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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)

Drifting

Drifting

Take a four and a quarter minute break, close your eyes on put on “Drifting”.  Written by ON AN ON‘s Nate Eisland, Nygel Asselin (producer of Half Moon Run) and Toronto songstress, STACEY, “Drifting” is the second offering from The Red Album; a collection of songs written on the Red Brick Songs retreat in Huntsville, Ontario weeks ago featuring 15 songwriters from all across North America (including ON AN ONPsychic TwinJMRLos Encantados, EXROYALEAndy ShaufSTACEYLibrary VoicesIn-Flight Safety, Cuff The Duke and Oh Travioso).

Tunnels

Tunnels

Ever wonder what goes on during a songwriter retreat?  In the case of the Red Brick Songs retreat two weeks ago, it seems as if some great collaborations were born.

Fifteen songwriters from all across North America flew to Toronto, then drove up north to the Deerhurst Resort in Hunstville, Ontario.  The songwriters included members of ON AN ON, Psychic Twin, JMR, Los Encantados, EXROYALE, Andy Shauf, STACEY, Library Voices, In-Flight Safety, Cuff The Duke and Oh Travioso.  In three days, they collaborated together to write and record The Red Album, a collection of fifteen songs that are amazingly diverse.  There are feel good, hook-filled, future hits; the tear out your heart singer songwriter gems; and a few seductive synth songs.

Here’s one of those tunes, “Tunnels”, created on the last day of the retreat by Erin Fein (Psychic Twin), Ryne Estwing (ON AN ON) and Nygel Asselin (producer of Half Moon Run).

Nothing Left To Give

Nothing Left To Give

“Nothing Left To Give” is the result of a collaboration between Chicago DJ and producer Kyle Woods and Ryne Estwing of ON AN ON.  It’s been out for about a month now, but I somehow didn’t press play until today.  I have the track on repeat now.  It’s incredibly beautiful, emotionally charged and captivating.  If you like downtempo electronic music with an introspective, slightly nostalgic vibe, this should be right up your street.

Oh, and you can download the track for free. What more could you ask for?

Three Albums That Changed My Life (ON AN ON Takeover)

Three Albums That Changed My Life (ON AN ON Takeover)

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1. Nevermind, Nirvana – Age 12
In 1996 my parents took me on a vacation to Michigan.  We drove over the course of two days from Central Minnesota to Mackinac Island.  We only stopped to sleep and to see any, and every, goofy road side monument – e.g. the world’s biggest ball of string.  My brother and sister hadn’t come for whatever reason, so there wasn’t much to do for entertainment in the back of our stuffy station wagon.  My choices were to either endure my mother reading endlessly out loud to my father or to pull out my walkman and take a listen to the tape I had borrowed from my friend.  It was Nirvana’s Nevermind, and I had never heard anything like it.  Every time I would come to the end of one side I would flip the tape over and keep going.  I was hypnotized.  The dynamics were so intense.  Kurt’s voice was so raw and honest.  Everything about it made sense to me, and for the first time in my life an album gave me a sense of personal expansion.  It was as if listening to it had turned on a light in a corner of myself that I didn’t know existed but had been there all along.

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2. Clarity, Jimmy Eat World – Age 15
In 1999 I was on the verge of some real independence.  I had started learning to play the guitar two years prior and spent most of the hours of my day writing shitty music and riding bike around town with my friends.  We had a band and we were ambitious.  We traveled around Minnesota playing shows to eight kids in basements for what felt like ages.  While we were out on one of these so called tours I was introduced to Jimmy Eat World’s album, Clarity.  It hit me like a ton of bricks.  I loved every moment of every song on it.  I basically lived and breathed that record for an entire year.  It became a part of me, and I started to take myself seriously when I thought of making a life out of being an artist and making music.

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3. Songs of Love and Hate, Leonard Cohen – Age 26
Starting when he was four years old my father would spend his summers with my Great-Grandparent’s at their farm in Central Minnesota.  When I was young we would go out every summer to that same farm to visit my Great-Grandparents.  After they passed away the farm was relatively uninhabited for 11 years.  In 2010 I was at an interesting point in life.  I was treading water emotionally and needed to connect to something real and true.  I thought of the farm and drove out to rehabilitate the place over the next few months whenever I could.  It was completely overgrown and rundown.  I spent a lot of time out there bringing the place back to life, and one of the albums that grew to define that place and time for me was Leonard Cohen’s Songs of Love and Hate.  His songwriting is so bare and effortless.  His lyrics are masterfully conversational and frank.  Leonard Cohen is a great poet and songwriter.  He understands what’s important to him to explore and he doesn’t seem to spread a lot of his creative energy outside of those realized priorities.  I gained a new level of focus from the example I found in Leonard and in Songs of Love and Hate.  On that album he explores ideas that I relate to so deeply that sometimes it feels as if some of my work could be a response of some kind to his.  I feel I can go places lyrically that I would’ve hesitated to before because I know I’m not alone in the admittance of something so real and dark and complicated and beautiful.  Maybe I’d be more of a coward without experiencing Songs of Love and Hate.  Maybe some other album would’ve helped me find my way.  I can’t say for sure, but I did find It.  I did spend the time to sink into it, and I’m glad I did.

If you have any recommendations or stories of albums that have changed your life, please leave them in the comments.
See you out there,
Nate

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This post was written by Nate Eiesland of ON AN ON as part of their Takeover of Indie Music Filter.  Follow Nate and ON AN ON on twitter.

Passing Time / Commemorating Time (ON AN ON Takeover)

Passing Time / Commemorating Time (ON AN ON Takeover)

Hey. I thought I would share some of my favorite photos from tour and a few killer podcasts I listen to while driving across the country. This is my first blog post ever by the way. Here goes…
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Driving through the barren Arizona desert listening to the Chemical Brothers is an out of this world experience.  But there is almost too much music on tour.  Live music every night, loud venues and clubs, music in the tour van and through my headphones.  Sometimes it’s good to just have silence… and other times its time for a damn good podcast.  It’s like safely reading while driving.  Here are a few of my solid go-tos that really get me through my saturated music world.  Check them out on your next long car ride.

RADIOLAB.

I highly recommend this Loops episode.  It features the amazing work of William Basinski.

HEARING VOICES.

This recommended episode celebrates John Cage.  The unique way Hearing Voices weaves sound and voices together fits the topic perfectly.  (Here’s one about John Lennon if John Cage isn’t your thing).

HERE’S THE THING.

I loved listening to Alec Baldwin interview Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke.  Radiohead was one of the first bands I really got into and it was pretty cool to hear him speak humorously and candidly about his career.

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Being on tour is a complete sensory experience. I’m constantly trying to turn the sounds, smells, and sights into permanent memories.  In the digital world of blogs (like this one), twitter, facebook and smartphones, photographs will never be the same.  I love turning the pages of my parents’ photo album—physically seeing the printed photographs chronologically mark the life they lived.  I want that.  And so I’ve tried to take more photos on tour.  Not just for social media posts and to share with all of you, but to print out physical copies that I can later leaf through.  I want to sense the marks of time and experiences I’ve had on the road.  Here are some of my favorites from the first half of 2013 (USA, CANADA & EUROPE).

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Visiting a Cologne Cathedral (Germany)

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My bed in Lichtenstein

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England lawn prism

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Silver Lake, CA after a pool party

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Brighton UK during The Great Escape music fest

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England Countryside (self portrait reflection)

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Czech Republic (from our tour van)

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The Alps Forest

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Switzerland

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Paul McCartney @ Bonnaroo

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Hyde Park, London

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Inside Luminarium a lifesize sculpture

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This post was written by Alissa Ricci of ON AN ON as part of their Takeover of Indie Music Filter.  Follow Alissa and ON AN ON on twitter.