OT: YOUR FAVORITE MUSIC OF 2022

Hey TKP. I hope everyone had a great year and are enjoying the holidays. Let's talk our favorite albums of 2022. I always enjoy these threads in prior years and I always seem to find a lot of good music that I missed. Here's my list in no order.

Butch Walker – Glenn. Butch leans hard into 70's rock here (Elton, Eagles, Jackson Browne, etc) and the album is really good and really different than anything else he's done.
Song: Butch Walker - Roll Away (Like a Stone)

The Wonder Years – The Hum Goes on Forever. Even though it's my least favorite TWY album (by a wide margin), there are still some bangers on here that I would recommend:
Song: The Wonder Years – Oldest Daughter

49 Winchester – Fortune Favors the Bold. If you're from the 276 you're probably aware of these dudes but for everyone else just know that 2022 was one hell of a year for Castlewood's finest.
Song: 49 Winchester – Russell County Line.

Bodyjar – New Rituals. This band came back from the dead. 2022 was an unexpected resurgence for pop-punk IMO and New Rituals was some of the best out there.
Song: Bodyjar – Burning Truth

MUNA – Self-Titled. Prob my fav female pop album of this year. Reminds me a lot of Tegan & Sara.
Song: MUNA – Silk Chiffon (feat Phoebe Bridgers)

Florence + The Machine – Dance Fever. At this point it's my favorite Florence album but I'm probably in the minority. I listened to this album all year long.
Song: Florence + The Machine – Free

These songs are not on an album but I still listened to the shit outta them: Foundations of Decay (My Chemical Romance), Something Loud (Jimmy Eat World), Loved you a Little (The Maine, Charlotte Sands, Taking Back Sunday)

And finally I got to see Turnstile this year and it re-ignited my love for high energy chaos, so I'm still listening to their 2021 album Glow On quite a bit.

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I really liked the new Umphrey's McGee album Asking for a Friend. More than a lot of their albums, this one is really solid the whole way through. Not a track on there that I skip.

  • 49 Winchester - Fortune Favors the Bold
  • Zach Bryan - American Heartbreak
  • Hailey Whitters - Raised
  • Morgan Wade - The Night Part 2 (all her music hits home for those struggling with addiction)
  • William Clark Green - Baker Hotel
  • Grady Spencer & the Work - Wait
  • Town Mountain - Lines in the Levee

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This is also my list.

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Great minds listen alike, heuplek

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First I had ever heard of 49 Winchester was this year opening for Shane Smith & the Saints, then Whiskey Myers. 49 Winchester gave both of them a run for their money it was an incredible concert.

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Them boys from Russell County can play man, Isaacs got a once in a generation voice

Vroom Vroom

Arch Enemy - Deceivers

Electric Callboy - Tekkno

Never Forget #1 Overall Seed UVA 54, #64 UMBC 74

Off the top of my head:

The Mars Volta (Self Titled)

The Interrupters - In The Wild

I'll add more as the occur to me...

Edit - some more offerings:

The Afghan Whigs - How Do You Burn

Arctic Monkeys - The Car

Built to Spill - When the Wind Forgets Your Name

Superchunk - Wild Loneliness

Spoon - Lucifer on the Sofa

Guided By Voices - Scalping the Guru (not new material, but a good compilation of older stuff)

What a savings

And there's a chance that things'll get weird
Yeah, that's a possibility

Treaty oak revival- leaving hell

Koe Wetzel- good die young

Hunter Hicks- one for the road

He said give to me Roscoe

I recently came across Koe Wetzel, and have been really enjoying his music over the past month or so. Interesting cross between two of my favorite guitar-driven genres, grunge & southern rock. He's a great songwriter.

Tell it all Town is my shit

Vroom Vroom

--Psych--
Kikagaku Moyo - Kumoyo Island Killer band I just found out about this year. Unfortunately, I backed out of a chance to see them in Philly. I had no idea they announced this would be their last album and farewell tour.
Monaka

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Omnium Gatherum One of four? albums KGATLW released this year and my personal favorite. Most Gizz Heads would probably say Ice, Death, Planets, Lungs, Mushrooms and Lava was the best of the year and it is definitely the most dynamic, but I tend to like it when they play heavier and Omnium delivers on that front.
Gaia

--The Brits--
Yard Act - The Overload Front to back great indie-punk album littered with British humour. It was such a good album Sir Elton even remastered one of the songs with the band.
The Overload

Wet Leg - Self-Titled IMO it's fairly rare for a band to live up to the critics' hype from a couple singles when you release your freshman record, but I think Wet Leg did just that. Another great bit of British comedy throughout the record that reflects on life in Uni/your coming of age.
Angelica

--Hip Hop--
Kendrick Lamar - Mr Morale and the Big Steppers It's Kendrick, he is just such a good story teller and is able to pack so much perspective into each of his tracks and albums.
N95

--Noise--
Soul Glo - Diaspora Problems A lot to unpack in this one. No one is doing it like this band and if you are into hardcore this is a must listen.
Gold Chain Punk

--Great year for country and country adjacent artists--

Plains - I Walked with You a Ways Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee and Jess Williamson team up on this one. I swear every time Waxahatchee puts something out I like it better than the last. I obsessively listened to Saint Cloud in 2020 and I will probably put as many miles on this record when its all said and done.
Abilene

Kevin Morby - This is a Photograph Another artist I can't get enough of. He is more of a singer-songwriter than a country artist, but there is some carryover. The title track just rips.
This is a Photograph

Orville Peck - Bronco Not as good as Show Pony IMO, but a worthy record all the same. He has such a great voice and is a persona like no other.
Kalahari Down

Angel Olsen - Big Time Another great voice. The whole record is a nod to classic country artists. with the title track video having a lot of little easter eggs for country fans.
Big Time

Billy Strings - ME / AND / DAD Have missed Billy like 3 times now and I don't know if I will ever see him now. He has a crazy following that makes getting a ticket damn near impossible.
Long Journey Home

Tyler Childers - Can I Take My Hounds to Heaven This is a weird one if you look it up on a streaming service. Tyler recorded 3 versions of the same album. A Hallelujah version (standard instruments), a Jubilee version (adds horns and stuff), and a Joyful Noise version (weird stuff). I personally liked the jubilee version the best, but there's good in each.
Can I Take my Hounds to Heaven (Jubilee)

--Other Notes--

Been really digging the White Reaper singles

I also finally got to see Turnstile this year and man did they not disappoint, energy start to finish and I bet a third of the crowd was on stage at the end following TLC.

That Wonder Years album hit me hard since I had my first kid this year.

If you feel the leather in your hand let it rip.

That Wonder Years album hit me hard since I had my first kid this year.

I get that. That's a lot of the brilliance in THGOF's lyrics and it's what makes the songs super relatable to many people just not me. I'm not a dad and will never be one so there really isn't much on the album that I personally relate to, but that doesn't take away from how great it is.

Edited for grammar.

I found TKP after two rails from TOTS then walking back to my apartment and re-watching the 2012 Sugar Bowl. I woke up the next day with this username.

I remember when I considered myself a non-breeder. Those were the days.

Thanks for the link drop. I listened to TRAILS all day while working today.

I found TKP after two rails from TOTS then walking back to my apartment and re-watching the 2012 Sugar Bowl. I woke up the next day with this username.

I love that people are out there pouring themselves into their music and they are obviously connecting with people; but I'm not finding much of it resonating with me anymore. I think I just want more of a groove than a lot of this has.

The Jimmy Eat World song sounds like The Killers...did like that one.

  • It's Almost Dry - Pusha T - Best hiphop album in the last few years IMO.
  • Stick Season - Noah Kahan - so this one is a little personal. My wife and I discovered Noah Kahan in 2018 when he was opening for James Bay. We had never heard of him, he had just a 6ish track EP out at the time, 5-figure daily streams on spotify. We have listened to some Noah Kahan song in almost every car ride since. Now he has 8 million monthly listens on spotify, and instead of opening for James Bay, he sold out an outdoor ampitheater in Atlanta. Not to be one of those 'I'm cool because I knew this artist before he blew up' kind of guys, but, it's pretty cool that we were blasting Noah Kahan way before anyone else knew who he was. His new album is just as good as his previous EPs.
  • Mr. Morale and The Big Steppers - Kendrick Lamar - just an all around solid album.
  • Midnights - Taylor Swift - I'm not a t-swizzy fan, but this album slaps. The beats are just so cool. They're melodic and mature but still creative and catchy.
  • D-Day: A gangsta grillz mixtape - Dreamville (JID, J. Cole, etc) - I really miss the mixtape era in hiphop. DJ Green Lantern, DJ Whoo Kid, Gangsta Grillz, etc was what I came up on in middle school. This was just nostalgia for that era. Love JID and Cole too.

Maybe I'll come back and edit this post with some explanations for everything.

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I haven't liked anything TSwift has done since 1989 but this new one is good.

Semi-related: It's 2022 and I just discovered Kyuss. I listened to TF outta this band this year but if I had found them in my 20's it would have been one of those life-changing music discoveries. Better late than never I guess...

I found TKP after two rails from TOTS then walking back to my apartment and re-watching the 2012 Sugar Bowl. I woke up the next day with this username.

Now you need to dig deeper into their connections. Masters of Reality is a pretty easy starting point. Queens of the Stone Age for a more radio friendly listen.

Kyuss is straight up capital STONER Rock and I love it 🥰

I must have read a thousand faces
I must have robbed them of their cause
Sickened thirst, Sickened thirst
Keeps it together
Soft white glow in the cranium
A bullseye made sedated

State Champs - Kings of the New Age

The Wonder Years - The Hum Goes On Forever

The Infamous Stringdusters - Toward The Fray

The Punch Brothers - Hell On Church Street

Zach Bryan - American Heartbreak

Cody Johnson & The Rockin' CJB - Live

Edit: don't know how I forgot, but Mapache's new album Roscoe's Dream is legit too.

That Punch Brothers album and the live Nickel Creek album were great!

GLOW ON IS SO GOOD. Gives me At the drive in vibes 🔥🤘

I must have read a thousand faces
I must have robbed them of their cause
Sickened thirst, Sickened thirst
Keeps it together
Soft white glow in the cranium
A bullseye made sedated

Off the top my head. I thought Impera from ghost was good. I have trouble finding new good late 90s music but I'm in a nu metal discord and I've been lead to some good stuff especially The more things change and the burning red by Machine head Viva La Emptiness by Katatonia and A couple static x albums 🤘

I must have read a thousand faces
I must have robbed them of their cause
Sickened thirst, Sickened thirst
Keeps it together
Soft white glow in the cranium
A bullseye made sedated

Oh and Dopesmoker by Sleep. If you have a hour of nothing to do and you wanna listen to a bunch of black Sabbath inspired guitar riffs its not that bad😎🔥🤘

I must have read a thousand faces
I must have robbed them of their cause
Sickened thirst, Sickened thirst
Keeps it together
Soft white glow in the cranium
A bullseye made sedated

DCIMSA--- what about the Christmas present you got yourself?
Chocobo and Chill????

2 time Longwood grad married to a Hokie.

Zach Bryan x3: Apparently a double (maybe triple?) album wasnt enough, cause it seemed like as soon as I knew which songs I liked, he dropped a 9 song EP, and then for Christmas, a live album

NOFX- Double Album : Not their best work, but Darby Crashing Your Party and It's Not Too Soon If Time is Relative are classic Fat Mike. Plus it's their last album before embarking on a final tour.

Whiskey Myers- Tornillo : Saw the songs live before I heard the album, and honestly I dig addition of horns on the album. John Wayne and The Wolf are probably the two best off the album. Great live show to boot, though not every song needs a 5-7 minute guitar solo.

Taylor Swift- Midnights: The more I listen the more I like, but it's still easily her worst album since her first, largely because of some weird production choices that overdid it.

Not an album from 2022, but CHVRCHES-Screen Violence was in heavy rotation for a while before and after seeing them live. Top to bottom great album.

it's still easily her worst album since her first, largely because of some weird production choices that overdid it.

Damn, I feel the opposite. Feels like the first album she's ever made that is for adults (a bit of hyperbole, but it's just a more mature album IMO). I love the production choices.

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Didn't know NOFX had new stuff - thanks for the heads up. Listening to your two noted tracks now.

It's not my favorite, but those two tracks will almost certainly be on a greatest hits album. There's also some uncharacteristically sophisticated musicality in the album. Darby Crashing Your Party might be Fat Mike's best bass work of his career.

Check out David Benjamin Blower. I'm usually looking for fresh music and different music because what the radio plays is trash.

The Soil

Even when you get skunked; fishing never lets you down. 🎣

All Get Out put out an album over the summer, "Kodak." Absolute banger like all their other stuff.

Just discovered this band this year after meeting their guitarist. Great record and great people.

They are one of my favorite bands, and it makes me really happy to see someone else on TKP has found them.

They are one of many examples of a band whose quality as musicians, writers, and performers is not reflected accurately in their success level. They should be much bigger, even if that genre has sort of an artificial ceiling in the modern music culture (sadly).

Speaking of modern music culture/top 40 pop music, is anyone sick of this whole YOLO genre? Some lane EDM beat with lots of build ups, lyrics about how we're going to party all night, live it up like it's our last night crap? That's just about the theme on every pop song these days. That new one that made a YOLO song out of "I'm Blue Da Ba Dee" just was too much for me.

Alexisonfire Otherness

Billy Talent Crisis of Faith

Norma Jean Deathrattle Sing for Me

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

Guess I'm in the minority on thinking the Kendrick and Tswift albums were really underwhelming this year?

The latest Album by Goose I really enjoyed, if you like a jam band who can really do great studio work as well.

Kendrick album was good, but it wasn't as good or groundbreaking as his past albums

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I just discovered Goose in the last few months. Really good.

Got my tickets for Floydfest, just started listening to Goose a few weeks ago, definitely digging it

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

OMG Bodyjar has a new album? I literally listened to them freshman year at VT. I only remember Self Inflicted and their cover of Hazy Shade of Winter but I also remember liking them. Thanks for the heads up.

same as my favorite music a year ago, BOOM GOT EEEM

Haven't listened to albums per se, just the radio mostly. So I'll list a couple songs:

Zach Bryan - "Something in the Orange"

Beartooth - "Riptide"

21st century QBs Undefeated vs UVA:
MV7, MV5, LT3, Braxton Burmeister, Ryan Willis, Josh Jackson, Jerod Evans, Michael Brewer, Tyrod Taylor, Sean Glennon, and Grant Noel. That's right, UVA. You couldn't beat Grant Noel.

Slipknot released a new album. It was alright

I must have read a thousand faces
I must have robbed them of their cause
Sickened thirst, Sickened thirst
Keeps it together
Soft white glow in the cranium
A bullseye made sedated

Their careers are waning, but my daughter is into them, and likes their new stuff. Grabbed a new chain and skirt set for her for Christmas.

Which brings me to Hot Topic. This is not the same store as me and my wife's teenage years, but it's for a new generation, and that's what they're into. I think I've spent a good $400 there for my daughter, for both Christmas and her birthday next week.

TKPhi Damn Proud
BSME 2009

Like slipknot can put out some bangers still but imo they can't make a full album that's really good front to back anymore which sucks cause I know they can😭

I must have read a thousand faces
I must have robbed them of their cause
Sickened thirst, Sickened thirst
Keeps it together
Soft white glow in the cranium
A bullseye made sedated

On a VT fan site like this, no one mentioned "Enter Sandman"?
I guess we did not hear Tech Triumph, enough for it to count (ducks)

Ut Prosim Ad Dei Gloriam

This year I discovered my now 1 yr old enjoyed me singing "A Pirate Looks at 40" to put her to sleep.

There's a few versions of the song, original by Jimmy Buffett, but my favorite is the one by TJ ONeill, featuring Stick Figure, KBong and Johnny Cosmic.

TKPhi Damn Proud
BSME 2009

I'm old. This is not a new revelation for me...just a reinforcement. I've never heard of a single person/band mentioned in this thread except for Kendrick Lamar and Taylor swift (although I couldn't name a single song by either of them nor identify them if i heard one. Y'all rock on though....music is like wine......listen to/drink what you like and don't let anyone else tell you it's wrong.

My wife takes the kids and leaves the house while I watch my Hokie games.........nuff said

This statement means you've never heard of NOFX, which logically means you've never played NCAA 2006, which had hands down the greatest soundtrack of any video game of all time, and yes, I am including THPS2.

Do yourself a favor, buy a PS2, make William and Mary 25x BCS national Champions and spend way too much time on the menu screen because the soundtrack is infallible.

Just bought ncaa 06 on xbox the other day👀

I must have read a thousand faces
I must have robbed them of their cause
Sickened thirst, Sickened thirst
Keeps it together
Soft white glow in the cranium
A bullseye made sedated

That feeling when you realize that video game is old enough to be a recruit

Never Forget #1 Overall Seed UVA 54, #64 UMBC 74

Lol...I'm pretty sure the one I had was NCAA 2004. My old ps2 player is long gone though.

My wife takes the kids and leaves the house while I watch my Hokie games.........nuff said

  • Architects - the classic symptoms of a broken spirit: definitely on the harder side compared to a lot of the other stuff mentioned so far in this thread, but dont be surprised if this gets nominated for a Grammy.
  • Alter Bridge - Pawns & Kings: Back to some rock with these guys and they took the best of what Tremonti and Miles Kennedy were doing in their own solo stuff and merged it back into Alter Bridge.
  • Joe Satriani - Elephants of Mars: just a great rock instrumental album with an awesome opening track.
  • Stabbing Westward - Chasing Ghosts: My personal favorite of the year. A new yet familiar sound from Stabbing Westward that made a fantastic album with no lulls from start to finish.
  • Billy Howerdel - What Normal Was: A new solo venture from the lead of A Perfect Circle... a moody trance-like album that has a lot of hooks. Good for a listen if you've enjoyed any of his prior work under APC or Ashses Divide, or the likes of Puscifer (APrimus, I'm looking at you)

New Architects is so disappointing compared to the albums that got them here, but in a vacuum I like the album

I have the opposite take for my personal prefs... Their old stuff is really hard for me to listen to. I can probably say that my order of favorite to least favorite album ranking follows their release order in reverse.

Puscifer 😎

I must have read a thousand faces
I must have robbed them of their cause
Sickened thirst, Sickened thirst
Keeps it together
Soft white glow in the cranium
A bullseye made sedated

JID - The Forever Story is probably my album of the year, with Kendrick Lamar's MMTBS being a close second.

Pusha T, Nas, and Benny the Butcher also released very very solid projects this year.

best album of the year for me was Coheed & Cambria's Vaxis – Act II: A Window of the Waking Mind

"Now Miami wants to talk about it." *Cue Enter Sandman*

Y'all, thank you for making me listen to MUNA, love that album. I had been resistant to picking it up because I had my fill of sad girls tunes being a long time fan of Phoebe, Lucy Dacus, and Julien Baker. I assumed MUNA would be the same and you know where that got me.

If you feel the leather in your hand let it rip.

Anyone on here seen any shows at Elevation 27 in Virginia Beach? How is it as a venue? Where do you park?

Just learned that Norma Jean is playing in Feb and Drug Church in March, and I am so there for both of them

EDIT: Drug Church tickets confirmed, stoked

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

Yes, saw Bayside there over the summer. Decent small venue. Their lot is small, but there is a Walmart across the street with a big parking lot.

I'm here for the memes, I just stay for the football.

That's going to be a great show, I almost added them to my '22 faves, but I just like CHEER so much I haven't given Hygiene a fair shake.

If you feel the leather in your hand let it rip.

Funny, I just came across them this year, so I cut my teeth on Hygiene, just started listening to Cheer...loving it so far too

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

LS Dunes - Past Lives

Nickel Creek - Live from the Fox Theater

Wet Leg - Wet Leg

No Devotion - Permanence

My Kid Brother - Happy.Mad.Weird.Sad (Leesburg band on Fearless Records. The drummer is from Radford and is one of my former drum students. They have a really cool sound and 2 lead singers)

The rest are bands that my band opened for in 2022 that everyone should check out.

The Bronze Age - Let It Burn (single) (If you live around Raleigh, go see these guys live. Bring ear plugs. They are the louder than dammit and will melt your face off.)

Nectar - No Shadow

Teens in Trouble - Teens in Trouble

Post your banddddddddddd

I don't want to self promote on here, and we suck. Out loud.

We're 3 dads in our thirties doing it purely for the fun of it. I like to say we're aging millennial post dadcore.

As a fellow thirty-something dad-rocker I salute you

Me looking at the metal hammer top 55 most anticipated rock albums of 2023 and seeing Chevelle A7X Mudvayne Mastodon and a unreleased slipknot album coming out👀🔥🤘

I must have read a thousand faces
I must have robbed them of their cause
Sickened thirst, Sickened thirst
Keeps it together
Soft white glow in the cranium
A bullseye made sedated

More Chevelle please

With concert ticket prices the way they are, I can only afford to see Chevette.

If you are talking about concerts like the Blue Ridge Rock Fest or Sonic Temple Festival - yeah, agree. One off shows with a headliner and an opener or two for non-arena shows haven't been bad in the DC area... there just haven't been many. But I did manage to see Chevelle ~15 months ago and I think I spent maybe $50 per ticket, which for a couple bands and a clean venue I am more than willing to pay for.

Love seeing this every year, here is my belated list. Some great records I've been coming back to repeatedly:

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Endless Rooms jangly rock&roll with real muscle
Wet Leg - Wet Leg deadpan wit, major bops
Chris Forsyth - Evolution Here We Come what if jam bands listened to Television instead of Grateful Dead?
MJ Lenderman - Boat Songs what if Neil Young was raised on 90s indie and knocked out some garage-rock bangers while totally wasted?
Jack White - Fear the Dawn bonkers guitar playing and White's best songs in a decade
Makaya McCraven - In These Times groove heavy, majestic future-jazz
Bartees Strange - Farm to Table primo big-budget indie rock with tinges of r&b and emo
Dawes - Misadventures of Doomscroller impeccable future-present lyrics buyoed by elaborate jam-mansions
Julian Lage - View With a Room hypnotic, telepathic, easy listening yet impossibly complex jazz guitar
Taylor Swift - Midnights vibey and catchy meditations from a songwriter hitting their peak
Anteloper - Pink Dolphins grimy synth-jazz

I found another older rock album I haven't listened to and I think is a banger. American Head Charge The war of art. Gives me meshuggah mets static x vibes😎🤘

I must have read a thousand faces
I must have robbed them of their cause
Sickened thirst, Sickened thirst
Keeps it together
Soft white glow in the cranium
A bullseye made sedated