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Best of CH 2014: ListenUp
As we bid adieu to 2014, we take a look back at the hundreds of new songs and albums (and even our own 4/20-themed playlist) we shared with our readers. While we said goodbye this year to a few music legends who have shaped today's contemporary sound...
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12. Jason Molina: Captain Badass
When Darkside remixed the entirety of Daft Punk's Random Access Memories this summer, it was clear they were warming up to something much bigger. Producer Nicolas Jaar and multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington have been concocting a musical experiment...
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11. Darkside: Paper Trails
London's post-industrial dance rock trio Factory Floor kicked off their eponymous full-length album debut with "Turn It Up," the first single from their DFA Records release. Factory Floor comes out swinging on this upbeat, if at times slightly disorienting...
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10. Factory Floor: Turn It Up
Famed jazz funk keyboardist George Duke passed away on 5 August 2013 at the age of 67 and his memorial service included performances from Stevie Wonder and Chaka Khan. When Duke passed away, the ripple through Twitter showed just how many of today...
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8. Richie Havens: Freedom
Jim Morrison may have very well been the frontman of The Doors, but it was keyboardist Ray Manzarek who ignited their worldwide success with his inimitable ability to play a Vox Continental organ with his right hand for the melodies while simultaneously...
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7. The Doors: Light My Fire
This souped-up remix of Kendrick Lamar's hit, "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe," makes for the ultimate party anthem. Lamar's Good Kid, M.A.A.D City album was released toward the end of 2012 but he dropped the original version of this single in March 2013...
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6. Kendrick Lamar ft. Jay-Z: Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe (remix)
When Kris Kross "jumped" onto the scene in '92, they inspired young people everywhere to get Totally Krossed Out with their Jermaine Dupri-produced debut album. They also ignited a major fashion moment when it was suddenly acceptable to wear an entire...
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5. Kris Kross: Totally Krossed Out
A never before released concert film and audio recording of Thelonious Monk's late-career concert at the Salle Pleyel in Paris will finally be made available to the public on 25 November from Blue Note Records. Monk, a self-taught musician, was 52...
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4. Thelonious Monk: Paris 1969
For his final bow after months commanding the International Space Station, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield recorded a music video from space. In covering David Bowie's 1969 song, "Space Oddity," Hadfield was able to croon a viral phenomenon that...
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3. Commander Chris Hadfield: Space Oddity
Known as much for his love of cocaine and whiskey as his incredible ability to write and perform, country music legend George Jones passed away on 26 April 2013 at 81 years old. His discography includes a mountain of number one hits, many of them duets...
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2. George Jones: He Stopped Loving Her Today
After 71 colorful years, the immensely influential musician Lou Reed (born on 2 March 1942) passed away on Sunday, 27 October 2013. Not since Elvis has rock'n'roll received such a loss, and the indelible mark this distinctly talented artist left on...
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1. Lou Reed: See That My Grave Is Kept Clean
As 2013 comes to a close, we take a moment to reflect upon the hundreds of songs that hit our headphones, had us dancing and influenced daily life throughout the year, many of which we reported on in our weekly feature, ListenUp. Below are 12 of our...
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Best of CH 2013: ListenUp
As 2013 comes to a close, we take a moment to reflect upon the hundreds of songs that hit our headphones, had us dancing and influenced daily life throughout the year, many of which we reported on in our weekly feature, ListenUp. Below are 12 of our...