By: Kyle Kreig
Hello and welcome to the first 2015 installment of Time Capsule Tuesday! This week will be taking it all the way back to the year… 2014! I thought doing this would be fun since I don’t really talk much about new releases, I also thought it would be interesting to give you not just one, but FIVE of what I think to be the best albums of 2014. It’s true that one shouldn’t dwell on the past, we should live in the now! However music is a different story. So kick back, pour yourself a drink and take some time to listen to what I feel are the best albums of 2014, it’s a fairly eclectic list but I feel it’s a good representation of the whacky year that was 2014.
5.) Umphrey’s McGee – Similar Skin
Recommended Tracks: No Diablo and Cut the Cable
One of the best contemporary jam bands gives us their latest studio album which shows that they’re still sticking to their rock roots. However, if you want the real Umphrey’s McGee experience listen to one of their lives shows and prepare for a serious face melting. Live at the Fillmore Denver 12/29/13 is highly recommended.
4.) Gary Clark Jr. – Gary Clark Jr. Live
Recommended Tracks: Next Door Neighbor Blues and Three O’Clock Blues
As much as hurts me to say the “Blues Gods” Eric Clapton, B.B. King and Taj Mahal are all getting up there in age , I can happily say that my man Gary has proved that he can take the reigns of the blues and make it just as relevant today. He’s a master of his craft, his voice can ooze the blues and he can make his vintage hollow body Epiphone scream like a steam locomotive.
3.) Aqueous – Cylces
Recommended Tracks: 20-20 and Complex Pt. 1
The boys from Buffalo are giving a whole new meaning to the word “groove”. Their music makes you want to dance, their lyrical hooks get stuck in your head and their on stage presence is something to be hold. Do yourself a favor and look them up, they just may be the best band you’ve never heard of.
2.) Ginger Baker – Why?
Recommended Tracks: Ginger Spice and Footprints
As some of you may or may not know I play the drums, so naturally,being a drummer I am absolutely infatuated with anything Mr. Baker does. From playing with Cream to Fela Kuti it’s all awesome! His latest album solidifies he’s one of the best to ever do it, the grooves he lays down will keep you tapping your foot for the duration of the album.
1.) Kung Fu – Tsar Bomba
Recommended Tracks: Hollywood Kisses and Snaggle
“HOLY COW!” That was my reaction after hearing the first track off of funk powerhouse Kung Fu’s second album. These guys are hands down the funkiest group to grace the stage in the past 5 years, the driving rhythms, impeccable guitar and drum work mixed with some very smooth sax make for a very enjoyable listening experience. One of the current BEST bands to see live.