The Quietus Albums Of The Year 2014
ONE: Gazelle Twin - UNFLESH (Anti Ghost Moon Ray)TWO: Scott Walker & Sunn O))) - Soused (4AD)THREE: Swans - To Be Kind (Mute)FOUR: East India Youth - TOTAL STRIFE FOREVER (Stolen)FIVE: The Bug - Angels & Devils (Big Dada)SIX: Grumbling Fur - Preternaturals (TQPC)SEVEN: Katie Gately - Pipes (Blue Tapes)EIGHT: Manic Street Preachers - Futurology (Sony)NINE: Perc - The Power And The Glory (Perc Trax)TEN: Jenny Hval & Susanna - Meshes Of Voice (SusannaSonata)ELEVEN: FKA twigs - LP1 (Young Turks)TWELVE: Zamilska - Untune (self-released)THIRTEEN: Inner City Ensemble - Black/White (Instant Classic)FOURTEEN: Cooly G - Wait ‘Til Night (Hyperdub)FIFTEEN: Blacknecks - 006 (self-released) SIXTEEN: English Heretic - The Underworld Service (self-released)SEVENTEEN: Freddie Gibbs and Madlib - Piñata (Madlib Invasion)EIGHTEEN: OAKE - Auferstehung (Downwards)NINETEEN: Grouper - Ruins (Kranky) TWENTY: Kemper Norton - Loor (Front And Follow)TWENTY ONE: Maurice Louca - Benhayyi Al-Baghbaghan (Nawa)TWENTY TWO: Andy Stott - Faith In Strangers (Modern Love)TWENTY THREE: EEK ft. Islam Chipsy - Live At The Cairo High Cinema Institute (Nashazphone)TWENTY FOUR: Jane Weaver - Silver Globe (Bird)TWENTY FIVE: Daniel Patrick Quinn - Acting The Rubber Pig (self-released)TWENTY SIX: The Body - I Shall Die Here (RVNG Intl.)TWENTY SEVEN: Chrononautz - Public Domain Fuckover Series #1-6 (self-released)TWENTY EIGHT: Pharmakon - Bestial Burden (Sacred Bones)TWENTY NINE: Tweedy - Sukierae (dBpm Records)THIRTY: Objekt - Flatland (PAN)THIRTY ONE: Jar Moff - Financial Glam (PAN)THIRTY TWO: Willie The Kid & Bronze Nazareth - The Living Daylights (Embassy)THIRTY THREE: Lorenzo Senni - Superimpositions (Boomkat)THIRTY FOUR: Electric Wizard - Time To Die (Spinefarm)THIRTY FIVE: Klara Lewis - ETT (Editions Mego) THIRTY SIX: Kassem Mosse - Workshop 19 (Workshop)THIRTY SEVEN: Extreme Precautions - Precaution One (In Paradisum)THIRTY EIGHT: Kasai Allstars - Beware The Fetish (Crammed Discs)THRITY NINE: Arabrot - I Modi (Fysisk Format)FORTY: Einsturzende Neubauten - Lament (BMG)FORTY ONE: The Inward Circles - Nimrod (self-released)FORTY TWO: Bohren & Der Club Of Gore - Piano Nights (Ipecac)FORTY THREE: Future Islands - Singles (4AD)FORTY FOUR: Consumer Electronics - Estuary English (Dirter)FORTY FIVE: BONG - Stoner Rock (Ritual)FORTY SIX: Nisennenmondai - N (BLAST First (petite))FORTY SEVEN: Wild Beasts - Present Tense (Domino)FORTY EIGHT: Olga Bell - Krai (One Little Indian)FORTY NINE: Cut Hands - Festival Of The Dead (Blackest Ever Black)FIFTY: Xiu Xiu - Angel Guts, Red Classroom (Bella Union)FIFTY ONE: Actress - Ghettoville (Werkdiscs)FIFTY TWO: YOB - Clearing The Path To Ascend (Neurot)FIFTY THREE: Owen Pallett - In Conflict (Domino)FIFTY FOUR: Puce Mary - Persona (Posh Isolation)FIFTY FIVE: DonChristian - Renzo Piano (Camp & Street)FIFTY SIX: Ibibio Sound Machine - Ibibio Sound Machine (Soundway)FIFTY SEVEN: Lee Gamble - KOCH (PAN)FIFTY EIGHT: Leyland Kirby Presents V/Vm - The Death Of Rave (A Partial Flashback) (History Always Favours The Winners)FIFTY NINE: Laibach - Spectre (Mute)SIXTY: Shellac - Dude Incredible (Touch And Go)SIXTY ONE: Heterotic - Weird Drift (Planet Mu)SIXTY TWO: Liars - Mess (Mute)SIXTY THREE: Stein Urheim - Stein Urheim (Hubro)SIXTY FOUR: Ekoplekz - Unfidelity (Planet Mu)SIXTY FIVE: St. Vincent - St. Vincent (Loma Vista)SIXTY SIX: Sunn O))) & Ulver - Terrestrials (Southern Lord)SIXTY SEVEN: Russell Haswell - 37 Minute Workout (DIAGONAL)SIXTY EIGHT: Noura Mint Seymali - Tzenni (Glitterbeat)SIXTY NINE: Stephen O'Malley, Oren Ambarchi & Randall Dunn - Shade Themes From Kairos (Drag City)SEVENTY: Apollo Brown - Blasphemy (Mello Music Group)SEVENTY ONE: The Budos Band - Burnt Offering (Daptone)SEVENTY TWO: Anat Ben David - MeleCh (self-released)SEVENTY THREE: Yvette - Process (Godmode)SEVENTY FOUR: milo - a toothpaste suburb (Hellfyre Club)SEVENTY FIVE: Merkabah - Moloch (Instant Classic)SEVENTY SIX: Wrangler - LA Spark (Memetune)SEVENTY SEVEN: Ronika - Selectadisc (Record Shop)SEVENTY EIGHT: Bing & Ruth - Tomorrow Was The Golden Age (Happy Talk)SEVENTY NINE: Azealia Banks - Broke With Expensive Taste (Prospect)EIGHTY: DJ Q - Ineffable (Local Action)EIGHTY ONE: The Soft Pink Truth - Why Do The Heathen Rage? (Thrill Jockey)EIGHTY TWO: Vince Staples - Hell Can Wait (Def Jam Recordings)EIGHTY THREE: Tinariwen - Emmar (ANTI-)EIGHTY FOUR: The Juan Maclean - In A Dream (DFA)EIGHTY FIVE: Aphex Twin - Syro (WARP)EIGHTY SIX: Toumani & Sidiki Diabate - Toumani & Sidiki Diabate (World Circuit)EIGHTY SEVEN: Selim Lemouchi & His Enemies - Earth Air Spirit Fire Water (Van)EIGHTY EIGHT: Behemoth - The Satanist (Nuclear Blast)EIGHTY NINE: Wrekmeister Harmonies - Then It Came Down (Thrill Jockey)NINETY: Fumaca Preta - Fumaca Preta (Soundway)NINETY ONE: Scott Miller, Lee Camfield & Merzbow - No Closure (Cold Spring)NINETY TWO: Black Rain - Dark Pool (Blackest Ever Black)NINETY THREE: Anthroprophh - Outside The Circle (Rocket)NINETY FOUR: Adult Jazz - Gist Is (Spare Thought)NINETY FIVE: Godflesh - A World Lit Only By Fire (Avalanche)NINETY SIX: Obake - Mutations (Rare Noise)NINETY SEVEN: Clark - Clark (WARP)NINETY EIGHT: Joseph Curwen - Shunned House (City)NINETY NINE: Echoes Of Yul - Tether (Zoharum)ONE HUNDRED: Good Throb - Fuck Off (self-released)
― Doran, Monday, 1 December 2014 10:30 (seven years ago) link
Read this as:
EIGHT: Manic Street Preachers - Futurology (Sorry)
― Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Monday, 1 December 2014 10:36 (seven years ago) link
beautiful choice of number one! also love katie gately and jenny hval & susanna in the top 10 (thought the gately was 2013 though?)
― sosmix klopp (NickB), Monday, 1 December 2014 10:40 (seven years ago) link
Yeah, Gately was 2013. There was a massive bit of dissonance for us here as we were some of the only people to write about Pipes when it first came out but then didn't include it in the chart probably because it was a tape and only had two tracks.
But it deserves people to hear about it - you have to bear in mind it only sold something like 1-200 copies in 2013 and it has been reissued this year and still remains one of the most unique and praiseworthy pieces of music out there.
Basically I felt guilty for not including it in my ballot the year before!
― Doran, Monday, 1 December 2014 10:54 (seven years ago) link
Some really good choices here. Great to see Objekt, Owen P, Katie Gately, Swans and ooh, didn't realise there was an Arabrot release this year? Haven't listened to Unflesh enough to work out if it deserves AOTY but from what I've heard, it's def a good album, like a deconstructed (as in eviscerated) Cocteau Twins or something.
― Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Monday, 1 December 2014 10:58 (seven years ago) link
if anything deserves a bit of rule bending it's definitely pipes. approved! *stamps card*
― sosmix klopp (NickB), Monday, 1 December 2014 11:04 (seven years ago) link
Dutch mag Oor (bit like Mojo/Q):
1. The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream2. Typhoon - Lobi Da Basi3. Spoon - They Want My Soul4. Swans - To Be Kind5. Damien Rice - My Favorite Faded Fantasy6. Temples - Sun Structures7. Moodymann - Moodymann8. Beck - Morning Phase9. Avi Buffalo - At Best Cuckold10. Alt-J - This Is All Yours11. Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots12. Real Estate - Atlas13. Flying Lotus - You're Dead!14. FKA Twigs - LP115. St. Vincent - St. Vincent16. Jack White - Lazaretto17. The Acid - Liminal18. Reigning Sound - Shattered19. Moss – We Both Know The Rest Is Noise20. Sun Kil Moon - Benji21. Perfume Genius - Too Bright22. Future Islands - Singles23. Cloud Nothings - Here And Nowhere Else24. The Black Keys - Turn Blue25. Royal Blood - Royal Blood
― a pleasant little psychedelic detour in the elevator (Amory Blaine), Monday, 1 December 2014 12:38 (seven years ago) link
Well, history is written by the winners, right? One of the better points made in Amanda Ps excellent book (if you haven't read it) Do Not Sell at any Price is that the only reason Robert Johnson became the template for so much British blues-rock is because his stuff was the best reissued and circulated. But Johnson was by no means the most popular or originally best distributed blues act.
― Josh in Chicago, Sunday, November 30, 2014 12:53 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink
hmm i haven't read her book but this is the primary thesis of elijah wald's book 'escaping the delta', which was written before hers: The neo-ethnic movement was nourished by a spate of LP reissues that for the first time made it possible to find hillbilly and country blues recordings in white, middle-class, urban stores. The bible was Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music...Smith was specifically interested in the oldest and most-rural sounding styles, and set a pattern for any future folk-blues reissue projects by intentionally avoiding any artist who seemed consciously modern or commercial...
Far from balancing this taste, the other record collectors tended to be even more conservative. Much as they loved the music, they were driven by the same mania for rarity that drives collectors of old stamps or coins, and many turned up their noses at Jefferson or the Carters, since those records were common. To such men, the perfect blues artist was someone like Son House or Skip James, an unrecognized genius whose 78s had sold so badly that at most one or two copies survived. Since the collectors were the only people with access to the original records or any broad knowledge of the field, they functioned to a great extent as gatekeepers of the past and had a profound influence on what the broader audience heard. By emphasizing obscurity as a virtue unto itself, they essentially turned the hierarchy of blues-stardom upside-down: The more records an artist had sold in 1928, the less he or she was valued in 1958.
― deej loaf (D-40), Monday, 1 December 2014 12:58 (seven years ago) link
x-post re Quietus list-
TWENTY THREE: EEK ft. Islam Chipsy - Live At The Cairo High Cinema Institute (Nashazphone)
Not on Spotify or available from Amazon, so where do I find/get it
― curmudgeon, Monday, 1 December 2014 14:08 (seven years ago) link
Line Of Best Fit - Albumshttp://www.thelineofbestfit.com/features/articles/top-fifty-albums-2014
Lost in the Dream is without a doubt, one of the most impressive records this decade and we're proud to name it as our album of the year
― sosmix klopp (NickB), Monday, 1 December 2014 14:11 (seven years ago) link
― Cosmic Slop, Monday, 1 December 2014 14:18 (seven years ago) link
Bleep - Top Albums of 2014 https://bleep.com/end-of-year-roundup-2014
Aphex Twin – SyroCaribou – Our LoveClap! Clap! – Tayi BebbaObjekt – FlatlandLone – Reality TestingSlackk – Palm Tree FireHieroglyphic Being And The Configurative Or Modular Me Trio – The Seer Of Cosmic VisionsDean Blunt – Black MetalFatima Al Qadiri – Asiatisch Arca – Xen
― sosmix klopp (NickB), Monday, 1 December 2014 14:42 (seven years ago) link
i assumed that was r&b
― strychnine, Monday, 1 December 2014 14:44 (seven years ago) link
Is War on Drugs just a snowball effect at this point? Later lists being influenced by earlier ones?
― jmm, Monday, 1 December 2014 14:45 (seven years ago) link
that arca album is weird, like an album of intro tracks or something.
― Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Monday, 1 December 2014 14:49 (seven years ago) link
Not strictly albums, plus multiple items for some slots
1. Young Thug-singles and mixtapes2. Sam Hunt-Montevallo3. Just About Everything Produced by DJ Mustard4. Miranda Lambert-Platinum/Eric Church-The Outsiders/Sturgill Simpson-Metamodern Sounds in Country Music5. Aphex Twin-Syro6. Dej Loaf-"Try Me" song7. Popcaan-Where We Come From8. Hiss Golden Messenger-Lateness of Dancers9. Rae Sremmurd, Bobby Shmurda- rap hits10. Math rock-Naomi Punk-Television Man and Horse Lords-Hidden Cities
― curmudgeon, Monday, 1 December 2014 14:50 (seven years ago) link
Forgot 11 & 12 of Chris Richards' Washington Post list
11. Lori McKenna-Numbered Doors
12. Charlie XCX- Sucker
― curmudgeon, Monday, 1 December 2014 14:52 (seven years ago) link
I made a Spotify playlist with everything available in the US from that Quietus list:
― glenn mcdonald, Monday, 1 December 2014 15:04 (seven years ago) link
Paste's is up...
― GM, Monday, 1 December 2014 15:45 (seven years ago) link
Thanks! Quietus usually does a good job being balanced and not TOO pretentious. But Manic Street Preachers? That's a surprise. I had no idea there was a new Einsturzende Neubauten. Apparently a sober meditation on WWI, surprised it wasn't ranked high by more publications. People love that serious shit. Gazelle Twin, hrm. It didn't do much for me last time I listened, am revisiting. I'm trying to imagine Soused on heavy rotation on anyone's playlist and I can't. They chose Electric Wizard and YOB over Pallbearer, and that makes sense with their aesthetic. A few other heavy things, The Body, Arabrot, which I thought was just a minor EP release, will have to check out. A few things I don't recognize, am hoping there's a pleasant surprise in there somewhere.
― Fastnbulbous, Monday, 1 December 2014 15:47 (seven years ago) link
― sosmix klopp (NickB), Monday, 1 December 2014 15:56 (seven years ago) link
― jmm, Monday, 1 December 2014 15:57 (seven years ago) link
― sosmix klopp (NickB), Monday, 1 December 2014 16:00 (seven years ago) link
Rolling Stone full albums list:
01 U2 - Songs of Innocence02 Bruce Springsteen - High Hopes03 The Black Keys - Turn Blue04 St. Vincent - St. Vincent05 Miranda Lambert - Platinum06 Charli XCX - Sucker07 Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence08 Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 209 Mac DeMarco - Salad Days10 Taylor Swift - 198911 Flying Lotus - Youre Dead!12 Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways13 Ought - More Than Any Other Day14 Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright in the End15 Against Me! - Transgender Dysphoria Blues16 FKA Twigs - LP117 Jenny Lewis - The Voyager18 Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds in Country Music19 Jackson Browne - Standing in the Breach20 Sharon Van Etten - Are We There21 Eric Church - The Outsiders22 Skrillex - Recess23 War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream24 Leonard Cohen - Popular Problems25 YG - My Krazy Life26 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Hypnotic Eye27 Alt-J - This Is All Yours28 Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal29 Spoon - They Want My Soul30 Thom Yorke - Tomorrows Modern Boxes31 Young Thug and Bloody Jay - Black Portland32 Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots33 The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger - Midnight Sun34 Prince - Art Official Age35 Lenny Kravitz - Strut36 Alvvays - Alvvays37 Benjamin Booker - Benjamin Booker38 Hurray for the Riff Raff - Small Town Heroes39 Caribou - Our Love40 Jack White - Lazaretto41 Aphex Twin - Syro42 Perfume Genius - Too Bright43 Future - Honest44 Interpol - El Pintor45 EMA - The Futures Void46 Tweedy - Sukierae47 Gary Clark Jr. - Gary Clark Jr. Live48 Coldplay - Ghost Stories49 Tinariwen - Emmaar50 Yob - Clearing the Path to Ascend
― deej loaf (D-40), Monday, 1 December 2014 16:01 (seven years ago) link
are they fucking kidding
― hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Monday, 1 December 2014 16:03 (seven years ago) link
i mean, obviously what were we expecting, but i still find myself kiiiind of shocked by that
― hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Monday, 1 December 2014 16:04 (seven years ago) link
If there were such thing as a peer-reviewed license to review music, RS's would be revoked.
― Fastnbulbous, Monday, 1 December 2014 16:05 (seven years ago) link
i hope u2 and springsteen fans check out that YOB album :)
― Cosmic Slop, Monday, 1 December 2014 16:06 (seven years ago) link
i am a huge springsteen fan and i thought high hopes was garbage
― hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Monday, 1 December 2014 16:09 (seven years ago) link
curmudgeon that record appears to be quite rare, unfortunately:
total collector-scum label (I say that with love):
― sleeve, Monday, 1 December 2014 16:11 (seven years ago) link
I'm still amazed they actually went there.
― Ned Raggett, Monday, 1 December 2014 16:32 (seven years ago) link
That Rolling Stone list feels kind of random at times, and quite amusing to see War on Drugs a little futrther down than most at 23, behind a Skrillex album.
― MarkoP, Monday, 1 December 2014 16:35 (seven years ago) link
"You're not Dire Straits enough for us yet, boys."
― Ned Raggett, Monday, 1 December 2014 16:37 (seven years ago) link
Had totally forgotten Fricke had given 4.5 stars to Springsteen's "stay busy" release.
― cpl593H, Monday, 1 December 2014 16:38 (seven years ago) link
That's Fricke at his Frickest.
the rolling stone list is no more embarrassing than almost every other one posted itt so far
― lex pretend, Monday, 1 December 2014 16:40 (seven years ago) link
* opens window *
― Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Monday, 1 December 2014 16:40 (seven years ago) link
Hahaha with that top three the Quietus are really making no bones about being massive goths are they?
― Matt DC, Monday, 1 December 2014 16:41 (seven years ago) link
b-but Run The Jewels at #8! Tokenism!
― guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 1 December 2014 16:42 (seven years ago) link
xpost did they ever?
― Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Monday, 1 December 2014 16:43 (seven years ago) link
I was about to say, there's a reason I'm happily settled in there.
― Ned Raggett, Monday, 1 December 2014 16:44 (seven years ago) link
I suppose the Popjustice list will somehow manage to find a way to up the ante in this particular category.
― cpl593H, Monday, 1 December 2014 16:45 (seven years ago) link
xpost in all seriousness, i quite like the way the quietus have now, quite unabashedly, started to carve out their own particular niche, influencing that musical area as much as they draw from it while still covering stuff from all over the shop.
― Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Monday, 1 December 2014 16:45 (seven years ago) link
i will say one thing for the RS list - it's the first to include YG lol
― hanley ramirez ordering a pizza (slothroprhymes), Monday, 1 December 2014 16:47 (seven years ago) link
49 Tinariwen - Emmaar
^^wish this was getting more love :-\
― ✓ out this insane nakh yall (gr8080), Monday, 1 December 2014 16:48 (seven years ago) link
otm, amazing album
― Lorde 2Pac Beck Mashup (crüt), Monday, 1 December 2014 16:51 (seven years ago) link
remove the top 3 of the Rolling Stone list and I don't think it's that bad, as good as lot of lists....
― i did it all for the 'nuki (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 1 December 2014 16:54 (seven years ago) link
The Tinariwen is great, but I think their consistency works against them. Easy to take for granted, too hard for most to differentiate one from the other, imo.
If you give the new U2 album five stars, it better top your list. That's commitment.
I forgot the Bruce came out this year or even existed, honestly. In fact, I was about to say it was good, since it popped up on shuffle the other day, but as I type this I realize it was actually "Wrecking Ball" that popped up. "Wrecking Ball" is great. "High Hopes" - the non covers titles barely ring a bell. Def. down there with "Working on a Dream" for a why-bother release.
― Josh in Chicago, Monday, 1 December 2014 16:54 (seven years ago) link
49 Tinariwen - Emmaar^^wish this was getting more love :-\― ✓ out this insane nakh yall (gr8080), Monday, December 1, 2014 4:48 PM (7 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink
― ✓ out this insane nakh yall (gr8080), Monday, December 1, 2014 4:48 PM (7 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink
Yes! Saw them live over the summer and it was transcendental.
― Piss-Up Artist (dog latin), Monday, 1 December 2014 16:57 (seven years ago) link