VIOLENT SOHO: Favorite Albums of 2014

Continuing with our bands sharing their favorite records this year, today we’ve got a killer list from VIOLENT SOHO. Those dummies are out on the road right now but took some time to give us their top list and guess what? It’s all Aussie bands! For those of you (like us) who love Australian music and culture, you’ll likely recognize a bunch of these bands. But if you’re not super keen on what’s happening down there, you’re in for a real treat. Seriously, so much interesting and exciting music is coming from Australia and these are just a handful of bands you’ve GOT to check out.

We even went as far as to give you a freaking LINK to click so you can check out these bands. We honestly couldn’t have made this easier for you guys. Get your Aussie on!


Ceres – I Don’t Want To Be Anywhere But Here
Sounds Like Sunset – We Could Leave Tonight
The Smith Street Band – Throw Me In The River 🙂
DZ Deathrays – Black Rat

RESTORATIONS: Favorite Albums of 2014

It’s December and you know what that means. TIME FOR A MILLION END OF THE YEAR LISTS!!

We’re gonna get things started with our very own Jon Loudon of some band called Restorations. You guys might know them from, oh I dk, writing the best dang rock album of 2014! Anyway, Jon wrote up a little something for some of his favorite records of 2014 and a handful of honorable mentions, too. We think he’s got a great taste in music and if you haven’t heard any of these albums, it might be time to check them out.

Our friends at BrooklynVegan have gone ahead and shared this list, too, because they’re total sweeties. Thanks, BV!

Without further ado, Jon Loudon’s Favorite Albums of 2014:



I have missed too many of these bands live because I was on tour.

Swans – To Be Kind
My favorite album this year by a mile. This is the end result of decades and decades of work on a single idea. I caught them live in London after tour earlier this year and its dominated my musical thinking since. A huge, loose, powerful sound that doesn’t feel overly forceful or masculine.

Bry Webb – Free Will
Obviously one of my favorite songwriters. “Let’s Get Through Today” is about as good as it gets for me. File under: I would listen to this guy recite a technical manual.

Steve Gunn – Way Out Weather
More spacey/folky guitar music from Philly/NY. This sound doesn’t get old to me, no matter how many artists seem to be doing it at the moment. Everybody thats come out of this sub-scene is just on a whole different planet.

Strand of Oaks – Heal
I’m a huge fan of Tim’s, and its great to see him branching out here. The record’s a little all over the place, but its the sound of somebody having a fucking blast. “Shut In” is my favorite track (and video) this year. Glad to see him finally getting the attention he’s deserved for so long. Philly, Philly, Philly.

Nils Frahm – Spaces
I left recording early to go see his show earlier this year (don’t tell @sideonedummy). Beautiful modern piano compositions. I listened to this take of “Said and Done” on repeat during our tour of Europe. Drive through Switzerland at 1,000mph while listening to this.

Horseback – Piedmont Apocrypha
The best part of following along with Janks Miller is that you never know what you’re going to get with a new release. Doom, neo-folk, noise, classic rock? This is a bit of everything all on one album with a better sense of pacing than normal. One day this hermit will play a show near Philly.

Bob Mould – Beauty & Ruin
I want to be this good this far into my career. Same sentiment as that Swans album – the sound of somebody slowly perfecting their craft. Still kills live, too.

Zammuto – Anchor 
Innovative pop music. The Books was one of the most interesting bands I’ve ever heard, and the first Zammuto record was a fascinating transition out of that. He’s letting the vocals lead more this time around, though its his home-made instruments that I love most. Ever see that video where he makes a drum machine out of a vinyl LP? Google that shit.

Sun Kil Moon – Benji
Which was sadder this year? This record, or the turn Mark Kozelek’s career has taken with all these PR stunts? I can overlook it if we get more songs like “I Watched The Film The Song Remains The Same”.

The Smith Street Band – Throw Me In The River
These people are family to me. Purchase this.


Honorable mentions:

Ryan Adams – 1984
More of this, please.

A Winged Victory For The Sullen – Atomos
Take your hammock to Mars.

Tashi Dorji – S/T
Learn how to play guitar all over again.

Yob – Clearing the Path to Ascend
This band finally clicked for me here.

Counting Crows – Somewhere Under Wonderland
A crowd-pleasing record almost to a fault. Glad to have them back.

+ The War On Drugs, Pallbearer, The Austerity Program, Self Defense Family, Pianos Become The Teeth

I am Really Excited for this new Mock Orange record.