The TOPS album is phenomenal. “Outside” was one of my favorite songs of the year. I also really liked the recent Stars album!
Only because you asked…
Gold-Bears – Dalliance
Hollie Cook – Twice
Yumi Zouma – EP
A Sunny Day In Glasgow – Sea When Absent
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Piñata
Alvvays – s/t
Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness
Woman’s Hour – Conversations
Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens – Cold World
Darius – Romance
TOPS – Picture You Staring
Mac DeMarco – Salad Days
Mr. Twin Sister – s/t
The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers
Generationals – Alix
White Fence – For the Recently Found Innocent
Tony Molina – Dissed and Dismissed
SALES – s/t
Marissa Nadler – July
Sean Nicholas Savage – Bermuda Waterfall
And c’mon, speaking of not knowing their ass from a hole in the ground… Pitchfork??? Are you kidding me? They haven’t been relevant for nearly 10 years now. If you think for one second that any of their content isn’t bought and paid for by the labels/advertisers you’re just as naive as this list.
( * ) <- my ass
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You’re very welcome, kind sir!
Well, if this is the best list “all of you” could generate, then I’d say that’s pretty much spot on. And to clarify, I’m not being critical of any one individual ‘gum reader here. Just when you aggregate what everyone puts in it’s the same old crap as Pitchfork or Spin.
This list looks a hell of a lot like my most overrated albums of 2014 list. You people should start listening outside of the blog zeitgeist for a change.
This list is so bad it’s barely worth commenting on, but in case you happen to enjoy good music, I recommend checking out these albums that weren’t on here:
Fujiya & Miyagi
Fear of Men
Freddie Gibbs & Madlb
#1, #2 and #4 are obvious choices and I think most people would agree they are classics. But “Blood Money” and “The Heart of a Saturday Night” are actually two of my FAVORITE Tom Waits albums! I like the sentimental stuff you begrudgingly refer to as cocaine-Rogaine folk rock. For me, my favorite Tom Waits is forlorn, love lost and sitting at the end of a dank hole of a bar drinking by himself.
Maybe you kids were too young to remember a time when every other asshat in the crowd WASN’T taking photos and video with their phone, but having gone to plenty of shows before smartphones, I can recall it being much better without them. It’s not hard to turn off the goddamn thing for an hour or two. Put away the Twitter and the Instagram or Snapchat or whatever the fuck you’re wasting your time on and enjoy the show! Just let the music wash over you: dance, feel, have fun! I was at the She & Him show in Central Park last night and I must say this absence was refreshing. Given the celebrity of Ms. Deschanel, I’m sure there would have been even more amateur phone photography than usual. I must say I got some satisfaction from the security team going into the crowd and tapping people on the shoulder and demanding they put their phones away. Go figure that nearly everyone they approached was also being totally obnoxious and talking loudly through almost the entire set as well.