2014: favorites

  1. Moskus: Mestertyven (Hubro)
  2. Jemeel Moondoc: The Zookeeper's House (Relative Pitch Records)
  3. Wussy: Attica! (Damnably)
  4. Max Johnson Trio:  The Invisible Trio (Fresh Sound New Talent)
  5. Miranda Lambert: Platinum (RCA Nashville)
  6. Withered Hand: New Gods (Foruna Pop!)
  7. Wadada Leo Smith: The Great Lakes Suites (TUM Records)
  8. Old 97's: Most Messed Up (ATO) 
  9. Peter Van Huffel, Michael Bates & Jeff Davis: BOOM CRANE (Fresh Sound New Talent) 
  10. Bob Mould: Beauty and Ruin (Merge Records)
  11. Mary Halvorson: Reverse Blue (Relative Pitch Records)
  12. Azealia Banks: Broke With Expensive Taste (Prospect Park)
  13. D'Angelo and the Vanguard: Black Messiah (RCA)
  14. Hammel on Trial: The Happiest Man in the World (New West Records)
  15. Dagens Ungdom: Dagens Ungdom (Metronomicon Audio)
  16. Big K.R.I.T.: Cadillactica (Cinematic Music Group/Def Jam)
  17. Leo Welch: Sabougla Voices (Big Legal Mess) 
  18. Steve Lehman Octet: Mise en Abime (Pi Recordings) 
  19. Sleaford Mods: Divide and Exit (Harbinger Sound)
  20. James Brandon Lewis: Divine Travels (OKeh Records)
  21. Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott: What Have We Become (Virgin EMI) 
  22. Microwaves: Regurgitant Phenomena (New Atlantis Records) 
  23. Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit: Erta Ale (PNL Records/Catalytic Sound)
  24. DJ Quik: The Minight Life (Mad Science Recordings) 
  25. Tyshawn Sorey: Alloy (Pi Recordings) 
  26. Coathangers: Suck My Shirt ( Suicide Squeeze Records)
  27. Cory Branan: The No-Hit Wonder (Bloodshot Records) 
  28. Trio 3 & Vijay Iyer: Wiring (Intakt Records)
  29. Kris Davis Trio: Waiting For You to Grow (Clean Feed)
  30. Parquet Courts: Sunbathing Animal (What's Your Rupture?)
  31. The Nightingales: For Fuck's Sake (self-released)
  32. Lily Allen: Sheezus (Regal/Parlophone)
  33. Microscopic Septet: Manhattan Moonrise (Cuneiform)
  34. Jenny Lewis: The Voyager (Warner Bros.) 
  35. Chris Butler: Easy Life (Future Fossil Music)
  36. Ex Hex: Rips (Merge)
  37. Leonard Cohen: Popular Problems (Columbia)
  38. Tarbaby with Oliver Lake & Marc Ducret: Fanon (Rogue Art)
  39. Marc Ribot Trio: Live at the Village Vanguard (Pi Recordings)
  40. Wadada Leo Smith, Joe Morris, Jamie Saft & Balasz Pandi: Red Hill (RareNoiseRecords) 
  41. Laura Cantrell: No Way There From Here (Thrift Shop) 
  42. Rodrigo Amado: Wire Quartet (Clean Feed) 
  43. Run the Jewels: Run the Jewels 2 (Mass Appeal/Sony RED)
  44. Mark Turner Quartet: Lathe of Heaven (ECM) 
  45. Robert Plant: lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar (Nonesuch)
  46. Toni Braxton & Babyface: Love, Marriage & Divorce (Motown)
  47. Angeleena Presley: American Middle Class (Slate Creek Records) 
  48. Henry Butler & Steven Bernstein: Viper's Drag (Universal Music) 
  49. Eric Revis Quartet: In Memory of Things Yet Seen (Clean Feed)
  50. Neneh Cherry: Blank Project (Smalltown Supersounds) 
  51. Ross Martin, Max Johnson & Jeff Davis: Big Eyed Rabbit (NotTwo Records)
  52. Peter Van Huffel's Gorilla Mask: Bite My Blues (Clean Feed)
  53. Big Ups: Eighteen Hours of Static (Tough Love / Dead Labour)
  54. Made to Break: Cherchez La Femme (Trost)
  55. Danny Fox Trio: Wide Eyed (Hot Cup Records)
  56. Sarah Manning: Harmonious Creature (Posi-Tone Records)
  57. Akrobatik: Built to Last (self-released)
  58. Brian Settles Trio: Folk (Engine Studios)
  59. Fred Hersch Trio: Floating (Palmetto Records)
  60. Matt Bauder and Day in Pictures: Nightshades (Clean Feed)
  61. Spoon: They Want My Soul (Loma Vista)
  62. Angles 9: Injuries (Clean Feed)
  63. Lydia Loveless: Somewhere Else (Bloodshot Records)
  64. Max Johnson: The Prisoner (No Business Records)
  65. Jon Langford & Skull Orchard: Here Be Monsters (In De Goot Recordings)
  66. Adam Lane's Full Throttle Orchestra: Live in Ljubjana (Clean Feed)
  67. Against Me: Transgender Dysphoria Blues (Total Treble Music)
  68. Mary Halvorson, Michael Formanek, Thomas Fujiwara: Thumbscrew (Cuneiform Records)
  69. Tony Malaby's Tamarindo: Sonos Agua Clean Feed)
  70. Afghan Whigs: Do the Beast (Sub Pop Records)
  71. Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: Liverevil (Hot Cup Records)
  72. Rich Halley 4: The Wisdom of Rocks (Pine Eagle Records)
  73. Orrin Evans' Captain Black Big Band: Mother's Touch (Posi-Tone Records)


(Singles only, with the odd stand-out track. Good albums -- see above -- naturally have several good songs, but there'sno need to clutter this list with selections from those)
  1. Sia: "Chandlier" (RCA) 
  2. Sloan: "Carried Away" (Yep Roc)
  3. Kiesza: "Hideaway" (Lokal Legend)
  4. Usher: "Good Kisser" (RCA Records) 
  5. bentshapes: "86'd in '03" (self released)
  6. Ryan Adams: "Kim" (Pax Americana/Sony/Columbia)
  7. Shamir: "On the Regular" (XL)
  8. Kate Tempest: "Circles" (Big Dada)
  9. Kira Isabelle: "Quarterback" (Legend North)
  10. Håvard Stubø Quartet: "Att Inte Villja Sova" (Bolage)

    Reissues / vault:
    1. Horace Tapscott Quintet: The Giant is Awakened (Flying Dutchman/International Phonograph Inc.)
    2. Ted Daniel's Energy Module: Innerconnections (NoBusiness Records) 
    3. Hailu Meriga & the Wailas: Teche Belew (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
    4. Aztec Camera: High Land, Hard Rain 30th Anniversary (2CD, Domino)
    5. Sun Ra: In the Orbit of Ra (2CD, Strut)
    6. A Certain Ration: Sextet (Factory Benelux)

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