I realized I forgot to post this! My MRR year end top ten from last year
As always it’s hard to summarize a year of listening with only ten records, there are so many LPs, cassettes, bandcamps and 45s that have gotten me through the dogshit reality that is our current epoch, here are my most listened to releases selected to represent 2016. 1)CCTV-all cassettes
Radical art punk music, incisive lyrics to think about, sick riffs to dance to, makes you wanna do something with your tired self. Plus a truly great live band.
2)LITHICS – “Borrowed Floors” LP
The “Too Many Creeps” / SU TISSUE combo of my dreams, front person summons so many dreamy feminist art performative pasts while maintaining a total deadpan style that is to die for, the best dollar store 99 Records dreamscape of the decade.
3)HEAVY METAL – LP
The song“Television Addict” as a guidebook and life coach.
4)TERRY – “8 Girls” EP
Not only a near perfect SWELLMAPS-ian pop song, a slicing incursion into the “radical” reality of the neoliberal “lean in” female politician reality in our click bait epoch…
5)THE WORLD EP& Flexi
I am putting these even tho the flexi sounds like garbage (the recordings are incredible-why on earth would they waste em on a flexi?!?! Disposable times we live in) I love this band, their recordings don’t quite match up to the live experience yet, but I love living in an era that I can go see a local group who evoke the MODETTES and maybe even the BODYSNATCHERS.
6) GARY WRONG GROUP “Away in Heathen Darkness” 12”
Mutant soundscapes for aggrieved lovers of nothing. I heard this once and instantly sent off for it and it hasn’t left my “new arrivals” pile since. Incendiary BOBBY SOXX vocals over disintegrating synth disgust.
This record sounds like it was made in between confidence and nervousness in a way that creates a killer punk feeling, both stuck and free, with a desperate vocal delivery that feels right for this fucked up reality.
8)IN SCHOOL EP / GOOD THROB EP
I am putting these on the same line because they are both life transformative groups that seem to be shifting because of band members moving to other locations… The first IN SCHOOL EP didn’t quite capture the total fuck you totality of watching them play for this psycho fan, and this does and it’s so perfect and sick. Each song is total insurrection, furious vengeance and the true transgressive sound of a feminist hardcore. GOOD THROB is simply one of the best ever, just the combination/chemical reaction of band members, the HONEY BANE meets NEGATIVE APPROACHness. All of their records have been perfect and this is no different.
9) NOTS “Cold Line/TVOD” 45
I like the shaky paranoid feeling that this 45 perpetrates, and while I entirely love both NOTS LPS I think that they are a true 45 band in that they wring every possibility out of the format and this record is total demonstration of that fact. Feels like the last tube home after the end of the world.
10) COUNTER INTUITS “Monosyllaby” LP
Ron House for prez.
Runners up: NOTS LP, TERRY LP, COUTEAU LATEX 45, PELUQUERÍA CANINA LP, ON ON ON EP, SACRED PAWS 45, NACHTHEXEN EP, PATSY 45, WALL EP, REPTOIDES EP, THEOREME LP, CC DUST, VIOLENCE CREEPS, TYVEK LP, ANXIETY LP.
Cassettes: WARM BODIES, TOUGH CUSTOMER, OBJECTS, SPIDER AND THE WEBS
Reissues: SP CAOS-EP, 3D-EP, SHAGGS-EP, ANGRY ANGLES-LP, STICKMEN WITH RAYGUNS-LPs, GI AND THE IDIOTS, TOMMY JAY – LP, V/A-SUBNORMAL GIRLS LP, JUNGLE NAUSEA , COMET GAIN, LANDLORDS