My Favorites Albums From 2014

I’m going to do my best to just stick to full length albums. Here we go in  ABC order..

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Atlantic Thrills – Atlantic Thrills (Almost Ready) – I’ve been a life long fan of music, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that I became enamored with local music. Atlantic Thrills was one of the first bands I gravitated towards and it’s not hard to see why. They capture the punk slime sound we crave better than anyone else in New England and that is fully on display on this long awaited debut LP. Besides the music itself and the commaraderie that comes with it, one of the other great things about seeing a favorite band over and over again is becoming accustomed to their signature songs, so when you finally hear their album it sounds like a greatest hits collection – trust me I mean that in the best way possible. For what it’s worth, the alphabet just happens to work this way, but I’m glad this album is up here first because it is indeed my favorite album of the year. #1. I will say Free Pizza’s Boston, MA is a close second though, but we’ll get there when we get there. Top Song: “Lie To Me”

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Ausmuteants – Ausmuteants (AARGHT) – Yes, I’m aware this is an album from 2013, but I first heard it in 2014, so I said fuck it why not just slap it on there. This will happen at least one more time. Top Song: “Tinnitus”. LISTEN:
 http://ausmuteants.bandcamp.com/album/amusements

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Ausmuteants – Order Of Operation (Goner/AARGHT) –  I just couldn’t get enough of these Aussies. This is just fun, funny garage pop with some vicious keyboards. It sounds like an 80s new wave band that got mixed up in the garage punk scene. You’ll be singing along to these gems all year. In addition to the kickass music, as with the first record, subject matter always slays me. Just listen to “Publicity Stunts.” Top Song: “Freedom Of Information” http://ausmuteants.bandcamp.com/


Fat Creeps – Must Be Nice (Sophomore Lounge/Gnar Tapes) – Your favorite Creeps are at it again and they’re heavier than ever on their debut full-length LP. I’m naturally biased, so the EP will always be my #1, but this is a solid follow up that won’t disappoint FC fans.  Top Song: “Daydreaming” http://fatcreeps.bandcamp.com/album/must-be-nice

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Free Pizza – Boston, MA (BUFU/Feeding Tube) –The title track says it all. This was/is a local anthem for Boston, specifically the Boston underground music scene. I’d never thought I could embrace any notion of civic pride, but this song actually did it for me and it’s always a pleasure hearing it live. Sad to say these slices recently waved good bye to us for their hometown of Miami :(. At least,  we have the music and the memories. Top Song: “Boston, MA” http://freepizzarocks.bandcamp.com/

Gymshorts
Gymshorts – No Backsies (Self-Released) -This was my kick you in the balls, lay back and smoke, chug a 40 in the alley way, fuck you dad album of 2014. Yes, yes eat all of their gymshirts. Fill those little bellies. Top Song: “HEY PARENTS!”  http://gymshorts.bandcamp.com/

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Juan Wauters – N.A.P. North American Poetry (Captured Tracks) – Let me hip you to something, this kewl kat known as Juan Wauters, you may have seen/heard/spiritually merged with the man before in his previous happening, Jackson Heights, Queens, NY’s #1 The Beets. If you doug (ehhhhhhhhhh) The Beets, then you’ll love Juan solo, you’re wack if you don’t. Dude channels The Beatles, Piero, and Los Mockers – the last two are groups Juan hipped me to. It’s like soft, serene Ramones too, if you’re still not convinced. Gotta rep Queens, even though I’ve only been there three or four times. Top Song: “Sanity” http://juanwauters.com/

The Lemons
The Lemons – Hello, We’re The Lemons (Burger/Gnar Tapes/Tripp Tapes) – Holy shit, definitely one of my new favorite bands. It’s hard to not be happy when you hear/see The Lemons. You’re submerged in this little, Lemons world that’s all gooey and yummy it’s like a Cheerios commercial from 40-50 years ago. There’s no bad feelings. SHORT SHORT songs about lemon limes, candy girls, jelly beans, ice cream, kool aid, Chubby Checker! Picture The Archies, The Monkees, The Partridge Family, I think. Perhaps the sweeter more innocent version of their Gnar brethren, The Memories. It’s all that and it’s super sweet and super short. A little injection of sugary pop. It’s so quick you want it to keep going, but it leaves as quick as it came. It’s that fast high, that five second orgasm, that day you discovered you had five bucks left in your pocket. When life hands you lemons, eat em’ up, eat all the sweets up and get those cavities, it’s worth it.
Believe the hype! Top Song: “My Candy Girl” http://thelemons.bandcamp.com/

Littlefoot
Littlefoot – Night Of The Living Dreams (BUFU) –  2014 was the first time I saw or even heard of Littlefoot. I can remember it like it was just last year. I remember seeing them open the Atlantic Thrills album release show and screaming to Glen HEY! they have that sound I love, it’s like Earth Angel and shit! All of those odes to golden oldies are heavily on display here, Erica is on top of it, she’s done her homework and the extra credit assignment. Surf on some dreamy pop waves with this album. Top Song: “Worrydoll” http://littlefootlittlefoot.bandcamp.com/

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The Marty Kings – XVII (Self-Released) – Yeah, yeah, yeah, this isn’t from 2014. I told you this would come up again and I’m a man of my word. Well, I first heard this thang just this October and it’s too fucking fantastic for me not include it. I was cruising around with those sweet ass Nice Guys and I thunk what the funk is this? It’s so bubblegummy and poppy, but in that raw, off kilterish way I always luv. Those boys informed me that this was the mastmerind Andy Macbain, the man behind Tunnel Of Love and another band you’ll be seeing on here very shortly… Top Song: “Little Arthur”  http://themonsieurs.bandcamp.com/album/xvii

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The Memories – Hot Afternoon (Burger/Gnar Tapes) – I had/have a huge boner for last year’s Love Is The Law and it’s lasted longer than four hours. Here we are again in 2014 and the vibes are still groovin’. It’s the same spirit, a bit funkier and even more laid back. If Love’ was the 60s, then Hot is the 70s. Do it up. Top Song: “Dad’s Not Home” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aE_vAq1wRO4

The Monsieurs LP
The Monsieurs – The Monsieurs (Black Gladiator/Slovenly) –  This is pure, primal rock ‘n’ roll slime with a splash of punk and a pinch of pop. Real pop, bubblegummy in your tummy fun. Innocence… well not so innocent. It’s fun to be bad and this is about as badass as it gets. Various Boston garage legends here maintain their reputation and lurk the streets of beantown to fight again and again and again. Top Song: “Kari Ann”  http://slovenly.bandcamp.com/album/the-monsieurs

NOTS
NOTS – We Are NOTS (Goner) – You can never go wrong with Goner. Some kids way back said Memphis was dead, but damn it sure as hell is alive on this record. NOTS is straight up no holds barred fun with violent keyboards to add fuel to the fire. It’s one of those bestial sounds that makes me climb on top of the refrigerator and hop off like I’m five years old again, much to the chagrin of the folks downstairs. TOP SONG: “Insect Eyes” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Yvjewj28wU

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The Orwells – Disgraceland (Atlantic/Canvasback) – I’ve heard a lot of talk about this being too clean and commercial in comparison to their previous LP Remember When. Fair, but honestly it’s not that much cleaner and as far as I’m concerned The Orwells have always been mershy, radio friendly in a way, in a FABULOUS way. These feel like radio songs. Hit songs. One after another (some definitely stronger than others). Even when these dudes were fourteen and trying to sound like Black Lips and Back From the Grave comps, they still sounded rather accessible. You could see what they were going for and how they completely drove past it. That isn’t to say I think they’re better than the Lips or whoever, it’s just that even when they were a garage band they didn’t really sound like one. Whatever it is, they hit it right and they have the songs, the talent, and the live show to back it up. TOP SONG: “Blood Bubbles” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g87QQ4RX_KU

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Ty Segall – Manipulator (Drag City) – Ty again, big surprise buddy! Yes, Ty is back on my year end lists. There are no surprises here, there shouldn’t be. We rep the shit we love all year long and admittedly most of them fall under similar genres, hail from the same regions, and appear on the the same or similar labels. I’m okay with that, while I always love expanding there is such little time on this planet I intend to spend it with the music I love. As much as I dug Ty’s all acoustic effort in last year’s Sleeper, I’m really happy to see the dude rocking out once again. This is his longest monstrosity to date and while it’s not the same fuzz of early Segall, he maintains his true flavor and destroys. TOP SONG: “Feel” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4VA-b5ORxI

Now hold up, before y’all pack up your shit and leave, I must give a massive shout out to all of the KLYAM Records releases we love and are insanely proud to have put out in 2014. More cumming in 2015….

KLYAM-002: Nice Guys/Miami Doritos Splifft 7″
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http://niceguys666.bandcamp.com/album/splifft-7

KLYAM-003: Back Pages Singles 13 TAPE
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http://klyam.bigcartel.com/product/back-pages-singles-13

KLYAM-004: The Electric Street Queens – Live From Your Dreams, We’re The Electric Street Queens TAPE
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http://electricstreetqueens.bandcamp.com/

All releases available here: http://klyam.bigcartel.com/, at the the following Boston area record stores: Deep Thoughts in Jamaica Plain, Weirdo Records in Cambridge, and Armageddon Records in Cambridge, and at all KLYAM Presents shows.

That’s all folks!

Music Video: Electric Street Queens “Brew-Ha-Ha”/Show Tonight!

Check out this timely beauty courtesy of KLYAM Records own ELECTRIC STREET QUEENS. With art and animation by respective Queens Coco Roy and Avi Paul Weinstein, “Brew-Ha-Ha” won’t be leaving your memory sooooon. Naked witches!!

Then go see them tonight at the Midway Cafe in Jamaica Plain!
FB Event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/313297295522341/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

Listen to Live From Your Dreams: https://electricstreetqueens.bandcamp.com/

Pick up a copy of the tape as a (TRICK! orrrr) treat this Halloween for that special psycho in your life. Available here from KLYAM Records: http://klyam.bigcartel.com/

ESQ & Back Pages Tapes Now Available At…

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The Electric Street Queens

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Back Pages

Electric Street Queens – Live From your Dreams, We’re The… (KLYAM-004) & Back Pages – Singles 13′ (KLYAM-003) tapes are now available at the following Boston area record stores!:

Weirdo Records in Cambridge, MA

Armageddon Records in Cambridge, MA

Deep Thoughts in Jamaica Plain, MA

Listen to Electric Street Queens here: http://electricstreetqueens.bandcamp.com/
Listen to Back Pages here: http://thebackpages1.bandcamp.com/

These stores are all housing these bad babies as well:
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Fat Creeps S/T 10″ EP

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Nice Guys/Miami Doritos Splifft 7″

You can also find the Splifft 7″ at the following record store across the country: Goner Records (Memphis, TN), People’s Records (Detroit, MI), Hello Records (Detroit, MI), Bric A Brac Records (Chicago, IL), Apop Records (St. Louis, MO), CD Cellar (Arlington, VA), and Celebrated Summer (Baltimore, MD).

Or you could straight up order any of these directly from us at KLYAM Records: http://klyam.bigcartel.com/

OR OR OR you could simply hit us up at a show (or wherever really) and we can sell you one in person. Whatever twerks. You have so many options. No excuses.

ESQ & Back Pages Tapes Now Available At Deep Thoughts!


Hey there! Get yo’ ass down to Deep Thoughts in Jamaica Plain: The freakiest and friendliest record store (not to mention a personal favorite of yours truly) in all of Boston and perhaps the world over, perhaps. And guess what??? It just got a little kinkier, because we got some new KLYAM Records tapes up in that beattch! KLYAM-003: Back Pages – Singles 13′ & KLYAM-004: Electric Street Queens – Live From Your Dreams, We’re The…

Back Pages – Singles 13′
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“Rage teen punk of the Reatard variety.”
http://thebackpages1.bandcamp.com/

The Electric Street Queens – Live From Your Dreams, We’re The..
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“8 songs of pure, unadulterated mayhem.” http://electricstreetqueens.bandcamp.com/

Of course, I can’t forget. These bad boys are also hanging out at Deep Thoughts and waiting to rest in the warmth of your treasured arms:

Fat Creeps – S/T 10″ EP

Nice Guys/Miami Doritos Splifft 7″
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Lastly, all of these sick puppies are available right here on our KLYAM Records online store: http://klyam.bigcartel.com/

Don’t be a damn fool and pick up these fine records and tapes TODAY!

TONIGHT: ELECTRIC STREET QUEENS TAPE RELEASE @ CHURCH!!!

ESQ Release
Flyer by Jane Fitzsimmons

YO! Tonight is the night! Illegally Blind and Kids Like You & Me come together to bring you an amazing show of epic proportions. The sexy, sultry Electric Street Queens are releasing their ohh so exquisite debut tape release Live From Your Dreams, We’re The Electric Street Queens on our very own KLYAM Records! KLYAM-004. 8 songs of pure, unadulterated mayhem. You may need a cigarette after this one.
Joining the Street Queens are CreaturoS, Headband, and fellow KLYAM Records rebel rousers Nice Guys! All of that and more tonight at Church. Show starts at 8, $8, 21+. FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/635063383274410/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

ELECTRIC STREET QUEENS TAPE RELEASE SHOW @ CHURCH NEXT WEDNESDAY!

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Hey, how’s it going? ….. Yeah, you look great. So, what are you doing next Wednesday?…. NOT ANYMORE BITCH. You’re coming to Church of Boston to witness THE ELECTRIC STREET QUEENS TAPE RELEASE SHOW!

We’re proud to team up with local mastermind Illegally Blind to present you a show in honor of Live From Your Dreams, We’re the Electric Street Queens, the next release on KLYAM Records. Playing alongside the Street Queens are Headband, Creaturos, and fellow KLYAM Records ruffians Nice Guys. It’s fixing to be a show of EPIC proportions. WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 AT CHURCH. Got it? Good. Great. Grand.
FB Eventhttps://www.facebook.com/events/635063383274410/

P.S. don’t forget to bring extra diapers. It’s going to get steamy…

Until then, go nuts with this l’il cassingle featuring two songs, “Beefcake Baby” and “Brew-Ha-Ha” from the upcoming tape: http://electricstreetqueens.bandcamp.com/

KLYAM-004: THE ELECTRIC STREET QUEENS TAPE COMING SOON!!!


KLYAM-004: The Electric Street Queens – Live From Your Dreams We’re The Electric Street Queens KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED!

For now you can stay hard with a sneak peek of “Dontcha Wanna Work At The Brewery?” Be on the lookout for a release show as well! Don’t sue us if you go blind…