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The 10 Best Sad Bastard Songs of 2015

Welcome to our favorite Speakers in Code list of the year. The 10 Best Sad Bastard Songs of 2015. It’s our highest honor. In years past (2012, 2013, 2014), we’ve chosen 20 songs, but this year we’re trimming the sad. And this year, I wrote about every song. You can listen to each individually below, … Read more

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Album Review | Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell

Should I tear my eyes out now? Everything I see returns to you somehow Should I tear my heart out now? Everything I feel returns to you somehow Growing up, I wanted things. I wanted a basketball and a hoop in my own driveway. I wanted a stereo system with power. I wanted CDs, I … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Bright Eyes – Blue Christmas

I don’t know if anyone else’s house looks like Santa went on a three day heroin bender that culminated in a drug-induced decorating party with his elf-homies — but mine certainly does. This list is endless, and includes but is not limited to: holiday rugs, towels, figurines, lights, wreaths, dog collars, decorations for lighting fixtures, table runners, table cloths, soap, garland, fire-scented … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Sufjan Stevens – Heirloom

Sufjan Stevens released his “All Delighted People” EP with little fanfare, just prior to the arrival of The Age of Adz. The EP offered us “Heirloom,”a poignant ode to the past and the promises of love. It is exactly the kind of song to play as you gather around your family’s table and reflect on … Read more

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The Best Albums of 2010 | Part Three

Artwork credit: Alyssa Shapkoff Want more? Check out the entire list of albums here. (And don’t forget about best songs here). Delorean | Subiza (True Panther Sounds) [buy] The Spanish electro-synth quartet Delorean has come a long way from its early punk rock roots. 2009 brought about this punk-to-dance transformation with the Aryton Senna EP. … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Cadillac Sky – Hangman

A Speakers in Code Proclamation: We, the united bloggers of Speakers in Code, henceforth declare this tenth year of the 21st century, the official year of the percussive-stringed instrument known as the banjo. It’s an unlikely instrument, in a landscape of electronic bleeps and bloops, auto-tune, and mashups, but the banjo has stirred up underground … Read more

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Jam of the Day | Kaiser Cartel – Ready to Go

Brooklyn’s powerful folk-pop duo of Courtney Kaiser and Benjamin Kartel is known simply as Kaiser Cartel. They’ve been making music together since 2004, and despite Kaiser’s classical vocal training (she lent her vocals to the upcoming Sufjan Stevens album) and Kartel’s penchant for self-teaching, the pairing is remarkably satisfying. While songs off the new album, … Read more