Headphone Nation’s Year In Review: 2014

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What better way to end 2014 than to give out some superlatives? As with any sort of end-of-year review, these awards reflect my personal taste and shouldn’t be taken as the final say on the year. Really my hope is that you’ll check out some new music that that you’d otherwise miss.

Also, make sure to click on the album cover for a link to a song off that album.

Alright, let’s begin.

 

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Playlist: 20 Songs For June 2013 (Via Spotify)

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With the exception of Yeezus, most of my June was spent going through bits of past ambient pop that I’ve grown to appreciate. Whether it’s IDM from the 90s (Aphex Twin), early 2000s indie-rock (Broken Social Scene), or the very recent dance pop from overseas (Disclosure), I was so into this music that I was almost tempted to go out and buy a mini controller. Almost. But of course there was plenty of other great non-electronic music to be heard this past month.

Here are my 20 songs for June 2013.

Playlist: 25 Of Kanye West’s Most Recognizable Samples (via Spotify)

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As you can probably tell, I’m very excited for the new Kanye West album to come out.

As one who will admit to have not invested a large amount of time into rap and hip-hop music, my love for Kanye West has always come from his production. His ingenious sampling of classic and obscure R&B and rock tunes has won me over along with other countless rock loyalist who freaked out the first time they hearing Kanye sampling Ray Charles on “Gold Digger”.

In honor of tomorrow’s official release of Yeezus (though I’m sure you’ve already heard it by now), I present to you a Spotify playlist of Kanye’s most recognizable samples. I narrowed the list down to songs that are recognizable on their own and within the songs in which they’re sampled. I didn’t put any songs on here that I couldn’t find on Spotify, which unfortunately excluded a lot of great songs (sorry “Iron Man”).

Hear the playlist here.

And for a reference, here are the songs on the playlist divided by its album appearance from oldest to most recent.

The College Dropout (2004)

“I Just Wanna Stop” – The Jimmy Castor Bunch [“We Don’t Care”]

“Mystery Of Iniquity” – Lauryn Hill [“All Falls Down”]

“Distant Lover” – Marvin Gaye [“Spaceship”]

“Spirit In The Dark” – Aretha Franklin [“School Spirit”]

“Through The Fire” – Chaka Khan [“Through The Wire”]

“Man In The Mirror” – Michael Jackson [“Family Business”]

Late Registration (2005)

“Move On Up” – Curtis Mayfield [“Touch The Sky”]

“I Got A Woman” – Ray Charles [“Gold Digger”]

“Wildflower” – Hank Crawford [“Drive Slow”]

“Home Is Where The Hatred Is” – Gil Scott-Heron [“My Way Home”]

“Rosie” – Bill Withers [“Roses”]

“My Funny Valentine” – Etta James  [“Addiction”]

“Diamonds Are Forever” – Shirley Bassey [“Diamonds From Sierra Leone”]

“It’s Too late” – Otis Redding [“Gone”]

Graduation (2007)

“Kid Charlemagne” – Steely Dan [“Champion”]

“Harder Better Faster Stronger” – Daft Punk [“Stronger”]

“My Song” – Labi Siffre [“I Wonder”]

808s & Heartbreak (2008)

“See-Line Woman” – Nina Simone [“Bad News”]

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)

“Cinderella” – Roald Dahl [“Dark Fantasy”]

“21st Century Schizoid Man” – King Crimson [“Power”]

“She’s My Baby” – The Mojo Men [“Hell Of A Life”]

“Avril 14th” – Aphex Twin [“Blame Game”]

“Comment #1” – Gil Scott-Heron [“Lost In The World”/”Who Will Survive In America”]

Watch The Throne (2011)

“Try A Little Tenderness” – Otis Redding [“Otis”]

“The Makings Of Your” – Curtis Mayfield [“The Joy”]