Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Favorite Albums of 2015: 20 - 1




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20. Abyss - Chelsea Wolfe
Label: Sargent House












19. Twelve Reasons to Die II - Ghostface Killah and Adrian Younge
Label: Linear Labs
Sour Soul - Ghostface Killah and BadBadNotGood
Label: Lex Records



18. Kathryn Calder - Kathryn Calder
Label: File Under Music



17. In the Pink of Condition - H. Hawkline
Label: Heavenly Recordings



16. Why Choose - Shopping
Label: FatCat




15. Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit - Courtney Barnett
Label: Mom+Pop


14. Last Forever - Westkust
Label: Run for Cover Records





13. I Want to Grow Up - Colleen Green
Label: Hardly Art



12. Viet Cong - Viet Cong
Label: Jagjaguwar



11. Metalmania - Salad Boys
Label: Trouble in Mind Records


10. Non-Believers - Mac McCaughan
Label: Merge Records










9. Cold Hot Plumbs - Damaged Bug
Mutilator Defeated at Last - Thee Oh Sees
Label: Castle Face








8. Full Communism - Downtown Boys
Label: Don Giovanni



7. The Agent Intellect - Protomartyr
Label: Hardly Art


6. Art Angels - Grimes
Label: 4AD



5. The High Country - Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
Label: Polyvinyl



4. Carrie and Lowell - Sufjan Stevens
Label: Asthmatic Kitty 



3. Summertime '06 - Vince Staples
Label: Def Jam
2. Imaginary Life - Worriers
Label: Don Giovanni



1. To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar
Label: Aftermath/Interscope

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Favorite Albums of 2015: 40 - 21



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40. Director - Yonatan Gat  
Label: Joyful Noise
Very fun and breezy instrumental improvised rock with great solos and grooves.
 
  
39. White Reaper Does it Again - White Reaper
Album: Polyvinyl
Garage punk trio with bubblegum hooks and psychedelic touches from Louisville, Kentucky. 
 

38. Peace is the Mission - Major Lazer
Label: Mad Decent
Straight up electronic dancehall pop music

 

37. Cocksure - Laura Stevenson
Label: Don Giovanni
Female singer-songwriter with some major backbone

 
36. Every Open Eye - CHVRCHES
Label: Goodbye Records
Glasgow-based trio that plays synth pop inspired by Prince and Kate Bush.


35. Sremmlife - Rae Sremmurd
Label: Interscope
Exuberant party-oriented rap duo

34. Slurrup - Liam Hayes
Label: Fat Possum
Stripped down psych-rock songs with a pop edge and immediate appeal

 
33. Y Dydd Olaf - Gwenno
Label: Heavenly
Good ol' fashioned Welsh electro singer/songwriter pop music

32. Who's Gonna Get F***** First - Father
Label: Awful
Atlanta based rap, which is very NSFW

 
31. Predatory Headlights - Tenement
Label: Don Giovanni
Hooky but smart and powerfully imaginative punk music


30. Painted Shut - Hop Along
Label: Saddle Creek
Explosive, articulate, punk-suffused indie rock led by captivating female vocals

 
29. The Bearer of Bad News - Andy Shauf
Label: Party Damage
Canadian singer/songwriter whose dark, rustic tales reflect his prairie home

 
28. High - Royal Headache
Label: What's Your Rupture?
Sydney, Australia garage punkers infuse their raw sound with a heavy dose of AM radio soul and incredibly catchy songwriting

 
27. Sky City - Amason
Label: Fairfax Recordings
Swedish indie pop supergroup with members of Miike Snow, Dungen, and Little Majorette


26. All Yours - Widowspeak
Label: Captured Tracks
Dark, hazy music equally indebted to Mazzy Star and jangly Sarah Records-style indie pop


25. Melbourne, Florida - Dick Diver
Label: Trouble in Mind
Brainy indie pop that's heavily influenced by the literate, precise emotionalism of the Go-Betweens, as well as the scrappy indie rock of early Yo La Tengo


24. Kicking Every Day - All Dogs
Label: Salinas Records
Melodic, scruffy, and insightful indie rock band from Ohio

 
23. Non-Person - Vacation
Label: Don Giovanni
Very loud very messy punk music

 
22. Green Lanes - Ultimate Painting
Label: Trouble in Mind
Nice and simple '60s and '70s-inspired guitar pop


21. Vestiges and Claws - Jose Gonzalez
Label: Mute
Alternative singer/songwriter whose bewitching sound focuses on autumnal, acoustic indie pop

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Favorite Music of 2014

Top 35 Albums of 2014 Soundcloud Playlist

 minus a few bands who were not on Soundcloud:





Favorite Album of the Year



Protomartyr - Under Color of Official Right



Rest of the Top Five
in Alphabetical Order



D'Angelo and the Vanguard - Black Messiah


Jenny Lewis - The Voyager


Run the Jewels - RTJ2


Shabazz Palaces - Lese Majesty



Rest of the Top Twenty
in Alphabetical Order:



Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire For No Witness


Charli XCX - Sucker


Ex Hex - Rips


Flying Lotus - You're Dead


Future Islands - Singles


Gulp - Season Sun


Haley Bonar - Last War


Spoon - They Want My Soul


Sun Kil Moon - Benji


Sylvan Esso - Sylvan Esso


Taylor Swift - 1989


The Gotobeds - Poor People are Revolting


The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream


tUnE-yArDs - Nikki Nack


Viet Cong - Cassette EP



Fifteen More Albums I Really Liked
in Alphabetical Order:



Chuck Inglish - Convertibles

Damien Jurado - Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son

Liars - Mess

Mac Demarco - Salad Days

Madlib and Freddie Gibbs - Pinata

Marissa Nadler - July

Mike Adams at His Honest Weight - Best of Boiler Room Classics

Ratking - So It Goes

The Skygreen Leopards - Family Crimes

The Soft Pink Truth - Why Do the Heathen Rage?

Tinariwen - Emmaar

Todd Terje - It's Album Time

Tweedy - Sukierae

Ty Segall - Manipulator

Woods - With Light and With Love