Friday, December 20, 2013


The holidays are upon us and that can mean only one thing for a feeble blog like ours...ITS YEAR-END LIST TIME, BABY!  I'm not a huge fan of numbering things or saying what's "better" or what's "worse" so I've decided to present my picks in no particular order.  Truth be told we haven't even been around for a year ourselves so it hardly seems like we're qualified to decide what was this year's best (we only started in February), but those of you who read our reviews regularly know that our lack of knowledge and/or wisdom has never stopped us from posing as experts in the past.

As you're perusing our selections you might notice how many Chicago bands/labels are represented.  And you're probably like, "Duh...this blog is Chicago-based so of course their gonna support their buddies..."  Sure I know a lot of these folks and I know them because I live here, but the reason I bring it up is because I happen to think Chicago has one of the best if not THE best rock/punk/garage/DIY scenes in the world right now (Brooklyn, Portland, Fullerton, Austin, Melbourne, Glasgow and Seattle be damned!!!!)  Y'all better recognize!

OK...I need to shut's our list...

Fuzz - This Time I Got A Reason / Fuzz's Fourth Dream 7" (Trouble In Mind)

Tweens - Be Mean Demo (self-released)

Twin Peaks - Sunken (Manic Static)

Real Numbers - Only Two Can Play EP (Three Dimensional)

Slushy - All The Rad Dudes (Manic Static)

Solid Attitude - BB Gun Picnic LP (Rotted Tooth)

The Raw Nerves - Sunburn EP (1:12 Records)

Magic Ian - I'm Having A Problem cassette (Manic Static, Maximum Pelt)

Son Of A Gun / The Morons Split 7" (Lo-Fi Supply) 

Laughing Leaves - Everyday 7" EP (self-released, Why Pick On Me?)

The Future Primitives - Songs We Taught Ourselves (Casbah)

Native America - Bad Weed / But Still Weed casette EP (self-released)

Primitive Hearts - High and Tight LP (FDH Records, Resurrection Records, P. Trash Records)

Earring - Nunn Ones cassette (Manic Static)

Vacation Club - Daydream b/w Forest Babe 7" (Randy)

Wayward Ones - Catherine St. Demos (self-released)

Epicycle - You're Not Gonna Get It LP comp (Hozac) 

The Lemons - Hello, We're The Lemons (Tripp Tapes) 

Make-Overs - Surfbored b/w Will It Ever Change (Hozac)

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