Curious what I listened to this year? I know you are.

PREFACE THE FIRST: This is all relative and I will have probably changed my mind as to the standing of some of these records in a week.

PREFACE THE SECOND: If there was a 31st entry it would have been Somebody Loves You by Austin Lucas.

PREFACE THE LAST: I completely forgot about Wavering Radiant by Isis and am too lazy to go back and rework things. That record killed though.


1. The Bomb – Speed is Everything (No Idea)

2. Reign Supreme – Testing the Limits of Infinite (Deathwish)

3. Paint It Black – Amnesia/Surrender (Bridge 9/Fat Wreck)

4. TIE: Dig It Up! – Magnets (Independent)/Sakes Alive!! – Act II (Cavity)

5. O Pioneers! – Neon Creeps (Kiss of Death/Asian Man)

6. POS – Never Better (Doomtree)

7. Gallows – Grey Britain (Warner)

8. The Riverboat Gamblers – Underneath the Owl (Volcom)

9. Fake Problems – It’s Great to Be Alive (Side One Dummy)

10. Converge – Axe to Fall (Epitaph/Deathwish)

11. Frank Turner – Poetry of the Deed (Epitaph)

12. Lucero – 1372 Overton Park (Universal/Republic)

13. Dear Landlord – Dream Homes (No Idea)

14. Mariachi El Bronx – Mariachi El Bronx (Swami)

15. Strike Anywhere – Iron Front (Bridge 9)

16. Baroness – Blue Record (Relapse)

17. Coalesce – OX (Relapse)

18. North Lincoln – Midwestern Blood (No Idea)

19. The Swellers – Ups and Downsizing (Fueled by Ramen)

20. Cloak/Dagger – Lost Art (Jade Tree)

21. American Steel – Dear Friends and Gentle Hearts (Fat Wreck Chords)

22. Matt and Kim – Grand (FADER)

23. Chuck Ragan – Gold Country (Side One Dummy)

24. Dethklok – The Dethalbum II (Williams Street)

25. Cursive – Mama, I’m Swollen (Saddlecreek)

26. Thursday – Common Existence (Epitaph)

27. K’naan – Troubadour (A&M/Octone Records)

28. Polar Bear Club – Chasing Hamburg (Bridge 9)

29. Spinnerette – Spinnerette (Anthem)

30. Brand New – Daisy (Interscope)

I might follow this with my thoughts on what didn’t suck about other mediums this year…we’ll see.