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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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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.

Best New Music: Abbe May – “Design Desire”

Artist: Abbe May
Album: Design Desire
Release Date: July 8, 2011
Homeland: Perth, Australia
Featured Tracks: “Mammalian Locomotion” (Remixed by Tame Impala)

“Taurus Chorus”

I’m having a love affair with Australian music scene of late and have been particularly obsessed with Perth-based blues rock goddess Abbe May. I’ve been anxiously awaiting her solo debut for…oh, about nine months now. Ever since I stumbled upon her smoking single “Mammalian Locomotion”. Then when I heard Tame Impala remix it shortly thereafter, I knew I was on to something. And so finally, it’s here. “Design Desire” was released today and as good as I hoped it would be. The kind of soul satisfying, ass kicking rock and roll that smacks you in the face and keeps you coming back for more.

San Cisco – “Solitude Is Bliss” (Tame Impala Cover)

Artist: San Cisco
Album: Golden Revolver EP
Homeland: Perth, Australia
Label: Independent
Track: “Solitude is Bliss” (Tame Impala Cover)

“Golden Revolver”

Australia is where it’s at folks. Check out San Cisco (an homage to San Francisco perhaps?) with their stripped down bonus cover track of Tame Impala’s “Solitude Is Bliss” from their Golden Revolver EP.

One to Watch: Abbe May – “Mammalian Locomotion”

Artist: Abbe May
Album: Forthcoming
Release Date: May 2011
Homeland: Australia (Perth)
Track: “Mammalian Locomotion (original)

“Mammalian Locomotion (Kevin Parker & Cam Avery of Tame Impala) Remix”

Dang. The Australian invasion continues. This week it’s Abbe May – a gritty, bluesy, rock n roll throw down. “Mammalian Locomotion” is a track off her forthcoming LP due out in May next year. Kevin Parker and Cam Avery of Tame Impala have just crafted a remix of the track, making her ‘One to Watch’ status even more legit. Tour dates to be announced soon.

One to Watch: Cloud Control

Artist: Cloud Control
Album: Bliss Release
Track: “Meditation Song #2″

Yet another outstanding band hailing from Australia, this four piece from the lovely Blue Mountains seem to be on par with buzz makers Tame Impala. Soooo good. Their much anticipated debut album, Bliss Release, hit Australia earlier this year and is slated for the rest of the world in 2011 (though you can get it on iTunes now). This track, “Meditation Song #2″, will be released as their single in November 22. With their 60’s era boy/girl harmonies and psychedelic jams, what’s not to love? And they keep good company too. The band is currently on tour in Europe with the likes of Tame Impala, Local Natives and The Temper Trap. Yeah, it’s that good.