December 18, 2014

2014 Year End Music List (Part 2)

This happens every year. I start working on my favorite music list for the year. I tell myself that I'm just going to put together a top ten. But I can't help myself. I publish the list and still every morning for the week after I'm still thinking about what else should be on the list. So, here you have it! I offered my top ten but apparently, I had a top 20 rumbling around in my head. I blame it on the late D'Angelo release. After hearing that, I just had to add it!
  1. Cold Specks - Neuroplasticity: Two years ago, Cold Specks showed up with a sparse, sad, soulful album. This album is a lovely evolution of a great artist.
  2. Damien Jurado - Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son: This is by far the most beautiful album Jurado has crafted so far. This album should have got a lot more attention this year.
  3. Tune-Yards - Nicki Nack: Merrill Garbus makes music that sounds like the love child of Jim Henson and Fela Kuti. I can't say that this is a huge progression in song writing but it's certainly a fuller production and I love it.
  4. The New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers:  Dang! This band writes such good songs! AC Newman, Neko Case and the gang are just incredible song writers that pull directly from the Beatles' lineage. So good.
  5. Redline Graffiti - The Drill: Like Ex Hex, Redline Graffiti hail from DC. Lovely, indie rock meets neo-soul. I think these guys could be huge.
  6. Greys - If Anything: The lead track to this break neck paced album is titled, "Guy Picciotto." Seriously. What else needs to be said?!
  7. Benjamin Booker - Benjamin Booker: Good ol' fashioned rock and roll! A really solid debut album from this solo artist. Looking forward to what else he does.
  8. St. Paul and the Broken Bones - Half the City: I experienced such cognitive dissonance the first time I tried to connect the faces of this band with their music. Whitey on the Motown.
  9. D'Angelo - Black Messiah:  D'Angelo disappears for 15 years and returns with this amazing funk, soul gem. Complicated. Weird. Timely. Worth the wait.
  10. Hiatus Kaiyote - By Fire: I have this little trick I play on musician friends. I put Hiatus Kaiyote on and slowly turn up the volume until one of them says, "Who is this?!" This EP picks up exactly where their debut full length left off. There's a reason that they're adored by soul and hip hop icons alike.
Okay, that's it! No more music for 2014... well, I may share what I'm most looking forward to. In the meantime, here's a Spotify playlist of my top twenty for 2014 (sans the Thom Yorke track). Enjoy!

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