Blake Reviews Gabe’s Top 10: Against Me!, Transgender Dysphoria Blues

In one corner: Flagpole Music Editor Gabe Vodicka, itching to unleash his list of Top 10 non-local albums of the year onto a probably-suspecting public. In the other corner: News Editor Blake Aued, a new father whose awareness of 2014 music is limited to “Shake It Off” and Pharrell’s giant hat. From Dec. 22–31, Gabe will count down his list, and Blake will review each album in response.

6. Against Me!: Transgender Dysphoria Blues

Gabe: The punk album of the year was the pop album of the year was the confessional album of the year was the political album of the year was the… 

Seeing Against Me! live at the 40 Watt earlier this year solidified this record’s place on my year-end list. There is such power in these tunes and yet they’re all so singalong-perfect. Also, there is nothing subtle at all about TDB, which means Blake is going to hate it.

Blake: I’m not a fan of the whole crusty-folk-punk, screaming-about-politics-over-acoustic-guitars thing (which used to describe Against Me!), but nope. This is amazing. I haven’t heard a better glam-rock song since David Bowie started wearing suits.

Gabe’s Top 10, so far:

10. Aphex Twin: Syro
9. Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band: Intensity Ghost
8. Daniel Lanois: Flesh and Machine
7. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib: Piñata
6. Against Me!: Transgender Dysphoria Blues