2014 Music Picks: The Best

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Thank you for joining my review of musical highlights from A.D. 2014. As ever, some spectacular sounds made their way to my ears last year, and I obsessed over a handful of exceptional artists.

I’m sure I’ve left some off, either by accident or by decree, but I do hope you enjoy perusing the list nonetheless.

BEST ALBUMS


death blues
Death Blues
Ensemble
(Rhythmplex)

deepchord
Deepchord
Lanterns
(Astral Industries)

ultraviolence
Lana Del Rey
Ultraviolence
(Interscope)

aquaplano
Donato Dozzy & Nuel
The Aquaplano Sessions
(Spectrum Spools)

under the skin
Mica Levi
Under the Skin OST
(Milan)

Mehliana
Brad Mehldau & Mark Guiliana
Mehliana: Taming the Dragon
(Nonesuch)

no inc
No. Inc.
Early Reflections
(No.)

SETI
S.E.T.I.
Final Trajectory
(Loki/Power and Steel)

shaded explorer
Shaded Explorer
Between the Blue
(Silent Season)

tinashe
Tinashe
Aquarius
(RCA)

tobias
Tobias.
A Series of Shocks
(Ostgut Ton)

wrangler
Wrangler
LA Spark
(MemeTune)

2012 MUSIC PICKS!

turntableMuch time has passed since the Musical Year of Our Lord, 2012, has ended. I hope you enjoy my look back at the year that was.

Feel free to criticize at will, and please share your own selections!

THE LUCKY 13: REAL PLEASURES AND UTTER OBSESSIONS – 2012

  • ATOM™: Winterreise (CD, Raster-Noton)
  • BLACK SWAN: Heaven (CD, Ethereal Symphony)
  • DEEPCHORD: Sommer (CD, Soma)
  • EMPTYSET: Medium (12″, Subtext)
  • BURNT FRIEDMAN: Zokuhen (2LP, Nonplace)
  • HOLLY HERNDON: Movement (LP, RVNG Intl.)
  • THOMAS KÖNER: Novaya Zemlya (CD, Touch)
  • LEGO FEET: Lego Feet (Reissue, 2LP, Skam)
  • JON MUELLER/JASON PLOTKIN: Terminal Velocity (2LP, Taiga)
  • PORTER RICKS: Biokinetics (Reissue, 2LP, Type)
  • PETER PRAUTZSCH: Schwere See (CD, Palacmusic/Neo Ouija)
  • LANA DEL REY: Born to Die (CD, Interscope)
  • SHACKLETON: Music for the Quiet Hour/The Drawbar Organ EPs (2LP/CD, Woe to the Septic Heart!)

NEED MORE TIME – 2012

  • FLYING LOTUS: Until the Quiet Comes (CD, Warp)
  • HILDUR GUÐNADÓTTIR: Leyfdu Ljosinu (CD, Touch)
  • ROBERT HAMPSON: Signaux (LP, Editions Mego)

DISAPPOINTING DISAPPOINTMENTS – 2012

  • DEAD CAN DANCE: Anastasis (2LP, PIAS)
  • MEAT BEAT MANIFESTO: Test EP (CD/DVD, Flexidisc)
  • ANDY STOTT: Luxury Problems (CD, Modern Love)

Thank you for listening!
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