We haven't done a record check in quite awhile and thought it would be a good time to bring it back. In this edition we're highlighting EasyRider Records. We we them to give us there favorite records of 2013. Make sure to check Easy Rider out and their picks too Support independent music!
EasyRider Top Picks for 2013! In no way at all is this a contest, these are all records that I came across this year that really inspired me as a person musically, intellectually, and emotionally at times. Some of these releases ER put out, but every record I am listing here is stuff that I look at as a good body of work and contains no filler. Of course EVERYTHING that ER put out this year is killer, so there are a bunch of records that are amazing that I am not going to post about, Life is to short, so I digress.
Hot Lunch - S/T
Pretty much one of the best skate rock, punk (at times), garage, stoner rock, etc. of the year hands down. This record sounds timeless to me, it got made this year but it doesn't matter, it would be relevant within the span of the last 40 years. If you like rock music…you LOVE HOT LUNCH. To Hot Lunch, thanks for making such a great record! Don't Believe Me? Just watch - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OA-6Yd-uEBo
A$AP Rocky - Long Live A$AP
I am a huge rap fan, early 90's rap is definitely a big part of my musical make up. One of the things that I like about the 90's rap, there is full ALBUMS that play all the way through. The thing that has turned me off about a lot of rap records, they are just a group of songs to support a single. A lot of the time rap albums are good for 1 or 2 songs and the rest is garbage. Long Live A$AP is a great listen all the way through. It touches on a lot of different sounds, has some A list guests and good beats. It's an exciting time with a lot of new emcees coming up, check for The Pro Era Crew, Danny Brown and Action Bronson all are solid.
Here is the song that I like off the A$AP Record -
FUZZ - S/T
This was one of the most talked about records amongst rock music fans in 2013. Ty Segall and Charlie Moothart made a perfect record and I really don't see myself burning out on it anytime soon. It spans rock, garage, psych, it's heavy, it's mellow, it's EXCELLENT. EasyRider Records was fortunate enough to be able to put the release out on cassette courtesy of our good friends In The Red Records. Buy the Tape Here! Buy the Vinyl Here!
You can stream the record in its entirety here, for now here is my favorite tune "The Preacher" -
Salem's Pot - Watch Me Kill You
EasyRider Records spawned from this incredibly heavy spooky psych record from Sweden that I was turned onto by John of Granite House Records. This record inspired me to start a label at which most would say is the wrong thing to do in 2013 with the state of the music industry. Salem's Pot is HEAVY and it stands alone, the vocals, the melodies, the crazy guitar tones all of it. I really had no intention of doing anything to the level that EasyRider Records has done up to this point and I still don't have any idea where it's going, but I do know that this is one of the most important records I have ever come in contact with in my life and I am thankful to have had the chance to have it come to me.
Earthless - From the Ages
Earthless play heavy instrumental psych pretty much as good as anyone and this year they came out of hibernation with From the Ages. The record is flawless, it's a masterpiece. Mario's drumming is superb, Mike's bass lines groove and go together with Rubalcaba's beats like peanut butter and jelly. Isaiah Mitchell is at the helm with blistering guitar solos and leads the entire time, but don't be fooled this record has lots of great dynamics with breakdowns that ebbs and flows into pure psychedelic bliss. Earthless are the kings of this genre, but there is a great thing happening down in San Diego and I look forward to hearing more from Harsh Toke, Sacrimonte, and Joy in 2014.
Here is my favorite song from the album - Uluru Rock
Check out all the good stuff EasyRider has to offer at the links below.
Official Site - www.EasyRiderRecords.com
Twitter – @EasyRiderRecord
Facebook – www.facebook.com/easyriderrecords
Instagram – @EasyRiderRecords
Youtube - http://www.youtube.com/user/EasyRiderRecords
SoundCloud - https://soundcloud.com/easyriderrecords/
/ December 12, 2013