Top Music Picks of 2014

One of my favorite things about December is getting to put together my top music picks of the year. It's been a tradition for my dad for many, many years that I started taking on as well. Below please find my favorite albums of the year, songs of the year and live shows of the year. I have favorite songs on each album but for the sake of this list, I try to add additional bands/songs. Note: they are NOT listed in any particular order.

 Please share your favorites in the comments section - I'd love to see what you're loving from 2014!

Listen to my top songs/albums of the year (and more of my favorites from 2014) on Spotify here: Best of 2014

Top 10 Albums

Beck - Morning Phase

The New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers

Stars - No One is Lost

Hozier - Hozier

St. Paul and the Broken Bones - Half the City

The Apache Relay - Apache Relay

Lake Street Dive - Bad Self Portraits 

The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream

Avi Buffalo - At Best Cuckold

Real Estate - Atlas

Top 10 Songs

Broken Bells - Holding on for Life

The New Basement Tapes - When I Get My Hands On You

The New Pornographers - War on the East Coast

Jenny Lewis - She's Not Me

Vance Joy - Riptide 

Spoon - Do You

Ray Lamontagne - Supernova

John Fullbright - Jericho

Puss N' Boots - Jesus, Etc. (original Wilco song) 

J Mascis - Heal the Star


and my two additional mainstream songs are:

Coldplay - Magic

Bleachers - I Wanna Get Better

Top 10 Live Shows

Stars - Music Hall of Williamsburg

Paul Simon / Sting - Madison Square Garden

Wilco - Capitol Theater 

Arcade Fire - Barclay's Center (night two)

The New Pornographers - Hammerstein Ballroom

Peter Gabriel - Barclay's Center (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony)

Hozier, Jenny Lewis, Houndmouth, Dawes, Kurt Vile - Newport Folk Festival

The National / Lorde - Boston Calling Festival 

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Barclay's Center

Cloud Control - Baby's All Right