The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2014 #43: Allah-Las

2014 was quite a year. Not the best of years, on a personal level, but a rather good year from a music standpoint. Having given a listen to record after record after record from the year that was, I’ve pulled together a list of favorites, finding it next to impossible to whittle the list down any further beyond 60 (I tried). In this group of 60 you’ll find records from old, faithful friends, upstart newcomers, and even a headscratcher or two. You’ll probably see some records that were a Big Deal not on this list. I either didn’t bite or didn’t buy the hype. I’m pleased as punch with this list, and I hope you’ll come across something that might have otherwise passed you by. And so, without further ado, my favorite records of 2014.

WHO: Allah-Las

WHAT: Worship the Sun

WHEN: September 2014

WHERE: Innovative Leisure

WHY: Some of my favorite psych is rooted in 60s pop, and the Allah-Las second album, Worship the Sun, has that very sound. It’s a little bit spaghetti western, and a little bit lounge lizard, in addition to the oft bouncy jangle and shimmy that prances confidently throughout the record. It’s a doozy, friends, this record, and it’s well worth some quality time.

My jams: “De Vida Voz,” “Artifact,” “Buffalo Nickel,” “Follow You Down,” “Yemeni Jade,” “Better Than Mine,” “No Werewolf,” “Every Girl”

[posted 3.20.15]


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