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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

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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:

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”

Some good album covers from 2013 December 17, 2013

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Alphabetical by artist. I haven’t listened to most of these, but I like looking at them.