Favorite music of 2014

2014 is almost done, and it has been an amazing year for music! I know folks like to do their favorite ‘top 10 lists’ for music, but I figure I can add my own two cents in. I love music, and 2014 has been the best year for finding new music in a very long time. Here are some of my favorites:

Morning Phase by Beck

I couldn’t believe how amazing this album was! It is very slow, but beautiful and deep. This is my favorite Beck album, by far.

Royal Blood by Royal Blood

They basically kick a lot of ass. I love this band and I cannot wait to see them live.

 

St. Vincent by St. Vincent

A really good and creative album, from beginning to end.

Present Tense by Wild Beasts

I loved this album, though I would actually recommend their previous album ‘Smoother’ before listening to this album if you have never heard a Wild Beasts album.

Run the Jewels 2 by Run the Jewels

I didn’t get the hype of this album at first, but it’s some really good angry hip-hop.

Mandatory Fun by Weird Al

I love satire and found myself listening to Weird Al’s album a lot. This is one of his better works.

Intersteller: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Hans Zimmer

If you love movie scores, you cannot miss this one. Hans Zimmer knocks it out of the park, yet again.

Endless River by Pink Floyd

It’s Division Bell style Pink Floyd without the bad lyrics. I loved every moment of this album. Makes me sad that this could be their last one, but this album fits right on to their other amazing classics.

Thurston Moore 'The Best Day'

I navigated to NPR.org today and found that Thurston Moore’s new album is being streamed for free before it comes out on Oct. 21st. His solo albums have been more folksy than the typical ‘Sonic Youth’ type sound he normally makes, but this album is more alternative than folksy. I’m halfway through it and it is pretty good so far.

You can listen to it on this page

Mercury Award Nominations Upcoming

The Barclaycard Mercury Awards are the only music awards I really care about, and I’m very excited to see the list of ‘possible’ nominations according to NME.com

My personal favorites:

Jungle – By Jungle

Solid smooth electronic music. Some trip hop elements that are pretty fun.

 

Wild Beats – Present Tense

Really great album, though their previous album ‘Smother’ is one of my all time favorite albums, but this is still a really good album.

 

Royal Blood – Royal Blood

Holy cow, a Rock album that just rocks. This album has become a great album to work out to, and it reminds me of Muse mixed with Rage Against The Machine with a slight Jack White vibe.

 

East India Youth – Total Strife Forever

Really interesting classical-electronic style music. Not easy listening but if you are into more ambient style music, you may like this one.

 

Royal Blood

I haven’t been into a pure hard-rock album in a while, but I have been listening to this album a lot.

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ArtPop by Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga recently released ArtPop, her third or forth album (depending who you ask), and I am in love with it. I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews about it, but I don’t feel like I’m listening to the same album? Listen to it for yourself and see what you think:

Here are some of the reviews I’ve seen:
ARTPOP’ Review: Lady Gaga’s Album Wants to Be Everything, But Is Nothing at All
ARTPOP’ Review: Lady Gaga Needs Help With Her Latest Album
Spin Magazine Review of ‘ARTPOP’ 

 

Great work music – Settle by Disclosure

I have been working to this album a ton and thought it was a great work soundtrack that a lot of you would dig. I didn’t realize this album was so popular in Europe. Reminder #546 that I was possibly born in the wrong part of the world, or at the wrong time.

Here’s the album:

Atoms for Peace live!

Speaking of Atoms for Peace, they released their make-up ACL show on youtube. Skip ahead to 41:30 . For some reason they don’t start playing till later in the video.

ACL Day 3 – Atoms for Peace day

So first, I can’t express how sad I am for the folks that didn’t get to go to the weekend 2 day 3 at ACL. Day 3 was by far my favorite day. I was introduced to The National for the first time, who were perfect live. The band I was looking forward to seeing the most was Atoms for Peace. I am a huge fan of Radiohead and loved Thom Yorke’s solo album. I was lukewarm on the Atoms for Peace album, though honestly I didn’t spend that much time listening to it. Hearing the music live blew me away. I was essentially in a Thom Yorke dance party for an hour and a half.

I loved it. Not only was this my favorite show of ACL 2013, it was my favorite Austin City Limits music festival show of all time. I was so happy to be there.

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