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Overview | #79: Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey – “Keep On Loving You” (2014) Top Track | #79: Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey – “Keep On Loving You” (2014)

Roger Daltrey is likely a familiar name to you (he’s the vocalist of the Who), but chances are Wilko Johnson is not. Johnson is the former guitarist of the pivotal pub rock band Dr. Feelgood, wh...


Overview | #80: Jack White – “Lazaretto” (2014) Top Track | #80: Jack White – “Lazaretto” (2014)

Before the album version of “Lazaretto” was released as the lead single for Jack White‘s album of the same name, a live version was recorded, pressed, and released (on vinyl, of cour...

lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar

Overview | #81: Robert Plant – “Little Maggie” (2014) Top Track | #81: Robert Plant – “Little Maggie” (2014)

Listening to Robert Plant‘s 2014 solo album lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar turned out to be more fascinating than I thought it would be since it presents the former Led Zeppelin singer in...


Overview | #82: Ex Hex – “War Paint” (2014) Top Track | #82: Ex Hex – “War Paint” (2014)

The critics seemed to like Ex Hex‘s 2014 album Rips more than I did when I reviewed it, though I still found a lot to like. My favorite track is “War Paint,” a song that won’t ...

...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin

Overview | #83: The Roots feat. Raheem DeVaughn – “Tomorrow” (2014) Top Track | #83: The Roots feat. Raheem DeVaughn – “Tomorrow” (2014)

I ultimately found …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin to be a bit disappointing when I reviewed it, but certainly appreciated that what the Roots gave us was studied — included were three non...

Monuments to an Elegy

Overview | #84: Smashing Pumpkins – “Dorian” (2014) Top Track | #84: Smashing Pumpkins – “Dorian” (2014)

I have always viewed Billy Corgan as something of a fame-whoring hack, but the Smashing Pumpkins‘ 2014 album Monuments to an Elegy was pretty decent — I gave it a fairly positive review &#...


Overview | #85: Lenny Kravitz – “Frankenstein” (2014) Top Track | #85: Lenny Kravitz – “Frankenstein” (2014)

Before listening to Strut, I had never much cared for Lenny Kravitz, but it really is a quality album and my review of it indicated as such. Built around a great guitar riff, “Frankenstein”...

Run the Jewels 2

Overview | #86: Run the Jewels – “Angel Duster” (2014) Top Track | #86: Run the Jewels – “Angel Duster” (2014)

I didn’t think Run the Jewels 2 — Pitchfork’s pick for best album of 2014 — even came close to living up to the hype. I found the production to be mostly pedestrian and the mus...

Beauty & Ruin

Overview | #87: Bob Mould – “Low Season” (2014) Top Track | #87: Bob Mould – “Low Season” (2014)

I really enjoyed Bob Mould‘s 2012 album Silver Age and its lead track, “Star Machine,” so I was looking forward to the inevitable follow-up, which arrived in mid-2014 in the form of ...

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