End Of Year List - 2013
End Of Year List - 2013

My favorite albums of 2013. Albums that I worked on are not included.

Best albums of 2013

1. Local Natives - Hummingbird
2. Kanye West - Yeezus
3. The Neighbourhood - I Love You.
4. The National - Trouble Will Find Me
5. The Weeknd - Kiss Land
6. The 1975 - The 1975
7. The Dangerous Summer - Golden Record
8. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires Of The City
9. Phoenix - Bankrupt!
10. Drake - Nothing Was The Same
11. Fall Out Boy - Save Rock And Roll
12. Parachute - Overnight
13. Lorde - Pure Heroine
14. Tegan & Sara - Heartthrob
15. Lydia - Devil

Honorable mentions:

Arcade Fire - Reflektor
Chvrches - The Bones Of What You Believe
Daughter - If You Leave
Haim - Days Are Gone
Jay Z - Magna Carta Holy Grail
John Mayer - Paradise Valley
The Summer Set - Legendary
Twenty One Pilots - Vessel


1. Chvrches - Recover
2. Stages And Steroes - Small Town Favorites
3. Butch Walker - Peachtree Battle
4. Two Door Cinema Club - Changing Of The Seasons
5. Smallpools - Smallpools

End Of Year List - 2012

My favorite albums of 2012. Albums that I worked on are not included.

Best albums of 2012

1. fun. - Some Nights
2. Taylor Swift - Red
3. The Weeknd - Trilogy
4. Foxy Shazam - The Church Of Rock & Roll
5. John Mayer - Born & Raised
6. Lana Del Rey - Born To Die
7. Passion Pit - Gosssamer
8. mewithoutYou - Ten Stories
9. Maroon 5 - Overexposed
10. Freelance Whales - Diluvia
11. The Lumineers - The Lumineers
12. The Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten
13. The Killers - Battle Born
14. Paper Route - The Peace Of Wild Things
15. GOOD Music - Cruel Summer

Honorable mentions:

Benjamin Gibbard -  Former Lives
Every Time I Die - Ex Lives
Japandroids - Celebration Rock
Major League - Hard Feelings
Of Monsters And Men - My Head Is An Animal


1. Lana Del Rey - Paradise
2. Late Night Habit - Nostalgia
3. Imagine Dragons - Continued Silence
4. The Cinema & Somnous - Postcards
5. Sara Bareilles - Once Upon Another Time

End Of Year List - 2011

The best & the ones I enjoyed most. Simple.

Best Albums of 2011           

1. The Dangerous Summer - War Paint
2. The Cab - Symphony Soldier    
3. Death Cab For Cutie - Codes And Keys
4. Fireworks - Gospel
5. Manchester Orchestra - Simple Math
6. Lydia - Paint It Golden
7. Rise Against - Endgame
8. The Horrible Crowes - Elsie
9. Butch Walker - The Spade
10. Jack’s Mannequin - People And Things
11. Augustana - Augustana
12. Florence + The Machine - Ceremonials
13. Foster The People - Torches
14. The Summer Set - Everything’s Fine
15. The Cinema - My Blood Is Full Of Airplanes

Honorable Mentions

The American Scene - By Way Of Introduction
The Black Keys - El Camino
Bright Eyes - The People’s Key
City & Colour - Little Hell
Dave Melillo - Thinking Of You
Defeater - Empty Days & Sleepless Nights
Drake - Take Care
Eisley - The Valley
Every Avenue - Bad Habits
Let’s Get It - Masters Of The Universe
Lights - Siberia
Meg & Dia - Cocoon
Panic! At The Disco - Vices & Virtues
The Swellers - Good For Me
Take Cover - The Dreamer And The Realist
Taking Back Sunday - Taking Back Sunday
Thrice - Major/Minor
Thursday - No Devolución
The Weeknd - House Of Balloons
Yellowcard - When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes


1. Nocturnal Me - Two Faced
2. Charlotte Sometimes - The Wait
3. Roy English - Fearlove
4. Holiday Parade - False Alarms
5. Dave Melillo - Future Focused

Honorable Mention:

Mod Sun - In Mod We Trust

Most Disappointing

1. All Time Low - Dirty Work
2. The Wonder Years - Suburbia I’ve Given You All And Now I’m Nothing
3. We Are The In Crowd - Best Intentions
4. Blink-182 - Neighborhoods
5. Owl City - All Things Bright And Beautiful

Dishonorable Mentions:

Avril Lavigne - Goodbye Lullaby
The Get Up Kids - There Are Rules
Go Radio - Lucky Street
Kevin Devine - Between The Concrete & Clouds
Man Overboard - Man Overboard
Mayday Parade - Mayday Parade
Patrick Stump - Soul Punk
Set Your Goals - Burning At Both Ends
Swimming With Dolphins - Water Colours

Looking forward to in 2012:

1. The Hold Steady
2. The Gaslight Anthem
3. fun. - Some Nights
4. Against Me
5. Conditions
6. The National
7. Third Eye Blind
8. Nightmare Of You
9. mewithoutYou
10. Say Anything - Anarchy, My Dear


What I will be doing for the next month or so.
The first two columns make me insanely happy.

It makes me happy that the first column makes you happy.


What I will be doing for the next month or so.

The first two columns make me insanely happy.

It makes me happy that the first column makes you happy.

End Of Year List - 2010

I know it’s a little late, but better late than never. Here is my end of year list for 2010. I’ve compiled this based on both which albums I think are musically best, most intelligent, most pleasing to listen to, and, of course, which ones had an impact on me in the course of 2010.

Best albums of 2010

15. Valencia - Dancing With A Ghost

Why it’s good: Valencia’s third album is a little more experimental than We All Need A Reason To Believe, and much more inconsistent, but it’s still a damn good record from one of today’s best pop-rock bands.

What it means to me: October rockin’.

Favorite lyric: “Sometimes it’s alright when you’re left with broken hearts / because you grow with good intentions / you learn more about this life

Check out: “Spinning Out”

14. The Classic Crime - Vagabonds

Why it’s good: A fantastic Christian rock album. Heartfelt lyrics and touching vocals resonate throughout this album.

What it means to me: Early Spring inspiration..

Favorite lyric: “Love is a terrible art / it’s a hook in the heart / that can drag you on broken glass / and as you protest the shards in your flesh / the hook tears out your chest until you’re just a broken mess”

Check out: “Four Chords”

13. Taylor Swift - Speak Now

Why it’s good: It’s good to see a major label pop artist releasing something with artistic integrity. A fantastic hour-long offering of empowering love and heartbreak songs.

What it means to me: Something to fall asleep to

Favorite lyric: “I’ll spend forever wondering if you knew / I was enchanted to meet you

Check out: “Mine”

12. Neon Trees - Habits

Why it’s good: With their debut album, Neon Trees have done something different. Habits is a fantastic dance-rock album, and if I may say so, the sexiest album of the year.

What it means to me: The high life soundtrack.

Favorite lyric: “Would you love me still if I were to confess / that I had a little too much fun, back when I was young

Check out: “Sins Of My Youth”

11. Man Overboard - Real Talk

Why it’s good: While nothing groundbreaking, Man Overboard’s debut full-length puts the fun back in pop-punk. An album of songs about fantasy girls and drunken nights? Count me in.

What it means to me: Late summer afterparty soundtrack.

Favorite lyric: “There aren’t enough lights in your house that you could leave on for me tonight / there aren’t enough fights I could lose to justify how I feel tonight

Check out: “Fantasy Girl”

10. Anberlin - Dark Is The Way, Light Is A Place

Why it’s good: It’s so rewarding to watch a band release album after album over the years. To watch them grow, develop musically – and still remain as relevant as ever to you. Anberlin have continued to change, and have continued to remain the best Christian rock band around. Their latest offering takes a stab at arena-rock with huge anthems throughout the album, but it retains the passion and emotion that an Anberlin album has.

What it means to me: Damn good album. Late summer bitterness soundtrack.

Favorite lyric: “There are songs I’ll never write / because of you walking out of my life / there are words that don’t belong / because of you I’ll never write another love song

Check out: “The Art Of War”

9. Bad Books - Bad Books

Why it’s good: When talent combines with talent, this is what you get. Andy Hull and Kevin Devine have, as expected, crafted a fantastic indie-folk offering. Don’t miss this record if you like either artist.

What it means to me: Dreamy October mornings.

 Favorite lyric: “Crooked days come bundled up in bunches / and break your brain like a branch

Check out: “I Begged You Everything”

8. The Wonder Years - The Upsides

Why it’s good: With the release of the most iconic pop-punk record in years, The Wonder Years have elevated themselves from nobodies to 2010’s buzz band in the pop-punk scene, signing to a reputable label and gaining hoards of fans. To write songs that so many people can relate to is a skill.

What it means to me: Positive Winter anthems.

Favorite lyric: “I’m not sad anymore”

Check out: “All My Friends Are In Bar Bands”

7. Butch Walker - I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart

Why it’s good: I adore Butch Walker. Once again, he has created an album that sounds nothing alike anything he’s created before, and indeed, anything that’s out there at the moment. Musically, the album is a gorgeous array of groovy arrangements and intricacies. Lyrically, Butch once again shows a tender and genuine side of himself. This is what happens when producers get given the opportunity to release albums. Fantastic, mature, classically-themed rock music.

What it means to me: The word “cool” in spring 2010.

Favorite lyric: “She’s got a birth mark / On the inside of her thigh / Ask me how I know / About the inside of her thigh

Check out: “She Likes Hair Bands”

 6. Tigers Jaw – Two Worlds

Why it’s good: While a step down from their self-titled masterpiece (I don’t use that word lightly), Two Worlds sees Tigers Jaw presenting a mere 25 minutes of Brand New-esque, thoroughly depressing, yet absolutely fantastic and emotively possessing rock music. Ignore the DIY production and ‘whiney’ vocals - these aspects are who Tigers Jaw are. Beyond them, there’s an absolute gem of a record. If you’ve ever had your heart broken or felt worthless, even for a second, you’ll relate to this album (and their self-titled).

What it means to me: Insomnia soundtrack. Lonesome soundtrack.

Favorite lyric: “If I’m living in the past, I’m not living.

Check out: “Let Go/Trashed Floors”

5. Against Me! - White Crosses

Why it’s good: Punk album of the year. This album may have its critics, but Against Me! have succeeded again in reinventing themselves from album to album. This is Against Me!’s most accessible effort, sporting a polished modern radio sound, but the record retains the passion that any album fronted by Tom Gabel’s ever-determined vocals has. Lyrically, the album is testament to the fact that Against Me! still stand for something and are able to captivate new generations of punk rock fans.  

What it means to me: Autumn motivation soundtrack.

Favorite lyric: “Do you remember when you were young / And you wanted to set the world on fire

Check out: “I Was A Teenage Anarchist”

 4. You, Me, And Everyone We Know – Some Things Don’t Wash Out

Why it’s good: Pop goodness. A debut full-length from these guys has been long due. And it’s been worth the wait. Like any good pop album, Some Things Don’t Wash Out has its hooks, its relatable lyrics, its instrumental idiosyncracies, and above all, is catchy as fuck. Don’t be shy and indulge.

What it means to me: Pop music for my ears.

Favorite lyric: “Your love is like a bus / I may miss you, but I know more will come

Check out: “Bootstraps”

3. The National – High Violet

Why it’s good: Indie album of the year. The National have crafted an immaculate, elegant record that is simply irresistible. The album is a stream of melancholy sounds that coincide so beautifully with frontman Matt Berninger’s vocals, which are sensually deep and emotive throughout, leaving you clinging onto every note. I’m not a huge fan of indie music, as I find it either too boring, too eclectic, or too pretentious. This album is neither of those things. Listen to it, preferably with a glass of Jim Bean at hand.

What it means to me: Late summer introspection soundtrack.

Favorite lyric
: “All the very best of us string ourselves up for love

Check out: “Afraid Of Everyone”

2. Conditions – Fluorescent Youth

Why it’s good: Wow, wow, wow. This was unexpected. With their debut album, Conditions have delivered the best borderline post-hardcore/heavy rock album of the year. This is the album Saosin wish they’d written. The record combines hard-hitting, contagious choruses with verses that are saturated with lyrical gold dust. This is an essential album for every young fan of rock music. I wish all music was as meaningful as Conditions’ is.

What it means to me: Drunken summer nights & their hangovers.

Favorite lyric: “King of diamonds, king of hearts / one dies loved / and one is dead from the very start

Check out: “Make Them Remember”

1.  The Gaslight Anthem – American Slang

Why it’s good: This is what modern rock ‘n’ roll should sound like. After the success of The 59 Sound, many artists would have faltered in fear when making a follow-up. Instead, The Gaslight Anthem have returned to deliver a sublime effort, and one that is deeper, catchier, and more emotive than previous material. Who does it better than we do? In 2010, no one does.

What it means to me: Early summer memories of listening to this album in awe.

Favorite lyric: “Was I good to you, the wife of my youth / Not another soul could love you / Like my rotten bones do

Check out
: “The Diamond Church Street Choir”

Top EPs of 2010

5. The Spill Canvas - Realities

 Why it’s good: Catchy cock-rock-esque songs about dating waitresses and crashing cars. Of course I love this.

What it means to me: April jamming jam.

Check out: “Our Song”

 4. Poema - Sing It Now

Why it’s good: This young Christian pop duo are putting class back into pop music. And they’re adorable.

What it means to me: February sleep soundtrack.

Check out: “2 AM”

 3. We Are The In Crowd - Guaranteed To Disagree

Why it’s good: Irresistably catchy power-pop. Fantastic male/female dual vocals. A band to watch in the future.

What it means to me: Early summer days soundtrack.

Check out: “Never Be What You Want”

2. Cady Groves - The Life Of A Pirate

Why it’s good: Cady stole the hearts of many with her second EP, and she earned herself a record deal. The EP contains the cutesy-est collection of songs from a young woman that is set to take the music world by storm.

What it means to me: “I’m so proud” music.

Check out: “I’m Still Here”

1. Lydia – Assailants

Why it’s good: Lydia’s farewell album is a absolutely incredible. Perhaps a small step down from 2008 masterpiece Illuminate, but this is still a fantastic piece of music. If this was a full-length, it would be be in my top 5. They will be missed.

What it means to me: Summer 2am soundtrack.

Favorite lyric: “I’m sure I know what you’re going through / I call it vanity / the world is yours so take it.

Check out: “We Clean Up So Well”

Honorable mentions

The Band Perry - The Band Perry

A Day To Remember - What Separates Me From You

Emarosa - Emarosa

Fair - Disappearing World

He Is We - My Forever

Jesse Barrera - Love In Technicolor

Jimmy Eat World - Invented

Linkin Park - A Thousand Suns

The Morning Of - The Way I Fell In

The Narrative - The Narrative

Off With Their Heads - In Desolation

Stacy Clark - Connect The Dots

Steel Train - Steel Train

Most disappointing:

5. Mêlée - The Masquerade

4. Automatic Loveletter - Truth Or Dare

3. My Chemical Romance - Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys

2. VersaEmerge - Fixed At Zero

1. The Rocket Summer - Of Men & Angels

Looking forward to in 2011:

10. Black Cards

9. Fireworks

8. Panic! At The Disco

7. Jack’s Mannequin

6. Nightmare Of You

5. Dear And The Headlights

4. Third Eye Blind

3. Manchester Orchestra

2. fun.

1. The Dangerous Summer

End Of Year List - 2009

For comparison, my 2009 list is as follows.

Best albums of 2009:

15. Saosin - In Search Of Solid Ground

14. The Summer Set - Love Like This

13. Brand New - Daisy

12. Meg & Dia - Here, Here, And Here

11. Anchor & Braille - Felt

10. All Time Low - Nothing Personal

9. Drop Dead, Gorgeous - The Hot ‘N Heavy

8. mewithoutYou - It’s All Crazy! It’s All False! It’s All A Dream! It’s Alright

7. Farewell - Run It Up The Flagpole

6. Paramore - brand new eyes

5. Holiday Parade - Tickets & Passports

4. Say Anything - Say Anything

3. Manchester Orchestra - Mean Everything To Nothing

2. fun. - Aim And Ignite

1. The Dangerous Summer - Reach For The Sun

Best EPs of 2009 

5. Jack’s Mannequin - The Dear Jack EP

4. Take Cover - The Last Word

3. VersaEmerge - VersaEmerge

2. The Sequence - In Lights

1. Raining And Ok - Always Will Be

Honorable mentions:

Barcelona - Absolutes

Dance Gavin Dance - Happiness

Owl City - Ocean Eyes

Relient K - Forget And Not Slow Down

Single File - Common Struggles

The Years Gone By - Something You Know Nothing About

Most disappointing:

5. Mayday Parade - Anywhere But Here

4. Taking Back Sunday - New Again

3. Boys Like Girls - Love Drunk

2. Nightmare Of You - Infomaniac

1. Brand New - Daisy

Looking forward to in 2010:

10. VersaEmerge

9. Valencia

8. Manchester Orchestra

7. Lydia

6. Raining And Ok

5. Dear And The Headlights

4. You, Me, And Everyone We Know

3. The Dangerous Summer

2. Blink 182

1. Jack’s Mannequin

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