Terminal Boredom posted their best of 2013 and all I can say is WOW! TOTAL PUNK is all over this bitch. Terminal Boredom is one of the few places writing about music who’s opinion I actually value, so to get this kind of praise from them has me feeling pretty proud. Thanks for all the love and I’m gonna do my best to make sure 2014 is even better than the last two. All of the Total Punk stuff has been listed below, but you can read the year wrap up in its entirety here.
BEST LP’S OF 2013
8. Gary Wrong Group “Knights of Misery” LP (Total Punk/Jeth-Row)
The best in evil synth punk from Alabama.
11. The Sleaze “Tecktonik Girls & Other Hits” LP (Total Punk)
An early ’13 release that had staying power. Sadly, I think this makes 4 bands on this list that are already defunct.
1. Buck Biloxi & The Fucks “Holodeck Survivor” 7″ (Total Punk)
“Holodeck Survivor” = song of the year.
6. Golden Pelicans “The Earls” 7″ (Total Punk)
Almost as good as their debut.
8A. Bits of Shit “Meat Thump” 7″ (Total Punk)
I think these guys might actually be a “Singles Band”.
BEST REISSUE SINGLES
5. Action Swingers “Miserable Life” 7″ (Total Punk) not necessarily a “reissue”, but a vinyl treatment for two tunes that deserved it.
LIVE SET OF THE YEAR: Golden Pelicans – May 11 @ Uncle Lou’s, Orlando, FL - I just happened to be in Orlando at just the right time to catch a Pelicans set on their home turf. Sloptastic yet tough garage beer spilling, and everything I hoped for. Close Second(s): The Sleaze – May 17 @ Now That’s Class, Cleveland, OH – another band I never thought I would see live that managed to live up to expectations and then some – they even won over a tough Clevo crowd.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: LUMPY & THE DUMPERS - Lumpy, along with his Spotted Race family of mutants, prove that the kids don’t all suck these days. (single coming out on Total Punk in March)
BAND OF THE YEAR: BUCK BILOXI & THE FUCKS - 2013 was the toughest time I’ve had picking a BOTY since we started this. Yes, I take this seriously, if only to amuse myself. Kremlin were a strong candidate via their stellar LP and the best tape of the year, but I still say breaking up was a bad move and penalized them for that. The Ropes had one of their most productive years, actually releasing three records and some great tapes, but a lot of this material has been floating around for awhile as well, so it was tough to peg their achievements as all strictly 2013 (the good news is their backlog seems to be caught up, and we could be seeing a new LP and maybe even a singles/demos comp from them in 2014). Lumpy & The Dumpers ruled hard, but they were getting ROTY and technically only released one record this year. Destruction Unit had the best LP and another one that was at least top 20 material, but I feel like I was weighing their vote heavily on Ryan’s past work – plus, I think they’re already the frontunner for the 2104 title with the head of steam they have going. At the end of the day, it had to Buck Biloxi. Best single of the year, best song of the year (and the #2 slot as Giorgio Murderer and probably another in the Top Ten with “I’m A Genius” from the split with Legendary Wings), best split of the year (which is technically a 100% Biloxi record anyway), a top ten LP, killer lyrics/liner notes/inserts on said records, I think there was a tape somewhere, plus he gave us a great interview. To quote the genius himself: “If you think Buck Biloxi and the Fucks are not rad in real life you need to snap out of that bullshit dream.” Nuff sed.
LABEL OF THE YEAR: TOTAL PUNK RECORDS - there was no shortage of great records this year, but there didn’t seem to be many labels with strong stables overall. Except in one case: TOTAL PUNK. For the second year running they’ve dominated the field and there is legitimately no other label you could possibly even think about as Termbo Label of the Year. Buck Biloxi, Bits of Shit, The Sleaze, Golden Pelicans, Gary Wrong Group, Life Stinks, Cheap Time and even the Action Swingers?! 12″es, 7″es, reissues, fests, distro, Rich and TP do it all. Seriously. No contest. The only other possibility I could think of was Superior Viaduct, but reissue labels are not eligible for this award according to the rulebook. And speaking of rules, TOTAL PUNK = #1 (AGAIN), joining In the Red and Rip Off as the only repeat champs and the first label to go back-to-back. Congratulations for an exceptional year.
Total Punk and Homeless Records ruled the decks, release after release. When their lesser titles still ranked a four outta’ five stars, you know they killed it. I bought everything. I kept everything.
BEST LPS OF 2013
Gary Wrong went and became a full time band with “Knights of Misery”, and it paid off big time. This Total Punk outing delivered buckets full of spookshow goon and sideshow tunes for the weirdo losers around these boards.
Lastly, I gotta’ give it ALL up to Total Punk. Every platter Rich put out this year is worthy of this (or any) list, but I had to trim it down to just one. Bits of Shit’s “Meat Thump” takes that cake. A stellar band and shining here on their US wax debut. I’d probably tie it with the Matador singles club record, had I actually joined the Matador singles club. BALLS. (Feel free to send me one, mm’kay?) So when you’re ready to throw away your next paycheck on Totino’s Pizza Rolls© and rubber cement, fill some shelving cracks with the Totes Punx roster instead.
Since I’ve been drooling about Homeless again, I might as well flog the dying horse and continue to stroke Total Punk as well. Thank you for getting Ned Hayden (for a fleeting moment) to agree on allowing a few 100 copies of The Action Swingers “Miserable Life” 7” to exist. A great day for self-loathers and serial killers everywhere. Long gone now; swept away. Perhaps ask around the downtown Greyhound terminal? There might be one crumpled up by the nearest ashtray…