It’s been another weird year in a series of unprecedented weird years. Despite Toronto suffering one of the longest lockdowns of any major city, we managed to play a few shows, release a few singles, and record new music. Fingers crossed for something closer to normal in 2022; but for now, let’s look back and appreciate the music of this past weird year:
With thousands of bands in the pre-internet days, so many from this era get overlooked. Here are some of our favourites that you don’t hear about in the documentaries:
It’s a running joke that Weezer fans notoriously hate the vast majority of the band’s catalogue. We recently made a playlist that got some traction highlighting some great Weezer songs that are not by Weezer (songs that sound like Weezer by other bands). Here are some of the highlights from the playlist:
It’s been a rough year, no need to summarize. The good news is next year cannot possibly be worse! Live shows, tours, and physical human contact will be back soon, but for now here’s the music that helped us get through this shitty year. We also included a video version incase you don’t want to read.
I was gonna write a list of the best Propagandhi songs, but there were too many and the list was getting huge. Instead I decided to list my favourite Propagandhi tracks that seem a bit ignored and overlooked.
Like a lot of classic punk bands, everyone always focuses on the Buzzcocks’s first three albums and ignore everything that came after. Novelty joke songs from their early days often overshadow some of the best songs that came later. Most top 10 lists seem to just regurgitate and reshuffle their greatest hits compilations, historicizing them into a band you should like but don’t. An ironic ending for a band that often railed against nostalgia, idolatry, and marketing schemes in their lyrics.
Itâ€™s time to pour yourself some eggnog and face the bitterness of another holiday season. Most xmas songs are blatant cash grabs or deeply problematic, but there are some that really capture the bleak hopelessness that only the holidays can bring! So this year, skip the Michael BublÃ©, and ruin xmas with these holiday classics:
There are a lot of crappy punk covers out there, we just recently made one. Here is a list of covers that do more than throw distortion and ‘punk’ beats at the hits. Only one song per band. The cover must be a punk cover.
Nonstarter play a throwback style of melodic skate-punk that harkens back to the spirit of Bigwig, Belvedere, or Downway; reading like a love letter to all those snowboarding videos and mid-90s punk compilations.