First off, thanks for all your kind and indulgent comments about my 154 best albums of 2014 blog; I'm genuinely grateful and touched by the feedback.

First off, thanks for all your kind and indulgent comments about my 154 best albums of 2014 blog; I’m genuinely grateful and touched by the feedback.



Beyond that, this week I’ve been listening – not unusually, I guess – to a lot of Mark Kozelek. I reviewed Sun Kil Moon’s brilliant but it seems divisive Hackney gig here; please take the time to read some very thoughtful and interesting comments at the bottom of the page.

I’ve also been enjoying a glut of new Ghostface Killah material (three albums, of which the new Wu set is the least strong), and a great live recording of Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band. Not many live bands out there I want to see live more than them, right now.

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1 Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 2 (Mass Appeal)

2 Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band – Live In Lafayette, Indiana (No label)

3 Samba Toure – Gandadiko (Glitterbeat)

4 Syd Arthur – A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble: Remixes By The Amorphous Androgynous (Monstrous Bubble)

5 Badbadnotgood & Ghostface Killah – Sour Soul (Lex)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-qmZ_J7WGc

6 Frisk Frugt – Den Europaeiske Spejilbue (Tambourhinoceros)

7 Gang Of Four – What Happens Next (Membran)

8 Bettye Lavette – Worthy (Cherry Red)

9 Africa Express Presents – Terry Riley’s In C (Transgressive)

Read my review here

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11 Ghostface Killah – 36 Seasons (Tommy Boy)

12 Natural Child – Dancin’ With Wolves (Burger)

13 The Wu Tang Clan – A Better Tomorrow (PArlophone)

14 The Clang Group – The Clang Group EP (Domino)

15 The Unthanks – Mount The Air (Rabble Rouser)

16 Thom Yorke – Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes (Self-Released)

17 Robert Stillman – Leap Of Death (Archaic Future)

18 Will Butler – Take My Side (Merge)

19 Jan St Werner – Miscontinuum (Thrill Jockey)

20 Sleater Kinney – No Cities To Love (Sub Pop)

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22 Hiss Golden Messenger – Southern Grammar EP (Merge)

23 Sun Kil Moon – Ghosts Of The Great Highway (Jetset)

24 Brian Eno – Neroli (Thinking Music Part IV) (All Saints)

25 Jake Xerxes Fussell – Jake Xerxes Fussell (Paradise Of Bachelors)

26 Red House Painters – Old Ramon (Sub Pop)

27 Fraser A Gorman – Book Of Love (House Anxiety/ Marathon Artists/ Milk!)

28 Natalie Prass – Natalie Prass (Spacebomb)

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