2014 Oscar Predictions - 

Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave

Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club

Personal Choice: Leonardo DiCaprio for Wolf of Wall Street

Best Actress: Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine

Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club

Personal Choice: Michael Fassbender for 12 Years a Slave

Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years a Slave

Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity

Personal Choice: Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave

Best Writing (Adapted): 12 Years a Slave

Best Writing (Original): Her

Best Documentary Feature: The Act of Killing

Best Foreign Film: The Great Beauty

Best Animated Feature: Frozen

Best Cinematography: Gravity

Best Visual Effects: Gravity

Best Film Editing: Gravity

Best Original Score: 12 Years a Slave

Best Song: Let It Go from Frozen

Best Production Design: Gravity

Best Short Film (Animated): Get a Horse!

Best Short Film (Live Action): The Voorman Problem

Top 10 Albums of 2014 (So Far)

#1. A Silver Mt. Zion - Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything

As the long-term side-project of post-rock gods Godspeed You! Black Emperor, the equally ambitious A Silver Mt. Zion put out their emotional masterpiece on Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything. Featuring larger than life orchestrated movements, piercingly mournful vocals and thickly layered compositions, here is a rare album that works on maximalist levels of despair and wonderment.

Listen If You Like: Arcade Fire, Godspeed You! Black Emperor,  Do Say Make Think, Mogwai

Favorite Tracks: What We Loved Was Not Enough, Rains Thru the Roof At the Grande Ballroom

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Top 10 Albums of 2014 (So Far)

#2. Isaiah Rashad - Cilvia Demo

Two months of a dry spell on the hip-hop scene and we’re graced by latest T.D.E. emcee Isaiah Rashad. Signed on by Kendrick Lamar and his Black Hippy crew (Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul), Rashad makes an expert debut with a wealth of nuanced ability. With an affectation that succeeds on a distinct somber, restrained presence, Cilvia Demo making for a sophisticated character piece comfortably fitting on the shelf of T.D.E. releases with enough versatility for hip-hop heads to chew on.  

Listen If You Like: Black Hippy Crew (Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q), Big K.R.I.T.

Favorite Tracks: R.I.P. Kevin Miller, Heavenly Father, Banana

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Top 10 Albums of 2014 (So Far)

#3. Indian - From All Purity

A ruthlessly heavy sludge metal record from the criminally under-appreciated Chicago quintet. Featuring elements drone and doom metal, Indian fulfillingly mixes their own sludge recipe and come close to perfection on their fifth LP: From All Purity. This year has proven exceptional for metal records leaning toward the avant-garde; no better place then the exceptionally pummeling From All Purity. 

Listen If You Like:  Lord Mantis, Nachtmystium, Suma, Pallbearer

Favorite Tracks: Rape, Clarify

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Top 10 Albums of 2014 (So Far)

#4. Ricky Eat Acid - Three Love Songs

A surprise gem from the underworld scene of ambient music comes Three Love Songs. Ricky Eat Acid proves amicably capable of stringing along myriads of genres seamlessly on an unusually touching and engaging record. Spawning tracks of drone, indie pop, lo-fi, house, ambient and dance music, Three Love Songs comes from a world of obscurity yet comes wears a universal charm worth falling for. 

Listen If You Like: Flatsound, Julia Brown, Coma Cinema, Heroin Party

Favorite Tracks: In Rural Virginia, It Will Draw Me Over, In My Dreams

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Top 10 Albums of 2014 (So Far)

#5. Sun Kil Moon - Benji

After a slew of mediocre records lulling interest slowly away from singer-songwriter Mark Kozelek, a perturbing level of inspiration and heartache arose to produce his sixth LP: Benji. Under the project Sun Kil Moon, Kozelek consistently made it a point to be at his most candid, revealing and detached as a lyricist, even if it meant to repeatedly debase any glamour he could own as a musician. On Benji, Kozelek comes to you,  almost too weary to speak, with endless tales of death and existential demise of any form imaginable. Embracing its consistent anguish is vital to the experience, making Benji a top entry in the canon of death related records. There may possibly be a time in your time where it feels everything around you starts dying; for that dark hour, hold on to this album. 

Listen If You Like: The Album Leaf, The Tallest Man on Earth, Bill Callahan, Phosphorescent 

Favorite Tracks: Carissa, I Watch the Film The Song Remains the Same

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Top 10 Albums of 2014 (So Far)

#6. Modern Baseball - You’re Gonna Miss It All

Speaking to aimless, pseudo-intellectual, mildly depressed teenage surbanites here: You’re Gonna Miss It All is your new best friend. This Philadelphia pop punk outfit made a likable first impression with their 2012 debut Sports and have come for seconds. Modern Baseball’s engaging verses and playful flippancy follow suit in their cheeky adolescent tales, with a slight polish on delivery and songwriting. You’re Gonna Miss It All is a given favorite for the year if midwest emo bands carry your personal emotional baggage and snarky, relatable irony fill your days. 

Listen If You Like: Tigers Jaw, Into It. Over It., American Football, The Wonder Years

Favorite Tracks: Rock Bottom, “Fine, Great”

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Top 10 Albums of 2014 (So Far)

#7. Alcest - Shelter

You’re more than likely bitter about their latest sound change as a fan of their blackgaze (black metal/shoe-gaze) prime, but Alcest come together impressively even on a pure dream pop/shoe-gaze album such as Shelter. The french quartet open up their doors to new listeners with an equally engaging take on twinkly, charming post-rock a la shimmering guitar-driven crescendos and swelling choruses. If you take your coffee black and instinctively keep your arms crossed at concerts, Shelter isn’t interested in catering to you this time. For everyone else who likes an afternoon walk in the park and has smiled in the last 24 hours, Alcest just got much more charming. 

Listen If You Like: Explosions in the Sky, Ulver, Deafheaven

Favorite Tracks: Opale, Voix Sereines

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Top 10 Albums of 2014 (So Far)

#8. Have a Nice Life - The Unnatural World

Universally acclaimed in the underground scene, Connecticut shoe-gaze/drone duo Have a Nice Life follow up their 2008 cult classic Deathconsciousness with an improved artistic control on The Unnatural World. With cacophonous compositions ranging through worlds of lo-fi, industrial and noise rock, expect to drown in some of the most antithetical and evil ambient nightmares produced in recent memory from some of the genre’s finest pursuers.  

Listen If You Like: Giles Corey, Swans, The Microphones

Favorite Tracks: Guggenheim Wax Museum, Cropsey

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Top 10 Albums of 2014 (So Far)

#9. Actress - Ghettoville

London micro-house producer Darren Cunningham returns with his 4th and strongest effort yet: Ghettoville. Under the moniker Actress, Cunningham’s grown a comfortable niche spot in the current IDM scene with perplexing, layered and abstract grooves in various mindsets. Ghettoville offers an intentional lack of consistency and surplus of vacancy, intelligently crafted to behave as an intellectual’s personal thoughts. Intended for the most patient, subtle sonic palettes, Ghettoville comes as a real treat for experimental electronic and beat music lovers. 

Listen If You Like: Zomby, Andy Stott, Flying Lotus, Aphex Twin, Nicolas Jaar

Favorite Tracks: Corner, Rims, Our

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Top 10 Albums of 2014 (So Far)

#10. Marissa Nadler - July

Signing on to Sacred Bones Records for her 6th LP, indie-folk singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler delivers yet another woefully enchanting set of failed love stories and visually emotive poems. On every breath of July arrives lush orchestral and acoustic arrangements paired to Nadler’s almost-psychedelic signature whisper serenade, akin to artists like First Aid Kit and Laura Marling. This Boston songstress hardly gets her due, with previously slept-on records The Sister and Marissa Nadler equally consistent, yet hardly lauded in her genre. Playing the part of a pained siren lulling you through an unforgiving winter, Nadler’s July is an ideal record to take the plunge into her haunted, dreamy tales.

Listen If You Like: Fiona Apple, First Aid Kit, Laura Marling, Bright Eyes

Favorite Tracks: Firecrackers, Nothing In My Heart

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Top 100 Albums of 2013

  1. Chance the Rapper - Acid Rap
  2. Kanye West - Yeezus
  3. Disclosure - Settle
  4. Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
  5. Julianna Barwick - Nepenthe
  6. James Blake - Overgrown
  7. Foxygen - We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
  8. Milo - Things That Happen At Day // Things That Happen At Night
  9. AlunaGeorge - Body Music
  10. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
  11. Pro Era - PEEP: The aPROcalypse
  12. Peter Brotzmann - Long Story Short
  13. Fire! Orchestra - Exit!
  14. Rhye - Woman
  15. Death Grips - Government Plates
  16. Queens of the Stone Age - …Like Clockwork
  17. Autechre - Exai
  18. Deafheaven - Sunbather
  19. The Knife - Shaking the Habitual
  20. Touche Amore - Is Survived By
  21. Burial - Truant / Rough Sleeper // Rival Dealer 
  22. Chvrches - The Bones of What You Believe
  23. Lady Lamb the Beekeeper - Ripely Pine
  24. Childish Gambino - Because the Internet
  25. Various Artists - Inside Llewyn Davis
  26. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels
  27. DJ Rashad - Double Cup
  28. Mikal Cronin - MCII
  29. Action Bronson & Party Supplies - Blue Chips 2
  30. Charles Bradley - Victim of Love
  31. Steven Wilson - The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories)
  32. Julia Holter - Loud City Song
  33. David Bowie - The Next Day
  34. Future of the Left - How To Stop Your Brain In An Accident
  35. Moonface - Julia With Blue Jeans On
  36. Laura Marling - Once I Was An Eagle
  37. FKA Twigs - EP2
  38. Baths - Obsidian
  39. Giraffage - Needs
  40. My Bloody Valentine - MBV
  41. Darkside - Psychic
  42. Lorde - Pure Heroine
  43. Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience
  44. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - II
  45. FIDLAR - FIDLAR
  46. HAIM - Days Are Gone
  47. Grouper - The Man Who Died in His Boat
  48. Nails - Abandon All Life
  49. Majical Cloudz - Impersonator
  50. Mutual Benefit - Love’s Crushing Diamond
  51. Mac Miller - Watching Movies with the Sound Off
  52. Washed Out - Paracosm
  53. Streetlight Manifesto - The Hands That Thieve
  54. Tyler, the Creator -  Wolf
  55. Jason Isbell - Southeastern
  56. Cakes Da Killa - The Eulogy
  57. Kelela - Cut 4 Me
  58. Jon Hopkins - Immunity
  59. R.A. The Rugged Man - Legends Never Die
  60. The Haxan Cloak - Excavation
  61. Bonobo - The North Borders
  62. Ghostface Killah - Twelve Reasons to Die
  63. Big K.R.I.T. - King Remembered in Time
  64. Sigur Ros - Kveikur
  65. Lapalux - Nostalchic
  66. Julia Brown - To Be Close to You
  67. Neko Case - The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
  68. Anamanaguchi - Endless Fantasy
  69. Fuzz - Fuzz
  70. Iamnobodi - Elevated
  71. Autre Ne Veut - Anxiety
  72. Pity Sex - Feast of Love
  73. Bill Callahan - Dream River
  74. Pharmakon - Abandon
  75. Denzel Curry - Nostalgic 64
  76. Various Artists - After Dark 2
  77. Various Artists - Eccentric Soul: The Forte Label
  78. The Drones - I See Seeweed
  79. Arcade Fire - Reflektor
  80. Pusha T - My Name Is My Name
  81. Alex Chilton - Electricity by Candlelight / NYC 2/13/97
  82. Ólafur Arnalds - For Now I Am Winter
  83. Janelle Monae - The Electric Lady
  84. King Krule - 6 Feet Beneath The Moon
  85. Their / They’re / There - Their / They’re / There
  86. Clipping - Midcity
  87. Blue Hawaii - Untogether
  88. Waxahatchee - Cerulean Salt
  89. Beach Fossils - Clash the Truth
  90. Scallops Hotel - Poplar Grove (Or How to Rap With a Hammer)
  91. A$AP Ferg - Trap Lord
  92. Blood Orange - Cupid Deluxe
  93. These New Puritans - Field of Reeds
  94. Nosaj Thing - Home
  95. A$AP Rocky - LongLiveA$AP
  96. Classixx - Hanging Gardens
  97. Dirty Beaches - Drifters / Love Is the Devil
  98. This Routine Is Hell - Howl
  99. Tall Black Guy - 8 Miles to Moenart
  100. Ryan Hemsworth - Guilt Trips

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A playlist for tonight, whatever you may be up to. 

  1. Kanye West (feat. Lupe Fiasco) - Touch the Sky
  2. Phantogram - Don’t Move
  3. The Virgins - Rich Girls
  4. Craft Spells - After the Moment
  5. Julian Casablancas - 11th Dimension
  6. Discovery (feat. Angel Deradoorian) - I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
  7. Mark Foster, A-Trak, Kimbra - Warrior
  8. Chromeo - Tenderoni
  9. Janelle Monae (feat. Big Boi) - Tightrope
  10. Cashmere Cat - Kiss Kiss
  11. Disclosure (feat. Sam Smith) - Latch
  12. Gold Motel - Safe in L.A.
  13. The Vaccines - Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)
  14. Smith Westerns - Weekend
  15. Real Estate - Kinder Blumen
  16. Blood Orange - You’re Not Good Enough
  17. Toro Y Moi - You Hid
  18. Jessie Ware - Sweet Talk
  19. Giraffage - Undress U
  20. The Weeknd - What You Need
  21. FKA Twigs - Papi Pacify
  22. Rhye - The Fall
  23. Chet Baker - My Funny Valentine

Top 50 Songs of 2013 - 

1. James Blake - Retrograde

2. Pusha T - Numbers on the Board

3. Chance the Rapper - Pusha Man

4. Disclosure (feat. Sam Smith) - Latch

5. Kanye West - Bound 2

6. A$AP Rocky (feat. Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Yelawolf, Danny Brown, Action Bronson, Big K.R.I.T.) - 1 Train

7. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - So Good at Being in Trouble

8. Rhye - Open 

9. Mikal Cronin - Weight

10. Justin Timberlake - That Girl

11. Lady Lamb the Beekeeper - Bird Balloons

12. Majical Cloudz - Childhood’s End

13. FKA Twigs - Papi Pacify

14. Pro Era - Run or Fly

15. Cashmere Cat (feat. Miguel) - Do You… (Remix)

16. Daft Punk (feat. Panda Bear) - Doin’ it Right

17. Rustie - Slasherr

18. Janelle Monae (feat. Erykah Badu) - Q.U.E.E.N.

19. Tyler, the Creator (feat. Domo Genesis, Earl Sweatshirt) - Rusty

20. Milo (feat. Safari Al) - Almond Milk Paradise

21. Vampire Weekend - Hannah Hunt

22. Foxygen - Oh Yeah

23. CHVRCHES - Lungs

24. AlunaGeorge - Your Drums, Your Love

25. Julianna Barwick - One Half

26. The Underachievers - Gold Soul Theory

27. Queens of the Stone Age - Smooth Sailing

28. The Strokes - One Way Trigger

29. Lapalux (feat. Kerry Leatham) - Without You

30. Giraffage - Thinking About You

31. Earl Sweatshirt (feat. Vince Staples, Casey Veggies) - Hive

32. Baths - Miasma Sky

33. Autre Ne Veut - Counting 

34. Childish Gambino (feat. Chance the Rapper) - The Worst Guys

35. Streetlight Manifesto - The Three of Us

36. Mutual Benefit - Advanced Falconry

37. Haim - Falling

38. Kelela (Prod. Nguzunguzu) - Enemy

39. Neko Case - Night Still Comes

40. Fuck Buttons - The Red Wing

41. Son Lux - Lost It To Trying

42. Washed Out - It All Feels Right

43. Classixx (feat. Jeppe) - I’ll Get You

44. A$AP Ferg - Dump Dump

45. Jon Hopkins - Abandon Window

46. Lorde - Team

47. Grouper - Living Room

48. Moonface - Love the House You’re In

49. Bonobo (feat. Grey Reverend) - First Fires

50. The Doppelgangaz - Skin Yarmulke

2013 Emmy Personal Picks - 
Best Drama Series: Breaking Bad
Best Comedy Series: Louie
Lead Actor (Drama): Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad
Lead Actress (Drama): Claire Danes - Homeland
Lead Actor (Comedy): Louis C.K. - Louie
Lead Actress (Comedy): Lena Dunham - Girls
Supporting Actor (Drama): Aaron Paul - Breaking Bad
Supporting Actress (Drama): Emilia Clarke - Game of Thrones
Supporting Actor (Comedy): Bill Hader - Saturday Night Live
Supporting Actress (Comedy): Sofia Vergara - Modern Family
Best Mini-Series/Film: Behind the Candelabra
Lead Actor (Mini-Series): Michael Douglas - Behind the Candelabra
Lead Actress (Mini-Series): Jessica Lange - American Horror Story
Best Variety Series: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
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2013 Emmy Personal Picks - 

Best Drama Series: Breaking Bad

Best Comedy Series: Louie

Lead Actor (Drama): Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad

Lead Actress (Drama): Claire Danes - Homeland

Lead Actor (Comedy): Louis C.K. - Louie

Lead Actress (Comedy): Lena Dunham - Girls

Supporting Actor (Drama): Aaron Paul - Breaking Bad

Supporting Actress (Drama): Emilia Clarke - Game of Thrones

Supporting Actor (Comedy): Bill Hader - Saturday Night Live

Supporting Actress (Comedy): Sofia Vergara - Modern Family

Best Mini-Series/Film: Behind the Candelabra

Lead Actor (Mini-Series): Michael Douglas - Behind the Candelabra

Lead Actress (Mini-Series): Jessica Lange - American Horror Story

Best Variety Series: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

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