Wednesday, January 7, 2015


All in all, I believe that last year was a weak one for music. It had its moments, but there was a lot of crap that I tried to listen to in 2014.  That said, I've finally made it through every song, and I think I've picked some real winners.  I don't have strong feelings about the rank of these, so we'll just present a group of recommended songs by Brent.


Hi Five - Angel Olson - I sing the beginning of this song a lot while I'm doing stuff.  I like the combination of Elvis and Roy Orbison delivery. But the whole thing is good.

Parade - The Antlers - Album is hard to get through.  But this song is wonderful.  Perfect drop of the F-bomb right off the bat.

Metallic Cloud - Damien Jurado made a really really long album.  Probably a double album if it was an album.  It has two versions of this song.  Very dramatic. 

So Blonde - EMA - For those of you who like to scream "So blonde" really loud.   

The Body Electric  - Hurray for the Riff Raff - This was my first favorite song of the year, and probably my ultimate favorite.

Just One of the Guys - Jenny Lewis - What a great song about being a woman.  I'm not a woman, but I'm married to one, and I feel like this song captures what it's like to grow older as a female.

West Coast - Lana Del Rey - I just really like the line in it about how if you're not drinking, you're not playing.  Nice twist on the cheating/trying line.

Easter Morning - Papercuts - It's always satisfying when you find an album that no one likes as much as you.  I didn't read anything about Papercuts in the various Best of Music lists, but I thought this song was terrific.  I also thought the album was good.  I should have added that to my post about albums. Shoot.

Queen - Perfume Genius - Perfume Genius got a lot more sexy from it's last album to this one.

Every Time the Sun Comes Up - Sharon Van Etten - This album is just really depressing.  Like the kind of depressing that only hits me when I have a lot of heartache.  I don't really have a lot of heartache, but I will keep this song in mind should things with Chelsey and I go south.

Suffering You, Suffering Me - Slow Club - The Slow Club is one of the few bands that can regularly reinvent themselves without my getting annoyed.  They started out all chamber poppy, and then they changed their sound for the last album to something more raw and stompy.  This album is more polished sounding but with lots of energy.  Slow Club fits in the category of bands I feel like I probably like better than most everyone else.

Inside Out - Spoon - Spoon made another Spoon album.  Meaning that it's easy to bop your head with it, and there are a few good songs, but you won't be taking it to any deserted islands.  This song is really great though.

The Promise - Sturgill Simpson - Yes, it's that The Promise.  As a lover of the original, I give my full seal of approval on this version.  Understated.  Not trying to compete with the original. I'm glad is was able to include a cover on here.

I Love my DAD  - Sun Kil Moon - I didn't get this album until the end.  I never paid Sun Kil Moon much mind, but this album kept coming up on the Best of 2014 lists.  I took to this immediately because I like songs about people loving their dads.  Or apparently I do.  I don't know.

Run From Me - Timber Timbre - Creepy creepy creepy.  Timber Timbre does creepy really well.  Also like the tip of the hat to Tom Dooley in this song.

Okay.  That's all.  So long 2014.  You could have been better.

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