Time for our world famous Big Rock Candy Mountain Best of 2014 list!!!!!
The following (over a few days) represents out favorite rekkids that we've heard over the the last 12 months.
This is the part where we make some kind of overriding statement about the state of "music" these days...but...who cares? Who wants to read some long-winded evocation about Beyonce, or whatnot? Yeah, nobody, ourselves included.
No long diatribe this year, no blathering manifesto...great rekkids were realeased this year...let's celebrate 'em! If we missed yr favorite rekkids, let us know! We're sure we missed some killer rekkids, and would love to hear yr favorites! Here's what we think...
The Big Rock Candy Mountain Best of 2014 (Part 1)
31. The Jam Messengers: Guilty
Daddy-Oh spizz, kneejerk geetar corruption, wailed and fuzzed, Howlin' Wolf as cracker bluster, lookin' for a fuck and stompin' the boards through end-of-days boogaloo.
The Jam Messengers: The Pussyfoot (mp3)
32. Black Lips: Underneath the Rainbow
Rawk, rawk, rawk, nasty snot and garbage...the world is collapsing.
Black Lips: Drive-By Buddy (mp3)
33. Amen Dunes: Love
Psych-a-trad whisper over distorto-porch, fireflies zapping out bugdream yards alive with dissipating planets....
Amen Dunes: Rocket Flare (mp3)
34. Rockin' Jason D. Williams: Hillbillies and Holy Rollers
Cuntry, Jerry Lee-blessed piano boogie moonshine pew-dancin', gettin' righteous, the lord's got a mojo for the hardwood floor!
Rockin' Jason D. Williams: Hillbillies and Holy Rollers (mp3)
35. Digital Leather/The Hussy: Split 12"
Fuzzed-out stalks of husked leaves, Digital Leather channels hung to dry Ian Curtis deritus, The Hussy blowing speakers in crystalline transmission of sparkletrash blow-up....the sound of never and the taste of apocalypse.
The Hussy: Round and Down (mp3)
36. King Khan and The Gris Gris: Murder Burgers
Bad living, the party stale and finding streamed sunlight through dusty blinds, morning as the end of joy, we wake saying what?
King Khan and The Gris Gris: Too Hard Too Fast (mp3)
37. Leonard Cohen: Popular Problems
The master, still lyrically twisting circumstance, your darkest dreams alive, and sometimes hope, minimal always to the words, softly spoken and building monument.
38. The Monsieurs: The Monsieurs
Scuzz holler saturday night, nasty and joyous, the soundtrack to yr jacked-up jalopy.
The Monsieurs: Rock The Night (mp3)
39. The Reigning Sound: Shattered
We Never Learn....ex-Oblivian continuing to rawk our world, cowpunktrash rock (except..not at all), no longer beholden, crafting perfect sound forever, a theme, a loss, love gone(r) missing, the break up rekkid of the year.
The Reigning Sound: North Cackalacky Girl (mp3)
40. The Baseball Project: 3rd
Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows), Steve Wynn (Dream Syndicate), Peter Buck and Mike Mills (REM), Linda Pitmon (way too many great projects to name, you should just worship her)...songs about, well, Baseball,,,,,(special bonus...a song about the mighty Pirates pitcher, Dock Ellis...)
The Baseball Project: The Day Dock Went Hunting Heads (mp3)
41. C.W. Stoneking: Gon' Boogaloo
Hoodoo rhythm trash, spooked and dirty, evil wins and haunts yr back porch.