Best Album Produced by Steve Albini: Cloud Nothings – Attack on Memory

Dylan Baldi has ditched his bedroom for the musical powerhouse that is Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio studios in Chicago. I understand having to ditch the bedroom, as we here at SWR said our goodbyes back in September to the original site (I meant to tell someone about that), it’s about growing up. Sort of. Getting old seems to be a theme I’m noticing more this year that most others. Is it because it’s a constant or is it because it’s easy? Either way, the incredible performance and more precise production that Albini is able to extract out of any artist does them good. It shows their full potential if the group is willing. Darker than the earlier Cloud Nothing stuff, it’s not just about growing older. It’s more about pretending to forget that you are. It’s not dealing with the problems, it’s sweeping them away for the time being because there is always going to be more. Even after your dead. That’s when all this stuff will get done.

Recommended Track: Wasted Days
Runner Up: Screaming Females – Ugly

The “Where the Hell Are They” Award: Flight

What happened to Flight? After a lucrative 2009, releasing 4 7″s, and two proper EPs/Mini Albums bookending the 2010 year, it seemed like they were bound for something more. There was a lot of buzz building around them, there were tons of shows throughout 2010 and into 2011, and the only thing the band seemed to need was a proper full length release. Then nothing. Absolute dead air radio silence since early 2011. Did they break up? Is this just a hiatus? What happened? Grungy, messy, a bit more Echo reminiscing than I usually like, but here I am two years later just waiting for something more. You may be gone (I honestly have no idea), but you’re certainly not forgotten. Check out their final release of 2010, The Lead Riders, above.

Recommended Track: Straight Line