Thrift Store Ransom – “Thrift Store Ransom”
Thrift Store Ransom started as an RPM project, and turned into a full-fledged “thing” that wound up being picked up by Rhode Island-based record label, “75-or-Less.” Not too shabby. My favorite part of this project is the collaboration between frontman Eric Ott and his teenaged daughter, Lindsay. She wrote several of the songs included on the effort, including “Moonshine,” one of the year’s finest penned tunes, hands down.
Nate Laban & Sam Hill – “Nate Laban & Sam Hill”
Nate Laban is simply the best punk-folker on the planet. His brand of music is somewhere in the vein of Elvis Costello hanging with the Clash – pumping out jam after jam. “Nate Laban & Sam Hill” does not venture away from that recipe at all. And why would one want to? So good. So aggressive. So feisty.