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Bry Webb (this is great and unloved)

 

Had no idea he had a new one out. Need to look for that immediately.

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The albums that have found a serious spot in my psyche: Lydia Loveless, the Eels, Jack White.  I'm surprised by the lack of enthusiasm for Jack White in this thread.  I think Lazaretto improves upon Blunderbuss, which was strong but perhaps a tad monotonous.  Each track on the new one has a distinct, catchy personality, and plenty of unusual stuff going on without ever losing sight of the distinct melody.  To these ears, it's the best thing Jack's done since Get Behind Me Satan, the Stripes album that this new record most resembles.

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Great name. Their namesake has an interesting death story

 

You made me look that up. Now if the album is half as intriguing....:)

 

I'm making a list from this thread, because clearly I've fallen behind on new releases! Already have a few that have gotten repeat mentions, like The War on Drugs, and agree with their inclusion here. Now I want to look into Hurray for the Riff Raff  Small Town HeroesLydia Loveless, Bry Webb, First Aid Kit, and several others. Thanks for all the suggestions!

I'm a big fan of Patrick Park, and can wholeheartedly recommend his newest, "Love Like Swords". Good stuff!!! Damn but that man can sing...and write, and play.

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1.     Parquet Courts / Sunbathing Animal


2.     White Fence / To The Recently Found Innocent


3.     Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks / Wig Out at Jagbags


4.     Mac Demarco / Salad Days


5.     Eagulls / Eagulls


6.     St. Vincent / St. Vincent


7.     Damien Jurado / Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Sun


8.     Angel Olsen / Burn Your Fire for No Witness


9.     Thee Oh Sees / Drop


10.   Sharon Van Etten / Are We There


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I'm updating my list to add:

 

Parquet Courts -- Sunbathing Animal

Real Estate -- Atlas

Bob Mould -- Beauty & Ruin

Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey -- Going Back Home 

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01. Reigning Sound – shattered

02. Lydia Loveless – somewhere else

03. White Fence - for the recently found innocent

04. The Delines – colfax

05. Nicole Atkins – slow phaser

06. The New Mendicants – into the lime

07. Woods – with light & with love

08. Tony Molina – dissed & dismissed

09. Joe Henry – invisible hour

10. Guided by Voices – motivational jumpsuit

11. The Both – the both

13. Real Estate – atlas

14. Drive-by Truckers – english oceans

15. Doug Paisley – strong feelings

16. Cheap Star – rosetta stone

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Let's see about updating this list o'mine:

 

  1. Future Islands - Singles
  2. The Thons - Thirty Foot Snake
  3. Phil Ajjarapu - Sing Along Until You Feel Better
  4. The War On Drugs - Lost in the Dream
  5. The Both - The Both
  6. Beck - Morning Phase
  7. Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots
  8. Gruff Rhys - American Interior
  9. Fauna Flora - Fauna Flora
  10. Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds In Country Music
  11. Cleaners From Venus - Return To Bohemia
  12. Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal
  13. Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings - Give the People What They Want

And the rest of these are pretty good, too:

Roxy Swain - Restless Hearts

David Feldstein - Surrender the Silence

Autobody - Trash

Léo Lago - Reino em Minha Mente

TELE/VISIONS - 2013

The Irenes - The Irenes 3-7-14 Live at Young Camelot

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Revised: 

 

1) Tweedy - Sukierae

2) CRB - Phosphorescent Harvest

3) Drive-By Truckers – English Oceans

4) Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey -- Going Back Home

5) Eno/Hyde - High Life

6) Jonatha Brooke - My Mother Has Four Noses

7) Beck - Morning Phase

 

Favorite archival releases:

Grateful Dead - Dave's Picks Vol. 11, Century II Convention Center, Wichita, KS, 11/17/72

Wilco - Alpha Mike Foxtrot

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Beck                                                                Morning Phase

The Ghost of the Saber Tooth Tiger                Midnight Sun

Thom York                                                       Tomorrows Modern Boxes

Jeff Tweedy                                                      Sukierae

Gary Clark Jr                                                    Live

St Vincent                                                        St Vincent

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In no particular order:

 

1. Leo "Bud" Welch - "Sabougla Voices"

2. St. Vincent - "St. Vincent"

3. Real Estate - "Atlas"

4. The War on Drugs - "Lost in the Dream"

5. Sturgill Simpson - "Metamodern Sounds in Country Music"

6. Afghan Whigs - "Do to the Beast"

7. Woods - "With Light and with Love"

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In no particular order:

 

1. Leo "Bud" Welch - "Sabougla Voices"

 

Nice! Good to see someone else digs this one.

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I don't always remember what was released this year...but here's a reasonable attempt. (I bought a load of stuff...but mostly older stuff)

 

Gary Clark Jr         Live

The War on Drugs    Lost in the Dream

Tweedy      Sukierae

Drive-By Truckers     English Oceans

U2     Songs of Innocence

Queen     Live at the Rainbow ‘74

The Fauntleroys    Below the Pink Pony

Bob Dylan and the Band   The Basement Tapes Complete

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1) Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2

2) Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal

3) Jack White - Lazaretto

4) Bleachers - Strange Desire

5) St Vincent - St Vincent

6) Schoolboy Q - Oxymoroon

7) Against Me - Transgender Dysphoria Blues

 

I'm going to leave the last three spots open for the next month or so.

 

Also, I couldn't craft a good enough Iggy Azelia joke to put her on the list. So let's just laugh at her anywho.

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whoever dredged this thread back up - thanks! was gonna go look for it.

 

adding:

 

Jennifer Castle

Run Coyote

Elliott Brood

Jolie Holland

Reigning Sound

 

to

 

Hurray for the Riff Raff
Fucked Up
Bry Webb

Lydia Loveless
Doug Paisley

 

with HFTRR, Holland and Reigning Sound in a dead heat for 1-2-3

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1. Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey -- Going Back Home

2. Tweedy -- Sukierae

3. Parquet Courts -- Sunbathing Animal

4. Spoon -- They Want My Soul

5. Benjamin Booker

6. Bob Mould -- Beauty & Ruin

7. Drive-By Truckers -- English Oceans

8. Real Estate -- Atlas

9. Old 97's -- Most Messed Up

10. Courtney Barnett -- A Sea of Split Peas

11. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks -- Wig Out at Jag Bags

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