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  • A few minutes with Blake Mills is always good for you.
  • Watched "A View From A Blue Moon" recently, and the footage is so amazing. Definitely worth the watch whether or not you are into surfing!
  • Obsessed with AirTable as a tool (thanks for showing me, Austin!)

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Hi from Paris! We are loving our time in Paris - full of exploring, cafes, long lingering meals (and work for me).

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  • I was rooting for Federer at Wimbledon, and just saw this photo from the action. He plays so gracefully.
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And this is the second Friday where Fridays are the international music release date! Out today:

Records of the Year: 2014

ONE.   Blake Mills.   Heigh Ho. Blake Mills' show at El Rey in September was one of the best I have ever seen, and I don't say that lightly. The instrumentation, the songs, and the talent on display were all top notch.

TWO.    Ryan Adams.    Ryan Adams. This record was like a ice cold glass of water on a hot day: exactly the right thing at exactly the right time.

THREE.   The War On Drugs.   Lost In The Dream. This record showcases some amazing tones and great production. I probably listened to it 25 times in a row after the first time I put it on.

FOUR.    Beck.    Morning Phase. I hadn't listened to Beck too much before this year, and this record as a complete work was really impressive to me.

FIVE.   Sturgill Simpson.   Metamodern Songs in Country Music. Recording live-to-tape is getting more and more rare, and this team knocked it out of the park with that process. I love how this record sounds.

Here are several other records I really enjoyed this year in no particular order:

  • Hozier.   Hozier. I'll just say this: I am not the only person who has him on a year-end list.

  • Delta Spirit.   Into the Wide. Total rock'n'roll.

  • Young Oceans.   I Must Find You. I needed this record this year. The song "I Must Find You" was really great for re-centering and late nights.

  • Copeland.   Ixora. I love that these guys came back -- but the April Fool's announcement threw me.

  • Coldplay.   Ghost Stories. Continually solid and dominating their niche.

  • Field Report.   Marigolden. Singer-songwriter music that feels really fresh.

  • First Aid Kit.   Stay Gold. Great songs, good melodies, good harmonies. Sounds like Eisley + country, and Lacey and I loved it.

  • Taylor Swift.   1989. Her marketing people deserve some kind of award as well.

  • Tycho.   Awake. Some of my favorite instrumental music in the last decade. Love it.

  • Crowder.   Neon Steeple. Solid all-around record.

  • Luke Reynolds.   After the Flood. Just heard of this guy recently, and I really like the tunes.

  • Colony House.   When I Was Younger. Proud of these 3 ... they have been hard at work for so long. These are all really solid songs.

  • SOHN.   Tremors. Incredible voice and great programming.

  • Brooke Fraser.   Brutal Romantic. New territory for Brooke, and it's a good direction.

  • Matthew & the Atlas.   Other Rivers. New discovery this year for me. Great for working late at night.

  • St Lucia.   When The Night. These songs get me playing the air drums really hard.

  • Noah Gundersen.   Ledges. Noah really put his best into this record. Excited for people to start seeing our #SerialBoxTV episode with him.

Thanks for reading! I made a Spotify playlist of some of the highlights here.

I want to hear about your favorite records. Tweet them at me here:   @p_dodd.

Weekend Links

  • Wow, what a way for Derek Jeter to go out at Yankee Stadium. That was special, and I am glad for him.

  • Tim Keller  is always nailing it:    "It is not the strength of your faith but the object of your faith that actually saves you."

  • Since seeing him live last week, I've been on a huge Blake Mills  kick. If you're new to Blake Mills, you'll love this intro to his music. But if you've been a long-time listener, you'll love it as well:
  • With Alt-J  releasing their record this week, I'm really digging this new tune.

  • I am excited for, and glad to see, what Desiring God is releasing with these labs.

  • I started reading a book called Traction, and one of the authors is a co-founder of Duck Duck Go, a search engine who advertises they don't track your every step (in case you are paranoid about what you are searching for). It's a nice change of pace from Google, and pretty clean.

  • Killer work on the Glass Optical blog  by Paul,   Doug, &   Kelsi.

  • I wish I could have been at the San Diego premiere at Aloha Sunday, but this trailer for Globe's Strange Rumblings    is awesome: