Wednesday, January 4, 2012

2011 recap - rob banks (diyhalifax writer, punk enthusiast, bank robber, and cool guy)

TOP TEN (In No Particular Order)

1. MALLORY/KNOX - PUSS CRUNK LUV TAPE
Sexy, Raunchy, Uncomfortable Hip-Hop, Folk-Punk-Noise from Winnipeg's favourite queer-hipster-punx/State smasher. What? 

2. HARBOUR WATER FEST II
For almost a week there was an oogle flying a sign on every corner of Halifax, The liquor store lineup went around the block, No one slept, The Commons was a beer gardens/camp ground, and I danced myself bloody. (Highlight of the highlight: Eviction Party reunion).

3. COMETBUS #54
Seriously, Green Day and Aaron Cometbus wrapped up in one. The only way this could have been better is if this zine was also a falafel and a cigarette. 

4.  THUNDER BAY 

5.  VIXENS LIVE
Seeing Vixens perform is like waiting for your parents to go to sleep so you can smoke shitty junior high weed out of a pop can and blow it through a toilet paper roll stuffed with bounce sheets. Or listening to Motorhead on your walkman during Sunday School.  It's like drinking too many before-school-screwdrivers and lighting off fireworks in the change rooms during gym class. It's ruining your family computer by visiting too many sketchy gay porn sites. It's like your first stolen candy bar. Your first drag of a cigarette… It feels like you're doing something wrong, but deep down you know it's so right. 

6. SISSYFIST - DEMO TAPE 
I spent 3 months of last year in a car. This tape was played at least twice a day. It's sloppy, Poppy, Emotional and gay. The same can be said for those three months.

7. SCREAMO REVIVAL OR WHATEVER
I've heard this described by some folks as "skramz", as if we didn't already have the stupidest genre name imaginable. Oh well. Thanks to the aids of insomnia and tumblr I was able to avoid any chance of having a social life and party by myself like it was 1998. (see: Loma Prieta, Beau Navire, Brain Fever, Polina etc.)

8. KATIE CRUTCHFIELD
There's this scene from an old Simpson's episode where Bart daydreams about the girl he's crushin' on ripping out his heart and throwing it in the garbage while proclaiming, "You won't be needing this". This is exactly how I feel when I listen to the songs Katie writes. She destroys me.
P.S Eliot (RIP) - Sadie 
Bad Banana - Crushfield
Waxahatchee - American Weekend

9. STAGNANT STARS - MUMBLE LIKE YOU MEAN IT 
I feel like I probably have a different relationship with this album than most other people do, as I was able to watch it grow from nothing. These songs are raw and at times sound like a whole army of jaded burnouts rather than just a two piece. I miss these fuckers.

10. SKATEBOARDING
Thanks to a deep harbouring fear of almost everything, I was never confident enough to try skateboarding. But now that I have ruined my chances of anyone thinking I'm cool, and have little to no self care, I gave it a shot. Holy fuck it's fun.

Hounorable Mention:
Tail gating, McLaren House family, Truckers with smokes, Hari Legs Demo, Mistake Makers tour, Rumble Strips, Death to the Floodhouse, Birth to Lil' Berta, Root Rot, Rockin 4 Dollars, CoupleCore, Tied Down/Polina show, Alexandra's Pizza, M*A*S*H on DVD, Punk Rock


My Favourite Photo Of The Year:
Cole Webber shitting on the dance floor By: Rosie Toes

It all ends this year. So, Destroy everything.

-Rob Banks

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