Favourite Albums of 2014 (so far)

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In the obsessive tradition of music lists, here are the albums I found myself listening to and enjoying the most in the first six months of 2014. For a more comprehensive list of our favourite ’14 Americana releases you can head over to our other blog Post To Wire.

  1. Sun Kil Moon – Benji
  2. Little Bastard – Little Bastard
  3. The War On Drugs – Lost in the Dream
  4. Hurray For The Riff Raff – Small Town Heroes
  5. Blank Realm – Grassed Inn
  6. Tiny Ruins – Brightly Painted One
  7. Robert Ellis – The Lights From The Chemical Plant
  8. Infinity Broke – River Mirror
  9. The Felice Brothers – Favorite Waitress
  10. Beck – Morning Phase
  11. Protomarytr – Under Color of Official Right
  12. East Brunswick All Girls Choir – Seven Drummers
  13. Wild Beasts – Present Tense
  14. The Men – Tomorrow’s Hits
  15. Real Estate – Atlas
  16. Mogwai – Rave Tapes
  17. The Horrors – Luminous
  18. Beach Pigs – Grom Warfare
  19. You Beauty  – Jersey Flegg
  20. Mastodon – Once More ‘Round the Sun

Chris Familton

Favourite Songs of 2011

So many people are starting to base their listening on songs these days, such is the reduction in attention spans, the proliferation of YouTube browsing and the ease of compiling ones own playlists featuring the best stuff you want to hear. Separate to my Top 50 LPs of 2011 I’ve also put together a list of songs that caught my ears and became hard to shake. There were of course dozens of others that could be included here but this is a lucky dip of sorts into some of my favourite tunes of 2011 that might lead you further into the artist’s work if you havent checked them out yet…

In no particular order as they are all great…

Dick Diver – On The Bank

Those Darlins – Screw Get Loose

J. Mascis – Not Enough

Total Control – One More Tonight

Light Asylum – Dark Allies

The Strokes – Under Cover of Darkness

Iron & Wine – Tree By a River

Timber Timbre – Bad Ritual

Little Dragon – Ritual Union

Wilco – I Might

Two Tears – Eat People

The Pains of Being Pure At Heart – Belong

Iowa – Complete Control

The Laurels – Black Cathedral

The Adults – Nothing To Lose

Austra – Lose It

Atlas Sound – Te Amo

Twerps – Dreamin

Royal Headache – Really In Love

Melodie Nelson – Waiting

Black Lips – Spidey’s Curse

Crystal Stilts – Shake The Shackles

Jamie XX – Far Nearer

The Felice Brothers – Ponzi

The Paper Scissors – Lung Sum

Robag Wruhme – Thora Vukk

Wavves – I Wanna Meet Dave Grohl

Wild Flag – Romance

Leader Cheetah – Crawling Up A Landslide

2009 Top 25 Albums

Another year, another shitload of great albums. As soon as you start thinking it is feeling like a quiet year they come tumbling out of the woodwork and the end of year culling process becomes as tricky as ever.

Honorable mentions must go to two outstanding EPs: Bon Iver’s Blood Bank and Witch Hats’ Solarium Down The Causeway as well as the following reissues:

  • Neil Young Archives – a stellar collection that sets a new standard in box sets and career overviews… and its just the beginning of the series!
  • Kraftwerk Remaster series – the electronic pioneers were overdue for a reappraisal and these new versions of their classic albums prove they were the electronic originators and still the masters.
  • The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses. A clean-up of an album that defined its time.
  • Pearl Jam – Ten. A worthy replacement for the muddy and billowing sound of the original.
  • The Beatles Remaster series – A chance to hear the songs in a totally new light.

Our favourite albums of 2009 (click on the links to read reviews) are as follows… Let us know your thoughts!

25.  Gallows | Grey Britain

24.  Odawas | The Blue Depths

23.  Felice Brothers | Yonder Is The Clock

22.  J. Tillman | Vacilando Territory Blues

21.  Wilco | Wilco (the album)

20.  Sonic Youth | The Eternal

19. The Maladies | With You Right By My Side, Baby The Deal Just Can’t Go Down

18.  Vetiver | Tight Knit

17.  Wooden Shjips | Dos

16.  The Scare | Oozevoodoo

15.  Black Lips | 200 Million Thousand

14. Dimmer | Degrees Of Existence

13.  Jamie Hutchings | His Imaginary Choir

12.  Grizzly Bear | Veckatimest

11.  Fink | Sort Of Revolution

10.  Songs | Songs

9.  The Flaming Lips | Embryonic

8.  Leader Cheetah – The Sunspot Letters

7.  The Fiery Furnaces | I’m Going Away

6.  Dinosaur Jr | Farm

5.  Justin Townes Earle | Midnight At The Movies

4.  Jay Reatard | Watch Me Fall

3.  Magnolia Electric Co | Josephine

2.  Girls – Album

1. Wild Beasts | Two Dancers