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The Recommender: All the Best of 2014

All (well, some of) the books, music, films and TV shows Hazlitt’s staff found and enjoyed this year.

2014 Is Not A List

On the insufficiency of numbers, black metal turned aggressively queer and danceable, and finding that certain brand of black cherry lipstick.

Memorable For the Wrong Reasons: Tom Ewing on Charity Singles

In e-mail conversation with the UK music critic about “We Are the World,” “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” and other “classics” of the genre.

Changing Minds: Nick Jonas, One Direction, and the Rare Act of Pop Transference

There’s no sure escape from the compressed life of a boy band.

Willow and Jaden Smith: The Outtakes

T magazine “condensed and edited” its interview earlier this week with Willow and Jaden Smith. Here, exclusively, is what didn’t make the cut.

Stumbling Towards the Mainstream: On Azealia Banks’ Broke With Expensive Taste

Banks’ long-delayed debut album arrived with a shrug, but this is less evidence of an artist failing to live up to her potential than of the still-crushing vagaries of the record industry.

A Brief History of Prince Not Doing Things

Oh, like you’ve never cancelled an album because of a bad ecstasy trip.

Get Your Tay On: How David Rees’s Aphex Swift Pranks on Pop Phenomenology

The comedian’s Taylor Swift/Aphex Twin mashup casts the latter as the naïvely self-expressive one and the former as the master technician—and makes you fantasize about Swift’s possible final form.

Vapor Tales: On Tinashe, and Sounding Atmospheric

Like musicians whose songs you might instinctively call “angular” or “twee,” the singer’s debut album strikes immediately as “atmospheric”—whatever that means.