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.
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!
On this episode of the podcast, the gang’s all here as Andre and Madelyn return to join Kevin and Paul in taking on two of the biggest releases of 2014, Beck’s “Morning Phase” and St. Vincent’s self-titled fifth album.
In which the gang takes a trip to late night radio, pants become an optional accessory and the winner of the Bob Dylan growl-alike contest is finally announced. PLUS!!! Discussion of new music from David Byrne and St. Vincent, The XX, David Wax Museum and some guy that goes by the name of Zimmerman.
Episode 15: No Pantses Required"
This summer a San Francisco ice cream shop released an unorthodox flavor: sweet corn and blackberry. Most people like corn, and blackberry is known by ice cream aficionado to be an excellent alternative to strawberry or cherry. But would the combination work? Unfortunately, it tasted like loads of butter with sickeningly sweet syrup drizzled on top. An adventurous and worthy effort, but not a candidate to enter the ice cream pantheon of mint chip, vanilla and chocolate.
Novel musical collaborations are similar. We should celebrate established artists getting together and trying something new, even when they fall flat. Metallica + Lou Reed is the most obvious noble failure. On the other side of the coin, the music gods have given us David Bowie + almost everyone he played with in 70’s, Loretta Lynn + Jack White and Cat Power with 2/3 of The Dirty Three. Most collaborations don’t fit into either category, akin to two lumps of ice cream that don’t really add or subtract from the enjoyment of the cone.
With David Byrne and St. Vincent’s new Love This Giant you get an explosion of flavors. Two artists who have well defined and idiosyncratic voices that couldn’t be mistaken for any other musician. David Byrne is the silver fox who looks fetching in his spandex in Soho; the denizen of everything that was right with the misery of late 70’s downtown New York; the man whose music would work just as well at the Museum of Modern Art as a retro-80’s VHI New Wave show. He now trades less in post-punk than in studied eclectic internationalism of the NPR set.
Today our "Word Economist" steps up to the plate to let you know what he's been putting in his earholes over the course of the year. I'm not gonna lie, we've had e-fights over some of his picks that generally result in me telling him to GTFO my lawn, but at the end of the day, the man knows his shit and has gotten me to listen to more music that I probably wouldn't have otherwise than any contributor this year. Now if he could help me unhear half of it, we'd really be getting somewhere! (I kid, I kid).
#10 Buke and Gass – Riposte
It is just short of incredible how much sonic variety the two members of Buke and Gass (Aron Sanchez and Arone Dwyer) can coax from the plethora of instruments (including the experimental instruments from which the band takes its name) that they play on their debut LP. But, while such experimentation could (and often does) descend into unlistenable navel gazing, Aron and Arone use their innovations (and Arone’s amazing voice) in the service of some truly excellent songs.
Best Tracks: Bundletuck, Medulla Oblongata