Sweat Staff Top 14 Of 2014 Lists

It’s that time again – year-end lists galore! Want to know what the staff was into this year? Check out the lists below, along with this playlist for fun and reference purposes. I love seeing the insanely varied taste amongst team Sweat. Can’t wait for more new sounds next year!

Ale:
Thou/The Body – Released From Love
Red Necklace – S/T (CS)
Yautja – Songs of Descent
Floor – S/T (Reissue)
Indian – From All Purity
Unwound – No Energy (Reissue/Comp.)
Sleater-Kinney – Dig Me Out (Reissue)
Nothing – Guilty of Everything
Sleeping Bag – Deep Sleep
Slint – Spiderland (Reissue)
Vivian Girls – Share the Joy (CS Reissue)
Lower – See Warmer Climes
Karen O – Crush Songs
Casket Girls – True Love Kills the Fairy Tale

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Bootsie loved Taylor Swift the most. Boots and Taylor 4-ever! She also listened to Caribou, FKA Twigs, American Football and Iceage a bunch. This is what happens when you don’t submit a list…

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Farrah’s “Long-ass list and I still somehow managed to exclude that new Pitbull. Disillusioned dale! :'(

Top new album releases 2014:
Caribou – Our Love
FKA Twigs – LP1
Black Mik – If There’s A Hell Below
Dels – Petals Have Fallen
Ex Hex – Rips
Naomi Punk – Television Man
Hailu Mergia & The Walias – Tche Belew
Pure X – Angel
HTRK – Psychic 9-5 Club
Whirr – Sway
Nothing – Guilty Of Everything
SOHN – Tremors
Jungle – S/T
Sharon Van Etten – Are We There

Reissues:
Wire – Document & Eyewitness
Can – Out Of Reach
Unwound – Rat Conspiracy; No Energy
Mineral – The Power Of Failing
Bedhead – 1992-1998
Slint – Spiderland
American Football – S/T
Zeppelin – I, II, III, IV; Houses of the Holy
Fern Jones – The Glory Road
Aaliyah – Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number (RSD Black Friday Release)

Compilations, Singles, Remixes, Misc. Releases:
Marshall Allen Presents Sun Ra & His Arkestra – In The Orbit Of Ra
Howlin’ Wolf – Anthology
Soul Jazz Presents No Seattle: Forgotten Sounds of the Northwest Grunge Era, 86-97
Soul Jazz Presents Punk 45: There Is No Such Thing As Society Vol. 2
Various – Spiritual Jazz 5: The World
Various – Local Customs: Cavern Sound
Whirr & Nothing – Split
Laraaji – Remixes
Teengirl Fantasy – Thermal
Lapalux – Movement I, II, III
Active Child – Curtis Lane
Lakker – Containing A Thousand
Beacon – L1 EP

Honorable Mentions:
Erlend Oye – Legao
Budos Band – Burnt Offering
Lee Fields & The Expressions – Emma Jean
Grouper – Ruins
Last Ex – S/T
War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream
Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness
Priests – Bodies And Control And Money And Power
Have A Nice Life – Deathconsciousness
Goat – Commune
Hercules & Love Affair – The Feast Of The Broken Heart
Arca – Xen
D’angelo – Black Messiah (Only receiving a mention because I haven’t had a chance to listen to this whole album yet cause it just dropped, like, yesterday, but, it’s D’angelo, so ..)

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Jason’s 2014 was ruled by One Direction. He says that not only are they the best boy band ever, they’re the best band ever, period. That scarcity of One Direction picture discs on RSD? All Jason. He has 197 of them in his room. I vaguely remember him also listening to Flying Lotus, Run The Jewels and Freddie Gibbs & Madlib. Another fine example of what happens when you don’t submit your list! *View Jason’s late list at the bottom

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Lolo’s Top 10 of 2014 (In ABC Order):
Afghan Whigs – Do To The Beast (Sub Pop)
Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots (Warner Brothers/Parlophone)
Courtney Barnett – Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas (Mom & Pop)
Budos Band – Burnt Offering (Daptone)
The Casket Girls – True Love Kills The Fairy Tale (Graveface)
Cloud Nothings – Here and Nowhere Else (Carpark)
Jungle – Jungle (XL)
MØ – No Mythologies To Follow (Sony)
Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 2 (Mass Appeal)
Spoon – They Want My Soul (Loma Vista)

Runners Up:
Alvvays, Aphex Twin, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, Caribou, Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Favorite Reissue: Afghan Whigs’ “Gentlemen at 21″

Single of the Year: Kiesza “Hideaway”

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MLE:
Top 2014 Of 2014 (Alphabetical Order):

Benjamin Shaw – Goodbye, Cagoule World
Bill Callahan – Have Fun With God
Carla Bozulich – Boy
Dragging An Ox Through Water – Panic Sentry
Ex Hex – Rips
Fennesz – Becs
FKA Twigs – LP1
Hail Mary Mallon – Beastiary
HTRK – Psychic 9-5 Club
Lee Fields & The Expressions – Emma Jean
My Brightest Diamond – This Is My Hand
Nothing – Guilty Of Everything
The Soft Pink Truth – Why Do The Heathen Rage?
Yautja – Songs Of Descent

Honorable Mention Mention (AKA the album that blew my car’s speakers) : Christopher Willits – Opening

Guilty Pleasure: Future Islands – Singles

Best Score/Soundtrack: Mica Levi – Under The Skin OST

Record that inspires me to be insanely diligent about practicing drums: Arto Lindsay & Paal Nilssen-Love – Scarcity

Best Collaboration: Radian vs. Howe Gelb

Record that could have made this list but I haven’t spent enough time with it yet: Loscil – Sea Island

Compilations:
1970’s Algerian Folk & Pop
Balani Super Show Hits
Lead Kindly Light
Parchman Farm
Red Hot/Arthur Russell Master Mix
Spiritual Jazz Vol. 5
Wheedle’s Groove II

Reissues Of: Alvarius B., American Football , Bedhead, Can, Cocteau Twins, Destroyer, Etta James, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Slint, Songs: Ohia, Unwound.

Releases I’m biased about because I released them:
Fsik Huvnx – Sarmoung
Holly Hunt – Prometheus
Holly Hunt/Slomatics – Split

Best Local Release: Roover Hook – S/T

Jam Of The Year: Have A Nice Life – “Guggenheim Wax Museum” (“jam” in the slowest, darkest sense possible)

Best Album Artwork: Vanessa Rossetto – Whole Stories

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*Jason’s late list (in order of most listened to):
1. Mac DeMarco – Salad Days
2. Aphex Twin – Syro
3. Run The Jewels – II
4. FKA Twigs – LP1
5. Future Islands – Singles
6. Tycho – Awake
7. How to Dress Well? – What is This Heart?
8. Caribou – Our Love
9. Flying Lotus – You’re Dead!
10. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Pinata
11. Lower – Seek Warmer Climes
12. Sharon Van Etten – Are We There
13. Ariel Pink – Pom Pom
14. Dean Blunt – Black Metal

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Thanks for reading/listening. See you all in 2015!!!