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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Best Songs of 2014: Indie

It was a good year for music. We saw rapid and bold new developments for emerging electronica genres, as well as the triumphant return of indie rock genres that had lain dormant for several years (I'm officially calling it post-emo). It took a massive cast of artists, sounds, albums, and songs to make this a great year for music. Still, the average human has a very limited attention span, and the interwebz likes lists, so I've narrowed it down to:

THE TOP 50 SONGS OF 2014!

This entire playlist was over 3 hours long, so I've broken it down into two sections: more electro leaning and more guitar leaning. With the songs in no particular order, I'm proud to present part 2: Best Indie of 2014.

Best Indie of 2014 by Sachi Subterranean on Mixcloud



Playlist
Coffee - Sylvan Esso
Paradise Waiting - Vacationer
Riptide - Vance Joy
Next of Kin - Alvvays
B a noBody - SOAK
Sway - Anna Of The North
Crime - Real Estate
Jackson - Cymbals Eat Guitars
Blue Moon - Beck
Tarifa - Sharon Van Etten
Do You - Spoon
Real - Years & Years
Before - Vok
Whatever You Want - Doprah
What It's Worth - Elder Island
Under The Pressure - The War On Drugs
Gimme Something Good - Ryan Adams
#88 - Lo-Fang
Hard Believer - Fink
Left Hand Free - alt-J
A Blow to the Head - Roadkill Ghost Choir
Heal - Strand of Oaks
The Medic - Foxing
First As Tragedy, Second As Farce - Prawn
Hum - Tigers Jaw
Charlie Black - Modern Baseball
Jane - Girlpool
History Eraser - Courtney Barnett
I'm Not Part of Me - Cloud Nothings

Listen to part 1: Best Electro of 2014

Best Songs of 2014: Electro

It was a good year for music. We saw rapid and bold new developments for emerging electronica genres, as well as the triumphant return of indie rock genres that had lain dormant for several years (I'm officially calling it post-emo). It took a massive cast of artists, sounds, albums, and songs to make this a great year for music. Still, the average human has a very limited attention span, and the interwebz likes lists, so I've narrowed it down to:

THE TOP 50 SONGS OF 2014!

This entire playlist was over 3 hours long, so I've broken it down into two sections: more electro leaning and more guitar leaning. With the songs in no particular order, I'm proud to present part 1: Best Electro of 2014.

Best Electro of 2014 by Sachi Subterranean on Mixcloud



Playlist
Love Sublime - Tensnake
Our Love - Caribou
Awake - Tycho
Patterns - Tourist feat. Lianne La Havas
Chocolate - Giraffage
Raptor - Rustie
Bad Law - Sondre Lerche
Inspector Norse - Todd Terje
Biology Theme - Young Marco
Fiona Coyne - Saint Pepsi
Busy Earnin' - Jungle
Wrong Club - The Ting Tings
Good Mistake - Mr. Little Jeans
Beggin For Thread - Banks
Bluestep - Gramatik
Water Fountain - Tune-Yards
Brazillia - Febueder
New Dorp New Your - SBTRKT feat. Ezra Koenig
Ocean Death - Baths
Water Me - FKA twigs
Elon Mentana - Clap! Clap!, DJ Khalab

Listen to part 2: Best Indie of 2014

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Seasons Greetings Postcards

Sometimes, we as humans can get fixated on little achievements that often seem meaningless to other people. It can be something that starts as a hobby, and then takes up the evening hours or every day for years on end. After years of obscurity, perhaps it one day reaches a scale that cannot be ignored, and then hopefully there's some positive recognition. This project has been a little like that for me, though on a far less grand scale than Salvation Mountain or Watts. My secret obsession, dream if we're going to be generous, is to have my photos of national parks printed and made available to sale in those park's gift shops. Not because I want the money, but because I can't stop going to national parks and taking photos. It mostly comes from wanting to share how I see these beautiful wild places with other people, who also appreciate them, and some strange need for subtle recognition of my dedication.

Anyway, the first step towards this strange quest (really who sends postcards anymore besides me anyways?) is to actually have postcards of my photos made. So, with the holiday season as an excuse, and a little design help from Ian Barnard, I finally created 3 postcards, and had them printed. I've already mailed off 50 of these beautiful prints to family and friends this holiday season, so keep any eye on your mailbox! Otherwise, enjoy the digital versions below.

Seasons greetings! Merry solstice! Happy new year!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Best Americana of 2014

It's been an interesting year for Americana music and it's many related genres: new folk, revival, blues, country, etc. Particularly, if you take a less than purist view, as this amateur music critic does, it's been a year of fresh new faces and bold new mixtures of sound. My aunt Cindy, who plays harmonica and once took me to a Patsy Cline themed country karaoke bar and steak house, shares my love of Americana music. So, this playlist is dedicated to her.

With that sentiment in mind, I'm proud to present, in no particular order, THE 18 BEST AMERICANA SONGS OF 2014, in this humble radio jockey's opinion.

Best Americana of 2014 by Sachi Subterranean on Mixcloud



The 18 Best Americana/Folk/Blues/Country Songs of 2014
California (Cast Iron Soul) - Jamestown Revival
Dearly Departed - Shakey Graves feat. Esme Patterson
Kansas City - The New Basement Tapes
Half Crazy - The Barr Brothers
Turtles All the Way Down - Sturgill Simpson
Katie Queen of Tennessee - The Apache Replay
21st of May - Nickle Creek
Hold On - The Gospel Whiskey Runners
Swimmin' Time - Shovels & Rope
Don't Make Me Over - Julia Holter
Bored in the USA - Father John Misty
St. Roch Blues - Hurray For The Riff Raff
Sweet Amarillo - Old Crow Medicine Show
Truck Stop Gospel - Parker Millsap
Mahogany Dread - Hiss Golden Messenger
Work Song - Hozier
Crown The Pines - S. Carey
The River - Son Little

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Make More Noise 64


This playlist was specifically assembled for that essential moment mid work week when you just need to relax to something that puts a slight smile on your face and makes you tap your feet a little while you hastily type away at a screen trying to meet deadlines. It's chock full o' new electro tracks to help you zone in without burning out. Sure your boss grossly underestimated how much time this project would take, but Tokimonsta wants you to be happy! Here's to being chill, ice cold even, in the face of millennial underemployment and the new standard 50 hour work week. This podcast was brought to you by KXSC.org and USC. It was lovingly crafted by yours truly, Sachi Subterranean.

Thanks for listening!

Make More Noise 64 by Sachi Subterranean on Mixcloud


Playlist
Needle and a Knife - Tennis
With You - Tennyson
All I Ever Need - Caribou
The Chase - SOHN
Dusty Stars - Tokionsta
All Under One Roof Raving - Jamie xx
Velcro - Rustie
Lost in the Chrome Forest - Chrome Sparks
Bloom - Odesza
W (Dub) - Napolian
Waited 4 U - Slow Magic
Love Unlimited - Blackbird Blackbird
Til Sunrise - Goldroom feat. Mammals
Operate (The Chainsmokers Remix) - ASTR, Adam Palin
Elevate - St. Lucia
Not Going Home - Great Good Fine OK