Best Albums (in alpahbetical order):
Blackalicious – Imani Vol. 1
They’re back. Rejoice.
Circus Devils – Stomping Grounds
Circus Devils aren’t for everyone. So what?
Czarface – Every Hero Needs a Villian
Superheroes, beats and spitting.
Andy Gabbard – Fluff
Guitar, brah. Guitar.
Colleen Green – I Want to Grow Up
The soundtrack to being 30-something.
Mac McCaughan – Non-Believers
Portastatic, Superchunk, Go Back Snowball – whatever the name, I’m in if Mac’s in.
Motel Beds – Mind Glitter
Full disclosure: I work for them. Doesn’t change a thing.
High on Fire – Luminiferous
The time is nigh. Enter in.
Liturgy – The Ark Work
Amazing explorations in black metal.
Chelsea Wolfe – Abyss
Devastatingly heavy while simultaneously beautiful.
Best Reissue: Leatherface – Razorblades and Asprin
These albums have all been out-of-print and prohibitively over-priced for too long.
Best Comic: Descender
Getting impatient waiting for the next issue of Saga? Descender is more then a stop-gap as Lemire remains one of the best writers working today.
Best Game: Mysterium
Like Clue for adults. If marketed correctly, this could reach Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne levels of popularity.
Best Show: Difficult People
Billy Eichner’s characters can seem so larger then life, it’s fun to see a more toned down version here. The casting is amazing and so is the writing. Hardly a misstep.
Best Podcast: We Watch Wrestling
Matt, Vince and Tom are equal parts ambassadors and sherpas into the world of professional wrestling. They’re really funny too. Sometimes the guys go pretty deep down the rabbit hole of explaining their last trip to PWG, but it’s understandable – seeing PWG live sounds incredible.