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Old 01-03-2015, 09:12 PM   #61
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I need to look at Travis's honorables before I go to Fingerprints this week.


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LM, no Cymbals Eat Guitars?
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A lot of gems for you on there especially (and Phanan, depending on how much shoegaze he's heard this year).

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Not quite top 15, no, and they get enough love to keep them out of overlooked territory. Album rules though.
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I should have mentioned Warpaint somewhere in my list. I'm eager to see where they go next.


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I need to look at Travis's honorables

Ashley, are you just going to let this slide?


Martha got a lot of nerve, posting that here in public instead of a PM.
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Decided to go ahead and make a list, despite how lousy I've felt about music for months, now. My emotions are really tied into things I love, and I've been struggling to enjoy a few things lately, Interference included, because I was in such a lousy place for about three months of the end of the year. Never mind how big of a change for me, personally, 2014 was. Regardless, I'm starting 2015 off positively, and I couldn't stand the idea of keeping a list all year and then suddenly not posting it.

I will be disappointed, though, if Cobbler doesn't find some replacement for the quote thing Peef did. That was a highlight for me.

1) The War on Drugs – Lost In The Dream (11)
I've had this album in my number one slot basically all year. Right at the last moment I almost moved it. It's not a slight to LitD, necessarily, but more that this album was just great, but never left some kind of impression on me. It wasn't the soundtrack to my year, it wasn't even something I went back to regularly. But whenever I listen to any one track from it, I just can't help but think, "Hot damn, they really just have this rock thing nailed." So, I'm leaving it here, because you can't argue with competence.

2) Against Me! - Transgender Dysphoria Blues (10)
A last minute move to second, where it was previously at 4, but I couldn't help myself. All year this album wouldn't go away, for me, but in the last few weeks, it's been painfully apt to listen to. Transgender issues are clearly moving at a slower pace than other facets of the LGBT movement, and I, for one, love the fact that there's now a punk-rock album about it.

3) Sun Kil Moon – Benji (9)
Benji is just too much to take. Every time I turn it on, I get some new level from it. Whether its from lyrics I didn't catch the first few times around, or some different facet of the vocal delivery. I certainly hope I'm not this bummed out when I'm in my 40s.

4) Phantogram - Voices (8)
I moved this down from #2 because I just haven't returned to it much at all. It's so much fun, and prompted my first time seeing them live, but again, not necessarily the soundtrack to my year, just a great album.

5) Common - Nobody's Smiling (7)
I've recounted this story so many times in different ways this year, that I'll just leave it at this: I'm not from Chicago's south side, I'm not even from Chicago, but I can't begin to express how important that city is to me. How much it spills over into NW Indiana, where I am from. How much seeing a weekend death toll on Twitter breaks my heart. I couldn't be happier that one of my favorite MCs decided to try and expose these issues a little brighter to the world at large. It's not a perfect record, but I've never heard a record from the genre that resonated with me stronger.

6) U2 - Songs of Innocence (7)
I "hated" NLOTH (I don't really hate any album of theirs at all, I'm a superfan, whatever), I guess it was therefore inevitable that I enjoy this one?

7) Nothing - Guilty of Everything (7)

8) Stars - No One Is Lost (7)
Easily my favorite band since The Killers (though I'm pretty sure they've been around longer, I just wasn't aware of them), they just keep releasing albums I love. This one, no exception. It's equally impressive that they continue to release my favorite song of the year, this time being "Trap Door".

9) White Sea - In Cold Blood (6)
Sometimes you just hit a level of 80s cheese where the nostalgia factor takes over and I can't help but fall in love. If this were an album from the 80s, I probably wouldn't love it as much, but it just ticks all of my boxes.

10) Eagulls - Eagulls (6)

11) Trust - Joyland (6)
I'm actually listening to this album again right now. The reason why I put emphasis on again is because this is probably the album I have heard most from 2015. So why is it this low, relatively speaking? I just can't wrap my head around my feelings for it. While White Sea is my 80s album for the year, Joyland was the album that opened my eyes to the idea that 90s dance music was making a comeback. I don't know how I didn't notice that before, but suddenly in 2014 I was surrounded by the evidence. I'm not sure how I feel about that. 90s dance music, especially the Euro variety, has always been my biggest guilty pleasure. So should I relish in the fact that I found an album that makes me feel that same surge of happiness all over again? Or should I continue to be guilty about enjoying it? I'm not sure, so it ends up only moving a few spots up in my final tally.

12) Casket Girls - True Love Kills the Fairy Tale (5)

13) Beck - Morning Phase (4)

14) Electric Youth - Innerworld (4)
I'd be remiss in not pointing out just how much fun, and how good this record is. Yeah, it's the album with that song from Drive, but it's so much more than that, and I really think it might be the most overlooked album of the year. If nothing else, I hope maybe one or two more people choose to give this a spin.

15) The Horrors - Luminous (3)
Man, I had this at number 3, but I can't even remember how it goes, truth be told. I think I might've had it there just because I love this band so much. And lest anyone think that's an admission that I listened to it once and rated it, I've heard it at least three, maybe four times. It's just not the last two records, despite being very good throughout. If you already like The Horrors, then why haven't you heard this? If you don't already like The Horrors, this is definitely the third album you should hear, after you fall in love with LPs number 2 and 3.

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MORE FUN STUFF:

WORST ALBUM OF 2014: Robin Thicke - Paula.
This album isn't actually that bad, surface-level, but it's the creepiest thing I've ever listened to and I feel dirty knowing that much about some poor woman's personal life.


Worst Album of 2014 that wasn't creepy as fuck: Planningtorock - All Love's Legal
I just can't leave here without pointing out that this album is an atrocity.

Best Debut Album: Eagulls - Eagulls

Worst Collaboration: Nick & Knight - Nick & Knight
Honestly, I don't know what I was expecting here, besides a laugh.

Honorable Mentions: Albums 16-20, because I always feel bad leaving stuff off.
Cunninlynguists : Strange Journey Vol 3

Tycho - Awake

The Jezabels - The Brink

Gruff Rhys - American Interior

Lykke Li - I Never Learn

And for good measure, a few of my favorite songs, list taken directly from LN7's thread:
1) Stars - "Trap Door" - No One Is Lost
2) RAC - "Let Go (Ft. Kele & MNDR)" - Strangers
3) Bombay Bicycle Club - "It's Alright Now" - See You Tomorrow
4) White Sea - "Warsaw" - In Cold Blood
5) Tycho - "L" - Awake
6) Against Me! - "Dead Friend" - Transgender Dysphoria Blues
7) CunninLynguists - "In the City" - Strange Journey Vol. 3
8) The War on Drugs - "Red Eyes" - Lost in the Dream
9) Eagulls - "Possessed" - Eagulls
10) The Jezebels - "Look of Love" - The Brink
11) Katie Herzig - "Summer" - Walk Through Walls
12) Sun Kil Moon - "Micheline" - Benji
13) Casualties of Cool - "Flight" - Casualties of Cool
14) Joyce Manor - "Victoria" - Never Hungover Again
15) Trust - "Icabod" - Joyland

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^^^^^^^^^^^^

Thanks for posting. There are several albums here that I haven't heard that I will now have to check out.

PS. Here's to 2015 being a better year than 2014!
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Thanks , same to you, of course. It was actually a really good year, in total, but it was ridiculously stressful. Moving, changing jobs several times, job security issues, etc. All of it was definitely worth it, but I'm glad for a new number to cleanse everything.
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Thanks , same to you, of course. It was actually a really good year, in total, but it was ridiculously stressful. Moving, changing jobs several times, job security issues, etc. All of it was definitely worth it, but I'm glad for a new number to cleanse everything.
Thanks! Yeah, I'm all about having 2014 behind me for obvious reasons. It's funny how stress can come in different shapes and forms. My career is going better than ever but the family went through major challenges. 2015 is all about new beginnings and extra awesome parenting.

Glad you're hitting 2015 swinging as well!
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Worst Album of 2014 that wasn't creepy as fuck: Planningtorock - All Love's Legal
I just can't leave here without pointing out that this album is an atrocity.


I'm going to have to give this trainwreck a similar shout-out.
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We had a very informal sort of thread set up by someone else, and Peef doesn't seem to be around at the moment, so I'll kick this off. It's waaayyyy late but maybe in mid-Jan sometime we'll have enough lists to produce a ranking.

So!

What are your favourite albums of the year?

You know the drill, but if you don't,

Here are the tally rules:
- You list your top 15 albums.
- You distribute 100 points up among those 15 albums however you see fit. You cannot exceed 15 points for a single album, however.
- A top thirty will be formed, and if necessary, a minimum number of votes will be required for an album to make the top thirty.
- In case of a tie, the album with the larger number of votes gets precedence. If they are tied in both points and votes, we move to a shootout.

No funny lines about the artists who might top such a poll and no photos of Jeff Goldblum cos I wouldn't know who he is if the whole death thing hadn't have happened.
Informal? I didn't realize there was an "official" thread posted every year. Does that mean a newer Interference member can't start a (Best of.....insert year) thread and have it accepted by the general populous? I didn't know an established monopoly on this subject was in play. I guess it is one of those "unspoken" rules that us "newbies" have to learn.
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