In the past I’ve put my favorite albums of the year in a ranking order. This year I’ve decided to not to do that because at some point during the year each of these records have been my favorite.
Patterson Hood Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance (ATO)
Patterson Hood is absolutely my favorite songwriter/storyteller. No one does a better job of writing about the South than him except maybe Larry Brown.
Spider Bags Shake My Head (Odessa)
Dirtbag rock ‘n’ roll made by dirtbags for dirtbags. The Bags might not be the best live band, but they ARE the best band to see live.
River City Tanlines Coast to Coast (Big Legal Mess)
I’m a sucker for female-led powerpop, and Alicja Trout is really good at it.
Japandroids Celebration Rock (Polyvinyl)
This is a rock ‘n’ roll record.
The Golden Boys Dirty Fingernails (12XU)
Spider Bags’ Texan dirtbag cousins. I once had the misfortune of seeing John Wesley Coleman pull his cowboy boots off on the porch at the Layabout. I’m not sure how long they had been on tour, but Wes had apparently lost or forgot socks. I’ve never seen a nastier sight in my life. I still have nightmares.
Gentleman Jesse Leaving Atlanta (Douchemaster)
I have no idea why this band isn’t huge. Not many people can write and play hooks like Jesse. He also has a sweet cat named Chong.
Ty Segall Twins (Drag City)/ Ty Segall Band Slaughterhouse (In the Red)
Beachwood Sparks The Tarnished Gold (SubPop)
This is a beautiful, beautiful record.
Kathleen Edwards Voyageur (Zoë)
No one uses the word “fuck” as gracefully as Kathleen Edwards. Pretty sure the only Canadian on my list.