I apologize for the delay on this month’s podcast, but I have a legitimate excuse – influenza. It’s been a rough week, but I powered through and recorded episode #44 of the BDWPS Podcast. In this episode we check out new tracks from Animal Collective, Jesu & Sun Kil Moon, David Bowie, Allan Kingdom, and Eleanor Friedberger. I also discuss the Oscar nominated documentaries and what I thought should have won the Academy Award. You can subscribe the the BDWPS Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, and Podomatic (search: BDWPS).
Animal Collective “Golden Gal”
Jesu & Sun Kil Moon “Fragile”
David Bowie “Lazarus”
Allan Kingdom “Fables”
Eleanor Friedberger “He Didn’t Mention His Mother”
Nina Simone “Backlash Blues”
Bob Dylan “Neighborhood Bully”
A few days ago I posted the first 20 in my “Top 40 Albums of 2014” list (check it out here). Below you will find this year’s edition of what I consider the top 20 albums of the year. You’ll find albums from varying genres and possibly a few albums that are new to you. I think it’s important to note what I define as a top caliber album. Great songs are always a plus, but more important to me is the ability of an artist to create a series of songs that tell a story, that convey an overall theme, that complement each other, and that make the listener think differently about the human experience. We are moving into an age where most consumers are more concerned with hit songs, which is why I feel compelled to highlight those musicians that have stayed honest to the age-old art of The Album and created something that’s about the whole and not a couple catchy songs.
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.