Best Music of 2014 Staff Picks – Andreas Babiolakis

Name: Andreas Babiolakis

 City: Richmond Hill

Title: Film Editor, podcast cohost, film reviewer, album reviewer, concert reviewer, attempt-to-be-concert photographer

How long have you been with Live in Limbo?

2 years

Three favourite albums of 2014 (best to worst):

1. Swans-To Be Kind

2. Caribou-Our Love

3. Ariel Pink-Pom Pom

Explanations will be with complete lists =]


Three favourite songs of 2014:

1. Return-Brian Eno and Karl Hyde

2. Cant Do Without You-Caribou

3. Red Eyes-The War On Drugs


Which artist or band won 2014?

St Vincent

After years of being the weird indie child in the corner, St Vincent took on the world as a reincarnation of Ziggy Stardust. She performed with Nirvana, took over SNL, topped many critical lists and became a go-to performer live. Congrats on you, Annie Clark!


Your favourite new/breakout artist of the year:


Her career is young and is already highly disturbing. Pharmakon has the capabilities of so much greatness ahead of her. This years release of Bestial Burden is proof that she has the ability to affect people immediately in such a young stage of her career. Lets see whats next!


How many shows did you go to this year?

Between 60-70


Three best concerts of 2014:

1. St Vincent  and Swans: yds, june at nxne

Such a contrast between charming and alienating and all in between. This combination was fierce, engaging and surreal.

2. Beach House: lees palace, october

With such an intimate and dreamy set, Beach House played nothing but their best work and the entire evening was like the feelong of falling in love all over again.

3. Television: the Phoenix, may at cmw

Veteran rockers Television know damn well how to affect us after all of these years. Every guitar note was crisp, intense and connective. Not a single mistake with such a high sense of articulation.


Favourite festival of 2014:

Canadian Music Week (CMW) 

Between the shows, interviews and presentations, cmw quickly became a highlight week for me.


Favourite venue this year:

Lee’s palace

Small enough to be attacked by any band on stage but big enough to house many adoring fans.


What was the biggest music news story you remember from 2014?

Jian ghomeshi being a punk. Enough said.


Is there anything else you want to say about music this year?

It was pretty good. Weve had better this decade but with enough standout releases and events to be memorable, it still was a success 


What artist should/will we all be paying attention to for 2015

Chromatics. With a new album in February and the rise of electronic dreampop still happening, this generarion-topping band are more relevant than ever.

About author

Former Film Editor & Music Writer at Live in Limbo. Co-host of the Capsule Podcast. A Greek/South African film enthusiast. He has recently earned a BFA honours degree in Cinema Studies at York University. He is also heavily into music, as he can play a number of instruments and was even in a few bands. He writes about both films and music constantly. You should follow him on Twitter @Andreasbabs.