1. December

    Sweat Staff Top 14 Of 2014 Lists

    posted by Emile

    It’s that time again – year-end lists galore! Want to know what the staff was into this year? Check out the lists below, along with this playlist for fun and reference purposes. I love seeing the insanely varied taste amongst team Sweat. Can’t wait for more new sounds next year!

    Thou/The Body – Released From Love
    Red Necklace – S/T (CS)
    Yautja – Songs of Descent
    Floor – S/T (Reissue)
    Indian – From All Purity
    Unwound – No Energy (Reissue/Comp.)
    Sleater-Kinney – Dig Me Out (Reissue)
    Nothing – Guilty of Everything
    Sleeping Bag – Deep Sleep
    Slint – Spiderland (Reissue)
    Vivian Girls – Share the Joy (CS Reissue)
    Lower – See Warmer Climes
    Karen O – Crush Songs
    Casket Girls – True Love Kills the Fairy Tale

    Bootsie loved Taylor Swift the most. Boots and Taylor 4-ever! She also listened to Caribou, FKA Twigs, American Football and Iceage a bunch. This is what happens when you don’t submit a list…

    Farrah’s “Long-ass list and I still somehow managed to exclude that new Pitbull. Disillusioned dale! :'(

    Top new album releases 2014:
    Caribou – Our Love
    FKA Twigs – LP1
    Black Mik – If There’s A Hell Below
    Dels – Petals Have Fallen
    Ex Hex – Rips
    Naomi Punk – Television Man
    Hailu Mergia & The Walias – Tche Belew
    Pure X – Angel
    HTRK – Psychic 9-5 Club
    Whirr – Sway
    Nothing – Guilty Of Everything
    SOHN – Tremors
    Jungle – S/T
    Sharon Van Etten – Are We There

    Wire – Document & Eyewitness
    Can – Out Of Reach
    Unwound – Rat Conspiracy; No Energy
    Mineral – The Power Of Failing
    Bedhead – 1992-1998
    Slint – Spiderland
    American Football – S/T
    Zeppelin – I, II, III, IV; Houses of the Holy
    Fern Jones – The Glory Road
    Aaliyah – Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number (RSD Black Friday Release)

    Compilations, Singles, Remixes, Misc. Releases:
    Marshall Allen Presents Sun Ra & His Arkestra – In The Orbit Of Ra
    Howlin’ Wolf – Anthology
    Soul Jazz Presents No Seattle: Forgotten Sounds of the Northwest Grunge Era, 86-97
    Soul Jazz Presents Punk 45: There Is No Such Thing As Society Vol. 2
    Various – Spiritual Jazz 5: The World
    Various – Local Customs: Cavern Sound
    Whirr & Nothing – Split
    Laraaji – Remixes
    Teengirl Fantasy – Thermal
    Lapalux – Movement I, II, III
    Active Child - Curtis Lane
    Lakker – Containing A Thousand
    Beacon – L1 EP

    Honorable Mentions:
    Erlend Oye - Legao
    Budos Band – Burnt Offering
    Lee Fields & The Expressions – Emma Jean
    Grouper – Ruins
    Last Ex - S/T
    War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream
    Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness
    Priests – Bodies And Control And Money And Power
    Have A Nice Life – Deathconsciousness
    Goat – Commune
    Hercules & Love Affair – The Feast Of The Broken Heart
    Arca - Xen
    D’angelo – Black Messiah (Only receiving a mention because I haven’t had a chance to listen to this whole album yet cause it just dropped, like, yesterday, but, it’s D’angelo, so ..)

    Jason’s 2014 was ruled by One Direction. He says that not only are they the best boy band ever, they’re the best band ever, period. That scarcity of One Direction picture discs on RSD? All Jason. He has 197 of them in his room. I vaguely remember him also listening to Flying Lotus, Run The Jewels and Freddie Gibbs & Madlib. Another fine example of what happens when you don’t submit your list! *View Jason’s late list at the bottom


    Lolo’s Top 10 of 2014 (In ABC Order):
    Afghan Whigs – Do To The Beast (Sub Pop)
    Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots (Warner Brothers/Parlophone)
    Courtney Barnett – Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas (Mom & Pop)
    Budos Band – Burnt Offering (Daptone)
    The Casket Girls – True Love Kills The Fairy Tale (Graveface)
    Cloud Nothings – Here and Nowhere Else (Carpark)
    Jungle – Jungle (XL)
    MØ – No Mythologies To Follow (Sony)
    Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 2 (Mass Appeal)
    Spoon – They Want My Soul (Loma Vista)

    Runners Up:
    Alvvays, Aphex Twin, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, Caribou, Pains of Being Pure at Heart

    Favorite Reissue: Afghan Whigs’ “Gentlemen at 21″

    Single of the Year: Kiesza “Hideaway”


    Top 2014 Of 2014 (Alphabetical Order):

    Benjamin Shaw – Goodbye, Cagoule World
    Bill Callahan – Have Fun With God
    Carla Bozulich – Boy
    Dragging An Ox Through Water – Panic Sentry
    Ex Hex – Rips
    Fennesz – Becs
    FKA Twigs – LP1
    Hail Mary Mallon – Beastiary
    HTRK – Psychic 9-5 Club
    Lee Fields & The Expressions – Emma Jean
    My Brightest Diamond – This Is My Hand
    Nothing – Guilty Of Everything
    The Soft Pink Truth – Why Do The Heathen Rage?
    Yautja – Songs Of Descent

    Honorable Mention Mention (AKA the album that blew my car’s speakers) : Christopher Willits - Opening

    Guilty Pleasure: Future Islands – Singles

    Best Score/Soundtrack: Mica Levi – Under The Skin OST

    Record that inspires me to be insanely diligent about practicing drums: Arto Lindsay & Paal Nilssen-Love – Scarcity

    Best Collaboration: Radian vs. Howe Gelb

    Record that could have made this list but I haven’t spent enough time with it yet: Loscil - Sea Island

    1970’s Algerian Folk & Pop
    Balani Super Show Hits
    Lead Kindly Light
    Parchman Farm
    Red Hot/Arthur Russell Master Mix
    Spiritual Jazz Vol. 5
    Wheedle’s Groove II

    Reissues Of: Alvarius B., American Football , Bedhead, Can, Cocteau Twins, Destroyer, Etta James, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Slint, Songs: Ohia, Unwound.

    Releases I’m biased about because I released them:
    Fsik Huvnx – Sarmoung
    Holly Hunt – Prometheus
    Holly Hunt/Slomatics – Split

    Best Local Release: Roover Hook - S/T

    Jam Of The Year: Have A Nice Life – “Guggenheim Wax Museum” (“jam” in the slowest, darkest sense possible)

    Best Album Artwork: Vanessa Rossetto – Whole Stories


    *Jason’s late list (in order of most listened to):
    1. Mac DeMarco – Salad Days
    2. Aphex Twin – Syro
    3. Run The Jewels – II
    4. FKA Twigs – LP1
    5. Future Islands – Singles
    6. Tycho – Awake
    7. How to Dress Well? – What is This Heart?
    8. Caribou – Our Love
    9. Flying Lotus – You’re Dead!
    10. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Pinata
    11. Lower – Seek Warmer Climes
    12. Sharon Van Etten – Are We There
    13. Ariel Pink – Pom Pom
    14. Dean Blunt – Black Metal

    Thanks for reading/listening. See you all in 2015!!!


  3. December

    Sweaty News of the Week

    posted by Lolo

    It’s Borscht and 305 Fest week! More on both of those a little later but in the meantime here’s some other tidbits from around Miami and the web…

    Help the lovely Priya Ray from Miami legends Kreamy ‘Lectric Santa get a handicapable van! Visit the Indiegogo fundraising page and contribute. There are neat perks like photo books, music, and t-shirts.

    Bands and entities: need promo materials? Well right now through December 24th you can get 25% off at local printer clubflyers.com! They do fliers, business cards, banners, etc. so jump on it and make sure you’re well-stocked for 2015. Use code HOLIDAYS14

    Head over to our Instagram page and comment on this image to win two tickets to see TOKiMONSTA at Bardot on Saturday night (tickets are still available here for $27 each).


    Don’t forget that we are selling tickets to the Coastline Festival next February 22nd at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater! They’ve just added on Future Islands to a bill that already includes the Flaming Lips, Young the Giant, Tove Lo, and a bunch of others. Tickets are $44.50 cash only.

    Have a great week!


  5. December

    Citi Bike #UnlockMiami Today at Bayfront!

    posted by Lolo

    Looking for something fun, free, and family-friendly to do today? Look no further because you can get yourself down to Bayfront Park on this gorgeous day for the Citi Bike #UnlockMiami launch party! 

    Come out for tunes by yours truly, Laura of Miami, and Tony G. with a special live performance by Afrobeta. Plus there’s tons of free food, demos, giveaways, art, and more, all to celebrate Miami becoming ever more bicycle friendly. It’s from 11am to 3pm, come out and enjoy it!



  7. December

    BLACK KEYS Ticket Giveaway!

    posted by Lolo

    Here’s a band that needs no introduction… THE BLACK KEYS are playing next Monday, December 15th at the BB&T center with special guest ST. VINCENT!

    Tickets are available now but we’re also giving away a pair to one lucky Sweat fan. Head over to our Instagram and comment on this photo and tag the friend you’d want to bring with you.

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    We’ll pick a winner at random on Friday at noon. Good luck!


  9. December

    This Just In: Your Blues

    posted by Emile

    I hadn’t listened to Destoyer’s Your Blues in years. Not sure why, as I frequently listen to Destroyer’s Rubies and Kaputt alongside other Dan Bejar-related stuff like Swan Lake. It’s not like I completely forgot about Your Blues or its contents (the bit about a woman keeping “the word ‘Destroyer’ embroidered on her jeans” comes to mind often), but for some reason I hadn’t revisited it. So then Merge reissued it (for the first time on vinyl), I put it on, “It’s Gonna Take An Airplane” played, and the memories cascaded as I exclaimed “oh shit – that’s my jam!” I’ve now spent days with it in my head, much like I had it in my head for days on end years ago. It still has the same strong “what the hell is he doing and how does it work so well?” effect on me. I think I’m gonna get my jeans embroidered after work today.

    Destroyer – Your Blues LP:
    Listen – “It’s Gonna Take An Airplane”

    On the occasion of the Destroyer LP reissue, Canadian music writer Michael Barclay wrote of the album:

    Your Blues is luxurious pop presented as high drama, the ideal sonic setting for Bejar’s oft-arch, oft-parodied delivery. It’s here, not in front of a rock band, where his voice is actually most at home: in a world where nothing sounds real, and everything is possible and wondrous and exclamatory. Pity the poor believers in “purity” and “authenticity,” tired and meaningless words that should never be applied to any art form, least of all pop music. (“So, Great Pretender, pull a face!”) Bejar’s sloganeering—Your Blues contains some of his most memorable phrases, almost as many as Streethawk—is all the more powerful when presented in contrast to the synthetic veneer.

    “People say, ‘They just didn’t want it enough.’ Oh, but we were the Music Lovers!” Destroyer doesn’t want what you think he wants; he doesn’t want what you think he should, as a so-called rock singer. He’s called Destroyer for a reason. On Your Blues, Bejar made it crystal clear that your blues are your business; they have nothing to do with his art or wherever he decides to take it. Dan Bejar never went back to Your Blues—not even while touring the record, which involved the B.C. band Frog Eyes pummeling these songs to the ground as only a Beefheartish art-rock band could. (You can hear the results on the Notorious Lightning EP, featuring six reworked versions of Your Blues songs; it seemed almost an apology to rockist snobs.) Your Blues sounds like nothing else in the Destroyer discography, which is exactly why it should be celebrated, cherished—and reissued on vinyl.

    Nobody’s blues – new releases, reissues and restocks…
    A Tribe Called Quest – Midnight Marauders LP; People’s Instinctive Travels 2LP
    AC/DC – Rock Or Bust LP+CD
    Allah-Las – Worship The Sun LP
    Amy Winehouse – Back To Black LP; Lioness: Hidden Treasures 2LP
    Andrew Bird – Armchair Apocrypha LP
    Andy Stott – Faith In Strangers 2LP
    Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works 85-92 2LP
    Balloon Monument – PL003 CS
    Beach Boys – Pet Sounds LP
    Beatles – 1 2LP*; 1962-1966 2LP*; 1967-1970 2LP*
    Black Keys – Magic Potion LP
    Boards Of Canada – Hi Scores 12″
    Bob Marley & The Wailers – Soul Rebels LP*
    Booker T. & The M.G.’s – The Booker T. Set LP
    Busta Rhymes – The Coming 2LP*
    Can – Ege Bamyasi LP; Monster Movie LP; Tago Mago 2LP
    Channel 1 – Satta Dub LP
    Chris & Cosey – Trance LP
    David Bowie – Nothing Has Changed 2CD
    De La Soul – 3 Ft. High And Rising 2LP
    Don Carlos – Wipe The Wicked Clean LP
    DJ Shadow – Entroducing LP
    Drovers ’88 – Winter Heaters CS
    Fennesz – Becs 2LP
    Flaming Lips – With A Little Help From My Fwends CD
    Francis Bebey – African Electronic Music 2LP
    Fred McDowell – I Don’t Play No Rock ‘N’ Roll LP
    Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Pinata 2LP
    Funkadelic – Free Your Mind… And Your Ass Will Follow LP; Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On LP
    G.B.H. – No Survivors LP*
    Gang Starr – Daily Operation LP
    Ghostface – The Pretty Toney Album 2LP*
    Grateful Dead – Workingman’s Dead LP
    Holly Hunt – Year One 2LP; Prometheus EP 12” (LAST REMAINING COPIES OF BOTH!!!)
    Holly Hunt/Slomatics – Split 7”*
    James Blake – Overgrown 2LP
    James Carr – You Got My Mind Messed Up LP
    Japanther – Instant Money Magic LP*
    Jimi Hendrix – People, Hell & Angels 2LP
    Joey Ramone – Don’t Worry About Me LP
    Johnny Cash – Blood, Sweat & Tears LP; The Fabulous Johnny Cash LP
    Jon Hassell/Brian Eno – Fourth World Vol. 1: Possible Musics LP*
    Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid 2LP
    King Tubby – Dub From The Roots LP; Explosive Dub LP
    Lana Del Rey – Born To Die LP
    Lee Fields – Problems LP
    Lightnin’ Hopkins – Blue Lightnin‘ LP; The Great Electric Show & Dance LP
    LL Cool J – Mama Said Knock You Out LP*
    Loscil – Sea Island 2LP*
    Lou Reed – Rock N Roll Animal LP
    Madlib – Shades Of Blue LP
    Mary J Blige – The London Sessions 2LP*
    MF Doom – Operation Doomsday 2LP
    Misfits – Collection II LP; Legacy Of Brutality LP; S/T LP; Static Age LP
    Nas – S/T LP
    Nicolas Jaar – Don’t Break My Love 10″; Marks & Angles 12″; Space Is Only Noise LP
    Nina Simone – Gifted & Black LP
    Nirvana – In Utero 2013 Mix 2LP
    Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Return To The 36 Chambers 2LP
    Otis Redding – Lonely & Blue LP
    Panda Bear – Tomboy LP
    Parquet Courts – Content Nausea CD
    Pharcyde – Bizarre Ride II 2LP
    Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon LP; Endless River 2LP, CD; The Wall 2LP; Wish You Were Here LP
    Question Mark & The Mysterians – 96 Tears LP
    Radiohead – In Rainbows LP
    Ray Charles – Modern Sounds In Country & Western Music LP
    Rolling Stones – 12×5 LP; From The Vault: L.A. Forum Live In 1975 3LP*; Hot Rocks 2LP; Through The Past Darkly LP
    Sam Cooke – Ain’t That Good News LP; Harlem Square Club, Miami, FL 1/10/63 LP*
    Samuel Hoffman/Les Baxter – First Electronic Chillout Music LP
    Scientist – The Dub Album They Didn’t Want You To Hear LP
    Sly & Robbie – Dubrising LP; Sly & Robbie – Middle East Dub LP
    Smashing Pumpkins – Gish LP; Monuments To An Elegy CD*
    Son House – Father Of Folk Blues LP
    Spiritualized – Amazing Grace LP; Songs In A&E 2LP
    Spoon – They Want My Soul LP
    Swans – Filth LP; To Be Kind 3LP
    Sun Ra – Discipline 27-11 LP; Secrets Of The Sun LP
    Syd Barrett – The Madcap Laughs LP
    The Allman Brothers Band – Brothers & Sisters LP
    The Fall – Yarbles LP*
    Thelonious Monk & John Coltrane – At Carnegie Hall LP
    Thelonious Monk – The Man I Love LP
    Thievery Corporation – The Mirror Conspiracy 2LP
    Tom Waits – Swordfishtrombones LP
    Tool – Opiate 12″
    Toro Y Moi – Causers Of This LP
    Ty Segall – Singles 2 LP
    Upsetters – Blackboard Jungle Dub LP
    Various – Charred Remains 2LP
    Various – Poco Loco In The Coco LP
    Various – Psych Funk Sa-Re-Ga! 2LP
    Various – Science Fiction Park Bundesrepublik 2LP
    Various – Spiritual Jazz Vol. 5 2LP
    Various – The Traveling Archive: Folk Music From Bengal LP
    Various – Turkish Freakout Vol. 2 2LP
    Van Morrison – Astral Weeks LP
    Various – A Distant Invitation LP
    Various – Beck Song Reader 2LP
    Various – Miami Vice OST LP
    Various – Trapped: 16 R&B And Early Soul Stompers LP
    Wendy Carlos – Tron OST 2LP
    Wu-Tang Clan – Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) LP

    *Indicates new release or new reissue


  11. December

    Tonight is Daniel Reskin’s Last Time Hosting Casa de Haha

    posted by Jsin

    Tonight is a very special Casa de Haha at Sweat. We’ll be saying goodbye to Casa founder Daniel Reskin after 6 years of hosting Miami’s best stand-up comedy showcase. Here are some of his last words:

    ” Six years of Casa. Huzza! I’ve grown, experimented, and showcased hundreds of talented comedians in a city where comedy can be hard to find.

    Alas, the natural cycles mandate I leave Miami if I wish to evolve – THE TORCH MUST BE PASSED!

    This month I have a stacked lineup to say goodbye and introduce two of Miami’s brightest young comics… before they run my precious show into the ground.”

    – Daniel Reskin

    We’re going to miss the funny man, but we know he’ll be a great success in Denver! Filling his shoes are two great local talents Allan Medina & Reginald Desjardins. The show starts at 8pm, right after Emerge Miami meets, and it’s FREE as always so stop by!

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  13. December

    Sweaty News of the Week

    posted by Lolo

    Woohoo! We all survived Basel. Good job, everyone. On to some local news…

    Today is the deadline for Borscht’s Scarface Redux project. To get involved just make a 15-second video clip “covering” a scene from the film. Full details here.

    Tuesday night is the last Casa de Haha with my bro Daniel Reskin as host! He’s passing the torch on to two other great local comics so the tradition will continue. It is Miami’s longest-running comedy night, as well as the free-est and fun-est, so we hope to see you there! 8-10pm.

    The annual Book Sale benefiting Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Library starts Wednesday at the Main Library downtown. All the info is on the flier below.


    Last but not least this Thursday we’ll be closing at 8pm instead of the usual 10 for the Sweat staff holiday party. If you need records that night, come at 7!




  15. December

    XYZA Showcase Saturday at Sweat

    posted by Jsin

    This Saturday Sweat welcomes a live showcase of electronic artists from Miami’s own XYZA Collective! Kicking off at 6pm, this free show will feature the dark and dirty 8-bit sounds of Phantasman and the dream induced chiptune tracks of Lautlos. Stop by for some music and coffee while you’re out for Art Basel!

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