my favorite songs of 2014, part 3

I thought this year I’d do the year end song stuff a little differently than I have in the past, so today you get part 3 of the songs I liked best this year. There’s no order to the songs (I like some more than others, sure, but I like all the songs you’ll hear), so it didn’t seem really important to me to make one huge list, and thus I’ll be rolling out my favorite songs of the year via a new 25 song (the last one may have more) playlist each Friday in December (so there will be 100 or so total songs). This will give you a chance to listen without being overwhelmed, and it will give me a chance to make this list without getting overwhelmed. Win/win, really. Anyhow, here’s the third batch of 25 of the songs I liked best in 2014. Enjoy!


(listen via the embedded player above or click here to listen on 8tracks)

1. Dearly Departed- Shakey Graves
2. Moss & Marrow- Joan Shelley
3. Saturday’s Song- Hiss Golden Messenger
4. Walking With A Stranger- Chris Staples
5. Shut In- Strand of Oaks
6. The Years (prologue)- The Midnight
7. Coastal- Abram Shook
8. Elysium- Bear’s Den
9. Marigolden- Field Report
10 In Now and Then- Cataldo
11. Coming Home- Leon Bridges
12. Suffering You, Suffering Me- Slow Club
13. Afraid of Nothing- Sharon Van Etten
14. Falling Short- Låpsley
15. The Greatest Bastard- Damien Rice
16. Bill Murray- Phantogram
17. Plains to Crash- Damien Jurado
18. Flaws- Vancouver Sleep Clinic
19. Bloodlines- Mimicking Birds
20. Flowering- Tweedy
21. Why Do I Try- Horse Feathers
22. The Living & The Dead- Kalle Mattson
23. The Journey- Tom Misch
24. Don’t Tell Our Friends About Me- Blake Mills
25. High- Young Rising Sons

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catching up… for the holidays

So, lots of good holiday stuff going on around the internets. ’tis the season, as they say. Let’s see what you should be adding to your holiday playlist…

Wild Child, Brown Bird and Prairie Empire all released brand new Christmas albums/eps. You’d do well to pick up all three.

‘O Holy Night’ is one of my favorite Christmas tunes. Jessica from Deep Sea Diver does it real well. You can download it for free right here.

Mr. Little Jeans put out a Christmas tune because hey, man, you need to dance during Christmas.

This Hey Rosetta! tune isn’t from this year, but this new video of Tim performing it with a choir is, and it’s great, and that’s why it’s here. Enjoy!

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‘Me At The Museum, You In The Wintergardens- Tiny Ruins

‘Me At The Museum, You In The Wintergardens’ is this year’s ‘song that Adam found on a year end list- the NPR one- that is absolutely beautiful and he can’t believe he didn’t hear/pay attention to before.’ Stunning number, this one. Very happy to have finally given Tiny Ruins a listen, because the album she/they put out earlier this year, Brightly Painted One, is positively stunning and one of the year’s finest. Enjoy.

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Monday Links

On Twitter and Facebook I share links each day to various stuff that I think is great and/or worth people’s time. But not everyone that comes here is on Twitter or Facebook, so I gather up the best of those links each Monday and post them here so everyone can get in on the fun. If you’ve missed any of the past Monday Links (or just want to waste some time), check out the archive here.

If you haven’t checked out NPR’s Songs We Love app/interactive site, you need to go do so right this very moment. It includes 304 of their staff’s favorite songs released in 2014, spanning just about every genre. Terrific stuff and a great way to find a little something new to love.

Saw Sean Rowe open for Shakey Graves last week here in Denver and was completely blown away. Here he is covering ‘1952 Vincent Black Lightning.’

Water Liars playing ‘Turn Me On’ in an alley is about as good as it gets.

The Decemberists have a new album coming out early next year. Here’s Colin Meloy playing a song from it called ‘Carolina Low.’

Intense, beautiful video of Angel Olsen playing ‘Iota’ here for The Line of Best Fit. Enjoy.

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my favorite songs of 2014, part 2

I thought this year I’d do the year end song stuff a little differently than I have in the past, so today you get part 2 of the songs I liked best this year. There’s no order to the songs (I like some more than others, sure, but I like all the songs you’ll hear), so it didn’t seem really important to me to make one huge list, and thus I’ll be rolling out my favorite songs of the year via a new 25 song (the last one may have more) playlist each Friday in December (so there will be 100 or so total songs). This will give you a chance to listen without being overwhelmed, and it will give me a chance to make this list without getting overwhelmed. Win/win, really. Anyhow, here’s the second batch of 25 of the songs I liked best in 2014. Enjoy!


(listen via the embedded player above or click here to listen on 8tracks)
1. Summertime- Lowell
2. You’re With Me- Ark Life
3. Heavenly Father- Bon Iver
4. Southern Grammar- Hiss Golden Messenger
5. 1936- PHOX
6. Hotel- The Antlers
7. Seasons (Waiting On You)- Future Islands
8. Family And Genus- Shakey Graves
9. Let The Great World Spin- Ryan Tanner
10. Ring The Bell- White Hinterland
11. Better Man- Leon Bridges
12. Youth- Ben Khan
13. Love Ain’t Enough- The Barr Brothers
14, Gold Silver Diamond- Generationals
15. Justice- Miss America
16. To Me- Chet Faker
17. Shaky Hand- Quiet Life
18. If I’m Unworthy- Blake Mills
19. Sun Goes Out- Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes
20. I Can’t Live Without My Mothers Love- Sun Kil Moon
21. Veins- Palace
22. The Whip- Jesse Marchant
23. Ditchdigger- Tyler Lyle
24. What’s On Your Mind- Greyhounds
25. Decision Day- Field Report

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catching up

It’s been a crazy week, life-wise, and a really fruitful one, music-wise. Let’s talk about some tunes, shall we?

‘Me, Liquor & God’- Night Beds
This new Night Beds track is tremendous. At the complete opposite end of the spectrum from anything on Country Sleep, but it still works. Absolutely cannot wait for a new album, and a new direction, from Winston and company.

‘She Is Spirit’ (Live at Abbey Road)- Motopony
I’ve posted this song around here before, but damn is this a perfect take.

‘Billions of Eyes’- Lady Lamb the Beekeeper
Hey guys and girls? Ya’ll should get excited about the Lady Lamb the Beekeeper album coming in March. Also, last album around she had a press photo that was just her eating peanut butter off a spoon, which is amazing in every single way.

‘Only Names’- Dalton
Did I have this dreamy, exceptional new tune from Dalton on repeat today for a good few hours? Yes, yes I did.

‘Indian Summer’- River City Extension
This track just builds and builds and builds and builds and builds and gets better and better and better. It’s a little ridiculous how great this is.

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Monday Links

On Twitter and Facebook I share links each day to various stuff that I think is great and/or worth people’s time. But not everyone that comes here is on Twitter or Facebook, so I gather up the best of those links each Monday and post them here so everyone can get in on the fun. If you’ve missed any of the past Monday Links (or just want to waste some time), check out the archive here.

Hilang Child is another name you need to know going into 2015, I think. That voice.

And now, Bear’s Den playing a tune in a pub.

Finally made some updates to the ‘What I’m Listening To’ playlist on Spotify. Give it a listen right here if you’d like.

Video of a sweaty Shakey Graves show from Chicago, courtesy of Audiotree (show starts about 35 minutes in).

Busy week around here last week, mix-wise. Thought I’d post both the winter one and my first batch of favorite songs from 2014 again in case you missed them. Enjoy.

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