DIY shit you're inferring doesn't exist." It does exist and it's important - but to quote the Explosion maybe "if you don't know, you weren't meant to." That's E - X - P - L - O - S - I - O - N suckers.

Anonymous (January 8, 2007)

no street dogs?

lushj (January 8, 2007)

"but this utopian DIY shit you're inferring doesn't exist. "

Uh, actually it does. But that's tangential to this thread, so that's all I'll say. Wouldn't want to distract us from bagging on each other!

Anonymous (January 8, 2007)

anchors just lay off dude its a circular argument, you can't win it and im sure you've got better things to do than get defensive about what you say rightly is only a list. give peas a chance kids.

Jesse (January 8, 2007)

I think everyone's forgetting that I'm the original troublemaker. It was me who reviewed Wu-Tang!

YasserBossin (January 7, 2007)

boo hoo its just a list, someone's opinion

Anchors (January 7, 2007)

Posted by fallingupwards84 on 2007-01-07 14:24:11
Joeg, you dont understand. Anchors if so far above us intellectually, that our feeble minds cannot even begin to comprehend what appears to us as being ironic.


Ahh, good to see that you guys are finally coming around.

Posted by joeg on 2007-01-07 11:30:31
I don't particularly have any problems with these lists (although Jesse's idea isn't bad) but Anchors, why don't you give it a rest already. This whole thread you've been accusing people of getting into a hissy fit and spending too much time here when you seem to be wholeheartedly participating.....oh right, you just like to "argue." Yea, you claim almost everyone on this thread is an idiot and while I imagine you were furiously typing out your responses to every single criticism, you undoubtedly didn't see the irony in that.


I'm home on break from school man. I have a lot of down time between working, hanging out, and Sabres games. Some of that time is spent playing poker, some reviewing, some playing ps2, and some arguing with people on the internet. Because yes, I do enjoy it. I fail to see why that's such a ridiculous concept to grasp.

Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, January 7, 2007 at 10:39 AM (EST)
Anchors, it astonishes me how fully ignorant you are of this scene. It also amazes me that the heart of your defense consists almost entirely of calling other people idiots and saying that you never claimed to be punk. The rabble that you so clearly disdain has pretty clearly picked up on the fact that you don't get it and probably never will.

Maybe you don't belong here.


What scene? This is a website man. There is no happily-ever-after all encompassing punk scene. There's punk bands and punk labels, but the music stretches worldwide, it's not some underground secret anymore, there's no one scene. Lots of cities have their own punk scenes, but this utopian DIY shit you're inferring doesn't exist. I've clearly outlined my points in this thread, and done far more than calling people idiots (though that's fun too,) so I don't know if it's reading comprehension or what that you lack, but I've had an answer for anything anyone's said to me in this thread.

inagreendase (January 7, 2007)

A couple points:

1) Anchors isn't an editor.

2) Pretty much every list is that person's personal favorites of 2006, as far as I know.

fallingupwards84 (January 7, 2007)

Joeg, you dont understand. Anchors if so far above us intellectually, that our feeble minds cannot even begin to comprehend what appears to us as being ironic.

Anonymous (January 7, 2007)

LOLz at anchors calling this thread pathetic, yet he's happy participating. I almost want that plagiarizing bastard dan perrone back on staff in place of anchors.
Then again, maybe not.

joeg (January 7, 2007)

I don't particularly have any problems with these lists (although Jesse's idea isn't bad) but Anchors, why don't you give it a rest already. This whole thread you've been accusing people of getting into a hissy fit and spending too much time here when you seem to be wholeheartedly participating.....oh right, you just like to "argue." Yea, you claim almost everyone on this thread is an idiot and while I imagine you were furiously typing out your responses to every single criticism, you undoubtedly didn't see the irony in that.

Anonymous (January 7, 2007)

Anchors, it astonishes me how fully ignorant you are of this scene. It also amazes me that the heart of your defense consists almost entirely of calling other people idiots and saying that you never claimed to be punk. The rabble that you so clearly disdain has pretty clearly picked up on the fact that you don't get it and probably never will.

Maybe you don't belong here.

Rastid (January 7, 2007)

I don't understand why thinking punknews.org should focus its year end lists more on punk, despite whether its mission is broad enough to allow the site in general to include other genres, is "idiocy." And why there is a need to call opinions idiotic at all, for that matter.

canaandrumz (January 7, 2007)

I for one was pretty excited to see that Brand New had made the top spot on this list. They completely fell off the radar and I'd written them off then I heard the new album and was completely blown away. The only thing that would have knocked them out of the top spot would be if Minus the Bear had released an album this year, which they unfortunately didn't.

Anchors (January 6, 2007)

Trust me, I'm not angry about the internet. I like to argue is all. Just as much in real life as I do on the internet. What I am, though, is surprised about the level of idiocy displayed in this thread.

Your most recent post, though, is an example of somebody who can form an intelligent and coherent thought without worrying about some bullshit "punk cred." So thank you, for being one of like 3 intelligent people in this entire thread.

lushj (January 6, 2007)

P.S.- This comment is totally accurate: [to Anchors] "Take a chill pill. You're the only one who is making a fit. Calm down, its not that big of a deal if someone criticizes your list. Worse things have happened."

lushj (January 6, 2007)

I don't have a problem with editors ranking their personal favorites at all- my best of would be musically wider ranging than this site's stated coverage area too.

What I think would be cool would be a punk-specific best-of list from the editors. For the sole purpose of this best-of, punk would be defined as the musical style- loud guitars, mid-tempo/fast beat, etc. So things that had a punk attitude or diy ethic but weren't within that musical definition wouldn't be on the list. For instance, Minor Threat & Jawbreaker would qualify, but The Evens and Jets To Brazil wouldn't.

Downside is that major label fluff like Blink-182 (who I enjoy, but wouldn't call "punk" except in style) & Sum 41 would also qualify, based solely on the musical definition. That's okay though, I'd be interested to see what people thought was good within the musical genre. I dislike discovering that a band that seems like it may be good is actually some warmed over indie rock act. I also have a low tolerance for bad folk done by punks and/or squatter kids.

(and I think there were at least 3 punk-heavy lists here, I listed them below somewheres. plus, almost all of the editors included at least one punk-sounding release on their lists)

fallingupwards84 (January 6, 2007)

"Why are you so opposed to a wider variety of music being covered?"

I'm opposed to putting pop superstars on best-of lists because it prevents hardworking bands that deserve coverage on this site from receiving any recognition. Its absolutely absurd that a handful of incredible punk bands in 2006 were on NONE of the lists, despite popular support from non-editors on this site.

Oh - and if you review some underground hip-hop albums, I think that'd be great. I think there are a lot of similarities between the underground rap scene and the underground punk scene. So it would definitely be appropriate.

victim (January 6, 2007)

I just figured out the problem. Anchors is a College Republican.

Anchors (January 6, 2007)

I still listen to a lot of punk, hardcore, and indie as evidenced by my list. So there will be no "moving on."

Why are you so opposed to a wider variety of music being covered? I can't even understand one person being so short-sighted and set in their ways that they can't acknowledge stuff beyond their own tastes being spoken of on a website they frequent.

Oh, and this little comment;

"Anchors, if you're so determined to review pop stars, do it on another site."

Has fucking ensured that I'm going to start doing some rap reviews for this site.

fallingupwards84 (January 6, 2007)

"you're in Charlotte, NC? Were you at the show we did there in November?"

the one at the Milestone? no, unfortunately i had to be up in Boone that weekend.
but i'm actually taking a road trip to illinois in february and i'm catching you guys on Feb 10

fallingupwards84 (January 6, 2007)

"Says who?"
Ok, well then where do we draw the line? Should we go ahead and cover ALL artists? Because if Aubin plans on covering all genres including pop superstars with absolutely no connection to punk, hardcore, metal, or indie, then the name of the site needs to be changed.
Anchors, if you're so determined to review pop stars, do it on another site. Maybe punknews.org is no longer relevant to you because you have moved on musically.

"Who the fuck are you to tell me, or anyone else what belongs on this site?"
Take a chill pill. You're the only one who is making a fit. Calm down, its not that big of a deal if someone criticizes your list. Worse things have happened.

"Deal. With. It."
Uh-oh. Extra. scene. points. to. anchors.

Anchors (January 6, 2007)

So much for my HTML abilities.

Anchors (January 6, 2007)

"Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, January 6, 2007 at 4:52 PM (EST)
Making vapid pop music or cranking out sexist/racist/homophobic rap for mass consumption is as far from being inclusive, anti-corporate, DIY or any other "pillar of punk" you care to cite.

Anchors, I'm frankly disappointed. Not only did you buy into that shit, but then you came running back here to show everyone what the nice man at Best Buy sold you - just like some half-wit teeny-bopper.

Fortunately for us, Henry Rollins is probably on his way to your house to stage an intervention at this very moment."


I never claimed to be "punk," in the first place because that's an outdated, and frankly idiotic way to refer to yourself as somebody else. I'm not anti-corporate, I'm not DIY, nor do I care what you think the pillars of punk are. What I did say, was that going against the grain was part of the punk ethos as that movement originally began.

The Justin Timblerlake album is far from vapid, but since you've clearly not listened to it I'll excuse your misguided preconceptions as ignorance. As far as rap being sexist or homophobic, none of the rap albums I listed really fall too heavily into that category. And if they did, so what? I don't have to relate to every lyric I listen to. I'm not gay but I like Pansy Division. Take the PC garbage elsewhere.

The rest of my list clearly shows how off base the whole teeny-bopper joke is, so once again I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and chalk it up to blind ignorance.

"Posted by fallingupwards84 on 2007-01-06 22:13:11
Justin Timberlake is NEITHER. That doesnt mean you cannot enjoy it, it just does not belong on a best-of list on this site."

Says who? You? Who the fuck are you to tell me, or anyone else what belongs on this site? Adam listed Neil Young and Justin Bruce Springsteen, neither of which are punk, ska, emo, ect, but nobody bitches there. They fall into the loose categorization of rock, yes, but certainly not of the punk variety. And guess what? Those were their favorite albums. Justin Timberlake released one of my favorite albums. Deal. With. It.

Please kids, don't do anything constructive with your day, come on here and bitch about how others have different personal preferences than you. God knows it'll get you far in life.

fallingupwards84 (January 6, 2007)

"If you really want to get down to it, part of the punk aesthetic is going against the grain, is it not? Well what's going more against the grain than mentioning rap and pop on a site where so many kids listen to nothing at all but punk?"

Punk is not just about going against the grain, but its also a musically style. And this site, according to the mission statement that you told us to go read, encompasses punk, ska, metal, hardcore, emo, and indie.
Justin Timberlake is NEITHER. That doesnt mean you cannot enjoy it, it just does not belong on a best-of list on this site.
Who would have ever thought punknews.org would endorse a member of N-SYNC? Are we going to start covering JT's news now? Might as well, right?

This site IS supposed to be exclusive to certain types of music. If I want a best-of pop list for 2006, I can check out MTV's website. But I come here in order to find out about some great punk/hardcore/indie albums that were released that I may have missed.
But when we have editors promoting pop superstars and claiming that they are "greater than" punk music, then one has to wonder what that editor is doing on this site in the first place?

inagreendase (January 6, 2007)

victim: Don't get your hopes up. Anchors would be the last person removed from staff.

victim (January 6, 2007)

As a lesson in a different way to do it, look at the lists just put up by scenepointblank..they don't pretend to be something they're not (exclusively dedicated to punk) and yet they managed to provide several lists made by fans of punk music

But I'm sure Anchors will facilely come back and post his stupid 'mission statement' again. Because I am owed nothing by the site but somehow I have to swear allegiance to a 10 year old statement to comment here.

Anchors off the Punknews staff! Now!

Anonymous (January 6, 2007)

Making vapid pop music or cranking out sexist/racist/homophobic rap for mass consumption is as far from being inclusive, anti-corporate, DIY or any other "pillar of punk" you care to cite.

Anchors, I'm frankly disappointed. Not only did you buy into that shit, but then you came running back here to show everyone what the nice man at Best Buy sold you - just like some half-wit teeny-bopper.

Fortunately for us, Henry Rollins is probably on his way to your house to stage an intervention at this very moment.

joeg (January 6, 2007)

"you kids need to get off your computers, because this thread is one of the most pathetic things I've ever seen on the internet."

right on anchors, preach it like you kind of mean it!

Anonymous (January 6, 2007)

Hey Gunner,

You see I had one of your songs #20 on my list a few posts back? Didn't realize you were a punknews member. I choose to stay anonymous, but you can check out my myspace page at www.myspace.com/smh295

Gunner (January 6, 2007)

fallingupwards:

you're in Charlotte, NC? Were you at the show we did there in November?

And for anyone looking for a "punk rock" top 10 you could always come over to my myspace www.myspace.com/gunnerpunk and see my list, since nothing non-punk that came out this year made it into my top 10 hahaa

Anchors (January 6, 2007)

If you really want to get down to it, part of the punk aesthetic is going against the grain, is it not? Well what's going more against the grain than mentioning rap and pop on a site where so many kids listen to nothing at all but punk?

And I really, really, really don't want to open this can of worms, but what defines 'punk?' Somebody mentioned, concerning Justin Timberlake, that it wasn't about the music rather the ethics. Fair enough. But how many of you enjoy punk that happens to be on major labels? I know a lot of people still love Against Me!, so had they released their new record this year and it was awesome, where would they ethically stand against Justin Timberlake?

And in that same right, if it's not about the music, there's a ton of rap on indie labels that had it been good enough for me to list, kids still would have been bitched about. There's that double standard. And presumptious as that seems, you saw what happened when I had some rap albums on my top 20. These kids would be completely indiscriminate in their bitching as to whether or not it's on a major label.

And Rastid, read the mission statement again. And again. And again. Just keep repeating the process until it truly sinks into your head. Why should it be more 'punk-focused' when the creators of this site outlined their commitment as to catering a wide breadth of music? Just because the site url includes the word punk?

victim (January 6, 2007)

One other important thing that I suppose has gone unsaid: last year I didn't read Punknews much but I did check out their year-end lists and was a little discombobulated by some of their choices.

It seemed like a lot of non-punk releases to me but I dutifully checked most of them out for myself. And I was disappointed with what most of what I found not because I think my tastes are better than someone else's but because I felt mislead about what the editor's list represented.

The point: these lists represent the site in a way, and implicitly convey the direction of the site to people who might not otherwise know anything about it. What message are these lists sending?

To be honest the overall list isn't the problem really. The problem is only ONE of the editor's list was even remotely on-topic for punk music.

Would anyone else like to start a campaign for removing Anchors as an editor?

fallingupwards84 (January 6, 2007)

"Punknews.org was founded in 1998 by Aubin Paul. We published our first story in October of 1999. Our mandate is to provide an inclusive community-based site for the delivery and discussion of music news surrounding punk, ska, hardcore, emo, metal and indie."

So where does Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z, and Nas fit into all of that?
Seriously, if you liked those albums that is fine, but they do not belong on a best-of list for a site that covers "punk, ska, hardcore, emo, metal, and indie"

Anonymous (January 6, 2007)

My favorite songs of 2006:

1. The Falcon - "Blackout"
2. Saves The Day - "The End"
3. Bouncing Souls - "Lean On Sheena"
4. I Voted For Kodos - "Never Go Home"
5. Set Your Goals - "Mutiny!"
6. The Loved Ones - "Suture Self"
7. The Real McKenzies - "Smokin' Bowl"
8. Street Dogs - "Katie Bar The Door"
9. Latterman - "If Batman Was Real..."
10. Plus 44 - "Lycanthrope"
11. Polar Bear Club - "Resent and Resistance"
12. The Thermals - "Pillar of Salt"
13. The Mountain Goats - "Woke Up New"
14. None More Black - "Under My Feet"
15. Matt Sharp - "Goodbye West Coast"
16. The Hold Steady - "Chips Ahoy!"
17. The Draft - "New Eyes Open"
18. Lawrence Arms - "Beyond The Embarrassing Style"
19. Agent - "I'm Fucking Sick Of People Leaving And Not Saying Goodbye"
20. Much The Same - "The Greatest Betrayal"

And Unicornography by The Falcon was easily my favorite album of the year.

Anonymous (January 6, 2007)

Anchors - there's a valid point here.

You noted "That's the kind of exclusionary bullshit that punk is supposed to rebel against." I think we can all agree that one of the reasons people care about punk and argue about it's boundaries is because it's about more than music - it's a culture with ethics and concerns like the exclusionary behavior you pointed out (as well as politics, racism, gender and whatnot). In putting Justin Timberlake on the list - regardless of whether the music alone is compelling - you're endorsing something that is musically, but not ethically, sound. The community has a right to call editors out for that - even if the means don't quite live up to the greater aspirations we hold for this forum.

Rastid (January 6, 2007)

"You see, you kids aren't facilitating discussion, you're making this a forum for criticism and criticism alone. It's one thing to say, "you know, I liked so and so's record, but it wasn't one of my favorites. I'd probably replace that with such and such." It's another entirely to say "why the fuck is Brand New #1? This is a punk site. Justin Timblerlake, are you kidding me? Crime in Stereo and the Lawrence Arms are the best bands around, it's fact." That's what's happening here."

No one is saying that. People are saying punknews should be more punk-focused. Does it cover other types of music? Yes, sure. But the focus should be on punk, even if the mission allows for other music to be covered. This is especially true in top 10 lists, where we can find the top 10 indie albums on pitchfork or whatever. That is perfectly reasonable discussion. By calling everyone who disagrees with you "whiners," you are the one who is curtailing the discussion. Maybe one or two people have said "fuck Brand New" or whatever, but my guess is that it comes from the same sentiment, even if it's not so well articulated. The "comment" feature is not there just for self-congratulation.

Anchors (January 6, 2007)

Oh for the love of God. Thanks for wasting my time buddy.

victim (January 6, 2007)

For next year maybe they should change the name to notpunknews.org or else find an editor who actually, y'know, likes punk music?

Anchors (January 6, 2007)

Hahahahahaha oh man.

I copied and pasted the exact description of the purpose of the website by the creators themselves. What's to argue? It's not a strictly punk music site, no matter what you, or anyone else would like to believe.

Also, nowhere did I make a personal attack on anyone. Fuck, I made it a point to say "I'm not referring to anyone in particular." Is your reading comprehnsion alright man?

Anchors (January 6, 2007)

Hahahahahaha oh man.

I copied and pasted the exact description of the purpose of the website by the creators themselves. What's to argue? It's not a strictly punk music site, no matter what you, or anyone else would like to believe.

Also, nowhere did I make a personal attack on anyone. Fuck, I made it a point to say "I'm not referring to anyone in particular." Is your reading comprehnsion alright man?

victim (January 6, 2007)

Anchors you are lying about what I said and you know it. You are completely full of shit. I never said this debate defined anything or that I wanted it to. I never said anything demeaning about any of the lists people made.

I said they were disappointing because they were off-purpose for this site. That is not close-minded that is based on a valid interpretation of what the purpose of this site is. You disagree, which is fine.

But rather than simly say that you resort to lame, condescending personal attacks.

GET FUCKED

Anchors (January 6, 2007)

Whoa whoa whoa. Before you're so quick to congratulate yourself, I'd like to say for the record that I don't think anyone on this site would consider some whiners complaining about the lack of punk quotient in these lists as what defines us. That's the kind of exclusionary bullshit that punk is supposed to rebel against.

A 'punk' community is supposed to epitomize a free and open minded spirit. Instead, in 2007, what a 'punk' community is relagated to is the sad realization that it's nothing more than kids complaining that people don't agree with their own lists.

You see, you kids aren't facilitating discussion, you're making this a forum for criticism and criticism alone. It's one thing to say, "you know, I liked so and so's record, but it wasn't one of my favorites. I'd probably replace that with such and such." It's another entirely to say "why the fuck is Brand New #1? This is a punk site. Justin Timblerlake, are you kidding me? Crime in Stereo and the Lawrence Arms are the best bands around, it's fact." That's what's happening here.

I see a few sporadic users actually making positive contributions here, but I see the average punknews user, and sadly the majority, as close-minded individuals with an extremely warped sense of what punk and the underground scene as a whole is. You don't agree with me liking Justin Timberlake (this is just an example, I'm not speaking of anyone in particular) that's fine, I wholly expected it, but what I did not expect was the amount of people too set in their own ways to realize others think differently. There's a big difference between disagreement and trying to propagate your own opinion as fact, and I feel like that's a distinction a lot of users on here have yet to reach.

Lastly, I also think a lot of the users here have either never read this site's mission statement, or just lost site of it's importance;

Punknews.org was founded in 1998 by Aubin Paul. We published our first story in October of 1999. Our mandate is to provide an inclusive community-based site for the delivery and discussion of music news surrounding punk, ska, hardcore, emo, metal and indie.

So that's my advice to a large lot of you, whether you'll take stock in it or not. Focus more on discussion, and not the "fact" you're so sure is such.

Sally_Field (January 6, 2007)

Just curious, how exactly was it determined where each album would go in the PN top records?

I sorted the albums into how many mentions they got among the staff/ editors lists and included what number they were mentioned at. Brian took the averages and sorted them based on who had the highest averages. In a few instances the average overshadowed the number of mentions.

Hope that made sense.

Anonymous (January 5, 2007)

I thought this was a great list. Brand New's album is by far the best release of the year, no doubt about it. You guys are on the ball. I'd log in, but I haven't posted in awhile so I don't think anyone would remember me anyway =p

victim (January 5, 2007)

Look there is no way that these reviews would keep me from coming back to punknews, even though I disagree that they belong on the site. However, the attitude of users, like Anchors, certainly WILL make me think twice and you can see others who feel the same way.

They have such broad tastes and we are just posers and scene police and we are therefore being narrow-minded and exclusionary. Why is it, then, that WE are the only ones who feel excluded? Excluded from stating our opinion, excluded from voicing our concern, excluded from helping to define PN?

Rastid (January 5, 2007)

fallingupwards makes good points. i mean, look, punknews owes me nothing. i don't want a refund. and the editors can listen to whatever they want; i'm not criticizing anyone's taste, because it's taste. but i really don't understand why anyone is denying that this is a punk site. i mean, that just doesn't make sense to me. i am saying i disagree that the lists don't have a punk focus, because i think a punk site should have a punk-focused list. it's just criticism; it's not like i lose sleep over it. still a great site, obviously. i feel like people defending the list are getting more upset than the people criticizing it.

fallingupwards84 (January 5, 2007)

What I'm saying is that you need to be more open to criticism than you are being. Instead, you label anyone that suggested other bands that should have been on the list as typing on "mommy's computer" (which is funny, since i'm 23 with a career).

Did you honestly expect that you could place Justin Timberlake on a best-of list on punknews.org without having people question it? Come on. That's cool that you think its one of the top albums of the year.. I thought Ice Cube's new album was in the top 10 for me, but on a site labeled "punknews", people may question music that is outside of the punk/hardcore/indie/ska/emo scope.

And before you say that these lists arent a big deal so who cares, I think they are a great way for people to find out about bands they've never given a chance.
I had always heard about Paint It Black, but until Paint It Black was named the number one album of the year in 2005 on this site, I was not motivated to listen to them. Now I love them.
Its for that reason that I think a lot of us care about who is on the list. Yes, its all opinion, but it does have an effect.

fallingupwards84 (January 5, 2007)

"Discussion, where?
All I see is a bunch of keyboard warriors on mommy's computer typing "NOT PUNX!!""

I thought I made a pretty good case for Much The Same being one of the top albums of the year. I also never claimed I was punk because I'm not. And I love other styles of music too, mostly hip hop.
A few people like sickboi and others explained why they believed Much The Same shouldnt be in the top 20 (something about the vocals), and I respected that opinion. I would call that discussion.
What you've done, however, is translate questioning or criticism into meaning whining and trying to act "punx"

Anonymous (January 5, 2007)

Just curious, how exactly was it determined where each album would go in the PN top records?

Anonymous (January 5, 2007)

I thought this past year was pretty weak for punk (and music in general). The handful of disks that I expect to stick around are:
1. Ambitions - Question
2. Dead to Me - Cuban Ballerina
3. Street Dogs - Fading American Dream
4. VCR - Power Destiny
5. Bouncing Souls - (for a band as old the Souls to put out an album this good is astonishing)
6. Inquisition - not technically new, but the reissue is great and I only picked it up about six months ago

lushj (January 5, 2007)

1. Now that someone mentioned it, it's weird that there's little or no Lillingtons on this list, ditto Anti-Flag. Just thinking about the amount of typing expended on those 2 bands here in 06.

2. I don't know, this thread seems pretty alright (though I only started 1/2 way through it). Maybe a "best punk of 2006" list would be a good idea- but you'd have to define (somewhat) what a punk record sounds like for the purpose of this list.

Maybe a "best punk-rock-sounding records of 2006" list or something. So stuff with loud, distorted guitars over fast or mid-tempo drums would qualify, as long as it wasn't too metal sounding.

That said, I've discovered great bands through here, or learned more about bands I'd only heard about and ended up adoring thanks to the Org. So thanks for another rockin' year!

(even if the year-end lists contain [fill-in the blank] and leave out [fill-in the blank]!)

Jesse (January 5, 2007)

"when i was a kid in high school i used to hate everyone. soon i started listening to punk and thought "wow i wish there were people that listened to this sort of thing around."

then i discovered the internet and realized i hate all you motherfuckers, too."

Thank you for summing up how I feel.

Anchors (January 5, 2007)

Discussion, where?

All I see is a bunch of keyboard warriors on mommy's computer typing "NOT PUNX!!"

fallingupwards84 (January 5, 2007)

props to Aubin for recognizing how great of an album Decemberunderground really is

fallingupwards84 (January 5, 2007)

Victim is right.. there's nothing wrong with just giving our opinion of the list.
You say that we shouldnt "huff and puff" about it, but in a way, all you're doing is huffing and puffing over any questioning or criticism.

God forbid some users on the site inject their opinions.
This website is supposed to have discussion.. otherwise there wouldnt be much of a point.

Sally_Field (January 5, 2007)

I see your point, but there's no reason to be pissed. Mainly because this website doesn't owe you anything. Did you spend anything but a few moments to read the article? Right.

This is a summary of the reviewers' favorite albums of the year, and the reviewers listen to things that aren't punk. What's not to get about that? Maybe you should petition for a Best of 2006 - Punk Albums, because that's really not what this is.


THANK YOU!

victim (January 5, 2007)

I'm not in a huff about it really, I am upset because of the principle of it. I feel that the lists they made, without also presenting a Best Punk Albums 06 list, are off-purpose for the site.

Its the best site for punk info and news, and even as it is I found a few new albums I hadn't heard of before. So that is what I have invested in the site and that is not nothing. If enough users start to feel the site is drifting away from punk too much, everybody loses - including the site.

I don't think thats happening overall, but these lists were off-putting and I resent being told I am a whiner and a loser for saying so.

eyeslikebombs (January 5, 2007)

"Are you seeing my point or do I need to remind you one more time that the name of this site is PUNKnews?"

I see your point, but there's no reason to be pissed. Mainly because this website doesn't owe you anything. Did you spend anything but a few moments to read the article? Right.

This is a summary of the reviewers' favorite albums of the year, and the reviewers listen to things that aren't punk. What's not to get about that? Maybe you should petition for a Best of 2006 - Punk Albums, because that's really not what this is.

victim (January 5, 2007)

The reason I'm pissed has nothing to do with disagreeing with anybody else's opinions or caring if they're good or bad even. And pretending people who object are just whiners who need to 'get over it' makes me think you are an asshole.

The thing is this is PUNKnews and I like to use the lists as a way to find out about good releases I didn't find out about during the year.

So, yeah, being innundated with indie and emo albums from bands bands I've never heard of and/or don't care about isn't something I'm interested in. If it was I wouldn't be at PUNKnews

Are you seeing my point or do I need to remind you one more time that the name of this site is PUNKnews?

Anchors (January 5, 2007)

I know that a lot of people on here are insecure, and don't want to admit to liking a specific band at risk of losing "punk cred," and those same people make comments about how everything out of their narrow scope sucks, but I've honest to God never seen it as bad as it is in this thread.

Justin's right, you kids need to get off your computers, because this thread is one of the most pathetic things I've ever seen on the internet. And that's counting Will's post history.

GlassPipeMurder (January 5, 2007)

donde estan los new reviews?

Anonymous (January 5, 2007)

This list isn't that bad except for Brand New. #1? You gotta be kidding me.

colin (January 4, 2007)

when i was a kid in high school i used to hate everyone. soon i started listening to punk and thought "wow i wish there were people that listened to this sort of thing around."

then i discovered the internet and realized i hate all you motherfuckers, too.

the fact you are either are so doubting of your own opinions or have such a superiority complex as to bitch about the top 10s of this site says a real bunch about how idiotic the lot of you are.

eat a fucking dick and shut the hell up. they're fucking opinions, not objective reviews, at this point.

philoponia (January 4, 2007)

Since your list was all emo crap, I have another list that isn't so incredibly terrible.

Top ten:
1. Frank and his Skunk Allstars - Hatred of a minute
2. Ill Scarlett - In Another Fine Mess
3. Fighting Chance - Somewhere Between Relief And Regret
4. Kings of Nuthin' - Over the counter culture
5. Richard Cheese - Silent Nightclub
6. Street Dogs - Fading American Dream
7. Arrogant Sons Of Bitches - Three cheers for dissapointment
8. Matisyahu - YOUTH
9. Rx Bandits - And the battle begun. . .
10. The Briggs - Back to higher ground

11-20:
The Slackers - Peculiar (songs reprinted)
The World/Infirno Friendship Socity - Red-eyed Soul (songs reprinted)
Suburban Legends - Dance like nobody's watching (short)
Streetlight Manifesto - Keasby nights (songs redone)
Brian Setzer - 13
Greenland Whalefishers - Down and Out
No Torso - Several Brains
Rocco DeLuca and the Burden - I trust you to kill me
Sonic Boom Six - Rough guide to genre terrorism
The Mahones - Take No Prisoners

21-30:
Supervillians - Grow yer own
Westbound Train - Transitions
The Expos - Old Friends
Ryan's hope - Apocalypse In Increments
Catch it Kebabs - Return of the Kebabulance!
Catch-22 - Permanent Revolution
Buju Banton - Too Bad
Strike Anywhere - Dead fm
Bullets and Octane - In the Mouth of the Young
Mischief Brew - Songs From Under the Sink

31-40
Black 47 - Bittersweet 16
Subb - The Motions
Babar Luck - Care in the community
Legendary Shack Shakers - Pandelerium
Brainless Wankers - If Everything Else Fails
The Riptides - Hang Out
Adequate Seven - Here on Earth
None More Black - This is Satire
Greg Graffin - Cold as the Clay
The Spoilers - Under The Knife

41-50
Left Alone - Dead American Radio
Rise Against - The sufferer and the witness
Bomb the Music Industry - Goodbye cool world
Andrew W.K. - Close Calls With Brick Walls
Skafield - Create your own hell
The Go Set - The Hungry Mile
Bouncing Souls- Gold Record
Red Sparowes - Every Red Heart Shines Towards The Red Sun
Less than Jake - In with the Out Crowd
NOFX - Wolves In Wolves Clothing

51-60
P.O. Box - ...And The Lipstick Traces
Mutiny - Co-op Brewery
The Stranglers - Suite XVI
Calexico - Garden Ruin
Sture Alléns Dansorkester - Långsamt Gift i Bestens Buk
T Duggins - Undone
Pink Spiders - Teenage Grafitti
Samiam - Whatevers got you down
Desmond Dekker - In Memoriam 1941-2006
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes - Love their country

61-70
The Gangnails - The Gangnails
Mr. Symarip - The Skinheads Dem A Come
Weapons Of Brass Destruction - From Ocean Sights To City Lights
Guttermouth - Shave the planet
Moskovskaya - Zeit
Reducers S.F. - Raise Your Hackles
Milwaukee Wildmen - Strike back
Vic Ruggiero - Top Secret Bountry and Clues
As Fast As - Open Letter To The Damned
Anti-Flag - For Blood and Empire

71-80
The Prize Fighter Inferno - My Brothers Blood Machine
Whole Wheat Bread - The Punk Life
Jerry Lee Lewis - Last Man Standing
Double Negative - A Vision of the future
Everclear - Welcome to the drama club
U.S. Bombs - We are the problem
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes - Love their country
The Lemonheads - The Lemonheads
Gym Class Heroes - As Cruel as School Children

81-90
Hoobastank - Every man for himself
Patent Pending - Save Each Other, The Whales Are Doing Fine
Plan 17 - Don't Walk Away
Fatter Than Albert - Erin's Runaway Imagination
Eleventyseven - And The Land Of Fake Believe
Whiskey and Co - Leaving the Nightlife
The Streets - The Hardest Way To Make an Easy Living
The Liptones - In English
Tip the Van - Something Wicked
Youngblood brass band - is that a riot?

91-100
Fishbone - Still Stuck In Your Throat Digipak
Maskapone - New Blood For The Masses
Bookends - A Hook For Every Fish In The Sea
The Marked Men - Fix my Brain
The City Drive - Always Moving Never Stopping
Mr. Irish Bastard - St. Mary's School of Drinking
The Steinways - Missed the Boat
175R - 7-Seven
Billy Talent - Billy Talent II
Muramasa - Twinkle

Not Appearing (among others):
The Decemberists - The Crane Wife
Lawrence Arms - Oh Calcutta!
Gatsby's American Dream - Gatsby's American Dream
Clit 45 - 2,4,6,8...We're the Kids You Love to Hate
Roger Miret and the Disasters - My riot
The Pseudo Superheroes - Getting Even Has Never Been So Much Fun
The Mountain Goats - Get Lonely
Against All Authority - The Restoration Of Chaos And Order
Ten 13 Concept - Thanks For Last Night
ZibraZibra - The End of the Lion

relix (January 4, 2007)

Did none of the staff think the llillingtons were worthy of praise? It was definetely Top 5 material for me personally.

Anonymous (January 4, 2007)

i wish someone would've noticed the arrogant sons of bitches' "3 cheers for dissapointment". it's absolutely 100% amazing, yeah!

klonny (January 4, 2007)

I was about to lash out and say: Brand New fuckin' sucks and this site is insane.

But I won't. If they say its the best this year, I guess it'd be smart to give the album a chance.

Fuzzy (January 4, 2007)

Jesse-
Thanks for the kind words. Sorry I couldn't make it to the Gilman festivities, but the air travel was really a pain in the neck this year. Delays, lost baggage, friends stuck in Chicago...ugh.

For the person who said "the scene doesn't appreciate fast music" please refer to this:
3, 4, 5 - Lawrence Arms, Strike Anywhere, Loved Ones.
That's pretty much a trifecta of fast punk rock in all flavors. You have the midwest, the positive punk/hardcore and pure pop punk.

8, 9, 10, 11, 12 - No Trigger, Ignite, the Draft, Set Your Goals, This Is Hell
I don't even really care for a few of these albums, but they are all speedy and pretty varied.

14, 15 - Latterman and the Thermals
Maybe a little more mid-tempo, but it's not slow jams by any means.

18, 19 - the Falcon, Dead To Me
I would have preferred these be farther up, but damn if they aren't fast and awesome.

So that's... 12 out of 22 that immediately stand out to me as "fast music." Over half, spread out very evenly throughout the list. I was really annoyed with this list, and given my druthers I'd rearrange it (obviously, look at my list) but with the exception of the top two slots I'm pretty supportive of it now. I can understand why those made it up there though, everyone was completely stoked on those two albums.

Oh, and Ryan's Hope did get more listens because MY FRIENDS put the album out. I'll admit it. I like to hear what my friends do. Sue me. But I also liked the album. However, did you see it in my top 20? Nope. Did I like the Much the Same album? Yeah, and Gunner's a great guy. I think that on their next album if their work on being a little more dynamic they'll see themselves on more "year end lists," as if that really matters.

I think everyone needs to put down their keyboards and go outside every time they prepare to make another negative, non-constructive comment. Take a deep breath and realize...it's just the internets.

-Justin

Anchors (January 4, 2007)

"Brand New should not be on any lists at all."

Says the kid with the chokingvictim screen name..

sickboi (January 4, 2007)

Gunner - maybe you guys should sign to punknews records and then you might get mentioned in a couple lists next time like Ryan's Hope did.

Oh come on. I do not care for that Somerset album at all. The thing about Ryan's Hope is the tad of metal riffs. That gives it that extra something. Much the Same - anyone I've talked to, I've compared them to Face to Face, who were HUGE in formulating my interest in punk...but after I saw them live. I could probably guarantee that if I saw MTS live, my impression on that album would drastically increase. I think my only concern with the MTS album is that the vocals seem monotone, except for "Gut Shot". That song has the perfect arrangement and layers to make it an instant "repeat" selection. But I can assure you, any Ryan's Hope praise is honest, not encouraged.

Anonymous (January 4, 2007)

I have looked over most of these "best of" and notice a serious lacking of Sick Of It All. I think it's their best CD from start to finish, no filler.
"Let's celebrate that we don't give a fuck!"

fallingupwards84 (January 3, 2007)

Gunner - maybe you guys should sign to punknews records and then you might get mentioned in a couple lists next time like Ryan's Hope did.

As much as this site insists that there is no conflict of interest with the label and the reviews on this site, you'd be lying to yourself if you said that Much The Same would still not have been mentioned if they were on the label (and for that matter, if Ryan's Hope was on Nitro, they probably wouldnt have been mentioned at all either).

Bleh whatever. On to 2007. Cant wait for the new Lifetime record.

ChokingVictim (January 3, 2007)

I don't think the list is as bad as everyone else does, but Brand New should not be on any lists at all, and Defiance Ohio and BTMI need to be on here.

dietcokeofpunk (January 3, 2007)

No Angel City Outcasts? anywhere... it's arguable where they fall on the list because there are alot of good bands/Cd's out there. They deserve at least an honorable mention.

check it.
http://punknews.org/review/5583

Gunner (January 3, 2007)

Thanks to everyone who's rallied for our album as one of their favorites of the year.. it really makes me feel good about what we've done, even if it wasn't quite what the staff of this particular web site was into.

There's definitely no feud between us.. Much The Same and PunkNews are big supporters of each other (heck, Scott wrote our bio, and it's very complimentary!).

And sickboi.. you can always go back and update the mixtape to include that song since you seem to like it so much ;)

Anonymous (January 3, 2007)

How was DEP's EP a "fuck you" to fans? They hardly made any bones about what it was. There was nothing new on it. Most people just downloaded it for free anyway.

And Victory will never have a promising year.

crazytoledo (January 3, 2007)

Say what you will, but Victory's 2007 year will be promising, like 2005.

New releases by Comeback Kid, Darkest Hour, and Streetlight Manifesto. Hopefully With Honor records another album too.

glasspipemurder (January 3, 2007)

I can't believe bigwig wasn't mentioned!!!!

istapledmyfoot (January 3, 2007)

My top 5:

Don Caballero - World Class Listening Problem
Shook Ones - Facetious Folly Feat
Daughters - Hell Songs
Isis - In The Absence Of Truth
Misery Index - Discordia

biggest fuck you to fans: DEP's "Plagiarism"
going to be incredible in '07: the new Hella.

lushj (January 3, 2007)

Whoops, thanks to pokey internet, I misstated my top Best Of list:

Top 3 Org Best of Lists:
3. Ben Conoley- even though it was heavy on the posi-core thing, at least it didn't wallow in indie-rock hell. Extra points for the Whiskey & Co mention.

2. Chris- pretty solid throughout, with extra points for the ONLY mention of Against All Authority in these lists.

1. Justin- even picking The Boss as a top record of this year didn't stop Our Man Justin from putting Dead To Me at the #1 spot where it pretty much belongs. Plus love for the Street Dogs, TIMF, Slackers, Off With Their Heads, thumbs up!

lushj (January 3, 2007)

Wow, I'm bummed that one of 2006's best records scored so low and in dubious company (Dead To Me tied with- ack- Moneen?!) org-wide, but hey, it's just opinions. I don't remember being as down on as many lists last year... still 2006 was a great year for music. Here's my opinion about your opinions:

Top 2 Org Best of Lists:
2. Ben Conoley- even though it was heavy on the posi-core thing, at least it didn't wallow in indie-rock hell. Extra points for the Whiskey & Co mention.

1. Chris- pretty solid throughout, with extra points for the ONLY mention of Against All Authority in these lists.

Overall tally of this year's Best Of Lists:
Bands who got appropriate love: Dead To Me, Off With Their Heads.

Bands who were mentioned way too rarely: Toys That Kill, AAA, Slackers, Whiskey & Co, Subhumans (Canada), This Is My Fist.

Bands that weren't mentioned at all, for some scandalous reason that will roil the Org in 07: Hank III, Joan Jett, Ray Davies (hey, if y'all can push Neil Young and The Boss on us, why not try a GOOD record by a rock icon instead?), The Leftovers, Randy, The Coup, The Checkers, Los Fastidios, and Arnocorps. Not all of those would make my top 10 list, but probably 2/3rds of them will. As for live records, Citizen Fish has the new "What Time We On" cd they were selling on tour that's just fabulous. If you like that stuff.

Anonymous (January 3, 2007)

What about Heavens, and someone posted this earlier: Samiam.

Rastid (January 3, 2007)

anchors, just want to distinguish between being into punk and being exclusively into punk. is this site exclusively about punk? no. but is it primarily about punk? yes. it's fine that you diversify. i probably have listened to as much wu tang clan and NWA as you have, but that's not really the point. when you say you're "not into punk" and yet posting the reviews that count for the punknews top 10, i just think that's kind of silly. maybe you meant you weren't exclusively into it, and that's fine, but from your top 10, it seems like you don't really like it very much at all.

dumhed01 (January 3, 2007)

Pussies.

inagreendase (January 3, 2007)

Ironically enough, they talked in an interview on this very website about how the scene no longer appreciates fast punk music. Well guys, you were right. This proves it. What a fucking shame.

No Trigger? Strike Anywhere? Did you even read the list?

MrStylson (January 2, 2007)

all the naysayers, just think of it this way. when you disagree with this list, it obviously means your taste in music is so much better than the people who run punknews! you have something to brag about to your friends!

Anonymous (January 2, 2007)

It is absolutely insane that Much The Same was left out of all the 'Best Of' lists.
Ironically enough, they talked in an interview on this very website about how the scene no longer appreciates fast punk music. Well guys, you were right. This proves it. What a fucking shame.

Anonymous (January 2, 2007)

Lawrence Arms....bad....does not compute.

Anonymous (January 2, 2007)

Id just like to thank Sickboi for the explination, my Much The Same rants are now over.

Kursk (January 2, 2007)

pretty good list, I agree with many of the albums but not neccessarily in that order. It's still beyond me how a band like Set Your Goals who is not only mediocre on record but live is making everyone's lists and your own Ryan's Hope only made one list i think. For shame. I am glad No Trigger are getting the respect they deserve

i-type-poorly (January 2, 2007)

I cave in. My top ten...

10 - HORSE The Band: "Pizza"
9 -Saves The Day: "Sound The Alarm"
8 - Bad Astronaut: "12 Small Steps..."
7 - The Format: "Dog Problems"
6 - Dan Sartain: "JOIN DAN SARTAIN"
5 - The Mars Volta: "Amputechture
4 - VCR: "Power Destiny"
3 - Deftones: "Saturday Night Wrist"
2 - Beck: "The Information"
1 - Rx Bandits: "...and the battle begun"

Anonymous (January 2, 2007)

wheres the bigwig cd?

damo (January 2, 2007)

10 bands I'm glad i discovered this year:

street dogs
teenage bottlerocket
lillingtons
no trigger
much the same
none more black
copyrights
set your goals
ignite
banner pilot

bands who i've washed my hands with forever now:
good riddance
less than jake
catch 22

damo (January 2, 2007)

1 - Oh Calcutta! - The Lawrence Arms
2 - Our Darkest Days - Ignite
3 - Too Late Show - The Lillingtons
4 - Fading American Dream - Street Dogs
5 - Sufferer and the Witness - Rise Against
6 - Cuban Ballerina - Dead To Me
7 - Survive - Much The Same
8 - Mutiny! - Set Your Goals
9 - Canyoneer - No Trigger
10 - Pass The Poison - Banner Pilot

Biggest Disappointment Albums

NOFX
Strike Anywhere
Good Riddance
Bouncing Souls
The Falcon

stuttermispronounce (January 2, 2007)

my top ten, no particular order:

Defiance Ohio - The Great Depression
World/Inferno Friendship Society - Red-Eyed Soul
Death To Tyrants - Wake Up And Be
Chumbawamba - A Singsong And A Scrap
Regina Spekter - Begin To Hope
Fucked Up - Hidden World
Ampere/Sinaloa split LP
Armalite self-titled LP
This Is My Fist - A History of Rats
Tiny Hawks - People Without End

Imposs1ble (January 2, 2007)

Okay, I'm not even going to worry about the lack of The Decemberists on here, but I can't believe that none of you have Voxtrot - "Mothers, Sisters, Daughters & Wives" in your Best EP categories.

I know my tastes have diverged from a lot of music on this site, but I still thought that shit would be hot in this part of town.

passionisafashion (January 2, 2007)

I like this list. I think it's representative of the punknews.org view of punk. I happen to subscribe to this view and find acts like The Lawrence Arms, Loved Ones, Strike Anywhere and the like really great. While punknews is not the authority on punk music (as if there is one), and I don't agree with every review, I consistently enjoy their viewpoint. That's why I keep reading. For those who can't find any common ground...well, why are you here bitching?

Anonymous (January 2, 2007)

I have NO idea why people love The Hold Steady's new album. I have it. I don't dislike it. It's alrigtht. But I just don't understand how people would listen to it and run out and tell a bunch of people about it. People are going apeshit for this album. And I just don't get it. It's a kind of fun background bar band, but that's it. The lyrics have something to them, sure. But just in general, it's not something I'm going to really revisit.

I think that Brand New made the album of the year, but I've also really enjoyed this year's offerings from The Lawrence Arms, None More Black, and The Bronx, as well as finding a lot to like with Bomb the Music Industry, The Falcon, Dead to Me, My Chemical Romance, The Strokes, and The Loved Ones.

GlassPipeMurder (January 2, 2007)

also, Lemonheads, Bouncing Souls, Samiam were all missing...

and brand new as number one? barf.

GlassPipeMurder (January 2, 2007)

I find it mildly silly that Saves the Day made #7 and neither None More Black, NOFX, or Armalite were even mentioned given this site's demographic.

Anonymous (January 2, 2007)

1.Fucked Up- Hidden World
2.Fucked Up- Hidden World
3.Fucked Up- Hidden World
4.Fucked Up- Hidden World
5.Fucked Up- Hidden World
6.Fucked Up- Hidden World
7.Fucked Up- Hidden World
8.Fucked Up- Hidden World
9.Fucked Up- Hidden World
10.Fucked Up- Hidden World

Anchors (January 2, 2007)

Good call dude, especially since we only cover punk bands here. There's never any news or reviews about hardcore, post rock, indie, "emo," or anything else. My mistake.

Scruffy (January 2, 2007)

17.Greg Graffin - Cold As The Clay
16.RX Bandits - ...And The Battle Begun
15.Ignite - Our Darkest Days
14.Boysetsfire - The Misery Index: Notes From The Plague Years
13.Brand New - The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me
12.Rise Against - The Sufferer And The Witness
11.The Falcon - Unicornography
10.Rocky Votolato - Makers
9. The Bouncing Souls - The Gold Record
8. The Lemonheads - The Lemonheads
7. Catch 22 - Permanent Revolution
6. Drag The River - It's Crazy.
5. Anti-Flag - For Blood And Empire
4. Much The Same - Survive
3. The Lawrence Arms - Oh! Calcutta!
2. The Loved Ones - Keep Your Heart
1. None More Black - This Is Satire

There might be more. I don't know. Just felt like chiming in and didn't feel like arguing.

BigDaddy287 (January 2, 2007)

Well, I could see how Rastid could be confused. After all, it is called PUNKnews.org, not MUSICnews.org, which would lead most people to believe that it was a punk site.

On a side note, I may be biased because I have come to know the band a little better, but Much The Same's "Survive" is easily one of the top five albums of the year, except nobody but the readers of this site seemed to notice that it came out, and that really sucks.

Anchors (January 2, 2007)

You know what Rastid, I feel more sorry for you than anything. I really think it's a shame when somebody is so musically close-minded. It's cool that you listen to punk, so do I, but people like you that won't allow themselves to even try and get into hip-hop, folk, post rock, or whatever else are the ones truly missing out.

People like you are so busy trying to fit into a mold of punk (by the way, I said I've never considered myself 'punk,' I didn't say I don't listen to the music) that you don't realize the wealth of talented records that pass you by. I pride myself on having expansive tastes. I can enjoy the Irish punk spirit of Dropkick Murphy's, the incredible flows and wordplay of GZA, and the soulful catalog of Dean Martin just the same. I don't relegate myself to labels.

So to answer your question, this is already a site that caters to "my tastes." I can see and write reviews on punk, hardcore, indie, and ska just as easily as I can go somewhere else for hip hop news. This isn't a punk site, this is a music site, and the sooner you realize not only that but the fact that you're missing out on far more than you enjoy, the better off you'll be.

kirbypuckett (January 2, 2007)

I rarely have time for the Internet and haven't read any of these lists. But if anyone wants to check mine out you can view them at:

1) My Myspace blog

or

2) My LiveJournal

Thanks for checkin' 'em out.

- Kirby

zetsurinpower (January 2, 2007)

well, ive suspected it for a long time, but now it is finally confirmed.

aubin, you have absolute shit taste in music.

abe (January 2, 2007)

What is fuckin hilarious is that the new Planes record didn't crack one list.

Rastid (January 2, 2007)

"So while you're sitting there deciding what to reply back to this with, and how to tell me how unpunk I am, rest assured that not only have I never been punk, nor do I aspire to be, but that I'm listening to that new JT and loving every second of it."

Just curious, why do you spend so much time on a punk site? I mean, you have every right to post here whatever your tastes, it just seems like sorta a waste of your time to me? Isn't there a site with better information for your tastes? And for someone who proclaims they have "never been into punk" to be posting a top 10 list at punknews seems a litte inane, especially when it's calculated into the site's top 10.

skaboom (January 2, 2007)

"i know it's not cool to add to the bitching etc...

but i seriously lost a lot of respect for this site with this list..."

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHA

Totally dude. I often lose respect for people because they prefer different cds than me.

Anonymous (January 2, 2007)

i know it's not cool to add to the bitching etc...

but i seriously lost a lot of respect for this site with this list...

Anonymous (January 2, 2007)

"Try not to get too aggravated over the opinions/personal tastes of 12 people on the internet."

But that's what the internet is. You have an opinion, I have an opinion, let's yell about it. Although I'll be sure to keep my mouth shut, now that I know people on this website aren't down for some healthy discussion. Hah!

-mybulldogfront

insinceredave (January 2, 2007)

My Top Ten:

1. The Appleseed Cast - Peregrine
2. Set Your Goals - Mutiny
3. The Steal - S/T
4. Owen - At Home With Owen
5. Gracer - Voices Travel
6. Life At These Speeds - To Your Health
7. These Arms Are Snakes - Easter
8. Jeremy Enigk - World Waits
9. Joan of Arc - Eventually, All At Once
10. The Bouncing Souls - The Gold Record

fallingupwards84 (January 2, 2007)

I said skate punk, not street punk. And before you come back with some witty response about how I shouldnt be anal about genres, there is a huge difference.

"According to who? You?" - me and a shitload of readers on this site, not to mention the reviewer who called the album "timeless". But you apparently dont know a thing about one of the most well-loved bands on Nitro right now if you think they're street punk.

Whatever. Just voicing my opinion

Anchors (January 2, 2007)

Posted by fallingupwards84 on 2007-01-01 23:48:19
Colin, when possibly the greatest skate punk album released in the last year or two isnt mentioned on ANY of the reviewers lists, I dont think that it is unreasonable for people to question it.


According to who, you? Well according to me, street punk isn't a worthwhile genre to begin with, how about that. And it's not like there's much stiff competition in the world of street punk to begin with, so it's not hard to be the king of that hill.

New Justin Timberlake > Street Punk.

So while you're sitting there deciding what to reply back to this with, and how to tell me how unpunk I am, rest assured that not only have I never been punk, nor do I aspire to be, but that I'm listening to that new JT and loving every second of it.

Anonymous (January 2, 2007)

Oh, I must have been confused. I could have sworn that you all ranking one album higher than the other was this site's way of saying, "Listen to the regurgitated garage-rock crap instead of something that is actually innovative and inspiring!"

-mybulldogfront

From my standpoint, the list was more of a "this is what we listened to this year and really liked and will talk about even if certain users view it as reguritated garage rock or just plain garbage."

Try not to get too aggravated over the opinions/personal tastes of 12 people on the internet.

-Meg

MrStylson (January 2, 2007)

maybe it's just me, but i'd be interested in seeing how a poll of the registered users' picks would turn out...

fallingupwards84 (January 1, 2007)

Colin, when possibly the greatest skate punk album released in the last year or two isnt mentioned on ANY of the reviewers lists, I dont think that it is unreasonable for people to question it.

Much The Same's album was quite brilliant, and I know that I'm not the only one here who felt that way. It got a very positive review and is well liked by most punk fans.
So I along with a few others are just wondering where the hell it is.. thats all. What was so wrong with it that Justin Timberlake's album was mentioned and a stellar punk album was completely ignored?

And Anchors, you're right that its not that important. Of course. Its the fucking internet. However this website promotes discussion and dialogue about different bands and therefore you cant expect everybody to not question the lists

colin (January 1, 2007)

O M G

PEOPLE ON THE INTERNET HAVE DIFFERENT TASTES THAN ME

IM GONNA SHIT A BRICK THEN CRY TO MY LIVEJOURNAL

seriously you fuckers

it's all a goddamn opinion

just because the editors of punknews have different taste than you, it warps your day so much that you feel the need to claim yourself superior and bitch that much? none of the lists were very close to mine but i'm not gonna castrate justin for having different taste than me.

jesus christ on a cross, you kids sometimes...

moneenerd (January 1, 2007)

Brand New? WHAT??!?!?!

cuapunkradio (January 1, 2007)

not a bad list, but no trigger is wayyy to high. tim barry should have cracked the top 20 as well. good to see the hold steady and the arms in the top 3. where was lucero?

Anchors (January 1, 2007)

ATTN: EVERYONE BITCHING AND WHINING ABOUT THIS LIST;

Get a life.

Thank you,
Jordan

sickboi (January 1, 2007)

( is there a fude between the site and the band or something?) this just doesnt make sense.

Gunner is a regular poster here, so no, that's not the case. It's a good album, just didn't stand out as much to me. Actually, I meant to put the track "Gut Shot" on my mixtape, but forgot. That's really the one song that stood out for me. One of the best songs of the year.

Anonymous (January 1, 2007)

Either the record from MUCH THE SAME that was released this past year is nothing more than a fragment of my imagination or I dont know what the fuck is going on with these lists. For the reviewer's giving so much love to Strike Anywhere, No trigger, Ryans Hope ect to be not even giving a nod that this record even exists really makes me wonder( is there a fude between the site and the band or something?) this just doesnt make sense.

Anonymous (January 1, 2007)

"This list doesn't necessarily indicate which albums are "better" than others, rather which albums the editors and staff liked better than others"

Oh, I must have been confused. I could have sworn that you all ranking one album higher than the other was this site's way of saying, "Listen to the regurgitated garage-rock crap instead of something that is actually innovative and inspiring!"

-mybulldogfront

wallofyouth (January 1, 2007)

it came to me in the shower today:

unicornography is my new insomniac

(but insomniac is better)

ABedForLiars (January 1, 2007)

The only good thing on this list is Latterman. Where the hell is None More Black?!?!?!

stuttermispronounce (January 1, 2007)

seriously, this is pretty horrible. most of my favorite albums of the year made it onto either one or no lists.

i cannot comprehend why people give The Hold Steady more props than World/Inferno Friendship Society.

Anonymous (January 1, 2007)

so what you're telling me is that be your own pet, a band made up of record label exec brats, is better than fucked up? fuuuuck that.

-mybulldogfront

This list doesn't necessarily indicate which albums are "better" than others, rather which albums the editors and staff liked better than others.

-Meg

strangenotes (January 1, 2007)

I honestly have never heard 90% of these bands.

Anonymous (January 1, 2007)

Not read the rest of the individual lists yet but where is MUCH THE SAME - Survive? my record of the year hands down.

Ianw (January 1, 2007)

i dissagree with this list.

nouse4ascnname00 (January 1, 2007)

Here's mine so far...

Snow Patrol - Eyes Open
The Bouncing Souls - The Gold Record
Muse - Black Holes and Revelations
Saves the Day - Sound the Alarm
The Roots - Game Theory
Plus 44 - When Your Heart Stops Beating
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium
Good Riddance - My Republic
Angels and Airwaves - We Don't Need to Whisper
Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not

runner ups
The Thermals - The Body, the Blood, the Machine
Zero 7 - The Garden
Crime in Stereo - Troubled Stateside
Silversun Pickups - Carnavas
Rise Against - The Sufferer and the Witness

total disappointments
Thursday - A City By the Light Divided
AFI - Decemberunderground
Sparta - Threes

coltonlloyd (January 1, 2007)

With the exception of not having The Decemberists- Crane Wife in the top twenty, that list isn't bad

rubyx (January 1, 2007)

no anti-flag??????????????????

Anonymous (January 1, 2007)

Really? That's the list, ay? Oh well.

Godfather (January 1, 2007)

what an insult to the souls......bad list

Anonymous (January 1, 2007)

Has Punknews.org completely lost its balls? Last year's list was inspiring to say the least.

dusticles (January 1, 2007)

brand new blows. talk about fucking boring.

Anonymous (January 1, 2007)

all these reviews, and not one list has 'reclamation' on it. what the f?

Anonymous (January 1, 2007)

no BOMB THE MUSIC INDUSTRY!????

not only was Goodbye Cool World awesome, they helped start there own label that gives music awsy for free!!!

Anonymous (January 1, 2007)

bad list.

-GreenVandal

dev (January 1, 2007)

"No love at all for Defiance, Ohio, on any of the lists."

It's number fucking three for christ's sake on Justin's list.
http://www.punknews.org/review/5937

Anonymous (January 1, 2007)

No love at all for Defiance, Ohio, on any of the lists. Not cool...

-opivy

Anonymous (January 1, 2007)

so what you're telling me is that be your own pet, a band made up of record label exec brats, is better than fucked up? fuuuuck that.

-mybulldogfront

youwinalemon (January 1, 2007)

Maybe I should give Brand New another chance. I used to love Deja Entendu, but that album does NOTHING for me these days.

Hooray on Hold Steady at #2.

I need to check out more Be Your Own Pet.

almightydanish (January 1, 2007)

For the most part, the staff at punknews has horrible taste.

I expected as much though...

Anonymous (January 1, 2007)

You know, a lot of people say that the Lawrence Arms are just generic pop punk, but I disagree. Unlike their peers, they manage to write songs with no memorable or catchy hooks at all.

- Suck the Fuck

dev (January 1, 2007)

Why do people who aren't registered even bother typing out top-whatever lists?

Anonymous (January 1, 2007)

no fucked up, tragedy, career suicide? what about the new victims record?

and maximumrockand roll put out the best comp of the year?

Anonymous (January 1, 2007)

  

everyone forgot Toyko Police Club as their top ep

  

Anonymous (January 1, 2007)

i cannot believe CRIME IN STEREO is not on here! WTF?

Anonymous (January 1, 2007)

Seriously no Much the Same or Bomb the Music Industry???? Why didn't everyone listen to the same music this year??????????????????????

Anonymous (January 1, 2007)

Last years #1 album was Paint It Black's Paradise but Brand New's for this year. That's like going from eating an expensive steak to eating shit. Fuck that band!

LikeBats (January 1, 2007)

god, i hate brand new

www.myspace.com/likebats

Anonymous (January 1, 2007)

Wow... what a bunch of shit on this list! Brand New #1, fuck that! Why no love for good shit like World/Inferno, Bomb The Music Industry!, Defiance Ohio, and Mischief Brew? Is it just me or did the reviewers just listen to a lot of shitty music this year

Top 10:
1. Defiance, Ohio - The Great Depression
2. Mischief Brew - Songs From Under The Sink
3. World/Inferno Friendship Society - Red-Eyed Soul
4. The Lawrence Arms - Oh Calcutta!
5. The Draft - In A Million Pieces
6. Matt & Kim - Matt & Kim
7. Armalite - Armalite
8. New Mexican Disaster Squad - Don't Believe
9. Bomb The Music Industry! - Goodbye Cool World
10. Bouncing Souls - The Gold Record

fallingupwards84 (January 1, 2007)

Much The Same really got dissed in these end of year picks. I cant believe they're not even mentioned here. Definitely in the top 5 releases in 2006

Anonymous (January 1, 2007)

No love for New Mexican Disaster Squad, BIGWIG, or the Sainte Catherines? I understand the Souls, because that CD was in my top 10 for a while but it lost it's replay value. I still love some songs, but it's number 10 on my list, and barely.

But come on. St. Cats, Bigwig, and NMDS all released my favorite cds by each band. I'm disappointed.

Dante3000 (January 1, 2007)

Not to complain but, Brand New's latest album is a trojan horse; a burst of 90s-era alternative rock masquerading as an emo watershed, does not sound good. Maybe it's awesome but that sounds really bad.
-Dante

punkinohio (January 1, 2007)

1. Ryan's Hope - Apolcalypse in Increments 2. Much the Same - Survive. How the fuck aren't these records getting any love???????????????

JKyle (January 1, 2007)

No Bouncing Souls?

Dante3000 (January 1, 2007)

I don't really know how good the Brand New album is but I don't think it should be the #1 overall. But seriously, I am stunned at the lack of mention of the World/Inferno album. Red Eyed Soul is easily one of the most diverse albums of the year and it does so without producing a single weak song.
But then again, I'm not staff.
-Dante

Rastid (January 1, 2007)

No BTMI!, only one reviewer mentioned W/IFS, no Steinways, no Briggs.... and a whole lot of indie and emo. all in all, a pretty depressing batch of lists!

Morgan (January 1, 2007)

Where's the Bomb The Music Industry!?

Anonymous (January 1, 2007)

At least Off With Their Heads gets some recognition. That and Maritime are the only albums on here that made my list at all. This congregate is just sad.

-Jesse

punkengineer (January 1, 2007)

My Top 10

1. No Trigger - Canyoneer
2. Ignite - Our Darkest Days
3. The Lawrence Arms - Oh! Calcutta!
4. Strike Anywhere - Dead FM
5. Bigwig - Reclamation
6. Dead To Me - Cuban Ballerina
7. Much The Same - Survive
8. The Bouncing Souls - The Gold Record
9. The Loved Ones - Keep Your Heart
10. Crime In Stereo - The Troubled Stateside

Anonymous (January 1, 2007)

Best Albums of 2006:
1. Randy - Randy The Band (FAT)
2. The Loved Ones - Keep Your Heart (FAT)
3. New Mexican Disaster Squad - Don't Believe (Jade Tree)
4. Danko Jones - Sleep Is The Enemy (Bad Taste)
5. Plus-44 - When Your Heart Stops Beating (Major)

Best EPs / 7-inches of 2006:
1. A Wilhelm Scream - Diver (Jumpstart)
2. Maximum RNR / The Spades - Split (Relapse)

Best DVD of 2006:
Face To Face - Shoot The Moon (Antagonist)

punkengineer (January 1, 2007)

No Much The Same or Bigwig ........ what is the world coming to?

ThinMike (January 1, 2007)

I can't believe nobody mentioned Much The Same at all it's my favorite album of the year for sure

dev (January 1, 2007)

Having that god-awful Brand New album as #1 immediately makes this list null and void. How anyone can actually sit through that entire album just boggles my mind.

Anonymous (January 1, 2007)

you seem to have forgotten tragedy, government warning and the hope conspiracy

Anonymous (January 1, 2007)

it looks like you guys listen to a lot of fat wreck epitaph nitro vagrant shit ... good .

thirtyseconds (January 1, 2007)

Reading this list is just too damn depressing for me, so I won't pretend I had enough money to buy any of the music I wanted this year. Christ, I've only just got Choke's latest. This year had better be different!

misterspike (January 1, 2007)

Bouncing Souls' The Gold Record is deserving of Far Better than an "honorable mention", if not outright Album of the Year. No album released this year gets my heart racing, my first pumping, gives me the chills, or makes me sing/scream along (all at the same time) like this one.

But the inclusion of "So Jersey" as your mixtape opener warmed my heart.

"We're betting everything .... on Ourselves Tonight."

skaboom (January 1, 2007)

As an admitted BTMI fanboy, I'm disappointed not a single reviewer gave Goodbye Cool World a slot on their list, or even an honorable mention.

etwiels88 (January 1, 2007)

Wow...honestly, pretty terrible picks

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