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My favorites so far:

DJ Koze – DJ-Kicks
Jamie xx – In Colour
Dave DK – Val Maira
Purity Ring – Another Eternity
Roisin Murphy – Hairless Toys
Fort Romeau – Insides
Nick Hoppner – Folk
Bjork – Vulnicura
Anthony Naples – Body Pill
BOOF – The Hydrangeas Whisper
George Fitzgerald – Fading Love
Howling – Sacred Ground
Jon Hopkins – Late Night Tales
Jupiter Jax – Visions
Passion Pit – Kindred
Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
Art Department – Fabric 82
Scuba – Claustrophobia

Biggest disappointment for me is Hot Chip. I looooooove them, but for some reason, I really don’t like Why Make Sense? at all.

2015 needs new music from Robyn and M83. I’m super excited for Maceo Plex’s new album Solar.

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June 22, 2015 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2015 So Far

I love Adore. I actually love a significant amount of the Machina albums too. Zeitgeist was pretty soul-crushing. I had zero expectations for Oceania, and found it to be a really strong comeback that actually made me rediscover my love for this band (along with the amazing reissues), and two years later I’m still revisiting it often.

After a few listens, I’m super happy with Monuments. It feels lean, and immediate in a way no SP release has, and I’m really liking this side of them. I can’t imagine what it’s like to be an artist living in the shadow of a trifecta of albums of the likes of Gish/Siamese Dream/MCIS, and Billy has taken a ton of shit from fans and haters alike with regards to his post 90s output, but goddamn… he still puts out some great tunes. I’m kinda done defending my love for SP. Haters gonna hate and whatever and yeah SP aren’t going to top their godlike 90s albums but fucking hell they are still great in my book.

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December 3, 2014 on Premature Evaluation: The Smashing Pumpkins Monuments To An Elegy

That 1st paragraph pretty much nails it; there’s so much good, diverse music out there. Pretty much anyone who pays attention to music outside of the mainstream could curate a list of top albums from their own personal taste and it would hard to argue. I’ve missed a lot of the commonly agreed upon top ‘indie’ releases, so i’m looking forward to digging into some of the albums on the list and from the comments.

Here are my top releases of the year, mostly from the electronic spectrum:

Royksopp & Robyn – Do It Again
Royksopp – The Inevitable End
Burial – Rival Dealer
Aphex Twin – Syro
Caribou – Our Love
Taylor Swift – 1989 (This album is pop perfection. The bonus tracks are better than most pop stars’ lead singles)
Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence
FKA twigs – LP1

Andy Stott – Faith in Strangers
Call Super – Suzi Ecto
Clark – Clark
Duck Sauce – Quack (easily the year’s most fun album)
Francis Harris – Minutes of Sleep
Frank & Tony – You Go Girl
Gesloten Cirkel – Submit X
Leon Vynehall – Music for the Uninvited
Head High – Megatrap
John Barera & Will Martin – Graceless
The Juan MacLean – In a Dream
Kalipo – Yaruto
Kiasmos – Kiasmos
Lone – Reality Testing
Manual Tur – Es Cub
Martyn – The Air Between Words
Max Cooper – Human
Moodymann – Moodymann
Mr. Twin Sister – Mr. Twin Sister
Objekt – Flatland
Second Storey – Double Divide
Simian Mobile Disco – Whorl
Smashing Pumpkins – Monuments to an Elegy (yep, it’s been out 5 minutes and I love it.)
Steffi – Power of Anonymity
Todd Terje – It’s Album Time
Thom Yorke – Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross – Gone Girl Soundtrack
Tycho – Awake
Wen – Signals

DJ Mixes:
Danny Tenaglia – Balance
Move D – Fabric 74
Prins Thomas – Rainbow Disco Club
Ryan Elliott – Panorama Bar 06
Kolsch – Balance

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December 3, 2014 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2014

Yes, This! I would add Tegan & Sara to this list. 1989 is giving me some serious Heartthrob vibes, which is a very good thing. Love this album, not sorry bout it.

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October 28, 2014 on Premature Evaluation: Taylor Swift 1989

I’m so glad I have Stereogum to inform me about popular Top 40 music… I have no idea how I would ever hear about it otherwise!

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October 22, 2014 on Taylor Swift – “Welcome To New York”

It’s a new Smashing Pumpkins song… Quick, whoever hates it first is the coolest guy in the room!

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October 20, 2014 on The Smashing Pumpkins – “Being Beige”

I know nothing about Sun Kil Moon, but I’m really fucking over this guy blowing up my newsfeed every goddamn day. Shut the fuck up Sun Kil Moon.

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October 10, 2014 on Mark Kozelek, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down

Love this… really can’t wait to hear this album!

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October 10, 2014 on Röyksopp – “Sordid Affair”

I would definitely put Syro above Chosen Lords. It might even be #3 for me. And seeing that we’re including Chosen Lords, Caustic Window, and Polygon Window, I would’ve included Classics as well, probably around #5.

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October 10, 2014 on Aphex Twin Albums From Worst To Best

I would say that the lyrics are part of what makes it work so well. On one hand, they do feel vacuous and superficial, to the point where it feels like the song is a tongue-in-cheek parody of all the typical pop/dance songs with lyrics about having fun/dancing all night/ hands in the air like you just don’t care/ and other fill in the blank cliche crap. Then the killer bridge comes along and it changes the entire focus of the song. It works for me, but then again I also don’t put much value on pop song lyrics.

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June 24, 2014 on Vote For The Song Of The Summer 2014

First things first: My vote is for Do It Again. In my opinion, it’s by far the go-to, hand-in-the-air, ecstatic electro pop jam of the summer. I’ve heard it every time I’ve gone out in the past month and a half, and it definitely has mainstream crossover appeal; I just heard it at the gym for the first time last week (which, considering what is usually played at the gym, is both awesome and terrifying). Also, it’s Royksopp and Robyn, and they are both cool as fuck.

Second, there seems to be a lot of bellyaching over the inclusions for voting, vs the songs that got lots of upvotes in the shortlist post. I’m not trying to knock anyone’s preferences, or defend for that matter some of the inclusions in the poll (bc yes, I think some are pretty terrible), but let’s just try to remember that we are picking the Song of the Summer, and not our Favorite Song of the Year So Far. The criteria for those are pretty different.

Like I said, I’m not trying to knock anyone’s taste, but just for example, how could Real Estate’s Talking Backwards be the Song of the Summer? Nothing about it (to me) says summertime. Sure, it’s a good song. But it’s not what I want to hear at a BBQ, or at the beach, or in a car with the windows down. It’s perfectly fine, but it’s not going to define summer 2014. I mean, to me it’s just a nice, if somewhat emotionally bland, indie pop song that kinda sounds like it could’ve been on the Garden State soundtrack from 10 years ago. I feel that same criticism can be applied to Future Islands as well. It’s a pretty good song. Nothing about it says Summer to me at all.

That said, there were some glaring exclusions on the poll though, like Caribou for example. But even it had been included, my vote is still Do It Again. Cuz it’s a fucking JAM.

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June 24, 2014 on Vote For The Song Of The Summer 2014

Royksopp & Robyn – Do It Again

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June 16, 2014 on Let’s Shortlist The Song Of The Summer 2014

Early contender for track of the summer… love it!

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April 23, 2014 on Röyksopp & Robyn – “Do It Again” & “Every Little Thing”

One of the best albums of last year… so unbelievable underrated. p4k really shit the bed on this one.

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February 23, 2014 on Cut Copy – “We Are Explorers” Video

Chills. and tears. goddamn this is fantastic.

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December 11, 2013 on Stream Burial Rival Dealer

Boards of Canada is my #1 for the year, followed closely by Cut Copy, Arcade Fire, Chvrches, Disclosure, Daft Punk, and Vampire Weekend.

My other favorites not included here are: Sigur Ros (one of their best ever), Darkside, James Blake, DJ Koze, Special Request, Moderat, Mikal Cronin, Machinedrum, Fuck Buttons, After Dark 2, Gold Panda, Classixx, and Bonobo.

A ton of great DJ mixes this year too: Fabric mixes by Sandwell District and Cassy, Sasha’s Involv3r, and the DJ-Kicks series was on fire this year with Maceo-Plex, John Talabot, and Breach

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December 6, 2013 on The 50 Best Albums Of 2013

What the fuck does this even mean? Have fun at dinner.

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October 26, 2013 on Premature Evaluation: Arcade Fire Reflektor

I thought the Hidden Track was supposed to open the album? I have it as track 0 on disc 1… which perfectly flows into Reflektor (if you wish to listen to it) and also bookends the album nicely with the Supersymmetry outro. I think it’s funny when people knock down albums a notch or two for having tracks like these. It’s like, it’s a hidden track and an outro… they’re pretty easily avoidable if you don’t want to hear them, but add a cool atmospheric ‘journey’ feel to the listening experience if you listen to the album in its entirety.

I love Reflektor. Loooooove it. It’s so great. But as great as it is, I think I love Cut Copy even more. It’s like all of the sex all at once. It’s that orgasmic. A psychedelic old-school rave/house album inspired by Screamadelica? Yes please. Yes Yes Yesssssss.

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October 26, 2013 on Premature Evaluation: Arcade Fire Reflektor

Good fucking lord I can’t even deal with how great this album is.

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October 25, 2013 on Stream Cut Copy Free Your Mind

Garbage – Version 2.0: A Hammering in My Head –> Push It. There’s a pause between Shirley’s purring voice saying “on the bullet train from tokyo, to los angeleese” and the soft crush of ‘Push It’s” opening bar that might the most perfect half-second of silence ever.

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September 10, 2013 on Reflections On “Reflektor”