Wow, I haven't done this in a while, but somehow amidst a crazy past several days of work, I managed to catch up with a lot of new music. Unlike some recent years, there were a lot of records and tracks that really stuck with me. And as usual, many of my favorite and most listened-to records of the year came out of Nashville. My ten favorites:

1. Ponychase - Parade of Youth
2. Fauna Flora - s/t
3. Hiss Golden Messenger - Lateness of Dancers
4. Jasmin Kaset - Quiet Machine
5. Cornpone - s/t
6. Todd Terje - It’s Album Time
7. Beck - Morning Phase
8. Eno / Hyde - High Life
9. Mia Dyson - Idyllwild
10. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Hypnotic Eye

And a bunch of others that I dug: Spoon - They Want My Soul, Phox - s/t. The Advisory Circle - From Out Here, Lykke Li - I Never Learn, The Paperhead - Africa Avenue, Caribou - Our Love, Erlend Oye - Legao, Sharon van Etten - Are We There, Stone Jack Jones - Ancestor, Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream, Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire for No Witness, and D'Angelo - Black Messiah.

Favorite album covers go to Caribou, The Advisory Circle, Spoon, Jasmin Kaset, Petty, The Paperhead, and D'Angelo. I also had the chance to design quite a few covers this year for some of my favorite artists and peers, which was great.

For rdio users -- and if you're not one, you should sign up and try their beautiful and user-friendly interface-- I made this playlist of favorite tracks from the year right here. I'll paste the tracklist below.

1. Jasmin Kaset - You Can Never Go Home Again
2. Cornpone - Dance and Forget
3. Ponychase - Parade of Youth
4. Fauna Flora - As the Story Goes
5. Norm - Moving On
6. Beck - Heart is a Drum
7. Lewis - I Thought the World of You
8. Mica Levi - Love
9. Hiss Golden Messenger - Lateness of Dancers
10. William Tyler - Whole New Dude
11. yMusic - Balance Problems
12. Arca - Family Violence
13. The War on Drugs - Under the Pressure
14. Phox - Satyr and the Faun
15. Todd Terje - Oh Joy
16. Jenny Lewis - Just One of the Guys
17. Mia Dyson - When We're Older
18. Sharon Van Etten - Afraid of Nothing
19. Skyline Motel - Not About You
20. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - All You Can Carry
21. Ryan Adams - Gimme Something Good
21. Spoon - Inside Out
22. Bradford Cox - Doctor October
23. Zero - Simple Science
24. Caribou - Silver
25. Sia - Chandelier
26. How I Became the Bomb - Ulay Oh
27. The Advisory Circle - Escape Lane
28. Dntel - Fringes of Focus (Instrumental)
29. The Notwist - Kong
30. Eno - Hyde - Lilac
31. Flying Lotus - You're Dead
32. The Paperhead - None Other Than
33. Sturgill Simpson - It Ain't All Flowers
34. Daniel Lanois - Iceland
35. Steve Gunn - Way Out Weather
36. D'Angelo and the Vanguard - Til It's Done (Tutu)
37. Emily King - Distance
38. Erlend Oye - Rainman
39. Angel Olsen - White Fire
40. Lykke Li - No Rest for the Wicked
41. St. Vincent - Severed Crossed Fingers
42. Aphex Twin - aisatsana [102]
43. Grouper - Holding

Whew! Enjoy!


Matt W said...

Really wanted to listen to this list so I've also made a version in Beats Music if anyone uses that service:


Sam's Myth said...

Wow, thanks Matt W! Hope you enjoy.

Unknown said...

Dude! Mia Dyson rounding out favorite records of the year?!?!? So cool!