Top 10 Moments In Music 2014

10. Lorde’s Identity Is Revealed And She’s Actually Randy Marsh. 9. U2 Put An Album In My iTunes, And Apple Made An Update To Take It Off 8. Keira Knightley Can Sing? 7. Justin Timberlake Making A Run For The Border After His People’s Choice Award Win 6. Jay Z and Solange Fight In An Elevator-FINALLY a reason to bring up BeyoncĂ© 5. The Roots … Continue reading Top 10 Moments In Music 2014

Worst Disappointments Of 2014

We still have a month left in 2014, so there’s plenty of time for me to be disappointed by everyone. But we’ll take a couple weeks off for the holidays, and once you take out time for sleeping and eating it’s basically just a couple days-a weekend really. Better get it over with now. These are the 10 things I was most disappointed by in … Continue reading Worst Disappointments Of 2014

Top 10 TV Shows Of 2014

If we’ve learned anything about TV so far in the 2010’s, it’s that great television doesn’t follow the same rules it did before Netflix. Now everyone is getting into the game, and binge-watching is the new normal. Network TV still gets it right occasionally, but for the most part cable and online outlets are where the magic happens. With a lot of shows already entering … Continue reading Top 10 TV Shows Of 2014

In Response: Pitchfork’s Top 100 Albums 2010-2014


The list seems wholly unnecessary, but people love anything on the web that features a number followed by an item as evidenced by the popularity of sites like BuzzFeed. Pitchfork’s Top 100 Albums of the decade so far isn’t a bad list-it would’ve made more sense to wait until 2014 is over to put it out, but that’s neither here nor there. My biggest problem with it is the redundancy factor. A lot of artists made the list multiple times, taking up spots that should really go to bands that aren’t featured on the list at all (Kanye gets 2 spots in their top 10, plus another for Watch The Throne). So here’s my list. I’ve kept the doubling down to a minimum, but it does happen a couple times. And yes, Kanye makes the list twice just not nearly as high.

100-Flying Lotus-Until The Quiet Comes

99. Hot Chip-One Night Stand

98. Wolfgang Jay-And We Move

97. Patrick Watson-Adventures In Your Own Backyard

96. El-P-Cancer For The Cure

95. Andrew Jackson Jihad-Knife Men

94. Big Boi-Sir Lucius Leftfoot

93. Dastardly-Ballads In Blue

92. Bright Eyes-The People’s Key

91. The Canoes-Slim Century

90. M.I.A.-Matangi

89. The All-About-Winter Pop

88. Gorillaz-Plastic Beach

87. The Elected-Bury Me In My Rings

86. Ezra Furman & The Harpoons-Mysterious Power

85. Empires-Garage Hymns

84. Fort Frances-The Atlas

83. Nik Freitas-Saturday Night Underwater

82. Beirut-The Rip Tide

81. The Great American Novel-Kissing

80. Heidi Spencer & The Rare Birds-Under Streetlight Glow

79. Adam Arcuragi-Like a fire that consumes all before it

77. Kno-Death Is Silent

77. Kurt Vile-Smoke Ring For My Halo

76. Fiona Apple-Idler Wheel

75. Bhi Bhiman-S/T

74. The Congregation-Right Now Everything

73. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti-Before Today

72. Lupe Fiasco-Lasers

71. Portugal. The Man.-In The Mountain In The Cloud

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Beck at Pitchfork 2014

I was a little afraid that Beck would feature his new album heavily in his headlining Pitchfork performance tonight. It’s a fantastic album, don’t get me wrong. Just not the kind of material made for a big fest (maybe Newport, but not Pitchfork). When he took the stage and the band exploded into “Devil’s Haircut” all those worries went out the window. It was hit … Continue reading Beck at Pitchfork 2014