Punk 2011: 14 Best Albums

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1. Fucked Up
2. OFF!
3. Iceage
4. Bomb The Music Industry!
5. Junior Battles
6. B-Lines
7. Obits
8. The Wonder Years
9. Cloud Nothings
10. Polar Bear Club
11. Lemuria
12. The Brains
13. Crusades
14. Bridge and Tunnel



1. Fucked Up David Comes to Life (Matador)
Records of this scope don't show up very often. David Comes to Life is as adventurous musically as it is thematically, the kind of fully-realized creative monument that lets you comfortably produce nothing but increasingly dull versions of the same for the rest of your career and still be labelled geniuses. Here's hoping Fucked Up don't slide in that direction, but, seriously, who could blame them after pulling off this meta-masterpiece? It's entirely possible that most of the plot makes no sense, and that after listening to the story-concluding seven inch, Octavio Made the Bomb, you'll be left wondering how much of it was even intended to be taken seriously in the first place (sample lyric: "Hadn't made an album in almost three years / So we met at the mall to start moving the gears / Mike got a smoothie, I got some fries"). But David is bold and brilliant, a consummation of all the things that have made Fucked Up the most exciting punk band of the last decade. The brutality of '80s hardcore is still present, but it's balanced by an equal appreciation for the wild, the melodic, and the epic. And there's some narrative in there about love and bombs and left-wing politics, too, if you really want to dig into it.
Sam Sutherland

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Off! came out in 2010. Just sayin'
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Well being released on December 14 leaves it alittle late to be on 2010 hit lists. Its acceptable.
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Drunk Nor Dead was released Oct 25th 2011. Just sayin.
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The Brains "Drunk not Dead" gets my vote... such an awesome album...
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Where's the Omegas LP!?!
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Crusades!
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My top 14 punk albums:

1. Vacation- BTMI
2. Suburbia- The Wonder Years
3. Joyce Manor- Joyce Manor
4. Shed- Title Fight
5. The Dangers Of Standing Still- Red City Radio
6. North Sentinel Island- The Copy Rights
7. Delusions- Elway
8. Heart Beats Pacific- Banner Pilot
9. Knife Man- Andrew Jackson Jihad
10. Funtitled- Spraynard
11. House Parts- Two Hand Fools
12. Idle Ages- Junior Battles
13. Hieroglyphic Transmissions- Why I Hate
14. DOMESPLITTER- Direct Hit!
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Nazca Lines - Hyperventilation is a great album, but was widely overlooked. What the heck happened to Le Butcherettes - Sin sin sin though? That was easily my favourite punk album of the year.
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I'd just like to recommend Sex Church's GROWING OVER to everyone reading this. It got my #1 vote.
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How did Holy Shit by living with lions not make this list??
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This just exposes just how little "punk" anyone involved with this sad list has heard in 2011. And get off Fucked Up's jock already, it's embarrassing and that record is far from being worthy of the praise it gets around here.
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Whoever wrote this has brilliant music taste!!!


1. Vacation- BTMI
2. Suburbia- The Wonder Years
3. Joyce Manor- Joyce Manor
4. Shed- Title Fight
5. The Dangers Of Standing Still- Red City Radio
6. North Sentinel Island- The Copy Rights
7. Delusions- Elway
8. Heart Beats Pacific- Banner Pilot
9. Knife Man- Andrew Jackson Jihad
10. Funtitled- Spraynard
11. House Parts- Two Hand Fools
12. Idle Ages- Junior Battles
13. Hieroglyphic Transmissions- Why I Hate
14. DOMESPLITTER- Direct Hit!
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If you actually think that Fucked Up doesn't deserve praise, you're probably the kind of moron that puts Direct Hit! in their top 10 list. That band has to be the most unoriginal, unthinking amalgamation of "whoas" and "yeahs" I've ever heard.
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fuck this list, and fuck poler bear club
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King Blues - Punk and Poetry should be at the top of this list. Have to assume that you hadn't heard it...
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No Menzingers? No Wonder Years? Dubious...
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