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Best Of 2014

  • Andy Stott - Faith In Strangers (Modern Love)
  • Ariel Pink - Pom Pom (4AD)
  • Blind Shake - Breakfast of Failures (Goner)
  • Blonde Redhead - Barragan (Kobalt)
  • Bronze - World Arena (Fun No Fun)
  • Damaged Bug - Hubba Bubba (Castle Face)
  • Dorval & Devereaux - s/t (Moon Glyph)
  • Exocomet - s/t (s/r)
  • Fumaca Preta - s/t (Soundway)
  • Gazelle Twin - Unflesh (Last Gang)
  • Klaus Johann Grobe - Im Sinne Der Zeit (Trouble In Mind)
  • Leisure Birds - Tetrahedron (Moon Glyph)
  • Liars - Mess (Mute)
  • M185 - Everything Is Up (Siluh)
  • Meridian Brothers - Salvadora Robot (Soundway)
  • Morgan Delt - s/t (Trouble In Mind)
  • Papercuts - Life Among Savages (Easy Sound)
  • Posse - Soft Opening (Beating A Dead Horse)
  • Ritual Howls - Turkish Leather (Felte)
  • Rolodex - Anthems For The Micro-Age (Medical)
  • Sandy’s - Fourth Dementia (Um Yeah Arts)
  • Throwing Snow - Mosaic (Houndstooth)
  • Timber Timbre - Hot Dreams (Arts & Crafts)
  • Tobacco - Ultima II Massage (Ghostly)
  • Total Control - Typical System (Iron Lung)
  • Wand - Ganglion Reef (God?)

A Series of Sevens

7 Awesome Albums of 2014

  • Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots (Warner Brothers)
  • E GONE – All The Suns Of The Earth (Sunrise Ocean Bender)
  • Carl Hultgren – Tomorrow (Blue Flea)
  • OOIOO – Gamel (Thrill Jockey)
  • Gruff Rhys – American Interior (Turnstile)
  • Scott Walker + Sunn O))) – Soused (4AD)
  • Neil Young – A Letter Home (Reprise)

7 Amazing Acts of 2014

  • Neutral Milk Hotel – Fox Theater, April 9-11
  • New Bums – KALX performance studio, April 13
  • The Everymen – Eli's Mile High Club, June 26
  • KISS & Def Leppard – Concord Pavilion, July 2
  • Burger Boogaloo – Mosswood Park, July 5-6
  • Bonnie "Prince" Billy & The Cairo Gang Featuring Dawn McCarthy – Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, October 5
  • Gruff Rhys – The Chapel, November 11

7 Additional Adorations of 2014

  • Curtis Harding – Keep On Shining test pressing 7” (Burger)
  • Hawkwind – The Flicknife Years box (Cherry Red)
  • Tony Molina – Dissed and Dismissed vinyl issue (Slumberland)
  • The Movements – Like Elephants 1 & 2 US release (Sunrise Ocean Bender)
  • Gruff Rhys performing acoustic and chatting with me in the KALX studio – November 18
  • Permanent Makeup temporary tattoo
  • “Revenge of the Mekons” documentary (Music Box Films) – February 28

Anonymous

Best Albums of 2014

  • Kasai Allstars - Beware the Fetish (Crammed Discs)
  • Cooly G - Wait 'Til Night (Hyperdub)
  • Dilated Peoples - Directors of Photography (Rhymesayers)
  • Tinariwen - Emmaar (Anti-)
  • Sam Amidon - Lily-O (Nonesuch)
  • Tony Allen - Film of Life (Jazz Village)
  • Canibus - Fait Accompli (RBC)
  • Kali Z. Fasteau - Piano Rapture (Flying Note)
  • Matthew Shipp - I've Been to Many Places (Thirsty Ear)
  • Farmers By Nature - Love and Ghosts (AUM Fidelity)

Audio Cheesecake

Best Albums of 2014

  1. Ariel Pink – pom pom (4AD)
  2. Useless Eaters – Bleeding Moon (Castle Face)
  3. Perfect Pussy – Say Yes To Love (Captured Tracks)
  4. Fat White Family – Champagne Holocaust (Fat Possum)
  5. Frankie Cosmos – Zentropy (Double Double Whammy)
  6. Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal (What’s Your Rupture? / Mom & Pop)
  7. Nots – We Are Nots (Goner)
  8. Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness (Jagjaguwar)
  9. Allah Las – Worship The Sun (Innovative Leisure)
  10. Mitski – Bury Me At Makeout Creek (Double Double Whammy)

Best Concerts of 2014

  • Savages - ­ Shoko Madrid, 2/20
  • King Khan & The Shrines ­ - Whelan’s, 4/19
  • Fat White Family - ­ Rickshaw Stop, 11/3
  • FKA Twigs - ­ The Warfield, 11/20
  • Peanut Butter Wolf - ­ Leo’s, 11/21

Bedford 12

Best of 2014

  • Leonard Cohen- Popular Problems (Columbia)
  • St. Vincent- S/T (Loma Vista)
  • Perfume Genius- Too Bright (Matador)
  • Slow Club- Complete Surrender (Wichita)
  • Alt-J- This is All Yours (Canvasback)
  • First Aid Kit- Stay Gold (Columbia)
  • Perera Elsewhere- Everlast (Friends of Friends)
  • Marianne Faithfull- Give My Love to London (Easy Sound)
  • Reuben and the Dark- Funeral Sky (Arts and Crafts)
  • Chuck Ragan- Til Midnight (Side One Dummy)

Berkestir

Best Of 2014

  • Archie Bronson Outfit - Wild Crush (Domino)
  • Brace/Choir - Turning On Your Double (Tapete)
  • Regina Carter - Southern Comfort (Masterworks)
  • Rosanne Cash - The River And The Theard (Blue Note)
  • Ex Hex -Rips (Merge)
  • Flaming Lips - With A Little Help From My Fwends (Warner Bros.)
  • Golden Retriever - Seer (Thrill Jockey)
  • Robyn Hitchcock - Man Upstairs (Yep Roc)
  • House Of Cosy Cushions - Spell (Outcast Cats)
  • Liars - Mess (Mute)
  • Luluc - Passerby (Sub Pop)
  • Notwist - Close To The Glass (Sub Pop)
  • Ritual Howls - Turkish Leather (Feite)
  • Ty Segall - Manipulator (Drag City)
  • Suspirians - S/T (S/R)
  • Teribal Anamal - New Creature (S/R)
  • Thee Oh Sees - "Drop" (Castle Face 33)
  • Thompson Family - S/T (Fantasy)
  • Tinariwen - Emmaar (Anti-)
  • Caetano Veloso - Abracaco (Nonesuch)
  • You'll Never Get To Heaven - Adorn (Psychic Handshake)

Best Reissues Of 2014

  • Can - Vinyl Box Set (Spoon)
  • Keith Emerson - At The Movies (Esoteric)
  • Hawkwind - 1981 - The Flicknife Years-1988 (Atomhenge)
  • White Hills - Glitter...Glamour...Atrocity! (Thrill Jockey)
  • Neil Young - Live At The Cellar Door (Reprise)

Best Artists From The Past That Berkestir Discovered in 2014 And Has Overplayed

  • Jane
  • Erkin Koray
  • Gabor Szabo

Brother Grimm

Best Albums of 2014

  • Courtney Barnett - The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas (Mom + Pop)
  • Mac DeMarco – Salad Days (Captured Tracks)
  • Withered Hand – New Gods (Slumberland)
  • Happyness – Weird Little Birthday (Weird Smiling)
  • Frankie Cosmos – Zentropy (Double Double Whammy)
  • Quilt – Held in Splendor (Mexican Summer)
  • TV Girl – French Exit (S/R)
  • Alvvays – S/T (Polyvinyl)
  • Cocktails – Adult Life (Father Daughter)
  • Hospitality – Trouble (Merge)
  • Ought - More Than Any Other Day (Constellation)
  • Ex Hex – Rips (Merge)
  • Painted Palms – Forever (Polyvinyl)
  • Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal (What's Your Rupture?)
  • Nude Beach – 77 (Don Giovanni)
  • Kero Kero Bonito – Intro Bonito (Double Denim)
  • Twerps – Underlay (Merge)
  • Tops – Picture You Staring (Arbutus)
  • Tiny Ruins – Brightly Painted One (Flying Nun)
  • Mr Little Jeans – Pocketknife (Harvest)
  • Literature – Chorus (Slumberland)
  • Spook School – Dress Up (Fortuna Pop)
  • Slow Club – Complete Surrender (Wichita)

Carnacki

Best 15 Albums in alphabetical order

  • Barren Harvest - Subtle Cruelties (Handmade Birds)
  • Carla Bozulich - Boy (Constellation)
  • Hildur Gudnadottir - Saman (Touch)
  • Andrew Hewitt - The Double soundtrack (Milan)
  • Eleni Karaindrou - Medea (ECM)
  • Mica Levi - Under The Skin soundtrack (Milan)
  • Dion McGregor - Dreaming Like Mad (Torpor Vigil)
  • Monolith & Cobalt - Polarlicht (Time Released Sound)
  • Marissa Nadler - July (Sacred Bones)
  • Nurse With Wound and Graham Bowers - Excitotoxicity & Parade combo (Red Wharf)
  • Ou - Pisces Crisis (Spoot)
  • Jo Quail - Caldera (S/R)
  • Swans - To Be Kind (Young God)
  • Scott Walker and Sunn O))) - Soused (4AD)
  • Kristeen Young - The Knife Shift (Test Tube Baby)

Best Small Things (7"s, 3"s) in alphabetical order

  • Barren Harvest - Beautiful Flowers 3x7" (Black Horizons)
  • Guy Gelem - Reappearance 3" (Time Released Sound)
  • irr. app. (ext.) - Neognathae Portentosus 3" (Petit Mal Music)
  • Jim Kaiser - Swept Through and Nullified 3" (Petit Mal Music)
  • Medicine Moon - S/T 7" (Pesanta Urfolk)
  • Pang - Young Professionals (Melters)
  • Stone Breath - Fire Beyong the Seventh Gate 5" & 3" (Hand/Eye)
  • Tele Novella - Trouble In Paradise 7" (American Laundromat)
  • Gideon Wolf - Diagram 3" (Time Released Sound)

Best 15 Live Shows in chronological order

  • Zoe Boekbinder, Red Steppes - Subterranean Arthouse, 18 January
  • Alessandro Cortini, [rudiobello] - Tom's Place, 30 January
  • Marisa Anderson, Marielle V Jakobsons, Danny Grody - Hemlock Tavern, 16 April
  • EFFT - Vortex Room, 20 April
  • Ou - Duende, 7 June
  • Kristeen Young - The Bottom Of The Hill, 19 July
  • Dax Pierson, Disemballerina, Thaoboth - Life Changing Ministries, 19 August
  • Tele Novella - Elbo Room, 2 September
  • DakhaBrakha - YBCA, 7 September
  • Sangre de Muerdago, Ekstasis, Blackbird Raum, Noctooa - The Sanctuary, 9 September
  • Swans, Carla Bozulich - The Independent, 9 September
  • Kristine Barrett - Kahn Studio, 12 December
  • Ramon + Jessica - Viracocha, 13 December
  • Hildur Gudnadottir -The Independent, 16 December
  • Faun Fables / BirchBook / Lasher Keen - Emerald Tablet, 19 December

Carolyn

Faves of 2014

New Stuff

  • Nots - We Are Nots (Goner)
  • Los Culitos - El Duelo Final (S/R)
  • Guinea Worms/ The In Out - “The Credit Cards Lied/ The Stupidity” (Botulism Music / Sell You)
  • T.I.T.S - “I Told You I Was Sick/ Kashmere Trap” (Pollymaggoo)
  • The Lopez - Travel Fast (Machine Age)
  • Musk – S/T (Holy Mountain)
  • Bad Daddies - You Ain’t Right (Negative Fun)
  • 4 Sids - Kill (S/R)
  • Frau – S/T (Dead Beat)
  • Ausmuteants - Order Of Operation (Goner)
  • Manateees – Sit N Spin (Pelican Pow Wow)
  • Miami Dolphins - Becky (FPE)
  • VCR - VCR’s Greatest Hits (Barfbag)
  • Giorgio Murderer - Primitive World (Goner)
  • Dancer- Rootbeer Station (Chocolate Covered)
  • Neighborhood Brats - Total Dementia (Dirtnap)

Random goodness: The best cover songs of 2014

  • Ye Nuns - Nun More Black (Tuff Enuff)
  • Watery Love - “I Don’t Care” - B side of Sick People 45 (In The Red)
  • Jay Reatard - “Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle” - In Utero: In Tribute (Robotic Empire)
  • Cretin Stompers - “Drano In Yr Veins” - Looking Forward To Being Attacked (Hozac)
  • The Real Kids - “Fly Into The Mystery” Shake…Outta Control (Ugly Pop)
  • Sick Thoughts - “Human Garbage Disposal” - Gonerfest 11 EP (Gulcher)

Reissues

  • Terrorists - “Crazy Life” (Going Underground) 1981
  • Klitz - Sounds Of Memphis, ’78 (Spacecase) 1978
  • Plastix - Konsumier Mich (Danger Records) 1981
  • Wild Youth - “Wot About Me/ Anti You” (Retrobution) 1979
  • Crime - Murder By Guitar (Superior Viaduct) 1976-1980
  • Curtis Seals/ Christian D’orbit “The Scandalizer/ Drive Me Crazy” (Windian) 1981
  • Loose Heart - Alone (Danger) 1976
  • Electric Eels “Jaguar Ride/ Splittery Splat” (Hozac) 1975
  • Algo Salvaje Vol. 1 (Munster) 1960s
  • The Exit - The Exit EP (Permanent) 1979
  • Liquid Diamonds - “Aw Maw/ Long Ago” (Hozac) 1973
  • Taang Box Set (Get On Down) 1984-1988

Live

  • The Len Bright Combo - Memphis, TN
  • Jerry Lewis - Las Vegas, NV
  • Icky Boyfriends - Oakland, CA and San Francisco, CA
  • Life Stinks - Twice in 24 hours! - Memphis, TN
  • Gizmos - Oakland, CA and San Francisco, CA

Cia Cia La Pirata

Songs that entertained me quite well in 2014...in no particular order whatsoever!

  • Amen Dunes - “Sixteen” - Love (Sacred Bones)
  • Bang Data - “Volar” - Mucho Poco (Rockolito)
  • Karol Conka - “Boa Noite” - Batuk Freak (Mr. Bongo)
  • The Rifffs - “Start the Revolution” - Start the Revolution (S/R)
  • Dirtwire - “Bed Spring” - S/T (Beats Antique)
  • Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars - “Chaimra” - Libation (Cumbancha)
  • Bossacucanova - “Balança (Não Pode Parar)”, Adam Popowitz Mix - Six Degrees of Brazil Volume 2 (Six Degrees)
  • Metá Metá - “Orunmila” - MetaL MetaL (Mais Um Discos)
  • Bear Lincoln - “Sasquatch” - Bare Lincoln (S/R)
  • Alex Carlin Band - “Are You Better Than My Girlfriend?” - Are You Better Than My Girlfriend? (S/R)
  • Koo Koo Kanga Roo - “Fanny Pack” - Whoopty Whoop (Fun Fun/Asian Man)
  • The Thrashers - “I Won the Dance Contest” - Sounds All Around: Live Sessions from CJSW 90.9 (CJSW)
  • Skimmed - “The Stripper” - Summer Lovers (S/R)
  • 11th Street Kids - “My Bed Don’t Fit You” - single (Target)
  • Spider Heart - “Love and War” - Dirt (S/R)
  • Coma Serfs - “Under the Tongue” -  PDX Pop Now! 2014 (PDX Pop Now)
  • The Phenomenauts - “Broken Robot Jerk” - Escape From Velocity (Silver Sprocket)
  • The Gregors - “When I Say” - Gregors Can’t Be Choosers (S/R)
  • The Fur Coats - “Desperate” -  PDX Pop Now! 2014 (PDX Pop Now)
  • DakhaBrakha - “Karpatskyi Rep” - Light (Duduk)
  • Toco - “Rainha” - Memoria (Schema)
  • Arto Lindsay - “Simply Are” - The Encyclopedia of Arto (Northern Spy)
  • M+A - “When” - single (Monotreme)
  • Sisyphus - “Lion’s Share” - Asthmatic Kitty Spring 2014 Sampler (Asthmatic Kitty)
  • Asteroids Galaxy Tour - “Navigator” - Bring Us Together (Hot Bus)
  • Craft Spells - “Nausea” - Nausea (Captured Tracks)
  • Ava Luna - “Crown” - Electric Balloon (Western Vinyl)
  • Astronauts, Etc. - “Odessa”  - Non*Market Comp 1 (Non*Market)
  • Sit Kitty Sit - “O Fortune” - Everlasting Fire (S/R)
  • Allysen Callery - “In Your Hollow” - Mumblin’ Sue (75 Or Less)
  • Moot Davis - “Food Stamps” - Goin’ In Hot (Crow Town)
  • Trivalve - “Big Blue” - The Leona Sessions (S/R)
  • Mystic Braves - “Born Without a Heart” - Desert Island (S/R)
  • Orquesta Pacifico Tropical - “Rio Frio” - PDX Pop Now! 2014 (PDX Pop Now)
  • The Souljazz Orchestra - “One Life To Live” - Inner Fire (Strut)
  • Alika - “Jengibre” - Mi Palabra Mi Alma (S/R)
  • Nickel Creek - “Hayloft” - A Dotted Line (Nonesuch)
  • Sibille Attar - “Alcoholics” - Sleepy Head (S/R)

All-around Best Releases - 2014

  • Sit Kitty Sit - Everlasting Fire (S/R)
  • The Gregors - Gregors Can’t Be Choosers (S/R)
  • Bang Data - Mucho Poco (Rockolito)
  • Toco - Memoria (Schema)
  • Asteroids Galaxy Tour - Bring Us Together (Hot Bus)
  • Los Nuggetz: Volume Uno (Rockbeat)

Citizen Zain

Favorite Releases of 2014 (In Alphabetical Order)

  • 20syl - Motifs (On And On Music)
  • Blonde Redhead - Barragán (Kobalt)
  • Captain Planet - Esperanto Slang (Bastard Jazz)
  • Herb Alpert - In The Mood (Shout! Factory)
  • Ibibio Sound Machine - S/T (Soundway)
  • Khun Narin - Electric Phin Band (Innovative Leisure)
  • Paul White - Shaker Notes (R&S)
  • Tinariwen - Emmaar (Anit-)
  • Tommy Guerrero - No Man's Land (Too Good)
  • v/a - Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes  (Harvest)
  • William Onyeabor - What?! (Luaka Bop)

Favorite Electronic, Dance and DJ Music in 2014 (In Alphabetical Order)

  • Aphex Twin - Syro (Warp)
  • Bonobo - Flash Light EP (Ninja Tune)
  • Booka Shade - Love Drug EP (Blaufield)
  • Boundary - Still Life (Boundary)
  • Caribou - Our Love (Merge)
  • Flying Lotus - You’re Dead!  (Warp)
  • Jack Beats - Beatbox EP (OWSLA)
  • Machine Drum - Vapor City Archives (Ninja Tune)
  • Nick Monaco - Mating Call (Soul Clap)
  • Octo Octa -  Between Two Selves (100% Silk)
  • Plastikman - EX (Mute)
  • Simian Mobile Disco - Whorl (Anit-)
  • The Knife - Shaken-Up Versions (Mute)
  • Thom Yorke - Tomorrow's Modern Boxes (Self Released)
  • Trentemøller - Lost Reworks (In My Room)
  • v/a - SubSoul, Vol. 2: Deep House, Garage & Bass Music (SubSoul)

Comma

Favorite Albums Of 2014

  1. Future Islands – Singles (4AD)
  2. Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire for No Witness (Jagjaguwar)
  3. Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty (Sub Pop)
  4. White Lung – Deep Fantasy (Domino)
  5. Marissa Nadler – July (Sacred Bones)
  6. OOIOO – Gamel (Thrill Jockey)
  7. Makthaverskan – II (Run for Cover)
  8. Swans – To Be Kind (Young God)
  9. Flying Lotus – You're Dead! (Warp)
  10. The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream (Secretly Canadian)
  11. D’Angelo – Black Messiah (RCA)
  12. Stone Jack Jones – Ancestor (Western Vinyl)
  13. Takako Minekawa and Dustin Wong – Savage Imagination (Thrill Jockey)
  14. Ishraqiyun – Perichoresis (Web of Mimicry)
  15. Strand of Oaks – HEAL (Dead Oceans)
  16. Carla Bozulich – Boy (Constellation)
  17. Priests – Bodies and Control and Money and Power (Don Giovanni)
  18. Joan as Police Woman – The Classic (PIAS)
  19. Caribou – Our Love (Merge)
  20. Alvvays – S/T (Polyvinyl)
  21. Burnt Palms – The Girl You Knew (WWNBB)
  22. Perfect Pussy - Say Yes to Love (Captured Tracks)
  23. Current 93 – I Am the Last of All the Field That Fell (Spheres)
  24. The Haden Triplets – S/T (Third Man)
  25. Cibo Matto – Hotel Valentine (Chimera Music)
  26. Curtis Harding – Soul Power (Burger)
  27. Scott Walker and Sunn O))) – Soused (4AD)
  28. Luluc – Passerby (Sub Pop)
  29. A Winged Victory for the Sullen – ATOMOS (Kranky/Erased Tapes)
  30. Freeman – S/T (Partisan)

Cuppa Joe

Ten Best (in alphabetical order)

  • Tony Allen - Film of Life (Harmonia Mundi)
  • The Baseball Project - 3rd (Yep Roc)
  • D'Angelo And The Vanguard - Black Messiah (RCA)
  • The Ghost Wolves - Man, Woman, Beast (Plowboy)
  • Grouper - Ruins (Kranky)
  • OU - Pisces Crisis (S/R)
  • Spoon - 'They Want My Soul' (Loma Vista)
  • Swans - To Be Kind (Young God)
  • Tune-Yards - Nikki Nack (4AD)
  • Jack White - Lazaretto (Third Man)

Best Reissues

  • Songs: Ohia - Didnít It Rain (Secretly Candaian)
  • The Brothers & Sisters - Dylan's Gospel (Light In The Attic)
  • Mike Cooper - Trout Steel (Paradise of Bachelors)

Best Box Set

  • Bob Dylan & The Band - The Basement Tapes Complete (Legacy)

DangerVenture

Top 10 Debut LPs

  • Alvvays - S/T (Polyvinyl)
  • Pup - S/T (Side One Dummy)
  • Sylvan Esso - S/T (Partisan)
  • Foxing - The Albatross (Triple Crown)
  • Jungle - S/T (XL)
  • Adult Jazz - Gist Is (Spare Thought)
  • Los Angeles Police Department - S/T (Forged Artifacts)
  • - No Mythologies To Follow (Sony)
  • Benjamin Booker - S/T (ATO)
  • Glass Animals - Zaba (Wolf Tone)

Top 5 Debut EPs

  • Small Wonder - Wendy (Father/Daughter)
  • Courtney Bartnett - The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas (Mom+Pop)
  • Sun Club - Dad Claps At The Mom Prom (Goodnight)
  • Joywave - How Do You Feel? (Cultco)
  • Erik Hassle - Somebody's Party (Record Company)

Top 10 Local Releases

  • Cocktails - Adult Life (Father/Daughter)
  • City Tribe - Undertow (S/R)
  • Painted Palms - Forever (Polyvinyl)
  • Cathedrals - S/T (Neon Gold)
  • Doncat - Don Gato (S/R)
  • The Soft White Sixties - GET RIGHT. (S/R)
  • Doe Eye - TELEVISION (S/R)
  • Everyone Is Dirty - Dying Is Fun (Tricycle)
  • Grow & Twine - Wind Fool (S/R)
  • Travis Hayes - Young Daze (S/R)

5 Amazing Local Shows (Not including festival sets) out of a grand total of 120

  • We Were Promised Jetpacks - Bimbos 2/22, 11/4
  • John Moreland - Night Light 3/25, 11/14
  • - Rickshaw Stop 5/3
  • Typhoon - Academy of Sciences 8/7, 8/8
  • Laura Jane Grace - City Winery Napa 12/27

Deep Mission

Best New Release

  • Gangstagrass - Broken Hearts and Stolen Money (Rench Audio)

Best New Local Artist

  • Spurs - Til The Sea Meets the Sky (S/R)
  • Front Country - Sake of the Sound (S/R)

Best Live Band Hosted

  • Spurs - on KALX Live 09/27/2014

Best New Jazz

  • Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden - Last Dance (Warner Brothers)
  • The Souljazz Orchestra - Inner Fire (Strut)

Best New Americana/Folk

  • The New Basement Tapes - Lost on The River (Harvest)
  • Front Country - Sake of the Sound (s/r)

Best New World/Alternate

  • Jet Black Pearl  - S/T (S/R)
  • Mia Doi Todd - Floresta (City Zen)
  • Tinariwen - Emmaar (Anti-)

Best New Rock/Pop

  • Kitty Boy - Love Noir vol. 1 (s/r)
  • Naomi Shelton and The Gospel Queens - Cold World (Deptone)
  • The Black Tibetans -  It's Me (S/R)

Best Shows

  • Richard Thompson - Solo show at Great American Music Hall 05/13/2014
  • Spurs - Viracocha 10/9/2014 (along with Kelly McFarling and The T-Sisters)
  • Front Country - CD release party at Slim's 11/15/2014

DJ Autumn

Top 20 Artists to Discover

  • Green Seed
  • Mo
  • Benjamin Booker
  • Rival Sons
  • The Oh Sees
  • The Raveonettes
  • Curtis Harding
  • Klaus Yohan Grobe
  • The Liminanas
  • Emma Donavon and the Putbacks
  • Perrera Elsewhere
  • Burial
  • Gangstagrass
  • Glass Animals
  • The DHDFDís
  • The Swans
  • FKA Twigs
  • Wu Tang
  • Quantic
  • Freeman

DJ Masquatch

Top 15 Records of 2014

  • At The Gates - At War With Reality (Century Media)
  • Devin Townsend Project - Z2 (Inside Out Music)
  • Chumped - Teenage Retirement (Anchorless)
  • Youth Code - A Place To Stand (Dais)
  • Pup - S/T (Side One Dummy)
  • Iron Reagan - The Tyranny of Will (Relapse)
  • Every Time I Die - From Parts Unknown (Epitaph)
  • Gates - Bloom and Breath (Pure Noise Records)
  • Godflesh - A World Lit Only By Fire (Avalanche Recordings)
  • This Will Destroy You - Another Language (Suicide Squeeze)
  • White Lung - Deep Fantasy (Suicide Squeeze)
  • Beach Slang - Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street (Tiny Engines)
  • Fucked Up - Glass Boys (Matador)
  • Against Me! - Transgender Dysphoria Blues (Total Treble Music)
  • Trap Them - Blissfucker (Prosthetic)

E. Lit

Top 10 Music Album List 2014

  • Nocando - Jimmy the Burnout (Hellfyre Club)
  • Bike for Three! - So Much Forever (Fake Four Inc.)
  • K. Raydio x Psymun - LucidDreamingSkylines (self-released)
  • Solillaquists of Sound - The 4th Wall (self-released)
  • Taylor McFerrin - Early Riser (Brainfeeder)
  • Toki Wright & Big Cats - Pangaea (Soul Tools)
  • Mike Mictlan - Hella Frreal (Doomtree)
  • Rob Sonic - Alice in Thunderdome (OK-47)
  • Goldini Bagwell - Secondhand Smoke (The Extended Cut) (Heaven Noise)
  • Z-Man & Elon - The Opening Act (Gurp City)

F*Bomb

2014 Favorites

  • Cold Beat - Over Me (Crime on the Moon)
  • Ex Hex - Rips (Merge)
  • Hearts Revolution - Ride or Die (S/R)
  • Nots - We Are Nots (Goner)
  • Spoon - They Want My Soul (Loma Vista)
  • Kelis - Food (Ninjatune)
  • History of Apple Pie - Come Undone (Marshall Teller)
  • Caribou - Our Love (Merge)
  • September Girls - Veneer (Kanine)
  • Coathangers - Suck my Shirt (Suicide Squeeze)
  • Bleeding Rainbow - Interrupt (Kanine)
  • Perfect Pussy - Say Yes to Love (Captured Tracks)
  • Chastity Belt - Evil (Help Yourself)
  • National Wake - Walk in Africa 1978-1981 (Light in the Attic)
  • New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers (Matador)
  • Punk 45 Vol 3: Sick on You! One Way Spit! After the Love & Before the Revolutions (Soul Jazz)
  • Dark Beach - Scream Queen (Unicorn Power/Dark Beach)
  • Deerhoof - La Isla Bonita (Polyvinyl)
  • Burnt Palms - The Girl You Know (We were never boring)
  • Swans - To be kind (Young God)
  • Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings - Give the People What they Want (Daptone)
  • Kids on a Crime Spree - We're so good (S/R)
  • Useless Eaters - Bleeding Moon (Castle Face)
  • Curtis Harding - Keep on Shining 7" (Burger)
  • Bob Mould - Beauty & Ruin (Merge)
  • Ibibio Sound Machine - Let's Dance (Soundway)
  • Jessica Pratt - S/T (Birth)
  • Childbirth - It's A Girl! EP (Help Yourself)
  • Burnt Palms - The Girl You Knew (WWNBB)
     

Fernando

Favorite LPs of 2014

  1. Burnt Palms - The Girl You Knew (WWNBB)
  2. Habibi - S/T (Burger)
  3. Flowers - Do What You Want To, It's What You Should Do (Kanine)
  4. Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire For No Witness (Jagjaguwar)
  5. Makthaverskan - II (Luxury / Run For Cover)
  6. The Coathangers - Suck My Shirt (Suicide Squeeze)
  7. Tyrannosaurus Dead - Flying Ant Day (Odd Box)
  8. Bleeding Rainbow - Interrupt (Kanine)
  9. Virginia Wing - Measure of Joy (Fire Records)
  10. Butter The Children - True Crime (S/R)
  11. Ace Bushy Striptease - Slurpt (Odd Box)
  12. Tacocat - NVM (Hardly Art)
  13. Eternal Summers - The Drop Beneath (Kanine)
  14. Puzzled - S/T (S/R)
  15. Literature - Chorus (Slumberland)
  16. September Girls - Cursing The Sea (Fortuna Pop!)
  17. Hospitality - Trouble (Merge)
  18. Las Robertas - Days Unmade (Art Fag)
  19. Cayetana - Nervous Like Me (Tiny Engines)
  20. Nots - We Are Nots (Goner)
  21. Gold-Bears - Dalliance (Slumberland)
  22. Space Daze - Line Up on the Solstice (Beautiful Strange)
  23. Trick Mammoth - Floristry (Fishrider)
  24. The Proper Ornaments - Wooden Head (Slumberland)
  25. Fear of Men - Loom (Kanine)
  26. Cold Beat - Over Me (Crime On The Moon)
  27. Alvvays - S/T (Polyvinyl)
  28. Tripping The Light Fantastic - ...Is Tripping The Light Fantastic (Jigsaw)
  29. The Hobbes Fanclub - Up At Lagrange (Shelflife)
  30. Allo Darlin' - We Come From The Same Place (Slumberland)
  31. La Sera - Hour of the Dawn (Hardly Art)
  32. Street Eaters - Blood::Muscles::Bones (Nervous Intent)
  33. Naomi Punk - Television Man (Captured Tracks)
  34. Tweens - S/T (Frenchkiss)
  35. Timber Timbre - Hot Dreams (Arts & Crafts)
  36. Beach Day - Native Echoes (Kanine)
  37. Monster Treasure - S/T (Harlot)
  38. Perfect Pussy - Say Yes To Love (Captured Tracks)
  39. The Luxembourg Signal - S/T (Shelflife)
  40. Alpaca Sports - Sealed With A Kiss (Luxury)

Favorite EPs & Singles of 2014

  1. Crabapple - Is It You? (S/R)
  2. Nice Try - Convined (Kingfisher Bluez)
  3. Fazerdaze - S/T (S/R)
  4. Childbirth - It's A Girl! (Help Yourself)
  5. School '94 - Like You (Luxury)
  6. Dark Beach - Scream Queen (Dark Beach / Unicorn Power)
  7. Veronica Falls - Nobody There / I Need You Around (Beachyhead)
  8. Nice Legs - Lullaby Land (S/R)
  9. Pinky Promise - S/T (S/R)
  10. Horrible/Adorable - Amy Understands (S/R)
  11. My Light Shines For You - Dias De Lluvia EP (S/R)
  12. The Hundredth Anniversary - Wreckers (Odd Box)
  13. Tuff Love - Junk EP (Lost Map)
  14. Tashaki Miyaki - Cool Runnings (S/R)
  15. Marge - Not Bad (Ranch Records)
  16. Wild Balbina - Sisters Before Misters (Elefant)
  17. The Smittens - Love Record Breaker (Fika)
  18. Crystal Stilts - Delirium Tremendous (Sacred Bones)
  19. September Girls - Veneer (Kanine)
  20. Persian Rugs - This Is OK For Now (S/R)
  21. Tony Molina - Dissed and Dismissed (Slumberland)
  22. Gingerlys - Jumprope (Shelflife)
  23. Lost Tapes - Poetry Dates (Cloudberry)
  24. Lost Pets - Richard Loves Doris (S/R)
  25. Big Deal - Sakura EP (Mute)

Film Close-ups

Best 20 Fiction Films in alphabetical order

  • Boyhood
  • Dance of Reality
  • The Double
  • Enemy
  • Frank
  • Ida
  • Joe
  • Lilting
  • Low Down
  • The Lunchbox
  • Mr. Turner
  • Obvious Child
  • The One I Love
  • Only Lovers Left Alive
  • The Rover
  • Snowpiercer
  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
  • Under The Skin
  • A Walk Among The Tombstones
  • The Zero Theorem

Best 10 Non-Fiction Films in alphabetical order

  • Actress
  • Alive Inside
  • Citizenfour
  • Happy Valley
  • Ivory Tower
  • Jodorowsky's Dune
  • The New Black
  • The Overnighters
  • Virunga
  • Visitors

Hailstorm

Favorite Albums of 2014

  • Future Islands - Singles (4AD)
  • Sylvan Esso - Sylvan Esso (Partisan)
  • Tweens - S/T (Frenchkiss)
  • Ballet School - The Dew Lasts an Hour (Bella Union)
  • Beverly - Careers (Kanine)
  • Makthaverskan - II (Run For Cover)
  • A Sunny Day in Glasgow -  Sea When Absent (Lefse)
  • Cloud Nothings - Here and Nowhere Else (Carpark/Mom & Pop)
  • Priests - Bodies and Control and Money and Power (Don Giovanni)
  • Alvvays - S/T (Polyvinyl)
  • Girlpool - S/T (Wichita)
  • White Lung - Deep Fantasy (Domino)
  • Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire for No Witness (Jagjaguwar)
  • St. Vincent - S/T (Loma Vista)
  • Say Hi - Endless Wonder (Barsuk)
  • Painted Palms - Forever (Polyvinyl)
  • together PANGEA - Badillac (Harvest)
  • Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal (What's Your Rupture?/Mom & Pop)
  • Lyla Foy - Mirrors the Sky (Sub Pop)
  • Karen O - Crush Songs (Cult)

Home Alone

Best Records 2014

  • Ambarchi/O’Malley/Dunn - Shade Themes from Kairos (Drag City)
  • Amen Dunes - Love (Sacred Bones)
  • Bedhead - 1992-1998 Box (Numero Group)
  • Mike Cooper - Trout Steel (Paradise of Bachelors)
  • Richard Dawson - Nothing Important (Weird World)
  • Morgan Delt - S/T (Trouble in Mind)
  • Grouper - Ruins (Kranky)
  • Khun Narin - Electric Phin Band (Innovative Leisure)
  • Nazoranai - The Most Painful Time Happens Only Once Has It Arrived Already? (Ideologic Organ)
  • Oneohtrix Point Never - R Plus Seven (Warp)
  • Wendy Rene - After Laughter Comes Tears (Light in the Attic)
  • Dylan Shearer - Garagearray (Castle Face)
  • Space Lady - Greatest Hits (Night School)
  • I Am The Center: Private Issue New Age Music In America, 1950-1990 (Light in the Attic)
  • Native North America vol 1: Aboriginal Folk, Rock and Country 1966-1985 (Light in the Attic)

Hurricane Lorraine

2014 Records That Were Always On Repeat

  • Woolen Men - Quick Trips (Loglady)
  • Landlines - Log Out, Tune Up, Drop Dead (S/R)
  • Cold Beat - Over Me (Crime On The Moon)
  • #1s - The Number Ones (Static Shock)
  • Useless Eaters - Bleeding Moon (Castle Face)
  • Man - TV On (HoZac)
  • Sonic Chicken 4 - S/T (Bachelor)
  • OBN IIIs - Live In San Francisco (Castle Face)
  • Nots - We Are Nots (Goner)
  • Sonic Avenues - Mistakes (Dirtnap)
  • Makthaverskan - II (Run For Cover)
  • Punk 45: There Is No Such Thing As Society - Get A Job, Get A Car, Get A Bed, Get Drunk! Underground Punk and Post-Punk In The UK 1977-81 (Soul Jazz)
  • Silent Era - S/T (S/R)
  • Sheer Mag - What You Want (Wilsuns)

Shows, Shows, Shows

  • Total Trash Halloween Bash - Leo's, October 31st
  • Burger Boogaloo Fest - Mosswood Park, July 5th and 6th
  • California - Hemlock Tavern, May 8th
  • Landlines - The Knockout, October 11th
  • Peanut Butter Wolf - Leo's, November 21st

Johnny Savage

Best of 2014

  • Black Keys - Turn Blue (Nonesuch)
  • St. Vincent - S/T (Loma Vista/Republic)
  • Swans - To Be Kind (Young God)
  • Billie Joe + Norah  - Foreverly (Reprise)
  • Crime - Murder By Guitar (Superior Viaduct)
  • Elvis Presley - Elvis' Christmas Album (Follow That Dream/RCA)
  • New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers (Matador)
  • Bart Davenport - Physical World (Lovemonk/Burger)
  • Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence (Interscope)
  • Bob Dylan and the Band - The Basement Tapes Complete (Columbia)
  • Ace Bandits - "Silence Said It All" (S/R)

Kendra K

Top 7" Releases of 2014

  • Garahm Day and the Forefathers - Love Me Lies (State Records)
  • Los Disco Duro - Te Lo Creo (Discos Mas)
  • Hard Left - Safety (S/R)
  • Terry Malts - Insides EP (Slumberland)
  • Bad Daddies - You Ain't Right (Negative Fun)
  • Male Gaze - Cliffs of Madness (Mt. St. Mtn.)
  • Pop Rivets - 1st Generation Punk (Damaged Goods)
  • Replica - Beast EP (Prank)
  • Nots - Fix (Goner)
  • Games - Little Elise (Hozac)

Kennybear

Fave Tunes of 2014 (in no particular order)

  • White Lung - "I Believe You" - Deep Fantasy (Domino)
  • Ty Segall - "It's Over" - Manipulator (Drag City)
  • Slow Club - "The Queen's Nose" - Complete Surrender (Wichita)
  • The History of Apple Pie - "Don't You Wanna Be Mine?" - Feel Something (Marshall Teller)
  • Curtis Harding - "Surf" - Soul Power (Burger)
  • Bob Mould - "Hey Mr. Grey" - Beauty and Ruin (Merge)
  • Beverly - "You Can't Get It Right" - Careers (Kanine)
  • Piers Faccini and Vincent Segal - "Cammina Cammina" - Songs of Time Lost (Six Degrees)
  • Deerhoof - "Exit Only" - La Isla Bonita (Polyvinyl)
  • Gemma Ray - "The Right Thing Did Me Wrong" - Milk For Your Motors (Bronze Rat)

Know Your Conjurer

Favorite Albums of 2014

  • Amen Dunes - Love (Sacred Bones)
  • OOIOO - Gamel (Thrill Jockey)
  • Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire For No Witness (Jagjaguwar)
  • White Fence - For The Recently Found Innocent (Drag City)
  • Moebius / Neumeier / Engler - Another Other Places (Bureau B)
  • Torn Hawk - Let's Cry And Do Pushups At The Same Time (Mexican Summer)
  • Tonstartssbandht - Overseas (Arbitus)
  • Sylvie Simmons - Sylvie (Light In The Attic)
  • Mica Levi - Under The Skin [Original Sound Track] (Rough Trade)
  • St. Vincent - S/T (Republic)
  • Shintaro Sakamoto - Let's Dance Raw (Zelone)
  • Scott Walker + Sunn O))) - Soused (4AD)
  • Real Estate - Atlas (Domino)
  • Wadada Leo Smith/George Lewis/John Zorn - Sonic Rivers (Tzadik)
  • The Growlers - Chinese Fountain (Everloving)

Favorite Re-Issue

  • The Velvet Underground - S/T 45th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (Polydor)

Favorite Retrospectives

  • Max Richter - Retrospective (Deutsche Grammophon)
  • William Onyeabor - Box Set (Luaka Bop)

Leftfield Lance

Favorite 7"s

  • Ausmuteants - Felix Tried to Kill Himself (Goodbye Boozy)
  • Flesh World - A Line in Wet Grass (Iron Lung)
  • The Intended - Huguenot (All Gone)
  • King Tears Mortuary - Asleep at the Wheel of Fortune (Vacant Valley)
  • Life Stinks - Portraits (Total Punk)
  • Mystery Date - You and Your Sister (Pinata)
  • Pang - Young Professionals (Melters)
  • Primetime - S/T (La Vida Es Un Mus)
  • Terry Malts - Insides (Slumberland)
  • Sheer Mag - What You Want (Wilsuns)
  • The Suburban Homes - Suburban Home (Market Square)
  • Synthetic ID  - Escapement (Crime on the Moon)
  • Video - Cult of Video (No Good)
  • VeLO - Tight Time (Close Up)

Favorite LPs

  • Cold Beat - Over Me (Crime on the Moon)
  • Good Throb - Fuck Off (White Denim)
  • Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal (What’s Your Rupture?)
  • Watery Love - Decorative Feeding (In the Red)
  • Hank Wood  & the Hammerheads - Stay Home (Toxic State)

Luna

Top Picks of 2014

Best ALBUMS 2014 – in alpha order

  • Afro Latin Vintage Orchestra - Pulsion (Ubiquity)
  • Aphex Twin - Syro  (Warp)
  • Aries Project - English Ghosts(Invisible Hands)
  • Atash - Everything Is Music (S/R)
  • Battlehooch - Hot Lungs(Chuur)
  • Cornelius Boots - Mountain Hermit’s Secret Wisdom (Zeroth Law)
  • Botanist - VI: Flora (The Flenser)
  • Brownout - Brown Sabbath (Ubiquity)
  • Budos Band (The) - Burnt Offering (Daptone)
  • Vashti Bunyan - Heartleap (DiCristina)  
  • Roseanne Cash - The River & The Thread (Blue Note)
  • Chicago Jazz Philharmonic - Sketches Of Spain: Revisited (3Sixteen)
  • Hollie Cook - Twice (Mr. Bongo)
  • Daydream Machine - Twin Idols (Picture In My Ear)
  • Toumani & Sidiki Diabate - Toumani & Sidiki (World Circuit)
  • Kyle Bobby Dunn - Kyle Bobby Dunn & the Infinite Sadness (Students of Decay)
  • Dogon Lights (The) - S/T (S/R)
  • Emma Donovan & The Putbadks - Dawn (HopeStreet)
  • Dr. John - Ske-Dat-De-Dat… The Spirit of Satch (Proper)
  • EGONE - All The Suns of The Earth (Sunrise Ocean Bender)
  • Elephant Stone - The Three Poisons (Hidden Pony)
  • Lawrence English & Stephen Vitiello - Fable (Dragon’s Eye)
  • Ghost Wolves (The) - Man, Woman, Beast (Plowboy)
  • Goat - Commune (Sub Pop)
  • Tommy Guerrero - No Mans Land (Too Good)
  • Inutili - Music to Watch the Clouds On a Sunny Day (Aagoo)
  • Krautrock Classics - Krautrock Classics (Dublab)
  • La Sucursal de la Cumbia - Cumbia a Domicilio (Intolerancia)
  • Les Big Byrd - They Worshipped Cats (A Recordings)
  • Lewis & Clarke - Triumvirate (La Societe Expéditionnaire)
  • LoCura - Dale de Comer (S/R)
  • Los Straightjackets  - Deke Dickerson Sings the Great Instrumental Hits (Yep Rock)
  • Luminescence - Luminescence     (Navona)
  • Moon Hooch - This is Cave Music (Hornblow Recordings)
  • Nawa  - Ancient Sufi Invocations and Forgotten Songs from Aleppo (Lost Origin Sound Series)  
  • Bill Nelson - After The Satellite Sings (Esoteric)
  • OOIOO - Gamel (Thrill Jockey)
  • Arun Ramamurthy Trio - Jazz Carnatica (S/R)
  • Gemma Ray - Milk for Your Motors (Bronze Rat)
  • Ritual Howls - Turkish Leather (Felte)
  • Tinariwen - Emmaar (Anti-)
  • Via Tania & the Tomorrow Music Orchestra - S/T (Narooma)
  • Mia Doi Todd - Floresta (City Zen)
  • Tuatara - Underworld (Sunyata)
  • Viento Callejero - S/T (S/R)
  • Scott Walker + Sun O))) - Soused(S/R)
  • Way Jose - Stay In The Light (S/R)
  • White Hills - Glitter Glamour Atrocity (Thrill Jockey)
  • Wildest Dreams - S/T (Smalltown Supersound)
  • Girma Yifrashewa - Love & Peace (Unseen Worlds)

Best SONGS 2014 (not on my best albums) – in alpha order

  • Accolade - “Hymn to the Moon Goddess” - Legends (S/R)
  • Accolade - “Journey” - Legends (S/R)
  • Accolade - “Lady of Shalott” - Legends (S/R)
  • Alpine Decline - “Mid-Level Functionary in a Criminal Syndicate”  - Go Big Shadow City (Genjing)   
  • And you Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead - “Lost in the Grand Scheme” - IX (Superball)
  • And you Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead - “Sound of the Silk”  - IX (Superball)  
  • Greg Ashley  - “Medication #7” - Another Generation of Slaves (Trouble In Mind)
  • Asteroids Galaxy Tour - “Navigator” - Bring Us Together (Hot Bus/Rough Trade)
  • Band of Skulls - “Heaven’s Key” - Himalayan (Electric Blue )
  • Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash  - “Poor Man’s Son” - New Old Story (Rndm)
  • Bobby “Blue” Bland - “Ain’t No Sunshine” - Take Me To The River: Soundtrack (Stax)
  • Blonde Redhead - “Cat on a Tin Roof” - Barragan (Kobalt)
  • Blonde Redhead - “No More Honey” - Barragan (Kobalt)
  • Benjamin Booker - “Kids Never Growing Older” -  S/T (Ato)
  • Brothers & Sisters (The) - “All Along The Watchtower” - Dylan’s Gospel (Light In The Attic)
  • Jackson Browne - “Which Side?” - Standing In The Breach (Inside Recordings)
  • Melaena Cadiz - “Needles River” - Deep Below Heaven (Wild Kindness)
  • Deadmau5 - “Monday” - While (1<2)  (Astralwerks)
  • Deadmau5 - “Phantoms Can’t Hang” - While (1<2) (Astralwerks)
  • Dirt Wire - “Bed Spring” - S/T (S/R)
  • Dream Police - “Hypnotized” - Hypnotized (Sacred Bones)
  • Dream Police - “Iris” - Hypnotized (Sacred Bones)
  • Drums (The) - “Bell Laboratories” - Encyclopedia (Minor)
  • Dubmarine - “Beat In Control” - Laser Sound Beam (Sugarrush)
  • Dubmarine - “Let’s Go” - Laser Sound Beam (Sugarrush)
  • Dubmarine - “Pass It On” - Laser Sound Beam (Sugarrush)
  • Ensemble Mik Nawooj - “First Song” - S/T (S/R)
  • Ensemble Mik Nawooj - “Hope Springs Eternal” - S/T (S/R)
  • Erasure - Sacred” - The Violet Flame (Mute)
  • Fred Frith & John Butcher - “Colour of an Eye Half Seen” - The Natural Order (Northern Spy)
  • Ben Frost - “Sola Fide” - Aurora (Mute)
  • Valery Gore - “Hummingbird In Reverse” - Idols in the Dark Heart (S/R)
  • Jessica Hernandez - “Over” - Secret Evil (Instant)
  • Lia Ices  - “Creature” - Ices (Jagjaguwar)
  • Kimbra - “Goldmine” - The Golden Echo (Warner Bros.)
  • King Tuff - “Black Moon Spell” - Black Moon Spell (Sub Pop)
  • King Tuff - “Rainbow’s Run” - Black Moon Spell (Sub Pop)
  • King Tuff - “Staircase of Diamonds” - Black Moon Spell (Sub Pop)
  • Late Road Lunatics - “Lunatic Dub” - Like A Dog In The Playground (S/R)         
  • Lolawolf - “Take A Hint” - Calm Down (Innit)
  • Luluc - “Star” - Passerby (Sub Pop)
  • Luluc - “Tangled Heart” - Passerby (Sub Pop)
  • Luxembourg Signal - “First Light” - S/T (Shelflife)
  • Meta Meta - “Man Feriman” - Metal Metal (Mais Um Discos)
  • Moniquea - “If I Let You Take My Heart” - Yes No Maybe (MoFunk)
  • PC Worship - “Odd” - Social Rust (Northern Sky)
  • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - “Shadow People” - Hypnotic Eye (Reprise)
  • Caroline Rose - “Shepherd” - I Will Not Be Afraid (Little Hi!)
  • Micah Blue Smaldone - “Heavy Bottle” - The Ring Of The Rise (Immune)
  • Sorceress - “Te Kano” - Dose (Wonderwheel)
  • Useless Eaters - “Bleeding Moon” - Bleeding Moon (Castle Face)
  • Wampire - “Wizard Staff” - Bazaar (Polyvinyl)
  • Wand - “Fire On The Mountain I-II-III” - Ganglion Reef (God?)
  • Watermelon Sugar - “UFO” - S/T (Swoon)
  • Wytches (The) - “Wide At Midnight” - The Annabel Dream Reader (Partisan)
  • Zammuto - “Sinker” - Anchor (Temporary Residence)

Majority Whip

Favorite Albums Of 2014

  1. Meridian Brothers – Salvadora Robot (Soundway)
  2. Steve Lehman Octet - Mise En Abime (Pi)
  3. Gazelle Twin – Unflesh (Last Gang)
  4. St. Vincent - S/T (Loma Vista)
  5. D’Angelo and the Vanguard – Black Messiah (RCA)
  6. Takako Minekawa and Dustin Wong – Savage Imagination (Thrill Jockey)
  7. My Brightest Diamond – This is My Hand (Asthmatic Kitty)
  8. Hauschka - Abandoned City (Temporary Residence)
  9. Deerhoof - La Isla Bonita (Polyvinyl)
  10. Aphex Twin - Syro (Warp)
  11. Stefan Wesolowski – Liebestod (Important)
  12. Illum Sphere - Ghosts of Then and Now (Ninja Tune)
  13. Caetano Veloso – Abraçaço (Nonesuch)
  14. Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds in Country Music (High Top Mountain)
  15. Scott Pender - 88+12 (Navona)
  16. The Bad Plus – Inevitable Western (Okeh)
  17. Quilt - Held In Splendor (Mexican Summer)
  18. Piers Faccini & Vincent Segal - Songs of Time Lost (Six Degrees)
  19. Christopher Tignor – Thunder Lay Down in the Heart (Western Vinyl)
  20. Meta Meta – Metal Metal (Mais Um Discos)
  21. Khun Narin - Electric Phin Band (Innovative Leisure)
  22. Illusion of Safety – Surrender (No Part of It)
  23. A Winged Victory for the Sullen – Atomos (Kranky)
  24. Andy Haas– Taballah (Resonant Music)
  25. Jason Roebke Octet – High/Red/Center (Delmark)
  26. Romanowski – The Return of Steady Rocking Romanowski & Friends (Trouser Trout)
  27. Wussy – Attica (Shake It)
  28. Viento Callejero - S/T (S/R)
  29. Roumi Petrova – Enchanted Rhythms (MSR)
  30. Broncho - Just Enough Hip To Be Woman (Dine Alone)

Mantis

Best Shows of 2014

  • Frankie Rose - Rickshaw Stop, February 4th
  • Perfect Pussy - The Vera Project, March 24th
  • Keith Sweat - Saban Theatre, July 12th
  • The Muffs - Amoeba Hollywood, July 29th
  • The Julie Ruin - The Fillmore, November 1st
  • Chicano Batman - The New Parish, November 16th
  • Angel Olsen - Great American Music Hall, December 1st

Matsu

Faves from 2014

  1. Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire For No Witness (Jagjaguwar)
  2. Elephant - Sky Swimming (Memphis Industries)
  3. Emma Ruth Rundle - Some Heavy Ocean (Sargent House)
  4. Alvvays - Alvvays (Polyvinyl)
  5. Tycho - Awake (Ghostly International)
  6. The Coathangers - Suck My Shirt (Suicide Squeeze)
  7. Badbadnotgood - III (Innovative Leisure)
  8. A Winged Victory for the Sullen - Atomos (Kranky)
  9. Hospitality - Trouble (Merge)
  10. Saintseneca - Dark Arc (Anti)
  11. Gemma Ray - Milk For Your Motors (Bronze Rat)
  12. Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra - Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything (Constellation)
  13. Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens - Cold World (Daptone)
  14. Trust - Joyland (Arts & Crafts)
  15. Wye Oak - Shriek (Merge)
  16. The Yev - Wooing House (S/R)
  17. Jessica Lea Mayfield - Make My Head Sing... (ATO)
  18. Damaged Bug - Hubba Bubba (Castle Face)
  19. Alice Boman - EP II (Control Group)
  20. This Will Destroy You - Another Language (Suicide Squeeze)

Mixtress 9

Pretty Kawaii Funky Fresh Best Of 2014 List

Albums

  • Babymetal- S/T (BMD Fox Records)
  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu -Pikapika Fantajin (Unborde/Warner Music Japan)
  • Tokyo Girls Style- Killing Me Softly (Avex Trax)
  • E-Girls- Colorful Pop (Rhythm Zone)
  • Basement Jaxx -Junto (Atlantic Jaxx)
  • Thomas Blondet – Futureworld (Rhythm & Culture)
  • Cibo Matto- Hotel Valentine (Chimera)
  • Tuneyards – Nikki Nack (4AD)
  • Ok Go- Hungry Ghosts (BMG)
  • The Raveonettes- Pe-Ahi (Beat Dies)
  • Caribou-Our Love (Merge)
  • FKA Twigs – LP1 (Young Turks)
  • Ikebe Shakedown – Stone By Stone (Ubiquity)
  • Vamps Et Vampire: The Songs Of Serge Gainsbourg (Ace)
  • TV On The Radio -Seeds (Harvest)
  • Tres Chic (Ace)
  • Aphex Twin- Syro (Warp)
  • Got A Girl -I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now (Bulk Recordings)

Singles

  • “Jump Up Chisana Yuki” - S/T - Sakura Gakuin (Universal Music Japan)
  • “Kokoro No Placard” - S/T – AKB48 (King Records)
  • “Kibouteki Refrain” - AKB48 (King Records)
  • “Hana Wa Odore Ya Irohaniho”- S/T - Team Hanayamata
  • “Diamond Only”- Colorful Pop – E-Girls (Rhythm Zone)
  • 'On The Regular”- S/T – Shamir (XL Recordings)

Live Shows

  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – The Regency SF, February 2014
  • Yoshiki – Davies Symphony Hall, April 2014
  • Nine Inch Nails/Soundgarden – Shoreline Amphitheater, August 2014

Essential Mixes

  • Green Velvet – July 2014
  • Caribou – October 2014 (Voted Essential Mix Of The Year)

Poindexter

Favorite Albums Of 2014

  1. Hospitality - Trouble (Merge)
  2. Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal (What's Your Rupture?)
  3. Blonde Redhead -  Barragán (Kobalt)
  4. Cold Beat - Over Me (Crime on the Moon)
  5. Mac DeMarco - Salad Days (Captured Tracks)
  6. Tony Molina - Dissed and Dismissed (Slumberland)
  7. Alvvays - S/T (Polyvinyl)
  8. Timber Timbre - Hot Dreams (Arts & Crafts)
  9. Foxygen - ...And Star Power (Jagjaguwar)
  10. Broncho - Just Enough Hip To Be Woman (Dine Alone)

Favorite Songs Of 2014

  1. Hospitality - "Last Words" - Trouble (Merge)
  2. Parquet Courts - "Black and White" - Sunbathing Animal (What's Your Rupture?)
  3. La Sera - "Hour of the Dawn" - Hour of the Dawn (Hardly Art)
  4. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - "Lariat" - Wig Out at Jagbags (Matador)
  5. Cold Beat - "Wave" - Over Me (Crime on the Moon)
  6. Broncho - "Class Historian" - Just Enough Hip To Be Woman
  7. Alvvays - "Adult Diversion" - S/T (Polyvinyl)
  8. Tony Molina - "Change My Ways" - Dissed and Dismissed (Slumberland)
  9. Black Lips - "Smiling" - Underneath the Rainbow (Vice)
  10. Foxygen - "How Can You Really" - ...And Star Power (Jagjaguwar)
  11. The Spook School - "You Make It Sound So Easy" - Dress Up (Fortuna Pop!)
  12. Karen O - "Day Go By" - Crush Songs (Cult)
  13. The War on Drugs - "Red Eyes" - Lost in the Dream (Secretly Canadian)
  14. King Tuff - "Headbanger" - Black Moon Spell (Sub Pop)
  15. Blonde Redhead - Cat on Tin Roof - Barragán (Kobalt)
  16. Ty Segall - "Tall Man Skinny Lady" - Manipulator (Drag City)
  17. Eureka California - "This Ain't No A-Side" - Crunch (HHBTM)
  18. Klaus Johann Grobe - "Between the Buttons" - Im Sinne Der Zeit (Trouble in Mind)
  19. White Fence - "Sandra (When the Earth Dies)" - For the Recently Found Innocent (Drag City)
  20. White Reaper - "Cool" - S/T (Polyvinyl)

Pop Goes The Weasel

Favorite Songs

  • Alvvays - “Archie, Marry Me” - S/T (Polyinyl)
  • Coathangers - “Adderall”  -  Suck My Shirt (Suicide Squeeze)
  • Cretin Stomp - “Project/Object”  -  Looking Forward to Being Attacked (Hozac/Burger)
  • FM359 - “When the People Check Out”  -  Truth, Love & Liberty (Pirates Press)
  • Gemma Ray - “Motorbike”  -  Milk For Your Motors (Bronzerat)
  • Holmes Brothers - “You’ve Got to Lose”  -  Brotherhood (Alligator)
  • Jeremy Messersmith - “Steve”  -  Heart Murmurs (Glassnote)
  • King Tuff - “The Eyes of the Muse”  -  Black Moon Spell (Sub Pop)
  • Lower - “Another Life”  -  Seek Warmer Climes (Matador)
  • New Pornographers - “Brill Bruisers”  -  Brill Bruisers (Matador)
  • So Cow - “Sugar Factory”  -  The Long Con (Goner)

A Couple of Favorite Albums

  • Hurray For the Riff Raff  -  Small Town Heroes (ATO)
  • Liminanas  -  Costa Blanca (Trouble in Mind)
  • Chad Vangaalen  -  Shrink Dust (Sub Pop)

Roscoe 2000

Top Ten Albums Alphabetically

  • Bronze - Arena (Not Not Fun)
  • Bart Davenport - Physical World (Lovemonk/Burger)
  • Donnie & Joe Emerson - Still Dreamin' Wild: The Lost Recordings 1979-1981 (Light In The Attic)
  • Extra Classic - Showcase (Nopal/Burger)
  • Tom Heyman - That Cool Blue Feeling (Bohemian Neglect)
  • Kikagaku Moyo - Forest Of Lost Children (Beyond Beyond Is Beyond)
  • Once & Future Band - Brain (Mouth)
  • William Onyeabor - Who Is William Onyeabor? (Luaka Bop)
  • Slough Feg - Digital Resistance (Metal Blade)
  • The Space Lady - The Space Lady's Greatest Hits (Night School)

Rubberband Girl

Albums That Soothed My Soul in 2014

  • Copeland - Because I'm Worth It (S/R)
  • Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence (Interscope)
  • Hugo Hans - Beginners (Banquet Man)
  • Helado Negro - Double Youth (Asthmatic Kitty)
  • Kan Wakan - Moving On (Verve)
  • Kelis - Food (Ninja Tune)
  • Lykke Li - I Never Learn (LL)
  • Moniquea - Yes No Maybe (Mo Funk)
  • Sorceress - Dose (Wonderwheel)
  • Tycho - Awake (Ghostly International)
  • The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream (Secretly Canadian)

Shrey

Best Records 2014

  1. Andrew Jackson Jihad - Christmas Island (SideOneDummy)
  2. The Rentals - Lost In Alphaville (Polyvinyl)
  3. Allo Darlin - We Come from the Same Place (Slumberland)
  4. Tacocat - NVM (Hardly Art)
  5. tUnE-yArDs - Nikki Nack (4AD)
  6. Nots - We Are Nots (Goner)
  7. Perfume Genius - Too Bright (Matador)
  8. FKA twigs - LP1 (Young Turks)
  9. Divorcee - S/T (Joyful Noise)
  10. The world is a beautiful place and I am no longer afraid to die - Between Bodies (Broken World)
  11. Lunchbox - Lunchbox Loves You (Jigsaw)
  12. Dark Beach - Scream Queen 7" (S/R)

Sida

Best of 2014...The Year When Underground Finally Died

In No Particular Order Best Albums of 2014

  • Plague Vendor - Free To Eat (Epitaph)
  • Liars - Mess (Mute)
  • Dean Blunt - Black Metal (Rough Trade)
  • Ariel Pink - Pom Pom (4AD)
  • Marissa Nadler - July (Sacred Bones Records)
  • Alvarius B. - Sorban Palid (Poon Village)

Best Re-Issues of 2014

  • Peter Jefferies - Electricity (Superior Viaduct)
  • Alice Coltrane - A Monastic Trio (Superior Viaduct)

Best Show of 2014

  • Alvarius B. - The White Horse Inn

Sparkle Motion

Notable Music

Notable Classical/Electronic

  • alt-J-This Is All Yours (Infectious)
  • Aphex Twin-Syro (WARP)
  • Ben Frost-Aurora (Mute)
  • Bo Ningen-III (Stolen Recordings)
  • Call Super-Suzi Ecto (Houndstooth)
  • Daniel Lanois -Flesh and Machine (Anti)
  • Danish String Quartet  -Woodworks (Dacapo Records)
  • David Greilsammer-Scarlatti & Cage: Sonatas (Sony Classical)
  • East India Youth-Total Strife Forever (Stolen Recordings)
  • FaltyDL-In the Wild (Ninja Tune)
  • Gazelle Twin- Unflesh (Last Gang)
  • Hauschka-Abandoned City (Temporary Residence)
  • James Blackshaw-Fantômas : Le Faux Magistrat (Tompkins Square)
  • John Luther Adams-Become Ocean (Cantaloupe)
  • Kassem Mosse-Workshop 19 (workshop) 
  • Leon Vynehall-Music For The Uninvited (3024) 
  • Plaid-Reachy Prints(Warp)
  • Simian Mobile Disco- Whorl (Anti)
  • Steve Reich-Reich: Radio Rewrite (Nonesuch)
  • Thom Yorke-Tomorrow's Modern Boxes (S/R)
  • Tycho-Awake (Ghostly Intl)

Notable Country/Folk/Americana

  • Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn-Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn (New Rounder)
  • Black Prairie- Fortune (Sugar Hill)
  • Carrie Elkin & Danny Schmidt-For Keeps (Red House)
  • Castanets-Decimation Blues (Asthmatic Kitty)
  • Chad VanGaalen-Shrink Dust (Subpop)
  • Christopher Denny-If The Roses Don't Kill Us (Partisan)
  • Corb Lund-Counterfeit Blues (New West)
  • Diane Cluck-Boneset(Important)
  • Dolly Parton-Blue Smoke (Sony Masterworks)
  • Emma Ruth Rundle-Some Heavy Ocean (Sargent)
  • Front Country-Sake Of The Sound (S/R)
  • Gangastagrass-Broken Hearts And Stolen Money (Rench Audio)
  • Haunt The House-Rural Introspection Study Group (S/R)
  • Hurray for the Riff Raff-Small Town Heroes (ATO)
  • Jack Clement-For Once And For All (I.R.S. Records)
  • Jennifer Castle-Pink City (No quarter)
  • Jennifer Nettles-That Girl (Mercury)
  • Jim Lauderdale-I'm a Song (Sky Crunch)
  • Laura Cantrell-No Way There From Here (Thrift shop)
  • Luther Dickinson-Rock 'n Roll Blues (New West)
  • Piers Faccini & Vincent Segal-Songs of Time Lost (Six Degrees)
  • Robert Ellis-The Lights From the Chemical Plant (New West)
  • Rodney Crowell-Tarpaper Sky (New West)
  • Rosanne Cash-The River and the Thread (Blue Note)
  • Sam Amidon-Lily-O (Nonesuch)
  • Scott H. Biram-Nothin' But Blood (Bloodshot)
  • Shovels & Rope-Swimmin' Time (Dualtone)
  • Sturgill Simpson-Metamodern Sounds in Country Music (Loose Music)
  • The Haden Triplets-The Haden Triplets (Third Man)
  • The John Steel Singers-Everything's a Thread (Dew Process)
  • Willie Watson-Folk Singer Vol. 1 (Acony)

Notable Jazz

  • Ambrose Akinmusire-The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint (Blue Note)
  • Andrew Scott Potter- Blues for Mr. Andrew Scott Potter (Bon Ritmo)
  • Ani DiFranco- Allergic to Water (Righteous Babe)
  • Arto Lindsay- Encyclopedia Of Arto  (ZE Records)
  • Arun Ramamurthy Trio-Jazz Carnatica (S/R)
  • Badbadnotgood-III (Innovative Leisure)
  • Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band-Landmarks (Blue Note)
  • Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band-Intensity Ghost (No Quarter)
  • Danilo Perez- Panama 500 (Mack Avenue)
  • Dr. John-Ske-Dat-De-Dat…The Spirit Of Satch (Concord)
  • Farmers By Nature-Love And Ghosts (AUM Fidelity)
  • Fred Hersch Trio-Floating (Palmetto)
  • Hayden Pedigo-Five Steps (Debacle)
  • Jason Roebke Octet-High/Red/Center (Delmark)
  • Jenny Scheinman-The Littlest Prisoner (Sony Masterworks)
  • Julian Lage & Nels Cline-ROOM (Mack Avenue)
  • Keith Jarrett & Charlie Haden-Last Dance (ECM)
  • Klaxon Mutant Allstars-Robot Invasion (S/R)
  • Neneh Cherry-Blank Project  (Smallsound Supersound)
  • Paul Giallorenzo's GitGo-Force Majeure (Delmark)
  • Sax Ruins-Blimmguass (Ipecac)
  • Scott Arnold- 45 (S/R)
  • Sun Ra And His Myth-Science Arkestra-Marshall Allen presents Sun Ra and His Arkestra: In the Orbit of Ra (Strut)
  • Taylor McFerrin-Early Riser (Brainfeeder)
  • The Dogon Lights-S/T (S/R)
  • The Equity & Social Justice Quartet -The Whisper of Flowers (Edgetone)
  • The Nels Cline Singers-Macroscope  (Mack Avenue)
  • The Souljazz Orchestra-Inner Fire  (Strut Records)
  • The Tiptons Sax Quartet-Tiny Lower Case (S/R)
  • Thievery Corporation-Saudade (ESL Music)
  • Zara McFarlane-If You Knew Her (Brownswood)

Notable Soundtracks

  • Andrew Hewitt-The Double  (Milan)
  • Antonio Sanchez-Birdman (Milan)
  • Johann Johannsson-Theory of Everything (Backlot)
  • Mica Levi-Under The Skin (Milan)
  • Yann Tiersen- Infinity (Mute)

Favorite Covers

  • Robyn Hitchcock –“The Ghost in You”-The Man Upstairs (Yep Roc)
  • Todd Terje (with Brian Ferry)-“Johnny and Mary”-It’s Album Time (Olsen Records)
  • Joseph Arthur -“Men of Good Fortune”-Lou (Vanguard)

Notable Compilations

  • Native North America, Vol. 1: Aboriginal Folk, Rock, and Country 1966-1985 (Light in the Attic)
  • Catch Action: The Sophisticated Boogie Funk Of Sheridan House Records (Sheridan House)
  • Skanish Sound: Jamaican influenced music from Spain 1964-1972 (Forced Exposure)
  • Various Artists: Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell (Yep Roc)
  • Krautrock Classics: a tribute to German Cosmic Music 60s and 70s (Dublab & the Goethe-Institute LA)

Terra Incognita

2014 Musical Odyssey

Best Albums Of 2014

  • The Black Angels - Clear Lake Forest (Blue Horizon)
  • Allah Las – Worship The Sun (Innovative Leisure)
  • Hawkwind -  The Flicknife Years (Cherry Red)
  • Ty Segall - Manipulator (Drag City)
  • Thee Oh Sees - Drop (Castle Face 33)
  • Swans - To be kind (Young God)
  • Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings - Give the People What They Want (Daptone)
  • Dan Melchior Und Das Menace - Hunger (Castle Face)
  • FKA Twigs - LP1 (Young Turks)
  • Nightmares On Wax -  N.O.W. Is The Time (Warp)
  • Boris - Noise (Sargent House)
  • Dr. John  - SKE-DAT-DE-DAT The Spirit Of Satch (Concord)
  • Billie Joe + Norah  - Foreverly (Reprise)
  • Wooden Shjips - Back to Land (Thrill Jockey)
  • Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Live from KCRW (Bad Seed)
  • Nick Waterhouse - Holly (Innovative Leisure)
  • Beck  - Morning Phase (Capitol)
  • Bart Davenport - Physical World (Lovemonk)
  • Warm Soda - Young Reckless Hearts (Castle Face)
  • Kryzysztof Komeda - Dance of the Vampires (Series Aphonos)
  • Meridian Brothers - Salvadora Robot (Soundway)
  • Dolly Parton - Blue Smoke (Dolly Records)
  • Budos Band - Burnt Offering (Daptone)
  • Big Freedia - Just Be Free (Queen Diva)
  • White Fence - For the Recently Found Innocent (Drag City)

Best Compilations Of 2014

  • Vamps Et Vampire (Ace)
  • Krautrock Classics: A Tribute to German Cosmic Music (Dublab)
  • Captain Beefheart - Sun, Zoom, Spark : 1970 to 1972 (Rhino)
  • Punk 45: There Is No Such Thing As Society - Get A Job, Get A Car, Get A Bed, Get Drunk! Underground Punk and Post-Punk In The UK 1977-81 (Soul Jazz)
  • Classic African American Songsters (Smithsonian Folkways)
  • Los Nuggetz: Volume Uno (RockBeat)
  • Haiti Direct (Strut)
  • The Sound of Siam 2: Molam & Luk Thung 1970-1982 (Sound Way)
  • Psychedelic States: Maryland in the 60s (Gear Fab)
  • Catch Action: The Sophisticated Boogie Funk Of Sheridan House Records (Luv N' Haight)

Best Live Shows Of 2014

  • All Star Funk Band at the New Parish, Oakland, 3/4
  • Neutral Milk Hotel at the Fox, Oakland, 4/11
  • Willie Nelson at the Greek Theater, Berkeley, 4/12
  • Kermit Ruffins at the New Parish, Oakland, 7/25
  • Meshell Ndegeocello at Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, 9/20
  • Lumerians and White Manna at the New Parish, Oakland, 10/24
  • Rebirth Brass Band and Kermit Ruffins at Louis Armstrong Park, New Orleans, 10/30
  • Quintron and Miss Pussycat at One-Eyed Jacks, New Orleans, 10/31
  • Rebirth Brass Band at the New Parish, Oakland, 11/7
  • Funky Meters at the New Parish, Oakland, 12/18

The Butcher of Bakersfield

Best of Electricity

Albums

1. Aphex Twin - Syro (Warp)
2. Caustic Window - Caustic Window LP (Rephlex)
3. A Winged Victory For The Sullen - Atomos (Kranky)
4. Octo Octa - Between Two Selves (100% Silk)
5. Fah - We Were Cool Ones (Occult Research) [released on 12/31/2014!]
6. Pye Corner Audio - Black Mill Tapes Volume 4:Dystopian Vectors (Further Records)
7. CN - Nu (WeMe)
8. Pye Corner Audio/Not Waving - Intercepts (Ecstatic)
9. Plaid - Reachy Prints (Warp)

Singles/EPs

1. EOD - Volume 3 (S/R)
2. Octo Octa - Cause I Love You (100% Silk)
3. Pye Corner Audio - The Black Mist EP (Front & Follow)
4. Retape - Signals On The Double (030303)

The Native Disinformant

Best 12.5 albums that came through KALX in 2014 (ordered by release date)

  • Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra - Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything (Constellation)
  • Elise Melinand - Gray Hoodie (n5MD)
  • Hauschka - Abandoned City (Temporary Residence)
  • Man Forever with So Percussion - Ryonen (Thrill Jockey)
  • Wye Oak - Shriek (Merge)
  • Yann Tiersen - Infinity (Mute)
  • Meridian Brothers - Salvadora Robot (Soundway)
  • Luluc - Passerby (Sub Pop)
  • Call Super - Suzi Ecto (Houndstooth)
  • My Brightest Diamond - This Is My Hand (Asthmatic Kitty)
  • Goat - Commune (Sub Pop)
  • Malfinia Ensemblo - Varsovia (Kvitnu)
  • Tony Allen - Film of Life (Jazz Village)

Tumble Weed

Best of 2014 Vinyl Re-issues (in random order):

  • Roland Barker - Shredder Orpheus OST (Traction TV)
  • Tom Dissevelt - Fantasy in Orbit (Sonitron)
  • Psyche - Re-membering Dwayne (Dark Entries)
  • Mulatu Astatke - Mulatu of Ethiopia (Worthy)
  • Yays and Nays - S/T (Groovie)
  • Francis Bebey - Psychedelic Sanza 1982-1984 (Born Bad)
  • Ennio Morricone - Lizard in a Woman's Skin OST (Death Waltz)
  • Stelvio Cipriani - Concorde Affair '79 OST (Vombis)
  • Severed Heads - Since the Accident (Medical)
  • Tom Ellard - 80's Cheesecake (Dark Entries)
  • Harry Manfredini - Friday the 13th OST - (Waxwork)
  • Dreamies - Auralgraphic Entertainment (Out-Sider)
  • The Group - The Feed-back (Schema)
  • White Noise - Electric Storm (Island)
  • Altres - Archives (Dark Entries)
  • Chuck Cirino - Chopping Mall OST (Waxwork)
  • Blue Phantom - Distortions (Spider)
  • Sandro Brugnolini - Underground (Sonor)
  • Akira Ifukube - Godzilla OST (Death Waltz)
  • Null and Void - Happiness and Contempt (Medical)
  • Rick Ulfik - Street Trash OST (Lunaris)
  • The Braen's Machine - Underground - (Schema)
  • Wallter Rizzati - 1990: The Bronx Warriors OST (Death Waltz)
  • Tinariwen - The Radio Tisdas Sessions (Modern Classics)
  • Iko - '83 (Medical)
  • The Actor - Exploded View (Mannequin)
  • Philip Glass - Candyman OST (One Way Static)
  • Simon Jones - Melanie and Me OST (Strawberry Rain)
  • Fabio Frizzi - A Cat in the Brain OST (Mondo)
  • Yury Morozov - Cherry Garden of Jimi Hendrix (Shadoks)

Best of 2014 (not a re-issue)

  • Pye Corner Audio - Black Mill Tapes Vol.1-4 (Type)

Velvet Einstein

Favorite Albums of 2014

  • 2NE1 - Crush (Avex)
  • Awkwafina - Yellow Ranger (Yellow Ranger)
  • Big Freedia - Just Be Free (Queen Diva)
  • The Bombay Royale - The Island Of Dr Electrico (Hope Street Recordings)
  • My Brightest Diamond - This is My Hand (Asthmatic Kitty)
  • Hauschka - Abandoned City (Temporary Residence)
  • Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas - Secret Evil (Instant Records)
  • The Soft Pink Truth - Why Do the Heathen Rage? (Thrill Jockey)
  • Wax Tailor - Phonovisions Symphonic Orchestra (Le Plan)
  • Yelle - Completement Fou (Kemosabe Records)

Women Hold Up Half The Sky

Lynn’s TOP PICKS OF 2014


ALBUMS 2014 – in alpha order

    1.    Accolade - Legends (S/R)
    2.    Vashti Bunyan - Heartleap (DiCristina)  
    3.    Melaena Cadiz - Deep Below Heaven (Wild Kindness)
    4.    Roseanne Cash - The River & The Thread (Blue Note)
    5.    Hollie Cook - Twice (Mr. Bongo)
    6.    Emma Donovan & The Putbadks - Dawn (HopeStreet)
    7.    Ghost Wolves, The - Man, Woman, Beast (Plowboy)
    8.    Goat - Commune (Sub Pop)
    9.    LoCura - Dale de Comer (S/R)
    10.    Luluc - Passerby (Sub Pop)
    11.    Meta Meta - Metal Metal (Mais Um Discos)
    12.    OOIOO - Gamel (Thrill Jockey)
    13.    Gemma Ray - Milk for Your Motors (Bronze Rat)
    14.    Via Tania & the Tomorrow Music Orchestra - S/T (Narooma)
    15.    Mia Doi Todd - Floresta (City Zen)  

SONGS 2014 (not on my best albums) – in alpha order

    1.    Asteroids Galaxy Tour - “Navigator” - Bring Us Together (Hot Bus/Rough Trade)
    2.    Blonde Redhead - “Cat on a Tin Roof” - Barragan (Kobalt)
    3.    Blonde Redhead - “No More Honey” - Barragan (Kobalt)
    4.    Brothers & Sisters (The) - “All Along The Watchtower” - Dylan’s Gospel (Light In The Attic)
    5.    Dubmarine - “Beat In Control” - Laser Sound Beam (Sugarrush)
    6.    Dubmarine - “Let’s Go” - Laser Sound Beam (Sugarrush)
    7.    Dubmarine - “Pass It On” - Laser Sound Beam (Sugarrush)
    8.    Valery Gore - “Hummingbird In Reverse” - Idols in the Dark Heart (S/R)
    9.    Jessica Hernandez - “Over” - Secret Evil (Instant)
    10.    Lia Ices  - “Creature” - Ices (Jagjaguwar)
    11.    Kimbra - “Goldmine” - The Golden Echo (Warner Bros.)
    12.    Lolawolf - “Take A Hint” - Calm Down (Innit)
    13.    Moniquea - “If I Let You Take My Heart” - Yes No Maybe (MoFunk)
    14.    Caroline Rose - “Shepherd” - I Will Not Be Afraid (Little Hi!)
    15.    Sorceress - “Te Kano” - Dose (Wonderwheel)