Nelsonvillains - Our Evil Inside Joke - CD + Plastic Dinosaur
Another one of my top 10 albums of last year. I bought this straight from the bands Bandcamp page. Me and Mike were turned on to Nelsonvillains at a show in New Paltz a while ago. These guys killed it really hard and were handing out demos, so mike took one and we listened to it in the car on the way home. That demo eventually became one of my favorite pieces of music ever; every single song on it was immaculate. They were slow, spacey, and cathartic. Last summer, these guys came out with Sounds Of Summer Single which was two impossibly good songs, though they were a lot more well produced and energetic. From seeing them live another time, I had a pretty good idea that the new album was gonna be more energetic overall. So this album has a lot of newer recordings of songs from the demo, and I probably like the demo versions better for a lot of reasons, despite the lesser recording quality. Nonetheless, this album is still spectacular.