Best Songs Of 2014

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It’s been another great year for new music, 2014 did not disappoint at all.  This post is always my favourite one to put together, the problem is always trying to keep the number of songs down.  I settled on 50 tracks (listed here in playlist order, not a ranking) that rocked my year, take a look below and agree, disagree, discover of just hit play.  As usual, I did my best to make these playlists on soundcloud, spotify, rdio, youtube and this year on Dropmark (which I use for saving videos).  For those who like to watch your playlists, try out my collection.

1. The War On Drugs – “Red Eyes”
2. Jungle – “Busy Earnin'”
3. Saintseneca – “Happy Alone”
4. Ryn Weaver – “OctaHate”
5. Broods – “L.A.F”
6. Death From Above 1979 – “Trainwreck 1979″
7. Brolin – “Swim Deep”
8. Bastille vs Haim – “Bite Down”
9. Moscow Metro – “Future Fades”
10. Austin Basham – “All Is Well”
11. Alvvays – “Archie, Marry Me”
12. Sego – “Wicket Youth”
13. Ghost Beach – “Moon Over Japan”
14. Sucre – “Young And Free”
15. Strand Of Oaks – “Shut In”
16. Lowell – “The Bells”
17. Arkells – “Come To Light”
18. Nate Eiesland – “Drifting”
19. Future Islands – “Seasons (Waiting On You)”
20. Ben Khan – “Youth”
21. Prinze George – “Make Me”
22. Bombay Bicycle Club – “Luna”
23. Sylvan Esso – “Coffee”
24. Caribou – “Can’t Do Without You”
25. Fickle Friends – “Swim”
26. Snakadaktal – “The Sun II”
27. Old Man Canyon – “Wiser”
28. Chad VanGaalen – “Monster”
29. Cloud Nothings – “I’m Not Part Of Me”
30. Skaters – “Miss Teen Massachusetts”
31. Spoon – “Inside Out”
32. Haerts – “Giving Up”
33. Kevin Drew – “You In Your Were”
34. Wye Oak – “Glory”
35. SOHN – “Artifice”
36. Hey Rosetta! – “Kintsukuroi”
37. Wolf Saga – “You Only Live Once (Strokes Cover) feat. Lyon”
38. Seoul – “Stay With Us”
39. Panama Wedding – “All Of The People”
40. Magic Man – “It All Starts Here”
41. Phoria – “Atomic”
42. Vance Joy – “Mess Is Mine”
43. New Pornographers – “Brill Bruisers”
44. Tove Lo – “Habits (Stay High)”
45. Prides – “Messiah”
46. Operators – “True ”
47. Snowmine – “Tidal Wave”
48. Still Parade – “Beach”
49. Breakfast In Fur – “Shape”
50. Odesza – “Say My Name (feat. Zyra)”

BEST SONGS OF 2014 (RDIO PLAYLIST) / BEST SONGS OF 2014 (SOUNDCLOUD PLAYLIST) / BEST SONGS OF 2014 (SPOTIFY PLAYLIST) / BEST SONGS OF 2014 (YOUTUBE PLAYLIST) / BEST SONGS OF 2014 (DROPMARK VIDEO PLAYLIST)

Friends Of Indie Music Filter: Albums Of 2014

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And here’s post #2 of 2 as part of my Friends Of Indie Music Filter poll.  My jury weighs in on their top albums of 2014, listed in order received by IMF.  Head a little further down to put on the soundcloud playlist and listen while you read on.

Jonathan Palmer (SONGS Music Publishing)

1. St. Vincent – “St. Vincent” 2. Sharon Van Etten – “Are We There” 3. Temples – “Sun Structures” 4. St. Paul and The Broken Bones – “Half the City” 5. Dum Dum Girls – “Too True”

Tej Jordan Sandhu (Co-Founder / FANATIC inc.)

1. Jessie Ware – “Tough Love”  2. Sam Smith – “In The Lonely Hour”  3. Spoon – “They Want My Soul” 4. James Vincent McMorrow – “Post Tropical” 5. Jon Bellion – “The Definition”

Geoff Nelson (Staff Writer, IMPOSE magazine)

1. Mac Demarco – “Salad Days” 2. Spoon – “They Want My Soul” 3. The War On Drugs – “Lost in the Dream” 4. Mitski – “bury me at makeout creek” 5. Los Angeles Police Department – “S/T”

David Hayman (Music Supervisor, Super Sonic Creative)

1. Spoon – “They Want My Soul” 2. The War On Drugs – “Lost in The Dream” 3. Run The Jewels – “RTJ2″ 4. Mac Demarco – “Salad Days” 5. The Barr Brothers – “Even the Darkness Has Arms”

Rebecca Rienks (Music Supervisor, E! Entertainment)

1. Run the Jewels – “Run the Jewels 2″  2.  Cloud Nothings – “Here and Nowhere Else”  3. The Orwells –  “Disgraceland” 4.  Glass Animals – “Zaba” 5. Single Mothers – “Negative Qualities”

Laura Katz (Music Supervisor, Cutting Edge Group)

1. Spoon – “They Want My Soul” 2. Ex Hex – “Rips” 3. Broncho – “Just Enough Hip to be a Woman” 4. Parkay Quarts – “Content Nausea” 5. Todd Terje – “It’s Album Time”

Greg Danylyshyn (Music Supervisor, Go Big Entertainment)

1. Broncho – “Just Enough Hip to Be A Woman” 2. Castle Project – “The Aftermath of Murder” 3. Obliterations – “Poison Everything” 4. Dawn Golden – “Still Life” 5. Interpol – “El Pintor”

Chris Restivo (Music Supervisor / Toy Box)

TIE For 1st: 1) Caribou – “Our Love” & Run The Jewels – “Run The Jewels 2″  2. BadBadNotGood – “III” 3. Death From Above 1979 – “The Physical World” 4. Little Dragon – “Nabuma Rubberband” 5) Ty Segall – “Manipulator”

Jill Stewart (Musicmill – Music Sup Assistant)

1. The War on Drugs – “Lost In A Dream” 2. Beck – “Morning Phase” 3. Damon Albarn – “Everyday Robots” 4. Steve Gunn – “Way out Weather” 5. Thom Yorke – “Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes”

Jennifer Smuckler (TV Music Lionsgate)

1. First Aid Kit – “Stay Gold” 2. Warpaint – “Warpaint” 3. Jungle – “Jungle” 4. Empires – “Orphan” 5. Flight Facilities – “Down to Earth”

Marc Z. Gold (Gold Soundz)

1. Spoon – “They Want My Soul” 2. A Sunny Day In Glasgow – “Sea When Absent” 3. Nothing – “Guilty Of Everything” 4. Operators – “EP1″ 5. Sun Kil Moon – “Benji”

Dondrea Erauw (Instinct Entertainment)

1. Ryan Adams – “Ryan Adams”  2. Taylor Swift – “1989” 3.  Lights – “Little Machines” 4. General Ghost – “Drifter Painter Drinker Sinker” 5.  The Apache Relay – “The Apache Relay”

Carly Evans (Music Coordinator at All3 Media)

1. Royal Blood – “Royal Blood” 2. Phil Beaudreau – “Ether” 3. Tove Lo – “Queen of the Clouds” 4. Mystery Skulls – “Forever” 5. Ray Lamontagne – “Supernova”

Lisa Lagace (Turn The Record Over)

1. Kevin Drew – “Darlings” 2. Jenny Lewis – “The Voyager” 3. The War On Drugs – “Lost In A Dream” 4. Taylor Swift – “1989” 5. Pink Mountaintops – “Get Back”

Nisha Lakhani (Music Supervisor, Storyboard Music)

1. Ben Khan – “1992”  2. Royal Blood – “Royal Blood” 3. Lana Del Rey – “Ultraviolence” 4. Angel Olsen – “Burn Your Fire For No Witness” 5. The Acid – “Liminal”

Ben Hochstein (Music Supervisor)

1. Cloud Nothings – “Here and Nowhere Else” 2. FKA Twigs – “LP1″  3. The War on Drugs – “Lost in the Dream” 4.  Twin Peaks – “Wild Onion” 5. Sylvan Esso – “Sylvan Esso”

Amine Ramer (States of Sound)

1. Seinabo Sey – “For Madeleine” 2. Caribou – “Our Love” 3. Tom Vek – “Luck” 4. SBTRKT – “Wonder Where We Land” 5. Classixx – “Hanging Gardens”

Zach Hart (We Listen For You)

1. Woods – “With Light And With Love” 2. Sharon Van Etten – “Are We There” 3. Angel Olsen – “Burn Your Fire For No Witness” 4. Antlers – “Familiars” 5. Marissa Nadler – “July”

Tom Hutch (Apollo Studios)

1. Riff Raff – “Neon Icon” 2. Iggy Azalea – “The New Classic” 3. Keys and Krates – “Every Night” EP 4. Odesza – “In Return” 5. Alt-J “This is All Yours”

Heather Guibert (Music Supervisor / Francium Enterprises)

1. SOHN – “Tremors” 2. Jessie Ware – “Tough Love” 3. First Aid Kit – “Stay Gold” 4. Zola Jesus – “Taiga” 5. Sir Sly – “You Haunt Me”

Amanda Krieg Thomas (Music Supervisor, Format)

1. First Aid Kit – “Stay Gold” 2. tUnE-yArDs – “nikki nack” 3. Taylor Swift – “1989” 4. RAC – “Strangers Pt. 1″ 5. Lykke Li – “I Never Learn”

Joel C. High (Music Supervisor – creative control)

1. Lowell – “We Loved Her Dearly” 2. Benjamin Booker – “Benjamin Booker” 3. Shakey Graves – “And The War Came” 4. Death From Above 1979 – “The Physical World” 5. St. Vincent – “St Vincent”

Lueda Alia (Founder @ Made of Chalk)
1. Arms and Sleepers – “Swim Team” 2. Raised By Swans – “Öxnadalur” 3. East Forest – “Orbits” 4. Kiasmos – “Kiasmos” 5. Sharon Van Etten – “Are We there”

Friends Of Indie Music Filter: Songs Of 2014

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I’m so excited to bring back my yearly “Friends Of Indie Music Filter” poll, where I reach out to great folks I know in different facets of the music industry and ask for their top five lists.  Over the course of last week, I received a bunch of contributions from music supervisors, publishers, and bloggers.  All = massive music fans.  Please pay attention to these lists, as here’s where you’re going to find those missing gems you might not have discovered elsewhere this year.

This is post 1 of 2, Top Songs Of 2014 (listed in order of when it was received by IMF).  Below the lists is a playlist (songs in random order), where I added each person’s top song, plus one of my own favourites from each top 5 list.  Best albums up tomorrow. Enjoy!

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Jonathan Palmer (SONGS Music Publishing)
1. Tove Lo – “Habits (Stay High)” 2. St. Vincent – “I Prefer Your Love” 3. Lana Del Rey – “West Coast” 4. St. Paul and the Broken Bones – “Call Me” 5. Lil John and DJ Snake – “Turn Down for What”

Tej Jordan Sandhu (Co-Founder / FANATIC inc.)
1. Ryan Hemsworth – “Snow In Newark”  2. Jessie Ware – “Say You Love Me (Alex Adair Remix)” 3. Chet Faker – “1998”  4. Raury & Vancouver Sleep Clinic – “Superfly” 5. TOTEM – “Chase Me”

Geoff Nelson (Staff Writer, IMPOSE magazine)
1. Happyness – “Montreal Rock Band Somewhere” 2. Spoon – “Inside Out” 3. The War on Drugs – “An Ocean In Between The Waves” 4. Los Angles Police Department – “She Came Through (Again)” 5. Mr. Little Jeans – “Good Mistake”

David Hayman (Music Supervisor, Super Sonic Creative)
1) Mark Ronson ft. Mystikal – “Feel Right” 2) The War On Drugs – “Suffering” 3) SPOON – “Inside Out” 4) TV On The Radio – “Careful You”  5) Keys & Krates – “Keep it 100″

Rebecca Rienks (Music Supervisor, E! Entertainment)
1.) Run The Jewels feat. Zack de la Rocha – “Close Your Eyes and Count to Fuck” 2.) Cloud Nothings – “Now Hear In”  3.) Kid Ink feat. Pusha T – “Murda” 4.) kidä – “Diälogue” 5.) Single Mothers – “Marbles”

Laura Katz (Music Supervisor, Cutting Edge Group)
1. Angel Olsen – “Forgiven/Forgotten” 2. Cashmere Cat – “Pearls” 3. Basement Jaxx – “Never Say Never” 4. Hamilton Leithauser – “The Silent Orchestra” 5. Tensnake – “Feel of Love”

Greg Danylyshyn (Music Supervisor, Go Big Entertainment)
1. Antlers – “Hotel”  2. Sea Wolf – “Young Bodies” 3. Cloud Nothings – “Now Hear In” 4. Strand of Oaks – “Goshen ’97” 5. Dawn Golden – “All I Want”

Chris Restivo (Music Supervisor / Toy Box)
1.(tie) Run The Jewels – “Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck)” or “Love Again” *Depends on my mood* 2. Little Dragon – “Paris” 3. Badbadnotgood – “Can’t Leave The Night” 4. Nothing – “Dig” 5.(TIE) Waters – “Got To My Head” & Hundred Waters – “Murmurs”

Jill Stewart (Musicmill – Music Sup Assistant)
1. Perfume Genius – “Fool” 2. Pearls – “Big Shot” 3. Little Dragon – “Cat Rider” 4. Setec – “Fistful of lizards” 5. Teeth & Tongue – “Family Home”

Jennifer Smuckler (TV Music Lionsgate)
1. First Aid Kit – “My Silver Lining” 2. Jungle – “Busy Earning” 3. Asgeir – “Going Home” 4. Bombay Bicycle Club – “Home By Now” 5. Flight Facilities - “Sunshine”

Marc Z. Gold (Gold Soundz)
1. New Pornographers – “Born With A Sound” 2. Sun Kil Moon – “Carissa” 3. Spoon – “New York Kiss” 4. Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks – “Little Fang” 5. Operators – “Ancient”

Dondrea Erauw (Instinct Entertainment)
1. Ryan Adams – “Feels Like Fire” 2. Manchester Orchestra – “Cope” 3. Noah Gundersen – “Ledges” 4. HOLYCHILD – “Running Behind” 5. Taylor Swift – “All You Had To Do Was Stay”

Carly Evans (Music Coordinator at All3 Media)
1. Thomston – “Anaesthetic” 2. Years and Years – “Desire” 3. VERITE – “Weekend” 4. Wolf Alice – “Moaning Lisa Smile” 5. Dillon Francis – “Get Low”

Lisa Lagace (Turn The Record Over)
1. Jenny Lewis – “Just One Of The Guys” 2. The War on Drugs – “Under The Pressure” 3.  Kevin Drew – “Good Sex” 4). Sia – “Chandelier” 5. Cold Specks – “Bodies At Bay”

Nisha Lakhani (Music Supervisor, Storyboard Music)
1. Ben Khan – “Eden” 2. SBTRKT ft Denai Moore – “The Light” 3. BANKS – “This Is What It Feels Like” 4. Only Lovers Left Alive Soundtrack (SQURL, Madeline Follin) – “Funnel of Love” 5. Taylor Swift – “Shake It Off”

Ben Hochstein (Music Supervisor)
1. Lilly Wood and The Prick – “Prayer in C (Robin Schulz Remix)” 2. Courtney Barnettt – “Avant Gardener” 3. Interpol – “All the Rage Back Home” 4. Young Fathers – “No Way” 5. Alvvays – “Archie, Marry Me”

Amine Ramer (States of Sound)
1. Glass Animals – “Gooey “(gilligan Moss Remix) 2. Jessy Lanza- “Stange Emotion” 3. SBTRKT – “Temporary View” 4. Seinabo Sey – “Younger” (Kygo Remix) 5. Caribou – “Can’t do without you”

Zach Hart (We Listen For You)
1. The Deloreans – “As Long As It’s You”  2. Kevin Morby – “All Of My Life” 3. Nerves Junior – “Last Ones In” 4. Angel Olsen – “Hi-Fi” 5. Antlers – “Hotel”

Tom Hutch (Apollo Studios)
1. Riff Raff – “Introducing The Icon” 2. Grimes – “Go feat. Blood Diamonds” 3. Alt-J – “Every Other Freckle” 4. RL Grime & What So Not – “Tell Me” 5. Lana Del Ray – “West Coast”

Heather Guibert (Music Supervisor / Francium Enterprises)
1. Young Summer – “Taken” 2. SOHN – “Artifice” 3. Chet Faker – “To Me” 4. Laura Welsh – “Ghosts” 5. Raleigh Ritchie – “Bloodsport”

Amanda Krieg Thomas (Music Supervisor, Format)
1. Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk” 2. Marian Hill – “Got It” 3. Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne – “Rather Be” 4. Sir Sly feat. Lizzy Plapinger – “Inferno” 5. Dorothy – “The Wicked Ones”

Joel C. High (Music Supervisor – creative control)
1. Benjamin Booker – “Always Waiting” 2. Lowell – “Cloud 69″ 3. Seinabo Sey – “Hard Time” 4. Caught A Ghost – “No Sugar In My Coffee” 5. Run The Jewels – “Close Your Eyes (and Count To Fuck)”

Lueda Alia (Founder @ Made of Chalk)
1. Arms and Sleepers – “Tiger Tempo” 2. Raised By Swans – “Katla” 3. East Forest – “Limitations” 4. T.O.L.D – “Lucifer’s Eyes” 5. Kiasmos – “Held”

Video: “Daydreamer” by Bipolar Sunshine

Video: “Daydreamer” by Bipolar Sunshine

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I’m expecting that 2015 will be a big year for Bipolar Sunshine as he builds momentum up to his summer release of his next album.  Last month, we got to hear a taste of whats to come with the song “Daydreamer“, a single that’s out on January 25th.  The song was a collaboration with SBTRKT and produced by Fraser T Smith (Adele, Lily Allen, Sam Smith), which now has a video, a kaleidoscopic vision of a daydreamer’s wild mind directed by Tomek Ducki.

Prides 2014 Mixtape

Prides 2014 Mixtape

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This is the kind of thing I’m talking about when I say that I’m looking for bands that are doing something different.  Bands take notice, this is a great way to get on a blog (especially in December, when it’s all about year end content).

Glasgow’s Prides recently recorded themselves at The Old Mill Studios performing a mixtape of their favourite tracks, including Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy”, Ryn Weaver’s “OctaHate”, and Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” (to name a few).  Here’s a note from the band:

2014 has been a year where we spent a lot of time in a van listening to the radio. We decided to wrap up the year with one of our mixtapes of our favorite tracks, but this time we decided to play it live. These are the songs that we sang on the way back from shows, played incessantly whilst out on tour, and cranked when they came on the radio. Hope you enjoy!

When I look back on 2014, I’m really glad that Prides popped up on my radar.

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