Best Of 2014: The Lists - Kevin's Picks

Best Of 2014: The Lists - Kevin's Picks

2014 was a huge year for music makers and music lovers alike. Established bands hit their stride, newcomers changed the game and across the board musicians from the biggest to the smallest delivered some of the best music we’ve heard at ChunkyGlasses since we started this damn thing almost five years ago. Before calling it quits for 2014 and taking a break, it’s time for one last list, one last roundup, and a whole lot of thank-you’s.

To all of the amazing artists we talked about, interviewed, or just put in our ears -  thanks  for thinking we were worth your time. That goes double for the ones we didn’t get to.

To the site staff and contributors and sitters in – your insights, opinions and differences in tastes keep this whole thing interesting for me. Hopefully it does the same for our readers and listeners (if not we’ve got an email address for that). Special thanks goes out to Paul for gChat support and Andre for the heady vibes he brought to the podcast.

Biggest thanks though is to our readers and listeners. We’d still do it without you, but the idea that once in a while people listen to and maybe even care what we say – even if it’s only eleven of you – warms our curmudgeonly hearts greatly.

With all that out of the way, I give you 2014 through my ears. 

See you soon. 

Keep your lawn safe.

- Kevin


Best Of 2014: The Lists - Paul's Picks

Best Of 2014: The Lists - Paul's Picks

You’ve heard our Best Of 2014 podcast, now here’s the breakdown of 2014, list style, as ChunkyGlasses co-founder Paul saw it.  Paul is a man of many opinions (we’ll let you be the judge of how good they are #sickburn), but most of all he’s a man with impeccable taste in music. No genre escaped Paul’s scrutiny this year, so if you’re looking for eclectic redefined, look no further than the picks we present to you now. 


Best Of 2014: The Lists - Adam / Quinn / Tori

Best Of 2014: The Lists - Adam / Quinn / Tori

You’ve listened to our Best Of 2014 podcast, now here’s the breakdown, list style, of how we really felt about all this damn music in 2014. It was a big year for ChunkyGlasses and we couldn’t have done it without the help and opinions of people like Adam Dawson, Quinn Myers and Tori Kerr, so without further ado, we’re proud to present our cohorts picks for the best music of 2014! 


Episode 96: Best of 2014

Episode 96: Best of 2014

2014 was a huge year for great music, so in like fashion we’ve got a HUGE podcast to finish the year out. Paul, Adam, Quinn, Tori, Brian, Carrie and Seàn join Kevin in the basement to talk about their favorite songs, albums and artists of the year, and what everyone is looking forward to in 2015. PLUS! One last round of “Prince is a dick” to decide once-and-for-all if Prince really is…well…you get the picture.

So strap in loyal listeners as the ChunkyGlasses gang takes on the year that was on Episode 96 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast – Best Of 2014!


Best Of 2014: Wilco - Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994-2014

Best Of 2014: Wilco - Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994-2014

Sounds Like:  

The Band had a baby with Television; Midwestern Radiohead

Why You Should Care:

So, an important person in your life likes Wilco. Should you buy this person Alpha Mike Foxtrot, the recently released set of B-sides and live cuts? The answer depends only on your loved one's level of Wilco fandom. The hardcore completists will have chased down these tracks on 90s alt-country compilations, soundtracks, and hard-to-find releases, and may, as a consequence, be underwhelmed by the lack of never-before-heard material. But even the most hardcore fan will find value in the high sound quality of the release, the live cuts, and Jeff Tweedy's track-by-track liner notes, replete with his trademark self-deprecation.


BEST OF 2014: Pretty - "Mustache In Your Face"/ Local Customs: Cavern Sound

BEST OF 2014: Pretty - "Mustache In Your Face"/ Local Customs: Cavern Sound

SOUNDS LIKE:

A spirit in the sky that lost itself in a subterranean hole; the shag floor of the grooviest van on the block.

WHY YOU SHOULD CARE:

It’s no secret that Chicago’s Numero Group is pretty much the raddest practitioner of audio anthropology this side of, well, EVERYONE, but in 2014 they outdid themselves. Drop Purple Snow, a bootie-shaking anthology documenting the “caveman”-era (read: pre-Prince)  Minneapolis sound onto an unsuspecting public? Groovy, but not enough. Release Separate Oceans (reviewed on THIS podcast), a collection of unsung musical hero Ned Doheny’s best (and not-so-best) smooth jams for all the world to groove to? Simply not enough. A deep dive into the hard-rock underground of the 70's COMPLETE WITH IT'S OWN BOARDGAME? NOT. ENOUGH. 

 


Episode 95: Best Of 2014 - DC Edition

Episode 95: Best Of 2014 - DC Edition

Kicking off our two-part wrap up of the year in music, Quinn, Tori and Paul from Hometown Sounds stop by the basement to shine a light on some of the best music DC had to offer this year. Typefighter, The Cowards Choir, Priests, Seàn Barna, Lauren Calve and more all helped make 2014 one of the best years for DC music in recent memory, and it’s only getting better. So tune in as we play some of our favorite tracks and discuss the past, present and future of the scene we know and love on Episode 95 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast – Best of 2014 DC EDITION!      

 


Episode 94: Marian McLaughlin

Episode 94: Marian McLaughlin

In our latest podcast (and last regular podcast for 2014) we sit down with the wonderfully unique Marian McLaughlin. Her sublime work on her debut Dèrive , released early in 2014, has led Marian and her musical cohorts from the smallest of smallest of house shows to being featured on NPR’s acclaimed Tiny Desk Concert series and back again. Kevin sat down with Marian to discuss what the future holds for the talented musician including her artspace/home The Holy Underground in Baltimore, her plans - including her in progress Kickstarter -  for her second album Spirit House, and much much more.

It’s the last regular podcast of the year and we’re going out on a high note on ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast Episode 94!

 


Episode 93: Astra Via

Episode 93: Astra Via

Both formidable musical talents on their own, together Olivia Mancini and Jarrett Nicolay make up the electro-pop duo known as Astra Via! Prior to the release of their upcoming EP SUPERBESTLUCKYSONGS (due out 12/16 on Aerobic International) Adam sat down with his friends and past collaborators to talk their long, strange trip of a music career, Cracker Barrel, some ugly truths about the industry, and much, much more.

PLUS! Because Astra Via loves you,  A LIVE IN THE BASEMENT performance of SUPERBESTLUCKYSONGS track “Action Junkie” to put in your ears and enjoy early and often!


Episode 92: Hometown Sounds

Episode 92: Hometown Sounds

This week we’re delivering a double-stuffed podcast just in time for Thanksgiving! It’s no secret that the DC music scene has been blowing up, and for the past three years one of the scene’s biggest supporters has been Hometown Sounds. Part internet radio, part blog, and part podcast, Paul Vodra and Tony Porreco have been working overtime to make sure the best and brightest sounds DC has to offer makes it to the place that’s most important: Your Ears.

Recently the pair paid a visit to the basement to chat with Kevin about the scene, podcasting, the ins-and-outs of music licensing and much, much more. So tune in, kick back, and loosen your belt as we serve up our latest episode of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast with the good gentleman of DC’s one and only Hometown Sounds.