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Photos/words/lists about today's music.

Halfway Point

So, we are at the halfway point of 2014. A scary thought. BUT so far I’ve been fairly impressed with the music that has been released this year. Here are my top five albums at this point in the year:

1. How to Dress Well - "What is this Heart?"
If you’ve been following me for a little while, then you know I fell in love with “Repeat Pleasure” when it dropped earlier this year. I was initially skeptical of how this new, more clear sound would translate over to to a whole album as HTDW has achieved success through the lo-fi awesomeness of Total Loss and Love Remains. However, I have a feeling that in a few years we will look back on this record as a cornerstone for the Neo-RnB movement (the Weeknds and Frank Oceans of the world).
Favorite tracks: "Childhood Faith in Love (Everything Must Change, Everything Must Stay the Same), "Words I Don’t Remember"

2. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Days of Abandon
This is truly a step up from this band’s past efforts. Whether it be the edition of Jen Goma of A Sunny Day in Glasgow or the more detailed arrangements (horns and strings and other wonderful things), I really couldn’t keep this record out of my ears. I thoroughly enjoyed this album - 5 of 11 songs are in my Top 25 Most Played in iTunes.
Favorite tracks: "Kelly" "Masokissed"

3. Mac DeMarco - Salad Days
This is another album that I could not stop listening to. Admittedly, I have never been the biggest fan of Mac DeMarco (I have irritated many friends due to my dislike of 2). This is my go-to party music, just because of how laid-back it is. Crossing my fingers and hoping that I get to see him this year - hear he puts on a great show.
Favorite Tracks: "Let Her Go" "Brother"

4. Tobacco - Ultima II Massage
Oh, this one. I’m at a loss for words. If you enjoy mildly Satanic, scuzzy electronic madness, this is for you. A guilty pleasure pick perhaps?
Favorite Tracks: "Lipstick Destroyer" "Father Sister Berzerker"

5. The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream
What can I say about this album that hasn’t been said already? I feel like this is the most over-analyzed, over-critiqued record of 2014. It should be, because it’s freaky good. It has a way of throwing you back in time. This record blindsided me, and I’m glad I gave it a chance this year.
Favorite Tracks: "Red Eyes" "Disappearing"

Favorite songs this year (no order):
Coldplay - “Midnight”
Wye Oak - “Glory”
How to Dress Well - “Words I Don’t Remember”
Sylvan Esso - “Uncatena”
Lo-Fang - “Light Year”
Glass Animals - “Pools”
Foster the People - “Pseudologica Fantastica”
Damon Albarn - “The Selfish Giant”
Beck - “Unforgiven”
The Antlers - “Hotel”

What I’m Excited For:
The New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers
Alt J - This is All Yours
Banks - Goddess
Anything new from Grimes/Twin Shadow/Beach House

And if I hear “Seasons (Waiting on You)” one more time, I might choke someone out. Stop playing it, XMU.

See you in six months


Chris Baio’s dance moves at the Fillmore Miami Beach in Florida - 04/30/14 (x)


Vampire Weekend at Lollapalooza in Brazil (Photos by Manuela Scarpa/Photo Rio News)

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