"Hideaway" by Kiesza is a magnificent throwback to the torchy 90s dance I grew up with.

Also, at some point I wish to teach a class on videos that feature coordinated ‘dancing in the street’.

"Building on the hype of “Platoon” and “The Heat,” the secretive UK act Jungle has dropped another great new tune on SoundCloud, and it has us frothing at the mouth with anticipation. “Busy Earnin’” showcases a bigger sound commensurate with the now seven-piece (!) band that will be touring Europe with the great HAIM in March. Don’t worry though, because Jungle is sure to also wow in-crowds all over the U.S. for a quick tour around their SXSW appearance later that month.”

Zhala, Prophet

This, from the first non-Robyn artist on Robyn’s Konnichiwa Records label, really works that magic 90s house/gabber sound. Awesome.

This, my final year-end mix, comes more than a week into the new year, which means I got to steal two tracks off records from other people’s best-of-2013 lists. A big thank you to all the list-makers then, and to those making music - whether hip-hop, noise pop, or radiantly plain old pop. A more riotous, jubilant mix than the previous two, this one ranges from Pusha-T to David Bowie, hitting up some extreme lo-fi and Avril Lavigne in between. Happy New Year!

This, my final year-end mix, comes more than a week into the new year, which means I got to steal two tracks off records from other people’s best-of-2013 lists. A big thank you to all the list-makers then, and to those making music - whether hip-hop, noise pop, or radiantly plain old pop. A more riotous, jubilant mix than the previous two, this one ranges from Pusha-T to David Bowie, hitting up some extreme lo-fi and Avril Lavigne in between. Happy New Year!

Now that the year is almost over, I’ve compiled some of my favorite songs of the year on a short series of mixtapes. This, the first one, is a tad more reflective, solemn. There’s thoughts of Schubert and Johnny Cash, traditional hymns, and songs I’ve been enraptured with when Nick Cave, Laura Marling, or Trixie Whitley performed them live in a theatre, an abandoned boarding school, a church. Like Inside Llewyn Davis, it ends with a visit from Bob Dylan, a man whose work I’ve consumed in bulk this year (alongside that of Bruce Springsteen and Fleetwood Mac). Like Davis’ Ulysses, the cat in the picture above, I’ve spent much of 2013 on trains, rolling across Europe like so many clouds. 2014, I promise, will be the year of the boat.

Now that the year is almost over, I’ve compiled some of my favorite songs of the year on a short series of mixtapes. This, the first one, is a tad more reflective, solemn. There’s thoughts of Schubert and Johnny Cash, traditional hymns, and songs I’ve been enraptured with when Nick Cave, Laura Marling, or Trixie Whitley performed them live in a theatre, an abandoned boarding school, a church. Like Inside Llewyn Davis, it ends with a visit from Bob Dylan, a man whose work I’ve consumed in bulk this year (alongside that of Bruce Springsteen and Fleetwood Mac). Like Davis’ Ulysses, the cat in the picture above, I’ve spent much of 2013 on trains, rolling across Europe like so many clouds. 2014, I promise, will be the year of the boat.

The Parquet Courts are sounding insouciant and awesome in their video for “You Got Me Wonderin’ Now”.

It’s really only a matter of time before Rihanna will start jacking Elliphant’s sound and style; and a great sound and style it shall be.

This Mount Kimbie video for “Home Recording” beautifully explores both inner and outer landscapes.

Chela’s “Romanticise” might have a lo-fi video, but the high-energy performance and catchy hook don’t need much more.