We are honored to have a great year-end list from one of our favorite working artists, Sonny Day of We Buy Your Kids. Enjoy!
Normally at the end of the year I’m fit to burst, wanting to tell the world what music rocked my world the previous year. But this time I’m almost at a blank.
Sure, I bought records and listened to bands recommended by friends, but this year I decided to pay for Spotify. What was meant to be an amazing tool to discover new music quickly turned into a trip down memory lane. I’ll come back to this later.
So here it is – the list I had to rack my brains to put together.
Pallbearer – Foundation of Burden
Now that I think of it, I was looking forward to this record more than anything else this year. I loved Sorrow and Extinction and it’s still on high rotation, so expectations were high. Lo and behold, it’s an amazing record that makes the first sound like a demo tape.
Epic themes and massive songs.
Run The Jewels – RTJ2
This one came out of nowhere.
I wake up one morning and there it is, a link to download the new RTJ record. Awesome.
Bigger, better and more angry. Killer Mike spitting flaming darts and EL P making beats from another dimension. Oh and a Zach De La Rocha verse!
Big Business – Battlefields Forever.
This record came out last year but I got it in January, so there. Like RTJ, this was a complete surprise.
Big Business make music that I love to draw to. The lyrics and themes really click for me, and thats way better than any visual stimulus.
Flying Lotus – Yr Dead!
Anyone else love Until The Quiet Comes? I do, but I can’t remember it.
Not so with YD!, brilliant, full of life, full of death and straight to the point. Also, best cover of the year with amazing art by Shintaro Kago.
Ahpex Twin – Syro.
Ten years later and still the best.
Future Islands – Singles.
I’d heard these dudes and liked the cut of their jib. Biddy showed me the Letterman performance and my jaw dropped. Couldn’t wait for this record, and what a record it is. So positive and life affirming.
We got to see them play on our first night in LA in September this year.
What a way to start what turned out to be the trip of a lifetime.
Andy Stott – Faith In Strangers.
I gotta be honest. I literally just bought this and am listening to it while I write this list. Have you heard Luxury Problems? Faith In Strangers makes the list just for being the record that follows it.
Also I love music that makes me feel like I’m in an 80s Sci Fi movie.
Protomartyr – Under Color of Official Right.
We work out of the Rolling Stone office here in Sydney. We bounced this one around the office and everyone had their thoughts on what this record sounded like; Husker Du, The Fall, Sonic Youth, Wire. Can you imagine a band that sounds like all of those bands?
Well Protomartyr are that band and this record rules.
Nothing – Guilty of Nothing
I love Smashing Pumpkins, I also love shoe gaze and now I love Nothing. It’s funny when I’m trying to wax lyrical to my friend about these guys. “ You heard Nothing?” You get the picture.
This year we made a new friend Bob and he played this for us the first time as we were driving around LA. He has good taste.
Sorry bring up LA again, but for some reason I love that town.
True Widow - Circumambulation
The worlds creepiest bar room band. Country twang meets doom in a swamp and the record player’s broken.
Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues
AM! used to be a guilty pleasure. New Wave and Searching for a Former Clarity are amazing records. More rock than punk with so many shout a loud choruses. TDB is the best record they’ve made, Laura’s voice is so spot on.
Fist pumping, hoarse throat magic.
So, back to the Spotify thing.
Spotify tried to tell me that my most listened to song last year was Letter to Memphis by the Pixies. I listened to that song quite a bit but Spotify was wrong. The Four Albums I listened to more than anything else in 2014 were Guns n Roses – Use Your Illussion 1&2 and Type O Negative – Bloody Kisses and Octobers Rust. I also made more art listening to these records than any of the above.
On Instagram I try and post new drawings with song lyrics, if you take a look at my feed you get an idea how much I listened to these records. I was going to paint a giant portrait of Peter Steele on the walls of the gallery of my last show.
Guns N Roses – Use Your Illussion 1&2.
Ask me a couple of years ago and I would’ve said that there was only two GnRs albums. Ask me now – there’s 4. Everyone should sit down with these albums and embrace the excess. Rock Opera for the 90’s. I have no words.
Locomotive, Pretty Tied Up, The Garden, Perfect Crime.
Except Axl should’ve been more of a team player.
Type O Negative – Bloddy Kisses and October Rust.
There is only one TON and thank god because I don’t think the world can handle any more awesome. Before coming across these guys on Spotify ( Im not getting paid by Spotify BTW ), I thought they were some super goth band kinda like Cradle of Filth.
BUT it turns out they are one of the best bands ever. I fell head over heels for them. They had everything I wanted in my music, Love, Sex, Death and a sense of humour. Doom, goth and 90s alt rock in one convenient package.
Listen to Die With Me from October Rust, or the title track from Bloody Kisses, and tell me I’m wrong.
I probably am, but hey.