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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!

KIMBER LANNING

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)

DARIO MIRANDA

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)

LINDSAY CATES

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)

JESSE SROGONCIK

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]

FRANK GALLARDO

longtime regular, reviewer, radiophoenix personality, Silverplatter.info 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

Silverplatter.info 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)

LARRY CUMMINGS

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)

DAN SHEPHERD

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)

IRIS ANDRADE

long-time regular, Silverplatter.info 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)

MIKE GENZ

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)

JAYMZ TODD

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)

honorables:

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

RUSS BAURICHTER

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)

CONNOR DESCHEEMAKER

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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