The NBTMusicRadio’s Best Albums of 2014

Once again the internet and music mags were a buzz the whole year long about the supposed ‘death of the Album’ they tried to tell us that its only songs that we should care about and not the long-form art . and once again they couldn’t be more short sighted and just plain WRONG! so that said here we go : 150 totally amazing albums from artists all over the world and from every musical tribe conceivable  and of course, all played on the NBTMusicRadio

Albums 2014

150 Lucius – Wildwoman
149 Derek Zhao – Legends Of A Goddess (Original Ballet Soundtrack)
148 Highasakite – Silent Treatment
147 St Vincent -St Vincent
146 The Crookes – Soapbox
145 Ferni – After Burn
144 QUI – Life, Water, Living
143 The Capsules – The Long Goodbye
142 robotmonkeyarm (part two … cinema vomitif & the white mask of Doom!)
141 Liesa Norman – Vanity Project
140 Milagro Saints – Mighty Road Songs
139 Melanie Dekker – Distant Star
138 Glacial – We Are Serious and We Mean It
137 The Drip Effect – Dinosaw
136 Neneh Cherry – Blank Project
135 The Clouds are Ghosts – Fractures
134 Air for Effect – methylation Breeze
133 Spotlight Kid – Ten Thousand Hours
132 Seasurfer – Dive In
131 Nicki Kris – Dream Big

130 SwampCandy – Midnight Creep / Noonday Stomp
129 Strange Anthem – EP Volume One
128 Blood Letters and Badmen – Blood Letters and Badmen 
127 Ralf Dee – Your Time Is Now
126 Perfume Genius too bright
125 Lightfoils – Hierarchy
124 Noelle Johnson – Beautiful Soul
123 Our Silk and Wheel Assembly Evil ~ Love ~ The
122 Elephant – Elephant
121 Charli xCx, ‘SUCKER
120 The Feel Bad Hit Of The Winter – The Feel Bad Hit Of The Winter
119 Adam Balbo – Demons
118 Jeff Larson – Close Circle
117 Lyla Foy – Mirrors The Sky
116 Interpol – El Pintor
115 The BHD – Nothing Is Colder Than You
114The Pretty Fragile – I Can Bite Harder Than You
113 Flying Lotus – You’re Dead
112 True North – True North
111 The Bug – Angels And Devils
110 Aaron Holm + Matthew Felton – Transitions Seattle


109 Terry Davidson & the Gears – Sonic Soul Sessions
108 Steve Mednick – Nevermind the Rain
107 David Gergen – The Dreaming
106 Kelley Hunt – The Beautiful Bones
105 Static People – Weird Creatures
104 Jack White ‘Lazaretto’
103 Hanna Fearns – Sentimental Bones
102 Shannie – Blame It On The Moon
101 spike flynn – Rough Landing
100 Ekpyrotic – Symbols of Transformation
99 Jebediah Good Thrust – Monarch Butterfly: That’s High
98 Ani Difranco – Allergic To Water
97 Deborah Henriksson – Traces
96 Opera Chaotique – Bukowski
95 Jenai Huff – Grace and Elbow Grease
94 Trent Miller – Burnt Offerings
93 Caribou – Our Love
92 John Zippert – Full Circle
91 Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness
90 Mark Cashin & the Lil Hussy Cashology
89 Tune-Yards – Nikki Nack
88 Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal
87 Genus Inkasso – Under Seals Broken By The Lean Solicitor
86 Worldview – Pop Philosophy
85 Annie Keating – Make Believing
84 Phil Gammage – Adventures In Blue Country
83 The Legendary Ten Seconds – Tant Le Desiree
82 Laura Rain And The Caesars – Closer

81 Jim Wurster – Raw
80 Joan As Police Woman – The Classic
79 Achilles Wheel – Stones Two Sand
78 Ross Baker – Two Suns Were Visible In The Sky
77 Citizen Of The World – City of Million Lives
76 Scott Morrison – The Corner Shop
75 Aire Espiritu – Put Back Charlie
74 Anda Volley – Inside The Ghost Machine
73 Christian D And The Hangovers – Cut Loose and Live
72 Panophonic – Sounds Of Desolation
71 Jumine – Blue Dunes
70 Wild Axe – Pines
69 Karen O – Crush Songs
68 crash fasts – Superchroma
67 SPC ECO – The Art Of Pop
66 Martin Lorentzson – Together
65 Lia Ices – Ices
64 Kick Inside – The Field
63 Sarah Duet – The Mercy Tapes
62 Manilow – Cease and Desist
61 Wild Birds & Peacedrums – Rhythm

60 Sky Ferreira – Nighttime My Time
59 The History Of Colour TV – When Shapes Of Split Blood Spelt Love
58 Rowan Stuart – Hidden Doors
57 Buford Pope – Sticks In The Throat
56 Azwel – From Now On
55 Stellarscope – The End Is Near, I’m Not Prepared
54 Nomadic Attic – Nomadic Attic
53 Gumshen – Progtronica
52 Mirel Wagner – When The Cellar Children See The Light Of Day
51 Banks – Goddess
50 A Small Glass Ghost – ∞
49 Anna Calvi – Strange Weather
48 Ernest Troost – O Love
47 Stoney Spring – Right On Heliotrope
46 The Ukiah Drag – In The Reaper’s Quarters
45 Beck – Morning Phase
44 Sylvan Esso – Sylvan Esso
43 Tweedy – Sukierae
42 africa south rhizomatiks vs Isadora dustmite junk – Warmachine – nomadology
41 My Brightest Diamond – This Is My Hand

Albums 2014f
40 Juleah – entangled and entwined
39 Zola Jesus – Taiga
38 Wisdom / Waskid Beatz – The Gifted Ones
37 Betting on One – The Story So Far
36 Mr Kito – Where Are The Lizards?
35 Fire To The Stars – Keep You Safe
34 Kevin Nolan – Frederick and the Golden Dawn
33 Leah Capelle – Leah Capelle
32 Ade Hodges – The Horns Of sacred Animals Vol 1 ft Sean Derrick Cooper Marquardt and others
31 Kyle Carey – Northstar
30 Norman Salant – Nebraska
29 birdeatsbaby – The Bullet Within
28 Sisyphus Sisyphus-
27 Kat Boelskov – Divided
26 Suzy Blu – Blu
25 Kate Carr – Dark Days
24 Hudson Arc – The Motive Of Hope
23 Tv On The Radio – Seeds
22 Conor Oberst – Upside Down Mountain
21 Die Heiterkeit – Monterey
20 Zeerox – Penshaw Woolies Eat Deer
19 Micropixie – The Good, the Beige & the Ugly
18 Trinity Ward – Reactor
17 Polar Dust – Into The Burning Water
16 EMA – The Future’s Void
15 Galleons – Cloud Physics
14 Radioactive X Girlfriend – Any Other Way
13 Kras and Bijvoet – Berlin Recordings
12 Alt J – This Is All Yours
11 Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots
10 Andrew Kay – One For The Road
9 Young Fathers – Dead
8 Jonathan Segel – Shine Out
7 Charlee Remitz – These Veins
6 FKA Twigs – LP1
5 The Known – Ornithology
4 Warpaint – Warpaint
3 Sid Griffin – The Trick Is To Breathe
2 Kate Tempest – Everybody Down
1 Gary Herselman and Die Lemme – Rigtinbefok







The NBTMusicRadio Fantastic Themed Hours THREE :”Comfort In the Turbulent World”

”Comfort In the Turbulent World”

11 PM Berlin Time ( 10 PM UK/5 PM New York)


10 PM California Time ( 1 AM New York) For our USA/Canadian Listeners.

Bring the disturbance home! due to many requests to have the hard rock section a little earlier for our European audiences, and a little later for our USA listeners, we have joined together the ”Comfort in a hard place” and ”More Fun In the Turbulent World” in a marriage of much anticipated excitement and organised chaos!

So now its not JUST Rock of the HARD variety, there will be PUNK on all its deviant forms and ages, METAL from the darkest dark to the sweetest pop edge,there will be INDUSTRIAL, a slice of GOTHIC, and a big scoop of PROG. there will also be a smattering of BritPoP just to liven things up.

please note: in this incredibly eclectic category more than any other; i get so many new bands every week, so the line up will CONSTANTLY be changing, shape -shifting, evolving, so If you dont hear your heroes one night you will be sure to hear them the next. but PLEASE do support all our indie bands, as they share the stage with the more famous makers of this noisy art.

Oh and finally broad minds are available at the entrance, dont come in without them 🙂

Featured (in no particular order)

Stiff Little Fingers, Voice Of Addiction, Hawthorne Project, These New Puritans, The Jam, Black Flag, IceAge, The Eversons, Thee Now Sound, Tokyo Police Club, Big Dipper, Shonen Knife, These Animal Men, Pylon, Interpol, Ty Segall Band, Revel 9, AeB,Eudora Fletcher, Mos Generator, Crawley, Odoghan,Baht, Shattered Destiny, Kill For Eden, The Mighty High, Dropbunny, The 31st Of February, Elizabeth, Title Fight, Love Of Diagrams, The Ruts, Be Your Own Pet, Echobelly, At The Drive In, Link Wray, St J and Rici Martins, Spartan, Grenouer, American Head Charge, Godard, Jai Alai Savant, My Talking Pua, Test Icicles, Wire, Deep Purple, Grifter, Pulled Apart By Horses, Gun Outfit, M185, Sweet Ray Laurel, American Head Charge, The Monks, Late Cambrian, Spizzenergi, Felt, Monochrome Set, Honeymoon Killers, Orange Juice, The Wild Eyes,Ulterior, Eternal Summers, male Bonding, Soft Pack, Dutch Uncles, Buzzcocks, Violent Femmes, Kill Kasper, Mammut, War On Drugs, Pretty Girls Make Graves, Afghan Whigs, Vaccines, Thirteenth Floor Elevators, S.C.U.M. Swell Maps, Stone Iris, Yuck, The Replacements, Dogs Bollocks,Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Phoenix, Sonic Youth, D.U.N.E., Bruiser, Moist, Fen, MaHA Rocks, Carta Marina, Reverend Horton Heat, The Simpletone, The Cooper Temple Clause, Akarusa Yami, The Black Keys, Heavy Pink, Motorhead, screaming Trees, Skyskratcher, Blue Cheer, Ministry, Deftones, Alice Cooper.
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The NBTMusicRadio Fantastic Themed Hours TWO:The MirrorBall Sessions

The MirrorBall Sessions

10 PM Berlin Time (9 PM UK / 4 PM New York)

From the 50’s RnB, to the 60’s Psychedelic soul, thru to hip hop, techno. electronica. From Progressive House to Dubstep, with huge shots of the best new Rap artists as well.


Kimicoh Kimico, Aloe Blacc, The O Jays, Freda Payne, Speech Debelle, Gift Of Gab, Roots Manuva, Jamie T, Matisyahu, Mr Fix DJ, Dragan Pejic, The Black Science Orchestra, Spanky Wilson, Paul Kalkbrenner, Goldie, Machinedrum, A Guy Called Gerald, James Curd, Louie Vega, Body Language, Sonar Pilot, Team Brooklyn, Dave Gahan, Bobby Collas, nina Simone, Esther Phillips, De la Soul, War, Aceyalone and RJD2, Louis Batey, Blow Flyy, Alice Russell, Godspeed,Dukes Go Up, Ify, Shabazz Palaces, James Brown, Bobby Womack, Last Poets, Apollo’s Sun, Chaptabois, Sly and the Family Stone, Harvey Mason, The Staple Singers, Eddie Floys, Dizzee Rascal,Jr Tha 4th, Skilf, LK, Soul Children, Mel and Tim, Johnny taylor, Chairman Of The Board, THEESatisfaction,Tardishead,Lo Fidelity All Stars, Plan B, Orbital, Scuba, Tove Stryke, Kay 2 and the Strange Days, Schiller, Renegade Soundwave,Eoin Hayes, Suuns, Domino Grey, Bassnectar, Edward, Visions Of Trees, Simian Mobile Disco, Cassius, Fresh Heir, MDNR, Anti-Crew, Copyright, Jazzie B, Levon Vincent, Mantronix,Elaine, Skream, Electritribe 101, Kid 606, Anonym, Aphrodisiac, Sleep Archive, Crystal Castles, Kele,Spiller, Alea Karin, Yana Rizhova,Ganesh, Carolyn Baron and BosBeats, Mos Def, Bennie King, Clayton Savage and Jay Quan, PLXDABOSS, Jam and Spoon, Maya Jane Coles, Drums Of Death, The Knife, Jamie Principle, Frankie Knuckles, LadyHawke, High Luxe, Jamie Sparks, Kimbro, Melogain

and MUCH Much More
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The NBTMusicRadio Fantastic Themed Hours ONE

Mood Swing Cool Club
9 PM Berlin Time( 8 PM UK 3 PM New York Time)
all the very best Jazz and blues and beyond. from roots music as far back as the 20s and 30s to the latest experiments within the form.
Featuring :
Little Junior Parker, Louis Batey,Elmore James,Barbara Gilles, Carla Thomas, Albert King, Larrisa and the Raindogs, Thelonious Monk, Ike and Tina Turner, Sonny Terry and Brownie Mcghee, Romina Di Gasbarro, Tom Rodwell and Storehouse, Chet Baker, Little Willie John, Joe Fletcher and the Wrong Reasons, Kate Campbell, The Great Recession Orchestra,Nico Wayne Toussaint, Oscar Peterson, Otis Rush, John Coltrane, Screaming Jay Hawkins, Marshall Lawrence, Dave Brubeck, Little Milton, Gene Allison, DC Clark, The Adrienne Hindmarsh Trio, Tiffany Tatum, Cassandra Wilson, Herbie Hancock, Robert Wyatt, Sophie Durnier, Gordon Bonham, Pretty Things, Hank Williams, Coleman Hawkins, Doc Watson, Bobby Soulsby, Odetta, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Charles Mingus, Wynonie Harris,Bunny Berrigan, Stan Getz, Sun Ra, Junior and the Saharas, Little Esther,Bukka White, Howling Wolf, Josh White, Sarah Vaughan, Glen Miller, John Lee Hooker, Maria Rylander, Doug Prescott, Robert Johnson, Ruth Copeland, Julia Lee, Max Carmichael, Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Sonny Boy Williamson, Eddie Mack, Robert Johnson, Steven Caspar and Cowboy Angst, Art Tatum, Mississippi John Hurt, Ali Farke Toure, La Lupe, Carmel, Soul Continentals, James Brown and the Famous Flames, Cab Calloway, Amadou and Mariam, Rufus Thomas, Lenelle Moise, Meredith Monk, Jack Sheldon, John Zorn, Wilson Simonal,Keith Jarrett, Barbara Gilles, John Fahey, Big Mama Thorton, Buddy Guy,
and MUCH Much More
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Dropping Down – Giulia Millanta (Ugly Cat Music)

It’s a brave thing indeed to start of a set with a song that has, as its main focus, Anger. It could set us up for angst perhaps or that
shouty kinda righteousness that some protest singers favour. But ‘Right Between The Eyes’ balances the singers (rage) disappointment with a restrained sort of energy, holding back when it needs to, letting a gentle folk even reggae mood drift though, but keeping the bite, the tension perfectly.

It’s because its personal. And that’s the album’s defining core, these songs come from the heart and the mind, what takes place is seen through the singers eyes, what is felt is what she feels, and oh she is curious, feisty, humorous, yet introspective. And she manages somehow to make that introspection blossom outwards so that we become emotionally attached to the words and music.

She sets the scene, and often that scene is surreal, yet with a few words you catch on to all the characters, and where they fit, if only for a few seconds before they slip slide away, melt, fade into each other as she tumbles us gently into another chapter.

On the cover we see the artist seconds after taking the great leap off, down, into..where exactly? and we wonder if she will be able to
illustrate through her songwriter this ambiguous fear or joy or that satisfying mix of both.

Wonder no more, this free-fall is seductive, delicious even strangely comforting.

Her arrangements too fit this slow dive, never fussy, the instruments shift around the voice like the wind against the body falling,
special mention must be made though about Lorenzo Forti’s bass which slinks and curls around the songs, sly and provocative.

Millanta takes us on a quirky sideshow reading of Paranoid, which displays a subtle theatrical pose, before ending the set with ‘Floating’ which is placed perfectly as it seems to be an answer of sorts to all the questions raised within the previous stories, an acceptance of love, of self and finally of life.

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Look At The Sound – Jebediah Goodthrust (Independent Release)

 Holy Banjo Batman!  The Country superhero brings us another slice of home cooked rock n roll, or maybe its moonshine, He sure does strut across the speakers like a good old young man all dressed up fine for a Saturday night adventure.

Mr Heise plays about 85% of what goes on here, but weirdly this is the most BAND sounding album of his long curved career.

This is the Breakthrough collection the one that could shove those that merely admire into something resembling pure love. And I for one will rejoice mightily when that happens.

It even boasts a bona fide classic rock single in ‘Go’ which is a gloopy mix of Sweet Jane Velvets and Paul Westerberg  all applied with a big brush onto that unmistakable Heise Brothers structure.

But the fun doesn’t stop there!

There are ungainly waltzes (cowboys learning to love and dance, their minds half on that pretty face half on the hassles and weight of the world outside), and even that peculiar kinda post punk ballad type thing that only a certain type of deviant American really understands or gets right.. again though its the Heise twist that defines them, so its Pixies or Pavement (depending on the hour and the song) but with that  smudge on the windscreen perspective.

Personal favourite  for me, (let it be said that this collection is FULL of faves)  is ‘So Tired’ a song that builds and falls , builds and falls and  contains a delicate tension that bodes well for future releases and also gets that difficult creature that is Nelson’s voice just

Look, they are never really gonna be mainstream, but this one flirts with the possibility, and is perhaps the brothers finest achievement thus far.

And if this ‘solo’ outing makes you , gentle listener want to explore the back roads that the Hit and Mrs and The Heise Brothers travelled, then that’s a damn good thing.


 Tracks from BOTH these fine recordings can be found on the NBTMusic Radio

 and they
will also be featured on the NBT Flagship Podcast going out tomorrow
on this very set of pages 🙂

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  The Shakespeares EP – The Shakespeares (independent release)

 Tonight the bridge is built from the solo Merry Ellen Kirk, a bridge built upon her trademark twinkling piano and vocal sighs leading into the darker territory that this Duo inhabits. Still dreams, yes, but these dreams are more cryptic, the shadows corporeal (look they reach for our hands, to spin us in) she is the colour shifting balloon, he is the tumbling ghost holding hard against the pull of the string, the beauty here in the pressure, the interplay tween loose and tight.

 What Aaron Krause adds is something that divinely distorts the shimmer evermore, a touch of acoustic blues and a sliver of grunge, adding loops of thoughtful insecurity to the serene, toughening up the songs, making them scary and bold.

The balance however is perfect, the two artists compliment and strengthen each other and no song here sounds remotely like a solo effort grafted into a new project.

 The fine art of the female/male interplay within a pop song structure is something that has gained momentum in recent years and the Shakespeares can happily join the ranks of acts like She and Him and Jenny and Johnny, but bring something somewhat more ethereal to the stage.

 There isn’t a wasted second in this EP and it makes the listener crave more, more from the Artists both together as the Shakespeares and from their other musical adventures, solo or otherwise

 tracks from this EP are being played on the NBT podcasts and the NBT 24hr streaming radio

 Actors and Liars – Twin Brother (independent release)

 This slow build takes on different disguises, turn here and we find the slight wounded Gothic, blue spotlight on dark stage. Turn there and discover the jangle exuberance of the indie star confidant. Not so much statements of intent rather maps to pour over, invitations to join the exploration.

 This is the sound of future stars finding their voice, it is personal, often messy and always involving, it is music you want to stay with and music that gives up it’s bitter sweet secrets slowly, willfully, sly and shy all bundled up in atmosphere and delectable drama.

 One secret to its power is the holding back, the less is more template, chaos and theatre and grand gestures are hinted at, sketched, forshadowed, though dont get me wrong the songs are NOT afraid to rock out in that love of Pop way that Interpol or even Franz Ferdinand have. You know, the kind of song that when you hear it you just want to see it performed live, so you can jump around to it with a thousand other beguiled fans.

 The band is comfortable with the slight eccentricity of their songs, there are touches of the gleefully bound Julian Cope (ready to explode) and the sheer delight in the structure of the song, that Edwyn Collins has. In fact, as Twin Brother work at their craft they have potential to replace glow of (rather) less than satisfying bands like Glasvegas, in the indie Nations heart and minds.

 Hear Tracks from this Album on the NBT Podcast

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The CyberPR (Ariel Publicity)New Media Pioneer Interviews 3

New Media Pioneer: Jimmy Tucker of Indie Radio Chattanooga


Indie Radio Chattanooga s a weekly podcast and FM Radio Show dedicated to the Independent Artist. We try to feature new artists every week, and we interview a different artist every show. We host the live show Saturdays at 10:pm EST.


Preshow starts at 9:00 EST and can be seen here:


Q: How long have you been broadcasting?

A: I have been Broadcasting since May of 2007,I got picked up on FM Radio in May of 2008

Q: In your opinion, what does a good song need to consist of?


A: A good song needs to consist of artist integrity, heart and determination. If the artist doesn’t believe in what he/she is doing, it will quickly be apparent…oh yeah and a kick ass guitar solo.I recently had the privilege of interviewing Last November. Their lyrics are smart and witty, all put together in a sea of innuendo and double entendre. Luke, the lead singer, said that he doesn’t go with the first draft, he like many others, work the songs to maturity before they are ready. I think this is what makes a band stand out and pushes them to that next level.


Q: What is your favorite band or favorite genre of music and why?


My favorite genre is metal, and I guess my favorite band/Artist is Ozzy Osbourne. Why? I guess it’s a combination of smart lyrics and wicked guitar solos.


Q: What changes in content laws, broadcasting rights, etc. have affected you most?


No law changes have affected me really, As long as I have the artist(s) permission. I have yet to be threatened by a band because I helped promote them.


Q: A recent study found blogs to be more effective than MySpace in generating album sales, do you feel podcasts has the same power?


A: Yes as a matter of fact, I do believe podcasts help spur album sales, significantly. Listeners are starving for new music to listen to, not crammed down their throats by the main stream. With the internet, more and more music is readily available, and podcasters are the vehicle that make all that music make sense. We put it into a “playlist” and put a little context to it so that the listener can digest it more effectively. If it is an artist I like, chances are the listener will like it too, since they listen to my show.