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Indie Music Filter: Best Of February 2015 (PLAYLISTS)

Indie Music Filter: Best Of February 2015 (PLAYLISTS)

And, the playlists are up!  Check out what rocked in January, via all your favourite platforms (RdioSoundcloudSpotify and Youtube).  This past month started off 2015 in a great way with some killer tunes from EXGF, The Wombats, The Tallest Man On Earth, Young Empires, Passion Pit and many more.

Best of February 2015: Playlist (Rdio) / Best of February 2015: Playlist (Soundcloud) / Best of February 2015: Playlist (Spotify) / Best of February 2015: Playlist (Youtube)

Indie Music Filter: Best Of January 2015 (PLAYLISTS)

Indie Music Filter: Best Of January 2015 (PLAYLISTS)

And, the playlists are up!  Check out what rocked in January, via all your favourite platforms (RdioSoundcloudSpotify and Youtube).  This past month started off 2015 in a great way with some killer tunes from Favela, Satellite Stories, Hey Rosetta!, Kagu, The Barr Brothers and many more.

Best of January 2015: Playlist (Rdio) / Best of January 2015: Playlist (Soundcloud) / Best of January 2015: Playlist (Spotify) / Best of January 2015: Playlist (Youtube)

Favourite New Artists Of 2014

Favourite New Artists Of 2014

This will be the last post of 2014 for me and I’ve gotta say that it’s been a pretty awesome year for new music.  Looking back through all our posts here, I wanted to make a list of artists and bands who really turned my head and caught my ear.  Here’s my list of 7, in no particular order and classified as “Favourite New Artist Of 2014″ only by when I first discovered who they were, regardless of how they existed before 2014.

Take a listen and have a Happy New Year.  See you in 2015.

Chris

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Sylvan Esso

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Ryn Weaver

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Prides

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Phoria

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Broods

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Lowell


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Strand Of Oaks

Sam’s Year End List – Albums

Sam’s Year End List – Albums

Contributing to Indie Music Filter has always put me in a playlist-oriented mindset.  However, in 2014, I’ve found myself digesting music in the context of the full-length album, which I have not really accomplished consistently since I was a teenager.  There were so many outstanding themes on albums, from power-pop cavalcades to existential caverns with new turns at every listen.  Ranking my favorites has proved near-impossible, but it was a dark, disco noir dealing with everything from sensuality to selfishness that took my top spot.

Best Albums:

10. Flying Lotus – “You’re Dead!”

9. The New Pornographers – “Brill Bruisers”

8. Dum Dum Girls – “Too True”

7. Owen Pallett – “In Conflict”

6. Hundred Waters – “The Moon Rang Like a Bell”

5. TOPS – “Picture You Staring”

4. Real Estate – “Atlas”

3. Angel Olsen – “Burn Your Fire for No Witness”

2. Todd Terje – “It’s Album Time”

1. Mr Twin Sister – “(S/T)”

Sam’s Year End List – Songs

Sam’s Year End List – Songs

I’ve had the opportunity to write about some amazing new music this year: new artists, reinventions from old artists, and seeing some newer bands find a voice that they had been looking for since their debut. Finding only ten to make the list was difficult, but my number one was never in question; only one song this year grabbed me by the collar and demanded to be heard.

Songs:

10. Sleater-Kinney – “Bury Our Friends”

9. Ryn Weaver – “OctaHate (Cashmere Cat Remix)”

8. Kevin Drew – “Good Sex”

7. The New Pornographers – “Marching Orders”

6. SALES – “Getting It On”

5. Speedy Ortiz – “American Horror”

4. Mr Twin Sister – “Out of the Dark”

3. TEEN – “More Than I Ask For”

2. Fickle Friends – “For You”

1. Ought – “Habit”

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)