Fall is in the air, and we’re finally getting a few drops of rain in San Francisco. I was lucky enough to be at the Treasure Island Music Festival a few weeks back, with some fantastic performances by The National, FKA Twigs, Chvrches, War on Drugs, Lower Dens, Big Grams, Viet Cong, and many more. In my latest list I’m including some tracks from Big Grams (Big Boi + Phantogram) and FKA Twigs, as well as a track from Small Black (who I just saw at The Crocodile in Seattle). And I’m loving that there’s so much new music coming out from some of my favorite artists, including Miike Snow, BØRNS, Grimes, Chromatics, Júníus Meyvant, Holy Esque, Bloc Party, and Empress Of. Plus some newer discoveries: Car Seat Headrest, The Dø, Julia Holter, and more. Check it out.
Summer Festival season is just about over, and I was fortunate to experience great performances this year at Outside Lands in SF and The Capitol Hill Block Party in Seattle. I’m still looking forward to Treasure Island Music Festival in October. Highlights from my latest list include an ODESZA/Little Dragon collaboration, new tracks from CHVRCHES, FKA Twigs, and Disclosure (including vocals from one of the brothers). We also have brand new albums coming out from Small Black, Empress Of, Destroyer, and more.
With a ton of music being released these last few weeks, I couldn’t wait to put together a new list. The Tame Impala and Foals albums are fantastic. And checkout the singles of the upcoming albums from Health, Atlas Genius, Painted Palms, !!!, New Order, and more. Matt Berninger from the National has formed a new group called EL VY and just released the title track of their debut album due this fall.
Summer is here, which means we’re in the swing of Festival season. I was fortunate enough to go to the Capitol Hill Block Party in Seattle again this year, with some great performances by Father John Misty, Ivan & Alyosha, and Jamie XX. And the rain couldn’t put a damper on a cool performance by Lower Dens. My playlist this time features new music from Of Monsters and Men, Mew, Atlas Genius, and More. Enjoy.
Lots of great new music to check out. Since my last update, I had a fantastic trip to SXSW and got to see some great up and coming bands. I’m including a few new tracks from some of my favorite SXSW performers: Twin Shadow, Courtney Barnett, and Passion Pit. The new singles from Tame Impala, Future Islands, and Chromatics are amazing, and the new Django Django and Mew albums are must listens. Enjoy.
Spring is in full effect here on the west coast, and we’re getting flooded with a ton of great new music, particularly early singles from upcoming LPs by Passion Pit, Alabama Shakes, Twin Shadow, Death Cab For Cutie, Hot Chip and more. Even long dormant bands Blur and Modest Mouse are previewing new recordings. We have full albums out now from Sleater-Kinney, Father John Misty, Panda Bear, and Bjork, and I’ve sprinkled in some bands you may be less familiar with. Check out Pond, Lower Dens, Diagrams, Saint Motel, Lost Lander, and Natalie Prass.
Looking back at the year, I definitely took advantage of as many opportunities as I could to go listen to live music. Aided by attending multiple festivals (SXSW, Outside Lands, Treasure Island, Capitol Hill Block Party), I saw over 80 bands this year! My favorite live shows this year were Lucius, Jungle, Warpaint, Soundgarden, Temples, Lykke Li, Cut Copy, and We Were Promised Jetpacks.
Some of these bands are included in my list of top 50 tracks for 2014. I love all of these songs, and encourage you to give them a shot.
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Let’s get started with Songs 41-50