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Favorite Records of 2020

I’m so excited to share my favorite albums of 2020 with you guys! Out of the 214 release I listened to, these are my 50 favorite full-lengths. I’ve included Bandcamp links where available! Enjoy!

Honorable Mentions:
Puta Volcano – Amma
Combo Qazam – Flight Music
Friends Club Records – On Second Thought
Adzes – No One Wants To Speak About It
American Arson – A Line In The Sand
Code Orange – Underneath
Azusa – Loop Of Yesterdays
Nine Inch Nails – Ghosts V: Together
Huntingtons – Muerto, Carcel, O Rocanrol

50 – Dens – Taming Tongues

Alternative/Post Hardcore

49. Jeff Rosenstock – No Dream

Punk –

48. Serpent Servant Slave – Headless

Darkwave/Electronic –

47. Restless Habs – Taking The Fast Way Down

Punk –

46. Gulfer – Gulfer

Math Rock/Emo –

45. Owen – The Avalanche

Singer Songwriter/Indie –

44. Frail Hands – Parted/Departed/Apart

Screamo –

43. Taylor Swift – Folklore

Singer Songwriter/Pop

42. Francis Quinlan – Likewise

Indie Pop –

41. East Ghost – Fin

Indie Rock –

40. Unwed Sailor – Look Alive

Post Rock –

39. Standards – Fruit Island

Math Rock/Post Rock –

38. Caterpillars – Where Shadows Go To Sleep

Emo –

37. Ratboys – Printer’s Devil

Alternative/Indie Rock –

36. Various Artists – Philly Math Rock – Covid Relief Compilation

Math Rock –

35. Coriky – Coriky

Indie/Punk –

34. Deathbreaker – Isolate


33. Bitch Falcon – Staring At Clocks

Grunge/Shoegaze –

32. Everything In Slow Motion – Influence

Post Hardcore

31. Envy – The Fallen Crimson

Hardcore/Post Rock –

30. Cloudkicker – Solitude

Post Metal –

29. Shiner – Schadenfreude

Space Rock –

28. Devon Kay & the Solutions – Limited Joy

Ska/Punk –

27. Deftones – Ohms

Metal/Space Rock

26. Alexia Avina – Unearth

Dream Pop –

25. Big Loser – Love You, Barely Living

Emo/Punk –

24. Thanya Iyer – Kind

Pop/Folk –

23. Down Again – The Devil Is A Gentleman

Post Hardcore/Emo

22. Lowrider – Refractions

Stoner Metal –

21. Tigerwine – Nothing Is For You

Post Hardcore

20. Entropy – Liminal

Post Hardcore/Space Rock –

19. Record Setter – I Owe You Nothing

Screamo –

18. Touché Amoré – Lament

Post Hardcore –

17. PVRIS – Use Me


16. Hatebreed – Weight Of The False Sense


15. Mountains For Clouds – Anxious & Aware

Emo –

14. Misery Signals – Ultraviolet

Melodic Metalcore –

13. Kids – Lost Cities

Indie Rock

12. Caspian – On Circles

Post Rock –

11. The Ghost Inside – The Ghost Inside

Metalcore –

10. End – Splinters From An Ever-Changing Face

Metalcore –

9. August Burns Red – Guardians

Metalcore –

8. Slick Shoes – Rotation And Frequency


7. Into It. Over It. – Figure

Indie/Emo –

6. Deep Sea Diver – Impossible Weight

Alternative/Indie Rock –

5. The Casket Lottery – Short Songs For End Times

Emo –

4. Glacier Veins – The World You Want To See

Dream Punk/Emo

3. In Parallel – Fashioner

Darkwave/Shoegaze –

2. Hayley Williams – Petals For Armor


1. Hum – Inlet

Space Rock –

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Favorite Releases of 2019

It’s that time of year again! Time to reflect on the great music released this year! I chose to call this my favorite releases because a) best of is relative and b) not all of these are albums. We have some ep’s and 7″ records that make up my favorite releases of this year. So let’s go!

Honorable mentions:
Refused – War Music
Shin Guard – 2020
As Cities Burn – Scream Through The Walls
Palamino – Palamino
Parkway & Columbia – Wanderer
Reveries / Chalk Hands / Okänt – split ep
Starflyer 59 – Young In My Head
High and Dry – Headroom
Two Hands One Engine – Janice
True Blossom – Heater
Nanami Ozone – NO
Flash the Ready – Circles
Maker of the Bear – Clarity
Thrice – Deeper Wells EP
Korn – The Nothing
Slick Shoes – Broadcasting

30. Crossed Keys – Savior

29. Circle Back – Terminus

28. Spoken In Tongues – The Nail That Sticks Up Will Be Hammered Down
Punk/Indie Rock

27. Jimmy Eat World – Surviving


26. Spotlights – Love & Decay
Hard Rock/Space Rock

25. Norma Jean – All Hail


24. Zao – Decoding The Transmissions From The Möbius Strip

23. Unwed Sailor – Heavy Age
Post Rock

22. Jay Som – Anak Ko
Indie Rock/Singer Songwriter

21. Stranger Kings – Blue LP

20. Radar State – Strays
Rock and Roll

19. Queen Of Jeans – If You’re Not Afraid, I’m Not Afraid
Indie Rock

18. Field Mouse – Meaning
Indie Rock/Shoegaze

17. Mineral – One Day When We Are Young

16. The Get Up Kids- Problems

15. Surprises – Natural Disaster
Indie Rock

14. Leem Of Earth – Chapter EP’s


13. Defeater – Defeater

12. The Darling Fire – Dark Celebration
Emo/Indie Rock

11. Charly Bliss – Young Enough
Indie Rock

10. Copeland – Blushing


9. I, The Mountain – Saga

8. The Menzingers – Hello Exile

7. Cursive – Get Fixed
Emo/Indie Rock

6. Oso Oso – Basking In The Glow

5. Pedro The Lion – Phoenix
Emo/Indie Rock

4. Comrades – For We Are Not Yet, We Are Only Becoming

Post Metal/Post Rock

3. Cave In – Final Transmission
Space Rock

2. American Football – LP3

1. Brutus – Nest
Post Metal

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The Meltdown 3.115

The Meltdown – The Meltdown 3.115

This week I have new music from Thrice, Foxing, The Spirit of the Beehive, mewithoutYou, and more.

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The Meltdown 3.51


The Meltdown – The Meltdown 3.51

This week I have classic tracks from Brand New, The Starting Line, The Juliana Theory, TwoThirtyEight, Saves The Day, and more.

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New Hopesfall Record is Coming!!!

Hopesfall has returned!! The band has signed with Equal Vision and Graphic Nature Records. This January, the band will head into the studio with Mike Watts (Glassjaw, The Dear Hunter) to record their first new album in ten years. Guitarist Josh Brigham said “The motivation for making this new album comes from a genuine desire to remain creative by continuing to write and play music together again. We won’t lie, between having jobs, relationships, kids, and other responsibilities, it can be tough to make time to play, but as long as we feel like we still have something good to offer, we will find a balance.” The line-up will be Jay Forrest (vocals), Josh Brigham (guitar), Dustin Nadler (guitar), Chad Waldrup (bass) and Adam Morgan (drums).

Equal Vision is also re-releasing the band’s final 3 record (The Satellite Years, A Types, and Magnetic North) on vinyl. You can pre-order those LP’s at

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MewithoutYou Announces Fall Tour

mewithoutYou has announced that they’ll be hitting the road this fall with Into It Over It, Yoni Wolf, and Needle Points. You can find tour dates below. Tickets go on sale this Friday (7/29).

w/ Into It. Over It. and Needle Points
10/14 Pawtucket, RI @ The Met (Evan Weiss solo performance)
10/15 Hamden, CT @ The Ballroom (Evan Weiss solo performance)
10/16 Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Showcase Lounge (Evan Weiss solo performance)
10/17 Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt
10/18 Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory (only Needle Points)
10/20 Columbus, OH @ Skully’s Music Diner
10/21 Louisville, KY @ Headliner’s Music Hall
10/22 Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe at the National
10/23 Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
10/24 Newport, KY @ Southgate House Revival
10/26 Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
10/27 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Scheme
10/28 Palatine, IL @ Durty Nellie’s
10/29 Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose
10/31 Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room
11/01 Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
11/02 Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard

w/ Yoni Wolf (of WHY?) and Needle Points
11/04 Springfield, MO @ Outland Ballroom
11/05 Memphis, TN @ 1884 Lounge
11/06 Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
11/07 Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
11/09 Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre
11/10 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
11/11 Virginia Beach, VA @ Shaka’s Live
11/12 Washington, DC @ Black Cat

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Dischord To Reissue Scream’s Fumble


Dischord Records has announced that it will reissue “Fumble,” the final full-length by Washington, DC’s Scream. It features nine songs recorded in December of 1989 by Eli Janney at Inner Ear Studios.

Formed in Bailey’s Crossroads, Virginia in 1981 by brothers Peter and Franz Stahl, bassist Skeeter Thompson, and drummer Kent Stax, Scream released four albums on Dischord Records. Dave Grohl, a punk kid who grew up in nearby Springfield, VA, replaced Stax on the drums in 1986. “Fumble” was the second Scream record to feature Grohl – the first was “No More Censorship,” which was released on RAS Records – and it includes his sole lead vocal for the band, “Gods Look Down.”

Though “Fumble” was recorded in 1989, the tapes spent a few years on the shelf as Scream split up while on tour the following year. It was only in 1993 – once Pete and Franz had formed Wool and Grohl had joined Nirvana – that the record was finally mixed and released.

Long out of print, this reissue has been remastered by TJ Lipple. The instrumental “Crackman” has been left off of this version to allow for higher sound quality, but will be included as part of the digital download.

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A Common Goal – Blessings and Battles

A Common Goal is a cool, old school, greaser punk band. The kind that always reminds you of Social Distortion. Blessing and Battles is a great easy listening record that carries a nice edge and intensity when needed.

ACG is like a punch in the face when you hit play. It’s a great hard hitting song with a catchy hook. It’s about as crazy as A Common Goal gets. The rest of Blessing and Battles is a solid, easy to listen to record. Frame Of Mind is a fun song about the great times in life.  Hope is a great song about how no matter what is going on in the world, there is still hope and goodness in Christ. The track starts off with news clips of terrible tragedies in the world. Musically there’s a great intro lead kick the song off and a catchy chorus to help get the message of hope across. Problems has a fantastic country western slide guitar that gives it an extra dimension and adds something more to A Common Goal’s sound. That’s followed by Nothing Left, which is the only real circle pit punk song on the record.

Blessings and Battles is full of catchy choruses, songs of remembering the past and having hope for the future. The title of the album is a beautiful description of the lyrical content and just the nature of life. A Common Goal have done Boston proud with Blessings and Battles. A fun, laid back punk record.

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Eisley – Currents

There are only a handful of bands as consistent as Eisley. With each release the band matures and grows. And with each release the band improves and adds to an impressive discography. The band’s fourth full-legnth is both something new for Eisley and more of what they’ve always given us.

Currents is actually quite a departure from the band’s previous pop rock work. But the indie/shoegaze stylings on Currents is something that’s always been hinted at, just below the surface of some of Eisley’s best work. The title track on the band’s last ep, Deep Space, was just the beginning of what the band had in store.

There’s an open disconnected feeling musically that starts Currents. The song takes it’s time to form, giving way to a sense of accomplishment and resolution when the full instrumentation kicks in. It’s still has the rock elements that The Valley had but its not nearly as lush. It’s a more complex arrangement than anything Eisley has delivered before. Blue Fish has a level of ambience that gives the song an added element to the Eisley’s beautiful melodies and harmonies. The Piano riff that runs through Drink The Water is absolutely gorgeous and reminds of why I love Ester Drang’s Infinite Keys so much.

Save My Soul is a punchy rock song with a great hook. The string section that glides through Find Me Here is magnificently beautiful. Lost Enemies has a great quirky guitar riff and a cowbell giving the song a nice offbeat touch. Shelter closes out the record and is just another song to die for. Beautiful harmonies and huge sweeping strings.

Eisley has taken a risk with Currents and it’s paid off in a huge way. Maybe not the follow-up to the Valley people were hoping for but every bit as good. Currents is a beautiful record. Eisley has outdone themselves again.

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On The Attack Records Relaunches

On The Attack Records announces its official relaunch, featuring new bands LIV., Refuge, and All The Departed.  Founded in the Bronx, New York in 2003, On The Attack Records has to relocated to Santa Cruz, California.  New bands.  New intensity. Same positive energy.   Youth Crew, Straight Edge, and Hardcore Only.  
You can download a free 6 song sampler at: 

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