Thursday, January 1, 2015

Front Burner 2014

Recapping the most played music around our place during the past year.  As always, with a focus on current releases. 

This year, I was honored to have my Top 10 records of the year posted among some other great year-end lists on the blog of my friend, Bret Helm: 
Bret does a great job with this blog and I wholeheartedly encourage you to check it out.  The other lists at that link are just as worth a look and have certainly provided me with some great new music to explore.

My #1 album of 2014 - St. Vincent's self-titled 4th solo studio album.  I become a bigger St. Vincent fan with every record she releases.  She (Annie Clark) trips many of the same triggers with me that artists like David Bowie and Kate Bush do.  Creative and unique, and one heck of a guitar player!  Somehow, I managed to bookend 2014 with fantastic St. Vincent shows, so there was no debating her status in my list of favorites.

My daughter Emma's #1 album of 2014 - Nico Vega's Lead To Light
I asked Emma to write a blog entry for the music she listened to the most in 2014, and you can read that here.

That one ended up on my list, as well... 

My Favorite 14 Albums of 2014
1 - St. Vincent - St. Vincent (released Feb 25)
2 - Peter Murphy - Lion (Jun 2)
3 - Glass Animals - Zaba (Sep 6)
4 - Future Islands - Singles (Mar 24)
5 - The Family Crest - Beneath the Brine (Mar 15)
6 - Joe Henry - Invisible Hour (Jun 2)
7 - Rosanne Cash - The River & The Thread (Jan 14)
8 - The New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers (Aug 26)
9 - Sylvan Esso - Sylvan Esso (May 12)
10 - Warpaint - Warpaint (Jan 17)
11 - Phox - Phox (Jun 24)
12 - Nico Vega - Lead To Light (Jul 22)
13 - Lucinda Williams - Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone (Sep 30)
14 - Chrissie Hynde - Stockholm (Jun 10)

One noteworthy release was the first vinyl release - albeit 16th studio album - from Milwaukee singer-songwriter Peter Mulvey, called Silver Ladder (released Apr 1).  We contributed to his Kickstarter campaign to help fund the release, and would gladly to that again in a heartbeat.

Some promising 2014 releases that I hope to explore soon:

  • Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds In Country Music (May 13)
  • Spoon - They Want My Soul (Aug 5)
  • Robert Plant - Lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar (Sep 8)
  • Simple Minds - Big Music (Nov 3)


  1. Some good stuff you have there my friend!
    Need to check out Phox and the new Robert Plant album!!
    Thanks for yet another great post!

    1. Thanks Mike! I haven't heard the new Robert Plant either, but it's high on my list right now. You might like Phox quite a bit. I encourage you to check them out. You might also enjoy Future Islands and The New Pornographers. Don't be disturbed by the name - haha!

  2. Lucinda Williams! Gah! Bought her depressing as hell album West(?) and couldn't give it away fast enough. Of course I feel the same about Astral Weeks and Hot Buttered Soul so it could just be my bad taste....

    1. Anything in there you might actually like, Bob? :P