So for this first post of the new year I decided to look back to 2014. The year itself has been a bit of a roller coaster ride for me on a personal level. So many stuff has happened, good and bad, too much to bore you with, this isn’t livejournal. My working career has been good, worked on some great projects and helped out a lot of junior co-workers and even managed to get a piece published. Also it was exciting to finally release a record on vinyl last year. That was something I always wanted to do and I did it. Totally Do-It-Yourself and I am glad I did it. It was interesting to experience the whole process from sending the recordings to the pressing plant, all the way to putting the records in the sleeve.
But I am glad a new year has started and hopefully this year will be as exciting as the previous one.
When it comes to collecting records I had a great year. I did got some super rare ones that I would never expect to find. Also my want list is getting smaller and smaller, so that is a good thing, which also resulted in buying and trading a bit less records last year compared to previous years.
Looking at 2014, my favorite new releases are:
1. The Flex – Wild Stabs In The Dark
2. Fugazi – First Demo
3. Give – Electric Flower Circus
4. Praise – Lights Went Out
5. Cold World – How The Gods Chill
6. Man Lifting Banner – Red Fury
7. Boston Strangler – Fire
8. Battle Ruins – s/t
9. Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 2
10. OFF – Wasted Years
I enjoyed the new Morrrissey and Bruce Springsteen record too but they didn’t make it to this top 10.
Also I decided to stick to the 12″ format and not look at 7″s or other formats.
When it comes to my favorite pick ups from last year, this is what my top 10 looks like.
- Minor Threat is my favorite band and this record is a rare as it gets. I always hoped to pick it up but I never thought I would find it.
- Every since I heard Can I Say I was amazed by everything about this record, the heartfelt lyrics, the super catchy almost pop music sound packed in no frills punk jacket. A true classic that still amazes me. So when someone offered it, I jumped on it.
- Probably the most pissed of record ever made in the mid west. This record has been on my wish list for almost a decade. It was nice to find a copy a few blocks from my work place and pick it up in person.
- Another one I was looking for. Any version would do, but still it was hard to find a copy. I found a great offer on a cheap copy, so I jumped on it. Turned out the seller was based in the Netherlands too, so it arrived very fast and shipping was cheap.
- The start of Dischord records, so that alone makes it essential. I doubt they would have expected anyone outside DC would ever hear these songs. The songs are great and the artwork can be considered historical.
- The cornerstone of each Revelation records collection is the Judge – Bringin’ It Down LP on green vinyl and the Gorilla Biscuits – Start Today LP on purple vinyl. This might be the most important and best looking Revelation release. Musically it stood the test of time easy.
- This definitely not the rarest record I bought this year but I really love this record more and more with every spin. Most The Smiths vinyl isn’t rare but somehow Germany often got a limited pressing on colored vinyl that is always a bit harder to find. Since my Dutch copy had some wear, I thought it would be a good idea to upgrade when I had the chance.
- I always wondered what the idea behind this was. Didn’t Revelation order enough sleeves or did some sleeves got water damaged? Anyway, it was hard to find a copy, since the amount they made is low, the band remains popular and the label is super collectible. A recipe for disaster. BTW Ghosts might be one of the best Dag Nasty songs.
- Last two years I have been listening to more and more Dangerhouse records releases. One that still was missing was the YES L.A. LP. This LP showcases a few of the best bands out of L.A. in the late seventies. The LP itself looks amazing too. One sided clear vinyl with the blank side silk screened.
10. OST – Twin Peaks
- Twin Peaks made such an impact on me back in the day and I read somewhere it defined the shape of television series. It makes sense since it was so different compared to all other series at the time. The spooky and slightly desolate music sound so eighties but is so recognizable. This LP came out around the time CD became the standard format, so the LP is kind of difficult to find for a fair price.
I couldn’t resist taking a family picture.