TOMMY AND THE COMMIES: Here Come: LP

Tommy And The Commies came out of nowhere just to give me my favorite album of 2018. Think late ’70s and early ’80s punk/new wave, and also those early ’00s bands that paid sonic homage to said eras (Exploding Hearts, Girls—the ones on Dirtnap, not one of the zillion other Girls.) Heavy Buzzcocks feel, in the best way (RIP to The Buzzcocks’ Pete Shelley, who passed away in between drafts of this here review.) The songs are all so good they repeat on side two! It’s hard to pick just one for a mix, but if pressed, I’d say “Sucking in Your 20s.” Take that, kids of today! Partners well with driving rock’n’roll punk like Marked Men, Carbonas, and Biznaga. –Sal Lucci (Slovenly, slovenly.com)