• Life Stinks

S.S. Records out of Sacramento, California, was one of this year’s best sources of bad-vibes, bum-out punk. Not only did they put out two excellently deranged records from Spray Paint in 2013, they also brought us . . . And Then a Shovelful of Dirt Hit Him Flush in the Face . . . by San Francisco’s Life Stinks. This band couldn’t have a better name: these weirdos play slovenly, downtrodden punk rock in the vein of noise punk pioneers Flipper and reinforce it with two drummers hammering out simple, sludgy beats. Today’s 12 O’Clock Track is “Cemeteries” off Life Stinks’ S.S. release, and it’s a big, fat slice of gross-out bummer punk. A real uplifting number to keep your post-holiday spirits up.