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Team Clermont's Top 10s of 2014

It was another busy year for Team Clermont! We added Bri Aab, Kelly McClure, and JJ Posway to our team and they helped make 2014 one of the best yet! We’re really excited about all the fantastic music we’ll be sending you in 2015. But, before we say goodbye to this year, we’d like to share our 2014 Top 10 lists. As always, these lists don’t include releases that Team Clermont have promoted. We love those and spend all year telling you about them, and most likely all of our Top 10s would be Team Clermont releases. However, these lists below will give you an idea of the other music that we loved listening to throughout the year! And yeah, Nelson broke the rules but we’ll give him a pass.

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BILL:

1. Wye OakShriek (Merge)
2. Sylvan EssoSylvan Esso (Partisan)
3. Augie MarchHaven’s Dumb (Dark Satanic/Caroline)
4. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Give The People What They Want_ (Daptone)
5. Courtney BarnettThe Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas (Milk/Marathon Artists/Mom + Pop)
6. Phantom BandStrange Friend (Chemikal Underground)
7. The War on DrugsLost in the Dream (Secretly Canadian)
8. TV on the RadioSeeds (Harvest)
9. Cymbals Eat GuitarsLOSE (Barsuk)
10. Sun Kil MoonBenji (Caldo Verde)

BRI:

(0. PJ Harvey’s Book Announcement)
1. Ava LunaElectric Balloon (Western Vinyl)
2. St. VincentSt. Vincent (Loma Vista)
3. Parquet CourtsSunbathing Animal (What’s Your Rupture?)
4. Wye OakShriek (Merge)
5. AlvvaysAlvvays (Polyvinyl)
6. GrouperRuins (Kranky)
7. ProtomartyrUnder the Color of Official Right (Hardly Art)
8. TOPSPicture You Staring (Arbutus)
9. Angel OlsenBurn Your Fire For No Witness (Jagjaguwar)
10. MitskiBury Me At Makeout Creek (Double Double Whammy)

Honorable mentions: Hundred Waters, Cibo Matto, Taylor Swift, Courtney Barnett, White Lung, Warpaint, and Radiator Hospital for helping me to dance in the kitchen and fall in love with shoulder swaying.

JJ:

1. Sun Kil MoonBenji (Caldo Verde)
2. Ricky Eat AcidThree Love Songs (Orchid Tapes)
3. A Sunny Day In GlasgowSea When Absent (Lefse)
4. Joyce ManorNever Hungover Again (Epitaph)
5. FutureHonest (A1/Freebandz/Epic)
6. ArcaXen (Mute)
7. Run The JewelsRun The Jewels 2 (Mass Appeal)
8. YGMy Krazy Life (Pu$haz Ink/CTE World/Def Jam)
9. GrouperRuins (Kranky)
10. Aphex TwinSyro (Warp)

Honorable mentions: Ryan Hemsworth, Flying Lotus, Lawrence English, Mitski

KELLY:

1) Perfume GeniusToo Bright (Matador)
2) BeyonceBeyonce (Columbia)
3) SCool Choices (Hardly Art)
4) TacocatNVM (Hardly Art)
5) God Help the Girl [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
6) KithkinRituals, Trances & Ecstasies for Humans in Face of The Collapse (Pesanta Urfolk)
7) TrustJoyland (Arts & Crafts)
8) Lykke LiI Never Learn (LL/Atlantic)
9) Future IslandsSingles (4AD)
10) The PaperheadAfrica Avenue (Trouble In Mind)

NELSON:

1. Kishi BashiLighght (Joyful Noise)
2. Freedom FryThe Wilder Mile (Caveman Art Society)
3. Ancient CitiesAncient Cities (s/r)
4. Alt-JThis is All Yours (Infectious / Atlantic)
5. BahamasBahamas is Alfie (Brushfire)
6. Lily & MadeleineFumes (Asthmatic Kitty)
7. Sylvan EssoSylvan Esso (Partisan)
8. ZammutoAnchor (Temporary Residence)
9. Wye OakShriek (Merge)
10. Courtney BarnettThe Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas (Milk/Marathon Artists/Mom + Pop)
11. Matthew Squires and the Learning DisordersWhere The Music Goes to Die (s/r)
12. HozierHozier (Columbia)

SHIL:

1. Music BandCan I Live (Infinity Cat)
2. The MenTomorrow’s Hits (Sacred Bones)
3. BullyBully EP (Star Time)
4. AlvvaysAlvvays (Polyvinyl)
5. Fear Of MenLoom (Kanine)
6. TOPSPicture You Staring (Arbutus)
7. OughtMore Than Any Other Day (Constellation)
8. White FenceFor The Recently Found Innocent (Drag City)
9. LiteratureChorus (Slumberland)
10. MazesWooden Aquarium (FatCat)

Catch you in 2015!

WATCH A WEIRD COMBINATION OF BABIES AND ANIMATED PONIES IN THE NEW GUTS CLUB VIDEO

It’s hard to tell what’s more disturbing in the latest Guts Club video for “All of the Babies”. Is it the creepy amount of infants sitting on a sofa or the almost phallic milk bottles and epileptic horses surrounding them?

The video and song come from the mind of Lindsey Baker who performs solo acoustic pop under the Guts Club moniker. Following on from her video for “Weird Boat” it seems Baker takes slightly weird but familiar grainy home video footage then draws illustration/animation around them. The result is a DIY crafty/America’s Funniest Home Videos vibe thrown in with some early 2000s anti-folk.

Ahead of the release of her forthcoming debut album, The Arm Wrestling Tournament we tried to find out more about Lindsey’s fascination with babies and horses.

(READ THE REST AND WATCH THE VIDEO OVER AT NOISEY!)

IMPOSE: WEEK IN POP

Guts Club’s album, The Arm Wrestling Tournament will be available February 10th, you are welcome to take a DIY ride on the “Weird Boat” courtesy of Lindsey Baker who shares the acoustic diamond gems of raw, weird, and real audio/visual sentiments.

(WATCH THE VIDEO FOR WEIRD BOAT OVER AT IMPOSE!)

Five Albums You Should Be Listening to Now: The Gods Themselves

Calling yourselves The Gods Themselves is a huge conceit that can only be managed by, well, a shit ton of swagger. Astra Elane, flanked by fellow ex- Atomic Bride bandmate Collin O’Meara with Autolite Striker guitarist Damion Heintschel deliver a swift kick confidence that isn’t unlike Le Tigre. But less girly and with more tongue hanging out the side of her mouth. In their new video “I Am the President,” the lo-fi rock saunters in with wah-wah pedal and stark vocals. Not what you’d expect from the cliffs of Mount Rushmore, but as the band explains “the unspoken fourth member of the band is space.” True to name, The Gods Themselves have impeccable musical taste and are here this week to give us the scoop on must-listen albums.

(READ THE REST OVER AT NERVE!)

Video Premiere: Guts Club – “Weird Boat”

Guts Club is the moniker of one Lindsey Baker, who started the project as a series of DIY videos set to vaguely morbid, but tongue-in-cheek sore-throat pop. Today we’ve got the premiere of one of those videos for the song Weird Boat. The finger-plucked, very Daniel Johnston-esque track is visualized by grainy, summer camp footage wrapped in shivering esophagal animation.

All this will culminate in the release of Guts Club’s debut LP, The Arm Wrestling Tournament, this February.

(WATCH THE VIDEO FOR WEIRD BOAT OVER AT CMJ!)

The Gods Themselves: The Gods Themselves Review

When Astra Elane announces “I am the president” on The Gods Themselves’ self-titled debut, it’s less a declaration of status than a hyperbolic warning that she’s not to be trifled with. In fact, you suspect she’d bring down fence-jumping intruders herself with a deceptively sweet smile and a forearm to the throat.

The song, handily titled “I Am the President,” pairs her lean voice with a tough riff that blossoms into a storm of wah-wah guitar in the middle eight. It’s a standout track on The Gods Themselves, which matches Elane and former Atomic Bride bandmate Collin O’Meara with Autolite Strike singer and guitarist Damion Heintschel (who doubles Elane’s vocals on the chorus of “I Am the President”). Together, the Seattle trio pursues a loose-limbed, lo-fi vision of rock ’n’ roll that incorporates elements of their other groups—the psych-rock scuzz of Atomic Bride, say, or the scrappy power of Autolite Strike—while pushing past them with an approach all their own.

One of the core elements of the group’s sound is, well, a lack of sound. The Gods Themselves surround, um, themselves with space in these nine songs, giving a snarly guitar riff plenty of room to feint at a wah-laced counterpoint, and putting Elane’s vocals out in front of a stinging guitar part on “Nerves.” Elsewhere, they go in for loping guitars and ripples of wah on “Gaslighter,” which features Heintschel delivering lead vocals with enough of a leer that Lux Interior would have been proud. “Thunderbird” shows the band’s more rugged side with superheated guitars clanging together in the vast emptiness that surrounds otherworldly vocals from Elane.

Two tracks later, “On the Meds” uses space a different way, letting Elane’s offhanded vocals float through an ebb-and-flow bassline, tip-tap drums and drifts of meandering guitar. The song contrasts with the juiced-up rockers that bookend it—the punky call-and-response “W.I.T.O.” comes before, while the terse stoner-rock jam “Pony” comes after—but it’s certainly distinctive. The same goes for The Gods Themselves, which offers a formidable combination of melody and swagger on a most promising debut.

(SEE THE POST IN FULL OVER AT PASTE!)

Guts Club – “André Loves ELO”

Lindsey Baker is the driving force behind new project Guts Club. On February 10th, Guts Club will release The Arm Wrestling Tournament, which we can only expect is made up of somber, bedroom recordings that sound like what would happen if Dirty Beaches made a tour stop in Bradford Cox‘s bedroom. It’s eerie and tragic. The Arm Wrestling Tournament will be released by Important Records on February 10, 2015. Baker has shared a video of the non-album track “André Loves ELO”, which features André The Giant choking out Hulk Hogan in slow motion for its duration.

(READ THE REST AND WATCH THE VIDEO OVER AT EARBUDDY!) .

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