Top 20 EPs/Singles of 2013

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So I decided not to double dip with releases anymore that’s why Jabber’s Too Many Babes isn’t on here, but it finally came out on record this year and it’s really great, go buy it. It would have ranked quite high if I’d put it on here.

1. Night Birds: Maimed For The Masses
2. Martin: The Worst Part
3. Sick Sick Birds: All the Fins in the Sea
4. Skinny Genes: Meh
5. Stab Me Kill Me: No Ledge
6. Horror Section: Prowler ep
7. The Punchlines: It Ain’t Funny
8. Pity Party: Do A Little Dance
9. The Creeps: Our Time
10. Iron Chic: Spooky Action
11. Invitational: Fucking Dangerous
12. Derailer: I Don’t Forgive You. I Forget You
13. Science Police: You Are Under Arrest in the Future
14. The Novice: s/t 7″
15. Superchunk: Me & You & Jackie Mittoo
16. Up For Nothing: In Trance
17. Drag The River: Losers/Marooned
18. Crusades: Parables
19. Prabu Pramayougha: WAH!
20. Vinnie Paz: Carry on Tradition

 

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SHOWS I SEEN: Insubordination Fest 2013 – June 27th-29th 2013 – The Ottobar

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The Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
June 27th-29th 2013
Insub Fest 2013
I saw most of the bands, if they’re not listed I either missed them or just drank too much to remember.

THURSDAY

Steinways – A super fun set by the Steinways as always. I’m glad they did a reunion for Insub fest this year. This was my favorite set of the night.

Mikey Erg! – Not quite as good as some of the other Mikey Erg sets I’ve seen, not as many Ergs songs as normal and no Psyched to Die ones, but it was still really good. He covered ‘Sweet Iron Lady’, it was pretty fucking great.

Houseboat – It’s a bit unfair to compare Houseboat’s set this year to their one last year but for some reason I have to. This year’s set wasn’t as good but 2012′s would have been hard to top anyway. That’s alright though Houseboat still brought a great set that was pretty fun.

Team Stray – I don’t really remember much of this set, I blame the alcohol.

Slow Death – I also don’t remember much of this set for the same reason.

Rational Anthem – Rational Anthem was fucking awesome as always, they were just about the best set of the night (Steinways beat them by just a hair). Everyone should see this band a million times.

Young Rochelles and the Quarantines I missed despite wanting to see them again.

Trashkanistan – Trash was awesome as always, I wish there were more people drunkenly singing along but there were a few up there. Shit was fun.

Flamingo Nosebleed and the Meeps I also missed despite really wanting to see Flamingo Nosebleed.

Hellstroms – I came in a little late but I think I only missed like two songs. Hellstroms were awesome, I’d say they were a great opener to Insub but there really should have been more people watching. They covered ‘Fist Fight in the Parking Lot’; it was one of the highlights of the weekend.

FRIDAY

Dog Party – Dog Party was pretty decent, though I was unaware of how young they were so I’ll upgrade it to they’re really good.

Dead North – First time I’ve Seen Dead North and they were pretty great. They played all the songs I was hoping for too.

Paper Dragons – I’m so glad this band decided to get back together. Their set was fucking great and I think they impressed a lot of people there.

Direct Hit – I only caught part of their set but what I saw was pretty fun.

Sick Sick Birds – My favorite Baltimore band, they had a great set as always, I think a lot of people took notice to them as well.

Dead Mechanical – Dead Mechanical is a band that out of town folks seem to love. There was a decent amount of people for this one and they played a quality set like they always do.

Night Birds – Night Birds are one of those bands that you can’t resist partying when they play. They’re always incredible and just destroy whatever is in front of them. This set was no exception, and then they went and closed it with a Ramones cover for good measure.

Kepi Ghoulie – There’s always one set that I expect to just be alright and they totally just blow me away, this year Kepi was that set. I’ve seen Kepi play every year and it’s always alright but this was so much fun. There were balloons, a sharkcam and a big ol party, but it wasn’t too much over the top which had been a problem in the past. This was my favorite set of the weekend.

Copyrights – As always the Copyrights were fun. I was so beat by the time they played I was just going to stand on the sidelines and observe. That only lasted about 1/3 of the set or so then I had to get in and go up front.

SATURDAY

Danny Vapid & The Cheats – I wasn’t super excited for this set just because they were such a disappointment last year. Luckily I guess they were aware of that fact and fixed things this year. They totally brought it and I couldn’t have been happier, finally a really good Danny Vapid & The Cheats set!

Beatnik Termites – Not a big crowd to watch the Termites, but that’s nothing new (for some reason). The people that were up there were enjoying it though. They had what I’d call and average Beatnik Termites set. Personally I was hoping for more Bubblecore songs.

Candy Hearts – A solid set by the Candy Hearts, no one got hurt this time that I’m aware of so that’s a plus.

Lipstick Homicide – Personally Lipstick Homicide was the real headliner of Saturday. They killed it as always and there were plenty of people partying when they played. This is also a band you need to see a billion times. I think it goes without saying they were the best set of the night.

City Mouse – I was pretty pissed that I missed City Mouse last year so I made sure I caught them this year. They had a pretty solid set, not a ton of people were at the Ottobar yet but the ones that were seemed pretty stoked.

Marshmallows – Even though they weren’t actually the opener for Saturday (I missed Schroeder & The Brillo-Pod) I’m going to say they were a great opener for Saturday. They played a good set; I think they were even better than last time.

Top 25 Albums of 2012

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1. Rational Anthem: Sensitivity Training
2. John K. Samson
3. Sick Sick Birds: Gates of Home
4. Like Bats: Midwest Nothing
5. Mean Jeans: Mean Jeans on Mars
6. Billy Raygun: Billy Raygun
7. Mixtapes: Even On The Worst Nights
8. The Headies: Meta-Pop
9. Propagandhi: Failed States
10. The Capitalist Kids: Lessons on Love, Sharing and Hygine
11. Delay: Rushing Ceremony
12. Masked Intruder: Masked Intruder
13. The 20Belows: Late Nights
14. The Hextalls: Rock You to Sleep
15. The Dopamines: Vices
16. Teenage Bubblegums: Learn From Yesterday, Live For Today, Pray For TOmorrow
17. Gentleman Jesse: Leaving Atlanta
18. Pebaluna: Carny Life
19. Fear of Lipstick: Seasons
20. Midnite Snaxxx: S/T
21. The Eeries: Home Alone
22. Batfoot!: Brain Dead
23. Pacer: Making Plans
24. Hold Tight!: Blizzard of ’96
25. Brickmower: MY Hateable Face
25.5. Sundials: When I Couldn’t Breathe

 

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REVIEW: Sick Sick Birds: Gates of Home

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One of Baltimore’s best, Sick Sick Birds is here to bestow their second album, ‘Gates of Home’ on us. I was as a chicken to hear this album, and had really high expectations for it. The album took those expectations and completely kicked their ass. There have been a lot of great albums released in 2012 and ‘Gates of Home’ is right up there at the top of the list with them. If you’re not familiar with Sick Sick Birds yet this is a great place to start. Members have been in some other great Baltimore bands like The Thumbs and Blank, they’ve got an indie punk sound that’s kind of like Superchunk but better. You can really hear a lot of influences in this, everything from The Pixies to Husker Du and I’ll still call Sick Sick Birds better than all of them. Their first album wasn’t very long, it only had eight songs on it, this one kicks it up a little bring us to ten great songs but they like to keep things short. It’s a clear case of quality over quantity with this band. There’s not a down spot on this entire album but songs like Spinning Jenny, One Town Over, Caution Wires and Scaffold make you wonder how any other band doing this style could even hope to compare to this band. If you like you’re indie punk and pop merged together and infused with greatness Sick Sick Birds is the band for you and ‘Gates of Home’ is the album you need.
1. Pick and Choose
2. Conversation
3. Marietta
4. Spinning Jenny
5. One Town Over
6. Caution Wires
7. (Cross the) Shipping Lanes
8. Olive / Gates of Home
9. New Shoe Leather
10. Scaffold

Get it from Toxic Pop Records HERE

Get Gates Of Home from Amazon HERE

Top Movies and Music of the first half of 2012

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I was going to space this out and post it through the week, but fuck it, I’ve got a lot of reviews that need posting. So here’s the top movies and music for the first half of 2012!

Top 10 Movies – First half of 2012:

1. The Raid: Redemption
2. The Grey
3. 21 Jumpstreet
4. The Cabin in the Woods
5. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
6. Jeff Who Lives at Home
7. Haywire
8. The Woman in Black
9. Men In Black 3
10. The Dictator

Top 15 Albums – First half of 2012:

1. John K. Samson: Provincial
2. Rational Anthem: Sensitivity Training
3. Sick Sick Birds: Gates of Home
4. Like Bats: Midwest Nothing
5. Teenage Bubblegums: Learn From Yesterday, Live For Today, Pray For Tomorrow
6. The Hextalls: Rock You To Sleep
7. Gentleman Jesse: Leaving Atlanta
8. Delay: Rushing Ceremony
9. Mean Jeans: On Mars
10. Fear of Lipstick: Seasons
11. Mud Morganfield: Son of the Seventh Son
12. The 20Belows: Late Nights
13. Accept: Stalingrad
14. Batfoot!: Brain Dead
15. The Headies: Meta-Pop

Top 10 EPs – First half of 2012:

1. Mixtapes: Somewhere In Trinsic
2. Prabu Pramayougha: YA!
3. Irish Handcuffs: Stubbs
4. Keystone Kids: things Get Shaky
5. The Bat Bites: Take It, It’s Free EP
6. The Zits: Breakout
7. Crimes: Fluffy EP
8. Muncie Girls: Same Titles
9. American Lies: Listen, That’s Disco!
10. Masked Intruder: First Offense

Top 5 Splits – First half of 2012:

1. Sister Kisser/Rumspringer
2. Dan Vapid and the Cheats/Jetty Boys
3. The Headies/The Boys Club – Imposters
4. Mikey Erg/Alex Kerns
5. Unfun/Muhammad Ali

Top 5 Singles – First half of 2012:

1. Big Eyes: Back From The Moon
2. Smokejumper: Bear Attack
3. House Boat” 21st Century Breakroom
4. Be My Doppelganger: You’re Always Right & Downtown
5. Smokejumper: Saturday Night Bonfire Beach Party

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