The best music of 2014 (so far)

June 30th, 2014 at 11:17 am

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I believe this is the first cat video I’ve every uploaded to the blog. My contributions to the Internet might have just peaked. This one doubles as a video for Parquet Court’s song “Sunbathing Animal.”

Say farewell to the first half of the year.

Say hello to these albums, which I consider some of the best from the first half of 2014.

Like I do every year, I’ll compile a list of my favorite albums from the year in late December. But the halfway point is a good time to pause and remember what’s out there.

What follows is a list of several of the albums I’m enjoying from this year, in no particular order. Some will likely make my best-of list. Some likely will not:

Parquet Courts‘ noise pop album “Sunbathing Animal”

Temples‘ dreamy psychedelic album “Sun Structures”

Rosanne Cash‘s personal rumination album “The River & The Thread”

Hurray for the Riff Raff‘s character sketch album “Small Town Heroes” — an aside: This band is scheduled for the upcoming Fayetteville Roots Festival

Beck‘s throwback to early Beck album “Morning Phase”

St. Paul and the Broken Bones‘ dance friendly neo-soul album “Half the City”

Strand of Oaks‘ cathartic rock album “Heal”

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks‘ weird, riff-heavy album “Wig Out at Jagbags”

What’s caught your attention so far this year?

  • Will Hendricks

    Not much has grabbed a hold of me so far but i like Crosses, Beck, and Down-IV