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.
It’s been a zonkers year for us! We put out an EP, made 3 music videos, covered a KISS song, played CMW, played NXNE, played JOPOFEST, and made a bunch of friends along the way.
Ramones are the beach boys of punk rock and the inventors of pop punk. While I feel like they never made a perfect album, they never made a bad one. I’ve always been impressed with what they managed to accomplished while working within the constraints they set for themselves. Not being ‘musicians’, as Johnny would say, never stopped them from making great songs.
It’s been a pretty good year for music. A couple of sleeping giants woke up a dropped their best albums yet; but also some newer bands came out of left field to surprise us.
I’m having anxious feelings with another new Rancid album release looming. I just don’t want be hurt again. I’ve ranked their albums from worst to best to reflect on what makes for a good Rancid album. I only counted studio full-lengths on this list; no EPs, splits, side projects, etc.