Dan Wilmer Poop 2014



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1. Old 97’sMost Messed Up. 22 years into their career, Rhett Miller and the boys produce one of their most raucous albums. ‘Mats bassist Tommy Stinson sits in on “Intervention” which poses the question: “He’s mystified why we’re so lame, but if he wakes up dead will he feel the same?” Lots of stompy, Hank Williams inspired honky tonk fun.



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2. Jenny LewisThe Voyager. Ex Rilo Kiley front woman and the Postal Service collaborator finally comes into her own as a solo artist with this powerful collection of songs. She combines a dreamy 70’s California sound with some weighty lyrics in memorable tracks such as “Head Underwater,” “She’s Not Me” and “Just One of Guys.”



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3. The War on DrugsLost in the Dream. Kurt Vile’s other band makes a gorgeous guitar record that I played over and over.



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4. SpoonThey Want My Soul. Brit Daniel and his bandmates are the “molecular scientists of rock” according to a New York Times Magazine article. They continue to push and pull on their signature sound.



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5. Lydia LovelessSomewhere Else. Bloodshot Records does it again with the third album of this Loretta Lynn-like singer songwriter. Probably my favorite discovery of the year – the album starts with “Really Wanna See You” and “Wild Lips” and just takes off from there.



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6. Ex HexRips. Mary Timony of Helium and Wild Flag scores with an album that faithfully reproduces the punk era swagger and simplicity of bands like the Runaways. Sample “Don’t Wanna Lose” and “Radio On.”



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7. Real EstateAtlas. I kept coming back to the ethereal harmonies and sublime guitar lines on this one.



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8. The New PornographersBrill Bruisers. Their best album since 2005’s Twin Cinema. “Dancehall Domine,” “Fantasy Fools,” “Marching Orders,” “Brill Bruisers” – the great songs pile-up on this one.



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9. The Cloud NothingsHere and Nowhere Else. Wow. This is a solid post-punk, anguish-fueled guitar record. Perfect for the gym or wherever you want to let some aggression rip.



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10. Against Me!Transgender Dysphoria Blues. If punk rock was meant to be a bastion for disenfranchised loners, this may be the ultimate punk record. More often than not, these songs come across as outsider anthems that go beyond singer Laura Jane Grace’s identity crisis.



Honorable Mention:
11. T.V. on the RadioSeeds
12. Lucinda WilliamsWhere the Spirit Meets the Bone
13. Benjamin BookerBenjamin Booker
14. BleachersStrange Desire
15. Bob MouldBeauty & Ruin
16. Afghan WhigsDo To The Beast
17. Various ArtistsWhile No One Was Looking, 20 Years of Bloodshot Records



Dan Wilmer (Old Town, Alexandria, VA)


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