01. The Wonder Years / Suburbia I've Given You All And Now I'm Nothing - This album is one many might not agree should be number one, but for those of you who love pop-punk, this is amazing. I listened to it hundreds of time and still love every single song.
Standout Tracks - Came Our Swinging, Woke Up Older, Coffee Eyes and And Now I'm Nothing
02. Yuck / Yuck - Nineties indie rock goodness is how I would describe this. They sound like a mix of all the great early nineties indie music without sounding overdone or uninspired. See: Dinosaur Jr., Elliott Smith and Yo Le Tango.I love it!
Standout Tracks - Shook Down, Holing Out, Suicide Policeman and Georgia
03. Kurt Vile / Smoke Ring for my Halo - Kurt Vile is local to Philly and a brilliant indie folk rocker. His 4th release, Smoke Ring for my Halo, is by far his best work and seems to be something he wrote to please no one but himself. I dig that.
Standout tracks - Jesus Fever, Puppet to the Man, On Tour and Ghost Town
04. Bayside / Killing Time - This album is catchy and melodic yet also has a punk vibe. It has a rougher edge, but is still undoubtedly Bayside. I definitely saw Bayside perform live the most this year (6+ times?). I still get super energized when I listen to Killing Time. This band really stepped it up this year.
Standout Tracks - Already Gone, It's Not A Bad Little War, Mona Lisa and The New Flesh
05. The Decemberists / The King is Dead - The Decemberists moved away from the prog rock sound of Hazards of Love and produced a mellow, country-folk album which I love. Some of my favorite songs of the summer came from this album.
Standout Tracks - Don't Carry It All, Calamity Song, January Hymn and June Hymn
06. Foo Fighters / Wasting Light - This album really impressed me. I guess I had forgotten how great the Foo Fighters were, but I wasn't expecting to love it as much as I did. This album seems to be back to basics and raw rather than experimental which is a reason I love it.
Standout Tracks - These Days, A Matter of Time, I Should Have Known and Walk
07. Blind Pilot/ We Are the Tide - This band is great and while I was skeptical about their 2nd release, it was so, so good. If there is any show I regret missing this year, it is seeing Blind Pilot live.We Are the Tide is lovely and delicate with a couple of upbeat tracks mixed in.
Standout Tracks - Half Moon, Always, Keep You Right, We Are the Tide, I Know and New York
08. Ryan Adams / Ashes & Fire- This album is beautiful and so thought-provoking. It's mellow and quiet, yet so moving. I was very impressed by this. It also proves that although happily married, he can still write amazing music.
Standout Tracks - Dirty Rain, Come Home, Lucky Now and I Love You But I Don't Know What to Say
09. Daybreak / Saves the Day - I did not love this album until I saw it live, now it is one of my favorites because it is so raw and familiar to STD's previous albums. Chris Conley continues to write music that he is passionate about without worrying about others opinions.
Standout Tracks - Daybreak, Let It All Go, Living Without Love and 1984
10. I Am the Avalanche / Avalanche United - This is a long awaited album from IATA and it did not disappoint! This was a truly excellent year for pop-punk.
Standout Tracks - Holy Fuck, This One's On Me, Brooklyn Dodgers and The Gravediggers Argument
Other Favorites -
- The Joy Formidable / The Big Roar
- Grouplove / Never Trust a Happy Song
- Bright Eyes / The People's Key
- The Horrible Crowes / Elsie
- The War On Drugs / Slave Ambient
- Death Cab for Cutie / Codes & Keys
- Feist / Metals
- Dawes / Nothing Is Wrong
- The Black Keys / El Camino
- Iron &Wine / Kiss Each other Clean
- Fleet Foxes / Helplessness Blues
Albums I didn't love: There Are Rules by The Get Up Kids, Taking Back Sunday's self titled release, Angles by The Strokes and Little Hell by City & Colour. I didn't hate Blink 182's new album, Neighborhoods, but I didn't love it either.