The theme of this episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast was originally to give our favorite albums released so far in 2014 ... but we ended up talking about so much more. We touch on web journalism/click-bait articles, festivals and the RiotFest layaway program, and even if EPs are still worth doing in the current music landscape. We also do get around to giving our favorite albums released this year (the lists are also in the replies) and we make it through a once again very needy and distracting cat that does not like when I podcast and ignore him, as well as a very punctual food delivery at Thomas' apartment. Good times are had. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded below.
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Interested in hearing some opinions on the EP discussion in this, will be listening later!
I don't have a list or anything, but some albums I've liked a lot this year include:
Bear Hands- Distraction Weatherbox- Flies In All Directions
This Wild Life- Clouded arrange- Their Bodies In A Fog
Somos- Temple of Plenty
Inventions- Inventions Sleep In.- Settling
The Go Find- Brand New Love Architects- Lost Forever // Lost Together
Manchester Orchestra- Cope Coldplay- Ghost Stories
Pharoahe Monch- PTSD
Animals As Leaders- The Joy of Motion
Fireworks- Oh, Common Life
La Dispute- Rooms of The House
The Chain Gang of 1974- Daydream Forever
Bayside- Cult Bad Suns- Transpose EP
Some I'm anticipating (I'm sure there are more that I'm just not thinking of currently):
Every Time I Die- From Parts Unknown
Now, Now (hoping an album comes out this year)
Cape Lion (also just hoping)
Four Year Strong- Go Down In History EP
Weatherbox, La Dispute, and Fireworks are some of my favorites so far. Seahaven's going to make my Top 3 (as I absolutely cannot stop listening to that record), and Hebrews was a pleasant surprise that will most likely make the lower half of my list. Anticipating Aaron West and Braid at the moment.
The Noisey conversation was so interesting. Reading their content is like freebasing everything I hated about music fans in the 90s. It makes sense that Buzzfeed is getting established and actually doing some good work. "Bratty wunderkind" is a great look until one isn't a kid anymore, then it's time to achieve. Perhaps the relationships built by Vice's premieres will erode their brand (shitting into a bracket and cackling smugly about how clever they are) and they'll get out of the pre-teen phase too.
Running with a staff byline is, to me, a strong indication that they knew basic journalistic ethics and responsibilities weren't being upheld and nobody wanted what they currently do at that publication pinned on a writer long-term.