It’s that time of year again when the wizards convene and pore over the records that have been released over the previous 12 months, before finally emerging, blinking in the light, with their own Best of 2014 selections.

First up this year is Kicker Of Elves, whose big bag o’ hits includes 3 Welsh bands, 2 glam rock tunes and at least a few moments of drum and bass. We also have 2014 recommendations from real musicians, a live opening of some correspondence and an exciting quiz. You can hear all that and more here and below:

As promised, we are delighted to be able to share some of our favourite artists’ top tracks of the year. Get digging!

Jet Wintzer (Schizo Fun Addict): Strange Fish, Postcards From The Deep and Astralasia – Wind On Water (all on Fruits de Mer Records) and the Small Bear Records Christmas album Never Mind The Baubles, which is available as a free download. Jet’s film ‘Towers’ can be seen in full here – worth watching for the soundtrack alone.

Here’s the video for Theme For Suspiria too, as discussed on the pod.

Benjamin Shaw: Spencer Radcliffe & RL Kelly – Brown Horse, Coolio Desgracias – Suppositories Of Wisdom, Uncle Rico – The Father, The Son & The Broken Dream, Kim Mayo – Love’s Hum and Sonotanotanpenz – 3.

Jack Pop (Alcopop! Records): The Xcerts – There Is Only You, Happyness – Weird Little Birthday, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires – Dereconstructed and check here on Christmas Day for the 2 brand new Alcopop! tees.

In addition, we received a late note from our friends The Nightingales reminding us that music can force political change and informing us that Robert Lloyd‘s favourite song of the year is Christy&Emily – Shadow.

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Many thanks to all of them for their suggestions and musical contributions.

Here’s the physicality from the show:

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Wizard-in-Chief for Trust The Wizards music podcast and blog. Guided By Voices fanatic.

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  1. These are Kicker’s favourite tracks of the year as played in this podcast, but here in alphabetic order:

    Andrew Jackson Jihad – Angel Of Death (Christmas Island)
    Stanley Brinks & The Wave Pictures – Orange Juice (single)
    Wild Billy Chyldish & CTMF – Punk Rock Enough For Me (single)
    Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly – Remember (Starrcade EP (RSD ’14 Wrestling Mask Special))
    Goat – Gathering Of Ancient Tribes (Commune)
    Guided By Voices – Vote For Me Dummy (Motivational Jumpsuit)
    Half Man Half Biscuit – This One’s For Now (Urge For Offal)
    Johnny Foreigner – Riff Glitchard (You Can Do Better)
    Joseph Airport – Robins Are The Nerds Of Birds (Stronger And Better)
    Mahmundi – Leve (Rolê: New Sounds Of Brazil)
    The Nightingales – Bullet For Gove (For Fuck’s Sake)
    Papernut Cambridge- Nutflake Social (There’s No Underground)
    Chuck Prophet – Lonely Desolation (Night Surfer)
    Pulco – Open Your Wallets (single)
    Radstewart – Prom Song (Art Reeks)
    Schizo Fun Addict – Theme From Suspiria (single)
    Benjamin Shaw – Break The Kettles And Sink The Boats (Goodbye, Cagoule World)
    Sleaford Mods – Tweet Tweet Tweet (Divide and Exit)
    Soft Hearted Scientists – Frozen Waterfall (The Slow Cyclone)
    Something Anorak – The Things We Do When No One’s Watching (Tiny Island)
    Vibravoid – Rheinflow (single)
    David Woodcock – The Adventures Of You And Me (David Woodcock)

  2. […] Schizo Fun Addict also head up the kicker of elves best of 2014 podcast put up by the trust the wizards blog which you can hear by tapping on the link somewhere to the foot of this ramble, their frankly gob smacking cover treatment of Goblin’s immortal theme from ‘suspiria’ was among our favourite listening moments of the year and certainly out there on its todd-ney as the best rephrasing we’d had the pleasure of getting our lugs around and this being serviced through a label – Fruits de Mer who just went from strength to strength blowing minds and dazzling eyes with a formidable release roster that this year was capped off by a boxed 10 flexi disc frenzy and a double disc Floyd cover set which rumours abound is due to be graced by a limited vinyl pressing available to all who attend their all dayer with mega dodo records spring time next year. Elsewhere on this here kicker of elves podcast year end best of podcast some superb Times and Denim meets Mott glammed out pub rocked groove from David Woodcock with ‘the adventures of me and you’ culled from his self titled full length – a copy I fear we need as soon as. Elsewhere some sterling gnarled Fatima Mansions flavoured agit rock-a-hula from the nightingales courtesy of ‘bullet for Gove’ while Sleaford Mods who due to a glaring oversight we meant to feature earlier in the month enact a spot of minimalist post punk edginess that’s straight out of the songbook of John Cooper Clarke with ‘tweet tweet tweet’ and really how could you pass up on papernut cambridge’s ‘nutflake social’ one of our favourite releases of the year not that they sent over copies of the album or the single now I come to think of it – ho hum. Anyhow fill your boots here…. https://trustthewizards.com/2014/12/20/podcast-number-31-kicker-of-elves-best-of-2014/ […]

  3. Will Neville says:

    Still listening to this, but it’s made me explore both David Woodcock and Pulco so far

  4. Will Neville says:

    I assume it was The Byrds that were mentioned in the bird-related bands? Cos there’s another 60’s band called The Birds!

  5. […] can hear a rundown of my 20 favourite songs of the year right here, but if I had to choose just one song [and you do TTW Ed] as being worthy of the Kicker Song of […]

  6. Will Neville says:

    I got a few more you didn’t mention (I think): Ducks Deluxe, Bird, Swans, The Wrens, Bird Nest Roys, H. Hawkline, Penguin Cafe Orchestra and The Penguins

  7. […] Schizo Fun Addict also head up the kicker of elves best of 2014 podcast put up by the trust the wizards blog which you can hear by tapping on the link somewhere to the foot of this ramble, their frankly gob smacking cover treatment of Goblin’s immortal theme from ‘suspiria’ was among our favourite listening moments of the year and certainly out there on its todd-ney as the best rephrasing we’d had the pleasure of getting our lugs around and this being serviced through a label – Fruits de Mer who just went from strength to strength blowing minds and dazzling eyes with a formidable release roster that this year was capped off by a boxed 10 flexi disc frenzy and a double disc Floyd cover set which rumours abound is due to be graced by a limited vinyl pressing available to all who attend their all dayer with mega dodo records spring time next year. Elsewhere on this here kicker of elves podcast year end best of podcast some superb Times and Denim meets Mott glammed out pub rocked groove from David Woodcock with ‘the adventures of me and you’ culled from his self titled full length – a copy I fear we need as soon as. Elsewhere some sterling gnarled Fatima Mansions flavoured agit rock-a-hula from the nightingales courtesy of ‘bullet for Gove’ while Sleaford Mods who due to a glaring oversight we meant to feature earlier in the month enact a spot of minimalist post punk edginess that’s straight out of the songbook of John Cooper Clarke with ‘tweet tweet tweet’ and really how could you pass up on papernut cambridge’s ‘nutflake social’ one of our favourite releases of the year not that they sent over copies of the album or the single now I come to think of it – ho hum. Anyhow fill your boots here…. https://trustthewizards.com/2014/12/20/podcast-number-31-kicker-of-elves-best-of-2014/ […]

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