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My Favorite Music of 2014: Albums, EPs, Mixtapes, and Songs

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Update Dec. 4 2014: Added the album “Crimson Cord”, which I found after this was originally posted.

Since the year is winding down, I’d thought I’d go ahead and post about my favorite music of 2014. I’ve discovered a lot of great music this year and I enjoyed listening to all of it. I will also be doing another 2014 music list about music from past years that I discovered this year, so stay tuned for that.

Albums:

Dirty Gold by Angel Haze (Genre: hip-hop, pop, R&B)

Landing on a Hundred + B Sides and Remixes by Cody ChesnuTT (Genre: funk, soul, rock)

Gary Clark Jr. Live by Gary Clark Jr. (Genre: blues, soul, rock)

Sky Blew’s Unmodern Life by Sky Blew (Genre: nerdcore with a little soul and jazz)

Crimson Cord by Propaganda (Genre: hip-hop, spoken word)

EP’s and Mixtapes

The Reintroduction of Mumu Fresh by Maimouna Youssef (Genre: hip-hop, pop, soul)

Another M by Sammus (Genre: nerdcore)

Blak and Blu: The Mixtape by Gary Clark Jr. (Genre: blues, rock, soul, hip-hop)

Broke and Baroque by Chargaux (Genre: classical, experimental)

Dragonfly by Purple Ferdinand (Genre: folk)

KULA by KULA (Genre: rock)

Songs:

“Angels and Airwaves” by Angel Haze (Genre: hip-hop, pop)

“Gold Digga” by Sa’ra Charismata (Genre: electro-pop)

“Gunpowder on the Letter” by Cody ChesnuTT feat. Gary Clark Jr. (Genre: blues rock)

“Pity” by Estère (Genre: witch-hop, soul)

“Stardust” by Maimouna Youssef (Genre: soul)

“Please Come Home” by Gary Clark Jr. feat. Alice Smith (Genre: R&B, rock)

“What If Times” by Shinobi Ninja (Genre: pop-rock, rap)

“Break The Cycle” by You + Me (Genre: pop)

“NPC Anthem (Part 1)” by Mega Ran feat. Doug Funnie, 1-Up, and Kadesh Flow (Genre: nerdcore)

“Land of Opportunity” by A Great Big World (Genre: pop with a dash of jazz)

“Weapon” by Bastille feat. Angel Haze, F*U*G*Z, and Braque (Genre: hip-hop, pop)

Written by Serena Zola

November 28, 2014 at 9:00 AM

What Songs Would Be On A Mixtape That Describes You?

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I’m currently reading Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult. This is the first novel I’m reading by this author and it’s really good so far. I’m loving the way the author incorporates music into the story. There is a question the main character, Zoe, asks that intrigued me personally as a music lover: “What songs would be on a mixtape that describes you?”

I thought about the question and the music that I enjoy and came up with twelve songs.

  1. Rhythm Nation by Janet Jackson http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_N7aps6Tlc
  2. Iris by The Goo Goo Dolls– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8UeeIAJ0a0
  3. Blackbird by The Beatles– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7epRPz0LGPE
  4. Paperback Writer by The Beatles– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9G6H2tQCaOA
  5. Rebel Rebel by David Bowie– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IQdhUd4V1o
  6. I Love Rock n’ Roll by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pCZMrySFYo
  7. Castle of Glass by Linkin Park– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5g-dHTrNNGQ
  8. La Vie Boheme A by the Movie Cast of RENT (lyrics in description)– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTbOTjXOT-Y
  9. The Boy Who Drank Stars by Joe Hisaishi (look at the video description and go to track twenty-five; couldn’t find a video for the song by itself)– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3LHcVlGYmk
  10. Aang Memorial Island by The Track Team http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCJUCrqyntQ
  11. Raise Your Glass by P!nk– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHtms9voyEg
  12. Nobody Knows- P!nk (lyrics in description) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqIFjoxFVhU

So dear readers, what say you to this? What songs that describe you would be on a mixtape?

Written by Serena Zola

February 21, 2013 at 8:35 PM

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