Friday, July 24, 2020

McQ's Best Of 2019 Vol 6 - All Things Rockin'!

Punk-pop, garage rock, southern-friedrock, guitar-anchored pysch-rock, harder-hitting indie and rousing bar band efforts make up the bulk of this, our liveliest of the 2019 mixes.  Not an exceptional year in this neck of the woods, but you wouldn't know it based on the strength of these tunes.

Here's the Spotify link. Enjoy!


1. Chequeless Reckless - Fontaines D.C.: We'll be hitting three more songs from Dublin post-punkers 2019 Mercury prize nominated Dogrel (Strong Recommend) on this mix here.  First up, Chequeless Reckless, owner of my favorite opening rock verse of 2019. 

2. Walking Away From Love - Steve Mason: From About The LightMore to come!

3. Psy-Ops Dispatch - Thee Oh Sees: Face Stabber (Solid Recommend) is not the best of the Thee Oh See's now twenty-two full-length releases (I'm still partial to the Brigid Dawson/Petey Dammit-era garage-anchored peaks Carrion Crawler/The Dream and Floating Coffin), but I'll be damned if this isn't the most adventurous album of the act's prolific career. On Face Stabber, guitarist John Dwyer takes all the textural experimentation that has increasingly dominated the band's last few releases and channels it into a supremely ambitious attempt to deliver a pysch-rock album every bit as fluid and improvisational as jazz.  More often than not, as on the pounding Psy-Ops Dispatch here, he and the band succeeds, but the album's supreme triumph is coming up a bit later in this mix. 

4. Kebab Spider - Sleaford Mods: From Eton AliveMore to come!

5. Greenville - The Long Ryders: From LA Paisley underground legend's first studio album in 32 years Pyschedelic Country SoulMore to come!

6. Starfire 500 - Amyl And The Sniffers: From Amyl And The SniffersMore to come!

7. Get Yourself Together - The Black Keys: From "Let's Rock." More to come!

8. Fighting - Redd Kross: From Beyond The DoorMore to come!

9. Hypersonic Missiles - Sam Fender: From Hypersonic MissilesMore to come!

10. Loner - Queen Zee:  Queen Zee, we hardly knew thee. Formed in 2017, the British queercore garage-punk act had already call it quits by the end of 2019, but not before releasing their highly entertaining self-titled debut Queen Zee (Solid Recommend). It's an album loaded with snarky, spirited, youthful gems, including tracks like Sissy Fits, Porno, and awesome closer I Hate Your New Boyfriend, but nothing on the album hits with quite the punch of the absolutely classic slab of garage rock Loner included here.

11. One Sick Plan - Oso Oso: From basking in the glowMore to come!

12. Now That You're Gone -The Raconteurs: From Help Us StrangerMore to come!

13. F The NRA - The Coathangers: From The Devil You KnowMore to come!

14. Show Me - Mikal Cronin: From SeekerMore to come!

15. Signs, High Times - Tedeschi Trucks Band: From SignsMore to come!

16. Roy's Tune - Fontaines D.C.: Most of Fontaines D.C.'s debut Dogrel is an aggressive, fairly snarling affair, but on a couple of occasions the band shows it's more than capable of taking things down a notch or two, as on this so appealing, almost REM-ish mid-tempo number here.


17 & 18: Ronin & Remember To Breathe - Sturgil Simpson: From SOUND & FURYMore to come!

19. California Friends - The Regrettes: From How Do You LoveMore to come!

20. You Did Good Kid - The Hold Steady: From Thrashing Thru The PassionMore to come!

21. Hardly To Blame - Sheer Mag: From A Distant CallMore to come!

22. I/m Not Here [missing face] - The Twilight Sad: From IT WON/T BE LIKE THIS ALL THE TIMEMore to come!

23. Uncomfortably Numb - American Football: From American Football (LP3) features Hayley Williams. More to come!

24. In America - Ezra Furman: From Twelve NudesMore to come!

25. Tough Enough - Ex Hex: From It's RealMore to come!

26. Free At Last - PUP: From Morbid StuffMore to come!

27. Woman - Lux Prima: From Lux PrimaMore to come!

28. Simple Life - Lukas Nelson and Promise Of The Real: Form Turn Off The News (Build A Garden)More to come!

29. Just The Way - that dog.: From Old LPMore to come!

30. An Empty Corner - Wilco: From Ode To JoyMore to come!

31. Firewall - Sleaford Mods: From Eton AliveMore to come!

32. Somedays (I Don't Feel Like Trying) - The Raconteurs: From Help Us StrangerMore to come!


33. Henchlock - Thee Oh Sees:  One of the definitive songs of 2019, and the best song on this mix, never does Face Stabber's psych-rock/jazz fusion gel more convincingly than on album closer Henchlock, all glorious twenty-one minutes of it. That crazy length is the only reason we left of Henchlock off of our Vol 2 - Best Albums Left mix, but rest assured, though long, this Thee Oh Sees song is never boring. A generational jam rock classic.

34. Hurricane Laughter - Fontaines D.C.: From DogrelMore to come!

35. Rocket - Steve Mason: One of my favorite moody tracks of 2019, this slow burner from Mason's About The Light finds the former Beta Band leader adopting a compelling David Gilmourish vocal vibe.

36. Shooting Stars - Rival Sons: Yes, it comes close to bordering on cheese in its earnestness, but end of the day, I still seriously enjoyed this rousing, anthemic call to principled arms from Long Beach, California classic-rockers Rival Sons' sixth full-length Feral Roots (Mild Recommend).

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