Best Releases At Midpoint Of 2014

I’ve been reading a lot of Calvin and Hobbes lately. There always seems to be a strip that fits whatever I’m doing.

Somehow we’re already into the back end of June. Feels like just yesterday it was snowing here in Chicago and now it’s 95 degrees and humid. Oh the joys of the midwest seasonal cycle. One thing that has brought a lot of happiness this year is all the great music that’s been coming out. The first couple months it was one great release after another, and I doubt the rest of 2014 will be able to keep up that pace. Here are the 25 best releases (LP’s, EP’s, singles in some cases) that have come out so far this year. To hear or purchase click on the artist or group name, to read my review, click on album titled when available.

25. The WelcomeWeeknights

24. BummerBummer

23. Shareef AliA Place To Remember The Dead

22. The Felice BrothersFavorite Waitress

21. ActressGhettoville

20. TwinsTomboys On Parade

19. Michele McGuireOff The Wagon

18. Schoolboy QOxyMoron

17. Curtis HardingSoul Power

16. The All-AboutYou Make It Look So Easy: Vol: 1-3

15. Briar RabbitFrom Your Bones

14. EmpiresHow Good Does It Feel

13. K.FlayLife As A Dog

12. Daniel Ellsworth & The Great LakesKid Tiger

11. KittenSelf-Titled

10. Nikki LaneAll Or Nothin’

9. First Aid KitStay Gold

8. Hurray For The Riff RaffSmall Town Heroes

7. Cousin DudThe Faded

6. Angel OlsenBurn Your Fire For No Witness

5. BeckMorning Phase

4. St VincentSt Vincent

3. Conor OberstUpside Down Mountain

2. Sons Of An Illustrious Father-“No Mercy/Loveletting” “Very Few Dancers/Strange Home

1. SlothrustOf Course You Do

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