DS 40 Favourite Albums of 2014

DS Fave albums 2014

Another bumper year of music eases to a close with pretty much all the year’s albums now released. This year we’ve collated our 40 favourite LPs that we heard over the last 12 months. Of course there are bound to be a few gems that we didn’t get round to hearing that we’ll discover in the months to come but as of now these are the ones that hit the spot for us here at Doubtful Sounds. Americana music was a big part of what we listened to in 2014 and that is represented in the make-up of our list. If that is your musical cup of tea you can find our full folk and alt-country best-of list over at our Post To Wire blog. That aside, there are still plenty of other styles from brutal metallic riffing to woozy indie gems, primitive electronic poetry and doomy post rock. Hopefully there are a few records here that you haven’t heard yet and might feel inclined to check out. We’d love to hear your favourites in the comments section or on our Facebook page.

  1. Sun Kil Moon – Benji
  2. Protomarytr – Under Color of Official Right
  3. Lucinda Williams – Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone
  4. The Delines – Colfax
  5. The War On Drugs – Lost in the Dream
  6. Hurray For The Riff Raff – Small Town Heroes
  7. Tiny Ruins – Brightly Painted One
  8. The Felice Brothers – Favorite Waitress
  9. Little Bastard – Little Bastard
  10. Infinity Broke – River Mirror
  11. Earth – Primitive and Deadly
  12. Dan Michaelson and The Coastguards – Distance
  13. Blank Realm – Grassed Inn
  14. Nikki Lane – All Or Nothin’
  15. Rosanne Cash – The River and the Thread
  16. Robert Scott – The Green House
  17. Bernie Griffen & The Thin Men – Salvation
  18. Tami Neilson – Dynamite!
  19. Shihad – FVEY
  20. East Brunswick All Girls Choir – Seven Drummers
  21. Aldous Harding – Aldous Harding
  22. Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
  23. Drive-By Truckers – English Oceans
  24. Frazey Ford – Indian Ocean
  25. Damien Jurado – Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son
  26. David Kilgour & the Heavy Eights – End Times Undone
  27. J Mascis – Tied to a Star
  28. Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band – Intensity Ghost
  29. Doug Paisley – Strange Feelings
  30. Spoon – They Want My Soul
  31. Justin Townes Earle – Single Mothers
  32. Robert Ellis – The Lights From The Chemical Plant
  33. Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams
  34. Jep and Dep – Word Got Out
  35. Malcolm Holcombe – Pitiful Blues
  36. You Beauty  – Jersey Flegg
  37. Peter Bibby – Butcher/Hairstylist/Beautician
  38. Donny Benet – Weekend At Donny’s
  39. Sleaford Mods – Divide & Exit
  40. Shellac – Dude Incredible


2013 mid year faves

Here we are again at list time, halfway through 2013 and already there have been a swathe of great albums released. We’ve been listening to an eclectic mix of stuff as usual including dub electronica, skronking freeform saxophone, abrasive art rock, retro-leaning post punk and heartstring americana. These are the records we’ve loved the most from what we’ve heard this year. There will be others from the last six months that we’ll discover as the rest of the year rolls out but we can at least highly recommend these ones – in no particular order…

  • Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Push The Sky Away
  • Protomartyr – No Passion All Technique
  • The Phoenix Foundation – Fandango
  • Kirin J Callinan – Embracism
  • The Drones – I See Seaweed
  • Fat Freddy’s Drop – Blackbird
  • Jason Isbell – Southeastern
  • DJ Koze – Amygdala
  • Eleanor Friedberger – Personal Record
  • Colin Stetson – New History Warfare Vol 3: To See More Light
  • Zomby – With Love

ALBUM REVIEW: Shihad | The Meanest Hits

by Chris Familton

Nearing a quarter of a century together and well overdue for a greatest hits compilation, Shihad have put together a 2CD collection that reinforces the claim that they are one of the greatest rock bands to come out of New Zealand.

The best-of travels from their early speed metal origins on the Metallica-aping It, through their industrial and post punk influenced debut album Churn to its dark successor Killjoy and onto their commercial peak with The General Electric. The Meanest Hits shows that though Shihad have incorporated everything from pop melodies (Beautiful Machine) to more expansive sonics like the electronic bounce of Wait And See they have remained a visceral and dynamic band who balance controlled aggression and soaring choruses like few others.

The inclusion of their latest single Right Outta Nowhere finds them in rude health with a pummeling groove and Toogood’s chorus that ruthlessly wedges itself in your brain. It is a promising sign that this 38 song retrospective in’t a gravestone but rather an impressive signpost in their illustrious career.

this review was first published on FasterLouder


NEWS: The Rolling Stones to release new best of, docs and reissues

Things are definitely starting to ramp up in The Rolling Stones camp with a number of recent reissues announced as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations.

Already we’ve seen the announcement of a new retrospective documentary Crossfire Hurricane that will have a limited theatrtical release and screenings on HBO in the US and BBC in the UK as well as the release of Charlie Is My Darling – Ireland 1965, the first documentary that was made on the band in their early days. The film was produced by Andrew Loog Oldham and will be out on DVD and Blu-ray on Nov 6th.

Last year The Rolling Stones released the live album The Brussels Affair digitally and now they are reissuing that in a range of physical vinyl packages centred around  180 gram LP plus extras. Some Girls: Live in Texas ’78 was also released last year in a number of formats and that too is now being issued on 2 x 180 gram vinyl plus CD and DVD versions of the performance.

Those releases are aimed at the hardcore Stones fan so it is pleasing to see that they have now also revealed the artwork and formats for a new best of to be released by Universal Music Group and ABKCO on November 12th. GRRR! will be even more comprehensive than 40 Licks and will span their entire career, including two new tracks recently recorded in France – Gloom and Doom and One Last Shot.

GRRR! formats

  • Standard 3 CD Edition – 50 tracks in a digipak plus 24 page booklet
  • Deluxe 3 CD Edition – 50 tracks in a DVD styled package plus 36 page hardcover book and five collectible postcards
  • Super Deluxe Box Set (5 CD and Vinyl) – 80 tracks on 4 CDs plus one bonus CD, 7″ vinyl, hardcover book, five collectible postcards and a poster
  • Vinyl Box Set – 50 tracks on five 12″ vinyl LPs

ds…twenty five – our favourite releases of 2010

That’s it then, 2010 done and dusted and although it wasn’t the best year ever for new music there were some damn fine records released. This year we’re seeing an even more eclectic mix of flavours coming through from witch house, minimal electronica, americana, experimental and the all encompassing indie tag. Have a look at what we loved through the year, click on the covers for linked reviews and please leave comments and let us know your faves…

2010 has also been another stellar year for reissues, remasters and deluxe versions and honourable mentions must go to:

  • David Bowie | Station To Station
  • The Rolling Stones | Exile On Main Street
  • Iggy Pop & James Williamson | KIll City
  • Dexys Midnight Runners | Searching For The Lost Soul Rebels
  • Frankie Goes To Hollywood | Welcome To The Pleasuredome
  • The Cure | Disintegration

25. Spoon | Transference

24. Liars | Sisterworld

23. Wavves | KIng Of The Beach

22. Surf City | Kudos

21. Simon Carter | The Black Book Of The Universe

20. Mount Kimbie | Crooks & Lovers

19. James Blake | Klavierwerke EP

18. Forest Swords | Dagger Paths EP

17. Jeremy Jay | Splash

16. Mark Moldre | The Waiting Room

15. Damien Jurado | Saint Bartlett

14. Deerhunter | Halcyon Digest

13. Gayngs | Relayted

12. Zola Jesus | Stridulum II

11. Wooden Shjips | Vol. 2

10. CocoRosie | Grey Oceans

9. Yeasayer | Odd Blood

8. The Black Keys | Brother

7. Tame Impala | Innerspeaker

6. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti | Before Today

5. Best Coast | Crazy For You

4. Beach House | Teen Dream

3. Die! Die! Die! | Form

2. The Soft Pack | The Soft Pack

1. Arcade Fire | The Suburbs