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I’ve spent my entire life in Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC. DC has a rich punk rock and hardcore history. Here are my top 10 favorite DC records.
9. Minor Threat – Complete Discography
I know it’s ridiculous to have Minor Threat at number 9. The hardcore legends have earned their place in music history and in DC music history for sure. Minor Threat’s complete discography is a perfect picture of hardcore in 1984.
7. The Dismemberment Plan – Change
Dismemberment Plan’s final studio album as a smoother, more polished, more refined sound, and while it’s not really a departure from any of the band’s earlier work, it’s just enough of a sonic shift to capture my attention a little more.
6. Beauty Pill – The Unsustainable Lifestyle
One of those little indie rock gems that very few people know about. Their one and only full-length is a beautiful, although lyrically twisted at times, indie rock album that Dischord put out a handful of years back. An excellent album that should be checked out and enjoyed.
5. Faraquet – The View from this Tower
The View from this Tower is a record that breaks convention on how music should be played. Math rock as it should be. Plenty of starts and stops, time signatures changing mid track.
3. Rites of Spring – End on End
While Rites of Spring was another short-lived band, they managed to produce one of the best DC punk records. End on End didn’t fall into the hardcore stylings that were happening in 84/85 but played a different brand of punk rock. You can hear what Guy Picciotto would bring to Fugazi on End on End.
2. Frodus – And We Washed Our Weapons at Sea
And We Washed Our Weapons at Sea was Frodus’ posthumous swan song and by far their greatest musical accomplishment. While leaving some of their chaotic counterparts behind them, they produced a beautiful post-hardcore album, with killer melodies and great bass line after great bass line.
1. Jawbox – For Your Own Special Sweetheart
Jawbox’s major label debut didn’t change their post-hardcore fury. For Your Own Special Sweetheart established Jawbox as an underground favorite and made them DC legends.