my favorite songs of 2014, part 1

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 1 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 first 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. Other Side- Cataldo
2. Let It Breathe- Water Liars
3. Reminders, Defeats- Jesse Marchant
4. Tide- Jay William Henderson
5. Come To Light- Arkells
6. Have You Seen My Son?- Benjamin Booker
7. Coffee- Sylvan Esso
8. Bad Blood- Bear’s Den
9. It Just Got Weird-Donovan Woods and Robyn Dell’Unto
10. Eyes Shut- Years & Years
11. Just A Dream- Tobias Jesso Jr. 
12. Head For The Hills- Night Beds
13. Away From You- Chris Farren
14. Painter (valentine)-Låpsley
15. Dead End Thanks- Horse Feathers
16. The Night Is Far Gone- Justin Dean Thomas
17. Talking Backwards- Real Estate
18. I Forgot Where We Were- Ben Howard
19. On The Rocks- Rural Alberta Advantage
20. Lucia- Hiss Golden Messenger
21. I Decline- Perfume Genius
22. Dark Side of The Moon- Chris Staples
23. The Glow- Esmé Patterson
24. Even The Darkness Has Arms- The Barr Brothers
25. Tunnel- The Bronze Medal

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winter2014 – a mix

We talked about this last year, but no matter how happy life is, winter is about sad songs. So this is a mix of those, even though I’m happier than I maybe have ever been. There’s hope sprinkled in here and there, but I won’t try to convince you this is anything but a mix of sad, cozy songs that sound best when you’re under some blankets. Hope you enjoy.


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

1. Poor Man’s Son- Noah Gundersen
2. In My Time Of Need- Ryan Adams
3. Peaceful Mind- Ryan Tanner
4. Marrow In The Morrow- Jay William Henderson
5. Walking With A Stranger- Chris Staples
6. Can’t Take You With Me- Bahamas
7. Chapter & Verse (Ione’s Song)- Hiss Golden Messenger
8. Heartsteady- David McMillin
9. Sun Has Gone- Broken Twin
10. In Tall Buildings- Gregory Alan Isakov
11. Camarillas- Damien Rice
12. House of Winston- Shakey Graves
13. For No One- Houndmouth
14. That Hotel- Donovan Woods
15. Moss & Marrow- Joan Shelley
16. May As Well- Angel Olsen
17. Butter for Burns (The Devil Whale cover)- Mideau
18. Drive All Night (Bruce Springsteen cover)- Sharon Van Etten

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ones to watch in 2015

Every year about this time it’s fun to speculate who might be pretty huge next year. I was a little early on a few guesses last year- the debut albums from Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and Eliza & The Bear are both due in the early part of next year, I think, and Tyler Lyle is currently recording an album I’d assume is going to be released next year and thus make him well-known- but generally I think I did pretty well in my guesses, as PHOX, Ark Life, Dan Croll and James Vincent McMorrow all had what I’d call successful years. So, who do I think is going to break out in 2015? Glad you asked…

Leon Bridges

Låpsley

The Districts

Tobias Jesso Jr.

Reignwolf

Small Houses

JMR

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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.

Tremendously beautiful live take of ‘Elysium’ from Bear’s Den here.

Get to know the name Låpsley, guys and girls. She’s going to be massive in 2015.

Also primed for a big 2015? Little May.

How about a couple (fantastic) live videos of songs from that new Nathaniel Rateliff EP that’s coming in January?

Milo Greene just sitting around, playing a song from their new record called ‘Lie To Me.’

Here’s a Soundcloud playlist of what I was listening to in November (click here to listen on Soundcloud).

Made this playlist of my favorite Christmas tunes last year around this time. Time to bring it back out again (click here to listen on 8tracks). Enjoy.

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catching up

A few tunes for you before a holiday break.

‘Call Ya Momma’- Justin Townes Earle

‘Take My Side’- Will Butler

‘The Woods’- Hollow Coves

‘Think of England’- Bear’s Den

 

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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.

What the world certainly needs more of: Hiss Golden Messenger on the TV.

Absolutely gorgeous video from HearYa of a gorgeous rendition of Strand of Oaks’ ‘Woke Up To The Light’ here.

Damien Rice, a guitar and a big, empty room. Yes, this is nice.

And now: a brand new video for one of the finest songs of 2014, ‘The Glow’ by Esmé Patterson.

Here’s a lovely cover of ‘America’ from First Aid Kit, who only do lovely things.

Gonna see if I can’t make a few of these between now and spring, for those days/weekends when being under blankets and drinking a pot or two of coffee is all you want to do. Enjoy.

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‘Closer’- Nathaniel Rateliff

A sparse, stunning new tune from Nathaniel Rateliff for you this late November Sunday. Look for Rateliff’s Closer EP on January 27th. Enjoy.

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