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Dan’s Favorite Albums of 2014 … So Far

July 9, 2014

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I’m a sucker for the “Top Albums of the Year!” lists, so I’ve been reading a bunch of articles on the best music for the first half of 2014. It’s been fascinating to see which albums I slept on and which ones I maybe needed to give a second listen. The only thing that bothered me was I didn’t see many of my favorite records listed. I’m here to fix that.

I’ve already lavished praise on many of these records (see my album reviews of Deleted Scenes, OBN IIIs, The Dead Space, Ghetto Ghouls and Together Pangea) so it’s no surprise to find them on this list. The other five albums are from a scattering of indie, garage, and post-punk bands.

Cloud Nothings proved they are one of the premier indie bands playing today with the release of Here And Nowhere Else. Courtney Barnett is an Australian artist that writes the best deadpan slacker jams since Pavement while Priests are a blistering post-punk trio out of Washington, DC that play with a nasty furor. Free To Eat by Plague Vendor has been on almost constant rotation since I stumbled across it a few months ago. I’m shocked more people aren’t talking about this record. Finally, Under Color Of Official Right by Protomartyr is the clubhouse leader for my top album thus far. It’s gritty and raw record that reminds me of everything I love about Joy Division, The Fall, and Wire.

If you haven’t already done so, check out these records. If I missed any of your favorites then let me know in the comments. I promise to listen to the record then tell you why you’re completely wrong and that it’s complete crap. Unless of course I actually dig it. Then I’ll buy you a beer.

MY FAVORITE ALBUMS OF 2014 … SO FAR:

ProtomartyrUnder Color Of Official Right
Deleted Scenes
Lithium Burn
OBN IIIs
Third Time To Harm
Plague Vender – Free To Eat
Ghetto Ghouls
Ghetto Ghouls
Cloud Nothings
Here And Nowhere Else
The Dead Space
Faker
Courtney Barnett
The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Pea
Priests
Bodies And Control And Power And Money
Together Pangea
Badillac

MIDWAY 2014 MIX:

:Cloud Nothings – Now Hear In:
:Together Pangea – Offer:
:Courtney Barnett – Avant Gardener:
:The Dead Space – Both Eyes:
:Deleted Scenes – Landfall:
:Protomartyr – Scum, Rise!:
:Ghetto Ghouls – Peepshow:
:Priests – New:
:OBN IIIs – No Time For The Blues:
:Plague Vendor – Black Sap Scriptures:

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Together Pangea (Dan)

February 5, 2014

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In my last post I wrote about LA garage rock band Jesus Sons. Let’s continue with the LA garage theme and learn a bit about Together Pangea, shall we?

After a series of singles on the tastemaking Burger Records label, Together Pangea have released their new album, Badillac, on Harvest Records. It’s a boozy, hook laden collection with lyrics that are raw, honest, and occasionally angst ridden, but never too serious. Stand out tunes include the catchy title track, pop punk gems Does He Really Care and River. My favorite track is Offer, which burrows into your head and never leaves.

Together Pangea remind of the great Austin band Harlem. Both bands sing about getting drunk and stoned but are much more than just party rockers. Badillac proves Together Pangea can cover a range of styles and moods and do it damn well. Let’s just hope they last longer than Harlem did (I still miss those guys).

See Together Pangea perform tonight at Mohawk along with Hundred Visions, another band I absolutely love. Also, members of Together Pangea will even be guest bartending at 5pm, so head down early and get extra saucy.

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