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What a year, that 2014! For me personally it was a banner twelve months - taking over the SubModern charts at FMQB, attending my very first SXSW, and just generally being surrounded by a ton of great music all year long! Speaking of all year long, this week's final report of 2014 will be all about the entire year, rather than just this week. Read on to find out about the top spun singles and albums of 2014.

After coming back with their first new music in over two decades at the tail end of 2013, early 2014 belonged to the Pixies, with their three EPs culminating in the release of LP Indie Cindy, which unsurprisingly is the #1 SubModern album of the year. Not many albums were released this year that got spins on every track at specialty, but Frank Black and co. can put a checkmark in that column. The record also spawned multiple singles, of which "Greens and Blues" charted the highest at #15 and "Blue Eyed Hexe" also appeared in the top 100.

The rest of the top 10 albums of 2014 also came from mostly seasoned veterans. Spoon had the #2 album with They Want My Soul, Black Lips' Underneath The Rainbow was #3, Interpols anagram-tastic El Pintor was #4, and there were entries from TV On The Radio, and Jack White as well. But it was also great to see previously lesser known artists, St. Vincent and The War On Drugs, who finally had their well-deserved breakthroughs this year, make the top 10 albums. And every year must have a lone wolf newcomer. This year it was Chicago's The Orwells, who cracked the top 10 with Disgraceland after cracking up David Letterman with an absolutely mind-blowing performance of their raucous single "Who Needs You."

While some of those same names appear on this year's top singles list, it was TV On The Radio who emerged with the #1 most played SubModern single of 2014 with "Happy Idiot." The singles chart this year was also filled with a lot of up and coming talent such as Cloud Nothings, Royal Blood, Panama Wedding, and Jungle. And who could forget the rawness of Future Islands breakout hit "Seasons (Waiting On You)," which I'm sure many folks would have pegged as the song of the year.

You can see the top 10 albums and singles of 2014 listed on the charts below, but if you'd like a more detailed look, we've posted the top 25 albums and top 50 singles at FMQB.com/SubModern. And if you're a SubModern E-Tracking subscriber, you can log in to see the top 200 of each! If you're not a subscriber, but interested in signing up, please get in touch with me at JLandow@fmqb.com.

As well as tallying the year's album and singles spins, we've also broken it down by record label and it's "as recently featured in Foo Fighters' Sonic Highways documentary," Sub Pop Records that comes in first place for the fourth year running. Bouyed by strong releases from Afghan Whigs, King Tuff, Dum Dum Girls, J. Mascis, Avi Buffalo, Thumpers, and of course the late in the year announcement of a new Sleater-Kinney record, Sup Pop's dominance in the SubModern world shows no signs of slowing down. That said, congratulations are also in order for 2014's other top labels: Domino at #2, ATO at #3, Columbia at #4, and Matador at #5.

And that, my friends, is going to wrap things up for 2014 here at the SubModern Report. But as we look back, let's also look ahead with a whole slew of add dates for upcoming 2015 releases in the Available For Airplay section below. I'll be back in just a few short weeks with the first report of the new year on January 7th, so that means you specialty hosts have gotta get back at it on the 2nd. Until then, I will leave you with my top 10 albums and songs of 2014, as well as my best wishes for you all to have a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year!

~ Josh Landow
Twitter: @JoshTLandow

          Josh's Top 10 Albums of 2014

  1. TV On The RadioSeeds
  2. ThumpersGalore
  3. tUnE-yArDsNikki Nack
  4. St. VincentSt. Vincent
  5. Against Me!Transgender Dysphoria Blues
  6. Foo FightersSonic Highways
  7. The New PornographersBrill Bruisers
  8. InterpolEl Pintor
  9. Dum Dum GirlsToo True
  10. PhantogramVoices

        

             Josh's Top 10 Song of 2014
  1. Thumpers -"Unkinder (A Tougher Love)"
  2. Phantogram -"Fall In Love"
  3. tUnE-yArDs -"Water Fountain"
  4. TV On The Radio -"Lazerray"
  5. Dreamers -"Wolves"
  6. Dum Dum Girls -"Rimbaud Eyes"
  7. Broncho -"Class Historian"
  8. Jack White -"Lazaretto"
  9. The New Pornographers -"Dancehall Domine"
  10. St. Vincent -"Bring Me Your Love"

 
Year End Chart 2014
# Artist Track Label
1 TV ON THE RADIO HAPPY IDIOT HARVEST
2 INTERPOL ALL THE RAGE BACK HOME MATADOR
3 CLOUD NOTHINGS I'M NOT PART OF ME CARPARK / MOM + POP
4 THE WAR ON DRUGS RED EYES SECRETLY CANADIAN
5 FUTURE ISLANDS SEASONS (WAITING ON YOU) 4AD
6 ROYAL BLOOD FIGURE IT OUT WARNER BROS.
7 SPOON DO YOU LOMA VISTA
8 THE KOOKS BAD HABIT ASTRALWERKS
9 PANAMA WEDDING ALL OF THE PEOPLE GLASSNOTE
10 JUNGLE BUSY EARNIN' XL
11 DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 TRAINWRECK 1979 LAST GANG / WARNER BROS.
12 THE ORWELLS WHO NEEDS YOU CANVASBACK / ATLANTIC
13 JOHNNY MARR EASY MONEY SIRE / ADA
14 MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA TOP NOTCH LOMA VISTA / REPUBLIC
15 PIXIES GREENS AND BLUES PIAS
16 TUNE-YARDS WATER FOUNTAIN 4AD
17 REAL ESTATE TALKING BACKWARDS DOMINO
18 COURTNEY BARNETT AVANT GARDENER MOM+POP
19 TY SEGALL SUSIE THUMB DRAG CITY
20 BENJAMIN BOOKER VIOLENT SHIVER ATO
21t THE GRISWOLDS BEWARE THE DOG WIND-UP
  COLONY HOUSE SILHOUETTES DESCENDANT
  BLACK LIPS BOYS IN THE WOOD VICE
  THE RENTALS 1000 SEASONS POLYVINYL
25 KING TUFF EYES OF THE MUSE SUB POP
26 JENNY LEWIS JUST ONE OF THE GUYS WARNER BROS.
27 BRAID EAST END HOLLOWS TOPSHELF
28 SLEATER-KINNEY BURY OUR FRIENDS SUB POP
29 BECK BLUE MOON CAPITOL
30t PARQUET COURTS BLACK AND WHITE WHAT'S YOUR RUPTURE / MOM + POP
  HAMILTON LEITHAUSER ALEXANDRA RIBBON
32 TWIN PEAKS FLAVOR GRAND JURY
33 BAD SUNS CARDIAC ARREST VAGRANT
34 CHROMEO JEALOUS (I AIN'T WITH IT) ATLANTIC
35t BEAR HANDS AGORA CANTORA
  AVI BUFFALO SO WHAT SUB POP
37t BOB MOULD I DON'T KNOW YOU ANYMORE MERGE
  CHVRCHES RECOVER GLASSNOTE
39 JOYWAVE TONGUES CULTCO / HOLLYWOOD
40t GLASS ANIMALS GOOEY HARVEST
  FRANCISCO THE MAN BIG IDEAS FAT POSSUM
  COLD WAR KIDS ALL THIS COULD BE YOURS DOWNTOWN
43 ST. VINCENT DIGITAL WITNESS REPUBLIC
44t PHANTOGRAM BLACK OUT DAYS REPUBLIC
  ARCHIE BRONSON OUTFIT TWO DOVES ON A LAKE DOMINO
  J. MASCIS EVERY MORNING SUB POP
47 THE RENTALS THOUGHT OF SOUND POLYVINYL
48t CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN KATHLEEN ISLAND
  TEMPLES SHELTER SONG FAT POSSUM
  BIG DATA DANGEROUS WARNER BROS.
  THE VINES METAL ZONE (+ 180)

Year End Chart 2014
# Artist Album Label
1 PIXIES INDIE CINDY PIAS
2 SPOON THEY WANT MY SOUL LOMA VISTA
3 BLACK LIPS UNDERNEATH THE RAINBOW VICE
4 INTERPOL EL PINTOR MATADOR
5 THE WAR ON DRUGS LOST IN THE DREAM SECRETLY CANADIAN
6 TV ON THE RADIO SEEDS HARVEST
7 THE RENTALS LOST IN ALPHAVILLE POLYVINYL
8t THE ORWELLS DISGRACELAND CANVASBACK / ATLANTIC
  JACK WHITE LAZARETTO THIRD MAN / COLUMBIA
  ST. VINCENT ST. VINCENT REPUBLIC
11 CLOUD NOTHINGS HERE AND NOWHERE ELSE CARPARK / MOM + POP
12 COURTNEY BARNETT THE DOUBLE EP: A SEA OF SPLIT PEAS MOM+POP
13 ALT-J THIS IS ALL YOURS CANVASBACK / ATLANTIC
14 AFGHAN WHIGS DO TO THE BEAST SUB POP
15 KING TUFF BLACK MOON SPELL SUB POP
16 DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 THE PHYSICAL WORLD LAST GANG / WARNER BROS.
17 JENNY LEWIS THE VOYAGER WARNER BROS.
18 JOHNNY MARR PLAYLAND SIRE / ADA
19 CHVRCHES THE BONES OF WHAT YOU BELIEVE GLASSNOTE
20 TY SEGALL MANIPULATOR DRAG CITY
21 NEW PORNOGRAPHERS BRILL BRUISERS MATADOR
22 BECK MORNING PHASE CAPITOL
23 FUTURE ISLANDS SINGLES 4AD
24 TWIN PEAKS WILD ONION GRAND JURY
25 BOB MOULD BEAUTY & RUIN MERGE

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