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Best Albums of 2015.
« on: December 14, 2015, 03:38:17 PM »
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Re: Best Albums of 2015.
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2015, 04:40:21 PM »
Coming soon.  Brace/helmet yourself for THE ONLY LIST THAT MATTERS!
Did Courtney Barnett make the cut?  How about the Social Experiment?

Can hardly stand the suspense.
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Re: Best Albums of 2015.
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2015, 05:47:46 PM »
i can't reveal any selections at this time.  Interesting tidbit on that Courtney Barnett album: Power pop legend Tommy Keene hates it!
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Re: Best Albums of 2015.
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2015, 09:15:18 PM »
i can't reveal any selections at this time.  Interesting tidbit on that Courtney Barnett album: Power pop legend Tommy Keene hates it!
I had no idea. Probably too gritty for Mr. Keene.
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Re: Best Albums of 2015.
« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2015, 08:34:26 AM »
i can't reveal any selections at this time.  Interesting tidbit on that Courtney Barnett album: Power pop legend Tommy Keene hates it!
I had know idea. Probably too gritty for Mr. Keene.

From Magnet:

Courtney Barnett “Pedestrian At Best” from Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit

I’m always wary of people who seem to come out of nowhere and get this huge hype. Sometimes it’s warranted, and sometimes it’s not. I loathe irony in rock ‘n’ roll unless it’s truly funny—this isn’t. And blatantly singing off-key to appear indifferent or more punk rock is incredibly annoying.
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« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2015, 01:59:10 PM »
Ouch!

Now, I'll have to listen to her record again. Hope Tommy (via Omar) didn't ruin it for me.

I was beginning to think of her as a female Elvis Costello.
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« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2015, 02:10:29 PM »
Ouch!

Now, I'll have to listen to her record again. Hope Tommy (via Omar) didn't ruin it for me.

I was beginning to think of her as a female Elvis Costello.

No need to reassess because of Keene. 
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Re: Best Albums of 2015.
« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2015, 06:22:12 PM »
C'mon, Omar, hurry up. I only have 59 bands to go on Luc Sante's playlist (http://www.thislongcentury.com/?page_id=7403) but I'm looking up the bands on Spotify and listening to their discographies, as I do with yours.
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« Reply #8 on: December 16, 2015, 06:22:00 AM »
C'mon, Omar, hurry up. I only have 59 bands to go on Luc Sante's playlist (http://www.thislongcentury.com/?page_id=7403) but I'm looking up the bands on Spotify and listening to their discographies, as I do with yours.


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Re: Best Albums of 2015.
« Reply #9 on: December 24, 2015, 02:13:40 PM »
Can I post my list before Omar, or is that bad form?
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« Reply #10 on: December 25, 2015, 07:39:15 PM »
Can I post my list before Omar, or is that bad form?

You can post it!
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Re: Best Albums of 2015.
« Reply #11 on: December 28, 2015, 10:41:40 PM »
I made a digital mixtape comp of some of my favorites here: https://8tracks.com/csw14/best-of-2015

I thought 2015 was a year of lots of "good/really good" records and a handful of great records.  So much so that I can't really put together any kind of full ranking because it would be way too arbitrary.
My criteria for best is the records I returned to listening to, day after day, week after week, rather than a few listens here or there. By that criteria, two albums really rose to the top of the pile for me. I designate those as my #1 & 2 favorite albums of 2015. (Coincidentally, both on Trouble In Mind outta Chicago)

1) Negative Scanner - Negative Scanner - Trouble In Mind
Nothing kicked more ass, had better guitars, bass or drums or outright fury than the Scanners did. Play loud. Get Stoked.

2) Primitive Parts - Parts Primitive - Trouble In Mind
Ever since I left the UK, the bands there continue to get better and better. I never expected to hear a record that is equal parts Blur and Wire in 2015 but tHese guys pulled it off!

Other Favorites (unranked)
Peach Kelli Pop - PKP III - Burger
Mike Krol - Turkey - Merge
Barreracudas - Can Do Easy - Oops Baby
The Mantles - - All Odds End - Slumberland
Shannon & The Clams - Gone By The Dawn - Hardly Art
Swami John Reis & The Blind Shake - Modern Surf Classics - Swami
Thee Oh Sees - Mutilator Defeated At Last - CastleFace
Radioactivity - Silent Kill - Dirtnap
Pow Wows - Broken Curses - Get Hip
Jacco Gardner - Hypnophobia - Polyvinyl
Warm Soda - Symbolic Dream - CastleFace
Ultimate Paintining - Green Lanes - Trouble In Mind
White Reaper - White Reaper Does It Again - Polyvinyl
Pounded By The Surf - No Waves - White Drugs/Cave Punk
Theo Verney - Brain Disease - Mount Olympus
The Rubs - The Rubs Are Trash - TALL PAT
Fuzz - II - In The Red

And there's probably some stuff I forgot to include too.....
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Re: Best Albums of 2015.
« Reply #12 on: December 29, 2015, 07:30:26 PM »
It's time.

The Top 125+ Albums of 2015
(alphabetical order)

Adventures - Supersonic Home (Run For Cover Records)
All Dogs - Kicking Every Day (Salinas Records)
All Hell - The Red Sect (Horror Pain Gore Death Productions)
Antlered Auntlord - Ostensibly Formerly Stunted (And On Fire) (Happy Happy Birthday To Me)
APE! - Hunting With The Lord (Reptilian Records)
Baby Shakes - Starry Eyes (Lil' Chewy Records)
Baroness - Purple (Abraxan Hymns)
The Barreracudas - Can Do Easy (Oops Baby Records)
Big Quiet - s/t (self-released)
The Blind Shake - Fly Right (Slovenly Recordings)
Bully - Feels Like (Startime International/Columbia)
Butcher - Holding Back The Night (Butcher Records)
Car Seat Headrest - Teens Of Style (Matador)
Chastity Belt - Time To Go Home (Hardly Art)
Cherubs - 2 YNFYNYTY (Brutal Panda Records)
Clutch - Psychic Warfare (Weathermaker Music)
Cold Beat - Into the Air (Crime On The Moon)
Coliseum - Anxiety's Kiss (Deathwish Inc.)
Colleen Green - I Want To Grow Up (Hardly Art)
Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think - And Sometimes I Just Sit (Marathon Artists/Mom + Pop)
Crypt Sermon - Out of the Garden (Dark Descent Records)
Cult Leader - Lightless Walk (Deathwish Inc.)
Deafheaven - New Bermuda (Anti-)
Deaf Wish - Pain (Sub Pop)
Deerhunter - Fading Frontier (4AD)
Destroyer - Poison Season (Merge Records)
Dick Diver - Melbourne - Florida (Trouble In Mind)
Don Howland - Life Is A Nightmare (12XU)
Downtown Boys - Full Communism (Don Giovanni Records)
Drug Church - Hit Your Head (No Sleep Records)
Elder - Lore (Armageddon Shop)
Eleventh Dream Day - Works For Tomorrow (Thrill Jockey)
Erase Errata - Lost Weekend (Under The Sun)
Failure - The Heart is a Monster (Failure Records)
Faith No More - Sol Invictus (Reclamation!/Ipecac)
False - Untitled (2015) (Gilead Media)
Fuzz - II (In The Red)
Ghetto Ghouls - Collisions (Monofonus Press)
Ghost - Meliora (Loma Vista)
Grimes - Art Angels (4AD)
Gun Outfit - Dream All Over (Paradise of Bachelors)
Helta Skelta - Beyond The Black Stump (Deranged Records/Helta Skelta Records)
The Hex Dispensers - III (Alien Snatch! Records)
Horrendous - Anareta (Dark Descent Records)
Hurry Up - s/t (Army Of Back Luck)
Immortal Bird - Empress/Abscess (Manatee Rampage Recordings)
The Intelligence - Vintage Future (In The Red)
Iron Maiden - The Book of Souls (BMG)
ISS - s/t (Loki)
Jim O'Rourke - Simple Songs (Drag City)
Joanna Gruesome - Peanut Butter (Slumberland Records)
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Freedom Tower-No Wave Dance Party 2015 (Shove Records/Mom + Pop)
Kelley Stoltz - In Triangle Time (Castle Face Records)
KEN Mode - Success (Season of Mist)
Khemmis - Absolution (20 Buck Spin)
Killing Joke - Pylon (Spinefarm Records)
The King Khan & BBQ Show - Bad News Boys (In The Red)
Kinski - 7 (Or [8]) (Kill Rock Stars)
Kitchen's Floor - Battle of Brisbane (bruit direct disques (LP)/self-released (digital)/forthcoming in U.S. from HoZac (apparently))
Kowloon Walled City - Grievances (Gilead Media)
Kylesa - Exhausting Fire (Season of Mist/Retro Futurist)
La Luz - Weirdo Shrine (Hardly Art)
Life Stinks - You'll Never Make It (S-S Records)
Lightning Bolt - Fantasy Empire (Thrill Jockey)
Locrian - Infinite Dissolution (Relapse)
Low - Ones and Sixes (Sub Pop)
Lucifer - Lucifer I (Rise Above Records)
Magic Circle - Journey Blind (20 Buck Spin)
Mikal Cronin - MCIII (Merge Records)
Mike Krol - Turkey (Merge Records)
The Minneapolis Uranium Club - The Minneapolis Uranium Club Performs Human Exploration (self-released)
The Mountain Goats - Beat The Champ (Merge Records)
Mutoid Man - Bleeder (Sargent House)
Napalm Death - Apex Predator - Easy Meat (Century Media)
Negative Scanners/t (Trouble In Mind)
Nervosas - s/t (Dirtnap)
Niche - Heading East (Retro Futurist)
Noisem - Blossoming Decay (A389 Recordings)
Northern Liberties - Errant Ray (self-released)
OBN III's - Worth A Lot Of Money (12XU)
Obnox x 3 - Boogalou Reed (12XU) / Know America (Ever/Never) / Wiglet (Ever/Never)   
Palehound - Dry Food (Exploding in Sound Records)
Panopticon - Autumn Eternal (Birdrune Recordings)
Peach Kelli PopIII (Burger Records)
Pierre & Bastien - Que du Bonheur (Polly Maggoo Records)
Protomartyr - The Agent Intellect (Hardly Art)
Pyramids - A Northern Meadow (Profound Lore Records)
Radical Dads - Universal Coolers (Old Flame Records)
Radioactivity - Silent Kill (Dirtnap)
Rats in the Louvre - s/t (Water Under The Bridge)
Richard Papiercuts - "IF" (Ever/Never) ["Peanut Butter Is Back" + "Now I've Found You" -- two gems from this one]
Ricked Wicky x 3 - I Sell The Circus / King Heavy Metal / Swimmer To A Liquid Armchair (GBV Inc.)
Robert Pollard - Faulty Superheroes (GBV Inc.)
Royal Headache - High (What's Your Rupture?)
The Rubs - The Rubs Are Trash (Tall Pat Records/Dumpster Tapes)
Ruby the Hatchet - Valley of the Snake (Tee Pee Records)
Salad Boys - Metalmania (Trouble In Mind)
Sannhet - Revisionist (Flenser Records)
Screaming Females Rose Mountain (Don Giovanni Records)
Slayer - Repentless (Nuclear Blast)
Sleater-Kinney - No Cities To Love (Sub Pop)
Snooty Garbagemen - s/t (12XU)
Soupjam Stevens - Carrie & Lowell (Asthmatic Kitty Records)
Spray Paint x 2 - Punters on a Barge (Homeless) / Dopers (Monofonus Press)
Sweet Cobra - Earth (Magic Bullet Records)
Sweet Talk - Double Perfect (12XU)
Thee Oh Sees - Mutilator Defeated At Last (Castle Face Records)
Thee Tsunamis - Saturday Night Sweetheart (Magnetic South)
Torche - Restarter (Relapse)
Toupee - Leg Toucher (Moniker Records)
Tropical Trash - UFO Rot (Load Records)
TV Freaks - Bad Luck Charms (Deranged Records)
TwerpsRange Anxiety (Merge Records)
Uniform - Perfect World (12XU)
Vapid - Lake of Tears (self-released)
Veruca Salt- Ghost Notes (El Camino Media)
Vhol - Deeper The Sky (Profound Lore Records)
Viet Cong - s/t (Jagjaguwar)
WAND x 2 - Golem (In The Red) / 1000 Days (Drag City)
Waxahatchee - Ivy Trip (Merge Records)
Windhand - Grief's Infernal Flower (Relapse)
With The Dead - s/t (Rise Above Records)
Xetas - The Redeemer (12XU)
Young Guv - Ripe 4 Luv (Slumberland Records)
The Zoltars - s/t (Happenin Records)

Edit: I'm not going to boot any of the above, but I did forget to include Jerry Gaskill - Love & Scars (Rat Pak Records); solo album from King's X drummer, which manages to sound pretty King's X-y despite no Pinnick or Tabor. A particularly triumphant release considering Mr. Gaskill's two heart attacks in recent years; he also lost his home/all possessions to Hurricane Sandy.
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Re: Best Albums of 2015.
« Reply #13 on: December 30, 2015, 07:29:55 AM »
I made a digital mixtape comp of some of my favorites here: https://8tracks.com/csw14/best-of-2015

I thought 2015 was a year of lots of "good/really good" records and a handful of great records.  So much so that I can't really put together any kind of full ranking because it would be way too arbitrary.
My criteria for best is the records I returned to listening to, day after day, week after week, rather than a few listens here or there. By that criteria, two albums really rose to the top of the pile for me. I designate those as my #1 & 2 favorite albums of 2015. (Coincidentally, both on Trouble In Mind outta Chicago)

1) Negative Scanner - Negative Scanner - Trouble In Mind
Nothing kicked more ass, had better guitars, bass or drums or outright fury than the Scanners did. Play loud. Get Stoked.

2) Primitive Parts - Parts Primitive - Trouble In Mind
Ever since I left the UK, the bands there continue to get better and better. I never expected to hear a record that is equal parts Blur and Wire in 2015 but tHese guys pulled it off!

Other Favorites (unranked)
Peach Kelli Pop - PKP III - Burger
Mike Krol - Turkey - Merge
Barreracudas - Can Do Easy - Oops Baby
The Mantles - - All Odds End - Slumberland
Shannon & The Clams - Gone By The Dawn - Hardly Art
Swami John Reis & The Blind Shake - Modern Surf Classics - Swami
Thee Oh Sees - Mutilator Defeated At Last - CastleFace
Radioactivity - Silent Kill - Dirtnap
Pow Wows - Broken Curses - Get Hip
Jacco Gardner - Hypnophobia - Polyvinyl
Warm Soda - Symbolic Dream - CastleFace
Ultimate Paintining - Green Lanes - Trouble In Mind
White Reaper - White Reaper Does It Again - Polyvinyl
Pounded By The Surf - No Waves - White Drugs/Cave Punk
Theo Verney - Brain Disease - Mount Olympus
The Rubs - The Rubs Are Trash - TALL PAT
Fuzz - II - In The Red

And there's probably some stuff I forgot to include too.....

Great list; definitely some stuff I need to check out for the first time and/or revisit. Just sampled a very enjoyable Theo Verney track.
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Re: Best Albums of 2015.
« Reply #14 on: December 30, 2015, 12:26:49 PM »
Awesome list, we played with Elder recently and they were great.
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I don't get how Deafheaven are so huge now, I think they're alright. I forgot about Peach Kelli Pop, I'll chekc out their new one.
Still gotta get the new Cherubs too. they were old favorites
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