Introduction by James B from the Northgate store.
2014 was another tremendous and somewhat controversial year for music. It saw the rise of some fresh faces, and some of music’s finest in all genres put out well received efforts.
No doubt, 2014 will be remembered as another year in the win column for Taylor Swift, with the release of her country gone pop album “1989”. No matter where you stand on the Spotify debate, her stance on pulling her music off the streaming website helped earn Swift first week sales that haven’t been seen in quite some time.U2 also caused a commotion when they partnered with Apple and download their album, for free, to every itunes subscriber. Although some complained about the action “Songs of Innocence” still made many year’s top ten lists. Adding to the debate about how music is delivered was Beyonce with her surprise midnight exclusive release of her album “Beyonce” on itunes before it was physically available in stores.
Veterans Bruce Springsteen, Leonard Cohen, Prince, Jackson Browne, and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers all had critically acclaimed releases this year. Newcomers FKA Twigs, Mac Demarco, and Parquet Courts dominated several big blog year end lists. The collaborative effort between El-P and Killer Mike, Run the Jewels, “Run the Jewels 2” might be one of the best hip-hop records in recent memory. On the heavier side, Oregon doom tyrants Yob and Arkansas band Pallbearer put out some of their best, and most critically acclaimed material to date.
It’s impossible to name every noteworthy record in one paragraph this year, or really any year for that matter. But who doesn’t love a good year end top ten list, right? Here are some of our staff’s favorite releases this year, be sure to check out some of them here at Silver Platters. Thanks for another great year. We are looking forward to seeing you in 2015 with releases by Modest Mouse, Bjork, Sleater-Kinney, Madonna, Adele, Bob Dylan and more all set to release new music.
Ben H – BellevueHorrendous Ecdysis Blut Aus Nord Memoria Vestusa III: Saturnian Poetry Primordial Where Greater Men Have Fallen Dawnbringer Night Of The Hammer Winterfylleth Division Of Antiquity Hoth Oathbreaker Thantifaxath Sacred White Noise Bret M – SoDo Store Pink Floyd The Endless River Royal Blood Royal Blood Temples Sun Structures Foo Fighters Sonic Highways Judas Priest Redeemer Of Souls Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy World On Fire Robert Plant Lullaby & The Ceaseless Roar Ty Segall Manipulator Goat Commune Dave S. – SoDo Store Millie & Andrea Drop The Vowels Aphex Twin Syro Andy Stott Faith In Strangers Mono/Poly Golden Skies Flying Lotus You’re Dead Second Storey Double Divide Caribou Our Love Vermont Vermont Todd Terje Its Album Time Clark Clark Dean S. – SoDo Store Top 5 Reissues Bob Dylan & The Band Bootleg Series Vol.11: The Basement Tapes (Complete) The Allman Brothers 1971 Fillmore East Recordings King Crimson Starless Velvet Underground Velvet Underground (45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition) Top Five New Releases Rosanne Cash The River & The Thread Rodney Crowell Tarpaper Sky Bob Mould Beauty & Ruin Sharon Van Etten Are We There Randy Travis Influences Vol. 2: The Man I Am Dwight W. – SoDo Store Elbow Take Off & Landing Of Everything Toumani Diabate & Sidiki Diabate Toumani & Sidiki Israel Nash Israel Nash’s Rain Plan Ed Sheeran X Theo Croker Afro Physicist Nils Lofgren Face The Music Tony Allen Film Of Life Lake Street Dive Bad Self Portrait Rosanne Cash The River & The Thread James B. – Northgate Store Yob Clearing The Path To Ascend Helms Alee Sleepwalking Sailors Eyehategod Eyehategod Mac Demarco Salad Days Melvins Hold It In Deadkill No, Never! Drunk Dad Ripper Killer Triptykon Melana Chasmata Obliterations Poison Everything Run The Jewels Run The Jewels 2 Jeremiah S. – Bellevue Store Run The Jewels Run The Jewels 2 The Bug Angels & Devils Machinedrum Vapor City Archives Andy Stott Faith In Strangers Addison Groove Presents James Grieve Illum Sphere Ghosts Of Then & Now FaltyDl In The Wild Teebs Estara SBTRKT Wonder Where We Land Ben Frost A U R O R A Leonard G – Bellevue Freddie Gibbs & Madlib Pinata Fire Orchestra Enter Lawrence English Wilderness Of Mirrors Lee Gamble Koch Dean Blunt Black Metal Grouper Ruins Fatima Yellow Memories Planning For A Burial Desideratum Ratking So It Goes Have A Nice Life The Unnatural World Matt F – Bellevue Bryce Dessner St. Carolyn By The Sea Blondfire Young Heart Lana Del Rey Ultraviolence Nippon Girls 2 Unsuk Chin: 3 Concertos Elvis Costello Live In Germany 1978 Beck Morning Phase Atterberg: Orchestral Works Vol. 2 CPE Bach: Magnificat Chromeo White Women Zoe K – SoDo Ty Segall Manipulator Perfume Genius Too Bright Trust Joyland Earth Primitive & Deadly Against Me! Transgender Dysphoria Blues Shabazz Palaces Lese Majesty Electric Wizard Time To Die Caribou Our Love Liars Mess Death From Above The Physical World Steve A. Bellevue & SoDo Jenny Lewis The Voyager Dum Dum Girls Too True Bill Frisell Guitar In The Space Age Psycho Sisters Up On The Chair Beatirice Charli XCX Sucker Deerhoof La Isla Bonita Sharon Van Etten Are We There New Pornographers Bill Bruisers Courtney Barnett Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas T.V. On The Radio Seeds