<< 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

Two Words: Burger Boogaloo

Couldn’t make it to Austin this year? Not to worry. Burger Records is bringing the party right to our own back yard from March 23-25 with an astounding line up in one of the best dive bars in town, Thee Parkside. And the best part? The three day, all day music extravaganza will only set you back $35. A mere sample of what’s in store…

King Tuff – “Sun Medallion”

Burnt Ones – “Meet the Golden One”

King Lollipop – “Cheeseburger and Fries”

The Coathangers – “Smother”

Nectarine Pie – “Dreamdaze”

Thee Oh Sees – “The Dream”

The Strange Boys – “Be Brave”

White Mystery – “Power Glove”

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.

Free SF Show: Black Lips, Thee Oh Sees, Bare Wires

Black Lips“Take My Heart”

Thee Oh Sees “Tidal Wave”

Bare Wires“Dancing on a Dime”

RSVP here.

Dayam. Mike’s Concert Calendar is always full of good nuggets but this one takes the prize. Sailor Jerry is sponsoring a line up not to be missed Saturday, December 11 with The Black Lips, Thee Oh Sees and Bare Wires. All this at San Francisco’s new SF PublicWorks no less. The Black Lips are not officially on tour but in the studio recording their next album with Mark Ronson, a Grammy award winning English DJ and producer who’s worked with the likes of Lily Allen, Amy Winehouse and Q-Tip. An interesting collaboration indeed. Will they ever sound the same? We could find out. Reportedly they might be debuting some new tunes at the show! I predict fans will be hanging from the rafters for this one.

RSVP here.

theOCMD Mixtape: Best Garage Rock 2009

the OCMD Mixtape: Best Garage Rock 2009

  1. “Heavy Krishna”- Jeff the Brotherhood
  2. “Pine On” – Obits
  3. “Fog Machine”-  The Fresh & Onlys
  4. “Lovely One” – Ty Segall
  5. “L Mansion”-  Sic Alps
  6. “Wrapped in Fog”-  Dan Melchoir und das Menace
  7. “Blew It Again” – Electric Tickle Machine
  8. “English Teeth Invasion”-  English Teeth
  9. “Goddamn”- Girls
  10. “Burden”- The Mantles
  11. “Over the Ocean”- Best Coast
  12. “Can You See”- Thee Oh Sees
  13. “Boneyard”- Nobunny
  14. “I Won’t Lie To You”- Let’s Wrestle
  15. “What’cha Gonna Do About It”- Condo Fucks

Best of 2009: Cian, See What You Hear

Who: Cian
Blog: See What You Hear
Location: UK
Twitter: @seewhatyouhear

The OCMD Best of 2009 Questionnaire

  1. Best Album: at the moment it’s a tie between Real Estate – S/T and Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
  2. Most Overlooked Album: Patrick Watson – Wooden Arms
  3. Best Song: Girls“Lust for Life”
  4. Best Live Show: Patrick Watson / Spiritualized
  5. Band/Artist I am most happy to have discovered: Kurt Vile
  6. Band/Artist I kick myself for missing: I missed a Nobunny show; I missed Primavera, and as I write this, I am about to miss a special intimate gig by Beach House. But I broke my personal best for shows this year, so I can’t complain!
  7. Band/Artist everyone seems to love but I just can’t get behind: Wilco
  8. Favorite SF Band: Thee Oh Sees
  9. One to Watch in 2010: Joseph Childress

the OCMD Mixtape: Budget Rock 2009

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The OCMD Mixtape: Budget Rock 2009

Whoo hoo! The 8th Annual Budget Rock festival kicks into high gear this week right in my backyard from October 22-25. The Eagle Tavern, Thee Parkside and Bottom of the Hill will play host to the West Coast’s longest running garage rock festival. Don’t miss the opportunity to see some great local garage rock, including The Gris Gris, Thee Oh Sees, The Fresh & Onlys, Nobunny, the legendary Mummies and more! The best line up for sure is Sunday, October 25 at Bottom of the Hill featuring nearly all of the aforementioned bands.  Oh yeah, let the shitgaze begin!

1. Dan Melchoir Und Das Menace – “Wrapped in Fog”
2. The Mummies – “Die”
3. Thee Oh Sees – “Enemy Destruct”
4. Nobunny – “Boneyard”
5. The Fresh & Onlys – “Fog Machine”
6. The Gris Gris – “Mary #38”
7. Cheap Time – “Push Your Luck”