K.’s 2014 in Music

Throughout the year, I kept a running list in my Notes app of everything that caught my attention and warranted multiple listens. I used that shortlist mostly to keep track of what came out this year, but also to begin developing my final list at year’s end. That list is below.

The Acid – Liminal (Infectious Music Ltd.)

Allah-Las – Worship the Sun (Innovative Leisure)

The Amazing Snakeheads – Amphetamine Ballads (Domino)

Amen Dunes – Love (Sacred Bones)

BADBADNOTGOOD – III (Innovative Leisure)

Baptists – Bloodmines (Southern Lord)

Bass Drum of Death – Rip This (Innovative Leisure)

Beck – Morning Phase (Capitol)

Black Bananas – Electric Brick Wall (Drag City)

Black Bombaim – Far Out (Lovers & Lollypops)

Black Dirt Oak – Wawayanda Patent (MIE Music)

Bohren and Der Club of Gore – Piano Nights (Ipecac)

Nathan Bowles – Nansemond (Paradise of Bachelors)

Brownout – Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath (Ubiquity)

The Budos Band – Burnt Offering (Daptone)

The Bug – Angels & Devils (Ninja Tune)

Cheatahs – Cheatahs (Wichita)

Cities Aviv – Come To Life (Young One)

Jack Clement – For Once and For All (I.R.S. Nashville)

Code Orange – I Am King (Deathwish)

Coffinworm – IV.I.VIII (Profound Lore)

Columns – Please Explode (Relapse)

Sylvie Courvoisier Trio – Double Windsor (Tzadik)

Cretin – Stranger (Relapse)

Cult Leader – Nothing For Us Here (Deathwish)

Dark Pool – Black Rain (Blackest Ever Black)

Death From Above 1979 – The Physical World (Last Gang/Warner Bros.)

Morgan Delt – Morgan Delt (Trouble In Mind)

Destrage – Are You Kidding Me? No. (Metal Blade)

Dwellers – Pagan Fruit (Small Stone)

Electric Wizard – Time To Die (Spinefarm)

Every Time I Die – From Parts Unknown (Epitaph)

Exalt – Pale Light (New Damage)

Fat White Family – Champagne Holocaust (Fat Possum/Trashmouth)

FKA twigs – LP1 (Young Turks)

Floor – Oblation (Season of Mist)

Fly Golden Eagle – Quartz Bijou (ATO)

Flying Lotus – You’re Dead! (Warp)

Fu Manchu – Gigantoid (Redeye)

Generation of Vipers – Coffin Wisdom (Translation Loss)

Goat – Commune (Sub Pop)

Godflesh – A World Lit Only By Fire (Avalanche Recordings)

The Greenery – It’s Looking Grim (New Damage)

Grouper – Ruins (Kranky)

Steve Gunn & Mike Cooper – FRKWYS Vol. 11: Cantos de Lisboa (RVNG Intl.)

Terence Hannum – Via Negativa (Utech)

Curtis Harding – Soul Power (Burger)

Hark – Crystalline (Season of Mist)

He Is Legend – Heavy Fruit (Tragic Hero)

Hjortene – Hjortene (Walden)

Jolie Holland – Wine Dark Sea (ANTI-)

Holy Wave – Relax (Reverberation Appreciation Society)

Human Bodies – No Life (Caligari)

Hundred Waters – The Moon Rang Like a Bell (OWSLA)

Chuck Inglish – Convertibles (Federal Prism/Sounds Like Fun)

Innercity Ensemble – Black/White (Instant Classic)

Iron Reagan – The Tyranny of Will (Relapse)

Jungle – Jungle (XL)

King Louie – Tony (Lawless)

Kit – Lownt God Rising (Undrwrld)

Lecherous Gaze – Zeta Reticuli Blues (Tee Pee)

Lo-Pan – Colossus (Small Stone)

Lolawolf – Calm Down (Innit/KLS)

Jessica Lea Mayfield – Make My Head Sing… (ATO)

James Vincent McMorrow – Post Tropical (Vagrant)

Midnight – No Mercy For Mayhem (Hells Headbangers)

Mount Carmel – Get Pure (Alive Naturalsound)

Moutheater – Passing Key (Anthems of The Undesirable)

The Nude Party – Forbidden Fruits (self-released)

Obliterations – Poison Everything (Southern Lord)

Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal (What’s Your Rupture?/Mom+Pop)

Protomartyr – Under Color of Official Right (Hardly Art)

Pulled Apart By Horses – Blood (Best of the Best/Sony RED)

Pure X – Angel (Fat Possum)

Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2 (Mass Appeal; free dl)

Dan Sartain – Dudesblood (One Little Indian)

Ty Segall – Manipulator (Drag City)

Shlohmo & Jeremiah – No More (self-released; free dl)

Sir Michael Rocks – BANCO (6 Cell Phones)

Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds in Country Music (High Top Mountain)

Sleepy Sun – Maui Tears (Dine Alone)

Swans – To Be Kind (Young God/Mute)

SZA – Z (Top Dawg Entertainment)

Timber Timbre – Hot Dreams (Arts & Crafts)

together PANGEA – Badillac (Burger)

2 Chainz – FREEBASE (self-released; free dl)

Trap Them – Bliss****er (Prosthetic)

Ty Dolla $ign – $ign Language (Taylor Gang; free dl)

White Reaper – White Reaper (Polyvinyl)

Wildest Dreams – Wildest Dreams (Smalltown Supersound)

Willie The Kid & Bronze Nazareth – The Living Daylights (Embassy)

Young Widows – Easy Pain (Temporary Residence Limited)

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