BEST MUSIC 2016

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2016: The year everyone wanted to end. A year that saw countless celebrity deaths fail to let up until the last second. As 2016 began, I remember hearing the news that David Bowie had passed away, and I thought it was a hoax. It had to be. He had never spoken of being ill, and he was always so prolific and immortal it seemed impossible. I was deeply troubled for weeks, to the point of having to come to terms with understanding why someone I didn’t know personally had such an impact on me emotionally. After a lot of reflection I realized that growing up and coming of age with someone’s direct musical and artistic influence brings them close to our hearts as if we do know them. As if they’re a part of us somehow. The heart doesn’t know any different. That is why mourners flock when a beloved celebrity dies. They are usually strangers, yet they are affected as loved ones. There IS a connection there. Bowie for one helped shape my own music and artistry since I first saw his space-aged androgynous bones move across the stage. He was one of the most important icons I looked to for inspiration time and time again. It left a deep void in my heart to lose him. He left behind a mysterious and brilliant album in Blackstar which was his final statement to the world. “Look up here, I’m in heaven” he sings on the single “Lazarus” from his new album. “Ain’t that just like me.” “I’m going to be free, just like that bluebird.” Yes David, and we’re going to miss you.

Thinking the worst was over would hardly end up being a reality. Prince’s death was also a shock as it revealed that no one, no matter how iconic and revolutionary, was safe from the fragility of life itself. (Side note: don’t do drugs kids). It was hard to picture him lying dead alone in an elevator after growing up with his untouchably too-cool-for-school presence permeating radio, television, and movies. Images of him crawling across the floor like a cat bursting in high-pitched sexual calls to his lovers made it difficult to process that he had just simply overdosed. That he was human, after all. It was Prince who taught me that it was okay to push boundaries in pop music and lyricism. As a six year old child I was studying piano at the local conservatory under the strict direction of nuns. When asked to bring in a “Popular” piece of music (as opposed to the mainly classical music we studied there) I decided on Prince’s “When Doves Cry.” My teacher was appalled by the choice and angrily told me to “bring in something more appropriate next time!” Her stern demeanour and lack of tolerance for others types of music made me question so much. Wasn’t music, music? Chords, a melody, a string of words. Did it matter what the subject was if it was beautiful? And even still, isn’t it the artist’s artistic integrity to tell the story they want, using the words they want? How can you label art? It seemed silly (even at six years old!) to think a grown woman who’s soul purpose was to teach music itself would be so adversely opposed to such a great work. That lesson stuck with me. I quite the school soon after and never went back.

Worse still for me was George Michael’s death this past christmas day. I have often been asked what my favourite song of all time is, and though it’s difficult to choose just one, I have known it from my youth. The song is “One More Try” by the man himself. As a seven year old I was obsessed with the song. It was the first track that really taught me about emotion in music – there was something about the melody line and the way he sang the notes that hit my spine in such a way. I used to write the lyrics out on paper and sing along, rewinding the tape over and over until I wore it thin. As an adult it still resonates with me as being a remarkably beautiful song which has greatly inspired a lot of my own work, and my kinship with ballads. It’s also safe to say that his image seemed to have an impact on me at an impressionable age. I was taken with it. Tall, dark and handsome with a great haircut, trimmed beard, and cross earring adorned in a leather jacket – as on the cover for the album “Faith.” That image burned in my memory must have seeped into my own imagery. And I take pride in giving him credit for that. His voice was golden and well-rounded, and his first two solo albums were an obsession for me. I have sighted him as one of my main influences since day one, and it was so difficult to process losing his spirit on this earth. We’ll all miss him dearly.

New music in 2016 wasn’t overly notable in any respect. I had many discussions with my fellow Loveless Radio DJ’s and friends about our favourite tracks throughout the year, and until fall, no one had heard anything that could claim their top spot. Save for a few surprises, there was nothing historically altering, and I feel it is fitting for the year’s downtrodden path anyway. Let’s consider it to be a transition year, something to get out of the way as we move to a better road ahead.

As usual, I spent a lot of time digging for anything that would remotely affect my hungry musical palate, and though the list was short this year, here is what I did enjoy and the songs that were in heavy rotation on my playlist. In a year of turmoil, death, protests, shootings, fear, and president Trump – these were the bright lights that shone through and made things better, if not wonderful.

Enjoy!

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1. RADIOHEAD | TRUE LOVE WAITS

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2. THE WEEKEND | STARBOY

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3.  THE AVALANCHES | FRANKIE SINATRA

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4. MITSKI | YOUR BEST AMERICAN GIRL

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5. LUH | I&I

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6. PHANTOGRAM | BARKING DOG

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7. NIGHT MOVES | DENISE, DON’T WANNA SEE YOU CRY

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8. WEEZER | LA GIRLZ

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9. BON IVER | 715 CREEKS

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10. ANGEL OLSEN | SHUT UP KISS ME

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11. RADIOHEAD | DAYDREAMING

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12. DAVID BOWIE | LAZARUS

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13. THE AVALANCHES | BECAUSE I’M ME

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14. ALL TVVINS | THANK YOU

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15. ANIMAL COLLECTIVE | FLORIDADA

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16. CAVEMAN | NEVER GOING BACK

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17. HANNAH GEORGAS | RIDEBACK

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18. KEATON HENSON | ALRIGHT

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19. HAR MAR SUPERSTAR | CONFIDENCE

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20. BEACH BABY | U R

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21. BECK | WOW

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22. MUNA | LOUDSPEAKER

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23. KINGS OF LEON | WASTE A MOMENT

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24. BLACK MARBLE | FRISK

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25. YEASAYER | I AM CHEMISTRY

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26. THE TRAGICALLY HIP | IN A WORLD POSSESSED BY THE HUMAN MIND

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27. DADDY | LIME GREEN DRESS

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28. HANNAH GEORGAS | EVELYN

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29. HOOTON TENNIS CLUB | KATY-ANN BELLIS

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30. GORDI | AVANT GARDENER

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31. THE VEILS | SWIMMING WITH CROCODILES

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32. HER’S | MARCEL

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33. HAR MAR SUPERSTAR | HOW DO I GET THROUGH THE DAY?

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34. CAVEMAN | LIFE OR JUST LIVING

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35. DEFTONES | DOOMED USER

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36. MARK KOZELEK | SEND IN THE CLOWNS

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37. NIKI & THE DOVE | PLAY IT ON MY RADIO

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38. FROM INDIAN LAKES | THE MONSTER

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39. HANNAH GEORGAS | DON’T GO

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40. CAR SEAT HEADREST | VINCENT

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41. PHANTOGRAM | YOU’RE MINE

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42. THE STROKES | OBLIVIUS

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43. 50 CENT | I’M THE MAN

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44. THE BOXER REBELLION | BIG IDEAS

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45. KEATON HENSON | NO WITNESSES

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46. TRAVIS SCOTT | ANTIDOTE

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47. RY X | ONLY

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48. THE RANGE | COPPER WIRE

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49. RAE SREMMURD | BLACK BEATLES

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50. CAVEMAN | HUMAN

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51. PHANTOGRAM | ANSWER

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52. THE VEILS | HERE COME THE DEAD

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53. OPERATORS | COLD LIGHT

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54. RADIOHEAD | BURN THE WITCH

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55. JACUZZI BOYS | LUCKY BLADE

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56. BRONCHO | ALL TIME

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57. JAWS | WHAT WE HAVEN’T GOT YET

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58. HANNAH GEORGAS | WASTE

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59. THE TRAGICALLY HIP | MAN

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60. THE WEEKND | PARTY MONSTER

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61. BEYONCE | SORRY

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62. TUNJI IGE | ON MY GRIND

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63. THE VEILS | KING OF CHROME

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64. STARFLYER 59 | RETIRED

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65. MARK KOZELEK | FLOAT ON

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66. YOUNG MA | OOOUUU

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67. BON IVER | 29 #STRAFFORD APTS

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68. JULIAN BACHLOW | FAMILY TIES

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69. THE 1975 | SOMEBODY ELSE

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70. CHRISTINE & THE QUEENS | iT

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71. DAY WAVE | GONE

day-wave

72. AMERICAN WRESTLERS | GIVE UP

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73. TASHA THE AMAZON | PICASSO LEANING

tasha

74. CAR SEAT HEADREST | FILL IN THE BLANK

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75. FORTH WANDERERS | KNOW BETTER

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76. JIMMY EAT WORLD | SURE AND CERTAIN

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77. RAPTURE | KITTEN

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78. THE VEILS | IODINE & IRON

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79. KAISER CHIEFS | WE STAY TOGETHER

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80. PREOCCUPATIONS | ANXIETY

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81. M83 | GO!

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82. IAMX | EVERYTHING IS BURNING

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83. FRANCIS & THE LIGHTS | IT’S ALRIGHT TO CRY

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84. BANKS & STEELZ | GIANT

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85. HAYDIN CALNIN | CUT LOVE

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86. WE ARE SCIENTISTS | BUCKLE

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87. LUCY DACAS | I DON’T WANNA BE FUNNY ANYMORE

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88. FRIENDS | FRANCIS & THE LIGHTS

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89. DANNY BROWN | WHEN IT RAIN

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90. BLOOD ORANGE | AUGUSTINE

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91. MANY VOICES SPEAK | BLUE MOON

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92.  DEFTONES | PRAYERS/TRIANGLES

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93. CAR SEAT HEADREST | DRUNK DRIVERS/KILLER WHALES

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94. SAVAGES | ADORE

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95. MYSTERY JETS | 1985

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96. CHANCE THE RAPPER | NO PROBLEM

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97. HELIOTROPES | WHEREVER YOU LIVE

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98. A TRIBE CALLED QUEST | WE THE PEOPLE

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99. FAT WHITE FAMILY | RAINING IN YOUR MOUTH

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100.  MINOR VICTORIES | SCATTERED ASHES (FOR RICHARD)

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101. COLOURS | LAWLESS

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102. DANNY BROWN | REALLY DOE

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103. LISSIE | HOLLYWOOD

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104. EXPLODED VIEW | ORLANDO

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105. KAYTRANADA | GLOWED UP

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106. KITTEN | FALL ON ME

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107. THE 1975 | SHE’S AMERICAN

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108. PETE YORN | LOST WEEKEND

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109. MINOR VICTORIES | A HUNDRED ROPES

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110. BLOW OUT | INDIANA

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111. DVSN | HALLUCINATIONS

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112. LUST FOR YOUTH | DISPLAY

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113. BLACK HONEY | ALL MY PRIDE

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114. DRELLER | CONTROL

dreller

115. SAYA | CHERRY BOMB

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116. PORCHES | BE APART

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117. LAUREL | SAN FRANSISCO

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118. THE TVC | MONEY FT. AMIR GIRGIS

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119. GREEN BUZZARD | I DON’T WANNA BREAK YOUR HEART

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120. CYMBALS EAT GUITARS | FINALLY

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121. HEAVY HEART | FEVER DREAM

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122. TALOS | IN TIME

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123. NOTHING | THE DEAD ARE DUMB

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124. PROGRAMM | EVERYTHING AT ONCE

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125. DEAD WEIGHT | WHITE LUNG

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BEST ALBUMS OF 2016 

1. THE VEILS | TOTAL DEPRAVITY

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2. HANNAH GEORGAS | FOR EVELYN

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3. PHANTOGRAM | THREE

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4. BON IVER | 22, A MILLION

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5. MARK KOZELEK | MARK KOZELEK SINGS FAVOURITES

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6. CAR SEAT HEADREST | TEENS OF DENIAL

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7. DEFTONES | GORE

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8. HAR MAR SUPERSTAR | BEST SUMMER EVER

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9. RADIOHEAD | A MOON SHAPED POOL

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10. THE TRAGICALLY HIP | MAN MACHINE POEM

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BEST MUSIC 2015

 

 

2015 was a very detached year musically. For the first time in history I ended up rather shy on notable favourite tracks and there was little that stuck out as the ‘a-ha essential greatest song-moment’ of the year. Things seemed strange, out of sorts. Foreign confusing territory. It was kind of like getting lost on a walk through an unfamiliar park in the mild late winter; I know it’s nice to be getting outside, but I’m not sure where I am, and I want to go home.

What did indie music sound like in 2015 anyway? Much like years past, the 80’s influence is prominent, surf, punk, 60’s, low-fi, and psychedelic, and there was much less of the chilly R&B that’s dominated the past couple years. Tame Impala, Beach House, Kurt Vile, Grimes, & Jamie XX keep their steady indie-cred building with decent albums, while Kendrick Lamar stole the show on intelligent hip-hop and showed he’s creatively way ahead of his peers in the short time he’s been around.

In popular music, Bruno Mars gave us a massive wedding-friendly funk hit for our aunts to dance to while Taylor Swift churned out constant singles from last year’s “I’m pop now” 1989 album. Justin Beiber returned with a surprisingly good record that is beginning his transition into acceptable (almost cool) R&B while The Weeknd proved that he wanted complete and total pop stardom with “I Can’t Feel My Face”. In the fourth quarter Adele completely pummelled the world with “Hello” after some concern of whether people would still care about her emotionally-affected breakup songs.

They still do.

The Indie music realm is much harder to clearly define. You have your buzz bands, your critics favs, and the dime-a-dozen bottom-tier bands struggling to be heard. Wide critical praise for some groups still doesn’t equate to sold out shows or album sales. I saw about fifty concerts this year and nearly all of them were somewhat lackluster turnouts considering their online presence and catalogue. But among them were some of the best concert experiences I’ve had (favourite concert of the year for me was Destroyer in Ferndale, MI).

My picks this year are widely varied. As usual, I’ve made my choices based on songs that have affected me in a special way, the ones I keep returning to. The entire list in ranked order of my personal favourites. Notable artists include Mas Ysa, Majical Cloudz, Chelsea Wolfe, Editors, and The Velvet Teen (who returned after nearly ten years). There are a lot of indie artists scattered throughout this list that are relatively unknown but very much deserving of a listen. As usual, it is always important for me to shine a light on up and coming indie artists. Everything you’ll find below is something that stood out to me for one reason or another, some for the emotional devastation, some for the beauty, some for the lyrics, some for the dance moves, and some for the undeniable vibe. All had magic to them.

Enjoy.

xx

~d.v

(Stream the full list here)

 

100 BEST TRACKS  

 

1. NO HARM | EDITORS

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2. FLATLINERS | TWIN SHADOW

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3. MARGARITA | MAS YSA

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4. SPECTRE | RADIOHEAD

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5. TROPIC OF CANCER | PANDA BEAR

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6. WAR ON THE EAST COAST | NEW PORNOGRAPHERS

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7. REALITI | GRIMES

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8. DOWNTOWN | MAJICAL CLOUDZ

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9. THE GIVING IN | THE VELVET TEEN

The Velvet Teen Illusory

 

 

10. GO! | PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

public service broadcastin

 

 

11. CAUSE I’M A MAN | TAME IMPALA

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12. INSOMNIA | IAMX

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13. MONTE CARLO | GIRL FRIEND

monte carlo

 

 

14. WITHOUT YOU | TOBIAS JESSO JR.

Tobias Jesso

 

 

15. IRON MOON | CHELSEA WOLFE

Front Cover Digital

 

 

16. JUST YET | FOR ESME’

FOR ESEME'

 

 

17. ALL IS ILLUSORY | THE VELVET TEEN 

the velvet

 

 

18. IF I GET HIGH | NOTHING BUT THIEVES 

Nothing but Thieves

 

 

19. U GUESSED IT | OG MACO

U GUESSED IT

 

 

20. ECLIPSES | THE VELVET TEEN

velvet

 

 

21. BANK ACCOUNTS AND DOLLAR BILLS | SISKIYOU

siskiyou

 

 

22. MAW | CHELSEA WOLFE

chealsea wolfe

 

 

23. SOMETHING SOON | CAR SEAT HEADREST

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24. LOVEBLOOD | SUNDARA KARMA

sundara

 

 

25. CHA CHA | DRAM

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26. HAPSBURG LIPP | EVERYTHING EVERYTHING

everything

 

 

27. OCEAN OF NIGHT | EDITORS

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28. MINISKIRT | BRAIDS

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29. FLESH WITHOUT BLOOD | GRIMES

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30. THE NIGHT JOSH TILMAN CAME TO OUR APT. | FATHER JOHN MISTY

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31. BEAUTIFUL KIDS | MATES OF STATE  

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32. SYMPATHY FOR THE AUTO INDUSTRY | HECTA  

Hecta

 

 

33. LET IT HAPPEN | TAME IMPALA

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34. DANGEROUS | PONY THE PIRATE

pony the pirate

 

 

35. XANAX | ELOHIM

elohim

 

 

36. BEAUTIFUL THINGS | HOUSE OF WOLVES

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37. HIGHWAY PATROL STUNGUN | YOUTH LAGOON 

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38. JERRY’S DINER | BREAK UNDER PRESSURE

jerry's diner

 

 

39. TIMES TO DIE | CAR SEAT HEADREST

car seat headrest

 

 

40. BLANKET | PANTHER MARTIN

panther martin

 

 

41. THE HILLS | THE WEEKND

the hills

 

 

42. NEIGHBORS KNOCK | JEFF ZAGERS

jeff zagers

 

 

43. DESERTER | SISKIYOU

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44. EXCUSE ME | NOTHING BUT THIEVES 

Nothing but Thieves

 

 

45. STRANGE ENCOUNTER | FATHER JOHN MISTY

father john misty

 

 

46. FRESHBLOOM | SUNDARA KARMA

Sundara Karma

 

 

47. SPACE SONG | BEACH HOUSE

beach house

 

 

48. TO DIE IN LA | LOWER DENS

lowerdens

 

 

49. BAD ART & WEIRDO IDEAS | BEACH SLANGBAD ART & WEIRDO IDEAS | BEACH SLANG

beach slang

 

 

50. HONEYMOON | LANA DEL REY

lana

 

 

51. ELEKTRA | REFUSED

REFUSED

 

 

52. CLOUDBUSTING | MATTHEW GOOD

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53. DRIFTING | ON AND ON

on and on

 

 

54. SUPERMASTER | A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS

place to bury

 

 

55. HALF AWAKE | PORCELAIN RAFT

porcelain

 

 

56. SHAKE IT OFF | RYAN ADAMS

ryan adams

 

 

57. CLASS HISTORIAN | BRONCHO

Broncho

 

 

58. SALVATORE | LANA DEL REY

lana-del-rey

 

 

59. SORRY | MEG MYERS

meg myers

 

 

60. I CAN’T EXPLAIN | SURFER BLOOD

surferblood

 

 

61. HOTLINE BLING | DRAKE 

hotline bling

 

 

 

62. CAN’T DO DRUGS LIKE I USED TO | VOIZES

voizes

 

 

63. KILL V. MAIM | GRIMES

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64. SICK ON MY HEART | NAI HARVEST

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65. FLORIDADA | ANIMAL COLLECTIVE

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66. NO MAKER MADE ME | IAMX

iamx

 

 

67. BENT OUT OF SHAPE | YOUNG RIVAL

young rival

 

 

68. HERE | ALESSIA CARA

ALESSIA CARA HERE

 

 

69. SK/PI | AERO FLYNN

aero flynn

 

 

70. CHAMPIONS OF RED WINE | NEW PORNOGRAPHERS

new pornogrphaers

 

 

71. SO BLUE | MAJICAL CLOUDZ

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72. RUN AWAY WITH ME | CARLY RAE JEPSEN

carly rae

 

 

73. BORED IN THE USA | FATHER JOHN MISTY

bored in the usa

 

 

74. TIMES SQUARE | DESTROYER

Destroyer

 

 

75. 100 STRANGERS | CIRCA WAVES

circa waves    

 

 

76. BAIO | SISTER OF PEARL

baio

 

 

77. I WOULD DO IT ALL AGAIN | L’AUPAIRE

laupaire

 

 

78. MONKEY TREE | MOTHER MOTHER

Mother-Mother

 

 

79. FOUNDATION | YEARS & YEARS

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80. PPP | BEACH HOUSE

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81. I WEAR GLASSES | MATING RITUAL

mating ritual

 

 

82. DEATH WITH DIGNITY | SUFJAN STEVENS

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83. THE BLUES | JAMES BLUNT 

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84. COFFEE | MIGUEL  

miguel

 

 

85. HIBOU | WHEN THE SEASON ENDS

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86. MAN | ALBERT RYAN

man

 

 

87. LOS ALAMOS | MATTHEW GOOD

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88. ALSEEP ON THE BUS | BESTIE 

Bestie

 

 

89. LIONSONG | BJORK

bjork

 

 

90. I REMEMBER | BULLY

Bully

 

 

91. CARRION FLOWERS | CHELSEA WOLFE

chelsea

 

 

92. ASTRID | HAPPY HOLLOWS

happy hollows

 

 

 

93. STONEFIST | HEALTH

health

 

 

94. GOSH | JAIME XX

jaime

 

 

 

95. HOLD ME CLOSER | LANKS

lanks

 

 

96. TRAP QUEEN | FETTY WAP

fetty wap

 

 

97. JACK KNIFE | LITTLE RACER

jacknife

 

 

98. LOOK UP | MAS YSA

mas ysa

 

 

99. ALRIGHT | KENDRICK LAMAR

kendrick

 

 

100. COLD WATER | MATTHEW GOOD

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101. MEMORY REMAINS | OBERHOFER

oberhofer

 

 

102. 1985 (LIFTED) | PASSION PIT

passion

 

 

103. THE FRINGE | SEGO

sego

 

 

104. BEAR IN THE WINDOW | SOOP

soop

 

 

105. YES I’M CHANGING | TAME IMPALA

tame currents

 

 

106. SAGRES | TALLEST MAN ON EARTH

tallest man

 

 

107. VENETIAN SNARES | SMERSONALITY

venetian

 

 

108. HIT THE QUAN | IHEARTMEMPHIS

hit the qyan

 

 

109. CONTINENTAL SHELF | VIET CONG

viet cong

 

 

110. I DON’T THINK SHE CARES | WHITE REAPER

white reaper

 

 

111. ANNIE | NEON INDIAN

neon

 

 

112. BLASE’ | TY DOLLA SIGN

blase

 

 

113. STOP SUFFERING | TROPIC OF CANCER

tropic of cancer

 

 

114. DOWN LOW | ALEX WINSTON

alex winston

 

 

115. CIRCLES | GENTS 

circles

 

 

116. PLATES2 | AERO FLYNN

aero flynn1

 

 

117. I DON’T WANT TO BE YOUR GIRL | WET

wet   

 

 

118. PLAY IT ON MY RADIO | NIKI & THE DOVE

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BEST ALBUMS of 2015

1. EDITORS | IN DREAM

Editors

 

 

2. CHELSEA WOLFE | ABYSS

Front Cover Digital

 

 

3. NEW PORNOGRAPHERS | BRILL BRUISERS

brillbruisers

 

 

4. MAS YSA | SERAPH

mas ysa

 

 

5. THE VELVET TEEN | ALL IS ILLUSORY

The Velvet Teen Illusory

 

6. IAMX | METANOIA

METANOIA_cover

 

 

7. TAME IMPALA | CURRENTS

tame currents

 

8. FATHER JOHN MISTY | I LOVE YOU, HONEYBEAR

honeybear

 

 

9.  NOTHING BUT THIEVES | NOTHING BUT THIEVES

Nothing but Thieves

 

 

10. WE ARE THE CITY | ABOVE CLUB

aboveclub

 

 

11. RYAN ADAMS | 1979

RyanAdams1989-1200

 

 

12. MATTHEW GOOD | CHAOTIC NEUTRAL

matthew-good

 

 

13. BEACH HOUSE | DEPRESSION CHERRY

beach house

 

 

14. EVERYTHING EVERYTHING | GET TO HEAVEN

everything

 

 

15. TWIN SHADOW | ECLIPSE

twin-shadow-eclipse-album-cover

 

 

 

BEST MUSIC OF 2014

 

best of 2014 2

 

Nostalgia: A sentimentality for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations. We all experience this and know that media and pop culture enhances the interaction. Music plays a vital role in drawing those feelings to the surface, and many of us are attached to music from our past and the memories we have tied to those defining songs. Does music seem better just because we remember it to be? Because we connect it to a first kiss, an endless summer, an emotional event? Or are there clear trends in popular music that we can (for the most part) define to be better or worse periods of musical release.

Taking a look back on 2014 it’s safe to call it somewhat lacklustre compared to the some of the miraculous content of more recent years.  There were highly anticipated albums that just plain fell short of the mark. Not being able to rely on these essential artists who have consistently delivered timeless content cast a shadow of disillusion across the timeline. There was no radical advent of any new particular sound or production. Pop women and big booty ruled the airwaves and permeated the culture, while any even remotely inspiring indie rock acts took a nap in the backseat. The sound of saxophone in Pop/R&B/Hip Hop continued to please the ears, and trends in this genre’s songwriting pushed the big giant chorus out of the way to make room for bridges and instrumental refrains, a Dance/Pop trick used by DJ’s (See: Ariana Grande’s Problem / Turn Down For What). As a songwriter myself it’s actually insane to even think about an instrumental only chorus, but it’s only because I’ve forgotten that melodies and groove aren’t only effective when delivered from the vocalist, but can be just as awesome when delivered by a sticky keyboard line.  U2 directly injected it’s new album onto our iPhones. Had it been an important album that strategy would have allowed us to all simultaneously live through a defining marriage of music & time – instead the album was lifeless and timid (Still Rolling Stones’ # 1 of the year. Really? On a quick side note – Everyone who bitched about what U2 did needs to show some respect and appreciation. The delete button is a thumbprint away. I still have to give credit to hard working artists at any level for making art, and we should respect and be thankful that we had the opportunity to own theirs for free, as a gift, whether it’s bad or not). Favourites such as Julian Casablancas, Interpol, & Wild Beasts all surprised with mediocre records that warranted no more than a passing glance at best. Even less popular but exciting acts like Cold Cave and The Faint released new music in 2014 that was almost completely forgettable. What happened?

Let’s look at a 20 year comparison. There are trends in this art form when you have periods of time that just sparkle with memorable content. Here’s what came out in 1994 alone, 20 years ago: NIN’s The Downward Spiral, Weezer’s blue album, Nirvana Unplugged, Soundgarden’s Superunknown, Pearl Jam’s Vitolgy, Park Life by Blur, Ill Communication by Beastie Boys, Portishead’s Dummy, Hole’s Live Through This, Ready To Die by Biggie, Under The Pink  by Tori Amos (one of my all-time favs), and other major records from TLC, Outkast, Sebadoh, Neil Young, Stone Roses, The Crow, Johnny Cash, Pantera, Manic Street Preachers, Bush,  Alice in Chains, Green Day, and  Beck’s debut. All in one year. That’s a lot of notable content. So by comparison, what do we have in 2014? Anything even remotely considerable as timeless? Sure we have solid releases from St. Vincent and The War On Drugs. Lana Del Rey continues her queendom, and even Taylor Swift crossed over into Pop and won critics and fans the same. If your a fan of Run The Jewels you can make a decent mixtape featuring the Zach de le Rocha collab – but are we talking about ground breaking albums that will stand up twenty years into the future?

I know what your thinking. The 90’s hold a special place in my heart. And they do. However, you cannot deny the incredible impact those albums made on the world. Just to prove it’s about quality and not about my coming of age, let’s go back further, all the way to 1984. Here’s what came out that year: The Smiths, R.E.M, Echo & The Bunnymen, U2, Depeche Mode, The Cure, The Replacements, Cocteau Twins, Siouxsie and the Banshees, INXS, Talk Talk, The Cars, This Mortal Coil, Dead Can Dance, The Psychedelic Furs, The Pretenders, Metallica, Springsteen, Talking Heads, Bob Marley…oh and Purple Rain by Prince. Almost like a wet dream of records. If we check in with the release calendar even further back, to say 1964, it’s even more essential – The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, The Supremes, The Animals, Roy Orbison, & The Beach Boys all topped the charts. We don’t need to get into how important the early 60’s were in shaping future music.

One more quick flashback comparison, this time to the more recent 10-year mark. Perhaps 2004 was just flavourless background noise for the sketchy post 00’s wash of piracy wars and music industry sea change. But let’s take a look: Interpol’s Antics, The Killers Hot Fuss, Keane made it’s fantastic debut, Kanye West leaped onto the map with The College Dropout, Modest Mouse (the one with Float On), The Streets, Morrissey, Bjork, Sonic Youth,  Kings of Leon, Sufjan Stevens, The Veils,  Air, TVONTR, and even a pretty decent solo album from Gwen Stefani. Oh, and Arcade Fire’s Funeral. Other important releases came from Iron & Wine, Animal Collective, Madvillian, Annie, Franz Ferdinand, Xiu Xiu, and Usher. Pretty solid. Also this was still a golden era for mainstream Hip-Hop classics, albeit the tail end.

So what can we conclude? There’s definitely something about the”4’s” that seem to pattern some of the greatest releases all though good years and bad years do come in shifts. I was puzzled as to why I felt this year lacked the magic of it’s ancestors. But you see, the pendulum must swing down to swing back up.

How did this year stack up overall? Yes there WERE a handful of tracks that shone through. I would consider the top portion of this list to be mostly all essential listening for any collection. Besides the obvious candidates (Lana Del Rey, Lykki Li, Sia, Future Islands etc) I managed to find some supremely well hidden indie dynamite. Half of my actual top ten alone is virtually completely under the radar. There are some utterly amazing tracks this year by bands like Decorations, Panama Wedding, Andrew Pinsanu, The Crookes, Flagship, The Bronze Medal, Hayden Calnin, Big Scary, Ballet School, and Seasurfer – all names I was unfamiliar with before 2014.

My list follows no other ‘best of’ list. A lot of what the major publications sighted unanimously as the year’s best did not make mine, and vice versa. I am pleased to offer this contrast to you, and if you trust my taste, you will find treasure. As usual, this list was made by listening to nearly every searchable weekly album / single release via many different sources. The amount of content is staggering, but always worth it in the end.

 

You Can Stream The Full Playlist Here

 

*****BEST TRACKS OF 2014*****

 

130 FOUNTAIN | IAMIWHOAMI

iamamiwhoami;_fountain

 

 

129 GREEN LADY | MERCHANDISE 

merchandise-after-the-end-608x608

 

 

128 TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMY | JULIAN CASABLANCAS

julian

 

 

127 BLUSH | WOLF ALICE

WOLF ALICE 1

 

 

126 FACE DOWN | WHITE LUNG

white lung

 

 

125 AMERICAN INTERIOR | GRUFF RHYS

gruff

 

 

121 EXODUS OF THE YEAR | ROYAL CANOE

Royal-Canoe---TWB-cover-(650px)

 

 

120 ATOMIC | PHORIA

Atomic Phoria

 

 

119 RIDE OR DIE | HEARTSREVOLUTION

Heartsrevolution - Ride or Die

 

 

118 YOU BURN | I BREAK HORSES

i break horses

 

 

117 YOU SHOULD BE WITH ME | ANDREW M PINSANU 

andy pinansu

 

 

116 DISAPPEARING | THE WAR ON DRUGS

war on drugs

 

 

115 UNTIL THE SUN EXPLODES | PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART

Print

 

 

114 IN THE END | EMBRACE

Embrace cover

 

 

113 STAY FOREVER | PANAMA

panama-stay-forever-350x350

 

 

112 BLEED | MIRROR KISSES

mirror-kisses-bleed-670x670

 

 

111 AN ACT OF MERCY | THE MERCY BEAT

the mercy beat

 

 

110 RUFFIANS ON PARADE | KAISER CHIEFS

kaiser chiefs

 

 

109 CHEAP TALK | DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 

DFA1979

 

 

108 AMBITIONS | CHIRPING

ambitions chirping

 

 

107 HARLEM | C A T H E D R A L S

harlem cathedrals

 

 

106 COVER UP | CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH

clap your hands say yeah

 

 

105 ONE WAY OR ANOTHER | UNTIL THE RIBBONS BREAKS

until the ribbon breaks

 

 

104 DESTROYER | PANAMA

PANAMA

 

 

103 THE MORNING | WHOMADEWHO

whomadewho

 

 

102 HOLY GHOST | FLAGSHIP

Flagship band 1

 

 

101 YOUTH | BEN KHAN

ben khan

 

 

100 LAY ME DOWN | BIG SCARY

big scary cover

 

 

99 CAPITOL | TRST

trst cover

 

 

98 PETITE NOIR | CHESS

petite noir chess

 

 

97 GOSHEN ’97 | STRAND OF OAKS

strand of oaks

 

 

96 PARTITION | BEYONCE

BEYONCE

 

 

95 DRIVE BY SHOOTING | LAURA CARBONE

laura carbone

 

 

94 SUN IN THE MORNING | FUTURE ISLANDS

future islands

 

 

93 THEIF | BROKEN BOY 

broken boy

 

 

92 PAST LIFE | LOST IN THE TREES

lost in the trees

 

 

91 GO AWAY | WEEZER

weezer cover

 

 

90 MOTHER & FATHER | BROODS

broods

 

 

89 SHAMIR | ON THE REGULAR

shamir

 

 

88 CROUCHING BEES | FIGHT LIKE APES

crouching bees

 

 

87 WADERLUST | WILD BEASTS

wild beasts

 

 

86 TRUE LOVE | TOBIAS JESSO JR. 

TOBIAS

 

 

85 THE WIND THAT CRIED | THE PHANTOM BAND

the phantom band

 

 

84 NEVER CATCH ME | FLYING LOTUS FT. KENDRICK LAMAR

Flying Lotus

 

 

83 DIGITAL WITNESS | ST. VINCENT

st. vincent cover

 

 

82 DOWNTOWN LIGHTS | SMALL BLACK

small black

 

 

81 CLUB GOIN UP ON A TUESDAY (FT. DRAKE) | iLOVEMAKONNEN

ilovemakonen

 

 

80 WAVE | BECK

Beck

 

 

79 CLOSE YOUR EYES (AND COUNT TO FUCK) | RUN THE JEWELS

Run The Jewels

 

 

78 DREAMS | WHOMADEWHO

whomadewho1

 

 

77 JOYLAND | TRST

trst

 

 

76 TIMEBOMB | TOVE LO

tove lo

 

 

75 THE OTHER WOMAN | LANA DEL REY

lana del rey 3

 

 

74 LAZERETTO | JACK WHITE

JACK WHITE

 

 

73 FOR MY HELP | HAYDEN CALNIN

hayden calnin

 

 

72 THEY DON’T KNOW | WHITE SEA

white sea

 

 

71 UNDER THE PRESSURE | THE WAR ON DRUGS

war on drugs

 

 

70 THERE’S NOTHING LEFT |THE DRUMS

the drums

 

 

69 TRAINWRECK 1979 | DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979

DFA1979

 

 

68 LOVE ME LIKE I’M NOT MADE OF STONE | LYKKE LI

LYKI 3

 

 

67 BULLSH-T BALLAD | KEVIN DREW

kevin drew 1

 

 

66 KISHI KAISEI | HEARTSREVOLUTION

heartsrevolution

 

 

65 TUNNEL | THE BRONZE MEDAL

the bronze medal

 

 

64 HONEST | THE NEW DIVISION

the new division

 

 

63 SHADOWS OF MY NAME | EMMA RUTH RUNDLE 

emma ruth rundle

 

 

62 MEANWHILE UP IN HEAVEN | KAISER CHIEFS

kaiser chiefs 2

 

 

61 LOU REED | ALEISTER X

aleister x

 

 

60 ALWAYS TAKE YOU BACK | NIGHT TERRORS OF 1927

night terrors

 

 

59 LIFE UNDERWATER | FLAGSHIP 

flagship cover 2

 

 

58 FUCKED MY WAY UP TO THE TOP | LANA DEL REY

lana del rey 2

 

 

57 SILHOUETTES | COLONY HOUSE

colony house

 

 

56 SHOWS ON TV | YORO KING

yoro king

 

 

55 NOW HEAR IN | CLOUD NOTHINGS

cloud nothings

 

 

54 PROBLEM (FT. IGGY AZELEA) | ARIANA GRANDE

Ariana Grande

 

 

53 SLEEPWALKING | CHAING GANG OF 1974

chain gang

 

 

52 YOU THERE | AQUILO 

aquilo you there

 

 

51 CLAPSHOT | THE PHANTOM BAND

the phantom band

 

 

50 CLASS HISTORIAN | BRONCHO

BRONCHO

 

 

49 WORK | IGGY AZELIA 

iggy azelia work

 

 

48 FEAR OF FALLING | FLAGSHIP

flagship band

 

 

47 THANK YOU | STEVE WILSON

steve wilson

 

 

46 CALL MY NAME | HAERTS

haerts

 

 

45 THE BRINK | THE JEZABELS

jezebels

 

 

44 COME FRIDAY | ELIOT SUMNER

eliot sumner

 

 

43 CLEARING | GROUPER

Grouper

 

 

42 ALL I WANT | DAWN GOLDEN

dawn golden

 

 

41 CHERISH | BALLET SCHOOL

ballet school

 

 

40 ELECTRIC LOVE | BORNS

BORNS

 

 

39 SILVERLINE | LYKKE LI

LYKKI LI

 

 

38 NIGHT WALKING | LOST IN THE TREES

lost in the trees

 

 

37 SHUT IN | STRAND OF OAKS

strand of oaks 2

 

 

36 DRAGON SONG | SEASURFER

seasurfer

 

 

35 MEXICAN AFTERSHOW PARTY | KEVIN DREW

kevin drew cover

 

 

34 VIDEO GIRL | FKA TWIGS

TWIGS

 

 

33 I’M AQUARIUS | METRONOMY

metronomy

 

 

32 A LITTLE DEATH TO LAUGH | COLD CAVE

cold cave

 

 

31 I NEED YOU | M83

m83

 

 

30 QUEEN | PERFUME GENIUS

too bright

 

 

29 ARCHIE, MARRY ME | ALVVAYS

alvvays

 

 

28 PICTURE ME GONE | ARIEL PINK

ariel pink

 

 

27 SIA | CHANDELIER 

Sia

 

 

26 WHY | MAS YSA

mas ysa

 

 

25 HOW GOOD DOES IT FEEL | EMPIRES

Empires

 

 

24 ANDREW PINSANU | THAT BOY

andy pinansu

 

 

23 HARMONY SOMETIMES | BIG SCARY

big scary cover

 

 

22 ORDINARY FOOLS | THE CHAIN GAING OF 1974

chain gang

 

 

21 CRUEL WORLD | LANA DEL REY

lana del rey cover

 

 

20 INTERPOL | ALL THE RAGE BACK HOME

interpol

 

 

19 SEASONS (WAITING ON YOU) | FUTURE ISLANDS

future islands

 

 

18 ANDREW PINSANU | YOUR GHOST

ANDY 2

 

 

17 ALEXANDRA | HAMILTON LEITHAUSER

hamilton

 

 

16 NOT ON DRUGS | TOVE LO

tove lo

 

 

15 REVOLUSION | ELLIPHANT

elliphant

 

 

14 SHAKE IT OFF | TAYLOR SWIFT

Taylor_Swift_-_Shake_It_Off

 

 

13 UMA | PANAMA WEDDING

panama wedding

 

 

12 FIREWORKS | SEASURFER

seasurfer

 

 

11 WE DEM BOYZ | WIZ KHALIFA

wiz kalifa

 

 

10 RED EYES | THE WAR ON DRUGS

war on drugs

 

 

AS LONG AS IT’S YOU | THE DELOREANS

the deloreans

 

 

8 NEVER WORK FOR FREE | TENNIS

Tennis

 

 

7 WEST COAST | LANA DEL REY

Lana Del Rey

 

 

6 RIGHT TRACK | WHOMADEWHO

whomadewho cover

 

 

5 GIRLS | DECORATIONS

decorations

 

 

4 KATIE QUEEN OF TENESSEE | THE APACHE RELAY 

the apache relay

 

 

3 STRAIGHT TO HEAVEN | THE CROOKES

the crookes

 

 

2 I NEVER LEARN | LYKKI LI 

LYKI LI 1

 

 

1 HOLLYWOOD UNDERWATER | FLAGSHIP

flagship cover 2

 

 

 

 

 

*******BEST ALBUMS OF 2014********

 

1 | LYKKE LI | I NEVER LEARN

LYKI LI 1

 

 

 

2 | ANDREW PINSANU | COLLECTING DISEASES

andy pinansu

 

 

 

3 | LANA DEL REY | ULTRAVIOLENCE

lana del rey cover

 

 

 

4 |FLAGSHIP | FLAGSHIP

flagship cover 2

 

 

 

5 | THE CHAIN GANG OF 1974 | DAYDREAM FOREVER

chain gang

 

 

 

6 | KAISER CHIEFS | EDUCATION, EDUCATION, EDUCATION, & WAR

kaiser chiefs

 

 

 

7 | SEASURFER | DIVE IN

seasurfer

 

 

 

8 | KEVIN DREW | DARLINGS

kevin drew cover

 

 

 

9 | TAYLOR SWIFT | 1989

Taylor_Swift_-_1989

 

 

 

10 | WHOMADEWHO | DREAMS

whomadewho cover

 

 

 

11 | WEEZER | EVERYTHING WILL BE ALRIGHT IN THE END

weezer cover

 

 

 

12 | THE WAR ON DRUGS | LOST IN THE DREAM

war on drugs

 

 

 

13 | ST. VINCENT | ST. VINCENT

st. vincent cover

 

 

 

14 | LEWIS | L’AMOUR

Lewis

 

 

 

15 | LOST IN THE TREES | PAST LIFE

lost in the trees

 

 

 

16 | DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 | THE PHYSICAL WORLD 

DFA1979

 

 

 

17 | TOVE LO | QUEEN OF THE CLOUDS

tove lo

 

 

 

18 | EMPIRES | ORPHAN

Empires

 

 

 

19 | EMBRACE | EMBRACE

Embrace cover

 

 

 

20 | MARK KOZELEK | SINGS CHRISTMAS CAROLS

Mark Kozelek

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEST MUSIC OF 2013

Best Tracks 2013

Unless you’re a devout indie music junkie, most of the year’s best music is stuff you probably haven’t heard. I scoured harder than usual this year, every nook and cranny on the net, every blog, every mixtape, every whisper of ‘did you hear this new band?’, and a ton of late night sessions with friends to find the next greatest track. Some hidden gold emerged which have now become classics. Stylistically, A lot of Indie/R&B is still quite popular, though I would suggest this phase is nearing it’s saturation point. New Wave/80’s influenced production is now a staple in everything, it’s no longer a throwback – which is something I (obviously) welcome wholeheartedly. We saw some big albums destroy the bar all together, and a few bands drop the most disappointing albums in their careers.

 Due to the ease and abundance of bedroom recording it’s basically impossible to latch on to an album that affects everyone at the same time and allows us to bond together as a generation. Think back to when Kid A came out, or back further to Michael Jackson’s Bad or Nirvana’s Nevermind albums. We all lived those times with those soundtracks. Now, having moved to the more ‘single’ oriented approach of the 50’s, our lives are defined less and less by a global movement of music. The only album that did really that this year was Arcade Fire’s Reflektor. (See also Beyoncé, though very late in the year). Arcade Fire are still a massively huge band that people want to talk about, and for me, it felt good to know that we were all listening to that product generally at the same time. Otherwise, besides The National, Vampire Weekend, and Kanye West, the rest just appeared as blips on the radar. You may know some, but will they last?

 I always take the time to look backwards and pull out my favourite albums. I got really nostalgic for the 10-year anniversary of Interpol’s Turn On The Bright Lights and splurged on the beautiful re-mastered vinyl book. It took me to that recent golden era in indie rock. A lot of bands at that time made huge impacts on so many people; Radiohead, Bright Eyes, Doves, Killers, Strokes, Arcade Fire, The Rapture, M.I.A, White Stripes – it seemed like albums were consistently stronger then. You had the one off totally indie material that was cool and buzz worthy like Clinic, Books, Go! Team, The Microphones, etc. on the lower to mid scale – and the larger indie bands we watched grow bigger and tour for wider audiences. There are certainly fewer mid-level acts these days. Now I’m either at a stadium to see NIN or a tiny hole in the wall to see Night Beds. Not much in between. Interestingly enough, it’s perfectly mirroring our current class structure in America. Small point at the top who make the ridiculously vast majority of income, a huge no man’s land scoop in the middle, and a heavy bottom of struggling indie artists who can barely get by even by releasing great music.

 I’m a fan of ALL music, and love sharing it with you. My goal in devoting so much time to to finding great bands and albums (besides that it’s the only thing saving me) is to soundtrack life itself. If I can turn ANYONE on to a new song or artist that makes them dance, get emotional or just light up that soft spot deep inside – it feels like I’ve done something right. That I’ve helped uncovered someone’s gift to the world.  And that being said, this is my gift to you. The Best Of 2013.

 *Note: Every track was hand picked and ranked to be exactly where it is out of thousands of songs. There is nothing I would consider non-listenable or filler. What I consider to be a worthy entry to this list are the songs that stuck to my guts this year because of strong melodies, good songwriting, emotion, and timelessness.

YOU CAN STREAM THE FULL PLAYLIST HERE

 200 BAD SUNS | CARDIAC ARREST

bad suns cardiac arrest

199 WILDCAT! WILDCAT! | GARDEN GRAYS

Wildcat! Wildcat!

198 MUTUAL BENEFIT | GOLDEN WAKE

Mutual Benefit

197 WILDLIFE CONTROL | DIFFERENT

Wildlife Control

196  PAPA | REPLACEMENTS (CURLS IN THE GRASS)

PAPA

195 IO ECHO | SHANGHAI GIRLS

IO Echo

194 ASTR | OPERATE

astr operate

193 HIGH HIGHS | A REAL HERO (COLLEGE COVER)

high highs

192 JANELLE MONAE | LOOK INTO MY EYES

janelle monae

191 THE 1975 | GIRLS

The 1975

190 THE BLACK ANGELS | DON’T PLAY WITH GUNS

The Black Angels

189 EMPIRE OF THE SUN | KEEP A WATCH

Empire Of The Sun 2

188 DAVID BOWIE | THE STARS (ARE OUT TONIGHT)

David Bowie Stars

187 PAUL BUCHANAN CARS IN THE GARDEN

Paul Buchannan

186 SUEDE | BARRIERS

Suede

185 VAR | THE WORLD FELL

VAR

184 MERCHANDISE | ANXIETY’S DOOR

Merchandise

183 BROLIN | ANOTHER YEAR

Brolin

182 BROODS | BRIDGES

Broods

181 CHVRCHES | UNDER THE TIDE

Chvrches 3

180 BANKS | WAITING GAME

Banks

179 FLAAMINGOS | WALK A WIRE

Flaamingos

178 DAWN RICHARD | GOLDENHEART

Dawn Richard 1

177 THE 1975 | ROBBERS

The 1975 2

176 PAUL BUCHANAN | MID AIR

Paul Buchanan 2

175 THEIF | BROKEN BOY

Theif

174 A$AP ROCKY | LONG LIVE A$AP

A$AP Rocky

173 ARCTIC MONKEYS | NO. 1 PARTY ANTHEM

Arctic Monkeys am5

172 BRITISH SEA POWER | MACHINERIES OF JOY

British Sea Power

171 AUTRE NE VEUT | PROMISES

Autre Ne Veut 2

170 OURS | BEEN DOWN

Ours 3

169 KODALINE | ALL I WANT

Kodaline

168 VANCOUVER SLEEP CLINIC | VAPOUR

Vancouver Sleep Clinic

167 MAGNETA LANE | LUCKY

Magneta Lane

166 MAJICAL CLOUDZ | IMPERSONATOR

Majical Cloudz

165 YOUNG DREAMS | THROUGH THE TURNSTILES

Young Dreams

164 SKI LODGE | BOY

Ski Lodge 1

163 PATCHLEY | U + ME

Patchley 1

162 OURS | SING

OURS

161 JULIA HOLTER | MAXIM’S I

Julia Holter

160 JANELLE MONAE | DANCE APOCALYPTIC

Janelle Monae Dance

159 KANYE WEST | ON SIGHT

Kanye West

158 SMALL BLACK | BREATHLESS

small black 1

157 CAPITOL CITIES | SAFE AND SOUND

Capitol Cities

156 GOLDFRAPP | STRANGER

Goldfrapp

155 AUTRE NEW VEUT | EGO FREE SEX FREE

autre neu veaux

154 THE JOY FORMIDABLE | CHOLLA

Joy Formidable

153 JAYMES YOUNG | WHAT IS LOVE

Jaymes-Young

152 CHVRCHES | GUN

Chvrches Mother We Share

151 VAULTS | CRY NO MORE

Vaults

150 DISCLOSURE FEAT SAM SMITH | LATCH

Disclosure

149 JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW | CAVALIER

James Cavalier

148 WASHED OUT | WEIGHTLESS

Print

147 ARCADE FIRE | JOAN OF ARC

Arcade fire 2

146 SPEEDY ORTIZ | NO BELOW

speedy ortiz

145 KINGS OF LEON | COMING BACK AGAIN

Kings Of Leon 1

144 VONDELPARK | QUEST

Vondlepark

143 PYYRAMIDS | PAPER DOLL

Pyyramids

142 PARANTHETICAL GIRLS | EVELYNE MCHALE

Paranthetical Girls

141 DOG IS DEAD | TWO DEVILS

Dog Is Dead

140 MATTHEW GOOD | ARROWS OF DESIRE

Matthew Good

139 SMALL BLACK | FREE AT DAWN

Small Black 2

138 KWABS | LAST STAND

Kwabs last stand

137 THE HUNT | FIFTEEN MINUTES

The Hunt

136 ARCADE FIRE | SUPERSYMMETRY

Aracde Fire 3

135 JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE | BLUE OCEAN FLOOR

Justin Timberlake

134 LE1F | WUT

le1f

133 HEARTS OF BLACK SCIENCE | ICON (ICONOCLAST MIX)

Hearts of black science

132 PHOSPHORESCENT | SONG FOR ZULA

Phospherecent

131 THE WEEKND | BELONG TO THE WORLD

The weeknd belon

130 NEON NEON | DR. ZHIVAGO

Neon Neon

129 XENIA RUBINOS | HAIR RECEDING

Xenia Rubinos

128 ST. LUCIA | ELEVATE

St. Lucia Elevate

127 THE BELLE GAME | RIVER

The Belle Game

126 CASS LOWE | BIRTHMARK

Cass Lowe

125 DECADES | TONIGHT AGAIN

Decades

124 FRANKIE ROSE | YOU FOR ME

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123 THE HOLIDAYS. | VOICES DRIFTING

The Holidays

122 CULTS | ALWAYS FOREVER

Cults

121 BIG BLACK DELTA | MONEY RAIN DOWN

Big Black Delta

120 RACHEL ZEFFIRA | LETTERS FROM TOKYO (SAYONARA)

Rachel Zeffira

119 F Y F E | LIES PT. II

F Y F E

118 MAS YSA | WHY

Mas Ysa

117 THE NATIONAL | I SHOULD LIVE IN SALT

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116 BABY ALPACA | SEA OF DREAMS

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115 THE STROKES| ALL THE TIME

The Strokes

114 WASHED OUT | IT ALL FEELS RIGHT

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113 THE STROKES | CALL IT FATE, CALL IT KARMA

The Strokes

112 ARCADE FIRE | IT’S NEVER OVER (OH ORPHEUS)

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111 WHITE LIES | GETTING EVEN

White Lies

110 LITTLE DAYLIGHT | OVERDOSE

Little Daylight

109 OURS | COMING FOR YOU

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108 THE NATIONAL | GRACELESS

The National Graceless

107 THE WAR ON DRUGS | RED EYES

The War On Drugs

106 CHELSEA WOLFE | SICK

Chelsea Wolfe

105 LUXURY LINERS | CARIBBEAN SUNSET

Luxury Liners

104 DAVIS FETTER | I WON’T LET THIS WORLD BREAK MY HEART

Davis Fetter

103 SKY FERREIRA | BOYS

Sky Fererria

102 KINGS OF LEON | TEMPLE

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101 IAMX | SORROW

IAMX

100 KANYE WEST | HOLD MY LIQUOR

Kanye West

99 ANNA CALVI | SING TO ME

Anna Calvi

98 FRANCIS AND THE LIGHTS | IF THEY DON’T COME TOMORROW

Francis and the Lights

97 KATE BOY | NORTHERN LIGHTS

Kate Boy

96 THE 1975 | HEART OUT

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95 CRYSTAL FIGHTERS | WAVE

Crystal Fighters

94 BIG BLACK DELTA | INTO THE NIGHT

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93 THE IRREPRESIBLES | TWO MEN IN LOVE

The Irrepresibles two men

92 CHVRCHES | THE MOTHER WE SHARE

Chvrches Mother We Share

91 IAMX | I COME WITH KNIVES

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90 SKI LODGE | ANYTHING TO HURT YOU

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89 RY X | BERLIN

RYX Berlin

88 MATTHEW GOOD | MULTINEERING

Matthew Good

87 AUTOHEART | AGORAPHOBIA

Autoheart

86 SHANNON AND THE CLAMS | OZMA

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85 EMPIRE OF THE SUN | DNA

Empire of the Sun

84 AUTRE NE VEUT | GONNA DIE

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83 A GREAT BIG WORLD | SAY SOMETHING

A Great Big World

82 DEPECHE MODE | HEAVEN

Depeche Mode

81 KANYE WEST | BLACK SKINHEAD

Kanye West Black Skinhead

80 INDIANS | BIRD

Indians

79 GAUNTLET HAIR | HUMAN NATURE

Gauntlet Hair

78 FREDDIE DICKSON | SHUT US DOWN

Freddie Dickson

77 MAGNETA LANE | LEAVE THE LIGHT ON

Magneta Lane

76 NIGHT BEDS | RAMONA

Night Beds

75 THE BOXER REBELLION | PROMISES

The Boxer Rebellion

74 ACTIVE CHILD | SILHOUETTE (FEAT. ELLIE GOULDING)

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73 CHELSEA WOLFE | THE WARDEN

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72 MO | NEVER WANNA KNOW

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71 CHARLI XCX | YOU (HA HA HA)

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70 CHVRCHES | RECOVER

Chvrches Recover

69 MAJICAL CLOUDZ | BUGS DON’T BUZZ

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68 MAGNETA LANE | BURN (SUPERFREAKS REMIX)

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67 SMALL BLACK | ONLY A SHADOW

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66 MAJICAL CLOUDZ | CHILDHOOD’S END

Majical Cloudz

65 JAMAICAN QUEENS | KIDS GET AWAY

jamaican queens kids

64 PYYRAMIDS | DON’T GO

Pyyramids

63 THE NATIONAL | THIS IS THE LAST TIME

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62 KANYE WEST | BLOOD ON THE LEAVES

Kanye West

61 THE IRREPRESSIBLES | NEW WORLD

The Irrepressibles

60 ELLIPHANT | DOWN ON LIFE

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59 SKY FERREIRA | 24 HOURS

Sky Ferrira 24 hours

58 GUARDS | COMING TRUE

Guards

57 KIDS OF THE APOCALYPSE | EMPIRE

Kids Of The Apocalypse

56 EMPIRE OF THE SUN | ALIVE

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55 ANDREW PINSANU | RUFUS WAINWRIGHT

Andrew Pinsanu

54 OURS | FALL INTO MY HANDS

OURS

53 THE NATIONAL | DEMONS

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52 MYKKI BLANCO | HAZEBOOGIELIFE

Mykki BLanco

51 THE WEEKND | TWENTY EIGHT

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50 ALUNAGEORGE | YOUR DRUMS, YOUR LOVE

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49 JAMAICAN QUEENS | WATER

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48 THE NATIONAL | I NEED MY GIRL

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47 THE BOXER REBELLION | ALWAYS

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46 HAERTS | WINGS

HAerts wings

45 SAY LOU LOU | JULIAN

Say Lou Lou

44 MR. LITTLE JEANS | RUNAWAY

Mr. Little Jeans

43 BIG BLACK DELTA | SIDE OF THE ROAD

Big Black Delta

42 LUXURY LINERS | CLEAR OR BROWN

Luxury Liners 3

41 KINGS OF LEON | SUPERSOAKER

Kings Of Leon Super

40 TEGAN AND SARA | CLOSER

Tegan And Sara

39 YOUNG GALAXY | PRETTY BOY

Young Galaxy

38 HAERTS | HEMIPLEGIA

Haerts

37 GEM CLUB | POLLY

Gem Club

36 THE IRREPRESSIBLES | PALE SWEET HEALING

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35 ANNA CALVI | ELIZA

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34 ARCADE FIRE | AFTERLIFE

Arcade Fire Afterlife

33 MILEY CYRUS | WRECKING BALL

Miley Cyrus

32 DAFT PUNK FT. JULIAN CASABLANCAS | INSTANT CRUSH

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31  DAVID BOWIE | WHERE ARE WE NOW?

David Bowie

30  OURS | DEVIL

OURS Devil

Jimmy Gnecco from Ours is one of the greatest songwriters I know. The fact that he has a voice like an angel is just a bonus to his writing. This song could have been in any major movie or musical. It’s real. It’s intense. And it soars! He has an affinity for the ‘tortured soul’ vibe (don’t we all a bit?) and it unconsciously pours into his music in pure aching beauty. That’s why we love him so much.

29 AUTRE NE VEUT | PLAY BY PLAY

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I tried to tell you all 90’s was coming back. (See Blood Orange below). Maybe it is, maybe it’s not – but I’ll dance to this style any day. A lot of hand pushing and posing. More please.

28 FOXES | BEAUTY QUEEN

Foxes

The year of the female indie-dance-pop vocal? Looks like it. Yet another banger from an up and coming starlet. Think Marina & The Diamonds for 2014. One of the best pre-chorus  melodies of the year.

27 CHARLI XCX | BLACK ROSES

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Charli’s album was a pop throwback to 80’s chick dance. The chorus is undeniably perfect for my patented ‘twist and snap’ dance, so I had to include this. It’s also the best chorus on her entire debut.

26 STUDIO KILLERS | EROS AND APOLLO

Studio Killers

A shiny and polished voice wrapped around a dance beat, pulsing synths, and piano line worthy of Coldplay. This is a Pop-Dance-Club song that feels refreshing and fun, yet non-disposable.  Plus, one of the best lines of the year: “Soon he will eat your heart like cerealz”.

25 CAVEMAN | IN THE CITY

Caveman

This song hides a lonely quality amidst its grooves and saturated synths. It encapsulates the feeling of being lost and in need somewhere where buzzing lights flicker around you in the dark. It gives me a weird feeling, and I love that.

24 THE BOXER REBELLION | DIAMONDS