1. Mixtapes - Even on the Worst Nights
Second time at #1 in three years...
2. Bad Credit No Credit - The Whole Buffalo
One of my favorite NYC bands totally knocks it out of the park. This is the least poppy album of the year. Not an easy listen but amazing.
3. No Trigger - Tycoon
An awesome comeback -- they were my #1 in 2006!
4. The Smittens - Believe Me
I even like the dude singers!
5. The Menzingers - On the Impossible Past
This band is pretty undeniable.
6. Swearin' - Swearin'
7. Ke$ha - Warrior
Honestly, this album is probably even better, but I'm too embarrassed to put it higher. So many classics.
8. The Dollyrots - The Dollyrots
9. Regents - Antietam After Party
Believe the hype. Great live set too.
10. Loma Prieta - I.V.
Deserves all the praise it gets. Heavy.
11. Direct Hit/Hold Tight - Split
Pop punk bands make an unbelievable hardcore record.
12. Various - Rebel on the Underground: A Tribte to X-Ray Spex