Saturday, January 30, 2021

More 2020 End-Of-Year Stuff | The Dime Store Hegemon Radio Hour's "Best Of 2020" Records

Our end-of-year shenanigans might commence by the end of the weekend or at least by Feb 1st.

Our methodology has grown less and less coherent over time, but these days it's mostly pulled from a bunch of other shows and lists that we compile throughout December:

1. MTVZ's Top 100 of 2020 Video Countdown -- MTV used to air their top 100 videos of the year on New Years Eve and then reaired on New Years Day, and now they don't anymore, so we started doing it for them, hypothetically imagining their inclusions if the tone and branding were similar to how they appeared throughout "The '90s," a.k.a. the only calendar decade when MTV aired one of these specials every year. Most of the pop and rap that we enjoy or that seemed ubiquitous throughout a given year will appear here, as long as the songs had videos.

2. WXCI After Hours' Top 102 of 2020 -- This is our attempt at re-imagining an "alternative rock" radio format that actually sounds like a rock station, focusing on metal, loud rock, and "alternative" in its broadest possible definition. We started the overnight block on Memorial Day weekend 2019 and hopefully it will last throughout 2021.

3. Late Night Noise "Best Of 2020" Parts 1 and 2 -- This is our Monday night show focusing on "stuff that sounds like drugs or satan." It's not really a "noise music" show despite its title; abrasive 25-minute-long Merzbow tracks appear only rarely. Instead, we play "noisy" stuff -- more abrasive and often absurd metal or hardcore, the weirdest and most warped experimental stuff we can find, and anything lofi or outsider or "found." For the sake of variance, about 10% of the show does not fall into these categories.

To locate the stuff that appears in these little projects, we typically check on a multitude of sources.

A few that come to mind right now include the category-sorting options at Rate Your Music, although we suspect they got overtaken by /mu/ nerds throughout the past 5 or 6 years. We also usually browse Post-Trash - probably the only consistantly updated websource that focuses on current rock music. Matt Korvette from Pissed Jeans has a monthly updated blog that we love. ILM's annual Tracks and Albums polls have been useful in the past for finding non-charting pop and rap, and we still consider them a resource worth exploring, although their recommendations since 2017 have grown decreasingly aligned with our preferences. Same goes for The Singles Jukebox, but it's worth putting time into the research when we finally find something that rules.


For the past half-decade, we were blessed to recieve sneak peeks of The Dime Store Hegemon Radio Hours's "best of" lists. The show airs Wednesday nights on KONR in Anchorage, Alaska, and we'd be lying if we didn't admit that it's among the most consistantly helpful resources for radio, MTVZ, and our end-of-year lists.

We're not sure why we only thought of this now, but we asked permission to post the entire list here. So let's "let her rip" as they say.

An abridged version of the list was aired on the show's January 13th edition:


Here's a copy+paste:

2020 Records (this is a lot)

This is a lot of records. Yikes. Make sure and check out the highlighted ones if you can, but also all of them.

David Nance - Staunch Honey – I can’t believe how good this record is.

Bonnie "Prince" Billy - I Made A Place – I love this record. It’s so positive and cozy and insular while still being weird or at least strange.

Thiago NassifeMente – This music is weird and I don’t know how to describe it. It’s like French African synth post-punk but also not. I love it. It’s extremely vibe music but then also it isn’t. It is possible that, because I have never listened to a Talking Heads album, this music is just normal to everyone who has. Some of it sounds like T. Rex too.

The SpitsVI – the Spits do it again.

NothingThe Great Dismal – I sent this to you already. It’s also a good shoegaze record but I still think the Wednesday one is better.

Shrinkwrap KillersFeral Rats Have Become Our Only Friends – poppy- punk rock that is definitely Spits influenced but not dumb like they are (in a good way).

Panopticon - Live Migration – This is a live black metal album that sounds better than most regular black metal albums. What an incredible group.

Limousine Beach - Stealin' Wine + 2 Single – Just some good rockin’ baby. Dudes from Carousel. So glammy. Sorta sounds like the Sweet or something?

Rebel Wizard - Magickal Mystical Indifference – this might be lame ass poser shit but I love the song (title) “The Mind Is Not Your Friend.” Kinda stonery music with some industrial elements that has good samples throughout.

Mike Polizze - Long Lost Solace Find – this is the dude from Purling Hiss (right?) and Kurt Vile plays guitar. It’s that type of music (singer-songwriter) but in a good way.

Fyzical - Demo 2020 – dumb music that rules -

Boris – this is one of my favorite records of theirs – I either like when they make weird pop music or punk.

Home Blitz - All Through The Year – this album has the coolest song of the year on it.
[Note: Pretty sure this is referring to "Final Decay."]

Geld - Beyond the Floor – this is insane music and I love it. They put a few slower jams on this record. It’s psychedelic dbeat which is like, a dream come true for me. So nasty sounding

HumInlet – duh!

namatay sa ingay - Ang Talim ng Galit – I like this, especially the song TNT. For a punk band to make a 4 song record that is this varied, I think that’s cool

P22 - Human Snake – I think this came out on Dean Spunt’s label? It’s sure weird and it’s pretty cool.

Vintlechkeit - Svartskogen Svartwinter etc. – This is very cool black metal and ambient stuff. Very wintery

The Cowboy - WiFi on the Prairie – weird punk that is slightly unhinged but also quite melodic and interesting

Cirith Ungol - Forever Black – I feel like I don’t know enough about how to talk about metal or the different types of metal. This to me just seems like “good metal” in a varied way and it’s ok that the band is LOTR themed because it’s good.

Tidiane ThiamSiftorde – this record sounds like it was recorded around a campfire but also features the most insane guitar playing. This is a record that doesn’t really lend itself to specific songs – it’s just a full on vibe.

KeiyaA - Forever, Ya Girl – I really do like off-kilter R&B – I guess this reminds me of that Melanie Charles record from a few years ago (what happened to her?) but way more assertive

Hallelujah! - Wanna Dance – varied punk, kinda funky maybe? Very weird, a lot of synth. Has a song called “your duck” and also “burka for everyone” which are both good song names

Subliminal Excess2020 – this record is perfect hardcore punk. It’s insane. It’s menacing, angry, the guitars sound insane, so many riffs, great vocals.

Yves Tumor - Heaven to a Tortured Mind – everybody loves this dude now.

FACS - Void Moments – do you like music like this? I don’t think I know how to describe it other than maybe art punk. Like, it’s arty music that is aggressive and slightly threatening and weird. I like it. I watched them play an online streamed concert this year and they were great, just a great rock group

Lohesh - The Ascension – this is my old roommate Zach’s band in DC. It’s post-punk but not like you are thinking. It’s got some jams on there. The vocals are very strong imo. She can really belt it out. I guess it is goth-y(?). Moss Creep (last track) is really good.

Royce da 5'9 - The Allegory – good record

Lavender Flu - Barbarian Dust – I truly cannot believe this album came out this year – February feels like years ago. They cover Venom and also a song by a First Nations dude from rural Canada and it all just sounds like cool van/biker rock music.

ChillerChiller – this is their new record, which has the same name as their old one. PGH dudes. Burly (but not tough) hardcore. Short songs, crazy guitar playing.

Wednesday - I Was Trying To Describe You To Someone – I have a hard time imagining that someone put out a better shoegaze album this year.

Six Organs of Admittance - Companion Rises – I love this band and I think this is some of their/his most concise work in the vein of the type of music I like the most – the sort of spaced out desert rock raga type stuff.

Soakie - s/t- Extremely mad women -

The MenMercy – I actually don’t know if I have listened to this whole record but it has one of my top 5 songs of the year on it (Children All Over the World) that was immediately added to my “twice in a row” playlist

MHYSANevaeh – Oh, you thought the KeiyaA record was weird? Well, this one goes off the rails. I love it.

KveltertakSplid – it blows my mind they don’t have a bandcamp. This is on spotify or youtube or whatever. This is good metal from the north, like trad metal not some death metal or anything. It rocks like crazy. Riffs riffs riffs riffs. Honestly this is what I wish the Refused sounded like. It’s kind of like buckcherry was good maybe and also from Sweden or something.

Chubby and the Gang - Speed Kills – All Along the Uxbridge Road is an insane song. I love this album. It’s like somewhere between Oi/Hardcore/the Dictators. It’s top 10 for me this year, maybe top 5.

Wax ChattelsClot – this is what I think indie rock should actually sound like. Kinda punk weird arty music. Of course they are from New Zealand or something.

Goblin USA - Demo 2020 – this tape sounds insane. It actually sounds like a monster singing for a sludgy hardcore band. It’s so cool. Also calling your band Goblin USA rules. The song “Loose Flesh” is so awesome.

Kate NV - Room for the Moon – I always think this is like, beeps and boops but it’s way more than that.

Hiroshi Yoshimura Green – the most peaceful music I have ever heard. I love this record.

Go Hirano - Corridor of Daylights

Oh also, I forgot to put this one in there. It should be in the top ones.

So many more!!!
Some of these deserve to be up there, but I haven’t gotten there yet.

Terrace Martin, Robert Glasper, 9th Wonder & Kamasi Washington EPs
Drakeo the Ruler & JoogSzn - Thank You For Using GTL
All Hits - Men and Their Work
Powerplant - A Spine/Evidence EP
Woods - Strange to Explain and the collection one
Melenas - Dias Raros
Cinder Well - No Summer
Rat Cage - Screams From the Cage
WOW - Come La Notte
Dungen - Dungen Live
Man Eaters - Gentle Ballads for the Simple Soul
Freon - PYK
Three Knee Deep - s/t
Terrace Martin - Soul Juice EP
Nudie Mag - Our Milk
Jocko - Wise Man/Majority Rule
U.S. Girls - Heavy Light
En Attendant Ana - Julliet
Gunn-Truscinski Duo - Soundkeeper
Psychology Machine - Never Trust Anyone With More Money Than You
GAG – Still Laughing
ISS – Too Punk For Heavy Metal
Chill Parents - At the Barricades
Necrot - Mortal
Duma - s/t

Also Very Good!
These records are all super great. It is crazy how many incredible records, of all different types, came out this year.

Naked Roommate - Do the Duvet
CCR Headcleaner - Street Riffs
The Green Child - Shimmering Basset
H.C. McEntire - Eno Axis
Cass McCombs - Sweet Lucy/Wild Mountain Thyme EP
Wild Flowers of America - Lost in the Salvation
Uniform - Shame
R. Boyd & Dusk - High Country Skyway
Lambchop - Trip
Body Double - Milk Fed
Bent Arcana - s/t
Alien Nosejob - Once Again the Present Becomes the Past
Alien Nosejob - Suddenly Everything is Twice As Loud
Emma Ruth Rundle & Thou - May Our Chambers be Full
Ilsa - Preyer
Kurt Vile - Speed, Sound, Lonely KV EP
Death Valley Girls - Under the Spell of Joy
Eartheater - Phoenix: Flames Are Dw Upon My Skin
Shlomo - Heaven Inc. EP
Kelly Lee Owens - Inner Song
Body Count - Carnivore
GBV - Mirrored Aztec
Roger Eno & Brian Eno - Mixing Colours
Bowel Rupture/Punisher Split 
Joe Pernice - Richard
The Whip - s/t
Initiate - Lavender
Ecostrike - A Truth We Still Believe
Steve Hartlett - both records but I like solitude for dummies more because I have listened to it a lot. 
Whettman Chelmets - 1000 Faces
Crack Cloud - Pain Olympics
Bing & Ruth - Species
Julianna Barwick - Healing Is a Miracle
Margo Price - That's How Rumors Get Started
Kawaguchi Masami's New Rock Syndicate & Kryssi Battalene - s/t
Oranssi Puzuzu - Mestarin Kynsi
Pottery - Welcome To Bobby's Motel
No Age - Goons Be Gone
Jim Whitte & Marisa Anderson - The Quickening
Mourning a Blkstar - The Cycle
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - The Mosaic of Transformation
Mark McGuire - Nothing In This World
KA - Descendants of Cain
Sven Wounder - Eastern Flowers
Blake Mills - Mutable Set
Forgotten Tomb - Nihilistic Estrangement
Ritual Clearing - s/t
Primo - Sogni
So Cow - But What Has That Done to the Scores?
Fu Manchu - Fu30, Pt. 1 Single
Local H - Lifers
Irreal - 2020
Kohti Tuhoa - Elä Totuudesta
Qlowski - Ikea Youth/Grinding Halt
Masterpiece Machine - single 
Glâsbird - Norskfjorōr
RZA - Guided Explorations
Stephen Malkmus - Traditional Techniques
SMUT - First Kiss
Wasted Shirt - Fungus II
Shopping - All or Nothing
Elkhorn - The Storm Sessions
Walter Martin - The World At Night
Wire - Mind Hive
Chromatics - Closer to Grey
Annihilator - Ballistic Sadistic
Kirk Windstein - Dream in Motion
Amos Pitsch - Acid Rain
Zulu - My People . . . Hold On
Brett Naucke & Ryley Walker - I Am Aware We Do Not Save One Another Very Often
Venom Prison - Primeval
Gord Downie - Away Is Mine
Haircut - Cake
Rolex - s/t EP
North Americans - Roped In
Oneohtrix Point Never - Magic Oneohtrix Point Never
The Bats – Foothills
The Nels Cline Singers – Share the Wealth
Heathered Pearls – Cast
Com Truise – In Decay, Too
Lithics – Tower of Age
Autechre (?)

Thursday, January 28, 2021

John Wilson's Vimeo Channel

For those who need more How To With John Wilson, why not try

We haven't watched all of these yet, but How To Live With Regret is our favorite so far:

How To Live With Regret from JOHNS MOVIES on Vimeo.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

The New Shit Radar: Late-January Edition

This is never going to end. We haven't seen anyone or shaved in over a year. Maybe we should have maintained our Christianity beliefs from our hayday. Yeah that would have made this a lot better.

For the 27th fucking time this year, something happened in the news and now our entire Twitter feed is nothing but "funny" takes on that thing that happened today. Literally everyone is tweeting about it. We don't even know what the thing is, but there are 87 takes on whatever it is waiting for us to scroll through.

Actually, we do know what today's thing was. The stock market is probably going to crash because of Reddit people.

Tomorrow, it will be something else.

So this blog is dying. This is our final post ever.

Here's some music headlines from our feed in no particular order, including a handful of "December Drops" that we either forgot or discovered late:

Tobacco Still Exists, Teases Fucked Up Friends 3
That dude Tobacco is still a thing. Twitter doesn't know who Tobacco is because he existed before 2008, but he'll be releasing the third part of what was apparently a trilogy later this year and this is the single:

Big Cheese Did A Late December Drop
There were a few more December drops that dropped past our "December Drops" edition of The New Shit Radar, noteably this colossal jam from Big Cheese:

Bedwetter's December Drop Sold Out In Like 30 Minutes, Spins Around In Our Heads A Lot
This is one of the December Drops that we heard once or twice but then forgot because there were too many December Drops this year. But then we remembered it. And since then, the A-Side (titled "Headboard") spins around in our head a lot. Like it's weird because we could hear the song faintly looping around just before we realized that it was the next thing we were going to write about. It was weird. You had to be there.

Bedwetter is the "band" version of Lil Ugly Mane who we aren't super familiar with, but he was one of those non-hardcore artists who was sometimes included in touring hardcore packages (like Tony Molina or Glitterer). In early December, Bedwetter released this 2-song tape that sold out in about 30 minutes, and it's not on Bandcamp or any streaming services. Fortunately, a couple wonderful people uploaded a digital tape transfer to Youtube, so at least there's this:

Thirdface Announces Full Length on EIS
Thirdface + EIS = What's gonna happen??? We don't know, but the first single is called "Villains!" and maybe that's a hint:

New Melvins!
Protect Melvins at all costs. They must never stop:

Notwist / Juana Molina Collab Thing Is Cool
Get weird:

Anxious Did A Sweet 2-Song Release Thing
Yo this sweet shit sounds fucking sick.

After Hours Top 10 Most Played -- Week Of January 18th
We only have literally 20 seconds left to finish posting this. Can we make it in time?



WXCI AFTER HOURS TOP 20 (Week of 1/18/2021)
This week ARTIST Title Links
2 DAVID NANCE The Merchandise
3 ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER Lost But Never Alone oneohtrixpointnever.bandcamp
5 GLITTERER Are You Sure
6 EYEHATEGOD High Risk Trigger Youtube
7 DAVID NANCE My Love, The Dark, And I
8 MINDFORCE Reign Of Terror
10 HIGHER POWER King Of My Domain Youtube
11 SUPERCRUSH Get It Right
12 ANXIOUS More Than A Letter
13 SYSTEM OF A DOWN Genocidal Humanoidz
14 SORRY Rosie
15 DISCLOSURE f/ KELIS Watch Your Step
16 STEVE HARTLETT Bugs In The Face
17 DEFTONES Urantia Youtube
18 MR. BUNGLE Methematics
19 SWEEPING PROMISES Hunger For A Way Out sweepingpromises.bandcamp
20 REBEL WIZARD The Mind Is Not Your Friend

Tuesday, January 5, 2021


MTVZ's Top 100 of 2020 Video Countdown edition of MTVZ is finally here! Also featuring many long and strange MTVZ bumpers and series episodes.

Get pumped! Get hyped!

Saturday, January 2, 2021

We're Back With MTVZ's Top 100 Of 2020 Video Countdown

We're gonna count EVERY one of those videos down, baby. We're goin' ALL the way down. It starts wit the big one-oh-oh, and we don't stop *car crash sound effect* til we get way down there to the number one video. You're tuned into MTVZ's Top 100 Of 2020 Video Countdown.

Hi, I'm Martha Quinn, and yes, it's that time once again. We got em. The biggest and baddest music videos of this magical year known as 2020. The year that dreams were made of. And now we take a look back one last time. You've tried the rest, now here's all the best. All 100 of them. That's right, America. It's the big one you've been waiting for -- it's MTVZ's Top 100 of 2020 Video Countdown, and we got em baby.

A fresh new January 2021 edition of MTVZ will be here soon with all 100 videos, but first... the results:

100. Love Regenerator f/ Steve Lacy "Live Without Your Love"
99. The Chats "Dine N Dash"
98. Nothing "Bernie Sanders"
97. The Strokes "Bad Decisions"
96. Supercrush "Be Kind To Me"
95. Turnstile & Mall Grab "I Wanna Be Blind"
94. Ariana Grande "34+35"
93. Body Count f/ Riley Gale "Point The Finger"
92. Young Guv "Maybe I Should Love Somebody Else"
91. Sorry "More"

90. Marlowe "Future Power Sources"
89. System Of A Down "Protect The Land"
88. Pop Smoke f/ Quavo "Shake The Room"
87. Disheveled Cuss "She's Odd"
86. Limousine Beach "Stealin' Wine"
85. Lil Yachty f/ DaBaby & Drake "Oprah's Bank Account"
84. Breland f/ Sam Hunt "My Truck"
83. Napalm Death "Amoral"
82. Meet Me @ The Alter "Garden"
81. Future f/ Drake "Life Is Good"

80. Molchat Doma "Discotecque"
79. Fuming Mouth "Beyond The Tomb"
78. Glitterer "Are You Sure"
77. Dua Lipa f/ DaBaby "Levitating"
76. Realworld "Green Room"
75. Poppy "Anything Like Me"
74. Beabadoobee "Care"
73. Horisont "Pushin' The Line"
72. No Age "Turned To String"
71. Machine Gun Kelly f/ Blackbear "My Ex's Best Friend"

70. Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande "Rain On Me"
69. Roddy Rich "The Box"
68. Adrianne Lenker "Zombie Girl"
67. The Weeknd "Heartless"
66. Fiona Apple "Shameika"
65. Hayley Williams "Simmer"
64. DaBaby f/ Young Thug "Blind"
63. Oceanator "Heartbeat"
62. Run The Jewels "Walking In The Snow"
61. Ozzy Osbourne "Under The Graveyard"

60. Gum Country "Somewhere"
59. Dua Lipa "Physical"
58. Supercrush "On The Telephone"
57. Denzel Curry & Terrace Martin "Pig Feet"
56. Flo Milli "Send The Addy / May I"
55. Disheveled Cuss "She Don't Want"
54. Kevin Krauter "Green Eyes"
53. Bartees Strange "Boomer"
52. Pig Destroyer "The Cavalry"
51. Viper "Fuck Earth Im Gon Wage An Interstella War"

50. Disclosure f/ Kehlani & Syd "Birthday"
49. Mariah Carey "Underneath The Stars"
48. David Nance "My Love The Dark and I"
47. Machine Gun Kelly f/ Halsey "Forget Me Too"
46. Bruce Springsteen "Letter To You"
45. Wisdom "Whole Lotta"
44. Ringo Deathstarr "God Help The Ones You Love"
43. Protomartyr "Processed By The Boys"
42. Harry Styles "Watermelon Sugar"
41. Bad Bunny "Si Veo A Tu Mama"

40. KeiyaA "I! Gits! Weary!"
39. Run The Jewels "Ooh La La"
38. Mr. Bungle "Eracist"
37. Flo Milli "Like That Bitch"
36. Lil Baby "The Bigger Picture"
35. Lamb Of God "Memento Mori"
34. Thundercat "Dragonball Durag"
33. Narrow Head "Night Tryst"
32. Disclosure f/ Amine & Showthai "My High"
31. Deftones "Ohms"

30. Ringo Deathstarr "Once Upon A Freak"
29. Emma Ruth Rundle & Thou "Magickal Cost"
28. Cardi B f/ Megan Thee Stallion "WAP"
27. Steve Lacy "Playground"
26. Oneohtrix Point Never "Lost But Never Alone"
25. Disclosure f/ Kelis "Watch Your Step"
24. Somerset Thrower "Too Rich To Die"
23. DaBaby "Find My Way"
22. Doja Cat "Say So"
21. Megan Thee Stallion "Body"

20. Lil Mosey "Blueberry Faygo"
19. Sada Baby "Whole Lotta Choppas"
18. Charli XCX "Enemy"
17. Pop Smoke "For The Night"
16. Beabadoobee "Together"
15. 24k Goldn f/ Iann Dior "Mood"
14. Dua Lipa "Break My Heart"
13. Narrow Head "Stuttering Stanley"
12. Nnamdi "Wasted"
11. Ariana Grande "Positions"

10. RMR "Rascal"
9. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever "Cars In Space"
8. DaBaby f/ Roddy Ricch "Rockstar"
7. Phoebe Bridgers "Kyoto"
6. Megan Thee Stallion "Savage"
5. Soccer Mommy "Circle The Drain"
4. The Weeknd "Blinding Lights"
3. Machine Gun Kelly "Bloody Valentine"
2. Pop Smoke "Dior"
1. Dua Lipa "Don't Start Now"