Pom Pom is my favorite album of the year. Lipstick is probably my favorite song of the year. Even with his flaws and unfortunate Kim Fowley detours, Ariel Pink is one of the most interesting songwriters out there and I think history will ultimately be very kind to him.
Just looking at this guy gets me really bummed out, but he’s great! I saw him with Minks and Nic Hessler (neé Catwalk) last December at the Echo. He stood onstage alone with a guitar, drum machine and some effects pedals, then spent the rest of the night floating around the venue like a phantom. His album comes out in the spring of 2015.
I shazammed these guys like 20 times before I eventually decided I should probably just buy this record.
5. Kraftwerk – Live at the Walt Disney Concert Hall
Kraftwerk was one of the few bands left on my “must see” bucket list, so when they did their string of 3D shows at the Walt Disney Concert Hall i decided to go all in and saw them 3 times. It did not disappoint.
Look, i’m going to be honest with you. this album came out in 2013 but nobody seemed to notice and I basically listened to it all year and saw them twice so i’m thrusting it upon you again.
I tried to find video of St. Vincent on SNL since that was one of the best TV performances I’ve seen in ages but NBC took it down! Shout out to my favorite KXLU shows, for without you, I would be nothing: Part Time Punks, The Bennett Show, the Zoo Croo, and Mukta!