The Best of 2014

It was difficult for The Alternate Side staff to narrow down our choices for favorite albums and singles of 2014 (we had so many) although our disparate lists seemed to converge at St. Vincent, Sylvan Esso, Bob Mould and The War on Drugs. You can read the lists of Russ Borris, Alisa Ali, Eric Holland, Kara Manning, FUV program director Rita Houston and assistant program director Sarah Wardrop here. Or you can read the entire FUV staff list of selections. We also want to hear from you! The "Listener Poll" is open from now through December 14, and we want your vote for your favorites: WFUV will count down the "Top 90 Songs of 2014" later that week.

Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival's Katie Longmyer and Jennifer Lyon: Five Essential Albums

The seventh annual Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival is fast approaching this weekend, November 7 and 8, at various venues, including Music Hall of Williamsburg, Verboten and Baby's All Right, under the careful curation of co-producers Katie Longmyer and Jennifer Lyon. Don't expect a rowdy Randall's Island kind of atmosphere (no obstreperous Skrillex or Deadmau5 wannabes), but a truly adventurous two-day affair across at least eight venues with a strong lineup that includes Damian Lazarus, Little Boots, Eats Everything, Huxley, Machinedrum, Chris Malinchak and more. The Alternate Side asked Katie Longmyer and Jennifer Lyon if they'd each write about their Five Essential Albums in dance and electronic music ... and their ten albums (in total) are as inspired as the BEMF.

First Listen: Hookworms, 'The Hum'

On its second album, the Leeds band is beholden to a motorik beat and the pulse it leaves behind. But Hookworms' members also explore the energy and chaos that such a solid anchor can provide. Listen to Hookworms' The Hum streaming via WFUV and NPR Music before the album's release on November 11 on Domino.

The TAS Top 20 For The Week Ending November 9


Ariel Pink soars to the top of this week's TAS Top 20 with a cellphone tune.

Adult Jazz: CMJ Tour Diary

Two weeks ago, over 1300 bands settled down in New York for the CMJ Music Marathon, including the Leeds indie pop band Adult Jazz. The quartet's debut album, Gist Is, is a sophisticated and sensual mélange of songs that ramble and blossom in beautiful, unexpected ways, like an overgrown garden. They made quite a splash at CMJ, landing on NPR's Bob Boilen's list of his "Top 10 Discoveries" of the week. Equally intrigued, The Alternate Side had asked the band's frontman Harry Burgess if he'd keep a diary of his adventures at CMJ and he did, routing Adult Jazz's travels through New York via stops at Stonewall, the Schomburg Center in Harlem and the High Line.

Tame Impala Ticket Giveaway: Beacon Theatre On November 9


Tame Impala are taking Delicate Steve on the road for a North American tour this month. The psychedelic Aussies will be playing the two sold out shows at the Beacon Theatre on November 9 and 10. The Alternate Side has managed to tuck away a handful of Tame Impala tickets for the November 9 date. Fill out an entry form by this Wednesday, November 5, and you might win a pair.

Johnny Marr Ticket Giveaway: Gramercy Theatre On November 12


On the heels of his fine 2013 album, The Messenger, Johnny Marr released his second solo effort Playland last month and he's headed back to New York with a show at the Gramercy Theatre on November 12. Expect not just new material, but a career-spanning set as the great Mancunian guitarist always includes songs from The Smiths and Electronic and a cool cover or two. The Alternate Side is giving away tickets for Johnny Marr at the Gramercy Theatre; just fill out an entry form by this Wednesday, November 5, at 6p.m. EST for a chance to win.

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