Hyperactive Nashville art punks Snõõper released their debut album, Super Snõõper, via Third Man over the summer. Be Your Own Pet’s Jemima Pearl put it on her Top 10 Albums of 2023 list, saying, “Snõõper put on an amazing live show, which can sometimes be hard to translate to an album, but they definitely succeeded in capturing the frenetic energy and excitement of their performances. I’m lucky to call them friends, and I’ve been so happy to watch their success this year.” If you haven’t checked out the album, it’s a blast and you can listen below.
We’ve now got year-end lists from Snõõper’s Connor Cummins and Blair Tramel, who each gave us five records, including Yves Tumor, 100 gecs, Gee Tee, Feeble Little Horse and more. Check out their lists and commentary below.
Snõõper – Favorite Albums of 2023
Yves Tumor – Praise A Lord Who Chews But Which Does Not Consume; (Or Simply, Hot Between Worlds)
I had heard of Yves Tumor but didn’t really get into them until Ian (Silicone Prairie) showed me the video for “Kerosene” earlier this year. I began with their other albums, then really started listening to PALWCWDNC a lot this Summer. “Echolalia” was the soundtrack to my 2023 and my most listened to song of the year. This is a post-post punk-electro-pop record. The songs I didn’t like at first became my most listened to later in the year. I could spend this whole article writing about how YT affected me. Yves Tumor really changed how I think about guitar based music and PALWCWDNC was my top record of 2023.
Sextile – Push
Have you ever done drugs at a party, danced your ass off, talked some shit, woke up the next day feeling terrible and gone back out to do it all again the next night? If the answer is yes, then this is the record for you! The A side is basically a giant party until you lose yourself in “Crash” and bottom out from the MDMA. The B side is a bunch of commentary about people in that scene, including “LA DJ” which could have also been titled “Nashville DJ.” Push is an endless party cycle trapped in an LP and the lyrics are A++.
Gee Tee – Goodnight Neanderthal
I’m already biased towards this LP because Gee Tee is one of my favorite current bands. GN is an incredibly fun record with an endless amount of hooks and catchy choruses. “Stuck Down” was my 3rd most listened to song this year with “40k” close behind. I like to imagine this is what The Spits would sound like if they didn’t drop out of high school or if The Ramones made an album with a cheap Casio in the Warrane sunshine.
Nosferatu – Society’s Bastard
Absolutely raging hardcore from Austin, TX. Many bands try to imitate the feeling of early fast American Hardcore but Nosferatu are legit. If you had Wretched listen to the Koro 7” 50 times a day I feel like you would end up with this LP. Cody Phifer is one of the best modern underground drummers and I encourage everyone to check out all his projects.
CRTB – Life In Exile
I first heard CRTB when he collabed with Mall Grab on the song “Juice.” I remember being in the gym in Melbourne when I first heard LIE and it totally blew my mind. Every time I listen to LIE it feels like totally sensory overload and keep finding new subtleties in the songs every time I listen. He also introduced me to the world of Kettama, X Club, DJ Boneyard, and everyone at SCDD who got a lot of plays this year. Completely over the top blown out dance music for freaks.
100 gecs – 10,000 gecs
music for knowing all of the words
Brorlab – Working Out in Heaven
music for walking through a busy area
Busted Head Racket – Junk Food
music for driving in the car/ for fun
Feeble Little Horse – Girl With Fish
music to listen to in your home town
Tee Vee Repairman – What’s on TV
music for celebrations