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December 16, 2014
intro by Andrew Sacher
There were a lot of great labels in 2014, but one label I think had an exceptionally good year is Tiny Engines. Between the second Beach Slang EP of the year, the Places to Hide EP, Cayetana's debut album, the latest EP from Frontier(s) (ex-Elliott, Mouthpiece), Somos' debut album, The Hotelier's breakthrough album and still others, TE was one of the most consistently great homes for indie rock, punk and emo in 2014. (If you haven't heard any of those releases, strongly recommended!)
Now that the year's coming to a close, Tiny Engines co-founders Will Miller and Chuck Daley (who also both run Beartrap PR) told us about their favorite albums of the year, as did TE bands Cayetana, Runaway Brother (debut LP and BV-presented NYC show coming in 2015), and Matt from Frontier(s)/Mouthpiece.
Find out who made their lists (and read the entertaining intro Chuck wrote for his) below...
Sinkane, aka multi-talented Brooklynite Ahmed Gallab, was a busy man this year. He helmed the multi-city William Onyeabor Atomic Bomb tribute concerts, released his fifth album, the underrated Mean Love, and kept an active solo touring schedule. He's not slowing down either. Recently, Ed Banger domo Busy P remixed Mean Love track "New Name," turning it from a shuffling soul number into an electrofunk workout. You can stream that, and a few tracks from Mean Love, below.
As mentioned, Sinkane will be opening for Neneh Cherry at her first-ever NYC show which happens January 9 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets are still available. After that, Sinkane has a late winter tour planned which includes another NYC show, Rough Trade on February 15. Openers are still to be announced, but tickets go on sale Friday (12/19) at noon. All dates are listed below.
And finally, we asked Sinkane to give us a Top 10 of 2014 list and he returned with "Top 10 Grateful Dead songs for me this year." No irony in that t-shirt he's wearing at the top of this post. Check out his list, plus streams and tour dates, below...
Yob at Saint Vitus on 12/12/14 (more by Greg Cristman)
Norwegian extreme metal legends Enslaved have announced an extensive North American tour for 2015 with extremely strong support. Fresh off playing a pair of shows at Saint Vitus, Portland doom monsters Yob will be heading out on the road with Enslaved, and they'll be joined by psychedelic Philly outfit Ecstatic Vision, who opened one of Yob's Saint Vitus shows. The tour will hit NYC for a show at Gramercy Theater on March 21. Tickets for that show will go on sale at 10 AM on Friday (12/19).
Enslaved are currently working on their 13th studio album, which will be released on March 10, right in the middle of that tour. Its called In Times, and its being released via Nuclear Blast.
All dates listed, along with video of Yob's full Saint Vitus set from 12/13, Ecstatic Vision at Vitus in October (both via Pit Full of Shit), and a festival set from Enslaved in 2006, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Patrice Jackson
Nashville singer/songwriter Adia Victoria put out her debut single "Stuck in the South" this year, and it didn't take long for the track to catch on -- it's already gained praise from Nashville Scene, Rookie, American Songwriter, and Wondering Sound, who included it in their list of their favorite songs of 2014. Adia also caught the attention of Those Darlins, who had her join them in a recent Nashville Scene video session with Caitlin Rose (video below). Adia's single has a Southern twang to it, but it's also got dark doomy riffs that aren't too far removed from '90s PJ Harvey. Listen for yourself below.
Adia also has a tour announced for 2015, including a NYC show happening on January 27 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with the song stream and video, below...
by Bill Pearis
photo: ASDIG @ Baby's All Right in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
A Sunny Day In Glasgow returned this year with Sea When Absent, arguably their most ambitious record to date, and perhaps their most acclaimed too. The band have just released a remix of album cut "In Love With Useless (The Timeless Geometry In The Tradition Of Passing)" remixed by their pals Fang Island. He pulls the rhythm section to the fore here, burning off some of the original's haze in the process. (Not that there was anything wrong with that haze!) Stream it below.
As mentioned, Fang Island's Jason Bartell will be touring with ASDIG around the holidays. It turns out this will be in the form of a new duo called Wins which also features Cassandra Jenkins (of Eleanor Friedberger's band). You can stream a song from Wins below. ASDIG and Wins play NYC on December 27 at Rough Trade with Ava Luna on the bill as well. Tickets are still available and if you'd like to go for free, we're also giving away a pair. List of all dates and contest details below.
And finally, A Sunny Day in Glasgow have also given us their Top 10 LPs of 2014 which includes a few familiar faces but some left-field picks as well. Check out their list below...
Photo: Screaming Females at a final DbA show (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Don Giovanni Records had yet another good year, with solid 2014 releases from Nude Beach, Priests, Peter Stampfel, Black Wine, Crow Bait, Chris Gethard and more, and they've already got big plans for 2015 with new ones from Screaming Females, California X, Downtown Boys and more on the way.
Ahead of the label's annual Brooklyn showcases, label co-founders Joe Steinhardt (also of Modern Hut) and Zach Gajewski (also of Nuclear Santa Claust), and several DG bands including Screaming Females, California X, Worriers, Crow Bait, Laura Stevenson, Brick Mower and Mal Blum have given us lists of their favorite albums of 2014. You can check out those lists below.
The 2015 showcases happen on February 6, 7 and 28 at Knitting Factory with Nude Beach, Shellshag, Crow Bait and more on night 1; Cali X, Downtown Boys, Pinkwash, Worriers and more on night 2; and Screaming Females, Priests, Tenement and Vacation at the final show. Tickets are still available.
DG year-end lists below...
Boston punks Choke Up recently signed to Black Numbers, and will release their debut album called Black Coffee, Bad Habits on February 3 via the label. The first single, "Thicket And Vine," is premiering in this post and it's a similar kind of gruff punk to bands like Hot Water Music and Small Brown Bike. You can check it out below.
photos by Jessica Amaya
Suckers / DOM / Future Punx @ Glasslands 12/11/2014
As you may know, Williamsburg's Glasslands -- the last holdout of the Kent/S. 2nd block -- will be closing at the end of the year. Like Death by Audio did, Glasslands has seen a few mainstay bands get back together to say goodbye to the venue. Last Thursday (12/11) saw Brooklyn band Suckers come out of their cave after a year-plus hibernation. Main man Quinn Walker is a longtime member of the Glasslands family, so this was a real homecoming for the band. Also playing were DOM who seem to be back in action after frontman Dominic Cournoyer dabbled in dancepop as Kiss108 last year. Future Punx, who are very active, opened the night. Pictures of all three bands are in this post.
Other final Glasslands shows so far have included Waxahatchee, Yellow Ostrich, The Blow, and more. Still to come is How to Dress Well (tonight, 12/16), Peter Silberman & others, Widowspeak, Quilt & What Moon Things, Bass Drum of Death & Mitski, Trust, Cymbals Eat Guitars and more.
DOM were also supposed to play Mercury Lounge later this month but that show's been cancelled. More pictures of their Glasslands show with Suckers and Future Punx below...
Photo: Psychedelic Furs at The Paramount in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Alternative rock veterans The Psychedelic Furs will be going on a short east coast tour in January which includes two NYC shows. First they play January 11 at Highline Ballroom and then January 18 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The Highline show is an APAP showcase, also featuring Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., Madeleine Peyroux and Sarah Slean, while the MHOW show is with Royston Langdon. Tickets for Highline are on sale now, and MHOW (same link) goes on sale at noon on Friday (12/19) with an AmEx presale starting at noon on Thursday (12/18).
There's also a show not far from NYC in Tarrytown the day before MHOW. All dates are listed, with a video, below..
As mentioned, Tom Scharpling's much loved, much missed The Best Show makes its return tonight (12/16) in live podcast form with the whole gang (Mike, Gary, Roy, Vance) in tow. Listen (and call in) live tonight from 9 PM - midnight. It will be available as a podcast as well through iTunes, etc. You can also relive some (ok, a whole lot) of Tom and comedy partner Jon Wurster's finest bits from The Best Show's WFMU years on the 16-disc The Best of the Best Show box set which will be out in March via the Numero Group.
While making sure he has all his mics plugged in and ducks in order, Tom put together a Top 10 For 2014 list just for us:
I kept my head down and didn't go out a whole lot so my list might not be as diverse as it would have been in past years. (Sorry, 4:35 PM!). These were some of the things I loved this year that I remembered before other things.Scharpling's list includes albums, live shows, movies and TV, and commentary as well. Read the whole thing below...