Hunx and His Punx
Dick-microphone superstar, Hunx was featured in the uncensored Girls' video, Lust for Life. His legacy, however, extends far beyond the tip of his shaft. Everybody is poor, nobody likes their parents, the yuppies have long since taken over, and Jesus left the building in 1995, leaving punk music as an empty gesture these days. Being gay provides a novel backdrop for 21st century punk and Hunx is gaining deserved attention.
Ty Segall and Mikal Cronin
I must admit. I got this album from Maceo. I had already decided Ty deserves a spot in the years best, but to my own embarrassment I had not yet heard this collaboration with Mikal Cronin (of Charlie & The Moonhearts). The revival of culture and movements is inherently a shallow pursuit. We're left with PT Cruisers. Ty Segall is a garage rock revivalist in a long line of '09 garagers whose efforts are a shit-stain on authenticity. In Ty's case I don't care. I love it and you will too. This album is frantic.
Brontez - Fag School
It's my favorite something of this year. Brontez is the front-man for Younger Lovers--gunkers whose songs "Kiss me on the bus" and "Danny" could stand alone as best songs in '09. "Fag School" is the magazine put out by Brontez ostensibly for local homos chomping at the bit for anecdotes that speak to intolerance and cultural inadequacy. Each funnier than the next, these stories explore cruising and crying, black stuff white stuff, and the written word.
Fantastic group in '08. Then again I never heard them until '09 so here we are. I exchanged emails with the lead singer and he was a nice man. This goes a long way amidst an ocean of bands whose MP3 idolatry causes unwarranted hubris. Where most of the bands we like here at HOBOFM have two, maybe three tracks worth listening to, AC impresses with their catalog.
Ancient Crux - Coupling
Ancient Crux - Vanisher
Sam Buck Rosen
Unbeatable beats. As it was put to me, "sometimes there's a band that speaks to you and nobody else.' This is not entirely the case with Buck, but I'm often left dumbfounded when friends of similar music acuity fail to see what seems so obvious. This guys got the chops. His "lo-fi" masking is not done to hide a shaky voice, but rather to corrupt a perfect sound in the interest of interest.
Sam Buck Rosen - A Murder is Announced
Sam Buck Rosen - Freedom Mix
Sam Buck Rosen - Liquidator
Rainbow Bridge - Big Wave Rider
Ignorance is underused in the throws of new music. This song, which is well noted elsewhere as one of the year's best, is a surf-core anthem. With lyrics like "Shootin' the curl" and "Hangin' ten" Big Wave Rider should suck. It should undermine one's delicate indie sensibilities; but I have diligently avoided any information about the band or song so that I might arrive at one delicious conclusion--They're having a laugh.
O. Children - Dead Disco Dancer
I suppose this is a guilty pleasure. Since posting it on Hobo I've heard a slew of insults about the band and video ranging from in-authenticity to Tenacious D imagery. Granted the sound is a rip-off, but there's something decent about a large black front-man with a looney-tunes voice.
The Fresh & Onlys
They exist as a polished version of 2009's unfinished intentions. I don't know much so I'll say little.