Best Albums of 2014

My third annual list. This is mostly personal preference, but with an ear to recommend both popular and obscure (mostly alt-rock and electronic) albums to other music lovers. On this list, albums get either a 1 (best) or 2 (rest); within those two groups, most have equal ground. This may seem like a boring list with no explanations, but pick one of your favorite genres and zero in on just one album. Let loose and enjoy your SELF!

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One year of watching Movies You Must See Before You Die

I’ve mentioned the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die in almost every film-related post over the past 12 months. It doesn’t feel like I’ve been at this list of movies for that long, but in reviewing the films I’ve seen since then, I realize now that it’s definitely time for an update.
Zepfanman's Favorites from 1001 Movies
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Close to the Edge – Lisa Marie Presley (2012)

Lisa Marie Presley
From her full-length Storm & Grace album. Play on Grooveshark or Spotify (embedded below). File under: roots rock.
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ON VACATION: Electric Forest Festival, MI

If you’re having trouble reaching me this Wednesday until Monday, it’s because I’m in the woods. I’m driving up to Michigan for the four-day music festival, Electric Forest. This is the first time I’ll be camping at a music festival; I’m pretty excited to have this opportunity to get away with a few of my favorite people and see some great bands and DJs.

ON VACATION: Electric Forest Festival

My phone will mostly be off save once a day to check for messages and maybe upload some photos to Instagram.

Happy summer!

[Photo by Cal Millner]

Let’s hear some women talk

Let me take a moment to explain in my own words something that is very important to me.

Blue is the Warmest Color movie still

I just saw the new X-Men (Days of Future Past). Out of all the comicbook-to-film series, I think I’ve enjoyed the X-Men the most. These mutant stories weave political, scientific, and psychological themes with eye-popping muscles and badassery. I won’t give away any spoilers about the latest installment, but there was an impressionable balance of special effects and dialogue… between and about men. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed the movie, but Days of Future Past is a prime example of the normative failure of Hollywood to show women interacting with each other on screen.
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A few album ratings – Spring 2014

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The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream (March 2014, neo-psychedelia)

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Rosanne Cash – The River & the Thread (January 2014, Americana)

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Nils Frahm – Spaces (November 2013, ambient)

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Bonobo – LateNightTales (November 2013, electric)

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Warren Haynes – Live at Bonnaroo [June 15, 2003] (June 2004, acoustic rock)

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Dada – American Highway Flower (September 1994, alt rock)

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Tycho – Awake (March 2014, ambient pop)

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Grace Potter and the Nocturnals – The Lion the Beast and the Beat (June 2012, rock)

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Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabaté – Ali and Toumani (February 2010, Mande folk/Songhai)

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Beacon – The Way We Separate (April 2013, indietronica)

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Katharina Franck – Zeitlupenkino (2002, singer/songwriter)
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