In a disappointing year replete with loss and reflection, it’s no surprise that my annual year-end list should…well, suck. With the crap that 2014 dealt, I ended up spending way more time diggin through the classics from the glory that was the 1990’s than I did trying to discover what was fresh and new. As a result, my opinion of what I DID encounter and took time to dissect is pretty damn low.
Either there wasn’t that much great stuff, or I’m just growing old and lazy. You be the judge. Here’s what I was able to get my head around:
- The War on Drugs – Lost in a Dream
- The Black Keys – Turn Blue
- Ultimate Painting – Ultimate Painting
- The Orwells – Disgraceland
- Beck – Morning Phase
- PHiSH – Fuego
- Vacationer – Relief
- Tennis – Ritual in Repeat
- alt-J – This Is All Yours
The Discoveries: (some from 2014, some
- Family of the Year – Hero
On a side note: While I wake up on every New Years Day with the same amount of headache and hope, it’s almost always understood that I have to go to work the next day. Therefore, every New Years Day feels like a goddamned Sunday and while I’m not sayin’ Sundays don’t have some redeeming qualities (couch, TV, beer, football, movies, sin), that bittersweet reality is sometimes hard to swallow.
Not that I’m complaining…well, maybe I am. Fuck it.
Bring on 2015.