1. Broken Bells - After the Disco 2. Antemasque - Antemasque 3. Eagulls - Eagulls 4. TV On The Radio - Seeds 5. White Sea - White Sea 6. Against Me! - Transgender Dysphoria Blues 7. Cheatahs - Cheatahs 8. Jack White - Lazaretto 9. James Vincent McMorrow - Post-Tropical 10. Run The Jewels - RTJ2 11. U2 - Songs of InnocenceBuy all of these albums and more...now!!
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
At the end of the day, the top albums came down to the ones I found myself listening to the most. There were albums I respected but I never had the urge to play, so they ended up lower on the list. These were the albums that kept finding themselves in my heavy rotation. These albums deserve top billing. Probably the biggest surprise here is the U2 album. I have no idea why so many people criticized its delivery method. People have been complaining that the old system doesn't work anymore; labels and bands need to try new things. U2 did. They gave the fans exactly what they asked for and the people still complained. People didn't complain this much about Zooropa (which deserved it). My favorite criticism of the band is now they're corporate. I hate to break it to you all, any band on a record label is corporate. U2 took a risk and I commend them for it. I'd rather a band take a risk and fail then play it safe and be ordinary. If people stopped complaining and listened, they might actually be surprised. Here are the 55 Best Albums of 2014 (1-11):
Monday, January 19, 2015
Lots of guilty pleasures on the list today. And I may be the only one on the planet who liked the Foster the People album. Here are the 55 Best Albums of 2014 (12-22):
12. Foster The People - Supermodel 13. Conor Oberst - Upside Down Mountain 14. Klaxons - Love Frequency 15. Spoon - They Want My Soul 16. Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence 17. Gardens & Villas - Dunes 18. First Aid Kit - Stay Gold 19. Pure X - Angel 20. The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream 21. The Sunshine Underground - The Sunshine Underground 22. FKA Twigs - LP1Buy these albums and more now!!!
Sunday, January 18, 2015
There have been questions about this year's countdown...to answer the big one: I did not do a poll this year. Though I promised, I ran out of my time in my life, day job, and parenting duties. So, this year, you're just going to have to live with my list and my list only. Enjoy the kitty. Here are the 55 Best Albums of 2014 (23-33):
23. Johnny Cash - Out among the Stars 24. Movement - Movement EP 25. Ryan Adams - Ryan Adams 26. Jenny Lewis - The Voyager 27. Merchandise - After the End 28. Beck - Morning Phase 39. Y.G. - My Krazy Life 30. You Blew It! - Keep Doing What You're Doing 31. Cloud Nothings - Here And Nothing Else 32. The Black Keys - Turn Blue 33. Claire - The Great EscapeBuy these albums and more...now!!!
Friday, January 16, 2015
2014 was filled with 90s superstars, indie rap reinvention, 80s throwbacks, and some of the best EPs to come out in recent memory. The 55 Best Albums of 2014 (34-44):
34. Nothing - Guilty of Everything 35. D'Angelo - Black Messiah 36. Protomartyr - Under Color of Official Right 37. Future Islands - Singles 38. LA Dispute - The Rooms of the House 39. Freddie Gibbs and Madlib - Pinata 40. Stevie Nicks - 24 Karat Gold 41. Smashing Pumpkins - Monuments To An Elegy 42. Schoolboy Q - Oxymoron 43. Ought - More Than Any Other Day 44. Small Black - Real People EPBuy these albums and more...now!!!
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Back from vacation and back on the horse. I will be attending Sundance next week and will keep on top of all the music shenanigans happening. Until then, let's finish off 2014 the right way. Here are the 55 Best Albums of 2014 (45-55):
45. Kele - Trick 46. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Only Run 47. Phantogram - Voices 48. Metronomy - Love Letters 49. The Faint - Doom Abuse 50. Death From Above 1979 - This Physical World 51. PS I Love You - For Those Who Stay 52. Sharon Van Etten - Are We There? 53. Tom Petty - Hypnotic Eye 54. Chris Robinson Brotherhood - Phosphorescent Harvest 55. Pixies - Indie CindyBuy These albums now!!