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Spanspek Favorite Music of 2014: Local Singles

Alright folks! Our favorite time of the year has arrived! Lets get into the nitty gritty of the year in local music!

First things first, this is how we do things here at Spanspek Headquarters. Tomorrow we'll discuss our favorite local albums of the year. Today we're gonna go over our favorite singles of 2014, excluding those that are on our favorite albums list. This is done so that we can cover as many different local acts as possible, because there are tons! The Fresno/Tulare County scenes are incredibly diverse, with a multitude of great acts creating amazing songs every day. We hope that these next few posts will shine a light on our vibrant music culture, so that you will be encouraged to go out and see these bands yourself. Or maybe even create some music of your very own!

So without further adieu, here are Spanspek's favorite singles of 2014!

B. Wash (Fresno, CA)
On the Road Again Pt. 1 (Tyme Records)
With an authoritive flow and dreamlike production, the fiery tongued rapper takes control of his hip hop destiny. 

Cloudship (Fresno, CA)
"Sail to Heaven"
Sail to Heaven
Cloudship delivers a soaring ode to searching, containing soulful singing from Blind Bison keyboardist Brandon Freeman, and exquisite strings from Before Perils guitarist Jonathan Naples. A great inspirational song.

The Crossing (Fresno, CA)
"On My Way"
True North (Tyme Records)
Mainstream rock with tons of heart, readymade for Top 40 stations the world over.

Dovves (Fresno, CA)
The soft, plaintive guitar strums and vunerable voice of singer Jemimah Barba evoke a lonely night walking Paris streets, haunted by the sprits of days gone by.

Sucker MC's take note: Esem can rap about his recent gall bladder surgery and still make it sound better than anything you can come up with. Esem be giving people inferiority complexes.

Iwanaga (Fresno, CA)
"That’s A Paddlin'"
One of Fresno's most joyous bands, Iwanaga score a major hit with love song "That's A Paddlin'", complete with a tv theme song sax solo. This band always knows how to have fun.

Keeper (Fresno, CA)
As It Needs To Be...
At times earth rattling and punishing, "As It Needs To Be..." never loses it's focus on melody, reworking it's tuneful intro through all manner of doom filled iterations.

Lezayr (Fresno, CA)
"Karina’s Song"
Fuego Lento
Although the band released their refined and excellent "Break the Chains" EP earlier this year, the songs on the accompanying acoustic EP felt more immediate. On "Karina's Song" vocalist Alex Ayala sings with barely contained passion about the look in a lovers eyes.

MC Wicks (Fresno, CA)
"The Greatest"
Neva Had A Dolla
Soul samples from producer K. Pizzle soundtrack the hard knock life of MC Wicks, a rapper who fights every single day to get what's his.

Meet Me In Montauk (Fresno, CA)
"Poor Me"
With "Poor Me" emo band Meet Me In Montauk show that being pissed off and sad is no excuse to not get down and groove.

The Panduhs (Modesto, CA)
"Dear Ms. Prom Queen"
Sounding like a doo woo group playing over a telephone line, The Panduhs show the world that the best way to get over being dumped is starting a badass rock band. 

Possessed Tranquility (Fresno, CA)
"Cry Little Sister" (G Tom Mac cover)

The electro rock quartet turns the popular 80's song into a pulsating fever dream. Hunting teenage vampires has never sounded better.

Richfield (Fresno, CA)
"Big Wheels"
High Fences
Americana at it's finest. One listen to "Big Wheels" and you'll be wishing you were driving your pick up to the nearest lake for a day of shooting the shit with friends.

Roach Collection (Dinuba, CA)
"3 Ninjas" (featuring Ersatz Splynter, Esem, and Carter Deems) "3 Ninjas" sounds like three friends getting high, turning on some mics, and then slanging some "who gives a fuck" rhymes for about 3 minutes. Luckily this particular group of friends makes that shit sound gooooood.

Santa Mira (Fresno, CA)
"Rancor Pit"
Songs to Fall Asleep Driving To
Santa Mira have proven adept at creating pop gems practically on the daily. "Rancor Pit" is one such gem in an album loaded with 'em. Special props to guitarist John Haley for a winding lead that sticks in the noggin.

Sharks of Dance (Fresno, CA)
Sharks of Dance
White boy funk from the new kids on the block.  If their four song EP is any indication, this band won't be struggling for very long.

Slow Season (Visalia, CA)
Mountains (Riding Easy Records)
These Led Zeppelin disciples go from a swamp stomping 4/4 to a swinging and sweaty 2/4, while David Benjamin Kent's lead guitar wails like a demon. Play this one loud folks.

Still Stoked (Fresno, CA)
Still Stoked
"Chicago" is the shabby, lo-fi standout track from the "lost" Stll Stoked EP. It's unknown why the band, which broke up years ago, decided to release the album, but we're glad they did!

And that's it! We hope you take a listen to all the tracks, download an album, and maybe attend a local show! We'll be back tomorrow with our Favorite Local Albums of 2014! SUPER EXCITING!


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