It’s the end of 2014 and you know what that means. It’s time for lists of things. While we are quite certain that you could go back through the archives and hear all of the things we liked this year I think our listeners are better served by seeing it in list form. The list is the latest in understanding things technology and, next to the meme, it is our finest educational resource. So please, kick back, relax and enjoy some lists from Street Fight.
Top Music of 2014
Franklin Beerts – Whiskey, E-Juice, and Summertime
This was a breakout year for country music, while most people are talking about Travis Jones and Randy Thornton we here at Street Fight were dancing to the upbeat tempos and nostalgic themes of Franklin Beerts. The way he howls “I’m gonna make you my briiiiiide if you wanna take a dirtbike riiiiide” in ‘Hot Ladies and Dirtbikes’ will make you want to jump out of your seat and grab a Bud Light. While the chorus of ‘Good Time Ham’ will take you back to those ham dinners you used to eat with your family on the front lawn.
Caleb Tornado – Electric God
Caleb Tornado had another great year, sure we expected there to be a sophomore slump after the stunning success of Excuse Me Sir, Could I have Some Bass but it looks like Tornado still has some tricks up his sleeve. From the pounding beat of ‘Rave it Up, Buddies’ to the throbbing dance style of ‘Synth Penis” it looks like we fans of electronic music will be talking about Caleb Tornado for years to come.
Perry and The Boys – Alabama Hill Daddy
Perry Charleston and his neo-folk bluegrass band has been jangling through the Street Fight offices all year. With Steve Hamilton on the jug, Randy Grimbley on the banjo and Storve Carndale on the washboard, Perry has put together a sort of Monsters of Bluegrass super-group and you can hear it on the standout tracks ‘Give me an Ira Glass of Whiskey’ and ‘Love me Like the Bible’. Perry and The Boys will lift your spirits and make your trip to Whole Foods seem like a trip to the prairie.
The Porno Guys – (S/T)
What more can we say about the Porno Guys? We have probably played every song off of their debut self-titled noise/punk/post-hardcore/post-industrial/pre-punk/garage/indie/post-sound major label debut during the breaks on the show. Some stand out tracks are ‘Hard On Dad’ and ‘Toilet Song’ but really you could just listen to the whole 14 minute 16 song album.
Flazzy J – Brick Haus
Even though his debut album Heroin Dance did not do well on the billboard charts, Flazzy J’s mixtape Brick Haus had some of the hottest tracks of the year. If you aren’t dancing to ‘Horny Babes (The Ornery Remix)’ then I don’t know what rock you’ve been hiding under.
While there were so many great albums this year these were the five that really caught our ears. If you haven’t had the chance to hear any of these (although I doubt that because they were the biggest hits of the year) then go out and get them.