Friday, June 27, 2014

The Best Albums of 2014... so far

So, here we are at mid-year, and it's time to recognize some of the excellent releases that have come out in the first half of 2014. As always, I've enlisted the help of some of my friends to provide some additional insight and coverage of the wide musical spectrum. I look forward to hearing your thoughts and opinions, so feel free to leave some feedback (and even your own lists) in the comments section below - or interact at the Life On This Planet Facebook Page. Click on an album cover to purchase - or investigate a release further. Okay, let's get started. - Bret

Bret Helm
Life On This Planet Blog, The band Audra

Marissa Nadler - July
Future Islands - Singles
Sun Kil Moon - Benji
Royksopp & Robyn - Do It Again
James - La Petite Mort
Peter Murphy - Lion
Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence

Looking forward to:

Morrissey - World Peace Is None Of Your Business (July 15th)
Sinead O'Connor - I'm Not Bossy, I'm The Boss (August 12th)
Zola Jesus - Taiga (October 7th)

Sarah Quarrie
Nashville, TN

Sharon Van Etten - Are We There
Hamilton Leithauser - Black Hours
Future Islands - Singles
Coves - Soft Friday (import only, US release on 09/02)
Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire For No Witness
Warpaint - s/t
Wye Oak - Shriek
Eagulls - s/t
Cloud Nothings - Here and Nowhere Else
Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence

Looking forward to:
DIIV
Twin Shadow

James Buttery
Melbourne, Australia

Mogwai - Rave Tapes
Sun Kil Moon - Benji
Neneh Cherry - Blank Project
BadBadNotGood - III
Swans - To Be Kind
Warpaint - s/t
Ben Watt - Hendra

Looking forward to:

Morrissey - World Peace Is None Of Your Business (July 15th)
Interpol - El Pintor (September 9th)

Dream Pop Jesse
Mesa, AZ

Craft Spells - Nausea
Papercuts - Life Among The Savages
Fear of Men - Loom
The Horrors - Luminous
Peter Murphy - Lion
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Days of Abandon
First Aid Kit - Stay Gold
Phantogram - Voices
The Antlers - Familiars

Looking forward to:

Interpol - El Pintor (September 9th)

Jason Barton
Phoenix, AZ | Audra

Jose James - While You Were Sleeping
Triptykon - Melana Chasmata
Peter Murphy - Lion
Alcest - Shelter
Mayhem - Esoteric Warfare
Swans - To Be Kind
Agalloch - The Serpent & The Sphere
The Durutti Column - Chronicle XL

Jaymz Todd
Phoenix, AZ

The Afghan Whigs - Do To The Beast
Ava Luna - Electric Ballroom
De Lux - Voyage
Future Islands - Singles
Alcest - Shelter
Strand of Oaks - Heal
Hunterchild - s/t

Looking forward to:

D'Angelo (if & when it happens)
Self EP
Spoon - They Want My Soul (August 5th)
Zola Jesus - Taiga (October 7th)

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1 comment:

  1. If I could just recommend one album from 2014 is King Dude 'Fear'.

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