Friday, December 5, 2014

The Flipside 50-Top Albums of 2014

Yes folks, that time of the year, time to reflect back on the past 365 days of ear candy. I'll be airing the radio show Sunday December 7 at 4pm with the top 50 albums of the past 12 months on Guilford College radio with Flipside 5th annual countdown of the top albums of 2014 (yes, this is number 5).

Excessive as it seems, this is the year for excess. The number of very good albums to great albums was staggering. In putting the list together, I considered almost 200 albums, many would have landed on this list in years past but this was deep. Deep enough to expand from 30 to 50 albums? You bet. Enough to fill four hours of air time on a college radio station, you kidding?

Those who assume the digital age has killed of the rock album not so fast....

This is the culmination of 12 months of dark rooms and empty car rides to the office. Enjoy......

50 tie Mutant Message by My Divine Right

50 tie Before There Were Pictures by Pale Lights

50 tie Wild Onion by Twin Peaks

49 Sunswimmer by New Madrid

48 I'll Be the Tornado by Dads

47 Beauty and Ruin by Bob Mould

46 Atlas by Real Estate

45 American Interiors by Gruf Rhys

44 Innocence by Pontiak

43 Martyr Privates by Martyr Privates

42 Wooden Aquarium by Mazes

41 Debt by Baked

40 With Light and With Love by Woods

39 Plowing Into the Field of Love by Iceage

38 Drop by Thee Oh Sees

37 Tomorrow's Hits by the Men

36 Suck My Shirt by the Coathangers

35 Sun Structures by Temples

34 Do the Beast by The Afghan Whigs

33 Call 4 Fun by Actual Water

32 Into Sixes by Connections

31 Content Nausea by Parquet Courts

30 Water Liars by Water Liars

29 English Oceans by the Drive By Truckers

28 Mended With Gold by the Rural Alberta Advantage

27 Commune by Goat

26 A Swirling Fire Burning Through the Rye by Cool Ghouls

25 Modern Vices by Modern Vices

24 Here and Nowhere Else by Cloud Nothings

23 Salad Days by Mac DeMarco

22 Teeth Dreams by the Hold Steady

21 Morgan Delt by Morgan Delt

20 For the Recently Found Innocent by White Fence

19 Weirdon by Purling Hiss

18 Burn Your Fire For No Witness by Angel Olsen

17 Can't Love by Turn to Crime

16 Badillac by Together Pangea

15 The Conquering Sun by Gord Downie and the Sadies

14 Lost In a Dream by War On Drugs

13 Manipulator by Ty Segall

12 Ultimate Painting by Ultimate Painting

11 Benjamin Booker by Benjamin Booker

10 New Gods by Withered Hand

9 Black Moon Spell by King Tuff

8 Wooden Head by The Proper Ornaments

7 The Best Day by Thurston Moore

6 Famous Graves by Cheap Girls

5 Under Color of the Official Right by Protomartyr

4 Way Out Weather by Steve Gunn

3 Love by Amen Dunes

2 Sunbathing Animal by Parquet Courts

1 To Be Kind by Swans

Let the debate begin....

Happy New Year All! We'll have more new music to kick around in 2015.