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Why 2014 Rules

between the albums that have already been released in the first quarter of the year, the upcoming releases and the news regarding certain bands, 2014 is primed to be a killer year for music
1Locktender
Rodin


It's impossible for me to write about Locktender without sounding biased. They're one of my favorite bands right now and it seems as if they can do no wrong. Everything they touch turns to gold. In addition to this album being my first and certainly not premature pick for album of the year, these guys went and did the most baller shit I've even seen a band do. They had their own fucking beer brewed to coincide with the release of their album. Now if you don't think that's the tightest shit, then you can get the fuck out of my face. It's being brewed in limited quantities and sold at the release show/party for Rodin. Stream Rodin in full here: http://www.scenepointblank.com/news/records/2014/03/02/spb-exclusive-stream-locktender/ And check out the news about the beer and release party here: https://www.facebook.com/events/638387912898496/
2The Hotelier
Home, Like NoPlace Is There


My favorite thing about this band is the way they're able to make such miserable lyrical content sound so joyous and happy. The Hotelier craft this awesome blend of emo/indie/alternative rock that is sure to catch the attention of anyone who digs catchy tunes and emotional lyrics. I like to think of them as a cross between American Football and Have Mercy. "Your Deep Rest" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ac355NgsV0
3 You Blew It!
Keep Doing What You're Doing


At the heart of the "emo revival" (a term I despise, by the way) sits a band from Florida called You Blew It!. They make catchy, twinkly tunes that you can sing along to. Don't be fooled by the 3.5 rating, I think it's one of the best emo albums of the past few years. "Award of the Year Award" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxrnwnbG1Ac
4Prawn / Joie De Vivre
Split


Joie De Vivre never really did much for me before this release, but these tracks are starting to change my mind. Prawn is fantastic, as usual. Most of the songs on the split are accompanied by gentle strings and some horns, which adds some nice texture to emo songs that those not fond of the bands might find stale or generic. By the way, Topshelf Records is seriously killing the game right now. They're releasing a seemingly endless supply of awesome music. "Why You Always Leave a Note" by Prawn - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82o7V-6OzrM
5Daisyhead/Have Mercy
Split


I hadn't hear anything by Daisyhead before checking this out, and I was more than happily surprised with the tracks on this split. It's hard for me to say this, but I think they may be the winners on this split. This is coming from a huge Have Mercy fan. Don't be fooled though, Have Mercy's tracks are no filler. If you liked The Earth Pushed Back, you'll like this split. The whole thing. "Dishonest" by Daisyhead - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NT1wYgGl78g
6Loma Prieta
Dark Mountain


So according to their Facebook page, Loma has some new tracks demoed and recorded. If they do release something new this year you can bet I'll be all over it. Maybe even get around to writing a review here, who knows.
7Trophy Scars
Never Born, Never Dead


It's hard to believe that the same band released this album and Hospital Music. Trophy Scars constantly evolve with every release and are at a point in their career where it seems like they can't get much better. I'm eagerly awaiting the release of Holy Vacants, which if I'm not mistaken, is slated for a summer release. I'm anxious to see what Trophy Scars throw at us this time.
8Code Orange Kids
Cycles


So in the most bizarre news of 2014, Code Orange Kids is forming some sort of strange cult. If you search #thinningtheherd on social media, you are guaranteed to find a few thousand angry kids raving about their inclusion in the Juggalos of hardcore. Between this and the cloud of hype surrounding their upcoming album, King, the name Code Orange Kids is on the tip of every core kids tongue. I can only hope the album lives up to the hype. If it's better than Love is Love/Return to Dust, it will be awesome.
9Adventures/Run Forever
Split


While not as good as Clear My Head With You, Adventures contribution to this split is still solid. I'm more concerned with their upcoming full length, though. The only bad thing is that it's being produced by Will Yip. Those of you who know Will Yip know that every single punk album he ever records sounds the same. Look at Balance and Composure's "The Things We Think We're Missing" and Citizen's "Youth," both from 2013 and both recorded by Will Yip. They practically sound like the same album. The guitar tones, the drums, everything is just too similar. Hopefully this doesn't happen with Adventures. If they can manage to release the album without having to credit Will Yip as a 5th member, it should be great. "Call Me at Night" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TptlHD5jUIg
10Frameworks
Loom


Topshelf Topshelf Topshelf. Another upcoming release I'm pretty pumped for. Check out this really cool teaser that tells you absolutely nothing about the album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAsNRZHCli8 And then listen to the title track here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dFhCo89408
11Dog Fashion Disco
Adultery


For those of you who have been living under a rock, Dog Fashion Disco is back together and releasing a new album this summer, as well as embarking on their first tour in 7 years. This is the probably the only metal-related news I've been remotely excited about in the past 4 years.
12Tool
Lateralus


So apparently the album is done. Or written. Or conceived. Or whatever. Who the fuck knows. If it really is actually recorded and mixed and mastered, it should be out this year. Don't hold your breath though, we've only been hearing the same news for 5 years straight now.
13Sport
Bon Voyage


Sport kicked off 2014 right with a killer emo album that doesn't make you want to cry and hug kittens. Fun shit. Listen and pay-what-you-wish here: http://sport.bandcamp.com/
14Run The Jewels
Run The Jewels


Run The Jewels 2 is in the works, according to that white guy and the big black guy. No word on whether or not it will be done for this year, but one can only hope it will be. Their first full-length was a breath of fresh air in the stale and corny modern rap scene.
15Sed Non Satiata
Mappo


Sed Non Satiata will be releasing a split this summer with fellow screamo act Carrion Spring. It will be amazing, just like everything else SNS gets their hands on. Stay tuned.
16The Mire
Glass Cathedrals


I don't even know what to say about this album. Just go listen to it. "Dark Sun" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efxV8k9CrxM
17 Freddie Gibbs and Madlib
Piņata


Ok, so maybe the rap scene isn't totally filled with garbage. Stop what you're doing and listen to this right now. "One Eight Seven" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZi2tXPJTJ4
18Real Friends
Everyone That Dragged You Here


Real Friends didn't do much for me on the first few listens, but they started to grow on me with this release. Their new full-length is finished and should be released any time now. They're currently touring with The Wonder Years, Citizen, and some other bands I can't be bothered to remember. Go check em out if you like pop-punk and good times.
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