Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Some Music I Liked This Year: 50 Favorite Tracks, 15 Favorite Albums



Last week I shared my 20 Honorable Mention tracks since I couldn't cull my list down to the usual 50. And for the sake of brevity, I've combined my favorite tracks and albums into one tidy list, calling out my favorite albums amongst the track list below.

Of my 15 favorite albums, I've seen seven of them live (including five of them this year) and of all 50 artists I've seen 17 of them live. Looks like I still have some work to do.

While I'm not one to rank albums, I will anoint Sufjan Stevens my artist of the year. Not only do I love Carrie & Lowell, but his live show in St. Louis was one of the best concerts I've been to in my life, moving many people in the audience to tears.

I hope you all had a wonderful year of music in 2015 and I look forward to reviewing more lists to see what I missed.

2015 Favorite Tracks and Albums

Adult Mom: Survival
ALABAMA SHAKES: DON'T WANNA FIGHT
Belle & Sebastian: The Party Line
Bill Ryder-Jones: Satellites
CAR SEAT HEADREST: SOMETHING SOON
COURTNEY BARNETT: NOBODY REALLY CARES IF YOU DON'T GO TO THE PARTY
Dan Deacon: Feel The Lighting
DEERHUNTER: SNAKESKIN
Desaparecidos: City On The Hill
Destroyer: Dream Lover
DIANE COFFEE: EVERYDAY
Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment: Sunday Candy
EL VY: Return To The Moon (Political Song for Didi Bloome To Sing, With Crescendo)
FATHER JOHN MISTY: CHATEAU LOBBY #4 (IN C FOR TWO VIRGINS)
FIDLAR: 40 Oz. On Repeat
Frankie Cosmos: Young
Girl Band: Paul
HOT CHIP: HUARACHE LIGHTS
Jason Isbell: 24 Frames
KENDRICK LAMAR: ALRIGHT
KURT VILE: PRETTY PIMPIN
Leon Bridges: Better Man
Lower Dens: To Die In L.A.
Mac DeMarco: Another One
MAC MCCAUGHAN: LOST AGAIN
Mas Ysa: Margarita
Matthew E. White: Rock & Roll Is Cold
Mikal Cronin: Turn Around
Modest Mouse: Lampshades On Fire
OUGHT: BEAUTIFUL BLUE SKY
Protomartyr: Why Does It Shake?
Roadside Graves: Gospel Radio
Sam Outlaw: Who Do You Think You Are?
Sharon Van Etten: I Don't Want To Let You Down
Sleater-Kinney: No Cities To Love
Son Lux: Change Is Everything
Songhoy Blues: Soubour
Speedy Ortiz: Raising The Skate
SUFJAN STEVENS: NO SHADE IN THE SHADOW OF THE CROSS
The Tallest Man On Earth: Dark Bird Is Home
Tame Impala: 'Cause I'm A Man
TITUS ANDRONICUS: DIMED OUT
TOBIAS JESSO JR.: HOW COULD YOU BABE
Torres: Sprinter
Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Multi-Love
The Vaccines: Handsome
WHITE REAPER: MAKES ME WANNA DIE
Will Butler: Anna
Young Fathers: Shame
!!!: Bam City

Artist: Track
FAVORITE ALBUM


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