Best of 2014: Top 10 T.V. Shows

The best/worst thing about being alive in the year 2014 is the plethora of entertainment here to distract you from existential dread enrich your life. No where is this more true than in the world of television. Here is the best from the past year.

Scandal (ABC), Blackish (ABC), Girls (HBO), True Detective (HBO), Brooklyn 99 (Fox), Parks and Recreation (NBC), The Mindy Project (Fox), New Girl (Fox), Nathan For You (Comedy Central), Nurse Jackie (Showtime), Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central), Louie (FX) Silicon Valley (HBO), Bo Jack Horseman (Netflix)

10. Homeland (Showtime)


Can’t stay mad at you forever, baby!

9. Orange is the New Black (Netflix)


Loses the novelty of season one ( because you can’t catch everyone off guard twice). But the writing is just as sharp.

8. You’re the Worst (FX)


Two assholes on a romantic quest for true love.

7. Mad Men (AMC)


After years of swirling around the drain, Don Draper finally hits rock bottom and starts to pick himself up.

6. The Honorable Woman (BBC/Sundance)


Secrets, secrets are no fun. Secrets, secrets hurt someone.

5. Broad City (Comedy Central)


Friendship is rare.

4. Transparent (Amazon)


You don’t choose your family.

3. Game of Thrones (HBO)


Hard to top the masterpiece that was season three, but somehow it does.

2. Veep (HBO)


The West Wing was idealistic. House of Cards is a cynical nightmare. But nothing nails the absurdity of politics and ambition as (hilariously) well as Veep.

1. The Americans (FX)


This spy drama is the best show on TV about family and responsibility since The Sopranos and Friday Night Lights went off the air. But not as sentimental as FNL because Eric Taylor never left someone’s bullet-ridden body in a West Texas ditch.

Best of 2014: Top 10 Albums

These are the top 10 albums of 2014. Collect them all, while the recording industry still makes them! Also click on the album art for a link to the Spotify Stream.

*Honorable Mentions: Seeds (TV on the Radio), Nikki Nack (tUnE-yArDs), Broke with Expensive Taste (Azealia Banks), Run the Jewels 2 (Run the Jewels), Oxymoron (Schoolboy Q), Honest (Future), No Labels 2 (Migos), Tough Love (Jessie Ware), Hell Can Wait EP (Vince Staples) White Women (Chromeo)

10. They Want My Soul / Spoon / Loma Vista


I have run out of interesting ways to say “minimalist.”

9. My Krazy Life / YG / Def Jam


This album functions almost as a companion piece to Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d. city (2012). But where Kendrick’s protagonist plays the observer and reluctant participant in the carnage around him, YG plays the charming asshole, gleefully telling you step-by-step how to properly execute a home invasion.

8. 1989 / Taylor Swift / Big Machine


I think I’ve said all I have to say.

7. Paperwork / T.I. / Grand Hustle


T.I. skirts the pratfalls typical of rappers, who have an annoying habit of making terrible “sequels” to their most successful albums.

6. St. Vincent / St. Vincent / Loma Vista

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Artsy progger who actually remembers to write actual songs.

5. My Everything / Ariana Grande / Republic


Disney princess whispering over slick and catchy production.

4. Aquarius / Tinashe / RCA


No one is driving in her lane right now.

3. Cadillactica / Big K.R.I.T. / Def Jam


K.R.I.T. has always worn his influences on his sleeves (OutKast, 8 Ball & MJG, UGK, Three 6 Mafia). But he’s finally synthesized the all into something distinctly his, declaring himself “King of the South” in the process.

2. LP1 / FKA twigs / Young Turks


Lots of slow burning sensual beats on display here. It’s a wonder that they manage to keep up with the sexually vulnerable (“when I trust you we can do it with the lights on”) and aggressive (“I can fuck you better than her”) lyrics wrapped around them.

1. Beyonce / Beyonce / Columbia


No one, not even Taylor Swift, owned the last year like Beyonce. She made $112M, became the most famous brand ambassador for feminism, and released the dopest album of her career. She even had the best response to her most embarrassing public moment: Sometimes shit goes down when it’s a billion dollars on an elevator.

Here, she runs the gamut of human emotion: love, lust, jealously, ***flawlessness. All while not forgetting that pop music is supposed to be fun. I can only pray that no one has filmed me listening to this album while I think I’m alone.

Best of 2014: Top 50 Singles (#25-1)


Welcome to the 50 Best Songs of 2014. After listening to every single sound recording released this year, without bias, I have determined the 50 catchiest, provocative and just plain best songs of the year.

Catch up on part 1 here and check out the complete list on Spotify.

25. “Prince Johnny” / St. Vincent

What Instagram filter would you call this song?

24. “Heavy Metal and Reflective” / Azealia Banks

The Ice Princess closes her Twitter app long enough to make a hot song.

23. “Money Baby” / K Camp (feat. Kwony Ca$h)

So disrespectful SMDH.

22. “Lazerray” / TV on the Radio

This is as close to the majesty of Dear Science as you will get.

21. “West Coast” / Lana Del Rey

Not quite “gangsta Nancy Sinatra,” but more like “stoned Bette Midler.”

20. “Move That Dope” / Future (feat. Pharrell WIlliams & Pusha T)

This may finally be the rap song that convinces me to start selling drugs.

19. “Bet” / Tinashe

Slow builder that Tinashe wrecks.

18. “Shake it Off” / Taylor Swift


17. “Sanctified” / Rick Ross (feat. Kanye West & Big Sean)

(Prayer Hands emoji)

16. “Ain’t it Fun” / Paramore


15. “About the Money” / T.I. (feat. Young Thug)

T.I. hasn’t sounded this interested in making hot music in years.

14. “Seen it All” / Young Jeezy (feat. JAY Z)

According to Jeezy, Jay Z cried while recording this song. I don’t believe it for one second but I want to.

13. “Do You” / Spoon

Dad Rock for dudes without kids.

12. “Drunk in Love” / Beyonce (feat. JAY Z)

Jay Z rhymes “foyer” with “foreplay.” Respek.

11. “Cadillactica” / Big K.R.I.T.


10. “Your Love Will Blow Me Away When My Heart Aches” / Son Little

I got tha blooze.

9. “Turtles All the Way Down” / Sturgill Simpson

All ya need is love. And maybe some LSD.

8. “Seasons (Waiting on You)” / Future Islands

Let this hypnotize you.

7. “Telegraph Ave. (“Oakland by Lloyd”)” / Childish Gambino

Weirdo finally finds perfect combination to the rapper/singer formula.

6. “Water Fountain” / tUnE-yArDs

I wish this song came out when I was four. I would probably be a rock star by now.

5. “Flawless (Remix) [Live in Paris]” / Beyonce (feat. Nicki Minaj)

I still have no idea what happened at this concert after this performance.

4. “0 to 100 – The Catch Up” / Drake


3. “Two Weeks” / FKA Twigs

Absolutely filthy.

2. “Who Do You Love” / YG (feat. Drake)

DJ Mustard, YG and Drake ride in on their noble steeds to set The West ablaze.

1. “2 On” / Tinashe (feat. Schoolboy Q)

I once made a list of the best songs from the 2000s. About 60 percent of them were produced by Lil Jon, Timbaland and the Neptunes (a full 100 would include Kanye and Just Blaze). I have no doubt that when I put together a list a decade from now DJ Mustard will be dominating it. No producer owns the pop music zeitgeist like him right now.  He is ruler of all that he surveys. (And somehow he still got snubbed for a Producer of the Year Grammy nod!)

This ode to getting drunk and hashtag turnt is his slickest work yet. Tinashe slinks all across the track. Schoolboy Q comes in with a nasty rap that doesn’t even dirty the track. The perfect party anthem.

Best of 2014: Top 50 Singles (#50-26)


Welcome to the 50 Best Songs of 2014. After listening to every single sound recording released this year, without bias, I have determined the 50 catchiest, provocative and just plain best songs of the year.

50. “Man of the Year” / Schoolboy Q

Jackie Treehorn treats objects like women.

49. “Doses and Mimosas” / Cherub

I tried to put this song on a playlist for my friend’s birthday. He removed it and said he didn’t want to attract what he calls the “Molly element.”

48. “Easy Rider” / Action Bronson

“I heard ya bitch still wears Ecko.” Well-played, Bronson.

47. “Lost on the Way Home” / Chromeo (feat. Solange)

Not the greatest lyricists but these boys work a groove nearly as hard as their forefathers Hall & Oates and Steely Dan.

46. “Blue Suede” / Vince Staples

As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.

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