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An A/V Album Listmas

You’ve already heardand perhaps even joined in onthe anti-listmas chorus. But for some reason, people like lists. There are statistics to back that up. When I review albums and EPs, I tend to stick to ones I love. With that in mind, feel free to peruse A/V from my “best of” list below ... or not. Whatever you do, please seek out music that challenges and excites you in 2014.

On to the A/V listmas ...

Jewels of the Nile Ad Astra (Records Ad Nauseum)

Holly Herndon Movement (RVNG Intl.)

Tannhäuser Gate Tannhäuser Gate (Function Operate)

Thalia Zedek Band Via (Thrill Jockey)

Dani Shivers Jinx (Prima Crush)

The Haxan Cloak Excavation (Tri Angle Records)

Petra Haden Petra Goes to the Movies (Anti)

Pharmakon Abandon (Sacred Bones)

Dirty Beaches Drifters / Love is the Devil (Zoo Music)

TAHNZZ Xila (Sicksicksick Distro)

Dracula Lewis U$e Your Illu$ion$ (Hundebiss Records)

Julia Holter Loud City Song (Domino Records)

Anna von Hausswolff Ceremony (Fat Possum)

Soft Metals Lenses (Captured Tracks)

Factory Floor Factory Floor (DFA Records)

Blondes Swisher (RVNG Intl.)

Pop. 1280 Imps of Perversion (Sacred Bones)

Patrick Cowley School Daze (Dark Entries)

Monuments Age (Mannequin Records)

Oneohtrix Point Never R Plus Seven (Warp Records)

Frankie Rose Herein Wild (Fat Possum)

Crocodiles Crimes of Passion (Frenchkiss Records)

Melt-Banana Fetch (A-Zap)

Vice Device/Void Vision Vice Device/Void Vision (Accident Prone)

Christian Death Only Theatre of Pain (Burger Records/Frontier Records)

Goitia Deitz Dream Meridian (Cut Mistake Music)

L.I.E.S. Music for Shut-Ins (L.I.E.S.)

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