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As the title says, it's time for all y'all to list your most favouritest releases of the year. Albums, singles, EPs, demos. If it's music and it came out this year, then it counts.

 

Top 3, top 5, top 10, top 47. As many or as few as you want.

 

For me, it's been an incredible year for new releases. I'm struggling to even whittling it down to a Top 20. So I'm just going to list every record that has rocked my world this year (which is loads) in no order at all.

 

Top Whatever:

The Austerity Program - Beyond Calculation

Today is the Day - Animal Mother

Melvins - Hold It In
Swans - To Be Kind
The Capitalist Kids - At a Loss
Bongripper - Miserable
Iron Reagan - Tyranny of Will
Hawk House - Hand Shake to the Brain
Creepoid - s/t
Twilight - Beneath Tridents Tomb
The Dwarves - The Dwarves Invented Rock n Roll
Earth - Primitive and Deadly
Empress AD - Still Life Moving Fast
Hark - Crystalline
Trap Them - Blissfucker
Dust Bolt - Awake The Riot
Hammerhead - Global Depression
Code Orange - I Am King
Inter Arma - The Cavern
Pallbearer - Foundations of Burden
Enabler - La Fin Absolue Du Monde
Unfun - Shores of Lake Erie
Hexis - XI
YOB - Clearing the Path to Ascend
Steak - Slab City
Primitive Man - P / / M
Conan - Blood Eagle
Slomatics - Estron
Floor - Oblation
Godflesh - A World Lit Only by Fire
Thou - Heathen
Shellac - Dude Incredible
The Cutthroats 9 - Dissent
Austrian Death Machine - Triple Brutal
The Van Pelt - Imaginary Third
 
I think I might have forgotten a few as well. So much great stuff came out this year. It was definitely the year of SLUDGE.
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Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
Ags Connolly - How About Now?
JP Harris & The Tough Choices - Home Is Where the Hurt Is
The New Madrids - Through the Heart of Town
Cale Tyson - High on Lonesome
Ben Rogers - Lost Stories
John Fullbright - Songs
Otis Gibbs - Souvenirs Of a Misspent Youth
Harry Dean Stanton - Partly Fiction
The Red Dirt Skinners - Live in Aberdeen

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Best things I've heard from this year in the order in which I heard them:

 

You Blew it - Keep Doing What You're Doing

The Murderburgers - These Are Only Problems

Cleft - Bosh!

Killer Be Killed - Killer Be Killed

Emma Ruth Rundle - Some Heavy Ocean

tUnE-yArDs - nikki nak

Tony Molina - Dissed and Dismissed

Hark - Crystalline

Floor - Oblation

Brontide - Artery

Every Time I Die - From Parts Unknown

Empress AD - Still Life, Moving Fast

Gnarwolves - Gnarwolves

United Nations - The Next Four Years

Inter Arma - The Cavern (THIS IS THE NUMBER 1 BEST THING)

100 Onces - 100 Onces

Alpha Male Tea Party - Droids

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I think that this year has been a bit covert with releases, but again I have suffered from the lack of a record shop in town. Anyway, what I've really liked this year (in no particular order) -

 

Goat - Commune

Wye Oak - Shriek

Perfume Genius - Too Bright

Sharon van Etten - Are we There

Angel Olsen - Burn your Fire for no Witness

Hookworms - The Hum

The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream

Poor Things - Poor Things

Twilight Sad - Nobody Wants to be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave

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Many music blogs have been very excited about this year's release from St. Vincent, ranking it as the best of the year. What do people think of that?

 

I do really like it, but I get the impression that the accolades given to Annie Clarke are really for her overall body of work and performances rather than "St. Vincent" solely.

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Top 5 albums of 2014:

 

1- Eels - The Cautionary Tale Of Mark Oliver Everett 

2 - Wonder Villains - Rocky

3 - The Phenomenauts - Escape Velocity

4 - The Thermals - Desperate Ground

5 - Haunted Hearts - Initiation

 

Honourable mentions:

 

Damien Rice - My Favourite Faded Fantasy

Johnny Foreigner - You Can Do Better

Kasabian - 48:13

Death From Above 1979 - The Physical World

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Abandon

Ramona Lisa - Arcadia

Tony Wright - Thoughts N All

White Blacula - The Great All Knowing

Bitter Ruin - Waves

Lykke Li - I Never Learn

Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots

The Roots - And Then You Shoot Your Cousin

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2014 top ten rekkids:

 

Bob Mould - Beauty and Ruin

Shellac - Dude Incredible

Sleaford Mods - Divide and Exit

Seas, Starry - Tyto Alba*

Mogwai - Rave Tapes

This Will Destroy You - Another Language

Mono - Rays of Darkness

Deathcats - Deathcats

Fucked Up - Glass Boys

Twilight Sad - No one wants to be here.......

 

 

 

*Shameless cronyism but that album got me through a tough time on an airplane, also I really like it

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I was trapped in a seat that was broken and wouldn't tilt back, the person in front had their seat fully tilted so I had no room (I am not a small person) and the people next to me were passed out so I couldn't move. For 10 hours.

 

A few bottles of red wine, 6mg of valium and Tyto Alba on repeat kept me alive......

 

It's a great rekkid for drunk/medicated soothing listening.

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Many music blogs have been very excited about this year's release from St. Vincent, ranking it as the best of the year. What do people think of that?

 

I do really like it, but I get the impression that the accolades given to Annie Clarke are really for her overall body of work and performances rather than "St. Vincent" solely.

 

I think it is a strong album and an interesting change in sound for her but I wouldn't place it as one of the best albums of the year. I haven't really listened to it that much.

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I think it is a strong album and an interesting change in sound for her but I wouldn't place it as one of the best albums of the year. I haven't really listened to it that much.

That's pretty much how I feel as well. It's a good record, but I'm not getting a pinger every time I put it on.

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As usual I seem to buy more old shit by bands I have just discovered or bands I like who I didnt realise had new things come out over the past couple of years but I think all these came out this year and I liked them, in no particular order -

Various - Only Lovers Left Alive Soundtrack

Sunn O))) and Ulver - Terrestrials

A Winged Victory For the Sullen - Atomos

Mogwai - Rave Tapes

Sleaford Mods - Divide and Exit

Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence

Swans - To Be Kind

The Wytches - Annabel Dream Reader

Shellac - Dude Incredible

Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots

Goat - Commune

extnddntwrk - Just Tracks

I also finally gave in and bought 'Indie Cindy' by Pixies against my better judgement, which turned out to be surprisingly decent and I think I actually like it more than 'Trompe Le Monde'.

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Calvin Zola was the best release of the year lol.

 

Here's my top ten, as copied and pasted from Facebook before the release of Das McManus' record which may just edge out Tom Petty. 

 

 

1. Night Surfer - Chuck Prophet
2. Benji - Sun Kil Moon
3. Smalltown Heroes - Hurray for the Riff Raff ...
4. The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett - Eels
5. Acoustic Classics - Richard Thompson
6. Popular Problems - Leonard Cohen
7. Meat the Shithawks - the Shithawks
8. I'll Swing my Hammer with Both Hands - Cahalen Morrison & Eli West
9. Poor Things - Poor Things
10. Hypnotic Eye - Tom Petty

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