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Monday, 22 December 2014 08:20

88.1 KDHX top album spins of 2014

What a great year for new music. These are the top 2014 releases you've heard most on the KDHX airwaves this year. If you've seen past KDHX year-end lists, it's no great surprise that the New Pornographers and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings were the top spins for this year.

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Austin, Texas' Charlie Belle, a teenage folk-pop trio, seems to have a clear mission: to get audiences singing and clapping along. The band's new single, "Get to Know," will do just that.

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It's not often one encounters exciting, experimental folk-rock from Prembrokeshire, Wales, but that's just what one discovers in the band Little Arrow and the dense, sound-shifting "Medicine Moon."

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Peter, Paul and Mary
"Discovered: Live in Concert"
Rhino

I suspect that there are lots of things that the average person doesn't know about Peter, Paul and Mary.

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Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge
"Avalon"
+180 Records

The cover photo of this disc is a composite of Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge, one image overlaid on the other. It's hard to see who belongs to which hands, or which head goes with which shirt, and indeed, the music on this disc continues in that vein -- they play so closely together, it is as if the two minds have become one. It's unreal.

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Sean Watkins
"All I Do Is Lie"
Roaring Girl

If you were a musician and needed a place to hide -- say you're on the run from an angry spouse or the revenue man -- you might consider standing next to Chris Thile.

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The Lowest Pair has a timeless old-time sound. Promo photos aside, Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee make no pretensions to authenticity. On a track like "Moving On," the beauty of their harmonies and intricate banjo-and-fiddle arrangements speaks for itself.

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Memphis, Tennesse isn't generally thought of as a hotbed for chamber-folk music, but it depends on your vision of "chamber" and "folk." The vision of Memphis Dawls -- featuring a varied cast of musicians, including Holly Cole, Jana Misener and Krista Wroten -- is as inspired by classic Memphis soul as it is the complex, emotional pop of Big Star (the group recorded in the hallowed halls of Ardent studios). The new song "Please Don't Leave Me Now" expresses a string-drenched yearning that defies narrow definitions.

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Recorded under the sparest of conditions -- apparently just two microphones and an open door -- Gwyneth Moreland's "Little Black Flies" finds the Northern Californian in a timeless, contemplative folk mood that lingers long after the small but lovely song is through.

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