December 22, 2015

2015 Year End Music List

Other Years: 20162015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007.

Last year, I complained that it was difficult to put together my year-end music list. I didn't have that problem this year. There was not an extensive list of albums I was really excited about this year. It's a short list but here's what I did get into this year. You can listen on Spotify and YouTube.
  1. Sleater-Kinney - No Cities To Love They came back, they rocked and they conquered. A mature, well-crafted album that is their best yet.
  2. Alabama Shakes - Sound and Color This band knows how to make beautiful music and Brittany Howard's voice just kills me.
  3. Boots - Aquaria I first heard about this guy a couple years ago after producing a bunch of the music on Beyonce's self titled album. Then this came out and... wow!
  4. Hop Along - Painted Shut Yes, this band is seriously hearkening back to the 90's. But they are making it their own. Frances Quinlan's voice is unique and harsh and lovely all at once.
  5. The Hand - Vol. 1, 2 Some middle aged musicians that used to be in some pretty great underground bands get together, make some music just because they love it. It's great.
  6. Hiatus Kaiyote - Choose Your Weapon I've been waiting for this album since Tawk Tomahawk. Glad they're back!
  7. Wild Throne - Harvest of Darkness Oh my gosh! Metal. Shredding. It's awesome! Check it out.
  8. Super Unison - s/t Loud, fast and in your face. They got their name from a Drive Like Jehu track. Need I say more?
  9. Ibeyi - s/t Soulful. Simple. Lovely album.
  10. Wilco - Star Wars Wilco gave away the album. So cool! They just get weirder and weirder. I like that.
  11. Doomtree - All Hands I'm a sucker for group efforts and I like this one. A hip hop collective out of Minneapolis. P.O.S. is amazing but the rest of the crew make some great tracks together.
  12. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly Lamar's artistry can't be denied. Check him out on Colbert. Incredible!
What'd I miss? What did you listen to this year?