Best Albums of 2014

Here’s the list, in alphabetical order. Spotify links, all.

Angel Olson // Burn Your Fire For No Witness
Beck // Morning Phase
Damien Jurado // Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son
First Aid Kit // Stay Gold
Haley Bonar // Last War
Hundred Waters // The Moon Rang Like A Bell
Jessica Lea Mayfield // Make My Head Sing…
Lana Del Rey // Ultraviolence
Manchester Orchestra // COPE (+HOPE)
Real Estate // Atlas
Ryley Walker // All Kinds of You
Saintseneca // Dark Arc
Sam Amidon // Lily-O
Seekae // The Sound of Trees Falling on People
Shakey Graves // And The War Came
Sharon Van Etten // Are We There
Spoon // They Want My Soul
St Paul & The Broken Bones // Half the City
Strand of Oaks // HEAL
Steve Gunn // Way Out Weather
Sturgill Simpson // Metamodern Sounds In Country Music
Sylvan Esso // Sylvan Esso
TV On The Radio // Seeds
The War On Drugs // Lost in the Dream
Wye Oak // Shriek


Best Songs of 2014

Finally finished my top 50 list for this year. So much good music…had a lot to wade through. Last year I just listed them in alphabetical order, but I felt like that was pretty lame. I then tried to list them in the date they were released, but it was way too uneven. So I put a little more work in this time around, but it flows like I like it.

As usual, this list was built from monthly track lists I keep for every month. It’s basically a music diary. I tried not to let other best of” lists influence me, but I did consult a few just in case I missed anything major. The Aquarium Drunkard and David Roberts are to blame for a few sliding in at the very last, including New Pornographers and Steve Gunn. Everything else is from my ears to this screen. So here’s what we got:

Rent I Pay // Spoon, from They Want My Soul
Silver Timothy // Damien Jurado, from Brothers And Sisters Of The Eternal Son
Forgiven/Forgotten // Angel Olson, from Burn Your Fire For No Witness
Don’t Mean A Thing // St Paul and the Broken Bones, from Half The City
Coastal // Abram Shook, from Sun Marquee
Daughters // Wild Beasts, from Present Tense
Easy (Switch Screens) // Son Lux feat Lorde, from Alternate Worlds EP
Get Well // Nothing, from Guilty Of Everything
Always // Panama, from Always EP
The Tower // Wye Oak, from Shriek
From A Cage // Haley Bonar, from Last War
Mother & Father // Broods, from Evergreen
Unkinder (A Tougher Love) // Thumpers, from Galore
Awake // Tycho, from Awake
Red Eyes // The War On Drugs, from Lost In The Dream
Say Goodbye // Beck, from Morning Phase
JM // Strand Of Oaks, from HEAL
Only Son // Shakey Graves, from And The War Came
Stay Gold // First Aid Kit, from Stay Gold
Brill Bruisers // The New Pornographers, from Brill Bruisers
Horizon // Real Estate, from Atlas
The Ocean // Manchester Orchestra, from Cope
On The Rise // Ryley Walker, from All Kinds Of You
Dress // Sylvan Esso, from Sylvan Esso
Out Alee // Hundred Waters, from The Moon Rang Like A Bell
Your Love Is Killing Me // Sharon Van Etten, from Are We There
Accelerate // Jungle, from Jungle
Jerk Ribs // Kelis, from Food
Runaway // Self, from Super Fake Nice
Nearby // Ten Tom, from See You Again
Have You Seen My Son? // Benjamin Booker, from Benjamin Booker
Do I Have The Time // Jessica Lee Mayfield, from Make My Head Sing…
Lonely Richard // Amen Dunes, from Love
Sleight Orchestra // Dawn Golden, from Still Life
Coming Down // Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, from Only Run
LOW // Young Fathers, from DEAD
Quartz // TV On The Radio, from Seeds
Hunger Of The Pine // alt-J, from This Is All Yours
Florida Kilos // Lana Del Rey, from Ultraviolence
Sugah Daddy // D’Angelo And The Vanguard, from Black Messiah
Springful // Adult Jazz, from Gist Is
Color Decay // Junius Meyvant, from Color Decay single
Takmit // Saintseneca, from Dark Arc
Gold // James Vincent McMorrow, from Post Tropical
Blue Mountains // Sam Amidon, from Lily-O
Milly’s Garden // Steve Gunn, from Way Out Weather
Gimme Something Good // Ryan Adams, from Ryan Adams
Living The Dream // Sturgill Simpson, from Metamodern Sounds In Country Music
Down In The Morning We Thought We’d Never Lose // Frontier Ruckus, from Sitcom Afterlife
Flume // Coeur de Pirate, from Trauma

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#Christmas 2014

A short, relaxed Christmas playlist, especially good if you’re kind of over the standards by this point.

Christmas Is A-COMING // Lead Belly
Merry Christmas, I Love You // James Brown
Please Come Home For Christmas // Willie Nelson
Gee, Ain’t I Good To You? // McKinney’s Cotton Pickers
Merry Christmas Baby // Chuck Berry
Blue Christmas // She & Him
She’s Coming Home // The Wailers
Everything Is One Big Christmas Tree // The Magnetic Fields
Christmas Don’t Be Late // Rosie Thomas
If You Were Born Today // Low
O Come, O Come Emmanuel // Punch Brothers
Carol Of The Bells // Mae
Sherburne // Alabama Sacred Harp Singers
Away In A Manger // Bright Eyes
Lo! How A Rose E’er Blooming // Sufjan Stevens
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas // Copeland

Everything in a single file.

Best of lists coming soon!

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Soon or Never // Punch Brothers
Takmit // Saintseneca
Anagram // Young the Giant
Felicity // Rain Dog
Step by Step // Jesse Winchester
Scared Straight // The Long Winters
Ascension // I Break Horses
Pendulum // Pure Bathing Culture
O Little Light // Hiss Golden Messenger
Hollow Talk // Choir of Young Believers

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Down to the Sound // Bibio
Silver Timothy // Damien Jurado
Second Bite of the Apple // Beady Eye
Digital Witness // St. Vincent
Worms // Youth Lagoon
Neverending Math Equation // Sun Kil Moon
Relief // The Dodos
Heartbeats // Jose Gonzalez
Gold // James Vincent McMorrow
Flume // Coeur de Pirate

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#The best pants

Just wanted to stop in and wholeheartedly endorse Carhartt WIP Slim Pants as the best pants in the world (that I own). They fit perfectly, are tapered and slim enough to not look sloppy, but not super slim and uncomfortable. They’re made out of genuine Carhartt materials, so they’ll last forever, but they’re designed in Germany, so they have a sophistication to them that the standard American Carhatt pants just don’t have. I wear them hiking, with normal business clothes, and paired with a jacket if I’m meeting with some higher-ups.

Carhartt Slim Pants, in RubbleCarhartt Slim Pants, in Rubble

Just a great pair of pants.