18 Recent Life Changing Albums
Over the course of the last 2 months I’ve been jotting down the names of bands and releases that have grabbed my attention and gone totally unnoticed by the general public. Below are eighteen* releases accompanied by micro reviews (in no particular order) that will change the lazy complaint of ” there isn’t any good music anymore” to “holy shit this band just changed my life!”
Suck My Shirt
Straight up good ol’ rock n’ roll. The guitars and bass alone on “Suck My Shirt” make this entry from Atlanta’s The Coathangers one of the best rock records of 2014. Everthing else is just icing on the cake.
Carsick Cars / Flavour Crystals
The Carsick Cars song “Yoko” is fucking fantastic. Don’t take my word for it click on the stream below. I wish more bands would take a cue on paying attention to writing honest, good rock like these. So far “Yoko” is my pick for ‘Single of the Year’. On the flip side, Flavour Crystals’ track “Mirror in my mind” does not disappoint with their haunting guitars and vocals.
Dundee, Scotland’s minimalist act The Creeping Ivies achieve new heights writing music that not only captures your ears but will find you singing along. Take a listen to the track Love Kills.
Refused + At the Drive-In x gnarly as fuck guitars= Magic!
Phantom Pop Star
Beijing noise pop heroes Hedgehog return with Phantom Pop Star. Not surprisingly, this record does somersaults past their previous records.
When I first heard Portland’s PASS they reminded me of the glory days of the Pixies. Then I realized that this is just PASS’s demo. Holy fuck they’re amazing.
You know how when any song off Weezer’s blue album comes on the radio you find yourself screaming along in your car while passerby’s drive by looking at you all bewildered like? Chimpanzebras’s Dude, Relax is kind of like that.
Hark! How the Bells
A young Kathleen Hanna would tear this four song EP up, son.
Argentina’s Los Viernes’ Yaz Huenchuman’s vocals melt so beautifully with the bands lo-fi synth sound that it’s almost like a sexual experience for your auditory nerves. So yes, after listening to Los Viernes, I need a cigarette. Everytime.
Beautiful Spanish music from Bolivia. Get ready for something totally unexpected.
Y’a plus d’place pour l’amour
This is certainly the strangest entry on this list. Lo-fi sound with a mixed bag of tricks up its sleeve.
Revenge of the Plants
If the Phenomenauts had sex with Man or Astroman! while Dick Dale quietly sat back and watched in some shady hourly motel; the spawn of that copulation would result in the Irradiates – the French masters of surf rock.
Even Preachers Wear Black
Johannesburg, South Africa’s The Slashdogs are taking good ol’ rock n’ roll back from the fakes, wimps and blasphemous scum. Straight up you’ll wanna beat someone with a pool cue after listening to these dudes.
Pick Up The Scraps
Garage rock has its new saviors. Listen to this and thank me later.
My World Was Made For You
Melbourne, Australia’s The Icypoles’ vocals are some the best ever captured on tape. Yes, I said EVER. Wonderful, gorgeous songs about absurd and whimsical things.
It’s good to know that super awesome pop punk is still a thing. No I’m not talking about that nü pop-punk screamo bullshit . I’mtalking about pop punk in the vein of The Queers and MTX. Pop-Punk is safe in the hands of the Turkletons and for that we should be grateful.
You Are Not Good At This
Holy fuck! Go listen to Struckout’s song “Avoiding Parables” off You Are Not Good At This RIGHT NOW! That kind of shit gives the world hope that life changing music is still happening.
*Made you look. Learn how to count punk, there’s only 17 albums!
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