Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Favorite Albums of 2015: 20 - 1

Or if you have Spotify:

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

Or go to Spotify playlist here:

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