Guest Lists: The Best of 2016

Nick Cvijovic

Phil Collins - December 29, 2016

We here at Change the Rotation recently voted on our favorite albums of 2016 in a suspenseful, drama-filled battle of the fittest. Soon we will reveal the results of our annual best albums of the year bracket. First, we have some guest year end lists from people involved in the local music scene. Today, take in a best of the year list from Nick Cvijovic, vocalist and guitarist for Chicago punk/ska band Butchered. Listen to their latest EP, Whatever, I Guess..., here. Butchered plays at Brauerhouse in Lombard on Friday with Johnny Automatic, The Mizzerables and 80 Proof Preacher. More information on that show here. Here is Nick's list of the top music and what not of 2016.

Top Punk Albums:
1. PUP The Dream is Over
2. White Lung Paradise
3. Arms Aloft What a Time to be Barely Alive

Top Metal/Hardcore Albums:
1. Oathbreaker Rheia
2. The Dillinger Escape Plan Dissociation
3. G.L.O.S.S. Trans Day of Revenge

Top Other:
1. The Dirty Nil Higher Power
2. Sioux Falls Rot Forever
3. A Tribe Called Quest We Got it from Here...Thank You 4 Your Service
4. Plague Vendor BLOODSWEAT
5. Uranium Club Human Exploration

Top Local:
1. Action Boy Aging Like Milk
2. Munch Postpornum Depression EP
3. Ribbonhead Racing to the Bottom EP
4. Nancy With Child (it’s Eat the Life, it counts as local, shut up)
5. Davey Dynamite Holy Shit

Favorite Parking Lot to Sketch In: That Taco Bell we ate it in St. Paul

Best Skate Trick: Benihana or a 360 Flip

Best Split: Dead Bars/The Tim Version Tour Split

Favorite Concert (non-Riot Fest): Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats at Metro AND Oathbreaker, Iron Reagan, Skeletonwitch at Sub T

Favorite Riot Fest Show: The Bronx AND White Lung

Coolest Song of 2016: “No Bounty” by Plague Vendor

Best Single of 2016: “Pollyanna” by DZ Deathrays

Best Song off of Coloring Book: “Same Drugs” or “Blessings”

Worst Decision of 2016: Marshmallow Vodka Breakfast

Best Decision of 2016: Buying a Rainbow Machine

Coolest Event of 2016: Cubs World Series, obviously.

5 Songs that Everyone Needs to Listen to Going into 2017:
1. “Alive” by Pearl Jam
2. “People Who Died” by The Jim Carroll Band
3. “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (and I Feel Fine)” by R.E.M. (I know, so cliche…)
4. “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen
5. “Give Violence a Chance” by G.L.O.S.S. but you also have to slam a beer in a can and then crush that can against your forehead or just go fight some police.