The Best of the Rest

These releases are all worth your time. Any random 20 albums from this list alone would have comprised a pretty good year-end list. 

The Afghan Whigs - Do to the Beast (Sub Pop)

Alex G - DSU (Orchid Tapes)

Alvvays - S/T (Polyvinyl)

Baked - Debt (Exploding in Sound)

Beck - Morning Phase (Capitol)

Black Lips - Underneath the Rainbow (Vice)

Benjamin Booker - S/T (ATO)

The Both - S/T (SuperEgo)

The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Revelation (A Records)

Broncho - Just Enough Hip To Be Woman (Dine Alone)

Camper Van Beethoven - El Camino Real (429 Records)

Chain & The Gang - Minimum Rock 'N' Roll (Dischord)

Cloud Nothings - Here And Nowhere Else (Carpark)

Cymbals Eat Guitars - Lose (Barsuk)

The Echo-Friendly - Love Panic (YEBO Music)

EMA - The Future's Void (Matador)

Eternal Summers - The Drop Beneath (Kanine)

Fucked Up - Glass Boys (Matador)

The Gotobeds - Poor People Are Revolting (12XU)

GRMLN - Soon Away (Carpark)

Hiss Golden Messenger - Lateness of Dancers (Merge)

La Sera - Hour of the Dawn (Hardly Art)

Nikki Lane - All or Nothin' (IAMSOUND)

Jenny Lewis - The Voyager (Warner Bros.)

Little Big League - Tropical Jinx (Run For Cover)

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Days of Abandon (YEBO Music)

The Preatures - Blue Planet Eyes (Universal)

Prince & 3rdeyegirl - PLECTRUMELECTRUM (NPG/Warner Bros.)

The Proper Ornaments - Wooden Head (Slumberland)

Rat Columns - Leaf (RIP Society)

The Reigning Sound - Shattered (Merge)

Shark Tape - Marathon (self-released)

Sneeze - Wilt (Glory Kid Limited)

Split Single - Fragmented World (Inside Outside)

Spoon - They Want My Soul (Merge)

St. Paul & the Broken Bones - Half the City (Single Lock Records)

St. Vincent - S/T (Loma Vista/Republic)

Strand of Oaks - Heal (Dead Oceans)

TacocaT - NVM (Hardly Art)

Team Spirit - Killing Time (Vice)

Tigers Jaw - Charmer (Run For Cover)

Two Inch Astronaut - Foulbrood (Exploding in Sound)

Ultimate Painting - Ultimate Painting (Trouble in Mind)

Vertical Scratchers - Daughters of Everything (Merge)

White Fence - For the Recently Found Innocent (Drag City)

Lucinda Williams - Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone (Highway 20 Records)

Wye Oak - Shriek (Merge)

Best EPs, Singles, and One-offs

Alvvays - "Underneath Us" (single) (Polyvinyl)

Beach Slang - Cheap Thrills on a Dead End Street (EP) (Tiny Engines)

Beach Slang - Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken? (EP) (Dead Broke Rekerds)

Bleached - For the Feel (EP) (Dead Oceans)

Bully - "Milkman" (single) (Chicken Ranch Records)

Ceremony - Birds (EP) (Emerald and Doreen)

Diarrhea Planet - Aliens in the Outfield (EP) (Infinity Cat)

Flesh Wounds - "Bitter Boy" (Single) (Merge)

The Fratellis - The Soul Crush (EP) (BMG)

Krill - Steve Hears Pile in Maiden And Bursts Into Tears (EP) (Exploding in Sound)

Lucius - "Genevieve" (single) (Mom + Pop Records)

Lydia Loveless - "Mile High" (single) (Bloodshot)

Martyr Privates - Split (EP) (Tenth Court)

Outside World - "Wasting Time" (single) (self-released)

Palehound - "Kitchen" (single) (Exploding in Sound)

The Preatures - "Better Than It Ever Could Be" (single) (Universal)

Roomrunner - Separate (EP) (Accidental Guest Recordings)

Sleater-Kinney - Bury Our Friends (single) (Sub Pop)

Speedy Ortiz - Real Hair (EP) (Carpark). If I were doing a combined EP and LP list, this would definitely be in my top 10.

Bruce Springsteen - American Beauty (EP) (Columbia)

Sunny Day Real Estate/Circa Survive - Split (single) (self-released)

Superchunk - "Good Morning" (single) (Merge)

Thigh Master - "Head of the Witch" (single) (Tenth Court)

Thigh Master - Split (EP) (Tenth Court)

Twerps - "Back To You" (single) (Merge)

Twerps - Underlay (EP) (Merge)

Veruca Salt - MMXIV (EP) (Minty Fresh)

Wolf Alice - Creature Songs (EP) (Dirty Hit Records)

Woods - "Tambourine Light/Tomorrow's Only Yesterday" (single) (Woodsist)

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