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!


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.

Shot, Directed and Edited by Something Something
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Take You Out

Take You Out

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When I get an e-mail from Louisville, Kentucky band The Pass, I know there’s always going to be something good inside.  The electro-pop foursome pass-ed along their latest single, “Take You Out”, off an EP called High Road (out Dec 9th. via SonaBlast! Records).  I think these guys deserve a little more attention, as I would have expected they’d be massive by now!  Well, the synch world has noticed their craft, as apparently they’ve licensed their music over 40 times to tv shows and films.

Head over to their soundcloud page to get a little more familiar.

Currently Listening To: Daniel Wilson

Currently Listening To: Daniel Wilson

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Normally in these “Currently Listening To” posts, I’m introducing you to an artist that I very recently just became aware of.  But in the case of Daniel Wilson, I’ve actually known his music for a while, I can’t believe I still haven’t got a post up on the site about him just yet.  I guess it fell through the cracks, but I’m glad I’ve circled back to his music today.

Daniel Wilson is a 23 year old singer songwriter from Detroit who’s just put up his Boy Who Cried Thunder EP online, featuring some incredible songs.  Last month, his stunner “If You Went Away” moved me enough to throw it into my best of November mix, today I’m loving the EP opener “Proofread” (check out below).  Really, the EP is worth a test drive, ranging from “driving electro pop to upbeat piano-driven soul to atmospheric, reflective minimalism, highlighted by his distinctly pristine, soulful vocals”.