In volume two of our Best of 2014 lists, Mr. Shea (pictured here) is happy to bring you the lists of Jon Loudon (Restorations) and Chris Farren.
Jon Loudon (Restorations)
I have missed too many of these bands live because I was on tour.
Bry Webb: Free Will
idÃƒÂ©e fixe recordsObviously one of my favorite songwriters. â€œLetâ€™s Get Through Todayâ€ is about as good as it gets for me. File under: I would listen to this guy recite a technical manual.
Steve Gunn: Way Out Weather
Paradise of BachelorMore spacey/folky guitar music from Philly/NY. This sound doesnâ€™t get old to me, no matter how many artists seem to be doing it at the moment. Everybody thats come out of this sub-scene is just on a whole different planet.
Strand of Oaks: Heal
DEAD OCEANSIâ€™m a huge fan of Timâ€™s, and its great to see him branching out here. The recordâ€™s a little all over the place, but its the sound of somebody having a fucking blast. â€œShut Inâ€ is my favorite track (and video) this year. Glad to see him finally getting the attention heâ€™s deserved for so long. Philly, Philly, Philly.
Nils Frahm: Spaces
Erased TapesI left recording early to go see his show earlier this year (donâ€™t tell @sideonedummy). Beautiful modern piano compositions. I listened to this take of â€œSaid and Doneâ€ on repeat during our tour of Europe. Drive through Switzerland at 1,000mph while listening to this.
Three Lobed Records
Zammuto: Anchor Innovative pop music. The Books was one of the most interesting bands Iâ€™ve ever heard, and the first Zammuto record was a fascinating transition out of that. Heâ€™s letting the vocals lead more this time around, though its his home-made instruments that I love most. Ever see that video where he makes a drum machine out of a vinyl LP? Google that shit.
Sun Kil Moon: Benji
Caldo VerdeWhich was sadder this year? This record, or the turn Mark Kozelekâ€™s career has taken with all these PR stunts? I can overlook it if we get more songs like â€œI Watched The Film The Song Remains The Sameâ€.
Poison City / SideOneDummy
Ryan Adams: 1984
Pax-AmMore of this, please.
A Winged Victory For The Sullen : Atomos
Kranky / Erased TapesTake your hammock to Mars.
Tashi Dorji : Tashi Dorji
Hermit HutRelearn how to play guitar all over again.
Counting Crows: Somewhere Under Wonderland
Capitol RecordsA crowd-pleasing record almost to a fault. Glad to have them back.
Additionally: The War On Drugs, The Austerity Program, Self Defense Family, Total Control, Pianos Become The Teeth. Really excited for this new Mock Orange record.
BEST MUSIC OF 2014 (IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)