Posted by: theatrociousspeller | December 31, 2014

Top 15 of 2014

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Before we begin, I would like to say thanks to Capital Bop for including Team Players in their top 5 records for 2014. This is the first time I’ve been apart of a “year-end list,” and 4 out of 5 isn’t bad. Also on the internet:

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Dark City featuring Kiefer Sutherland…

So let’s do this, top 15 of 2014. The only parameters I allowed myself were I had to listen to the record more then three times, (not in succession, even though I did multiple times with the majority of these records). There were sooo many great records this year, maybe because I really really tried to actually listen to everything everyone had told me to listen to or heard on the internet/radio/blah and then of course, researching all those artist all the people they are related to via their past work history.

No order obviously.

Some of these records are by friends. They are amazing musicians/composers, fucking deal with it.

  1. Cuddle Magic + Phyllis Chen
    Holy Toy Piano Batman. Heartbreaker: An Extra Life
  1. Big Shot – 6,600
    Holy Reverb Batman. Heartbreaker: Beast on the Shore
  1. Vince Staples – Hell Can Wait (EP)
    Holy Production Batman. Heartbreaker: Screen Door
  1. Battle Trance – Palace Of Wind
    Holy Fuck. Period. This is hands down the most tiring records on this list. Plan to be alone afterwards. Heartbreaker: The record
  1. Anthony Pirog – Palo Colorado Dream
    Holy Group Interaction Batman. Heartbreaker: The New Electric. The guitar tone on the breakdown at the end makes me lift my fist to the sky.
  1. I Am a Curse – Sequel for an Unforgiving Wreckage: Civil Wars
    Holy Riff Connections Batman. Heartbreaker: The Shore
  1. Hail Mary Mallon – Bestiary
    Holy 4-Bar Trading Batman. Heartbreaker: Jonathan
  1. Kid Runner – Wake Up Now (EP)
    Holy Crack-Habit Batman. Heartbreaker: Whole Record. You cannot listen to this record one time through…it just keeps repeating and you can’t stop it. It’s magical
  1. Taylor McFerrin – Early Riser
    Holy Back-Beat Batman. Heartbreaker: Degrees of Light
  1. Holly Herndon – Chorus (EP)
    Holy 2-Tracks Batman. Heartbreaker: Chorus
  1. KOOL A.D. WORD O.K.
    Holy What The Fuck Is This Batman. Heartbreaker: Open Letter
  1. URA – S/T
    Holy Vocals Batman. Heartbreaker: La Raíz
  1. Dan Weiss – 14
    Holy Orchestration Batman. Heartbreaker: Whole record. It needs to be listened to in one sitting.
  1. Vicky Chow/Tristan Perich – Surface Image
    Holy Texture Batman. Heartbreaker: Hour long piece bro: Get Up In It.
  1. Marc Baron – Hidden Tapes
    Holy Composition Batman. Heartbreaker: The whole thing…it’s some of the most amazing tape collage shit I’ve heard. Heart-on-your-sleeve concrète.

What are your favorites? Tell me your favs in the comments.

Also, yea… idk…i’ll talk to you soon. Miss you. I mean that.




  1. Or don’t…

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