Staff Picks

CTD 2014 BEST OF LIST(S)

MIS OJOS DISCOS / A Sunny Day in Glasgow  –

(in no particular order)
Ariel Pink – Pom Pom
Dean Cercone – Juggling Hot Coals
Alvvays – Alvvays
Movement – Like Lust
Tycho – Awake
Literature – Chorus
Todd Terje – It’s Album Time
Owen Pallett – In Conflict
Stephen Steinbrink – Arranged Waves
Protomartyr – Under Color of Official Right

THREE FOUR / Gaetan Seguin, owner –

Best thing of the year: becoming the father of my little girl, Maybritt

Top Ten Albums:
Amen Dunes – Love
Steve Gunn – Way Out Weather
Manuel Mota – Blackie
Nathan Bowles – Nansemond
Tara Jane O’Neil – Where Shine New Lights
The Skull Defekts – Dances In Dreams Of The Known Unknown
Man Forever With Sō Percussion – Ryonen
France – Do Den Haag Church
Maninkari – Continuun Sonore part 7 > 14
Invisible Hands – Teslam

GOODNIGHT RECORDS / Keith Vogelsong, owner –
Top 10 Albums of 2014:
Eagulls – Eagulls
Avi Buffalo – At best Cuckold
Strand of Oaks – Heal
Cold Cave – Full Cold Moon
Amen Dunes – Love
Cloud Nothings – Here and Nowhere Else
Sun Club – Dad Claps at the Mom Prom
Liars – Mess
Bleeding Rainbow – Interrupt
Friend Roulette – Grow Younger

BEYOND BEYOND IS BEYOND / Mike Newman, owner –

1) Freeman – Freeman (I definitely listened to this the most)
2) Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds In Country Music
3) Quilt – Held In Splendor
4) Cool Ghouls – A Swirling Fire Burning Through The Rye
5) Paperhead – Africa
6) Once and Future Band – Brain
7) Goat – Commune
8) Acid Baby Jesus – Selected Recordings
9) Thee Oh Sees – Drop (and their show at Warsaw in Brooklyn was definitely one of the top 5 live performances of my 2014)
10) Lumerians – Transmissions From Telos Vol. III

TEEN BEAT / Mark Robinson, owner –

1. Frankie Cosmos “Zentropy” album
2. Snowpiercer film
3. King Crimson concerts. September, Boston
4. Hospitality ”Trouble” album
5. Doug Gillard “Ready for Death“ song
6. Future Islands “Seasons (Waiting for You)” song
7. Pretty Things Beer Project “Barbapapa” beer
8. Kevin Gant “The Original Meditator” album
9. Ruby Rose Fox “Dread” song
10. Lana Del Rey “Summertime Sadness (Re-Mix)” song

SOFT ABUSE / Chris Berry, owner –

(In no order…)

The Skygreen Leopards – Family Crimes (Woodsist)
Devin, Gary & Ross – Honeycombs of Chakras (Feeding Tube)
Ian William Craig – A Turn of Breath (Recital)
Lower Plenty – Life/Thrills (Bedroom Suck)
Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire for No Witness (Jagjaguwar)
Steve Gunn – Way Out Weather (Paradise of Bachelors)
Elisa Ambrogio – The Immortalist (Drag City)
Peter Escott – The Long O (Bedroom Suck)
Grouper – Ruins (Kranky)
Cold Beat – Over Me (Crime on the Moon)

OKKA DISK / Bruno Johnson, owner –

Lee Scratch Perry “Back on the Controls”
Killing Joke “In Dub”
Jimmy Giuffre 3&4 “New York Concerts”
Pere Ubu “Carnival of Souls”
V/A Punk 45 Vo. 1-2-3
Vic Goddard & Subway Sect “1979NOW!”
Frustration “On the Rise”
Miles Davis “Bootleg series Vol. 3 – at the Fillmore”
Audio One “Midwest School/I’ntl Report”
The Bug “Angels & Devils”
V/A “Gussie Presents: the Right Tracks”

FOR PRACTICALLY EVERYONE / Matt Pakulski, owner –

Miami Dolphins – Becky (FPE)
Zigtebra – The Brave (FPE)
ONO – Diegesis (Moniker)
Syna So Pro – Loop Talk Vol. 1: The Power of One; The Power of You (self-released)
Christina Vantzou – No. 2 (Kranky)
Robin Allender – Foxes in the Foyer (Scissor Tail)
Each Other – Being Elastic (Lefse)
Bishop Allen – Lights Out (Dead Oceans)
Teen – The Way and Color (Carpark)
Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble – Intergalactic Beings (FPE)

 

TROUBLE IN MIND / Bill Roe, co-owner

Albums I listened to most in 2014:
Total Control “Typical System” (Iron Lung)
Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band “Intensity Ghost” (No Quarter)
White Fence “For the Recently Found Innocent” (Drag City)
Hank Wood & the Hammerheads “Stay Home” (Toxic State)
Horse Lords “Hidden Cities” (NNA Tapes)
Pen Test “Interstate” (Moniker)
Norm Chambers “Sensory Margin” (VCO Recordings)
Soundcarriers “Entropicalia” (Ghost Box)
Sinoia Caves “Beyond The Black Rainbow” OST (Death Waltz/Jagjaguar)
Eastlink “s/t” (In The Red)

honorable mentions:
Ty Segall “Manipulator” (Drag City)
Proper Ornaments “Wooden Head” (Slumberland)
Alessandro Cortini “Sonno” (Hospital)
Ausmuteants “Order of Operations” (Goner)
Bitchin’ Bajas “s/t” (Drag City)
NUN “s/t” (Aarght)
Apache Dropout “Heavy Window” (Magnetic South)
Jon Brooks “52” (Clay Pipe Music)
Obnox “Louder Space” (12XU)
Eat Lights Become Lights “Into Forever” (Rocket Girl)

REISSUES:
Owen Maercks – Teenage Sex Therapist (Feeding Tube)
Il Gruppo “The Feed-Back” (Schema)
Peter Jefferies “Electricity” (Superior Viaduct)
Madrigal “Madrigal” (Lysergia/Subliminal Sounds)
Hailu Mergia & The Walias “Tche Belew” (Awesome Tapes from Africa)
K. Leimer “A Period Of Review: (Orig. Recordings: 1975-1983)” (RVNG)
Ruth White “7 Trumps From The Tarot Cards” (Black Mass Rising)
X_X – Sticky Fingers (Ektro)
X “Spurts” (Ugly Pop)

7-INCHES:
Primitive Parts “TV Wheels”/”The Bench” (Faux Discx)
Cal & the Calories “demo” (Lumpy)
Negative Scanner “Pastel Blue”/“AWOL” (Tall Pat)
Brooks & O’Hagan “Calibar” b/w “Mulcair” (Ghost Box)
Thigh Master “Head of the Witch” EP (Tenth Court)

LA CASTANYA / Joan Guardia, owner –

Top 11 Moments of 2014 (chronological order):

• Obits and Nueva Vulcano playing (and eating!) together in Barcelona.
• Seeing Reigning Sound full of Jay Vons in Austin.
• Rebecca Gates and all those songs live at Breakaway Records, Austin.
• Getting 45’s at Breakaway records.
• Rocket From The Crypt and company at the Bell House, Brooklyn.
• Calvin Johnson playing a chapel at the top of a mountain near Barcelona.
• Releasing an LP by our beloved The Van Pelt after four years of planning. (And the magic shows they played in Europe!).
• Girls Against Boys brothers reunion in Athens, Greece.
• Spending two sunny days in La Costa Brava.
• The Loved Ones playing “Security” at Purple Weekend, León.
• Hanging in Barcelona: Heliogàbal, Lupita del Raval, Pony Cafe, Cassette Bar, Sidecar, Apolo, La Panxa del Bisbe, Gata Mala, Cap Verd.

CTD / Brook Stokes, General Manager & Export sales –

Bill Callahan – Have Fun With God (Drag City)

Mike Cooper – Trout Steel (Paradise of Bachelors)
Morgan Delt – S/T (Trouble In Mind)
Steve Gunn – Way Out Weather (Paradise of Bachelors)
Damian Jurado – Brothers & Sisters of the Eternal Son (Secretly Canadian)
Klaus Johann Grobe – Im Sinne der Zeit (Trouble In Mind)
Bruce Langhorne  – Hired Hand (Scissor Tail)
Hailu Mergia – Tche Belew (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
St. Vincent – S/T (Republic)
William Onyeabar – Boxset (Luaka Bop)

 

CTD / Adam Reach, Exclusive Label Liaison, Production –

Survival Knife / Loose Power (Glacial Pace)
Survival Knife / Survivalized (Chunklet)
Michael Psycho / S/T (S.S.)
Shellac / Dude Incredible (Touch and Go)
Klaus Johann Grobe / Im Sinne Der Zeit (Trouble In Mind)
Young Widows / Easy Pain (Temporary Residence)
Doses / S/T (Going Underground)
Swans / To Be Kind (Young God)
Dead Rider / Chills On Glass (Drag City)
Total Control / Typical System (Iron Lung)
Watery Love / Decorative Feeding (In The Red)
Bored Youth / Are You Alive? 1982 (Alona’s Dream)
Vertical Scratchers / Daughter of Everything (Merge)
Floor / Oblation (Season of Mist)
Krakatau / Water Near A Bridge (Trouble In Mind)
Skull Defekts / Dances In Dreams of The Known Unknown (Thrill Jockey)
Goat / Commune (Sub Pop)

Reissue-wise…
Slint / Spiderland Box Set (Touch and Go)
Frantix / My Dad’s A Fucking Alcoholic (Alternative Tentacles)
Big Boys / Lullabies Help The Brain Grow & No Matter How Long The Line At The Cafeteria, There’s Always a Seat (Modern Classics)
Owen Maercks – Teenage Sex Therapist (Feeding Tube)
The Fix / Vengeance + In This Town & Jan’s Rooms (Touch and Go)
Unwound / Rat Conspiracy & No Energy Box Sets (Numero Group)
Jack Ruby / 1 & 2 (Feeding Tube)
Bedhead / 1992-1998 Box Set (Numero Group)

Life-wise…
Working on new Electric Hawk, Crooks on Tape, Don Caballero, Survival Knife, Cuntz, Obnox albums
20 years together with my wife (13 married, 7 before that)
Selling our home, moving to new residence
Touring with Survival Knife & Hungry Ghost

CTD / Danny Cohen, Direct Sales –

1. St. Vincent – S/T
2. Spoon – They Want My Soul
3. Blake Mills – Heigh Ho
4. The Roots – …and then you shoot your cousin
5. Sun Kil Moon – Benji
6. Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire for No Witness
7. Wye Oak – Shriek
8. Sondre Lerche – Please
9. Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 2
10. Kimbra – The Golden Echo

CTD / Joel Beeman, head buyer –

Tara Jane O’Neil – Where Shine New Lights (Kranky)
Grouper – Ruins (Kranky)
Morgan Delt – S/T (Trouble in Mind)
Klaus Johann Grobe – Im Sinne Der Zeit (Trouble in Mind)
Symbol – Online Architecture (Holodeck)
Talker – EP 2 (Downwards)
Donovan Blanc – S/T (Captured Tracks)
The River Monks – Home Is The House (self-released)
Chad VanGaalen – Shrink Dust (Sub Pop)
Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty (Sub Pop)
Cities Aviv – Come To Life (Young One)

Neil Young @ Chicago Theatre
Slowdive @ The Vic
Mount Eerie @ Co-Prosperity Sphere

CTD / Patrick Monaghan, owner Carrot Top Dist & Carrot Top Records –

Courtney Barnett A Sea of Split Peas
Rosanne Cash The River and the Thread
Cinchel Reign Water
Godflesh A World Lit Only by Fire
The Skull For Those Which Are Asleep
Tackhead For the Love of Money
Temples Sun Structures
Tweedy Sukierae
Sharon Van Etten Are We There
Wussy Attica

CTD / Anne Haag, Sakistore, Sales Asst. –

(in no particular order):
Whirr – Sway
Flying Lotus – You’re Dead!
Courtney Barnett: Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas
Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness
St. Vincent – S/T
Outrageous Cherry – Digital Age
Kevin Morby – Still Life
Jungle – S/T
Hurray for the Riff Raff – Small Town Heroes
Run the Jewels – 2

Reissues:
Songs: Ohia – Didn’t It Rain

Local Edition:
Shiloh – Last Time For Everything (cue eye rolls from anyone who knows me)

CLEAR SPOT DISTRIBUTION / Rene –

1. Roberto Donati – Cannibal Ferox O.S.T. (One Way Static) (reissue)
2. Sleaford Mods – Retweeted (Salon Alter Hammer)
3. Morgan Delt – Morgan Delt (Trouble In Mind)
4. In Slaughter Natives – Cannula Coma Legio (Cyclic Law)
5. Brighter Death Now – With Promises Of Death (Familjegraven)
6. Anenzephalia – Task Force Terrorist (Tesco Archaic)
7. Vasilisk – Musick For Liberation And Ecstasy (Steinklang)
8. Various – Balani Show Super Hits (Sahel Sounds)
9. Cult Of Youth – Final Days (Sacred Bones)
10. Horace Andy – Get Wise (Pressure Sounds) (reissue)

CLEAR SPOT DISTRIBUTION / Hans –

1. Opeth / Pale Communion
2. Robert Reed / Sanctuary
3. Danny Tenaglia / Balance 025
4. Venetian Snares / My Love Is A Bulldozer
5. A.C.T. / Circus Pandemonium
6. Arc / Umbra
7. Cheeto´s Magazine / Boiling Foils
8. IQ / Road of Bones
9. Chickencage Experience / Kamasutra Blackbelt
10. Nick Magnus / N’monix