2015-01-08 mixtape

Best Songs of 2014

Finally finished my top 50 list for this year. So much good music…had a lot to wade through. Last year I just listed them in alphabetical order, but I felt like that was pretty lame. I then tried to list them in the date they were released, but it was way too uneven. So I put a little more work in this time around, but it flows like I like it.

As usual, this list was built from monthly track lists I keep for every month. It’s basically a music diary. I tried not to let other best of” lists influence me, but I did consult a few just in case I missed anything major. The Aquarium Drunkard and David Roberts are to blame for a few sliding in at the very last, including New Pornographers and Steve Gunn. Everything else is from my ears to this screen. So here’s what we got:


Rent I Pay // Spoon, from They Want My Soul
Silver Timothy // Damien Jurado, from Brothers And Sisters Of The Eternal Son
Forgiven/Forgotten // Angel Olson, from Burn Your Fire For No Witness
Don’t Mean A Thing // St Paul and the Broken Bones, from Half The City
Coastal // Abram Shook, from Sun Marquee
Daughters // Wild Beasts, from Present Tense
Easy (Switch Screens) // Son Lux feat Lorde, from Alternate Worlds EP
Get Well // Nothing, from Guilty Of Everything
Always // Panama, from Always EP
The Tower // Wye Oak, from Shriek
From A Cage // Haley Bonar, from Last War
Mother & Father // Broods, from Evergreen
Unkinder (A Tougher Love) // Thumpers, from Galore
Awake // Tycho, from Awake
Red Eyes // The War On Drugs, from Lost In The Dream
Say Goodbye // Beck, from Morning Phase
JM // Strand Of Oaks, from HEAL
Only Son // Shakey Graves, from And The War Came
Stay Gold // First Aid Kit, from Stay Gold
Brill Bruisers // The New Pornographers, from Brill Bruisers
Horizon // Real Estate, from Atlas
The Ocean // Manchester Orchestra, from Cope
On The Rise // Ryley Walker, from All Kinds Of You
Dress // Sylvan Esso, from Sylvan Esso
Out Alee // Hundred Waters, from The Moon Rang Like A Bell
Your Love Is Killing Me // Sharon Van Etten, from Are We There
Accelerate // Jungle, from Jungle
Jerk Ribs // Kelis, from Food
Runaway // Self, from Super Fake Nice
Nearby // Ten Tom, from See You Again
Have You Seen My Son? // Benjamin Booker, from Benjamin Booker
Do I Have The Time // Jessica Lee Mayfield, from Make My Head Sing…
Lonely Richard // Amen Dunes, from Love
Sleight Orchestra // Dawn Golden, from Still Life
Coming Down // Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, from Only Run
LOW // Young Fathers, from DEAD
Quartz // TV On The Radio, from Seeds
Hunger Of The Pine // alt-J, from This Is All Yours
Florida Kilos // Lana Del Rey, from Ultraviolence
Sugah Daddy // D’Angelo And The Vanguard, from Black Messiah
Springful // Adult Jazz, from Gist Is
Color Decay // Junius Meyvant, from Color Decay single
Takmit // Saintseneca, from Dark Arc
Gold // James Vincent McMorrow, from Post Tropical
Blue Mountains // Sam Amidon, from Lily-O
Milly’s Garden // Steve Gunn, from Way Out Weather
Gimme Something Good // Ryan Adams, from Ryan Adams
Living The Dream // Sturgill Simpson, from Metamodern Sounds In Country Music
Down In The Morning We Thought We’d Never Lose // Frontier Ruckus, from Sitcom Afterlife
Flume // Coeur de Pirate, from Trauma

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