Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 37 1/2 Albums of 2014 [Exclusive]

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Original art by Ava Trembath, age 9

 

The years just seem to fly by a little too damn quick, don’t they?  Each December I find myself thinking, “Wow, it’s end of year list time already?”.  It never ceases to amaze me how quickly a single year can pass before I even realize it.  And it also never ceases to amaze me just how much great music I manage to get my greedy little hands on.  Some of the wonderful artists I have gotten to know over the years, if only digitally, have turned out to be some pretty amazing folks who I am honored to even just have a few “1’s” and “0’s” that make up a digital conversation with them.  And each and every year somebody the list just grows longer as I discover new amazing artists that make their way into the usual lineup here at Trainwreck’d Society (this year’s #1 and #2 spots are  prime examples!).

2014 was a great year for music (I know, I say that every year).  It was a brilliant blend of indie rock sensations, wonderful crafted hip hop lyricists, old favorites, revisited classics, and so much more.  As I mentioned in our Top 40 Songs of 2014, it would behoove me to disclaim that Trainwreck’d Society took a bit of detour (a “derailment” if you will) from the music scene, and steered harder towards the world of film.  While we always claim to be an “entertainment blog” to justify such madness, it’s no secret that we started mostly as a place to highlight some of the finest acts in independent music.  And although we managed to branch out into the “mainstream” more and more each year, the heart of Trainwreck’d Society will always be with the sweet children of mercy from the world of independent music.

So, with all that being said and done, let’s get to the list!  Thank you to all the fine reader(s) out there, and to the wonderful folks featured on this list that made our ears happy throughout 2014.  Enjoy!

 

37.5 Bodi - The Ratatat EP

37.5 Bodi – The Ratatat EP

37. Blue Skies For Black Hearts - Blue Skies For Black Hearts

37. Blue Skies For Black Hearts – Blue Skies For Black Hearts

The Valery Trails - Buffalo Speedway - Album Art

36. The Valery Trails – Buffalo Speedway

35. Weird Al Yankovic - Mandatory Fun

35. Weird Al Yankovic – Mandatory Fun

Columbia Records Leonard Cohen Popular Problems cover

34. Leonard Cohen – Popular Problems

33. The Evangenitals - Moby Dick (or, The Album)

33. The Evangenitals – Moby Dick (or, The Album)

32. Electric Needle Room - It's Getting Personal

32. Electric Needle Room – It’s Getting Personal

31. Safe Francis - Copper Gone

31. Sage Francis – Copper Gone

30. Ryan Adams - Ryan Adams

30. Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams

29. Brianne Kathleen - How the Rain Goes

29. Brianne Kathleen – How The Rain Goes

28. Atmosphere - Southsiders

28. Atmosphere – Southsiders

27. Cracker - Berkeley To Bakersfield

27. Cracker – Berkeley To Bakersfield

26. Rocket 3 - Burn

26. Rocket 3 – Burn

25. Spoon - They Want My Soul

25. Spoon – They Want My Soul

24. Drowners - Drowners

24. Drowners – Drowners

23. Toni Braxton & Babyface - Love, Marriage, & Divorce

23. Toni Braxton & Babyface – Love, Marriage, & Divorce

22. Wu-Tang Clan - A Better Tomorrow

22. Wu-Tang Clan – A Better Tomorrow

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21. Childbirth – It’s A Girl

20. The Droge and Summers Blend - Volume Two

20. The Droge & Summers Blend – Volume Two

19. Kool Stuff Katie

19. Kool Stuff Katie – Kool Stuff Katie

18. Bike Thief - Stuck In A Dream

18. Bike Thief – Stuck In A Dream

17. Cowboy Mouth - Go

17. Cowboy Mouth – Go!

16. Infidelix - Nomadic

16. Infidelix – Nomadic

15. Simple Steven - Abandon All Anchors

15. Simple Steven – Abandon All Anchors

14. Sterile Jets - Liquor Store

14. Sterile Jets – Liquor Store

13. Beck - Morning Phase

13. Beck – Morning Phase

12. Pawns and Kings - Pomme de Terre

12. Pawns or Kings – Pomme De Terre

11. Andy B - Those Were the Days

11. Andy B – Those Were the Days

10. Sadistik - Ultraviolet

10. Sadistik – Ultraviolet

09. Ronnie Fauss - Built To Break

9. Ronnie Fauss – Built To Break

08. The Verve Pipe - Overboard

8. The Verve Pipe – Overboard

07. Cariad Harmon - Cariad Harmon

7. Cariad Harmon – Cariad Harmon

06. Grynch - Streetlights

6. Grynch – Street Lights

05. Tacocat - NVM

5. Tacocat – NVM

04. Ormonde - Cartographer:Explorer

4. Ormonde – Cartographer/Explorer

03. Robin Grey - More Than Today

3. Robin Grey – More Than Today

02. Violent Psalms - Slow To Speak

2. Violent Psalms – Slow To Speak

01. Sam Cregger - Tell Me Something Different

1. Sam Cregger – Tell Me Something Different


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Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 40 Songs of 2014 [Exclusive]

2014Another year has come, and soon it shall be gone.  2014 was probably the least music heavy as far as material featured on the site, but we definitely had some of the best albums and acts featured right here in these digital pages.  And that is not to say that we weren’t listening to some really great stuff throughout the year as we worked tirelessly on interviewing more screenwriters rather than singer/songwriters.  Oh, we were listening.  With that, it might be a good time to apologize to all PR folks who might have thought they were being ignored, and suddenly a client shows up on this list without ever having been spotted on the site.  Apologies, but we were listening!  Same goes for the artists who made this list who have created the brilliant soundtrack to another wonderful year.

As per usual, lots of returning folks have made the cut once again, as it seems as though we have a fondness for some of the most hard working musicians in the business.  And while we may have set a personal record for most Top 40-esque artists in one of our lists, we still feel as though our heart is with the independent folks out there giving it all they got in a world of free streaming and mindless downloading.  Not to mention the fact that this was an amazing year for independent hip hop.  While our typical motif of showcasing sappy singer/songwriter material is definitely in place, 2014 was definitely a year for the lyricist.

Basically, as in all the years past, we have a great list of scattered, different, yet all brilliant, list of beautiful songs from some pretty amazing people.  And as always, this list is not all inclusive.  We just had to pick 40 out of hundreds to choose from, and this is what we came up with.  Enjoy!

 

Note: Artist and Song Titles that are highlighted will provide a link to any previous posts on our site featuring said artist. Enjoy!

 

40. Drowners - Well, People Will Talk

40. Drowners – Well, People Will Talk

39. Cracker - Almond Grove

39. Cracker – Almond Grove

38. Rocket 3 - Good Enough

38. Rocket 3 – Good Enough

37. Weird Al Yankovic - First World Problems

37. Weird Al Yankovic – Handy

36. Childbirth - I Only Fucked You As A Joke

36. Childbirth – I Only Fucked You As A Joke

35. Doumea - Do Ya (Neil Nathan Cover - Doumea Edit)

35. Doumea – Do Ya (Doumea Edit) (Neil Nathan Cover)

34. Bike Thief - Ghosts of Providence

34. Bike Thief – Ghosts of Providence

33. Brianne Kathleen - Paper Bag Dreams

33. Brianne Kathleen – Paper Bag Dreams

32. The Kneels - Love is a Splendored Thing

32. The Kneels – Love is a Many-Splendored Thing (cover)

31. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - U Get Me High

31. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – U Get Me High

30. Atmosphere - I Don't Need No Fancy Shit

30. Atmosphere – I Don’t Need No Fancy Shit

29. The Belle Sounds - The Siren

29. The Belle Sounds – The Siren

28. Sterile Jets - Olly Olly Oxen Free

28. Sterile Jets – Olly Olly Oxen Free

27. Eminem - Right For Me

27. Eminem – Right For Me

26. The Droge & Summers Band - It's Hard For You

26. The Droge & Summers Blend – It’s Hard For You

25. Sleep - Question 2

25. Sleep – Question 2

24. Scotty Stormborn & SixO (feat. Cas One) - The Jokes On Who?

24. Scatty Stormborn & SixO (feat. Cas One) – The Jokes on Who?

23. Cowboy Mouth - My Little Secret

23. Cowboy Mouth – My Little Secret

22. Kool Stuff Katie - Cars

22. Kool Stuff Katie – Cars

21. Spoon - Inside Out

21. Spoon – Inside Out

20. Ryan Adams - Feels Like Fire

20. Ryan Adams – Feels Like Fire

19. Simple Steven (feat. Sadistik) - Consuming Me

19. Simple Steven (feat. Sadistik) – Consuming Me

18. Pawns or Kings - Late Have I Loved

18. Pawns or Kings – Late Have I Loved

17. Beck - Country Down

17. Beck – Country Down

16. Babyface & Toni Braxton - Reunited

16. Babyface & Toni Braxton – Reunited

15. The Verve Pipe - I Want To Bury You

15. The Verve Pipe – I Want To Bury You

14. Cariad harmon - Wicked Town

14. Cariad Harmon – Wicked Town

13. Infidelix (feat. Funzo & Leiko) - Better Days

13. Infidelix (feat. Funzo & Leiko) – Better Days

12. Anja McCloskey & Dan Whitehouse - Stille, Totonstille

12. Anja McCloskey & Dan Whitehouse – Stille, Totonstille

11. Loch Lomond - Some Kids
11. Loch Lomond – Some Kids

10. Grynch (feat. Kokane) - On A Good One

10. Grynch (feat. Kokane) – On A Good One

09. Ronnie Fauss - I Can't Make You Happy

9. Ronnie Fauss – I Can’t Make You Happy

08. Sadistik (feat. Lotte Kestner & Eyedea) - Chemical Burns

8. Sadistik (feat. Lotte Kestner & Eyedea) – Chemical Burns

07. Andy B - Difficult Girl

7. Andy B – Difficult Girl

06. Ormonde - Collapse

6. Ormonde – Collapse

05. Bodi - One

5. Bodi – One

04. Robin Grey - More Than Today

4. Robin Grey – More Than Today

03. Violent Psalms

3. Violent Psalms – Sleeping Pills

02. Tacocat - Pocket Full of Primrose

2. Tacocat – Pocket Full of Primrose

01. Sam Cregger - Doubts

1. Sam Cregger – Doubts

Rebecca Husain [Interview]

RebeccaHusainWell, the year is coming to a close.  And a year is about the time we have been waiting to hear from the wonderful young actress/screenwriter we are so happy to be able to have featured here at Trainwreck’d Society today!  And trust me, we’d wait until the end of time to get a few words out of this talented individual.

Rebecca Husain has been making some wonderful waves over the years as an actress, animation voice over genius, and screenwriter.  It was definitely her work as a voice actor on the brilliant animated Hulu Original Series Mother Up, created by the great Eva Longoria, that caught my attention first hand.  But, after looking a bit into the stellar career she has had, and that she obviously will have, I became even more intrigued.  Besides her brilliant work as an actress, Husain has recently been hard at work penning the film adaptation of Luis Alberto Urrea’s The Hummingbird’s Daughter which has recently had Antonio Banderas attached as a star.  Rebecca will also be putting her acting chops to work in the stage production of Noel Coward’s play “Private Lives”.

And we are so happy that she has come around to share a few words with us here.  So ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, I present one the wonderful Rebecca Husain!  Enjoy!

 

When did you know for absolute certain that you wanted to work in the world of film, both in front and behind the camera?

I found my first job when I was ten. A Hollywood movie was coming to town and they ran a tiny ad in the newspaper with stars around it screaming- WANTED: VOLUNTEER MOVIE EXTRAS!

I cut it out and carried it around in my pocket for days. On the day of filming, my mom woke me up at dawn and I remember trying to convince her that I didn’t need to wear a coat. (I lost.) We drove downtown and I saw huge movie lights being pushed down the street. After we signed in, we were given a ticket for a boxed lunch and that ticket made me feel very professional. We spent all day cheering as a float carrying Santa rolled down the street, reversed, rolled down the street again. There were thousands of people in the crowd but I cheered like the close-up was on me.

Filmmaking was something I always gravitated towards and my parents were very supportive. My mother put me in theatre school, chaperoned when I worked as an extra, sewed gold sequins on my green swimming costume… On weekends my dad and I would sit at the kitchen table writing scripts.

Now that you have worked in various different settings in the world of film & television, what is it that keeps you working and yearning for more? What gets you excited about this world?

The quiet creation that takes place when you are alone and working on a role or writing a script; and the colorful collaboration that follows while on location in some faraway land.

What I love about working on set (or on stage) is that for a pocket of time an entire world springs to life –spinning with passion and high stakes– and then just as suddenly as it appeared, it disappears when the lights are flicked off.

The same is true for screenwriting. On a good day I’ll sit down at my desk and within minutes I’ll be galloping across the desert off on some wild adventure with my heroine or crawling through a flea-infested garrison eavesdropping on injustice and strategic cruelty.

Working in animation can be equally thrilling. If you really engage your imagination you can walk out of the studio feeling like YES! I CAN fly and slay dragons and make new friends and stop wars and rescue the prince and recover from scurvy while dancing on stilts and…

Mother Up!
How did you land the gig voicing Eva Longoria’s character’s daughter Apple on the Hulu Original Series Mother Up?

The producers had been searching for an actress for months. When I saw the casting call for the role of Apple it was headlined with – URGENT! Although I’d never done any voice work, I had this odd feeling that the role was mine. I ran to a studio and the sound engineer recorded my audition on his break. I sent it off and put it out of my mind. Two days later show runner and head writer Greg Lawrence called me with direction and asked me to record a second audition. The following day I was put on “hold” and a few weeks later I got the part.

Some of the content on Mother Up is downright hilariously foul, in all the right ways. It really is just hilarious. What is it that draws you to work for a show like this?

Working with Eva Longoria and the rest of the cast is unbelievably fun. I’m in a sound studio with all these hip actors but then someone will open their mouth and a cranky centenarian will float out!

In addition to Apple, I also play Fergus, Megan, Agnes and Nurse Higgins. In animation you can take the jokes a lot further and the writing team have created devilishly dysfunctional characters. One week Apple is hit in the head by lightning and reawakens as a five-year old prophet leading her deranged neighborhood to salvation; and the next week her mom sprays her food with performance enhancing drugs that leave her sprouting pimples, a moustache and flinging classmates around at recess.

The Hummingbird's DaughterWhat’s striking about this series is that it centers around a fierce but flawed female character. Rudi Wilson is a clever high-powered Manhattan record executive who suddenly finds herself plonked in middle-of-nowhere suburbia as a stay-at-home mom. She’s not equipped to nurture and this severely unhinged town intends to take her down. Although her heart is not always in the right place, it’s generally in the right vicinity and you can’t help but root for her.

Can you tell us about your script adaptation of the award-winning book The Hummingbird’s Daughter? What made you want to pursue this adaptation?

Director Luis Mandoki sent me the book. We’d been looking for a project to write together and this was it. I read the first page of Luis Alberto Urrea’s masterpiece and just couldn’t put it down. I read straight through the night and all the next day. The Hummingbird’s Daughter is based on the life of Teresita Urrea, the Mexican Joan of Arc and Saint of Cabora.

Set in the 1880’s against a burning desert backdrop ripe with violence, the story centers around the extraordinary bond between a wealthy cattle rancher Tomás Urrea (Antonio Banderas) and his illegitimate daughter Teresita; a resilient little girl born with the power to heal others with her hands.

There’s a really lovely scene where she tiptoes into his magnificent house (leaving a trail of muddy little footprints across his plush white carpet) and meets her father for the very first time. They don’t quite know what to make of each other and yet there is an instant connection between this spiritual little six-year-old and this outspoken liberalist. Years later, when the people of Mexico are rising in revolution against their iron-fisted dictator and crying out Teresita’s name, Tomás sacrifices everything in an attempt to save her life.  Our script is gritty, a little Peckinpah I’ve been told, but with all the heart, humor and fury found in the book.

UBCPACTRA AWARDSWhat else does the future hold for Rebecca Husain? Any other new projects in the works?

Right now I’m in rehearsals for Noel Coward’s play Private Lives.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

I’m listening to a live performance of Elvis singing “Can’t Help Falling In Love.” How can you not smile?