WFPK’s Top 100 Albums of 2014

100.  Leonard Cohen – Popular Problems
99.  Lydia Loveless – Somewhere Else
98.  Johnny Marr – Playland
97.  Cabin – It Is What It Looks Like
96.  St. Paul & The Broken Bones – Half the City
95.  Milky Chance – Sadnecessary
94.  Sylvan Esso – Sylvan Esso
93.  Minor Alps – Get There
92.  George Ezra – Did You Hear The Rain?
91.  Sol Invictus – Cassingle Series
90.  Damien Rice – My Favourite Faded Fantasy
89.  Ha Ha Tonka – Lessons
88.  James – Le Petit Mort
87.  Cold War Kids – Hold My Home
86.  Lenny Kravitz – Strut
85.  Bobby Bare Jr. – Undefeated
84.  Tennis – Ritual in Repeat
83.  London Grammar – If You Wait
82.  Spanish Gold – South of Nowhere
81.  Hamilton Leithauser – Black Hours
80.  Rufus Wainwright – “Me & Liza”
79.  Hozier – S/T
78.  Barr Brothers – Sleeping Operator
77.  Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots
76.  David Gray – Back in The World
75.  Jukebox the Ghost – S/T
74.  Sleeper Agent – About Last Night
73.  Vienna Teng – Aims
72.  Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Singer’s Grave A Sea of Tongues
71.  Bob Mould – Beauty & Ruin
70.  The Ghost of A Saber Tooth Tiger – Midnight Sun
69.  Tom Petty – Hypnotic Eye
68.  Elbow – The Takeoff and Landing of Everything
67.  The Afghan Whigs – Do To The Beast
66.  Field Report – Marigolden
65.  Chrissie Hynde – Stockholm
64.  Bahamas – Bahamas Is Afie
63.  David Crosby – Croz
62.  Dawn Landes – Bluebird
61.  Paolo Nutini – Caustic Love
60.  My Brightest Diamond – This Is My Hand
59.  Tweedy – Sukierae
58.  Counting Crows – Somewhere Under Wonderland
57.  Shovels & Rope – Swimmin’ Time
56.  Benjamin Booker – S/T
55.  Old Crow Medicine Show – Remedy
54.  Trampled By Turtles – Wild Animals
53.  Mike Doughty – Stellar Motel
52.  Arctic Monkeys – AM
51.  House Ghost – Primitive Emotion
50.  Joe Henry – Invisible Hour
49.  Sam Smith – In the Lonely Hour
48.  Broncho – Just Enough Hip To be Woman
47.  Walter Martin – We’re All Young Together
46.  Strand of Oaks – Heal
45.  The Whigs – Modern Creation
44.  Umphrey’s McGee – Similar Skin
43.  Dean Wareham – S/T
42.  Jonathan Glen Wood – Ballad of John
41.  Alt-J – This Is All Yours
40.  Hiss Golden Messenger – Lateness of Dancers
39.  Nicole Atkins – Slow Phaser
38.  Apache Relay – S/T
37.  Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – Give The People What They Want
36.  Old 97s – Most Messed Up
35.  Alex Wright – Starlight Navigator
34.  Asgeir – In the Silence
33.  Damien Jurado – Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son
32.  Broken Bells – After the Disco
31.  Courtney Barnett – Split EP: A Sea of Split Peas
30.  Sam Roberts – Lo-Fantasy
29.  The Secret Sisters – Put Your Needle Down
28.  Wax Fang – The Astronaut
27.  Ryan Adams – S/T
26.  Nickel Creek – A Dotted Line
25.  Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes
24.  Sean Rowe – Madman
23.  Jenny Lewis – The Voyager
22.  First Aid Kit – Stay Gold
21.  New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers
20.  Kyle James Hauser – Belle 100
19.  Conor Oberst – Upside Down Mountain
18.  U2 – Songs of Innocence
17.  The Deloreans – As Long As It’s You
16.  Robert Plant – Lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar
15.  The War On Drugs – Lost In the Dream
14.  Tune-Yards – Nikki Nack
13.  Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
12.  Coldplay – Ghost Stories
11.  Ray Lamontagne – Supernova
10.  Beck – Morning Phase
9.  Joan Shelley – Electric Ursa
8.  The Both – S/T
7.  Sabina – Toujours
6.  Spoon – They Want My Soul
5.  White Reaper – S/T
4.  The Black Keys – Turn Blue
3.  St. Vincent – S/T
2.  Jack White – Lazaretto
1.  Lake Street Dive – Bad Self Portraits

Sean Cannon’s Top Albums of 2014

I’m not entirely sure this list is comprehensive, but these are some of the best records that came out this year. Other than the album that topped my list (Damien Jurado’s Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son), these are in no particular order.

St Vincent – St. Vincent
New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers
Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2
Ex Hex – Rips
Broncho – Just Enough Hip to Be Woman
Joan Shelley – Electric Ursa
Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
Strand of Oaks – Heal
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Only Run
Bonnie Prince Billy – Singer’s Grave a Sea of Tongues
Split Single – Fragmented World
War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream
Sun Kil Moon – Benji
Shellac – Dude Incredible
Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty
Against Me – Transgender Dysphoria Blues
Tinariwen – Emmaar
Ty Segall – Manipulator
Young Widows – Easy Pain
Damien Jurado – Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son

Kyle Meredith’s Top 10 Albums of 2014

10. Paolo Nutini – Caustic Love
9. Damien Jurado – Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Sun
8. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Only Run
7. Sabina – Toujours
6. The Both – The Both
5. Elbow – The Takeoff and Landing of Everything
4. Damien Rice – My Favourite faded Fantasy
3. My Brightest Diamond – This Is My Hand
2. Tune-Yards – Nikki Nack
1. St. Vincent – St. Vincent

Michael Young’s Top 10 Albums of 2014

10. John Moreland – In The Throes [Last Chance]
Fifth album from this Oklahoma-based songwriter and lyrical wiz. Northern Kentucky roots and a punk, hardcore, and metal background.

9. Old Crow Medicine Show – Remedy [ATO]
First studio album without founding member Willie Watson doesn’t miss a beat. Another sweet Dylan co-write.

8. Jon Byrd – Route 41 [Longleaf Pine]
South Alabama native drives Route 41 frequently to Nashville and back. Listens to his friends songs and records them for this stellar country album.

7. The Delines – Colfax [El Cortez]
Richmond Fontaine’s Willy Vlautin writes country/soul songs for Damnations singer Amy Boone and scores big time.

6. Lucinda Williams – Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone [Highway 20/Thirty Tigers]
The 12th album by the pride of Lake Charles features guests Greg Leisz, Jonathan Wilson, Ian McLagan, Tony Joe White, Bill Frisell, and Jakob Dylan to maximum effect.

5. Drive-By Truckers – English Oceans [ATO]
Mike Cooley plays a larger role and this Muscle Shoals/Athens band continues a nice post-Isbell groove.

4. Sean Watkins – All I Do Is Lie [Roaring Girl]
The least-heralded member makes the best solo album to come from Nickel Creek yet with this melancholy beauty.

3. Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin – Play And Sing The Songs Of Big Bill Broonzy [Yep Roc]
Their love of Broonzy results in their first album together in 30 years and they follow it up with the best tour of the year. Only the fact that it’s covers keeps it out of the top slot.

2. Rosanne Cash – The River And The Thread [Blue Note]
On her 13th album, Rosanne lyrically and musically tours the South that made her who she is – a master storyteller.

1. Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds in Country Music [High Top Mountain/Thirty Tigers]
Second solo album from this Jackson, Ky., country singer sounds like Waylon fronting Spyboy.

Night Visions Top 10 Albums of 2014

10. Sinkane – Mean Love
9. White Rainbow – THRU.U
8. Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 2
7. Christopher Willits – Opening
6. Ariel Pink – Pom Pom
5. Leon Vynehall – Music for the Uninvited
4. Clark – Clark
3. FKA Twigs – LP1
2. The Juan Maclean – In A Dream
1. Todd Terje – It’s Album Time

Matt Anthony’s Top 10 Albums of 2014

10. Joan Shelley – Electric Ursa
Her album captured the dreamy powerful presence of one of Louisville’s most compelling voices.

9. Duck Sauce – Quack
The absurdist dance duo of Armand Van Heldon & A Trak continue to come up with fun songs to fill dance floors worldwide. It’s way smarter then they let on.

8. The Pass – High Road
Sharp lyrics and intelligent infectious melodies keep one of Louisville’s bands on the rise. Their creativity at this point seems boundless. Becoming the best band of the ’80s and ’90s that never was.

7. The New Basement Tapes – Lost on the River
A record that couldn’t fail. Assemble this generation’s best creative singers and have them add their flavor to unreleased Dylan lyrics. No brainer, of course it’s great.

6. Spanish Gold – South of Nowhere
My version of a supergroup comprised of My Morning Jacket, Grupo Fantasma & City and Colour. A sexy soulful take on ’70s radio rock. The record’s vibe is impeccable.

5. Wu – Tang Clan – A Better Tomorrow
The Wu has always been a rap group devoid of gimmicks or polish. Their straightforward purist East Coast sound is the reason 20 years later they are still the most important rappers alive.

4. Lake Street Dive – Bad Self Portraits
LSD’s breakout record, we will know these young musicians for years to come. Pop artists with Jazz chops. Their powerful live shows win over all who witness them.

3. VA – Jazz From Finland 2014-2015
Full of names I could neither say or spell. From straight ahead Be – Bop to electronic experimentation to soul and swing influenced Jazz this beautifully packaged CD is the perfect overview of the vibrant Jazz scene.

2. Budos Band – Burnt Offering
The modern kings of cinematic soul have always exposed their love for Doom Metal and Black Sabbath but until their 2014 album never achieved a perfect balance. If Fela Kuti and Ozzy Osbourne had a very ugly baby it would be Burnt Offering. Brilliant.

1. VA – Northern Soul The Movie Soundtrack 7″ Box Set
Released in Britain this year Northern Soul The Movie tells the story of the sub culture of ravenous rare Soul fans that pack pubs and ballrooms in the north of England in all night long vinyl dance orgies. The soundtrack features some of the most expensive, hardest to find Soul gems, issued as a 7″ vinyl box set, it has sent DJS and fans into ecstatic rapture. I bought it solely for my holy grail record the Velvets “I Gotta Find Me Somebody” and have found it full of new favorites and Soul Dance fire power that I will DJ with till I go to the great dance floor in the sky.