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Programmed Bump

  • Archie Marshall - A New Place 2 Drown (True Panther)
  • Dadras - Rubaiyat I (Connect)
  • Gantz - Witch Blues (Deep Medi)
  • Gossamer - Automaton (Innovative Leisure)
  • High Tides - S/T (Rad Cult)
  • Homeshake - Midnight Snack (Sinderlyn)
  • Lakker - Tundra (R & S)
  • Martin Gore - MG (Mute)
  • Palmbomen II - S/T (RVNG)

Mind Melt

  • Chihei Hatakeyama - Moon Light Reflecting Over Mountains (Room40)
  • Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld - Never Were The Way She Was (Constellation)
  • Colleen - Captain of None (Thrill Jockey)
  • Death And Vanilla - To Where The Wild Things Are (Fire)
  • Jerusalem In My Heart - If He Dies, If If If If If If (Constellation)
  • Jonah Parzen-Johnson - Remember When Things Were Better Tomorrow (Primary)
  • Suuns & Jerusalem In My Heart - S/T (Secretly Canadian)
  • Tyondai Braxton - Hive1 (Nonesuch)
  • Yuta Nagashima - White Sleep (Darla)

Rock, Paper, Scissors

  • A Place To Bury Strangers - Transfixiation (Dead Oceans)
  • Damaged Bug - Cold Hot Plumbs (Castle Face)
  • Jack Name - Weird Moons (Castle Face)
  • Male Gaze - Gale Maze (Castle Face)
  • Mansion - Early Life (Degenerate)
  • Mild High Club - Timeline (Circle Star)
  • Negative Scanner - S/T (Trouble In Mind)
  • Sextile - A Thousand Hands (Felte)
  • Shopping - Why Choose (Fat Cat)
  • Spray Paint - Dopers (Monofonus Press)
  • Thee Oh Sees - Mutilator Defeated At Last (Castle Face)
  • Viet Cong - S/T (Jagjaguwar)

Born Again

  • Ariel Kalma - An Evolutionary Music: Original Recordings: 1972-1979 (RVNG)
  • Kamuran Akkor - S/T (Pharaway Sounds)
  • Sun Ra Arkestra - Gilles Peterson Presents Sun Ra And His Arkestra: To Those Of Earth . . . And Other Worlds (Strut)
  • V/A - Des Jeunes Gens Mödernes Volume 2 (Born Bad)

A Series of Sevens

7 Awesome Albums of 2015

  • Blur - The Magic Whip (Warner Bros.)
  • Mikal Cronin - MCIII (Merge)
  • Dungen - Allas Sak (Mexican Summer)
  • Eleventh Dream Day - Works For Tomorrow (VBR)
  • Jacco Gardner - Hypnophobia (Polyvinyl)
  • Kurt Vile - B'lieve I'm Goin' Down (Matador)
  • Wand - 1000 Days (Drag City)

7 Splendid Songs of 2015

  • Sarah Cracknell - "Nothing Left to Talk About (feat. Nicky Wire)" - Red Kite (Cherry Red)
  • Eskimeaux - "Broken Necks" - O.K. (Double Double Whammy)
  • Robert Pollard  - "Café of Elimination - Faulty Superheroes (GBV, Inc.)
  • Sweet Baboo - "Got To Hang On To You" - The Boombox Ballads (Moshi Moshi)
  • Warm Soda  - "I Wanna Know Her" - Symbolic Dream (Castle Face)
  • Wire - "Blogging" - Wire (Pink Flag)
  • Neil Young & Promise Of The Real - "People Want To Hear About Love" - The Monsanto Years (VBR)

7 (+3) Amazing Acts of 2015

  • The Wombats - Rickshaw Stop, January 22
  • Magma - Slim's, April 8
  • Sir Richard Bishop - Brick and Mortar, April 28
  • Fuzz - Great American Music Hall, May 20
  • Neutral Milk Hotel - Phoenix Theater, June 11
  • Burger Boogaloo – Mosswood Park, July 4-5
  • Mac McCaughan + The Non-Beleivers - Rickshaw Stop, September 17
  • Neil Young & Promise Of The Real - Berkeley Greek Theater, October 17
  • The Ex & Ken Vandermark, Surplus 1980 - Bottom of the Hill,  October 29
  • An Acoustic Evening with Yo La Tengo featuring Dave Shramm -The Masonic, November 14

Anonymous

Best Releases of 2015

  • Kamasi Washington - The Epic (Brainfeeder)
  • Darius Jones Quartet featuring Emilie Lesbros - Le bÈbÈ de Brigitte (Lost In Translation) (AUM Fidelity)
  • Kate Pierson - Guitars and Microphones (Lazy Meadow)
  • Erykah Badu - But You Caint Use My Phone (Control Freaq)
  • Matana Roberts - Coin Coin Chapter Three: River Run Thee (Constellation)
  • Paris - Pistol Politics (Guerrilla Funk)
  • Terence Blanchard - Breathless (Blue Note)
  • Cherushii - Nobody's Fool EP (S/R)
  • Cooly G - Armz House EP (Hyperdub)
  • Jim O'Rourke - Simple Songs (Drag City)

Berkestir

Best New Music of 2015

  • Algiers - Algiers (Matador)
  • Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin - Lost Time (Yep Roc)
  • A Place to Bury Strangers - Transfixtion (Dead Oceans)
  • Blur - The Magic Whip (Warner Bros.)
  • Olivia Chaney - The Longest River (Nonesuch)
  • Damaged Bug - Cold Hot Plumbs (Castle Face)
  • Deadly Orgone Radiation - Power Trips (Copepod)
  • Deaf Wish - Pain (Sub Pop)
  • Dave Douglas - High Risk (Greenleaf)
  • Dungen - Allas Sak (Kemado)
  • F.F.S - F.F.S (Domino)
  • Fuzz - Fuzz II (In The Red)
  • Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Asunder, Sweet, and Other Distress (CST)
  • Golden Void - Berkana (Thrill Jockey)
  • Hank III - Take As Needed For Pain (Bruc)
  • Metz - Metz II (Sub Pop)
  • Moon Duo - Shadow Of The Sun (Sacred Bones)
  • The Pretty Things - The Sweet Pretty Things (Are In Bed Now, Of Course...) (Repertoire)
  • PiL - What The World Needs Now... (Cargo)
  • Pink Floyd - London 1966/1967 (Snapper)
  • Pins - Wild Nights (P&C Bella Union)
  • Pow! - Fight Fire (Castle Face)
  • Ty Segall - Ty Rex (Goner)
  • Omay Souleyman - Bahdeni Nami (Monkey Town)
  • Swervedriver - I Wasn't Born To Lose You (Cherry Red)
  • Emma Swift - Emma Swift (Laughing Outlaw)
  • Thee Oh Sees - Mutilator Defeated At Last (Castle Face)
  • Richard Thompson - Still (Fantasy)
  • Nik Turner - Space Fusion Odyssey (Purple Pyramid)
  • Useless Eaters - Singles 2011-2014 (Slovenly)
  • Viet Cong - Viet Cong (Jajaguwar)
  • White Hills - Walks For Motorists (Thrill Jockey)
  • White Hills - Drivers For Pedestrians (Thrill Jockey)
  • Wire - Wire (Pink Flag)
  • Neil Young + Promise of the Real - The Monsanto Years (Reprise)

Best Singles

  • Flying Kangaroo Alliance - Hit The Wall/Wasted (Punk Fox)
  • Robyn Hitchcock & Emma Swift - Follow the Money/Motion Pictures (Yep Roc)
  • Lunch Box - Smash Hits (Jigsaw)
  • Repairs - Decay/Cycle (HoZac)
  • Wild Fruit - Barn Burn/Terror Tips (Blue Punk)

Best Reissues

  • Broadcast - All Four LPs (Wrap)
  • Holger Czukay - Eleven Years Innerspace (Groenland)
  • Holger Czukay - Flop Hit (Groenland)
  • Holger Czukay - Rot Ist Der Osten (Groenland)
  • Harmonia - Complete Works (Groenland)
  • Hawkwind - This Is Your Captain Speaking...Your Captain is Dead, The Albums and Singles 1970-1974 (Parlophone)
  • William Onyearbor - William Onyearbor (Luaka Bop)
  • The Pretty Things - Bouquets From The Cloudy Sky (Snapper)

Brother Grimm

Favorite Albums of 2015

  • Leon Bridges - Coming Home (Columbia)
  • Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit (Mom+Pop)
  • Widowspeak - All Yours (Captured Tracks)
  • Yo La Tengo - Stuff Like That There (Matador)
  • Twerps - Range Anxiety (Merge)
  • Jeffrey Lewis & the Bolts - Manhattan (Rough Trade)
  • Waxahatchee - Ivy Tripp (Merge)
  • Summer Twins - Limbo (Burger)
  • The School - Wasting Away and Wondering (Elefant)
  • Helen - The Original Faces (Kranky)
  • Juniore - Marabout (Le Phonographe)
  • Beach House – Depression Cherry (Sub Pop)
  • Juniore - Marabout (Le Phonographe)
  • Heat – Rooms EP (Kitsune)
  • Bully – Feels Like (Columbia)
  • Royal Headache – High (What's Your Rupture?)
  • EZTV – Calling Out (Captured Tracks)
  • Florist – Holdly EP (Double Double Whammy)
  • Can Gungor – Silik Dusler (Olmadi Kacariz)
  • The Muscadettes – Side B (PaperCup)
  • Jose Gonzalez – Vestiges and Claws (Mute)
  • Girlpool – Before the World Was Big (Wichita)
  • Peter Broderick – Colours of the Night (Bella Union)
  • Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell (Asthmatic Kitty)
  • Happyness – Weird Little Birthday (Bar/None)
  • Mbongwana Star – From Kinshasa (Nonesuch)

Carnacki

Favourite 20 Releases (Alphabetical Order)

  • Eszter Balint - Airless Midnight (Red Herring)
  • John Carpenter - Lost Themes (Sacred Bones)
  • Circuit Des Yeux - In Plain Speech (Thrill Jockey)
  • The Classical - Diptych (Time Sensitive Materials)
  • Colleen - Captain of None (Thrill Jockey)
  • Damon & Naomi - Fortune (20|20|20)
  • Sarah Davachi - Barons Court (Students of Decay)
  • Disemballerina - Undertaker (Graceless)
  • Ingenting Kollektiva - An Anatomy of Melancholy (Invisible Birds)
  • Insect Ark - Portal/Well (Autumnsongs)
  • Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress (Constellation)
  • Low - Ones and Sixes (Sub Pop)
  • Natural Snow Buildings - Terror's Horns (Ba Da Bing!)
  • Nordic Affect - Clockworking (Sono Luminus)
  • Rykarda Parasol - The Color of Destruction (Warner Poland)
  • Steven Stapleton and Christoph Heemann - Painting With Priests (Robot)
  • Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld - Never Were The Way She Was (Constellation)
  • v/a - Remembering Mountains: Unheard Songs By Karen Dalton (Tompkins Square)
  • Volcano The Bear - Commencing (Miasma)
  • Julia Vorontsova - Over (s/r)

Favourite 10 Small Things (Alphabetical Order)

  • Shirley Collins - The Bonny Cuckoo 7" (Fledg'ling)
  • Dire Wolves - Bernal Codex cassette (Pome Pome Tones)
  • Dry Spells / The She's - Heliotrope / Cherry Red (Empty Cellar)
  • Happiness Forever AJR - s/t cassette (Readymades Tapes)
  • Jim Haynes - Scarlet cassette (Helen Scarsdale Agency)
  • irr. app. (ext.) - Matériaux Déplacés cassette (Readymade Tapes)
  • Andrew Liles - Monster Raving Loony 7" (Dot Dot Dot Music)
  • Selaroda - Ashes From Another Lifetime 3"cdr (Petit Mal Music)
  • Tele Novella - Christmas Spirit / Purple Snowflakes 7" (Snowflakes Christmas Singles Club)
  • Thoabath - Through Smoke And Feathers cassette (Black Horizons)

Favourite 5 Reissues (Alphabetical Order)

  • Bee and Flower - What's Mine Is Yours (Inherent)
  • Coil - Threshold Archives series (Threshold Archives)
  • Current 93 - Swastikas for Noddy/Crooked Crosses for the Nodding God (The Spheres)
  • Doubling Riders - Garama (Time Released Sound)
  • Nurse With Wound - Sylvie and Babs High Thigh Companion (United Dirter)

Favourite 5 Things That Would Have Been On Last Year's List If I'd Gotten Them In Time (Alphabetical Order)

  • Common Eider, King Eider - Taaleg Uksur (Pesanta)
  • Delia Derbyshire - Inventions for Radio: The Dreams (Psychic Sounds)
  • Feather-Bright - s/t (s/r)
  • Hal Hartley - Ned Rifle soundtrack (s/r)
  • Thomas Newman and Rick Cox - 35 Whirlpools Below Sound (Cold Blue Music)

Carolyn

Long live the 7" record! My favorite 45s of 2015:

  • The Wave Pictures - “I Could Hear The Telephone (3 Floors Above Me)” (Moshi Moshi)
  • Raw Pony - “Bo Diddley” (Heel Turn)
  • Chrome Reverse - “Yeah, Yeah, We Are…” (Mag Wheels)
  • Sun Bather - “Zzzz” (Hjernespind)
  • Johnny Moped - “Ain’t No Rock ’N’ Roll Rookie” (Damaged Goods)
  • Mary Bell - “Vultures” (Danger Records)
  • Fleabite - “TTYL” (Puzzle Pieces)
  • Lime Crush - “Graveyard” (fettkakao)
  • Black Abba - “Betting On Death” (Goner)
  • Sex Crime - “I Am An Observer” (Jonny Cat)
  • Midnight Snaxxx - “Don’t Wake Me Up” (Total Punk)
  • The Jinxes - “Mosquitos” (Manglor)

I like LPs too! My favorite LPs of 2015:

  • Hierophants - Parallax Error (Aarght!)
  • Black Time - Aerial Gobs Of Death (Forbjudna Ljud)
  • Childbirth - Women’s Rights (Suicide Squeeze)
  • Don Howland - Life Is A Nightmare (12XU)
  • Buck Biloxi and The Fucks - Streets Of Rage (HoZac)
  • The Achtungs - Welcome To Hell (Going Underground)
  • Swiftumz - Everybody Loves Chris (Melters)
  • Pierre et Bastien - Que du Bonheur (Polly Maggoo)
  • Royal Headache - High (What’s Your Rupture?)
  • lié - Consent (That’s Cool)

And cassettes! My favorite cassettes of 2015:

  • Mozart - The Tick (S/R)
  • Sorry, Not Sorry - Teenage Teacake (S/R)
  • externs - All That We Know Is Death (S/R)
  • Mike Henry Leak - Living In A No-No-No Land (Vasen Entertainment)
  • Napoleons - Assorted Collection Of Vintage Feces (S/R)

And of course reissues! My favorite reissues of 2015:

  • Babeez - “Mainline Honey” - (Buttercup)
  • Scharpling & Wurster - The Best Of The Best Show (Numero Group)
  • The Hangmen - “What A Girl Can’t Do” (Windian)
  • Ebenezer & The Bludgeons - Peer Pressure (Windian)
  • Mad Virgins -  “I Am A Computer” (No Good)
  • Billy Synth and The Turn Ups - Off The Deep End (Mind Cure)
  • Plastix - Ich Bin Modern (Danger)
  • Inflatable Boy Clams - S/T (Superior Viaduct)
  • The Outcasts - Frustration: The Best Of 1977-1985 (Punkerama)
  • Red Aunts - Come Up For A Closer Look (In The Red)

Citizen Zain

Top Fave Releases of 2015 (in alphabetical order)

  • Altered Tapes - Savant Garde (S/R)
  • Bomba Estereo - Amanecer (Sony Music Latin)
  • Bosq - Celestial Strut (Ubiquity)
  • David Last - Early (Mesa)
  • Fort Romeau - Insides (Ghostly International)
  • Jamie XX - In Colour (Young Turks)
  • Fink - Horizontalism (R'COUP'D)
  • Floating Points - Elaenia (Luaka Bop)
  • Mbongwana Star - From Kinshasa (World Circuit)
  • Monokle - Rings (Ki)
  • Nadastrom -  Nadastrom (Friends of Friends)
  • Nocturnal Sunshine - Nocturnal Sunshine  (I Am Me)
  • Opez - Dead Dance (Agogo)
  • Robert Glasper - Covered (Blue Note)
  • Roche - Stillhope (100% Silk)
  • St Germain - S/T (Nonesuch)
  • Swahili - Amovrevx (Translinguistic Other)
  • Undercover Presents - Bob Marley's Exodus (S/R)
  • William Onyeabor - William Onyeabor Collection (Luaka Bop)

Top Fave EPs of 2015

  • Dean Grenier & Hej Fund - Grist (Sister City)
  • Kiasmos - Swept - Erased Tapes
  • Cherushii - Far Away So Close (100% Silk)
  • Christian Löffler - York  (20/20 Vision)
  • Clap! Clap! - Simple (Black Acre)
  • Coco Taxi - Sucre (Dutty Artz)
  • HVOB - Trialog (Stil Vor Talent)
  • Lord Echo/ DJ Day - split 12"  (Bastard Jazz)
  • Keita Sano - Sweet Bitter Love (Spring Theory)
  • Max Cooper and Tom Hodges - Artefact (Fields)

Top Fave Singles of 2015

  • Anti-Alias - Somber Clarity (Schakal)
  • Deadbeat - Walls and Dimensions II (BLKRTZ)
  • Mr Tophat & Art Alfie - House Music (Karlovak)
  • Posthuman - A Better You (Horn Wax)
  • Rune Lindbaek & Oyvind Blikstad - North (Decks)

Fave Film of 2015

  • Ex Machina (Universal)

Comma

Dream Pop/Rock/Folky Gems

  • Beach House - Thank Your Lucky Stars (Sub Pop)
  • The School - Wasting Away and Wondering (Elefant)
  • Shana Cleveland and the Sandcastles - Oh Man, Cover the Ground (Suicide Squeeze) [Reissue]
  • Twin River - Should the Light Go Out (Light Organ)
  • Lorna - London's Leaving Me (Words on Music)

Muses with Heart-Stopping Voices

  • Grouper - Ruins (Kranky)
  • Chelsea Wolfe - Abyss (Sargent House)
  • Jessica Pratt - On Your Own Love Again (Drag City)
  • Meg Baird - Don't Weigh Down the Light (Drag City)
  • Julia Holter - Have You in My Wilderness (Domino)
  • Joanna Newsom - Divers (Drag City) [of course.]

Kickass Female-Fronted Garage Rock

  • La Luz - Weirdo Shrine (Hardly Art)
  • Happy Fangs - Capricorn (S/R)
  • Thee Tsunamis - Saturday Night Sweetheart (Magnetic South)
  • Girlpool - Before the World Was Big (Wichita)
  • Poison Girls - Hex (Water Wing) [Reissue]

Instant College Rock Classics

  • Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell (Asthmatic Kitty)
  • Low - Ones & Sixes (Sub Pop)
  • Panda Bear - Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper (Sub Pop)
  • Deerhunter - Fading Frontier (4AD)
  • Thee Oh Sees - Mutilator Defeated at Last (Castle Face)

Psychedelic Heaviness

  • Jacco Gardner - Hypnophobia (Polyvinyl)
  • Sextile - A Thousand Hands (Feite)
  • Los Crema Paraiso - De Pelicula! (S/R)
  • Algiers - Algiers (Matador)
  • Fuzz - II (In the Red)

Electronic and Synthesized Head-Spinners

  • Apprentice Destroyer - Glass Ceiling Universe (Castle Face)
  • Jaga Jazzist - Starfire (Ninja Tune)
  • Holly Herndon - Platform (4AD)
  • Bitchin' Bajas - Automaginary (Drag City)
  • Dan Deacon - Gliss Rifter (Domino)

Experimental/Cinematic/Apocalyptic

  • The Necks - Vertigo (Northern Spy)
  • Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld - Never Were the Way She Was (Constellation)
  • Padna - Alku Toinen (Aagoo)
  • Jerusalem in My Heart - The Hypocrite, If He Dies, If If If If If If (Constellation)
  • Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Asunder, Sweet, and Other Distress (Constellation)

World Beats

  • Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood & The Rajasthan Express - Junun (Nonesuch)
  • Francis Babey - Psychedelic Sanza 1982-84 (Born Bad) [Reissue]
  • Khaira Arby - Gossip (Clermont Music)
  • Mbongwana Star - From Kinshasa (World Circuit)
  • Red Baraat - Gaadi of Truth (Sinj)

Awesome Compilations from Around the World

  • V/A - Everything Is Shit: Punk in Brussels 1977-79 (Sub Rosa)
  • V/A - Native North America, Vol. 1: Aboriginal Folk, Rock, and Country 1966ñ1985 (Light in the Attic)
  • V/A - Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll (Dust to Digital)
  • V/A - DJ Snowboy Presents the Good Foot (BGP)
  • V/A - Remembering Mountains: Unheard Songs by Karen Dalton (Tomkins)

Cuppa Joe

20 Favorite Records of 2015

  • Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit. (Mom + Pop)
  • Blitzen Trapper - All Across This Land (Vagrant)
  • Calexico - Edge Of The Sun (Anti-)
  • Deerhunter - Fading Frontier (4AD)
  • Colleen Green - I Want To Grow Up (Hardly Art)
  • Buddy Guy - Born To Play Guitar (RCA)
  • Glen Hansard - Didn't He Ramble (Anti-)
  • Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free (Southeastern)
  • Mbongwana Star - From Kinshasa (World Circuit)
  • New Order - Music Complete (Mute)
  • Nordic Affect - Clockworking (Sono Luminus)
  • Public Service Broadcasting - The Race For Space (Test Card)
  • Max Richter - Sleep (Deutsche Grammophon)
  • Sleater-Kinney - No Cities To Love (Sub Pop)
  • Songhoy Blues - Music In Exile (Atlantic)
  • The Staves - If I Was (Atlantic Records UK)
  • Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell (Asthmatic Kitty)
  • Kurt Vile - b'lieve i'm going down... (Matador)
  • Wilco - Star Wars (dBpm)
  • Dwight Yoakam - Second Hand Heart (Reprise)

Favorite Box Sets

  • Bob Dylan - The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 (Legacy)
  • The Velvet Underground - The Complete Matrix Tapes (Polydor)

Favorite Reissues

  • Henri Texier - L'intÈgrale, Les AnnÈes JMS (JMS)
  • The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers (Ume)
  • Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti (Atlantic)
  • Led Zeppelin - Coda (Atlantic)

Favorite Compilations

  • Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodiaís Lost Rock and Roll (Dust-To-Digital)
  • Native North America Vol. 1: Aboriginal Folk, Rock and Country 1966-1985 (Light In The Attic)
  • Remembering Mountains: Unheard Songs by Karen Dalton (Tompkins Square)
  • Sherwood At The Controls Volume 1: 1979-1984 (On-U Sound)

Single of the Year

  • Missy Elliot - WTF (Where They From) ft. Pharrell (Atlantic)

Comeback Album of the Year

  • Sleater-Kinney - No Cities To Love (Sub Pop)

DangerVenture

Top 10 Debut Releases

  • Shamir - Ratchet (XL)
  • Diet Cig - Over Easy (Father/Daughter)
  • Say Lou Lou - Lucid Dreaming (Cosmos)
  • Joywave - How Do You Feel Now? (CultCo)
  • SOAK - Reckless Behavior (Rough Trade)
  • GEMS - Kill The One You Love (Carpark)
  • Seinabo Sey - Pretend (Universal)
  • Natalie Prass - S/T (Spacebomb)
  • Madeon - Adventure (Sony)
  • Sports - Naked All The Time (S/R)
  • In Tall Buildings - Driver (Western Vinyl)

Top 10 Local Releases

  • Hot Flash Heat Wave - Neapolitan (S/R)
  • The Dodos - Individ (Polyvinyl)
  • Geographer - Ghost Modern (Roll Call)
  • Bhi Bhiman - Rhythm & Reason (BooCoo Music)
  • The Stone Foxes - Twelve Spells (S/R)
  • Tiaras - S/T (Mt.St.Mtn.)
  • Naytonrix - Mister Divine (City Slang)
  • Waters - What’s Real (Vagrant)
  • Toro y Moi - What For? (Capark)
  • Sonny & the Sunsets - Talent Night at the Ashram (Polyvinyl)
  • Top 10 Shows (not including festival sets) out of a grand total of 95

  • Typhoon - Revolution Hall (Portland), 12/20
  • The Decemberists - Greek Theatre, 5/1
  • Rubble bucket - The Independent, 3/27
  • Ezra Furman - Rickshaw Stop, 12/6
  • Unconditional Arms - Santo Studios, 7/17
  • Future Islands - Fox Theater, 9/25
  • Alvvays - The Independent 11/17
  • Interpol - The Warfield, 4/21
  • The Wild Reeds - Hyde Street Studios,
  • Noah Gunderson - The Battery, 3/25

Deep Mission

Best New Releases

  • La Dee Da - "A Walk in the Park" (s/r)
  • Buddy Guy - "Born to Play Guitar" (RCA Victor)
  • Rocket3 - "Burn" (s/r)
  • Sara Bethe Nelson - "Fast Moving Clouds" (Burger)
  • Lisa LeBlanc - "Highways, Heartaches and Time Well Wasted" (Bonsound)
  • Liminanas - "I've Got Trouble In Mind" (Trouble In Mind)
  • Mary Fahl - "Live At The Mauch Chunk Opera House" (Rimar)
  • The New Basement Tapes - "Lost on the River" (Harvest)
  • Kitty Boy - "Love Noir (Vol. 1)" (s/r)
  • French Boutik - "Mieux Comme Ca" (Copase)
  • Scotch Hollow - "Raging Bull in a Chicken Wire Pen" (Roots Riot)
  • The Riots - "Time for Truth" (Cargo)
  • Rainbow Girls - "Perceptronium" (s/r)
  • Timothy O'Neil Band - "Timothy O'Neil Band" (s/r)
  • Mayya and The Revolutionary Hell Yeah! - "Mayya and The Revolutionary Hell Yeah!" (s/r)

Best New Comps

  • Chicas Vol. 2 (Vampi Soul)
  • I'm Just Like You:  Sly's Stone Flowers 1969-70 (Light in the Attic)
  • R&B Hipshakers Volume 4 (Vampi Soul)
  • DJ Snowboy Presents The Good Foot (BCP)

​​Best Bands Hosted on KALX Live!

  • The Gravel Spreaders
  • La Dee Da
  • Mayya and The Revolutionary Hell Yeah!

Best Shows

  • Tara Linda, Jet Black Pearl and Whiskey & Women at the Accordion Babes Review at Rhythmix Cultural Works, Alameda
  • Mayya and The Revolutionary Hell Yeah! at Amoeba, San Francisco
  • The Mutants and The Avengers at the 40th Anniversary of SF Punk Rock at Verdi Club, San Francisco
  • French Boutik at the Modtreal Festival at Bar La Courcelle, Montreal
  • Kim Nalley at the Fillmore Street Jazz Festival, San Francisco
  • Steve Earle at Great American Music Hall, San Francisco
  • Steeleye Span at Great American Music Hall, San Francisco
  • Huck Notari at Amoeba, San Francisco

DJ Masquatch

Top 20 Albums (Alphabetical Order)

  • Baroness - Purple (Abraxan Hyms)
  • Beach Slang - The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us (Polyvinyl)
  • Between The Buried - Coma Ecliptic (Metal Blade)
  • Chelsea Wolfe - Abyss (Sargent House)
  • Deafheaven - New Bermuda (Anti-)
  • Faith No More - Sol Invictus (Ipecac)
  • Frank Turner - Positive Songs For Negative People (Polyvinyl)
  • Ghost - Meliora (Loma Vista)
  • High On Fire - Luminiferous (E1 Music)
  • InAeona - Force Rise The Sun (Prosthetic)
  • Iron Maiden - The Book Of Souls (BMG)
  • Jeff Rosenstock - We Cool? (Side One Dummy)
  • Lucifer - Lucifer I (Rise Above)
  • Mutoid Man - Bleeder (Sargent House)
  • Night Birds - Mutiny At Muscle Beach (Fat Wreck Chords)
  • Refused - Freedom (Epitaph)
  • Strung Out - Transmissions.Alpha.Delta (Fat Wreck Chords)
  • Teenage Bottlerocket - Tales From Wyoming (Rise)
  • Worriers - Imaginary Life (Don Giovanni)
  • Hop Along - Painted Shut (Saddle Creek)

Top 20 Bands I Saw Live

  • Faith No More (on 4/20 in SF, Epic!)
  • Pears (Thee Parkside is too small to contain the insanity... also somehow saw them 3 times this year)
  • Clutch (Southern Comfort at it's best)
  • Ghost (Even the 7 year old girl on her dad's shoulders was throwing up horns and headbanging)
  • Jeff Rosenstock (The BEST Dude!)
  • Pup (Beastie Boys cover with Jeff Rosenstock.. yes please!)
  • High On Fire (Sober Matt Pike > Drunk Matt Pike.. Keep it up man!!)
  • Night Birds (I done messed up by not seeing thier secret show at Fest this year)
  • Converge (I will mosh and rage forever for these guys)
  • Chumped (Farewell Show at Fest... Also the Saddest show ever seen)
  • Refused (The best dance moves a frontman has ever done)
  • Murder City Devils (Somehow, rain is the most complementary weather)
  • Turbo Negro (stupid sexy songs)
  • Sleep (Almost didn't make the list because they didn't play Dopesmoker.. remember when I did though?)
  • Napalm Death (Barney and Jello on stage singing Nazi Punks F*** Off!)
  • Insomnium (Hands down the best Melodic Death Metal band out there)
  • Lucifer (Hypnotic, They even slept on my couch!)
  • Beans & Toast (Who needs electricity to play a show)
  • Beach Slang (Where Morrisey fans meet Jawbreaker and Replacements fans)
  • Andrew WK (Literally Party)

Top 5 Anticipated Releases for 2016 (All Aboard the Hype Train!)

  • Pup
  • Gojira
  • Tool
  • Russian Circles
  • Crusades

DJ Salinger

Notables of 2015

  • Arca — Mutant (Mute)
  • Ben Frost — A U R O R A (Mute)
  • Bomba Estéreo — Amanecer (Sony)
  • Chistopher Bissonnette — Pitch, Paper, & Foil (Kranky)
  • Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld — Never Were the Way She Was (Constellation)
  • The Garden — haha (Epitaph)
  • Gossamer — Automation (Innovative Leisure)
  • Jamie xx — In Colour (Young Turks)
  • Max Cooper and Tom Hodge — Artefact EP (FIELDS)
  • Neon Indian — VEGA INTL. Night School (Mom + Pop)
  • Princess Century — Progress (Paper Bag)
  • San Francisco Symphony & St. Lawrence String Quartet — Adams: Absolute Jest & Grand Pianola Music (San Francisco Symphony)
  • Sannhet — Revisionist (The Flenser)
  • ttwwrrss — ttwwrrss_2 (Maisonneuve Music)
  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra — Multi-Love (JAGJAGUWAR)

 

DJ Twinkle

18 of My Favorite Releases of 2015 (alphabetical order)

  • 11 Acorn Lane - Time for Tea (Wooden Hat)
  • Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit (Mom & Pop)
  • Bomba Estereo - Amanecer (Sony Music Latin)
  • Boss Moxi - Oddball (S/R)
  • Caravan Palace - Robot Face (Le Plan)
  • Empress Of - Me (Terrible)
  • Fillamosta - Like It Is (aagoo)
  • Flower & McLaren - One plus One (Little Cat)
  • Ezra Furman - Perpetual Motion People (Bella Union)
  • Girlpool - Before the World Was Big (Wichita)
  • Jose Gonzalez - Vestiges and Claws (Mute)
  • Grimes - Art Angels (4AD)
  • Elle King - Love Stuff (RCA)
  • La Luz - Weirdo Shrine (Hardly Art)
  • Mass Bass - Movement Movin' (S/R)
  • Sleater-Kinney - No Cities to Love (Sub Pop)
  • Taraf de Locos - S/T (S/R)
  • The Twerps - Range Anxiety (Merge)

E. Lit

Favorites

  • Ka & Preservation - Days With Dr. Yen Lo (Pavlov Institute) 
  • Billy Woods – Today I Wrote Nothing (Backwoodz Studioz) 
  • John Robinson & Chief – We the Prolific (Feelin’ Music) 
  • Blueprint – King No Crown (Weightless) 
  • Ceschi – Broken Bone Ballads (Fake Four Inc) 
  • White Boiz – Neighborhood Wonderful (Stones Throw) 
  • Moon & Pollution – The Box Borealis (F I X) 
  • B. Dolan – Kill the Wolf (Strange Famous) 
  • 2econd Class Citizen – A Hall of Mirrors (Content (L)abel) 
  • Greg Grease – Born to Lurk x Forced to Work (Sound Verite)

Also Dope

  • Bleubird – Lauderdale (Fake Four Inc) 
  • Mixed Blood Majority – Insane World (Doomtree/F I X) 
  • Kill the Vultures – Carnelian (Totally Gross National Product) 
  • Myka 9 & Factor – Famous Future Time Travel (Urbnet) 
  • Knxwledge – Hud Dreems (Stones Throw) 
  • Golden Rules – Golden Ticket (Lex) 
  • SiR - Seven Sundays (Fresh Selects)
  • Lapalux – Lustmore (Brainfeeder) 
  • LoDeck - Pomegranate (Johnny23) 
  • Hot Sugar - God's Hand (Break World)

F*Bomb

F*Bomb's 25 Favorite Releases of 2015 (in no particular order)

  • Girls Living Outside Society's Shit (G.L.O.S.S.) - demo (s/r)
  • Downtown Boys - Full Communism (Don Giovanni)
  • Kurt Vile - B'lieve I'm Goin' Down (Matador)
  • U.S. Girls - Half Free (4AD)
  • Dirty Ghosts - Let it Pretend (Last Gang Records)
  • Blueprint - King No Crown (Weightless)
  • Boulevards - Sanity EP (Captured Tracks)
  • Duran Duran - Paper Gods (Warner Bros)
  • Cold Beat - Into the Air (Crime on the Moon)
  • The Go! Team - The Scene Between (Never Better)
  • Run the Jewels - Meow the Jewels
  • Evans the Death - Expect Delays (Slumberland)
  • Pow! - Fight Fire (Castle Face)
  • Male Gaze - Gale Maze (Never Better)
  • Avid Dancer - 1st Bath (Grand Jury)
  • Francis Bebey - Psychedelic Sanza 1982-1984 (Born Bad)
  • Franz Ferdinand + Sparks - FFS (Domino)
  • Tame Impala - Currents (Interscope records)
  • Destroyer - Poison Season (Merge)
  • Angora Debs - Angora Debs (s/r)
  • Wax Idols - American Tragic (Collect )
  • Battles - La Di Da Di (Warp)
  • Nun - Nun (HoZac)
  • Needs - Needs (File Under: Music)
  • Survival Knife - Survivalized (Chunklet)
     

Fernando

Fernando's 50 Favorite Songs of 2015

  1. La Luz - "I Wanna Be Alone (With You)" Weirdo Shrine (Hardly Art)
  2. Mommy Long Legs - "Role Play" Life Rips (S/R)
  3. Makthaverskan - "Witness" Witness (Luxury)
  4. Habibi - "Misunderstood" La Luz / Habibi split (Volcom)
  5. The Coathangers - "Watch Your Back" Black Lips / The Coathangers split (Suicide Squeeze)
  6. Sacred Paws - "Vince" Six Songs (Rock Action)
  7. Wildhoney - "Fall In" Sleep Through It (Forward)
  8. Seapony - "Saw The Light" A Vision (Burrito Thirty)
  9. Burnt Palms - "Fold" Burnt Palms / Kids On A Crime Spree split (WWNBB)
  10. Automatically Yours - "India" The Trouble With The World Is Me (Rare Plant)
  11. Oh Peas! - "Learning To Love You Less" Difficult Second Chair (Diet Pops)
  12. Shopping - "Wind Up" Why Choose (Fat Cat)
  13. The Spook School - "I Want To Kiss You" Try To Be Hopeful (Fortuna Pop!)
  14. Mercury Girls - "Golden" Demos (S/R)
  15. Frozy - "March Again" Lesser Pop (Odd Box)
  16. The Sun Days - "Come Have Me Over" Album (Luxury)
  17. Horrible/Adorable - "You Suck!" Lookin' Healthy! (S/R)
  18. Chastity Belt - "Time To Go Home" Time To Go Home (Hardly Art)
  19. Try The Pie - "Inevitabilities" Domestication (Salinas)
  20. Shana Cleveland & The Sandcastles - "Golden Days" Oh Man, Cover The Ground (Suicide Squeeze)
  21. Whatever Forever - "Miserable People" Whatever Forever / Kitten Forever split (No Problem)
  22. Star Tropics - "Swept Away" Summer Rain // Swept Away (S/R)
  23. Westkust - "Swirl" Last Forever (Luxury)
  24. Joanna Gruesome - "Jerome (Liar)" Peanut Butter (Slumberland)
  25. Witching Waves - "Outline" Witching Waves / Rattle split (Seeing Double)
  26. R. Elizabeth - "Giving Shape" Season of Error (Where To Now)
  27. Fazerdaze - "Little Uneasy" Little Uneasy (S/R)
  28. Kung-Fu Girl - "So Lucky" Cassette Tapes Club #8 (Miles Apart)
  29. Fleece - "One Mine And One His" Eulogy (S/R)
  30. Childbirth - "Nasty Grrls" Women's Rights (Suicide Squeeze)
  31. Shannon And The Clams - "Corvette" Gone By The Dawn (Hardly Art)
  32. Eternal Summers - "Gold And Stone" Gold And Stone (Kanine)
  33. Twerps - "Back To You" Range Anxiety (Merge)
  34. Kids On A Crime Spree - "The Karl Kardel Building" Burnt Palms / KOACS split (WWNBB)
  35. Fredd Velvet - "Ask Me A Question" S/T (Odd Box)
  36. Las Robertas - "The Feel" The Feel (S/R)
  37. Drownded - "What Are You Doing Tonight?" What Are You Doing Tonight? (S/R)
  38. The Shifters - "Algeria" S/T (Comfort)
  39. Uffizi - "IDKY" Nous Sommes Riches Demo (S/R)
  40. Baus - "Cigarettes" Demo 2015 (S/R)
  41. Evans The Death - "Enabler" Expect Delays (Slumberland)
  42. Marge - "Restless Again" Restless Again (S/R)
  43. Daddy Issues - "Ugly When I Cry" Can We Still Hang (Infinity Cat)
  44. Peach Kelli Pop - "Plastic Love" S/T (Burger)
  45. Falsa Fortuna - "Por La Mañana" Cuatro (Molécula)
  46. Hey Chica! - "Algun Dia" Un Instante (S/R)
  47. Manhattan Love Suicides - "Drag" More Heat! More Panic! (Odd Box)
  48. Free Cake For Every Creature - "The First Time I Hung Out With You" Moving Songs (Double Double Whammy)
  49. Chorusgirl - "No Moon" S/T (Fortuna Pop!)
  50. Cold Beat - "Broken Lines" Into The Air (Crime On The Moon)

Hailstorm

Hailstorm's Favorite Albums & EPs of 2015 (in no particular order!)

  • Dilly Dally - Sore (Partisan)
  • Girlpool - Before the World Was Big (Wichita Recordings)
  • Grimes - Art Angels (4AD)
  • Jenny Hval - Apocalypse, girl (sacred Bones)
  • U.S. Girls - Half Free (4AD)
  • Speedy Ortiz - Foil Deer (Carpark)
  • Diet Cig - Over Easy EP (Father/Daughter)
  • Algiers - Algiers (Matador)
  • Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell (Asthmatic Kitty)
  • Sleater-Kinney - No Cities to Love (Sub Pop)
  • Ought - Sun Coming Down (Constellation)
  • Low - Ones & Sixes (Sub Pop)
  • Joanna Newsom - Divers (Drag City)
  • FKA twigs - M3LL15X EP (Young Turks)
  • Born Ruffians - RUFF (Yep Roc)
     

Home Alone

5 Favorite Albums

  1. Julia Holter - Have you in my Wilderness (Domino)
  2. Oren Ambarchi - Quixotism (Editions Mego)
  3. Robert Aubrey Lowe and Ariel Kalma - We Know Each Other Somehow (RVNG)
  4. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - Euclid (Western Vinyl)
  5. Mount Eerie – Sauna (P.W. Elverum & Sun)

5 Favorite Reissues

  1. Mariah - Utakata no Hibi (Palto Flats)
  2. Ariel Kalma - An Evolutionary Music: Original Recordings: 1972-1979 (RVNG)
  3. Lizzy Mercier Descloux - Press Color (Light in the Attic)
  4. Richard Dawson – The Magic Bridge (Weird World)
  5. Doug Hream Blunt - My Name is Doug Hream Blunt (Luaka Bop)

5 Favorite Shows

  1. Akio Suzuki and Aki Onda – The Lab, September 16
  2. Jandek – The Chapel, October 9
  3. Lightning Bolt – Leo’s, May 2
  4. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – B4BEL4B, May 1
  5. Arnold Dreyblatt – The Lab, February 13

Leftfield Lance

7"

  • C.C.T.V. - S/T (Lumpy)
  • Earth Girls - Someone I'd Like to Know (Dirt Cult)
  • Honey Radar - The Rabbit's Voice (Third Rupture)
  • Mystic Inane - Eggs Onna Plate (Lumpy)
  • The Prams - Sick Sad World (Discos de Kirlian)
  • Shark Toys / UVTV - Split (Emotional Response)
  • The Suburban Homes - Conformity in the UK (Total Punk)
  • Vexx - Give and Take (Katorga Works)
  • Violence Creeps - On My Turf (Veecee)

LP

  • The Coneheads - L.P.1. Aka 14 Year Old High School PC-Fascist Hype
  • Lords Rip Off Devo For The Sake Of Extorting $$$ From Helpless
  • Impressionable Midwestern Internet Peoplepunks L.P. (Erste Theke
  • Tontrager)
  • The Coolies - Kaka (Feeding Tube)
  • Dawn of Humans - Slurping at the Cosmos Spine (Toxic State)
  • Flesh World - The Wild Animals in My Life (Iron Lung)
  • Mansion - Early Life (Degenerate)
  • The Minneapolis Uranium Club - Human Exploration
  • Sneaks - Gymnastics (Danger)
  • V/A - Destroy All Art (Rock 'n Roll Parasite)

Cassettes

  • Lithics - Demo (S/R)
  • Polio Club - Polio Club Tape (S/R)
  • Psychic Soviets - A Whore Lunch / Capitalist Night-Time Breakfast (Number4Door)
  • The Shifters - S/T (comfort35)
  • Toyota - Concept Model(s) I-IV (Discontinuous Innovation Inc.)

Madame Psychosis

Madame Psychosis' Top 10 Albums of 2015

  • Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly (Aftermath)
  • Grimes - Art Angels (4AD)
  • Shamir - Rachet (XL)
  • Panda Bear - Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper (Domino)
  • Sufjan Stevens - Carrie and Lowell (Asthmatic Kitty)
  • Jamie xx - In Colour (Young Turks)
  • Chemical Brothers - Born in the Echoes (Astralwerks)
  • Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment - Surf (S/R)
  • Joanna Newsom - Divers (Drag City)
  • Hop Along - Painted Shut (Saddle Creek)

12 Artists/Albums I Discovered Through KALX in 2015

  • California X - Nights in the Dark (Don Giovanni)
  • Claudettes - No Hotel (Yellow Dog)
  • Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld - Never Were the Way She Was (Constellation)
  • Diane Coffee - Everyone's a Good Dog (Western Vinyl)
  • Fort Romeau - Insides  (Ghostly International)
  • L'Orange and Kool Keith - Time? Astonishing! (Mello)
  • Male Gaze - Gale Maze (Castleface)
  • Petite Noir - La Vie Est Belle (Domino)
  • Public Service Broadcasting - The Race for Space (Test Card)
  • Royal Headache - High (What’s Your Rupture?)
  • Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood and the Rajasthan Express - Junun (Nonesuch)
  • Taraf de Locos - S/T (S/R)

10 Fantastically Challenging Things I Heard in 2015

  • Aphex Twin - Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt. 2 (Warp)
  • Arca - Mutant (Mute)
  • Battles - La Di Da Di (Warp)
  • Bjork - Vulnicura (One Little Indian)
  • FKA Twigs - M3LL155X (Young Turks)
  • Jenny Hval - Apocalypse, Girl (Sacred Bones)
  • Kamasi Washington - The Epic (Brainfeeder)
  • Micachu and the Shapes - Good Sad Happy Bad (Rough Trade)
  • Oneohtrix Point Never - Garden of Delete (Warp)
  • Sarah Kirkland Snyder - Unremembered (New Amsterdam)

Mantis

Fav Albums of 2015 (I'm probably forgetting some...)

  • Erykah Badu - But You Caint Use My Phone (Motown, Control Freaq)
  • Downtown Boys - Full Communism (Don Giovanni)
  • Tame Impala - Currents (Interscope Records)
  • La Luz - Weirdo Shrine (Hardly Art)
  • Joanna Gruesome - Peanut Butter (Slumberland)
  • Main Attrakionz - 808s & Dark Grapes III (Vapor)
  • Girlpool - Before The World Was Big (Wichita Recordings)
  • Jenny Hval - Apocalypse, girl (Sacred Bones)
  • FKA Twigs - M3LL15X EP (Young Turks)
  • Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly (Aftermath)
  • Kamasi Washington - The Epic (Brainfeeder)
  • Dam-Funk - Invite the Light (Stones Throw)
  • Empress Of - Me (Terrible)
  • ESKA - ESKA (Earthling)
  • Kelela - Hallucinogen EP (Warp, Cherry Coffee)
  • Froth - Bleak (Burger)
  • Maribou State - Portraits (Counter)
  • Jamie xx - In Colour (Young Turks)
  • BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah - Sour Soul (Lex)
  • Bjork - Vulnicura (One Little Indian)
  • Junglepussy - Pregnant with Success (DistroKid.com)

Meaty Paws

BEST SONGS OF 2015

  1. Lindi Ortega - "I Ain't The Girl" - Faded Gloryville - (Last Gang)
  2. Angela Easterling - "Arkansas Murder Ballad" - Common Law Wife" - (De L'Est Music)
  3. Charflies - "Witch Of Sunoco" - Linoleum Angel - (Mule Fuel)
  4. Wonky Tonk - "Washington Avenue" - Stuff We Leave Behind - (S/R)
  5. Elle King - "Exs and Ohs" - Love Stuff - (RCA Victor)
  6. Ben Rogers - "Wanted" - Bloodred Yonder - (Tonic)
  7. Cracker - "King Of Bakersfield" - Berkeley To Bakersfield - (429 records)
  8. Calexico - "Beneath The City Of Dreams" - Edge Of The Sun - (Anti-)
  9. Talent Brothers - "Lately" - Back On The Old Stuff - (S/R)
  10. 11 Acorn Lane - "Lucky Day" - Time For Tea - (Wooden Hat)
  11. Liminanas - "La Fille De La Ligne" - I've Got Trouble In Mind - (Trouble In Mind)
  12. John Schooley - "The Man Who Rode The Mule Around The World" - The Man Who Rode The Mule Around The World - (Voodoo Rhythm)
  13. Bottle Rockets - "Dog" - South Broadway Athletic Club - (Bloodshot)
  14. Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin - "Sit Down Baby" - Lost Time - (Yep Roc)
  15. Dwight Yoakum - "Liar" - Second Hand Heart - (Reprise)
  16. Quiet Life - "Skin And Bones" - Wild Pack - (Mama Bird)
  17. Lonesome Heroes - "Steel" - Can't Stand Still - (S/R)
  18. Kacey Musgraves - "Biscuits" - Pagent Material - (Mercury)
  19. Eleni Mandell - "I'm Old Fashioned" - Dark Lights Up - (Yep Roc!)
  20. Steve Earle and the Dukes - "Baby Baby Baby (baby)" - Terraplane - (New West)
  21. Stereophonics - "C'est La Vie" - Keep The Village Alive - (Stylus)
  22. Lisa Leblanc - "You Look Like Trouble (But I Guess Do Too)" - Highways Heartaches And Time Well Wasted - (Bonsound)
  23. Gangstagrass - "Barnburning" - American Music - (Rench Audio)
  24. Sleepy Man Banjo Boys - "By My Side" - By My Side - (Dreamcatcher)
  25. Natalia LaFourcade - "Hasta La Raiz" - Hasta La Raiz - (RCA)
  26. Legendary Shack Shakers - "Cold" - The Southern Surreal" - (Alternative Tentacles)
  27. Steelism - "Cat's Eye Ring" - 615 To Fame - (Single Lock)
  28. Whiskey Kiss - "Two-Timin' Two Step" - Dangerous One - (S/R)
  29. Ting Tings - "Only Love" - Super Critical - (Finca)
  30. Yo La Tengo - "Friday Im In Love" - Stuff Like That There - (Matador)
  31. Amy Blaschke - "Running Into The Fire" - Opaline - (Bird On A Lyre)
  32. Corb Lund - "Alt Berliner Blues" - Things That Can't Be Undone - (New West)
  33. Las Cafeteras - "La Bamba Rebelde" - Las Cafeteras Remixed - (La Junta)
  34. Timothy O'Neil Band - "The Saloon" - Timothy O'Neil Band - (S/R)
  35. Grid Pickers - "29 Days" - Shack Wacky - (S/R)
  36. Vivants - "By And By" - Bluegrass Special - (S/R)
  37. Rose's Pawn Shop - "What Were You Waiting For" - Gravity Well - (S/R)
  38. Yawpers - "Beale Street Blues" - American Man - (Bloodshot)
  39. Pokey La Farge And The South City 1 - "Something In The Water" - Something In The Water - (Rounder)
  40. Caitlin Anne Webster - "Black Moon" - Black Moon - (S/R)
  41. Secret Club - "Circle K" - Apocalypse Meow - (American Echo)
  42. Neil Young + Promise Of The Real - "A Rock Star Bucks A Coffee Shop" - The Monsanto Years - (Reprise)
  43. Nocona - "Long Gone Song" - Long Gone Song - (S/R)
  44. Cedar Shakes - "Ramblin' Lips" - The Western Road - (What Bang)
  45. Russell Hoke - "Bewilthered" - Through The Hardship Of Seasons - (Unheard Of)
  46. Bela Fleck and Chick Corea - "Mountain" - Two - (Stretch)
  47. Joe Ely - "Cold Black Hammer" - Panhandle Rambler - (Rack 'Em)
  48. Raina Rose and Rebecca Loebe - "Dublin Blues" - Three Nights Live - (Goose Creek)
  49. Mantles - "Undelivered" - Memory - (Slumberland)
  50. Jessica Lee Wilkes - "Something's Goin' On" - Lone Wolf- (Free Dirt)

BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2015

  • I'm Just Like You: Sly's Stone Flower 1969-70 - (Light in the Attic)
  • Native North America Vol. 1 - (Light in the Attic)

THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING WHO PLAYED LIVE WITH ME ON KALX IN 2015

  • Annie Bacon And Her Oshen
  • Crying Time
  • Rene De La Prade
  • Eight Belles
  • Front Country
  • Dave Ricketts (Gaucho)
  • Hot Toddies
  • Mountain Men Collective
  • Octomutt
  • Quiet Life
  • Emily Bonn and the Vivants
  • Whiskey And Women

Poindexter

Albums I Really Liked in 2015, Alphabetically

  • Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Style (Matador)
  • Colleen - Captain of None (Thrill Jockey)
  • Mikal Cronin - MCIII (Merge)
  • Colleen Green - I Want to Grow Up (Hardly Art)
  • Helvetia - Dromomania (Joyful Noise)
  • Hurry Up - S/T (Army of Bad Luck)
  • La Luz - Weirdo Shrine (Hardly Art)
  • Quarterbacks - S/T (Team Love)
  • Shopping - Why Choose (Fatcat)
  • Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell (Asthmatic Kitty)

Songs I Really Liked in 2015, Alphabetically

  • Aquadolls - “Our Love Will Always Remain” - Stoked on You (Burger)
  • Car Seat Headrest - “Something Soon” - Teens of Style (Matador)
  • Colleen - Soul Alphabet - Captain of None (Thrill Jockey)
  • Mikal Cronin - “VI) Circle” - MCIII (Merge)
  • Expert Alterations - “Psychic Surgery” - You Can’t Always Be Liked (Kanine)
  • Flesh World - “Strawberry Bomber” - The Wild Animals in My Life (Iron Lung)
  • Girlpool - “Ideal World” - Before the World Was Big (Wichita)
  • Colleen Green - “TV” - I Want to Grow Up (Hardly Art)
  • Hard Left - “Hard Left Rules OK” - We Are Hard Left (Future Perfect)
  • Helvetia - “A Dot Running For the Dust” - Dromomania (Joyful Noise)
  • Hierophants - “321” - Parallax Error (Goner)
  • Hurry Up - “Kick em Out” - S/T (Army of Bad Luck)
  • Jaill - “Getaway” - Brain Cream (Burger)
  • Jeff the Brotherhood - “In My Dreams” - Wasted on the Dream (Infinity Cat)
  • La Luz - “I Can’t Speak” - Weirdo Shrine (Hardly Art)
  • Magic Potion - “Booored” - Melt (Beech Coma)
  • Micachu and the Shapes - “LA Poison” - Good Sad Happy Bad (Rough Trade)
  • Of Montreal - “Bassem Sabrey” - Aureate Gloom (Polyviny)
  • Quarterbacks - “Schmictionary” - S/T (Team Love)
  • Michael Rault - “Too Bad So Sad” - Living Daylight (Burger)
  • The School - “I Will See You Soon” - Wasting Away and Wondering (Elefant)
  • Shannon and the Clams - “My Man” - Gone By the Dawn (Hardly Art)
  • Sheer Mag - “Fan the Flames” - II (Wilsuns)
  • Shopping - “Straight Lines” - Why Choose (Fatcat)
  • Slick! - “I Want You” - S/T (S/R)
  • Sufjan Stevens - “Fourth of July” - Carrie & Lowell (Asthmatic Kitty)
  • Titus Andronicus - “Dimed Out” - The Most Lamentable Tragedy (Merge)
  • Anthonie Tonnon - “A Friend From Argentina” - Successor (Misra)
  • Kurt Vile - “Lost My Head There” - B’lieve I’m Goin Down (Matador)
  • Juan Wauters - “Woodside Queens” - Who Me? (Captured Tracks)
  • Waxahatchee - “Breathless” - Ivy Tripp (Merge)
  • Westkust - “Weekends” - Last Forever (Run for Cover)

Albums I Really Liked in 2015, But Then Realized They Were Released in 2014, Alphabetically

  • Ariel Pink - Pom Pom (4AD)
  • Bearhug - So Gone (Spunk)
  • Limiñanas - I’ve Got Trouble in Mind (Trouble in Mind)
  • The Number Ones - S/T (Static Shock)
  • Sheer Mag - S/T (Wilsuns)

Pupshaw

Pupshaw's personal favorite new releases at the station: 2015

  • A Winged Victory for the Sullen - Atomos (Kranky)
  • Aphex Twin  - Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2 EP (Warp)
  • Apprentice Destroyer - Glass Ceiling Universe (Castle Face)
  • Badbadnotgood & Ghostface Killah - Sour Soul (Lex)
  • Beach House - Depression Cherry + Thank Your Lucky Stars (both on Sub Pop)
  • Bjork - Vulnicura (One Little Indian)
  • Blanck Mass - Dumb Flesh (Sacred Bones)
  • Childbirth - Women's Rights (Suicide Squeeze)
  • Deaf Wish - Pain (Sub Pop)
  • Gwenno - Y Dydd Olaf (Heavenly Recordings)
  • Kode9 - Nothing (Hyperdub)
  • Lightning Bolt - Fantasy Empire (Thrill Jockey)
  • Micachu and the Shapes - Good Sad Happy Bad (Rough Trade)
  • Peach Kelli Pop - Self-Titled (III) (Burger)
  • Shopping - Why Choose (Fat Cat Records)
  • Sleater Kinney - No Cities To Love (Sub Pop)
  • Thee Oh Sees - Mutilator Defeated At Last (Castle Face)
  • Kamasi Washington - The Epic (Brainfeeder)
  • Wax Idols  - American Tragic  (Collect)
  • Chelsea Wolfe - Abyss (Sargent House)

Roscoe 2000

Top Ten Albums Alphabetically of 2015 or 2014 that weren't heard until 2015, whether they were new releases, reissues, or retrospectives

  • Amy Blaschke - OPALINE (Rocket Heart)
  • Emerald Web - Whispered Visions (Finders Keepers)
  • Karin Krog - Don't Just Sing: An Anthology 1963-1999 (Light In The Attic)
  • William Onyeabor - S/T box set (Luaka Bop)
  • Angelo Noce Santoro - For You (Pharaway Sounds)
  • Stephen Steinbrink - Arranged Waves (Melodic)
  • Kelley Stoltz - In Triangle Time (Castle Face)
  • THEESatisfaction - EarthEE (Sub Pop)
  • Toiling Midgets - A Smaller Life (Full Contact)
  • Ultimate Painting - S/T (Trouble In Mind)

Rubberband Girl

Rubberband Girl's 2015 Soundtrack

  • Christine and the Queens - Christine and the Queens (Neon Gold)
  • Sarah Cracknell - Red Kite (Cherry Red)
  • Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon (Interscope)
  • LoneLady - Hinterland (Warp)
  • Maribou State - Portraits (Counter)
  • Rainy Milo - This Things Of Ours (Limey)
  • Pale Blue - The Past We Leave Behind (Captured Tracks)
  • Petite Noir - La Vie Est Belle (Domino)

Sherry Darling

20+15 of my favorite 2015 KALX Library Acquisitions, Alphabetically

  • 2econd Class Citizen - A Hall of Mirrors (Content (L)abel)
  • Avid Dancer - I Want to See You Dance (Grand Jury Music), 1st Bath (Grand Jury)
  • Badbadnotgood & Ghostface Killah - Sour Soul (Lex)
  • Beardyman - Distractions (Tummy Touch)
  • Bebey, Francis  - Psychedelic Sanza 1982-1984 (Born Bad)
  • Bleubird - Lauderdale (Fake Four Inc)
  • Blueprint - King No Crown (Weightless)
  • Chimurenga Renaissance - Kudada Nekuva Munhu Mutema EP (Brick Lane)
  • Corners - Maxed Out On Distractions (Lolipop)
  • De Lux - Generation (Innovative Leisure)
  • Ely, Joe - Panhandle Rambler (Rack'em Records)
  • Film Student  - SLC035 (Simulacra)
  • Gardens & Villa - Music for Dogs (Superior Sounds)
  • German Army - In Transit (Dub Ditch Picnic)
  • Grease, Greg  - Born to Lurk Forced to Work (S/R)
  • Hierophants - Parallax Error (Goner Records)
  • Holter, Julia  - Have You In My Wilderness (Domino)
  • Howling - Sacred Ground (Counter Records)
  • Hval, Jenny  - Apocalypse, Girl (Sacred Bones)
  • Ka & Preservation - Days With Dr. Yen Lo (Pavlov Institute)
  • Kalkbrenner, Fritz - Ways Over Water (Suol)
  • Kalevi, Jaakko Eino - Jaakko Eino Kaveli (Domino)
  • Kill the Vultures - Carnelian (Totally Gross National Product)
  • Kristoffer and the Harbour Heads - Skyscrapers With Seagulls (Klang-Skivan)
  • Maribou State - Portraits (Counter)
  • Myka 9 & Factor - Famous Future Time Travel (Urbnet)
  • NeuHuman - How to Stop Time (S/R)
  • Nite Fields - Depersonalisation (Felte)
  • Olaniran, Tunde  - Transgressor (Quite Scientific)
  • Pictureplane - Technomancer (Anticon)
  • Robinson, John  - We the Prolific (Feelin' Music)
  • Thee Xntrx - All Your Friend's Friends (K)
  • Wire - Wire (Pinkflag/Mutesong)
  • Wume - Maintain (Ehse)
  • V/A - Sherwood at the controls (On-U Sound)

Shrey

Best Records

  • Girlpool - Before the World Was Big (Wichita)
  • THEESatisfaction - EarthEE (Sub Pop)
  • Automatically Yours - The Trouble With The World Is Me (Rare Plant)
  • Rae Sremmurd - SremmLife (Interscope)
  • Colleen - Captain Of None (Thrill Jockey)
  • Piano Movers - Girlfriend’s Lover (Fruits and Flowers)
  • Space Lady / Burnt Ones - Split (Castle Face)
  • Film Student - SLC035 (Simulacra)
  • Sports - All of Something (Father/Daughter)
  • Jeff Bridges - Sleeping Tapes (S/R)
  • Sufjan Stevens - Carrie and Lowell (Asthmatic Kitty)
  • Weeknd - Beauty Behind The Madness (Republic)
  • Champs - Vamala (Play It Again Sam)
  • Lavender - Mystique Youth (Jacktone) 
  • Kamuran Akkor - Kamuran Akkor (Pharaway)

Best Tracks

  • Coldbeat - "Cracks" - Into the Air (Crime On The Moon)
  • Ben Khan - "1000" - 1000 EP (Dirty Hit)
  • Adult Mom - "Survival" - Momentary Lapse of Happy (Tiny Engines)
  • Magical Cloudz - "Downtown" - Are You Alone? (Matador)
  • Skymall - "Dog Parachute" - Shop Till You Stop (S/R)
  • E40 - "Choices (Yup) - Warriors Remix" - Choices Single (S/R)

Sparkle Motion

Notable Albums of 2015*

  • A Winged Victory For The Sullen - Atomos (lidmusic)
  • Alex Bleeker & The Freaks - Country Agenda (Sinderlyn)
  • Brad Mehldau - 10 Years Live Solo (Nonesuch)
  • Chick Corea & Béla Fleck - Two (Concord Music)    
  • Circuit Des Yeux - In Plain Speech (Thrill Jockey)
  • Dave Douglas & High Risk - High Risk (Greenleaf)
  • Dengue Fever - The Deepest Lake (Tuk Tuk)
  • Holly Herndon - Platform (4AD)
  • Jaakko Eino Kalevi - S/T (Domino)
  • Jenny Hval - Apocalypse, girl (Sacred Bones)
  • Julia Holter - Have You In My Wilderness (Domino)    
  • Julia Kent - Asperities (The Leaf Label)        
  • Kurt Vile - B'lieve I'm goin down... (Matador)    
  • Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon (Polydor)
  • Jim O'Rourke - Simple Songs (Drag City)
  • Joanna Newsom - Divers (Drag City)
  • Julia Wolfe: Anthracite Fields - Choir of Trinity Wall St., Bang on a Can All Stars & Julian Wachner (Cantaloupe)        
  • Julian Lage & Nels Cline - Room (Mack Ave.)        
  • Kate Tempest - Everybody Down (Big Dada)
  • Meg Baird - Don't Weigh Down the Light (Drag City)     
  • Myra Melford - Snowy Egret (S/R)    
  • Public Image Ltd. - What the World Needs Now... (PiL Official)
  • Shamir - Ratchet (XL)
  • Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood & The Rajasthan Express - Junun (NONESUCH)    
  • Thundercat (w/Flying Lotus & Herbie Hancock) - The Beyond/Where the Giants Roam (Brainfeeder)
  • U.S. Girls - Half Free (4AD)
  • Ought - Sun Coming Down (Constellation)
  • Patty Griffin - Servant of Love (PGM)
  • The Staves - If I Was (Atlantic Records UK)
  • Whiskerman - Nomad (OIM)

*For complete list of 100 albums and songs, email sparkmokalx@gmail.com!

Tesla

Best Album of the Year (2015)

I thought about assembling a list of the best albums to come into KALX this year, but as I considered my choices, I realized that one album stands so far above the rest that it deserves its own best of list. And so I present to you what I consider to be far and away the best album of the year.

  • V/A - Native North America, Vol. 1: Aboriginal Folk, Rock, and Country 1966–1985 (Light in the Attic)

Native North America features music from the indigenous peoples of Canada and the United States and highlights the fusion of contemporary musical styles with the unique experience of North American aboriginal peoples. Collected by Vancouver-based archaeologist Kevin Howes, this compilation was put together from original vinyl recordings with the sanction and support of the artists. As Light-in-the-Attic says, “You’ll hear Arctic garage rock from the Nunavik region of northern Quebec, melancholy Yup’ik folk from Alaska, and hushed country blues from the Wagmatcook First Nation reserve in Nova Scotia. You’ll hear echoes of Neil Young, Velvet Underground, Leonard Cohen, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Johnny Cash, and more among the songs, but injected with Native consciousness, storytelling, poetry, history, and ceremony.”  Nominated for a Grammy in 2014, Native North America is an essential addition to the historical collection of indigenous music and draws attention to the wide range of musical genres that aboriginal peoples have integrated into their traditions in order to create sounds that transcend the boundaries of what most people know of Native American music. This album is an unparalleled reexamination of North American history and should be on every radio station shelf.

THE ALMIGHTY KABALLA-BONGA

Favorite Records 2015

  • Tom Beaulieu - The Laughing Vase (SR)
  • Diary of a Teenage Girl sndtk (Rhino)
  • Elsie, Jack and Chair (Elsie & Jack)
  • FiliaMotsa - Like It Is (Aagoo)
  • German Army - In Transit (Dub Ditch)
  • Martin Gore - MG (Mute)
  • HeCTA - The Diet (Merge)
  • Padna - Alku Toinen (Aagoo)
  • “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band - Elements (U.S. Navy)
  • somnambulists - the invisible score (Ah Nocturne/Distinct Mirror)
  • Steely Dan - Gaucho
  • Violet - Violet Ray Gas and the Playback Singers (Zeromoon)
  • Voicehandler - Song Cycle (Humbler)

The Butcher of Bakersfield

Records of the Year

  1. Meat Beat Manifesto - 2.2 (Kasm)
  2. Dusky - Skin Deep (Global Communication Remixes)
  3. Octo Octa - Further Trips EP (Deepblak)
  4. Water Bureau - Water Bureau (Sacred Phrases)
  5. Cherushii - Memory of Water (100% Silk)
  6. Various Artists - Colundi EveryOne (Colundi)
  7. Cherushii - Starlight Express (self released)
  8. Panabrite - Disintegrating Landscape (Immune)
  9. Octo Octa - More Times EP (Running Back)
  10. Aphex Twin - SoundCloud tracks (self released)

Best Reissues

  • John Williams - Jaws: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Intrada)
  • John Williams - Jaws 2: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Intrada)

Best Box Set (and return to music!)

  • Lush - Chorus (4AD)

The Muse

The Muse's Best of 2015 (no order)

  • Imelda May - Mayhem (Decca)
  • Barrence Whitfield And The Savages - Under the Savage Sky (Bloodshot)
  • Deadly Orgone Radiation (w/ Weasel Walter) - Power Trips (Deadly Orgone)
  • Juke Joint Pimps - Boogie Pimps (Voodoo Rhythm)
  • Lydia Lunch Retrovirus - Urge to Kill (Widowspeak)
  • Bomba Estereo - Amanecer (Soly)
  • Eleventh Dream Day - Works for Tomorrow (Thrill Jockey)
  • The Gravel Spreaders - Skidmarks (Hot In The Hole)
  • Silvertron Youth Choir - Our God is a Possum God (Ten Dollar)
  • Alex Carlin Band - Are You Better Than My Girlfriend? (S/R)
  • Eleven Acorn Lane - Time for Tea (Wooden Hat)
  • Meat Wave - Delusion Moon (Side One Dummy)
  • Ragpicker String Band - The Ragpicker String Band (Yellow Dog)
  • Michael Vlatkovich Septet - Ask 7 (Pfmentum)
  • Terence Blanchard - Breathless (Blue Note)
  • The Claudettes - No Hotel (Yellow Dog)
  • Chick Corea & Bela Fleck - Two (Stretch)
  • Ice (International Contemporary) - In the Light of Air (Sono Luminus)
  • Mark Weber & Michael Vlatkovic - Elasticity (Pfmentum)

The Native Disinformant

A dozen favorite albums that came through KALX w/ 2015 release dates (chronological order)

  • Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - Euclid (Western Vinyl)
  • Vessels - Dilate (Bias/Kartel)
  • Colleen - Captain of None (Thrill Jockey)
  • Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld - Never Were the Way She Was (Constellation)
  • sóley - Ask the Deep (Morr)
  • Various - Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten (Dust to Digital)
  • Mbongwana Star - From Kinshasa (World Circuit)
  • Gossamer - Automaton (Innovative Leisure)
  • Deradoorian - Expanding Flower Planet (Anticon)
  • Esmerine - Lost Voices (Constellation)
  • Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood & the Rajasthan Express - Junun (Nonesuch)
  • Husky Rescue - The Long Lost Friend: Special Edition (Catskills)

Will Sherwin

Ten Favorite Songs of 2015 (in alphabetical order)

  • Friendly Males - “Done It Again” - Nopalera (Lolipop)
  • Girlpool - “Ideal World” - Before the World Was Big (Wichita Recordings) 
  • Hop Along - “Powerful Man” - Painted Shut (Saddle Creek)
  • Los Daddys - “Cumbia Sin Calzones” - 7” single (Disco Mas)
  • MJ’s Brass Boppers - “Ya Know, Ya Know” - online single
  • Olivia Cheney - “Too Social” - “The Longest River (Nonesuch)
  • Purity Ring - “Begin Again” - “Another Eternity” (4AD)
  • Seemway - “LED Marquee” - online single
  • Willie Dunn - “I Pity the Country” - V/A Native North America (Light in the Attic)
  • Worriers - “Plans” - Imaginary Life (Don Giovanni)