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Best Songs of 2014

By Will Oliver, February 20th 2015 — with 1 comment

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(artwork by Dana Pacifico)

Apparently I got Chinese New Year confused with the end of 2014, as it took me until now to finally share my list of favorite songs from 2014. It’s late, but you better bet it’s a true indication of my favorite songs of 2014. These are the 100 songs that I played and enjoyed the most and are still playing on regular rotation. They came from the most established artists like Beck, as well as newcomers such as Alvvays, Leon Bridges and Flyte. It’s a bit all over the map stylistically, which is a good thing if you ask me.

I’ve posted the list of songs below from 100-1. I’ve turned the entire list into a spotify playlist (keep in mind some tracks weren’t on spotify so if that’s the case, just come back here and you can click the song it will take you to the tracks soundcloud/youtube page). Head to the bottom of the page for the spotify playlist, or just head here.

With that said, here are my favorite songs that were released in 2014, finally:
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Best Albums of 2014

By Will Oliver, February 12th 2015 — with 1 comment

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(artwork by Dana Pacifico)

We are almost a month and a half into 2015, but I finally got around to publishing a full list of my favorites albums of 2014. There was a lot of great music released, so much so that I had to make a separate honorable mentions list of records that just missed the cut. Which makes the 50 records that did make it even more impressive.

If anything, these albums are more so my favorites of the year than “the best” as it’s all totally objective. But these were the albums that defined the 12 months of 2014, soundtracking endless drives into the cities, summer festivals, moments of solitude, as well as parties and celebrations of all kind. Looking back, it really was a pretty damn good year.

With that said, here are my 50 best albums of 2014:
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Best Albums of 2014: Honorable Mentions

By Will Oliver, February 9th 2015 — with 2 comments

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(artwork by Dana Pacifico)

There was a lot of great music released in 2014, a lot more than can be represented fairly in a top 50 list. Sometimes some quality stuff just slips through the cracks, just barely missing the cut. But that doesn’t mean that these albums didn’t get plenty of love from me throughout the year.

This year I decided to do a separate posts of some honorable mentions for albums that just fell shy of making the list. All of these are well worth your time. They’re posted below in no particular order or ranking:
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Favorite Live Photos of 2014

By Will Oliver, February 5th 2015

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(Foals at Terminal 5)

There was no shortage of great shows to be found in 2014. You can find the best 50 that I saw in 2014 right here. Throughout the year, we took thousands upon thousands of photos, documenting every moment of these unforgettable shows. We put in a lot of work trying to capture the essence of these performances, and I wanted to share these photos with you in one giant collection.

These are not only photos that I took, but also photos taken by our great team of contributing photographers. They’re posted in chronological order, as there was simply no other right way to go about ordering the photos. Below each photo, is the link to the original post, as well as the photographer credit (if it’s other than myself).

So with that said, sit back, and enjoy our favorite live concert photos that we took in 2014. You can also find the gallery posted over at our facebook page. There’s probably one too many photos posted here, but we probably saw way too many shows.
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Best Shows Of 2014

By Will Oliver, February 4th 2015

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I saw more shows than ever before in 2014. The number sits somewhere well over 200, not to mention various festivals and CMJ/SXSW showcases. There was a lot of great music seen, and a lot of great memories shared. We had to say goodbye to Glasslands, Death By Audio, and 285 Kent in one year, which will change the live music landscape in Brooklyn more than we will ever realize.

With so much live music seen, making a list of the best shows is a nearly impossible task. But I sat down, shifted through all my photos, recaps, and foursquare/swarm check ins (very useful in keeping track of shows), and compiled a list of the top 50 shows that I saw last year. Inevitably, a lot of good shows missed the mark, which just reinforces how great those were that did make the cut.

There are a lot of factors that go into this sort of thing. But at the end of the day, these were the shows that made an impression on me throughout the year, the sort of shows that I will want to relive again.

I got a few more posts coming, including some of our favorite live photos taken at these shows, as well as my long overdue best songs and albums. Stay tuned for that. But for now, enjoy my list of the best 50 shows that I saw in 2014.
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Readers Poll 2013 Results

By Will Oliver, January 8th 2014 — with 1 comment

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A month ago I put you guys up to the task of naming your favorite albums/songs of 2013, with my annual readers poll. I got to share my favorite albums and songs of the year but now it’s your turn.

As the final step in my year end list, the readers poll is always exciting because I get to see how my tastes compare with my readers. A couple hundred of you participate  and I thank all of you who did for taking the time to vote. For the most part, our tastes were pretty similar (which makes sense), but there were a few surprises here and there, and a few albums and songs that I myself missed out on. That’s the beauty of these things. There’s always new discoveries ready to be found.

This finally wraps up my best of 2013 stuff, and with this, we can finally fully push forward to the new year. With that said, here are your favorite albums and songs of 2013:
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Favorite Concert Photos Of 2013

By Will Oliver, January 3rd 2014 — with 2 comments

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Arctic Monkeys @ Ogden Theater

By no means am I a professional photographer. I don’t pretend to be. I know I have a lot of work and learning to do to improve and get better. But thanks to this blog, I’ve gotten better at it than I ever imagined I would be when I first started it five years ago.

I went to a lot of shows this year, and took a lot of shots. So many, that it would seem like a waste if I didn’t compile some of the best ones for your viewing pleasure.

I also added some of my favorite shots from some of our new team of contributing photographers, Andrew St. ClairDana Pacifico, Daniel Topete and Leah Runyon. All photos without a photo credit were taken by yours truly.

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Best Concerts Of 2013

By Will Oliver, January 3rd 2014

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I’m lucky enough to live close enough to New York City where I can catch a great show almost every night of the week. In 2013 I traveled and caught a whole bunch of music festivals and performances across the country, such as in Austin, Chicago, Denver, and Philadelphia. I saw many good shows, from new bands, to old favorites, as well as some true legends along the way. It was a good year.

I saw a lot of shows, and it’s tough to narrow them down into a comprehensive list, but I did my best. These were the truly memorable nights out of a very memorable year. This year, with Barclays Center taking over a lot of my favorite acts, there were more arena shows than ever before. But no matter, a good act will transcend an audience in any venue, big or small. I saw my fair share of great shows in smaller venues as well. A good balance between the two is an ideal thing for me anyways.

Later tonight, I will also share all the best photos I took from these shows, as there are too many not to gather and collect.

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Best Songs Of 2013

By Will Oliver, December 30th 2013 — with 2 comments

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Thanks to Camilo Bejarano for the artwork as usual

This year I pushed the limit on publishing my best songs list with a day to spare. I think that patience has all but been lost with list making these days, but time is something I can never get enough of. I need as much time as possible to sort through the wide plethora of music that graced my ears this year.

With albums it’s tough to honor all the stuff you loved as eventually a few will get pushed out of the fold. But with a best songs list, you have more of a chance to highlight a well rounded collection of music that really defined your year. There’s a wide collection of songs here that I’m really proud to share because it’s a pretty wide collection of songs that I hope is all balanced as I thought it was. I try and keep an open mind and embrace anything that sounds good to me. I think this year was a good year for music, but also a good one to be a music listener, which is truly exciting.

You can find my list below, as well as a spotify link right here, and a stream that’s shared at the very tail end of the post.
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Best Albums Of 2013

By Will Oliver, December 20th 2013 — with 10 comments

Best Albums Of 2013

Thanks to Camilo for the artwork as usual

Hey guys, it’s that time of the year for my best albums of the year list. I feel like I’m one of the select few who wait until December’s almost over to publish my list. Even waiting this long, I feel like I didn’t get to listen to nearly as much music as in previous years. There’ just too much stuff out there. (Tell me what you liked this year by voting in our 2013 Readers Poll)

There is no goal to accomplish on this list, other than a honest look at what music I enjoyed. I listened to a lot of records, both big and small, from those who benefited from the hype cycle to some that got nearly no attention at all. If it sounded good to me, it’s here. No pretension, no bullshit. This is just a list of my favorite albums of the year, no grand statement, just a love for these collections of music that kept me in good company this year.

So without further ado, I present my favorite albums of 2013. You can even stream the whole thing if you so desire at the spotify link right here. Read the rest of this entry »





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