Thursday, January 1

BEST OF 2014 (PART 1)

Of the 371 songs that appeared on the 18 "regular" P of A mixes of 2014, here follow the 38 that most successfully insinuated themselves into my oft-soporific, oft-sentimental, oft-sodden, too-oft-id-driven subconscious.  That they appeared here once suggests that they succeeded in tickling my fickle fancy on first listen; that they appear here twice is evidence that that initial tickle has since transformed into a maddening-yet-irresistible, under-the-skin itch -- the type that is oh-so-satisfying to scratch, resultant bloody rash be damned.  

So, if you should feel the "itch" to revisit some of this site's more recent and resonant tracks, don't hesitate to scratch.  Blood dries.  Rashes fade.  But great songs not only stand the test of time; they gain.  Like a 50-year-old Bordeaux; a 70-year-old Glenlivet; or an 80-year-old Leonard Cohen.

[Oh, and... just to be clear... neither the songs nor the mixes appearing here are listed in order of preference, merely arranged in what I hope will make for a smooth-yet-varied listening experience.  Finally, technically-speaking, not all of the tracks were released in the year 2014.  My mixes would sooner include a cut by Kanye than be confined by calendars.]

Left-click [HERE] or [HERE] or [HERE] to download the BEST OF 2014 (PART 1) mix.

TRACKLIST ---

01 HEY HO hello saferide
02 TRAP DOOR stars
03 MOTHER & FATHER broods
04 GOD FORSAKEN SHORE native roses
05 THERE’S A GLOW no
06 AFTER THE STORM shovels & rope
07 MIRACLE (HUMAN ERROR) sivu
08 SMALL THINGS nerina pallot
09 TOO YOUNG TO KNOW moto boy
10 THE SONG THAT BREAKS MY HEART the forest & the trees
11 NEW YORK KISS spoon
12 DESERT ISLAND QUESTIONNAIRE conor oberst
13 FAR FROM ANY ROAD the handsome family
14 RADIO HEARTTHROB sugar stems
15 JENNY JONES neighbors
16 TARIFA sharon van etten
17 NEVER HAVE ENOUGH carnival youth
18 THE COLD exitmusic
19 YOU GOT ME SINGING leonard cohen

(Go [HERE] to access the BEST OF 2010 -> 2013 mixes.)

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