Posted in music on December 13, 2013

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We've been asking around for artists to tell us their favorite albums of 2013, and the people at NJ punk/indie rock label Don Giovanni Records sent over some lists from a few of their artists. At the bottom of this post, you can browse the lists from label co-founder Joe Steinhardt (also an artist on the label as Modern Hut), DC post-punks Priests, eclectic Brooklyn duo Shellshag, Amherst sludge rockers California X, Wisconsin punk rippers Tenement, Hilly Eye, Lauren Measure's new pop punk band Worriers, and Marissa Paternoster, the shredder/vocalist of Screaming Females (and also the brains behind Noun). One major trend on the lists is that the self-titled debut from Radioactivity (the new band of The Marked Men's Jeff Burke and Mark Ryan) appears more than any other album. If you haven't heard that one yet, you can stream it below.

As discussed, most of the bands mentioned will be playing the Don Giovanni showcases happening in Brooklyn on February 6 at 285 Kent and February 7 and 8 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for 285 Kent and MHOW (including a 2-day pass option) are still available.

Lists and streams below...


Radioactivity - Radioactivity (via Noisey)

Joe Steinhardt (Modern Hut/Don GIovanni Records)
Daniel Bachman - Jesus I'm A Sinner
Michael Cantor - Funeral Season
Michael Hurley - Land Of Lofi
Peter Stampfel and the Ether Frolic Mob - The Sound Of America
Radioactivity - Radioactivity
Rational Anthem - Whatevermind

Best reissue this year: Lena Hughes - Queen Of The Flat Top Guitar


Metallica (Ride The Lightning), Wagner (Tristan und Isolde), Joan Armatrading (Track Record), Parliament (Clones of Dr. Funkenstein), Cops on segways


Shellhead's favorite five albums of 2013:

Nuclear Santa Claust, order of the new age
Hard feelings, swell
Hilly Eye, reasons to live
Dead Dog, Precious Child -
Dark Rides, walk the floors

* 7"/10"/cassette mentions:
Frozen Teens, oakland footsteps 7"
Kreamy 'Lectric Santa/Bobby Joe Ebola split 7"
Apogee Sound Club/Shellshag split 7"
Garbage/Screaming Females split 10" "because the night"
Screaming Females, chalk tape

California X:

ovlov-am A very good band from Connecticut. We first met them in Boston and Steve was wearing a cap I think. This is a guitar band.

potty mouth-hell bent We tried to set up and show with Potty Mouth on Cape Cod once but it didn't work out. If you walk into our backyard eventually you'll get to a graveyard. Exit the graveyard and walk across the street and you're at Abby's house.

swearin'-surfing strange I was in new york once and from somewhere behind me I heard "Hey Fucker!" I turned around and it was Jeff. It was nice to see his smilin' face. The first time I met him we walked to the liquor store together and he showed me how much he liked Fireball.

radioactivity-s/t We all really like The Marked Men so this was an exciting thing to hear in 2013.

windhand-soma I listen to this everyday when I get out of work and every time I drink beer.


- Radioactivity - "S/T"
- Pusrad - "Modern Anatomi"
- Sucked Dry - "Dog Children"
- Kremlin - "Drunk in the Gulag"
- Vacation - "Candy Waves"

Amy Klein (Hilly Eye):

1. Kurt Vile - Wakin on A Pretty Daze
2. Waxahatchee - Cerulean Salt
3. Speedy Ortiz - Major Arcana
4. Heliotropes - A Constant Sea
5. Andrew Cedermark - Home Life

Lauren Denitzio (Worriers)


1. Radioactivity - Radioactivity
2. Neko Case - The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
3. Superchunk - I Hate Music
4. Radiator Hostpital - Something Wild
5. California X - California X

Marissa Paternoster (Screaming Females)

1. Speedy Ortiz - Major Arcana
2. Dead Dog - Precious Child
3. Shellshag - Forever
4. Batty - Demo
5. +HIRS+ split w/ Water Torture




Comments (25)

probably the most overrated label going right now. disposable.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2013 4:19 PM

How could this be an overrated label? They are still very small and relatively unknown...

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2013 4:29 PM

One of the most underrated labels

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2013 4:44 PM

You'd think Marked Men reinvented the wheel the way people think about them. A pretty good band. That's about it. Radioactivity sounds like a Fat Wreck band filtered thru the Exploding Hearts. Glad y'all like em, but can y'all please shut up about em?

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2013 4:59 PM

4:19 is Chris Ott, but yea, rich jersey kids Pellycore bullshit sucks

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2013 5:43 PM

Don Giovanni's top one list of sex acts:
1. Incest

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2013 5:51 PM

that california x album was fucking fantastic.

and radioactivity isnt as good as marked men...but it still beats most of the crap you listened to this year.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2013 6:23 PM

Radioactivity couldn't beat the crap out of a Captured Tracks band. Grow the fuck up and listen to some real punk. (hint: it's not Static-X).

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2013 6:35 PM

The Screaming Female passes the "overrated" torch to Speedy Ortiz

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2013 6:38 PM

Only on brooklynvegan would a label as small as Don Giovanni be called overrated....

Is there anything anyone on here actually likes?

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2013 9:46 PM

wonder how many of these anonymous commenters have ever played in a band or recorded an album. would love to hear it.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2013 10:39 PM

10:39 captain twatter

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2013 10:42 PM

playing in a band isn't difficult, especially for younger people who have more free time and indulgent parents. recording an album after a year of practice isn't too much to ask either. In the end, what difference does that make, opposed to just being an engaging, sociable, aware person? I mean in real life, not some tumblr fameball. the facile nature of 10:39's challenge is telling, making a hobby into something worthy of aspiring to. The wonderful aspect of a small minded vicious anonymous comment is that it could be Arthur Miller telling you that he slept with your mom, it doesn't diminish his achievements in any field. I have more regard for someone who posts an ignorant comment and gives a hungry person some food than I do for anybody who has a record album as among their greatest acts in life.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2013 11:05 PM

Anyone with money can record a album. It just takes talent to make a good one.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2013 11:10 PM

It's funny and ignorant how many of these commenters seem to think these bands or this label come from money and parental support.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2013 11:46 PM

I made two album tonight.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2013 2:13 AM

"The wonderful aspect of a small minded vicious anonymous comment is that it could be Arthur Miller telling you that he slept with your mom..." HAHAHAHA yeah buddy

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2013 12:57 PM

I play in bands, book shows, write about music, put out records, do drugs, fuck other humans, breathe, collect records and sometimes eat. Is that enough to make fun of your shitty taste in music?
And no I'm not stupid enough to tell you what they are; hell, maybe you even own a record by me, but don't even know it. Oh man, what a terrible conundrum for you. Oh wait again, you probably don't own any records, or listen to anything besides remixes.
I have nothing against any of these bands, their fans on the other hand....

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2013 1:01 PM

great lists from a great label

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2013 1:36 PM

catcher in the rye
the merchant of venice
the plague
the iliad

now there's a top 5

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2013 4:27 PM

10:39 just because you play in a band doesn't mean your music is good or you deserve respect. I don't play in a band because if I did my music would be shitty. Too bad the Screaming Females didn't realize the same thing.

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2013 10:19 AM

Just because you posted something stupid doesn't mean you're not stupid. Too bad your parents didn't have that abortion.

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2013 1:32 PM

Lol @ "pellycore"

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2013 2:12 PM

this is like, the coolest website

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2014 2:03 PM

In memoriam Claudio Abbado who passed yesterday. He left behind plentiy to remember. 

Posted by Wenardo | October 29, 2014 3:04 PM

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