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Stinkweeds Best Albums of 2014 Lists

#YEAR END LISTS! 2014 was a stellar year for music. We hope you agree. Have a gander at our favorites from last year!


Owner of Stinkweeds Records and Executive Director of Local First Arizona

  • Pains of Being Pure at Heart - 'Days of Abandon' (Yebo Music)
  • Lonesome Shack - 'More Primitive' (Alive Records)
  • Gardens and Villa - 'Dunes' (Secretly Canadian)
  • Real Estate - 'Atlas' (Domino)
  • Elbow - 'Take Off and Landing of Everything' (Concord)


Stinkweeds staff member, with an intense critical ear and a love of cats. Dario is an accomplished stringed multi-insturmentalist.

  • Parquet Courts - 'Sunbathing Animal' (What's Your Rupture)
  • Hamilton Leithauser - 'Black Hours' (EMI)
  • Last Ex - 'Self-Titled' (Constellation)
  • Timber Timbre - 'Hot Dreams' (Arts & Crafts)
  • Quilt - 'Held In Splendor' (Mexican Summer)
  • Anna Calvi - 'Strange Weather' (Domino)
  • Ty Segall - 'Manipulator' (Drag City)
  • Piers Faccini & Vincent Segal - 'Songs of Time Lost' (Six Degrees)
  • Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - 'Euclid' (Western Vinyl)
  • Steve Gunn - 'Way Out Weather' (Paradise of Bachelors)
  • Wye Oak - 'Shriek' (Merge)
  • Sam Amidon - 'Lily-O' (Nonesuch)
  • Frazey Ford - 'Indian Ocean' (Nettwerk)
  • Courtney Barnett - 'Sea of Split Peas' (Mom & Pop)


Stinkweeds store manager and bass player in the local hootenany indie sensation "Pick and Holler". Lindsay is the person that takes care of the details and makes it all happen.

  • Anna Calvi - 'Strange Weather' (Domino)
  • Lee Fields - 'Emma Jean' (Truth & Soul)
  • Luluc - 'Passerby' (Sub Pop)
  • Goat - 'Commune' (Sub Pop)
  • Together Pangea - 'Badillac' (Harvest)
  • Lonesome Shack - 'More Primitive' (Alive)
  • Timber Timbre - 'Hot Dreams' (Arts & Crafts)
  • Courtney Barnett - 'Double Ep: A Sea of Split Peas' (Mom & Pop)
  • Water Liars - 'Self-Titled' (Fat Possum)
  • Leonard Cohen - 'Popular Problems' (Sony)
  • Doug Paisley - 'Strong Feelings' (No Quarter)
  • Tinariwen - 'Emmaar' (Anti)
  • Temples - 'Sun Structures' (Fat Possum)
  • Steve Gunn - 'Way Out Weather' (Paradise of Bachelors"
  • Lucinda Williams - 'Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone' (Highway 20)


long-time Regular with a capital R. Special-orderer extraordinaire, leader of the band Larkspurs

  • Giardini Di Miro - 'Rapsodia Satanica' [Santeria]
  • John Zorn - 'Transmigration Of The Magus' [Tzadik]
  • Marc Ribot - 'Live At The Village Vanguard (w/ Henry Grimes, Chad Taylor)' [Pi Recordings]
  • Mica Levi - 'Under The Skin' [Milan]
  • Earth - 'Primitive And Deadly' [Southern Lord]


longtime regular, reviewer, radiophoenix personality, volunteer extraordinaire and great guy!

  • Elbow - 'The Takeoff and Landing of Everything' / 'World Cafe Live EP' (Concord in the US, * Fiction in the UK)
  • Cheatahs - 'Cheatahs' (Wichita Recordings)
  • We Were Promised Jetpacks - 'E Rey: Live in Philadelphia' (Fat Cat)
  • Twilight Sad - 'Nobody Wants to be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave' (Fat Cat)
  • Father Figures - 'Steps and Processes / U.F.O. EP' (AZPX)

HENRI NG and Stinkweeds volunteer extraordinaire, instore videograhper, man behind our youtube channels. Goes to more shows and has met more famous people than anyone you know.

  • St Vincent - 'Self-Titled' (Republic)
  • Alvvays - 'Self-Titled' (Polyvinyl)
  • Got a Girl - 'I Love You but I must drive off this cliff now' (Bulk)
  • Jenny Lewis - 'Voyager' (Warner Bros)
  • Damon Albarn - 'Everyday Robots' (Warner Bros)
  • La Roux - 'Trouble in Paradise' (Interscope)
  • Ryan Adams - 'Self-Titled' (Blue Note)
  • Dum Dum Girls - 'Too True' (Sub Pop)
  • Sia - '1,000 Forms of Fear' (RCA)
  • Gruff Rhys - 'American Interior' (Turnstile)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack (Hollywood)
  • Honorable mentions:
  • Metronomy - 'Love Letters' (Elektra)
  • The Horrors - 'Luminous' (XL)
  • Yelle - 'Completement Fou' (Kemosabe)
  • Chromeo - 'White Women' (Atlantic)
  • Casket Girls - 'True Love Kills the Fairy Tale' (Graveface)
  • Temples - 'Sun Structures' (Heavenly)
  • Duck Sauce - 'Quack' (Fool's Gold)
  • First Aid Kit - 'Stay Gold' (Columbia)
  • Lykke Li - 'I Never Learn' (Atlantic)
  • Teen - 'The Way and Color' (Carpark)
  • Sondre Lerche - 'Please' (Mona)
  • The Ghost of the Sabertooth Tiger - 'Midnight Sun' (Chimera)
  • Pains of Being Pure at Heart - 'Days of Abandon' (Yebo)
  • Fear of Men - 'Loom' (Kanine)

Best reissues:

  • Oasis - 'Definitely Maybe/(What's the Story) Morning Glory?' (Big Brother)


Always there in a pinch, longtime customer with great taste and consistently awesome in every way!

  • Courtney Barnett - 'Double Ep: A Sea of Split Peas' (Mom & Pop)
  • The Old 97s - 'Most Messed Up' -(ATO Records)
  • Cheap Girls - 'Famous Graves' - (Xtra Mile Recordings)
  • Rubblebucket -'Survival Sounds' - (Communion Records)
  • Lake Street Drive - 'Bad Self Portraits' - (Signature Sounds Recordings)


DJ, long-time regular, serious vinyl special-orderer

  • Thom Yorke- 'tomorrows modern boxes' (self released) to be released in feb of 2015
  • aphex twi* n- 'syro'- (warp)
  • andy stott- 'faith in strangers' (modern love)
  • dirty beaches- 'stateless' (zoo music)
  • teebs- 'estara' (brainfeeder)


long-time regular, volunteer, serious concert-goer and organizer of phx indie meet-up group

  • Fear Of Men - 'Loom' (Kanine Records)
  • First Aid Kit - 'Stay Gold' (Jagadamba/Columbia Records)
  • Caught A Ghost - 'Human Nature' (+1 Records)
  • Alvvays - 'Self-Titled' (Polyvinyl)
  • Saint Savoir - 'In The Seams' (Surface Area)

Honorable Mentions:

  • Jenny Lewis - 'The Voyager' (SubPop)
  • Luluc - 'Passerby' (SubPop)
  • God Help The Girl Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Stuart Murdoch/Milan Entertainment)


long-time regular, ex-Stinkweeds, king of the monsters, luckyman, awesome man.

  • BARREN HARVEST - 'Subtle Cruelties' (Handmade Birds)
  • GODFLESH - 'A World Lit Only By Fire' (Avalanche)
  • ANGEL OLSEN - 'Burn Your Fire For No Witness' (Jagjaguwar)
  • TREPANERINGSRITUALEN - 'Perfection & Permanence' (Cold Spring)
  • WHITE VOID - 'We're Falling' (Posh Isolation)


Hardcore regular, music enthusiast and serious goofball

  • Prince - 'Art Official Age' (Warner Bros)
  • Hunterchild - 'Hunterchild' (Temporary Residence)
  • Afghan Whigs - 'Do To The Beast' (Sub Pop)
  • Ava Luna - 'Electric Balloon' (Western Vinyl)
  • Strand of Oaks - 'Heal' (Dead Oceans)


  • James - 'La Petite Mort'
  • Glass Animals - 'Zaba'
  • De Lux - 'Voyage'


Phx ex-pat, ex-Stinkweeds, awesome dad and dude. Still asking when you're moving back.

  • Psalm Zero - 'The Drain' (Profound Lore)
  • D'Angelo - 'Black Messiah' (RCA)
  • Pallbearer - 'Foundations of Burden' (Profound Lore) also the best show I saw this year
  • Sturgill Simpson - 'Metamodern Sounds In Country Music' (High Top Mountain)
  • First Aid Kit - 'Stay Gold' (Columbia Records)

Honorable mentions

  • FKA Twigs - 'LP1' (Young Turks)
  • Coffinworm - 'IV.I.VIII' (Profound Lore)
  • Andy Stott - 'Faith In Strangers' (Modern Love)
  • Lantlôs - 'Melting Sun' (Prophecy)
  • Godflesh - 'A World Lit Only By Fire' (Avalanche)


Makin things happen at Modified Arts and all over Downtown Phoenix. Smart, funny, tasteful, and an overall awesome guy!

  • PUP - 'Self-Titled' (SideOneDummy)
  • Run the Jewels - 'Run the Jewels 2' (Fool's Gold)
  • Restorations - 'LP3' (SideOneDummy)
  • Hiss Tracts - 'Shortwave Nights' (Constellation)
  • FIRE! Orchestra - Enter (Rune Grammofon)

Honorable mention:

  • Chris Schlarb- 'Making the Saint' (Asthmatic Kitty)
  • Serengeti - 'Kenny Dennis III' (Joyful Noise)
  • wild Up - 'Feathers & Stone' (Populist)
  • Joyce Manor - 'Never Hungover Again' (Epitaph)
  • Hard Girls - 'A Thousand Surfaces' (Asian Man)
  • Antarctigo Vespucci - 'Soulmate Stuff EP/I'm So Tethered EP' (Really/Quote Unquote/Asian Man)
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