Summer’s Last Stand

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Take me to a place where I’ve never been but I miss–that’s the way the new Shady Elders struck me.

I’ve had the distinct pleasure of sharing their music in the past, but this EP (The Night Air) is a major step forward. The title track is just a siren song for summer. It’s a song that features Fox Rodemich and her smokey vocals that sets the vibes of the whole EP. It’s a song that’s well worth praising and putting on repeating. By the time we get to the outro of In July (the third song), I think I could swoon no more over the music here, but the last minute just gets me or perhaps better put, I get it.

Put on The Night Air and let it all fade away. Enjoy.

  The Night Air by Shady Elders
  Wild South by Shady Elders
  In July by Shady Elders
  Brynn by Shady Elders

Happy New Year

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Happy New Year to everyone!

To start off the year, I am posting two tracks from Peking Duk, one of the most hotly tipped Australian bands of the last year. Enjoy and let me know what you think.

  Peking Duk - High (ft. Nicole Millar) by Peking Duk
  Take Me Over ft. SAFIA by Peking Duk

Favorite Records of 2014 (LPs and EPs)

2014

I mentioned Islands by Bear’s Den was my favorite album in my favorite songs of 2014, but wasn’t sure if I would get to highlight my favorite records of the year. Ultimately, I decided to do it to highlight several amazing efforts that aren’t receiving attention elsewhere. Whether it was groupthink or consensus, several high quality recordings aren’t receiving their due respect. I do my small part in pointing them out here and below are a few of the songs from these great 2014 offerings.

LPs
Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness
Bear’s Den – Islands
Broken Twin – May
Future Islands – Singles
Jacob Thomas Jr. – Original Sin
Saintseneca – Dark Arc
Strand of Oaks – Heal
Taylor Swift – 1989
The War On Drugs – Lost in the Dream
Vance Joy – Dream Your Life Away
Will Dailey – National Throat

EPs
Ezra Vine – Celeste EP
Farewell Milwaukee – Doubtfire Sessions EP
Ryn Weaver – Promises EP
Small Wonder – Wendy EP
The Night Terrors of 1927 – Anything to Anyone EP

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  Broken Twin - Sun Has Gone by Broken Twin
  Angel Olsen - White Fire by Jagjaguwar
  Castle Of Pretending by Will Dailey
  Always Take You Back by Night Terrors of 1927

Favorite Songs of 2014

I may or may not get around to writing about my favorite albums of 2014, but at the very least, I can note my favorite songs of this year (Bear’s Den’s Islands is my album of the year for the record, if I don’t write more). The list of favorite songs is heavily skewed towards the poppy side.

I don’t know if there’s a rhyme or reason for that fact. I went to a lot less shows this year so I might have been more influenced by others than the last couple of years when I was a more active participant in seeking out my favorites.

Ultimately, it may be skewed by the favorite of the favorites: Ella Henderson’s Ghost, which is pure manufactured pop and so good nevertheless. The full list is after the jump.

Here are the lists from years past:

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  Archie, Marry Me by Alvvays
  
  BANKS - BEGGIN FOR THREAD by BANKS.
  I Wanna Get Better by Bleachers
  Can't Do Without You by Caribou.
  Electric Youth - Runaway by Electric Youth (Official)
  Forgiveness And A Vacancy Sign by Farewell Milwaukee
  Giving Up by HAERTS
  Coming Home (demo) by LeonBridges
  Nick Jonas - Jealous (Audio) by aziliz cxndi
  Night Beds - Head For The Hills by Dead Oceans
  Will You Love Me When I Die (Demo) by RÁJ
  OctaHate by Ryn Weaver
  I Want You by Saint Raymond
  Strand Of Oaks - "Goshen '97" by Dead Oceans
  WALK THE MOON - Shut Up and Dance by WALK THE MOON