Dear sweet readers: Thank you for all of your awesomeness this year. And thank you for sticking with us through this doldrum. We’ll be back in fighting shape soon.

Dear sketchy colleagues: Thanks for writing so well and making me double-down on writing well. Thanks for the Ninebullets party. Let’s all secure the employment and living arrangements we dream of and get back to saving the world.

Dear wonderful bands and labels: Wooooooo!

Remember what Lou Reed says, WHAT COMES IS BETTER THAN WHAT CAME BEFORE. Here’s my favorites that came around this year. Join me in looking forward to the unimaginably impressive future that is 2015.

Albums, Best of the Best:

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Albums, Rest of the Best:


EP’s, 7″s, Demos:



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Reasons to Stay Alive Next Year:

Full lengths from Jeff Rosenstock, Shinobu, Carl Barat from the Libertines, Meredith Graves from Perfect Pussy, Courtney Marie Andrews. Albums from Waller and my hero Samantha Jones’ (Bitchin, Crustaceans, Rumbleseat, Cassette) new band Guts came out at the end of this year, but I haven’t gotten them yet. I bet that Guts album alone will be worth the whole year.

Author: Mike Ostrov

Mike Ostrov relays the history of popular song on message boards and under rocks.

5 thoughts on “OSTROV'S BEST OF 2014”

  1. Nice hard girls in top 5! Plus cayetana, chumped, radiator hospital! Also dark blue is like the album Interpol wants to make. Are you (mike) in Philly?

    1. No, Mr. Wilson, I’m bouncing between Boston and Florida. Nothing not to love about Philly right now though. Loved the Crutchfields forever, looking forward to new Hop Along next year.

  2. I’m about to post a review for Cayetana and they’ll probably be on my top 10 as well.

    But Joseph Huber? Really? I feel like he was pretty “controversial” on here (as far as those things go.) I felt liked I liked the album the first time around, and then I couldn’t figure out why the more I listened to it.

    1. Joseph Huber just stuck around for me. A lot of the “americana”/country/singer-songwriter albums that got so much love this year didn’t strike me at all. I commented on Charles’ review that I didn’t review it myself because I couldn’t articulate what I liked about it. I still can’t. It’s just really good.

      Cayetana deserves to get everything they want—they’re so good.

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