“Hey. Hey. Dude. Dude! This guy? Is a CHODE. But I like it.” – RF
TV Girl’s French Exit was one of my favorite albums of 2014. And their Wednesday night Noise Pop gig at Brick & Mortar Music Hall is now one of my favorite live musical experiences of the new year.
Granted, it’s only the second time I’ve been to a show in twenty-fifteen, and that last one was less than memorable, but still. This one will stand out.
And it wasn’t really because of the band.
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I haven’t relapsed into Top 5 lists or controversy-laden ranking debates. At least not yet. But I still can’t help compiling anything that falls under a Favorite Anything category. So whether or not our mixtape exchanges and Soundcloud recommendations steamroll into anything remotely similar to the old Idle Time year-end best-ofs, I wanted to gather up ten of my favorite albums from 2014’s first half. Listed alphabetically, for now.
A decade-plus since east coast bands like Radio 4 and Q And Not U punked up disco, Brooklyn’s Ava Luna are doing the same with jazz and soul. I heard three different tracks off this album via three separate outlets, and was later surprised that they were not only by the same band, but also on the same record. Just the right amount of multiple personality disorder to make up an individual party disc.
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French Exit, the debut full-length from TV Girl, makes me a believer.
I can believe that SoCal summers are more soaked in wonderful sonic fog fuzz than grimy sunblock smog noise. I can also believe, in general, that the world is a better place. Free to love and leave, sigh and start over, and move deliberately through life without missing a chord.
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