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You know that Hozier "Take Me To Church" pseudo-gospel blues song that is inescapable on the radio? That song is the Joel Osteen/Zig Ziglar megachurch "prosperity gospel" false idol. This Algiers shit here? This Algeirs shit right here is the true fucking religion. Alabama Shakes and St. Paul & The Broken Bones stand in for John The Baptist to this Algeirs shit's Jesus. The real deal, bull whipping the money changers in the temple, true fucking religion. Get on this train early, kids. The bandwagon will be fast developing and huge.
Algiers are a Georgia gospel-spook trio who wield a double-edged sword of religion and politics to slice through the pasty, vapid mess of pop culture in America right now. In the video for "Blood" -- only their second song ever -- frontman Franklin James Fisher sits, barely restrained as he belts out the song's dirge-like condemnations. Interspersed with Fisher's coiled form are countless flashes of international violence and protest against raci...
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You never want to make history by making the worst call in the history of American sports, Pete. 
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First time I've ever seen a coach throw away a Super Bowl trophy. Never liked Pete Carroll, but I feel bad for his players.
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Returning to music you might have missed; this is from Home, Like Noplace Is There, released in February of 2014. I sometimes wonder to myself how long I will go into soft middle age until this sort of sort-of-jangle-pop, somewhat power-punk, call-and-response boy girl heartbreak sound gets tedious and worn. Hasn't happened yet. And hell, I know a lot of old hippies still listen to Dylan. At least I'm still spinning up new artists doing this same old trick, right?

Rock music is only possible in the blur of falling in love, or the sear of her walking away.
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But this song isn't about love, it's about a friend of the singer's who committed suicide. While some lines are applicable to a relationship, a lot of them aren't. 
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More music you shouldn't miss but probably did. This time we'll dip into Rodan, an early- and mid-90s sludgey, sort of shoegazey but harder edged guitar act out of Louisville. Think of a less constrained Hum, perhaps. They disbanded a while back, but someone finally put together a retrospective called "Fifteen Quiet Years" back in 2013.

This is "Fairy Tooth."
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Alls I'm sayin is that like all the jolly good fellows, I drink me whiskey clear. Right +Ben Blankinship?
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I'm a ramblin, gamblin, HELL OF AN ENGINEER!

And Mr. Winston didn't get what he deserved, but they did make him cry, which is something.
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January 13 -Justin Townes Earle – ‘Absent Fathers’

January 20 - Sleater-Kinney – ‘No Cities to Love’
January 20 - The Decemberists – ‘What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World’

January 27 - Doomtree – ‘All Hands’

New Doomtree out this month. Excuse me while I squee a little.

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As we say goodbye to 2014 and finalize our year-end lists, we’re also looking head and gearing up to start the process all over again.
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Things to do when Alabama Shakes releases a new single off of a forth coming April release album: put together a playlist of the Shakes, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Benjamin Booker, Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, and Jim White. BECOME A SOUTHERN BLUES/SOUL/AMERICANA GOD!!!
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More stuff that I missed the first time through. Some cleanly produced throwback to the original punk aesthetic from Epitaph, which you don't hear that much from them these days.
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I haven't done ordinal lists in a while. It's so hard deciding what the "better" record was, Mastadon or Alvvays or Sturgill Simpson. But I took a slice at my 2014 lists and here's what I got for a top 25:

25 - Every Time I Die - From Parts Unknown
24 - Fucked Up - Glass Boys
23 - Mastodon - Once More 'Round the Sun
22 - James - La petite mort
21 - Shakey Graves - And The War Came
20 - Alvvays - Divisionary
19 - Hotelier - Home, Like Noplace Is There
18 - Code Orange Kids - I Am King
17 - Chumped - Teenaged Retirement
16 - Cerebral Ballzy - Jaded & Faded
15 - Bob Mould - Beauty & Ruin
14 - The Rural Alberta Advantage - Mended With Gold
13 - Warpaint - Warpaint
12 - Amy Ray - Goodnight Tender
11 - Weatherbox - Flies In All Directions
10 - Against Me! - Transgender Dysphoria Blues
9 - Old 97's - Most Messed Up
8 - Manchester Orchestra - cope/hope
7 - The Menzingers - Rented World
6 - JPNSGRLS - Circulation
5 - Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds In Country Music
4 - Lydia Loveless - Somewhere Else
3 - Benjamin Booker - Benjamin Booker
2 - Joyce Manor - Never Hungover Again
1 - Cloud Nothings - Here and Nowhere Else
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Justin Townes Earle has a new one out. "Absent Fathers" was released last week.
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It is essentially impossible to keep up with new music these days. Back in the day, before you kids with your internets and your computers and your "walking around with a reasonably functional music studio on your phones" you still couldn't keep up with the constant flow young artists blowing out the speakers of the nation, but you could at least pretend otherwise. Today, even the pretense is gone.

The next couple of weeks I'll post some stuff that I've missed over the last couple of years, but which shouldn't be missed. We'll start with a group called Braided Veins. My buddy +P J Kane led off his end of year comp with these guys this year, with a song called To Whomever Finds This Document off of their 2013 Future/Forever album. It's the best cold open of his EOY in years, if I may be so bold, and I was immediately seeking out the album and more by the band.

Somewhere between old school DC hardcore - think Fugazi - and the angular math of Emergency & I era Dismemberment Plan. But more on the Fugazi end of that spectrum. He's a 16 minute live session for your Sunday morning. Everyone needs a little hardcore punk on their Sunday mornings coming down.
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Closing out the Official List with a little Tejano influenced blues rock from Austin. Also, the one-man band thing here is phenomenal.

45 Songs 2014, #45 - "Roll the Bones" by Shakey Graves
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2 thumbs and a big toe up...way up!
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