The Hotelier’s album Home, Like NoPlace Is There turns one year old today. The album not only shot them to the top of the game, but it really contributed to the success of the record label, Tiny Engines. Since the record came out, I’ve been following TE closely like a loyal pawn just waiting for them to release another gem like HLNPIT. If The Hotelier hadn’t put out such an amazing album last year I may not have stumbled onto Somos, who also created a record that made it onto my year’s end list. The way that The Hotelier’s album was received affected much more than just the band themselves. I remember the day that I preordered the record, my dad and I decided to drive up to Tehachapi Mountain Park to hike around. On the way home, my news feed was inundated with buzz from a lot of people I follow regarding the new record. The band changed their name from The Hotel Year to “The Hotelier” and that was crucial to their success because it really rebranded the band. I grabbed the record on a whim, and it was a bit of an impulse buy but I couldn’t be happier to have a first pressing of one of my favorite records of last year. I wish the guys in The Hotelier the best of luck, may the record live on for years to come. If there’s a 10 year tour, I’ll be there.