Can you believe we’re almost through with 2014? It’s nearly gone, my friends. And like all of you know, that means music, movie, book, etc obsessives like myself will be pouring over their favorite things of 2014 and compiling massive lists for the masses to completely ignore because they will already be bombarded with plenty of massive year-end lists from all those big names like Pitchfork, Spin, Rollingstone, Paste, and Reader’s Digest. Yes, the time for those “best of” has arrived. Time to geek out.
I’m not done with my music list. Hell, I haven’t even started it actually. But I have been going back and revisiting albums from 2014 and seeing what’s still buttering my musical bread, so to speak. The War on Drugs’ Lost In The Dream is definitely still melting my brain. It’s so good it’s scary. And after all the nonsense Adam Granduciel has been through -regarding the brow beating from Mark Kozelek- I’d say that guy and his band deserve some kind of award. But on the merits of that album alone he’s earned my love and respect. Spinning it again last night I was just in awe of the record. So yeah, Lost In The Dream is one of my favorites of the year for sure.
Another album that has gotten tons of play from me this year is Jakob Skott’s Amor Fati. It reminds me of growing up in the 80s and watching all of these lo dough sci fi flicks I’d rent from the back room of my local video store. These mildly cheesy, grainy epics I’d watch late at night with these amazing synth-driven soundtracks. The synthesizer used to compose these scores probably cost more than the making of the films themselves, but I digress. Anyways, Skott has tapped into something special on Amor Fati. It’s like a score to some post-apocalyptic epic no one ever saw. It moves and flows effortlessly from one song to the next, his drum pummeling and bruising along the way as his synth-driven melodies tell a tale through analog means. Truly great stuff.
Real Estate, The Night Terrors, Cloud Nothings, This Will Destroy You, Thom Yorke, Medicine, Steve Gunn, Tweedy, Whirr, Nothing, Sinoia Caves, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Ty Segall, Spoon,….just a few great bands that have put out some of my favorite music this year. Sure, I think it can be a bit pretentious. All this list making and what not. And there was a time I wouldn’t even consider these year-end lists. What’s the point? Who cares what you like or I like? Like what you like and shut the helll up, all right? Well after finding some amazing records on different year-end lists that I didn’t know about I’ve realized that maybe there’s something to these lists. I don’t think these writers, journalists, and blogular music lovers(like myself) are all that pretentious in their list making. I think it comes from the desire to share their love of music. I can get talking about an artist I love and can keep that conversation flowing forever. Throw a beer or two into the mix and you’re talking an evening of easy chair professing as the records spin and the beer bottles empty. Lists are this communal thing that allows folks to leave their opinion somewhere other than in their heads and hearts. Maybe, just maybe, someone will happen across that list and see something they weren’t aware of and check it out. Maybe, just maybe, that album will become one of their favorites. And that band will become something special to that person, all because they read some weirdo’s favorite albums, year-end list online.
You never know.
Be on the lookout for jhubner73.com’s favorite albums of the year edition. Are you writing one? What’s your favorite albums of the year? I want to know.