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<< REWIND // Best Albums of 2014

Here it is. My favorite albums and EPs of 2014. Unranked, because playing favorites is way too hard. 2014 brought many good things. As abundant and fulfilling as the year was for me personally, so it was musically. This year brought my favorite Ty Segall album, ever. He just keeps getting better with age and still gives me goosebumps.

The Australian music simply blew me away as well. They’re killing it. And you can see the influence of their prolific music scene in my best of list. With the success of Tame Impala, the Aussie music scene has become the embodiment of psychedelic rock. It has become a signature sound. And it sounds sooo good.

Newcomers Ultimate Painting, Glycerine Queens, Ladada, Billy Changer and Los Angeles Police Department simply delighted me this year and I look forward to hearing more from this talented crop of new artists. But I honor and give thanks to all of the artists on this list for your soul-satisfying musical creations. 2014 maybe coming to an end, but your creations will live on – filling my soul and inspiring me with each and every listen.

Thank you. Onward, 2015.

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Artist: Ty Segall
Album: Manipulator
Hails From: LA, CA (formerly SF)

 

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Artist: The Murlocs
Album: Loopholes
Hails From: Australia

 

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Artist: Amen Dunes
Album: Love

 

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Artist: Real Estate
Album: Atlas
Hails From: New Jersey

 

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Artist: Thee Oh Sees
Album: Drop
Hails From: San Francisco, CA

 

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Artist: BRONCHO
Album: Just Enough Hip To Be Woman
Hails From: Tulsa,OK

 

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Artist: Foreign/National
Album: Foreign/National EP
Hails From: Australia

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Artist:   Courtney Barnett
Album: The Double EP
Hails From: Australia

 

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Artist:   Kevin Morby
AlbumStill Life
Hails From: LA, CA

 

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Artist:   Tame Impala
Album: Tame Impala Live Album
Hails From: Australia

 

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Artist: Glycerin Queens
Album: Sleep Deprivation
Hails From: New Jersey

 

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Artist: Los Angeles Police Department
Album: Forged Artifacts
Hails From: Duh!

 

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Artist: Allah-Lahs
Album: Worship the Sun
Hails From: LA, CA

 

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Artist: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Album: Oddments
Hails From: Australia

 

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Artist: Straight Arrows
Album: Rising
Hails From: Australia

 

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Artist: The Blank Tapes
Album: Holy Roller EP
Hails From: LA, CA

 

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Artist: Billy Changer
Album: Billy Changer
Hails From: LA, CA

 

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Artist: Francisco the Man
Album:Loose Ends
Hails From: LA, CA

 

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Artist: Heaters
Album: Solstice
Hails From: Grand Rapids, MI

 

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Artist: Cool Ghouls
Album: A Swirling Fire Burning Through the Rye
Hails From: San Francisco, CA

 

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Artist: Wampire
Album: Baazar
Hails From: Portland

 

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Artist: Froth
Album: Patterns
Hails From: LA, CA

 

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Artist: Caribou
Album: Our Love
Hails From: Canada

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Album: Ultimate Painting
Hails From: UK

 

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Artist: Angel Olsen
Album: Burn Your Fire For No Witness
Hails From: North Carolina

 

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Artist:Ladada
Album: Ladada
Hails From: Virgina

 

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Artist: Twerps
Album: Underlay
Hails From: Australia
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Indierockgirl Radio // Live Session with Sylvie Simmons + The Octopus Literary Salon

“Stormpocolypse” be damned! Indierockgirl Radio will press on today, December 11, on BFF.fm from 4-6PM PST with a very special show featuring a live, in-studio performance by acclaimed rock journalist, now musician, Sylvie Simmons. Sylvie will be playing a few tunes from her debut album, Sylvie. The perfect soundtrack for a rainy day.

Mike Linn and Rebecca Grove of  The Octopus Literary Salon will be guest DJ’ing with me as well, performing spoken word and spinning some of their favorite tunes from 2014. Located in Uptown Oakland, The Octopus is a literary salon re-interpreted in the 21st Century to engage and entertain readers and writers of all ages. Their monthly events feature public readings, discussions and fabulous live musical performances.

Don’t miss their December 20th pop up at The Chabot Space and Science Center featuring performances by Fronds, Sylvie Simmons and comedian Karen Penley. Tickets are $15.

Tune in from 4-6 PM PST today by clicking here!

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Best New Music // Foreign/National

Artist: Foreign/National
Album: Foreign/National EP
Release Date: September 22, 2014
Hails From: Melbourne, Australia
RIYL: Tame Impala-tinged pop. Yum!

Australia just keeps turning out the good music and I’ve completely fallen for this 5 piece from Melbourne  – hook, line and sinker.  Just wrap your ears around their Tame Impala tinged pop and try NOT to fall in love. I dare you.

Thursday on Indierockgirl Radio // Guest DJ: David Steele

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There are tastemakers, and there are rainmakers. My guest DJ this week, David Steele, is a bit of both. While he may not be a household name, his long and accomplished list of San Francisco food and music ventures certainly are. Through his partnership with the ne timeas restaurant group, he has brought us Flour + Water, Central Kitchen, Trick Dog and Salumeria – some of the most beloved establishments in The City. Recently, David joined forces with NoisePop and launched the 20th Street Block Party. Soon, renovations will be complete on his next project, du Nord.

Tune into Indierockgirl Radio on BFF.fm this Thursday, September 18 from 4-6 PM PST with my guest DJ, David Steele, where we’ll take a peek inside his musical soul and reveal the fabric that weaves all of his projects together – music.