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    Best of 2014

    It's about that time, so what's been the best (or worst) of the year for you guys?

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    so far, my top ten is looking like this:

    1. ashrae fax- never really been into it
    2. lana del rey- ultraviolence
    3. scott walker & sunn o)))- soused
    4. void vision- sub rosa
    5. his name is alive- tecuciztecatl
    6. nothing- guilty of everything
    7. martial canterel- gyors, lassú
    8. the church- further/deeper
    9. azar swan- and blow us a kiss

    & i'm saving a spot for the new smashing pumpkins record, which will likely find a place in the upper ranks judging from the tracks that have come out so far...


    other stuff i liked:
    ritual howls- turkish leather
    dum dum girls- too true
    liars- mess
    sun kil moon- benji
    be forest- earthbeat
    sumerian fleet- just pressure
    winter severity index- slanting ray
    xeno & oaklander- par avion
    swans- to be kind
    aphex twin- syro
    agalloch- the serpent & the sphere
    whirr- sway
    mogwai- rave tapes
    have a nice life- the unnatural world
    gusgus- mexico
    wovenhand- refractory obdurate
    savage sister- huge moves
    the twilight sad- nobody wants to be here and nobody wants to leave
    godflesh- a world lit only by fire
    further reductions- woodwork
    edvard graham lewis- all over


    two major disappointments
    2:54- the other i
    grouper- ruins
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    Still have hopes that the new Pumpkins album and Tetema (Patton/Pateras) album coming out will crack the top of the list, but at this point my top ten thus far in no particular order:

    1. Black Map - & We Explode.........
    2. Self- Super Fake Nice EP
    3. Angel Olsen- Burn Your Fire For No Witness
    4. Mastodon- Once More Round The Sun
    5. Krokodil- Nachtash
    6. Cheatahs- S/T
    7. Killer Be Killed- S/T
    8. Failure- Tree of Stars EP
    9. Sons of Magdalene- Move To Pain
    10. Reznor/Ross- Gone Girl OST

    Honorable Mentions:
    The Life and Times- Lost Bees
    Wicked Walls- S/T
    Warpaint- Warpaint
    Gazelle Twin- Unflesh
    Aphex Twin- Syro
    The Lees Of Memory: Sisyphus Says
    Esben and the Witch: A New Nature
    Liars- Mess
    Godflesh- A World Lit Only By Fire
    Whirr- Sway
    Beck- Morning Phase
    Fartbarf- Dirty Power

    ....And Biggest Disappointments of 2014:
    Mogwai- Rave Tapes
    EMA- The Future's Void
    The Rentals- Lost In Alphaville
    2:54- The Other I
    Trail of Dead- IX
    Medicine- Home Everywhere
    Interpol- El Pintor

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    Sonno-Alessandro Cortini
    Syro-Aphex Twin
    Noise-Boris
    Wave 1-Com Truise
    Lazaretto-Jack White
    Fargo (Original Television Score)-Jeff Russo
    Anonymous Rejected Filmscore-John Murphy
    Asleep Versions-Jon Hopkins
    Run The Jewels 2-Run The Jewels
    To Be Kind-Swans
    True Detective (Original Television Score)-T Bone Burnett
    Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything/Hang On To Each Other-Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra
    Tomorrow's Modern Boxes-Thom Yorke
    Ultima II Massage-Tobacco
    Gone Girl (Original Score)-Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
    Seeds-TV On The Radio
    Awake-Tycho
    Mandatory Fun-Weird Al Yankovic

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    Just off the top of my head--Tori Amos, Smashing Pumpkins, Bush, Mark Lanegan, Billy Idol, Soundgarden, Matt Sorum, Slash, Sebastian Bach, Medicine, Trent and Atticus.
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    Stuff that was awesome:
    1. Einsturzende Neubauten – Lament
    2. Swans – To Be Kind
    3. Aphex Twin – Syro

    Other stuff I enjoyed a lot:
    1. Ben Frost – Aurora
    2. Slipknot – .5: The Gray Chapter
    3. Scott Walker and Sunn O))) – Soused
    4. Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 2
    5. Mastodon – Once More Round The Sun

    Stuff I didn't enjoy:
    1. The Black Keys – Turn Blue (fuck that band, anyway, but for some reason I listened to the damn thing)
    2. Earth – Primitive and Deadly (the first and third tracks are cool, but the rest is boring noodling with out-of-place vocals, besides, I'm not a huge fan of Mark Lanegan – he has his moments, but some of the stuff he sings on doesn't benefit from his voice)
    3. Thom Yorke – that whatever blip-bloopety-bleep boring pile of crap he released this year
    4. Crosses – Crosses (it is OK and even good in places, but overall feels bland, I hardly remember anything from the album)

    Still waiting on Monuments for an Elegy, obviously.

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    Favorite albums
    1. Sun Kil Moon - Benji
    2. Grouper - Ruins
    3. Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra - Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything
    4. Iceage - Plowing Into the Field of Love
    5. S - Cool Choices
    6. Margot & the Nuclear So and So's - Sling Shot to Heaven
    7. Timber Timbre - Hot Dreams
    8. Young Widows - Easy Pain
    9. Whirr - Sway
    10. Creepoid - Creepoid

    Other albums I loved
    Andy Stott - Faith In Strangers
    Aphex Twin - Syro
    The Body - I Shall Die Here
    Boris - Noise
    Braid - No Coast
    Broeder Dieleman - Gloria
    Conan - Blood Eagle
    Godflesh - World Lit Only By Fire
    Have a Nice Life - The Unnatural World
    Helms Alee - Sleepwalking Sailors
    Holy Sons - The Fact Facer
    J Mascis - Tied to a Star
    Juna - On Courage
    Liars - Mess
    Marissa Nadler - July
    Merchandise - After the End
    Mogwai - Rave Tapes
    Nadja - Queller
    The Notwist - Close to the Glass
    Planning For Burial - Desideratum
    Real Estate - Atlas
    Shabazz Palaces - Lese Majesty
    Sharon Van Etten - Are We There
    This Will Destroy You - Another Language
    The Twilight Sad - Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants To Leave
    Tycho - Awake
    United Nations - The Next Four Years
    Warpaint - Warpaint
    Yob - Clearing the Path to Ascend
    Zammuto - Anchor

    Favorite reissues

    American Football - American Football
    Bedhead - Bedhead: 1992-1998
    Caustic Window - Caustic Window
    The Clientele - Suburban Light
    Mineral - The Power of Failing/EndSerenading
    Mogwai - Come On Die Young
    Slint - Spiderland
    The Smashing Pumpkins - Adore
    Unwound - No Energy
    Unwound - Rat Conspiracy

    Biggest disappointments
    Beck - Morning Phase
    Crippled Black Phoenix - White Light Generator
    Earth - Primitive and Deadly
    Hiss Golden Messenger - Lateness of Dancers
    Trust - Joyland

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    sons of magdalene - move to pain
    youth code - a place to stand
    Automat - Automat
    Downliners Sekt - Silent Ascent
    TVOTR - Seeds
    Einstürzende Neubauten - Lament
    Burnt Friedman & Daniel Dodd-Ellis - Cease to Matter
    Kreidler - ABC
    Peaking Lights - Cosmic Logic
    Trust - Joyland
    Goat - Commune
    Liars -Mess
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    My Top 5 Albums Of The Year:
    1. At The Gates - At War With Reality
    2. Machine Head - Bloodstone & Diamonds
    3. Slipknot - .5: The Gray Chapter
    4. Mastodon - Once More 'Round The Sun
    5. Behemoth - The Satanist
    Honourable Mentions: Architects - Lost Forever // Lost Together, Cavalera Conspiracy - Pandemonium, Aphex Twin - Syro, Opeth - Pale Communion, AC/DC - Rock Or Bust, The Hell - Groovehammer, Cannibal Corpse - A Skeletal Domain, Body Count - Manslaughter

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    01 Ariel Pink - pom pom
    02 Swans - To Be Kind
    03 Arca - Xen
    04 Aphex Twin - Syro
    05 Mac DeMarco - Salad Days
    06 Actress - Ghettoville
    07 Death From Above 1979 - The Physical World
    08 Julian Casablancas + The Voidz - Tyranny
    09 Flying Lotus - You're Dead
    10 Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks - Enter the Slasher House

    11 Scott Walker + Sunn O))) - Soused
    12 PUJOL - KLUDGE
    13 Death Grips - niggas on the moon
    14 Liars - Mess
    15 Ty Segall - Manipulator
    16 Mykki Blanco - Gay Dog Food
    17 James Ferraro - SUKI GIRLZ
    18 Torn Hawk - Let's Cry and Do Pushups at the Same Time
    19 Fucked Up - Glass Boys
    20 Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross - Gone Girl

    21 Fatima Al Qadiri - Asiatisch
    22 Dean Blunt - Black Metal
    23 Inga Copeland - Because I'm Worth It
    24 Future Brown - Wanna Party
    25 ECOVIRTUAL - ATMOSPHERES 第3
    26 New Dreams Ltd. - Initiation Tape: Isle of Avalon Edition
    27 PC Music - Dead or Alive Halloween
    28 Nmesh - Welcome to Warp Zone! (Tiny Mix Tapes 4​-​Hour Video Game Mix)
    29 Gobby - Beats by Gobby
    30 Ben Frost - A U R O R A

    31 Panda Bear - Mr Noah
    32 Christopher Owens - A New Testament
    33 Viet Cong - Cassette
    34 Zig Zags - Zig Zags
    35 Tweens - Tweens
    36 Cloud Nothings - Here and Nowhere Else
    37 Smashing Pumpkins - Monuments to an Elegy
    38 Black Lips - Underneath the Rainbow
    39 Bear in Heaven - Time is Over One Day Old
    40 Wand - Ganglion Reef

    41 James Hoff - Blaster
    42 Yung Lean - Unknown Memory
    43 Useless Eaters - Bleeding Moon
    44 Shellac - Dude Incredible
    45 Ex-Cult - Midnight Passenger
    46 Thee Oh Sees - Drop
    47 Iceage - Plowing into the Field of Love
    48 Real Estate - Atlas
    49 Aphex Twin - Modular Trax
    50 Thom Yorke - Tomorrow's Modern Boxes (lol)
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    Top 10 (in order):
    Perfume Genius Too Bright
    Lana Del Rey Ultraviolence
    Run the Jewels Run the Jewels 2
    Metronomy Love Letters
    Tori Amos Unrepentant Geraldines
    The Body I Shall Die Here
    Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross Gone Girl OST
    Shlohmo & Jeremih No More EP
    Sons of Magdalene Move to Pain
    Tricky Adrian Thaws

    Honorable Mentions (in no particular order):
    Die Antwoord Donker Mag
    fka Twigs LP1
    Hooray for Earth Racy
    Iamamiwhoami Blue
    Merchandise After the End
    Movement Movement EP
    Pharmakon Bestial Burden

    Albums that were just Ok:
    Morrissey: World Peace is None of Your Business
    Death Grips: niggas on the moon
    Trust: Joyland

    Biggest Disappointment:
    Zola Jesus: Taiga

    Best Discovered Album (album that didn't have a 2014 release date):
    Saul Williams: The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust
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    For me...

    1. Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross-Gone Girl OST
    2. Aphex Twin-Syro
    3. Warpaint-S/T
    4. Beck-Morning Phase
    5. EMA-The Future Void
    6. St. Vincent-S/T
    7. The Shoe-I'm Okay
    8. Death from Above 1979-The Physical World
    9. Phantogram-Voices
    10. Dum Dum Girls-Too True

    Honorable Mention: Pink Floyd-The Endless River (I really like it)

    Best Discovered (Non 2014) Album: Rainbow-Rising

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    Only came up with a top 5 this year.
    in no particular order:

    - Alt-J - This is all yours
    - Trust - Joyland
    - The Faint - Doom Abuse
    - Rancid - Honor is all we know
    - Smashing Pumpkins - Monuments to an Elegy
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    I'd also like to throw out there, that I am weird and listen to video game music. So 2 of my favorite video game soundtracks of the year were:

    - Shovel Knight
    - Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
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    @blackholesun @Charmingly Miserable - What about Trust's "Joyland" disappointed you guys? I thought it was worlds better than their first release.
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    In no particular order:

    Slipknot - .5: The Gray Chapter
    Trap Them - Blissfucker
    Jack White - Lazaretto
    Fallujah - The Flesh Prevails
    Every Time I Die - From Parts Unknown
    Mikaela Davis - Fortune Teller EP
    Anaal Nathrakh - Desideratum

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    Rolling Stone ranked the new U2 as their best album of the year.

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    1. Circa Survive - Descensus
    2. Interpol - El Pintor
    3. Anberlin - Lowburn

    Album I've listened to but wasn't excited nor disappointed
    Thom Yorke - Tomorrow's Modern Boxes : it's ok.
    Crosses - Good album
    Sleepwave - I was hoping for something far more impressive
    Archive - Axiom : small album. always a great band
    Black Keys - Turn Blue : I'm not a fan of this band, so I enjoyed this album.
    Trent / Atticus - Gone Girl

    Disappointments :
    Coldplay - Ghost Stories : Gawd the fiuck damnit I hate this album.
    Antemasque : I was hoping for something a little more.
    Karen O : not bad, but I won't be listening to it
    Linkin Park : great sound! just boring chorus.
    Pink Floyd : rofl

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    Quote Originally Posted by RhettButler View Post
    Rolling Stone ranked the new U2 as their best album of the year.

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    I didn't really feel like I had a favorite album this year at all, in general most of my favorite acts released stuff in 2013 (I'm still reeling from the amount of quality stuff that came out), so it was pretty toned down for me. Then Smashing Pumpkins go and put out Monuments to an Elegy and made it easy on me.

    So:

    1. Smashing Pumpkins - Monuments to an Elegy

    2. Liars - Mess

    3. Interpol - El Pintor

    I still need to hear Syro, and wanted to check out the new Prince record but never got around to it. I'm at best a highly casual Aphex Twin fan though, and haven't payed a lot of attention to any modern Prince stuff, so I don't think they'd change this list up much.

    Disappointments:

    The Knife breaking up.

    The fiasco that was The Death Grips.

    Not having a new SONOIO record to place in my favorites list.

    I'm not putting the Gone Girl score into my favorites of the year list simply because I wouldn't want to open it up to score material. That'd be a whole other subject for me, because the Hannibal season 2 OST and True Detective OST both were wonderful, Interstellar had some strong Zimmer material, in general there's just a whole lot I'd need to consider and go back to. Not to mention that as much as I love scores, they do serve a functionally different purpose than an album, and I just try not to compare the two. And, if I opened the door for soundtracks in general, the Guardians of the Galaxy would be way too unfair to anything else.
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    Where is this True Detective soundtrack available?

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    Quote Originally Posted by onthewall2983 View Post
    Where is this True Detective soundtrack available?


    If you've not seen the series then your mileage may vary but it was absolutely flawless for the show. Enhanced, complimented and added to so many scenes and moments.

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    I've seen the whole thing so I know what you're talking about there. But there hasn't been any kind of official release, nothing on Amazon except the theme song available as an MP3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManBurning View Post

    @blackholesun @Charmingly Miserable - What about Trust's "Joyland" disappointed you guys? I thought it was worlds better than their first release.
    Joyland just didn't do it for me like TRST did. In my mind, TRST was a near synthpop masterpiece and I definitely had lofty expectations. Expectations aside, I just didn't enjoy the album through and through. The melodies don't pop out as much and it just feels like it's missing something that the first album had. Not a bad album, but disappointing in the sense that I expected better.

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    Ok, here we go:


    Top 10 albums of 2014*

    1. Robert Plant - "Lullaby and ...the ceaseless roar"
    2. Mogwai - "Rave Tapes"
    3. Jack White - Lazzaretto
    4. Death from above 1979 - The Physical World
    5. The Pineapple Thief - Magnolia
    6. Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways
    7. Morrissey - "World Peace is None of your business"
    8. Primus - "Primus and the chocolate factory"
    9. Mastodon - "Once more 'round the sun"
    10. Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - "Gone Girl"

    *Have yet to listen to the new albums by "Einsturzende Neubauten" and "TV on the Radio", i bet they'll fit in the Top 10 when i do...


    Honorable Mentions:
    Aphex Twin - "SYRO"
    Pink Floyd - "The Endless River"
    Pixies - "Indie Cindy"
    Liars - "Mess"
    Thom Yorke - "Tomorrow's Modern Boxes"

    Faith No More - "Motherfucker" (in my opinion the best single of the year)


    Disappointments:
    Interpol - El Pintor
    The Horrors - Luminous
    The Knife breaking up
    Led Zeppelin remasters (mostly because of the extras)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManBurning View Post
    @blackholesun @Charmingly Miserable - What about Trust's "Joyland" disappointed you guys? I thought it was worlds better than their first release.
    I really can't put a finger on it. While I enjoy a chunk of songs off of Joyland, I just think it lacked gloom that TRST had.

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    1. Perfume Genius - Too Bright
    2. Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire For No Witness
    3. Future Islands - Singles
    4. Sun Kil Moon - Benji
    5. Run The Jewels - Run The Jewels 2
    6. The Antlers - Familiars
    7. Liars - Mess
    8. Alt-J - This Is All Yours
    9. St. Vincent - St. Vincent
    10. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross - ​Gone Girl OST

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    Biggest disappointments for me were the new albums from Mike Oldfield and Yes. I like some of Oldfield's forays into pop but I didn't feel that Man On The Rocks was breaking any new ground for him, I've heard it's done well in the UK though which is good for him. Heaven And Earth on the other hand is quite troubling, when you consider that the genre they are one of the first major bands of is otherwise thriving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RhettButler View Post
    Rolling Stone ranked the new U2 as their best album of the year.
    Of course and the Boss is #2 because the magazine is known for simply kissing their asses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by henryeatscereal View Post


    Top 10 albums of 2014*


    6. Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways
    THIS was my most disappointed album of 2014. I had such high expectations for it and was let down beyond words.

    EDIT: If we were ranking top songs from 2014 though, I'd have "Something From Nothing" thrown in there. I really enjoy that song and "The Feast and The Famine" and wish the rest of the album was like that, but the album starts off with 2 punches to the face and then puts you to sleep once you're on the ground after those 2 songs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ManBurning View Post
    THIS was my most disappointed album of 2014. I had such high expectations for it and was let down beyond words.

    EDIT: If we were ranking top songs from 2014 though, I'd have "Something From Nothing" thrown in there. I really enjoy that song and "The Feast and The Famine" and wish the rest of the album was like that, but the album starts off with 2 punches to the face and then puts you to sleep once you're on the ground after those 2 songs.
    I liked it for what it was: a straight rock album (we don't get much of these lately).
    Obviously "Wasting Light" was a much better album but i like this one and i can say i enjoy all the songs from it equally, my only complaint is that it's too short, i agree that "Something from Nothing" is one of the best singles of the year.

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