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Songs of Innocence and 19 Other Records: 2014 in Review
  • It’s December 1st, so it’s about that time. I won’t compile everything until the second week of January (and I’ll give plenty of warning), but I like to get these threads up early so as many people as possible will be able to contribute.

    My (very preliminary) list:

    1. Young Thug and Bloody Jay - Black Portland
    2. YG - My Krazy Life
    3. G-Side - GzIIGodz
    4. Vince Staples - Hell Can Wait
    5. DJ Quik - The Midnight Life
    6. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2
    7. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Pinata
    8. DJ Mustard - 10 Summers
    9. Future - Honest
    10. Kevin Gates- By Any Means

    EVERYONE WHO HASN’T LISTEN TO BLACK PORTLAND

    http://www.livemixtapes.com/mixtapes/25987/young-thug-bloody-jay-black-portland.html

  • Don’t know whether to be pleased or sheepish that I had to google Songs Of Innocence.

    Can’t see much immediate crossover with blucas, but my list of sci-fi electronica and ambience will be up shortly.

  • I had to look it up too, and I’m definitely feeling very pleased with myself for not having known!

    I don’t think I’d trust myself to make my own list, but I do look forward to skimming through everyone else’s to see what I’ve missed. And perhaps I’ll even be able to scramble together something at the last minute based on the recommendations picked up in the course of doing so.

  • y’all should listen to these

    1. /F- ƒ sj J¶JF : Pq~; ???/a/a/ J#(. . a a9
    2. inga copeland- because i’m worth it
    3. fatima al qadiri- asiatisch
    4. anne guthrie- codiaeum  variegatum
    5. maria minerva- histrionic
    6. marie davidson- perte d’identite
    7. jefre cantu-ledesma- songs of forgiveness
    8. vessel- punish, honey
    9. tlaotlon- ektomists
    10. Lawrence English- Wilderness of mirrors
    11. scott walker and sunn O)))- soused
    12. fennesz- becs
    13. madalyn merkey- valley girl
    14. Gobby- Wakng Thrst For Seeping Banhee
    15. ylangylang- dream warrior
    16. sculpture- membrane pop
    17. xiu xiu: red classrom- angel guts
    18. kazuki tomokawa- vengeance bourbon
  • also, looking forward to nick’s list

    1. Owen Pallett - In Conflict
    2. St. Vincent - St. Vincent
    3. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2
    4. Spoon - They Want My Soul
    5. Survival Knife - Loose Power
    6. Boris - Noise
    7. Cold Specks - Neuroplasticity
    8. Swans - To Be Kind
    9. Hospitality - Trouble
    10. Iceage - Plowing into the Field of Love
    11. Lucinda Williams - Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone
    12. Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire for No Witness
    13. Thurston Moore - The Best Day
    14. Fucked Up - Glass Boys
    15. Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn - Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn
    16. Aphex Twin - Syro
    17. Lorelle Meets the Obsolete - Chambers
    18. Faust - j us t
    19. Benjamin Booker - Benjamin Booker
    20. Clark - Clark
    21. Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings - Give the People What They Want
    22. Mogwai - Rave Tapes
    23. Lower - Seek Warmer Climes
    24. Guided By Voices - Cool Planet
    25. Bob Mould - Beauty & Ruin
    26. Caribou - Our Love
    27. Wye Oak - Shriek
    28. Flying Lotus - You’re Dead!
    29. White Lung - Deep Fantasy
    30. Ex Hex - Rips
  • Pants said: also, looking forward to nick’s list

    Aw, thanks man. I think I would like a lot of these on the lists so far if I paid enough attention, but my interests seem to have become even more isolate and esoteric. I do have a draft, so I’ll try to sort that out soon.

  • Pants said: y’all should listen to these

    1. /F- ƒ sj J¶JF : Pq~; ???/a/a/ J#(. . a a9

    This has piqued my interest!

  • The top 20. A list of beautiful sounds:

    otto

    1. Otto A Totland - Pinô
    2. Excepter - Familiar
    3. Pye Corner Audio - Black Mill Tapes Vol.4
    4. Objekt - Flatland
    5. A Winged Victory For The Sullen - ATOMOS
    6. Eric Copeland - Ms Pretzel / Logo My Ego
    7. Machinefabriek - Drum Solos (etc. etc.)
    8. Lee Gamble - KOCH
    9. Black To Comm - Black To Comm
    10. Aphex Twin - Syro
    11. Grouper - Ruins
    12. Lawrence English - Wilderness Of Mirrors
    13. John Foxx and Steve D’Agostino - Evidence Of Time Travel
    14. Helm - The Hollow Organ / Shattered Miniatures
    15. Hacker Farm - Dreamware Reboot
    16. Not Waving - Voices I / Voices II / Voices III
    17. Zammuto - Anchor
    18. Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks - Enter The Slasher House
    19. Woodbines & Spiders - W & S
    20. COH - To Beat

    And bubbling under, the next twenty:

    1. Jon Brooks - 52
    2. Courtney Barnett - The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas
    3. Erik Thielemans - Sprang
    4. Pjusk - Pjusk - Solstøv
    5. The Soundcarriers - Entropicalia
    6. Geoff Mullen - New England Reverb
    7. Robyn Hitchcock - The Man Upstairs
    8. Bruno Pronasto presents Archangel - The Bedroom Slant
    9. Dalglish - Dorcha Aigeann
    10. Vashti Bunyan - Heartleap
    11. Half Man Half Biscuit - Urge For Offal
    12. Walls + Oram - Sound Houses
    13. Koen Holtkamp - Motion
    14. Valerio Tricoli - Miseri Lares
    15. Janek Shaefer - Lay-by Lullaby
    16. Actress - Ghettoville
    17. Listening Center - Other Voices 02 / Cycles/Other Phenomena
    18. Piiptsjilling - Molkedrippen
    19. Joseph Hammer - Roadless Travel
    20. Diamond Version - CI

    And a few of the shorter releases I really liked, but didn’t think warranted a place on the main list:

    1. Bass Clef - Raven Yr Own Worl
    2. Powell - Club Music
    3. Beneath - Vobes
    4. Olli Aarni - Kimalle
    5. Deaf Center - Recount
    6. Δkkord - HTH020
  • Kind of blah year for me. I don’t have a clear number 1, but here is some stuff I liked:

    • Thou - Heathen
    • A Winged Victory for the Sullen - Atomos
    • Dick Diver - New Name Blues 7”
    • Ex Hex - Rips
    • Amen Dunes - Love
    • Ryan Adams - 1984 7”
    • Ryan Adams - Jacksonville 7”
    • Ryan Adams - Ryan Adams (gotta say, best year for Ryan Adams since the mid-2000s)
    • Sharon Van Etten - Are We There
    • Earth - Primitive and Deadly
    • Twerps - Underlay EP
    • Total Control - Typical System
    • Miss Destiny - House of Wax / The One 7”

    I should probably give additional listens to the Vashti Bunyan, At the Gates, White Lung, Agalloch, Pallbearer, and YOB records and I would like to find a hip hop record that I liked this year.

    Shows:

    • A Winged Victory For the Sullen at Recital Hall
    • Gorguts/Portal at Northcote Social Club
    • Royal Headache / Miss Destiny / etc at Maggot Fest at The Tote
    • Robyn Hitchcock doing “I Often Dream of Trains” at Northcote Social Club
    • Parquet Courts / Total Control / Constant Mongrel at the Corner
    • Twerps / Fabulous Diamonds at Abbotsford Convent
  • I am really overwhelmed at the moment, but I will do my best to pitch in with some kind of list in the next few days. I already see some names that should make it (Zammuto, Tomokawa, Ex Hex, Machinefabriek, St Vincent); lately I have been big on the Radian & Howe Gelb collab record as well as the latest by Deerhoof and Xylouris White, and I’m sure there’s tons of other stuff that isn’t coming to mind right now.

  • Where shows are concerned, now that’s easier, as I still use last.fm to list them:

    Top-Tier - Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Laiterie, Strasbourg (Nov 2) - Mostly Other People Do The Killing, Pôle Sud, Strasbourg (Apr 4) - Josephine Foster & Victor Herrero, Hall des Chars, Strasbourg (May 6)

    Excellent - Bill Callahan + Alasdair Roberts, Kulturkirche, Köln (Feb 14) - Teho Teardo & Blixa Bargeld, Alte Feuerwache, Mannheim (Mar 27) - Joëlle Léandre & Vincent Courtois, Pôle Sud, Strasbourg (Nov 18) - Xylouris White + Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Carré Bellefeuille, Festival BBMix, Boulogne-Billancourt (Nov 22)

    Very Good - Howe Gelb, Les Trinitaires, Metz (Feb 28) - Woods, Troc’afé, Strasbourg (Sep 7) - Spoon, Kaserne, Basel (Nov 3) - Emilie Lesbros & Darius Jones Quintet, Pôle Sud, Strasbourg (Nov 11)

  • The only gig that mattered for me was Throwing Muses at the Concorde in Brighton. Though I am seeing the Human League next Friday! :-)

  • Editing my list now because it was supposed to have Sharon Jones in it.

  • It’s too bad Phil Oakey is bald now. He should wear a wig of his 1981 hairdo.

  • That Xylouris White record is interesting. I’ll have to give it a few more spins as well.

  • The record is very good, but predictably it comes together even more strongly live. Jim White’s playing is a mystery of nature.

  • Absolutely…I was just about to say “I hope they tour here”, but then I looked and they are playing here in January. Wish fulfillment.

  • oh yeah, I saw them live it was a blast! I haven’t heard the record yet though

  • Thanks for the heads up Xylouris White Mr augury. Just got my tickets for that.

    side note: Turns out Guy Picciotto produced their album.

    Edit: Oh and I’ll probably put a list together. Me and Nick will have a few things in common as usual.

  • I would have put the Scott Walker and Sunn O))) collaboration pretty high if I’d heard it in time, but I always try to get my list done in early December or else I keep thinking of more stuff I should listen to and my list doesn’t get done until February.

  • Pretty good year from where I’m standing. I’ve got like half a dozen tied for first. On one hand, no single record rose above and claimed the top spot; on the other hand, several did. I’ll have something ready soon…

  • Killdozersnakeboy said: Thanks for the heads up Xylouris White Mr augury. Just got my tickets for that.

    side note: Turns out Guy Picciotto produced their album.

    No worries….I got tickets too. I’ll check with Dan for possible meet up times….

  • Wow, I don’t think I listened to a single new album this year other than RTJ2

  • Every year I say I’m not ready for this. This year I’m less prepared than usual. Maybe I have been paying too much attention to sandwiches and not enough to new music, i don’t know. I think there are 5 or 6 albums I’ve really liked. I’ll go through and put something together.

  • This isn’t much of a list, and not necessarily in order but here are my top 4 albums that I actually listened to and moved me to some extent (or just enjoyed)

    1. Sun Kil Moon - Benji
    2. Cymbals Eat Guitars - Loss (maybe Syro, but I’ll have to like more than just the first song
    3. Real Estate - Atlas

    That’s not much there, nothing big has popped up I guess

  • wait deep fantasy came out this year didn’t it? that’s like 1-10 for me

  • Yep, Deep Fantasy is definitely 2014

  • There’s still one 2014 album I should listen to before finalizing things (Skalpel’s new LP), but right now, I’ve got a top 20 I’m pretty comfortable with. The top 12 or so are extremely tight, and the top 5 was basically a toss-up, with just the slightest edge given to Mr. Albarn.

    1. Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots
    2. Spoon - They Want My Soul
    3. Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal
    4. Doug Paisley - Strong Feelings
    5. The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream
    6. Vacationer - Relief
    7. Woods - With Light and Love
    8. Bahamas - Bahamas is Afie
    9. The Afghan Whigs - Do to the Beast
    10. Courtney Barnett - The Double EP
    11. Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band - Landmarks
    12. Shintaro Sakamoto - Let’s Dance Raw
    13. Self - Super Fake Nice
    14. Metronomy - Love Letters
    15. Ex Hex - Rips
    16. Current Swell - Ulysses
    17. Hamilton Leithauser - Black Hours
    18. Skalpel - Transit
    19. Ryan Adams - Ryan Adams
    20. Jeff Ballard Trio - Time’s Tales

    In: Ryan Adams, Skalpel / Out: Blake Mills, Gruff Rhys

  • I was hoping our lists would have some commonality davy. I didn’t listen to a whole lot though. But Self is still making music? I’ll have to check that out

  • Did the Courtney Barnett record get a US release in 2014? It was on my 2013 list…

    Also, what’s the story with the Damon Albarn record? It kind of seemed “mature singer songwriter”-ly to me upon first impression so I didn’t give it much time.

  • A preliminary off-the-cuff list, which I will attempt to edit and order later (edited on Jan 6)

    1. Leonard Cohen - Popular Problems

    2. Zammuto - Anchor

    3. Richard Dawson - Nothing Important

    4. Steve Gunn - Way Out Weather

    5. DNMF - DNMF

    6. Deerhoof - La Isla Bonita

    7. Ryley Walker - All Kinds of You

    8. St Vincent - St Vincent

    9. New Bums - Voices in a Rented Room

    10. Radian & Howe Gelb - Radian verses Howe Gelb

    11. Gallon Drunk - The Soul of the Hour

    12. Norberto Lobo - Fornalha

    13. The New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers

    14. Kazuki Tomokawa - Vengeance Bourbon

    15. Ex Hex - Rips

    16. Xylouris White - Goats

    17. Carla Bozulich - Boy

    18. Jean-Louis Murat - Babel

    19. Daniel Bachman - Orange Co. Serenade

    20. Reigning Sound - Shattered

  • huh, i gotta check this one out: Radian & Howe Gelb - Radian verses Howe Gelb

  • Me too! But I figured I can get in Vienna next week. The A Winged Victory for the Sullen album just arrived here a couple of days ago, but I have yet to listen to it. I guess I should also give the Leonard Cohen album another shot? I thought it was a bit of a disappointment compared to his last, and then promptly sort of forgot its existence altogether.

  • It should be easy to find in Vienna - if you order it from their label website they actually redirect you to Substance’s webstore!

    I have listened to the Leonard Cohen album countless times and love pretty much every minute of it, especially the 4-5-6 stretch; I actually should dig up the thread about albums for unnecessarily specific circumstances, because I have a very fond memory of listening to that while walking in the desert in Sedona thirsty and worried, because I had underestimated the distance of my hike and had no water left and wasn’t sure I would get back to the car before nightfall. I usually don’t listen to music when I’m walking, especially if I can listen to animals, but that time it felt like a good idea to put the album on and then I didn’t think about water or getting lost in the dark anymore (shout out to Cian Nugent’s non-2014 album Born With The Caul, which was also an excellent soundtrack to that afternoon)

  • midnight_augury said: Did the Courtney Barnett record get a US release in 2014? It was on my 2013 list…

    Also, what’s the story with the Damon Albarn record? It kind of seemed “mature singer songwriter”-ly to me upon first impression so I didn’t give it much time.

    The Courtney Barnett record was released in the US this year, yep. I’m seeing it pop up on a number of different year-end lists.

    The Damon Albarn record is a slow burn, but it got closer to me than any other record this year. I think it sounds a lot like the quieter moments on the later Blur records, and I’ve always loved those moments. I was digging it immediately, but several of my friends didn’t get it right away.

  • Edited my list to include two latecomers: Gruff Rhys — whose new album I’d totally forgotten was coming out — and Skalpel, whose new album I’ve been looking forward to all year.

    While I think it’s an enjoyable record, I was less impressed with Ryan Adams’ new one than most folks seemed to be, and I was downright disappointed with the Blake Mills record, though again, I don’t dislike it. So those’ll have to drop out to make way for the newbies.

  • the entire American Interior project (in addition to the record, factor in the film, the book, and the live show) from Rhys was great.

  • davy said: Edited my list to include two latecomers: Gruff Rhys — whose new album I’d totally forgotten was coming out — and Skalpel, whose new album I’ve been looking forward to all year.

    While I think it’s an enjoyable record, I was less impressed with Ryan Adams’ new one than most folks seemed to be, and I was downright disappointed with the Blake Mills record, though again, I don’t dislike it. So those’ll have to drop out to make way for the newbies.

    The Ryan Adams record was a “slow burn” for me and probably wouldn’t have made much of an impression except that Kirsten is a big fan and it seeped into me osmosis-style. But basically it’s a “dark 80s pop record”, which probably isn’t for everybody. “Kim” and “Feels like Fire” are the top tracks for me.

    I would recommend checking out the Jacksonville EP if the S/T isn’t up your alley. It has a couple of his best americana-style songs since the last record he did with “Jacksonville” in the title.

    I’ll have to give that Damon Albarn another listen, as I do love some later-era Blur slow jams like “battery in your leg”, “Tender”, and especially “No distance left to run”.

  • My list of good albums is pretty long, but my top two tiers would be:

    Top:

    Parker Millsap
    Lydia Loveless
    Young Fathers
    probably Sturgill Simpson


    Second:

    Miranda Lambert
    clipping.
    RATKING
    The Notwist
    Anais Mitchell
    Zammuto
    twigs
    CYNE
    Azealia Banks
    Sun Kil Moon
    probably Run The Jewels

  • Possibly subject to change but probably not:

    1] AIRGLOW - Memory Bank

    2] FKA Twigs - LP1

    3] Maria Minerva - Histrionic

    4] Dead Astronauts - Constellation

    5] EMA - The Future’s Void

    6] Big K.R.I.T. - Cadillactica

    7] Museum Mouth - Alex I Am Nothing

    8] Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Pinata

    9] Luxury Elite - 101.7 WAVE II

    10] Gridlink - Longhena

    11] 회사AUTO - Neon Beige

    12] Taylor Swift - 1989

    13] Deerhoof - La Isla Bonita

    14] Vince Staples - Hell Can Wait EP

    15] Medicine - Home Everywhere

  • midnight_augury said:

    I’ll have to give that Damon Albarn another listen, as I do love some later-era Blur slow jams like “battery in your leg”, “Tender”, and especially “No distance left to run”.

    See, I feel like this album is very much in the vein of “Battery in Your Leg” & “No Distance Left to Run,” a little colder, perhaps, but yeah, exactly that vibe.

  • Thermos said: 3] Maria Minerva - Histrionic

    yayyy!

  • You’re on the money with number 3.

  • That will probably be no. 1 again, because I don’t see a whole lot of similarity between people’s lists

  • OH SHIT I FORGOT TO PUT THE D’ANGELO RECORD ON THERE

    I need to spend a few more days with it but it’s def going on there somewhere, prob pretty high

  • edison said:

    I have listened to the Leonard Cohen album countless times and love pretty much every minute of it

    Yeah, I totally take it back! Don’t know what I was thinking when I marked it as a disappointment.

    Maybe I’ll still have a similar total change of heart for the Sun Kil Moon album, then? For now, I’m really not feeling it.

  • Been Spotify binging and wanted to update my list to its near final form

    1. Sun Kil Moon - Benji
    2. Caribou - Our Love
    3. Cymbals Eat Guitars - Lose
    4. Clark - Clark
    5. Real Estate - Atlas

    I was listening to that clark album more thoroughly for the past week and a half and it definitely shot up my list. It could be at #2, but its a little too bleak/abstract. For whatever reason I started listening to the Caribou album, who is VERY POPULAR on spotify apparently. That one is just more lush and chill.

  • That is interesting because I liked Clark a decade or so ago but then I dumped him because he wasn’t bleak and abstract enough. Maybe I should give this last one a try.