2014’s Top 10

One sentence reviews:

  1. White Suns – Totem
    – Viscerally violent, a most nihilistic destruction of the punk format.
  2. cipping. – CLPPNG
    – Wild noise hip-hop done with the utmost intensity and control.
  3. The Austerity Program – Beyond Calculation
    – Mathematical noise rock with its heart in Shellac-influenced punk
  4. Dark Times – Give
    – Driving Scandi-punk, a bit of nihilism, a bit of good fuck you.
  5. Full of Hell & Merzbow – s/t
    – Intensely precise grindcore with a load of crazy shit from Merzbow
  6. Wonk Unit – Nervous Racehorse
    – Pop punk with a poetic heart
  7. Merkabah – Moloch
    post-hardcore with jazz sax. Wot?
  8. Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues
    – A shouty tranny with a massive heart, a few problems & a f*cking great band
  9.  Cuz – Tamatebako
    – pop weirdoness goodness from some bloke from the Go! Team and Mike Watt from Minutemen/fIREHOSE/Stooges.
  10. Hard Girls – A Thousand Surfaces
    – Art pop punk, with an excellent line in doing not-what’s-expected at exactly the right moment.

I also wish to note I have listened to these albums, but haven’t taken them in sufficiently to acknowledge their brilliance in the list:

  • Busdriver – Perfect Hair
  • Milo – A Toothpaste Suburb

Best gigs I done gone to in 2014 –

  • 12-02 – Sons of Kemet at Rich Mix, London
  • 24-02 – Lizzo at Birthdays, London
  • 09-04 – Mike Watt & The Missingmen at the Green Door Store, Brighton
  • 04-07 – Black Sabbath at Hyde Park, London
  • 05-11 – Melt Yourself Down w/ James Chance at Village Underground, London
  • 18-11 – Colin Stetson at St John on Bethnal Green, London
  • 19-11- Against Me! at The Electric Ballroom, London
  • 08-12 – Zu at the Underworld, London

Sparks are playing the Barbican in a few days, and I expect that’ll be added.