Doug Mosurock (Update Contributor)

  • Best of 2014

    Is there an order to this? Not really; first thing in each grouping is the top tomato, and the rest are also favorites. Did I follow the instructions? Nope. 30 LPs, 20 EPs, 15 reissues/archival sets, seven live bands, even five exemplary records I missed the boat on last year. Too many to narrow it down, and yes, all of these are totally fantastic and must-owns. As ever, I encourage everyone to take a good, long look at everyone’s lists, use the Internet to discover the bands you haven’t heard, and as always, buy more music and support the musicians that make it.



    PROTOMARTYR “Under Color Of Official Right” LP (Hardly Art)
    “Decorative Feeding” LP (In The Red)
    GOOD THROB “Fuck Off” LP (White Denim/Super-Fi/Sabermetric)
    LOW LIFE “Dogging” LP (R.I.P. Society/Disinfect)
    STEVE GUNN “Way Out Weather” LP (Paradise Of Bachelors)


    CHEATER SLICKS “Live Vol. 3” LP (Columbus Discount)
    THE GOTOBEDS “Poor People Are Revolting” LP (12XU)
    COMET GAIN “Paperback Ghosts” LP (Fortuna Pop)
    WV WHITE “West Virginia White” LP (Anyway)
    ASHRAE FAX “Never Really Been into It” LP (Mexican Summer)


    TREEHOUSE “Interzone” LP (Vacant Valley)
    VIOLENT CHANGE “A Celebration of Taste” LP (Melters)
    COLD BEAT “Over Me” LP (Crime On The Moon)
    JERRY DAVID DECICCA “Understanding Land” LP (self-released)
    CONNECTIONS “Into Sixes” LP (Anyway)


    ANDY STOTT “Faith in Strangers” 2xLP (Modern Love)
    EXHAUSTION “Biker” LP (Aarght!)
    NATHAN ROCHE “Magnetic Memories” LP (Glenlivet-A-Gogh)
    UNHOLY TWO “Talk About Hardcore” LP (12XU)
    BURNT SKULL “Sewer Birth” LP (12XU)


    THE CATS “Relax on Everyone” LP (Manondor)
    PRINCE RUPERT’S DROPS “Climbing Light” LP (Beyond Beyond Is Beyond)
    HONEY RADAR “Chain Smoking On Easter” LP (Third Uncle)
    PARKAY QUARTS “Content Nausea” LP (What’s Your Rupture)
    HIGH-FUNCTIONING FLESH “A Unity Of Miseries – A Misery Of Unities” LP (DKA)


    OMID WALIZADEH “Modern Persian Speech Sounds” LP (B|ta’arof)
    NAOMI PUNK “Television Man” LP (Captured Tracks)
    TY SEGALL “Manipulator” 2xLP (Drag City)
    ANTHONY PASQUAROSA “VDSQ Solo Acoustic Series Vol. 7” LP (VDSQ)



    VELVET WHIP “Bronze Medallion” cassette (Cool Death)
    “Young Professionals” 7” EP (Grazer)
    SNOB “s/t” 7” EP (self-released)
    DEAF WISH “St. Vincent’s” 7” EP (Sub Pop)
    FRAU “Punk Is My Boyfriend” 7” EP (Static Shock)


    PRIMETIME “s/t” 7” EP (La Vida Es Un Mus)
    CRIMSON WAVE “Say” b/w “Calling You” 7” (Accidental Guest)
    SHEER MAG “s/t” 7” EP (Wilsuns Recording Company)
    FA BONX “49 Stick” b/w “Diamond Bonx” 7” (What’s Your Rupture)
    THIGH MASTER “Head of the Witch” 7” EP (Tenth Court)


    COOLIES “Punk Is Bread” 7” EP (Epic Sweep)
    OVENS “s/t (2005)” 7” EP (Melters)
    DIE SCHACHT “Halber Selbstbetrug” 7” EP (Siltbreeze)
    PIG DNA “Control You Fucker #3” 7” EP (Night Rider)
    VIET CONG “Cassette” 12” EP (Mexican Summer)


    IN SCHOOL “Praxis of Hate” 7” EP (Kill Test)
    FADENSONNEN “Badlands” 12” EP (One Hand)
    SCUPPER “s/t” 7” EP (Blue Cheese Toothpaste)
    HOUSEHOLD “Elaines” 12” EP (Dull Knife)
    SYNTHETIC ID “Escapement” 7” EP (Crime On The Moon)



    OWEN MAERCKS “Teenage Sex Therapist” LP (Feeding Tube)
    “s/t” one-sided 12” EP (Disclaim)
    15.60.75 (NUMBERS BAND) “Jimmy Bell’s Still In Town” 2xLP (Exit Stencil)
    LIFE WITHOUT BUILDINGS “Any Other City” LP/7” (What’s Your Rupture)
    MIKE COOPER “Trout Steel” LP / “Places I Know/The Machine Gun Co.” 2xLP (Paradise Of Bachelors)


    THE NEVERMORES “Lock Your Doors … The Nevermores” LP (Magnetic South)
    THE FLESH EATERS “A Minute to Pray a Second to Die” LP (Superior Viaduct)
    POISON GIRLS “Hex” 12” EP / “Chappaquiddick Bridge” LP/7” (Water Wing)
    THE STICKMEN “Man Made Stars” LP (Homeless)
    REMA-REMA “International Scale” b/w “Short Stories” 7” (Inflammable Material/Defiant Pose zine)


    CRAIG LEON “Nommos” LP (Superior Viaduct) / “Anthology Of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 1” 2xLP (RVNG Intl.)
    VARIOUS ARTISTS “Killed by Deathrock Vol. 1” LP (Sacred Bones)
    ERNIE GRAHAM “s/t” LP (4 Men With Beards)
    OFFICER! “Dead Unique” 2xLP (Blackest Ever Black) / “Ossification” CD (Megaphone)
    TINARIWEN “The Radio Tisdas Sessions” 2xLP / “Amassakoul” 2xLP (Modern Classics/Light In The Attic)


    2013 releases discovered this year:

    LETHA RODMAN MELCHIOR “Handbook For Mortals” LP (Siltbreeze)
    “The Power of Patrician Upbringing” LP (BLVD.)
    FREELOVE FENNER “Do Not Affect a Breezy Manner” LP (Fixture)
    CHEVALIER AVANT GARDE “Resurrection Machine” LP(Fixture)
    TV COLOURS “Purple Skies, Toxic River” LP (XVIII)


    Live Bands in NYC:

    DEAF WISH (Death By Audio, Oct 2014)
    (Mercury Lounge, Nov 2014)
    PROTOMARTYR (Parquet Courts record release show, June 2014)
    GODFLESH (Irving Plaza, April 2014)
    THE GOTOBEDS (some loft, Sept 2014 / The Wick, Nov 2014)
    THE COURTNEYS (Rough Trade Shop, June 2014)
    TEENAGE FANCLUB (Pier 84, July 2014)

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