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 +3Posted on Dec 19th | re: The Week In Pop's Top 50 Pop Songs Of 2014 (23 comments)

My favorite pop songs of the year:

1. Rita Ora- I Will Never Let You Down- I don’t understand why no one else talks about this song. It’s the windows down song of the summer that never happened.

2. Tove Lo- Talking Body- Like a lot of people on this thread- every song on the album is incredible, I’m just feeling this one right now the most I suppose. Timebomb is a close second.

3. Beyonce- Rocket- Hard to pick a favorite, but this has been the most durable song on the album throughout the year

4. Sia- Chandelier- Nothing really needs to be said about the song. I love how casual listeners have no idea the song is about her struggle with alcoholism… just brilliant lyrics.

5. LIGHTS- Up We Go- She kind of sounds like Heartthrob era Tegan and Sara… but I’m still spinning this one frequently 6 months after I discovered it.

6. Bleachers- Wake Me- Could have picked pretty much any song outside of the Yoko Ono featured song. It’s the first album I recommend for a casual music listener looking for something new.

7. Porter Robinson- Sad Machine- Skrillex protege goes Passion Pit esque electro pop… The hook is irresistible.

8. Mariah Carey- You Don’t Know What to Do- Great breezy throwback roller skating jam.

9. Keisza- Hideaway- A little tired of it now, but my favorite of this early 90′s dance resurgence.

10. Kylie Minogue- Million Miles- was very disappointed by her new album, but this song was one of the few that I felt measured up to her other great pop tracks of this millennium.

 +3Posted on Dec 12th | re: Stereogum's 70 Favorite Songs Of 2014 (181 comments)

I guess I’ll leave mine:

1. Future Islands- A Dream of You and Me
2. St Vincent- Digital Witness
3. War on Drugs- Red Eyes
4. The Juan Maclean- I’ve Waited for So Long
5. Rick Ross, Kanye West, Big Sean- Sanctified
6. Against Me!- Black Me Out
7. Young Thug- 2 Bitches
8. Caribou- Silver
9. Broken Bells- Holding on For Life
10. Porter Robinson- Sad Machine

Future Islands- Singles

He can still go lower. Meth addiction ends in death or recovery… there’s no middle ground. It’s painfully obvious that meth is what he’s dealing with here and that he’s still in complete denial. Poor guy. I hope he gets the help he needs.

Kashmir

 +6Posted on Nov 21st | re: America's Pear Farmers Thank Rick Ross (6 comments)

Where’s the love from the diced pineapple union?

 0Posted on Nov 9th | re: Bobby Shmurda - "Bobby Bitch" Video (2 comments)

I kind of feel like Bobby Shmurda is one of those anonymous indistinct rappers with a fluke hit… the likes of Hurricane Chris, Ca$h Out, Huey… I’ll be very very surprised if we remember this guy 2 years from now.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

::sigh:: so what was the whole registering the song with ASCAP??

i’m still gonna buy it.

 +5Posted on Oct 23rd | re: Album Of The Week: Jessie Ware Tough Love (42 comments)

Jessie Ware is very special to me, as she’s one of the few artists that seems to take direct influence from my very first music loves- the British sophistipop of the late 80′s/early 90′s. (Lisa Stansfield, Swing out Sister, Sade, Basia) So naturally I’m usually disappointed with whatever an artist comes out with after an album I love as much as Devotion, regardless of quality. And I must admit, I was a little off put by the acoustic guitar and choirs in “Say You Love Me”… and the title track, while good, had me worried that was the best the album had to offer. I’m relieved to say that I’m in love with pretty much every track- “Keep on Lying” is an early favorite thus far. It does exactly what a sophomore effort should do- keep what made people obsess in the first place, but expand and evolve.