30. Lipona - Followers
29. Bathurst - Bathurst
28. Pennywise - All or Nothing
27. Makes Intruders - Masked Intruders
26. The Killers - Battle Born
25. Minus The Bear - Infinity Overhead
24. John Mayer - Born & Raised
23. Hostage Calm - Please, Remain Calm
22. All Time Low - Don't Panic
21. Japandroids - Celebration Rock
20. Stars - The North
19. meWithoutyou - Ten Stories
18. The Bouncing Souls - Comet
17. Hot Water Music - Exister
16. Apologies, I Have None - London
15. Say Anything - Anarchy, My Dear
14. Make Do & Mend - Everything You Ever Loved
13. Further Seems Forever - Penny Black
12. Bloc Party - Four
11. Anberlin - Vital
10. Yellowcard - Southern Air
This is far from their best album, but still so much better than most of the pop-punk bands today. This band will always mean a little bit more to me and when they keep coming with songs such as Rivertown Blues or Awakening, I can't help but put a smile on my face and sing along.
They say you don't grow up you just grow old
It's safe to say I haven't done both
9. The Early November - In Currents
Best emo record the year.
If I was close to you,
Like never before.
It's like a quantum jump,
Straight into your heart.
Now I would span across this universe,
Divide two separate worlds.
'Cause you're the only one
Who pulls me down to earth
8. Motion City Soundtrack - Go
We know they can write a good pop-punk song (Everything is allright) but with this album, they add a little experimentation to the table. Songs Like Everyone Will Die & Happy Anniversary are some of their darkest songs ever written by the band. The rest of the record sound like a MCS album should sound like. Unique band.
Cause I won't be waking up, my dear
Time has run its course
Now I'll say goodbye, my dear
This will be our last
7. Sharks - No Gods
If The Gaslight Anthem were influenced by The Clash instead of Springsteen, they would sound like this. I get a huge nostalgic feeling from their music and their lyrics are brutally honest (name of the album says it alls). Fantastic album.
And so now before I’m broke again, how long will it be
‘Cause I’ve got taboo boundaries as they be
That make all the things I believed when I was seventeen
Just posters on walls, song lyrics and dreams
6. No Trigger - Tycoon
Again, perfect punk rock record that has to be played really loud during the summer months.
Hope you will remember everything but this
The hardest part about the art
Are the options that you get
I’m not afraid to waste my breath on happiness
5. fun. - Some Nights
I've been follwowing Nate Russ from the very beginning in 2006 with his indie-pop band The Format till now, and finally he get the recognition he deserves with his pop band fun. And yeah, it's a pop album. But it's so damn catchy, so clever and so addictive. All Allright is the perfect example of how a pop-song should be. And Stars is one of my favorite songs of the year, never thought a straight-up pop song could move me like this one did. And We Are Young is definitely the weakest track.
This growing old is getting old
I often find myself here thinking
About the birds, the boats, and past loves
That flew away or started sinking
And it's crazy here without you
I used to think this all was ours
We stay up late debate
On how we find our way
You say, "It's all up in the stars
4. Curbside - The Sound I Know
Skatepunk record of the year. That's all.
it isn't just plain white noise to me
it isn't just 4 straight chords to me
it isn't just this, it’s everything I've known and all the times that I've said....
I used to think I had it all
lying with my records solved it all
now I'm stuck here in this grey world
wishing of some place to get it all
3. Run, Forever - Settling
One of the most underrated punk releases of the year. An very short album full of life-anthems that hit really close to home. Best discovery of 2012.
I don't wanna be somebody, I just wanna be okay, cause everyone seems so much better
2. The Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten
One of my favorite bands. They can do no wrong in my eyes. Exceptional band, exceptional record, as always.
Stay the same, don’t ever change
Cause I’d miss your ways
1. The Menzingers - On The Impossible Past
Simply nothing moved me like this did. The lyrics, the song structures, the passion behind it all floored me, and I found myself listening to the entire album on repeat time after time, personal favorites coming and going every few weeks. This album really hits me. Having been released in February, I Think it certainly has stood the test of time in order for it to be called my AOTY of 2012.
I've having a horrible time
Pulling myself together
I've been closing my eyes to find
The old, familiar failures
I've been having a horrible time
Pulling myself together
I've been closing my eyes to find
Why all good things should fall apart
1. blink 182 - Dogs Eating Dogs
2. The Swellers - Running Out of Places To Go
Therapy? - A Brief Crack of Light
Death Grips - The Money Store
Eve 6 - Speak In Code
Converge - All We Love We Leave Behind
Balhazar - Rats
Matt Pryor - May Day
Mxpx - Plans Within Plans
Matchbox 20 - North
The Tower & The Fool - How Long
Green Day - Uno/Dos/Tre
Anchor & Braille - The Quiet Life
Mixtapes - Even On the Worst Nights
Sidekicks - Awkwards Breeds
Forever Came Calling - Contender
Most antipicated of 2013
Jimmy Eat World
Off With Their Heads
The Dangerous Summer
A Wilhelm Scream
30. Bayside - Killing Time
29. Augustana - Augustana
28. Man Overboard - Man Overboard
27. Taking Back Sunday - Taking Back Sunday
26. Mute - Thunderblast
25. Chuck Ragan - Covering Ground
24. Funeral for A Friend – Welcome Home Armeggedon
23. Thrice – Major/Minor
22. La Dispute – Wildlife
21. New Found Glory – Radiosurgery
20. Emery – We Do What We Want
19. Social Distortion – Hard Times & Nursery Rhymes
18. Face to Face – Laugh Now, Laugh Later
17. Maritime - Human Hearts
16. Saves The Day - Daybreak
15. Thursday - No Devolucion
14. Fireworks - Gospel
13. Red City Radio - The Dangers of Standing Still
12. I Am The Avalanche – Avalanche United
11. The Dangerous Summer - War Paint
10. The Wonder Years – Suburbia, I’ve Given You All And Now I’m Nothing
9. Blink 182 - Neighbourhoods
8. Moving Mountains – Waves
7. The Swellers - Good For Me
6. The Horrible Crowes – Elsie
5. Dave Hause – Resolutions
4. Transit - Listen & Forgive
3. Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver
2. Charlie Simpson - Young Pilgrim 1. Yellowcard - When I'm Through Thinking, Say Yes
Butch Walker – The Spade
Rise Against – Endgame
Radiohead – King Of Limbs
Death Cab For Cutie – Codes & Keys
Peter Bradley Adams – Between Us
Explosions In The Sky – Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
Nothington – Borrowed Time
Kevin Devine – Between The Concrete & The Clouds
Atlas Losing Grip – State of Unrest
Sparks the Rescue – Worst Thing I’ve Been Cursed With
Rival Schools – Pedals
City & Colour – Little Hell
Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
Living With Lions – Holy Shit
Bright Eyes – The People’s Key
The Get Up Kids – There Are Rules
The Summer Set – Everything’s Fine
Most anticipated of 2012:
1. The Gaslight Anthem
2. The Ataris
4. Bloc Party
7. The Bouncing Souls
8. Motion City Soundtrack
9. Say Anything
10. Relient K
1. Breaking Bad
2. Friday Night Lights
This is the first time I really have no idea how my AOTY top ten will look like. These are the contenders:
Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver
The Wonder Years - Suburbia
Horrible Crowes - Elsie
The Swellers - Good For Me
Dave Hause - Resolutions
Thursday - No Devolucion
Charlie Simpson - Young Pilgrim
The Dangerous Summer - War Paint
Blink 182 - Neighborhoods
Yellowcard - When I'm Through Thinking, Say Yes
Transit - Listen & Forgive
Saves The Day - Daybreak
Fireworks - Gospel
Moving Mountains - Waves
Red City Radio - The Dangers of Standing Still
Daybreaker - The Northbound Trains EP
Maritime - Human Hearts
Dave Hause - Resoltutions is one of the most underrated albums of the year, and one of my favorites. It's a collection of simple, honest, beautiful songs. Fans from The Horrible Crowes, Chuck Ragan, The Loved Ones,...should definitely check this record out, so good.
1. Yellowcard - When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes
2. Dave Hause - Resolutions
3. Red City Radio - The Dangers Of Standing Still
4. Moving Mountains - Waves
5. Maritime - Human Hearts
6. Fireworks - Gospel
7. The Wonder Years - Suburbia I've Given You All But Now I'm Nothing
8. Bon Iver - Bon Iver
9. Thursday - No Devolucion
10. The Swellers - Good For Me
I must say this year has been too good for music. Really, this has to be my favorite year in a very long time and we I'm still waiting for The Horrible Crowes, Saves The Day, The Dangerous Summer, Man Overboard, NFG,...
There's no other band that has had so much influence on my life as them. I first heard them when I was 15 years old. I only knew Blink 182 when it came to pop-punk at that time. I first heard a track of them when I was playing Burnout 3 with one of my best friends. I liked it so much, I always paid more attention at the song when I was driving than at the game, haha. So I went searching for more. In that time people said to use Bearshare to get music. So I downloaded every track of 'Ocean Avenue', the album where 'Breathing' (that track of burnout) came from. I was so impressed. Only fifteen years old, besides Blink never heard anyhting else and then this. For the first time I used to relate the lyrics to my own life. I had a girlfriend and I listened to Only One, Believe & Miles Apart endlessly, as the other tracks, but those were my favorites. It was kinda an introduction to other pop-punk than blink 182 and I believe that Ocean Avenue has made me like the pop-punk that I still love today and probably will love my whole life. Off course I went looking for "One for the kids" and could'nt stop listening to it either. Oh man, October Nights, all the pictures of that summer come to my mind when I listen to that track again. So fucking simple and good.
Allright. Than Lights & Sounds. Weird album, that's for sure. Experimental. Dark. And yeah, far from perfect. But I really liked it too. In that time I was in love with a girl and after three months we were together. That's five years ago from now and she's still my girlfriend today, and the only one. And while it was a difficult album to get into, I absolutely love(d) Waiting Game, How I Go, Hollywood Died and Grey. When I relisten to it, it reminds me of the period where I tried to have the girl I thought I would never have. So yeah, I got that same nostalgic feeling from that album as I got that nostalgic feeling from an awesome summer from Ocean Avenue. My girlfriend still has a message in her old cellphone where I sent "I can't stop listening to the new yellowcard, I think it's almost so beautiful as you". I always can't help but get a huge smile on my face when I think about that.
Than Paper Walls. I was a year together with my girl and I was happy. It was summer again, and I had three months vacation. That first year with my girlfriend and the summer in that year were great. And I've spun the record the whole summer long. When I relisten to it, it makes me think about a period while there seem to be no worry's in the world, and especially the end of a period: high-school. It was the perfect soundtrack of the end of something. I still remember the party at a pub with the whole class where we celebrated the ending of that time. When I went home, kinda drunk, I put the album on through my headphones and everything was just so perfect. On the other hand, I remember listen to it in the car while I was two weeks in France with my girl, which was another azming time too.
What makes Yellowcard so special and so unique for me, are the memories that are attached to all of their albums besides their extreme talent of making an catchy/emotional pop-punk song. With almost every song I can recall a picture in my head where I was when I listened to the song at that moment. In the end, that's what's life is about: making beautiful memories and when I can combine that with the soundtrack of those moments, I feel like that's fucking all I need.
Thank you Yellowcard, for being back together and giving me the soundtrack to a lot of great memories.
It was really hard this year to rank the albums. It was an incredible year for music, I really liked so much music that came out this year. My album of the year is American Slang. The Graduate put out a classic for the scene, I think, and JEW did something amazing with Invented.
30. Underoath - Disambiguation
29. Hellogoodbye - Would It Kill You?
28. House of Heroes - Suburba
27. Allister - Countdown to Nowhere
26. AM Taxi - We Don't Stand A Change
25. The Menzingers - Chamberlain Waits
24. Band Of Horses - Infinite Arms
23. A Day To Remember - What Separates Me From You
22. Make Do & Mend - End Measured Mile
21. Continuance - Carry Ourselves
20. Rufio - Anybody Out Here
19. Joshua Radin - The Rock & The Tide
18. The Morning Of - The Way I Fell In
17. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
16. Steel Train - S/T
15. Hawthorne Heights - Skeletons
14. Chaser - The Big Picture
13. Against Me! - White Crosses
12. Off With Their Heads - In Desolation
11. Valencia - Dancing With A Ghost 10. Man Overboard - Real Talk
9. Transit - Keep This To Yourself
8. Mercy Mercedes - Believe It
7. The National - High Violet
6. The Wonder Years - The Upsides
5. Anberlin - Dark Is the Way, Light Is A Place
4. Motion City Soundtrack - My Dinosaur Life
3. Jimmy Eat World - Invented
2. The Graduate - Only Every Time
1. The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang
Four Year Strong - Enemy Of The World
The Tallest Man On Earth - The Wild Hunt
Cary Brothers - Under Control
Far From Finished - Forgettable
Sufjan Stevens - Age Of Adz
Sing It Loud - Everything Collide
Tigers Jaw - Two Worlds
Weezer - Hurley
Circa Survive - Blue Sky Noise
Bad Religion - The Dissent Of Man
Story Of The Year - The Constant
Chad Peronne - Release
It's gonna take a few days more to make my end of the year list (I know nobody is interested but I like to put it together and show it) so I go first with the releases I'm looking forward to next year.
1. Moving Mountains
Pneuma is still one of the most emotional albums I've ever heard and I'm looking forward to this album more than you can imagine.
2. The Gaslight Anthem
I love everything about this band so there's no need for further explanation.
3. Blink 182
Yep, this is the band were it all started for me. I still think their S/T is their best to date, so I'm extremely looking forward to hear new music from these guys. I'm kinda scared that I got too high hopes for this, I hope I won't be disappointed.
The best band in the pop-rock scene. Personally, this band means very much to me (yeah, I sound like a guy who's 17 years old) but the overall sound just makes me think about earlier times. I love them.
The most underrated band on the planet. Punk rock with a very own sound. So so good.
6. The Get Up Kids
If I gotta name one emo band with the strongest discography, it's them. So I know its gonna be good.
Saves The Day
New Found Glory
Third Eye Blind?
After a few months, I can say that the new album from The Graduate, 'Only Every Time' has the ability to become a classic in the genre. I really was blown away by the first couple of listens but till today, when I play it again, it surprises me every time how fresh it sounds. It's almost perfect. Listening to the album makes me fall in love with music again.
Oh what a long summer it was. I succeeded for all my exams so I had three months vacation. And I enjoyed it very much. Hanging out with friends, go to shows, work a little bit here and there and above all, no worries.
I also just came back from an awesome vacation with my girlfriend. We went to Italy and it was just so wonderful. I loved the sea, the town, the people there and, important, the food.
The band I loved the most this summer was without a doubt The Graduate. I never heard of them but in July I discovered their first album and god dammit I fell in love. And their new album was even better.
I also love the new Anberlin, that was my soundtrack in Italy so there will be memories attached to this one. I still remember Steel Train, Allister, Rufio & Transit so it was a good summer year when we talk about music.
Alright, let's look forward.
I came to a moment in my life where I feel free. I love everything I have. I'm happy and I'm ready for another year.
Yeah, that's fair enough I guess.
10. Hawthorne Heights - Skeletons:
Dammit, why do I like this album? I haven't got a clue for it. It's just very enjoyable and it doesn't really get bored as well. 9. Continuance - Carry Ourselves:
Every time I put a list, there's one record that doesn't really fit. This is the next one. I will always love hardcore, and I love it more when it's brought melodic and these guys do it almost perfect. My favorite heavy release so far. 8. Mercy Mercedes - Believe It
Best summer record I've heard so far. All songs are catchy as hell and I noticed I play it still very often when the sun is shining. And I have a feeling that won't change soon. 7. The National - High Violet:
I one of the few who don't really liked their previous releases but this one kills it all. I love the atmosphere on this record so much. 6. Chaser - The Big Picture:
Honest punk rock record that will get too less attention at the end of the year. Can't say much more about this album. Oh yeah, the acoustic track is my favorite. 5. The Morning Of - The Way I Fell In:
One of the best vocal harmonies you will hear this year. I have a feeling every song on this album could be huge as a single. Great singalong album! 4. Against Me! - White Crosses:
This is the surprise of the year for me. I always kinda liked them but I didn't thought they were gonna be in my top 5 after six months in this year with their new album. The choruses remind me of The Gaslight Anthem and so does their performance of stage. And the five first songs on this record definitely will be played long after the release date. 3. The Wonder Years - The Upsides:
This was the first record of the new year I listened to and I had no idea these guys could pull this off. What makes this pop-punk record special has something to do with the lyrics, their quite unique for this type of music. I would say it's the perfect mix of The Starting Line, This Time Next Year & New Found Glory. 2. Motion City Soundtrack - My Dinosaur Life:
Two weeks, I listened two weeks non-stop to this album. No other artist or band. Only this pop-punk/pop-rock(call it what you want) album, constantly in rotation, and I can't really explain why. I loved all their other efforts, this one just stands out for me. 1. The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang:
This was already decided when they said they were gonna put out a new album this year. I love this band so so much. This took a while for me to sink in, but when it clicked, oh man, it's again a beautiful piece of art. This band is my favorite and it will be hard to beat this one as my AOTY.
Looking forward to:
Jimmy Eat World - Invented
Anberlin - Dark Is The Way, Light The Place
The Graduate - Only Every Time
I wanna spend an entry of my blog talking about The Bouncing Souls, cause I don't get the feeling people talk a lot about them on this website. They kinda my favorite band and I love everything they've put out. It's punk rock, with the heart at the right place. Lyrics which you can always relate to. No matter how you feel, they will make you better.
They've put out a lot records and I suggest if you never heard of them and you wanna check them, start with How I Spent My Summer Vacation. It's their fastest and perfect for this time of the year. Their best is without a doubt their "Gold Record". Man, it's so full of jams and it gives me chills when I'm listening to it.
Send some love to all the lonely
Don't forget we're all one family
Thanks to the music in our lives for helping us to survive
Lost in one lonely dream, born to run and live free
It doesn't has to be about music all the time, does it? I just finished the very last season of LOST, easily the best show I've ever seen on TV.
This show touched me as no other. The idea of people crashing on a island hearing some strange noises was all there was in the first season, but it was the best hours of television I've ever seen. I was so in love with every single person on that island, it was all about being together, it was all about emotions, that's what I liked so much about it.
I'm not gonna give my opinions about all the different season and the decisions the writers made, but I want to say that they deserve all the respect there is. I've never seen a show where the writers were so wayward, so heady, they never paid attention at the fact they lost audience with every season, no, they kept doing what they thought was the best, and they kept focusing on the characters and their lives. And that really deserves some respect, cause for me, it was the best they could do.
That's why I loved the last season, and especially the last episodes, so much. It was all about being together, and I know they don't explained everything, but that just doesn't bother when every single person was brought so brilliant by every single person in this show.
I wanna thank the whole cast and everyone in between for giving me such an incredible journey, I will miss them all.