Nathan Binford- Marketing Director at Texas Entertainment Services
1-Grouplove – Grouplove
2-Cults – Cults
3-Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee Part 2
4-Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
5-The Weeknd – House Of Balloons
6-YACHT – Shangri-La
7-The Mountain Goats – All Eternals Deck
8-Modeselektor – Monkey Town
9-Phantogram – Nightlife
10-Beirut – The Rip Tide
There is no order to this, just an alphabetical “best of what I listened to the most this year”. Parade of Flesh even had the fine pleasure of bringing a few of these acts through Dallas this year: 400 Blows (twice), Cerebral Ballzy, Crystal Antlers (twice), Danny Brown and even Deafheaven (twice).
400 Blows – We Killed Like Champions (org)
Even with a new line-up and a 6-year hiatus their sound didn’t change, just got cleaner and meaner.
Bass Drum of Death- GB City (inflated/fat possum)
Debut album that complies their previous 7”s along with some new tunes… modern garage rock at it’s finest.
Cerebral Balzy- Cerebral Ballzy (volcom/adult swim)
What’s not to like about dirty and fast retro sk8 punk rock? These dudes are the real deal; ask Sons of Hermann Hall, Double Wide and July Alley.
Crystal Antlers – Two-Way Mirror (self/recreation ltd.)
This is their third full length album and they just keep getting stronger… poppy psyche meets angry garage rock.
Danny Brown – XXX (fool’s gold)
If you don’t get laid after playing “I Will” for your special lady, then you probably don’t have a penis. He was even better live when opening for Das Racist at Sons of Hermann Hall in October. Download the whole thing for free: http://www.foolsgoldrecs.com/xxx/
Deafheaven – Roads to Judah (deathwish, inc)
A unique combination of screamo/hardcore washed down with melodic and beautifully epic black metal. The album features only four songs which span 38 minutes.
Disappears – Guider (kranky) & Live from Echo Canyon (self)
Chicago “super-group” unleashing kraut/shoegazer style rock that might make you feel ‘cool’ listening to it.
Drive- Soundtrack & Score (lakeshore)
The year of Ryan Gosling, right? I use the sexy and dramatic score by Cliff Martinez as bed music for my radio show, which airs every Thursday at 4PM Central on indie-verse.com and reairs at 10am.
Helms Alee – Weathered (hydra head)
Two girls, one guy and No Cup… just awesome stoner metal from the Pacific-Northwest.
Male Bonding – Endless Now (subpop)
Nineties alternative pop revival?
The Men – Leave Home (sacred bones?)
Self described, “post punk outfit”. I don’t care what they’re wearing as long as it sounds this raw and gritty.
Ford & Lopatin- Channel Pressure
The Horrors- Skying
Girls- Father Son & Holy Ghost
Real Estate- Days
Korallreven- An Album by Korallreven
Shabazz Palaces- Black Up
The Vaccines- What Did You Expect From the Vaccines?
Big Troubles- Romantic Comedy
The War on Drugs- Slave Ambient
Holy Ghost!- Holy Ghost!
The Weeknd – House of Balloons
Active Child – You Are All I See
Zola Jesus – Concatus
Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
The Antlers – Burst Apart
Cults – Cults
Tennis – Cape Dory
Akron / Family – S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT
Hunx and His Punx – Too Young To Be In Love
Scattered Trees – Sympathy
Nico Martini- Founder of Hypeworthy/ DJ on Indie-Verse
1- Wye Oak- Civilian