Tuesday, January 26, 2016

My Favorite Non-2015 Music in 2015

I wanted to document the music that I listened to last year that wasn't released in 2016, lost classics, discoveries, etc. These are albums that I had been meaning to get around to eventually, or that I hadn't spent enough time with previously, or that I had forgotten about and rediscovered, or, lastly, that I simply had neglected for far too long. Here, they're presented as a top 20 list, but, first, fifteen albums that I enjoyed, but didn't quite make the cut:

Against Perfection - Adorable (Creation, 1993)
Surf's Up - The Beach Boys (Brother/Reprise, 1971)
Beat Happening - Beat Happening (K, 1985)
Misery is a Butterfly - Blonde Redhead (4AD, 2004)

Submarine Bells - The Chills (Slash/Flying Nun, 1990)
Delaware - Drop Nineteens (Caroline, 1992)
On Fire - Galaxie 500 (Rough Trade, 1989)
The Glow, Pt. 2 - The Microphones (K, 2001)
Low-Life - New Order (Factory, 1985)
In Ribbons - Pale Saints (4AD, 1992)

The Execution of All Things - Rilo Kiley (Saddle Creek, 2002)
Siamese Dream - The Smashing Pumpkins (Virgin, 1993)
A River Ain't Too Much to Love - Smog (Drag City, 2005)
Standards - Tortoise (Thrill Jockey, 2001)
The Meadowlands - The Wrens (Absolutely Kosher, 2003)

Now, on to my 20 favorite non-2015 albums that I got into and spent time with last year.


(20) Nowhere - Ride (Creation, 1990)



(19) Fire in the City of Automatons - No Knife (Time Bomb, 1999)




(18) High Society - Enon (Touch & Go, 2002)



(17) The Sea and Cake - The Sea and Cake (Thrill Jockey, 1994)



(16) Let Me Come Over - Buffalo Tom (Situation Two/Beggars Banquet, 1992)



(15) Today's Active Lifestyles - Polvo (Merge, 1993)



(14) It's Sydney or the Bush - The Inbreds (Murderrecords, 1996)



(13) Gold - Starflyer 59 (Tooth and Nail, 1995)




(12) Funtitled - Spraynard (Asian Man, 2011)




(11) The Egg - Shiner (DeSoto, 2001)



(10) Exile in Guyville - Liz Phair (Matador, 1993)



(9) The Tyranny of Distance - Ted Leo and the Pharmacists (Lookout!, 2001)



(8) A Series of Sneaks - Spoon (Elektra, 1998)



(7) Figure 8 - Elliott Smith (Dreamworks, 2000)




(6) Childish Prodigy - Kurt Vile (Matador, 2009)



(5) Radio City - Big Star (Ardent, 1974)




(4) The Hot Rock - Sleater-Kinney (Kill Rock Stars, 1999)



(3) Daydream Nation - Sonic Youth (Enigma, 1988)



(2) Scary Monsters - David Bowie (RCA, 1980)



(1) The Queen is Dead - The Smiths (Rough Trade/Sire, 1986)

Monday, December 28, 2015

Favorite Albums of 2015

Running Back
(40) Running Back - Weed (Lefse)


Pure Mood
(39) Pure Mood - Ringo Deathstarr (Reverberation Appreciation Society)


Mable
(38) Mable - Spraynard (Jade Tree)


What For?
(37) What For? - Toro y Moi (Carpark)


All is Illusory
(36) All is Illusory - The Velvet Teen (Topshelf)


Last Forever
(35) Last Forever - Westkust (Run for Cover)


Currents
(34) Currents - Tame Impala (Interscope)


Sun Coming Down
(33) Sun Coming Down - Ought (Constellation)



Kicking Every Day
(32) Kicking Every Day - All Dogs (Salinas)


Divers
(31) Divers - Joanna Newsom (Drag City)


Beach Music
(30) Beach Music - Alex G (Domino)

Carrie & Lowell
(29) Carrie & Lowell - Sufjan Stevens (Asthmatic Kitty)


A Distant Fist Unclenching
(28) A Distant Fist Unclenching - Krill (Exploding in Sound / Double Double Whammy)


Simple Songs
(27) Simple Songs - Jim O'Rourke (Drag City)



On Your Own Love Again

(26) On Your Own Love Again - Jessica Pratt (Drag City)


Pets Hounds
(25) Pets Hounds - Pet Symmetry (Asian Man)



Range Anxiety
(24) Range Anxiety - Twerps (Merge)


Hyperview
(23) Hyperview - Title Fight (Anti-)


Whatever, My Love
(22) Whatever, My Love - The Juliana Hatfield Three (American Laundromat)


Such Things

(21) Such Things - Saintseneca (Anti-)


The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel Like Us
(20) The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel Like Us - Beach Slang (Polyvinyl)


Painted Shut
(19) Painted Shut - Hop Along (Saddle Creek)


Black Messiah
(18) Black Messiah - D'Angelo and the Vanguard (RCA)

Ripe 4 Luv
(17) Ripe 4 Luv - Young Guv (Slumberland)


Describes Things as They Are
(16) Describes Things as They Are - Beauty Pill (Butterscotch)


Feels Like
(15) Feels Like - Bully (StarTime / Columbia)


Dogs on Acid

(14) Dogs on Acid - Dogs on Acid (Jade Tree)


Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
(13) Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit - Courtney Barnett (Mom + Pop)


Poison Season
(12) Poison Season - Destroyer (Merge / Dead Oceans)


Beginners
(11) Beginners - Dream Version (self-released)


Star Wars

(10) Star Wars - Wilco (dBpm)


I Wasn't Born to Lose You

(9) I Wasn't Born to Lose You - Swervedriver (Cobraside)


The Agent Intellect

(8) The Agent Intellect - Protomartyr (Hardly Art)


Foil Deer

(7) Foil Deer - Speedy Ortiz (Carpark)


Is Stupider

(6) Is Stupider - Stove (Exploding in Sound)


Runners in the Nerved World
(5) Runners in the Nerved World - The Sidekicks (Epitaph)



Viet Cong
(4) Viet Cong - Viet Cong (Jagjaguwar)



B'lieve I'm Goin Down
(3) B'live I'm Goin Down - Kurt Vile (Matador)



Predatory Headlights
(2) Predatory Headlights - Tenement (Don Giovanni)



To Pimp a Butterfly
(1) To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar (Interscope / Aftermath / Top Dog)

2015 Honorable Mentions + Favorite EPs / 7"s

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Supersonic Home
Supersonic Home - Adventures (Run for Cover)


Melbourne, Florida
Melbourne, Florida - Dick Diver (Chapter / Trouble in Mind)


How to Treat the Ones You Love
How to Treat the Ones You Love - Donovan Wolfington (Topshelf)

Magnetic Bodies/Maps of Bones
Magnetic Bodies/Maps of Bones - Maritime (Dangerbird)


II
II - Metz (Sub Pop)

The Good Fight
The Good Fight - Oddisee (Mello Music Group)

Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper - Panda Bear (Domino)


Metalmania
Metalmania - Salad Boys (Trouble in Mind)

Jekyll Island
Jekyll Island - Surf City (Fire)

Bad Year
Bad Year - The Weaks (Lame-O)



FAVORITE EPs / 7"s


II EP
(10) II EP - Sheer Mag (Katorga Works / Wilsuns)


Sunne EP
(9) Sunne EP - Cheatahs (Wichita)



Potty Mouth EP
(8) Potty Mouth EP - Potty Mouth (Planet Whatever)


You Are Arrived (But You've Been Cheated) EP

(7) You Are Arrived (But You've Been Cheated) EP - The Spirit of the Beehive (Ranch / Ice Age)


Planning Weed Like It's Acid/Life is Loss EPs
(6) Planning Weed Like It's Acid / Life is Loss: Pop Songs 2015 EPs - A Sunny Day in Glasgow (Mis Ojos Discos)


Time Waits for No One EP

(5) Time Waits for No One EP - Mountain Club (Save Your Generation)


Three Songs 7"
(4) Three Songs 7" - LVL UP (Run for Cover / Double Double Whammy)


Another One EP
(3) Another One EP - Mac DeMarco (Captured Tracks)


Good Graphics EP

(2) Good Graphics EP - Rozwell Kid (Infinity Cat)


I Don't Want to be Sad Anymore 7"

(1) I Don't Want to be Sad Anymore 7" - Supercrush (Debt Offensive / Painter Man)