December 21, 2014
by Luke Warren
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WCFM’s Best of 2014

Here it is! WCFM’s favorite music from 2014 (in alphabetical order by DJ’s first name).

 

Brady Hirsch

No Order:

Sun Kil Moon – Benji
Lydia Ainsworth – Right from Real
Caribou – Our Love
Kishi Bashi – Lighght
Mac DeMarco – Salad Days
Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 2
Tei Shi – Bassically
Vince Staples – Hell Can Wait
Sharon Van Etten – Are We There
Jessie Ware – Tough Love

 

Charlie Gaillard

TOP 25 SONGS OF 2014
These are a few of my favorite songs to come out this year (listed alphabetically, not ranked).

Ariana Grande, “Love Me Harder (ft. The Weeknd)”
One of her naughtier tracks, but all the more fun for it.  And The Weeknd’s feature is fantastic.

clipping, “Work Work (ft. Cocc Pistol Cree)”
If you listen closely to the beat, you can hear the sample of a cinderblock being dropped on the floor.

Die Antwoord, “Ugly Boy”
Except now I can’t listen to “Ageispolis” without the hook from “Ugly Boy” playing along in my head.

Drake, “0 to 100 / The Catch Up”
I’ve been late getting onto the Drake bandwagon, but I’m here to stay, baby.

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, “Broken (ft. Scarface)”
Gibbs links up with one of his forebears, and Madlib ties it all together with some old-school flavor.

Future, “Coupe”
One of the year’s top bangers, with a stellar (Adult Swim-animated) music video to boot.

Hundred Waters, “Out Alee”
Lush and gorgeous: a standout track from one of my favorite albums of this year.

iLoveMakonnen, “Tuesday (ft. Drake)”
This song raises a lot of questions for me.  Like, who is “iLoveMakonnen”?  Why is Drake on a song with him?  Why do they both sound so sad?  And why can’t I stop listening to it?

Kendrick Lamar, “i”
If you haven’t yet, check out Lamar’s electrifying performance of “i” on SNL.

KOOL A.D., “Open Letter”
If called upon to defend KOOL A.D.’s frequent claim of being the “best rapper in the world,” this would probably be my Exhibit A.

KOOL A.D., “I’m on a Plane”
I can’t complain.

Lil Wayne, “D’usse”
More than anything else, this one got me hyped for Tha Carter V.  If only he’d release it already!

Lil Wayne, “Believe Me (ft. Drake)”
It sounds like a Drake track with a Wayne feature, not the other way around.  But if Lil Wayne’s stepping down after his next album, I’m glad there’s someone around to fill his shoes.

Lily & Madeleine, “Hold on to Now”
Folk duo Lily & Madeleine at their poignant, understated best.

Mac Miller, “Rain (ft. Vince Staples)”
Mac “spitting that prayer-hand emoji.”

Rae Sremmurd, “No Type”
Who are Rae Sremmurd?  I have no idea, but this song is dope.  Relatable, too.

Riff Raff, “Lava Glaciers (ft. Childish Gambino)”
Great verse, great feature, great beat.  I love Riff Raff’s “Sonic vs. Knuckles” line (but can’t figure out what a “mailbox cup” is).

Shabazz Palaces, “Motion Sickness”
Shabazz Palaces are pretty hit-or-miss for me, but this track, a spiritual cousin to Black Up’s “Are You…Can You…Were You? (Felt),” is a moody, austere gem.

Sisyphus, “Rhythm of Devotion”
What a fun album!  I think “Rhythm of Devotion” might be where the collaborative potential of the Sisyphus trio (Serengeti, Son Lux, Sufjan Stevens) is most fully realized.

St. Vincent, “Prince Johnny”
I ultimately found St. Vincent’s self-titled LP to be kind of underwhelming, but this is a beautiful song.

Taylor Swift, “I Know Places”
1989 is great through and through, but “I Know Places” comes as a welcome burst of sincerity after more self-parodying fare in the album’s first half (see: “Blank Space,” “Shake It Off”).

Vince Staples, “Blue Suede”
Ice-cold bars over a fire beat.

Wye Oak, “Before”
A pretty straightforward (but enchanting) bit of dream-pop bliss.

YG, “Bicken Back Being Bool”
YG hops on a rollicking DJ Mustard beat for a fun ride.  (The title is “kickin’ back being cool,” in Blood-speak.)

Young Thug & Bloody Jay, “Danny Glover”
I wanted to put “Stoner” on here so bad, but (technically) it came out last year.  This is still good.

 

James Hitchcock

1.) Legao, Erlend Øye
2.) Morning Phase, Beck
3.) The Mixtape Volume 8, The Hood Internet
4.) Run the Jewels 2, Run the Jewels
5.) Atlas, Real Estate
6.) Our Love, Caribou
7.) Familiars, The Antlers
8.) The Long Goodbye: LCD Soundsystem Live at Madison Square Garden, LCD Soundsystem
9.) So Long, See You Tomorrow, Bombay Bicycle Club
10.) Haerts, Haerts
 

Justin Sardo
 
Here are my picks in no particular order:

Albums
Jungle – Jungle
Ella Eyre – Ella Eyre EP
Goldlink – The God ComplexMirror Signal – Broken Soldier EP

Singles
Knox Brown – “Harry’s Code”
Gregory Porter – “Liquid Spirit” (20syl remix)
Tensnake & Jacques Lu Cont ft. Jamie Lidell – “Feel of Love”
alt-J – “Left Hand Free” (Lido Remix)
ODESZA – “Say My Name” (Slow Magic Remix)
Stevie Wonder – “Superstition” (C2C Remix)
Montmartre – “Inside of Me”
Pharrell – “Happy” (Kaytranada Edition)
Vic Mensa – “Down on My Luck”
Mirror Signal – “20th Century Fix (Warm Weather)”

 
Katey Preston

1. Burn Your Fire For No Witness – Angel Olsen
2. They Want My Soul – Spoon
3. St. Vincent – St. Vincent
4. Rips – Ex Hex
5. Plowing Into the Field of Love – Iceage
6. Salad Days – Mac DeMarco
7. Lost in the Dream – The War on Drugs
8. Shriek – Wye Oak
9. pom pom – Ariel Pink
10. Too Bright – Perfume Genius

Plus five notable songs:

1. “i” by Kendrick Lamar (single)
2. “Can’t Do Without You” on Caribou’s Our Love
3. “Ice Princess” on Azealia Banks’ Broke With Expensive Taste
4. “Gunshot” on Lykke Li’s I Never Learn
5. “Black Out Days” on Phantogram’s Voices
 
 
Luke Warren
 
Run the Jewels 2 – Run the Jewels
LP1 – FKA twigs
Plowing Into the Field of Love – Iceage
Xen – Arca
Salad Days – Mac DeMarco
You’re Dead! – Flying Lotus
Hell Can Wait EP – Vince Staples
Our Love – Caribou
Broke With Expensive Taste – Azealia Banks
pom pom – Ariel Pink

 

Phoebe Mattana

1. This Is All Yours – Alt-J
A great album that you can listen cover to cover. You have some cool and interesting songs, a great follow up to An Awesome Wave.
 
2. Supermodel – Foster the People
Very satisfying album–filled with a whole set of new great songs that really show a lot of band maturity since their first album Torches was released a while back in 2011.

3. Turn Blue - The Black Keys
These guys just straight up know how to rock out. This album just proves it, as did Lonely Boy and Brothers. It feels a bit like the ending of a really great album trilogy.

4. Hold My Home – Cold War Kids
Cold War Kids never fails to disappoint–prolific, yet their music never seems redundant. I have to tip my cap to that.

5. Lost in the Dream – War on Drugs
— A great Album that sometimes make you feel as though you’re lost in the dream yourself.

6. Listen – The Kooks
Finally they came out of the shadows after taking a few year break, and were all happier for it. A very complete album, with the great, typical, brit rock sound.

7. Drowners – Drowners
What a great debut album–unpretentious and brilliant. It is just good rock music that is fun to listen to. I’m excited to see what else they are going to do.

8. Hozier – Hozier
The sultry voice *swoon*

9. When the Night – St. Lucia
Just listen to the album and you will nod your head.

10. Under Pressure – Logic
This is damn good–great beats, fresh rhyme. This guy knows what he’s doing.

Honorable Mention (no order):
 
Strange Desire – Bleachers
Voices – Phantogram
It Might All Be Ok – Waters
Ghost Stories – Coldplay
El Pinto – Interpol
Be Impressive – Griswolds
They Want My Soul – Spoon

 

Rahul Nath

Lots of good artists making music this year, so I chose break-out/revived artists.

Top Ten (Twelve actually):
Azaelia Banks -> Broke with Expensive Taste
Flying Lotus -> You’re Dead!
Rustie -> Green Language
Run The Jewels -> RTJ2
Banks -> Goddess
Vance Joy -> Dream Your Life Away
Chet Faker -> Built on Glass
Jhene Aiko -> Souled Out
Caribou -> Our Love
Tycho -> Awake
Deadmau5  -> while(1<2)
Real Estate  -> Atlas

Honorable Mention:
Aphex Twin -> Syro
iamamiwhoami -> Blue
Pharrell -> G.I.R.L.
Logic -> Under Pressure
The Kooks -> Listen
St. Vincent -> St. Vincent
Mø -> No Mythologies to follow
Skrillex -> Recess
Jack White -> Lazaretto
Passenger -> Whispers
Leela James -> Fall For you 
Shabazz Palaces -> Lese Majesty
Imogen Heap -> Sparks
Wiz Khalifa -> Blacc Hollywood
Sia -> A 1000 Forms of fear
Tinashe -> Aquarius
Tiesto -> A Town Called Paradise
Lana Del Rey -> Ultraviolence
Chromeo -> White Women
Lykke Li -> I Never Learn
Future -> Honest
The Black Keys -> Turn Blue
Wye Oak -> Shriek
Todd Terje -> It’s Album Time
Ingrid Michaelson -> Lights Out

Honorable Childhood Artist Mentions:
New Found Glory -> Resurrection 
Dragonforce -> Maximum Overload
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus -> 4
Say Anything -> Hebrews
The Roots -> And Then you shoot your cousin
Coldplay -> Ghost Stories
Michael Jackson -> Xscape
Young the Giant -> Mind Over Matter
Taking Back Sunday -> Happiness Is
Wolfmother -> New Crown
Tokyo Police Club -> Force Field
Kaiser Chief -> Education, Education, Education, and War
Chiodos -> Devil
The Used -> Imaginary Enemy

November 23, 2014
by Rahul Nath
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