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AP.net Podcast: Best of 2014 ... So Far (Episode 36)

Posted by - 05:39 PM on 06/05/14
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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Thomas' Mid-Year List:
  • The Hotelier - Home Like NoPlace Is There
  • Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties - We Don’t Have Each Other
  • The Menzingers - Rented World
  • Manchester Orchestra - Cope
  • Mongol Horde - Möngöl Hörde
  • Frameworks - Loom
  • Somos - Temple of Plenty
  • Sorority Noise - Forgettable
  • Against Me! - Transgender Dysphoria Blues
  • Tigers Jaw - Charmer

Drew's Mid-Year List:
  • Self Defense Family - Try Me
  • La Dispute - Rooms of the House
  • Seahaven - Reverie Lagoon: Music for Escapism Only
  • The Hotelier - Home Like Noplace Is There
  • St. Vincent - St. Vincent
  • Weatherbox - Flies in all Directions
  • The Menzingers - Rented World
  • You Blew It! - Keep Doing What You’re Doing
  • Cloud Nothings - Here and Nowhere Else
  • Emma Ruth Rundle - Some Heavy Ocean
  • Tigers Jaw - Charmer
  • Sharon Van Etten - Are We There
  • Frameworks - Loom
  • Against Me! - Transgender Dysphoria Blues
  • Say Anything - Hebrews

Jason's Mid-Year List (Random Order):
  • The Lawrence Arms - Metropole
  • Against Me! - Transgender Dysphoria Blues
  • The Menzingers - Rented World
  • Tokyo Police Club - Forcefield
  • Tycho - Awake
  • Manchester Orchestra - Cope
  • The Hotelier - Home, Like Noplace Like Is There
  • Noah Gundersen - Ledges
  • James Vincent McMorrow - Post Tropical
  • Bad Suns - Language and Perspective
  • Tiger’s Jaw - Charmer
  • Chuck Ragan - Til Midnight

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06:03 PM on 06/05/14
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So much good music already this year

Elenora - Luna Amante

Mike Mains and the Branches - Calm Down, Everything Is Fine

Somos - Temple of Plenty

Beartooth - Disgusting

One Year Later - Life Between The Lies

Chiodos - Devil

Weatherbox - Flies in all Directions

Say Anything - Hebrews

Nightmares - Suspiria

Miss Fortune - A Spark To Believe

The Suit - Day After Day

FACT - Witness

Manchester Orchestra - Cope

Jamies Elsewhere - Rebel Revive

Bayside - Cult

Neck Deep - Wishful Thinking
06:06 PM on 06/05/14
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You've already listened to Bad Suns new record?
06:49 PM on 06/05/14
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Excited for this, will listen tomorrow. So much good stuff already out this year and more to come. My favorites so far...the Menzingers, La Dispute, PUP, You Blew It!, and Fireworks.
07:50 PM on 06/05/14
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The Hotelier is really winning this year.
1. Hotelier
2. Hold Steady
3. Menzingers
4. Sun Kil Moon
5. Lawrence Arms
6. Manchester Orchestra
7. Against Me!
08:03 PM on 06/05/14
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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
Phantogram- Voices
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):

Vacationer- Relief
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
08:14 PM on 06/05/14
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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.
08:17 PM on 06/05/14
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God, thinking about putting all my favorite records into a list hurts my head.

Also, Circa Survive just finished up recording with Will Yip and that might be my most anticipated for the rest of the year.
08:19 PM on 06/05/14
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Any chance we're getting a new TEN album this year???
08:20 PM on 06/05/14
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No fucked up in sight....sad face
08:23 PM on 06/05/14
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Always look forward to these after a stressful double. Thanks guys!

La Dispute ROTH is my mid year album. Such an excellent record.
09:09 PM on 06/05/14
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My top three have got to be:
Tokyo Police Club
The Menzingers
The Hotelier
09:22 PM on 06/05/14
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Trophy Scars, Weatherbox, Fireworks.
09:38 PM on 06/05/14
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I'm on the same page as Jason when it comes to things leaking. I streamed the new Say Anything record, but I can just wait a week till it goes on Rdio to really listen to it.
12:31 AM on 06/06/14
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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.

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