In a few weeks I will be posting my top 10 favorite records of 2014, with a short paragraph or two of my thoughts of the top 5.
Today is not about those records. Today is about 5 records that will not make my top 10, but that I think you should check out anyway.
In no particular order…
This Wild Life- Clouded- The duo’s major label debut is an acoustic/pop punk tinged masterpiece. The songs are wonderfully crafted, and the harmonies are beautiful. The band had a breakout year, including a full stint on the Van’s Warped Tour and an appearance on The Bachelorette. Check out “Over It” here.
I Am The Avalanche-Wolverines- IATA is one of my favorite bands. I love the raw and uninhibited energy in the bands music and frontman Vinnie’s voice. This record didn’t quite blow me out of the water the way their previous two releases did, but there are a lot of songs on it that I really enjoy. Check out “Where Were You?” here.
Baby Baby-Big Boy Baller Club- The way I discovered this band is comical. We were eating at a hole in the wall BBQ restaurant in our old neighborhood and Baby Baby was playing an acoustic set. The rest of the place pretty much checked out, but my wife and I had a blast. The record is straight up party style punk rock. It is fun, energetic, and danceable. We are seeing them play full band at The Stuffing this week with Manchester Orchestra and can not wait. Check out “Keep On Dancing” here.
Say Anything-Hebrews- I’ve always loved Say Anything. If someone asked me to pick a favorite record, I couldn’t. This record would probably come in fourth. Not because it is bad, not at all, simply because of how much i love 3 of the others. A drastic improvement from its predecessor, Hebrews is both spastic and reserved. Max Bemis and his entourage of guest vocalists put forth an onslaught that has to be heard to be believed. Check out “Six Six Six” here.
Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness- Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness- Andrew McMahon, formerly of Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin, is probably one of the top songwriters in his ‘scene’. This album is no exception. Pop-rock glory is all I can say. Several of these songs could be top 40 hits if marketed correctly. Check out “Canyon Moon” here.
There you have it, my true Top 10 will follow in the coming weeks.