Top 89 Staff Picks: David Safar, music director


Top 89 of 2014
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Top 20 Albums of 2014

1. Aphex Twin, Syro
2. Beck, Morning Phase
3. Caribou, Our Love
4. Conor Oberst, Upside Down Mountain
5. Damon Albarn, Everyday Robots
6. First Aid Kit, Stay Gold
7. J Mascis, Tied to a Star
8. Jack White, Lazaretto
9. Jenny Lewis, The Voyager
10. Jungle, Jungle
11. Run The Jewels, RTJ2
12. Ryan Adams, Ryan Adams
13. Spoon, They Want My Soul
14. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Wig Out at Jagbags
15. Temples, Sun Structures
16. The War on Drugs, Lost in the Dream
17. Tinariwen, Emmaar
18. TV On The Radio, Seeds
19. Ty Segall, Manipulator
20. Weezer, Everything Will Be Alright In The End

Top 25 Songs of 2014

1. Angel Olsen "High and Wild" Burn Your Fire For No Witness
2. Benjamin Booker "Violent Shiver" Benjamin Booker
3. Black Bananas "Physical Emotions" Electric Brick Wall
4. Broken Bells "Control" After the Disco
5. Catfish and the Bottlemen "Kathleen" Kathleen and The Other Three
6. Courtney Barnett "Pickles From The Jar"
7. Death From Above 1979 "Trainwreck 1979" 8. The Physical World
8. FKA Twigs "Two Weeks" LP1
9. Future Islands "Seasons (Waiting On You)" Singles
10. Glass Animals "Gooey"Zaba
11. Jake Bugg "What Doesn't Kill You" Shangri-La
12. Lana Del Rey "West Coast" Ultraviolence
13. Mac DeMarco "Salad Days" Salad Days
14. Neil Young "If You Could Read My Mind "A Letter Home"
15. Nick Mulvey "Cucucuru" First Mind
16. Phantogram "Fall in Love" Voices
17. Reigning Sound "North Cackalacky Girl" Shattered
18. Skrillex "Recess" Recess
19. St. Vincent "Birth In Reverse" St. Vincent
20. Sturgill Simpson "The Promise" Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
21. The Black Keys "Gotta Get Away" Turn Blue
22. The Bohicas "Swarm" The Bohicas EP
23. The Strypes "Blue Collar Jane" Snapshot
24. Young Fathers "Low" Dead
25. Zammuto "io" Anchor

Top 10 Local Releases of 2014

Atmosphere, Southsiders
2. Caroline Smith, Half About Being A Woman
3. Hippo Campus, Bashful Creatures EP
4. Hollow Boys, Believe In Nothing
5. Jeremy Messersmith, Heart Murmurs
6. Lizzo, Lizzobangers
7. Sonny Knight and the Lakers, I'm Still Here
8. The Blind Shake, Breakfast of Failures
9. Toki Wright and Big Cats, Pangaea
10. Trampled By Turtles, Wild Animals

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