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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

Ty Segall – “The Hill”

Artist: Ty Segall
Album: Twins
Release Date: October 2012
Hails From: San Francisco
Featured Track: “The Hill”

Love. Always and forever.

TY SEGALL TOUR DATES
Mon. Sep. 3 – Seattle, WA @ Bumbershoot Festival
Tue. Sep. 11 – Las Vegas, NV @ Neon Reverb Festival w/ Thee Oh Sees
Thu. Sep. 13 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theater w/ Thee Oh Sees
Fri. Sep. 14 – Oklahoma City, OK @ ACM at UCO w/ Thee Oh Sees
Sat. Sep. 15 – Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa w/ Thee Oh Sees
Tue. Sep. 18 – Atlanta, GA @ Goat Farm w/ Thee Oh Sees
Wed. Sep. 19 – Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree Café w/ Thee Oh Sees
Thu. Sep. 20 – Nashville, TN @ Zombie Shop w/ Thee Oh Sees
Fri. Sep. 21 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter w/ Thee Oh Sees
Sat. Sep. 22 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Well w/ Thee Oh Sees
Tue. Sep. 25 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom w/ Thee Oh Sees
Wed. Sep. 26 – Toronto, ON @ The Hoxton w/ Thee Oh Sees
Thu. Sep. 27 – Detroit, MI @ PJ’s Lager House Parking Lot
Fri. Sep. 28 – Chicago, IL @ Logan Square Auditorium
Sat. Sep. 29 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon w/ Thee Oh Sees
Sun. Sep. 30 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club w/ Thee Oh Sees
Sun. Oct. 14 – San Francisco, CA @ Treasure Island Festival

Ty Segall – New Album, New Look, New Tour Dates

Ty Segall is a new man, and there’s no turning back. He’s evolving and so is his music..and style. I got a  glimpse of that earlier this year when he kicked off his tour with White Fence looking sharp in a vintage white suit. Gone are his “knuckle dragging” days of youth, said the press release today that announced his impending new album called Twins due out October 9 on Drag City. “It’s like the 2001: A Space Odyssey-monolith came to visit him (on the set) one bright morning. And now he’s jetting toward Jupiter, brooding, looking at man with x-ray eyes…” Whoa. I’m not sure what to make of that preview but by all means, Ty, wear whatever you want. Just keep melting my face of with your awesome music. You make the sun fry.

TY SEGALL TOUR DATES

  • Sat. July 14 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle [SOLD OUT]
  • Sun. July 15 – Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival (3:20, Red Stage)
  • Mon. July 23 – Bordeaux, Fr @ Festival Relâche
  • Wed. July 25 – Bologna, IT @ Bolognetti Courtyard
  • Thu. July 26 – Ancona, IT @ Lazzaretto
  • Fri. July 27 – Venice, IT @ Pop Corn Club
  • Sat. July 28 – Savignano sul Rubicone Forli – Cesena, IT @ Sidro Club
  • Sun. July 29 – Helsinki, FI @ Kuudes Aisti Festival
  • Mon. July 30 – Manchester, UK @ The Castle Hotel
  • Tue. July 31 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
  • Wed. Aug. 1 – Brighton, UK @ The Green Door Store
  • Thu. Aug. 2 – London, UK @ The Dome
  • Fri. Aug. 3 – Binic, FR @ Binic Folks Blues Festival 2012
  • Sat. Aug. 4 – Haarlem, NL @ Garage Festival
  • Sun. Aug. 5 – Katowice, PO @ Off Festival 2012
  • Mon. Aug. 6 – Berlin, DE @ Festsaal Kreuzberg
  • Tue. Aug. 7 – Copenhagen, DK @ KB18
  • Wed. Aug. 8 – Norway, Oslo @ The Crossroads Club – Øya Festival
  • Thu. Aug. 9 – Antwerp, BE @ Trix
  • Mon. Sep. 3 – Seattle, WA @ Bumbershoot Festival
  • Tue. Sep. 11 – Las Vegas, NV @ Neon Reverb Festival w/ Thee Oh Sees
  • Thu. Sep. 13 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theater w/ Thee Oh Sees
  • Fri. Sep. 14 – Oklahoma City, OK @ ACM at UCO w/ Thee Oh Sees
  • Sat. Sep. 15 – Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa w/ Thee Oh Sees
  • Tue. Sep. 18 – Atlanta, GA @ Goat Farm w/ Thee Oh Sees
  • Wed. Sep. 19 – Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree Café w/ Thee Oh Sees
  • Thu. Sep. 20 – Nashville, TN @ Zombie Shop w/ Thee Oh Sees
  • Fri. Sep. 21 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter w/ Thee Oh Sees
  • Sat. Sep. 22 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Well w/ Thee Oh Sees
  • Tue. Sep. 25 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom w/ Thee Oh Sees
  • Wed. Sep. 26 – Toronto, ON @ The Hoxton w/ Thee Oh Sees
  • Sat. Sep. 29 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon w/ Thee Oh Sees
  • Sun. Sep. 30 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club w/ Thee Oh Sees
  • Sun. Oct. 14 – San Francisco, CA @ Treasure Island Festival

White Fence – Family Perfume Vol. 2

Artist: White Fence
Album: Family Perfume Vol 1 & 2
Hails From: Los Angeles (via Bay Area)
Release Date: April 3 (vol. 1); May 15 (vol. 2)
Featured Track: “It Will Never Be”

Tim Presley is a genius. Let’s just state the facts and get that out of the way. The member of Darker My Love and The Strange Boys has put out quite a catalogue of solo work under the moniker White Fence since 2010.  This week he’s out with Volume 2 of his double album, Family Perfume. It’s a magical mystery tour of a musical journey. With a little Kinks in there too. But don’t let the 60s homage fool you. Live, he’s touring with a full band that will, quite simply, melt your mind. The tour’s kick off set in San Fran with Ty Segall was one I won’t soon forget. Oh, did I mention his recent collaboration with Ty? Dream team. And one of the best live shows I’ve seen this year.

Ty Segall West Coast Tour Dates

Artist: Ty Segall
Album: Goodbye Bread
Hails From: SF
Featured Track: “You Make the Sun Fry”

The one and only Ty Segall is setting out on a few West Coast dates with Mikal Cronin next month. It’s a show not to be missed, for sure. Having recently seen the pair at El Rio, I can honestly say they will melt your mind. After all these years of shouting my love from the rooftop for this artist, I’ll spare you the hyperbole and cut to the chase. Just do it.

  • Fri. March 2 — San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall w/ White Fence, Mikal Cronin, Feeling of Love
  • Sat. March 3 — Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour w/ White Fence, Mikal Cronin, Feeling of Love
  • Sun. March 4 — San Diego, CA @ The Casbah w/ Mikal Cronin, Feeling of Love

The Coalition on Homelessness Benefit Concert: Thee Oh Sees, Sic Alps, Ty Segall, The Sandwitches

Thee Oh Sees - “Tidal Wave”

Sic Alps - “L Mansion”

Ty Segall - “Melted

More stellar music headed your way this Wednesday, February 9 at Great American Music Hall with a benefit concert presented by The Bay Bridged supporting The Coalition on Homelessness. Talk about a SF garage rock powerhouse line up. Geez. The only thing missing is Nobunny. Where’s he? Ah, well he’s also playing that night but at a different show at The Knockout. February 9 must be an auspicious date for garage rock bands. A great night for music on all fronts. Get tickets for the benefit here.

The Power of Ten: 10 Albums for 10/10/10

It’s 10:10 AM on 10/10/10. A perfect 10. These tri-numeral dates come around once a year and this year it falls on the number 10. Is it an auspicious day or a bunch of hullaballoo? There is a certain completeness of order with the number 10. For the Chinese the number is lucky, representing perfection or completion. We’re born with 10 fingers and 10 toes after all. Perfect beauty is measured on its scale. Top 10 lists are ubiquitous. And any respectable album contains at least 10 songs.

If you’re technologically-inclined, today is a “binary” day. The ones-and-zeros representing the binary code or the mathematical language “spoken” by computers to create all things digital. Converting the date 10/10/10 to binary code gives us 101010. And in the binary counting system, that number translates to 42, which means…absolutely nothing.

But hey, it’s a nice theme for a post isn’t it? And everyone loves a top 10 list. So, here’s mine.  The 10 albums I’m obsessed with on this month, this day, this year. The albums I have on heavy rotation right now and keep coming back to again and again. Ten, in a long list, of albums you should most definitely own. Listed in no particular order, they are:

Artist: Royal Baths
Album: Litanies
Track: “Nikki Don’t”

Artist: Deerhunter
Album: Halcyon Digest
Track: “Desire Lines”

Artist: Sea of Bees
Album: Songs for the Raven
Track: “Marmalade

Artist: Sonny & The Sunsets
Album: Tomorrow is Alright
Track: “Lovin’ on an Older Gal”

ArtistLower Dens
AlbumTwin Hand Movement
Track: “A Dog’s Dick”

ArtistTame Impala
AlbumInnerspeaker
Track: “Vital Signs”

Artist: Future Islands
Album: In the Evening Air
Track: “As I Fall”

Artist: Ty Segall
AlbumMelted
Track: “Cesar

Artist: Tamaryn
AlbumThe Waves
Track: “Mild Confusion”