Next Up’s Best of 2014

Team youngblood tracks back on the year

Remember: “Year End Best of Lists” are nothing more than the rundown of one single critic’s solitary taste. There’s all sorts of great music boiling to the surface year after year. All music deserves a listen – despite what critics recommend.

Jon Dee (r) and William Harries Graham at Alejandro Escovedo's United Sounds of Austin show, 1.12.14 (Photo by Todd V. Wolfson)

That said, here’s how I queued my playlist.

BEST LOCAL SHOW

1) Centro-matic, Parish, Dec. 18

2) Tweedy, Texas Ballroom, June 21

3) Margaret Moser’s Retirement Party, The Continental Club, May 4

4) Alejandro Escovedo’s United Sounds of Austin, ACL Live, Jan. 11

BEST INTERNATIONAL DO GOOD ALBUM

Tarka Cordell & Friends, Life (Room 609 Records)

BEST NATIONAL RELEASE

Tweedy, Sukierae (dBPM)

BEST NATIONAL SINGLE

1) War on Drugs, “Red Eyes,” Lost in the Dream (Secretly Canadian)

2) Ruby Friedman, “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive” (Pulchrum)

BEST NATIONAL SINGER-SONGWRITER

Matthew Ryan, Boxers (Matthew Ryan)

BEST ALT-FOLK

Easton Stagger Phillips, Resolution Road (Easton Stagger Phillips)

HONORABLE MENTION

1) John Fullbright, Songs (Blue Dirt Records)

2) Centro-matic, Take Pride in Your Long Odds (Navigational Transmissions)

3) Mike Castle, Everything Gold (Michael Lojkutz)

4) Chuck Prophet, Night Surfer (Yep Rock)

5) Maggie Rogers, Blood Ballet (Maggie Rogers)

6) The Belle Sounds, Black Stone (The Belle Sounds)

BEST DEBUT

1) Benjamin Booker, Benjamin Booker (ATO)

2) Curtis McMurtry, Respectable Enemy

3) Amy Sue Berlin, Fragile Bones

4) Mike McCoy, The Death Bus (Suchawussy)

BEST CAREER RETROSPECTIVE

Jon Dee Graham, Do Not Forget (Freedom)

BEST LOCAL DUO

The Mastersons, Good Luck Charm (New West Records)

BEST LOCAL SINGER-SONGWRITER

J. Wagner, The Runaway Kid (J. Wagner)

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Year End Lists, Centro-Matic, Tweedy, Margaret Moser, Alejandro Escovedo, Tarka Cordell, War on Drugs, Ruby Friedman, Matthew Ryan, Easton Stagger Phillips, John Fullbright, Mike Castle, Chuck Prophet

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