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Midyear 2014: KDHX DJ top 10 albums

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July is here, and now that the fireworks have faded away, we celebrate a full half year of independent music by taking a look at some of the best releases of 2014 thus far. The DJs of KDHX have picked their 10 favorites from the first six months of the year, with plenty of surprises in store.

And don't miss our midyear list of 88.1 KDHX top album spins covering January through June 2014.

Let us know what music you've been digging this year by leaving a comment below.

Midyear 2014 88.1 KDHX DJ Top 10 Album Lists

 

 

Jeff Corbin
The Back Country


 

 

The Aching Hearts - Just a Habit (Green Strum)
Suzy Bogguss - Lucky (Loyal Duchess)
Rosanne Cash - The River & the Thread (Blue Note)
Rodney Crowell - Tarpaper Sky (New West)
Irene Kelley - Pennsylvania Coal (Patio)
Zoe Muth - World of Strangers (Signature Sounds)
Willie Nelson - Band of Brothers (Sony Legacy)
Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds in Country Music (High Top Mountain)
Don Williams - Reflections (Sugar Hill)
Wylie and the Wild West - Relic (Hi-Line)

 

 

Stacy
Backroads


 

 

Amy Black - This Home (Reuben)
Blackie and the Rodeo Kings - South (File Under: Music)
Rodney Crowell - Tarpaper Sky (New West)
Kris Delmhorst - Blood Test (Signature Sounds)
Carrie Elkin & Danny Schmidt - For Keeps (Red House)
John Fullbright - Songs (Blue Dirt)
Eliza Gilkyson - The Nocturne Diaries (Red House)
Tim Grimm - The Turning Point (Cavalier)
Irene Kelley - Pennsylvania Coal (Patio)
Will Kimbrough - Sideshow of Love (Daphne)

 

 

Allen Dahm
Bittersweet Melody


 

 

Ages & Ages - Divisionary (Partisan)
The Family Crest - Beneath the Brine (Tender Loving Empire)
Noah Gundersen - Ledges (Dualtone)
Lydia Loveless - Somewhere Else (Bloodshot)
Zoe Muth - World of Strangers (Signature Sounds)
Old 97's - Most Messed Up (ATO)
Real Estate - Atlas (Domino)
Thumpers - Galore (Sub Pop)
The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream (Secretly Canadian)
Withered Hand - New Gods (Slumberland)

 

 

Christian Schaeffer
Collector's Edition


 

 

Ages & Ages - Divisionary (Partisan)
The Both - The Both (SuperEgo)
Kishi Bashi - Lighght - (Joyful Noise)
Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire for No Witness (Jagjaguwar)
Hamilton Leithauser - Black Hours (Ribbon)
New Mendicants - Into the Lime (Ashmont)
Jeremy Messersmith - Heart Murmurs (Glassnote)
Sylvan Esso - Sylvan Esso (Partisan)
Sharon Van Etten - Are We There - (Jagjaguwar)
The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream (Secretly Canadian)

 

 

Keith Dudding
Down Yonder


 

 

Darol Anger - E-and-'a (Adventure)
Balsam Range - Five (Mountain Home)
Blue Highway - The Game (Rounder)
Bradford Lee Folk & the Bluegrass Playboys - Somewhere Far Away (Self-released)
The High 48s - Great Northern Railroad (Self-released)
Danny Roberts - Nighthawk (Crossroads)
Seldom Scene - Long Time (Smithsonian Folkways)
Special Consensus - Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute to John Denver (Compass)
Bryan Sutton - Into My Own (Sugar Hill)
Tony Trischka - Great Big World (Compass)

 

 

Wil Wander
Elevated Rhymestate


 

 

Ana Tijoux - Tengo (Nacional)
Bop Alloy - Another Day in the Life Of (Bop Alloy)
CunninLynguists - Strange Journey Volume Three (APOS Music)
Eligh - Nomads (G&E Music)
Gangstagrass - Broken Hearts and Stolen Money (Rench Audio)
Grieves - Winter & the Wolves (Rhymesayers Entertainment)
Intuition & Equalibrum - Intuition & Equilibrum (Kinda Neat)
L-Fresh the Lion - One (L-Fresh the Lion)
Mind Over Matter - This Way to Elsewhere (I Forget, Sorry!)
Sidewalk Chalk - Leaves (Sidewalk Chalk)

 

 

Roy Kasten
Feel Like Going Home


 

 

Beck - Morning Phase (Capitol)
Rosanne Cash - The River & the Thread (Blue Note)
The Delines - Colfax (El Cortez)
Hurray for the Riff Raff - Small Town Heroes (ATO)
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - Give the People What They Want (Daptone)
Zoe Muth - World of Strangers (Signature Sounds)
Quilt - Held in Splendor (Mexican Summer)
Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds in Country Music (High Top Mountain)
Sun Kil Moon - Benji (Caldo Verde)
Wussy - Attica! (Shake It)

 

 

Chris Bay
Gold Soundz


 

 

Augustines - Augustines (Oxcart)
Beck - Morning Phase (Capitol)
The Belle Brigade - Just Because (ATO)
The Men - Tomorrow's Hits (Sacred Bones)
Bob Mould - Beauty & Ruin (Merge)
Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire for No Witness (Jagjaguwar)
Quilt - Held in Splendor (Mexican Summer)
Strand of Oaks - HEAL (Dead Oceans)
Wussy - Attica! (Shake It)
Wye Oak - Shriek (Merge)

 

 

Matt Distelrath
Hindsight


 

 

The Arctic Flow - January Stars (Dufflecoat)
Craft Spells - Nausea (Captured Tracks)
Dead Leaf Echo - true.deep.sleeper (Moon Sounds)
Echo & the Bunnymen - Meteorites (429)
Flyying Colours - Flyying Colours (Shelflife)
The Foreign Resort - New Frontiers (BLVD)
Real Estate - Atlas (Domino)
Morrissey - World Peace Is None of Your Business (Harvest)
Vaniish - Memory Work (Metropolis)
The Workhouse - The Sky Still Looks the Same (Oscarson)

 

 

Chris Lawyer
Hip City


 

 

Aloe Blacc - Lift Your Spirit (Interscope)
Cookin' On 3 Burners - Blind Bet (Freestyle)
Andre Cymone - The Stone (Blindtango)
The Eminent Stars - Sittin' In (Tramp)
Lack of Afro - Music for Adverts (Freestyle)
The New Mastersounds - Therapy (Legere)
Nick Pride & the Pimptones - Rejuiced Phat Shake (Legere)
Sonny Knight & the Lakers - I'm Still Here (Secret Stash)
St. Paul & the Broken Bones - Half the City (Thirty Tigers)
Third Coast Kings - West Grand Boulevard (Record Kicks)

 

 

Pat Wolfe
Interstate


 

 

Rosanne Cash - The River & the Thread (Blue Note)
Rodney Crowell - Tarpaper Sky (New West)
Jason Eady - Daylight and Dark (Old Guitar)
Chuck Mead - Free State Serenade (Plowboy)
Parker Millsap - Parker Millsap (Okrahoma)
Nickel Creek - A Dotted Line (Nonesuch)
Old 97's - Most Messed Up (New West)
Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds in Country Music (High Top Mountain)
Troubadour Kings - Ghost of Juarez (Victor House)
Walter Trout - The Blues Came Callin' (Provogue)

 

 

Ital-K
Ital Rhythms


 

 

Black Slate - World Citizen (Unit 8)
Chronixx - Dread & Terrible (Chronixx)
Hollie Cook - Twice (Prince Fatty, UK)
Michael Gordon - Rootz Luvaz (Sweet Freedom, UK)
Nereus Joseph - Yah So Wi Deh (Cannawi, UK)
Luciano - Deliverance (Ariwa, UK)
Ziggy Marley - Fly Rasta (V2)
Rebelution - Count Me In (87 Music/Rebelution)
Tarrus Riley - Love Situation (Cannon/Jukeboxx)
Tasha T - Real Talk (Ras Vibes, Canada)

 

 

Doug McKay
The Juke Joint


 

 

1. Mark Hummel - The Hustle Is Really On (Electro-Fi)
2. Lisa Mann - Move On (Lisa Mann Music)
3. Dave Keller - Soul Changes (Tastee-Tone)
4. James Armstrong - Guitar Angels (Catfood)
5. Paul Rodgers - The Royal Sessions (SLG)
6. Savoy Brown - Goin' to the Delta (RUF)
7. Jarekus Singleton - Refuse to Lose (Alligator)
8. Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne - Rollin' With the Blues (Stoney Plain)
9. Keb' Mo' - Bluesamericana (Kind of Blue)
10. Rip Lee Pryor - Nobody But Me (Electro-Fi)

 

 

Rob Levy
Juxtaposition


 

 

Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots (Parlophone)
Dum Dum Girls - Too True (Sub Pop)
Eagulls - Eagulls (Partisan)
Eternal Summers - The Drop Beneath (Kanine)
Real Estate - Atlas (Domino)
September Girls - Cursing the Sea (Fortuna POP)
St. Vincent - St. Vincent (Republic)
Temples - Sun Structures (Heavenly)
The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream (Secretly Canadien)
Warpaint - Warpaint (4AD)

 

 

John Wendland
Memphis to Manchester


 

 

Rosanne Cash - The River & the Thread (Blue Note)
Rodney Crowell - Tarpaper Sky (New West)
Simone Felice - Strangers (Dualtone)
Lee Fields - Emma Jean (Truth & Soul)
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - Give the People What They Want (Daptone)
Eleni Mandell - Let's Fly a Kite (Yep Roc)
Quilt - Held in Splendor (Mexican Summer)
Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds in Country Music (High Top Mountain)
Nick Waterhouse - Holly (Innovative Leisure)
Wussy - Attica! (Shake It)

 

 

Jason Robinson
The Mixtape


 

 

1. Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal (Mom + Pop)
2. Old 97's - Most Messed Up (ATO)
3. Die Antwoord - Donker Mag (Zef)
4. Say Anything - Hebrews (Equal Vision)
5. The Orwells - Disgraceland (Atlantic)
6. Chromeo - White Women (Last Gang)
7. Guided by Voices - Cool Planet/Motivational Jumpsuit (Self-released)
8. Lily Allen - Sheezus (Parlophone)
9. Boris - Noise (Sargent House)
10. Bob Mould - Beauty & Ruin (Merge)

 

 

Curt
Music at Work


 

 

The Afghan Whigs - Do to the Beast (Sub Pop)
Rodney Crowell - Tarpaper Sky (New West)
Gord Downie, the Sadies and the Conquering Sun - Gord Downie, the Sadies and the Conquering Sun (Arts & Crafts)
Girls, Guns & Glory - Good Luck (Lonesome Day)
Nikki Lane - All or Nothin' (New West)
Mogwai - Rave Tapes (Sub Pop)
Peter Mulvey - Silver Ladder (Signature Sounds)
Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire for No Witness (Jagjaguwar)
The Strypes - Snapshot (Island)
Temples - Sun Structures (Fat Possum)

 

 

Grandfather Stark
Musical Merry-Go-Round


 

 

Laura Doherty - In a Heartbeat (Self-released)
Randy Kaplan - Jam on Rye (Yellow Thing Records & Books)
Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights - Good Egg (Limbostar)
Walter Martin - We're All Young Together (Family Jukebox)
Okee Dokee Brothers - Through the Woods (Self-released)
Stacy Peasley - Lucky Day (Self-released)
Recess Monkey - Wired (Self-released)
Brady Rymer - Just Say Hi! (Bumblin' Bee)
Mil's Trills - Everyone Together Now (Millymoose)
Danny Weinkauf - No School Today (Idlewild)

 

 

Tim Rakel
Mystery Train


 

 

Chicago Underground Duo - Locus (Northern Spy)
Fumer - We Alone Are Death Enough (Self-released)
Hurray for the Riff Raff - Small Town Heroes (ATO)
Magnolia Summer - The Hill or the Climb (Undertow)
Pontiak - Innocence (Thrill Jockey)
Popular Mechanics - Anti-Glacial (Pancake Productions)
Swans - To Be Kind (Young God)
Syna So Pro - Loop Talk Vol. 1 (Self-released)
Ume - Monuments (Dangerbird)
Wussy - Attica! (Shake It)

 

 

Mr. Roots
The Night Shift


 

 

1. Midnite - Beauty For Ashes (I Grade)
2. The Lambsbread - Bring Them Together (Jah Youth)
3. Clinton Fearon - Goodness (Kool Yu Foot)
4. Addis Pablo - In My Father's House (Jah Solid Rock)
5. Various Artists - Jah Warrior Riddim (Zion High)
6. Raging Fyah - Destiny (Raging Fyah)
7. Natty Will Fly Again - Various Artists (Groundation Music)
8. Tasha T - Real Talk (RasVibes)
9. Pressure Busspipe - The Sound (I Grade)
10. Ziggi Recad - Therapeutic (Zion High)

 

 

Rich Reese
Pop! The Beat Bubble Burst


 

 

Beck - Morning Phase (Capitol)
The Both - The Both (SuperEgo)
The Empty Hearts - The Empty Hearts (429)
The GOASTT (The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger) - Midnight Sun (Chimera)
The Jellybricks - Youngstown Tune-Up (Pop Detective)
Wilko Johnson and Roger Daltrey - Going Back Home (Chess)
The New Mendicants - Into the Lime (Ashmont)
Edward O'Connell - Vanishing Act (Edward O'Connell)
The Squires of the Subterrain - The Squires of the Subterrain (Rocket Racket)
The Strypes - Snapshot (Island/Def Jam)

 

 

East Side Slim
Rhythm Highways


 

 

Matt Andersen - Weightless (True North)
Damon Fowler - Sounds of Home (Blind Pig)
The Terry Hanck Band and Friends - Gotta Bring It on Home to You (Delta Groove)
Sonny Knight & the Fabulous Lakers - I'm Still Here (Secret Stash)
Chuck Mead - Free State Serenade (Plowboy)
John Németh - Memphis Grease (Blue Corn Music)
Rip Lee Pryor - Nobody But Me (Electro-Fi)
Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds in Country Music (High Top Mountain)
Jarekus Singleton - Refuse to Lose (Alligator)
T&A - T&A (Self-released)

 

 

Darren Snow
Rocket 88


 

 

Afghan Whigs - Do to the Beast (Sub Pop)
Cheatahs - Cheatahs (Wichita)
De Lux - Voyage (Innovative Leisure)
Doug Gillard - Parade On (Nine Mile)
Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks - Wig Out at Jagbags (Matador)
The Men - Tomorrow's Hits (Sacred Bones)
Pink Mountaintops - Get Back (Jagjaguwar)
Dean Wareham - Dean Wareham (Double Feature)
Wild Cub - Youth (Mom & Pop)
Withered Hand - New Gods (Slumberland)

 

 

Ed Becker
Songwriters Showcase


 

 

Hannah Aldridge - Razor Wire (Troddenblack Entertainment)
Blackie and the Rodeo Kings - South (File Under: Music)
Reagan Boggs - Quicksand (Reckless Bess)
Adam Caroll - Let It Choose You (Gypsy Shuffler Music)
Rodney Crowell - Tarpaper Sky (New West)
John Fullbright - Songs (Blue Dirt)
NQ Arbuckle - The Future Happens Anyway (Six Shooter)
Puss N Boots - No Fools, No Fun (Blue Note)
Various Artists - The 1861 Project Volume 3: Franklin (Cohesion Arts)
Whitehorse - The Road to Massey Hall / A Salutation to Six Stellar Songs (Six Shooter)

 

 

Steve Pick
Sound Salvation


 

 

Rosanne Cash - The River & the Thread (Blue Note)
Rodney Crowell - Tarpaper Sky (New West)
The Holmes Brothers - Brotherhood (Alligator)
Chrissie Hynde - Stockholm (Caroline)
Nikki Lane - All or Nothin' (New West)
Magnolia Summer - The Hill or the Climb (Undertow)
Sleepy Kitty - Projection Room (Euclid)
Tinariwen - Emmaar (Anti)
Joe Louis Walker - Hornet's Nest (Alligator)
The Whigs - Modern Creation (New West)

 

 

Nick Acquisto
The Space Parlour


 

 

1. Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire for No Witness (Jagjaguwar)
2. St. Vincent - St. Vincent (Universal)
3. Hospitality - Trouble (Merge)
4. Landlady - Upright Behaviour (Hometapes)
5. Temples - Sun Structures (Fat Possum)
6. Wye Oak - Shriek (Merge)
7. Saintseneca - Dark Arc (Anti-)
8. Lydia Loveless - Somewhere Else (Bloodshot)
9. Luluc - Passerby (Sub Pop)
10. Sabina - Toujours (Bar None)

 

 

valis
Trip Inside This House


 

 

The Black Keys - Turn Blue (Nonesuch)
Circassian - Hantse Guashe (Chaotic Synergy)
The Diaphanoids - LSME (Tirk)
Dr Cosmo's Tape Lab - Ever-Evolving Lounge (Self-released)
Frantic Chant - Ride It Like a Shark (Dogs Got a Bone)
The Galileo 7 - False Memory Lane (Fools Paradise)
Moaning Cities - Pathways Through the Sail (Mottow Soundz)
The Movements - Like Elephants (Crusher/Sunrise Ocean Bender)
The Soul Sailor & the F**kers - Multicolour Brain! (Urban)
The Vickers - Ghosts (Crash Symbols)

 

 

bobEE Sweet
Uncontrollable Urge


 

 

The Baseball Project - 3rd (Yep Roc)
The Both - The Both (Superego Records)
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - Give The People What They Want (Daptone)
OFF! - Wasted Years (Vice)
William Onyeabor - Who Is Wiilliam Onyeabor (Luaka Bop)
The Pack A.D. - Do Not Engage (Nettwerk)
Sabina - Toujours (Bar None)
The Split Squad - Now Hear This... (Red Chuck)
Tinariwen = Emmaar (Anti)
Tok - Gold Dollar Hen House Vol. 3 (Self-released)

 

 

Caron House
Wax Lyrical


 

 

Beck - Morning Phase (Capitol)
Noah Gundersen - Ledges (Self-released)
Hospitality - Trouble (Merge)
Marissa Nadler - July (Sacred Bones)
Mirah - Changing Light (Absolute Magnitude)
Angel Olson - Burn Your Fire for No Witness (JagJaguwar)
PHOX - PHOX (Partisan)
Sharon Van Etten - Are We There (Jagjaguwar)
Various Artists - A Tribute to Bob Dylan in the '80s (ATO)
The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream (Secretly Canadian)

Methodological Note: These lists represent the favorite albums and EPs (released in 2014) as selected by 88.1 KDHX DJs as of July 2014. Lists are unranked unless otherwise indicated.

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