Feel Bad For 2014

Happy new year friends and lovers! It’s a new year and aren’t you lucky to get a new weirdo FBFY curator. Yes, it’s me, your favorite Midwestern Canadian Masshole, Rockstar Aimz!

OK, so as per our usual custom, we start MMXV, the fifteenth year of the third millennium, the International Year of Light and the International Year of Soil, with a retrospective of 2014. Thanks to Trailer for the disturbing artwork. And our ongoing thanks, love, and respect to RomeoSidVicious for the server space and mixtape widget. 2014 was kind of a fucked up year, no? Please discuss below.

Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.
– Casey Kasem (1932-2014)

01_ 2015 FBF 2014

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1. “Sing Along”
Robert Ellis
The Lights From The Chemical Plant
Submitted By: @Truersound
Comments: Non-Sturgill entry, heard this one early in 2014 and it kept me stompin’ my arches flat all year (still does).

2. “Southern Grammar”
Hiss Golden Messenger
Lateness of Dancers
Submitted By: @philnorman
Comments: Easily my favorite album of the year, and my iTunes play count confirms it. This track just gets better with each listen. “Let’s just be simple, for a little while.” Album runner-up: Amy Ray, Goodnight Tender. Album released-late-but-still-great: D’Angelo, Black Messiah.

3. “Ain’t That Easy”
D’Angelo and The Vanguard
Black Messiah
Submitted By: Hoosier Buddy
Comments: Sure the intro sounds like a spaceship starting in a funk garage, but this song only gets better. Check the first two lines: “Take a toke of smoke from me as you dream inside, Let your days slip away come with me and ride.” I will ride in this spaceship anytime. Is that an alien probe, or are you just happy to see me?

4. “Longer Than You’ve Been Alive”
Old 97’s
Most Messed Up
Submitted By: @Mando_Lines
Comments: Rhett Miller sings about being in a rock band for a long time.

5. “Right Time”
Nikki Lane
All or Nothin’
Submitted By: Gorrck
Comments: It would have been easy to pick a track off the latest Old 97’s release from this year, but I chose this instead. She was the opening act for the Old 97’s when they came through Phoenix and she played an amazing set — and with great energy and stage presence. Nice old school sound.

6. “Kim”
Ryan Adams
Ryan Adams
Submitted By: Trailer
Comments: Just making sure a song from an artist on my album cover made the comp.

7. “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” (Supremes cover)
Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: 2014 get out of my life and let me sleep at night. Be a man, whoa oh ho ah.

8. “I Won’t Slip Up”
The Delines
Colfax
Submitted by: @simon2307
Comments: Fell in love with this track from the very first listen a year ago, the album is a real gem and one I know I’ll still be playing for many years to come.

9. “Old Vinyl and Innocence”
Two Mule Blues
Old Vinyl and Innocence
Submitted By: @toomuchcountry
Comments: A multi-year Couch By Couchwest veteran band. One that blows up stuff with the gorgeous Wasatch Mountains as a backdrop. With a song about Gram Parsons. Oh yeaaahhh, my iTunes listen count continues to rise for this one.

10. “Dreams To Tell”
The Bones of J.R. Jones
Dark was the Yearling
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: I’ve been singing praises for The Bones of J.R. Jones all year. I’ve already submitted two songs to FBFY and here’s a third. I’ve found myself returning to his music over and over in 2014.

11. “Brushed The Dust Off (Lean Into The Wind)”
Miss Shevaugh & Yuma Wray
Lean Into The Wind
Submitted By: @popa2unes
Comments: I can’t look back on 2014 without a nod to Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray, my favorite album of the year, their intimate wedding shared with all of CXCW, being able to catch them live at the bus stop cafe with @magearwig, and a year of wonderful twitter interaction with Erin, Chris, Ben and Derek these folks are a beacon of what musicians should be like. Erin’s vocals are as close as I get to a spiritual experience. When the going gets tough this song gets me going.

12. “Making Breakfast”
Twin Peaks
Wild Onions
Submitted By: @TheSecondSingle
Comments: Classic garage rock delivered with a hooky harmonica part and Stones-at-their-down-n-dirtiest swagger.

13. “Windows”
Angel Olsen
Burn Your Fire For No Witness
Submitted By: @TheSecondSingle
Comments: This gal just might beat Cat Power at her own game. Love this voice. And that build up near the end? Forget about it.

14. “Boscombe Armistice”
Blue Rose Code
The Ballads Of Peckham Rye
Submitted By: Blabber’n’Smoke
Comments: From the moment I heard the pedal steel opening on this song I fell in love with it.

15. “My Mama’s Dead”
Dream Police
Hypnotized
Submitted By: Mad Mackerel Music Blog
Comments: In my head this is a follow up to Hendrix’s classic “Hey Joe.” Except my head has been split in two by the sheer brutal, pneumatic force of this song, a snarling, distorted beast of a tune that is as brilliantly grim and unforgiving as the title suggests. Are we the only ones who think the Dream Police are a far more enjoyable listen than alter-egos The Men?

16. “Just One of the Guys”
Jenny Lewis
The Voyager
Submitted By: Rockstar Aimz
Comments: Great song from an otherwise mediocre album.

17. “Bad Self Portraits”
Lake Street Dive
Bad Self Portraits
Submitted By: Rockstar Aimz
Comments: Great song by this Boston band which frequently got me through my long commute to work.

18. “Shut In”
Strand of Oaks
Heal
Submitted By: Captains Dead
Comments: Tough to pick my favorite from 2014, but this entire album is tremendous.