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Recycle Culture – MMXIV REMIXTAPE


In lieu of a boring year-end list, Man of the Year Recycle Culture releases a "remixtape" made up of inspired re-imaginings of his favorite tracks of 2014, featuring Ariel Pink, Lana Del Rey, Lewis, Grouper, Taylor Swift, How To Dress Well, jj, Dean Blunt, HTRK + more...

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gorilla vs. bear’s songs of 2014

GvsB  // SONGS of 2014

Following last week's definitive albums of the year list, we present our favorite songs of 2014. We went deep this year on this one. Disclaimer: some of these aren't technically 2014 releases (notably, a few of the PC Music-affiliated jams) so I guess we're going with the nebulous "year of impact" concept here. Check the list + follow along with a nearly comprehensive 5-hour spotify playlist after the jump, and as always, we'd love to hear your favorites too.

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gorilla vs. bear’s albums of 2014

GvsB // ALBUMS OF 2014

Here are our favorite records of 2014. The general consensus seems to be that this was probably not the most amazing year of all-time for new music, and further, we just weren't feeling that many of the unanimously lauded critic/indie blog favorites this time around (many of which we wanted to love, but it just didn't work out, with a few notable and very obvious exceptions). But as always, if you looked beyond the basic jams that everyone else insists are great, there were some serious jewels to be uncovered just below the surface. And we only had to cheat a few times this year, that I'm aware of (sup Lewis, Burial, & Johnny Jewel). Check the full list + an essential/beautiful spotify playlist after the jump, and as always, we'd genuinely like to hear your picks too. Thanks for sticking with us for another year, look for our perennially more interesting Songs of 2014 list in the coming days...

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Ariel Pink takeover: Cane Toads: An Unnatural History

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Frogs were omnipresent throughout the making of Pom Pom and so too in life where I come from. 'Cane Toads' depicts the everyday horror of life in Australia with frogs. It's hard to imagine what growing up with wildlife such as Kangaroos, Drop Bears and Toads almost breathing down your neck was like, but in this Ozploitaition classic it's quite accurately dramatized...

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Ariel Pink takeover: Supreme Dicks


John Shere of the band Supreme Dicks has been a friend of mine for many years, and I've seen the Dicks play live on a few occasions but until recently I never really appreciated how good their records are...

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Ariel Pink takeover: Oraison (1937)


Olivier Messiaen was one of the great composers of the 20th century, and is one of those people who led a life so unbelievably fascinating that it almost seems like it must have been fiction.

Blessed with the gift of synaesthesia, Messiaen experienced sounds as colors...

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Ariel Pink takeover: Lipstick Montage

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Michel Polnareff is one of my heroes. He is a true great with a heck of a life story. He is as grand and as glam as it comes. His body is made up of 60% hair and 40% sunglasses and he happens to be one of Ariel & Don's heroes too, so we share a mutual love for The Permed Prince of Parisian Pop...

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Ariel Pink takeover: I’m Ready to Sacrifice


"Pliny states that on the 6th day of the moon, Druid priests dressed in white robes would prepare a banquet beneath the tree and bring up to it two white bulls. A priest would then climb the tree and cut down a branch of mistletoe with a golden sickle...

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Ariel Pink takeover: Thelonious Monk


I acquired this from a big collection of jazz records that a friend of mine got a hold of from an english teacher of ours who was using the records as research for a book. This is one of my all time favorites...

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