Vindictive Jukebox’s Top 10 of 2014 No. 1

Wild Beasts – Present Tense Wild Beasts are definitely one of my all time favourite bands, but as a fan I’ve always had two criticisms of their music. One is the fact that they tend to overdo the eccentric character …

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Vindictive Jukebox’s Top 10 of 2014 No. 2

Mac DeMarco – Salad Days Mac DeMarco surprised me greatly back in 2012 when he released his debut album 2. It was a record filled with detuned guitar. Mac’s nerdy croon (which he adapted after recording his first EP, using …

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Vindictive Jukebox’s Top 10 of 2014 No. 3

Ariel Pink – Pom Pom Pom pom is quite a unique album in the mighty Ariel Pink discography. There’s a certain amount of joyous abandon which he’s never really had before. Take opener Plastic Raincoats in the Pig Parade – …

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Vindictive Jukebox’s Top 10 of 2014 No. 4

Total Control – Typical System Somehow, every single year, a post punk band makes it into my top ten. This year it’s Australia’s Total Control. Basically there are a lot of elements which appeal to me. Some examples would be …

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Vindictive Jukebox’s Top 10 of 2014 No. 5

Swans – To Be Kind Generally albums recorded after a long hiatus spell disaster, but weirdly Swans have been able to buck this trend. Not only have the post-reformation records been strong, but each release just keeps getting better and …

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Vindictive Jukebox’s Top 10 of 2014 Nos.6.1 & 6.2

6.1 Metronomy – Love Letters Let’s be honest – ever since 2008, Metronomy have been threatening to record an album of pure pop. Well six years down the line, a line up change and two records later it has finally …

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Vindictive Jukebox’s Top 10 of 2014 No.7

Liars – Mess There are two types of Liars albums. With some albums the band is trying out a new style, while with others the band is feeling comfortable with that style and trying to push it to further limits. …

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Vindictive Jukebox’s Top 10 of 2014 No.8

Arca – Xen I’ll say straight away that the fifteen tracks on Arca’s (aka Alejandro Gherzi) debut album, Xen are not highly melodic and catchy, and yet they are strikingly original. There is a lot of variation. One track may …

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Vindictive Jukebox’s Top 10 of 2014 No.9

Goat – Commune When Goat exploded out of nowhere in 2012, no one knew what had hit them. A psychedelic band from some tiny town in Sweden, featuring bizarre guitars, yelping, chanting and some primordial melodies. Since their sound was …

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Vindictive Jukebox’s Top 10 of 2014 No.10

Sleaford Mods – Divide and Exit There’s something about people shouting with a heavy British accent which I like. That’s why I’m drawn to artists such as John Cooper Clark, The Streets and the Vichy Government, and Sleaford Mods fill …

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