Best albums of 2014: No. 11-20 (with playlist!)

The Music or Space Shuttle? braintrust rolls out its top albums of 2014 this week! Today we start with our individual picks for #11-20, with playlists sampling each group of 10. We’ll reveal our top 10 throughout the week, culminating with our top pick on Friday, Dec. 19th.

Todd’s #11-20

20. Alt-J, This Is All Yours

19. Craft Spells, Nausea

18. Bully, Bully EP

17. Future Islands, Singles

16. Pixies, Indie Cindy

15. Dum Dum Girls, Too True

14. St. Vincent, St. Vincent

13. I Break Horses, Chiaroscuro

12. Warpaint, Warpaint

11. Hozier, Hozier

Chris’ #11-20

20. Jessie Ware, Tough Love

19. Angel Olsen, Burn Your Fire for No Witness

18. The Raveonettes, Pe’ahi

17. Beck, Morning Phase

16. Phantogram, Voices

15. Mastodon, Once More ‘Round the Sun

14. Warpaint, Warpaint

13. Sylvan Esso, Sylvan Esso

12. Tune Yards, Nikki Nack

11. Parquet Courts, Sunbathing Animal

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MoSS? Monthly Mixtape: April 2014

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Side A : Chris’ Picks

Side B : Todd’s‘ Picks

MoSS? Monthly Mixtape: July 2012

Side A : Todd’s Picks

1. Future Islands, “Cotton Flower”

2. Parakeet, “Shonen Hearts”

3. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, “Baby”

4. Friends, “Friend Crush”

5. Tops, “Diamond Look”

Side B : Chris’ Picks

1. Bloc Party, “Octopus”

2. Metz, “Headache”

3. Eraas, “Fang”

4. Poolside, “Slow Down”

5. The Bilinda Butchers (feat. Tiny Microphone), “Hai bby”

Best Music of 2011: #5

On the WaterTodd: Future Islands, On the Water

I love when you find a record that you have zero expectation for and discover something special. Listeners just need to get past the Yoda-esque vocals on the first track. “Balance” is an example of what is great about this album.

 

Looping State of MindChris: The Field, Looping State of Mind

Entrancing music. Hypnotic enough for meditation, powerful enough to get one through a cardio workout, varied enough to be fully entertaining. “Is This Power” kicks off the album in style.