Regular Studio Albums, 2014
Singles and EPs
22. Haim, Forever – Fans of Haim’s first album were hoping this song would be placed on a 12” dance single, where it belonged. The wish came true.
23. Dodos, Substance – Two songs from Carrier get re-imagined with help from Magik*Magik Orchestra.
24. Cults, Upstairs at United – I love it that Nashville’s United studio is getting new life in special sessions, but after hearing three of the Upstairs series, I’m convinced that analog/analog/analog recording methods ain’t necessarily better than partial or full digital. It works well with Cults, however.
25. Loamlands, Same Kind of Light – An interesting new band touring with Mountain Goats offer up their first recordings.
26. The Notwist, Run Run Run – A nice 12” dance remix EP from the new album.
27. Game Theory, Distortion
28. Game Theory, Pointed Accounts of People You Know – Two impossible to find EPs from the 1980s by Scott Miller’s legendary band are given new life as 10” records.
29. Arctic Monkeys, Who the Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys? – While this may not be the finest EP/single Arctic Monkeys have ever produced, it gives us four solid songs in between album releases.
30. Guided by Voices, Littlest League Possible
31. Guided by Voices, Planet Score
32. Guided by Voices, Alex and the Omegas
33. Guided by Voices, Vote for Me, Dummy
34. Guided by Voices, Save the Company – This may well be the last multi-single batch of GbV singles that ever come out, and it’s a good batch. Don’t snooze.
35. Devo, Gates of Steel – A fun and interesting Record Store Day project.
36. Cage the Elephant, Take It Or Leave It – This band is growing into such an interesting and unique pop project, it’s exciting to see any single come out.
37. Bardo Pond, Without a Doubt – A new 45 rpm 7” that almost got overlooked in all the Bardo Pond re-releases of 2014.
38. Bis, Minimum Wage – The British “teentsy-pop” wonders of the late 1990s have returned as middle-agers, and they’re growing old gracefully.
39. Low Fat Getting High, Poor Circulation – A spring 2014 teaser to the album that came out in November, establishing LFGH as Brooklyn’s finest punk band.
40. Iggy Azalea, “Fancy” – Of course this needed to be listed along with the album, thanks to the presence of Charli XCX.
41. Mogwai, “Tell Everybody I Love Them” – Along with the Music Industry EP, we got a non-album single to augment our Rave Tapes.
42. The Decemberists, “Make You Better” – A teaser single for the new album due in January 2015. Should be good, based on this.
43. Ryan Adams, “Do You Laugh When You Lie?” – More an extension of the self-titled album than a lo-fi punk side project, but decent.
44. Passenger Peru, “Light Places” – Another teaser for a 2015 album, this shows PP getting richer and more layered, should be a good year for them coming up.
45. Conor Oberst, “Hundreds of Ways” – There were many great outtakes left off the exceptional 2014 solo album, here’s an example.
46. Regina Spektor, “You’ve Got Time” – Our Russian chanteuse has been quiet of late, so here’s a little single to hold us off until the next go-round.