Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Top Albums of 2014, part 1: 31 - 60

Only a few hours are left on the clock for 2014 and the party is about to begin here at Cool Music Central HQ! The soundtrack, of course, is the countdown of all our favorite albums of the year, starting with White Lung's mini LP "Deep Fantasy" at number 60 and continuing all the way up to the number 1.

As usual, we are keeping the presentation of our Top 30 Albums of the Year for the special first post of the New Year. For the farewell of 2014 we are unveiling today the second half of our list, up to number 31 where you'll find EMA's "The Future's Void".

Fifty more worthwhile albums we've listened to so far this year are also mentioned at the end of the list, bringing the total number to 110! And I'm sure there's quite a few more to be discovered as we go through all the other end-of-the-year lists out there. Not bad at all for 2014 as far as music is concerned.

Time to get this party started: here are the 30 albums that bring our countdown from number 60 to number 31:

Top Albums of 2014: 31 - 60

31. The future's void - EMA
32. Plowing into the field of love - ICEAGE
33. Grassed inn - BLANK REALM
34. The hum - HOOKWORMS
35. Held in splendor - QUILT
36. Worship the sun - ALLAH-LAS
37. Tomorrow's hits - THE MEN
38. Beauty & ruin - BOB MOULD
39. The physical world - DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979
42. Wig out at Jagbags - STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS
43. We come from the same place - ALLO DARLIN'
44. At best cuckold - AVI BUFFALO
45. Lese majesty - SHABAZZ PALACES
48. World peace is none of your business - MORRISSEY
49. Days of abandon - THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART
50. Hour of the dawn - LA SERA
51. Initiation - HAUNTED HEARTS
52. Alvvays - ALVVAYS
53. Trouble - HOSPITALITY
55. Darlings - KEVIN DREW
56. Indie Cindy - PIXIES
57. Diploid love - BRODY DALLE
58. …And star power - FOXYGEN
59. Motivational jumpsuit - GUIDED BY VOICES
60. Deep fantasy - WHITE LUNG

More good stuff we've listened to this year:

Barragan - BLONDE REDHEAD, Love letters - METRONOMY, Taiga - ZOLA JESUS, After the disco - BROKEN BELLS, Turn blue - THE BLACK KEYS, Teeth dreams - THE HOLD STEADY, The voyager - JENNY LEWIS, Upside down mountain - CONOR OBERST, Psychic 9 - 5 club - HTRK, Luminous - THE HORRORS, Cheatahs - CHEATAHS, Cursing the sea - SEPTEMBER GIRLS, Clear Lake Forest - THE BLACK ANGELS, The Other I - 2:54, Distractions - A VICTIM OF SOCIETY, Marginalia - BABY GURU, Native echoes - BEACH DAY, Morning phase - BECK, Underneath the rainbow - BLACK LIPS, Our love - CARIBOU, A new nature - ESBEN AND THE WITCH, Do what you want to, it's what you should do - FLOWERS, You're dead! - FLYING LOTUS, Brothers and sisters of the eternal son - DAMIEN JURADO, Everyday robots - DAMON ALBARN, Artificial sweeteners - FUJIYA & MIYAGI, Honeyblood - HONEYBLOOD, Heartstrings - HOWLING BELLS, Tyranny - JULIAN CASABLANCAS + THE VOIDZ, I never learn - LYKKE LI, Wooden aquarium - MAZES, Secret science - MECHANIMAL, Rave tapes - MOGWAI, My Drunken Haze - MY DRUNKEN HAZE, Cosmic logic - PEAKING LIGHTS, Carnival of souls - PERE UBU, Bestial burden - PHARMAKON, Royal Blood - ROYAL BLOOD, Words to the blind - SAVAGES AND BO NINGEN, Suck my shirt - THE COATHANGERS, Encyclopedia - THE DRUMS, Feel something - THE HISTORY OF APPLE PIE, Close to the glass - THE NOTWIST, Drop - THEE OH SEES, Ultimate Painting - ULTIMATE PAINTING, Present tense - WILD BEASTS, Refractory obdurate - WOVENHAND, Shriek - WYE OAK, Angel guts red classroom - XIU XIU, March - FÜR IMMER

The future may be void but 2015 is just around the corner: pop the champagne and prepare for our 2014 Top 30 list in the next few days...

EMA - So Blonde

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