Top Albums of 2014

Here is our final post of 2014, our numbered countdown of our favorite albums of 2014. We hope you enjoy our list and come across some new music. We hope you join us next year as we continue our journey of finding the freshest and best independent music. We are very excited to see what the next year has in store for us here at Killing Sasquatch. Music is the great communicator, so please share music with friends, strangers, or even your enemies.

31. Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal

30. Spoon – They Want My Soul

29. East Forest – Orbits

28. Hustle and Drone – HOLYLAND

27. Snowblind Traveler – Confederate Burial

26. Quilt – Held In Splendor

25. Wolves in the Throne Room – Celestite

24. Big Haunt – Devotionals

23. Swans – To Be Kind

22. Aan – Amor Ad Nausuem

21. Sioux Falls – Lights Off For Danger

20. Strands of Oaks – HEAL

19. Slow Magic – How To Run Away

18. SW/MM/NG – Feel Not Bad

17. Holiday Friends – Major Magic

16. De Lux – Voyage

15. Caribou – Our Love

14. Talkative – Hot Fruit Barbeque

13. Tobacco – Ultima II Massage

12. The War On Drugs – Lost in the Dream

11. This Will Destroy You – Another Language

10. Chad VanGaalen – Shrink Dust

9. Manatee Commune – Brush

8. Phantogram – Voices

7. Bearcubbin’! – Girls With Fun Haircuts

6. Horse Thief – Fear In Bliss

5. Mr. Gnome – Heart of the Dark Star

4. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2

3. Goat – Commune

2. Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty

1. Odesza – In Return

Best Rock & Other Albums of 2014

Here is the second half of our favorite albums of 2014. These album fall under the rock and other (miscellaneous) categories. The miscellaneous category is just mainly comprised of hip-hop or metal or singer-songwriter. So we hope you enjoy these albums, again we’ll be having a countdown post as well that will tell you what we think is our actual favorite record this year. This list is alphabetical.

Aan – Amor Ad Nausuem

Allah-Lahs – Worship the Sun

Atlas and the Astronaut – Tiny Artifacts

Bearcubbin’! – Girls With Fun Haircuts

Boyfrndz – Breeder

Chad VanGaalen – Shrink Dust


Dude York – Dehumanize

Ghost To Falco – Soft Shield

Goat – Commune


King Tuff – Black Moon Spell

Mr. Gnome – Heart of the Dark Star

Naomi Punk – Television Man


New Madrid – Sunswimmer

Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal


Posse – Soft Opening

Quilt – Held In Splendor


Rat King – So It Goes


Real Estate – Atlas


Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 2


Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty

The Shivas – You Know What To Do

Sioux Falls – Lights Off For Danger

Snowblind Traveler – Confederate Burial

Spoon – They Want My Soul

Strands of Oaks – HEAL


Swans – To Be Kind

Talkative – Hot Fruit Barbeque

Thee Oh Sees – Drop

This Will Destroy You – Another Language

Tobacco – Ultima II Massage

Tope – Broke Boy Syndrome

Wolves in the Throne Room – Celestite

Woods – With Light and With Love

Best Pop & Electronic Albums of 2014

Now that 2014 is coming to a close it is the time to look back on the year and reflect on what albums came out and which ones are the best. 2014 was a fantastic year in independent music and we would like to share our favorite albums. We’ll feature electronic and pop albums on this post, then rock and miscellaneous albums on the next post, and then we’ll give you a count down post of our top 30. All of these albums are definitely worth a listen to and are in alphabetical order by artist.

Alt-j – This Is All Yours

The Antlers – Familiars

Big Haunt – Devotionals (EP)

Bryan Johnson and Family – Cool Your Jets (EP)

Caribou – Our Love

Chrome Sparks – Goddess (EP)

Dana Buoy – Preacher (EP)

De Lux – Voyage

Desert Noises – 27 Ways


The Domestics – The Domestics

East Forest – Orbits

Flight Facilities – Down To Earth


Fog Father – Razzle-Dazzle (EP)

Future Islands – Singles


Holiday Friends – Major Magic

Horse Thief – Fear in Bliss


Hustle and Drone – HOLYLAND

I Break Horses – Chiaroscuro


Manatee Commune – Brush

Nature Thief – Moon (EP)

Odesza – In Return

Panda Bear – Mr. Noah (EP)


Phantogram – Voices


Shivery Shakes – Three Waves and a Shake

Slow Magic – How To Run Away

Souvenir Driver – Living Water

Sunbears! – Future Sounds

SW/MM/NG – Feel Not Bad

Us Lights – Us Lights (EP)

The War On Drugs – Lost In the Dream

Treefort 2015: Initial Lineup

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The initial lineup for Treefort Music Fest 2015 was announced over the weekend. It already looks like a killer time in Boise at the end of March. Treefort is bringing big names like TV on the Radio this year along with Trampled By Turtles, Yacht, Hooray For the Riff Raff, Generationals, and more. Here at Killing Sasquatch we pride ourselves with bringing you artists that sound really good, but are not as well known. So we found a few bands towards the bottom of the initial lineup to showcase and to get you pumped up for Treefort Music Fest 2015.

First up is San Francisco band Cool Ghouls. They have a great mixture of rock ‘n’ roll and psychedelic music. They are super catchy with their guitar riffs and vocals.

Next is De Lux from LA. This duo has an incredible sound to them. Post-disco sounds that makes you think of Talking Heads, along with funky bass lines that make you want to shake your booty. Yet De Lux makes their music really fresh to stay relevant in this day and age.

Last band we have for you today is Seattle rock band, Posse. These guys play chilled out rock that reminds me of Sonny & The Sunsets with shades of Velvet Underground. Posse’s latest album Soft Opening is cool and catchy and a must listen if you like rock and roll.

Live: Deafheaven

Tuesday night saw the return of Red Bull Sound Selects show here in Portland. This show was not for the faint of heart, featuring a lineup of metal music. The first act was local Portlanders, Usnea, who’s latest album Random Cosmic Violence just came out last month. Their style is super sludgey and doomy.

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Next was Seattle band, Lesbian. These guys have a similar style to Usnea, just more high energy and on the side black metal. They played a bunch of new material, which sounded really fresh and loud.

Lesbian

The headliner for the show was Deafheaven. We had their album Sunbather as number two in our Top 50 Albums of 2013. The live performance was riveting and intense. The lead singer is very intimate with the audience and really gets caught in the music. It was a fantastic show.

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All photos by Aaron Rogosin