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The 11 Best Albums of 2015 January 3, 2016

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11. Julien Baker – Sprained Ankle

10. Braids – Deep in the Iris

9. Passion Pit – Kindred

8. Chvrches – Every Open Eye

7. The World is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die – Harmlessness

6. Dan Deacon – Gliss Riffer

5. Rick Alvin – Doing Melting / Five Songs

4. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell

3. Deerhunter – Fading Frontier

2. Modest Mouse – Strangers to Ourselves

1. Grimes – Art Angels

The 5 Best Overlooked Albums of 2015 January 3, 2016

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Cloud – Zen Summer

Givers – New Kingdom

Jamaican Queens – Downers

Pfarmers – Gunnera

Youceff Kabal – El Yunque

The 15 Best Tracks of 2015 January 3, 2016

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Beirut – “No No No”

Björk – “Stonemilker”

Domenique Dumont – “L’Esprit de L’Escalier”

Earthly – “Ice Cream”

Here We Go Magic – “Falling”

Hop Along – “Waitress”

Joanna Newsom – “Anecdotes”

Mew – “Witness”

My Morning Jacket – “Like a River”

Panda Bear – “Boys Latin”

Purity Ring – “Bodyache”

Rick Alvin – “Fuck It”

The Tallest Man on Earth – “Sagres”

Viet Cong – “Newspaper Spoons”

Dodos – “Precipitation”

The 20 Best Album Covers of 2015 January 2, 2016

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Top 25 Albums of 2014 December 31, 2014

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Surprisingly little overlap with a lot of the big-name lists from this year. Check these out if you haven’t yet, they’ve made 2014 a truly special year for music:

25. The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers
24. Lydia Ainsworth – Right From Real
23. Kevin Drew – Darlings
22. Future Islands – Singles
21. Weaves – Weaves
20. The Notwist – Close To The Glass
19. Bear Hands – Distraction
18. Korallreven – Second Comin’
17. Death Vessel – Island Intervals
16. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Only Run
15. Leaf House – LLEEAAFFHHOOUUSSEE
14. Caddywhompus – Feathering A Nest
13. St. Vincent – St. Vincent
12. Panda Bear – Mr Noah
11. Owen Pallett – In Conflict
10. Vacationer – Relief
09. Names – Billow Green
08. Sisyphus – Sisyphus
07. Slasher Flicks – Enter The Slasher House
06. Deerhoof – La Isla Bonita
05. Zammuto – Anchor
04. JJ – V
03. Wye Oak – Shriek
02. Kishi Bashi – Lighght
01. Adult Jazz – Gist Is

Top 15 Tracks of 2014 December 20, 2014

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Ranking individual songs is difficult, so these are just in alphabetical order:

Caribou – Can’t Do Without You | Fennesz – Becs | Hannah Diamond – Every Night | Hooray For Earth – Airs | Owl John – Don’t Take Off The Gloves | Pale Seas – Wicked Dreams | Silver Firs – Icarus | SOPHIE – Lemonade | Stars – No One Is Lost | Sufjan Stevens – A Little Lost | The Ruby Suns – You Can Talk | tUnE-yArDs – Water Fountain | TV On The Radio – Happy Idiot | White Hinterland – Ring The Bell | YUS – Nowadays

Top 15 Album Covers of 2014 December 20, 2014

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This blog didn’t get a lot of action this year, mostly due to a shift of focus on other projects, but you can count on my fondness for lists to keep me posting at least at the end of a year. Let’s kick things off with some awesome album art from 2014:

safer in the tweet April 30, 2014

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safer in the dark now has a twitter! I’ll be using it to post “song-of-the-day”-type youtube link musings whenever I feel the urge. Expect both new tracks and trips down memory lane, hopefully at a much quicker pace than what’s been going down here. Hopefully the shorter form will help me get back into the groove and give safer in the dark the love it deserves!

Some good albums from 2013 December 19, 2013

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AKA “The Top 25 Albums of 2013” or something like that. Click the thumbs to read blurbs or scroll down for links to videos, streams, and downloads.

25. Braids – Flourish // Perish
24. Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience
23. Volcano Choir – Repave
22. John Wizards – John Wizards
21. Fuck Buttons – Slow Focus
20. Okamotonoriaki – A Little Planet
19. Delorean – Apar
18. Son Lux – Lanterns
17. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
16. Krill – Lucky Leaves
15. The National – Trouble Will Find Me
14. Phoenix – Bankrupt!
13. Palmbomen – Night Flight Europa
12. Doldrums – Lesser Evil
11. Frog Eyes – Carey’s Cold Spring
10. Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven
09. MGMT – MGMT
08. Blue Hawaii – Untogether
07. Jamaican Queens – Wormfood
06. Sigur Rós – Kveikur
05. Husky Rescue – Long Lost Friend
04. Frightened Rabbit – Pedestrian Verse
03. Chvrches – The Bones of What You Believe
02. Names – He Downright Up and Left Us / Golem / Arches National Park
01. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City

Some good songs from 2013 December 19, 2013

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15 of them, to be exact. Check below for links to streams and videos.

The Knife – “A Tooth for an Eye”
Pregnant – “Did I Not Love You?”
Young Galaxy – “Fall For You”
Sam Hamilton – “fuck shit up”
Memory Tapes – “Green Window”
The Snails – “Haters Be Learners”
Burial – “Hiders”
Youth Lagoon – “Mute”
Small Black – “No Stranger”
Arcade Fire – “Porno”
Co La – “Remarkable Features”
James Blake – “Take a Fall For Me”
Four Tet – “Unicorn”
FKA twigs – “Water Me”
Grizzly Bear – “Will Calls”