Interesting Albums of 2014

Interesting Albums of 2014
Many put out Best of lists. Hopefully, I’m smart enough to realize that I have not listened to all the experimental Creative Commons releases from 2014. But, I’ve listened to a lot. Here is my stab at albums I think you should hear and, hopefully, like.

First off is a mix that is representative of the much of the music I listened to and liked. Below the mix, you can read my list. Enjoy.

Netlabel Mix, 2014 by David Nemeth on Mixcloud

IN UTERO COVERALBUM OF THE YEAR
Ergo Phizmiz
In Utero
Self-Released
License Unknown

Phizmiz does a wonderful job with a complete cover of Nirvana’s “In Utero”. Could this be the album Cobain wanted to make?
keiferpicARTIST OF THE YEAR
Cagey House (Dave Keifer)

What a year for Cagey House. So many releases and all them exceptional.
pan_y_rosas_discos-logoNETLABEL OF THE YEAR
Pan y Rosas Discos

There are plenty of great netlabels out there, however the quality of Pan y Rosas’ releases is unmatched.
cover_350mysterybear
Absence sleeps between the buildings at night.
Stasisfield
CC BY-NC-ND

Drone, noise, drone, noise, rinse, repeat.
Lezet-AccumulationLezet
Accumulation
Buddhist on Fire
CC BY

A kitchen sink of Lezet’s work.
0_-_acidkidsontheneighborhoodsroofs_400Rogelio Nobara & Chris Silver T.
acid kids on the neighborhood´s roofs
Petroglyph
CC BY-NC-ND

I want to meet these kids.
danielbarbiero-coverDaniel Barbiero
After 30 x 12 (for C. Reider)
Open Sound Group
CC BY-NC

Experimental. I’ll leave it at that.
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Alien Pharaohs
C.N.P.
CC BY-NC-SA

Piss off, this is noise.
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Alive Unkempt
Self-Released
CC BY-NC-SA

Improvisation with Mysterybear and company.
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Aloha Moonmen
Happy Puppy Records
CC BY-NC

The first Cagey House album on this list. It won’t be the last.
CapaRizco
Antimosfera
Plataforma Records
CC BY-ND

Odd shit with guitars, saxophone and other objects.
GIR118coverBee Spit
Antipatriot
Galatic Intolerance Records
CC BY-NC-ND

Noise that hates ‘Murica.
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Articular Facet 5.3
Pay y Rosas Discos
CC BY-NC-ND

Improvisations from Chicago.
nt202Period Three
Auld Cove
No Type
CC BY-NC-ND

Experimental music from David Turgeon.
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Bulldozer
suRRism-Phonoethics
CC BY-NC-SA

Everybody likes construction equipment.
at070aPaco Rossique
Caves
Audiotalaia
CC BY-NC-SA

Literally music from caves.
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A Chair for Birds
Xylem Records
CC BY-SA

If you have never heard of Cagey House before, this list will change that.
a1733831553_2Ehsan Saboohi
Chaos in the Cosmos
Spectropol
CC BY-NC-ND

Experimental Iranian music.
FrenteGelatina Futurista
Conspirata Clones
Plataforma Records
CC BY-ND

Weird shit, which should not be a surprise from this list.
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Contactor
Absence of Wax
CC BY-NC-ND

It is sad to see Absence of Wax depart, but here is an example of the wonderful music this netlabel gave us.
eg0_107aC. Reider
Distressing
eg0cide
CC BY-NC-SA

If this doesn’t make your cat pee on your pillows, I don’t know what will.
Capa-2Sean Derrick Cooper Marquardt
Drone Messiah: A Thousand Days of Summer
Plataforma
CC BY-ND

Disturbing music form the artist with the longest name in netlabel music.
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Electric Dots
Museum of Microcassette Art
CC BY-NC-SA

This is from Hal McGee’s short-lived micro cassette netlabel. Just download it.
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elizabeth Veldon Cloning Program
Black Circle Records
CC BY

Disturbing drones and noise.
embossedcoverRosalind Hall / Alice Hui-Sheng Chang
Embossed Tale of Throats
Pan y Rosas Discos
CC BY-NC-ND

Experimentation with voice and saxophone.
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Encode
Valley Sound Records
CC BY-NC-SA

Tagged as “Sucked Orange” as the Free Music Archive.
Lauren Redhead
Entopic Landscape
Pan y Rosas Discos
CC BY-NC-ND

19th century drones.
Couplus
EP
Angry Arnold Records
CC BY-NC-ND

Melodic, yeah, I know. Go figure.
Dancing Headless Pig
EP
Plataforma Records
CC BY-ND

The artist calls themselves Danceless Headless Pig.
23RedAnts & Pablo Orza
.escap.ism
Pan y Rosas Discos
CC BY-NC-ND

[Please write description here.]
Colin Webster and Graham Dunning
Estigate
Linear Obsessional Recordings
CC BY-NC-SA

One turntable and a saxophone. Check out the thesaurus for words similar to wonderful.
Sarah Rasines
Every Single Girl Deserves a Song
Pan y Rosas Discos
CC BY-NC-ND

Experimental and collage.
MushroomWavved Collar
Everything Ends
8 ravens
Some sort of CC license, I imagine.

Have I said weird shit before?
Uton
Expérimentations De Voix Humaine
Om Ha Sva Ha Ksha Ma La Va Ra Yam
CC BY-NC-SA

Voice and loops experiments.
Claudio Curciotti
Field abuse Volume 1: Helicopters
Impulsive Habitat
CC BY-NC-SA

Field recordings of the recent protests in Rome and Barecelona.
Maoϴ
Forked Architecture
Pan y Rosas Discos
CC BY-NC-ND

Improvisations, noise and experimental.
Ranter’s Bay & Pablo Orza
Fragments
Alg-a
CC BY-NC-SA

Exp ‘n Improv
D’Incise
Graphein
Audiotalaia
CC BY-NC-SA

Paper and pencils.
Chris Whitehead
Habitat for Metal Plant
Linear Obsessional Recordings
CC BY-NC-SA

I simply love this record.
Carlo Barbagallo
Haiku 10
Subterranean Tide
CC BY NC

I raise my head and I see myself lying in the cold.
Bukkake Earlobe
Half Best Hot Mess
Skrow!
CC BY-NC-ND

Good luck in figuring this one out.
Jeff Kolar
Hallmark Cards Vol. 2: Happy Birthday To You
H.A.K. LO-FI RECORD
CC BY-NC-ND

A new kind of Hallmark Channel.
Gallery Six
Hiroshima
Element Perspective
CC BY-ND-SA

Long-form electronic music.
Holidays from the Future
Holiday #1
New Languages
CC BY-NC-ND

Improvisation, Jazz.
Juan Manuel Castrillo
Horizontales
Impulsive Habitat
CC BY-NC-SA

The sonic life of a city.
Lucie Vítková
Ideas and Techniques
Pan y Rosas Discos
CC BY-NC-ND

Not your great-uncle’s accordion.
Hank the Think Tank
Just Hmm.. it
MAV Records
CC BY-NC-SA

It’s music like this that is destroying America.
Francisco Meirino
Knowing more how than why
Impulsive Habitat
CC BY NC SA

Untreated field recordings.
Jared C. Balogh
Micro Compositions Vol. 2
WM Recordings
CC BY-NC-ND

Glimpses.
Martin Rach
Mongrel Drone Set
Vuzh Music
CC BY-NC-SA

There’s not much drone on this list, so you better catch it while it’s here.
Beli Šum (Maria Papadomanolaki & Brane Zorman)
Mono Scarves
Haze
CC BY-NC-SA

Seriously, this is the first mention of Haze netlabel? This is why “Best of” lists are such shit. Haze released lots of great stuff this year. Go and see for yourself. By the way this album is quite amazing.
Jude
Mouchy
Signals from Arkaim
Some sort of CC license, though I can’t find it.

Recordings of flies for a puppet film about Hitler. Admit it, you are intrigued.
-_My_God_is_a_Gun_-_2014010215311528.w_290.h_290.m_crop.a_center.v_topLa Desunion
My God is a Gun
Self-Released
CC BY-NC-ND

Tagged with 14 genres, though I don’t think any of them capture this album.
Petej Amon
Noise Psychotic Episodes
Haze
CC BY-NC-SA

By reading the album title and looking at the cover art, I’m pretty sure you have a good idea what this release is about.
C. Reider
Not Subliminal
Control Valve
CC BY-NC-SA

Late arrival but a good one. Cassette experiments.
Cagey House
Pistol Vest
MAV Records
CC BY-NC-SA

Some of Keifer’s work is melodic and some borders on weird. This one takes after the latter.
Ombrelli Sciolit
Prattle at Hue
Pan y Rosas Discos
CC BY-NC-ND

Two guys prattling about. Enjoy.
Alexei Borisova and Anton Mobin
Q
Zeromoon
CC BY-NC-ND

Live performance of Borisova and Mobin recorded in France.
Cagey House
Queen of Spins
Haze
CC BY-NC-SA

Remarkable.
Jorge Marredo
Quejío
exp_net
CC BY-NC-SA

In the most broadest sense, experiments with Flamenco, but it’s not.
Lawrence Abu Hamdan
Received Pronunciations
Ràdio Web Macba
CC BY-NC-ND

It’s a podcast, but then it’s my list. All about words.
Malaventura
Salaam Shalom
Self-Released
CC BY-ND-SA

Can music make peace? Probably not, but it can show us our similarities.
Cuckoo Spit
Scarlet Tina
Fwonk*
CC BY-NC-SA

Good God, sometimes I have no idea on why I like things. This is one of those times.
Cagey House
Second Sight
Pan y Rosas Discos
CC BY-NC-ND

Probably one of the most accessible Cagey House records for those people that like commercial radio. And, if you are like me and you can’t stand commercial radio, this release is very good.
Miguel Isaza, Mise_En_Scene
Selected Fragments
Impulsive Habitat
CC BY-NC-SA

Field recording fragments brought together from Colombia and Israel.
Atilio Doreste
Shifting Boundaries
Audiotalaia
CC BY-NC-SA

Field recordings as performance.
Martin Rach
Shores of Band Lands
Haze
CC BY-NC-SA

This is one of Rach’s orchestral pieces that is not an orchestral piece.
Juan Antonio Nieto
Shortcut
exp_net
CC BY-NC-SA

Experiments with every day objects.
Pink Hex
Stranglehold
Altered State Reflections
CC BY-NC-ND

Experimental trio.
Random Toast Generator
Sunhacore
Deep Lake Records
CC BY-SA

Noise? Yeah, I guess so. Genres suck, but they help.
Brice Catherin
Super Play Station 3 Turbo Dada
Absence of Wax
CC BY-NC-ND

This is the third “soundtrack” that I know of in this list.
Cagey House
Transparent Order
Bump Foot
CC BY-NC-SA

BOOM! That’s the last Cagey House release. (I wonder if I missed any.) Anywho, download and listen to them, they are all fantastic.
Jørgensen & Martinsen
Triumph Standard 12
Treetrunk Records
CC BY-ND

This is what Don Draper must hear in his drunken hallucinations.
Free Variety Theatre with Vasco Morais
Vascaology
Haze
CC BY-NC-SA

Jazz? That might be a bit limiting.
Verãopop
Verãopop
Etched Traumas
CC BY-NC-ND

Psychedelic drone. Sure, why not.
Stephen Emmerson
Witchcraft
Deep White Sound
CC BY-NC-ND

“… the devil’s orchestra playing rhapsodies in a sewer.”
Sean Derrick Cooper Marquardt
Year of the Horse
Deep White Sound
CC BY-NC-ND

The drone of an accidental guitar.
Sandspace
Untitled 14’38”
Absence of Wax
CC BY-NC-ND

Goodbye, Absence of Wax.

 

6 thoughts on “Interesting Albums of 2014

  1. So happy to see Carlo’s haiku make your list. I admire your ear greatly and I’ll be checking out some of these releases.

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