Download : New Compilation ’shh#000000′ from Ryan Hemsworth’s Secret Songs Label

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After their first compilation from last year (it made our favorite albums list), Ryan Hemsworth’s Secret Songs label is offering up a 2nd edition of the compilation titled shh#000000 named after the hex color code for black. This iteration gives away new tracks from Fifty Grand, Beat Culture, Kid Sampl, Dro Carey, and a bunch more. It is as brilliant as the first one and it being free makes it a no brainer. You can stream it below or download it here.

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Song : Purity Ring : “Begin Again”

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When Canadian duo Purity Ring unloaded the song “Push Pull” last month, it was only a matter of time an announcement of a new album would follow. Tonight is that night. On March 3rd, they will release their new LP, Another Eternity, via 4AD. It comes a little under three years after their very good debut, Shrines. The recording for the new album was the first time members Megan James and Corin Roddick were able to record in the same room (their last album was created remotely between Halifax and Montreal). Additionally, it is described as more “wide-open” than the previous effort. To go along with the announcement, they are streaming another new track titled “Begin Again”. The song lyrically reverts back to the darker lyrics of their debut. Listen below.

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Tracklist:
1. Heartsigh
2. Bodyache
3. Push Pull
4. Repetition
5. Stranger Than Earth
6. Begin Again
7. Dust Hymn
8. Flood on the Floor
9. Sea Castle
10. Stillness in Woe

Song : Waxahatchee : “Air”

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Waxahatchee, the musical project of Katie Crutchfield, has announced a new LP, Ivy Tripp, slated for release on April 7th via Merge/Wichita. According to Crutchfield, the general theme of the album “is steadying yourself on shaky ground and reminding yourself that you have control in situations that seem overwhelming, or just being cognizant in moments of deep confusion or sadness, and learning to really feel emotions and to grow from that.” The first song from it, titled “Air”, is absolutely great and has a distinct familiar ’90s feel to it. If it doesn’t hit immediately, we are certain it will grow on you. Listen below.

MOKB Albums of 2014 (#1-#35)

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While singles may be the way many consume music in 2014, albums are still the tried and true method of figuring out if an artist is a flash in the pan doomed to be forgotten or someone who has true staying power that will be listened to well beyond their release date. Many say that this year was might have been soft towards the top, but that just means there were a lot more solid albums in the middle to have to sift through from our perspective. Some we were excited about initially, only to never go back a listen to, while other releases slowly crept up on us only to be streamed over and over again.

While there were many established artists that had solid albums, this year really belonged to the new faces. EPs are included in this list as it is a format being used more and more frequently to amazing results and, really, the definition of album is a collection of something with no mention of length, so it still makes sense. With that being said, we are happy to present you with our favorite albums of 2014 broken up into two parts for loading purposes (you can find #36-#70 here). We appreciate you hanging with us this year and look forward to doing the same in 2015.

35. Twin Peaks//Wild Onion
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34. Real Estate//Atlas
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33. Movement//Movement EP
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32. First Aid Kit//Stay Gold
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31. Fear of Men//Loom
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30. Brett//Brett
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29. Benjamin Booker//Benjamin Booker
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28. Schoolboy Q//Oxymoron
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27. Angelo De Augustine//Spirals of Silence
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26. Hiss Golden Messenger//Lateness of Dancers
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25. BANKS//Goddess
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24. Perfume Genius//Too Bright
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23. Warpaint//Warpaint
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22. Grouper//Ruins
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21. Viet Cong//Cassette
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20. SBTRKT//Wonder Where We Land
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19. Alex G//DSU
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18. Beyoncé//Beyoncé
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17. St. Vincent//St. Vincent
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16. Caribou//Our Love
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15. Shabazz Palaces//Lese Majesty
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14. Mac DeMarco//Salad Days
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13. Sharon Van Etten//Are We There
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12. FKA twigs//LP1
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11. TOPS//Picture You Staring
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10. Lana Del Rey//Ultraviolence
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9. Beck//Morning Phase
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8. Foxes in Fiction//Ontario Gothic
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7. Run The Jewels//RTJ2
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6. Strand of Oaks//Heal
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5. Flying Lotus//You’re Dead!
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4. Angel Olsen//Burn Your Fire for No Witness
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3. Ariel Pink//pom pom
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2. Jungle//Jungle
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1. The War on Drugs//Lost in the Dream
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MOKB Albums of 2014 (#36-#70)

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While singles may be the way many consume music in 2014, albums are still the tried and true method of figuring out if an artist is a flash in the pan doomed to be forgotten or someone who has true staying power that will be listened to well beyond their release date. Many say that this year was might have been soft towards the top, but that just means there were a lot more solid albums in the middle to have to sift through from our perspective. Some we were excited about initially, only to never go back a listen to, while other releases slowly crept up on us only to be streamed over and over again.

While there were many established artists that had solid albums, this year really belonged to the new faces. EPs are included in this list as it is a format being used more and more frequently to amazing results and, really, the definition of album is a collection of something with no mention of length, so it still makes sense. With that being said, we are happy to present you with our favorite albums of 2014 broken up into two parts for loading purposes (you can find #1-#35 here). We appreciate you hanging with us this year and look forward to doing the same in 2015.

70. Lykke Li//I Never Learn
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69. Ratking//So It Goes
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68. Wild Beasts//Present Tense
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67. Sam Smith//In The Lonely Hour
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66. Young Fathers//Dead
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65. Ryan Hemsworth//Alone for the First Time
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64. Ricky Eat Acid//Three Love Songs
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63. Yumi Zouma//Yumi Zouma
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62. George Maple//Vacant Space EP
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61. Bully//Bully EP
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60. Alvvays//Alvvays
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59. Secret Songs Compilation #ffb6c1
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58. Palace//Lost in the Night EP
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57. Pure X//Angel
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56. Hurray for the Riff Raff//Small Town Heroes
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55. TINASHE//Aquarius
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54. Nude Beach//77
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53. Parquet Courts//Sunbathing Animal
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52. Itasca//Unmoored By The Wind
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51. The Antlers//Familiars
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50. ODESZA//In Return
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49. Kevin Morby//Still Life
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48. SOHN//Tremors
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47. Ought//More Than Any Other Day
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46. Shamir//Northtown
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45. Childhood//Lacuna
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44. Ryan Adams//Ryan Adams
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43. Jessie Ware//Tough Love
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42. How To Dress Well//What Is This Heart?
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41. Little Dragon//Nabuma Rubberband
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40. Broncho//Just Enough Hip To Be Woman
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39. Lydia Ainsworth//Right From Real
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38. Korallreven//Second Comin’
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37. TĀLĀ – The Duchess/Alchemy EPs
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36. Phoria//Display EP
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Song : DOKO : “Body Drop”

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After searching high and low over the internet, we really have not been able to get any real info on the background of UK producer DOKO. Although, we have figured out that he/she has what we believe is a debut EP, Popcorn, coming out on December 22nd via UK label Flamebait. Over the last few weeks, he/she has been revealing one future electro-pop gem after another. We assume these are what make up his/her EP. The overall sound will be digestible to fans of the PC Music camp and Sophie. Our favorite of the bundle is his latest grinder of a song and cheerleader vocals “Body Drop”, but you can stream all of the project’s output to date below or at Soundcloud.

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Stream : Dirt Dress : ‘Revelations’ EP

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Revelations, the new EP from LA band Dirt Dress was one of those we glossed over at the time of its release last month, but found its way back into conscience recently receiving lots of spins. You hear reference points of Joy Division/New Order (tell me you don’t hear a little bit of “Ceremony” at the opening of “Skin Diving”) and even a little David Byrne-like vocal delivery in the title track and our favorite song of the EP. While it is only four-songs, they all bring something different, yet similar to the fold creating an enjoyable listen that with cohesion. Stream it below and pick it up here.