Every year, I sit here and I go through this terribly difficult process reflecting on the good and the bad of each
year. As I go through the process of doing this for 2018, all I can say is that this year have been absolutely nuts
with new jams and new bands that have found their way to my headphones.
This year, I interviewed a few cool people, wrote a whole heck of a lot of news articles and found myself in a few
sleepy sessions of podcasting. I really enjoy contributing to this weird place known as the Org and feel grateful every
day I get to do this. I look forward to another year of this madness.
On a personal level, I am trying to live my best life. I ended up traveling to the other side of this country to
surprise my two favorite little girls for Lunar New Year and finally met a Tricky Ricky, traveled to my favorite city
in North America again for 77 Montreal. Went to Brussels and Copenhagen for summer vacation and brought back a new
found love for Waffles and Vanilla Custard. Plus I saw my favorite band, The Bouncing Souls a few times this year in a
few different locations.
Another year, another end of year playlist of all my favorite tracks from this year to share with you. Click here
to listen. Thank you for reading… and see you near the pit in 2019. <
Top 3 EP’s
Is it really the end? Yes, it is. Fair Enough
is Minus The Bear’s final release. This EP feels like a short
and sweet taste of the expansive career of sounds in a four song EP. Each one of the 4 tracks has a particular feels
that is like one of their pre-existing LPs. Listening to the EP as a whole does in fact feel like they are presenting
their thanks and gratitude to their loyal fan base.
2. Forever Unclean: WOOF
Disconnect Disconnect Records
Danish melodic skatepunkers, Forever Unclean continue their reign as the hardest working punks from their region.
Having spent the last year since their 2017 EP Float
touring the UK, Europe, and Australia extensively.
Somehow this band managed to put out a new EP, Woof
this year. Woof
sounds like a continuation of their
high paced, screamy vocals as before but with more focus
1. Awkwafina: In Fina We Trust
In the midst of being an acting powerhouse, New York native Awkwafina threw out a new EP. In Fina We Trust
a great pairing of her humor and some skillful rhyming.
Top 10 LPs
10. Second Letter: Cicatrix
Arctic Rodeo Recording
Second Letter may be a fairly new band but they come with extensive roots in the hardcore genre. Containing members
of Farside, Government Issue, Burning Airlines and much more. They put out their debut full-length this year. Far
from what we may expect from these key members. Cicatrix is a beautiful composition of an emotive alt-rock album.
Coming off of the high of 2016’s Higher Power
, Canada’s The Dirty Nil came back at us this year with a
massive sounding and super fun new record titled Master Volume
. Master Volume fused together influences from
the punk with classic rock and roll riffs.
Has it been 5 years since an Alkaline Trio album? As we waited 5 long years for a new Alkaline Trio album, they guys
have been busy on other projects. Is This Thing Cursed?
seems more focused in honing into their own vintage
sound than in the more recent albums. They seemed to nail carrying a nostalgic feeling throughout the record that is
reminiscent of older Alkaline Trio albums while still remaining new and fresh.
Lockin’ Out Records
Krimewatch dropped their self-titled release this year. The release clocks in at a quick twelve minute, but boy was
that twelve minutes such a treat. Singer Rhylli Ogiura blends the manic immediacy of Japanese hardcore with the
gritty swagger of New York hardcore. Her vocals are strong and in your face that delivers a powerful delivery of
sometimes English, sometimes Japanese lyrics.
Fiddlehead is a fairly new indie rock band. The five-piece band features members of Have Heart and Basement. The
album lyrically explores the feelings of loss and grief of vocalist Patrick Flynn’s father passing and how his mother
is coping with the loss. The album as a whole harks a vibe from the mid-90’s and early 2000’s post-hardcore sounds.
Over at my house, Culture Abuse’s Bay Dreams
has become the soundtrack to the summer (partial thanks to my
husband). This album is incredibly poppy, catchy and full of PMA. Singer David Kellings, has a way with emoting the
feeling of good vibes with his lyrics. Bay Dreams
is a great album to jam out to at any summer BBQ or cruising
down the Pacific Coast Highway.
After the demise of Light This City in 2008, drummer Ben Murray and Laura Nichols formed a punk project,
Heartsounds. After years of inactivity, the death metal five-piece have been resurrected and released their first
album in over a decade. Terminal Bloom might be the best blend of old Light This City and their punk project
Heartsounds. Where melodic punk meets death metal.
It has been 4 years since Philly punks Restorations released the celebrated LP3. This year they released my most
anticipated album of the year and did not disappoint one bit. LP 5000 is truly a great addition to their already very
cohesive collection of albums. The album screams the things I think about as an aging soul. The album is a breath of
fresh air, filled with carefully placed noises that balance out the howls of John Loudon's expansive voice. LP500 is
incredibly melodic and catchy and simply accessible.
Philly’s Nothing has musically transcended across sub-genres with their third full length Dance On The Blacktop
The album feels anywhere from dream pop to shoegaze to 90s alt-rock/post-rock. Launching the band to more than just a
typical shoegaze band. Nothing stays true to form, in mixing the dark lyrical content of singer/guitarist Dominic
Palermo's life with the artfully composed heavy but atmospheric music that whisks you away to a different haze like
feelings as you bob along.
New York-based two-piece indie rock band Caravela has created a gem of an album for me this year. Caravela has been
playing in these parts for a bit and has recorded three full-length albums thus far. Ski
shimmers with a
playful tone. Singer Frank Graniero’s lyrically packs this album with bursts of energy and emotions. As an album as a
is an incredibly solid album front to back.