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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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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)


(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.


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


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)


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)


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!


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


The Gods Themselves: The Gods Themselves

The self-titled, debut album from Seattle’s The Gods Themselves has such a wicked charm, that it melts over into a purposely tattered, yet seductive sophistication within the confines of punk, a hastier side of an edgier pop rock sensibility along with a darker blues appeal. The Gods Themselves possess a very vibrant, unique sound that is easily unlike anything else. Their reworking of R&B singer Ginuwine’s raunchy ’90s club hit, “Pony,” ignites with magnetically fuzzed-out guitars, certifiably sexed-up bass riffs and unrelenting drums and with that, their distinctively delicious flavoring cannot be denied or forgotten. “Gaslighter” has such a hypnotic appeal that the crawling lines of guitars, the upbeat pounce of rhythms along with charismatic vocals reaches towards a sort of ’70s rock psychedelic affair. “What Should Have Been Said…But Was Never Said” also feels like an ode to stadium rock’s yesteryear where songs and solos reached far beyond a corporate time constraint and into the upper echelon of the heavens creating an undulating, spellbinding reality all within the embrace of just one track at the hands of capable musicianship. Astra Elane, Collin O’Meara and Damion Heintschel are the trio that make up the powerhouse that is The Gods Themselves and within the familiarity of genres, they have created something unique, captivating and new.


One Minute With ... The Gods Themselves' Astra Elane

Once upon a time there was a band called Atomic Bride, about whom I once wrote that they sounded like, “Grimy psychedelic pop shoved kicking and squealing through a garage rock blender.” Said band liked that quote and used it as their band description on their Facebook page, then said band promptly split.

Rejoice however, as singer Astra Elane is back, with the boldly named The Gods Themselves and the self proclamatory, not lacking in confidence, exercise in self esteem building 1st single, I Am The President.

While there’s less psych, there a great deal more filth and gutter induced groove, that make The Gods Themselves an easy listening, attractive proposition, to these crust engrained ears anyway.

… and talking of filthy groovers, the very lovely Astra Elane, lead hollerer of TGodsT, took the time to go through our 1 Minute With … assessment. Take care dear readers, it’s a harrowing journey

1. Who are you, and what are you pushing?

I am Astra, daughter of Joe and Deanne. My band, The Gods Themselves is what I bring to the table

2. Do you believe in ghosts? Tell us why?

Yes! I had an encounter with one when I was 9 years old. It was terrifying, but also enlightening. The ghost was not malicious, but it was still a frightening experience that turned me on to the significance of spirituality at a young age.

3. What is your favourite Bon Jovi song and why?

I lived in NJ so I think I’m exempt from this question?

4. What celebrity deserves a good slap with a wet fish? What have they ever done to you?

Amphibi-Anne Hathaway. She has burned mine eyes with her obscenely large facial features!

5. If you weren’t in music what would be your dream job?

Service person for a handicapped dog.

6.How long do you spend in the shower? Describe your process?

I shower once a week and it takes me an hour and a half. It’s the goddamn hair that takes up all my time. Shampoo, rinse, repeat. Oil treatment, deep conditioning, detangling. I have my mother to thank for that.

7. What’s your favourite song? And what’s your guilty pop pleasure?

Geez Louise. Favorite song for the moment is: “Beyond the Clouds” by The Poppy Family

Guilty pleasure: Anything from the early 90’s magnificent new jack swing era: Bel Biv Devoe, Tony Toni Tone, Color Me Badd Al B. Sure, etc.

8. Name 3 things you can do with a brick

Scramble eggs
Apply lipstick
Knock the big bad wolf over the head

9. If you were a fruit which one would you be and why?

A banana because I love all things banana flavoured!

10. What’s your favourite colour, and what does that say about you?

I love a bright, tacky, glossy orange-red. It says that I’m Italian and I like all things shiny and gaudy.


Debut: Dirty Lungs' "Space, Man"

Dirty Lungs have been sending out their own Southern sonic smoke signals from their Birmingham, Alabama home with their recent self-titled album from Communicating Vessels. Premiering the Paul Cordes Wilm video for “Space, Man”, The quartet here can be seen making the most of their days and nights, engaging in primitive art practices, skateboarding sports, pyrotechnics, to confronting their alien, spacemen-opposites that resemble their own image. What first begins as an extension of summer idleness and fireworks late into autumn turns into close, chance encounters with their intergalactic doppelgangers.

The video for “Space, Man” begins simply enough, with the band getting back to basics by drawing primal sketches with crayons while squatting in an abandoned home in their choners. Indulging in all the restless ways to pass the day, Dirty Lungs sketch to their hearts’ content before freaking out the neighborhood by skating along the suburban streets. Searching for a kind of rudimentary heaven on earth, the band finds something more with a box full of unused/full-fused fireworks that sets the explosive scene. Cuing up the climactic unleashing of grueling guitars and gravely moon howls, Dirty Lungs ignites the gunpowder chocked cylinders into a dazzling midnight dance like cave dwellers who have just discovered the advent and invention of fire. In the backyard aftermath of a wild night, outer-space alien others appear on the scene dressed in space-suited attire that contrasts the band’s own minimalist threads. A face-to-face, head-to-head battle ensues, until helmets are removed and Dirty Lungs meet their galactic matches who collectively gasp in an astonishment larger, and louder than collided universes. Carson Mitchell chatted with us further, providing the following thoughts on the video’s mix of skateboarding in your skivvies, to the joys of lighting off fireworks of dubious legality:

Skateboarding in your thunderwear [sic] is something that’s hard to describe without doing it. The feel of the cool breeze on parts of your body not normally seen by man is exhilarating, if not cathartic. The locals gaze upon you with curiosity, disgust, and confusion yet feel compelled to ask, ‘what exactly is it you are doing, young man?’ with the utmost concern. Little do they know that in a few hours, when the evening moon has risen and the stars are aligned, a display of gunpowder and bohemian excess will be entering their corneas and consciousness with no regard for reason or comfort. No amount of daily tasks, from walking the dog, jogging the neighborhood, or retrieving the trash can will stop 5 young men and a Sony HD camera from documenting your mundane domestic trials. They left their dignity at the door, did you ever have yours?

(Watch the video over at IMPOSE!)

Radio Birds signing

Atlanta rockers, Radio Birds, sign to Brash Music!

Indie rock band Radio Birds, began as four Atlanta musicians sharing a knack for versatile rock. With four years under their belt the band has released three EP’s, toured over 150+ dates, and played on The Rock Boat 2014. Having just completed their sophomore album at the legendary Southern Tracks studio (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Stone Temple Pilots, The Black Crowes), Radio Birds will be returning to The Rock Boat for the inaugural dates of their 2015 tour.

Brash Music CEO, Steve Jones, said of the signing, “I have been following the career of Radio Birds for a little more than four years now, and have seen their songwriting and performance grow, advance and mature to a level that warrants greater exposure. I am excited to welcome them to the Brash family and look forward to helping them endear their music to the world.”

Brash Music is an eclectic independent record label based in Atlanta, and founded on the belief that opportunity in the music business lies between a vast, eager talent pool and a need for fresh perspective. Brash addresses that need by operating from a set of core values that emphasize our commitment to integrity, transparency with our artists, innovation, efficiency and financial prudence. Brash’s mission is to passionately deliver quality music in a way that’s profitable for all involved.

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