The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2014 #13: Death From Above 1979

2014 was quite a year. Not the best of years, on a personal level, but a rather good year from a music standpoint. Having given a listen to record after record after record from the year that was, I’ve pulled together a list of favorites, finding it next to impossible to whittle the list down any further beyond 60 (I tried). In this group of 60 you’ll find records from old, faithful friends, upstart newcomers, and even a headscratcher or two. You’ll probably see some records that were a Big Deal not on this list. I either didn’t bite or didn’t buy the hype. I’m pleased as punch with this list, and I hope you’ll come across something that might have otherwise passed you by. And so, without further ado, my favorite records of 2014.

WHO: Death From Above 1979

WHAT: The Physical World

WHEN: September 2014

WHERE: Warner Brothers

WHY: I know I'm not the only one out there who thought this would never happen. I never thought I'd see the day that the lightning bolt that is Death From Above 1979 would reunite, let alone put out another killer record. But happily, that's exactly what happened, and The Physical World is a heck of a way to come back. Aggressive, prickly, more than a little confrontational, and loud as all get out. In other words, it sounds pretty much just as you might expect. These two dudes still aren't fucking around. And lord love 'em for that.  

My jams: "Cheap Talk," "Right On, Frankenstein!," "Virgins," "Crystal Ball," "White Is Red," "Trainwreck 1979," "Gemini," "The Physical World"

[posted 5.10.15]


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