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  • Top Books, Films, and Music of 2014

    Hi, everyone. I hope 2014 was as good for you as it was for me. In August Isbelle and I gave birth to our beautiful little girl, Nova. Every day we're discovering how to be a growing family as I continue living the dream of being a professional musician here in Nashville. Being a new dad is more time consuming than I ever thought it would be. But I still try and consume new art as much as I possibly can. Below are my favorites of the year. I hope this list will inspire you to discover something new and beautiful. A peaceful and productive New Year to you all.

    1. Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken
    2. A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire) by George R.R. Martin
    3. Night Shift by Stephen King
    4. Easy Riders and Raging Bulls by Peter Biskind
    5. Death On the Installment Plan by Celine  
    6. The Complete Stories by Franz Kafka
    7. Parenting Beyond Belief edited by Dale McGowan
    8. Violent Screen by Stephen Hunter
    9. A Universe From Nothing by Lawrence Krauss
    10. The Blank Slate by Steven Pinker
    11. Books of Blood by Clive Barker
    12. Woody Allen: A Life In Film by Richard Schickel
    13. The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp
    14. Stranded: Rock and Roll for a Desert Island by Greil Marcus
    15. Blood Curdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre by H.P. Lovecraft
    16. Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion by Sam Harris
    17. A Saucerful of Secrets by Nicholas Shaffner
    18. Why Is Sex Fun? The Evolution of Sexuality by Joseph Campbell
    19. Lying by Sam Harris
    20. Betting on the Muse by Charles Bukowski
    21. Alone Together by Sherry Turtke

    1. Birdman directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu
    2. Nightcrawler directed by Dan Gilroy
    3. St. Vincent directed by Theodore Melfi
    4. Blue Ruin directed by Jeremy Saulnier
    5. Enemy directed by Dennis Villeneuve
    6. Gone Girl directed by David Finch
    7. Foxcatcher directed by Bennett Miller
    8. The One I Love directed by Charlie McDowell
    9. Chef directed by Jon Favreau
    10. Under the Skin directed by Jonathan Glazer

    1. Starry Eyes directed by Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer
    2. The Babadook directed by Jennifer Kent
    3. Tusk directed by Kevin Smith
    4. The Guest directed by Adam Wingard
    5. The Taking of Deborah Logan directed by Adam Robitel
    6. Cheap Thrills directed by E.L. Katz
    7. 13 Sins directed by Daniel Stamm
    8. Witching and Bitching directed by Alex de la Iglesia
    9. Horns directed by Alexandre Aja
    10. V/H/S Viral directed by Justin Benson, Gregg Bishop, Aaron Moorhead

    1. Ryan Adams - Ryan Adams
    2. Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence
    3. The Wind and the Wave - From the Wreckage
    4. Elliphant - One More
    5. St. Vincent - St. Vincent
    6. Demon Hunter - Extremist
    7. Jenny Lewis - The Voyager
    8. Lucinda Williams - Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone
    9. Pink Floyd - The Endless River
    10. The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream