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What we listened to this year

2014 was a weird year. We traveled to North Dakota (I tweeted a lot), ran half a marathon, played a lot of ping pong, then graduated from Medill. Mike moved to New York, and Tim moved home.

Through it all, one thing was constant—music. I saw a show that made me realize that going to shows doesn’t always have to suck. I listened to some things I liked. I decided, for the fifth time in seven years (not sure what happened in ’11 and ’09), to pull together a list of the things I liked.

As usual, these are presented without comment and in alphabetical order. I went all out and embedded a playlist for each album so you can recap the year without even leaving this window, though it does slow things down a bit. Sorry about that—I’m not taking them out now.

Here’s to even more great things in 2015.

Mike’s top music of 2014

…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead — IX

Alt-J — This is All Yours

Angel Olsen — Burn Your Fire for No Witness

Ariel Pink — Pom Pom

Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks — Enter the Slasher House

Avi Buffalo — At Best Cuckold

Caribou — Our Love

Conor Oberst — Upside Down Mountain

Cymbals Eat Guitars — Lose

Damien Jurado — Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son

Death Vessel — Island Intervals

First Aid Kit — Stay Gold

Future Islands — Singles

Grouper — Ruins

Hundred Waters — The Moon Rang Like A Bell

Hurray For The Riff Raff — Small Town Heroes

Iceage — Plowing Into the Field of Love

James Vincent McMorrow — Post Tropical

Kalle Mattson — Someday, The Moon Will Be Gold

Kevin Drew — Darlings

Late Bloomer — Things Change

Mac DeMarco — Salad Days

Marissa Nadler — July

Mogawi — Rave Tapes

Parquet Courts — Sunbathing Animal

Quilt — Held in Splendor

Real Estate — Atlas

Shy Boys — Shy Boys

Spoon — They Want My Soul

St. Vincent — St. Vincent

Sun Kil Moon — Benji

The Antlers — Familiars

The War on Drugs — Lost in the Dream

Thom Yorke — Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes

tUnE-yArDs — Nikki Nack

TV on the Radio — Seeds

Tweedy — Sukierae

Vashti Bunyan — Heartleap

The Proper Ornaments — Wooden Head

Woods — With Light and With Love

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