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Nicholas Nissen is a prescient soothsayer and I will blindly join all cults he decides to start: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/50-best-albums-of-2014-20141201/u2-songs-of-innocence-20141201
You know what, looks like we’re both right! It was released by Canadian label Royal Mountain Records in October 2013, then again by L.A. label SideOneDummy in April of this year. Under those circumstances though, I would say that disqualifies it for 2014 considerations. But hey! It gave me a chance to talk about that album again.
Also, just because nobody’s said it yet: No Kix?
P.S. – Don’t ever change Tom <3
Anybody else pleasantly surprised by how many good albums came out this year? Nothing’s been a lightning pole like the top albums albums from 2013 were, but it felt like a constant storm of “good album, good album, great album, great album” almost every week. Ya done good 2014. In that spirit, I’ll highlight some of my favorite albums/EP’s that didn’t make the cut and aren’t getting much love in the comments.
“Gist Is” by Adult Jazz – Unique arrangements, heartbreaking lyrics, every song threw me for a loop , some did it several times
“Eighteen Hours of Static” by Big-Ups – grim nihilism in both sound and lyrics, Slint in the verses and Minor Threat in the choruses
“More Than Any Other Day” by Ought – Swirling and stabbing while lyrics just spit on the world, so addicting
“Z” by SZA – Some of my favorite production this year, shit grooves, but her lyrics are so unsure about things in life, which is exactly where I’m at right now
“Range of Light” by S. Carey – Justin Vernon’s collaborator goes on to make an album more ethereal and traditionally beautiful than anything Bon Iver has done, the sonic equivalent of tears melting snow
Self-titled by PUP – Japandroids-like massive, shoutable choruses, except catchier
Self-titled by Eagulls – You might criticize them by calling them a shoutier Joy Division, but I love the idea of a shoutier Joy Division, so I loved this album
Self-titled by Morgan Delt – I’m still not sure how much I truly like this album, but my curiosity about it’s sound kept me coming back, and every time I was wondering how an album can sound like this in 2014
Self-titled by Slyvan Esso – I just can’t get over how sultry Ameilia Meath’s vocals are, I mean, half the time she’s only singing over handclaps and tiny synth snaps, it’s “small pop” at its best
“Northtown” EP by Shamir – genre bending, gender bending, body rocking, can’t wait for his full album
“The Stars Fall” EP by River Tiber – I don’t think I would’ve been as obsessed with his music without his videos, but I’m still dumbfounded that one guy can have this much control over his sound, the little production touches on this EP are what make it great
The Adult Jazz is actually titled “Gist Is,” and it was absolutely one of my favorite listens this year
Props for the Saintseneca shout out Chris! I’m glad they’re still quietly doing their thingm and got wayyyyy better at it, while all the other popular roots-rock bands seemingly dropped of the face of the world this year.
+1 for the reference. You’d think the words of Mr. B would be gospel around here.
This is some kind of madness. Some wild scientist made this in a lab. Between this and Syro, my ears are about to go into some kind of existential crisis about electronic music this week.
Very few things in this world are more Mac DeMarco-y than using a hairband and a sharpie as a capo. Also, I now have a replacement for that capo I lost. Thanks Mac!
The dreamiest of dream collabs sounds so… dreamy!