The best of 2014

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Running a little late with the list but whatever, great music doesn’t go stale. So without further adieu.

The top five:

#1 The Mahones: The Hunger & The Fight (Part 1)

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Twenty five years on and more tour miles driven then the rest of the entire Celtic-punk scene combined, The Mahones on The Hunger & The Fight still have the enthusiasm of a band in the studio for the first time (but thankfully the 25 years and many albums under their belt studio experience).

Read the full review here


#2 Whiskey of the Damned: Monsters are Real whiskey of the damned  

I’ll go out on a limb and say McCarthy has the finest voice in Celtic-punk (and that includes Dave King), maybe Van the Moan threw in a few vocal lessons to boot. Of course a good voice won’t do it alone, the band are tight as f#*k, loud and fast and the songs first class and while still fast and trashy

 

Read the full review here


 

#3 Blood or Whiskey: Tell The Truth And Shame The Devil bow

Pissed and angry but still a party. Its great to have’em back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read the full review here


 

#3 Kilkenny Knights: Brady’s Pub Tales download

Honestly not a bad song over the entire almost hour of music and more then a few that could wake the dead and induce them into jig.

 

 

 

 

 

Read the full review here


 

#5 (joint) Black 47: Last Call

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Black 47 hung up their green suede shoes in November, 2014 after 25 years of hard jigging and gigging. Two albums were released in 2014; Last Call, their final original album, full of fresh and originals ideas and, Rise Up – The Political Songs, a collection of, well, political songs as a reminder of how good this band was.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rise Up – Read the full review here

Last Call – Read the full review here


 

The best of the rest (in no particular order):


 

The Pourmen: Too Old to Die Young

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Read the full review here


 

Finnegan’s Hell: Drunk, Sick And Blue

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Read the full review here


 

Craic: Amongst the Mischief and Malarkey

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Read the full review here


 

Wages of Sin: Queensbury Rules

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Read the full review here


 

Bastard Bearded Irishmen: Rise of the Bastard

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Read full review here


 

The Biblecode Sundays: Live Near Abbey Road (Park Royal)

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Read full review here


 

Bodh’aktan: Against Winds and Tides

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Read full review here


 

Best of ballads and folk:


 

Irish Whispa: Irish Whispa

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Read full review here


 

The Canny Brothers Band: The Guinness Situation

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Read full review here


 

Hugh Morrison: Scotland is Free

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Read the full review here


 

The Fenian Sons: 617

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Read the full review here


Punk rock shout out


The Hex Bombs: Everything Earned

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Read full review here 


 

DVD:


 

 

Greenland Whalefishers: 20 Years Of Waiting (DVD)

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 Read full review here


 

And a very special shout out.

Radiators from Space: Sound City Beat

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The Hex Bombs 7″ w/ Mike McColgan (Street Dogs/Dropkick Murphys)

The Hex Bombs to Release 7″ with Guest Vocalist Mike McColgan

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6/17/2013 – Kalamazoo, MI
East Grand Record Co. and The Hex Bombs are excited to announce their latest release and their collaboration with Mike McColgan (Street Dogs) and Pirate’s Press Records. The 2-song vinyl 7″ is the band’s first new release since 2012’s self-titled EP. Release date is June 25, 2013.

Track list:
A. None Shall Be Forgotten (featuring Mike McColgan)
B. Destination U.S.A.

There will be 3 color variations:
Color #1 – 100 pressed – available from the band
Color #2 – 100 pressed – available from East Grand
Color #3 – 200 pressed – available from Pirate’s Press, RevHQ

Pre-sale can be found here:
http://eastgrand.bandcamp.com/album/none-shall-be-forgotten

THE HEX BOMBS formed in 2006, likely in the same small storage unit that
currently serves as their practice space, littered with hand-written lyrics, set lists, and empty bottles and cans. You see, the Midwest produces a working/drinking class like no other and THE HEX BOMBS are no exception, working relentlessly to make ends meet, for their friends, their family, their music.

Naturally, much of their creative inspiration is derived from this lifestyle. Their
messages of survival, unity and rebellion might sound familiar, but this isn’t your ordinary, recycled, blue-collar punk. Passion and honesty drive every song from the hardcore blasts to the sing-along anthems.

Mike McColgan (Street Dogs) lends his distinct vocal talents to the song “None Shall be Forgotten”. THE HEX BOMBS “sing for the forgotten, the underdogs, the working poor and our men and woman in uniform. Obviously that appeals to me and l am honored that they asked me to sing on their amazing anthem”, says McColgan.