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Our Annual Orgy of Self-Aggrandizement, Grandstanding & Overconsumption : Matador Artists & Staff Select Their 2014 Favorites



(above : coaches from "The Voice Of Italy" offer their congratulations to all of 2014's top contenders)

Around this time every year, your long-suffering dedicated editor attempts to coax a list of favorite recordings, books, television programs, life events, etc. out of the label's artist roster and our show business colleagues. In the past, the exercise has been an arduous process, fraught with nagging, teeth-gnashing and no shortage of reluctant participants, some of whom actually changed labels or places of employment to avoid the task. In more recent times, however, people can't wait to tell you everything. Too much, in fact. Why should the blitzkrieg of oversharing be limited to social media when we still have a label blog that attracts nearly a dozen readers a week?

For some historical perspective, here's last year's selections. Questions or comments about our predictable tastes and/or inexcuseable omissions are welcome (but not necessarily appreciated). And without further (Freddy) Adu, let the coronations of Protomartyr,Total Control, Sun Kil Moon and The War On Drugs begin :

Anthony Anzaldo, Ceremony

RECORDS
Lykke Li - I Never Learn
Total Control - Typical System
Prince - Art Official Age
Aphex Twin - Syro



Pharmakon - Bestial Burden

SONGS
Zola Jesus - Dangerous Days
Lykke Li - Just Like A Dream
Total Control - Flesh War
Chromeo - Jealous
Ariana Grande - Problem

SHOWS
Prince at the Fox Theatre in Oakland
NIN at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View
Gorilla Biscuits at Mohawk in Austin
Failure at the El Ray in Los Angeles
The Cure at Bottle Rock in Napa

James McNew, Yo La Tengo

Xetas, "The Knife" 7" (12XU)
Sloppy Heads, Do or Dangle cassette
Run The Jewels, RTJ2 (Fool's Gold)
Shintaro Sakamoto, Let's Dance Raw (Zelone/ OM)
Knyfe Hyts, K is for Knyfe (dropbox)
Spray Paint, Clean Blood Regular Acid (Monofonus Press)
Amps For Christ, Canyons Cars and Crows (Shrimper)
Salyu x Salyu, Bed Room Recordings CDR



$75 Bill, Olives In The Ears cassette
Rob Sonic, Alice in Thunderdome
(OK47)
Obnox, Louder Space (12XU)
Oneida/ People of The North "Brah Tapes" vol 1-4 cassettes
OOIOO, Gamel (Thrill Jockey)

Thurston Moore

1. Chloé Griffin  - EDGEWISE : A Picture Of COOKIE MUELLER (b_books)

This book is an astounding labor of love. The author, fascinated by who Cookie Mueller may have been after witnessing her in all the weirdo John Waters films, including Pink Flamingos and Female Trouble, decided to travel the USA interviewing anyone still left alive who spent time with this person. All the insane characters of early 70s Baltimore, P-Town and NYC raise their sloshing glasses to this incredible lightning girl Cookie and all their stories are told in a way which creates a historical travelogue of counter culture avant insanity which is responsible for helping to light the fuse that becomes punk rock and beyond.



2. John Lydon at Rough Trade East 17th October 2014

The Rotten one was bopping around the UK promoting his new book Anger Is An Energy (Simon & Schuster) and we caught his last stop at RT and it was as good as any Sex Pistols or PiL show. He came out with his manager / right hand man and Arsenal accomplice Rambo and a shopping basket full of lager and proceeded to have a high energy back and forth with the audience. His mates from nearby Finsbury Park were there shouting back and forth and Lydon actually did a weird physical transformation into Tony Blair (he hates ‘im). Savage, infuriating – everything his book is – but with a kindness that is always burbling through. I got to meet him fleetingly, the one person I wanted to meet most in this nutso rock n roll world, and he was nice enuff (“Sonic Youth, what are you bloody doing here?”) - but I think he more interested in drowning beers with his pals, which is what he should be doing but damn I think making a record with him in trio with Irmin Schmidt with Can is what Matador should be investing in big time for 2015.

Andy Nelson, Ceremony

Long
Aphex Twin - SYRO
Eno & Hyde - High Life



Francis Harris - Minutes Of Sleep
Future - Honest
Good Throb - Fuck Off
Grouper - Ruins
Hank Wood And The Hammerheads - Stay Home!!
Protomartyr - Under Color Of Official Right
Total Control - Typical System
Vladislav Delay - Visa

Short
Big Zit - Electric Zit Vol. 1
Container - Adhesive
Flesh World - A Line In Wet Grass
Frau - Punk Is My Boyfriend
Golden Teacher - Party People
Pang - Young Professionals
Portable - Surrender
S.H.I. - Struggling Harsh Immortals
Sheer Mag - self titled
Watery Love - Sick People

Elias Ronnenfelt, Iceage


Dirty Beaches - Stateless
Pharmakon - Bestial Burden



Vessel - Punish, Honey
Hank Wood and the Hammerheads - Stay home
Puce Mary - Persona
Institute - Giddy Boys EP
Lower - Seek Warmer Climes
Total Control - Typical System

Anton Rothstein, Lower

What I definitely learned in 2014 is that money still  runs the world, that racism is alive and kicking, and that cops in every aspect of the term, be it professionals or amateurs, still are the scum of the earth.

A short best of-list:
Best drummers: Joe Boyd-Brent of Condominium and Adam Kjær Nielsen of Reverie.
Best live band: Hank Wood and the Hammerheads.
Best people: Boat and Speedboat

Adrian Toubro, Lower

I guess, 2014 taught me that life is what you make it.
That positive energy is the mightiest force. It is also the most difficult energy to achieve
That i love my hometown
That i love Lissabon, Portugal
i realized that Oasis still haven’t been beaten in being the greatest band that ever existed.
AND a thousand other things i can’t remember now…

Patrick Amory, Matador Records

The J.B.'s - These Are The J.B.'s (TEG)
- Scott Walker and Sunn O))) - Soused (4AD)



- Steve Gunn - Way Out Weather (Paradise of Bachelors)
- Hailu Mergia and the Walias - Tche Belew (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
- The Velvet Underground - Super Deluxe 45th Anniversary Edition (Polydor/Universal)
- Ed Askew & Josh Burkett - Live on WFMU (Okraina)
- Sleaford Mods - Divide and Exit (Harbinger Sounds)
- Jef Gilson et Malagasy - Gilson et Malagasy (Jazzman)



- Death Wish - Death Wish (Disclaim Recordings)
- Sun Kil Moon - War On Drugs: Suck My Cock

Adam Bohl, Matador Direct
Personal highlights of 2014

Favorite Trip:



Ringing in the new year in Australia, so many great animals there.

Favorite Drink:
Inventing the best (double) mai tai recipe-
1oz Appleton Extra 12 year Jamaican rum
1oz Rhum Clement VSOP
1oz Rhum Barbancourt 8 year
1oz Smith and Cross Jamaican rum
1oz Pierre Ferrand Orange Curacao
2oz Lime juice
1oz Orgeat
Float of Lemon Hart 151
Shake with lots of crushed ice and serve with lime shell and mint bouquet

Favorite Meal:
Brooklyn Star mollasses brined pork chip

Favorite Art viewed:



Liesl Pfeffer - Asclepiadaceae, 2014

Favorite Sporting Moment:
Winning a third bowling league championship

Favorite Shows:
The xx at the Park Avenue Armory



Tyvek at DBA
Chain and the Gang at Union Pool/Babys Allright

Music I enjoyed throughout the year, big/small/new/old

Flesh Eaters - A Moment To Pray A Second To Die
Angel Olson - Burn Your Fire For No Witness
Perfume Genius - Too Bright
V/A - Anthology Of American Folk Music vinyl box
Kim Deal - 7" series
Reigning Sound - Shattered



Turn To Crime - Can't Love
David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights - End Times Undone
Apache Dropout - Heavy Window
Old Testament - Old Testament
Smoke Bellow - Blooming/Middling
Obliterations - Poison Everything
White Fence - For The Recently Found Innocent
Chain and the Gang - Minimum Rock and Roll
Songs: Ohia - Didn't It Rain reissue
Steve Gunn - Way Out Weather
Obnox - Louder Space
The Young - Chrome Cactus
Ty Segall - Manipulator

Dean Bein, True Panther

ALBUMS
Aby Ngana Diop - Liital (Awesome Tapes from Africa)
Adult Jazz-  Gist Is (Spare Thought)
Ariana Grande - My Everything (Republic)
Beyoncé - Beyoncé (Columbia) [I know this was last year, but it came out after lists last year and it seems sacrilegious to not include it somewhere]
DJ Dodger stadium - Friend of Mine (FOF/Wedidit)
DJ Spoko - War God (Lit City Tracks)
Flying Lotus - You're Dead! (Warp)
Future Islands- Singles (4AD)
Kassem Mosse- Workshop 19 (Workshop)
Leon Vynehall-  Music for the Uninvited (3024)
Lone - Reality Testing (R&S)
Mac Demarco - Salady Days (Captured Tracks)
Katie Pearl & Davinche – Unreleased Album (Self released)
Mica Levi – Under The Skin OST (Milan)
Objekt - Flatland (Pan)
Perfume Genius - Too Bright (Matador)



Popcaan – Where We Come From (Mixpak)
Real Estate -Atlas (Domino)
Rich Gang - Tha Tour Part 1 (Cash Money)
Schoolboy Q - Oxymoron (BDE)
SD Laika - That's Harakiri (Tri Angle)
Vessel - Punish Honey (Tri Angle)
War on Drugs – Lost In The Dream (Secretly Canadian)
V/A - I’m Just Like You: Sly Stone’s Flower Power 1969-70 (Light In The Attic)
YG - My Krazy Life (Def Jam)

MIXTAPES
Bankroll Fresh- Life of a Hot Boy
Dej Loaf- Sell Sole
Ethereal - Blackli$t
Goldlink - God Complex
KevinGates - By Any Means
Lil Bibby - Free Crack 2
Lil Durk - Signed to the Streets 2
Sauce Twinz - In Sauce we Trust
Sicko Mobb – Super Saiyan Vol.1
The Stand4rd - The Stand4rd
Travis Scott - Days Before Rodeo

EP/12”s/LOOSIES
Barnt - Chappel (Hinge Finger)
Cashmere Cat - Wedding Bells EP (
Chief Keef Where's Waldo (self-released)
Dark0 - Fate (Gobstopper)
Evian Christ- Waterfall (Tri Angle)
Future “Hardly”
Gage- Telo (Crazylegs)
Heyqt - Heyqt (XL)
iloveMakonnen - Down So Long (Self-released)
Mumdance x Novelist “Take Time” (Rinse)
Nicki Minaj feat. Lil Herb “Chiraq”
OG Maco - U Guessed It (self-released)
Shura-  Touch
Spooky Black - Reason (self-released)
SZA- Sobriety  (BDE)
Tirzah - No Romance (Greco-Roman)
Fetty Wrap - Trap Queen

Steve Cross, Remote Control

20 Moments Of Pleasure



Amen Dunes - Lonely Richard
Ann Sorel - L'amour a Plusiers
Cher - A Woman's Story
Chris and Cosey - Dr John (Sleeping Stephen)
Copeland – Advice to Young Girls
Dean Blunt – Forever
Ernie Graham – Sebastian
Future Islands – Light House
G Wayne Thomas - Morning Of The Earth
Holly Herndon – Chorus 



Kevin Coyne – The World Is Full Of Fools
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Satan Speeds Up
Leslie Winer – John Says
Marie Davidson - Perte d'identité 
New Gods – Caravan Park
Pearls - Big Shot 
Perfume Genius – Fool 
Sunbeam Sound Machine - Sailing Away
The Liminanas - I Miei Occhi Sono i Tuoi Occhi 
The War On Drugs - An Ocean Between The Waves
Ty Segall - She Don't Care

Stuart Davie, Beggars Group

2014:



Ian William Craig - A Turn Of Breath
The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream
Grouper - Ruins
Iceage - Plowing into the Field of Love
Total Control - Typical System
La Dispute - Rooms of the House
Alex G - DSU
Keaton Henson - Romantic Works
Sontag Shogun - Tale
Sun Kil Moon - Benji
Protomartyr - Under Color of Official Right
Caribou - Our Love
Tobias Jesso Jr in London
Ought @ The Old Blue Last
Belle and Sebastian @ Winfield House
Nils Frahm & Kurt Vile @ Village Underground
The War On Drugs @ Rickshaw Theatre
Queens of the Stone Age @ Reading Festival
The Goldfinch
Boyhood
The Imitation Game
Homeland season 4



Utopia (UK)

Rian Fossett, Matador Records

Music -
Amen Dunes - Love



Andy Stott - Faith in Strangers
Bedhead - 1992-1998
Bing & Ruth - Tomorrow Was the Golden Age
Caribou - Our Love
Cleaners From Venus - Living with Victoria Grey
Fennesz - Venice 10th Anniversary
Frankie Cosmos - Zentropy
Grouper - Ruins
MINKS - Memory Graffiti
Total Control - Typical System
Unwound - No Energy

Movies -
John Wick, Nightcrawler

TV -
Bron/Broen, Death Note, Les Revenants

Books -
Station Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel, My Misspent Youth - Meghan Daum,
Preacher: Book One - Garth Ennis

Animals-



This majestic chameleon,
Harlow & Sage,
This particular Russian fox

Matt Harmon (Beggars Group)

Steve Gunn - Way out Weather [Paradise of Bachelors]
Protomartyr - Under Color of Official Right [Hardly Art]



Ensemble - Economique Melt Into Nothing  [Denovali Records]
Ashley Paul - Heat Source [Important Recs]
Lee Gamble - KOCH [Pan]
Helena Hauff Meets Andreas Gehm EP [Solar One Music]
Jenny Hval & Susanna Meshes of Voice  [SusannaSonata]
Skull Defekts - Street Metal [Thrill Jockey]
Ought - More Than Any Other Day [Constellation]
Jon Mueller & Duane Pitre - Inverted Torch [Type]
Andy Stott -Faith in Strangers [Modern Love]
NHK’Koyxen - Dance Classics Vol III [Pan]
Grouper - Ruins  [Kranky]
William Tyler - Lost Colony EP [Merge]
Icepick - Hexane cassette [Astral Spirits]
Patrizia Oliva & Metabolismus - Noumenon cassette [self-released]

Natalie Judge, Matador Records

Stuff:



Viv Albertine - Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys.
20,000 Days on Earth - Directed by Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard.
We Are The Best! - Directed by Lukas Moodysson (this actually came out last year, but i only saw it this year so i’m keeping it in.)
Protomartyr - Under Color Of Official Right.
Ariel Pink - Pom Pom.
Ought - More Than Any Other Day.
Caribou - Our Love.
The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream.
Steve Gunn - Way Out Weather.
Total Control - Typical System.
Lana Del Ray - Ultraviolence.
LCD Soundsystem - The Long Goodbye.
House of Cards.

Highs:



The American Ambassadors Reception.
Sleaford Mods @ 12 Bar, London.
Kate Bush @ Hammersmith Apollo, London.
New Office.
New Office Light.
Belle & Sebastian open the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Jabberwocky weekend being saved by Kurt Vile, Thee Oh Sees, Ought, Iceage and many more.

Lows:
The attendees of Coachella.
Being promised laser eye surgery, only to be told my eyes are too screwed to have it done.

Sonya Kolowrat, Beggars

Best things of 2014
1) Basilica Festival + Hudson, NY



2) John Darnielle's book Wolf In White Van
3) The Replacements at Forest Hills Stadium
5) Perfume Genius - "Too Bright"
6) Marchi's Restaurant NYC - they don't make them like this anymore.



7) Saltie's Scuttlebutt sandwich



8 John Lurie art opening at Cavin-Morris gallery
9) Dean Blunt
10) And of course, the Serial podcast

Annette Lee, 4AD

2014 's Highlights and Discoveries
Kate Bush @ Hammersmith Apollo
Getting an iPhone
Bitmoji app - the single greatest reason for having an iPhone
Liars @ Village Underground, London
Swans - To Be Kind
Cocktails In a snow-stormy NYC
Ultrabland by Lush
Berners Tavern, London
24 hours in Berlin with Future Islands
The Red Room bar at the Barbican, London (hooray for Barbican memberships)
Allpress Espresso Roastery, Shoreditch
Nakd bars (specifically Banana Bread and Cocoa Orange flavours)
Grayson Perry @ Royal Festival Hall, London
Julia Holter - Loud City Song
The sausage sandwiches from CWTCH aka Pig Vendor, Wandsworth (the hangover go-to place)
Bradford Cox - Teenage soundtrack (shit film, GREAT soundtrack)
The Plough, Clapton
Bounce balls (special shout out to the coconut academia and peanut butter versions)
Belfast weddings with eccentric parents (sadly not my own)
Tatu Ronkko + Efterklang @ giant asbestos-filled power station, Den Haag
Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence
Ten-pin bowling with SOHN in Vienna
Kaosarn, Wandsworth
War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream
A weekend of feasting and beer in Brussels
Klara Lewis - Ett
Dolly Parton @ Glastonbury
Dinner at Beagle, Hoxton



Finally snapping up a copy of this at the Indie Label Market
http://www.soundwayrecords.com/product/sndwcd016-ghana-special-modern-highlife-afro-sounds--ghanaian-blues-1968---1981-
Bijou Basket cocktails at Hoi Polloi @ Ace Hotel, London
Bohren & Der Club of Gore @ Grote Kerk, Den Haag
Elton John @ Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona (I'm actually going this weekend, so this is preemptive)
The beach at Formentera
Tobias Jesso Jr. @ some random place in London Fields
Liars - Mess

Dave Martin, Matador Direct

New Records:
1. Gotobeds - Poor People Are Revolting 12XU 
2. Nude Beach - 77 Don Giovanni
3. Sweet Apple - The Golden Age of Glitter TeePee
4. Reigning Sound - Shattered Merge



5. Elisa Ambrogio - The Immoralist Drag City  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3gRyyGZN9A
6. Mordecai - Neil’s Generator Richie Records
7. Cheater Slicks - Live Vol. 3 Columbus Discount Records



8. Connections - Into Sixes Anyway 
9. Brain F≠ - Empty Set Sorry State / Grave Mistake
10. Watery Love - Decorative Feeding In the Red
11. Protomartyr - Under Color Of Official Right Hardly Art
12. Lower Plenty - Life/Thrills Mexican Summer
13. David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights - End Times Undone Merge
14. Dark Matter - S/T Siltbreeze
15. Obnox - Louder Space 12XU
16. The Darling Downs - In The Days When The World Was Wide Beast Records
17. J Mascis - Tied To A Star Sup Pop
18. Run The Jewels - 2 Mass Appeal
19. Mike Rep & Friends - Darby Creek Drifter 540 Records
20. Xylouris White - Goats Other Music Recording Co.
21. Hamish Kilgour - All Of It and Nothing Ba Da Bing
22. Dark Blue - Pure Reality  Jade Tree
23. Eastlink - S/T In the Red
24. Ex Hex - Rips Merge
25. The Blind Shake - Breakfast of Failures Goner

Reissues or Archival Stuff:
1. Modey Lemon - House On the Hill &  S/T Omentum Records/Mind Cure
2. Penny Arkade - Not The Freeze Sundazed 
3. The Stroke Band - Green and Yellow Anthology Recordings



4. Savage Amused - Demo Mind Cure 
5. Jack Ruby - Hit And Run AKA the two S/T LPs St. Cecilia / Feeding Tube
6. LiveFastDie - Hit Stains Almost Ready
7. Death of Samantha - If Memory Serves Us Well St. Valentine
8. Don Caballero - Five Pairs of Crazy Pants… Chunklet Industries
9. The Bats - Demo:  5-26-84 Mind Cure
10. Axemen - Derry Legend Luxury Product
11. Fugazi - First Demo Dischord
12. Bored Youth - Are You Alive 1982 Alona's Dream
13. Terminals - Singles and Sundries Ba Da Bing
14. Bent Wind - Sussex Ugly Pop
15. Ngozi Family - Day Of Judgement Now Again
16. The Bats - The Law Of Things Flying Nun
17. Peter Jefferies - Electricity Superior Viaduct
18. Spies Battle of Bosworth Terrace Siltbreeze
19. Thor’s Hammer - If You Knew… Ugly Pop! 
20. X_____X - X__Sticky Fingers__X Ektro Recordings
21. X - Spurts: The 1977 Recordings & Aspirations Ugly Pop!
22. Dutch Masters - All In The Wires Spacecase Records
23. Breadwinner - Burner Merge
24. Necros - Live in ‘85 Jett Plastic Records
25. Jimi Hendrix - Hear My Music Dagger / Sony

7”s / 12”s / EPs
1. Gotobeds - New York’s Alright (If You Like Sex & Phones) b/w Prisoners Of Love Mind Cure 
2. Deathwish - S/T 12" Disclaim
3. Ukiah Drag - Dirt Trip b/w Poison Ivy Wharf Cat
4. Watery Love - Sick People b/w I Don’t Care In The Red
5. S.O.A. - First Demo Dischord
6. Shock - EP 3 Shock
7. Jon Wahl and the Amadans - The Angst Blues of… Elastic Records
8. Deaf Wish - St. Vincent +3 Sub Pop
9. Giorgio Murder - Primitive World Goner
10. Whatever Brains - SSR 63/64 Sorry State

Live music
Major Stars / The Broke Revue @ Union Pool / The Gotobeds @ The Wick Nov. 29th
Death of Samantha @ Baby’s All Right May 29th
Mordecai / Watery Love / Endless Boogie @ Union Pool May 25th
Protomartyr / Spray Paint @ Cake Shop April 13th
Lower Plenty @ Baby’s All Right / Life Stinks @ Death By Audio Sept. 18th
Dick Diver/ Dark Blue @ Death By Audio Sept. 26th
JSBX / Pampers @ Union Pool March 20th
Cobra Verde @ The Marlin Room @ Webster Hall Nov. 8th
Deaf Wish / Ausmuteants / Pampers / Degreaser @ Death By Audio Oct. 2nd
Xylouris White @ Union Pool October 16th

Hana Mogulescu, Beggars

In no particular order some of my favorite things from 2014:



Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire for No Witness
Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona
Finally watching Twin Peaks after years of being told to do so. WHO KILLED LAURA PALMER?!
Tobias Jesso Jr playing in an airbnb in London and "someone's kitchen" in Brooklyn
Ringing in the new year while listening to Koreless  and watching the sunrise over the ocean in Tulum
St Vincent - St Vincent. <3 you forever, Annie
Belle & Sebastian live at the American Ambassador's house in London, complete with an on-stage cameo from the one & only Gabe Spierer
Perfume Genius - Too Bright + all three incredible music videos that have come with it
Watching my best friend since I was 12 get married (cheesy, I know)
Sun Kil Moon - Benji

Hector Montes, Beggars Group

will this year just end already: the list



his name is alive - tecuciztecatl (london london)
the dead space - faker (12xu)
hookworms - the hum (weird world)
a winged victory for the sullen - atomos (kranky)
run the jewels - run the jewels 2 (mass appeal)
wild beasts - present tense (domino)
protomartyr - under cover of official right (hardly art)
total control - typical system (iron lung)
doss - the way i feel (acephale)
naomi punk - television man (captured tracks)



inventions - s/t (temporary residence)

Robby Morris, Matador Records

Gotobeds
Grouper
Steve Gunn
Ninos Du Brasil
Protomartyr
Run The Jewels
Schoolboy Q
Sleaford Mods
Total Control



Ukiah Drag
Vessel

Mark Ohe

Full-length Albums 2014 - A Sweet 16
Alice Gerrard, Follow the Music (Tompkins Square)



Joan Shelley, Electric Ursa (No Quarter)
Steve Gunn, Way Out Weather (Paradise of Bachelors)
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Wig Out at Jagbags (Matador)
Hiss Golden Messneger, Lateness of Dancers (Merge)
Laura Cantrell, No Way There From Here (Thriftshop Recordings)
Hans Chew, Life and Love (At The Helm)
V/A, Parchman Farm: Photographs & Recordings, 1947-1958 (Dust to Digital)
Doug Paisley, Strong Feelings (No Quarter)
Yo La Tengo, Extra Painful (Matador)
Robyn Hitchcock, The Man Upstairs (Yep Roc)
The Spies, The Battle of Bosworth Terrace (Siltbreeze)
Einstürzende Neubauten, Lament (Mute)
Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band, Intensity Ghost (No Quarter)
Tinariwen, Emmaar (PIAS)
V/A, When I Reach That Heavenly Shore: Unearthly Black Gospel (Tompkins Square)

Books

This Changes Everything, Naomi Klein
Corruption in America, Zepher Teachout
Our Daily Poison: From Pesticides to Packaging, How Chemicals Have Contaminated the Food Chain and Are Making Us Sick, Marie-Monique Robin
DIY or Die!, Johan Kugelberg
Extracted: How the Quest for Mineral Wealth Is Plundering the Planet, Ugo Bardi
Power Systems, Noam Chomsky
Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life, Graham Nash
Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia, Adam Lerner

Miwa Okumura, Beggars Senior VP, West Coast Operations & Licensing

Big Boys (re-issue) - Where’s My Towel/ Industry Standard LP
Spoon - They Want My Soul
The Horrors - Luminous
David Kilgour & The Heavy Eights - End Times Undone
Future Islands - Singles
The Flesh Eaters (re-issue) - A Minute To Pray A Second To Die LP
Caribou - Our Love
Perfume Genius-Too Bright
The War on Drugs - Lost In The Dream
The New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers

Boyhood -Richard Linklater
The Leftovers
Transparent

Snaking my way to the front to see The Replacements at Coachella.
Shot a Springfield Arms DP40, 40 Smith and Wesson and a Magpull M4 in Sun Valley, Idaho
The Bar Method (check that off my list)



GBV’s last LA show



Bobby Womack and Teenie Hodges RIP



Reuben Cox’s (Old Style) custom silver foil guitar.

Gonzalo Schiaffino, Everlasting / Popstock

IT’S NOT ONLY ROCK’N ROLL (BUT I LIKE IT) – My favourite albums in no particular order
BECK – Morning Phase
VARIOUS – Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles
CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD – Phosphorent Harvest



COLUMPIO ASESINO – Ballenas Muertas En San Sebastian
JOSEPH ARTHUR – Lou
JACK WHITE – Lazaretto
JOLLIE HOLLAND – Wine Dark Sea
THE APE – The Ape
TY SEGALL – Manipulator
NEW PORNOGRAPHERS – Brill Bruisers
PETER HAMMILL / GARY LUCAS – Other World
PERFUME GENIUS – Too Bright
HOLY SONS – The Fact Facer
SLEAFORD MODS – Divide And Exit
ANGEL OLSEN – Burn Your Fire For No Witness
ELISA AMBROGIO – The Inmoralist
FOXYGEN – And Star Power
ARIEL PINK – Pom Pom


BEST CONCERTS (You should be there…)
SAVAGES – Shoko (Madrid 20/2)
ROLLING STONES – Santiago Bernabeu (Madrid 25-6) *with my kids!
QOTSA – Primavera Sound (Barcelona)
TY SEGALL – Sala But (Madrid 27/10)

Helen Rush, Matador Direct
Shows: Jan 2014 – Dec 2014
Bill Nace, Okkuyng Lee & Chris Corsano – Jack
Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks – Other Music
Lee Ranaldo / Steve Gunn / Spectre Folk – The Bellhouse
Benefit For Letha Rodman Melchior: Endless Boogie, Crystal Stilts, Love As Laughter, The Rogers Sisters, August Wells, Rebecca Gaffney & Adrian Austin, Nurse & Soldier – Secret Project Robot
Tatsuya Nakatani: Nakantani Gong Orchestra – Jack
Ed Askew / Josephine Foster / Victor Herrero– Columbus Theatre – Providence RI
MV/EE – Baby’s All Right
Charlemagne Palestine (Solo Organ) - Plymouth Church/Issue Project Room
Ben Chasny – Baby’s All Right
Endless Boogie / Magik Markers – Union Pool
Kim Gordon & Okkung Lee – The Stone
Graham Lambkin / Devin DiSanto – Issue Project Room
Yoko Ono & Yo La Tengo  - Union Pool
Elisa Ambrogio  / Bill Nace / The Double – Union Pool
Jacco Gardner – Baby’s All Right
Prince Rupert’s Drops – Baby’s All Right
Heavy Blanket / Honey – Union Pool
Michael Chapman / Zachary Cale – Union Pool
Keijo Haino & Tony Conrad / Okkung Lee – Issue Project Room
Tim Barnes / Barry Weisblat – Silent Barn
Body/Head / Nate Young / Vanessa Rosetto – Union Pool
Holy Sons / Elisa Ambogio  – Union Pool
Kim Gordon & Loren Mazzacane Connors  / Gary War – Issue Project Room

Records: In No Particular Order (+ 2 from 2013)

Elisa Ambrogio - The Immoralist (Drag City)
Prince Rupert’s Drops – Climbing Light (Beyond Beyond is Beyond)
Mary Lattimore / Jeff Zeigler - Slant of Light (Thrill Jockey)
Steve Gunn - Way Out Weather (Paradise of Bachelors)
United Waters – Sunburner (Bathetic)



Tom Carter / Pat Murano - Four Infernal Rivers (MIE)
Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire for No Witness – (Jagjaguwar)
Tinariwen – Emmaar (Anti)
Vashti Bunyan – Heartleap (Fat Cat/DiCristina)
Fugazi – First Demo (Dischord)
Nathan Bowles – Nansemond (Paradise of Bachelors)
Ty Segall - Manipulator - (Drag City)
Jacco Gardner - Cabinet of Curiosities (Trouble In Mind) 2013
Nathan Salsburg – Hard For To Win And Can’t Be Won (No Quarter ) 2013
Body/Head - The Show Is Over 7” (Matador)
Hamish Kilgour -- All Of It And Nothing' (Ba Da Bing)

Chrissy Stuart, Beggars Music

Twigs at Trees
Paragliding over Lake Atitlan
Drake - "0 to 100 / The Catch Up"
Mica Levi's Under The Skin score
thefatjewish
The War On Drugs - Lost in the Dream
1st LA earthquake (5.1)
Kim Kardashian as bike rack
Star Wars
Busta Rhymes 2014 (in general)
Beck - "Turn Away"



Future - "Move That Dope"
NYE sunrise celebration in Tulum w/ the best of the best
Mac Demarco "Salad Days"
Popcaan

Gerard Cosloy, Matador Records



Sleaford Mods - Divide & Exit (Harbinger Sounds)
Mordecai - Neil’s Generator (Richie)
Califone - Stitches (Dead Oceans)
Ultimate Painting - s/t (Trouble In Mind)



Rat Columns - Leaf (RIP Society)
Watery Love - Decorative Feeding (In The Red)
Mark Kozelek - Live At Biko (Calo Verde)
Musk - s/t (Holy Mountain)
Swans - To Be Kind (Young God)



Golden Pelicans - s/t (Total Punk)
Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band - Intensity Ghost (No Quarter)
Good Throb - Fuck Off (White Denim)
Centro-matic - Take Pride In Your Long Odds (Navigational Transmissions)
Manateees - Sit n Spin (Pelican Pow Wow)
Spray Paint - Clean Blood, Regular Acid (Monofonus Press)



Exhaustion - Biker (Aarght)
OBN III’s- Third Time To Harm (Tic Tac Totally)
Low Life - Dogging (RIP Society)
Degreaser - Rougher Squalor (ever/never)



Wussy - Attica (Shake It)
John Schooley & His One Man Band - The Man Who Rode The Mule Around The World (Voodoo Rhythm)
Dark Blue - Pure Reality (Jade Tree)
Protomarytr - Under Color Of Official Light (Hardly Art)
Ausmuteants - Order Of Operation (Goner)
Kid Millions / Jim Sauter - Fountain (Family Vineyard)
Real Kids - Shake Outta Control (Ace Of Hearts)
Shellac - Dude Incredible (Touch & Go)


12" EP’s
Institute - Salt - (Sacred Bones)
Nazi Gold - Climbing The Tower (Super Secret)
Uniform - s/t (Beggar's Tomb)
Gary Wrong Group - Floods Of Fire (Jeth Row/Bat Shit)



Outer Spaces - Garbage Beach (Salinas)

7”'s

Mystic Inane - “Deep Creep” (Negative Jazz)



Breakout - “True Crime” (Grave Mistake)
Deaf Wish - St. Vincent’s EP (Sub/Pop)



Hysterics - “Can’t I Live” EP (M’Ladys)
Sick Thoughts - “Moral Sickness” (Blast Of Silence)
Sick Thoughts - “Coming Over” (Going Underground)
Sick Thoughts - “I Got Hands” b/w “I’m Tired Of You” (Hidden Volume)
Total Abuse - “Looking For Love” (Deranged)
Lumpy & The Dumpers - “Gnats In The Pisser” (Total Punk)

reissues / archival stuff :



Owen Maercks - Teenage Sex Therapist (Feeding Tube)
Flesh Eaters - A Minute To Pray, A Second To Die (Superior Viaduct)
The Sluts - 12" Of Sluts (Spread 'Em/Jeth Row/Race)
Bedhead - 1992-1998 (Numero)
Madrigal - s/t (Lysergia)
Jack Ruby - LP1 /Volume Two (Feeding Tube)
Medival - One Morbid (Buried By Time & Dust)
Shoes This High - Straight To Hell (Siltbreeze)

live shows :

Deaf Wish, Hi Tone, Memphis, Mohawk, Austin September



Counter Intuits, Now That’s Class, Cleveland, May
Swans, Lincoln Hall, Chicago, June
Wreckmeister Harmonies, Elysium, Austin, November
Midnight, Dirty Dog, Austin, August
Wreckless Eric, Hole In The Wall, Austin, October
Tom Carter, Salvage Vanguard Theatre, Austin, November
Radioactivity, Beerland, Austin, March, Hi Tone, Memphis, September
Mordecai, Now That’s Class, Cleveland, May
Life Stinks, Murphy’s, Memphis TN, Septmber
The Clean, Ace Of Cups, Columbus, July
eyehategod, North Door, Austin, November
Godflesh, Mohawk, Austin, April
Califone, someone’s house, Austin, April
Kraftwerk, Riveria Theatre, Chicago, March
The Rebel, Beerland Austin, March, Hotel Vegas, Austin, September
No Bails, Hotel Vegas, Austin, June
Devo, ACL LIve, July
Civil Union, The Grand, Austin, July

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