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Favorite Albums of 2014

30 – Various Artists//The Space Project
the space project
Youth Lagoon – Worms (via soundcloud)
[lefserecords.com]

 

29 – Young Fathers//Dead
young fathers dead
Am I Not Your Boy
[young-fathers.com]

 

28 – Painted Palms//Forever
painted_palms_forever
Spinning Signs
[paintedpalms.net]

 

27 – Mapei//Hey Hey
mapei - hey hey
Don’t Wait
[mapeiofficial.com]

 

26 – LCD Soundsystem//the long goodbye
lcd soundsystem - the long goodbye
♩ Losing My Edge (Live at Madison Square Garden)

[lcdsoundsystem.com]

 

25 – The Acid//Liminal
the acid-liminal
Creeper
[wearetheacid.com]

 

24 – Mr Little Jeans//Pocketknife
mr little jeans - pocketknife-2014
♩ Heaven Sent
[mrlittlejeansmusic.com]

 

23 – ODESZA//In Return
odesza - the return
♩ Memories That You Call (feat. Monsoonsiren)
[odesza.com]

 

22 – Various Artists//Cut Copy Presents: Oceans Apart
Print
Ara Koufax – Brenda
[cutcopy.net]

 

21 – We Plants Are Happy Plants//Songs About the Unspeakable
We Plants are Happy Plants - Songs-About-The-Unspeakable
♩ Euphrosyne
[wpahp.com]

 

20 – I Break Horses//Chiaroscuro
i break horses - chiaroscuro
♩ Heart to Know
[ibreakhorses.se]

 

19 – Perfume Genius//Too Bright
perfume genius - too bright
Queen
[perfumegenius.net]

 

18 – Gem Club//In Roses
gem club - in roses
Hypericum
[iamgemclub.com]

 

17 – Sia//1000 Forms of Fear
sia-1000-forms-of-fear
Eye of the Needle
[siamusic.net]

 

16 – FKA twigs//LP1
fkatwigslp1
♩ Two Weeks
[f-k-a-twigs.tumblr.com]

 

15 – RAC//Strangers
rac_strangers_2014
Cheap Sunglasses (ft. Matthew Koma)
[rac.fm]

 

14 – Deptford Goth//Songs
deptfordgoth-songs
The Loop
[deptfordgoth.com]

 

13 – Halls//Love to Give
halls-love to give
♩ Walls
[hallsmusic.net]

 

12 – Alvvays//Alvvays
alvvays - alvvays
Archie, Marry Me
[alvvays.com]

 

11 – God Help The Girl//God Help The Girl (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
god help the girst - OST
God Help The Girl
[godhelpthegirl.com]

 

10 – Slow Club//Complete Surrender
slow club - complete surrender
♩ Suffering You, Suffering Me
[slowclubband.com]

 

9 – St. Vincent//St. Vincent
stvincent_stvincent2014
Digital Witness
[ilovestvincent.com]

 

8 – Röyksopp//The Inevitable End
royksopp_inevitable_end
Something In My Heart- Prologue
[royksopp.com]

 

7 – Run the Jewels//Run the Jewels 2
run the jewels - run the jewels 2
Blockbuster Night Part 1
[runthejewels.net]

 

6 – Phantogram//Voices
phantogram_voices
Fall in Love
[phantogram.com]

 

5 – Sisyphus//Sisyphus
sisyphus_cover
♩ Calm it Down
[sisyphusmusic.com]

 

4 – King Tuff//Black Moon Spell
king tuff - black moon spell
Black Moon Spell
[kingtuffworld.com]

 

3 – Blackbird Blackbird//Tangerine Sky
blackbird blackbird - tangerine sky
More Beautiful (Spotify Exclusive)
[birdblackbird.net]

 

2 – Future Islands//Singles
FI_singles
Seasons (Waiting On You)
[future-islands.com]

 

1 – Kishi Bashi//Lighght
kishi bashi - lighght
Q&A
[kishibashi.com]

 

#31days2014

(31) Days of Good//12.7.14

robyn-royksopp-do-it-again

In the immortal words of Euromotion – “My legs are so tired…but i can’t stop dancing.”

Röyksopp & Robyn – Do It Again [from Do It Again EP]

[royksopp.com] [robyn.com]

 

phantogram_voices

Phantogram teased us the last couple of years with a couple of excellent EPs, but with the release of Voices this year, the NY psych pop duo finally released a proper full-length follow up to the excellent 2009 LP Eyelid Movies. This track in particular really highlights the duo’s signature sound – complex production and infectious vocals.

♩ Phantogram – Celebrate Nothing [from Voices]

[phantogram.com]

 

halls-love to give

Halls released one of my favorite albums of 2012 with the debut LP Ark. Wasting little time, Halls dropped Love to Give this year and totally exceeded my expectations. You really need to give this entire LP a proper listen, but if you only have time for one track, “Waves” is a must.

♩ Halls – Waves [from Love to Give]

[hallsmusic.net]

 

i break horses - chiaroscuro

7+ minutes of chill-inducing beauty.

♩ I Break Horses – Heart to Know [from Chiaroscuro]

[ibreakhorses.se]

 

#31days2014

[on repeat] Halls//Love To Give

halls-love to give

I really enjoyed Halls’ 2012 debut LP Ark (“White Chalk” is a song i’ll love forever), but somehow I missed his latest offering this last February. Better late than never though, because i’ve been obsessed with Love To Give all week…easily one of my favorite LPs of 2014 (so far).

[hallsmusic.net]

 

(31) Days of Good: 12.11.12

Falling in love with new music is one life’s simple pleasures and 2012 was a fantastic year of discovery for me.  I’ve already featured a few of my new favorites this year, including Bright Moments, HAERTS, Porcelain Raft, and Vacationer (just to name a few), and today i’d like to highlight a few more.  But first I need to give credit where credit is due.  If it weren’t for the following music outlets, my music repertoire would be far less exciting.  Big thanks to All Songs Considered, Big Hassle, EARMILKGirlie ActionHead Underwater, A Heart Is A Spade, The Hype Machine Radio Show, Largehearted BoyKCRWNialler 9No Fear Of PopThe Noise Pop Podcast, Oh So Fresh! MusicPaste Magazine, Pigeons & PlanesPlanetary Group, PORTALS, Treble in Trouble, Winnie Cooper, yvynyl, and the one and only, Ethel Sale.  Now without further ado, please enjoy a small sample of my favorite discoveries of 2012.

 

CHVRCHES are a Scottish electro pop band based in Glasgow.  The trio has been generating quite a bit of buzz on the blogosphere and I expect a big 2013 for them.

CHVRCHES – The Mother We Share [single]
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Desert Stars is a 5-piece band from Brooklyn.  Built on the creative output, and impressive lead vocals, of Janelle Best, the band dispatches a very dreamy/shoegaze/lo-fi sound.  The band just finished recording it’s debut with a Spring release expected.

Desert Stars – Boys I Like [from Boys I Like/Farewell Decade]
web//facebook//twitter//tumblr//shows//bandcamp

 

Drop Electric is an experimental rock band based in Washington D.C. and NYC.  As All Songs Considered puts it, “a ‘Sigur Ros-ian’ band with an epic sound.

Drop Electric – Empire Trashed [from Drop Electric Sampler Platter]
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Goldroom is Los Angeles-based producer Josh Legg.  “Fifteen” is the perfect Summer song — great production, soothing synths, and dreamy vocals, courtesy of Australian singer Chela.

Goldroom – Fifteen (feat. Chela) [single]
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London producer Sam Howard, aka Halls, released his debut album Ark this year.  “White Chalk” is quite possibly be the most beautiful song of 2012.  Definitely a favorite of mine, easily in my top 10 tracks of the year.  I’ve listened to “What Chalk” more than any other track this couple of months.  The production, along with the vocals and classical piano chords, are superb.  I especially love what Howard writes in the liner notes of Ark — “I hope you find a source of positivity from within the themes of isolation and death found on the album.”

Halls – White Chalk [from Ark]
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“The Minneapolis trio Now, Now has mastered the art of magnification: It takes small moments and invests them with larger meaning.” – NPR Music’s 50 Favorite Albums of 2012

Now, Now – School Friends [from Threads]
nownowband.com//facebook//twitter//shows//iTunes

 

Pacific Air is an indie pop band, consisting of brothers brothers Ryan and Taylor Lawhon.  After changing their name from KO KO, the duo released their debut EP LONG LIVE KOKO this last Fall.  Leadoff track “Float” is one of the most infectious and catchy dream pop tracks of 2012.

Pacific Air – Float [from LONG LIVE KOKO EP]
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Patrick Watson is a Canadian singer-songwriter who’s been making music for over a decade.  This is one of those discoveries I wish would’ve happened years ago.

Patrick Watson – Into Giants [from Adventures In Your Own Backyard]
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“Over the last few years, I’ve realized that my experiences are not singular. I’m writing for people, not just me.” – Mike Hadreas (aka Perfume Genius) via A Heart Is A Spade

Perfume Genius – Hood [from Put Your Back N 2 It]
web//facebook//twitter//shows//iTunes

 

“Simple in structure and free of flash, it’s the style that has us craving more. They blend a punkish retro vibe with a head-nodding new energy and a pop sensibility.” – Pigeons & Planes

Shadows On Stars – Now You’re Mine [from Shadows On Stars]
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Power-pop garage rock from Passion Pit’s Ayad Al Adhamy.  I live 3 miles from the beach and I go maybe once a year, which makes this song fitting.

Team Spirit – Fuck The Beach [from Team Spirit EP]
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“‘Mtn Tune’ is the ideal summer anthem. Complimentary vocals, dancy synths and a guitar/drum combination that reminds one of The Neighbourhood — this song has it all. Be it on a beach or in your back yard, let Trails and Ways guide your dance in the sun, and inhale the blissful existence of summer.” – EARMILK

Trails and Ways – Mtn Tune [single]
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Like most American’s this holiday season, I want to buy a diamond ring from Zales because of retro-esque pop ballad.

Various Cruelties – If It Wasn’t for You [from Various Cruelties]
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