Three of my favorites right now are...
Bleached // Ride Your Heart
This album came out late last Spring (I think?) and it got me suuuper pumped for summer thangs. It's like good classic punk mixed with a surfer laid back vibe. Each track is addicting and catchy. Their sound brings out the bad bitch in my that wears crop tops, red lipstick, and drinks beers on the beach. This album is actually a full year old this month, and I ain't sick of it on repeat yet.
Favorite Track // Searching Through the Past
Neko Case // The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
I am so in love with Neko Case and how she simply just doesn't fall into a genre of music. That might be the thing I love most about this album--it's like theres a track for every mood. She's just like an indie badass feminist goddess who comes up with the most beautiful poetry that expresses said her baddass-ery. I feel a lot of her songs have an under tone of animal instinct and survival.
Favorite Track // It's a tie between "Man" and "Ragtime"
Against Me! // Transgender Dysphoria Blues
I'm a huge fan of subversive artwork, especially on albums. The art on this album is subversive with what I'm assuming is filled with intention. If I were to sit down and analyze the symbolic aspect of it, especially the cover, I feel like it's a commentary on the objectification of women's bodies, specifically trans women. It looks like it's saying something about how some bodies aren't seen as valid in how they present themselves. On one hand I can say that peoples bodies are just getting treated like pieces of meat, as in an object, but on the other hand I like to think that the meat imagery might be an idea of gender and gender roles being so socially constructed and that in the end, we're all just meat. Gender can be what you make it for yourself.
Anyway, end tangent.
Favorite Track// I can't pick one. But I can see "Black Me Out" being the song I sing along to the loudest when I see them play live next.
I can't wait to get a shelf for all my records so I can alphabetize them and display all the spines. Soon!