Top 5 albums/EPs/songs/gigs of 2014

The sixth of December seems like as good as any time to run down my top five albums/songs/gigs of 2014. I don’t think I’ve bought as much music in any previous year as I have this year, but this isn’t a measure that 2014 was best or music, more that I had more spare time and cash to be able to do so. Links are provided for DIY releases where the money goes direct to the artist/distro, for all other go to your normal digital stores (iTunes, Amazon etc).

Top 5 Albums of 2014

  1. Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams
  2. Mark McCabe – Good Day to Bury Bad News
  3. Gaslight Anthem – Get Hurt
  4. The Hold Steady – Teeth Dreams
  5. Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes

Notable mentions: Chris Devotion & the Expectations - Breakout, Algernon Doll – Omphalic, Green Day – Demolicious (come on! The trilogy as if recorded on Lookout!)

Top 5 EPs of 2014

  1. Kettle Rebellion – Kettle Rebellion
  2. Broken Stories – It’ll be Alright
  3. Mischief Brew - O, Pennsyltucky!
  4. Bruce Springsteen – American Beauty
  5. Lachance - Old Haunts

Top 5 songs of 2014

  1. My Wrecking Ball – Ryan Adams
  2. The Wall - Bruce Springsteen
  3. All about that (Double) Bass - Postmodern Jukebox
  4. When the Girl Comes to Town – Chris Devotion and the Expectations
  5. Break Your Heart - Gaslight Anthem

Notable mentions: Dark Places – Gaslight Anthem, Three Fucking Balloons – Ryan Adams, This house is yours (right name?) – Mark McCabe,

Top 5 gigs of 2014

  1. Aidan Moffat – Where you’re meant to be, Barrowlands, Glasgow
  2. Book Yer Ane Fest 2014 – Kage, Dundee
  3. Joyce Manor, Cheap Girls, Great Cynics, Nice’n'Sleazys, Glasgow
  4. Chris Devotion – Broadcast, Glasgow
  5. The Hold Steady, The Garage, Glasgow

Notable mentions: Algernon Doll @ Broadcast, MongolHorde+Oxygen Thief @ Tuts, Youth Man support slot @ Tuts.

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