Hi everyone! Jorge here, the guy who writes dumb shit about Roombas and does the Our Digital Season feature, which once accurately predicated a double overtime victory over Missouri.
Those who know me personally would tell you I'm a bit of a music nut! Guys, I listen to EVERYTHING. Hey, don't you hate when people say that? "Oh really, you listen to everything? Tell me, list your top five arias. Then give me a rundown of some essential tribal house DJs."
I don't listen to everything, but I do listen to some things which is all the credential one needs to post a self-righteous year end list online. That being said, here were my 10 favorite records from last year, culled from 40 or so 2014 releases I spent time with:
10. Real Estate - Atlas: Mellow indie rock littered with catchy melodies and guitar hooks.
9. Jack White - Lazaretto: Did anyone see his show at the Township? One of my most cherished concert experiences.
8. Damien Jurado - Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Sun: Pink Floyd meets Nick Drake. Trip-folk, player!
7. Cloud Nothings - Here and Nowhere Else: Sneering indie-punk, but a thinking man's sneering indie-punk.
6. Tweedy - Sukirae: Probably a bit bloated at 20 tracks, but the man can write a damn song.
5. J Mascis - Tied to a Star: It's the Dinosaur Jr. guy tearing up an acoustic!
4. Sun Kil Moon - Benji: Beautiful, crushing, and a bit dark. How dark? Let's just say it makes "Everybody Hurts" sound like "Yakety Sax".
3. Spoon - They Want My Soul: A band I loved in college that still sounds like the band I loved in college.
2. Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds in Country Music: Perhaps the best throwback country record referencing reptile aliens made of light you'll hear all year!
1. War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream: The number of times I listened to this record in 2014 doesn't border on the absurd; it annexed the absurd and indoctrinated its native peoples.
I confess to lacking a refined appreciation of hip-hop since Run the Jewels 2 wasn't my favorite record of 2014, as was mandated by the internet :( Also, honorable mention to Andrew Bird's Handsome Family covers album Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of, which I didn't include since it's not original music but man is it super. Recommend!
If you're curious, a Spotify playlist containing a cut from each record mentioned above, and one extra: "Nothing To It" from The New Basement Tapes project. I found that record patchy overall, but man that song feels so right.
Hit me with your favorites in the comments sections. Also feel free to eviscerate my choices. If anyone's wants to lay claim to a best of TV or film list, feel free to throw up a fanpost.
Happy New Year!