By Ian Bremner

Most people agree Top 10 or Top 50 or Top 100 lists are pretty arbitrary, but as December hits and you start to spend more time with family and less time at work, music becomes a more constant presence and it can be fun to look back on all of the new music you discovered/rediscovered/listened to/saw live/got drunk at said show/loved/hated/got spiritual with, whichever emotions were elicited throughout the year.

Here are 30 albums that Old Rookie has spent the majority of the year spinning, flipping, repeating, pressing play, turning up. If I am off my rocker, let me know by commenting or email. If you agree, disagree, think something is missing, let me know by commenting or email. Let’s create a READER’S CHOICE (whoever reads this) TOP-WHATEVER LIST!

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 TOP 30 ALBUMS OF 2014 (no particular order)


War on Drugs – Lost In The Dream

Sharon Van Etten – Are We There

Robert Ellis – The Lights From The Chemical Plant

Damien Jurado – Brothers and Sisters Of The Eternal Sun

The Growlers – Chinese Fountains

Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds In Country Music

Broken Bells – After The Disco

Justin Townes Earle – Single Mothers

Black Lips – Underneath The Rainbow

The New Basement Tapes – Lost On The River

Lee Fields & The Expressions – Emma Jean

Drive-By Truckers – English Oceans

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Hypnotic Eye

Hiss Golden Messenger – Lateness Of Dancers

Isreal Nash – Rain Plans

Phantogram – Voices

Jack White – Lazaretto

Shovels & Rope – Swimmin’ Time

Lake Street Dive – Bad Self Portraits

The Felice Brothers – Favorite Waitress

Curtis Harding – Soul Power

Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence

Hozier – Hozier

Hurray For The Riff Raff – Small Town Heroes

Shakey Graves – And The War Came

Benjamin Booker – Benjamin Booker

Sylvan Esso – Sylvan Esso

Mac Demarco – Salad Days

Gary Clark Jr – Live

Angel Olsen- Burn Your Fire For No Witness


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