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Liverpool's year in review - Getintothis writers and photographers select their best bits from 2014

Liverpool’s year in review – Getintothis writers and photographers select their best bits from 2014

Casting a reflective eye and ear back over the year’s ticket stubs and snapshots, Getintothis’ writers and photographers provide their end of year review with top tips for 2015.

As Christmas creeps ever nearer and with the dawn of a new year just around the corner, Getintothis‘ collective of writers, photographers and general rabble-rousers spared some time to reflect on the events of 2014.

With the official Getintothis Album of the Year having recently been published, our expanding team provided their own albums of the year as well as their best songs, gigs and events of 2014. As if to prove we’re nothing if not an eclectic bunch, the lists reflect a pretty diverse selection of musical forms and a wide variety of tastes. And who knows, there might be something hidden in a list below that changes your life.

As well as our choices we’d love to hear some of your own and, in particular, which of our contributors you think have the most questionable tastes. Do join in the discussion on Facebook or Twitter, where you can use the hashtag #GITAOTY.

Adam Lowerson, Getintothis writer:

Albums of the Year:

  1. The War on DrugsLost in the Dream
  2. St Vincent: St Vincent
  3. East India Youth: Total Strife Forever
  4. La Roux: Trouble in Paradise
  5. Wild Beasts: Present Tense

Top Tracks of 2014:

  1. Future Islands: Seasons (Waiting on You)
  2. Lack of Afro feat. Jack Tyson-Charles: Recipes for Love
  3. All We AreI Wear You

Top Gigs of 2014:

  1. John Grant & the Royal Northern Sinfonia at Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool (Getintothis review)
  2. Gruff Rhys at Camp & Furnace, Liverpool (Getintothis review)
  3. Factory Floor at Sound City, Liverpool (Getintothis review)
  4. Wild Beasts at Albert Hall, Manchester
  5. Fat White Family at Sound City, Liverpool (Getintothis review)

Event of 2014:

Liverpool Sound City 

Adam says: “Reviewing Sound City for the first time was a baptism of fire. Running between venues over the weekend I saw so much great music (some not so great). It was madness, excitement and exhaustion all in one, leaving me in a pretty bad state on the Sunday morning. I can’t wait to do it again next year.”

Tip for 2015:

 Neon Waltz

Adam says: “Through the string of singles they’ve released over the year, these boys have shown their talent in writing perfectly crafted songs.”


Alan O’Hare, Getintothis writer & Only Child frontman:

Albums of the Year:

  1. Simone Felice: Strangers
  2. Damien Rice: My Favourite Faded Fantasy
  3. Various Artists: Inside Llewyn Davies
  4. The War on Drugs: Lost in the Dream
  5. Hurray For The Riff Raff: Small Town Heroes

Top Tracks of 2014:

  1. Bruce SpringsteenThe Wall
  2. Simone FeliceMolly-O
  3. Ian Prowse: Lest We Forget

Top Gigs of 2014:

  1. Kate Bush at Hammersmith Apollo, London
  2. Simone Felice at Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester
  3. Michael Head at Nordic Church, Liverpool
  4. Kathryn Williams at Leaf, Liverpool
  5. Thea Gilmore at Epstein Theatre, Liverpool

Event of 2014:

Kate Bush’s live return.

Tip for 2015:

She Drew The Gun.

Adam ScovellGetintothis film writer:

Albums of the Year:

  1. Grouper: Ruins
  2. Mica Levi (Michachu): Under the Skins OST
  3. Vessel: Punish, Honey
  4. Ben Frost: Aurora
  5. Thom Yorke: Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes

Top Tracks of 2014:

  1. Etches: Ice Cream Dream Machine
  2. Grouper: Call Across Rooms
  3. Douglas Dare: Nile

Gig of the Year:

Syndrome 2.4 Transition: Vessel + Immix Ensemble with The Aleph & Hive Collective

Event of 2014:

A Fiend in the Furrows

Tip for 2015:

In Atoms.

Steph Niciu, Getinothis writer:

Albums of the Year:

  1. Pharrell Williams: G I R L
  2. Calvin Harris: Motion
  3. Foxes: Glorious
  4. Clean Bandit: New Eyes
  5. David Guetta: Listen

Top Tracks of 2014:

  1. Ella EyreComeback
  2. Sam SmithI’m Not The Only One
  3. Calvin Harris feat. Ellie GouldingOutside

Top Gigs of 2014:

  1. Beyoncé at The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
  2. Pharrell Williams at Phones 4U Arena, Manchester
  3. Lady Gaga at SSE Hydro, Glasgow
  4. Steve Levine’s Assembly Point Sessions at St George’s Hall, Liverpool (Getintothis review)
  5. Foxes at The Arts Club, Liverpool

Event of 2014:

Steve Levine’s Assembly Point Sessions at St George’s Hall.

Steph says: “I’ve been to so many fantastic gigs this year but I think this was a really enjoyable one. It was a truly unique experience which brought together so many artists and musical styles. Watching Boy George perform was rather special.”

Tip for 2015:

Steph says: “Peter Andre will release his own rap album. No, of course, I predict that Adele is going to return and that she will be amazing.”

Keith AinsworthGetintothis photographer:

Albums of the Year:

  1. East India Youth: Total Strife Forever
  2. St Vincent: St Vincent
  3. Pet Shop Boys: Electric
  4. Future Islands: Singles
  5. Moodoïd: Le Monde Möö

Top Tracks of 2014:

  1. St VincentDigital Witness
  2. CaribouSilver
  3. La RouxUptight Downtown

Top Gigs of 2014:

  1. Goat at Psychfest, Camp & Furnace, Liverpool (Getintothis review)
  2. Albert Hammond Jr at Sound City, Liverpool (Getintothis review)
  3. Mick Head at St George’s Hall, Liverpool
  4. Aquaria at Williamson Tunnels, Liverpool
  5. Foals at East Village Arts Club, Liverpool (Getintothis review)

Event of 2014:

Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia

Tip for 2015:

Lapsley (“Of course” says Keith)

Josh RayGetintothis writer:

Albums of the Year:

  1. Ibibio Sound MachineIbibio Sound Machine
  2. MoodymannMoodymann
  3. Mr ScruffFriendly Bacteria
  4. Todd TerjeIt’s Album Time
  5. Various ArtistsCalypso: Musical Poetry in the Caribbean 1955 – 69 (Compiled by Danny Fitzgerald)

Top Tracks of 2014:

  1. Blind ArcadeDamn! It’s Good to be Alive
  2. Williams Onyeabor vs HotchipAtomic Bomb
  3. PezaNo Changes

Top Gigs of 2014:

  1. Lee “Scratch” Perry at The Kazimier, Liverpool (Getintothis review)
  2. Moderat at Albert Hall, Manchester
  3. Tamikrest at The Kazimier, Liverpool (Getintothis review)
  4. Nicky Siano at The Baltic Social, Liverpool
  5. The Voodoo Ball at The Kazimier, Liverpool (Getintothis review)

Event of 2014:

The Cosmic Trigger Play

Tip for 2015:

RomareProjections

 Vicky PeaGetintothis photographer:

Albums of the Year:

  1. Royal Blood: Royal Blood (Vicky says: “A Rarity in that it’s an album that is improved by listening to it all the way through & in order.”)
  2. HozierHozier (“That voice. Those lyrics. My go to album every time I put in my headphones.”)
  3. Aphex TwinSyro (“Duh.”)
  4. SpaceAttack of the Mutant 50 Foot Kebab (“I loved Space so it was a welcome return and it’s great to see they haven’t changed a bit.”)
  5. Mogwai: Rave Tapes (“This one really grew on me, wasn’t blown away at first but as time went on I kept going back.”)

Top Tracks of 2014:

  1. U2Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)  (Vicky says: “The whole thing was bloody audacious and I respect that.”)
  2. Idina Menzel: Let It Go (“Because Frozen fucked with my heart.”)
  3. BeckBlue Moon (“Another tune I keep coming back to, a clear stand out on the album.”)

Top Gigs of 2014:

  1. King Gizzard at Arts Club, Liverpool (Vicky says: “a proper room full of people nodding slowly and grooving out.”) (Getintothis review)
  2. Electric Wizard at The Ritz, Manchester (“No fuss, balls out noise.”)
  3. GOAT at Psych Fest, Camp & Furnace, Liverpool (“Blew my mind.”)
  4. Ghost of a Sabre Tooth Tiger at The Kazimier, Liverpool (“This just felt damn special and personally won me over as a major fan of Lennon the Younger.”) (Getintothis review)
  5. Jesse Malin at The Kazimier, Liverpool (“This was fun, varied and genuine.”) (Getintothis review)

Event of 2014:

Psych Fest (“fo’ sho'” says Vicky.)

Tip for 2015:

Vicky says: “Emergence of Psych and Garage Rock in the charts! Maybe that’s more of a wish than a tip?”

Paddy ClarkeGetintothis writer:Albums of the Year:

  1. The Amazing Snakeheads: Amphetamine Ballads
  2. Les Big Byrd: They Worshipped Cats
  3. Manic Street PreachersFuturology
  4. My Drunken HazeMy Drunken Haze
  5. Freddy Gibbs & MadlibPiñata

Top Tracks of 2014:

  1. Young RomancePale
  2. Perfume GeniusQueen
  3. Flying Lotus feat. Kendrick LamarNever Catch Me 

Top Gigs of 2014:

  1. Jagwar Ma at Sound CityDuke Street Garage, Liverpool (Getintothis review)
  2. The Cosmic Dead at MelloMello
  3. Fiesta Bombarda feat. The Hot 8 Brass Band, Krar Collective at Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool (Getintothis review)
  4. Caribou at Liverpool Music WeekCamp & Furnace, Liverpool
  5. The English Beat at O2 Academy 2, Liverpool

Event of the Year:

Paddy says: “Psych Fest baby!”

Tip for 2015:

A Lovely War

Paddy says: “One of the freshest new Liverpool sounds I’ve heard of late.”

Will NevilleGetintothis writer:

Albums of the Year:

  1. TemplesSun Structures
  2. Soft Headed ScientistsThe Slow Cyclone
  3. Conor OberstUpside Down Mountain
  4. Vic Godard & Subway Sect1979 Now!
  5. AlvvaysAlvvays

Top Tracks of 2014:

  1. TacocatCrimson Wave (Will says: “the best song about menstruation since PJ Harvey‘s Happy and Bleeding.”)
  2. Hooton Tennis ClubKathleen Sat on the Arm of her Favourite Chair (“This year’s best 3 minutes of Velvets/Modern Lovers inspired indie pop and given away free on CD at Sound City to make it sound even better.”)
  3. Leonard CohenSlow (“a paean to taking things leisurely from the lugubrious lord of lethargy.”)

Top Gigs of 2014:

  1. Merchandise, Shopping at The Kazimier, Liverpool (Getintothis review)
  2. Silent Sleep at Sound CityLeaf, Liverpool
  3. Cate Le Bon at LeafLiverpool (Getintothis review)
  4. The Polyphonic Spree at Arts Club, Liverpool (Getintothis review)
  5. Jungle Brothers at The Kazimier, Liverpool (Getintothis review)

Event of 2014:

Will says: “Starting my own music blog and then beginning to write for Getintothis. And of course Sound City.”

Tip for 2015:

Will says: “High hopes for LIVES, but most looking forward to hearing more from Primitive Parts.”

Gaz JonesGetintothis photographer and Jukebox curator:

Albums of the Year:

  1.  WytchesAnnabel Dream Reader
  2. St VincentSt Vincent
  3. Catfish & The BottlemenThe Balcony
  4. JungleJungle
  5. DZ DeathraysBlack Rat

Top Tracks of 2014:

  1. Pulled Apart By HorsesYou Want It
  2. Jamie TDon’t You Find?
  3. Catfish & The BottlemenCocoon
Top Gigs of 2014:
  1. King Khan at Korova, Liverpool (Getintothis review)
  2. MOP at The Kazimier, Liverpool (Getintothis review)
  3. Jamie T at The Kazimier, Liverpool (Getintothis review)
  4. Craig Charles at Arts Club, Liverpool
  5. Lapsley at Leaf, Liverpool (Getintothis review)

Event of 2014:

Gaz says: “Paul Weller at Arts Club. Such a memorable evening in an incredibly intimate room for the Mod icon, a night I will NEVER forget.”

Tip for 2015:

Gaz says: “Seeing as though my tip for 2014 was Crystal Castles to come back and they’ve split up I’m going to for Miley Cyrus to continue her global domination and hope my jinx continues!”

Paul HighamGetintothis writer:

Albums of the Year:

  1. Sleaford ModsDivide and Exit
  2. SwansTo Be Kind
  3. Ben FrostA U R O R A
  4. The Soft Pink TruthWhy Do The Heathen Rage?
  5. Sun Kil MoonBenji

Paul says: “My list changes all the time, if I wrote this tomorrow it might be an entirely different top 5.” (Ed: Speaking to Paul approx. 4 hours after this was submitted he’d already changed his mind)

Top Gigs of 2014:

  1. Neutral Milk Hotel at The Roundhouse, London
  2. Tim Hecker at Blade Factory, Liverpool (Getintothis review)
  3. British Sea Power at The Factory, Kendal
  4. Neil Young & Crazy Horse at Echo Arena, Liverpool (Getintothis review)
  5. Mogwai at Royal Festival Hall, London
  6. Jeffrey Lewis at NN Cafe, Northampton

Paul says: “These were limited to one per artist else there might have been 3 NMH and 9 BSP gigs in there!”

Event of the Year:

Expansion of Dig Vinyl

Paul says: “In a year in which big events (LIMF, Africa Oye, Sound City, Psych Fest, Music Week) all rightly hogged the Liverpool limelight, the opening and subsequent expansion of Dig Vinyl on Bold Street is perhaps a mere footnote. It is however worth more than a passing mention. It feels right that there should be a record shop on Bold Street and its recent expansion suggest it it here to stay, Long live the vinyl revival!”

Tip for 2015:

Paul says: “As GIT award music judge Simon Raymonde pointed out, Liverpool is flying when it comes to emerging talent. I would love to see the likes of Veyu, Sankofa, Strange Collective and LIVES break through into the national consciousness in 2015. I also expect a big year for Hooton Tennis Club following their signing to Heavenly.Also despite the doom-mongering following the closure of MelloMello and the threat to The Kazimier and Nation, I fully expect Liverpool to remain as vibrant and frenetically creative as ever. Keep championing live music folks and it’ll continue to go from strength to strength.”Chris Burgess, Getintothis writer & Singles Club curator:

Albums of the Year:

  1. Parquet CourtsSunbathing Animal (Chris says: “An absolute classic from start to finish.”)
  2. SpoonThey Want My Soul
  3. Hoodie AllenPeople Keep Talking
  4. St VincentSt Vincent
  5. Todd TerjeIt’s Album Time

Top Tracks of 2014:

  1. Parquet Courts:Sunbathing Animal (Chris says: “At first listen a manic and unrelenting track, Sunbathing Animal is actually packed full of meaningful lyrics – a rarity this year, it seemed.”)
  2. Nicki Minaj: Anaconda (“Bootyful.”)
  3. The Juan MacLeanA Simple Design (“Exquisite.”)

Top Gigs of 2014:

  1. Simon Knighton at The Big Mello Send Off, The Kazimier, Liverpool (Chris says: “Knighton stole the show on perhaps the most emotional night of the year – performing to a spellbound crowd.”) (Getintothis review)
  2.  The Part Time Heliocentric Cosmo Drama After School Club at Threshold Festival, Liverpool (“Cosmic.”)
  3. Chali 2Na at The Kazimier, Liverpool (“Baritone.”) (Getintothis review)
  4. Me First & The Gimme Gimmes at O2 Academy, Liverpool (“Covers.”) (Getintothis review)
  5. Andrew WK at Arts Club, Liverpool (“PARTY!”) (Getintothis review)

Event of the Year:

Chris says: “For all the wrong reasons the event of the year was the Big Mello Send Off at The Kazimier. Emotional and heartbreaking, the march down was intensely moving.”

Tip for 2015:

Chris says: “Lapsley, without a doubt.”

Michael FowlerGetintothis writer & Wild Writer:

Albums of the Year:

  1. Taylor Swift1989 (Michael says: “Taylor Swift got possibly the best pop song writing team in the world to help her co-write 1989. Max Martin, Shelback and even Imogen Heap all feature in the album booklet. It is my favourite album of the year for the oh, so catchy hits and the clever lyrical balance of autobiography and pop wit.”)
  2. MowbirdIslander (“Mowbird‘s debut album, Islander, is full of blink and you’ll miss them tunes, made up from heavy surf guitars, catchy riffs and computer game-like synths.”)
  3. BronchoJust Enough Hip to be Woman (“80s guitars, catchy ruffs and petulant lyrics, Broncho fill the gaping hole that The Strokes have been digging for the last ten years.”)
  4. Amazing SnakeheadsAmphetamine Ballads (“Growly, Glaswegian reptilians makingsexy, murderous music that’s like the Birthday Party trying to mug you”.)
  5. Todd TerjeIt’s Album Time (“The beautiful blend of electro/disco noises and experimentation made It’s Album Time one of my most listened to albums of the year. Also, the Robert Palmer cover of Johnny and Mary, featuring the weathered, old bastard voice of Bryan Ferry, is just harrowing.”)

Top Tracks of 2014:

  1. Taylor SwiftShake if Off (Michael says: “There’s nothing I’ve enjoyed more this year. Watching people’s faces turn from disgust to sheer joy while listening to it for the first time is a treat.”)
  2. BronchoClass Historian (“It’s all about those stuttering doo doo doos. Jeez, they are so good! This song needs to be played loud over the credits of posthumously released John Hughes film.”)
  3. Dune RatsRed Light Green Light (“The most anarchic 2 minutes of surf pop punk I’ve heard. It’s pure dumb fun, you hear it and you want to start running around chasing your own tail.”)

Top Gigs of 2014:

  1. Kanye West at Wireless Festival, London (Michael says: “Kanye at his mad, bad best. Stopping songs halfway through to make people dance more, a half an hour rant about artistic freedom and he even left enough time to play Blood on the Leaves twice.”)
  2. Johnny Greenwood & the London Contemporary Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall, Manchester (“Johnny Greenwood played selected compositions, come of his film scores and a few new pieces with the London Contemporary Orchestra. The music was so inviting and mesmeric that it gave me goosebumps and brought me to tears. Michael Gordon‘s Industry on solo cello was breathtaking and the interactive use of mobile phones on Seven Finger… Blew. My. Mind.”)
  3. Michael Jackson: 1o Bands 10 Minutes at The Kazimier, Liverpool (“I don’t think I’ve had much more fun at a gig this year. Organ Freeman‘s Do The Bartman and Zangief‘s Earth Song remain fresh in my memory and still give me a chuckle every now and then.”)
  4. Deadalus at The Kazimier, Liverpool (“Deadalus played an incredible electronic set that made you forget it was still midweek, and he had the most amazing visuals of an event this year, a massive metal structure that shot huge, fuck-off lasers everywhere.”)
  5. Fat White Family, Growlers & Wytches at The Kazimier (Three bands at the top of their game playing in one night with a crowd ready to cause mayhem. Fat Whites were a guitarist down yet still managed to produce one of the most exciting sets I’ve seen.”) (Getintothis review)

Event of the Year:

Everisland’s Aquaria at The Williamson Tunnels

Michael says: “Spooky, watery ghouls and visuals set up around The Williamson Tunnels made for an aquatic wonderland. It was so good I took 3 whole trips around it, and if it hadn’t closed I would’ve taken more. A ream of cool bands played long into the night, but the real highlight was the jellyfish people hidden in the murky depths of the tunnels.”

Tip for 2015:

Michael says: Charli XCX‘s long awaited Sucker album will finally come out in January and then we can all dance like teenage girls to her dirty-synth-pop all month long.

Harry SumnallGetintothis writer:

Albums of the Year:

  1. Advisory CircleFrom Out Here
  2. Bitchin’ BajasBitchin’ Bajas
  3. Eternal TapestryGuru Overload
  4. Sinoia CavesBeyond the Black Rainbow
  5. Stag HarePongdools

Top Tracks of the Year:

  1. Food PyramidKnossos
  2. HinterhofMolecular Love with a Modular Sound
  3. Karen Novotny X3 Minutes over Brussels
  4. Nick NicelyHeadwindAheadwind (Secret Circuit Mix)
  5. Pye Corner Audio: The Black Mist

Emma WalshGetintothis writer:

Albums of the Year:

  1. James Vincent McMorrowPost Tropical
  2. JungleJungle
  3. Glass AnimalsZaba
  4. HozierHozier
  5. SOHNTremors

(Emma says: And a sneaky Soundtrack of the Year: Chef Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Top Tracks of 2014:

  1. Bruno MarsUptown Funk (Emma says: A very late, very serious contender!)
  2. Ben KhanYouth
  3. MOSay You’ll be There

Top Gigs of 2014:

  1. St Vincent at O2 Academy, Liverpool (Getintothis review)
  2. Asgeir at Arts Club, Liverpool (Getintothis review)
  3. Ghostface Killah at The Kazimier, Liverpool (Getintothis review)
  4. 10 Bands 10 Minutes: Michael Jackson at The Kazimier, Liverpool
  5. Jungle at Sound City, Liverpool

Event of 2014:

Sancho Panza at The Kazimier

Emma says: “I’m always amazed by how versatile The Kazimier is as a venue, considering it has such a strong individual charm and character it can still be transformed into a different spectacle every time you walk through the doors. But to date, the most bizarre spectacle I’ve witnessed at The Kaz is The Wild Writers’ Sancho Panza. Of all the oddities that have transpired in the Wolstenholme Square sanctuary over the years, seeing a wrestling ring take centre stage while two scantily clad wrestlers chase and subsequently throw each other around the venue (and off the balcony!) still stands out as the most peculiar.”

Tip for 2015:

Emma says: Anyone who keeps even their tiniest pinky finger on the music pulse back in my small part of the world can tell you that Strabane is the current Northern Irish hub for promising new music. White Male Actors led the way over the pond for Sound City 2014, I hope to see a few more familiar faces there this year. I predict big things for Gaze is GhostThose Ghosts and Gerard i2. You (probably) heard it here first.

Simon LewisGetintothis photographer and webmeister:

Albums of the Year:

  1. Pat Metheny GroupKin
  2. Toad the Wet SprocketNew Constellation
  3. SugarkingDandelions and Soap Shops

Top Tracks of 2014:

  1. Chemistry LanePitch Black
  2. Go FiascoCalm
  3. ScarletGeorgia

Top Gigs of 2014:

  1. The Hummingbirds at Buxton Tap House, Buxton
  2. Tea Street Band at The Grand National, Aintree
  3. Esco Williams at The Grand National, Aintree
  4. Kavez at FestEvolThe Kazimier, Liverpool
  5. Rachel Wright at Sound City, Leaf, Liverpool

Event of 2014:

Bill Ryder-Jones and Manchester Camerata @ Manchester Cathedral (Getintothis review)

Music Tip for 2015:

Simon says: “Play it loud

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