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Maudlin Strangers – AIM + New Overdose EP

I’m consistently fascinated by stories behind the scenes of how great music is made. Between the Foo Fighters’ “Sonic Highways” TV-series and the “Sound City” documentary, I’ve been digging a lot music production visual media. Those stories also make me appreciate how people without access to physical studios continue to craft excellent music that started […]

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Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders – To Keep And Be Kept ft Sharon Van Etten

Any time I see a song listed as “featuring Sharon Van Etten” it is usually a good enough reason for me to press ‘play’. That rule still applies after checking out “To Keep And Be Kept”, the latest from recent Fat Possum Records signees Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders. The nostalgic rock cut serves as an […]

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MIXTAPE: JayeL Audio 1-15-15 ft Mark Ronson, Leon Bridges, Misterwives, Father John Misty & more

As you may have noticed, finals and year-end lists occupied the last couple of months of 2014. Despite that, I still caught up on a slew of great songs at the end of 2014 and even a few new tracks in early 2015. Returns of Sharon Jones, Modest Mouse, Purity Ring, and Django Django were […]

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2014 Wrap-Up: Top Albums – Honorable Mention

I wouldn’t say 2014 was a down year for albums, but aside from the top 10, many 2014 releases probably wouldn’t have bested last year’s top albums. Read below for my Honorable Mention releases aka albums/EPs that were somewhere near the top 50, but I just couldn’t rank. Duck Sauce – Quack (Amazon) There wasn’t […]

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2014 Wrap-Up: Top Tracks #10-1

The grand finale is here. Check out the last of my top 60 favorite tracks of 2014 and let me know what I missed. Mixtape coming soon! #20-11 #30-21 #40-31 #50-41 #60-51 10. Death From Above 1979 – Trainwreck 1979 Full disclosure: I wasn’t aware of the impact punk rockers Death From Above 1979 had […]

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2014 Wrap-Up: Top Tracks #20-11

20. Jack + Eliza – Hold the Line The way Jack + Eliza’s sunny vocals intertwined to perfection on their debut single “Hold The Line”. Their method of exchanging solo lines before harmonizing together wasn’t new, but excels thanks to their charming tones. I always envisioned this song best played at a beach-side sunset. 19. […]

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2014 Wrap-Up: Top Tracks #30-21

We’re now approaching the second half of my favorite 60 tracks of 2014. #30-21 are below and see the rest of the list at these links: #40-31 #50-41 #60-51 30. Kendrick Lamar – i Considering the dark, gritty street narratives of good kidd, Madd city, I don’t think anyone would have predicted Kendrick would chose […]