THEESatisfaction is a hip-hop duo from Seattle, WA, and their brand new album is called EarthEE. But the music is something more than just hip-hop. There is a lot of soul to the new album, along with incredibly smooth beats. THEESatisfaction has some serious sexy music, with their vocals ranging between sultry breathiness to crooning choruses. It’s hard to pinpoint my favorite song on EarthEE because the album is solid gold through and through. Ishmael Butler from Shabazz Palaces makes an appearance on a couple of songs “Blandlands” and “EarthEE”. THEESatisfaction has made one of the best albums this year already with EarthEE so make sure to listen to it.
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
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
Day 2 of Project Pabst was another beautiful sunny September Sunday. The day started off by catching Deap Vally from L.A. These two ladies rock super hard. Deap Vally has a kind of bluesy rock more geared toward the sound of Black Keys. Definitely worth checking out.
The next act was Northhampton, MA’s Speedy Ortiz. They are getting some good buzz about them, and for good reason. They have that grungey 90s sound to them. The way the guitars clash with the lead singers vocals sounds great.
Next was The Thermals. A local punk band that has been around for a while now. The Thermals still know how to shred for sure and put on an awesome show.
After The Thermals, Shabazz Palaces put on one of their best shows I’ve seen. The rap/hip-hop duo from Seattle put out big beats and smooth lyrics that gives them their originality. Shabazz Palaces new album Lese Majesty is one of my favorites this year as well.
Lord Huron was on after Shabazz. Though I listened to the show, I didn’t catch too much of it. Their music is not really what I’m into, just a little too pop and open chords. Not to say that it’s bad, Lord Huron is actually quite catchy, it just did not really translate well to their live show.
The man, the myth, the legend, GZA performed the entirety of Liquid Swords.
Then to finish out the night was Modest Mouse. Though Isaac Brock was feeling under the weather, they still performed a bunch of new songs that will hopefully show up on their next recording. Modest Mouse is one of my favorite bands of all time and they still sound great after almost 20 years.
Thanks to PBR for putting an awesome music festival on the cheap, we hope to see you again next year. Thanks to Josh Pino for all the photos. Thanks to you readers for checking us out, more music to come soon.
At the end of September Pabst Blue Ribbon threw a big music festival for the city of hipsters, Portland. With big name headlining acts like Tears For Fears and Modest Mouse for just over $50, Project Pabst was a big success.
Saturday kicked off the festivities for us, as we caught the very end of hip-hop artist K. Flay. We caught the next band X Ambassadors who have a huge pop sound with amazing vocals.
As X Ambassadors finished up their set, the crowd flocked and nearly doubled in size as we made our way over to see the Violent Femmes. They performed their debut album in it’s entirety. Then played all the classic American music.
To follow up the Violent Femmes, local metal band Red Fang performed. Though I use the term metal in the sense of the heavy rock days of late 80s metal. If you haven’t heard Red Fang, I highly suggest wrapping your ears around them.
After Red Fang was psychedelic folk rock band, Phosphorescent. They played a bunch of songs off their latest album, Muchacho that came out last year. They had a lot of reverb and awesome jammy guitar solos.
I didn’t catch too much of the next band Rocket From the Crypt, but they are an old school punk/post-hardcore pop band from the 90s. They had super high energy throughout the show.
The headliner for the day portion of the festival was Tears For Fears. I would have never thought I would be able to witness Tears For Fears live, and I didn’t know what to expect, but it was a fantastic show. They played a lot of new songs, but also all the classics plus a cover of Radiohead’s “Creep.”
We left the main festival grounds at Zidell Park and went to the Crystal Ballroom for the night shows. First was locals Wooden Indian Burial Ground, who are a psycho-billy type of rock band. They even had Doug Martsch come on stage and play a cover of “Psycho Killer.”
After WIBG was Deep Sea Diver from Seattle. Another pop-rock band that we have covered for Treefort Music Fest.
Built To Spill was the last act for the night. They played for a packed crowd at the Crystal. Playing all their hit songs from all their albums, Built To Spill had a most excellent show.