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 Lawnmower1. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly2. Ryan Adams - 1989/Blue Light/Burn In The Night/I Do Not Feel Like Being Good/Willow Lane3. Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit4. Beauty Pill - Describes Things As They Are5. Ought - Sun Coming Down6. Grimes - Art Angels7. Dream Version - Beginners8. Father John Misty - I Love You Honeybear9. Jessica Pratt - On Your Own Love Again10. Juliana Hatfield Three - Whatever, My Love11. Mountain Club - Time Waits For No One12. Bully - Feels Like13. Destroyer - Poison Season14. The Sidekicks - Runners In The Nerved World15. Twerps - Range Anxiety16. Kurt Vile - B'lieve I'm Goin Down17. Stove - Is Stupider18. G.L.O.S.S. - Demo19. Swervedriver - I Wasn't Born To Lose You20. Young Guv - Ripe 4 LuvAlex Janis of Little American ChampTop Ten of 2015 (In No Particular Order)Title Fight- HyperviewTimeshares- Already DeadTurnover- Peripheral VisionThe Sidekicks- Runners in a Nerved WorldSelf Defense Family- Heaven is EarthDiamond Youth- Nothing MattersCloakroom- Further OutPet Symmetry- Pet HoundsGet Bent- DiscographyOso Oso- Real Stories of True People, Who Kind of Looked Like MonstersNotable EPs of 2015Rozwell Kid- Good GraphicsLowercase Roses- S/TBobby Meader Music- Sometimes I Wish You’d Tell a LieYou Blew it!- Pioneer of NothingBraid- Kids Get Grids EPTony of SYG RecsThis 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: SDREMostly 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
LPs1. The Cardboard Swords' ST2. Heck No, Nancy - The Obsessives3. Back on Top - The Front Bottoms4. Peripheral Vision - Turnover5. Harmlessness - The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die6. The Story So Far's ST7. No Closer to Heaven - The Wonder Years8. Painted Shut - Hop Along9. The Sea of Trees - Secret Grief10. Dear Fate - The Fever HazeEPs1. Homegrown - Well Kept Things2. Still Life - Backpacks3. Drugs - Kayak Jones4. Best Worst Birthday Ever - Charmer5. The Great and Terrible - Everyone Leaves
Yong Los of BackpacksAfter weeks of careful consideration and sleepless nights, I have completed my list.
Full Length:1. Title Fight -- Hyperview2. Citizen -- Everybody is Going to Heaven3. Turnover -- Peripheral Vision4. Julien Baker -- Sprained Ankle5. The Obsessives -- Heck No, Nancy6. Forced Order -- Vanished Crusade7. Light Years -- I'll See You When I See You8. Freedom -- USA Hardcore9. Pinegrove -- Everything So Far10. Seaway -- Colour BlindEP:1. Head North -- Bloodlines2. Hot Mulligan -- Honest & Cunning3. It Looks Sad. -- Kaiju4. Gold Route -- I'm Just Killing Time5. 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 RecordsHere's my top 15 of 2k15:Sufjan Stevens - Carrie and LowellFiesta Bizarra - Sadness Sorrow ImathginationThe Armed - UntitledI Hate Sex - Circle ThinkingMilo - So the Flies Don't Comebansheebeat - LumineCult Leader - Lightless WalkHiatus Kaiyote - Choose Your Weapon2 8 1 4 - 新しい日の誕生Jeff Rosenstock - We Cool?TWIABP - HarmlessnessNo Devotion - PermanenceDeathdealer. - Tragically Human StateOstraca - DeathlessDisasterpeace - It Follows OSTRob Castellon of Wiretap Records20. Title Fight – Hyperview19. Ordinary People – Nothing New18. Fidlar – Too17.Jeff Rosenstock – We Cool?16. Julien Baker – Sprained Ankle15. Diamond Youth – Nothing Matters14. Spanish Love Songs – Giant Sings The Blues13. The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die – Harmlessness12. Teenage Bottlerocket - Tales From Wyoming11. Dustin Kensrue – Carrie The Fire10. Success – Radio Recovery9. Donovan Wolfington - How To Treat The Ones You Love8. Spraynard – Mable7. Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit6. Timeshares - Already Dead5. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell4. Leon Bridges – Coming Home3. Rocky Votolato - Hospital Handshakes2. Beach Slang - The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us1. 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.
SYG Recs Releases TV Dinner Vol 2 (4 Way Split Series)
-----------------------------------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 ALawnmower - Straight LinesViewfinder - Running From The GroundSide BTotally Slow - Everybody Give UpTeaheads - LatelyTwitter:@syg_recs@LAWNMOWERband@ViewfinderNC@TotallySlow@teaheadsband------------------------------------2015 SAVE YOUR GENERATION RECORDSTONY@SYGRECS.COM
- Stream TV Dinner 2 at Punk News
- Preorder at SYGRecs.com
- RIYL: Lemonheads, Superchunk, Fuzz Punk, 90's rock
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 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".
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 copies. Tramp 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`
---------------------------------------------------------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.
- 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
Follow Hawk and Son on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on new tour dates and show announcements.Track Listing: