Top Ten 2013

Top Ten of 2013

Here we go again with another year of top albums, top photos, top whatever’s by all our contributors. What a great year we’ve had and looking forward to yet another one. Enough about us, let’s see what the hell happened this year!

Johnny Wilson - Founder, Editor In Chief

Johnny Wilson - Founder, Editor In Chief

So here are the albums that blasted out of my speakers at home and in my car throughout 2013. I heard quite a few people say they didn’t have even enough to do 10 this year and as you can see, I had a lot of albums I fell in love with. These are all recordings that had constant play in my world and in no particular order whatsoever except for maybe the order of my records that were not filed away because I can’t quit listening to them. Sure, there’s some that I wore out more than others, but they all made a difference in my life this year and inspired me. Hopefully someone reading this might discover something from it and that would make my day.

Top Albums:

Snuff – 5,4,3,2,1…Perhaps? (Fat Wreck Chords)
A Wilhelm Scream – Partycrasher (No Idea Records)
State Lines – For the Boats (Tiny Engines)
Redbush – Milk Maid (Whoa Boat Records)
Red City Radio – Titles (Paper + Plastick)
Killtime – Planet of the Apers (Sexy Baby Records)
Captain, We’re Sinking – The Future Is Cancelled (Run For Cover Records)
Crusades – Perhaps You Deliver This Judgement With Greater Fear Than I Receive It (No Idea Records)
Direct Hit! – Brainless God (Red Scare)
Ghost B.C. – Infantissumam (Universal)
Great Apes – Thread (Say-10 Records)
Bad Ideas – Compromise (Self Released)
Head Injuries – Self Titled (Self Released)
Worlds Scariest Police Chases – NOFX And Out Come The Wolves Dookie (A-F Records)
The Flatliners – Dead Language (Fat Wreck Chords)

Top EP’s / 7”:

Astpai – Crohnicles 7″ (Shield Recordings)
Survival Knife – Traces of Me b/w Name That Tune 7” (Sub Pop)
Poor Me – Readymade EP (Self Released)
The Arteries – Restless EP (Specialist Subject / Kiss of Death / Angry Chuck)
Blacklist Royals – Righteous Child 7″ (Self Released)
HABITS – Train Wrecks EP (Self Released)
Killtime – In 3D 7″ (Sexy Baby Records)
Native Daughters  – 3 Song EP (Self Released)
Night Birds – Maimed For the Masses 7″ (Fat Wreck Chords)
Know Your Saints – Landmarks 7″ (Say-10 Records)

Compilations:

Unwound – Kid Is Gone (Numero Group)
Our Lips Are Sealed – A Tribute to the Go-Go’s (Solidarity Recordings)
The Songs of Tony Sly: A Tribute (Fat Wreck Chords)
Riot In The Rockies: Vol. 1 (FtLP Records)
Hostage Calm – Tonight, They Won’t Take Me Alive (Self Released)

Honorable Mentions:

These albums were re-releases, but they’ve stood the test of time and their re-releases got them back in my regular rotation. Timeless classics and the Samiam complete remix and remaster finally made this album what it was meant to be. So although not technically released this year, they were re-released this year and certainly made it a better one!

Samiam – Whatever’s Got You Down (No Idea Records)
Rise Against – RPM 10 (Fat Wreck Chords)
Chixdiggit! – Double Diggits! (Fat Wreck Chords)

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Dawn Wilson - Co-Founder, Photographer

Dawn Wilson - Co-Founder, Photographer

Krista Gjestland - Managing Editor

Krista Gjestland - Managing Editor

Being notoriously wordy, I decided to go a shorter route with my Best of List this year. Here are my top five favorite albums released in 2013 and my favorite words from them. Here’s to 2014!

05. Signals Midwest – Light on the Lake (Tiny Engines)
“Like a chord that won’t resolve, I am suspended and dissonant.” (San Anselmo)

04. The Flatliners – Dead Language (Fat Wreck Chords)
“After dark and only then / Can our broken, battered spirits come to mend.” (Birds of England)

03. Direct Hit – Brainless God (Red Scare)
“She cut him, cut him with a hacksaw / In his blood, in his blood is where she’ll end up.” (Getting What He Asked For)

02. Red City Radio – Titles (Paper + Plastick)
“We’re redefining the word impossible / We’re standing up for what we feel is right / I am fucking unstoppable / I am a fucking juggernaut.” (Show Me On The Doll Where The Music Touched You)

01. Worlds Scariest Police Chases – NOFX And Out Come The Wolves Dookie (A-F Records)
“Do as I did / Dig a K-hole / Jump in it.” (Blackin’ In)

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Ross Hostage - Reviews Editor / Lead Contributor

Ross Hostage - Reviews Editor / Lead Contributor

Some people consider these lists to be about “the best” albums of the year. Is there actually some sort of quantifiable metric that makes one album better than another? Music is subjective, so I’m going to take a cue from writer Jason Heller and provide a list of my favorite albums of the year. I’m sure that the majority of “lauded” music critics have made different choices, but these are the innovative songs and records that challenged me as a listener and musician, that broadened my pallette and that I kept finding myself playing so I could dance like an idiot and sing my brains out.

Albums

01. The Flatliners – Dead Language (Fat Wreck Chords)
02. Iron Chic – The Constant One (Banquet Records)
03. Great Apes – Thread (Asian Man Records)
04. A Wilhelm Scream – Partycrasher (No Idea Records)
05. Diahrrea Planet – I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams (Infinity Cat)
06. The Bronx – IV (ATO Records)
07. DC Fallout – Objector
08. Two Cow Garage – The Death of the Self-Preservation Society (Last Chance Records)
09. After the Fall – Unkind (Paper + Plastick)
10. Abolitionist – The Growing Disconnect (1859 Records)

EPs/7″

01. Caskitt – Don’t Tell Anyone
02. The Dendrites – Fly Casual
03. Stabbed in Back – Wait for Light (Say-10 Records)
04. braidedveins – Future/Forever (Save Your Generation Records)
05. Native Daughters – Native Daughter

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Adam Gecking - Say-10 Records / Supporter

Adam Gecking - Say-10 Records / Supporter

01. Great Apes – Thread (Asian Man Records)
02. RVIVR – The Beauty Between (Rumbletowne Records)
03. Worship This – Tomorrow, I’ll Miss You (A-F Records)
04. Swearin’ – Surfing Strange (Salinas Records)
05. Great Cynics – Like I Belong (Bomber Music)
06. Direct Hit! – Brainless God (Red Scare)
07. Iron Chic – The Constant One (Bridge 9)
08. Larry and his Flask – By The Lamplight (Silver Sprocket Bicycle Club)
09. Caves – Betterment (Yo Yo Records)
10. Druglords of the Avenues – New Drugs (Red Scare)

Say-10 Records

Chris Coleshaw - Contributor

Chris Coleshaw - Contributor

Damon Workman - Contributor

Damon Workman - Contributor

A great year in music! I’m not ranking them, but here are my choices for best albums of the year.

How To Destroy Angels  – Welcome Oblivion  and Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks (Columbia Records)
Trent Reznor came back strong with two bands and two stellar albums doing what he does best.

Alkaline Trio – My Shame is True (Epitaph Records)
It’s Alkaline Trio, that’s reason enough for me.

Bad Religion – True North (Epitaph Records)
It was good to hear Greg Graffin being pissed off and having something to say about it rather than just going through the motions. Saw them twice this tour and it was like they went back in time.

Allout Helter – Sinking, We Regress (Dang! Records)
Just a good damn old school punk album. Turn it up and feel the fire.

The Gashers – Law is Not Order (Squid Hat Records)
Vegas punk by 3/4 of the legendary Pecadilloes. Raw, Loud, hard and fun.

Guilty by Association – Guilty by Association (Squid Hat Records)
If you love bands like Pennywise you’re going to love GBA, look for them

Shotgun Soul – Aphrodesia
Bad ass little band straight out of Detroit

The People’s Whiskey – The People’s Whiskey (Squid Hat Records)
Just when you thought there was no new sound the People’s Whiskey bring you punk crossed with outlaw country in a mix you won’t soon forget.

The Bastard Suns – Long Live Song
It’s out Dec. 20, so how is it on my list? It’s The Bastard Suns and they never disappoint! Looking forward to beers and gang vocals and maybe a fight or two.

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Jessica O'Brien - Contributor

Jessica O'Brien - Contributor

01. The Songs of Tony Sly: A Tribute (Fat Wreck Chords)
02. Old Man Markley – Down Side Up (Fat Wreck Chords
03. Broadway Calls –  Comfort/ Distraction (No Sleep Records)
04. Off With Their Heads – Home (Epitaph Records)
05. Modern Life Is War – Fever Hunting (Deathwish)
06. Night Birds – Maimed For the Masses (Fat Wreck Chords)
07. Koffin Kats – Born Of The Motor (Sailor’s Grave Records)
08. NOFX – Stoke Extinguisher (Fat Wreck Chords)
09. Dan Vapid and the Cheats – Two (Torture Chamber Records)
10. Face to Face – Three Chords and a Half Truth (Rise Records)
11.  Sundowner – Neon Fiction (Fat Wreck Chords)
12. Allout Helter – Sinking, We Regress (Dang! Records)
13. Teenage Bottlerocket – American Deustch Bag (Fat Wreck Chords)
14. OC45 – When It Hits (BirdsEye Records)
15. Obliterations – Obliterations (Outer Battery)
16. Native Daughters  – Native Daughters

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Jamy Cabre - Photographer

Jamy Cabre - Photographer

I got carried away. To pick my top 10 photos from this year started as a runaway folder with over 38 images in it, included were pics from shows that were not even submitted to For the Love of Punk but I felt an affinity for because the shows were memorable to me. Johnny tried to intervene, reminded me there are only 10 images allowed – but I just couldn’t do it. There were many great shows this year to try and whittle them down into a tiny neat package. Some aren’t great from a photographic perspective, but it’s the moment right? So here are my personal favorites for the year. Enjoy!

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Jojo King - Contributor

Jojo King - Contributor

2013 is a year divided for me: ample music sampling, listening and utter enjoyment at the beginning of the year, to a complete cutoff from the world mid-2013 to a revamped interest for music and life as summer faded to black. All told, it’s been a fucking crazy year (so much in fact that I’ve started using written expletives to express myself). With that I give you my 10 for 2013.

01. The Flatliners – Dead Language (Fat Wreck Chords)
There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that this was, by far, my favorite non-compilation album of the year. Every track spoke to a different part of my psyche. It was absolutely a joy to listen to over and over and over.

02. Get Dead – Bad News (Fat Wreck Chords)
Perhaps one of my favorite bands currently. Ten or 15 years ago I would have discarded an album like this without a second thought. Punk’s about abrasive riffs, pounding drums and antagonizing vocals, right? Not amazing acoustic harmonies. Wrong. Unless, you’re stuck in 1984. I love this album. To not see them at Fat Tour 2013 (the band’s van rolled en route) was one of the disappointments of the year.

03. Off With Their Heads – Home (Epitaph Records)
This is a 2013 album? They’ve toured this album like none other and with good reason: it’s amazing. Every track seeps with emotion, bitterness and cautionary tales. “Nightlife” earns my nod for song of 2013.

04. Broadway Calls –  Comfort/ Distraction (No Sleep Records)
Do these guys know how to do justice to pop/punk or what? There are so many excellent sing-and-dance-along tracks on this album it’s difficult to know where to start. Actually, it’s not that difficult “Bring On The Storm,” “Surrounded By Ghosts” and “Wildly Swinging” are fucking awesome, start with those.

05. A Wilhelm Scream – Partycrasher (No Idea Records)
Partycrasher took its sweet time to hit the digital shelf – weren’t they’re rumors about a new full-length as early as 2010? Regardless, it’s here now and we are all better because of it. Career Suicide was great, Partycrasher is better. It’s a solid album from “Boat Builder” to “Born a Wise Man” and should form part of any viable collection.

06. Bad Religion – True North (Epitaph Records)
Seems like the punk thing to do is to not include this album and continue to shun Bad Religion – for reasons that are as clear as the federal budget – but I’m not going to do that. I haven’t enjoyed a Bad Religion album like True North since Against the Grain.

07. Authority Zero – The Tipping Point (Hardline)
I don’t know if this album would have made my list by mid-2013, but seeing the revamped and reenergized quartet from Arizona perform it live twice was the kicker for me. An awesome album with a bevy of great stand-alone tracks, it definitely deserves a spot here.

08. Redbush – Milk Maid (Whoa Boat Records)
This riveting full length from my favorite Wyoming band spoke to my inner grunge punk. That 14-year-old kid who couldn’t choose between Lee Ving, Roger Osborne and Kurt Cobain, found a conglomeration of all of the above in Milk Maid. Probably not an album that will make any lists this year, but golly it deserves some attention.

09. After The Fall – Unkind (Paper + Plastick)
Lists are biased in nature and this selection speaks directly to that. It’s an album that spoke to me. Granted the music is not to be belittled. The riffs are stellar and the drumming exceptional, but lyrically is where I found Unkind to be most compelling.

10. Red City Radio – Titles (Paper + Plastick)
Under pressure to get this one out after the success of The Dangers of Standing Still – and excellent debut, to say the least – Oklahoma City’s finest got this one out just in time. What’s great about Titles is it doesn’t play rushed. Red City Radio could have gone in one of two directions after their 2011 release, they chose the direction of vocal melodies with a gritty edge – a direction many bands are heading these days. The result is an excellent sophomore full-length effort.

Honorable mentions:

Swingin’ Utters – Poorly Formed (Fat Wreck Chords)
Old Man Markley – Down Side Up (Fat Wreck Chord
Utter Failure – Eroding Forces (Vinehell Records)
Alkaline Trio – My Shame is True (Epitaph Records)

Compilations:

01. The Songs of Tony Sly: A Tribute (Fat Wreck Chords)
My favorite album of the year; it brought out far too much emotion from an individual for whom masks are second nature. Karina Denike’s performance of “Biggest Lie,” the best song from an underrated album No Use For a Name album, always leaves a tear and sets the tone for a masterpiece. If I were to compile an album of my favorite artists, I couldn’t come up with a lineup this good.

02. Our Lips Are Sealed-A Tribute to the Go-Go’s (Solidarity Recordings)
Another excellent compilation that not only deserves praise for its selection of artists, but also for its selection of source material.

Memorable shows of 2013

Impromptu Agent Orange show at 7th Circle Music Collective
It was just one of those random things. Agent Orange was in town, Atom Age was in town, Truckasauras had just opened for the punk pioneers the night before, why not throw them all in a pot and see what stews? What stewed was one of the most pleasant surprises of 2013 and cemented 7th Circle as Denver’s punk house.

Boldtype CD release party at Marquis Theatre
I love our local scene as much as anyone and a show featuring Red Stinger, Reno Divorce, The Gamits and Boldtype is a show that aims to please the local in all of us. Of course it was all washed down with Titan IPA, a local favorite.

Authority Zero (twice) at Marquis Theatre
I came for the main event, stayed for the Riot Fest pre show. The former featured a setlist that focused the band’s 2013 release The Tipping Point, the latter had a local favorite Allout Helter performing from its latest release Sinking, We Regress and featured a more eclectic mix from Authority Zero including an ample acoustic set.

Bad Religion at the Fillmore (Denver)
I’ve never been to a Bad Religion show I didn’t like and 2013’s show at the Fillmore – one of many Bad Religion performances in 2013 – was memorable. Not only did they cover favorites, they played the hell out of True North.

Fat Tour at Summit Music Hall
I came for Masked Intruder and Anti-Flag and stayed for Less Than Jake. Though Get Dead’s absence was felt, it was still an incredible show. Anti-Flag owned their set, amplified by Pat Thetic’s ground-floor drumming (echoes of traditional hardcore sets) during the set’s closing number “Power to the Peacful.”

RIOT Fest at May Farms
They called it Denver, but it was closer to western Kansas, regardless the headliners were The Replacements and nothing else needs to be said. I doubt I’ll ever see them again so, yes, I was relishing every moment: cowboy hats, skirts and all. Dancing on stage with Iggy and the Stooges, particularly Mike Watt, during “Fun House” was memorable as well.

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Judd Irish Bradley - Photographer / Contributor

Judd Irish Bradley - Photographer / Contributor

Favorite bands of 2013

05. Get Action (NM)- My favorite new New Mexico band.
04. Stabbed in Back (NM)
03. Implants (CA)
02. Voodoo Glow Skulls (CA)
01. Knock Out (CA)

Top 4 Albums of 2013

04. Bad Religion – True North (Epitaph Records)
03. Implants – From Chaos to Order (Cyber Tracks)
02. Stabbed in Back – Wait for Light (Say-10 Records)
01. The Songs of Tony Sly: A Tribute (Fat Wreck Chords)

Favorite photos of 2013

10. Stabbed in Back (Sunshine Theatre, Albuquerque)

Stabbed in back

09. Mike Weibe (Riberboat Gamblers) and Tim O’Hara (Stabbed in Back / The Lillingtons)

Mike Weibe

08. Winners of the 2013 Punk Rock Bowling Tournament, Suicidal Nipples

Punk Rock Bowling

07. Kepi Ghoulie

Kepi Ghoulie

06. The Maxies

The Maxies

05. Paul Collins (The Beat)

Paul Collins' Beat

04. Steve Jackson (Pietasters)

The Pietasters

03. Adam Hooks (Stabbed in Back)

Stabbed In Back

02. Elvis Cortez (Left Alone / Transplants)

Elvis Cortez

01. Voodoo Glow Skulls

Voodoo Glow Skulls

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Kendra Sheetz - Contributor

Kendra Sheetz - Contributor

Here are my top 10 albums for the year, in no particular order.

Sugar Stems – Can’t Wait (Dirt Nap Records)
I have a love/hate relationship with this album.  I believe my friend Jacob said it best when he stated, “If I listen to ‘The Greatest Pretender’, I get stuck on a loop where I have to listen to it on repeat for basically a whole day. I don’t have that kind of time.” Every song on the album gives me that ever mounting addictive feeling. Yesterday, I listened to 6 straight hours of the Sugar Stems. Today, I am up to 8 hours. Don’t send help. I’m happy here.

Iron Chic – The Constant One (Banquet Records)
I feel like this is the Tickle Me Elmo of Top 10 lists this year. The lyrics are strong. The music is catchy and upbeat, without being too poppy.  I seem to be always in the mood for this band, for this album.

Sundowners – The Larger Half of Wisdom (Dirt Cult Records)
Perhaps I have an affinity to this album because I (accidentally) wrote an 800 word review of it earlier in the year.  That being said, it’s a damn good album which displays a variety of melodic pop punk with a “Midwest” or “Fest” sounding twist.

Nervous Passenger – Songs About Things and Stuff (Swerp Records)
I first saw this local Chicago band open for Lipstick Homicide in May and I haven’t stopped speaking their praises since.  This full sounding 3 piece sings about drinking, dating and getting dumped all with a touch of dark humor.  Although the album is only 5 songs, they are all solid tracks.  They are the perfect anthems for drunkenly shouting at the top of your lungs.

Lipstick Homicide – Out Utero (Bloated Kat Records)
Everything these three touches turns to pure pop punk gold.  This album is no different.

Gateway District – Old Wild Hearts (It’s Alive Records)
My first thought upon I hearing this album earlier this year was “top 10 material, for sure.”  At the time, I was dancing around in my underwear singing into my hairbrush.

Dog Party – Lost Control (Asian Man Records)
When you hear two teenage girls just got signed to Asian Man Records, are going on tour with Kepi Ghoulie AND are acting as his backing band, you taking notice.  After seeing Dog Party at Insub Fest this year, I spent 5 straight days spinning their record on repeat.  In pop punk, we spend a lot of our time reliving past loves, broken hearts and raw emotions of our adolescence.  These sisters are living it while writing about it.  And they’re doing it better than you.

Low Culture – Screens (Dirtnap Records)
When I heard that members of Shang-A-Lang and The Marked Men were coming together to form a new band, I knew that it would be something I’d enjoy.  I just didn’t estimate how much I would end up loving them.  Screens is one hell of a strong release, showcasing garage rock with a punk edge.  The melodies are strong; the vocals are spot on.  This album reigned supreme during the first half of my year.

Benny the Jet Rodriguez – Home Run (Recess Records)
The sweet simplicity of this album makes every song enjoyable.  Lauren Freeman writes words that are honest and hard hitting.  Joey Centofani’s drumming makes you bob your head as it pairs nicely with Freeman’s guitar.  Add in Todd C. (of FYP/Toys That Kill fame) and your end result is an upbeat pop punk harmony with a resonating lo-fi feel.

Wringer – Bullfighter (Death to False Hope Records)
I remember, years ago, when I would get compilation CDs in the mail.  I would load up my 6-CD changer and spend my Friday nights sitting in the middle of my bedroom floor listening to every album, front to back.  Every once in awhile, a band that I had never previously heard of would catch my ear.  I would listen to their songs on repeat until I knew every word and could air bass strum every note.  I would burn their albums for my friends, go to all their shows and do everything I could to let everyone know how absolutely amazing I thought the band was.  Wringer is that band circa 15 years later.

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Nick Taylor - Contributor

Nick Taylor - Contributor

01. Allison Weiss – Say What You Mean

I am a sucker for female vocalists, but I can claim an unbiased love of Allison Weiss’ Kickstarter-funded full length from early this year. Much like the most recent efforts of other acoustic singer/songwriters Frank Turner and Dave Hause, Weiss favored electric guitar and more robust instrumental arrangements on Say What You Mean. The result is a highly varied album that highlights her emotive voice and incredible pop sensibilities. Three consecutive mid-album tracks, “I Was An Island,” “How to Be Alone,” and “Wait for Me” are completely different songs that illustrate her range: a 6/8 jam, a punky single, and an acoustic ballad.

02. The Swellers – The Light Under Closed Doors

You know how some bands have growing pains, an early album that wasn’t as good as their later stuff? The Swellers don’t roll that way. From their first nationwide release Beginning of the End Again, the Diener brothers and company have been writing solid, catchy skate punk. After a few albums that had the band finding their footing experimenting with 90s alternative influences, The Swellers have returned to form with ten solid tracks featuring some of their best writing ever: “Should” and “Great Lakes State.”

03. Signals Midwest – Light on the Lake

2013 seemed to be the year of pop punk bands breaking out of their four chord boundaries. Signals Midwest layer their pop punk hooks over complex time signatures and sweet guitar riffs. Light on the Lake impressed me because the band wrote quite a few non-repeating catchy parts of songs but meshed them all together into an awesomely experimental but accessible album. Let’s hope they stay around as long as Superchunk or are as widely recognized as Fugazi.

04. Elway – Leavetaking

Leavetaking is by far my most listened to album from this year. (Elway’s previous album, Delusions is up there too). The range of fist pumping singalongs like “Prophetstown” and “Ariel” to the slow yet urgent jams like “Christopher” make the album appropriate for damn near any occasion.

05. Arliss Nancy – Wild American Runners

In my review of Wild American Runners, I threatened to move to Ft. Collins to be closer to my new favorite bands, these guys and Elway. The threat still stands. Arliss Nancy perfectly capture my love of Springsteen-esque anthems and deliver it in an awesome alt country package. The more I listen to the album, I appreciate something new: a subtle backup vocal harmony, a guitar line I hadn’t heard before. It rewards repeat listens.

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Patrick Houdek - Photographer / Columnist

Patrick Houdek - Photographer / Columnist

Top 10 Photos That I Took in 2013

These photos are in the order in which they were taken.

01. The Brokedowns – Ian’s Party, Township, Chicago, Illinois, January 4, 2013

With all the kids these guys have I’m surprised they ever play live, but they do and I always go! Check out “Sean, Bless This Shit” (featuring guest guitarist Mr. Sean Shipley) from their split with Vacation Bible School

The Brokedowns

02. Masked Intruder – Dudes Magazine / Stay Retarded Weekend, Lemmons, St. Louis, Missouri, January 26, 2013

By now you have to know who these guys are (even though you don’t know who they are since they wear those ski masks). This photo appeared in the German magazine Punkrock!

Masked Intruder

03. The Mons – Ultra Lounge, Chicago, Illinois, March 8, 2013

My favorite band right now. If you like Black Flag and Bl’ast get their debut EP (featuring cover art by Raymond Pettibon!) because you’ll like it much more than the new Black Flag record. (Half of the white vinyl pressing comes with a random signed live photo of the Mons taken by me, one of them being this photo!)

The Mons

04. Break Anchor – Township, Chicago, Illinois, April 3, 2013

Ex-Suicide Machines / Hellmouth – does it really matter what bands Jay was in before? No, just go see them live.

Break Anchor

5. Canadian Rifle – Ultra Lounge, Chicago, Illinois, May 7, 2013

I’ve always liked Canadian Rifle each time I see them live I like them even more. They’ve got a new record on Dirt Cult Records out now!

Canadian Rifle

6. Off With Their Heads – Liar’s Club, Chicago, Illinois, May 31, 2013

After one of their shows with Alkaline Trio at the Metro in Chicago they played another show at Liar’s Club the same evening. I stood up front as long as I could but the crowd was going crazy. This photo appears on the back cover of their split 7” with Morning Glory.

Off With Their Heads

7. Lipstick Homicide – Township, Chicago, Illinois, June 23, 2013

Sorry to the other members of Lipstick Homicide but it’s hard to take photos of you when Kate’s hair is flying around like this. I think this photo is part of a collage on the back of their Out Utero LP but I haven’t seen it yet.

Lipstick Homicide

8. The Copyrights – They Liver 2013, Township, Chicago, Illinois, July 13, 2013

They say they’re from Carbondale, Illinois but I know they’re from Carterville.  I get it, barely anyone knows where Carbondale is and pretty much no one knows where Carterville is located. I went to Carterville High School and spent most of my time at the Lost Cross House in Carbondale when I could.

The Copyrights

9. Full On – Township, Chicago, Illinois, August 18, 2013

It’s like the 80’s again except no one got stabbed.

Full On

10. Rad Payoff – ’86 Mets House, Chicago, Illinois, September 11, 2013

Four of the best guys you’ll ever hang out with. Members of Sass Dragons, Treasure Fleet, Elephant Gun and Das Kapital, why haven’t you ordered the LP yet?

Rad Payoff

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