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.

CMJ 2014 Postscript: Slowdive, Happyness, Purling Hiss, September Girls, Bo Ningen, Cymbals And More

CMJ blazed through our lives last week, bringing 1300 bands into 80 New York City venues for innumerable showcases (including FUV Live at CMJ with Horse Thief, Son Little, Elle King and Happyness). The Alternate Side's Alisa Ali and Kara Manning set out to see as many bands as they could and report on the highlights of a dizzying five day marathon.

Young Fathers Win The 2014 Mercury Prize

Young Fathers, the Edinburgh alternative hip hop trio, has won the 2014 Mercury Prize for the best British or Irish record of the year for their powerful debut, Dead. The group wins £20,000 (about $32,000) and hopefully a big leap in album sales.

Laura Marling, The Lone Bellow And Jonathan Wilson Added To FUV's Holiday Cheer With Conor Oberst

Tags:

Laura Marling, The Lone Bellow and Jonathan Wilson have been added to the still-expanding lineup of FUV's Holiday Cheer with Conor Oberst and Friends at the Beacon Theatre on December 8. It's our annual benefit concert and a not-to-be-missed night. Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster so act now for your choice of the best seats. Be a part of an unforgettable night of music, merriness and camaraderie and support the radio station you love.

First Listen: Deerhoof, 'La Isla Bonita'

Tags: Deerhoof

Deerhoof has always toyed with the whimsical, but its 12th album feels like its most playful work yet. More relaxed than its predecessors, it retains the long-running band's capacity to thrill. Listen to Deerhoof's La Isla Bonita streaming on WFUV and NPR Music before its release on November 4 via Polyvinyl.

The TAS Top 20 For The Week Ending November 2

Tags:

A flurry of new songs from Sleater-Kinney, Mark Lanegan, King Tuff and Thurston Moore scatter onto this week's TAS Top 20 like autumn leaves.

Mac DeMarco Ticket Giveaway: Terminal 5 On November 4

Tags:

Mac DeMarco is an irreverent romantic; his second album, Salad Days, is inspired by the 24-year-old songwriter's girlfriend. DeMarco is headed to Terminal 5 on November 4 and accompanying him are two excellent—and equally quirky—acts: New Zealand's Connan Mockasin and Australia's King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. It's a formidable trio of artists and bands and The Alternate Side has set aside a handful of tickets for what will be a weird and wonderful night. Enter by this Sunday, November 2, at 5p.m. EST.

The Alternate Side is a proud part of WFUV Public Radio from Fordham University,
90.7 FM on your New York dial and online at wfuv.org.