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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 ...


Overview | #88: Johnny Marr – “Speak Out Reach Out” (2014) Top Track | #88: Johnny Marr – “Speak Out Reach Out” (2014)

I didn’t enjoy Playland quite as much as Johnny Marr‘s first record The Messenger, which I admit I listened to obsessively. I still gave it a good review though, and “Speak Out Reach...

Pain Killer

Overview | #89: Little Big Town – “Day Drinking” (2014) Top Track | #89: Little Big Town – “Day Drinking” (2014)

Pain Killer may have been released two weeks after the September 30 cutoff to be nominated for the 2015 Grammy Awards, but its lead single “Day Drinking” hit the airwaves all the way back ...

Sonic Highways

Overview | #90: Foo Fighters – “The Feast and the Famine” (2014) Top Track | #90: Foo Fighters – “The Feast and the Famine” (2014)

I first heard “The Feast and the Famine” while watching the end of the second episode (i.e., the Washington, D.C. episode) of the Foo Fighters‘/Dave Grohl‘s Sonic Highways HBO ...

Songs of Innocence

Overview | #91: U2 – “California (There Is No End to Love)” (2014) Top Track | #91: U2 – “California (There Is No End to Love)” (2014)

I found Songs of Innocence to be pretty flat when I reviewed it upon its release, but I have kept listening to “California (There Is No End to Love)” in the months since then. It’s g...

Wig Out at Jigbags

Overview | #92: Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks – “Chartjunk” (2014) Top Track | #92: Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks – “Chartjunk” (2014)

Stephen Malkmus is always good for some great quips in his lyrics, but “Actually I’m not contractually obliged to care” in “Chartjunk” is fast becoming one of my favorite...

††† (Crosses)

Overview | #93: ††† (Crosses) – “The Epilogue” (2014) Top Track | #93: ††† (Crosses) – “The Epilogue” (2014)

Deftones vocalist Chino Moreno emerged in 2014 in ††† (Crosses), a side project considerably easier on the ears than his main band’s heavy sound. (I attended a concert recently at the Forum in L...

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