Maia’s Dad’s top ten albums of 2017

This year, as I’ve already shared my best-of lists with The Current, my dad is bringing us his top ten albums of 2017 – enjoy! 

“What makes a great record? For me a great song or album should evoke some emotion, get a mosh pit going in my head, or just a good zone out. With those parameters in mind, I hope that this list will hit some of you like they did me. If you haven’t heard of some these bands I really encourage you to step out of your music panic rooms and give them a spin.

10. Junius – Eternal Rituals for the Accretion

I stumbled upon these guys after Maia and I saw Caspian live this past year. They have that post rock feel, but with vocals. The song writing is brilliant, and has pounding percussion and heavy low end riffs throughout the record. Stand out track: “March of the Samsara”

9. Pallbearer – Heartless

Hailing from Arkansas, these gents have a sludgy groove and spacey sound to them. This record has been in a constant rotation on Spotify. Stand out track: “I saw the End”

8. Marilyn Manson – Heaven Upside Down

Love Him or hate him, he’s had a good run and showing no sign of slowing down. Although this record feels like left overs  from his previous album, The Pale Emperor (2015). Still a great album, give it a go. Stand out track: “Blood Honey”

7. Nine Inch Nails – Not the Actual Events / Add Violence

I am combining these two EPs to make one full length album. This record feels like Trent Reznor might be beginning a return to the the agro-industrial titan he was early on in his career. I have, will, and always dig anything Trent does. Fan boy? Yep! Don’t care! Stand out tracks: “The Idea of You,” “Less Than”

6. Code Orange – Forever

Ok, so when this album dropped, the entire metal world went, and still are going ape shit over this album. I gave it a couple of plays and was like, “I don’t get it, I don’t hear the magic.” As the year went on, I gave it another spin and was like “Ok, I think I hear it,” but still wasn’t all in. Then, when I heard they’re nominated for a flipping Grammy, I thought, “I have to be missing something, let’s give it another go.” And like a switch went on in me, I get it.

This album comes out the gate wind-milling sledgehammers. It is some of the heaviest music I have ever heard. They have taken sounds and stylings from hardcore, metal-core, and industrial, brilliantly mashed it together, and have come up with an amazing sound. This may take a couple of spins to get but it’s worth it. Stand out tracks: “Forever,” “Bleeding the blur,” “Adeline-shade” (Alt J cover)

5. Prophets of Rage – Prophets of Rage

Having grown up with all three of the bands that make up this super group (Public Enemy, Rage Against the Machine, and Cypress Hill), together they fight improprieties of the current presidential administration, and social and environmental injustice. Tom Morello, the outspoken mouth piece for the band has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Harvard, he knows his shit. If you want to get your protest on, or just need a good release from our current state of political affairs, this is the record for you. Stand out track: “Unfuck the World”

4. Kamikaze Girls – Seafoam

I don’t know a whole lot about this Brit duo having just recently came across them, but I do know that this record is a gem. They have fused punk, shoe gaze, and some early nineties alternative, and came up with an absolutely amazing album. This is one of those records that from the opening chord, it’s a good one and has been on heavy Spotify rotation. This is a must hear. Stand out tracks: “One Young Man,” “I Don’t Want to Be Sad Forever”

3. Hundredth – Rare

Here’s a band that has had a career as a hardcore band and has been successful. At some point they had become uninspired by the music they were making, so they changed it up. They created a very different, dark, and moody album. They felt so confident in their new music, that on the 2017 Vans Warped Tour they only played tracks from this album. A bold move, giving them some very mixed reviews from older fans. This is a must listen if you’re a fan of The Ravonettes, Lush, Low, or My Bloody Valentine. Stand out tracks: “Vertigo”

2. Chelsea Wolf – Hiss Spun

The album title is the only thing I don’t like. This is a very dark record with A plus musicianship and production. She has taken her sound and song writing to the next level, and holy hell has she nailed it. If you’re into the darker, melodic, industrial, goth sound – this is a great record start to finish. Stand out track: “16 Psych”

  1. 3TEETH – Shutdown.exe

Maia and I were fortunate enough to see these guys live last summer. I wrote a review of the show, but I don’t feel like I did it justice. I will make up for that now. This record is everything the industrial revolution of the late 80s – early 90s was. These guys have nailed the sound, the right amount of guitars, drums, programming, and keys, and have honed in on the massive sound that is industrial music. 3TEETH are on the leading edge of a new revolution in industrial music. The chugging guitars, pounding percussion, and lyrics are very reminiscent of early NIN, Ministry, KMFDM, and Skinny Puppy. I can’t say enough good stuff about this record and band. If given the chance to see them live, do it! Stand out track: “Pit of Fire”

So there it is the top 10 of 2017 – what a flipping year!

Heads Up and Be Well,

JJ (a.k.a. Maia’s Dad)

In closing, I would like to send my condolences to the family, friends, and fans of the late Chad Hanks, from Minneapolis’s own American Head Charge – “To Be Me”




End of the year lists pt. 2: Songs

I’m back again with some of my favorite songs of 2016. I should warn that a good third of these weren’t even released in 2016, but I just really, really liked them this year. Also, most year end music lists tend to be a list of 10, but this is a list of 20 because, yes I do have commitment issues when it comes to music, and no it doesn’t need to be addressed because it’s just fine. 🙂

Devil Like Me // Rainbow Kitten Surprise (Jan. in FL is weird and kinda sad, but still good)

Harry Dean // SWMRS (The scream in the beginning !! I still love Cole Becker)

Brazil // Declan McKenna (I listened to this song exclusively for like a week straight lol)

17 // Youth Lagoon (YL is so important to me and it meant the world to see them live before their end. Thanks you Trevor Powers, for everything).

Murmurs // Hundred Waters (New favs after seeing them at Okeechobee, so dreamy-beautiful; the whole dang performance)

Harvard // Diet Cig (Good one for scream-singing in the car. Alex and Noah are the cutest ever, also I have Alex’s phone number 😉 )

Told Ya So // Adult Mom (June, where do we go from here?)

Good As Hell // Lizzo (what a ‘gettin ready’ ANTHEM!)

Glasgow // Catfish and The Bottlemen (Still waiting to hear this one live…)

Lover’s Carvings // Bibio (4th of July, running down the streets holding hands like its a damn music video, happy)

Pleasure Shrug // The Florists (July, Christy, mosh pits, yoga on a parking ramp, MPLS)

Real Love Baby // Father John Misty (“what more can I ask for!?”)

Deja Vu // Beach Bunny (the literal last day in FL, a bittersweet goodbye, more tears than expected)

Diamond Mine // Hop Along (Monday mornings in the art studio that I will miss.)

A Living Human Girl // The Regrettes (Rookie Mag, my love)

Cannon // Kitten Forever (Hawaiian Teeth Something Something. First time live :’) )

Joanie // The Front Bottoms (twice in one year, so good :’) )

On Hold // The XX (an ode to sad, 15 year old me and the month I listened to nothing but The XX)

Monsoon // Hippo Campus (“Damn. Those boys just keep getting better and better.”)

End of the year lists 2016 pt. 1: Albums

To those of you who know me well, you may know that I make a stupid amount of lists, and considering how unorganized my life tends to be, they are definitely useless. BUT end of the year music lists are so important. So. Important.

Here is a list of my favorite albums from 2016 and a cryptic little memory for each one 🙂

Drive North // SWMRS (Cole Becker is woke af and wrote a song about Tavi ❤ and thank gravity for Stove Rowe)

You Are Going To Hate This // The Frights (February first time, July roadtrip to Orlando and Richard isn’t even there, w/o Abi in November)

The Ride // Catfish and the Bottlemen (best night of my life with Syd and Margie :’) hand holding keeps the magic flowing)

Teens of Denial // Carseat Headrest (first album bought in MN after six months)

Sales LP // Sales (Florida band for a Florida spring)

Ugly Cherries // PWR BTTM (“In the meantime, I hope you enjoy looking at my face flooded with light from all the correct angles!” Alone and teary-eyed the first time in person)

Next Thing // Frankie Cosmos (highway 95 is a big one that brings you to coffee shops in Ft. Lauderdale and Miami that smell like St. Paul)

No Burden // Lucy Dacus (Spacewitch moved home!)

The Altar // Banks (gettin ready and going out)

Cardinal // Pinegrove (homesick at the beach, wonderful messages from the cool little sister I wish I had)

BONUS shout out to bands with mom in their names cause I was really into mom bands this year, also these were both released in 2015 lol.

Momentary Lapse of Happily // Adult Mom (TOLD YA SO)

Amy Locust Whatever // Cyberbully Mom Club (“I think you’ll like this”)

Top 89 Staff Picks (Local Current Blog)

Top 10 Songs of 2015 (no particular order)

“Sedona” // Houndmouth (the anthem to the end of high school)

“Violet” // Hippo Campus (“SING IT BEANS!” #NPHippyCampCrew)

“Shame” // Bad Bad Hats (the salad music video is pure brilliance)

“Coming Home” // Leon Bridges (home sweet home is sweet, but home is also wherever you make it)

“Doing the Right Thing” // Daughter (driving at night on the A1A)

“Gibraltar” // Beirut (Happy Heart)

“Mountain at my Gates” // Foals (it’s been too long since Holy Fire)

“Greek Tragedy” // The Wombats (#WombatsWednesday was the best show I’ve ever been to)

“Loud Places” // Jamie xx (Once upon a time I listened exclusively to the xx for a month straight, this is in ode to that month and conjuring memories)

“Cocoon” // Catfish and the Bottlemen (18 years old)

Top 10 Albums of 2015 (no particular order)

South // Hippo Campus (our #NPHippyCampCrew release party stretched the country)

Our Own House // Misterwives (winter in the library, and tears when they weren’t playing Cultivate anymore)

Midway // Bad Bad Hats (Recent loves, Kerry is like Greta Gerwig as Frances Ha in a very good way)

Vestiges & Claws // Jose Gonzalez (front row for his show in Hollywood, FL and I cried)

Every Open Eye // Chvrches (Lauren Mayberry is the best thing)

Another One // Mac Demarco (cuffed mom jeans and baggy t shirts, “Mac Demarco is gonna get lung cancer”)

M3LL155X // FKA Twigs (outer space and blurry pictures)

How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful // Florence and the Machine (QUEEN FLO FOR PRESIDENT 2016)

The Pale Emperor // Marilyn Manson (growing up on heavier music, this one is dedicated to my fantastic parents)

New Glow // Matt & Kim (reminiscing of Rock the Garden 2014 while waiting in line for the show in Ft Lauderdale 2015)

Albums: Encore

Before We Forgot How to Dream // SOAK (summer ceiling fan stares)

Pe’ahi // The Raveonettes (this came out in 2014, but I listened to it HEAVILY in 2015)