01 July 2015

My Favorite Albums of 2014

Well everyone, Riot In My Brain is back once again with the big end of the year list for 2014. I heard a lot of great music this year, for sure. This list is a culmination of my personal favorites and albums I thought were worth recognizing as the years best. I spent a lot of time putting this together, so I hope you guys like it. If you have a question about my list (ex: why isn't [insert album] on the list? why is [insert album] at this point in the list?), feel free to leave it in the comments and I'll get to it as soon as I can. Thanks to everyone who made 2014 a solid year for music. Keep doing what you do.
Without further ado, here we go:

75. Arrington De Dionyso with Gal Lazer Shiloach - Lovers and Dragons

74. Superdensecrushloadfactor - Themes

73. Alt J - This Is All Yours

72. If This Is A Man - Vemod

71. Something And The Whatevers - Sold Our Souls For Wicked Lulz

70. Ozark Soundscape - Pink Cowboy Hat

69. Open Mike Eagle - Dark Comedy

68. Alex G - DSU

67. 2814- 2814

66. Modern Baseball - You're Gonna Miss It All

65. Busdriver - Perfect Hair

64. A Sunny Day In Glasgow - Sea When Absent

63. death's dynamic shroud.wmv - VIRTUAL UTOPIA EXPERIENCE

62. Arrington de Dionyso - UNHEARD INDONESIA: Vol. 3 and Vol. 5

61. Marcus Eads - Yacht Fire!

60. WHOOP-Szo - Niizhwaaswo

59. Tony Molina - Dissed And Dismissed

58. Spoon - They Want My Soul

57. Quilt - Held In Splendor

56. Promartyr - Under Color Of Official Right

55. Gem Club - In Roses

54. Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. - Astrogasm from the Inner Space

53. St. Vincent - St. Vincent

52. Brian Chippendale And Greg Saunier - Brian Chippendale And Greg Saunier

51. Daniel Klag - Twin Labryinths

50. FKA twigs - LP1

49. Sneaky Creeps - Negative Space

48. Morgan Delt - Morgan Delt

47. Thee Oh Sees - Drop

46. Lipstick Elite - Stay Passionate, But Be Discrete

45. Ariel Pink - pom pom

44. La Dispute - Rooms of the House

43. White Fence - For The Recently Found Innocent


41. Woodsman - Woodsman

40. Iceage - Plowing Into The Fields Of Love

39. Gnarly Davidson - Gnarly Davidson

38. Juçara Marçal - Encarnado

37. 회사AUTO - Neon Beige

36. Virescent - Journal

35. AL Riggs and The Inconveniences - Pasquotank

34. Cloud Nothings - Here And Nowhere Else

33. Alvvays - Alvvays

32. Piano Becomes The Teeth - Keep You

31. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Days Of Abandon

30. Gruff Rhys - American Interior

29. Grouper - Ruins

28. YlangYlang - Am I being overdramatic?

27. Netherfriends - P3ACE

26. Run The Jewels - Run The Jewels 2

25. Chapa Mamba - S/T

24. The Dead Girls - Noisemaker

23. Lost Trail - Chapter 19, In Which Lost Trail Faces The Year's End

22. Bohren And Der Club Of Gore - Piano Nights

21. The Answer Page - The Nightmares of my Dearest Cardinal

20. Ricky Eat Acid - Three Love Songs


18. clipping. - CLPPNG.

17. Death From Above 1979 - The Physical World

16. Have A Nice Life - The Unnatural World

15. Fishboy - An Elephant

14. All Blood - The Kids Have No Taste

13. Amen Dunes - Love

12. Lake Mary - There Are Always Second Chances In The Mountain

11. Merlin - Christ Killer

10. Julie Byrne - Rooms Without Walls Or Windows

9. Car Seat Headrest - How to Leave Town


7. Mac Demarco - Salad Days 

6. Deerhoof - La Isla Bonita

5. Swans - To Be Kind

4. Dirty Beaches - Stateless

3. Good Willsmith - The Honeymoon Workbook

2. Perfume Genius - Too Bright

1. Sun Kil Moon - Benji

I know I didn't write a description of why I loved the other albums of on this list, but I felt it necessary for my top pick. Regardless of Mark Kozelek media activity lately, it's impossible for me to think of any other album to top this list. I think it's incredibly hard to find an album that's so brutally honest and unflinchingly real, almost to the point where it gets hard to listen to. Benji is definitely that album. Each songs tells a story in immense detail, in a way I've never really heard. Mark Kozelek doesn't put you in a place and a time like other singer/songwriters do. You don't experience it yourself, you just see what he's experiencing, and it allows it to reflect on what you've experienced. His stories of death, mortality, family, friends, love, and life are just that: His. But they're so universal. These are all things that everyone has to deal with. Kozelek just shows you his experiences, and it's heartbreaking and gutwrenching to hear them. I just... It's incredible. This album is perfect to me in every way. The instrumentation is beautiful, Kozelek's vocal range shows the perfect emotive qualities on every song, and his story telling is absolutely incredible. The honesty that Kozelek shows is unmatched; most singers would never even consider putting their life on display the way he does. But the fact that he does makes everything so much more real. And I think him for that. This album has really made me think and reflect on my life and my experiences after every time I listen to it. It is easily the best album I have listened to from 2014, and I don't plan to stop listening to it anytime soon.

Honorable Mentions
18 Carat Affair - Adventures In Schizophrenia
Aesop Rock - The Blob
C. Scott And The Belltones - Alleged Junior Prom Queen Fanatic
Caribou - Our Love
Cerce - Adieux
D'Angelo And The Vanguard - Black Messiah
Death Grips - Government Plates
Dor - grey, north carolina
Golden Living Room - NEW NOSTALGIA
Graze - Soft Gamma Repeater
Guardian Alien - Spiritual Emergency
Hospitality - Trouble
Jess Williamson - Native State
Joyce Manor - Never Hungover Again
Margot And The Nuclear So And So's - Slingshot To Heaven
Marissa Nadler - July
Mensa Group International - FJORDS, VOL. V
Milo - A Toothpaste Suburb
Mogwai - Rave Tapes
Nevhar Anhar - ☥Walking Around The Rings☥
NYKDLN - Free Gucci Man Cruise 740
Painted Palms - Forever
Pink Floyd - The Endless River
Sister - Rules Of Courtly Love
Solids - Blame Confusion
Sopor - Deprimere
The Antlers - Familiars
Thee Mt. Silver Zion Memorial Orchestra - Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything
Tigers Jaw - Charmer
Ty Segall - Manipulator
You Blew It! - Keep Doing What You're Doing

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