2014 Year Enders

TOP 5 VINYL REISSUES OF 2014 by Nick Williams


Current resident of Lower Allston, NICK WILLIAMS has long traveled the roads of New England ever searching for the rare artist who possesses only the most singular of visions. On his quest he has built two experimental arenas, the DEEP THOUGHTS JP record shop/ watering hole, and the ONE KIND FAVOR record label. He is known to take the the guise of CAVE BEARS, alone, and/ or with others. At times he also pack hunts with the roving band known as FLAMING DRAGONS OF MIDDLE EARTH. He unabashedly loves PHISH. Just ask him. – Dan Shea

Top 5 Vinyl Reissues of 2014
by Nick Williams

Hartley C White (1)

1. Hartley C. White “This Is Not What You Expect” (OSR) – staggeringly unique compilation of barely-known Jamaican born, Queens residing outsider singer, percussionist and keyboardist recording since the 1980s. This guy is a major find. Run out to hear this.  More on Hartley: http://osr-tapes.tumblr.com/post/83828921021/interview-with-hartley-c-white-by-zp-2011

BJ Cole (1)
2. BJ Cole “The New Hovering Dog” (East Central One) – 1972 solo debut by the UK pedal steel player.  A mix of country tinged psych (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSPdRXiH_Xk) and progressive suites (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYafv-Q4Tn8).  This guy was a member of Cochise, a band that never did much for me, so I was extremely surprised by how much play this disc has gotten in 2014.



Mar Vista (1)

3. Mar-Vista “Visions Of Sodol Ye” (Strawberry Rain) – completely unknown to me 1976 French dark space folk with prog undertones.  Beautiful and unsettling at the same time. Check out one song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3spdHeoil0



Alien City
4. Alien City “s/t” (A-1 Records) – bootleg reissue of this late 70s Seattle private press. This guy takes the Ziggy Stardust model, whacks it out, and makes it his own. It should be easy to find a copy now on discogs: http://www.discogs.com/Alien-City-Alien-City/release/5756378 Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5LFF9ouoYQ



Simon Finn
5. Simon Finn “Pass The Distance” (Little Big Chief) – one of THE quintessential acid folk albums. Originally released in the UK on Mushroom Records in 1971.  This guy is way more unhinged sounding than Syd and the whole record feels like a feverish dream. Czech it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZ9H2HY7ogY

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