Other Awesomeness
The Best of 2014, ever changing, in progress

Best songs:

Metronomy "I'm Aquarius"
The Woodentops "A Little More Time"
St. Vincent "Prince Johnny"
Lily Allen "URL Badman"
Glass Animals "Gooey"
Martin Carr "Stayin' Alive" (Dub version)
Freddie Gibbs "Robes"
Black Keys "Fever"
Moses Sumney "Man On The Moon"
Kanye West "Black Skinhead" (Flying Lotus/Thundercat Remix)
Paul Thomas Saunders "In High Heels Burn It Down" 
Jimi Goodwin "Keep My Soul In Song"
Sebastien Tellier "L'adulte"
Michael Jackson "Love Never Felt So Good"
Jess Delgado "I Can Bring Love" (French version)
Say Lou Lou "Peppermint" 
Royksopp & Robyn "Do It Again"
Caitlin Park "Hold Your Gaze"
La Roux "Uptight Downtown"
Raury "Cigarette Song"
Taylor Swift "Shake It Off"
Sean Lennon & Cornelius "Heart Grenade"
Teen Flirt w/ Denise Gutierrez "Her Fake Name is Sofia"
Ibeyi "River"
Dylan Gardner "Massachusetts"
The Magic Numbers "E.N.D."
Kendrick Lamar "i"
Liam Bailey "Stun Me"
Emitt Rhodes "How To Mend A Broken Heart"

Best albums/EPs:

Woodentops - Granular Tales
Kelis - Food
Paul Thomas Saunders - Beautiful Desolation
Tackhead - For The Love Of Money
Ray LaMontagne - Supernova
Jose James - While You Were Sleeping
Rodrigo Amarante - Cavalo
Davidge - Slo Light
Gruff Rhys - American Interior
Martin Carr - The Breaks
Ty Segall - Manipulator 
Emilie Simon - Mue 



The Year in disappointment...

Disappointment is inevitable, even in the mighty 2014. These albums arrived with high hopes and left us muttering "no no no" as we pull the discs out of the machine (Yes, we buy CDs, so what?)...

Pharrell Williams - G I R L
Metronomy - Love Letters
Boozoo Bajou - 4
Thievery Corporation - Saudade
Kimbra - Golden Echo


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Best of Last, '11 in review

Here are my bests of 2011 with several wonderful albums and songs hitting my ears just as the year ended. A few of these entries could easily have gone into my 2011 top 10 lists with a bit more listening.


1. AnR - "Stay Kids"
2. Kimbra - "Cameo Lover"
3. Cascadeur - "Walker"
4. James Vincent McMorrow - "If I Had A Boat"
5. Lykke Li - "I Follow Rivers"
6. Gomez - "Song In My Heart"
7. Black Keys - "Lonely Boy"
8. Capital Cities - "Safe and Sound"
9. Melanie Laurent - "En T'Attendant"
10. Discodeine - "Synchronize (Featuring Jarvis Cocker)"

And the rest...

Barry Gibb - "Grey Ghost"
Adele - "Rolling In The Deep (Villa Remix)"
Retro Stefson - "Kimba"
The Bees - "Winter Rose"
Sweet Lights - "Related to You"
Puggy - "When You Know"
Metronomy - "She Wants"
Gruff Rhys - "Shark Ridden Waters"
The Shoes - "Stay the Same"
Chilly Gonzales - "You Can Dance"
L'Atra - "Winter Loves Summer Sun"
Bright Eyes - "Shell Games"
MEN - "Who Am I To Feel Free? (Antony Hegarty vocal version)"
Avril Lavigne - "What The Hell"
Oh Land "Son Of A Gun"

Brigette - "Ma Benz"
My Morning Jacket "Wonderful"
St. Vincent "Surgeon"
Rachael Yamagata "Saturday Morning"
Piers Faccini "Tribe"
Smith & Burrows - "As The Snowflakes Fall"
Nick Lowe - "House For Sale"
Natacha Atlas - "Riverman (310 Radio Remix)"
Tassili - "Tenere Taqqim Tossam"
Jonathan Wilson - "Canyon In The Rain"
Cass McCombs - "Wit's End"
Brooke Fraser - "Something In The Water"


1. Various Artists - 37th State
2. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
3. K.D. Lang & the Siss Boom Bang - Sing It Loud
4. Buck 65 - 20 Odd Years
5. Bon Iver - Bon Iver
6. Kate Bush - 50 Words For Snow
7. Bill Frisell & Vinicus Cantuaria - Lagrimas Mexicanas
8. The Roots - undun
9. Sophie Barker - Seagull
10. Brigitte - Et Vous, Tu M'Aimes?

And the rest...

Iron & Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean
James Blake - James Blake
Bewitched Hands - Birds & Drums
Calapesce - Calapesce EP
Charles Bradley - No Time For Dreaming
Wire - Red Barked Tree
Gayngs - Relayted
J Mascis - Several Shades of Why
Selah Sue - Selah Sue 
Various Artists - Red Hot + Rio 2
Julia Stone - The Memory Machine
Wilco - The Whole Love
Pugwash - The Olympus Sound
Jean-Claude Vannier - Rose Rouge Sang
Baxter Drury - Happy Soup
Brazzaville - Jetlag Poetry
Smith & Burrows - Funny Looking Angels
Charlotte Gainsbourg - Stage Whisper



And for what it's worth, these were the 2011 albums that rewarded my high (and sometimes years long) expectation with serious disappointment:

Cornershop - And the Double-O Groove of
Friendly Fires - Pala
Ron Sexsmith - Long Player Late Bloomer
Gus Gus - Arabian Horse
Keren Ann - 101
Raphael Saadiq - Stone Rolling
Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2
Brett Anderson - Black Rainbows
Peter Bjorn & John - Gimmie Some
Little Axe - If You Want Loyalty Buy A Dog
Natacha Atlas - Ayeshteni
Ivy - All Hours


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