BEST OF … October 2014

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The final quarter of 2014 began with a bang, as Panda Bear and Sleater-Kinney(!!!) announced their respective new albums (due in 2015) with the release of incredible singles. Tinashe made good on the promise of “2 On” with a stunning debut, while Run The Jewels continued to demonstrate their importance to modern day hip-hop. But the month, of course, belonged to Taylor Swift. There hasn’t been a release this publicized since Beyoncé’s secret release a year ago, and like that one, 1989 is pretty great.

BEST TRACKS (October)

1. A$AP Rocky, “Multiply” (feat. Juicy J)

2. Ariel Pink, “Black Ballerina”

3. Caribou, “All I Ever Need”

4. Chvrches, “Get Away”

5. Drake, “How About Now” Continue reading “BEST OF … October 2014”

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PLAYLIST: May 2014

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Michael Gira of Swans

TOP SONGS.

1. 2 Chainz, “Wuda Cuda Shuda” (feat. Lil Boosie)

2. Beta Frontiers, “So Cold” (feat. Carmen Elle)

3. Cam’ron & A-Trak, “Dipshits” (feat. Juelz Santana & Damon Dash)

4. Ed Schrader’s Music Beat, “Pink Moons”

5. La Roux, “Let Me Down Gently”

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PLAYLIST: August 2013

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Ty Segall

Another month is almost in the books, meaning it’s time to take a look back at the best of what August had to offer. Normally a time of year that acts as a respite between the flurry of releases that signal the beginning of summer and the holiday season, this year’s August releases bucked that trend. From Earl Sweatshirt’s hyped sophomore set to Kendrick Lamar cementing his legacy, Drake delivering one of the best pop songs of the year to Chela and Gent Mason making a name for themselves off the strength of their debut singles, there’s plenty to look back at fondly from August 2013.

As always, songs and albums are listed in alphabetical order by name.

top songs

1. Volcano Choir, “Acetate”

2. Lady Gaga, “Applause”

3. Earl Sweatshirt feat. Vince Staples, “Burgundy”

4. Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar, & Jay Electronica, “Control (HOF)”

5. Ty Segall, “Crazy”

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PLAYLIST: July 2013

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AlunaGeorge

July saw the release of Jay Z’s (no hyphen necessary) head-turning Magna Carta… Holy Grail, Justin Timberlake’s googling deficiencies (see: “Take Back The Night”), the return of the original Sugababes, and Willis Earl Beal unleashing his inner Johnny Cash. All made for a compelling month of July, and we look back at the month that was in this post of the best music from July.

top tracks

1. No Age, “An Impression”

2. AlunaGeorge, “Bad Idea”

3. Okkervil River, “Down Down The Deep River”

4. Kill Paris, “Falling In Love Again”

5. Mutya Keisha Siobhan, “Flatline”

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PLAYLIST: May 2013

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Vampire Weekend

With June only a couple days away, it’s time to present to you the very best of the month of May. It seemed as though everyone was making records this month, with plenty of amazing tunes released these past four weeks. From the return of Daft Punk to Vampire Weekend’s highly praised (and rightfully so) third studio album, the month had a lot to offer.

Below are the songs and albums that made this month so very special. All albums, tracks are listed in alphabetical order.

top tracks

1. Smith Westerns, “3am Spiritual”

2. Ryan Hemsworth, “All Our Thoughts are Physical”

3. Mariah Carey feat. Miguel, “#Beautiful”

4. Mount Kimbie, “Blood and Form”

5. Classixx, “Borderline”

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PLAYLIST: April 2013

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Jagwar Ma

For your convenience, here are the essential tracks and albums released in April. From the many high profile comebacks to the unearthed gems, they are all here. Songs and albums are in alphabetical order.

 april 2013 (best songs)

1. MGMT, “Alien Days”

2. DJ Koze feat. Milosh, “Amygdala”

3. Daft Punk, “Get Lucky”

4. Kurt Vile, “Goldtone”

5. Kelis, “Jerk Ribs”

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PLAYLIST: March 2013

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Rhye

A friendly look back at the month that once was. Here are the songs and albums/mp3 collections you need to hear. All songs, albums are in alphabetical order.

march 2013 (best songs)

1. Rhye – “3 Days”

2. Drake – “5AM In Toronto”

3. SOHN, “Bloodflows”

4. Shlohmo & Jeremih, “Bo Peep (Do U Right)”

5. Ciara, “Body Party”

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