- DIRTBOMBS - Ultraglide In Black (In The Red)
The best rock record this year was an album packed with covers - usually
that's annoying, so you now know how good this record must be.
- YEAH YEAH YEAHS - self-titled (Shifty)
This BK band has more props and chops than most. See them in a small club
while you can!
- THE SECONDS - self-titled (5RC)
This band makes me smile from ear to ear. A kinetic vibrant record and crazed
- EX ORKEST - Ein Rondje Holland (Ex Music)
I never thought the Ex could be more intense or moving until I heard this
orchestrated incarnation. Wow.
- THE LOST KIDS - Belle Island Is On Fire (GSL)
Ex-Starlight Desperation. They make the list even if they never write
anything as good as "Alive In The Snow" again.
- MINK LUNGS - The Better Button (Arena Rock)
Start to finish a very well-rounded, well-written, well-played rock album.
Oh, and I did I mention this is also totally subversive in its twistedness?
- MUSCULAR CHRISTIANS -Dan Marino: Important Message (Media Man Media)
Sorta like Michael Hurley meets the Frogs. Brilliant, lovely and disturbing.
- ERASE ERRATA - Other Animals (TMU)
These women embody the iconoclastic spirit of punk without any chunky
anthemic chords or mohawks or ‘oi mates!' Dissonant, angular yet totally
together! Oh if I could be a band it would be these guys!
- THE QUAILS - self-titled (Inconvenient Press)
All the songs are well-written and ‘catchy', but they are also razor sharp
edgy. Their next record will be even better than this.
- THE LOST SOUNDS - Memphis Is Dead (Big Neck)
VERY intense. VERY dark. Yet somehow funny as hell.
- TED LEO & THE PHARMACISTS - Tyranny... (Lookout)
As good as it gets within the pop genre.
- TED SHRED - Vs. It All (Upper Playground)
An amazing hip hop/mix record with samples of everybody from Cookie Monster
to Joan Jett.
- LIGHTNING BOLT - Ride the Skies (Load)
Full on amped up noise. This will melt your brain.
- BARBRA MANNING & THE GO-LUCKYS - You Should Know By Now (Inner State)
Barbra sings her joys, sorrows and secrets with a beauty unparalleled.
- GLASS CANDY AND THE SHATTERED THEATER (Vermin Scum)
Where did these crazy muthers come from?! This sounds like early Siouxie
having her way with Rob't Rental!
- BLACK BOX RECORDER - The Facts of Life (JetSet)
Lovely and so damn sad & sexy!
- VON BONDIES - Lack of Communication (Sympathy)
A complete ROCK album. This just grabs u by the groin and don't let u go, bro!
- THE LIARS - They Threw Us... (5RC)
Yeah, they keep getting compared to early PiL, but y'know these songs might
be better. And go see them live!
- SOLAR ANUS - Nextworld (Gyokumon)
(Should be subtitled ‘NEU! Oh boy!') . The ultimate straight-edge record...u
listen to this record so you *don't* have to take drugs.
- ONEIDA - Anthem of the Moon (Jagjaguar)
Live they are a full- on roar, on album they'll knock you to the floor (and
I'm sorry, but it's Fat Bobby I still adore!)
- DONNA SUMMER - Belligerent Supervision (Cock Rock Disco)
Not the 7T's disco diva, but the Double 0's f*cked electro dementer. Skewed
electronics yet really dynamic and catchy still
- RONDELLES - Shined Nickels (K)
Solid, excellent pop all the way thru.
- SPOON - Girls Can Tell (Merge)
Flawless and heart-felt.You might actually cry listening to this.
Best tattoo of 2001 (altho i think he's had it longer than that): Record Fair Director Mike Lupica's Radio Birdman tat!