The Turn Me On, Dead Man Best of 2014

It’s that time of year (well, maybe I’m a little behind) to put together a list of the best releases of the year gone by. Great garage/psych releases have continued apace, and plenty of great music was produced in 2014. The first list is full-length releases and the second is EPs & 7″ releases. As digital releases online have now become the norm, bands have experimented more with formats, both in terms of the variable length and the physical media bands choose to use. The cutoff I used for “full-length” release was roughly 20 minutes, which, I admit, is a fairly arbitrary choice. Even so, 2014 was notable for its wealth of short releases. Where my 2013 list had only 10 EPs & 7″ releases, this year I have 25.

I haven’t kept track but it seems like more bands are offering cassettes. Those analog formats just won’t go away. My favorite release of the year, Fireworks by the Swiss band Augenwasser, was released on cassette in a limited edition of 50. You can stream the full tape on SoundCloud.

LPs & Other Full-Length Releases

1. Augenwasser – Fireworks
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2. The Everywheres – Habitualism
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3. The Flight Reaction – The Flight Reaction
4. People’s Temple – Weekends Time
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5. Martyr Privates – s/t
6. White Fence – For the Recently Found Innocent
7. Together Pangea – Badillac
8. Deep Space – Berlin
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9. Wild Books – Wild Books
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10. Ghali – s/t
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11. People’s Temple – Musical Garden
12. Mystic Braves – Desert Island
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13. Dayze – FuZZ
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14. Eric in Outerspace – Secret Summer (Reissue)
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15. Earthless Meets Heavy Blanket – In a Dutch Haze
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16. The Rainy Afternoons – Witchwood
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17. Goat – Commune
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18. Les Rivals – Les Rivals
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19. The Omecs – The Omecs
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20. Os Noctàmbulos – Corsica Garden
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21. Bicycle Day – I Had a Place to Be
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22. Tar Halos – Pinched
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23. Ex-Cult – Midnight Passenger
24. Dahga Bloom – Dahga Bloom
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25. Deaf Wish – Deaf Wish
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EPs & 7″ Releases

1. Fungi Girls – Old Foamy
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2. Dead Dreams – Remember the Future
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3. Worn Leather – Tape II
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4. The Black Frisco Sound – Escape
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5. Heaters – Brown Sugar
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6. LD-50’s – Undone
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7. Ray and the Dead Drum – 3 Chords for 3 Songs
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8. Dusty Mush – Dusty Mush
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9. Heaters – EP
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10. The Beverleys – EP
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11. Occult Tofu Soup – Occult Tofu Soup
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12. Holy Cobras – Dead Bodies Float in Space
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13. Thee Loyal Wankers – Thee Loyal Wankers
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14. Bad Assid – Dead Beat
15. Other People – Other People
16. Pištolj Na Gumene Metke – Kako Je Teško / Žene
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17. Mystery Lights – At Home with the Mystery Lights
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18. Paul Messis – Nightmares / Penny Arcade
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19. Hans Predator – Mars Tuxedo
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20. Pain Dimension – Brainwash
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21. Soda Machine – Indian Garage Noise
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22. Hill Haints – Demo
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23. Quetzal Snakes – Quetzal Snakes
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24. Truant Minds – Let’s Get Ugly
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25. Divided Minds – Strangers
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