Let’s face it, there’s not going to be any more good albums released this year now. Well, that’s the impression that I get. I’ll stop with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones puns now and crack on. Below are my top 10 albums of 2014, plus a selection of “nearly made the cut, but are still really good albums that you should listen to.” Enjoy.
Various Artists – Xtra Mile High Club Volume 5: Smokin’ (Signed Vs Unsigned)
What a generous lot Xtra Mile Recordings are. Here is a label that thrust the sorely missed Million Dead into our hearts and minds, as well as nurtured the talents of the mouth-kicking scallywags, Reuben. Well, they did to me. Smokin’ is a compilation album, crammed with a hefty 42 bands – half signed to the label and half unsigned that have been hand-picked by the bands on Xtra Mile’s roster.