For me, this list is the most important thing I write all year. While I enjoy all the various writing avenues I take, the “Top Albums” list is really the end-all-be-all. I’m not blind to the list of other music websites, and as I peruse them, I always find myself scoffing or shaking my head in frustration. Sometimes it’s because of the thinly veiled politics behind picks; other times it’s the unwarranted hype given to an artist who still needs time to grow. I like to believe that I’m so outside the industry and that I can give you a list that is based solely on my passion for music that lurks outside the mainstream. Once again, I’ve compiled a list of some incredible albums that hail from a wide range of genres. Give the first 20 a read through and a listen, and I’m sure you’ll find something that strayed beyond your listening peripheral in 2014.
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We are almost to the mid-point of 2014, and there have already been some outstanding releases. With a promising second half of the year ahead of us, I’d like to take a moment to spotlight some of my favorite albums from the year so far. To try to keep some semblance of control, I’ve limited my list to albums released prior to June 1st.
In this episode we look at up-and-coming bands like Ausmuteants, Perfect Pussy, Antwon, Woods of Desolation, and Ought. We also check out new tracks from St. Vincent and Damon Albarn. And as always, the episode closes with a Bob Dylan song recorded at the legendary Muscle Shoals studio.
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St. Vincent “I Prefer Your Love”
Perfect Pussy “Interference Fits”
Damon Albarn “Everyday Robots”
Antwon “Heavy Hearted Doldrums”
Woods of Desolation “This Autumn Light”
Bob Dylan “Pressing On”