Albums of 2014 Year-End List

10 Todd Terje: It’s Album TimeTodd_Terje_-_It's_Album_Time_album_cover

Cheesy/fun(ky) cocktail lounge jazz that takes unexpected turns in a way that seems improvised, yet controlled.

9 Mr. Twin Sister: Mr. Twin Sister18249-mr-twin-sister

Mr. Twin Sister made a large leap out in their sophomore album. They sound i more trip hop, more sad dancehall, more freely vacillating, and bolder.

8 Ariel Pink: Pom Pom

20178-pom-pomThis album is an oversized bundle of silly retro honks and gags with a few standout and soft psych-pop singles.

7 St. Vincent: St. Vincent

St. Vincent is a beautiful David Bowie who makes fun internet rock.

6 Kero Kero Bonito: Intro Bonito

This album feels like a guilty pleasure. K-pop has been around some time but KKB brings new fun from the other side of the culture-amalgamating かわいい trend.

5 Aphex Twin: Syro!Aphex_Twin_-_Syro_alt_cover.jpg

I’m late to the Aphex Twin fan club, but here I am.

4 Giant Claw: Dark Web


Catchy dismantled hip hop fragments flow through dark electronic with a spiritual emotion comparable to the master, Daniel Lopatin.

3 Arca Xen

The debut album from the dark and mysterious Arca who came out of nowhere this year. Beautiful. Dizzying.

2 FKA Twigs: LP1

FKA became my favorite new artist this year with her hyper-sexy intricate and seemingly vulnerable R&B.

1 Perfume Genius

Mike Hadreas’ third album brings with it more of his intimate piano ballads, but summoned up out of these familiar tones is a new/ancient, gloomy/glam-rock 2-spirit.

Albums of 2012

Tim Hecker and Daniel Lopatin – Instrumental Tourist

Visions – Grimes

Animal Collective – Transverse Temporal Gyrus, Gotham EP, Centipede Hz

Shrines – Purity Ring

Fanatasea – Azealia Banks

Lemonade- Diver

Andy Stott – Luxury Problems

Phedre – Phedre

Total Loss – How to Dress Well

Godspeed You! Black Emperor – ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend, Ascend

Confess – Twin Shadow

Chromatics – Kill For Love

Mature Themes – Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti

A Collection of Rarities- John Maus

Dan Deacon – America

Death Grips – The Money Store

Hot Chip- In Our Heads

Dark York – LE1F

Clams Casino – Instrumental Mixtape 2

Put Your Back N 2 It – Perfume Genius

Bat for Lashes – The Haunted Man

Frank Ocean – Channel Orange

Evian Christ – Kings and Them

Dirty Projectors – Swing Low Magellan

Beach House – Bloom

Top 50 Albums of 2010

1.    Salem – King Night













2.    Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles (II)












3.    How To Dress Well – Love Remains












4.    M.I.A. – Maya













5.    Sleigh Bells – Treats














6.    Gobble Gobble – Neon Graveyard















7.    Baths – Cerulean















8.    Beach House – Teen Dream














9.    Twin Shadow – Forget














10.    Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today















11.    Avey Tare – Down There
12.    Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest
13.    Kanye West – My Dark Twisted Fantasy
14.    Xiu Xiu – Dear God, I Hate Myself
15.    Tobacco – Manic Meat
16.    Das Rasict – Sit Down, Man
17.    Gonjasufi- A Sufi and a Killer
18.    Perfume Genius – Learning
19.    Anthony and the Johnsons – Swanlights
20.    Owen Pallet – Heartland
21.    Sufjan Stevens – Age of Adz
22.    Oneohtrix Point Never – Returnal
23.    Girl Talk – All Day
24.    Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
25.    Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma
26.    LCD Soundsystem – This is Happening
27.    Prince Rama – Shadow Temple
28.    Coma Cinema – Stoned Alone
29.    Diamond Rings – Special Affections
30.    Explode Into Colors – Quilts
31.    Javelin -No Mas
32.    Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday
33.    Wavves – King of the Beach
34.    Caribou – Swim
35.    Pill Wonder – Jungle/Surf
36.    Here We Go Magic – Pigeons
37.    Future Island – In Evening Air
38.    Phantogram – Eyelid Movies
39.    Yeasayer – Odd Blood
40.    Die Antwoord – $O$
41.    Hot Chip – One Life Stand
42.    ceo – White Magic
43.    MGMT – Congratulations
44.    Janelle Monae – The ArchAndroid
45.    Growing – PUMPS!
46.    Vampire Weekend – Contra
47.    Warpaint – The Fool
48.    Gorillaz – Plastic Beach
49.    Fang Island – Fang Island
50.    The Morning Benders – Big Echo

On A Different Note 21

It’s been a while…….

You should listen to these songs because I like them and you might too:

“Got To Get Home” – Places

“Dreem” – Perfume Genius

“Roman’s Revenge” – Nicki Minaj (Featuring Eminem)

Swiss Psalms” –  Forest Spirits

Aertgo Lapsees” – RxRy


On A Different Note – 20

Saving Lady/Pauline” by Human Resources

Play With Me” by Kohwi

“Wooden Box (Stephan Morris Remix)” by Factory Floor

Ikons” by Afrika

The Wolf” by Monster Rally

20 Best Albums of 2010.0 – 20010.5

1.    Crystal Castles-“Crystal Castles (II)”

2.    Sleigh Bells-“Treats”

3.    Beach House-Teen Dream

4.    Javelin- No Mas

5.    MGMT-Congratulations

6.    Owen Pallett-Heartland

7.    Xiu Xiu- Dear God I Hate Myself

8.   Phantogram-Eyelid Movies

9.    Caribou-Swim

10.    Yeasayer- Odd Blood

11.   Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot… The Son of Chico Dusty

12.    Explode Into Colors-Quilts

13. Oh No Ono-Eggs

14.   Gonjasufi-A Sufi And A Killer
15.    Here We Go Magic- Pigeons
16.    LCD Soundsystem-This is Happening
17.    Vampire Weekend-Contra
18.    Hot Chip- One Life Stand
19.    Fang Island-Fang Island
20.    Gorillaz-Plastic Beach

On A Different Note – 19

Lawn Knives” by Gobble Gobble

The Suburbs” by Arcade Fire

Happy High” by Bye Bye Blackbird

Changes” by The Fruhstucks

Water Droplet” by A Paper Cup Band

On A Different Note – 18

Fresh Hex” by TOBACCO featuring Beck

Hombodies” by Parallel Pyres

Wilderness” by Active Child

Head Anthem” by Hounds of Hate

Weapons for War” by A Lull

On A Different Note – 17

Tell ‘Em” by Sleigh Bells

Teenage Myth” by Treasure

Pickled!” by Flying Lotus

“Born Free” by MIA

Warning: this music video is violent and graphic

Beautiful People” by The Books

On A Different Note – 16

“O” by iamamiwhoami

People have been trying to find out who this is for a long time. My theory is that it is a new artist named Ami. iamamiwhoami = I am Ami. Who? Ami.

“USA Boys” by HEALTH

Returning The Magic” by Glitter Bones

Fish Eyes” by Absofacto

Camera 85” by Growing

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