Brillo Anne in her Maker's Mark santa hat is pleased to present the very last edition of the guest Best of 2014 lists. (Editor's Note: Hopefully youâ€™ve enjoyed them because it takes a whole lot of coding and Iâ€™m not very good/fast at coding! - KW) In this last post for 2014, Brillo is bringing you lists from Benny Horowitz (Gaslight Anthem), Mike Park (Asian Man Records), and Erica Freas (RVIVR). Enjoy!
Benny Horowitz (Gaslight Anthem)
In no particular order .
Beck: Morning Phases
Cormega: Mega Philosophy
The War On Drugs: Lost in the Dream
Trash Talk: No Peace
Mike Park (Asian Man Records)
Poison City / SideOneDummy
Hank Richardson: Stuck Lonesome
Hank Richardson: Stuck LonesomeThe next coming of Jonathon Richmond.
Walter Mitty & His Makeshift Orchestra: Well Soon
Lauren RecordsWas turned on to this band by Bob from Shinobu. Now I can't stop listening.
Diners: Always Room
PHAT 'N' PHUNKY / DIET POP RECORDSFrom PHX, I should have put out this record. I blew it! Think 50's doo wop and slayer (just kidding about Slayer).
Antarctigo Vespucci: I'm So Tethered EP Chris Farren and Jeff Rosenstock playing music. The results? Wonderful.
Shinobu: 10 Thermidor
Really RecordsTechnically this album comes out next year, but I've been listening to it for the last six months. Don't know Shinobu? Features Mike H from Hard Girls and Matt Keegan from BTMI. Great indie punk stuff.
Erica Freas (RVIVR)
Excuse me, I don't believe I've ever done a YEAR END TOP TEN and I only said yes because Kira asked me and I like her. Thank you and enjoy! Here, in no particular order, are my TOP TEN PUNK MUSIC THINGS of 2014.
Martha: Courting Strong
Fortuna PopI love these Durham freaks. They write such clever, cutting, catchy shit.
Mirah: Changing Light
Absolute Magnitude"Radiomind" - Come on, that song is so fucking gorgeous.
Sia: 1,000 Forms of Fear
Monkey Puzzle/RCAShe's nearly 40, she's queer, she writes Top 40 hits for the Big Names of the Music Industry and then puts out this solo shit that's so weird and jazzy/poppy/super-produced singer-songwriter-y. Some of my friends HATE this. I love her.
Spoonboy/Colour Me Wednesday: Split LP
Lauren Records "The Dispossessed" I'm pissed! Obsessed! I can't hear this song too many times.
Divers: Hello Hello
Self-Released…coming in 2015 but I've been listening to it nonstop since like March. It's so fucking good.
Personal Best : The Lovin' EP
Specialist Subject RecordsEspecially "Don't Let Them Touch You," Katie unleashed a lion with that one, geez.
- WINTER (Christchurch, NZ) live at Tommy Chang's bar in Lyttleton, NZ with no mic and Angela screaming into the air above their amps and drums
- CHAPSTICK live at Pangea House in Minot, ND - It was their last show and we got to watch Minot's entire tiny scene come out to support and mourn the end of one of the few (only?) punk bands in town, at that time, that was made up of all women.
- POOR FORM live at the Astoria Pub in Vancouver, BC - The room looked like a music video cliche of a punk show with a rain of beer cans pinging off the band while they slayed on un-phased. (Please don't do this in general.) Plus they rule. Plus those cheap beers were like $10 each cuz Canada. Plus the dance-party after-party with Ryan from Delay. Perfect night.
- David Combs' vocal tracking dance while recording SOMNIA which I'm watching while I write this.