Transmission's Top Tracks of 2014

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Jake Rudh and Paul Weller
Jake Rudh and Paul Weller (Courtesy Jake Rudh)

Transmission's roots are in the worlds of punk, post-punk, new wave, synth, power and dream pop, shoegaze, psych, mod, space and Krautrock. Here are songs released in 2014 that fit that mold — listed in no particular order and with a very brief description of each song's vibe.

p.s. A very happy birthday to Mr. David Bowie!

Johnny Marr, "Easy Money"

I kicked off both Transmission's Top Tracks of 2012 and of 2013 with a Johnny Marr song, and he deserves to stay on top again in 2014 with "Easy Money".

Belle & Sebastian, "The Party Line"

An absolutely infectious indie dance track from our favorite Scots.

Paul Weller, "Brand New Toy"

The Modfather channeling his inner Kinks and Small Faces influence.

Interpol, "All the Rage Back Home"

Interpol are back with the sound we originally fell for in the beginning.

St. Vincent, "Birth In Reverse"

Annie gets better every album. It's a fact.

Future Islands, "Seasons (Waiting On You)"

Synth pop with passion

Temples, "Colours To Life"

Keeping psychedelic rock 100 percent valid.

Phantogram, "Fall In Love"

A song worthy of having over four million views. They aimed high, and made it.

Spoon, "Inside Out"

The always-superb Spoon took an even more awesome turn in the right direction with this album.

Leonard Cohen "Almost Like the Blues"

No explanation needed.

Here are the rest of the best. Click the title to view and listen to a song's music video, which opens in a new window.

David Bowie, "Sue"

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart "Kelly"


(Smiths-influenced indie pop)

Nils Frahm "Says"


(Ambient)

Tycho, "Montana"


(Ambient Dance)

Eno / Hyde, "Daddy's Car"


(Experimental Dance)

Todd Terje, "Johnny and Mary" (featuring Bryan Ferry)


(Down-tempo/Synth)

The New Pornographers, "War on The East Coast"


(Indie Rock)

Mac DeMarco, "Passing Out the Pieces"


(Psychedelic)

Ariel Pink, "Put Your Number In My Phone"


(Psychedelic)


Eternal Summers, "Gouge"


(Indie Rock)

Billy Idol, "Can't Break Me Down"


(Classic Billy melody with modern production)

Melted Toys, "Blush"


(Indie Pop)


The Horrors, "I See You"


(Synth/Prog/Indie)

The War on Drugs, "Red Eyes"


(Indie Rock)

Real Estate, "Talking Backwards"


(Indie Pop)

The Mary Onettes, "Naive Dream"


(Dream Pop)

Alvvays, "Adult Diversion"


(Indie Pop)

Donovan Blanc, "Minha Me Nina"


(Psychedelic)

The Snow, "Memory Loss"


(Dream Pop)

Eliot Sumner, "Information"


(Dance Rock / Sting's daughter)

Viet Cong, "Continental Shelf"


(Experimental Noise Pop)

Spies, "Moosehead"


(Dance Rock)

High Highs, "Ocean to City"


(Dream pop)

The Hidden Cameras, "Carpe Jugular"


(Synthpop)

Total Control, "Flesh War"


(Darkwave)

The KVB, "All Around You"


(Darkwave)


Leagues, "Spotlight"


(Dance Rock)

Mirror Kisses, "Genius"


(Synthwave)

Royksopp, "I Had This Thing"


(Dance)

Jim-E Stack, "Wake"


(Experimental/Electronic)

Whyte Horses, "The Snowfall"


(Psychedelic)

Ex Hex, "Don't Wanna Lose"


(Straight-up \m/ \m/ Rock)


Sleaford Mods, "Tied Up In Nottz"


(Very Brit...the way we like it)

MOVIE, "Ads"


(Very Britpop...also the way we like it)

Lusts, "Somtimes"


(Indie Pop)


Childhood, "Blue Velvet"


(Indie Pop)


Kult Country, "Trembling Moon"


(Shoegaze Rock)

Sun Machine, "Have You Seen It, It's Alive"


(Psychedelic)

Foxes In Fiction, "Shadow's Song"


(Dream Pop)


Elastic Sleep, "Leave You"


(Shoegaze/Dream Pop...Lush reincarnated?)

Parkay Quarts, "Pretty Machines"


(Indie Rock)

Coves, "Wake Up"


(Indie Rock)

La Sera, "Control"


(Indie Pop)

Gold-Bears, "Hey, Sophie"


(Twee Pop)

Sea Pinks, "Meat & Drink"


(Twee Pop)


Allo Darlin', "Romance and Adventure"


(Twee Pop)


OK Go, "The Writing's On the Wall"


(Had to include a song completely inspired by New Order's "Temptation")

Sleep Theives, "City of Hearts"


(Synth)

Tiga, "Bugatti"


(Synth Dance)


A Sunny Day in Glasgow, "In Love With Useless"


(Experimental Dream Pop)

Protomartyr, "Come & See"


(Indie Rock)

Travis Bretzer, "Indie Pop"

Andreas Fox, "Pontoon"


(Instrumental synth funkiness)

Wild Moccasins, "Soft Focus"


(Indie Pop)

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