Every year it feels like there's more music that is held in general high regard that I have never even heard of, and I'm sure you all feel the same. It's because of this I, personally, look forward to the end of the year lists that cover the internet around December time.
In fact I'd even go so far as to say I've found more than one of my favourite records of all time purely from seeing them on somebodies end of year list.
So, I'd like to share some end of year lists with you over the next two weeks, and hopefully, you find something new that you might not have found before.
First up, I managed to get some words from Leatherneck guitarist Alex Sylt on his top 5 records of the year:
Tenement - 'Bruised Music Vol. 2'
"Tenement have by far been one of the best bands out of the States after last years 'Predatory Headlights'. This collection of old singles/b-sides is a tidy collection of their work. Considering they’ve never really written a song I dislike and this is definitely worth the listen."
The Avalanches - 'Wildflower'
"I f&%#ing love The Avalanches, and this album is, in my opinion, an impeccable follow up to the the self-titled album that was definitely worth the 16 year wait."
Toys That Kill - 'Sentimental Ward'
"Ever since F.Y.P. called it a day, Todd Congelliere and Recess Records have not stopped pushing the best punk from the states, this album is no exception."
Charles Bradley - 'Changes'
"What an album. It is incredible. I can't say anything else about it. Just listen to it."
The Flaming Lips - 'Lightning Strikes the Postman'
"Even though it’s just an alternate mix of ’Clouds Taste Metallic’ for RSD, they’re probably my favourite band of all time and this is their best album. The re-mix definitely sounds different, not sure if it’s better or worse, but that’s besides the point."
The Dirty Nil - ‘Higher Power’, G.L.O.S.S. - ’Trans Day of Revenge’, The New Tusk - ‘Sloom’, WACO - ‘Uprise’, Future of the Left - ‘The Peace & Truce of Future of the Left’