Top Ten of 2017: Bobby Hussy of The Hussy, Cave Curse, Fire Heads, TIT, Kind Turkey Records

Madison, Wisconsin-based musician, recording engineer, show/party thrower, record geek Bobby Hussy performs in more bands that you can shake a PBR-clenching fist at; The Hussy, Cave Curse, Fire Heads, TIT. He’s also the owner and operator of Kind Turkey Records.

Ghettoblaster recently caught up with Hussy to ask about his favorite records of the year. This is what he told us.

ISS, Endless Pussyfooting

My favorite new band in forever. Confrontational, edgy and dancey punk rock. Most songs are based around drum samples from ’70s and ’80s punk, kraut and goth staples such as The Cure, Faust, and the Slits. This is the most unique record I’ve heard in half a decade at least.

Digital Leather, Pink Thunder

Will just sneak in before 2017 comes to a close! Shawn Foree is a master of dark synth pop that sticks in yr brain for days/months/years. This new record is dense and trippy. The band’s last record featured a full rock band lineup complete with live drums. This veers back toward drum machines and samples. I love both sides of Digital Leather, but I think Foree excels best when he’s at home and on his own terms.

Peter Perret, How The West Was Won

Ex-The Only Ones. First album in fifteen years.

Wood Chickens, Countrycide

Meat Puppets meets Minutemen meets Dead Milkmen. This record has it all! Rock, surf, psych, country, punk, hardcore, speedy indie, and everything in between. Madison’s finest punk band!

Waxahatchee, Out In The Storm

Heavily-produced pop rock that gets under your skin. Great songs and greater melody hooks.

The Smells, Manure Spreader

Local country punks from Madison, Wisconsin. Angular Jesus Lizard guitar meets the lo-fi rock of GBV with a dash of slacker indie along the lines of early Pavement. Home recorded by the band in true DIY fashion.

Sneaks, It’s A Myth

Last year’s debut LP by Eva Moolchan’s Sneaks project was the surprise hit of the year for me. Super simple bass n drum machine post punk minimalism. She lets the tracks breath a bit more on this year’s effort and adds synth to a number of tracks. Pretty solid follow up to one of my favorite records in a long time.

Bonny Doon, Bonny Doon

Detroit’s answer to Pavement! Very excellent slacker country for the garage rock crowd.

Vacation, Southern Grass – The Continuation of Rock N Roll

Probably the best underground punk band in the country currently. Just got off a tour supporting the Breeders. This band has written some of the finest catchy punk pop songs over the last decade. Their new record is two volumes, and both are completely essential and work off of each other extremely well. Lo-fi experiments interspersed between the catchy fist pumpers.

Marika Hackman, I’m Not Your Man

Sub Pop doesn’t always hit the nail on the head these days but this record really grew on me.

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