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Best of 2018 – Hot Sauce Kyle’s Spicy Takes

Best albums, EPs, podcasts, and sandwiches, and THE 2018 POP PUNK AWARDS!

Well, 2018 is coming to an end. It’s been a busy year for the Abe Froman of Chicagoland hot sauce, as some of you might have noticed from a lack of Decent Panini columns. Don’t worry, I have still been eating sandwiches. Don’t worry, I will be writing more about them in the coming year. In the meantime, here are my standout albums/EPs in a year that saw podcasts overtake my listening life. As a bonus I’ve ranked some other random shit and given out some arbitrary awards for our little community. Have fun.

Top 10 Albums:

Jacob Horn TrioWhy Though? (Worry Records)

Culture AbuseBay Dream (Epitaph)

Single MothersThrough a Wall (Dine Alone)

Dan KDan K (Sooper Records)

Drug ChurchCheer (Pure Noise)

Four Fists6666 (Doomtree)

MilhouseEverything’s Coming Up (Self-Released)

SectionedAnnihilated (Self-Released)

C.H.E.W.Feeding Frenzy (Iron Lung)

VeinErrorzone (Closed Casket Activities)


Top 5 EPs:

See You Space Cowboy/Second Grade Knife Fight – Split ((We built the world and) miss the stars)

AcceptorCheers For Fears (Self-Released)

Pet SymmetryReflection (Self -Released)

Oscar BaitThird Strike (Self -Released)

Meth.I Love You (Self-Released)


Top 5 Podcasts:

All Fantasy Everything


Behind the Bastards


The Dollop


Top 5 Sandwiches:

Kuma’s Corner – Hewhocorrupts

Yellow Deli – Long Island Rancher

Cocina Boricua – Cerdo Jibarito

Red Hot Ranch – Surf ‘n’ Turf (top the burger with fried shrimp)

Epic Deli – The Soothsayer


Pop Punk Awards – 2018

Best Live Band – Fever 333

Most Fun Live Band – Rozwell Kid

Best Chicago Local Band – Kali Masi

Best Show – Against Me! / Speedy Ortiz / Typesetter at Codfish Hollow Barnstormers

Best Fest 17 Set – Comeback Kid

Best Drunk Singalong – The Menzingers at Fest 17

Band Who Climbed the Most Trees at Fest – Sincere Engineer

Best After Show Food – Flash Taco

Best Album Tour – Streetlight Manifesto plays Everything Goes Numb

Best Festival – Ian’s Party

“They’re still a fucking band?!” band – Mest

“They’re still a fucking band, rad!” – Senses Fail

“Oh I don’t think I’ll get into the pit tonight… (bloody nose 2 songs in) – Every Time I Die 20 Year Tour

Best Album Art – Worlds Scariest Police Chases

Best Non-Punk Punk – Gritty

Reunited Band That Should Break Up Again – Jawbreaker

Dumbest Record Label Name – ((We built the world and) miss the stars)

Tours That Will Not Be Missed – Warped Tour

Best Crabcore – Attack Attack

Most Barking in Hardcore – Knocked Loose

Most Anticipated Reunion 2019 – THE BLOOD BROTHERS

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