Posts Tagged: ACL 2014

ACL 2014: The Year’s Best Packaging

Album covers provide prospective listeners with a first impression; packaging asks people to look inside.  As physical music sales continue to decrease, a new wave of creative packaging has drawn attention to a limited number of releases.  Such releases are honored

ACL 2014: The Year’s Best Packaging

Album covers provide prospective listeners with a first impression; packaging asks people to look inside.  As physical music sales continue to decrease, a new wave of creative packaging has drawn attention to a limited number of releases.  Such releases are honored

ACL 2014: The Year’s Best Winter Music

Winter music is more subtle than Christmas music, with a wider tonal palette.  This music may inspire thoughts of snowmen on frozen fields, sled dogs and glaciers, hot chocolate and the hearth.  Listeners may be frolicking outdoors or snowed in,

ACL 2014: The Year’s Best Winter Music

Winter music is more subtle than Christmas music, with a wider tonal palette.  This music may inspire thoughts of snowmen on frozen fields, sled dogs and glaciers, hot chocolate and the hearth.  Listeners may be frolicking outdoors or snowed in,

ACL 2014: The Happiest Music of the Year

Happy music makes happy people.  Happy music can be cute and twee, or friendly and upbeat.  Trumpets and toy pianos help, but attitude is everything. The picks below are great accompaniment for road trips and beach trips, playground games and

ACL 2014: The Happiest Music of the Year

Happy music makes happy people.  Happy music can be cute and twee, or friendly and upbeat.  Trumpets and toy pianos help, but attitude is everything. The picks below are great accompaniment for road trips and beach trips, playground games and

ACL 2014: The Year’s 10 Best Music Videos

Vintage catalogues, phenakistoscopes, purple hands, dueling dogs, strobed vinyl and 8mm film all get their due on this year’s chart, a testimony to the continued power of the short-term music video and a bountiful feast for the eyes and the ears!

ACL 2014: The Year’s 10 Best Music Videos

Vintage catalogues, phenakistoscopes, purple hands, dueling dogs, strobed vinyl and 8mm film all get their due on this year’s chart, a testimony to the continued power of the short-term music video and a bountiful feast for the eyes and the ears!

ACL 2014: Top Ten Singles

Back in January, we asked, “What if instrumental music had its own Top Ten?”  We couldn’t find one online, so we invented one.  Now we’ve chosen the ten catchiest and most memorable short tracks of 2014.  Each is short enough

ACL 2014: Top Ten Singles

Back in January, we asked, “What if instrumental music had its own Top Ten?”  We couldn’t find one online, so we invented one.  Now we’ve chosen the ten catchiest and most memorable short tracks of 2014.  Each is short enough

ACL 2014: The Year’s Best Labels

After two years of coming in second, Denovali Records finally makes it to the top spot!  Another label makes its first appearance on our chart, while a former top pick returns to the list.  These are the best in the business,

ACL 2014: The Year’s Best Labels

After two years of coming in second, Denovali Records finally makes it to the top spot!  Another label makes its first appearance on our chart, while a former top pick returns to the list.  These are the best in the business,

ACL 2014: Overview

A Closer Listen doubled its readership in its third year, passing one million hits and accumulating 5000 Twitter followers.  To date, we’ve also received three million pieces of spam.  We received 2500 instrumental works this year, and reviewed 500.  We’re aware

ACL 2014: Overview

A Closer Listen doubled its readership in its third year, passing one million hits and accumulating 5000 Twitter followers.  To date, we’ve also received three million pieces of spam.  We received 2500 instrumental works this year, and reviewed 500.  We’re aware