The Bowery Beat
December 15th, 2014

Staff Picks: Top Albums of 2014



As is customary around this time of year, everyone’s top albums of the year start hitting the internets. Since we’re a heavily regarded source for music and what’s cool (hey, just go with us here), we wanted to share our staff picks for the best albums of 2014.

Patrick Hill, Talent Buyer

Protomartyr- Under Color of Official Right
Weezer- Everything Will be Alright in the End
War on Drugs- Lost in the Dream
Reigning Sound- Shattered
Strand of Oaks- Heal
Ex Hex- Rips
Survival Knife- Loose Power
Rock*A*Teens- Sweet Bird of Youth (re-issue)
St Vincent – St Vincent
Unwound- box set reissues on Numero Group
The Hold Steady- Teeth Dreams (Honorable Mention)

Chris Akavi, Assistant Talent Buyer

“Chris Akavi’s Top Of The Pops 2014”
Wild Cub – youth
Vance Joy – Dream Your Life Away
Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour
Chromeo – White Women
Milky Chance – Sadneccesary
Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 2
Delta Spirit – Into The Wide
Theophilus London – Vibes
Bleachers – Strange Desire
Young & Sick – young & Sick

Pat O’Brien, Marketing Director

Top 10:
War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream
Caribou – Our Love
Flight Facilities – Down To Earth
Flying Lotus – You’re Dead
Lone – Reality Testing
Jungle – Jungle
Todd Terje – It’s Album Time
Spoon – They Want My Soul
Death From Above 1979 – The Physical World
Run The Jewels – RTJ2

Next 10:
Royal Blood – Royal Blood
SBTRKT – Wonder Where We Land
Chromeo – White Women
Temples – Sun Structures
FKA Twigs – LP1
Chet Faker – Built to Glass
Ty Segall – Manipulator
Little Dragon – Nabuma Rubberband
Alt-J – This Is All Yours
Kasabian – 48:13

Michelle Nohr, Intern

Real Estate – Atlas
Spoon – They Want My Soul
Lone – Reality Testing
Ariel Pink – Pom Pom
Flying Lotus – You’re Dead!
Mac DeMarco – Salad Days
St. Vincent – St. Vincent
Wye Oak – Shriek
Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks – Wig Out At JagBags
Leon Vynehall – Music For The Uninvited
Todd Terje – It’s Album Time
Courtney Barnett – The Double EP
War on Drugs – Lost In The Dream