Albums of 2014

So, if you’re anything like me, you will have asked Santa to bring you lots of CDs (or iTunes vouchers, you modern maniac) in order to catch up on the year’s best music. Despite trying my hardest, there are a fair few critically lauded long-players that have managed to slip me by, so come Boxing Day I’ll be playing catch-up living inside my Sennheisers.

With just over a week to go until the big day, there’s time to get your orders in if you too are looking for some much-needed new music. In need of inspiration? Here’s one Geek’s choice playlist for the year, covering everything from skewed indie rock (alt-J, Jack White), sumptuous songwriters (Perfume Genius, Tori Amos, Owen Pallett) and lovely ladies (Lana, Lykke and Jenny Lewis).

There’s something here for everyone, and all of it is pretty damn awesome. Happy listening!

2014 music

Hear the Howl

If there’s one band your resident geek is geeky about, then Howling Bells certainly jostle for that top spot.

Howling Bells – ‘Heartstrings’ review will tell you more of what I think about their new record, but suffice to say the band’s return to the rock ‘n’ roll stage is a welcome one. Check out frontwoman Juanita doing her thing in the video to recent single ‘Slowburn’ and prepare to fall in love with guitars and the belle of the Bells all over again…