• This is the final installment of AOTY lists. Today we get lists from Travis Bravender of Lawnmower, Alex Janis of Little American Champ and Tony of SYG Recs.


    Travis Bravender of Lawnmower


    1. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly
    2. Ryan Adams - 1989/Blue Light/Burn In The Night/I Do Not Feel Like Being Good/Willow Lane
    3. Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit
    4. Beauty Pill - Describes Things As They Are
    5. Ought - Sun Coming Down
    6. Grimes - Art Angels
    7. Dream Version - Beginners
    8. Father John Misty - I Love You Honeybear
    9. Jessica Pratt - On Your Own Love Again
    10. Juliana Hatfield Three - Whatever, My Love
    11. Mountain Club - Time Waits For No One
    12. Bully - Feels Like
    13. Destroyer - Poison Season
    14. The Sidekicks - Runners In The Nerved World
    15. Twerps - Range Anxiety
    16. Kurt Vile - B'lieve I'm Goin Down
    17. Stove - Is Stupider
    18. G.L.O.S.S. - Demo
    19. Swervedriver - I Wasn't Born To Lose You
    20. Young Guv - Ripe 4 Luv

    Alex Janis of Little American Champ



    Top Ten of 2015 (In No Particular Order)
    Title Fight- Hyperview
    Timeshares- Already Dead
    Turnover- Peripheral Vision
    The Sidekicks- Runners in a Nerved World
    Self Defense Family- Heaven is Earth
    Diamond Youth- Nothing Matters
    Cloakroom- Further Out
    Pet Symmetry- Pet Hounds
    Get Bent- Discography
    Oso Oso- Real Stories of True People, Who Kind of Looked Like Monsters
    Notable EPs of 2015
    Rozwell Kid- Good Graphics
    Lowercase Roses- S/T
    Bobby Meader Music- Sometimes I Wish You’d Tell a Lie
    You Blew it!- Pioneer of Nothing
    Braid- Kids Get Grids EP

    Tony of SYG Recs



    This was a weird year in music for me. I think I’ve listened to more new music than I ever have before and I’ve never felt more disconnected from a lot of the albums that are topping lists all over the internet. In a year that super emotional, exceptionally literal indie ruled the school, I found myself going back to (mostly) EP’s that were short, sweet and catchy as hell. So, in no particular order...(most are links)


    This guy rules so hard. I expect big things are going to happen for him soon. Reminds me of The Loved Ones and Against Me!



    The children of all children



    Another one we released and I’m not sorry for having it on my list. This is just the beginning for these guys as they are starting to find their sound and getting better and better.



    Campfires is as good of a song that was recorded this year. I cannot wait to hear more.



    These songs were already 2 years old by the time we got it out but they didn’t change how much I liked them. Lawnmower was my most listened to artist on Spotify this year.


    (can also be included on my 2016 list, NEWS coming soon!)

    Really cool emo doing the revival thing right. FFO: SDRE




    Mostly because it reminds me of Sheryl Crow and she rules.



    Straight forward catch nu emo-pop that I couldn’t stop listening to for the last six months.
  • Check out these lists from members of Hot Mulligan and Backpacks. Hot Mulligan released 2 EP's in 2015, Fenton and Honest & Cunning. Backpacks released their breakout EP Still Life this year as well.


    Chris Freeman of Hot Mulligan


    LPs
    1. The Cardboard Swords' ST 
    2. Heck No, Nancy - The Obsessives
    3. Back on Top - The Front Bottoms
    4. Peripheral Vision - Turnover
    5. Harmlessness - The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die
    6. The Story So Far's ST
    7. No Closer to Heaven - The Wonder Years
    8. Painted Shut - Hop Along
    9. The Sea of Trees - Secret Grief
    10. Dear Fate - The Fever Haze

    EPs
    1. Homegrown - Well Kept Things
    2. Still Life - Backpacks
    3. Drugs - Kayak Jones
    4. Best Worst Birthday Ever - Charmer
    5. The Great and Terrible - Everyone Leaves



    Yong Los of Backpacks

    After weeks of careful consideration and sleepless nights, I have completed my list.


    Full Length:
    1. Title Fight -- Hyperview
    2. Citizen -- Everybody is Going to Heaven
    3. Turnover -- Peripheral Vision
    4. Julien Baker -- Sprained Ankle
    5. The Obsessives -- Heck No, Nancy
    6. Forced Order -- Vanished Crusade
    7. Light Years -- I'll See You When I See You
    8. Freedom -- USA Hardcore
    9. Pinegrove -- Everything So Far
    10. Seaway -- Colour Blind

    EP:
    1. Head North -- Bloodlines
    2. Hot Mulligan -- Honest & Cunning
    3. It Looks Sad. -- Kaiju
    4. Gold Route -- I'm Just Killing Time
    5. Dingus. -- I Was Never a Boy Scout
  • We reached out to some of our bands and label friends to contribute their lists of what they thought were the best releases of the year, we'll be sharing them over the next few days this week.

    Zack Parr of Have Fun Records
    Here's my top 15 of 2k15:

    Sufjan Stevens - Carrie and Lowell
    Fiesta Bizarra - Sadness Sorrow Imathgination
    The Armed - Untitled
    I Hate Sex - Circle Thinking
    Milo - So the Flies Don't Come
    bansheebeat - Lumine
    Cult Leader - Lightless Walk
    Hiatus Kaiyote - Choose Your Weapon
    2 8 1 4 - 新しい日の誕生
    Jeff Rosenstock - We Cool?
    TWIABP - Harmlessness
    No Devotion - Permanence
    Deathdealer. - Tragically Human State
    Ostraca - Deathless
    Disasterpeace - It Follows OST

    Rob Castellon of Wiretap Records
                20. Title Fight – Hyperview
          19.  Ordinary People – Nothing New
              18.  Fidlar – Too
              17.Jeff Rosenstock – We Cool?
    16. Julien Baker – Sprained Ankle
    15. Diamond Youth – Nothing Matters
    14. Spanish Love Songs – Giant Sings The Blues
    12. Teenage Bottlerocket - Tales From Wyoming
    11. Dustin Kensrue – Carrie The Fire
    10. Success – Radio Recovery
    9. Donovan Wolfington - How To Treat The Ones You Love
    8. Spraynard – Mable
    7. Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
    6. Timeshares - Already Dead
    5. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell
    4. Leon Bridges – Coming Home
    3. Rocky Votolato - Hospital Handshakes
    2. Beach Slang - The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us
    1. Turnover – Peripheral Vision
  • Creep over to our BANDCAMP store for our holiday Red Light Special CraZySeXySaLe. ALL* physical releases are NAME YOUR PRICE! You can pay as little as $1 for a 12"LP (or more if you want).



    *NOTE: Jawbreaker Tribute and Backpacks "still life" excluded.
  • Save Your Generation Records is excited to announce the plans for new release due out early Spring 2016.

    One year ago today Hot Mulligan left the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and headed to Toledo, OH to record their first EP, Fenton, with Mat Kerekes of Citizen. After self-releasing the 3 song EP digitally, we brought them on-board and added an acoustic version of "Buy A Fire Extinguisher..." for a CD re-release with new artwork by Johnny Mason.

    During that same recording session for the acoustic "Buy A Fire Extinguisher...", Hot Mulligan tracked 4 new songs with Josh Frost at The Elephant Room in Pontiac, MI. The result of that session became "Honest & Cunning" and was released at Bledfest 2015.

    Fast forward one year from Toledo and we're stoked to announce the release of "Hot Mulligan : Year One". We'll be combining the first 2 EP's on a single sided vinyl record with a screen printed B-side and brand new artwork from Joel Funk of 36 Vultures music blog and Dead Bee Design. The pressing will be limited to 200 copies with an expected release early Spring 2016.


    To top it all off, we'll be donating all profits from the pre-orders to fantastic service known as Punk Talks! Sheridan Allen describes Punk Talks as "my idea to eliminate the idea that you need to be miserable to be creative. I also work to promote education and awareness of mental health and self-care for everyone, with a special emphasis on music professionals."



    Check out Punk Talks for more info! and follow them on Twitter
  • Preoders are now available for Backpacks new EP 'still life'. The first single "Bloom" is now streaming at Dying Scene.com.

    The 4 song EP was recorded in Pontiac, MI at The Elephant Room with Josh Frost. The CD EP is slated to be released November 6th via Save Your Generation Records. All preorders come with a limited edition drink koozie featuring the SYG logo and a fun design from the band.

    ORDER HERE


  • SYG Recs Releases TV Dinner Vol 2 (4 Way Split Series)
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    Save Your Generation Records is excited to announce the release of TV Dinner Vol 2, the second installment in their 4 way split 7" series (Vol 1 featured The Swellers, Hung Up, Lobby Boxer and 1876). This edition of the series includes two bands on loan from North Carolina's Self Aware Records in Viewfinder and Totally Slow, as well as SYG roster band Lawnmower and Flint MI's Teaheads.
    The full 7" is currently streaming at Punk News.
    Lawnmower and Viewfinder turn in 2 new 90's fuzz rock inspired jams on Side A. Meanwhile, Side B has Totally Slow offering up a remastered version of one of their old classics in "Everybody Give Up" and Teaheads close things out with the Rolling Stones inspired jam "Lately".
    TV Dinner is now available for PREORDER HERE and is set to be released August 21st. Lawnmower's new LP "Major Head Injury" is also set to release on the same date and available in a preorder bundle with TV Dinner 2.
    Side A
    Lawnmower - Straight Lines
    Viewfinder - Running From The Ground
    Side B
    Totally Slow - Everybody Give Up
    Teaheads - Lately
    Twitter:
    @syg_recs
    @LAWNMOWERband
    @ViewfinderNC
    @TotallySlow
    @teaheadsband
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    2015 SAVE YOUR GENERATION RECORDS
    TONY@SYGRECS.COM

  • It's been a long time coming! It has been nearly 16 months since we've heard new music from Lansing, MI's Little American Champ. In that time they seem to have grown and expanded their sound and while the tempo may have slowed a bit, all the energy is still there. This 3 song EP see the now 4 piece taking on an indie/emo style similar to The Sidekicks or The Hotelier.

    Head over now and download the new EP here.

  • Absolute Punk is hosting the exclusive stream of Hot Mulligan's acoustic version of "Buy A Fire Extinguisher Before You Need A Fire Extinguisher" recorded with Josh Frost at The Elephant Room in Pontiac, MI.

    You can also now preorder 'Fenton' from SYG, here.

    The EP was originally released digitally in November 2014. The first 3 songs were recorded with Mat Kerekes in Toledo over Halloween 2014.

    'Fenton' will be followed up by the new EP, 'Honest & Cunning' set to be premiered with Under The Gun Review on May 18th prior to the bands set at this years Bled Fest.


  • Head over to Punknews.org for the exclusive premiere of Kid Brother Collective's first new recording since 2002.

    The 12 song LP "What's The Score?" tracklisting is below and you can preorder HERE.

    Lawnmower - Do You Still Hate Me? (MI) 
    Save Ends - Oyster (MA)
    Deer Widow - Jinx Removing (MI) 
    Loose Planes - Sea Foam Green (MI) 
    Secret Grief - Jet Black (MI) 
    Reward - Boxcar (PA) 
    Kid Brother Collective - Sluttering (May 4th) (MI) 
    Ghost Thrower - Accident Prone (NY) 
    The Story Changes - Million (OH) 
    Small Parks - I Love You So Much... (MI) 
    Little American Champ - Chemistry (MI) 
    Hemingway - Ashtray Monument (OR) 


    The Most Dangerous Animal - Outpatient (Digital only) 
    Bike Tuff - Unlisted Track (Digital only) 
    Wrong Body - Fireman (Digital only) 
    Sturdy Wrists - Lurker II (Digital only) 



  • Save Your Generation Records are presenting Stage E at this year’s BLED Fest! SYG’s own Hot Mulligan will be playing an incredible set at BLED Fest 2015 just days before their newest EP release Honest & Cunning. BUT, they’re hooking up the first 50 people at their BLED Fest set with a free copy. You can also visit them at Vendor Village and pick up a copy there, along with other great merch. And if you’re really anxious: a full album stream will be available on May 18th at Under The Gun Review with pre-orders.

    Hot Mulligan’s first EP Fenton is being reissued and will officially be released on May 12th with pre-orders, but AbsolutePunk will have a full stream on May 5th.

    And if those exciting releases and freebies weren’t already enough, they’ll also be giving away vouchers for food from Vehicle City Tacos (on-site) and vouchers for free haircuts from Consolidated Barber Shop.


  • Coming May 5th 2015, Absolute Punk will be hosting the exclusive premiere of Hot Mulligan's acoustic track, "Buy A Fire Extinguisher Before You Need A Fire Extinguisher". The track comes from the reissue of their debut EP, "Fenton".

    You can catch the band in action at this years Bled Fest on May 23rd in Howell, MI along with Modern Baseball, Real Friends, Small Brown Bike, Backpacks, Runaway Brother and more!


  • Save Your Generation Records is excited to announce the re-release of Northern Michigan band Hot Mulligan's debut EP Fenton. Originally released in November 2014 as digital only, the SYG release will be feature new artwork courtesy of Johnny Mason. The re-release will also see the addition of a fourth track, an acoustic version of their song "Buy A Fire Extinguisher..." being tracked at The Elephant Room with Josh Frost (Search The City). Pre-orders and show announcements coming soon.
  • Fireworks guitarist Brett Jones has announced the release of his first solo effort, Tramp. Using his full name, Brett Ayala Jones, he enlisted the help of Fireworks brethren Teddy Roberts (Drums) and Adam Mercer (Organ) and friend Sam Harris (Upright Bass). The album is currently available for pre-order thru Save Your Generation Records. The CD release is limited to 75 copiesTramp was recorded, mixed and mastered by Colin Birkett (Hampshire) with artwork coming from Michael Burdick and layout by Brent Mosser.

    "Not one dollar was exchanged in the creation of Tramp.  
    Teddy Roberts played drums, Sam Harris played upright bass, Adam Mercer played organ and piano, Colin Birkett recorded, mixed and mastered, and Tony Pacheco released it on Save Your Generation Records.  My deepest respects to all of these amazingly talented people." - Brett Ayala Jones

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    • New album due out November 18 2014
    • Free download of 2012 S/T EP here
    • Stream "Take It Easy On Me" via Brooklyn Vegan
    • RIYL: Tokyo Police Club, Silversun Pickups, Jimmy Eat World
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    Flint, MI Indie band Hawk & Son and Save Your Generation Records are excited to premiere  "ATK" in it's entirety via Under The Gun Review. "ATK" was recorded at Minx Recording Studio in Toledo, OH with Mat Halliday. The 7 song album will be available digitally starting Tuesday November 18th, with a limited CD pressing to follow December 20th with an album release show in Flint, MI.




    Follow Hawk and Son on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on new tour dates and show announcements.
    Track Listing:
    1. DEF
    2. Tokyo Bars
    3. Chasing The Rabbit
    4. Dark Afternoon
    5. Take It Easy On Me
    6. Sink Or Swim
    7. ATK

    Hawk & Son:
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    Save Your Generation Records
    2014