2014 is Dead. Long Live 2014.

As 2014 drew closer to its terminal evening, the ThrdCoast staff convened and posed a simple question: isn't everybody sick to death of year-end lists? For Mangum's sake, most of them are starting to encroach upon the Autumn holidays worse than Wal-Mart Christmas ads.

After much debate, a surprisingly bloody internal power struggle, and several gallons of cheap bourbon, it was concluded that we'd put one together under the following conditions.

1) No numbering. The concept of a ranking system offended the metaethical subjectivists in our, well, ranks, and generally does little more than relegate those at the bottom to page-six obscurity. Plus, how can you compare The War on Drugs to Tei Shi with any sort of non-arbitrary rubric?

2) We're running it several days after the New Year. December, November, and even October are inundated with best-of lists these days, and we figured you'd all be burnt out on Ariel Pink and Caribou after about a week.

Here's your alternative to the alternative, twenty artists who did nothing more than get our collective goats this year. We think they'll get yours, too.


Real Estate - Atlas

The Seshen - Unravel EP

D'Angelo and the Vanguard - Black Messiah

Foxes in Fiction - Ontario Gothic

St. Vincent - St. Vincent

Hundred Waters - The Moon Rang Like a Bell

Salt Cathedral - Oom Velt

Mr. Twin Sister - Mr. Twin Sister

Sylvan Esso - Sylvan Esso

The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream

Les Sins - Michael

Tei Shi - Bassically

Ava Luna - Electric Balloon

Hugo - i am not Hugo

Moodoid - Le Monde Möö

Megafortress - Believer

Helado Negro -  Double Youth

Adult Jazz - Gist Is

Yesway - Yesway

James Tillman - Shangri La