Mid Year List, Music

LJR Music’s Best of 2014 (so far) Awards

Here are the best tracks from the most noteworthy albums of 2014 (so far).



Best Eccentric: St. Vincent – “Digital Witness” from St. Vincent


Best Near the Ocean: Meshell Ndegeocello – “Comet, Come to Me” from Comet, Come to Me


Best Bang Your Drum: tUnE-yArDs – “Real Thing” from nikki nack


Best Use of Cowbell: Neneh Cherry – “Weightless” from Blank Project


Best Nostalgia: Strand of Oaks – “Same Emotions” from HEAL


Best Raging Fire: White Lung – “Down It Goes” from Deep Fantasy


Best After Midnight: Antlers – “Hotel” from Familiars


Best Snark Attack: Ought – “Today More Than Any Other Day” from Today More Than Any Other Day


Best Pound It Out On the Steering Wheel: Parquet Courts – “Black And White” from Sunbathing Animal


Best Sob Out Loud: Sharon Van Etten – “Your Love Is Killing Me” from Are We There


Best Belt It Out In The Shower: Sia –  “Chandelier” from 1000 Forms of Fear


Best Dad Rock: The War On Drugs – “Red Eyes” from Lost in the Dream


Best Growl: Future Islands – “Seasons (Waiting On You)” from Singles


Best at the Discotheque: Röyksopp and Robyn – “Do It Again” from Do It Again


Best Reflective Mood: Real Estate – “Past Lives” from Atlas


Best in a Wine Bar: SOHN – “Artifice” from Tremors


Best W Hotel Lobby: East India Youth – “Hinterland” from Total Strife Forever


Best Under The Radar: People Get Ready – “Jealousy” from Physiques


Best Coffeehouse Blend: Sylvan Esso – “Coffee” from Sylvan Esso


Best Barefoot at a Festival: Hurray For The Riff Raff – “End Of the Line” from Small Town Heroes


Honorable Mention

Nicole Atkins – “Red Ropes” from Slow Phaser

First Aid Kit – “Waitress Song” from Stay Gold

Hamilton Leithauser – “Alexandra” from Black Hours

Lykke Li – “No Rest For The Wicked” from I Never Learn

Little Dragon – “Klapp Klapp” from Nabuma Rubberband

Jack White – “Lazaretto” from Lazaretto

Wye Oak – “Shriek” from Shriek

MO – “XXX 88” from No Mythologies to Follow

The Bamboos – “Avenger” from Fever In the Road

Beck – “Blue Moon” from Morning Phase

Cibo Matto – “10th Floor Ghost Girl” from Hotel Valentine

Damon Albarn – “Everyday Robots” from Everyday Robots

Glass Animals – “Gooey” from ZABA

Mirah – “Radiomind” from Changing Light

Nick Mulvey – “Fever To The Form” from Fever To The Form (EP)

Syd Arthur – “Hometown Blues” from Sound Mirror



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