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Don’t worry, faithful reader (or Beano), I won’t bore y’all too much. In fact, I hope this entry will give y’all some stuff to do this summer: hit up your local music dealer, whether it be a CD or record store, iTunes, or whatever, and study up on some great new music. That’s right: another music post!
Bean and I have been listening to a bunch of great music lately, and there’s been some great stuff released this year that y’all might want to know about. Of course, we won’t cover all of it, so if something’s not on here, add it to the comments below.
A general music recommendation: NPR’s First Listen is a great way to preview new music — bookmark it and check out the new stuff on there once a week or so, and then purchase the albums.
Alright, here we go: nine of the best new albums released this year so far in 2014 (in no particular order).
Sturgill Simpson, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music – His debut album, High Top Mountain, was a strong release last year. It’s pretty quick for his second album to be released so soon, but nobody is complaining about that because of how great this one is. Definitely one of the best releases of the year so far, and it’ll stay that way come December.
You might like this album if you like: outlaw country like Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, Jr., and the like.
Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires, Dereconstructed – DANG, this album ROCKS. From the opening riff of “The Company Man” to the album’s closer, this is strong souther rock with good punk influences. The great website The Bitter Southerner did a terrific article on the album, so read up on it while you’ve got this one playing in the background. Do yourself a favor and read the lyrics as you listen, cause the guy is smart, too.
You might like this album if you like: The Drive-By Truckers, The Dexateens (Bains’ former band), The Replacements, Lynyrd Skynyrd, southern rock.
War On Drugs, Lost In the Dream – My brother, Matt, recommended this album to me. It took a couple of listens for this one to grow on me, but this one will be one of my favorites by the end of the year.
You might like this album if you like: Kurt Vile, Bob Dylan, Wilco, and (non-cheesy) 80s synth-rock.
Axxa/Abraxas, Axxa/Abraxas: Awesome all over. Rockin’, mellow, trippy, a great summer album. This is a debut album and I can’t wait to hear more.
You might like this album if you like: Ween, Neil Young (especially his more rockin’ stuff), Built To Spilll, psychedelic classic rock.
Nikki Lane, All Or Nothin’ – Straight up country that sounds like it came straight out of the trailer park, only better. Produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys.
You might like this album if you like: Lydia Loveless, Patsy Cline, Black Keys, Kristina Murray.
Black Lips, Underneath the Rainbow – A couple weeks ago, a friend asked for new music recs on Facebook, and wanted “stoney, fast, distorted stuff. Fuzzy but tuneful.” I recommended this CD, and hopefully it satisfied. Fun, loose, good.
You might like this album if you like: The Clash, Parquet Courts, alternative rock.
Sharon Van Etten, Are We There – Her 2012 album “Tramp” (which I gooberly referred to as “Tramps” in my music post from last year) was really good, and this one is also great. “Tarifa” and “Every Time the Sun Comes Up” are standouts for me.
You might like this album if you like: Beach House, Low, Florence and the Machine
Sun Kil Moon, Benji – Remember the movie “Almost Famous” and the guy who played the not-very-talkative bassist? That actor is Mark Kozelek, an actual songwriter. The songs here are slow and melancholic, and the lyrics are very personal and raw. Not quite an album to listen to with friends while you’re tailgating at a Braves game or hanging out by the river, but it is nevertheless one of the year’s best.
You might like this album if you like: Led Zeppelin, Red House Painters (Kozelek’s other band), slow and mellow music.
Lydia Loveless, Somewhere Else – Not quite as good as her first one (“Indestructible Machine”), but still very good and gets better with each listen. She’s a hard-hitting, rough, country-punk singer who doesn’t pull many punches.
You might like this album if you like: Nikki Lane, punk-country, R.E.M.
These albums are also worth checking out:
Afghan Whigs, Do To the Beast
Black Keys, Turn Blue
Cloud Nothings, Here and Nowhere Else
Drive-By Truckers, English Oceans
Johnny Cash, Out Among the Stars
Old 97s, Most Messed Up
R.E.M., Unplugged: The Complete 1991 and 2001 Sessions
Looking forward to these as well – new ones by:
Shovels and Rope
What have I missed? Which of these have you been enjoying? Leave your comments below. Enjoy!