Enjoyed some amazing pizzas in 2014. Pan, thin, Chicago style, deep, New York style, woodgrilled, frozen and otherwise. Some damn good f*cking pizza got inside of me this past year. Some of them were age-old and rediscovered in my attic freezer, others were brand new, unexpected, slow cooked, hot and FRASH. Many of them I returned to to enjoy on repeat occasions with others, myself, the wife, the dog. However, another year of pizza eating has come to an end.
The most delicious pizza of 2014 was supposed to be released in April – or May, maybe June, who knows – of this past year:
Bloom – Quitting
This young band from Rockford, IL, had been playing together since middle school. They sort-of broke up or went back to finish college, who knows; mainly, I think they stopped giving a f*ck about being a band – sadly – and releasing this record in any kind of formal, timely fashion.
Quitting was quietly released online in early 2014 after spending a majority of 2012-2013 recording it in-between school breaks and unemployment; a typical midwestern triumph and artistic tragedy. The compact disc version of this debut record, Quitting, exists but were never formally released or made available for purchasing.
I hope the band finds a moment to reconsider how special a debut rock record they made. Every song’s a gem, showing off emotional precision within smart lyrics, and performances far beyond their years. Produced by Mark Gustafson and Chris French, this is by-far one of my favorite rock records to ever take claim to being born, raised, recorded and never really released in Rockford, IL, or anywhere.
In no particular order, the rest of the best of 2014’s pizzas were:
Damien Jurado – Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son
Lydia Loveless – Somewhere Else
Wussy – Attica!
Cracker – Berkeley to Bakersfield
Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Singer’s Grave/A Sea Of Tongues
Tweedy – Sukirae
Derek Luttrell – Tired Dogs, Old Trees
Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s – Sling Shot to Heaven
D’Angelo and The Vanguard – Black Messiah
The Hold Steady – Teeth Dreams
Maggie Bjórklund – Shaken
Doug Paisley – Strong Feelings
J Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive
Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
Spoon – Don’t Tell A Soul
Cory Brannan – The No-Hits Wonder
Luke Winslow-King – Everlasting Arms
Run The Jewels – RTJ2
Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots
Strand of Oaks – Heal
Old 97s – Most Messed Up
Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness
The Fat Boys – The Fat Boys
Bob Dylan & The Band – The Complete Basement Tapes
Bob Dylan – Live 1966, The Royal Albert Hall Concert
Led Zeppelin’s 2014 Remastered Series
Harry Nilsson – A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night
Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Max Roach – Money Jungle
Diane Izzo – One
The Handsome Family – In The Air
Ernie Hendrickson – One For The Dreamers
The Kinks – Lola vs Powerman and the Underground, Pt. 1
Bobby Charles – Bobby Charles
Wilco – A Ghost is Born
The Jayhawks – Sound of Lies
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