2014 Top Tens

Some of the gang over here at Burst & Bloom share some things that they enjoyed in 2014. Music, film, television, books, live shows, podcasts, life, etc… The best of 2014, according to Guy Capecelatro III, Tommy McCaffrey, Dylan Metrano, Jesse Rifkin, Jim Rioux, Peter Squiers, and Zach Tremblay.

Guy Capecelatro III

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Cool Choices

Trace Mountains Buttery Sprouts

Field Report Marigolden

Ormonde Cartographer/Explorer

The Delines Colfax

Frankie Cosmos Zentropy

Mimicking Birds Eons

Broken Twin May

Novi Split If Not This Then What

Your Friend Jeckyl/ Hyde

Owl John s/t

Honorable Mentions:


Grouper ‘Ruins’


Grouper Ruins

Manchester Orchestra Cope

Death Vessel Island Intervals

Haley Bonar Last War

Spain Sargent Place

First Aid Kit Stay Gold

Atoms and Void And Nothing Else

Mirah Changing Light

Mark Erelli Milltowns

Marissa Nadler July

Friends Making Awesome Things:

Bellows 'Blue Breath'

Bellows ‘Blue Breath’

Bellows Blue Breath

O’Death Out Of Hands We Go

Almanac Mountain Almanac Mountain Is In Like With You

D. Smith Groping for Luna Volume 1

Vio/Miré You Will be Spending Time Outdoors, in the Mountains, Near Water

Derek Archambault The Thank You EP

Dan Blakeslee Owed To The Tanglin Wind

Nate Laban & Sam Hill

Anna Vogelzang Driftless EP

Joey Pratt The Tug

Small Wonder Wendy

TV Shows

True Detective

True Detective

True Detective




Walking Dead


The Ultimate Fighter

Silicon Valley


Game of Thrones


Tommy McCaffrey

"To Keep Time" by Joseph Massey

“To Keep Time” by Joseph Massey



To Keep Time by Joseph Massey

Say Dance, Say Night by Abbot Cutler


Embassytown by China Mieville 

The Expanse Series by James S.A. Corey

Book One: Leviathan Wakes

Book Two: Caliban’s War

Book Three: Abaddon’s Gate

Book Four: Cibola Burn


Bill Callahan 'Have Fun With God'

Bill Callahan ‘Have Fun With God’

2014 Favorites

Dean Blunt Black Metal

Jenny Lewis The Voyager

The War on Drugs Lost in the Dream

Bill Callahan Have Fun With God

Ex Hex Rips

Iceage Plowing Into The Field Of Love

Parquet Courts Sunbathing Animal

Cloud Nothings Here and Nowhere Else

Sun Kil Moon Benji

Shellac Dude Incredible

Non-2014 Most Played of 2014

Wire 'Pink Flag'

Wire ‘Pink Flag’

3 Inches of Blood Advance and Vanquish

Wild Wild Geese Sorry Earth

Wire Pink Flag


Dylan Metrano (Tiger Saw)

Angel Olsen 'Burn Your Fire For No Witness'

Angel Olsen ‘Burn Your Fire For No Witness’

  1. Angel Olsen Burn Your Fire For No Witness
  2. White Hinterland Baby
  3. Death Vessel Island Intervals
  4. Perfume Genius Too Bright
  5. Damien Jurado Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Sun
  6. Lykki Li I Never Learn
  7. Jolie Holland Wine Dark Sea
  8. Prince Art Official Age
  9. Lia Ices Ices
  10. D’Angelo Black Messiah
  11. Spenking Bad Blood Good Blood
  12. Sinkane Mean Love
  13. Sharon Van Etten Are We There?
  14. Spain Sargent Place
  15. Grouper Ruins
  16. Jessica Lea Mayfield Make My Head Sing

Live performances:



Shango, White Hinterland, Mirah, Death Vessel, Nils Frahm, Bad News Orchestra / Song Reader, Ira Glass, Stevie Wonder


SOME THINGS I LOVED IN 2014 by Jesse Rifkin

The Juan Maclean 'In a Dream'

The Juan Maclean ‘In a Dream’

The Juan MacleanIn A Dream (my album of the year by a long shot)
That month where I only listened to Stevie Wonder
Thee Silver Mt ZionFuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything and Hang On To Each Other EP
Season 4 of “Louie
Discovering tons of incredible old disco singles on Salsoul Records (especially “Doctor Love” by First Choice)
Jodorowsky’s Dune
That month where I only listened to Todd Rundgren
Caribou and The Afghan Whigs live (more so than their records)
Sun Kil MoonBenji (and Koz’s overall internet presence)
The Criterion Collection on Hulu (especially all the Ozu and Bergman films I hadn’t seen, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, and the extensive selection of yakuza movies from the 50’s and 60’s)
Todd Terje and Bryan Ferry‘s cover of “Johnny and Mary”
20,000 Days on Earth
That month where I only listened to The Lexicon of Love by ABC
The awe-inspiring stand-up comedy of Jen Kirkman
Mr. Twin SisterMr. Twin Sister

Alan Cumming in the revival of Cabaret at Studio 54

Avi BuffaloAt Best Cuckold


Five cool albums and five cool documentaries from 2014, in no particular order:
Jolie Holland 'Wine Dark Sea'

Jolie Holland ‘Wine Dark Sea’

1. Jolie Holland Wine Dark Sea

2. The Acid Liminial

3. Damien Jurado Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Sun

4. James Vincent McMorrow Post Tropical

5. Manchester Orchestra Cope

Jodorovsky’s Dune

Jodorovsky’s Dune

6. Jodorovsky’s Dune

7. Finding Vivian Meier

8. 20,000 Days on Earth

9. Mistaken for Strangers

10. Fact or Fiction: The Life and Times of a Ping Pong Hustler


Peter Squires (The Landladys)



Sarah Koenig
Mr. S
Christina Gutierrez
Ira Glass
Mail Chimp

Hiss Golden Messenger  'Lateness Of Dancers'

Hiss Golden Messenger ‘Lateness Of Dancers’

1. Hiss Golden Messenger Lateness Of Dancers
2. Brothers & Sisters Dylan’s Gospel
3. It’s a single, but Jessica Pratt‘s “Back, Baby.”
4. Seeing Stephen Baldwin on the L train at 3PM on a Tuesday trying to cover his face with a baseball cap as if anyone would recognize him.
5. Discovering Karen Dalton. Discover her.
6. Frances McDormand in “Olive Kitteridge.” Really all of that program.
7. Finally seeing Bill Callahan live. That might have been 2013; I just am still pretty psyched.
8. Father John Misty Chateau Lobby # 4 (In C For Two Virgins) 
9. Father John Misty’s current bio. It’s the ramblings of a absolute mad animal genius.
10. Falling in love with London Grammar one night stoned with Chris, and then realizing the next day I was just stoned.
11. Falling in love with many records stoned with Chris, and realizing the next day I was just stoned.
12. The guitar part on “From A Window Seat” by Dawes
13. Becoming completely and unabashedly cool with my love of all things riff rock/dick rock etc. (see: Thin Lizzy, AC/DC etc.)