What a great year! Some Favorites from 2014.

2014 was a wild ride.  A year full of life changes, amazing albums, exciting sports, incredible concerts and delicious beer.  There wasn’t a lot of opportunity for travel this year but we had fun learning about the hometowns of a lot of our favorite bands with our feature “No Place Like Home”.  I am thankful that I was able to spend a lot of the year enjoying the things I just mentioned with friends, family, Grisl contributors (who I hope are going to contribute more in 2015!) as well as many of you who actually look at this site.  As usual, here are some random year end “lists” that will cap it off for us here at Grisl for the year.  It was extremely difficult to narrow my list down this much because there were so many great releases of all genres.

Grisl’s Favorite Albums of 2014:

20. Couch Slut – My Life As A Woman
19. Qui – Life, Water, Living…
18. Ngozi Family – Day Of Judgement
17. Drunk Dad – Ripper Killer
16. Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty
15. Wovenhand - Refractory Obdurate
14. Mark Lanegan Band – Phantom Radio
13. Survival Knife – Loose Power
12. The Grasshopper Lies Heavy – All Sadness, Grinning Into Flow
11. Code Orange – I Am King
10. Helms Alee – Sleepwalking Sailors
9.   Rabbits – Untoward
8.   Ty Segall – Manipulator
7.   Flying Lotus – You’re Dead!
6.   Constant Lovers – Experience Feelings
5.   Oozing Wound – Earth Suck
4.   Run The Jewels – RTJ2
3.   Deadkill – No, Never!
2.   Caribou – Our Love
1.   Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Piñata

Favorite EP/Split/Reissue:

5.   Black Pus/Oozing Wound 12″ Split
4.   Hammerhead – Global Depression
3.   Playing Enemy – I Was Your City
2.   UGLYFRANK – Bobby Hill EP
1.   Wild Throne – Blood Maker

Favorite Shows of 2014:

Mogwai @ Sasquatch
Sandrider, Monogamy Party, Deadkill, Haunted Horses, Kinski, Blood Drugs @ Black Lodge
Helms Alee, Gaytheist, Rabbits, Kowloon Walled City @ East End
The Melvins, Le Butcherettes @ The Showbox Market
Queens Of The Stone Age @ Sasquatch
Great Falls, Teeph @ The Kraken
Black Breath, Theories, He Whose Ox Is Gored, Bell Witch @ Narwhal
Wild Throne @ Red Light

Favorite New Brewery:


Wander Brewing
1807 Dean Avenue
Bellingham, WA 98225

Lord Dying – “A Wound Outside Of Time”

When Portland’s Lord Dying is on shit gets serious.  These guys had one of the most underrated albums I can remember with Summon The Faithless.  However, that will not be the case with their upcoming Poisoned Alters.  They have been relentlessly touring and building quite the fan base.  I can’t wait to see how the rest of the albums sounds because their first single, “A Wound Outside Of Time”, seriously kicks ass.  Pre-order the new album over HERE.

NSFW Bonus Under The Needle December 2014

Just to remind people:  Under The Needle was created as an outlet for us to share albums we have recently been listening to.  These albums are created by bands that deserve your support and money.  I mean, think about how big music is in your life.  We don’t have a style of music that we cover and not everyone will like what we post about.  If one person that didn’t know about one of these albums enjoys it and in turn supports that band…it is all worth it.

Generally we stick to one of these posts per month.  This month we are bringing a bonus edition in case you need to complete your Christmas lists for Satan..I mean Santa.  This edition is not safe for work due to a rad album cover so close your browsers now sensitive people.

The Grasshopper Lies Heavy

The Grasshopper Lies Heavy — All Sadness, Grinning Into Flow
TGLH On Facebook
Learning Curve Records

In 2014 The Grasshopper Lies Heavy released my favorite instrumental album since Russian Circles – Empros. The six tracks on All Sadness, Grinning Into Flow have the best of both worlds when it comes to instrumental albums.  There is a certain beauty to the slower, quiet parts of this album.  ”Marathon I” and “Marathon II” have a strong cinematic feel.  I wish someone would create a short movie based on the journey the listener embarks on while listening to this album.  I get all sorts of visuals and a good story teller would be able to do wonders with it.  Once you complete the marathon you are not greeted with a space blanket to keep you warm.  This is when the noise really starts.  Just as tight as Russian Circles but they are a bit more playful with the noise factor.  If you are a fan of any instrumental music this is an essential piece of artwork.  I hope to see these guys play live in my lifetime.  It must be a legendary experience.  There are only 9 copies on vinyl remaining as of now so don’t you dare miss out on this one –> The Grasshopper Lies Heavy – All Sadness, Grinning Into Flow


Run The Jewels — RTJ2
Mass Appeal Records

This album will find itself on the top of a lot of year end lists in 2014.  The follow up tag-team product of the brilliant minds in the skulls of El-P and Killer Mike is one hell of a banger.  You can download RTJ2 for free following the path of their first release.  I love that they do this because most people I know will end up buying physical copies of albums they love.  RTJ2 is packed with excellent guest spots (Zach De La Rocha, Gangsta Boo and more).  The out of this world beats from El-P seem to be getting better and better with each release he puts out.  I guess that is what happens when you work your ass off for two decades. The lyrics they spit are relevant to what is going on in our crazy world and ruder than ever.  There are certain points where you will stop listening after a verse and say “did he really just pull that off?!”.  These guys are two of the best out there and they have a wonderful partnership.  Get in on this if you haven’t already.  They deserve your support. You can pickup a copy on vinyl over here –> Run The Jewels – RTJ2

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Couch Slut

Couch Slut — My Life As A Woman
Couch Slut on Facebook
Handshake, Inc

Couch Slut is one of the most exciting bands I have come across this year.  They really know how to make the listener feel uncomfortable.  The band has an ability to sound disjointed but be on point at the same time.  The desperate screams and yells of the front-woman command that we all stop and think.  This does not sound like music that is created out of randomness.  Try listening to “Rape Kit” and not get goosebumps thinking about where this emotion is coming from.  Very powerful music.  Following the journey of their record label, Handshake, Inc, attempting to get this vinyl cover art printed has been astonishing.  Multiple deals falling through due to the graphic nature of the album artwork create more intrigue to the Couch Slut lore.  It is refreshing that music can still have that sort of affect on me after all of these years.  Couch Slut revitalized my hunger for getting out of my comfort zone.  There are only 200 copies of this vinyl so don’t wait to long to order a copy or you will miss out on this essential album –>  Couch Slut – My Life As A Woman

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Grizzlor 1 Grizzlor 2

Grizzlor — When You Die
Grizzlor — We’re All Just Aliens
Grizzlor on Facebook
Money Fire Records/Self Released

The ten tracks that New Haven, Connecticut’s Grizzlor released this year are some seriously spaced out crunchy tunes.  The songs are spread out over two 2014 releases.  We’re All Just Aliens is a self released digital album with six songs.  When You Die was released by Money Fire Records and contains four songs.  Both albums are dirty noise rock that will take you for quite a trip.  If you follow the band on Instagram you will notice they have an infatuation with images that appear to be old sci-fi movie poster art.  Large insects snatching up frightened women.  Men screaming in agony while half of their face is melting.  Astronauts in the heat of battle.  All of these visuals are perfect companions to the other worldly sounds that these dudes create.  Both of these releases are essential for any fan of loud and noisy.  You can download We’re All Just Aliens on a pay what you want basis  HERE and you can order a 7″ vinyl copy of When You Die over HERE.

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