While it wasn’t the best year for us personally, 2014 had a lot going for it musically. In case you missed it, we’ve already presented our 30 favorite tracks of 2014, as well as our 10 favorite albums. Below, you’ll find a casual catch-all of some other things we felt worthy of a shoutout. (And yes, there are probably lots more we could add here, but these were the things that were top of mind and made the biggest impact on us.)

Places to Which We Bid Adieu: Glasslands Gallery, 285 Kent, Sankeys NYC (ha), Body Actualized Center, Steel Drums, Wreck Room, Roseland Ballroom, and, just temporarily, TBA Brooklyn

Spots That Opened This Year/Late ’13: Kinfolk 94, Good Room, Verboten, Industry City, The Wick, Bizarre, Starvue, Trans Pecos, Baby’s All Right, Palisades, and Donna (reopening)

Our Favorite Places to Dance: Good Room, Cameo Gallery, Bossa Nova Civic Club, The Graham, and The Panther Room

Favorite Parties: Fixed, The Bunker, Indie Slash, Sharegroove, The Loft, 718 Sessions, Nouveau York, In the Bush, Let’s Play House, Dark Disco, Tiki Disco, SHADE, House on Mute, and Discography

Party We Miss Already: Discovery :(

Best New Parties: Stay Up, Level, The Long Count (warehouse-style), S!ck, French Kiss presents

Best NYC Festivals: Sustain/Release and Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival

Best U.S. Festivals Outside of NYC: Moogfest and Movement

Best Live Acts: Leisure Muffin, Hess Is More, Simian Mobile Disco, Midnight Magic, KiNK, Kraftwerk, Jared Wilson, Pixelife, Xeno & Oaklander, The Crystal Ark

Favorite NYC DJs: Justin Strauss, JDH & Dave P, Joakim, Morgan Geist, Gavin Russom, Mike Servito, DJ Spun, Nikola Baytala, Jacques Renault, Tim Sweeney, Prince Language, Alex From Tokyo, Wrecked, Willie Burns, Dan Selzer, James Friedman, Marcos Cabral, and Paul Raffaele

Best Out-of-Towner Sets: The Black Madonna, DJs Pareja, Steffi, Twitch (Optimo), Maurice Fulton

Stupidest Policies: Mandatory coat checks, no re-entry, no photos

Best Summer Vibes: Select Summer Fridays at Le Bain, Air a Danser at Battery Harris, Mister Sunday at Industry City, Tiki Disco anywhere

Best Happy Hour: Secret Guests

Best Brunch: Jify’s

Best Afters: Beef Cuts

Favorite Podcast/Mix: Heretic’s “Ransom Note Mix”

Best Film About Dance Music: Eden

Best Places to Crate-Dig: halcyon, A-1, CO-OP 87, The Thing

Best NYC-Based Radio Shows: WTBS (Newtown Radio) and Beats In Space (WNYU)

Best NYC-Based Record Labels: Throne of Blood/Let’s Play House, The Bunker New York, and Dither Down

Best Glitterball (tie): Good Room and Verboten 

Best Roof (tie): Le Bain and Output

Best Cocktails: Donna (special shoutout to Bossa’s La Mayimba)

(Out-of-Town) DJ Wishlist for 2015: DJ Harvey, 2manydjs, Eskimo Twins/Heretic, Erol Alkan, Man Power,  Matias Aguayo, Legowelt, Jokers of the Scene, Rodion, Matt Walsh, Jerome Sydenham, Paranoid London, Red Axes, Tim Paris, Andrew Weatherall, Optimo

Comin’ Up in ’15: FBI Warning, Elz Roche, Kid Audra; the reopening of TBA Brooklyn; new music from Chupacabras, Loose Control Band, and Evan Michael

New Year’s Resolution: Travel, travel, travel

 01/02/2015  Features, News