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Dec 30 / Great Apes

Music of 2014

I usually write quite a few words in my end-of-year recaps, but I’ve become increasingly convinced that most music criticism is essentially meaningless.  I have things that I want to say about these albums, but they would mostly be about my relationship with the music, not the music itself, and we both know that you’re probably either here because:

  • you want to see if any of your favourite albums are on my list; or
  • you want to find new music to listen to

So I’m not going to do write-ups for these records.  Instead I’ll just link a song that I think you should check out (or a music video if one exists).



10. Last War by Haley Bonar

9. Some Heavy Ocean by Emma Ruth Rundle

8. (self-titled) by Alvvays

7. The Ape Of God by Old Man Gloom

6. Let’s Go Extinct by Fanfarlo

5. Guilty of Everything by Nothing

4. Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave by the Twilight Sad

3. Deep Fantasy by White Lung

2. The Take Off and Landing Of Everything by Elbow

1. Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything by Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra

No other album this year really comes close to this one.  One of the best albums I’ve heard in the past few years.  I know the vocals will turn a lot of people off, but if you stick with it, the lyrics and the music are just so incredible, and unlike anything any other band is doing.

What We Loved Was Not Enough by Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra on Grooveshark

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