Derek hasn't posted in months. In his absence, somebody has to step up, take one for the team, and call attention to their music taste at year's end. Might as well be me. Here are my favorite albums of 2014.

20. Spoon - They Want My Soul
19. Brian Eno & Karl Hyde - High Life
18. Perfume Genius - Too Bright
17. Aphex Twin - Syro
16. Real Estate - Atlas
15. Frankie Cosmos - Zentropy
14. Mac Demarco - Salad Days
13. Marissa Nadler - July
12. Flying Lotus - You're Dead!
11. Alvvays - Alvvays
10. Death Grips - Niggas On the Moon
9. Grouper - Ruins
8. Sun Kil Moon - Benji
7. Ariel Pink - Pom Pom
6. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Piñata

Honorable mention:
Jens Lekman - WWJD

From my post earlier this year: "This new Jens Lekman mixtape takes me right back to the perfect sublimity that was Night Falls Over Kortedala. The lovely instrumentation and peppiness of the whole thing benefits from that omnipresent feeling of "this too shall pass"--in the end just as pessimistic a sentiment as it is optimistic--so that the heart-wrenching theme from Contempt, stuck right in the middle, feels right at home and takes the whole thing up a notch."