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Best of 2014: Future Islands

One of my favorite discoveries of 2014 was the band Future Islands.  The song “Seasons (Waiting On You)” seemed to be the song of the Summer (if not the whole year), and it was pretty much a dead heat between this song, St. Vincent’s “Severed Crossed Fingers” and Spoon’s “Inside Out” as my favorite song of the year.

I had heard “Seasons…” on the radio (Sirius XMU was playing it quite a bit) and was aware of their now infamous David Letterman performance (3 million views and counting on YouTube) before I had ever even listened to the album for the first time.  My wife and I were heading up to L.A. on the Metro and I needed something to listen to during the trip.  By the time we got to our destination (Amoeba Records), I already loved the album so much that I thought about buying it on vinyl while we were there, but I thought that would be crazy after only listening to it one time through.

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Cuter Than Pie’s Top 20 Songs Of 2014

I originally posted one of these playlists at mid-year, but it’s been a huge year for new music, so it was time to update the playlist.  Now, I don’t know how you felt about 2014, but for me, it was probably the best year of the decade so far for music.

When I put together playlists, or just lists of songs, I don’t normally take the time to rank them.  This time around, I had some pretty strong opinions, so at least the top 10 songs here are in the order that I think they deserve to be. I also tried to limit my choices to only one song per artist.  Would some of these artists have had more than one song on this list otherwise?  It’s definitely a possibility.

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Playlist: The Best Songs of 2014 So Far…

I don’t know how you feel, but for me the last few months have practically flown by… As they say, “time does fly when you’re getting drunk” (or something like that).  But since it’s now July, and there have already been so many great songs and albums released in the first half of this year (my personal 2014 “best of” already contains more songs than all of 2013 combined) I thought it would be as good a time as any to compile a playlist with the best songs of the year so far…

2014 has already seen the release of several great LP’s, from old favorites (like Beck, St. Vincent, and Jack White) to new ones too (Parquet Courts, Future Islands), and the second half of the year should be just as good, with new releases from Spoon, New Pornographers, Sia, Jenny Lewis and “Weird Al” Yankovic (just to name a few)… Continue reading

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The Weekly Dose 04-09-14 (Coachella 2014 edition featuring Future Islands)

So, The Weekly Dose has recently been bi-weekly, at least for this last month, but I’m still trying to do it weekly if possible.  I have a lot of other things going on that come before this blog, but I do like sharing some good music as often as I can.  I usually put this plug at the bottom of each week’s post, but I don’t know if everybody makes it down that far, so if you’re enjoying the playlists that I post here, please let me know what you think in the comments, on Twitter, or on our Facebook page.  I’d like to know what you liked, what you didn’t, and what songs you’d like to hear in the future!  Also, thanks to those who have actually subscribed to this playlist on Spotify. We’ve been gaining a few every week.

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The big event for this week, at least for me and thousands of others, is that Coachella starts this coming weekend. I’ll be at weekend two this year, and will be my 10th time attending the festival.  It really is always my favorite time of the year.  Even though I wasn’t initially as excited as I usually would be for the 2014 lineup, there are still dozens of acts that I’ll be seeing, some I’ve seen before (Beck, Arcade Fire), some I’ve been wanting to see for awhile (Little Dragon, Pet Shop Boys), and I’ve made some new discoveries this year as well. Continue reading