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So this year is over and we're not dead yet? fuck you Nostradomus! This year has seen lots of great releases and narrowing it down to ten is difficult. I noticed, first of all, that there are a lot of Epitaph releases on my list (including Hellcat and Burning Heart), however that's simply a testamen.


So this year is over and we're not dead yet? fuck you Nostradomus! This year has seen lots of great releases and narrowing it down to ten is difficult. I noticed, first of all, that there are a lot of Epitaph releases on my list (including Hellcat and Burning Heart), however that's simply a testament to the great stuff they've been releasing lately (especially Hellcat). This has been a year when a lot of bands have moved around, plenty of signings / member changes / hype for upcoming releases. With most of punk's powerhouses slating releases for 2002 it's looking to be an amazing year. Anyways, here's my list of what I enjoyed in 2001, I say "enjoyed" because I'm not going to put down the music which I haven't heard. I'm sure there's plenty of great stuff out there I've yet to discover‚?¶

Who Rocked The Casbah in 2001
(In no particular order)

Fugazi - The Argument
(October 15, 2001 on Dischord)
I was late on picking this up but I'm so glad I did. Fugazi continue to innovate, to grow and to improve their sound. Much more melodic than previous releases, but still retaining the amazing energy the band captures, once again proving that they're worth all the acclaim they get. Really a beautiful album by one of the best uncompromisingly independent bands out there.

The Nerve Agents - The Butterfly Collection
(July 24, 2001 on Hellcat Records)
The Nerve Agents tear through a half hour of hardcore and Misfits-style imagery on this release. More in line with classic hardcore then the current crop of metal-saturated bands. As AFI brings a similar combination to the mainstream, the Agents prove they can do it faster, better and with more heart.

Strike Anywhere - Change Is A Sound
(August 14, 2001 on Jade Tree)
Fantastically well written melodic hardcore. The band's socially relevant lyrics touch on everything from police brutality to the anti-corporate movement to women's rights. A big departure from recent Jade Tree signings but one of the best releases of 2001, hands down.

Randy - The Human Atom Bombs
(April 09, 2001 on Burning Heart)
This is how pop-punk should be, with ridiculously catchy choruses and just enough production to compliment the songs. Lyrically the band is smarter and more relevant then any of MTV's favourites. Along with the garage-punk sounds of the Hives and T(I)NC, Randy is yet another example of the great music coming out of Sweden today.

Leftover Crack - Mediocre Generica
(September 11, 2001 on Hellcat Records)
Leftover Crack embodies many of the same qualities of the Dead Kennedys in their prime: Strong urban politics dealing with (in LoC's case) homophobia and poverty, as well as sarcastic humour. Stza and the crew deliver an album ranging from 3rd wave ska to hardcore to thrash and punk rock. The band embodies the nihilistic punk spirit better than anyone.

The (International) Noise Conspiracy - A New Morning, Changing Weather
(October 15, 2001 on Burning Heart)
Read my review here. The Swedish neo-political scene has had a fantastic year with T(I)NC and Randy both on top of their games. "A New Morning" improves on the weaknesses of their past releases... Now everybody dance...

Propagandhi - Today's Empires. Tomorrow's Ashes
(February 6, 2001 on the G7 Welcoming Committee)
This Winnipeg trio returns a changed band. John Samson took the pop aspects with him to form the amazing Weakerthans, and was replaced by Todd Kowalski of Swallowing Shit. Propagandhi calls their present sound "progressive thrash" and with the addition of Todd's grindcore influences the band pulls it off. Fantastic guitar work, great political lyrics and a multimedia feature full of intelligent activism make this one of the best releases of 2001.

Hot Water Music - A Flight And A Crash
(June 5, 2001 on Epitaph)
I'm not an old HWM purist, and in that respect I really enjoyed this release. Good, original, passionate post-punk songs with great lyrics and a refreshing instrumentals. If fans who have followed this band for ages think that this is a downward turn, then hell their older stuff must be amazing.

Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros - Global A Go-Go
(July 24, 2001 on Hellcat Records)
Read my review here. One of punk's pioneers releases a worldly collection of songs covering many musical genres. Experimental but not pretentious, activist but not without a sense of humour, Strummer is still on top of his game.

The Constantines - S/T
(June 5, 2001 on Three Gut Records)
Yeah, that's right, I'm amending my Top 10 list almost half a year later... The Constantines debut album is some of the most interesting and original "post punk" I've heard. Think Fugazi with roots rock influences. Subtle but far more interesting than the latest crop of "screamo" bands out there. This band is getting a huge amount of well deserved buzz by the Canadian music press right now... check them out.

Disappointments

Grade - Headfirst Straight To Hell
(August 21, 2001 on Victory)

  • I was at the release party for this and Grade tore it up. The album is not altogether a disappointment and has some great songs, but after "Under the Radar" expectations were much higher. The band has turned away from its pop side, however they have replaced it with an obsession with death that can be seen in the lyrics and artwork. Not bad, but not great either.

    Dead Kennedys - Mutiny on the Bay
    (April 24, 2001 on Manifesto)

  • I wish this album could have come about under better circumstances, instead it is another blow in the war between Jello Biafra and East Bay Ray. These tracks were compiled from a series of shows between `82 and `86. That formula for a live album that worked better for the Clash when they attempted it. Biafra's vocals are mixed extremely poorly compared to the brilliant instrumental work. Unfortunately, the DK's work best as a sum of their parts, the squabbles between ex- members should have ended in the courtroom, not with this album.

    H2O - Go
    (May 15, 2001 on MCA)

  • H2O's fantastic live show is betrayed by the major-label production put into this. H2O are still fantastic songwriters and a terrific group of guys, but they have certainly done better than this album. I miss the band's melodic hardcore, which has been traded (in some cases) for a more timid new-wave influence. I still have faith in Toby and the guys, but this just didn't make the grade‚?¶

    Anticipated Albums of 2002

    Hot Water Music / Alkaline Trio - Split
    (to be released on January 22 on Jade Tree)

  • Everything I've heard from it has been on par or better than the two bands latest releases. This should be one hell of an EP‚?¶

    Nekromantix - Return of the Loving Dead
    (to be released January 29 on Hellcat)

  • Psychobilly is growing on me and Hellcat seems to be leading the invasion. If Nekro's past releases are any indication, this should be a riot‚?¶

    Thrice - The Illusion of Safety
    (to be released February 05 on Subcity)

  • Lots of positive buzz has been building around this release, we'll see if it lives up to the hype‚?¶

    Bad Religion - The Process of Belief
    (to be released January 21 on Epitaph)

  • no shit‚?¶

     

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    Anonymous (December 29, 2002)

    TOP 5 PUNK ALBUMS:

    1)The Clash- S/T

    2)The Ramones- Rocket to Russia

    3)The Sex Pistols- Nevermind the Bollocks

    4)The Buzzcocks- Another Music in a Different Kitchen

    5)The Jam- All Mod Cons

    Anonymous (May 28, 2002)

    Best albums ever:
    1. Snapcase - Progression Through Unlearning
    2. Boy Sets Fire - After The Eulogy
    3. Converge - The Saddest day (rare ep)
    4. One King Down - Gravity Wins Again
    5. Hatebreed - Satisfaction blah blah..
    6. Straight Faced - Broken
    7. Straight Faced - Conditioned
    8. Lagwagon - Double Pladinum
    9. Rise Against - The Unraveling
    10. Good Riddance - A Guide. .. . .
    Die

    Anonymous (May 5, 2002)

    so true, if u like it listen to it, all u ponse "punk" image people chastising people for listening to popular pop-punk music...its popular because its good, you bigots

    Anonymous (February 14, 2002)

    hell yeah to the guy below me...I agree completely. I think blink sounds good on all their cds, and sum 41 is talented and good. But at the same, my favorite bands are strung out, bigwig, less than jake, ten foot pole, pennywise, The fairlanes, lagwagon, the ataris...all kinds of "punk rock approved" music. Who gives a shit if it's popular. If it's good, listen to it. Period.

    Anonymous (February 11, 2002)

    i agree with you man but i want to say one thing to all of them who blame Blink or Sum41. Please guy, shut up, Blink is good, it's not punk? So if that is what you think please dont say that they are punk (huhu The new bad religion is soooooo bad :p) but let them play for all who think that their melodies are the best that we have never heard. Yes i listen to Blink, i listen to SUm41 and Green day, but i also like BigWig and NOFX and LEFTOVER crack and Thrice and all band who are good!! The difference between u and me??
    This is that you aren't tolarate what the other like, perhaps u had blamed NOFX in 1981, who knows?

    "Dont follow fashion, follow your mind"
    PumpPopPusher

    dezirzeke (February 2, 2002)

    You have good taste in music Shindo. Or, you have similar taste in music as myself :)

    For 2001, you can't leave Thursday off of the list.

    For anticipation, THE MARS VOLTA!

    Anonymous (January 25, 2002)

    I modified this review a slight bit. I dropped off the Ramones reissue and replaced it with Fugazi's "The Argument." The Ramones reissue still kicks ass, however it can't entirely be considered a new release. I got a hold of The Argument a bit later, so it didn't make the initial list...

    Anonymous (January 23, 2002)

    yeah, 14 year olds across the nation are looking forward to the nofx/rancid split. dropkick murphys, what a joke.

    Anonymous (January 21, 2002)

    It's real sad to see that none of the top 2 albums of the year have even been recognized.
    1. Lars Frederiksen and The Bastards - S/T
    2. Dropkick Murphy's - Sing Loud, Sing Proud
    What's even a greater travesty than that is that you do not even mention the NOFX/RANCID SPLIT as the most anticipated album of the year. How can you not be stoked that the two best punk bands ever will be doing a split together and wants even more killer is that they will be coverirng each others songs.

    Anonymous (January 16, 2002)

    to set the record straight, tod was in i-spy and swallowing shit

    as for the best albums of the year here we go...in no particular order...

    Agnostic Front- Dead Yuppies
    Not as good as most stuff they put out in the 80's, but it's an improvement on Riot Riot Upstart

    Bane- Give Blood
    Definitely the best album of the year, hands down. It rips.

    American Nightmare- Background Music
    They keep getting better and better.

    Good Riddance- The Symptoms of A Leveling Spirit

    rival schools- united by fate
    i'm not usually into this kind of music, but this blew me away

    the new propagandhi cd is extremely overrated

    Anonymous (January 14, 2002)

    ok, my list:
    HWM - flight..
    Strike Anywhere - change..
    Small Brown Bike - dead..
    From Ashes Rise - silence
    Planesmistakenforstars - fuck with..
    Rival Schools - united..
    Neurosis - a sun that..
    Converge - jane..
    Jimmy Eat World - bleed..
    Ruination - dead horse 7"

    aw, yeah!

    Anonymous (January 13, 2002)

    I am the one that just commented : re: todd kowalski...

    heres my top 10: ( no order)

    1 good riddance - symptoms of a levelling spirit
    2propagandhi - todays empires....
    3. rise against - the unravelling
    4 thursday - full collapse
    5 strike anywhere - change is a sound
    6 alkaline trio - from here to infirmary
    7. no use for a name - live in a dive
    8 weezer - green album
    9 the weakerthans - left and leaving ( i think it was 2001)
    10. JEW - bleed american ( different - but in a good way)

    Anonymous (January 13, 2002)

    just for your information , Todd's old band was I SPY and not SWALLOWING SHIT as you have stated

    Anonymous (January 10, 2002)

    What happened to suicide machines in any of the list... They had one of the best releases in their career with "steal this record"

    Anonymous (January 10, 2002)

    Its not that I dont think Blink is punk. I just think they are terrible and VERY annoying. I still ocasionally listen to dude ranch, but that is about twice a year. They are just uncool, not just nasty music is being played.

    Anonymous (January 10, 2002)

    Theres some great albums on here. 2001 was an ok year for new releases but i think 2002 is gonna blow last year away. heres my top 10 of 2001.....
    In no particular order.
    1. Thursday - Full Collapse
    By far the album i listen to the most. great live band as well.
    2. Converge - Jane Doe
    Wicked metalcore at its best! chalk up another winner for equal vision.
    3. Student Rick - Soundtrack For A Generation
    Victory strays away from its usual brand of hardcore but still goes strong!!! Great up and coming new band plays a great mix of styling. a definite winner!!!
    4. Further Seems Forever - The Moon Is Down
    I'm pretty sure this is a 2001 release. if not feel free to let me know. Great indie rock from the infamous chris carrabba before the dashboard days. i have yet to hear them with their new singer.
    5. Stretch Armstong - A Revolution Transmission
    Fell in love with this cd from the first time i heard it. fabulous old school/new school style mix of christian hardcore. a must have on my list.
    6. Dashboard Confessional - So Impossible
    I dont care if anyone thinks that an ep cann't count but i cant get this outta my head or my cd player. pure genuis. i cant wait for his new full length. extra props for ex sunny day real estates guitar player joining.
    7. Strike Anywhere - Change Is A Sound
    Strike Anywhere takes over as the newest melodic hardcore in jade tree taking over for the defunct lifetime and kid dynamite. (RIP) not as good as lifetime but they still rock.
    8. New End Original - Thriller
    Solid release from ex members of texas is the reason, far and chamberlain. A nice mixture of different styles and lukewarm has to be one of the best songs of the year. too bad half the band quit. hopefully the surviving members can replace them and keep going cause this is a great band.
    9. Saves The Day - Stay What You Are
    What did you expect? of course true fans want them to go back to the days of can't slow down but did you really expect them to? there were only 2 original members of the band left, now down to 1. They have truly grown up as have i with them. Great rock and roll album. only problem is that it could have been longer.
    10. Jimmy Eat World - Bleed American
    Well i cant say that it ever comes close to comparing the likes or clarity or static prevails but jimmy eat world still know how to rock. like most bands they have made their sound a little poppier than you're used to but still a great cd. kudos to JEW!
    Biggest Disappointments
    Anything having to do with blink 182 (does anyone know that tom has his own shoe now???)
    Fenix TX - Lechuza
    MXPX - The Rennaisance
    The Movielife - Has a gambling problem
    Weezer - The Green Album
    Looking dorward to:
    new records from the likes of bad religion, poison the well, the get up kids, reggie and the full effect, fairweather, thursday, thrice,
    dashboard confessional, NUFAN, NFG

    Anonymous (January 9, 2002)

    My Top 5:

    5. Another year on the streets-Vagrant Comp.-
    Great comp. with songs by Alkaline Trio, Face to Face,No Motiv and a bad ass alternate version of "I'm a loner dote.." by the get Up kids...what a value for $5 too.

    4.Saves the Day-Stay what you are
    A slightly different sound, but still sound emo punk. At your funeral has to be one of the best songs of the year. the rest of the album is solid to, with some good song writing, to go along with Chris's dead on vocals.

    3.Rufio-"Perhaps, I suppose"
    These kids are better than all those generic drive thru pop punk bands. They sound like a mix of Blink182, NFG and STD. Most compare them to NFG, just more refined, and most of these kids are under 21.This band has a great future, "October Nights", "Still" and "Tears" are amazingly catchy, as these guys play their hearts out.

    2. Alkaline Trio-From here to Infirmary
    This was my first CD from the 'Trio, and it sure won't be the last. Catchy, yet edgy and dark at the same time.Armageddon, Private Eye, Stupid Kid, Steamer Trunk are all gems.

    1.Blink182-Take Off your pants and jacket
    I can hear all the backlash, but just shut up and read what I have to say. Probably their 2nd best album ever next to Dude Ranch. The production is amazing, as Blink mixes it's pop punk style with a lil emo, to put out an awesome CD. "Anthem Pt2", "Online Songs" "Rock Show", are all great songs. "First date" "Please take me home" are catchy as hell too. The bonus track "time to break up" is one of their fastest songs since the party song .If anyone doesn't think this is punk enough, then they are being overally fickle , and don't know what punk is.

    kiwipunk (January 9, 2002)

    Where the hell is Big Wig on any of these lists

    evildeadalive (January 9, 2002)

    I think that the biggest disappointment of the year is that Pat 182 likes Leftover Crack. Please leave them alone and go back to your Sum 41 and Good Charlotte albums. Bigwig is fucking great asshole.

    sickboi (January 7, 2002)

    Uh Pat4-whatever...Bigwig owns...
    and don't you forget it...

    sXe_nick (January 5, 2002)

    I just bought Death by Stero and Stretch Arm Strong's cd's and i dont see how anyone can leave those bands off this list. Best cd's i have heard in awhile.

    fish (January 5, 2002)

    ditto on what shindo said about leftover crack.
    where are lars frederikson and the bastards? that was by far the best album of the year.

    pat41 (January 1, 2002)

    What about Leftover crack "mediocre generica"? anyone mention that yet... and biggest dissapointment this year was most definitley the new big wig album and me actually spending the money to buy it.

    Anonymous (December 31, 2001)

    Strike Anywhere - Change is a Sound

    This is easily the best album released in 2001. Check it out.

    Anonymous (December 31, 2001)

    hey dave and timbomb i saw you guys playin good cop bad cop the other night. JUST KIDDIN BUDDY! So Jimi, i have a question....If i sit around on an internet message board and argue with people about their top 10 of 2001, do i get, like, extra scene points? cause boy am i workin hard at becoming a super scenester and, well, you seem to already be there.

    YEAH BUDDY!

    brak

    Anonymous (December 31, 2001)

    I must admit. Pulley was bad ass. so was suicide machines, and stretch armstrong. inspection 12. craig's brother, saves the day, zerodown was bad ass. umm... was conspiracy of one this year? cause that offpsring cds had some awesome awesome songs!! dammit i changed again? come on! good song! take off pants... nice. umm.. anyone like all wound up on tooth and nail? yellowcard, strike anywhere. bigwig, good riddance. and oh man thrice!! good!!! USELESS ID. that was nice. anyone agree?

    Anonymous (December 31, 2001)

    Well these arent 10 but its 5 like any other year:

    1.Suicide Machines-Steal this Record
    -Yep im the only one who liked this album, that's good. People says its pop but I just don't hear the pop, maybe a little. Hear this then the s/t then tell me if its still pop, also hear it a couple of times and it will be stuck to your head. Great lyrics and good sounds.

    2.Anti-Flag-Underground Network
    -Alright all you people say its slower a big dissapointment, but its not it still sounds like their old style in a way but change isn't always bad and they prove it with their debut Fat release, good street punk music in all the ways possible

    3.Rx Bandits-Progress
    -Yes this band has finally gotten all the attention they deserved. Not much ska-punk as their last one but its great how they changed to sublime like new wave reggae in this. Keep at it dudes!

    4.Pennywise-Land of the Free?
    -Maybe everyone says that they sold out, but hey they didn't. Lyricaly this shows that even though they are in KROQ now that they will even more offensive as ever or whatever that means. Well a refreshing new album from an awesome bands.

    5.Catch 22-All Washed Up and through the Ringer
    -An awesome release from an awesome ska-punk band. Yes this has all songs from Washed up Ep but also had new songs, some funny songs, some ok live songs, and an awesome cover of Bob Marley's One Love. Yep this band will be up there in a couple of years, pure talent. The new singer rocks(well not new but you know what i mean), keep him as main vocalist.

    Bands that I wish would leave the punk scene alone and hope to never hear of them again because they're trendy and are ruining the punk scene altogether:
    Blink 182-you know why
    Green Day- the punk band of the 90s?
    No Doubt-lets go techno
    Offspring-pretty fly for nothing
    Sum 41-were really only into metal but we sound poppunk
    Fenix Tx-we got hookups to mtv by blink 182
    New Found Glory-were doing it for the chicks

    Anticipating things:
    warped tour 2002-good tour yearly
    ltj releases-2 in all, im a ltj head
    mad caddie release-good dixie ska punk
    bad religion release-duh!
    millencolin release-maybe it will be skate ska punk like their other albums
    reel big fish release-funny good band that wont dissapoint

    chrisboredom (December 30, 2001)

    i'm bored as well. here are my top ten. i haven't seen alot of my picks on earlier lists.

    1. hopesfall - no wings to speak of.
    - amazing techincal melodic metalcore. once they get on a larger label (maybe tooth and nail or solid state if the rumors are true) they will blow up.

    2. thursday - full collapse
    - everyone else has summed this album up better than me.

    3. from autumn to ashes - too bad you're too beautiful
    - such a great cd. it's good to see some metal bands through a lil' diversity into their cds. one of my all time favorites.

    4. fugazi - the argument.
    shutup. it's good and you know it.

    5. cursive - burst and bloom
    - they "do it" again. amazing followup to "domestica"

    6. stretch armstrong - revolution transmission
    - "youth crew" at its best.

    7. small brown bike - dead reckoning
    - rough as a bearded pirate. More technical and diverse than "our own wars"

    8. planes mistaken for stars - fuck with fire
    - agressive rough evil ..all into one package.

    9. converge - jane doe.
    you know it's good as well.

    10. white octave - menergy
    it sucks to see bands break up taht put out such amazing music.

    11. tabula rasa - s/t ep.
    technical indie rock with a hardcore twist. sick!

    dissapointments:
    ...from vagrant: saves the day, alkaline trio, no motiv. all just crap compared to their last release.

    hot water music - not horrible, not great.

    thursday not putting out that ep on eyeball records in the summer like i kept hearing.

    vagrant america not coming to north carolina.

    not going to krazyfest or hellfest.

    grade (production value alone just made the album sound like crap. not to mention all the songs are very similar)..

    stuff i am lookin forward to:

    next thursday release
    alk3/hwm split
    trial by fire cd
    new hopesfall and beloved full length.
    next issue of buddyhead.
    macrock!

    and jawbreaker getting back together (hey, it could happen).

    ok. so here it is. you are all now welcome to shit on me if you disagree.

    Anonymous (December 29, 2001)

    I'm bored, and I don't really care what you think(it's not from 2001? oops.)

    20. Dropkick Murphys - Do Or Die
    Sing-a-long songs they way sing-a-longs should be sung.

    19. Falling Sickness - Because the World Has Failed Us Both
    No songs that really stand out, but an absolutely great ska/punk album as a whole.

    18. Bouncing Souls - How I Spent My Summer Vacation
    I didn't think these guys would ever top Maniacal Laughter but they did with this one.

    17. Good Riddance - Operation Phoenix
    Their most hardcore influenced album, and in my opinion their best.

    16. Choking Victim - No Gods, No Managers
    Political hardcore/ska/punk has never sounded so good.

    15. Kid Dynamite - S/T
    Hardcore mixed with straight ahead punk rock and a whole buncha whoa whoas.

    14. Dillinger Four - Versus God
    I've yet to meet anyone who's actually listened to these guys and not liked them. Two totally different vocal stylings for both the pop punkster and your punk-as-fuck types.

    13. Operation Ivy - S/T
    Uhhhh... what can I say? Maybe they didn't create ska/punk, but they brought it to a new level of intensity that has yet to be matched.

    12. 7 Seconds - Walk Together, Rock Together
    Positive punk that's as catchy as anything I've ever heard.

    11. Grade - Under The Radar
    Screamo better than any other. This album was stuck in my CD player for over a year straight.

    10. The Clash - London Calling
    Only number 10?!!

    9. Descendents - Two Things At Once
    I guess this is kinda cheating, because it is two albums... at once. Milo Goes To College and Bonus Fat if you wanna get technical. Is there a better song out there than Hope?

    8. Dead Kennedys - Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables
    Duh.

    7. Weezer - Blue Album
    Kind of a guilty pleasure I guess. I bought this CD the first time I saw the video for Undone, and still listen to it at least once a week 7 years later.

    6. Spare Change - Wake. Sleep. Volume.
    Emo but not emo. Hardcore but not hardcore. Punk but not punk. You hear a lot of bands described that way lately, but these guys are the best in my opinion. Not to be confused with sparechange00 these San Diegans put on as good a live show as any band I've seen, and I've seen a lot.

    5. Fugazi - In On The Kill Taker
    This album blew me away when I first heard it. Still does.

    4. Minor Threat - Complete Discography
    How many bands do you know of who cover one of these guys songs? I guess they were kinda influential.

    3. Misfits - Walk Among Us
    OK, so I'm a little obsessed. Tattoos, patches, shirts, hat, wallet, stickers, hoodies, belt buckle. This is the album that made me a punk for life.

    2. Lifetime - Hello Bastards
    If these guys woulda stayed around for this emo craze we're going through right now, they would've taken over the world. Emo enough for the screaming little girls, and punk enough for me. I love this band.

    And the number 1 album of 2001....(uh...2001? Ha ha)

    1. Refused - The Shape of Punk to Come
    I wish.

    Biggest Disappointments (ok these actually are from 2001) -
    The death of Joey Ramone. God IS dead.
    Sum 41, Good Charlotte, NFG, SR 71 - Would you all please go away?
    Weezer - Green Album - I kinda like this album, but kinda isn't good enough after their first two albums.
    The Strokes - While I don't mind these guys, no band is worthy of the kind of hype surrounding them.(Well maybe Lifetime... or Refused)

    Most Anticipated of 2002 -
    New Bad Religion - I'm looking forward to hearing Bad Religion the punk band again, instead of Bad Religion the rock band.
    New Weezer - Should be better.
    New Dillinger Four - I hope. And maybe a tour too. That would be nice.

    I know this was supposed to be the top 10 of 2001, but.... fuck you.

    ....Evildeadalive

    Anonymous (December 29, 2001)

    How about the new BigWig?

    -Sr. Potpourri

    repeater (December 29, 2001)

    what i meant to say below was 'the argument'. repeater was such a good album though, still going round on my player. there's some shallow bastards on this site. and to the guy who can't wait for the new godspeed cd/lp/ep/whatever - rock on!

    sickboi (December 29, 2001)

    I just thought of something...wasn't the Zerodown album 01'? Yeah, I know. Cali-FatWreck-Skatepunk, but damn, it sure was a good album. And has anyone mentioned the new Pulley album? Or the River City Rebels? I'm too lazy to scroll through all the bitching below. All good shit. Happy New Year's ya pukes. Be safe, I'll be sure to take a shot (or 2 or 10) for all the fine folks at Punknews.org.

    Anonymous (December 28, 2001)

    i like pissing people off....

    you make me smile anonymous....

    but anyway sir, thank you for getting all bent out of shape...didn't i just mention that's what i set out to do? looks like i win...

    good...now go away...

    Jimi

    pat41 (December 28, 2001)

    What a completely original idea you had... I wish I was as smart as you as to review the top ten albums of 2001... just kidding... good picks too.

    Anonymous (December 28, 2001)

    Amen-oldpunker

    Anonymous (December 27, 2001)

    I know more about Alkaline Trio than you do! I've liked them longer than you have! Who gives a fuck about who knows more or who has liked them longer? Why dont you just get a life and stop bickering between each other. It's arrogant assholes like Jimi that make messageboards such a fucking waste of time.

    Anonymous (December 26, 2001)

    haha, whoops, i can't spele...so what? It was about a grasp of the english language...not how to spell sir...

    and starting fights is fun...that's why it's fun to rag on other peoples choices...

    and the Recover album is really good...

    Jimi

    Anonymous (December 26, 2001)

    Hey Jimi, you spelled sentence wrong. hehe. Get a dictionary, Mr. "Grasp of the english vocabulary".

    The recover CD is amazing, such a different sound for fueled by ramen.

    Anonymous (December 25, 2001)

    Just wondering why Drokick Murphys sing loud sing proud isnt on anyones list, Thats my pick for #1

    adam (December 25, 2001)

    To the post below:I agree that top 10 lists are dreadfully trite and unorigional, however mine is simply a response to Scott's request to see the other staff member's picks. Call it one of the fringe benefits of pouring our free time into this site, we get to cram our uninformed opinions down your throats... Seriously though, the problem with "Top" lists rests entirely on the bias' held by the reviewer AND what the reviewer has heard. I keep seeing (for example) the new Streach Armstrong record mentioned in people's lists, however I have yet to hear it in it's entirety and therefore cannot make a judgement on it. Another example, if I was one of the "old school" Hot Water Music fan (I am a relativly new to the band) I would have had an opinion based on my extensive knowledge of their back cataloge, which would further change my rating of their new album...My only "goal" is that someone whom has read this page enough to say "I have similar musical taste to Shindo" will see an album listed and maybe give it a (second?) listen... Don't worry too much these lists....

    Anonymous (December 25, 2001)

    this comment is kinda carried over from the previous top ten list, but i figure people will be reading both. ultimately, no one's top ten list is going to be perfect, at least according to everyone else's standard. one band is always left off, or one band on the list sucks a big one. there will always be conflict.
    furthermore, how can you even try to put any kind of order to something as abstract as music? i'm glad everyone here likes music, and wants to share it, but what this comes down to is mental masturbation. what's the point of telling everyone that the new Hot Water Music is amazing? do you really care that much what other people think that you want to make sure everyone knows that you love the new Cursive album? come on, grow up. no one's gonna be impressed with your insightful comments on the new Alkaline Trio, and all it seems to end up doing is starting fights. it's not even worth it. allow everyone their opinions, and you can expect the same. this entire page is a waste of time and effort. i'm not saying this to piss people off, i just want kids to realize this page exists solely for the author to get handjobs from like-minded people. what's worse is that someone else already did this page once. how terribly unoriginal. shindo, you seem like a bright guy, why not spend your time doing something else? that goes for everyone here, including myself, as i've now wasted ten minutes writing this piece of crap. peace.

    Anonymous (December 25, 2001)

    "Burst and Bloom" was a good ep...but by no means one of the best releases of the year....i am really looking forward to a new full-length from Cursive though....it should be amazing....

    and Fugazi "The Argument" SHOULD be on everyone's top 10....

    but some people just don't get it or something...

    Jimi

    Anonymous (December 25, 2001)

    Best record of 2001 : recover - rodeo and picasso
    most anticipated record of 2002- new recover e. P

    chrisboredom (December 24, 2001)

    everyone that has posted needs a big whopping punch in the face for not even mentioning Cursive's Burst and Bloom.

    also, the new hopesfall ep is pretty damn amazing.

    ncg1 (December 24, 2001)

    i still don't get how you don't pick fugazi.

    best... band... ever.

    Anonymous (December 24, 2001)

    yeah, except a homophope has a problem with homosexuals...i do not...maybe if you weren't so stupid, you'd be able to comprehend the sentance i typed...replaying to SOMEONE ELSE about what THEY said and their use of the word gay...

    i was pointing out how some people have such a small grasp of the english vocabulary they have to use words like gay or even retarded for that matter, to explain how they hate something...

    read down the thread a bit more champ and you'll see what i mean....

    but since you ALSO have nothing intelligent to say, you might want to stop replaying and just go away...

    now, go away....

    Jimi

    Anonymous (December 24, 2001)

    It's ok to be a raging homophobe Jimi.

    Anonymous (December 24, 2001)

    Best Releases This Years

    -Tool - Lateralus
    - GUK - Eudora
    - Thursday - Full Collapse
    - Recover - Rodeo and Picasso
    - Alkaline Trio - From here to infirmary (like i care if other people dislike it)
    - Tenacious D (jack black is the best)
    - Jimmy Eat World - Bleed American
    - Waterdown - Never Kill The Boy On The First Date
    - New End Original - Thriller
    - System of a Down - Toxicity (Amazing)

    I like the Weezer cd despite what everyone says. It's still good. Can't wait for the new Thursday, AFI, Poison The Well, Deftones, GUK, Weezer, Glassjaw, MU330, Brandston, Ultimate Fakebook, Snapcase and i just now I
    forget some in the two lists.

    -ejaculine

    Anonymous (December 24, 2001)

    the "self-titled comp" is just that genius, a comp...they actually had albums of NEW material come out between the two albums....the "comp" is cashing in on out of print and hard to find stuff...since it wasn't written at the same time, it doesn't seem fair to compare that to any of their other releases...

    and for the record "ILMFO" was better than "goddamnit..."

    don't pretend you know more than me because you don't...

    go listen to your rancid records geek...

    um,*cough* sorry, had to spit out those cocks...

    and it is soooo ghey to use the word ghey when you don't like something like an argument...and even gheyer when you spell it wrong....

    Jimi Hendrix

    TimBomb (December 23, 2001)

    Re-Read My comment Jimi Hendrix "Self Titled Comp" is my exact word for it. Comp = Compilation, notice not self titled album.

    I know more than you.
    I am smarter than you.

    Now go find six feet of rope and a folding chair, "brah."

    Anonymous (December 23, 2001)

    heres my favorites of 2001: (in no order)

    Lars Fredrickson and the bastards -s/t ?

    The Real Mckenizes - loch'd and loaded

    Catch 22 - washed up

    LeftOver Crack -medicore

    Anti Flag - underground network

    Larwance Arms/Chinkiees split

    Bouncing Soals -how i spent my summer vacation

    Against All Authority -nothing new

    PennyWise - this is freedom?

    City Water Bandits - General Purposes

    I dont think i spelled it all right and im not sure if all the cd titles are correct but you get the idea.

    Anonymous (December 23, 2001)

    man i can't wait for 2002. and let me tell you why.
    Bad religion
    Millencolin
    Strung Out
    Lagwagon
    NOFX/Rancid split

    Fucking amazing. and the warped tour with the wagon and bad religion already. it is going to be one motherfucker of a year

    Anonymous (December 23, 2001)

    Must be hard to type with Alkaline Trio's collective cock in your mouth JIMEEEEE. Do yourself a favor and bite down... hard. Fights over how much you love a band are ghey.

    theDave!

    Anonymous (December 23, 2001)

    10 Fat Comp 5
    9 Lars and the Bastards
    8 Me First - Blow In The Wind
    7 NOFX - Surfer
    6 Pennywise - Land Of The Free
    5 Ramones - Ramones Reissue
    4 Randy - Human Atom Bombs
    3 Propagandhi - Todays Empires
    2 T(I)NC - A New Morning
    1 Anti Flag - Underground Network

    NOFX / Rancid cover split is my most anticipated of 2002

    iamprosthesis (December 23, 2001)

    for what it's worth (and it's fucking worth a lot, mind you), here's my top ten for this year.

    this is in no particular order. because they never are. for me, anyway.
    -off minor/i am the resurrection split lp: i don't really care that the i am the ressurection side of this record blows. at all. because in seventeen minutes or so, off minor managed to crystallize everything great that happened in hardcore/"emo" over the last five or six years and spit it out in a big mess of things that made me yell and kick and scream and rant and laugh and cry all at once. and already, bands are starting to lift from them. but a future where there's a endless parade of off minor clone bands is far superior to a present where there's an endless parade of jawbreaker/lifetime clone bands.
    -explosions in the sky "those who tell the truth shall die/those who tell the truth shall live forever": bass/drums/guitar kicking out the most unholy squall of ethereal noise this side of mogwai. and a damn lot better soundtrack for those of us who sit peacefully and giggle to ourselves as rome smolders than anything godspeed, you black emperor! has released recently.
    -sigur ros "agaetis byrjun": blah blah blah groundbreaking blah blah blah amazing blah blah blah best band ever blah blah blah. the hype surrounding this band is ridiculous, but if radiohead had come out with "kid a", and it had sounded anything like this album, radiohead wouldn't have their heads shoved so far up their asses. radiohead also wouldn't be locking themselves in closets with copies of autechre albums, looking for drum loops to steal.
    -jimmy eat world "bleed american": if you listen to this album and don't come away yelling "SALT SWEAT! SUGAR ON THE ASPHALT!" in the face of anyone who will listen for a few days afterwards, then you DESERVE to be in that closet with radiohead listening to autechre and coming up with new and innovative ways of boring others to tears.
    -yaphet kotto "syncopated synthetic laments for love": i can feel the tears running down the faces of the people in this band when i listen to this. it's rather reassuring to know that the people holding the purse strings in this world have yet to corner the market on intensity.
    -strike anywhere "change is a sound": more politically inspiring than the wellspring of rage that burst forth from my chest when king george informed the american people that the taliban hates snowmen.
    -red house painters "old ramon": obligatory.
    -ryan adams "heartbreaker": anyone who can simultaneously channel tom waits, gram parsons, and morrissey at once is alright by me. a soundtrack for 3 o clock in the morning and you're drunk and alone.
    -fugazi "the argument": so good that i can't even describe how good it is.
    -ted leo/pharmacists "the tyranny of distance": much like the jimmy eat world album, this is disposable pop music for those who know better than to listen to that sort of crap. and much like off minor, something which crystallizes everything good about the music of the last few years. actually, in this case, more like ten. but whatever.
    most disappointing of 2001:
    weezer-green album
    ryan adams-gold
    tenacious d-s/t
    radiohead-amnesiac
    hey mercedes-everynight fire works
    alkaline trio-from here to infirmary
    hot water music-a flight and a crash

    most anticipated of 2002:
    new against me! 7"
    godspeed, you black emperor!

    Anonymous (December 23, 2001)

    Timbomb....Alkaline Trio's "Selftitled" release isn't actually an album in the sense it's not new material...it's their out of print eps (which you don't have probably because you jumped on the bandwagon later on...whoops....good thing i got mine back in the day....) and comp songs and 7"s...the only new material to be released inbetween "Goddamnit" and "FHTI" was "ILMFO" and "MICF"....well, and "My friend Peter" (magneticcomp) "Exploding Boy" (cure tribute) the Blue Meanies split 7" with "bye bye love"

    It's okay though...buddyhead is cool....it's bomb to like them and rip them off....they just updated brah, check it out....

    JIMEEEEE

    Anonymous (December 22, 2001)

    Well i pretty much agree with all of your picks.

    Weezer was the biggest let down of the year. And the Strokes are the most horrible band i have ever heard.

    As for the most anticipated albums of next year, can we say STRUNG OUT?!?!?!

    seek (December 22, 2001)

    Fuck Authority was a decent song, but it came off as kind of corny politically; it is more of a 'fun' song than anything© Certainly not the best song of the year©

    Anonymous (December 22, 2001)

    The best song of the year was "Fuck Authority"

    SideLinedForLife (December 22, 2001)

    Make that 9 post from this post.-Rock

    SideLinedForLife (December 22, 2001)

    I totally agree with the person 6 down from me. Good Riddance- Symptoms of a Leveling Spirit is a underated album. The only thing I didnt agree with was Blink 182. While the music aspect isnt bad the lyrics are just so unoriginal and immature. They can write better lyrics than the bull shit they slapped on that record. Back to Good Riddance. I thought that was an amazing cd put out by an awesome band. Anyone would enjoy this cd. My personal favorite cd for the year of 2001 was Thursday-Full Collapse- Lyrically beautiful and musically very orginal and well played. Saves The Day had some amazing lyrics also this year. They seemed to mature greatly from their previous "Through Being Cool." Oh and Inspection 12 did come out this year and they are on my top 10 for the year because of their uniqueness and ability to play music in such a different way. -Rock

    TimBomb (December 22, 2001)

    Jimi
    Calling From Here To Infirmary a step down from Goddammit for Alkaline Trio was just a overall synopsis on how he band has gone downhill, wth Goddamit being their hightest point. Im fully aware of all their records in between, Maybe I'll catch fire, the Self Titled comp, and all the 7 inches as well

    Pathetic attempt at being buddyhead? Yup that sums me up. Really.

    Spell your name right. You're not Jimi Hendrix.

    Anonymous (December 22, 2001)

    Good review. Should have mentioned Bigiwg, River City Rebels and the Mad Caddies. Looking forward to Reel Big Fish in 2002

    Anonymous (December 22, 2001)

    Stretch armstrong anyoen!?

    Anonymous (December 22, 2001)

    I'm going to list my favorites only 2 are actually punk.
    I'm sorry but it hasn't been a good year for Punk Releases in my Opinion.

    Opeth "Blackwater Park"
    Shiloh Church "octah"
    Deceased "Behind The Mourner's Viel"
    Rollins Band "Nice"
    Dropkick Murphys "Sing Loud Sing Proud"
    Napalm Death "Enemy Of The Music Business"
    Soilent Green "A Deleted Symphony For The Beaten Down"
    Warhorse * As Heaven Turns To Ash...
    Alas "Absolute Purity"
    Total Fucking Destruction "non-demo #3"

    Anonymous (December 22, 2001)

    dude, uh fugazi's repeater was released, what, over 10 years ago???

    repeater (December 22, 2001)

    Best CD's of 2001:

    1. The Silver Mount Zion Memorial Orchestra and Tra la La Band - Born Into Trouble as The Sparks Fly Upward

    2. Mogwai - Rock Action

    3. Propagandhi - Todays Empires...

    4. Fugazi - Repeater

    5. The Dismemberment Plan - Change

    6. Converge - Jane Doe

    7. Appleseed Cast - Low Level Owl Vol 1

    8. Planes Mistaken For Stars - Fuck With Fire

    9. Small Brown Bike - Dead Reckoning

    10. The Farewell Order (Members of Born Under Saturn) - Araby CDEP

    3 Biggest Let Dowms of 2001:

    Hot Water Music - A Flight And A Crash
    People calling Sum 41 "emo".
    Rival Schools - How overhyped?

    Anticipations of 2002:

    Coalesce reunion and world tour
    Get Up Kids new full length
    New Godspeed You Black Emporer CD?

    seek (December 22, 2001)

    I think all your picks were great, except for Strike Anywhere, only because I never heard anything by them, but I suppose I should check them out© Leftover Crack is definitely one of THE BEST releases this year© I agree with your disappointments, man H2O could have done much better; Dead Kennedy's release was just a sick joke© As for your anticipated albums, not much an Alkaline Trio fan but I want that split because HWM is great© I'm not too big on Thrice either, but maybe this album will change all that? Oh yea, where is AFI on that anticipated list? Finally, you best include my band as an anticipated release; even though I don't currently have a band, you can rest assured I will have one that makes a release in 2002, and you will have wished you anticipated it© =¤

    Anonymous (December 22, 2001)

    I like your list. although i myself am into some o the "trendy" stuff. here's some i think deserve some recognition

    Stretch Armstrong- GREAT HARDCORE! awesome awesome.
    Strike anywhere- no comment needed.
    Blink- Take offf: haha this will cause some havoc
    Yellowcard- Awesome live band. good riffs and everything!
    Saves the Day- i wasnt into them till recently. and although it's nto what i prefer, this is a good cd.
    Pulley= sure it's no esteem driven, but it's a damn good cd.
    Ensign- the new one is damn good.
    Good Riddance- CMON GUYS! awesome cd!
    I cant reemmeber if inspection 12 is from 2001, but damn that's a bad ass band.
    along with craig's brother.

    So give some props -jock

    Anonymous (December 22, 2001)

    why would anyone get shit for liking Rival Schools...it IS one of the best records released this year...this is not an opinion, but a fact...

    oh and to TimBomb....um FHTI is not a step down from Goddamnit, seeing as how there was an ep (ILMFO) and a full length (MICF) released INBETWEEN those two discs...sorry, but maybe it was a step down from MICF....ugh, some of you people disgust me...so does your pathetic attempt to be buddyhead...that's no un-bomb brah

    oh, and the impossibles haven't played ska for a while now...they like weezer a whole lot though...and they do weezer better than weezer does weezer, so it's okay....the Impossibles are a much better band....

    Jimi

    TimBomb (December 21, 2001)

    Things that started Sucking in 2001

    Alkaline Trio - From here to Infirmary is embarassing, passive, and a disgusting step down from Goddammit

    Buddyhead - Stopped being funny and started sucking everbody's balls they could find. pussyfaggots.

    Saves The Day - I admit to having a soft spot for the Old Lifetime covers. Stop saying the new album is revolutionary and just admit it's bad radio pop.

    Dillinger Escape Plan - just for failing to release anything this year. Supposedly the New EP is on the way...hurry the fuck up.

    Dillinger Four - While we're on Dillingers this band also reminded us they still have no talent

    Me First and The Gimme Gimmes - It was funny till they pretended to be a real band and do a tour.

    The Misfits - PLaying Black Flag songs guys? Time to give up, you're all 45 - go home and get a job at a laundromat to put your kids through college.

    sXe_nick (December 21, 2001)

    great list. here mine goes in no specific order

    Saved by Grace - for what you have done this record is truly amazing. This band is not very popular but they truly do have an amazing live show and it shows on the cd. melodic hardcore to the fucking max. Great cd, go to their site and DL some of their mp3's.

    Thursday - full collapse Wow this cd is really good. Extreemly catchy and melodic but with that edge that makes it a great cd. The singer can get annoying at times but it is still a great record.

    Thrice - Identity Crisis fucking great record. They have almost all good songs. ("Ultra blue", and "In your hands" are terrible pop punk) but the rest are truly amazing, bringing a new side to melodic hardcore.

    Dropkick Murphys - Sing Loud Sing Proud This is damn good. I cant get enough of the Spicy Mchaggis Jig. I was lucky enough to see them live with tiger army and sick of it all, the show blew me away.

    Leftover Crack - Mediocre Gernerica I loved Choking Victim, and now i love Leftover Crack. The variety on this recording is huge, on one song you can have ska, the next you can have somthing similar to powerviolence. Good stuff if i may say so.

    INTERNATIONAL NOISE CONSPIRACY - New Morning Changing wheather makes you wanna dance. very creative and new. I like thier style.

    my biggest dissapointment albums were Tiger Army, Weezer (good but nowhere near as good as their other stuff), Saves the day - THEY ARE OVER-RATED

    MusicIsMyLife (December 21, 2001)

    High fives for the Rival Schools kid. Anybody that gives you shit for that needs..well, I won't go there.

    Allison

    aznr (December 21, 2001)

    Damn Shindo, that was a great list. I enjoyed all of those albums, and almost all would be in my Top 20 or so (with a bunch in my own Top 10). Good taste...

    -AZNR

    Anonymous (December 21, 2001)

    Nobody's mentioning the Saves the Day CD, which I happen to think is a pure masterpiece.

    Just my opinion

    Anonymous (December 21, 2001)

    Good news Shindo: I've heard all the records on your most anticipated for 2002, and they all kick cosmic ass.

    Anonymous (December 21, 2001)

    OK...my best of 2001 list:

    10. Rise Against--"The Unraveling"
    9. Sum 41--"All Killer, No Filler"
    8. Deviates--"Time is the Distance"
    7. Over It--"Hindsight 20/20" EP
    6. Weezer--Green Album
    5. Bigwig--"Invitation to Tragedy"
    4. Jimmy Eat World--"Bleed American"
    3. Whatever it Takes--"A Fistful of Revolution"
    2. Brand New--"Your Favorite Weapon"
    1. Thursday--"Full Collapse"

    Also great: Recover--"Rodeo and Recover"
    Worst ever: The Movielife--"Has a Gambling Problem"

    glumble (December 21, 2001)

    Uh. Yeah. Top ten albums of 2k1 in no order are:

    The Impossibles - 4_Song_Brick_Bomb. Not ska? Who gives a fuck?

    Fugazi - The Argument. Best Fugazi to date, in my opinion.

    Propagandhi - Today's Empires, Tomorrow's Ashes. Enough said.

    Rival Schools - United By Fate. I enjoy this, although many people will give me shit for it.

    Stephen Brodsky - Ole Sunday. All Cave In fans: This is the lead singer's solo stuff. It's way different, a little more rock/folk influenced, but great nevertheless.

    Piebald - Barley Legal/All Ages (2CD). A collection of rare/live Piebald stuff. Must have for all Piebald fans.

    Anti-Flag - Underground Network. I like it, fuck you.

    Recover - Rodeo And Picasso. This shit is fucking amazing.

    Small Brown Bike - Dead Reckoning.

    travis (December 21, 2001)

    i agree with a lot of your choices. especially strike anywhere and the international noise conspiracy.

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