It's been a great year for rock 'n' roll records released by your friends and neighbors. Here are the ones I really liked.
This past year was a weird one. Thankfully, music made the tough times easier. So many great records came out, almost too many to keep track of; so here's a slice, a mere sliver of the releases that caught my ear this year.
This past year proved to be another great 12 months for new music, and I'm proud to share my top 10 albums (as featured often on my show "Bittersweet Melody") with the KDHX audience.
Though I had a top albums list of 2014, choosing singles made for a larger variety of sounds, and it was much easier to decide on my "best of," as I only had to remember the songs that made me smile the most.
A UK band centered in the duo of Sam Swift-Glasman and Lisa Sara Jenkin, Springh makes grungy but poppy, alternately-tuned but catchy rock music. The B-side "My Head in Clouds" captures the thrill of '90s alt-rock without a trace of rank imitation.
To quote Robert Christgau: This is punk rock. With a guitar-and-synth-and-drums attack, and a message summed up concisely in its title, "Decadence," by Memphis, Tennessee band Nots, holds absolutely nothing back.
All kinds of '60s pop illuminate "Home Again," a new track by Dam Gila (aka Adam Gil of Chicago band YAWN): Beach Boyish harmonies, Byrdsian guitars and T. Rexian proto-glam.
My second day of the annual CMJ Music Marathon proved no less exciting as the first, as the onslaught of bands continued throughout New York City, from the Lower East Side to Brooklyn.