Duke Meyer’s Top 10 Albums of 2014

These are the projects that I find myself wanting hear over and over again from 2014, in no certain order – just depends on the mood.

10. Spanish Gold – South of Nowhere
9. Dave And Phil Alvin – Common Ground
8. Joan Shelly – Electric Ursa
7. Spoon – They Want My Soul
6. Keb Mo – Blues Americana
5. Robert Plant – Lullaby and The Ceaseless Roar
4. Carlene Carter – Carter Girl
3. Walter Martin – We’re All Young Together
2. Jack White – Lazaretto
1. Black Keys – Turn Blue

Thanks for your support in 2014, and here’s wishing you a great 2015!

Laura Shine’s Top 10 Albums of 2014

Here be my top 10 for 2014:

10. The New Basement Tapes – Lost on the River – Produced by T-Bone Burnett and features previously unrecorded Bob Dylan songs interpreted by Jim James, Marcus Mumford, Rhiannon Giddens, Elvis Costello and Taylor Goldsmith. Check out “Kansas City” and “Hidee Ho #11.”

9. Alt-J – This Is All Yours – English duo with hip hop flavored pop songs. Check out “Left Hand Free” and “Hunger of The Pines.”

8. Glass Animals – Zaba – Debut full-length album from English band, similar to Alt-J. Check out “Pools” and “Gooey.”

7. New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers – Canadian Power pop group headed by songwriter A.C. Newman and stars singer Neko Case. Not one bad track on this excellent album. Check out “Brill Bruisers,” “Wide Eyes” and “Dancehall Domine.”

6. The Secret Sisters – Put Your Needle Down – Laura and Lydia Rogers are sisters from Muscle Shoals, Alabama and born with the soul music that permeates that place. Great harmonies like the Everly Brothers. Check out “Rattle My Bones” and “Iuka.”

5. Spoon – They Want My Soul – This is the eighth studio album for this Austin based band and one of their best yet. Check out “Do You” and “Rent I Pay.”

4. Bahamas – Bahamas is Afie – Finnish-Canadian singer/songwriter Afie Jurvanen is Bahamas and put out a fantastic record this year. Check out “All The Time” and “Little Record Girl.”

3. Beck – Morning Phase – 12th studio album for Beck and a gorgeous one at that. Mellower than usual but brilliant as always. Check out “Blue Moon” and “Heart Is A Drum.”

2. Highasakite – Silent Treatment – is a Norwegian Indie pop band fronted by Ingrid Helene Håvik who is the primary songwriter. Fell in love with this band because of the single “Since Last Wednesday” but the whole record is great. Also check out “Darth Vader.”

1. First Aid Kit – Stay Gold – Swedish sisters Klara and Johanna Soderberg are the duo First Aid Kit. This is their third studio album and produced by Monsters of Folk’s Mike Mogus. Superb harmonies and songwriting, melodic and lovely arrangements, First Aid Kit gets the top spot for me this year. Check out “My Silver Lining” and “Cedar Lane.”

Thanks for listening and Happy New Year! Laura

Top 100 Songs of 2013


The WFPK year-end countdown is underway! We’ll update the list each hour, so feel free to follow along today as you listen. This year’s countdown is made possible in part by O’Shea’s Pubs, with locations Downtown and in the Highlands.

100. Allen Stone – Sleep

99. Anders Osbourne – 47

98. Steve Martin – Love Has Come For You

97. Sons of Fathers – Roots & Vine

96. Cold War Kids – Miracle Man

95. Johnny Marr – Right Thing Right

94. Paul McCartney – New

93. The Dismemberment Plan – Invisible

92. Natalie Maines – Come Cryin’ To Me

91. Brett Dennen – Wild Child

90. Gibbard/Mann – Bigger Than Love

89. Jason Isbell – Live Oak

88. Cheyenne Mize – Whole Heart

87. Frightened Rabbit – The Woodpile

86. Son Volt – Hearts and Minds

85. Avicii – Wake Me Up

84. Spacehog – Oh Dinosaur

83. Junk Yard Dogs – Good Good Lovin

82. Haim – The Wire

81. Jim James – State of the Art

80. Leagues – Mind Games

79. Wild Feathers – The Ceiling

78. The Head and the Heart – Shake

77. Randall Bramblett – Roll

76. Deer Tick – Dream’s in the Ditch

75. Alt-J – Breezeblocks

74. Dawes – Most People

73. Little Comets – Jennifer

72. Regina Spektor – You’ve Got Time

71. Kings of Leon – Supersoaker

70. Man Man – Head On

69. Matt Costa – Good Times

68. Joseph Arthur – Saint of Impossible Causes

67. Iron and Wine – Singers and the Endless Song

66. Devendra Banhart – Never Seen Such Good Things

65. Local Natives – Heavy Feet

64. Civil Wars – The One That Got Away

63. They Might be Giants – You’re On Fire

62. Leagues – Spotlight

61. Lone Bellow – You Never Need Nobody

60. Teneia Sanders – Steamboat

59. David Bowie – The Stars

58. National – Don’t Swallow the Cap

57. Thao – We the Common

56. Rilo Kiley – Let Me Back In

55. Jack Johnson – I Got You

54. Small Time Napoleon – Sidewinder

53. Laura Veirs – Sun Song

52. Cayucas – High School Lover

51. Matt Duncan – The Keys

50. J. Roddy – Heavy Bells

49. Features – This Disorder

48. Amos Lee – The Man Who Wants You

47. Little Green Cars – Harper Lee

46. Grizzly Bear – A Simple Answer

45. Fitz – 6am

44. Bonnie Prince Billy & Dawn McCarthy – Just What I Was Looking For

43. Frightened Rabbit – Dead Now

42. City and Colour – Thirst

41. Neko Case – That’s Who I Am

40. Cabin – The Oceanographer

39. Moon Taxi – The New Black

38. Mayer Hawthorne – Her Favorite Song

37. Volcano Choir – Byegone

36. Villagers – Nothing Arrived

35. Cave Singers – Have To Pretend

34. David Ford – Pour A Little Poison

33. Junip – Your Life Your Call

32. Laura Marling – Where Can I Go

31. Nerves Junior – Goodnight Nobody

30. Houndmouth – On The Road

29. Josh Rouse – Julie

28. Lone Bellow – Bleeding Out

27. Iron and WIne – Grace For Saints and Ramblers

26. Arcade Fire – Reflektor

25. Edward Sharpe – Better Days

24. No More Kings – They’re Coming To Get You, Barbra

23. Replacements – I’m Not Sayin’

22. Old Baby – Young

21. Telekinesis – Power Lines

20. Josh Ritter – Joy To You Baby

19. Kopecky – Heartbeat

18. Debauchees – I’ve Got Energy

17. Neko Case – Man

16. Vampire Weekend – Diane Young

15. Pearl Jam – Mind Your Manners

14. Cheyenne Mize – Among The Grey

13. The National – Demons

12. Sun Kil Moon – Among the Leaves

11. Dawes – From A Window Seat

10. Haim – Don’t Save Me

9. Fleetwood Mac – Sad Angel

8. Jake Bugg – Two Fingers

7. Phosphorescent – Song For Zula

6. Joshua James – Queen of the City

5. Wax Fang – Blonde Leading the Blonde

4. Primal Scream – It’s Alright

3. Dr. Dog – Broken Heart

2. Jason Isbell – Stockholm

1. Jim James – A New Life

Michael Young’s Top 10 Albums of 2013

10. Pokey LaFarge – Pokey LaFarge
St. Louis (and one-time Louisville) musician has made riverboat chic cool with his hot swing and ragtime blues. SONG: ONE TOWN AT A TIME

9. Houndmouth – From the Hills Below the City
Precocious New Albanians’ debut hits a sweet spot between ramshackle country and classic rock a la The Band and will only get better with age. SONG: PENITENTIARY

8. Sturgill Simpson – High Top Mountain
Kentucky native (ex-Sunday Valley) harkens back to 70’s country outlaws and still sounds fresh. SONG: SOME DAYS

7. Blue Rodeo – In Our Nature
One of the most decorated bands in Canada cranks out consistently great roots rock on their 13th album. SONG: NEVER TOO LATE

6. The Wood Brothers – The Muse
Colorado brothers are slinky, funky and fun on this, their best album yet. Nobody’s doing what they do. SONG: HONEY JAR

5. Slaid Cleaves – Still Fighting the War
Back after a long absence of new material, this Austin, TX songwriter does not disappoint. SONG: STILL FIGHTING THE WAR

4. Bill Callahan – Dream River
Escaping his beginnings as an experimental lo-fi artist known as Smog, Callahan is really hitting his stride on this 5th solo album. SONG: SPRING

3. Guy Clark – My Favorite Picture Of You
Texas legend was a contemporary of Townes Van Zandt and was in on the ground floor of the early outlaw movement writing country hits for Jerry Jeff Walker and others. On a nice late-career roll. SONG: MY FAVORITE PICTURE OF YOU

2. Jason Isbell – Southeastern
Alabama songwriter continues to astonish with his songwriting getting better and more personal. 4th solo album is largely about getting sober and falling in love. SONG: FLYING OVER WATER

1. Mando Saenz – Studebaker
Mexican-born Saenz came up through the Houston, TX scene with Hayes Carll before settling in Nashville and delivering this masterpiece of character studies, narratives, and love songs. SONG: POCKET CHANGE

Kyle Meredith’s Top 10 Albums of 2013

Pearl JamLightning Bolt
I’ve been calling this the best Chapter Two record in PJ’s catalog, meaning any album that came after their greatest hits collection.

Dr. DogB-Room
I’m constantly amazed at how they can deconstruct a formula, turning a song inside out to reveal something I’ve never heard.

Kings of LeonMechanical Bull
Thankfully, they’ve rediscovered their strut, attitude, and muscle with Bull, an album that song after song proves itself.

Anders OsbournePeace
This is an album that immediately recalls Neil Young as much as Radiohead; a guitar record with intelligence and a songwriter with nothing to lose.

HaimDays Are Gone
I’ve been lucky to watch these sisters grow from obscurity to superstars over the last couple years and all of my hopes for their debut were fulfilled.

David BowieThe Next Day
Put this one up there with Aladdin Sane and Let’s Dance. It’s not only an instant classic, but proves that the Thin White Duke is still above the cut, and still living somewhere on Mars.

Cheyenne MizeAmong the Grey
Never one to be pinned down to one sound, the Louisville songstress takes on multiple genre’s and never quite goes where you think she might within the song.

Iron & WineGhost on Ghost
One of the most adventurous songwriters in the game, Beam is pushing his tunes in directions that no other musician is considering. With Ghost On Ghost, it’s a perfect blend of jazz, folk, soul, and Americana. Not everyone is going to get it, which makes it that much more fun.

Nine Inch NailsHesitation Marks
Did anyone actually believe Trent Reznor when he said he wouldn’t do NIN anymore?

Jim JamesRegions of Light and Sound of God
Regions of Light and Sound of God deserves the future-soul label that it’s been given, finding a way to be both warm and chilly at the same time, sprawling with a point, sexy and adrift.

Sean Cannon’s Top Albums of 2013


This list isn’t ordered, and I’m not entirely sure it’s comprehensive, either. But as I sat and considered which records stuck with me throughout the year, this is the list I was left with initially.

SuperchunkI Hate Music
Kurt VileWakin on a Pretty Daze
Parquet CourtsLight Up Gold
Los CampesinosNo Blues
Bill CallahanDream River
Jim JamesRegions of Light and Sound of God
LoveBlack Beauty (the vinyl came out this year, so I’ll count it)
Yo La TengoFade
The StepkidsTroubadour
The So So GlosBlowout
Dean WarehamEmancipated Hearts
Old BabyLove Hangover
Diarrhea PlanetI’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams
Volcano ChoirRepave
Touche AmoreIs Survived By
Robert Pollard/Guided by VoicesBlazing Gentlemen/Honey Locust Honky Tonk/English Little League
William TylerImpossible Truth
Billy BraggTooth and Nail
Eleanor FriedbergerPersonal Record
Marnie SternThe Chronicles of Marnia