Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Top 10 Albums Of 2014

Top 10 Albums of 2014 (in alphabetical order)
Death VesselIsland Intervals (Sub Pop)
Empty Moon The Shark (High Dive Records)
The Hotelier - Home, Like Noplace Is There (Tiny Engines)
Pillar Point Pillar Point (Polyvinyl Records)
Shabazz PalacesLese Majesty (Sub Pop)
Shy BoysShy Boys (High Dive Records)
Somos Temple Of Plenty (Tiny Engines)
Sylvan Esso - Sylvan Esso (Partisan)
Tweedy Sukierae (Anti-)
Jack WhiteLazzaretto (Third Man Records)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

3 Songs: On Repeat – featuring a track from The Armory Wars

The Armory Wars – “Stay” (Following their two well-received EPs, the Atlanta based indie rock band recently released Rediscover, their highly-anticipated and very promising debut album.  Led by dual vocalists Sean Wheeler and Marc Harris, the five piece band creates highly energetic and infectiously catchy radio-ready pop and punk-infused rock anthems.  The passionate standout single here is highlighted by buzzing noise-addled guitars, emotionally-charged vocals and swirling Circa Survive-like melodies.) http://www.thearmorymusic.com/


Owen – “Judas” (Under his longtime moniker Owen, Mike Kinsella – of Cap'n Jazz, American Football, and Owls - recently released a new album of cover songs, titled Other People’s Songs via Polyvinyl Records.  He distinctly transforms some punk rock classics from The Promise Ring, The Smoking Popes, All, and Against Me! into his own lush acoustic-based style that is bolstered by touches of piano, strings and female vocals from guest Sarah Mitchell.  Here he takes on Depeche Mode’s “Judas” with stirring strings and cyclical guitars lending it a warm, organic atmosphere and uncovering the beauty hidden beneath the burgeoning electronics of the ethereal original.) https://www.polyvinylrecords.com/#artist/owen
Stream: https://soundcloud.com/polyvinyl-records/owen-judas-depeche-mode-3

The City On Film – “ (Bob Nanna of Braid, Hey Mercedes and Lifted Bells has had a busy 2014, Braid released No Coast, their excellent long-awaited return in July and now Nanna has released a new album, La Vella, under his solo moniker The City On Film via Topshelf Records.  Prior albums as The City On Film have found Bob more subdued, as an outlet for his quieter songs but La Vella rocks with as much intensity as his parent band with his signature voice and phrasing and penchant for catchy, off-kilter melodies taking the spotlight.)  http://www.bobnanna.com/
Stream: https://soundcloud.com/topshelfrecords/the-city-on-film-you-wild-thing-an-illuminous-life/likes    

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

3 Songs: On Repeat – Remastered & Reissued Edition

Songs: Ohia – “Blue Chicago Moon (Demo)” (Jason Molina’s last album under the Songs: Ohia moniker was 2002’s excellent Didn’t It Rain with its fuller yet still skeleton-sparse arrangements and his most personal lyrics.  The album with its live recording and contributions from Jim and Jennie of bluegrass band Jim & Jennie & The Pinetops started to show signs of what would become Magnolia Eclectic Co.  This week Secretly Canadian has reissued the album with a second disc of demos and rarities from the sessions.  Check out the home demo version of album standout “Blue Chicago Moon” here.) http://www.scdistribution.com/songsohia/   

Flake Music – “Spanaway Hits” (Before James Mercer formed The Shins there was Flake Music and Sub Pop - in conjunction with Mercer’s Aural Apothecary imprint - has recently reissued a remixed and remastered edition of the New Mexico-based band’s 1997 debut album, When You Land Here, It’s Time To Return, for all to enjoy.  The jangly guitars, strange synths and spiky rhythms along with Mercer’s distinct voice and knack for quirky melodies are present, showing what was to come with the The Shins, Broken Bells, etc.)  https://www.subpop.com/artists/flake_music     

Cursive – “Am I Not Yours?” (Saddle Creek Records has remastered and reissued The Ugly Organ, one of Cursive’s finest moments.  Led by frontman Tim Kasher’s highly meta references and confessional lyrics alongside the standout singles “Art Is Hard” and “The Recluse” the album was praised by critics and fans alike in 2003.  The second disc included in the deluxe reissue features eight bonus tracks taken from their stellar cello-centric era – courtesy of Greta Cohn - including four tracks from the 8 Teeth To Eat You EP that have never been released on vinyl.)  http://saddle-creek.com/store/646    
Stream: https://soundcloud.com/saddlecreek/cursive-am-i-not-yours