Top 10 Albums of 2014:
The Pesos – “S/T”
White Fence – “For the Recently Found Innocent”
The Growlers – “Chinese Fountain”
Curtis Harding – “S/T”
Allah Las – Worship the Sun”
Jack Name – “Light Show”
Ariel Pink – “Pom Pom”
Tomorrows Tulips – “When”
Old Testament – “S/T”
The Abigails – “Tundra”
Fuck it, I put my own album…if twang is your thang, grab a copy from Burger Records!!
TIMMY’S ORGANISM/ HUMAN EYE
2014!! What a shitty year in the beginning! But it has seemed to get a little better everyday..So here is a list of the things im thankful for and dug in 2014- Sorta in the order it happened….
Iceage- plowing into the field of love
Lust for youth- international
High function flesh- a unity of miseries a misery of unities
8. Church Shoes, A Giant Dog, Spray Paint, Street Arabs from dallas nice dudes!
#5 – C3-PO (hybrid, covered in honey oil)
#2: October 31 @ Burnside Skate Park : Poison Idea
Halloween I had to work, so subsequently I missed the PI show at the new Blackwater space with Forward, Warcry, and Long Knife. To my surprise PI was also playing an early set at the Burnside skate park, for that place’s anniversary. It was complete chaos and debauchery down there. People were hammered and there was a lot of crazy shit going on. All sorts of flying projectiles were being launched. Beer cans, bottle rockets, Roman candles, even mortars. It was like a post apocalyptic war zone. It was intense and Poison Idea rose to the occasion. They killed there set and got fuck out of there. It was insane!
#1: December 13th @ Black Water (new space) : VX Gas Attack
(I had to leave this show early and missed Pressing On and Terokal)
These guys blew my mind. I had never seen them before. Their singer August is an old friend and his bands are always incredible. Their set was a jaw dropper. They made me realize that I had fucked up big time by missing any shows they have played up until this point. I’ll never do that again. A mandatory must see from here on out. That shit was unbelievable! Also I think it must be said that the new Blackwater space is fucking bad ass. So stoked for those guys! They really are making something special happen in Portland with that spot.
SHIT FROM THIS YEAR THAT IM REMEMBERING (in no particular order):
1. Chico’s Tacos
2 of our band members are from El Paso. If you meet anyone from EP that doesn’t live there anymore, you will soon learn how fucking important this place is. All that anyone from El Paso ever talks about is Chico’s fucking tacos. I had doubt at first. Hearing about these magical saucy flautita shaped tacos, and how they would change my life, but sure enough they did. “have u had ur break today, guey?”
2. Temporary tattoos
Temp tattoos are great. possibly even cooler than real tattoos. You can go as bold as you want, look tougher than u could ever possibly imagine, and theres no commitment. What’s not to love?
3. Akon – Big Dog
this song is the shit. not a new jam, but new to us and stuck in my head every damn day since I’ve heard it.
4. ITS IT GOT NEW FLAVORS
if you live in the bay area, you prob know what I’m talking about, but if not ill give u a quick descrip. ITS IT™ is an ice cream sandwich consisting of ice cream between two chocolate dipped oatmeal cookies. They got mint and cappuccino and another standard flavor or two, but this summer they added STRAWBERRY and PUMPKIN. Needless to say, shit got real, and we all spent forever trying to hunt these tasty lil’ fuckers down. They’re everywhere now, but for a minute it was like pulling teeth trying to find the new flavors.
2. I moved in with my bassist and exploded the toilet within the first week.
3. I twisted my knee completely 360 degrees in a puddle.
4. I’ve accidentally eaten mayonnaise roughly 23 times.
5. I ripped my tooth out on a microphone.
BEST OF 2014 I can’t speak for anyone but myself. Even then I can only honestly reference things I have experienced. That being said here’s my shit:
MAC BLACKOUT ART EXPLOSION (CHICAGO) -Mark McKenzie is a long time rock n roll mother fucker. Recently he’s really been making an effort to focus on visual art. May I just say that God Damnit he’s fucking killing shit. If there is such a thing as Rock N’ Roll artists he personifies everything that falls under. Whether he’s cranking out album art, painting up boomboxes (aka doomboxes), or making bad ass records, he’s doing it fucking right, and en mass.
THE SPOT (LAFAYETTE) – The Spot is for lack of a better term, THEE BEST FUCKING BAR/SHOWSPACE IN AMERICA. First time Raw McCartney played in Lafayette was with our wayward hoosier fam BURNT ONES. We played at the now defunct FOAM CITY (which was also one of my favorite places for shows) and hobbled over to The Spot. Instantly, Pits the bartender gets us beers, then proceeds to let us dj behind the bar on a turntable with a mixer into a laptop with youtube running… fucking smart mother gushfsja;l perfect. The rest of the night was free beers (which Pits made us get for ourselves from behind the bar), he ordered us three pizzas, offered his entire tip jar to Brian for his necklace, stayed open till 5 a.m. for us, and even ordered chinese food somehow at the end of it. Also, free pool and you can smoke in there. Give up everyone else.
WESTGATE (INDIANAPOLIS) – Westgate is a strange thing… its a warehouse… but its also this crazy place where you can do whatever the fuck you want. Its like being in a different country, but its right off the highway by a dojo, gas station, and a whole lotta nothing. On top of having shows and a super chill seemingly anything goes environment they also host LET’S DO LUNCH WITH OREO JONES. Check it out… youtube it or whatever. Its beautiful.
MAGNETIC SOUTH RECORD STORE (BLOOMINGTON) – So this is pretty recent. Don’t matter none. Magnetic South has opened the smallest record store in Indiana, and if you know the boys at Magnetic South you know two things. 1. They have exquisite, albeit picky, tastes in music and 2 Seth has a shit ton of killer records. Its not something you should pass up if you’re passing through Indiana. Very excited and proud of these dudes.
CROPPED OUT MUSIC FESTIVAL (LOUISVILLE) – This is my favorite festival ever. It does everything I think a festival, or show for that matter, should. The setting is unusual, its not a park, or a field, or a couple convienently placed venues. Its hard to explain. Its on the river, its in a sports complex of sorts, baseball diamond, football field, pool, basketball court, bowling, boats n shit, and there’s this weird shantee town surrounding it on either side. Very surreal place to be. This is where I think its clutch. The setting of a show can be the most powerful thing at the show. Taking people out of that designated show space can make the music evoke something that you’ll never feel at a bar or a club… or a park for that matter. There’s probably only one place in the world like this, that will let you put up a bunch of avant garde and abrasive rock n’ roll fuckers. For this reason, maybe solely, this is something you just have to see.
MUSICAL FAMILY TREE (INDIANAPOLIS) – MFT is like a surrogate father to midwest music. Although, they mostly focus on Indianapolis, something I’ve talked with Jon (head director of MFT) about alot. Mainly about how bringing focus to Indiana is going to come from bringing people outside of Indiana, to Indiana. Enough about that though. MFT even with my aforementioned grievances does something that your more than likely not going to find in any other city in the U.S.. They pay bands to play shows, the pay artists to make art, they pay writers to write, and they do it all for the love of music and spreading the gospel. They’re Mother Theresa and I dare anyone to name one thing they do in bad taste. Basically, if every city had one of these, the struggle wouldn’t seem so lonely, so unheard. I can’t put into words how much these people mean to me and how much they really do for all of us here in Indianapolis. They’re the best. The absolute best.
MIDWEST IS COMING TOGETHER, TOGETHER – By far my favorite thing thats happened this year, and though its been happening slowly and steadily, is our little nook in the midwest, coming together, together. What I mean is, with so much talent and so many cities its always been hard to put a finger on who’s who, where’s where, and what’s what. Now, though, its seems like we’re all meeting each other and bridging those gaps from Chicago to Cincinnati. This includes the best 5 city stretch in America for touring bands in my opinion. Whether you’re coming from the east or the west. You’ve got Chicago, Lafayette, Indianapolis, Bloomington, Cincinnati, Lexington, or Louisville to choose from. If you decide to hit all of them. Its and hour or two drive at best so its a great area to hit up. Regardless of that fact, I’ve met so many amazing musicians in artists in each of these cities that it just feels like, this year especially, the clouds have dispersed and everyone is in clear view. I’m proud of everyone. I’m proud of our neck of the woods. I’m proud to be here while its happening, and I’m damn sure proud to call these people my friends. Much love to all of you, you know who you are.
Also, fuck the police.
Useless Eaters – Bleeding Moon
Total Control – Typical System
Timmy’s Organism – Singles & Unreleased Tracks 2xLP
2. A steady diet of pizza and Hebrew National hot dogs!
3. Gonerfest 11 what a party it was!
4. All the bands and shows that make living in Indianapolis, Indiana tolerable!
5. The medicinal I consumed, while vacationing in the San Francisco Bay area!
6. My ever growing hat collection!
7. Meeting tons of new friends virtually and actually in person!
8. Working a job I like for little money, not working a job I hate for a little more money!
9. Waking up everyday and realizing I’m still alive!