The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2014 #20: Hookworms

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: Hookworms

WHAT: The Hum

WHEN: November 2014

WHERE: Domino

WHY: Something wicked this way comes, and the something wicked just so happens to be The Hum. Like a more sinister, alternate universe Clinic, Hookworms cavorts through weird, unknown worlds, creating massive walls of sonic mayhem with an unforgiving sneer and an evil glint in their collective all-seeing eye. A record not (really) for the faint of heart, The Hum is quite simply a must.         

My jams: "The Impasse," "On Leaving," "Radio Tokyo," "Beginners," "Off Screen," "Retreat"

[posted 5.5.15]


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