23 Dec 2014

The Sampler for 23 December 2014

From The Sampler, 7:30 pm on 23 December 2014

Perfume Genius
Mike Hadreas aka Perfume Genius. Photo supplied.

Nick Bollinger takes a look back at the 10 albums he's most enjoyed listening to in 2014.
Take a listen and check out his list below.

More best of 2014 music lists from Music 101 contributors

Nick's picks for 2014

Love Can Prevail - Electric Wire Hustle

"Mara TK’s beautiful voice negotiates a landscape of loops and grooves, all adding up to a soul music for the 21st century"

EWH Love Will PrevailArtist: Electric Wire Hustle
Songs: If These Are The Last Days, Loveless, Bye and Bye
Album: Love Can Prevail
Label: Okayplayer

Infinite Life! - Grayson Gilmour

"Wellington multi-instrumentalist Grayson Gilmour wraps his tunes in densely woven blankets of sound, to create the musical equivalent of a pointillist painting"

Grayson Gilmour Infinate LifeArtist: Grayson Gilmour
Songs: Tunnel Vision, Lichtung, Pareidolia
Album: Infinite Life!
Label: Flying Nun


Dynamite! - Tami Neilson

"Honky-tonk classics you never heard before, with Delaney Davidson and Ben Edwards adding twang and swing behind Neilson’s big emotional voice."

Tami Neilson DynamiteArtist: Tami Neilson
Songs: Come Over, Dynamite!, Cry Over You, You Lie
Album: Dynamite!
Label: Southbound

The Almanac - Sven Olsen’s Brutal Canadian Love Saga

"Nigel Beckford’s four-hour, 50-song cycle portraying New Zealand as a land of delusions and self-destructive behaviours, and gazing on it all with wonder and love"

Sven Olson AlmanacArtist: Sven Olsen’s Brutal Canadian Love Saga
Songs: God Gave Us Lemons…, Kron Of Hastings
Album: The Almanac
Label: Frying Pan On Fire



Too Bright - Perfume Genius

"Portishead’s Adrian Utley and PJ Harvey sidekick John Parrish help Seattle-based Mike Hadreas turn his boldly gay song-statements into sonic pop full of light and shade"

Perfume Genius Too BrightArtist: Perfume Genius
Songs: Fool, Queen, My Body
Album: Too Bright
Label: Matador

New Gods - Withered Hand

"Shaky-voiced Dan Willson expresses his particular set of anxieties in truly hooky songs with great pop choruses"

Withered Hand New GodsArtist: Withered Hand
Songs: Horseshoe, Love Over Desire
Composer: Willson
Album: New Gods
Label: Slumberland


Day Of The Dog - Ezra Furman

"Jewish orthodox punk writes tightly-packed lyrics that reflect on life, death, gender and God, while his band The Boy Friends honk and swing like the best rock’n’roll"

Ezra Furman Day of the DogArtist: Ezra Furman
Songs: Tell ‘Em All To Go To Hell, And Maybe God Is A Train, Day Of The Dog
Album: Day Of The Dog
Label: Bar None

Small Town Heroes - Hurray For The Riff Raff

"New Orleans combo refreshes the traditions of country and blues with Alynda Lee Segarra’s great songs and voice”

Hurray For The Riff Raff Small Town HeroesArtist: Hurray For The Riff Raff
Songs: Blue Ridge Mountain, End Of The Line, The New SF Blues
Album: Small Town Heroes
Label: ATO

St. Vincent - St. Vincent

"Annie Clark a.k.a. St. Vincent was introduced to a lot of listeners via her 2012 collaboration with David Byrne, but her new solo album has just as many quirky songs and sonic twists"

St Vincent St VincentArtist: St. Vincent
Songs: Rattlesnake, Birth In Reverse, Bring Me Your Loves
Album: St. Vincent
Label: Loma Vista/Republic

Commune - Goat

“Trance blues and psychedelia meet in Goat’s powerful relentless dance grooves. Music for an unspecified pagan ritual”

GoatArtist: Goat
Songs: The Light Within, Gathering Of Ancient Tribes, Talk To God
Composer: Goat
Album: Commune
Label: Rocket