A Year End List from Joe Smyth of Nine Mile Records and Touring

Joe Smyth help us keep our Austin theme today, as he’s one of the folks helping get Austin acts (and others) out on the road. But, more importantly, he’s a scavenger of music news, so he’s given us a couple of great lists…one a shout out to the blogs that turned him onto great music…and the other just a general best of list. Peruse as you must, and if you have touring needs…check out Nine Mile Touring.

This is a list of records that I loved this year from bands that I wouldn’t have heard of otherwise without reading a premiere/feature from a blog.

Stef ChuraMidnight (Saddle Creek – s/o Stereogum)
DumbClub Nites (Mint Records – s/o Austin Town Hall)
Great GrandpaFour of Arrows (Double Double Whammy – s/o Goldflakepaint)
Long BeardMeans to Me (Double Double Whammy – s/o Stereogum)
Control TopCovert Contracts (Get Better Records – s/o The Grey Estates)
DehdWater (Fire Talk – s/o Austin Town Hall)
MarthaLove Keeps Kickings (Dirtnap Records – s/o The Grey Estates)
Half ThoughtHalf Thought (self released – s/o The Alternative)

And here’s a list (in no particular order) of some of my other favorite records from the year, including a few bands that I book. Hope you enjoy some of these and catch a show, whether I booked the tour or not.
Mike KrolPower Chords (Merge)
Cool OriginalI Never Said I Didn’t Care (self released)
Mike Adams at His Honest WeightThere is No Feeling Better (Joyful Noise)
Jay SomAnak Ko (Polyvinyl)
Claire CroninBig Dread Moon (Ordinal)
Kele2042 (Kola)
Faye WebsterAtlanta Millionaires Club (Secretly Canadian)
PUPMorbid Stuff (Rise)
FriendshipDreamin’ (Ordinal)
Hallelujah the Hills I’m You (self released)
Field MouseMeaning (Topshelf)
Mikal CroninSeeker (Merge)
Friendly FiresInflorescent (Polydor)
Small HousesI Don’t Know What’s Safe (self released)
Strange RangerRemembering the Rockets (Tiny Engines)

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