I did kind of a lousy job of listening to new music in 2015. Is this what happens as we get older? My list, then, is probably a little weird, a smattering of things I happened upon either by listening to internet radio (KEXP 4 LYF) or by playing catchup in December–I managed to squeeze in some serious listening while grading student writing, as is often the case at the end of the year. But I definitely listened to a lower percentage of the nominated albums than I have in past years, so grain of salt on all these, I guess? Though if I have enough beers or bourbons, I will defend my selections to the death, of course.
top ten albums
It’s Bjork! Bjork is rad. It’s not my favorite Bjork album, and some might argue this is a lifetime achievement award, or that I’m old, but to those people I say: Get off my lawn!
09Courtney Barnett: Sometimes I Sit and Think and Somtimes I Just Sit
I have mixed feelings about this album. Sometimes I love it, and other times it gets on my nerves. But I keep re-listening, so that’s got to count for something. Right?
08Vince Staples: Summertime ’06
I did a particularly lousy job this year listening to new hip hop. But I really dug this one.
07Colleen Green: I Want to Grow Up
You know what? This might not be one of the ten best albums of the year. But it really hit my 90s nostalgia at just the right moment, and I’m not a professional rock journalist, i.e. I have no obligation to objectivity, so I’m putting in on my list.
06Car Seat Headrest: Teens of Style
Kind of a “best of” album culled from this dude’s many self-released titles, and finally getting a wider listen beyond his cult-like internet following. Definitely someone to watch.
05Tame Impala: Currents
Kind of wanted to hate this album, just to be a contrarian, because it seems to be popping up on everyone’s year-end lists, but damn it’s really fucking good.
04Father John Misty: I Love You, Honeybear
I bet this album annoys the shit out of some people, but it does it for me in a pretty serious way.
03Kendrick Lamar: To Pimp a Butterfly
Got into this one initially when I needed to add some new music to my running playlist, which is perhaps the whitest sentiment I’ve ever expressed in my life. Anyway, everyone knows this is good, right? The world doesn’t need to hear my particular endorsement?
02Waxahatchee: Ivy Tripp
Listened to this more than any other album this year, I think.
01Wolf Alice: My Love is Cool
Feel like I’m going to get shit for making this #1, but whatever. It’s the album I listened to the most this year, I think, and I’ve yet to get tired of it. Initially I think it reminded me of the college-radio favorites of my glory days–a bit of that Pixies loud-quiet-loud thing, mixed with beautiful layered vocals that sometimes remind me of bands like The Ocean Blue, or even Belly. Shit, maybe it was a good year to be nostalgic for the 90s.
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