Dwight’s 2014: Last Year, What Year? Just Say Hello

Posted by on January 30, 2015


As I wrote in the introduction to yesterday’s label feature, 2014 looked like a good year for labels — we admittedly see and try to treat with a large number, but isn’t that any aspiring capitalist’s ideal vision of shopping? A world of choice, with access to varied experiences. As long as there are small imprints and people to care about them, novelty endures, and 2014 was a year of novelties. My outlook is probably substantially different from 2013’s end though… then I had plenty of complaints to render. I’ve since started working on an eency weency side-project with Liz and formulating some aspects of our approach to noise has evidently been a soothing experience. At the very least something inspirational to me in 2014… having a particularly conscious approach to composition is difficult and seeing first hand the realizations of so many conscious visions is…  “inspiring.” It feels easier to manage to change, and as our work so far mostly trades in field recordings and computer fiddling, nothing could seem more valuable.

In that vein, outside of Decoder and Crash Symbols, one of our favorite sidelines was trying to drum up West Virginia tourism (Tudor’s Biscuit World was, as ever, invaluable in that endeavor. Last summer Dan Goldberg drove the Mountain Show band wagon down into Canaan Valley with us, doing an acoustic set of his own alongside a beautifully gnarly bits from Gregory Paul’s Train Trash project and Rebecca Doerfer, aka Brown Bread (it was her car that constituted the band’s wagon in this case, God bless). They played underneath a bridge by a stream during a summer storm, juxtaposing an incredible range of muzak with the already varied sounds of water and the smell of forest. That night, the entire area was blanketed in a fog of fireflies, more than that I thought still got together to hang out at once. Other out of town folks joined us in Morgantown and hopefully the pay-off for them was comparable, despite the exigencies of cold and student migrations… J. Marinelli and the Elsinores, Sunburned Hand of the Man, the Barrett Avner Community Band, Ma Turner, and others all helped liven the town up with Liz’s band the Furr on various nights. It’s thanks to them we don’t have to come down from the mountains too often (the internet helps too).

Though I’m appending 26 releases to my 2013 picks from last year, bringing the total of that list up to 98 entries, I’m pleased to say my first (sure to be inadequate) pass through the audio offspring of 2014 turned up more than my last, which began with 72 — this time I’m beginning with 93 and next year hopefully I’ll get to tack on more than just 26.

So without further hullabaloo, my 2014 list in alphabetical order, with important omissions that are sure to haunt me (please feel free to point them out). Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all the readers who might ever chance across Decoder, all the labels and artists that produce and entrust their works to us, anyone we’ve gotten to trade tapes with… and everyone that lives and creates in between. To all you sloppy optimists trying to account for everything and not miss a moment, thanks for making it a whole lot easier on our end. Long live 2015, and Gourdspeed 2014.

1. 25,000 Kittens – S/T (Ginjoha)
2. Aaron Dilloway & Jason Lescalleet – Popeth (Glistening Examples)
3. Antonio Maiovvi – Avrokosm (Not Not Fun)
4. Arrows – Celestial Garden (Digitalis)
5. Anthony Jonas – Funny & Pretty (Catholic Tapes)
6. Bad User Experience – CGi (Nostilevo)
7. Blue Krishna – Repeat Until Death (Nostilevo)
8. Charlatan – Local Agent (Umor Rex)
9. Cherie Cherie – Let’s Share (Gilgongo Records)
10. Circuit Rider – Culprit (Tabs Out)
11. Dane Patterson – Ghosting (Fabrica Records)
12. Eleventeen Eston – Delta Horizon (Not Not Fun)
13. Eric Copeland – Logo My Ego (L.I.E.S.)
14. Flamingosis – S/T (Keats/Collective)
15. Francisco López – Untitled #281 (Störung)
16. Foodman – Drum Desu (Noumenal Loom)
17. Golden Donna – II (100% Silk)
18. Gut und Irmler – 500 Meter (Bureau B)
19. GS Sultan – AG_Greatesthit (Umor Rex)
20. Hainbach – The Heat (Self-Released)
21. Hartley C. White – This Is Not What You Expect (OSR Tapes)
22. Head Dress – Warren (Phinery)
23. HOLOVR – X2X Vol. 1 (Self-Released)
24. Hunted Creatures – Mogollon Rim (Dynamo Sound Collective)
25. Ian William Craig – A Turn of Breath (Recital)
26. Impulsive Machinations – Conformity Contortion (New Atlantis Recordings)
27. J. Hanson/Riccardo Lucchesi – Courses of Empire (Los Discos Enfantasmes)
28. Jacob 2-2 – The Rec (King Deluxe)
29. Jason Willet – Something’s Going On… (Player Press)
30. Jay Curry – S/L (Bootleg Tapes)
31. Jerry Paper/Andy Boay ‎split (Hausu Mountain)
32. Jesse Osborne-Lanthier (Noir) – A.U.S.I.U.I.W. 2011-2013 (Hobo Cult Records)
33. Jesse Sparhawk – Peace Peace Peace (Psychic Trouble Tapes)
34. Jordan De La Sierra – Gymnosphere: Song of the Rose (Numero Group)
35. Jovantaes – Constant Struggle (Headway Recordings)
36. Kane Pour – Hyper Pollen Temple (Elestial Sound)
37. Khun Narin’s Electric Phin Band – Khun Narin’s Electric Phin Band (Innovative Leisure)
38. Kosmischer Läufer – Volume Two (Self Released)
39. L.V. Morris – The Lands (La Cohu)
40. Lee Noble – Forming (Bathetic Records)
41. Les Halles – Invisible Cities (Constellation Tatsu)
42. The Lentils – My Pillow Lava Part One: My Deaf Son (Feeding Tube Records)
43. LNRDCROY – Much Less Normal (1080p Tapes)
45. Marcus Rubio – Cities Sinking Down (Kendra Steiner Editions)
45. M. Sage – Data in the Details (Geographic North)
46. Machine Listener – Inner Beauty (Self-Released)
47. Masayuki Imanishi – Cycle (A Giant Fern)
48. Masahiro Takahashi – Retreat (Jeunesse Cosmique)
49. Mind Dynamics – Active Supply (Digitalis)
50. Missing Organs – Undiscovered (Power Moves)
51. Nava Luvu – Thieves (Self-Released)
52. NEWTRAX – SLWOW (J+C Tapes)
53. Nick Storring – Gardens (Scissor Tail Editions)
54. Oren Ambarchi – Quixotism (Editions Mego)
55. Orphan Fairytale – My Favorite Fairytale (Aguirre Records)
56. Owen Maercks – Teenage Sex Therapist (Feeding Tube Records)
57. Panabrite – Pavilion (Immune Recordings)
58. Party Trash, let’s just say everything.
59. Pender Street Steppers – Openin’ Up 12″ (Peoples Potential Unlimited)
60. Pepperboy – 3 Volleys (Green Ova South)
61. Peter Walker – “Second Poem To Karmela” or Gypsies Are Important (Light in the Attic)
62. Pittsburgh Track Authority – Enter the Machine Age (Pittsburgh Tracks)
63. Portopia ’81 – Stardust Memory (Field Hymn Records)
64. Prostitutes – Petit Cochon (Spectrum Spools)
65. Q///Q – Azores Azul (Skrot Up)
66. Quicksails/Headboggle split (Hausu Mountain)
67. Radian & Howe Gelb – Radian Verses Howe Gelb (Radian Releases)
68. RAMZi – BÉBiTES (Self-Released/Pygmy Animals)
69. Randall McClellan – The Healing Music of Rana (Sun Ark)
70. Robbie Basho – Art of the Acoustic Steel String Guitar 6 & 12 (Gnome Life Recording)
71. Second Family Band – Wrong Carnival Kid (NoNotEarjerk)
72. Simon Turner – The Many Moods of Simon Turner (Manufactured Recordings)
73. The Spookfish – Living Room (Singapore Sling)
74. Sumbu Dunia – Unmankind (Rotifer)
75. Sun Araw – Belomancie (Drag City Records)
76. Sungod – S/T (Holodeck Records)
77. Susan Balmar – Signum (Beer on the Rug)
78. Talk West – Please the Parting Guest (Wounded Knife)
79. THEMAYS – Knowhere EP (Otherworldly Mystics)
80. Tredici Bacci – The Thirteen Kisses Cassetta (NNA TApes)
81. Troy Schafer – Untitled No. 1 (Signal Dreams)
82. Tuluum Shimmering – Dark Star (Tranquility Tapes)
83. UltraaBriight – Roue de Fortune (Orange Milk Records)
84. Valved – Blood on the Controls (Nute Records)
85. V/A – Music for Shut-Ins (L.I.E.S.)
86. V/A – Native N.A. Vol. 1: Aboriginal Folk, Rock, and Country 1966–85 (Light in the Attic)
87. V/A – Possible Worlds Vol. 3 (Spectropol Records)
88. V/A – Pulsating Strings: A Collection of Psychedelic Asian Guitar Music (Sanity Muffin)
89. V/A – Traces Three (Recollection GRM)
90. Violent Squid – Day Wants Empty (Self-Released)
91. Wieman – The Classics Album (Baskaru)
92. William Selman – Equatorial Night (Hausu Mountain)
93. Young Muslim – This Could Be Us But U Playin’ (Fortune 500)

Again, not at all comprehensive. A few of these are things I just stupidly forgot to tack onto my list the first time around….  Jerry Paper’s wonderful International Man of Misery (Digitalis), Beat Detective’s Casual Encounters of the Third  Kind (Moon  Glyph), and Haves & Thirds’ It’s Mostly Guess Work / It’ll Clean You Out But It’ll Leave You Hollow Inside (Hot Releases) were all incredible and remain worth checking if you haven’t, or even if you just haven’t in a while. 

1. A.R.U. Meets Devin Dart – “Prajna”/”Ode to Ecstatic Euphoria” (Sky Mongel Records)
2. Aaron Dilloway – Siena (Hanson Records)
3. Bean Snack – S/T (Personal Archives)
4. Beat Detective – Casual Encounters of the Third Kind (Moon Glyph)
5. Comma I – Violin Variations (Self-Released)
6. The Cthulhus – Songs From the Slipstream ’09-’11 (Juniper Tree Recordings)
7. Darren Williams – Reed (Bug Incision)
8. Dominic J Marshall – Good & Bad Dreams (Self-Released)
9. Ecstatic Cosmic Union – XCU (Eiderdown Records)
10. Employee#6817 – Eulogy (Scolex Recordings)
11. Egg, Eggs – Off Yellow Soft Pillow (Kendra Steiner Editions)
12. Eyeliner – LARP of Luxury (Crystal Magic)
13. Henry & Hazel Slaughter – Endless Power Cycle (Fedora Corpse)
14. Jerry Paper – International Man of Misery (Orange Milk Records)
15. Jib Kidder – IV (Burger Records/Gnar Tapes)
16. Kosmischer Läufer – Volume One (Self Released)
17. Kisses – Other Planets (Hornbuckle Records)
18. Pender Street Steppers – Life in the Zone (Mood Hutt)
19. Power Windoze – An Air of Fresh Breath (Crystal Magic)
20. Sandro Perri – Spaced Out (Constellation Records)
21. Somnoroase Pasarele – ABECD (Baba Vanga)
22. Son of Dad – Son of Dad II (New Camp Records)
23. Spaghetti Blacc – RUN Digital Millenium Copyright Act X: Thutmose tha Gully.exe (Ephem Aural)
24. Uncle Skeleton – Too Young, Too Old (YK Records)
25. Vic Mars – Extended Play For Today One & Two (Self-Released)
26. Yousei Suzuki – The Scene From A Frame (Scissor Tail Editions)