Nathan’s Favorite Albums of 2020

It’s been a crazy year, and a depressing year, so perhaps we all retreated more into our record collections to seek out that fleeting joy. On my end, I spent a lot of time running/walking in the ‘burbs, so these are the records that played the most in my life…thus they are my Favorite Albums of 2020. The validity means little to anyone other than myself, but since you stop by, perhaps come by and check out my list!

And, just an FYI…there are 30 bands, and I linked back to Bandcamp pages so you can buy directly from the artists…except that one band because apparently they’re too cool…even though that album rips.

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Incredible New No Joy Track

untitledWhen you hear about new music from Montreal based No Joy, you know it’s going to be a good day. We’ve seriously been major fans for years so new music is always incredibly exciting. Don’t expect to be let down in anyway either with this rocking and badass new song “Thorn in Garlands Side”. The intro alone should be enough to have you hooked. This band can do no wrong.

New EP Drool Sucker will be out on July 15th via Topshelf Records.

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The ATH Top 50 Albums of 2015

Albums ListYear-end lists are everywhere…and I can see why they’re important to people. But, seeing as we generally walk off the beaten path more often than not, our list of the Top 50 Albums of 2015 is in no particular order, save alphabetically. It seems pointless to rank one piece of art higher than another, especially when the four of us at ATH all have varying tastes. We just put this list together of the albums we loved the most this year. Are we saying they’re better than records by Grimes or Kendrick Lamar? No, we’re just saying that these are the records we loved more than others. So, you can read on for what we thought was hot.

Also…put links to individual stores where you can buy the albums from the bands…as that’s how we all survive in this music world.
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No Joy Deliver Again

untitledNo Joy is a Montreal based band I’ve been into since the band first kicked off back in 2009.  A genre is difficult to come up with for the group as they mesh some of the best shoe gaze sounds with psych and pop elements.  Maybe you can come up with something better after you check out this new single “Hollywood Teeth”.  Labels or no labels, the band creates short yet memorable tunes.

Pick up new album, More Faithful, on June 9th via Mexican Summer.

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Show Preview: Lower Dens @ the Parish (6/26)

Date Tuesday, June 26th
Location The Parish
Doors 800 pm
Tickets $12 from Frontgate

The next few weeks are going to be chocked-full of great shows, but this one here on Tuesday night over at the Parish is an absolute must see.  Lower Dens, who feature Jana Hunter from Texas, are one of the strongest acts around.  Their recent record, Nootropics, is pretty phenomenal.  They’re crafting this darkly tinged emotional post-rock, and you’ve got to be there to hear it.  But, opening the night is No Joy, who should have a record for us all shortly.  They’ve come through town a few times, and I promise you that this group will rock your socks off.  Get there early to catch Alan Resnick kick things off properly.  Seriously, you have to be at this show if you know what’s good for you.

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Download:Lower Dens – Tea Lights [MP3]

Top Ten SXSW Artists

It has taken us just about a week to come to a reasonable consensus about who we loved the most during SXSW.  We compiled our lists based on individual preferences and tried to give you a broad range of acts, so now you can consider our SXSW coverage complete with our list of the ten best bands we saw.

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Show Preview: Best Coast & Wavves @ Emo’s (1/25)

Date 1/25/11
Location Emos
Doors 9pm
Tickets $18 @ Ticketweb

The show every indie blog fan boy has been looking forward to for weeks is finally going down at Emo’s this Tuesday night.  The show I’m talking about is of course the Best Coast and Wavves show with fellow blog buzz band No Joy opening things up.  This should be one you won’t want to miss out on.

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Download: Best Coast – Our Deal [MP3]