***December Thirty FirstTwo
Thousand and Fifteen***
It's that time of year again... Top Best Wonderful Records of 2015!!! If
I wrote a shitty review, I linked it in the album name. I have no
idea if anyone reads music reviews anymore...I certainly don't.
1. Belle and Sebastian - Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance (Matador) Their first new record in a few years. They've still got it. Allie Nobody's Empire 2. Destroyer - Poison Season (Merge) Every time Destroyer releases a new record it contains a strong contender for song of the year. This year it is "Dream Lover." Dream Lover Times Square
3. Dick Diver - Melbourne, Florida(Trouble in Mind) My favorite newcomers of the year, out of Australia. That country is burning hot musically these days. Percentage Points Tearing the Posters Down Waste the Alphabet
4. Protomartyr - The Agent Intellect (Hardly Art) They might destroy live even more than they do on record. Dope Cloud The Devil in His Youth
5. Mac McCaughan - Non-Believers (Merge) I'm not entirely sure how this is different from a Portastatic record, but it's still good. Not as upbeat/aggro as Superchunk, but damn catchy. Box Batteries Your Hologram
6. Low - Ones and Sixes (Sub Pop) By law anytime Low releases a new reord, it must go on the list. No Comprende What Part of Me
7. Wilco - Star Wars (dBpm) And it was with this record that I finally accepted Wilco for who they are now, and stopped being mad that they are no longer the Jay Bennett-era band I fell in love with. It only took me fifteen-ish years. Pickled Ginger Random Name Generator
8. Yo La Tengo - Stuff Like That There (Matador) What I said about Low also applies here. Deeper Into Movies (remake of track from I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One) Friday I'm in Love (The Cure cover)
9. Bandway - Buddies ( The Man Who Drives the Van) Holy shit Bandway released a new record!!! It's never really about the recorded material with them, but rather the rare live shows. Sustainable White Nipples
10. Jeff the Brotherhood - Wasted on the Dream (Infinity Cat) JtB are way better at being Weezer these days than Weezer have been for nearly two decades.
Flesh Wounds - In the Mouth EP (Snot) Future Islands - The Chase 7'' (4AD) Mount Moriah - Calvander 7'' (Merge) Pampers - Right Tonight 7'' (In the Red) -
I've seen this one listed as both 2014 and 2015, and since I bought it
this year, I'm just going to go with 2015 and not
wind up down a rabbit hole while researching the release
date and probably ending up on the Wiki page for Idi Amin. Run the Jewels - Bust No Moves EP (Mass Appeal)
Great records from previous years! Or rather, last year as is the case this time around.
Ex Hex - Rips (2014) -
This actually made my honorable mention list last year, but if I were
to re-rank today it would be number two easily. Had it come out this year it would hve probably topped the charts. Allo Darlin' - We Come from the Same Place (Slumberland, 2014)
The Lees of Memory - Sisyphus Says (SideOneDummy, 2014) Outer Spaces - Garbage Beach EP (Salinas, 2014)
...Haven't even started thinking about my favorite shows or movies yet. In a later post probably.
Movements No0001Cons video featuring Aaron Herrington and Tom Remillard. They both fuckin' destroy everything.
AMFD Brandon Biebel put together a part from all of his web clips from his skatepark - it's better than a lot of people's street parts. This TimeA feature on Max Schaaf, including a shitload of the most watchable vert skating I've seen in a while. Max will always have the best very style of all time, no one else comes close.
Nike SB Chronicles: Cory Kennedy Nike released CK1's part, and it's just as enjoyable as expected. Backside nose blunt with a fingerflip out! Two photo
journal entries, both band photos because I thought for sure I had posted the older one months ago.
to ReverbNation throwing their holiday party at Motorco and making it
open to the public, I got to see a show for free that I would have
gladly paid real American dollars to witness. Add to that stuffing my
face with Pie Pushers before the show, and it was a good night. As a
side note, there was a BBQ food truck set up in front of the Pit, a BBQ
restaurant that is right across the street from Motorco. This both
confused and delighted me.
I've seen Mac McCaughan
play four or five times this year, and none of those times was with his
main band Super- chunk. A few of the occasions were with local punks
Flesh Wounds acting as his backing band, but this performance was just
Mac solo, with only his electric guitar to help him out. The set had
selections from every facet of his career - solo songs, Portastatic
songs, and of course Superchunk songs. He played a number of my
favorites including "Detroit Has a Skyline," "Driveway to Driveway," and
"Skip Steps 1 & 3," plus the excellent "Breaking Down" from
Superchunk's latest record that I'm not sure I've ever heard them play
live, or at least I can't remember it. He put on a great performance,
just like he did the other dozens of times I've seen him. I keep coming
back to his performances for a reason ya know!
It's possible I've seen Birds of Avalon
just as many times this year as I've seen Mac. It's been mentioned
before but the new six-piece/two-drummer version of the band raised them
into an entirely new stratosphere of awesomeness, and that very much
continues to be true. I've given up trying to compare them to anyone in
particular, just think heavy kraut pop with tons of harmonized vocals
(with as many as four people singing) and the occasional proggy moment.
The double drums, often performed in unison, power the whole affair -
words can't express how important this addition has been to the band.
Actually, words probably can express it, I'm just too stupid/lazy to
make it happen.
It had been a little over four years since I last saw Bandway,
at 2011's Hopscotch Music Festival, which was the last time they
performed live as far as I know. That seems to be pretty much the norm
for them, get together every few years to rock the balls off the select
few people with the goddamn good sense to show up. There were probably a
couple hundred of these smart people on this night, and I recognized a
ton of them - I would bet 90% of the crowd was probably at any Bandway
show I attended nearly twenty years ago. We were all older and some of
us fatter, but our love of a good time has never diminished.
big difference between this gig and the couple of others they've played
over the last, well, decade, is they actually recently released a new
album, "Buddies," their first since 2002's "Night Rock." They were
playing new songs! Awe- some new songs that is, to go along with classics
like "King Kong" and "Balls Out" and "Champagne" and all those other
gems that gets the crowd singing along vigorously. It was, in a word,
I think you can sum up the awesomeness that is this band with the following quote from Brooks Carter, frontman of the gods:
"This song is about love...the purest love of all...the song is called 'White Nipples.'"
opened the show. To paraphrase Wooderson from "Dazed and Confused" -
"That's what I love about Pipe, man. I get older, they stay the same
band." They started with "Gutterball," ended with "Ashtray," and there
was plenty of high-quality, high-kick filled punk rock in between. It's
always sort of the same thing with them, but it's a same thing I'm
always happy to see. Singer Ron Liberti was full of antics as usual,
laying down flat on the stage while still singing at one point. It was a quality night of rock all around, one that doesn't happen nearly often enough.