December 12, 2014

2014 Year End Music List

This is the time of year when so many of my favorite music blogs begin to publish their top music lists of the year. I thought I'd offer my top ten music releases for the year. It's disappointing when an album comes out and does not meet your expectations. These are albums I was looking forward to and on first listen I really enjoyed them.

  1. Alt-J - This Is All Yours: I really enjoyed their first album and with the loss of a member I fully expected the sophomore slump. But this album is beautiful.
  2. Run The Jewels - RTJ2: I'll be honest, some of their lyrics are really off putting. I almost didn't include it. But it is simply the best hip hop album to come out this year. Killer Mike and El-P are great artists on their own. It's rare that two solo artists can come together and compliment each other so well. Plus, it doesn't hurt that Zach de la Rocha has a guest appearance.
  3. Moral Mazes - Magic Tommy Jackson: J. Robbins from Jawbox. Jonah Matranga from Far ... need I say more?! Only a 2-song release. But it was bliss to finally hear this! 90's era melodic post-hardcore beauty.
  4. TV on the Radio - Seeds: I don't know that I will love any album as much as I loved Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes but this is a solid album! Haven't been able to spend too much time with it yet but I was pleasantly surprised at the strength of this album. 
  5. Single Mothers - Negative Qualities: Loud, raucous rock 'n roll! Not quite as unhinged as The Bronx early work but that is an easy comparison. The difference? You can actually understand a lot of what this guy is screaming about. 
  6. St. Vincent - St. Vincent: Annie Clark just gets stronger and stronger on each release. A beautiful voice. An incredible guitar player. And just the weirdest most alluring songs to be crafted this year.
  7. Vanishing Life - People Running/Vanishing Life: Another 2-song only release that I was really excited about and loved. Walter Schreifels from Quicksand and Gorilla Biscuits with members of Rise Against and ... And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead. So good! Can't wait to hear more.
  8. F@#$ed Up - Glass Boys: David Comes to Life was a hard album to follow! Yet, this band continues to hold such a unique and creative space in the punk rock scene. I continue to be impressed with their consistent punk rock ethic that does not compromise their artistry.
  9. Ex Hex - Rips: Had to have at least on local release on this list! The album title is so appropriate. It does rip. A solid first full length from Mary Timony's (of Helium and Wild Flag) latest project. Play it loud. Play it often. 
  10. Thom Yorke - Tomorrow's Modern Boxes: I'm biased. I know it. I love everything this guy puts out. Radiohead's frontman returns with his second full length solo project. I actually think I liked this release more than The Eraser

Other Years: 20162015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007.