The Best Albums of 2014

Five fewer than last year, but last year seemed to have a bumper crop. As always, there is nothing to worry about. A Winged Victory for the Sullen and First Aid Kit also made pretty good records that might have made the list, but I didn’t listen to them enough to really form that kind of opinion. Also there were so many Sunn0))) albums this year! None of them made this list, but maybe I should make special dispensation, since they probably recorded an album’s worth of material that would’ve put them in the top 10. Anyway. Here they are in, as always, absolute order of quality.

1. Run the Jewels – RTJ2
2. Shellac – Dude Incredible
3. Pharmakon – Bestial Burden
4. Swans – To Be Kind
5. Vince Staples – Hell Can Wait
6. Grouper – Ruin
7. Mono – The Last Dawn
8. Cloud Nothings – Here and Nowhere Else
9. Ben Frost – A U R O R A
10. Dama/Libra – The Claw
11. Trampled By Turtles – Wild Animals
12. Thee Silver Mount Zion – Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything
13. Whirr – Sway
14. Ratking – So it Goes
15. Ex Hex – Rips
16. Aphex Twin – Syro
17. Mark McGuire – Noctilucence
18. milo – A Toothpaste Suburb
19. Carla Bozulich – Boy
20. Spoon – They Want My Soul
21. Fennesz – Becs
22. Ryan Adams – 1984
23. Ambarchi, O’Malley & Dunn – Shade Themes From Kairos
24. Isaiah Rashad – Cilvia Demo
25. Cut Hands – Festival of the Dead
26. Nothing – Guilty of Everything
27. Open Mike Eagle – Dark Comedy
28. Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Singer’s Grave a Sea of Tongues
29. Xiu Xiu – Angel Guts: Red Classroom
30. Foie Gras – Held
31. clipping. – CLPPNG
32. Earth – Primitive and Deadly
33. Tara Jane O’Neil – Where Shine New Lights
34. Old Man Gloom – The Ape of God I & II
35. David Mayfield – Strangers

Eight Tiny Lists for Hanukkah, Day 6

The Ten Best Podcast Episodes of 2014
U Talkin U2 to Me – “Staind Glass”
With Special Guest – Lauren Lapkus “The Betsy Podcast”
Comedy Bang! Bang! – “They’re Twins, Jonah!”
The Flophouse – Easy Rider 2
How Did This Get Made – Easy Rider 2
Doug Loves Movies – Jay Mohr, “Mark Wahlberg” and Josh Wolf
I Was There Too – Paul F. Tompkins
The Andy Daly Podcast Pilot Project – “Kiss Me, I’m Patrick McMahon”
Radiolab – “Translation”

The Dead Authors Podcast – Ernest Hemmingway & Sun Tzu

Eight Tiny Lists for Hanukkah, Day 5

The 10 Best Reissues of 2014
Uncle Tupelo – No Depression (Legacy Edition)
Slint – Spiderland
Nas – illmatic XX
Punk 45: Sick on You! One Way Split! After the Love & Before the Revolution, Vol 3: Proto-Punk 1969-77
Bob Mould – Workbook 25
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin
Oasis – (What’s the Story) Morning Glory
Bedhead – 1992-1998

The Pixies – Doolittle 25

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The 10 best acts I saw live in 2014
Xiu Xiu (Rex Theatre, Pittsburgh)
EMA (Beachland Tavern, Cleveland)
Perfect Pussy (Now That’s Class, Cleveland)
Milo (Beachland Tavern, Cleveland)
Man or Astro-Man (The Grog Shop, Cleveland Heights)
Clipping. (Beachland Tavern, Cleveland)
Nothing (Now That’s Class, Cleveland)
The Julie Ruin (The Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland)
Mono (Ace of Cups, Columbus)

Open Mike Eagle (Mahall’s 20 Lanes, Lakewood)

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The 10 most disappointing records of 2014
The Gaslight Anthem – Get Hurt
Gunplay – Gunplay
The Bug – Angels and Devils
The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream
Death From Above 1979 – The Physical World
Wye Oak – Shriek
The Wu-Tang Clan – A Better Tomorrow
The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers
Kelis – Food

Pallbearer – Foundation of Burden

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The 10 Worst Songs of 2014
Magic! – Rude
Wu-Tang Clan – Family Reunion
Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal
Ariana Grande – Problem (f Iggy Azalea)
Play & Skillz – Literally I Can’t Even (f Redfoo and Lil Jon)
Pink Floyd – Things Left Unsaid
Jessie J – Bang Bang (f Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj)
Eric Church – Cold One
Prince – Anotherlove

Sun Kil Moon – War On Drugs: Suck My Cock

Eight Tiny Lists for Hanukkah, Day 1

The 10 Best albums not released in 2014 that I heard for the first time in 2014
Signor Benedick the Moor – El Negro
Nisennenmondai – N
Merzbow – Kibbutz
Cities of the Plain – …The Most Exciting Contest You Can Imagine
Abilene – Two Guns, Twin Arrows
Bark Psychosis – Independency
Teeth of the Sea – Orphaned by the OceanNadja and Vampillia – The Perfect World
Wham-O – Wham-O
Azalia Snail – Teenage Bedroom

Hi Red Center – Assemble