Big congratulations to Bryan Funck and the guys in Thou. They've had a great year with their record Heathen (Gilead Media) and Bryan opened a record shop called Sisters In Christ in New Orleans. Go. Listen.
It has been a real pleasure getting to meet so many new musicians and friends this year. Cheers to Angel, Stewart and Josh, my companions on 2014's travels and music-making. As many albums as I may have missed this year, I feel like this list is a nice representation of what I heard and saw.
More than ever, I am excited to hear what music will be made next year. The ever present injustices in Palestine, protests in Ferguson, immigration, looming environmental concerns and racism in our justice system are all ripe for conversation and evaluation. I feel like our collective consciousnesses are tuned in and ready to respond with not only activism but also music. I can't wait to hear what you have to say 2015.
To my tramp-iest year yet.
ALBUMS Viet Cong - Cassette (Mexican Summer) Rodrigo Amarante - Cavalo (Rough Trade) 2013 Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire For No Witness (Jagjaguwar) Bohren & Der Club Of Gore - Piano Nights (Pias) Lord Mantis - The Death Mask (Profound Lore) Only Lovers Left Alive OST (ATP) Flying Lotus - You're Dead (Warp) Grouper - Ruins (Kranky) Music Blues - Things Haven't Gone Well (Thrill Jockey) Pure X - Angel (Fat Possum) COIN – Inside Palace (Opal Tapes) The Paperhead - Africa Avenue (Trouble In Mind) Loops Haunt - Exits (Black Acre) Morbus Chron - Sweven (Century Media) Zath - Black Goat Razor 7" (Drag City) Ryley Walker - All Kinds of You (Tompkins Square) Sharon Van Etten - Are We There (Jagjaguwar) Amen Dunes - Love (Sacred Bones) Cian Nugent & The Cosmos - Born With the Caul (No Quarter) Spooky Black (Lil Spook) - Black Silk (self-release) Mac Demarco - Salad Days (Captured Tracks) Toupée - Yeehaw Grandma 7" (Lake Paradise Records) Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles (Numero Group) Courtney Barnett - The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas (Mom & Pop) 2013 Morgan Delt - s/t (Trouble in MInd) Hailu Mergia - Tche Belew (Awesome Tapes From Africa) REISSUES Craig Leon - Nommos/Visiting (RVNG) Lambchop - Nixon (Merge) Heron - s/t (Mapache) Icecross - s/t (Rockadrome) Del Shannon - The Further Adventures of Charles Westover (Trouble In Mind Records) Orange Juice - Rip It Up (Domino) SHOWS Judas Priest - Fun Fun Fun Lauryn Hill - Vega, Copenhagen Kelela - SXSW Guerilla Toss - SXSW Thee Oh Sees - La Route du Rock William Tyler - Transfigurations Juana Molina - Primavera Grouper - Primavera Slint - El Rey, L.A. Pharmakon - Baby’s All Right, NYC Danafest - Foo Bar Too, Nashville Marissa Nadler/ Rodrigo Amarante - Le 106, Rouen La Luz - Euro buds Courtney Barnett - Fun Fun Fun A$AP Rocky - Capitol Hill Block Party The War On Drugs - Picathon Jonathan Richman - Picathon Mac Demarco - Øya Kevin Morby - Great American Music Hall FKA Twigs anything Angel Olsen