Tiny Engines, Part 2

And here's part 2 of the series of lists from the folks over at Tiny Engines. In this edition you'll hear from Ben Hendricks (Annabel), Chas McKeown (Gray Young), Matt Scottoline (Everyone Everywhere), Jesse Litwa (Broadcaster), Nick Harris (Luther), The gang in Tin Armor, Christopher Larsen (Banquets), and David Frenson (Black Numbers/Banquets).

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Ben Hendricks - Annabel


  1. Des Ark - Don't Rock the Boat, Sink the Fucker
    Waited a long time for this one and it did not disappoint. It feels like a culmination of all her strengths. The soft, tender ballads and the power rockers all came together perfectly for this one.
  2. Wye Oak - Civilian
    Took a minute to click with me, but when it did I probably listened to this more than any other record this year. I love the consistent feel of this the whole way through.
  3. Bon Iver - Bon Iver
    I'll admit to being way too into when it first came out, but I can't deny the beauty of this thing. All of these songs are gorgeous and it's impossible to not get put in that "place."
  4. Cloud Nothings - Cloud Nothings
    A great band from Cleveland that writes some really catchy gems. Part pop-punk, part lo-fi indie, this is just a fun record. Their new album is going to destroy 2012 though.
  5. M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
    When I listen to new M83 records for the first time, I'm always skeptical they'll be able to top their last, but they always do. This one defines the word EPIC.
  6. Saintseneca - Last
    Columbus band that really deserves a lot more attention than they get. Their sound live just fills up an entire room with such quiet instruments. The song writing is top-notch and there are some really special ones here.
  7. The War On Drugs - Slave Ambient
    This is the kind of record that isn't hard to like. There are some really great ambient sounds going around the folk rock. It sounds like if Bob Dylan or Tom Petty started a band after listening to a bunch of shoegaze. "Baby Missiles" is a clear highlight.
  8. Drake - Take Care
    After Kanye's last album, I needed something to fill that void once I had over-played everything on My Dark Beautiful Twisted Fantasy. I'm just a sucker for the down-tempo souled-out hip-hop with awesome hooks.
  9. Good Luck - Without Hesitation
    It's Good Luck, what can I say? More of the same from everybody's favorite power trio. Matt and Ginger just shred and can't really write a bad song.
  10. By Surprise - Mountain Smashers
    Rob and the boys really put out a treat with this one. With much of the noodly-twinkly thing starting to get really played-out, these guys wrote a record of crucial jams and it actually sounded like they cared about it too.

Chas McKeown - Gray Young

Gray Young

  • Wye Oak - Civilian
  • Sigur Ros - Inni
  • My Morning Jacket - Circuital
  • M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
  • Mogwai - Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
  • …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead - Tao of The Dead
  • Radiohead - King of Limbs
  • Thurston Moore - Demolished Thoughts
  • Kate Bush - 50 Words For Snow
  • Future Islands - On The Water

Matt Scottoline - Everyone Everywhere

Everyone Everywhere

  1. Yuck - "Yuck (Deluxe Edition)"
  2. The Beach Boys - "The Smile Sessions"
  3. Bon Iver - "Bon Iver"
  4. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - "Belong"
  5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. - "It’s A Corporate World"
  6. Real Estate - "Days"
  7. Jessica Lea Mayfield - "Tell Me"
  8. Washed Out - "Within and Without"
  9. Blouse - "Blouse"
  10. Sandro Perri - "Impossible Spaces"

Jesse Litwa - Broadcaster


  • Andrew Jackson Jihad - Knife Man
  • Bomb The Music Industry! - Vacation
  • The Horrible Crowes - Elsie
  • I Am The Avalanche - Avalanche United
  • Laura Stevenson & the Cans - Sit Resist
  • Lemuria - Pebble
  • Maritime - Human Hearts
  • Samiam - Trips
  • Stuck Out Here - Last Night, This Morning
  • Tomahawk Chop - Another Summer Lost

Nick Harris - Luther


  1. Static Radio - We Are All Beasts
  2. Timeshares - Bearable
  3. Explosions in the Sky - Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
  4. Death Cab for Cutie - Codes and Keys
  5. Wu Tang Clan - Legendary Weapons
  6. Lemuria - Pebble
  7. Glocca Morra - Ghoul Intentions
  8. Sigur Ros- INNI
  9. Kite Party- Baseball Season
  10. Banquets- Top Button, Bottom Shelf

Tin Armor band Top Ten

Tin Armor

  • Madeline - Black Velvet
  • Vacation - Vacation
  • Landlord - Beneath The Wheel
  • Tenement - Napalm Dream
  • Reverse The Curse - Hither & Yon
  • Bright Eyes - The People's Key
  • Saintseneca - Last
  • Good Luck - Without Hesitation
  • Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
  • Moon High - Six Suns

Christopher Larsen - Banquets


  1. Metallica "LULU"
    Thinking they had already recorded the lemons of lemons with load and reload and death magnetic and stranger, I was confused by how two of my favorite artists could destroy themselves so well. Like hanging out Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston, I just couldn't stop smoking crack with these two who were destined to turn my brain to mush.
  2. Iron Chic "Not Like This"
    Came out in 2010 I think, but I haven't stopped listening to it.
  3. Into It. Over It. "Proper"
    Somewhere between The Anniversary, Death Cab, and Daytrader. Dude rules.
  4. Yelle "Safari Disco Club"
    Présente les règles Goddamn
  5. Luther "Siblings and Seven"
    Had it for awhile now and still listening to it almost daily
  6. Fit for an Autopsy "The Process of Human Extermination"
    Bunch of beard dudes running on rainbows beating each other up with unicorn testicles
  7. Static Radio "We Are All Beasts"
    Catchy but ball starved
  8. Look Mexico "Real Americans Spear It"
    Just got into these guys and love this album
  9. Decapitated "Carnival is Forever"
    Not their best album, but still it's Decapitated
  10. Sharks Keep Moving "Self-Titled"
    Old album, but I still listen to it constantly and I don't think many people listen to them. Jazzy mellow post hardcore stuff with the singer from Minus the Bear.

David Frenson - Black Numbers/Banquets

Top 10 LPs:

  1. The Decemberists - The King is Dead
  2. Static Radio NJ - We Are All Beasts
  3. Red City Radio - The Dangers of Standing Still
  4. Timeshares - Bearable
  5. The Arteries - Dead Sea
  6. Foo Fighters - Wasting Light
  7. Polar Bear Club - Clash Battle Guilt Pride
  8. Restorations - Restorations
  9. Bridge and Tunnel - Rebuilding Year
  10. The Reveling - Tributaries

Top 5 EPs:

  1. Luther - Siblings and Sevens
  2. Look Mexico - Real Americans Spear It
  3. Daytrader - Last Days of Rome
  4. Pentimento - Wrecked
  5. PJ Bond - 22 April: Vienna, Austria