TVW’S TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2014 (5-1)

I’d like to thank everyone who has in some way supported The Vinyl Warhol in 2014. This blog has already exceeded all of my expectations, an I can only hope it continues to do so. I look forward to bringing you even more great material in 2015. Enjoy.

TVW’S TOP ALBUMS OF 2014 (10-6)

Rich-Gang-Tha-Tour-Part-15. Rich Gang – Rich Gang: Tha Tour Pt. 1

Although technically a mixtape, I have to give the number five spot to Rich Gang – specifically Young Thug and Rich Homie Quan. In 2014, Young Thug dropped hip hop on its head by disregarding technical flow and coherent lyrics, and instead opting for spastic ramblings and energetic barks. When paired with the melodic slurs of Rich Homie Quan, this ATL powerhouse duo brings some of the wildest bangers of the year.

Favorite Tracks:

“Flava,” “Tell Em (Lies),” “Imma Ride,” “Keep It Goin”

4. Caribou – Our LoveCaribou_Our_Love

Dan Snaith is atop a new breed or singer-songwriter where an artist creates deeply personal electronic music.On Our Love, he produces the most beautiful love songs 2014. Every synth note oozes emotion, and each song is a sonic journey narrated by Snaith. “Can’t Do Without You,” a song that repeats the same line for almost four minutes, reads like the greatest love story ever told.

Favorite Tracks:

“Can’t Do Without You,” “Silver,” “Julia Brightly,” “Mars”

casket3. The Casket Girls – True Love Kills the Fairytale

This Summer, I was honored to intern at Noisy Ghost PR, promotion company for Savannah-based record label, Graveface Records. My introduction to Graveface, which would lead to my internship, was The Casket Girls. True Love Kills the Fairytale is 10 songs of bleak synth-pop gold. Every melody sung by sisters Phaedra and Elsa Greene is an earworm that infects the listener’s brain. Ryan Graveface (Black Moth Super Rainbow) blackens the sisters sweet voices with thick, eerie instrumentals. The result is an acid-soaked nightmare.

Favorite Tracks:

“Same Side,” “Chemical Dizzy,” “Ashes to Embers,” “Secular Love”

2. St. Vincent – St. Vincent St_Vincent_artwork

I had St. Vincent fever all year. At one point I dyed my hair the same grey that she’s been sporting in 2014. What so enthralled me into the world of Annie Clark was the eccentric sounds created on her fifth record. On “Huey Newton,” she is a merciless tyrant setting forests ablaze with her heavy guitar rifts. The next song “Digital Witness,” is bouncy and sarcastic, both in its instrumental and lyrics. On St. Vincent, Clark creates her own alien world for each song containing a different sonic atmosphere. Each world contains its own beauty and showcases Clark as the supreme leader.

Favorite Tracks:

“Huey Newton,” “Digital Witness,” “I Prefer Your Love,” “Bring Me Your Loves”

rtj21. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2

In 2014, Killer Mike and El-P did not just create the most hard-hitting, brutal hip hop album in recent memory; they built an album that mirrors this year’s societal turmoil brought on by the killings of seemingly innocent human beings by the police meant to protect them. I’m not going to say RTJ2 perfectly soundtracks the race issues of the past 12 months, because many of its lyrics do glorify violence that is not accurately representative of the culture I’m speaking about. What I am claiming is that the passion in this album, and the message behind a chunk of its lyrics evokes similar emotions to how I felt watching buildings burn in Ferguson the night of the  officer’s acquittal. I urge you to watch the speech Killer Mike delivered that night. In it he beautifully articulates, “Riots are only the language of the unheard.” This album is a riot. Listen up.

Favorite Tracks:

“Jeopardy,” “Oh My Darling Don’t Cry,” “Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck),” “All My Life,” “Early”

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Casual Conversation: Gettin’ Creepy with The Casket Girls

Tonight’s the night. If you’re still in the dark, The Casket Girls are playing in a few hours @ Will’s Pub. There’s still time to get your tickets if you weren’t as lucky as Chris Woodyard, winner of the ticket contest. In preparation for the show, I was lucky enough to get to ask The Casket Girls a few questions. Stay tuned for another interview with The Stargazer Lilies. Enjoy.

“We would offer reconciliatory truce and suggest the formation of a super group called ‘Greene eggs and HAIM.'”

How was SXSW? Any crazy stories? Did you get to see any performances while in Texas?

“SXSW was yes, crazy. We actually only saw Graveface bands as our schedules were pretty tied up, but all the Graveface bands were of course, incredible. Creepoid and Haley Bonar were some highlights. We had an amazing time recording our Daytrotter session, and the shows were all pretty epic. Even the ones with terrible sound and no time to breathe… It’s all a part of the madness.”

(Phaedra and Elsa Greene) Growing up, were you always collaborating together? Was there ever a time when you were in different bands or listening to opposing styles of music?

“Yes, we have always collaborated to some extent on everything we do, as we seem to share a mind to some degree, however this is our first time playing music. We have of course “played” together tons growing up with vivid imaginations. Our taste has always been pretty similar, however I have always been in love with GNR, and Fay isn’t having it.”

(Phaedra and Elsa) Having come from the same backgrounds (presumably same parents, same hometown, same high schools), how do you think your personalities and what you took from those shared experiences differ?

“We are of the mind of nature over nurture, therefor our differences are inherent and come from within us.”

(Phaedra and Elsa) You wrote your last release in a non-traditional way (the girls wrote the entire album during an acid trip)? How do you think doing so changed your writing? Was there something dug up that inspired the lyrics?

We have been experimenting with automatic writing and using mostly images from our dreams writing journals. That has taught us that some of the most poignant ideas come from the subconscious mind, and even the collective unconsciousness.

(Phaedra and Elsa) What is the dynamic like when writing together? Do fights ever break out over lyrics and melodies, or is it harmonious?

“We never fight. We do nothing but embrace and nurture each other’s thoughts, as we almost consider them our own. We also practice using all ideas in some way, whether is be a back up part or harmony, it has a place in our world.”

(Ryan Graveface) How does your musical ideas, in-studio and touring, differ from Phaedra and Elsa’s? What does each party bring to the table?

“It differs because I write the music and the girls write the lyrics and vocal melodies. I think this is why we work so well together, as we are coming from completely different places, yet in the end everything makes psychic sense.”

(Phaedra and Elsa) How do you think you would do in a street fight against the Haim sisters?

“We are lovers, not fighters. We would offer reconciliatory truce and suggest the formation of a super group called “Greene eggs and HAIM.””

FREE TIX CONTEST! “Graveface Roadshow” (feat. The Casket Girls) Friday @ Will’s Pub

Holy shit, this is exciting! I’m so EXCITED! AREN’T YOU EXCITED FOR THE THING I HAVEN’T TOLD YOU ABOUT?!?! okay. So here’s the thing. I was contacted by Graveface Records, and they asked me to help them promote the “Graveface Roadshow” this Friday @ Will’s Pub. The show features Graveface Records’ artists: The Casket Girls (featuring Ryan Graveface from Black Moth Super Rainbow), The Stargazer Lilies, and Dreamend. Tickets are $10, but if you go to The Vinyl Warhol Facebook Page you can enter a contest to win a free pair of your tickets! The contest ends tomorrow, so be sure not to dawdle. OMG FREE SHIT! Want to know what’s in store for Friday? Keep reading. Enjoy.

ENTER THE TICKET GIVEAWAY ON FACEBOOK! DON’T YOU FUCK THIS UP FOR ME!

The Casket Girls

Can a band name contain the word “Girls” if one of their members is a guy? Why not!? Savannah-based trio, The Casket Girls is made up of sisters Phaedra and Elsa Greene, teamed with Ryan Graveface (Graveface Records, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Dreamend). The band formed in 2012 and quickly put out their debut-album Sleepingwalking. Only last month, The Casket Girls second full-length True Love Kills the Fairy Tale was unleashed into an unsuspecting world. A combination of avant-garde style psych-rock and hook-filled indie pop, the album is chocked full of tight melodies, sultry vocals, and shimmery tones. Imagine an LSD-fueled world rich with color, and you’ve reached The Casket Girls’ reality. 


The Stargazer Lilies

The Stargazer Lilies’s music casts a dark ambient shadow over all it touches. Members John Cep and Kim Field’s previous act, Soundpool is striped to it’s most bare essentials, creating what the band themselves describes as “no bullshit sunshine haze.” Their debut-album We Are The Dreamers was released last October, with reviews raving their ambient minimalist direction. K Field’s vocals are a light mist that envelope the listener with coupled feelings of sorrow and happiness, and their sounds conjure both your brightest fantasies and your darkest nightmares.

Dreamend

Dreamend is a solo venture by Ryan Graveface featuring a revolving door of freaks and weirdos (I don’t actually know them personally, they could be lovely people). Their sound is a mixture of spacey psych-rock and acoustic folk music. Its been a few years since their last release, but they have teased at new music coming this year.