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Dave Michuda

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Best of 2014 - non-ambient
« on: December 21, 2014, 09:57:17 AM »


2014 was another year where I continued to listen to more "normal" music than ambient or electronic music.  I'll just repost here much of what I said on my low light mixes blog.

Part of the shift in my tastes can be directly attributed to Spotify.  I listen to Spotify at work a lot and I have used it more and more to discover new music.  I keep a playlist called "2014 albums worth listening to" that now has 4113 tracks in it.  Not all the albums in there are great or even good, necessarily.  The playlist is just a collection of things in my musical wheelhouse that are worth exploring.  I'm constantly on the prowl for new things to add to it.

On Tuesdays, when new music is released, I go here... http://www.allmusic.com/newreleases  to find out what's new and if it looks interesting I sample it on Spotify & maybe add it to a playlist.  Finding new music has become close to an obsession over the past couple of years and with so much stuff out there coupled with ease of access, it's a great time for music lovers.

Most of the albums on this list you can probably find on lots of other indie lists like NPR, Consequence of Sound, Pitchfork, etc.  A couple records not on the national lists are from Wisconsin bands, Phox & Field Report.  Both record for the fine label, Partisan Records, as does Sylvan Esso which came in at #9 on my list.  Another album with a Wisconsin tie is Paradise Outlaw by Pieta Brown.  A beautiful, ethereal album recorded at Justin Vernon's studio in Wisconsin.

Another odd ball selection is the awesome album by Dylan Howe - Subterranean - New Designs on Bowie's Berlin.  It is a collection of jazz versions of Bowie instrumentals from his Berlin period.  I love this record!  Find it & buy it here... http://dylanhowe.bandcamp.com/album/subterranean-new-designs-on-bowies-berlin

I included Loscil - Sea Island on this list, even though it's electronic not indie, because it's very, very good and deserved to be on both lists.

The only other album that doesn't fit under the indie umbrella is Piers Faccini & Vincent Segal - Songs of Time Lost.  It's a subtle record of soft vocals, guitar and cello.  If you like Nick Drake you will love this record.

The rest of the list is all variations of indie music, some loud, some soft, some electric, some acoustic, some straight forward and some a bit more odd - all of it good stuff worth the effort of seeking out.

What were your most played albums this year?

BEST OF 2014:

  1. The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream
  2. Damien Jurado - Brothers & Sisters of the Eternal Son
  3. Field Report - Marigolden
  4. The Rural Alberta Advantage - Mended with Gold
  5. Phox - Phox
  6. Strand of Oaks - HEAL
  7. Dylan Howe - Subterranean - New Designs on Bowie's Berlin
  8. Pieta Brown - Paradise Outlaw
  9. Sylvan Esso - Sylvan Esso
 10. Phantogram - Voices
 11. The Antlers - Familiars
 12. Saintseneca - Dark Arc
 13. Damien Rice - My Favourite Faded Fantasy
 14. The Barr Brothers - Sleeping Operator
 15. Real Estate - Atlas
 16. St. Vincent - St. Vincent
 17. Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots
 18. Eno & Hyde - Someday World
 19. Blaudzun - Promises of No Man's Land
 20. Bill Callahan - Have Fun With God
 21. Loscil - Sea Island
 22. Warpaint - Warpaint
 23. Piers Faccini & Vincent Segal - Songs of Time Lost
 24. Gem Club - In Roses
 25. alt-J - This Is All Yours

Hypnos forum folks, we all must listen to some stuff that's not ambient.  What are a few of your favorites from this year?


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Re: Best of 2014 - non-ambient
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2014, 07:02:06 AM »
I was introduced to Mastadon.  And while it was mostly their older stuff - their new video cracked me up - great tune - and hilarious video.  I will say - this is really NSFW and involves a whole lot of twerking to metal... and it's a riot.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWFWazj7Ud8

I think of Loscil as ambient- huge fan but don't have the new one yet.

I rather liked Afghan Whigs - Algiers video  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovhzeqIaggY

Mostly - I really loved Deepchord / Echospace releases.   Yagya.  But that's me.  I love that dubby minimal techno - which also nearly borders on ambient.

The bright and shingy Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj - Bang Bang song - yeah - that a fun one.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HDdjwpPM3Y  hard to get that out of your head once you hear it. 

Good luck getting Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk out of your head after hearing it:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPf0YbXqDm0  I've only heard it once on the radio so it hasn't worn out it's welcome with me yet.  It probably will.





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Re: Best of 2014 - non-ambient
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2014, 11:26:20 AM »
Can't remember the last new non ambient thing I bought, I mainly listen to my old standbys.  I haven't heard of most of the new bands out there these days. 

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Re: Best of 2014 - non-ambient
« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2014, 02:24:22 PM »
Same here, drone on. Thanks for giving me a map for sampling contemporary music, Dave. Looking forward to exploring some of these artists.

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Re: Best of 2014 - non-ambient
« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2014, 05:45:56 PM »
Here's a link to my Spotify playlist of 2014 albums...

http://open.spotify.com/user/dmichuda/playlist/2RWGzGpnPePoGB2viac2sI

And here's a link to my Spotify profile which has all the various playlists I listen to regularly at work...

http://open.spotify.com/user/dmichuda


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Re: Best of 2014 - non-ambient
« Reply #5 on: December 24, 2014, 09:51:37 AM »
Really digging Rishloo's newest. Some delicious prog here. Fantastic energy, emotional climaxes, and some truly acrobatic singing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ic3YmZrpF8&list=PLyY1RCvbEoDqZ9DkuMbtsX6AwUbuNwyLg

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Re: Best of 2014 - non-ambient
« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2014, 02:08:06 PM »
You know what, this year 2014 is the year I have bought the fewest non ambient albums in my entire life !

I have virtually lost interest in other types of music, even including Prog rock. This is very strange for me and I may get back into it in a bit. I have however started collecting 7inch vinyl, for a bit of fun really, so I am listening to all sorts of stuff I suppose from 70s rock, metal, pop and sixties psych. Thoroughly enjoying it actually.

Album wise I have only purchased Tangerine Dreams output and the new Yes album.

The TD stuff is superb, Sorcerer 2014, Chandra 2, Phaedra farewell tour the new cup disc ep Mala Kunia is also very good heralding the start of the new Quantum period with Ulrich Schnauss involved !!

Yes - Heaven and Earth was not too bad. 3/5

That's it.


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Re: Best of 2014 - non-ambient
« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2014, 02:00:37 AM »
Pink Floyd--The Endless River. Is it non ambient?  Dunno.  But if it is, that's all I can think of, apart from a couple reissues like Shriekback "Jam Science" and The Chameleons "John Peel Sessions" (complete with very cool keychain as a free bonus if ordered from the UK label).