Top 10 of 2001

Top 10 of 2001: Scott's PicksScott's Picks (2001)
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Reviewer Rating: 5

Contributed by: maverickScott
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This is something new, and hopefully Aubin, Kip, and Shindo will all post their choices too. Let's get right down to it. TOP TEN RELEASES OF 2001: Honorable Mentions: Hot Water Music - A Flight and a Crash, Reubens Accomplice - I Blame The Scenery, Rival Schools - United By Fate, Cake - Comfort.

This is something new, and hopefully Aubin, Kip, and Shindo will all post their choices too. Let's get right down to it.

Honorable Mentions: Hot Water Music - A Flight and a Crash, Reubens Accomplice - I Blame The Scenery, Rival Schools - United By Fate, Cake - Comfort Eagle, Brand New - Your Favorite Weapon, Pete Yorn - musicforthemorningafter, Ben Folds - Rockin' The Suburbs, Further Seems Forever - The Moon Is Down, Dismemberment Plan - Change, Radiohead - Amnesiac, and a bunch more
10. Small Brown Bike - Dead Reckoning

  • This album is off the the register for intensity, with it's wicked bass and drum interplay and it's fist-pumping choruses. Good times.
    9. Thursday - Full Collapse
  • Groundbreaking in emotional hardcore, at least for me. I still don't like the production, though, damn Victory puts too much echo and reverb on everything.
    8. Tool - Lateralus
  • The metal gods return with a 4 years in the making schooling on all the nu-metal crap that exists today. A much better comeback than Weezer.
    7. Soulcracker - At Last, For You
  • [read original review here]
    6. Diffuser - Injury Loves Melody
  • [read original review here]
    5. Cursive - Burst And Bloom
  • [read original review here]
    4. The Faint - Danse Macabre
  • [read original review here]
    3. Ted Leo/Pharmacists - The Tyranny Of Distance
  • [read original review here]
    2. The [International] Noise Conspiracy - A New Morning, Changing Weather
  • The second best album of the year. Why? Because it combines incredibly intelligent, highly political, and ridiculously informative lyrics along with wonderfully dancable proto-punk beats. The only thing to beat it out?
    1. System Of A Down - Toxicity
  • The best album of the year. Why? Because it combines incredibly intelligent, highly political, and ridiculously informative lyrics along with some of the heaviest hardcore beats the world has ever seen. Serj's vocal delivery is amazing, and I compare him both vocally and lyrically to Jello Biafra. The band's music is nothing short of mindblowing. Do yourself a favor and get this album.

    1. Weezer - The Green Album
  • [read original review here]
    2. Jimmy Eat World - Bleed American
  • Singer Jim Adkins pretty much sums up the whole album in the last song's lyrics "I could be so much more than this." I agree, Jim, I agree.
    3. Alkaline Trio - From Here To Infirmary
  • [read original review here]

    Well duh, like I wouldn't say the new Bad Religion album. I've already heard it, and let me tell you it is a shoe-in for my top ten of 2002 already [and I'm not even that big of a BR fan, although that seems to be changing]. If you really want to hear it, IM me and we'll see what we can do, mp3 wise. Runner ups to the "most anticipated" for me are Weezer [this is their last chance, in my book, but the demos sound bomb], Thrice [their debut promised so much], Get Up Kids [let's see if they can make a "comeback"], The Promise Ring [let's see if they can make a comeback!], Thursday, and a slew more.

    Okay, so those were my choices, hastily decided to appease the masses. Tell me how much I or the bands I like suck below.


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    insinceredave (June 2, 2003)

    Its great to see this in the top ten!

    insincere dave

    Anonymous (June 1, 2003)

    can't you just remove it from the list? i bet you could!

    maverick (June 1, 2003)

    There's nothing I can do if people keep reloading it. Trust me, I wish it *wasn't* in the top 10, I don't even agree with most of what I said here.


    evildeadalive (June 1, 2003)

    These lists should not be eligible for the top ten.

    Anonymous (May 31, 2003)

    what is going on now this has gone to number one, maybe this fun everyone having will put an end to those fucking annoying first posts or the fucking loser saying the aka's are everywhere

    Anonymous (April 24, 2003)

    decent list. i think a lot of "punk rockers" don't give system of a down a fair shot because they're mainstream. it's a shame.what this list is missing: The Dismemberment Plan - Change

    Anonymous (January 24, 2003)

    my # 1 of 2001 with out doubt , propagandhi's todays empires tomorrows ashes
    and a close second strike anywhere's change is a sound. im out

    soulbleed (January 8, 2003)

    Heh, System of a Down as #1? You really have some searching to do, buddy.

    evildeadalive (December 12, 2002)

    Haha... yeah all these new whiny ass fucking shitty wannabe emo crap bands can "Eat a bowl of fuck."

    Anonymous (October 31, 2002)

    Fuck new music. It's all shit. Quincy Punx should reform.

    Anonymous (September 14, 2002)

    Here are my bests from 2001.

    1. Randy - The Human Atom Bombs
    2. Propagandhi - Today's Empires, Tommorrow's Ashes
    3. System Of A Down - Toxicity
    4. Strike Anywhere - Change Is A Sound

    2002 predictions (not definitive 'til december 31)

    1. Thrice - The Illusion Of Safety (for sure the best album of 2002)
    2. Poison The Well - Tear From The Red
    3. Hatebreed - Perseverance
    4. Flogging Molly - Drunken Lullabies
    5. Strung Out - An American Paradox

    Anonymous (September 14, 2002)

    Blah... i know it's 3/4 through 2002, but I am bored so here are my two favorite albums from 2001:

    1. Rx Bandits - Progress I don't care how much you hate drive thru records, you cannot deny this band's talent.

    2. System of a Down - Toxicity I usually hate this kind of music, but the vocals (Serj's and that other guy's) are mind-blowing.

    mike_mafia (September 5, 2002)


    08_Jimmy Eat World_BleedAmerican
    0 5_311_FromChaos
    04_Hot Water Music_Flight&Crash
    03_Saves the Day_SWYA
    02_Further Seems Forever_Moon is Down
    01_Rx Bandits_Progress*

    *if The Anniversay_Your Majesty was released 2001 as it was supposed, it would be number one and everything else would move down a slot

    biggest disappointments:
    dashboard confessional_pyhctftm
    (drums and over-production sent this guy into the pop genre)

    (though its my #6, still not what expected, but fuck you guys, i like this album)

    this year wasnt too hot, i only feel strongly about top3..

    Anonymous (August 25, 2002)

    this guy's review of the top 10 is blowing. in a very bad way. and to the guy who said hangnail is good... you dont know what you're talking about

    top 10 PUNK albums of 2001 were

    frenzal rhomb - shut your mouth
    thrice - illusion of safety ( i know it was early '02, but its too good to pass up)
    bad astronaut - acrophobe
    good riddance- symptoms
    nofx- surfer
    rise against- the unraveling
    the gamits- small price to pay
    pinhead circus- the black power of romance
    lawrence arms- split with the chinkees
    anti-flag - underground network

    Anonymous (August 15, 2002)

    you must be retarded...

    Anonymous (July 23, 2002)

    ok, i realize we´re half-way through the year... oh well, im bored, fuck you.
    5) The Max Levine Ensemble "Chach Rules"
    4) Ted Leo/The Phamicists "The Tyranny of Distance"
    3) Les Savy Fav "Go Forth"}
    2) Fugazi "The Argument"
    1) The Dismemberment Plan "Change"

    Anonymous (June 14, 2002)

    heres mine even though u could care less
    5.saves the day
    6.-10, probably tiger army,pennywise,system of a down, uhhh i forget. yea 311 isnt punk. neither am i. i love music. fuck punk.

    JOE_MOMMA (June 12, 2002)

    My top ten is

    1. Punk rock by the casualties

    2. Hardcore 4 life by the punk rocks

    4. Proud punx 4ever by the hxc punx

    thats my top ten ska is gay.

    Anonymous (June 9, 2002)

    um, an is a good band. fuck all his epi/fat shit. go listen to some real music. fuck the strokes. white stripes, and any of that other shit! fuck punk rock, fuck the mall, uck the scene, fuck the cow and the fucking horse! ^_^;;

    Anonymous (June 7, 2002)

    ok first of all, i hate tool. they suck. and system of a down. but everyone has a right to their own opinion. and i hate how everyone is starting to listen to bands like dashboard confessional and saves the day. there's all these little preps who are in love with the music that is in their cd player right beside their britney spears cds. it's so stupid. anyway, here's some of my favorites.

    thursday - full collapse: i love the guy's voice. i don't usually like hardcore oriented kind of stuff but this is good.

    jimmy eat world - bleed american: i don't like "the middle" because there was just too much hype around it... but all the rest is good.

    dashboard confessional - i love chris carrabba. this is a cd i can listen to a billion times and never get tired of, especially "screaming infidelities"

    the get up kids - eudora: i just love the get up kids and all their music. i never get tired of it

    the juliana theory - emotion is dead

    saves the day - stay what you are: every song has some hidden meaning which is amazing and i think that they are awesome writers. their songs are so good.

    the strokes - is this it: i don't care if this isn't punk, the cd is amazing and by far my favorite of the year. i can listen to it over and over again and still not get tired of it. "hard to explain" is awesome.

    if someone disagrees/agrees you can email me at sarahanderson182@hotmail.com

    * sarah

    Anonymous (May 25, 2002)

    I don't mind the opinion of the reviewer until he named Bleed American as one of the most disappointing albums of the year. I just can't understand that. Sorry.

    Anonymous (April 30, 2002)

    How come no one put Rocket From the Crypt's Group Sounds album on their list.It came out in 2001, and if it didn't it would still wipe the floor with this year's top picks. The albums I am looking forward to already came out. The new Bad Religion and Face to Face albums have breathed new life into a punk scene that has become stagnant and overloaded with emo and pop-punk bands. Also check out the new Hot Snakes album later this summer.

    Anonymous (April 22, 2002)

    here is my top 10 even though Im not really sure when alot of thers albums came out. Im so punk rock its scary. I have some really hardcore punk rock bands on here. (Im kidding for the sarcastic-challenged)

    1. Craigs Brother - Lost at Sea - This is my 2nd favorite CD of all time. second to their first CD, homecoming

    2. Inspection 12 - In Recovery - What an amazing pop-punk CD with incredible guitar work and vocal harmonies.

    3. Dashboard Confessional - The Places you have come to fear the most

    4. Further Seems Forever - The Moon is Down

    5. Yellowcard - One for the Kids

    6. Five Iron Frenzy - Electric Boogaloo - This CD is great. someone should review it.

    7. New Found Glory - s/t

    8. Jimmy Eat World - Bleed American

    9. Rufio - Perhaps I Suppose

    10. Saves the Day - Stay What you are

    Anonymous (April 20, 2002)

    1.- Thursday- Full Collapse

    2.- pROPAGANDHI- teta

    3.-Good Riddance- SOALS

    4.-Unwritten law- Elva

    5.-Fantomas- The Director Cuts

    6.-Rise Against- ???

    7.-Thrice- The Illusion of saefty




    Anonymous (April 4, 2002)

    well my 10 is this mock all you want

    sommerset - fast cars slow guitars

    brubeck - myoclonic twitch

    blake - outta control

    punkemon - kiwi punk ska mix

    ataris - end is forever

    sunday's best - poised to break

    blueline medic - the apolyges wars

    Rickets (March 8, 2002)

    For a second I thought I was on metalnews.com. This is a terrible Top ten. How could you even mention System of a Down and Tool. GO Fuck Yourself!
    Top Ten of 2001:
    1)The Bouncing Souls: How I Spent My Summer Vacation
    2)Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards: s/t
    3)Thrice: Identity Crisis
    4)Tiger Army: II: Power of Moonlite
    5)Hot Water Music: A Flight and a Crash
    6)Me First and the Gimme Gimmes: Blow in the Wind
    7)NOFX: Surfer
    8)Good Riddance: Symptoms of a Leveling Spirit
    9)US Bombs: Back at the Laundromat
    10)Deviates: Time is the Distance

    Anonymous (February 24, 2002)

    I dont think he put system of a down as a punk band. these are albums of the year, sheen.

    -edge crushers of pain and glory

    Anonymous (February 21, 2002)

    It would have been a good top ten if it included the HIVES.

    Anonymous (February 20, 2002)

    This guy sucks as a reviewer for albums. Putting System of a down as a punk band? Fuck him.

    Anonymous (February 13, 2002)

    10)System Of A Down - Toxicity
    9)Sum 41 - All Killer, No Filler
    8)Slipknot - Iowa
    7)Megadeth - The World Needs A Hero
    6)Judas Priest - Demolition
    5)Drowning Pool - Sinner
    4)Osker - Idle Will Kill
    3)Slayer - God Hates Us All
    2)Bruce Dickinson - The Best Of
    1)Blaze - Silicon Messiah


    Anonymous (February 12, 2002)

    i wanna make a top 10! im cool!

    10. h20-go
    8.T(I)NC-new morning, changing weather
    7. agnostic front-dead hippies

    2.osker-idle will kill
    1.Bouncing souls-how i spent my summer bvaciafho lkjadsflkjalo IM NA MANT

    Anonymous (February 7, 2002)

    For the fucktard below me that says "emo sucks", you need to know ONE thing. Fat records sucks. you suck for liking it. you eat ass. Jeremy A. knows what is up motha fucka

    Anonymous (February 6, 2002)

    Well...I looked at a lot of people's thoughts, and I noticed at lot of EMO. Whining crying emo. BLAH...emo sucks. I also noticed that I saw about two halfway decent lists and none that were good. However, I did find the Sum 41 Hardcore comment quite funny. Here's my Top 10

    1: Undecided-More to See (One of the best cds I've ever heard. If anyone likes fast melodic punk, check this out...seriously it's so good)

    2: Bigwig-An Invitation to Tragedy (A little closer to hardcore than Sum 41...hahaha This cd is amazing. This is the most talented punk band out there. Period. I saw them live and I was amazed.)

    3: No use for a Name-Live in a Dive (great cd...they sound so much better when they speed things up)

    4: Hangnail-Facing Changes (Another very talented band...a little bit slower, but still an amazing cd...not even close to as good as their self titled cd though...)

    5: Pulley-Together Again for the First Time (a bit of a disappointment at first, but it grew on me. Quick.)

    6: Good Riddance-Symptoms of a Leveling Spirit (their best work yet...it sounds great)

    7: Deviates-Time is the Distance (the lyrics are simply awesome)

    8: Zero Down-With a Lifetime to Pay (the worst thing that happened to Strung Out in the last two years is that they kicked Jim out. He really showed Strung Out how important he was with this performance. I predict the new Strung Out to be shit, simply because Jim is in Zero Down now, which is exactly why this cd is so good)

    9: Useless ID-Bad Story, Happy Ending (Great cd...I've been awaiting a full length cd that I can ACTUALLY FIND ever since I got to the 80th track a few days after short music for short people came out)

    10:Fat Wreck Volume 5-Live fat, Die Young (what more can you want than a bunch of unreleased songs by great bands like Lagwagon, No use for a Name, Strung Out, Zero Down, The Mad Caddies, and just about every other band on fat)

    Biggest disappointments:

    The Fairlanes-Welcome to Nowhere (after obsessing over "Songs for Cruising" for a long ass time, I was so happy to hear that The Fairlanes had a new cd coming out...what a fucking disappointment)

    BAD ASTRONAUT-I don't fucking care what the name of the cd is (what the fuck was this shit! Lagwagon is one of my favorite bands, and to hear that Joey Cape was making a new cd, I was checking their site for months waiting to see anything on it. When it finally came out, you would not believe how angry I was)

    The Ataris-End is Forever (While I still somewhat like this cd, Blue Skies... and Anywhere but Here are so much better...I expected greatness, and I didn't get it)

    Craig's Brother-Lost at Sea (I TRIED AND TRIED AND TRIED to like this cd, because Homecoming is one of the best cds I've ever heard. Sometimes, when I'm in the mood I can somewhat get into it, but for the most part...no)

    Most anticipated releases of 2002

    Belvedere, Whippersnapper

    seek (February 4, 2002)

    Umm.. to the anonymous idiot below, why the hell would you put a label sampler on your top 10 list. And why is it only a top 6 list. Finally, did you know that there are bands that aren't on epitpah? No, really... there are.

    Anonymous (January 21, 2002)

    Since This site is called punk news let me help you at by letting you know what the best punk albums of 2001 were.
    6) Deviates - Time Is The Distance
    5) Osker - Idle Will Kill (No Treatment 5, completely new sound)
    4) Pennywise - Land Of The Free (slower than old stuff, but angrier)
    3) Dropkick Murphys Sing Loug, Sing Proud
    2) Punk-O-Rama 6
    1) Lars Frederiksen And The Bastards - S/T

    And the top anticipated album of the year is:
    You have the 2 greatest punk bands covering each others songs. It shoud be interesting to hear Tim Armstrong singing a Fat Mike song.

    Anonymous (January 20, 2002)

    Hey City Kid, most of this isn't radio stuff man. Get a clue dude.

    Anonymous (January 16, 2002)


    Anonymous (January 16, 2002)

    im one for giving thursdays accalades for "full collapse", but does anyone remember thier release on eyeball records,"waiting." That record was extremely sub-par. Lyrically and musically. While the sound was taking the hardcore genre in a new direction, it did it very slowly. Noone was applauding "waiting" and some people dont even seem to know it exists. I've read counts of reviews all over the web and noone seems to bring up "waiting" at all. Not even to note how much thursday has matured over a years time. Some reviews have gone as far to say that "full collapse" is thier "debut" album. It seems a few more people should do thier homework. Since im self-absorbed i'll put in my own two cents on top 10 of the year.
    8.THE GAMITS-A SMALL PRICE TO PAY(i know its pop punk, but NOONE does it better than the gamits)
    AND THE #1 RECORD OF 2001 IS........


    Anonymous (January 12, 2002)

    Oh my. Those are some of the worst albums I have ever seen. Please keep this radio shit out of here. Let's please keep this site at least a little bit punk. I wish there was a rule that you must be at least 11 to use this site.

    City Kid

    Anonymous (January 9, 2002)

    Here are some of the best albums of 2001:

    Osker - Idle Will kill
    No Motiv - Diagram for Healing
    Saves the Day - Stay What You Are
    Pulley - Together Again for the First Time
    Dashboard confessional - The Places you have come to fear the most
    Further Seems Forever - The moon is down
    Hey Mercedes - Everynight Fireworks
    Thursday - Full Collapse
    Deviates - Time is the distance
    Bombshell Rocks - City Rats and Alley cats
    The Fairlanes - Welcome to nowhere
    Big Wig - Invitation to Tragety

    Awesome huh?
    -Jeremy A.

    Anonymous (January 9, 2002)

    yo scotty, check out your fairlanes review. some cool guy showed you up on the comments. haha. i agree with him too, you suck.

    patrickdgreat (January 9, 2002)

    Albums Im Looking Forward To:

    Bloodhound Gang
    New FOund Glory
    Queens Of THe Stone Age

    patrickdgreat (January 9, 2002)

    Top 10 Albums Of 2001

    10. OUtKast - Stankonia
    9. Blink 182 - Take Off Your Pants & Jacket
    8. Drive Thru COmp - Welcome To The Family
    7. Rx-Bandits - Progress
    6. Alien Ant Farm - ANThology
    5. Tenacious D - Tenacious D
    4. System Of A Down - Toxicity
    3. Fenix Tx - LEchuza
    2. Saves The Day - Stay What You Are
    1. JImmy Eat World - Bleed American

    Anonymous (January 8, 2002)

    Where the hell did any of your taste come from? Good Charlotte is a band for 12 year old teenyboppers. The whole band is a bunch of creeps- the twin with the mohawk tried to get into my pants at Warped this summer. Rufio is the most generic pop-punk band I have ever heard. Even my 14-year old cousin said- wow this sounds exactly like NFG/Blink. Get some originality. And the Weezer cd was definately overrated- it puts me to sleep now.Thursday too- I don't see what all the hype is about. Feel free to argue back at me. Oh and the Fenix CD definately came out in 2001 ,thanks dumbasses. I have it in my hand and am looking at the copyrite date.


    Anonymous (January 8, 2002)

    Steve/Poppunk again, Left out a few anticipations in no particular order.

    1)New Beatsteaks CD
    2)New LTJ CD
    3)New Dag Nasty CD
    4)New Showoff CD
    5)V/A - Punk Goes Pop (Fearless)

    Anonymous (January 8, 2002)

    Hey this is Steve from Poppunk.Com, thought id add a wierd twist and say my top 5 picks so far of 2002 since we're fortunate enough to have advance press copies of stuff.

    1)Thrice - The Illusion Of Safety (If you liked the first CD, this is 10x better. It's fucking insane.)

    2)Unwritten Law - Elva (There's some wierd experimental stuff on here, but the heavier shit is definitely an A )

    3)Bad Religion - The Process of Belief
    (No explanation needed)

    4)Travoltas - Step On The Gas And Dont Look Back (New B-Sides CD out in April. If you havent heard Travoltas yet, you are REALLY missing out.)

    5)New Face to Face record. (Heard a few demo tracks over the phone, and this simply put will be the best F2F CD in years.

    That's my 5 Cents. Nice Pole. Love the site.

    Anonymous (January 7, 2002)

    -RUFiO...Perhaps i supose
    -Pulley...Together again for the first time
    -Larger Than Life...if tomorrow never came

    THATS IT!!

    Anonymous (January 6, 2002)

    At Warped Tour LTJ said that their new CD is gonna be just like Losing Streak, so that, BR, and millencolin and gonna be bought by me the first day they are out.

    Anonymous (January 4, 2002)

    here are my top 10 which are in fact the 10 cd's i bought this year.
    1. lars frederikson and the bastards-s/t
    2. h2o- go!
    3. sevendust- anymosity
    4. garbage- beautiful garbage
    5. fugazi- argument
    6. system of a down- toxicity
    7. good riddance- symptoms of a leveling spirit
    8. dilated peoples- expansion team
    9. anti-flag- underground network
    10. the living end- roll on

    now i'd like to see someone top that diverse of a list. yea, they're not all punk records but those were the records i bought this year and you'll notice i don't exlusively listen to everything on fat or epitaph. that's right, i listen to everything from garbage to fugazi to dilated peoples to system of a down. frankly, i couldn't really give a fuck what many of you close minded rejects out there say, its about personal tastes and keeping an open mind.

    Anonymous (January 4, 2002)

    My top ten live bands I've seen this year.

    1. Cursive- Electric cello must I say anymore?
    2. The Lawrence Arms- MMM.....Lawrence Arms
    3.Appleseed Cast- Man, they just blew me away
    4.Alkaline Trio- Cried both times(to bad once had to be at warped tour grr...)
    5. Flogging molly- Never a huge fan of their albums, but you can't argue with drunkin Irish music
    6. Cadillac Blindside- Nothing but respect
    7. Desaparecidos- Rock on!
    8. DILLINGER FOUR - Good thing Patty wasn't naked this time
    9. Casualties - InSaNiTy
    10. Get up kids - ?Punk Rock?

    fish (January 3, 2002)

    what about the soothing sounds of lars frederikson and the bastards? i thought their st album was really something special.
    as for the post below, *sniff* i love my pure emotions album. i get all choked up listening to it. *sniff* its so beautiful........

    Anonymous (January 3, 2002)

    You guys don't know music, heres my top 10.
    9: Brittney Spears
    8: Clint Black
    7: R.E.O. speedwagon
    6: Ricky Martin
    5: Dr. Dre
    4: Guns n Roses
    3: Buddy Holley
    2: Kiss
    1: Pure Emotions- Romantic

    Anonymous (January 2, 2002)

    Top 10? how bout top 7

    NO order

    Pennywise - Land of the Free
    Fugazi - The Argument
    Pulley - Together Again
    Bouncing Souls - How I Spent My summer...
    Jimmy Eat World - Bleed American
    Propagandi - Today's Empire, Tomorrows Ashes
    Unit 404 - No Star
    -Indie band you've probably never heard of unless your from Ontario... anyway check them out at MP3, send them your money, get the CD, add it to your list

    graynoisenet (January 1, 2002)

    hehe, most of the people that work for epitaph work for hellcat. It is pretty much a subsidiary of Epitaph. I think epitaph is a great label, it doesn't matter to me if it has a hand in hellcat's affairs, because they do. I have a stack of business cards here to prove it.

    Oh and good job on the list scott, you can see a top 10 list from graynoise.net within the next week.


    Anonymous (January 1, 2002)

    i think one of the only albums of 2001 worth mentioning is fugazi's "the argument". i got the chance to see fugazi play live in pittsburgh in april of 2001 and it blew my mind. one of the most intense, driven live shows ever.

    also, tool's "lateralus" deserves honorable mention, as it was that cd which finally convinced me of tool's talent.

    Anonymous (January 1, 2002)

    top 10 cds '01 (in no particular order)

    1. from autumn to ashes: too bad you're beautiful
    2. crispus attucks: red black blood attack
    3. fantomas: director's cut
    4. death by stereo: day of death
    5. two man advantage: don't label us
    6. leftover crack: mediocre generica
    7. casualties: diehards
    8. good riddance: symptoms of a leveling spirit
    9. strike anywhere: change is a sound
    10. agnostic front: dead yuppies

    Anonymous (December 31, 2001)

    Tool is not Metal sorry Bro.
    I listed my Picks which included almost all The Best Metal Albums of 2001 but I Think? you guys deleted it?

    Anonymous (December 31, 2001)

    Tool is not cool. The most boring music today. Its all a matter of opinion but when I'm hangin out with my friends I like shit that is upbeat (Lagwagon, Good Riddance, Ataris, Bad Astronaut, and so on) not tool. Tool is not cool at all. Ohhhh I get tired talking about them.

    Anonymous (December 31, 2001)

    Oh, by the way, my name is City Kid. I did the post right below this one. Please feel free to comment if you agree with me.

    City Kid

    Anonymous (December 30, 2001)

    This site should be called emonews.org. Not that I have a problem with emo. Further Seems Forever is great. Tool though. Someone gave me a free ticket to there show. Garbage. Absolute shit. And the people at the show were shit too. Suburbanites are less intelligent than people from the urban centers. There have been many sociological studies to support this. Don't blame me. I just believe it is my intrinsic responsability to keep you all informed, and perhaps assist some of you suburbanites achieve self-awarness.

    Anonymous (December 29, 2001)

    I don't have a favorites list yet but let me mention some stuff. Hmmm.... craig's brother, no motiv, alkaline trio, good riddance, starting line, mest, pennywise, living end. I'm sure there are more, this is off the top of my head so it's hard. later.

    pat41 (December 28, 2001)

    Hey seek, Jurassic 5 isnt underground anything. They were when their first EP came out and even when their album Quality Control came out. As soon as I saw them #1 on that shitty rap show on MTV they were no longer underground. If you are looking for some good underground hip hop try anything from rawkus records... and thats ALL i will ever say about rap on here again unless someone else makes a stupid comment.

    Anonymous (December 26, 2001)

    Its nice to see that since his departure from baseball, Kirby has found time to review punk cds.

    Best of 2001

    1. Propagandi
    2. Pulley
    3. Bigwig
    4. Suicide machines
    5. Belvedere (perhaps a home town pick,
    but still an excellent new cd.)
    6. Zero down

    Anonymous (December 26, 2001)

    I'm very surprised Pennywise's Land of the Free? was left off your top picks. Awesome album, easily the best one behind Full Circle.

    ~One Nutty BR fan

    P.S. Can't wait to see PW in Chicago in January :)

    Anonymous (December 26, 2001)

    I just have to say that those who give love for the new DMX cd, and the new Tool album, you have some excellent taste in music. Lateralus, and Toxicity, are the best releases so far in my opinion. Anyway, I too have the new BR album, I'm listening to it right now, and yes, it is one of the best BR albums since Generator or Recipe for Hate. I am quite impressed with it, and I can't wait to see some reviews on it when it is officially released. The Defense and You Don't Belong are my personal favorites, so far.

    ~One nutty BR fan

    Anonymous (December 25, 2001)

    STRIKE ANYWHERE - ok album but the ep and the Inquisition lp are way better

    SAVES THE DAY - they are finally playing music the singer can sing to, but they still suck.

    Anonymous (December 25, 2001)

    1. MISFITS - 12 Hits from hell (i got it for free!!!)
    2. BAD ASTORNAUT - Acrophobe
    3. ALKALINE TRIO - From Here to Infirmary
    4. JIMMY EAT WORLD - Bleed American
    5. SEVILLE - waiting in seville
    10. GOD FORBID

    Anonymous (December 25, 2001)

    top 10 bands of this year, in no order

    Rival Schools
    The Strokes
    Jimmy Eat World
    Rise Against
    Dillinger Four
    Lawrence Arms
    Good Charlotte

    Anonymous (December 25, 2001)

    Best albem : recover - rodeo and picasso
    most anticipated album of 2002 : new recover ep

    Anonymous (December 24, 2001)

    in no special order

    - anti flag - underground network
    i discover the band this year very good
    - tool - lateralus
    the legend continues
    - randy - human atom bombs
    very original very good lyrics
    - zoli band - s/t
    check the site project band of ignite zoli is a great singer
    - dropkick murphys - sing loud
    a little bit disappointed but still very good
    - buddha bar III
    nothing to do with punk rock or hardcore a french ambient lounge compilation
    deception of the year
    -h2o -go!
    for 2002
    bad religion

    seek (December 23, 2001)

    There are a bunch of good underground hip hop groups like Jurassic 5 with meaningful lyrics©

    SideLinedForLife (December 23, 2001)

    If you want to hear the best rap group or I should say hip hop try checking out "Jurassic 5." Their lyrics are more meaningful than a lot of shit put out today and that right there is the only thing close to rap I will listen too. -Rock

    pat41 (December 23, 2001)

    How can TimBomb say that Dropkick Murphys and DMX released shitty albums? Dropkick Murphys was probably one of the ebst albums ive heard since the gangs all here. They have never released anything but great music and that didnt stop this year. Best back ever. DMX album was not the greatest thing ive ever heard but it is probably one of the most raw and hard rap albums of the year. I dispise rap in just about every shape and form but DMX is one I enjoy because he is a real bad ass guy plus he raps about things that mean something to him and not about money and "ho's". The rap world needs more people like DMX and TuPac and less people like Puff Daddy (oh i mean P Diddy) and Jay Z and shit like that. Fuck you all for the comments Im going to get on liking DMX.

    seek (December 23, 2001)

    Burning Heart isn't bought out TimBomb, Epitaph only distributes a select number of their releases©

    Anonymous (December 22, 2001)

    Looking forward in 2002:
    Get up kids
    Home grown
    less than jake
    Reggie/Ultimate Fakebook split
    Good Charlotte
    Juliana theory
    The starting line

    Sheena (December 22, 2001)

    Oh Scott, I picked up the free 5 song "Sunset EP" by Pete Yorn (which contains "For Nancy") earlier this year before the LP came out and it's nothing but good times. Good, good stuff. I am happy it at least made it to honorable mention in your picks...

    TimBomb (December 21, 2001)

    Anonymous poster who attacked my comments...

    1) Nerve Agents are on Hell Cat...hel catis distibuted by Epitaph... Henceforth it is not produced nor is the band signed by Epitaph Records

    2) Alkaline Trio's new album is embarassing. It's definitely a pathetic Record no matter what label its on
    3) As for T(I)NC I admit to being Caught.. It's unfortunate Dennis is trapped into his Deal with Epitaph due to their major label tactics in signing Bands like his former project the Refused (And even they are bound By Way of the now bought out subsidiary Burning Heart) for their Full lengths. Notice that all the bands EPs have in fact been release on other labels of their choosing(the 1st Conspiracy is not a full length, it's a ompilation of single tracks before you try to bust me on a technicality there too killer. But yes their full length contract, hence including A New Morning is with Epitaph records. Pat yourself on the back.

    As for the inependent labels remark - I owe no allegiance to any label major/independent. Notice I call Cave In the best band on Earth, theyre on RCA ace.

    I Sold out the scene or something.

    MusicIsMyLife (December 21, 2001)

    Bloody bastards at this site. You talk about getting pissed off because something is not "punk". Yes, I know that this is punknews.org, and that you all have very different ideals on what "punk" is and means these days. And that's pretty rockin' if you ask me, to have all those different opinions. But for you fucks that are too concerned with "punk" that you don't listen to anything else - how in the world can you even THINK about criticizing someone who listens and likes something that is not "punk"? You "punker-than-thou" kids are doing exactly the same thing as the pop-Mtv crowd: you're putting kids down because they are different. It's stupid and pointless and just makes you look like an immature wanker that doesn't even have a strong nor pure enough passion for music to respect other people's choice, or to like DIFFERENT things. Hell, I LOVE Frank Sinatra. I LOVE Ryan Adams. Yet, at the same time, I LOVE The Dead Kennedys. Get a fuckin life.

    Anonymous (December 21, 2001)

    the nerve agents are actually on hellcat (which is a sub-label of Epitaph.) as for the (i)nc they've released two albums for epitaph(which distributes for burning heart here in the states). regardless, they are technically working for epitaph. in other words the bottom line is that epitaph makes money off of their releases...believe what you want but they both "work" for epitaph....

    ncg1 (December 21, 2001)

    I know the International Noise Conspiracy is on Burning Heart, and I think Nerve Agents are also... so, they're not on Epitaph. Epitaph is just the U.S. distrubuter. They didn't sign or work with those bands.

    Anonymous (December 21, 2001)

    To the guy below me reading Scott's review might help you answer that question.

    Anonymous (December 21, 2001)

    Scott-Speak yourself when you say that Alk3's new album was a let down. A great majority of people including myself thought it rocked and was there best work yet. I don't know how you classify what a let down is I wish you would explain that to me. Thanks man.

    Anonymous (December 21, 2001)

    "you know damn well that if asian man records or some other "independent" label..."

    Whats up with the quote marks around independent?

    Anonymous (December 21, 2001)

    in addition to my post below. you know damn well that if asian man records or some other "independent" label but that new Alkaline Trio record out you would be praising the shit out of it....just because it is on vagrant means that you should dislike it because vagrant isn't a "punk" enough label...i thought punk rock wasn't about labels or being labeled?

    Anonymous (December 21, 2001)

    TimBomb, funny that you say that Eptiaph/Vagrant/Fat are incapable of putting out good records then turnaround and say that the Nerve Agents and (I)NC were two of your faves. if you're checking at home both were released by Epitaph. the fucking elitist attitudes of people in the punk community is what is killing the scene. my advice to everyone is listen to what you want to and don't take shit from anyone because you like certain bands or whatever....

    AtomicGarden (December 21, 2001)

    Thank you for the System of a Down comment, what a fucking awesome band.

    Anonymous (December 21, 2001)


    My most anticipated include:
    Bad Religion "Process Of Belief"
    Face To Face "How To Ruin Everything"
    Millencolin "Home To Home"
    Ataris "Remix of Anywhere But Here"
    Face To Face VS Dropkick Murphys "Split"
    Ten Foot Pole New Stuff
    Dropkick Murphys "Live From St Patty's Day"

    Probably more, but i forget

    Anonymous (December 20, 2001)

    its pretty lame of people to bitch about top 10 lists that have bands in it that arent "punk." if you only have punk bands in your top 10, then you really need to broaden your horizons...anyway, here are some great albums from 2k1 (no order):

    tool - "lateralus"
    -this album is a fucking masterpiece. they are some of the most talented and original musicians around...

    rx bandits - "progress"
    -this is a real gem, it takes some great strides for ska in general, and is really a diverse and eclectic record. it works so well as a whole.

    rocket from the crypt - "group sounds"
    -their last album was a huge disappointment, so i was expecting this one to suck, but it is fucking great. best rock album of the year, hands down.

    sigur ros - "icelandic shit i cant spell"
    -i guess it wasnt "released" this year, but wow, i just got it and it knocked me on my ass because of how lofty and smooth it is. way better than bjork.

    jimmy eat world - "bleed american"
    -so its no clarity, but this really is way better than a lot of the shit being released these days. they totally prove how they can do things on their own terms and still write amazing songs.

    new order - "get ready"
    -this is the shizzle of my nizzle. its hard to believe this is the same band that gave us "blue monday" back in the 80's (before orgy killed it).

    radiohead - "amnesiac"
    -pales in comparison to kid a, but still a great album. the songs dont flow with one another, but each individual song is truly great.

    t(i)nc - "a new morning"
    -these guys are awesome. this album has a fuller sound than survival sickness, and it incorporates some more experimentation. great message with an even greater musical backing. some intelligent motherfuckers.

    beta band - "hot shots ii"
    -another one of those albums that works so well in its entirety. draws you in from the first note and doesnt let you go til its over.

    pinehurst kids - "bleed it dry"
    -how come nobody knows these guys (or maybe it just seems that way)? they are one of the best "emo" bands you never heard. get this shit now.

    the faint - "danse macabre"
    -this band went in a time machine back to 1983, and then came back and kicked everyones ass. vampires, sex, death...what more could you want? and "glass danse" is the best dance song ever. period.

    the strokes - "is this it"
    -im probably going to get castrated for putting them on my list, but these guys really are that good. they live up to the hype, i dont care what anyone says.

    hot water music - "a flight and a crash"
    -fucking good shit. if you dont know this album, then kiss my arse.

    hope you like da list, werd.

    SundayDrive (December 20, 2001)

    I forgot Millencolin: Home to Home

    SundayDrive (December 20, 2001)

    I'm just listing what I got this past year, and I'm not saying it's all mind bending original stuff, but some of it is rather good. To the guy who put a play on words on most of the albums I like, that was very humorus.

    In no particular order:

    The Ataris: End is Forever- Good ol' pop-punk, infasis on pop, you can listen to with your girlfriend.

    Saves The Day: Stay What You Are- What can I say. You loved it. You hated it. It's been soddered into my CD player since I just got it a couple weeks ago.

    The Bouncing Souls: HISMSV- The Souls at their best. Yelling Oi, Oi, Oi gets better every time.

    Incubus: Morning View- One of the best and somewhat original bands (experimentation folks) left in mainstream radio rock.

    The Movielife...Has A Gambling Problem EP- I bought it without hearing any of it except Walking On Glass, and while its not completely terrible, it's been hard to put it in my CD player.

    Rival Schools: United By Fate- I like to say if The Beatles had a hardcore background, this is what they would sound like. AWESOME

    MxPx: Renassaince EP- Interesting mix of old school and newer Magnified Plaid.

    I'm looking forward to:

    Flogging Molly: Drunken Lullabys
    The Arsons: Whole Life Crisis
    The Stryder: TBA
    I was looking forward to the new Movielife full length, but after the new EP, I'm not so sure.

    Anonymous (December 20, 2001)

    i only saw one person who put Osker - Idle Will Kill on their list! I thought that this was by far the best album of 2001, if not of all time. Everyone should check it out, it really is pure genius.

    Anonymous (December 20, 2001)

    anticipated album of 2002:

    something new from TEN FOOT POLE !!!

    Anonymous (December 20, 2001)

    Best albums of 2001 (not in order)

    1. Craig's Brother-Lost at Sea

    2. Pulley-Together Again for the First Time

    3. Good Riddance-Symptoms of a Leveling Spirit

    4. Pennywise-Land of the Free

    5. 311-From Chaos

    Most anticipated of 2002:
    Strung Out-American Paradox
    Millencolin-Home from Home

    Anonymous (December 20, 2001)

    timbomb, you had me going till you mentioned dmx.

    TimBomb (December 20, 2001)

    Here's my 10 cents about music this year.
    Vagrant/Epitaph/Fat really proved they are completely incapable of putting out a single decent record. it really needs to be pointed out how bad they are blowing it.
    The Nerve Agents were the first band in years to actually gives some slight sign that "punkrock" might not be quite dead.
    The International Noise Conspiracy finally stopped sucking.
    Cave In the Best Band in the World.
    Converge/American Nightmare/Bane/THC/The Dedication/Panic/Cave In/Piebald , all bands from Boston officially proved it has in fact become the last stronghold for Hardcore bands (With Virginia occasionally showing signs of life named Time Flies/Striking Distance/Strike Anywhere/Count Me Out/ Project 208, impressive too.
    Jimmy Eat World Sold their souls to the devil for a hit record and its still not a hit so far.
    Integrity is finally giving up the charade theyve put on since realizing they'll never release another hmanity is the devil.
    Best Records?
    Breathe In - From THis Day On
    American Nightmare - Background Music
    Radiohead - Amnesiac
    T(I)NC - New Morning
    Bane- Give Blood
    Nerve Agents - Butterfly Collection
    Ink and Dagger - Self Titled
    Cave In - Jupiter (2000, but its the best thing ever released so it stays)
    Ryan Adams - GOLD
    The Assistant- Self Titled (Ex You and I, look into it)

    Honorable Mention -Shark Attack - for the quickest burnout ever but the most refreshing blast of hardcore New End Original- for being Emo and not sucking, The WHite Octave for doing cool stuff, The Icarus Line for putting on a great Live Show, Gideon Yago - For not Making MTV News suck

    People that Blew It - For Releasing Shitty Records - Blink182, Grade, Hot Water Music, Alkaline Trio, Weezer, Hey Mercedes, Saves the Day, Dropkick Murphys, Leftover Crack, Beta Band, DMX, Death Cab For Cutie, The Faint,River City High, The Hoods, Kil Your Idols, Good Riddance.

    I talk too much.

    Anonymous (December 20, 2001)

    Two post down from me: Alkaline Trio was never on MTV you moron.

    Anonymous (December 20, 2001)

    You have some bad taste Mr Anonymous

    Anonymous (December 20, 2001)

    Top Ten 2001, in no special order
    1) Strike Anywhere- Change is a Sound
    2) Propagandhi- Today's Empires, Tommorow's Ashes
    3) Death Cab for Cutie- The Photo Album
    4) New End Original- Thriller
    5) The Panda Squad- Greater Than or Equal to
    6) The Hemlock Verdict- self-titled
    7) Rocket From the Crypt- Group Sounds
    8) De La Hoya- Dance! Techno Megamix Volume 42
    9) Hey Mercedes- Every Night, Fireworks
    10) Bane- Give Blood
    Top Ten Bullshit Albums, with Alternate Titles
    1) Alkaline Trio- From Here to MTV
    2) Thursday- Full Collapse of My Interest in This Stupid Genre
    3) From Autumn to Ashes- Wish You Were a Good Album
    4) Grade- Headfirst, Straight to the Garbage Can
    5) Tiger Army- II: The Power of Moonlighting as AFI in a Cowboy Hat
    6) Good Riddance- Symptoms of a Leveling Popularity
    7) Reach the Sky- Friends, Lies, and the End of Our Fan Base
    8) The Ataris- End This Band Forever, Please
    9) Saves the Day- Stay What You Are, but then Change, and Suck Hard at Writing Lyrics
    10) Dropkick Murphys- Sing Loud, Sing Proud, Sing Exactly Like a Shitty Version of the Pogues, Only Make Way More Money off of Stupid Punks and Fratboys

    SideLinedForLife (December 20, 2001)

    To the guy that was talking about "Saves The Day," and "Thursday" being crap about 7 post down from here. I know its all opinion but the lyrics of "Stay What You Are" are some of the most amazing lyrics ever written. And then "Thursday." Out of all the bands you could have put at the top of your "Biggest Dissapointments" you put Thursday. I really think you need to listen more to them because it actually took me about 3 listens to really enjoy "Thursday." They have some very strong lyrics. -Rock

    ShitForBrains (December 20, 2001)

    I gotta agree with the guy that posted the rant about Fat Wreck/Vagrant... although he could've been a little nicer about it. It is kind of funny to look at everyone's list and see the same bands over and over, and they're all from the "major independent" labels like Fat Wreck, epitaph, vagrant, etc... I like a lot of the stuff those labels put out too, but I also like to explore more labels and more bands...
    if you want to hear some good music, go get the Degenerics - Generica. It is probably the best album to come out in almost 10 years, i shit you not. An absolutely amazing album. It may not be available at Interpunk, and they probably will never play the warped tour, but they are 1000 times better than any band on Epitaph. Or get Pleasure Forever - self titled album. Or get the new Sunshine record. Or the best band ever, the Cure. Or Heart of Snow. Or get the Joy Division box set (i think that was just released in the US this year). Or get the new Planes Mistaken For Stars - Fuck with Fire. Or get The Icarus Line - Mono.

    Seriously, if you have Alkaline Trio, Pennywise, Rx Bandits, Rise Against or Fenix TX on your list, you obviously need to broaden your playlist. There is so much great music that you're missing for this bland repetitive crap. Yes, it is a matter of opinion, but it's hard to have a good opinion when half of your record collection came from Fat Wreck Chords.

    maverick (December 20, 2001)

    to the guy 5 posts down:
    Mates of State didn't come out with an album this year, "My Solo Project" came out last year [I should know, I named it my number one album of 2000]. Their new album drops on Polyvinyl Janurary 22nd, I believe. That also should've been on my "most anticipated" list, the Mates fucking rule.


    SaYnE_GuY (December 20, 2001)

    1) Strike Anywhere-Change is a sound
    2) Ignite-Still Screaming for Change
    3) Fugiza-The Argument
    4) Rise Against-The Unraveling
    5) Dropkick Murphys- Sing Loud
    6) Anti-Flag-Undergound Network
    7) Breath In-From This Day On

    Anonymous (December 20, 2001)

    to the ass four posts down (i think) that ranted that everyone lists stuff from fat/epitaph/vagrant. i guess if we don't like the music that you like we are lower class citizens or not "punk" enough? who the fuck cares. i guess your some tough "punk rocker" who only listens to shit because nobody's ever heard of them? i'm willing to bet there is some green day or blink in your music collection. IT'S ALL A MATTER OF OPINION. so what if someone likes the new Alkaline Trio and you don't, don't listen to it you jackass...just keep in mind that everyone has certain tastes in music and can't be as cool as you....

    Anonymous (December 20, 2001)

    Another Top Ten:

    1)Strike Anywhere - Change is a Sound
    2)Propagandhi - Todays Empires,
    Tomorrows Ashes
    3)Bigwig - Invitation to Tragedy
    4)Stretch Armstrong - A Revolution Transmission
    5)Reach the Sky - Friends, Lies and The End of The World
    6)Thrice - Identity Crisis
    7)Pulley - Together Again
    8)Rx Bandits - Progress
    9)Thursday - Full Collapse
    10)Suicide Machines - Steal This Record

    Most Anticipated in 2002:
    Strung Out - American Paradox

    Anonymous (December 20, 2001)

    Oh i forgot to say that no, lack of sleep, you are not a punk.

    Anonymous (December 20, 2001)

    Pat 41 is stupid. Anyway, the best album of the year that has been released is Jane Doe by those Converge maniacs. The best album this year that hasn't been released yet is that new Dillinger EP E.P. Honorable mentions: Shat - Cum Flavored Lollipops, Darkest Hour - So Sedated, So Secure, and N'Sync's new shit.

    Anonymous (December 20, 2001)

    what the fuck is wrong with all of you fucking people! all of your lists are practically identical! i see people with like half their list from fat wreck, and half from vagrant! what is wrong with you? you call yourselves punks, but you can't get beyond sub-commercial punk rock? my god, how pathetic. there's so much better music out there, and yet you can't get past the new Bigwig album? i feel sorry for you. you've let a corporate ideal take a music out of your hands.
    here's a tip: everything vagrant put out this is utter bullshit, except the Rocket from the Crypt. everything fat and epitaph put out this year is crap, except the Propagandhi. everything victory put out this year is lame, except the Darkest Hour. everything fueled by ramen put out is total crap- no exception. everything on the radio is shit, except MAYBE the jimmy eat world, i'm still not sure. do yourself a favor, and think outside the guidelines. you're mind will thank you.
    top ten worst/dissapointments of 2000
    1)alkaline trio, "infirmary"- this is total radio bullshit
    2)grade, "feetfirst"- lyrically, this album sounds like terrible seventh grade goth poetry. musically, it's the same song for an hour or so.
    3)as friends rust, "won"- wow. lame. get the fists of time, and see why.
    4)american steel, "jagged thoughts"- admittedly, it's different and creative, but that doesn't change the fact that it's mostly crap
    5)saves the day, "stay"- they will never sound like "can't slow down" again. they're done. lyrical bullshit, crappy tunes.
    6)everything fat/epitaph (except Propagandhi of course, and they're hardly on fat anymore)- why? total generic shit. you can't dispute this, although the Randy album isn't terrible.
    7)thursday, "full collapse"- give me a break. terrible screaming, vocally and lyrically decent, but musically lame. a good idea gone wrong. there are many bands who've done this so much better.
    the best album of the year is a split between the mates of state and strike anywhere. best live band is between river city rebels and the panda squad, so get with it. bands to look for include the static age and the robotnics. do it for yourself, become an individual again.

    Anonymous (December 20, 2001)

    Much love for the tool and SOAD albums being in your top ten. Two of mine, too. Lateralus and Toxicity were the crowns of this year, and if the Process of Belife would have come out this year, it would have been in there too. I too have heard the album, and it is SO SWEET. I've had it for about a month, and my god, I didn't think BR could ever outdo themselves, but they did. Maybe the best BR record ever.

    Anonymous (December 20, 2001)

    here's my list. if there's a band/album you don't like, just feel free to substitute it in your minds. i don't know what the means.
    jesus s(h)aves

    ok top albums, in no order cause I'm lazy:
    weezer - weezer
    jimmy eat world - bleed american
    As Friends Rust - Won
    Dashboard Confessional - PYHCTFTM
    Inspection 12 - In Recovery
    Saves the Day - Stay What You Are
    Useless ID - Bad Story, Happy Ending
    (that cd fucking rocks!!!)
    The Ataris - End is Forever
    Allister - Dead Ends and Girl Friends
    Strech Armstrong - A Revolution Transmission
    Bigwig - Invitation to Tragedy
    Alkaline Trio - From Here to Infirmary

    most disappointing albums are probably Fenix Tx - Lechuza cause the first CD wasn't bad (so what if its from 2000, that doesnt diminish the suck factor), H20 - Go! because it marked the death of one of the greatest bands ever to crawl out of New York other than maybe Choking Victim, The BOuncing Souls and the Ramones, Movielife - Have a Gambling Problem because they used to be amazing, Agnostic Front - Dead Yuppies cause it blew ass, Antifreeze - Four Letter Words because its bland, shittily produced, empty, unoriginal, and has shitty lyrics.
    most anticipated are the NOFX/Rancid split, the new Weezer, Shai Hulud, and more.

    Anonymous (December 20, 2001)

    10. Grade - Headfirst...
    09. Hot Water Music - A Flight & A Crash
    08. Ghostface Killah - Bulletproof
    Wallets (yea motherfucker, you
    know it is)
    07. Bane - Give Blood
    06. SOAD - Toxicity
    05. Death By Stereo - Day Of The Death
    04. Rise Against - The Unraveling
    03. Slayer - God Hates Us All
    02. Thrice - Identity Crisis
    01. Fugazi - The Argument

    pat41 (December 20, 2001)

    Looking back on some of the top tens people have put up leaves me with one question.... HOW IN THE WORLD DID LINKIN PARK GET ON ANYBODY'S LIST?! I saw it on somebodys... i know my list is a little wierd and some may not agree but linkin park is a waste of anyones time. The lead singer is a wasted talent... he COULD be soooo good if used correctly but instead they over use that rap guy which ruins most of the songs like the new single in the end. That song is decent except for the rap "parts". Its pretty much one part used over and over. When the good singer has real lyrics that change throughout the song... Im sorry to rant and rave about them because I know it goes against everything I believe in that I say that a band is terrible because I dont enjoy them but come on Linkin Park is even a recording label manufactured band that was made to go along with the rap/rock trend. Jeez... oh yea.. add Sevendust "Animosity" to my list down below.-pat41

    jheisel (December 20, 2001)

    oops, i forgot the volante cd - 45 degrees north. that cd is pretty bomb, too.

    jheisel (December 20, 2001)

    okay, this is not in any order, and i am sure i am leaving some things out, but this is a bunch of albums that i believe came out in 2k1 that i remember liking a lot:

    sigur ros - agaetis byrjun (ok, this is actually old, but only came out in the us this year)
    radiohead - amnesiac
    providence union - die me infinity 4
    murder in the red barn - get in before the rain
    milemarker - anaesthetic
    lovesick - s/t
    lucero - s/t
    le tigre - feminist sweepstakes
    liars - they threw us all in a trench and stuck a monument on top
    ted leo/pharmacists - tyranny of distance
    her space holiday - manic expressive
    haymarket riot - bloodshot eyes
    fugazi - the argument
    the flaming stars - ginmill perfume
    the faint - danse macabre
    the convocation of - pyramid technology
    crooked fingers - bring on the snakes
    the apes - the fugue in the fog
    white stripes - white blood cells

    so this is more than 10, yeah, i am just making a shortlist of stuff i liked. i'd have to re-go-over it to make a top 10, but i don't care enough.

    anyway, EPs by pretty girls make graves, murder city devils, and cursive were all good, but an ep really shouldnt' make a top 10 list, IMO.

    Anonymous (December 20, 2001)

    Okay, here goes-
    1.) Pennywise- Land Of The Free- I don't care what any of you little posers say, this album is pure american hardcore punk in the vein of minor threat or bad religion. Pennywise did a superior job with this attention grabbing sonic monster and I can't wait for their next. My favorite of theres is About Time, but this is a close second along with every other pw album.

    2.) The Nerve Agents- Butterfly Collection- Awesome album, these guys came from nowhere and kicked me in my ass. Sounds like minor threat mated with the misfits- badass, hardcore punk rock at it's finest. If you don't know these guys, go get this album now.

    3.) Rollins Band- Nice- OK, I'll admit that this isn't rollin's best album by far(nothing can beat Lifetime) but I basically love anything Rollins records so I naturally caught on to this hard and angry mixture of blues, punk, and rock&roll. Best songs on the cd are "Gone Inside the Zero", "We Walk Alone", "One Shot", and "Hello".

    4.) Lars Fredericksen & The Bastards- S/T- If you've heard this superior street punk album, then you know what I mean about being excellent! Instant punk classic!

    5.) Good Riddance- Symptoms of a Leveling Spirit- My favorite GR album is Operation Pheonix, but this one captures the same hardcore energy that the previous had.

    6.) Strike Anywhere- Change Is A Sound- Damn, fast, loud, hardcore AND beautiful production.

    7.) Raised Fist- Ignoring The Guidlines- One word describes this album- IN-FUCKIN-SANE! THE craziest, loudest, fastest, and most alarming hardcore record of the year!

    8.) Death By Stereo- Day Of The Death- These guys took their awesome sound and rocketed to the next level. Oh yeah, I love this shit!

    9.) Anti Flag- Underground Network- Great album all around. Better than A New Kind Of Army, and that's hard to beat!

    10.)Zerodown- With a Lifetime to Pay- Awesome band and an awesome album. I live in the same town as Jim Cherry so I got this album from my friend who works with him about four months before it came out. It's amazing that these guys didn't get huge in an instant. These songs remind me of a mixture of bad religion and nirvana!

    Biggest Dissapointments-
    1.) Stone Temple Pilots- Shangri La Dee Da- Not punk, but oh well. I was hoping for a harder and colder album like Core, but instead I got another pop rock album like No. 4. Not bad, just nowhere near great.
    2.) Weezer- Green Album- Didn't like this album much at all. Has some good catchy hooks, but nothing more.
    3.) Guttermouth- Covered with Aunts- Some good songs, but they have lost their "over the top" edge which made them so great.

    Most annticipated of 2002-
    1.) Bad Religion- Process of Belief(I've already got the album and it will most likely be the best of the year, not to mention all time)
    2.) Descendents- TBA
    3.) Lagwagon- TBA
    4.) 1208- Feedback is Payback
    5.) Dag Nasty- TBA
    6.) Social Distortion- TBA
    7.) No Use For A Name- TBA
    8.) Rancid/ NOFX Split
    9.) AFI- TBA
    10.) Circle Jerks- TBA

    Anonymous (December 20, 2001)

    my name is red, i live in wellington new zealand, i carnt spel but i have the new bad religion albim. i shit u not.

    I T I S A M A Z I N G

    but im not sposed to no that.

    the last track = amazing.
    in fact evry track is. i luv my computer


    Anonymous (December 20, 2001)

    my name is red, i live in wellington new zealand, i carnt spel but i have the new bad religion albim. i shit u not.

    I T I S A M A Z I N G

    Anonymous (December 19, 2001)

    Word up this is pat41 and here is my top ten.. bet you all cant wait:

    10. Weezer "Green Album"
    9. Saves The Day "Stay What you are"
    8. System of a Down "Toxicity"
    7. Tool "Lateralus"
    6. Good Charlotte "Good Charlotte" (yea i know if came out in 2000 but it still deserves recognition since it made a bigger impact in 2001)
    5. DMX "The Great Depression" (fuck you all DMX is bad ass)
    4. Jimmy Eat World "Bleed American"
    3. Gorillaz "Gorillaz"(I head a lot of shit about this album but its different and in a good way that I think music should go)
    2. Thursday "Full Collapse"
    1. Dropkick Murphys "Sing Loud Sing Proud" (Punk with the Irish twist became Irish with a punk twist but I still have to say this shit makes me get fucking rowdy and then makes me "sentimental" at the same time. How could anyone not LOVE the Dropkick Murphys... definitley the best band in my book and I hear that their split with Face to Face is kick ass and thats all I can expect from my favorite band ever.) People who visited my sum41 review are probably sitting there scratching there heads saying where is All Killer No Fill which he has defended till the cows come home.. Well Im sorry to tell you that I do have other tastes in music other than just sum41... sorry guys. Sum41 is number 18 or so in my book for 2001. Peace out!-pat41

    Anonymous (December 19, 2001)

    Yes fucking yes......

    1. Rival Schools-united by fate

    2. Inspection 12-in recovery

    3. What do you mean the Promise Ring make a comeback...give me a fucking break...comeback from what?


    Anonymous (December 19, 2001)

    jigga what.'s wrong with you guys, i'd agree with most of those choices, u guys are too close minded to shit that ain't punk

    guitarer1c2 (December 19, 2001)

    Ok, sorry to stoop to your level, but you are the only idiot here. "Lechuza" came out in May of 2001. Check your facts before you start acting like a moron.

    Anonymous (December 19, 2001)

    You guys are fucking idiots, all of you who said that "lechuza" by fenitx tx was one of the best in 2001 are idiots. Mostly because the fucking cd came out in 2000, not 2001....... Retards

    Anonymous (December 19, 2001)

    My top 10:

    10) Rise Against "The Unraveling"

    9) Thrice "Identity Crises"

    8) Propagandhi "Todays Empires, Tomorrows Ashes"

    7) As Friends Rust "Won"

    6) Cursive "Burst and Boom"

    5) Garrison "Be A Criminal"

    4) Small Brown Bike "Dead Reckoning"

    3) Stretch Armstrong "A Revolution Transmission"

    2) Fugazi "The Argument"

    1) Thursday "Full Collapse"

    SideLinedForLife (December 19, 2001)

    I agree this is a punk site. and i also agree some bands have had influences on other punk bands but the fact is the Gorillaz who are pretty cool are not even close to being punk. It would be pretty cool to bend the rules here and let people express themselves openly. -Rock

    Anonymous (December 19, 2001)

    1. Strike Anywhere
    2. HWM
    3. SBB
    4. AAA - nothing new for trash like you... maybe not this year tho'
    5. Glen Phillips
    6. Dead Letter Dept. aka the stiffs
    7. foundations s/t
    8. ann beretta - bitter tonbgues (came out on vinyl ;p )
    9. bombs over providence
    10. closet m onster

    Anonymous (December 19, 2001)

    to the person who was talking shit about the Gorillaz...how about downloading "5/4" or "Punk" or "M1-A1" they have plenty of punk influence and seeing as how the lead singer was the old singer for Blur i dont think you should talk shit about them anymore.

    lackofsleep (December 19, 2001)

    "Anonymous" i mean

    lackofsleep (December 19, 2001)

    i would have respect for your opinion as well, if you would stop posting under "Someone"

    lackofsleep (December 19, 2001)

    and as i said when i posted it, its MY top albums of the year, so i dont give a shit...i liked that album...i dont listen to just "punk" i have an open mind...in fact i'm listening to Moby right now, what do you think of that? are you gonna tell me i'm not punk?

    Anonymous (December 19, 2001)

    1.Propagandhì: Today's empires, tommorow's ashes.
    2.Bad Religion: The Process of Belief(2002)
    3.Good Riddance: Symptoms of a levelling spirit.
    4.Bigwig: Invitation to Tragedy
    5.The Noise Conspiracy

    Anonymous (December 19, 2001)

    Just a reminder we are on punknews. Org and i respect everyones opinion but like the person below me, the gorillaz? I wish people would stop posting list taht have bands that are not even close to punk. Damn its really starting to piss me off.

    lackofsleep (December 19, 2001)

    MY favorite albums of 2001

    1) Alkaline Trio - From Here To Infirmary
    2) Gorillaz - S/T
    3) Ben Folds - Rockin' the Suburbs
    4) Rufio - Perhaps, I Suppose...
    5) Saves the Day - Stay What You Are
    6) Mest - Destination Unknown
    7) Fenix*TX - Lechuza
    8) Burning Airlines - Identikit
    9) Suicide Machines - Steal this Record
    10) Incubus - Morning View
    11) the Getupkids - Eudora
    12) Rocket From the Crypt - Group Sounds
    13) No Motiv - Diagram for Healing

    thats all...the only shit album was Weezer's green album...i'm giving them ONE more chance...

    Duk (December 19, 2001)

    Here's mine:

    Strike Anywhere - Change is a Sound
    Rise Against - The Unravelling
    Good Riddance - Symptoms of a Leveling Spirit
    Reach the Sky - Friends, Lies and The End of The World
    Bane - Give Blood
    Bouncing Souls - How I Spent my Summer Vacation
    Fugazi - The Argument
    Soul Brains - Live at maratime Hall, SF
    Never Give In: A Tribute to bad brains
    Converge - Jane Doe

    Anonymous (December 19, 2001)

    my top ten of 2001 in no perticular order are:

    saves the day ; stay what you are
    - it sure saved a lot of my days!

    death by stereo; day of the death
    - fucking awesome

    Jimmy eat world- bleed american
    - amazing writers,

    good riddance- symptoms of a leveling spirit
    - russ is better than ever

    thursday- full collapse
    -rush of emotions, of all kinds!

    Randy-human atom bombs
    hilarious , great lyrics,

    hey mercedes- sooo good, amazing guitar riffs and drum beats

    international) noise conspiracy -a new morning
    -catchy , fun , with amazing lyrics plus a cool essay to read

    propagandhi- todays empires...
    amazing , brilliant lyrics

    bigwig- invitation to tragedy
    they have always been one of my faves

    most anticipated album of 2002: definitly Choke

    maybe Shai hulud , but i don't know if that cd is ever going to come out

    Anonymous (December 19, 2001)

    some of the stuff i havent really listened to enough but i would say that the best albums, in my opinion, for this year are bleed american by jimmy eat world and elva by unwritten law.

    Anonymous (December 19, 2001)

    hey ya fuckin METALHEAD, from here to the infirmary was not a let down to this big time alk3 fan. admittedly, the green album let me down cuz it didn't rock enuff. how bout you get some punk rock to listen to, considering this is punknews.org. can anyone explain to me what the big deal with T(I)NC is? cuz, i'm lost. thanx.

    ShitForBrains (December 19, 2001)

    Here are some releases i liked in the past year (not a complete list):

    the Degenerics - Generica (came out in 2000, but this IS the best album to come out since 1992! This is an absolutley essential, AMAZING album!)
    Pleasure Forever 'S/T'
    Ted Leo/Pharmacists - "the Tyranny of Distance"
    DE FACTO "Megaton Shotblast"
    Heart of Snow "Endure or More"
    The Cure - Greatest Hits
    BLOOD BROTHERS Rumors Laid Waste CD
    Fugazi - the Argument
    Planes Mistaken For Stars - Fuck with Fire
    The Icarus Line - Mono
    Dismemberment Plan - Change
    If Hankshaw had put out a new album this year, it would've been in here too.

    Anonymous (December 19, 2001)

    I don't see anyone with Mediocre Generica by Leftover Crack. That album is the heat and they played in Bozeman MT. How much cooler could a band (and album) be?

    Anonymous (December 19, 2001)

    system and tool are not punk bands. oh well. heres some of my favorites from 2001:


    Ataris-end is forever

    Pennywise-land of the free?

    sum 41- aknf (i know they sold out but i bought this when it first came out)

    bouncing souls-how i spent my summer vacation

    alkaline trio-from here to infirmary

    weezer-green album

    punk o ramma 6

    jimmy eat world-bleed american

    fenix tx-lechuza (i love this cd)

    well there ya go. let the making fun of commence (oh and sum 41 is not hardcore. who ever said that is on drugs.


    Anonymous (December 19, 2001)

    most anticipated it easily the new dillinger four album.

    best album of 2001 : rocket from the crypt-group sounds

    Anonymous (December 19, 2001)

    hahahaha, i gotta comment on this one, someone just said, sum 41, best hardcore album ever! what the fuck! hahahahaha

    Anonymous (December 19, 2001)

    MY TOP 5 ALBUMS of 2001...
    (in no particular order)
    Saves The Day - Stay What You Are
    Bigwig - Invitation to Tragedy
    Propaghandi - Today's Empires...
    Fairweather - If They Move, Kill Them
    Thursday - Full Collapse
    Gatsby's American Dream - Why We Fight
    Blood Brothers - not sure of title yet
    Finch full length
    Strung Out - American Paradox
    new Whippersnapper on Fueled By Ramen

    Anonymous (December 19, 2001)

    Whatever...here's my list..not much good came outta 2001 in my opinion

    1.) Pennywise- Land Of The Free
    2.) The Nerve Agents- Butterfly Connection
    3.) Good Riddance- Symptoms of a Leveling Spirit
    4.) Rollins Band- Nice
    5.) Lars and the Bastards- ST
    6.) Strike Anywhere- Change Is A Sound
    7.) Zero Down- With a Lifetime To Pay
    8.) The Deviates- Time Is The Distance
    9.) TSOL- Dissappear
    10.) Anti Flag- Underground Network

    Anonymous (December 19, 2001)

    I'm all about Rise Against's "The Unraveling" album. Good, good stuff! Go see them live if you get the chance as well.

    - Kyle

    ETx310 (December 18, 2001)

    I don't agree with any of these top 10 lists either... but that's what makes it so cool. Everyone has a voice here. It's nothing to get mad about. Keep the lists coming

    Anonymous (December 18, 2001)

    Hey scott,
    i think jim adkins sumed it up when he said:

    do your best
    do everything you can
    don't worry what their bitter hearts
    are going to say

    i agree jim, i agree

    Anonymous (December 18, 2001)

    after the eulogy is a 2000 release. It was originally released early 2000 on Victory. They re-released it this year when they signed to wind-up with a new song, but the original release has been out for almost 2 years now.

    sickboi (December 18, 2001)

    The new Wu Tang owns everything, maybe I'm not "punk" enough, but damn, that shit is amazing.

    Anonymous (December 18, 2001)

    Enough with all these personal top ten lists. More than half of you include records that were never even produce in 2001. If you write a list, please include records that actually came out during the year. Seriously, how hard can that be

    Anonymous (December 18, 2001)

    after the eulogy got rereleased in 2001. and Rancids album is also 2000 isnt it? I am pretty sure its Rancid - Rancid 2000. A fucking awesome album nonetheless. How can you say Rwanda and Radio Havana aren't good???? The whole thing rips me a new asshole. Oh yea, so does american nightmare.

    - skull

    guitarer1c2 (December 18, 2001)

    First of all, I think your list was very interesting. Way to go. Maybe not my faves but who cares?

    Ok, here are my faves (in no particular order)

    1. Ben Folds-Rockin' the Suburbs
    To you all, BUY THIS! It is frickin' awesome and ten times better than anything Ben Folds Five ever did (in my opinion)

    2. Alkaline Trio-From Here To Infirmary
    I don't care what you guys say, I love this album. Maybe I'm not an "old-school" fan but whatever, it rocks.

    3. Craig's Brother-Lost at Sea
    Incredible album. Great harmonies, awesome guitars, sweet tunes, I recommend it.

    4. Inspection 12-In Recovery
    This is what pop-punk, to me, is all about. I cannot believe these guys are only 21... wow.

    5. Propagandhi-Today's Empires Tomorrow's Ashes
    Great political record.

    6. Me First and the Gimme Gimmes-Blow in the Wind
    In my opinion, their best record so far. The song choices, production, and boozing are all top-notch.

    7. Bodyjar-How it Works
    I'm pretty sure this is from this year but whatever. Great album from a cool Australian band. Roger from LTJ told me about them so of course I had to check it out. Very unique.

    8. Saves the Day-Stay What You Are
    Ok, I really could care less what anyone says about this one because it's one of my faves for the year. A totally new sound, yet it's still the same STD I love. Great melodies and vocals and newfound technical skill abound, this record is rockin.

    9. Rx Bandits-Progress
    What do I call this cd? Ska? Punk? Reggae? I have no idea but I love it. A few songs are kinda weak but there are so many awesome tunes it's worth it. I'm not a fan of their older stuff but this album really did it for me.

    10. Dashboard Confessional-The Places That You've Come to Fear the Most
    I love this band. The songs are awesome and Chris is a really cool guy. Check them out live if you enjoy sing alongs.

    Biggest disappointments:

    Pennywise-Land of the Free
    For some reason, I expected this to sound at least SOMEWHAT different than their other stuff. It didn't. They've successfully managed to write the exact same song about 500 times. Way to go.

    I expected an awesome follow-up to Pinkerton and I was very disappointed. I had heard they were going back to their early sound...ok cool, another 40 min album filled with great tunes. Instead, I get a 29 min long album filled with...filler.

    The Movielife-The Movielife Has A Gambling Problem
    Wow. This EP sounds nothing like "This Time Next Year" and that, my friend, is a big mistake. Ick. The melodies are boring, the production is kinda lame... What happened?

    Anonymous (December 18, 2001)

    I was reading all the top ten lists and I liked seeing that a lot of the fellow punks don't just listen to punk. I thought I would post my choices. I can't remember all the CD's I liked that came out in 2001 so I'm just going to write my choices and hope none of them are 2000. These are in no real order.

    10. Alkaline Trio-From here to infirmary It's not the best material by them and some people may think they have gone a little too poppy, but I still think Alkaline Trio is great and this is a good CD.

    9. Rise Against-The Unraveling Holy shit! This is increadably good. Fat Wreck has been signing a few more diverse bands lately (a little less pop in everyone's life is a good thing) and Rise Against is one of them. Ex-members of 88 Fingers Louie still kicking some major ass with emotional and intense all wrapped into one sonic burst (lame, I know).

    8. Sick of it all-Yours Truly These guys have been around for fifteen years and without changing their sound or compromising their beliefs they still know how to write an intense hardcore song. Maybe not their best CD, but still really well thought out.

    7. Rancid-Rancid 2001 A few of the songs on here aren't good, ("Rwanda" is all right and "Radio Havana" is no good), but the rest of the CD is intense. Some of the best music Rancid has ever put out.

    6. Imbroco-Are you my lionkiller? The best band you may not have heard of. Members of Texas is the reason, Pop Unknown, and The Impossibles lay down six, good solid emo songs. Most people don't like it the first time they hear it, even I didn't think much of it, but now I love it. I just wish it was longer.

    5. Propagandhi-Today's Empire, Tommorow's Ashes This is fan-fucking-tastic. Every note, every scream, every beat is absolutly perfect, in my humble opinion. This is a great CD for just driving along causing shit. One of the best Canadian bands ever.

    4. Strike Anywhere-Change is a sound The singer from Inquisition is still delivering the goods. Well thought out lyrics and hard, fast, melodic music combine to create an album you won't be able to stop listening to. The first time I heard these guys I was speechless. Words can not do this justice. If you like hardcore at all than you have to own this.

    3. System of a down-Toxicity Leaps and bounds ahead of the self-titled. The first CD is good, really, really good, but this is just incredable. I've been saying that about most of the albums on here but it's all true. This CD is the perfect blend of sarcasim, politics, metal, hardcore and punk. There is not one bad song on this CD and it will have you shreiking along in no time. Although Serj is no Jello Biafra. Sorry.

    2. Misfits-Cuts from the Crypt Some of the songs aren't good, ("I gotta right", "Monster Mash", "I wanna be a NY ranger" and "Rise Above") but the other thirteen are really well done songs, especially the Mars Attacks Demo's. Those songs are pure genius.

    1. Ignite-Still screaming for change I know it's all their old stuff, but it was released in 2001 so it counts. This is another absolutely perfect CD. Not one song disappoints. I haven't stopped listening to this for a few months, it's so good. Melody, Zoli's voice, heavy guitars, fast drums, everything you could ask for.

    So that's it. Make fun of me if you will, but if you like my choices e-mail me at afi@insanitymail.com

    layawayplan (December 18, 2001)

    yeah, Art of Drowning was 2000. So was After the Eulogy. That was like 2 years ago...why is everyone putting that on their list? I know it rocks and all, but instead put on a 2001 release, like Raised Fist - Ignoring the Guidelines. Simply amazing. As for the most anticipated release, Choke is supposed to have some new stuff out soon. I have no idea what it'll sound like, but knowing Choke, it'll blow everything away.

    Anonymous (December 18, 2001)

    ummmm... where is american nightmare - background music? Def. the best album that I bought of 2001.... and I bought alot of albums.

    Other cool shiz:
    Bane- Give Blood
    an- background music
    DKM- Sing Loud, Sing Proud - The irish thing is getting a little intense. They guys still rule tho... congrats Ken.
    Stretch Armstrong- Revolution Transmission
    AFI - AOD (was this 2001?)

    Now if you will excuse me, I'm gonna check out this SOAD band everyone is dissing/ talking about.


    westsidepunk (December 18, 2001)

    Your list for top ten isn't bad. I definitely give you credit for having the balls to put SOAD and Tool on there.
    Here are my ten best of 2001:

    10. Ruffio - Perhaps I suppose
    I don't Know what it is about this record, it is cheesy pop punk, but done very well. They put bands like NFG to shame.

    9.Something Corporate - Audioboxer
    When I got this album I didn't know what to expect, but it was an amazing treat. The songs are well crafted and arranged and they really have feeling in them. A good debut.

    8. Thrice - Identity Crisis
    One of the best debut records I have ever heard. I expect great things from this band.

    7. Alkaline Trio - From Here to Infirmary
    I really enjoy this record, although I know many feel it is a step down from their previous work, i disagree. i think it has more energy and excitment and the songs are better. The production is also a step up on this.

    6. Dropkick Murphys - Sing Loud Sing Proud
    Wow, the DKM really out do themselves here. Their music has definitely gone more towards the celtic influences, but I don't think thats a bad thing. I love putting this record on and drinking. My friends come over, we sing along play cards and get drunk. Can't beat that.

    5.Acceptance - various demo recordings
    This band is one of the most amazing finds in a while. You can check out three of these demos at http://www.mp3.com/acceptance They have a definte indie rock/punk style that I don't really know how to compare to. I have been going to their shows locally for years, but it is only now that they have become so good. Look for them to have a records out next year on a decent sized label.

    4.Hot Water Music - A flight and a Crash
    HWM at their absolute best. I really think they are one of the most important bands out there

    3. Jimmy Eat World - Bleed American
    I know, I know, its not clarity. Clarity would have been my number one if it was from this year, but this record makes the top ten for different reasons than clarity. Bleed American is one of the most fun records to listen to in a while. I love to sing along to it and feel what it is saying to me.
    2.Thursday Full Collapse
    The first time I heard this band I was blown away They were amazingly fresh and original. That can also be said for this album
    Saves the Day - stay what you are
    Stay What You Are had the most mixed critical response of any record this year in my opinion. I think for most people it was a like it or hate it type thing. Personally I loved it and i think we will hear alot of young bands copying the sound of this record for years to come. They started out being criticized for sounding too much like Lifetime, and now we will see bands criticized for trying to be Saves the Day. It has com full circle.

    Worst shit of the year:

    Anniversary/Superdrag Split
    This cd sucked so bad I threw out the window of my car ten minutes after buybing. Designing a Nervous Breakdown was so amazing I cannot fathom how they came out with this shit. I still have hope for Your Majesty though.

    Starting Line - Most Blatant NFG rip off band in history. Its like jeeze, you could at least rip of nothing gold can stay era NFG, at least that stuff was decent.

    MxPx Rennasaince E.P.
    One of the first bands I really got into finnaly let me down with this shit. Their next record better be good. If its like this they may as well go back to plying shows in Church basements cause no one else will care.

    Most Anticipated 2002:
    Bad Religion, Less Than Jake, Thursday, MxPx, Get Up Kids, Weezer, Jealous Sound, Acceptance, Movielife, FINCH, Face to Face, Bouncing Souls, Green Day, Something Corporate, Home Grown

    sXe_nick (December 18, 2001)

    i noticed someone had creed in thier top 10. WHAT THE FUCK!? How can you take that band seriously, they are terrible. Might as well punk limp bizket along with them.

    Anonymous (December 18, 2001)

    Also, am I the only one who doesn't like Tool? I used to love them, but for a band with so much talent, their songs are really boring. They keep writing the same song over and over it seems. Maybe it's just me.


    Anonymous (December 18, 2001)

    oh and by the way the 14 y/o girls latest was the best album of this year.....andrew's hot!!!!....anyway....go team.

    Anonymous (December 18, 2001)

    how incredibly bland are some of yr top 10 choices. i don't think i've read one list that i can semi agree with..are you people completely culture-less? do you have no passion, or is it that you have as much passion for music as some of these bands... anyway go watch mtv and whore yrself off to the newest is plagerized sound......wo0o but my mom's telling me that we're going to go eat boquet burrito...{score} nite

    Anonymous (December 18, 2001)

    How can painaxl say Suicide Machines Steal This Record was a disapointment? Did you hear the album before it? That was a disapointment! Sure STR wasnt their best work but at least it was punk.
    Album of the Year - Grade -Headfirst, Straight to Hell. Oh yeah, and Bouncing Souls... and Propagandhi. I'm sure there's a few more but I need some more time to think. Oh yeah, Moneen was good too.


    atimeparadox (December 18, 2001)

    I sure love it how everyone feels the need to bash everyone else's opinion. Very punk rock. But then again i forgot that punk was all about pressing your views on other people

    Anonymous (December 18, 2001)

    How can painaxl say Suicide Machines Steal This Record was a disapointment? Did you hear the album before it? That was a disapointment! Sure STR wasnt their best work but at least it was punk.
    Album of the Year - Grade -Headfirst, Straight to Hell. Oh yeah, and Bouncing Souls... and Propagandhi.

    Anonymous (December 18, 2001)

    Nooo way dude, how the fuck could Blink 182 or Sum 41's new album not make your top 10 list? Haha joking man, not bad choices but I would of never left out "Destination Unkown" by Mest, nor would I of not left out "Land Of The Free?" by Pennywise, and of course "Foot in Mouth" by Goldfinger. Next year Id look out for new albums by HOPE, The Ataris, Goldfinger, Simple Plan, The Starting Line, and of course the new Bad Religion and MILLENCOLIN albums.

    SMstealthisrecordshldrock (December 18, 2001)

    These are the cds that i thought are awesome that came out this year
    7.System of a Down-Toxity
    6.Pennywise-Land of the Free?
    5.Propaghandi-Todays empire
    4.Catch 22- All washed up and through the ringer
    3.Anti-flag-Underground Network
    2.Rx Bandits- Progress
    1. Suicide Machines- Steal this Record

    and many others.....

    moldy (December 18, 2001)

    good list, but i would have put Propagandhi "Todays empires tomarrows ashes" and Joe Strummer "Global A Go Go"

    Anonymous (December 18, 2001)

    Top Ten Releases of 2001:

    10. Anti-Flag - Underground Network
    9. Further Seems Forever - The Moon is Down
    8. Thursday - Full Collapse
    7. No Motiv - A Diagram For Healing
    6. Dashboard Confessional - The Places You Have Come To Fear the Most
    5. Hey Mercedes - Everynight Fireworks
    4. Saves the Day - Stay What You Are
    This one really grew on me. At first, it's poppy and awful, but after listening to some of their darkest lyrics yet, it gets better. Not their best, but a strong release.
    3. The Impossibles - 4 Song Brick Bomb
    Only four songs, but probably the four best Impossibles songs ever. They flow together flawlessly and are great independently as well.
    2. Hot Water Music - A Flight and a Crash
    This one almost lives up to Fuel For the Hate Game. Powerful, albeit slickly produced, and hard driving HWM at their best.
    1. RxBandits - Progress
    Wow, how much thought, talent, protest, soul and ability can one group put into an album? This CD mixes everything very, very well.
    Biggest Disappointments:
    The Movielife - ...Has a Gambling Problem
    Weezer - Green Album
    Suicide Machines - Steal This Record
    The Ataris - End is Forever

    ncg1 (December 18, 2001)

    A lot of these are wicked lame. The fact is, I don't think there are ten albums that came out this year worth mentioning.

    Fugazi - "The Argument"
    Fugazi - "Furniture"
    Planes Mistaken for Stars - "Fuck With Fire"
    The Appleseed Cast - "Low Level Owl 1"
    The Appleseed Cast - "Low Level Owl 2"

    FYI: I saw the Get Up Kids and Appleseed Cast live, and the Appleseed Cast was fucking amazing. I always though "The End of the Ring Wars" was one of the best, and most intense albums, but the live show they play is better.

    The Get Up Kids played hella well, but they only played one song from "Four Minute Mile", and it wasn't "Shorty". That's lame. The new stuff they're recording now blows. It seriously sounded like new wave/devo style. LAME. They better fix that.

    "Four Minute Mile" was one of the best albums. "Something to Write Home About" wasn't quite as good, but still decent. The new stuff sounds like ass.

    chrisboredom (December 18, 2001)

    hey mercedes would be one of the best records of the year....that is if braid wasn't such an amazing band. Anything hey mercedes does is nothing compared to Braid.

    Anonymous (December 18, 2001)

    The Goods
    1. Smackin' Isaiah - Benefits of Thinking out Loud
    2. From Autumn to Ashes - To Bad Your Beautiful
    3. Hot Water Music - A Flight and a Crash
    4. Strike Anywhere - Change is Sound
    5. Deville - Pleasure to Burn
    6. As Friends Rust - Won
    7. Layaway Plan - Solutions to Substance
    8. Diecast - Day of Reckoning
    9. American Steel - Jagged Thoughts
    10. Over it - Hindsight is 20/20

    Other cool releases: Waterdown, Raised Fist, Death by Stereo, Tiger Army, Unearth, Darkest Hour, Good Riddance, Bodyjar, Welt

    RxJEWgazi (December 18, 2001)

    I thought id add my favorites for fun

    1. Weezer-The Green Album
    Come on...Its AMAZING!

    2. Sum 41-All Killer no Filler
    One of the best hardcore records EVER!!!

    3. Blink-182-Take off your pants and jacket
    Pure genius!!!!!

    4. Linkin Park-Hybrid theory

    5. Green Day-Warning
    Its AMAZING!

    Bryne (December 18, 2001)

    Well, here is MY top ten. I know this is a punk site, but I listen to a lot of music besides punk, so here you go:

    1. Rx Bandits - Progress
    2. System of a Down - Toxicity
    3. Jimmy Eat World - Bleed American
    4. Saves The Day - Stay What You Are
    5. Cold - 13 Ways To Bleed On Stage
    6. Tantric - Tantric
    7. Default - The Fallout
    8. Lit - Atomic
    9. Incubus - Morning View
    10. Green Day - International Superhits!

    As crappy as that lit may look, these are the albums I've been listening to the most, and that's what I'm going by here. Pretty lame that a greatest hits package made my top ten list. Oh well.

    Pinhead (December 18, 2001)

    Alright, let's see.

    1-System Of A Down- Toxicity
    The production on this cd is mind blowing. Serj's vocals hability are incredible. In overall, my best pick of the year.
    2-Blink-182- Take off your pants and jacket
    Catchy as hell, you might not like them but they're good at what they do. Again, the production on this cd is amazing. Jerry Finn at his best.
    3-Tool- Lateralus
    Listening to Tool is like taking a trip where no other bands can take you too. Tool is also one of the best band to see live.
    4-Incubus- Morning View
    5-Reveille- Bleed The Sky
    6-Sevendust- Animosity
    7-Mest- Destination Unknown
    8-Bigwig- Invitation To Tragedy
    9-Hoobastank- Hoobastank
    10-Raised Fist- Ignoring The Guidelines

    Anonymous (December 18, 2001)

    Don't wonder if the Promise Ring will make a comeback. The new album "Woodwater" is brilliant. The material they released up to this point was fucking insanely good. "Comeback"??? I don't get it? Strange how you were dissapointed with JEW "Bleed American" it was solid.

    liquidinvert (December 18, 2001)

    Well here's my list in no paricular order.
    Eighteen Hundred and Froze To Death - The last staple in this paper coffin

    Fantômas - The directors cut

    Small Brown Bike - Dead reckoning

    The Slackers - Wasted Day's

    Propagandhi - Today's Empires, Tomorrow's Ashes

    Radiohead - Amnesiac

    Thursday - Full Colapse

    The (international) noise conspiracy - a new morning, changing weather

    Bad Astronaut - Acrophobe

    Yeah I know that's only nine.
    Well I really didn't buy enough new realeses this year, some CD's that should probably be here are hot water music - a flight and a crash, RX bandits - progress, and Fugazi - The Argument.

    SideLinedForLife (December 18, 2001)

    Here is my top 10 cd for 2001:

    10. Good Riddance- Symptoms of a Leveling Spirit: All I have to say about this is its fast and your mom probably won't like this.

    9. No Motiv- Diagram For Healing: Beautiful lyrics, and nice original music. You and your girlfriend can agree on this.

    8. Alkaline Trio- From Here to the Infirmary: Ok not many people thought strongly about this but A3 has always played very unique music. The album is so overlooked sometimes.

    7. Diffuser- Injury Loves Melody: Wow this album suprized me big time. Hard to put into words so just go buy it and you will see what I mean.

    6. Antifreeze- Four Letter Words: Think Ataris with keyboards. Very good album, and bery hard to find.

    5. Lonely Kings- Crowning Glory: Im suprised this album has not been review. Do yourself a favor and check out this album it will blow you away. Lyrics are well established, and the melodies will simply put you speachless.

    4. Inspection 12- In Recovery: Very Very suprised this album is not on anyones list. Some of the most creative music around. This is a cd everyone can enjoy anytime, anywhere. The reason this one stands out the most is the fact that it uses elements that most bands never thought of using.

    3. Bad Astronaut- Acrophobe: Once again this is one of the best albums and its nowhere to be found on a top ten list. Are you kidding me? All I pretty much have to say is Joey Cape(Lagwagon) is the lead singer so that right there should pretty much tell you how awesome this album is.

    2. Dashboard Confessional- The Places you Have Come to Fear the Most: Very awsome album that involves the simple element of one guy and his acoustic guitar and he pulls it off in a big way folks.

    1. Ataris- End is Forever: Best lyrics, best sound so that equals the best album. Everyone should own a copy of this cd. This is the cd that gives a new meaning to love songs.

    Well there is my top ten but there is one thing I would like to point out before I move on. I wrote this whole thing and forgot about the best album of the year so just so you know End Is Forever is not the best so here is goes:

    Best Album of 2001: Thursday- Full Collapse

    Hein (December 18, 2001)

    I'm afraid I have to agree with some of the postings out here that say 2001 wasn't really an exceptional good year for new releases. But then again, when I go over the list of reviews I wrote over the year, there's still some pretty good stuff around. Before you say I am a narrow-minded MTV-product punk-dipshit let me tell you I'm 33 and I heard about all the albums that are posted here by all of you. Maybe not very thoroughly, but enough to have an opinion. And still ... I came up with an un-original list. I have this personal feeling that the biggest labels out there, really know what they are signing and they have the best offerings for the bands. So I guess it's just a logical thing, the best bands are on the biggest labels. But of course, you have another opinion.

    1) Ataris - End Is Forever
    2) Alkaline Trio - From Here to ...
    3) Randy - Human Atombombs
    4) Inspection 12 - In Recovery
    5) Strike Anywhere - Change is a Sound
    6) Rise Against - The Unraveling
    7) Recover - Rodeo and Picasso
    8) Bigwig - An Invitation to Tragedy
    9) Park - No Signal
    10) Glasseater - 7 Years Bad Luck

    Can I have some promotion up here? You will find 104 reviews for punk releases in 2001 on my site: www.punkupdates.com< a>

    Anonymous (December 18, 2001)

    I cant believe that no one has mentioned The Appleseed Cast-Low Level Owl vol.1 and 2. Low Level Owl is some of the best music I've ever heard. This band is amazing. Everyone needs to listen to the Appleseed Cast.

    Anonymous (December 18, 2001)

    Top Ten:
    10)Hot water music - Flight and a Crash
    9)Saves the Day - stay what you are
    8)Dashboard Confessional - PYHCTFTM
    7)MxPx - Renassaince EP
    6)Tool - Lateraulus
    5)Fairweather - If they move kill them..
    4)Bouncing Souls- How I spent...
    3)Pennywise - Land of the Free?
    2)Thursday- Full Collapse
    1)Thrice- Identity Crisis

    Most anticipated of 2002: Thrice- Illusion of Safety , Get Up Kids, Thursday and Bad Religion

    SideLinedForLife (December 18, 2001)

    Top 10:

    Eddie (December 18, 2001)

    Here are my Top 10 punk CDs of 2001:

    1) "All Killer, No Filler"--Sum 41
    2) "Take Off Your Pants and Jacket"--blink-182
    3) "Four Letter Words"--Antifreeze
    4) "Weezer a.k.a. The Green Album"--Weezer
    6) "Land of the Free?"--Pennywise
    7) "Bleed American"--Jimmy Eat World
    8) "End is Forever"--The Ataris
    9) "Get a Taste"--Sprung Monkey
    10) Warped Tour '01 Compilation

    Top 10 alt-rock CDs of 2001:

    1) "American Hi-Fi"--American Hi-Fi
    2) "Atomic"--Lit
    3) "Morning View"--Incubus
    4) "ANThology"--Alien Ant Farm
    5) "Tantric"--Tantric
    6) "Wheathered"--Creed
    7) "Silver Side Up"--Nickelback
    8) "Satellite"--P.O.D.
    9) "From Chaos"--311
    10) "Sinner"--Drowning Pool

    rightclique (December 18, 2001)

    Well, i'm gonna formulate a list now, but nothing came out this year that was even worth listening to except BLINK 182!! YAY!!! LETS ALL HAVE A SLUMBER PARTY!!! WWWWWWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE....

    Okay, now that the sarcastic crap is out of the way, we'll get to the real list, even though like i said, nothing of much good came out this year. only a few things. oh, and by the way, radiohead is just plain creepy and they're pretty much no good at all. thom york (or whaterver his name is) looks like a retarted kid who's looked in his mom's closet banging his head against the wall. I mean just look at him. he's drooling all the time. he's eyes are never going in the same direction. he frequently shits his pants on stage. he's a lot like that timmy character from south park, honestly, except he's not quite as talented as timmy. Radiohead rant ends.... NOW!!

    Now, in no particular order here are my top 10 best albums this year, and no blink 182 doesn't even make it in the top 56,987. i don't listen to boy bands. not since boyz 2 men in 1989 when my mom bought me the cd. i was 8 what could i do? but the boyz started it all anyway. they were "original". right. make with the list already:

    Did i even buy any cds this year???

    remember, no particular order here:


    THE LIVING END - ROLL ON (i didn't think this came out in 01' but cdnow says it did, and i bought it in 01' so sod off)


    (not really a spectacular cd, but good, and i couldn't come up with anything else i bought this year)


    oh well, like i said, not much good came out this year, even if you're scowering all the so-called punk labels

    i'm not gonna go on about THE PROCESS OF BELIEF being the most anticipated, but i will say that the guy below, that said he was tired of BR and hadn't like the last 3 album, should do a couple of things. First, he should slap himself for saying that the last 3 albums were bad. they weren't as good as previous albums, but they weren't bad. just different. Next, i'd like to persuade him to understand that THE PROCESS OF BELIEF IS NOTHING LIKE THE LAST 3 ALBUMS. IT WILL FUCKING ROCK YOUR NUTS OFF. ITS VERY GREAT, AND MY ANTICIPATION IS OVER. I DON'T FEEL BAD ABOUT DOWNLOADING IT PREMATURELY, BECAUSE EPITAPH PREMATURELY TOLD US IT WAS COMING OUT IN OCTOBER, THEN THE FUCKERS JUMPED IT DOWN TO FEBRUARY, AND NOW ITS JANUARY 22.. I DON'T FEEL BAD AT ALL. THEY SHOULD NOT HAVE GOTTEN ALL OUR HOPES UP LIKE THAT. I'LL BUY IT WHEN IT COMES OUT, CUZ I'M A PANZY LIKE THAT.

    Anonymous (December 18, 2001)

    i'm just going to list the albums that i've bought this year:

    Alkaline Trio - From Here to Infirmary
    Saves the Day - Stay What You Are
    the Getupkids - Eudora
    Rufio - Perhaps, I Suppose...
    the New Amsterdams - Never You Mind
    Rocket From the Crypt - Group Sounds
    No Motiv - Diagram for Healing
    Gorillaz - S/T
    Burning Airlines - Identikit
    Mest - Destination Unknown
    Ben Folds - Rockin the Suburbs
    Incubus - Morning View
    Lit - Atomic
    the Suicide Machines - Steal This Record
    Fenix*TX - Lechuza
    Long Beach Dub Allstars - Wonders of the World

    thats about it...i wasnt dissapointed with any of them, except for Weezer but i didnt list that cuz i sold it back to the record store for $1...i dont think this was a bad year for music at all, but thats just me and i'm sure you'll all say some bullshit about me liking Vagrant bands and Rufio too so just go ahead

    Anonymous (December 18, 2001)

    1>osker - idle will kill
    2>all - live plus one

    Anonymous (December 18, 2001)

    Aw crap! I forgot the Devils' EP. My list now has Thelema in place of Last Match.

    And I forgot to list some anticipated records for 2002: The new ALL/Descendents records, Small Brown Bike/Twelve Hour Trun split 10", Dillinger Four is supposed to have a couple new records out, same with Ryan Adams. I can't wait for Adams' Sweetheart Revolution(AKA the Pink Hearts) album. That's supposed to be great. tiltAssWheel is supposed to have a bunch of new stuff as well.

    Honorable mentions go to Twelve Hour Turn's "Bend Break Spill" EP, The Urchin's "Another Day, Another Sorry State" and Jay Farrar's "Sebastopol" LP

    Albums I don't own yet but supposedly rock: The 'Tone "Here's Another Reason to Believe... In Rock n Roll" Unitas "Porch Life" and As Friends Rust "Won."

    ETx310 (December 18, 2001)

    When in Rome, do what the Romans do... Here's my top 10:

    1.Pennywise- LOTF
    2.Long Beach Dub All Stars
    3.Propagandhi- Todays Empires
    4.Pulley- Together Again
    5.In Liberty We Trust Comp.-Liberty records (this is good shit)
    6.Randy- Human Atom Bombs
    7.No Doubt- Rock Steady
    8.Deviates- Time is the Distance
    9.Pistol Grip- Kalico Rose
    10.Strike Anywhere- chorus of one

    Best Song: Rise Against- Everchanging
    Most Anticipated of 2002: 1208, Western Waste, Bad Religion, Descendents

    Anonymous (December 18, 2001)

    Okay, here are my top ten...

    10. Good Riddance/ kill Your Idols Split EP - The Good riddance stuff is miles ahead of what they were doing for "Phenominon of craving". They got their anger back. Kill your Idolsput in a few wicked songs too.
    9. Murder City Devils - Thelema E.P. - A truly fitting end to an amazing band. They have the most depressing Christmas tune I've ever heard. Also some wicked wicked non seasonal tunes.
    8. Propagandhi - Today's empires Tomorrows ashes - Fuck Yah. The album is wicked on disc, and even better live.
    7. Moneen - Theory of harmonial value - I'd feel bad for not including it. These guys rock so hard live. At times I've been concerned for my life. They drink hard too. Yah.
    6. Fantomas - Director's cut - Mike patton=god. Mike Patton Dave lombardo, and buzz from the Melvins=ROCK.
    5. Thursday - Full collapse. I don't know why I like this one so much, I just do.
    4.Candiria - 300% Density - Crazy ass metal, infused with Jazz and Hip hop. Its what bands like limp bizkit or slipknot might be if
    A) They didn't suck
    B)They had talent
    C)They were even vaguely original
    or D) All of the above.
    3.Manu Chao - Esperenza - Crazy Spanish/French/English ska/folk/reggea. One of the most relaxing albums I've ever heard.
    2. Grade - Headfirst, Straight to hell - Despite less than wicked reviews, I picked up this album. It blew me the fuck away. Not quite as poppy as under the radar. Kind of a mix between old grade and new grade. So amazing, but not quite as amazing as...
    1. Darkest Hour - So Sedated so secure - Pure metal fury. Fast, Pissed off, extremely Technical. This album hasn't left my player since I got it.

    Yup. Those were, in my opinion, the best ten albums of the year. Hmm... No cursive. No honorable mention either. I guess it is possible.

    Anonymous (December 18, 2001)

    whoever it was that listed Me First and the Gimme Gimmes "Have a Ball"..um, that came out about 4 or 5 years ago...

    but most of everyones choices suck...there's a few people that know what they're talking about, but everyone else is smoking crack...

    hey, that above statement was a joke (sort of)...oh and if you use the word "retarded" to tell someone their list sucks...i hope you burn in hell you piece of shit...

    here's how it should be...

    1)Rx Bandits - "Progress"
    --and to think i stopped listening to ska-punk...shit, i used to HATE this band..everything else they've ever done is garbage, but this is one of the best hardcore/ska/punk/indy rock/reggae records EVER
    2)Fugazi - "Argument" and "Furniture" 7"
    --come on, it's fugazi, oh...and it's amazing too...
    3)Alkaline Trio - "From Here to Infirmary"
    --I think it's so funny how everyone is bitching about how it's not as good as their old stuff...i'm sure most of you dorks first heard this band when they released "MICF.." shit, where were you when they had just released "FYLO" and they were playing to about 20 people at small clubs like the Back Door in fuckin Fort Wayne? Oh yeah, you were still listening to your Bush records...go home...this band still fucking rocks
    4)Jimmy Eat World - "Bleed American"
    --yeah, this record is bomb...it's not as good as "clarity.." but seriously, what is? This cd is still excellent, and they still have the same ol' sound...don't say they went corporate because they were on Capitol before...and they recorded this on their own dime....
    5)Chamberlain - "Exit 263"
    --you've probably never heard of this band, but they're the best thing to come out of Indiana EVER...they used to be split lip...they rock more on this cd than ever before...too bad they broke up...got a definite "Country-indy rock" thing going on...simply great lyrics, vocals and music...god, buy this...
    6)The Cure - "Greatest Hits"
    --Have you HEARD the acoustic disc that comes with this!? God, they rerecorded every song on the Greatest Hits disc all acoustic...a must for any music fan...seriously, this hardly leaves my cd player...
    7)Hey Mercedes - "Every Night Fire Works"
    --When I first heard this I was dissapointed...there was no way this band could top Braid...and they didn't, but it is still one of the best things to come out this year...still have the Braid sound every emo dork grew to love...nanna's voice is excellent and the musicianship is amazing...
    8)Rival Schools - "United By Fate"
    --I was dissapointed in this album at first...there was no way it could live up to the hype..but after a few listens, I just couldn't stop..about every song on here is a gem...definitly one of the best of the year..
    9)The Slackers - "wasted Day's"
    --okay, so it's not as good as "The Question" or even "Redlight" for that matter...but it's still the Slackers and you gotta give them props because they're the best ska band still around...
    10)Radiohead - "amnesiac"
    --This cd is out there and so different...I used to hate this band, but it's better and better with every listen..if you can't stand them now, just wait...

    Biggest Dissapointment: Weezer "The Green Album"
    --Admit it, this kinda sucked...
    2)Get Up Kids - "Eudora"
    --so it's B-sides and demos...it still sucks...the only good things on here is the New order cover of "Regret" (which James sings) and the "Shorty" demo...

    Most anticipated of 2002:
    1)The Anniversary - "Your Majesty"
    --sure, they used to suck...but the new album is amazing...so different than anything else right now...they ditched the trendy overdone moog/emo sound and go for a much different feel...it's a huge change, and it's for the better...i can't wait until this is officially released
    2)Reggie and the Full Effect
    --it's been way to long...


    buckleysickness (December 18, 2001)

    1. Whiskeytown - Pneumonia
    2. Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards - s/t
    3. Old 97's - Satelite Rides
    4. Ryan Adams - Gold
    5. MxPx - Renaissance
    6. Anti-Flag - Underground Network
    7. Radiohead - Amnesiac
    8. Brian Setzer '68 Comeback Special - Ignition
    9. Duncan Sheik - Phantom Moon
    10. Pete Yorn - Musicforthemorningafter

    sXe_nick (December 18, 2001)

    My top ten
    1.Thrice - Idenity crisis
    2.Leftover Crack - mediocre Generica
    3.Boy sets fire - after the eulogy
    4.MU330 - LIVE
    5.Bouncing souls - how i spent my summer vacation
    6.Good Riddance - Symptoms of a Leveling Spirit
    7.Thursday - Full Collapse
    8.Living End - Roll On
    9.Tanka Ray - And so i Abide
    10.INTERNATIONAL - New moring changing wheather

    Anonymous (December 18, 2001)

    good shit for 2001 in no order at all
    -alkaline trio: from here to infirmary
    -death cab for cutie: the photo album (NO ONE has listed this. its an amazing cd.)
    -thursday: full collapse
    -small brown bike: dead reckoning
    -bane: give blood (again, NO ONE has listed this. come on people)
    -rival schools: united by fate
    -jimmy eat world: bleed american
    -stretch arm strong: a revolution transmission
    -dashboard confessional - places you've come to fear the most (did this come out in 2001? i know i'm going to get tons of shit for listing it, but i don't care. eat a dick, its a good cd.)

    stuff that sucked
    -the drive-thru records movielife ep (how can a band that is so good become so shitty? oh yeah, drive thru records. have mercy when the full length comes out)
    -saves the day (i really have no opinion on this cd. its not good, its not bad. its just there. i miss old saves the day)

    that is all.

    Anonymous (December 18, 2001)

    Here's my list
    1. Is this Is- the Strokes- forget the hype and just listen to this album
    2. Argument- Fugazi- best punk band , whatever that means
    3. Amnesiac- Radiohead
    4. White Blood Cells- White Stripes
    5. Weezer- weezer
    6. Flight and a crash- hot water music
    7. Lars Frederikson and the bastards
    8. Roll on- Living end
    9. Love and theft- bob dyland
    10.sparta demos

    sickboi (December 18, 2001)

    1. Strike Anywhere
    2. Bouncing Souls
    3. Hot Water Music
    4. Dropkick Murphys
    5. Fugazi
    6. Good Riddance
    7. Wu-Tang (Iron Flag)
    8. System of a Down
    9. Bigwig
    10. Your mom

    Anonymous (December 18, 2001)

    Blueline Medic are releasing a new album in 2002?!?!

    Anonymous (December 18, 2001)

    This is my list...

    10- Anti-Flag - Underground Network
    9- Hey Mercedes - Everynight Fireworks
    8- No Motiv - Diagram For Healing
    7- American Nightmare - Brackground Music
    6- Alkaline Trio - From here to infirmary
    5- Death by Stereo - Day of the Death
    4- Good Riddance - Symptoms Of A Leveling Spirit
    3- Hot Water Music - A Flight And A Crash
    2- Saves the Day - Stay What Yor Are
    1- Stetch Arm Strong - A Revolution Transmission


    theboywhocriedangel (December 18, 2001)

    okay, some of you posted your picks, so here are mine (like you care, right?):

    1. radiohead: amnesiac
    2. fugazi: the argument
    3. frodus: and we washed...
    4. the pixies: complete b-sides
    5. fantomas: the director's cut

    and yeah, i only listed five, bah...

    Anonymous (December 18, 2001)

    shit.. i forgot Hey Mercedes.. great great album..worth the wait!

    bryan again

    Anonymous (December 18, 2001)

    No one is going to like everyone's choices (well everyone has to like Cursive), but Cursive and the Faint should be on everyones list.
    I can't believe you don't like FHTI though. Granted, it may not be their best album, but to say it is a huge disappointment is crazy. As well, Bleed American is a great mix of old JEW styles, and the sounds of Clarity that everyone sseems to love. The songs are catchy and musically, fantastic. Too bad the released Bleed American as a single

    Some others i think should be there:
    1) Foundation - S/T
    Ann Beratta acoustic..full of emotion, and sing along punk rock.
    2) Saves the Day - Stay What you Are
    They are changing the music they produce, and making it better. No one can stay with three chords and not have every album sound the same.
    3) Good Riddance - Symptoms
    while no album competes with Comprehensive Guide, this album is good start to finish, and touches on issues that everyone should be concerned with
    4) Tenacious D - any live show
    The studio album is garbage, but to hear these guys live, is worth the price of the ticket or bootleg. Metal-folk at its best
    5) Strokes - IS this IT? Very punk influenced, and yes it is velvet underground-esque, and over hyped, but they can't help the fact the album is that good.
    I am sure there are hundreds of great albums i missed, but these are some that i thought should be there.

    I'm not a registered user, but if anyone wants to dismiss my choices, it is bryanacker@hotmail.com

    Anonymous (December 18, 2001)

    Small Brown Bike kicks all of those other records' asses. Recognize! Here's mine with no order

    Ryan Adams- Gold
    Oh whoops, not a punk record! It was pretty cool. In these 16 songs there are a few duds, but the amazing songs are better than anything I've heard in years.

    Bob Dylan- Love and Theft
    This guys still knows how to rock and he came back with one of his best records EVER. Not quite as good as "Blood on the Tracks" or "Blonde on Blonde," but amazing nonetheless.

    Whiskeytown- Pneumonia

    Again, not as good as some of their other works ("Faithless Street") but an awesome record. Uh oh, these first three weren't punk. I wonder what's going to happen...

    Naked Raygun- Free Shit

    Yeah, it's live, it's still way better than any other punk release this year. And it's Naked fuckin' Raygun. This is possibly one of the best punk live albums of all time, and up there with the best live albums of any genre.

    superchinchillarexcuemission- s/t

    Yeah, it's an EP, it's still way better than any other punk release this year, save for NR. Oh, you've never heard these guys? You're dumb. This is ex-members of Panthro UK United 13 and De Nada. Get it, sucka.

    The White Stripes- White Blood Cells

    Again, not as good as their previous efforts ("De Stijl") but another amazing performance. "Hotel Yorba" is the song of the year.

    Radio Birdman- Essential 1974-1978

    I first heard these guys about a month before the album came out and I had to get it right away. An awesome band to say the least. Get it!

    The Thumbs- Last Match

    These guys are the forgotten Adeline Records band because they aren't pretty or in Green Day. They're quite amazing, though.

    The BellRays- Grand Fury

    Whoo! These guys are gonna kick your ass. "Maximum Rock and Soul" is a fitting description. Imagine Tina Turner (back when she still HAD soul) singing for a punk band. Then go buy this record and "Let it Blast." You'd be dumb not to.

    Small Brown Bike- Dead Reckoning

    Remember when Hot Water Music was still awesome? (I'm talking "Fuel for the Hate Game" and prior) These guys do and they take it to 11. Probably one of the most inspired albums of the year and gravely underrated.

    This concludes Mike's "Ten records that will make you cool" list. Gunmoll will also make you cool, but to a lesser extent.

    layawayplan (December 18, 2001)

    i'm suprised nobody has listed propagandhi's new album. That should be on every list. My list would definately include:
    Propagandhi - today's empires, tomorrow's ashes
    Moneen - the theory of harmonial value
    As Friends Rust - Won
    Various - Across the Water (choke/layawayplan/astream/adhesive)

    Anonymous (December 18, 2001)

    hm, good albums that came out this year...

    the cure - greatest hits
    saves the day - stay what you are
    brandtson - dial-in sounds

    i cant think of anymore that came out this year. um, the new alkaline trio was dissapointing i think. and i got tired of the new jimmy eat world (also add weezer to that list) fast.

    exhaustra (December 18, 2001)

    my 2001 top ten in no particular order...
    1. strike anywhere- chorus of one
    2. over it- hindsight 20/20
    3. weezer- self-titled
    4. rocket from the crypt- group sounds
    5. fugazi- the argument
    6. hot water music- a flight and a crash
    7. radiohead- amnesiac
    8. sense field- tonight and forever
    9. gunmoll- anger management in four chords or less
    10. megadeth- rust in peace

    can't wait for new albums in 2002 by radon, wilco, weezer, my captain, hollinsworth, over it, ash county sluggers, bluetip, dag nasty, descendents, and futureman.

    myfaceisonfire (December 18, 2001)

    They may not have come out in 2001, but close enough. Don't pay too much attention to the order these are in, I didn't. Oh...it's only 9 albums too...pretty shitty year for releases if you ask me.

    Fairweather - if they move...kill them I'm surprised this didn't make anyeone's list. It's what Saves the Day should be and The Stryder can't be.
    Thursday - Full Collapse Everyone has listed this one, with good reason.
    Strike Anywhere - Change is a Sound. One of the best for sure. Strike Anywhere like a good version of Good Riddance. They put on an awesome live show to boot.
    Penfold - Our first taste of escape One of the most underrated bands out there. This album is sold throughout.
    The Stryder - Masqurade in the Key of Crime Pretty solid album . They need some work lyrically though...with the dude who wrote all the lyrics on this album taking over as full time vocalist, things won't be getting better anytime soon.
    Explosions in the Sky - those who tell the truth shall die, those who tell the truth shall live forever Wow, I'd never even heard of these guys until I saw them open up at show a was at. They blew me away. Entirely instrumental, but damn...you've got to hear it to believe it.
    Moneen - The Theory of Harmonial Value A great Canadian act...one of those bands that are better live than in your CD player, but still a good album.
    The Plan - Only These Movements Remain It's not as good as their first album, but I had to give them props. They're a mad mad band...screamo screamo screamo
    Hey Mercedes - Every night Fireworks Nothing spectacular, but like I said, it was a shitty year for releases

    Anonymous (December 18, 2001)

    ok, here goes, most of you will probably say this list sucks, but who cares, everyone is entitled to their own opinion...in no particular order:

    bouncing souls : how i spent my summer vacation
    strike anywhere : change is a sound
    saves the day : stay what you are
    hot water music : a flight and a crash
    dropkick murphy's : sing loud sing proud
    lars fredrikson : s/t
    all :live plus one
    me first and the gimme gimme's : have a ball
    american steel : jagged thougts
    alkaline trio : from here to infirmary

    Anonymous (December 18, 2001)

    Why is RxBandits not here? That is a great album, maybe you never heard it.

    As for saying Bad Religion's new album is the most anticipated, I gave up on these guys albums ago. Gray Race was passable, but anything after that is garbage. Those albums were so formulaic and contrived, it was like they took a bunch of 15 year old mall rats, force-fed them radio-punk and asked them to write an album that sounds like it. It's a musical sitcom.

    I'm waiting for Limp's new album.

    CallingLondon (December 18, 2001)

    well i must say i'm quite impressed by this list. not because i agree with it fully, because i think the JEW album was, to put it simply, brilliant, and I liked the Weezer album a lot, but because it's an open minded list. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Tool. I respect the band more than i actually enjoy most of their music, but their a great band and the music is so honest. Anyway, i was going somewhere with this, but with the nervousness about the final i have to take in an hour, i've lost my train of thought. So...cool list. I hope to see some more of these soon.

    boxcar1 (December 18, 2001)

    Since most of the good stuff to come out this year solely rested on Vagrant, I'm gonna give an attempt at throwing in last year too, because, as an entire year, 2000 beat the crap out of 2001 musically. These are in no particular order.

    Ghoti Hook-Two Years To Never
    This CD is everything that is right with rock. This could be called punk, but it most reminds me of good ole rock n roll, Joan Jett style.

    The Juliana Theory-Emotion Is Dead
    Yeah, I know, it's the Juliana Theory, but if you listen to this CD and try and comprehend the amount of effort that went into recording this. Each band member played a paragraph worth of instruments. This CD was a labour, and well worth it.

    Jets To Brazil-Four-Cornered Night
    This is one of the best CDs of recent years. Hands down. Enough said.

    This is one of the best CDs of recent years. Hands down. Enough said.

    Cursive-Burst and Bloom
    This is yet another Cursive CD. That's all you really need to know.

    The Faint-Danse Macabre
    Hey, look, it's the trend everyone's falling onto. Unlike most trends, however, which are followed simply because they're popular, The Faint is a band that deserves every accolade they get.

    Saves The Day-Stay What You Are
    They changed their style, kept the feeling, and pushed punk/emo into a new direction the same way "Dear You" did.

    Alkaline Trio-From Here To Infirmary
    I think Maybe I'll Catch Fire was released in these two years also, but I'm not sure. Both of these CDs would be on here, though. Yeah, MICF was better, but FHTI was a great CD.

    Boysetsfire-After The Eulogy
    What do I need to say? Energy. Emotion. Hard-core. Emo. Everything good about each style wrapped into one.

    Hey Mercedes-Every Night Fireworks
    Put away your Get-Up Kids CDs and go buy this CD.

    Blueline Medic-The Apology Wars
    By far one of, if not the best album of 2001, and also probably the most underrated, unnoticed album of 2001. This australian band is doing things that will satiate anyone's hunger to know what Jawbreaker would've sounded like, while adding so much more.

    Twothirtyeight-Regulate The Chemicals
    The most original profound voice in indie rock in the past two years. Throw away the radiohead and pick up this CD.

    Bad Religion-The New America
    By far not their best, but it IS the only Bad Religion album out in the past two years. And it still rocks.

    Blenderhead-Figureheads on the Forefront of Pop Culture
    Back after many years, and now they have broken up, but in the year or so of revival, Blenderhead managed to put out their most fully-realized album to date, and it did not hold back.

    Bright Eyes-Fevers and Mirrors
    Another great record from Saddle Creek. What is it about Nebraska? Connor Oberst is an amazing songwriter, and no on should even think about owning anything by Dashboard until they have this CD.

    Old 97's-Sattelite Rides
    Country punk. Twangcore. College rock chart toppers. Great CD. Makes you forget the terrible things about country, and just have a good time.

    Less Than Jake-Borders and Boundaries
    This CD brought everything good about LTJ to the front. Use of dynamics, energy, attitude, emotion, and raw visceral passion, and a great fun all come with these songs.

    MOST OVERRATED-Dashboard Confessional-The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most
    Bad Religion
    Blueline Medic
    Less Than Jake
    Alkaline Trio
    Cub Country
    Jets to Brazil
    Face To Face
    Ghoti Hook EP
    The Faint
    Bright Eyes
    Probably Everyone else on my list
    As Friends Rust-Won

    Anonymous (December 18, 2001)

    I like the list cuz you put Tool and SOAD on their. and Thursday. Their all fucking amazing albums. The who said that tool sucked only made himself sound like a idiot. You have to be retarded not too at least respect them for their musical ability. It must be because he listens to nsync or something or he's a real punk who doesnt like the bands that are on mean big labels...poor little baby. Anyway to all the idiots who says the list is stupid... well duh! it's his opinion not yours... so shut up and make your own list dickweed.

    ps: i liked weezer and JEW but thats MY opinion.


    Anonymous (December 18, 2001)

    congratulations, you have bad taste in music.

    kirbypuckett (December 18, 2001)

    Hey! I posted under my name! I was thinkin' about a top ten list while I was laying in bed this morning, it'll be tough. If I can come up w/ one, I'll get back to you.

    -Scott (number 2)

    maverick (December 18, 2001)

    My favorite part about these comments so far is A)no one has left their name and B)no one has left their top ten list for everyone else to read. Afraid, are we? These are the top ten albums of the year for me, the ones I played the most and enjoyed the most. Get over it.


    Anonymous (December 18, 2001)

    the new left over crack cd kicks the shit out of your whole list,
    (apart from tool of course)

    Anonymous (December 18, 2001)

    whats up with comparing system of a downs singer to Jello Biafra ?????
    Jello Biafra is a legend and system of a down are a stupid fad

    Anonymous (December 18, 2001)

    The only album which deserves to be on that list is Tool - lateralus. This may be a punk site but tool is definately a very talented band. About the rest of this list though ??? i think you should go back to watching mtv... whoever it was the made this retarded list

    Anonymous (December 18, 2001)

    this is the most humorous top 10 list i have ever seen. it's a joke, right? soulcracker? the new tool album (good, but by no means top 10 material), international noise conspiracy (each album worse than the one preceding it)?

    did you not buy more than these 10 records this year? your choices were fucking horrible!

    Anonymous (December 18, 2001)

    I really commend you voting for System Of A Down, that album is briliant. I don't understand why you thought Bleed American was a big dissapointment? It wasn't quite as good as Clairity, but it was an amazing album that did really well for the band.. Radioheads Amnesiac should be there too..

    Anonymous (December 18, 2001)

    I definitly agree with System and Tool,no matter what that dork below me said. Soulcracker on the other hand...

    Anonymous (December 18, 2001)

    I agree that the System of a Down album is very good, but not my favorite album of the year. I can't believe you put Tool on their though. I are without a doubt the most boring band on the airwaves right now.

    T(I)NC is one of the worst albums I have ever heard as well.

    kirbypuckett (December 17, 2001)

    I think the new Bad Religion will sit atop quite a few Top 10 Lists next year.

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