2014, the Original Soundtrack: The Year in Music

Vic Mensa

For the last few years, I’ve taken it upon myself in my capacity as SOS co-founder and eternal DJ to gather up some of my favorite tracks of the year, along with excerpts of dialogue and scoring from some of my favorite films (and, this year, TV series!) of the year, and cram it into a mix that could fit onto a hypothetical CD-R. But since this has been the year of the mixtape (hello Guardians of the Galaxy, Mommy, and Boyhood), and since there’s been such an overwhelming bounty of great music to choose from, I opted for a “C120” format – two “sides,” one hour each. Since non-film music is the one area of pop culture Sound on Sight will (hopefully) never devote a subsection to, it’s the one instance I allow myself every year to flex my geekery in this area.

Lots of really great artists didn’t make the cut in an effort to avoid some of the more obvious inclusions, but effort has been made to keep things eclectic and fun. You’ll find fewer score excerpts than in years past, with a heavier emphasis on rap, pop, and IDM-leaning fare. (I was unable, however, to curb my love of sad bastardry as Side B wound down.)

Enjoy the mix (warning: salty language throughout!) and have a most excellent holiday season.

Side A:

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Apollo Brown – “Never Disappear”
Royksopp & Robyn – “Monument (T.I.E. Version)”
Vince Staples – “Hands Up”
Cliff Martinez – “Finish Your Breakfast” [The Knick OST]
Strand of Oaks – “Goshen ’97”
Sheer Mag – “Sit and Cry”
Foxygen – “Coulda Been My Love”
Alison Pill/Tilda Swinton – “We All Freeze and Die!” [Snowpiercer]
Sturgill Simpson – “Life of Sin”
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross – “Consummation” [Gone Girl OST]
YVETTE – “Carbon Copy”
Alvvays – “Archie, Marry Me”
Kelis – “Bless the Telephone”
Junglepussy – “Nah”
Gazelle Twin – “Belly of the Beast”
Wild Beasts – “Past Perfect”
Ty Segall – “The Crawler”
Andy Daly/Jessica St. Clair – “I Want a Divorce” [Review]
Zammuto – “Hegemony”
The Budos Band – “Shattered Winds”
Ex Hex – “Waterfall”
Clap! Clap! – “Sahkii’s Knowledge”
Modern Baseball – “Tommy Bowers”
Run the Jewels – “Lie, Cheat, Steal”
The Notwist – “Steppin’ In”
Owen Pallett – “Infernal Fantasy”
Hamilton Leithauser – “5AM”
Joyce Manor – “Catalina Fight Song”

Side B:

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Scarlett Johansson – “I Feel Everything” [Lucy] / Brian Reitzell – “Bloodfest” [Hannibal OST]
Against Me! – “Black Me Out”
Protomartyr – “Violent”
Jennifer Castle – “How or Why”
Ana Tijoux (ft. Shadia Mansour) – “Somos Sur”
Lost in the Trees – “Rites”
Jason Schwartzmann/Jonathan Pryce/Krysten Ritter – “Play us a tune” [Listen Up Philip]
Flying Lotus (ft. Kendrick Lamar) – “Never Catch Me”
White Lung – “I Believe You”
Mica Levi – “Andrew Void” [Under the Skin OST]
Perfume Genius – “My Body”
Phantogram – “Bill Murray”
Angel Olsen – “Forgiven/Forgotten”
Javiera Mena – “Otra Era”
CLIPPING. – “Inside Out”
Daisuka Tanabe – “Shopping Mall Super Star”
Vic Mensa – “Down On My Luck”
DVA – “No Survi”
Mirel Wagner – “The Devil’s Tongue”
Chris Isaak – “Patient Is The Night” [Over the Garden Wall OST]
Avi Buffalo – “I Think It’s Gonna Happen Again”
Jonny Greenwood – “Amethyst” [Inherent Vice OST]
Elle Varner – “Fuck It All”
Blake Mills – “Cry to Laugh”
Robert Morse – “The Best Things In Life Are Free” [Mad Men]
RVIVR – “Goodbyes”

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