Daily Archives: 2015/12/29

A Watched Clock Never Boils (the songs of my favorite 2015 albums)

The order here is musically determined (i.e., they’re not in any sort of ranked order). Also: I spent a bit of time getting the levels and segues adjusted – otherwise, of course, it’s easy enough nowadays to find these tracks individually. Given how easy it is to find them to listen to for free, I want to state that these are here to encourage you to actually, you know, buy these records if you like them.

Without further ado…

  1. Deerhunter “All the Same” (Fading Frontier) 0:00
  2. The Chills “Aurora Corona” (Silver Bullets) 3:04
  3. The Corner Laughers “The Girl, America” (Matilda Effect) 7:31
  4. The Orange Peels “Wintergreen” (Begin the Begone) 10:24
  5. Dutch Uncles “Accelerate” (O Shudder) 14:41
  6. Lower Dens “Sucker’s Shangri-La” (Escape from Evil) 17:58
  7. Beauty Pill “Exit without Saving” (Beauty Pill Describes Things As They Are) 22:51
  8. Cheatahs “Colorado” (Mythologies) 26:31
  9. Swervedriver “Autodidact” (I Wasn’t Born to Lose You) 30:08
  10. The Black Watch “Pershing/Harvard Square” (Highs and Lows) 35:04
  11. The Figgs “Late Nights and Early Flights” (Other Planes of Here) 38:04
  12. Courtney Barnett “Dead Fox” (Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit) 42:26
  13. The Dodos “Bubble” (Individ) 45:59
  14. Destroyer “Midnight Meet the Rain” (Poison Season) 49:09
  15. Of Montreal “Empyrean Abattoir” (Aureate Gloom) 52:34
  16. Father John Misty “The Ideal Husband” (I Love You, Honeybear) 57:06
  17. Sleater-Kinney “Bury Our Friends” (No Cities to Love) 1:00:40
  18. Viet Cong “Bunker Buster” (Viet Cong) 1:04:02
  19. Wilco “Random Name Generator” (Star Wars) 1:09:57
  20. FFS “Johnny Delusional” (FFS) 1:13:44
  21. Chris Stamey “Dear Valentine” (Euphoria) 1:16:54
  22. Robert Forster “A Poet Walks” (Songs to Play) 1:20:03
  23. Richard Thompson “Long John Silver” (Still) 1:24:57
  24. Regular Einstein “Jimmyville” (Chimp Haven) 1:28:53
  25. Sam Cohen “The Garden” (Cool It) 1:31:33
  26. Shmu “Diamonds” (Shhh!!!!) 1:35:18
  27. The Fall “Black Door” (Sub-Lingual Tablet) 1:38:01
  28. Robert Pollard “You Only Need One” (Faulty Superheroes) 1:39:45
  29. Blur “Thought I Was a Spaceman” (The Magic Whip) 1:41:57
  30. Low “No End” (Ones and Sixes) 1:48:09

(Coming next…Winter 2015 songpile, and second covers mix of 2015)

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2015 favorite albums

Here’s my annual round-up of my favorite new albums from 2015. Full-length studio albums only: not EPs (well, except at the bottom where I list a few), not live albums, not compilations…

The top few

  • Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  • Beauty Pill Beauty Pill Describes Things as They Are
  • Blur The Magic Whip
  • Cheatahs Mythologies
  • The Dodos Individ
  • Sleater-Kinney No Cities to Love
  • Chris Stamey Euphoria

The next few

  • The Black Watch Highs and Lows
  • Sam Cohen Cool It
  • Destroyer Poison Season
  • Father John Misty I Love You, Honeybear
  • FFS (Franz Ferdinand & Sparks) FFS
  • Robert Forster Songs to Play
  • Low Ones and Sixes
  • Lower Dens Escape from Evil
  • Swervedriver I Wasn’t Born to Lose You
  • Wilco Star Wars

Still very, very good

  • The Chills Silver Bullets
  • The Corner Laughers Matilda Effect
  • Dutch Uncles Shudder
  • Of Montreal Aureate Gloom
  • Robert Pollard Faulty Superheroes
  • Regular Einstein Chimp Haven

Next tier

  • Deerhunter Fading Frontier
  • The Fall Sub-Lingual Tablet
  • The Figgs Other Planes of Here
  • The Orange Peels Begin the Begone
  • Shmu Shhh!!!!
  • Richard Thompson Still
  • Viet Cong Viet Cong

Still pretty damned cool

Beach House Depression Cherry; The Black Ryder The Door Behind the Door; Kathryn Calder Kathryn Calder; Deradoorian The Expanding Flower Planet; Dick Diver Melbourne, Florida; Dungen Alles Sak; Ezra Furman Perpetual Motion People; Grooms Comb the Feelings through Your Hair; Albert Hammond Jr. Momentary Masters; Invisible Familiars Disturbing Wildlife; Jaill Brain Cream; Tommy Keene Laugh in the Dark; Mac McCaughan Non-Believers; The Mountain Goats Beat the Champ; The Orange Humble Band Depressing Beauty; Jim O’Rourke Simple Songs; Panda Bear Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper; Ricked Wicky King Heavy Metal; Speedy Ortiz Foil Deer; Statuesque Introversial; Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell; Vinyl Williams Into; Wire Wire

Some other good ones

B and Not B Popular Pastimes; Beach House Thank Your Lucky Stars; Belle and Sebastian Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance; Mikal Cronin MCIII; Lana Del Rey Honeymoon; Drinks (Tim Presley & Cate Le Bon) Hermits on Holiday; Freedy Johnston Neon Repairman; The Mantles All Odds End; Laura Marling Short Movie; Mini-Mekons & Robbie Fulks Jura; Mercury Rev The Light in You; Momus Turpsycore; Mount Eerie Sauna; Pop 4 Summer; Regal Degal Not Now; Shriekback Without Real String or Fish; Ken Stringfellow & Holly Muñoz The Record; Suuns & Jerusalem in My Heart Suuns and Jerusalem in My Heart; Tame Impala Currents; They Might Be Giants Glean; Unknown Mortal Orchestra Multi-Love; Waxahatchee Ivy Tripp; Paul Weller Saturn’s Return; Yo La Tengo Stuff Like That There; The Zags The Zags

Also: best EPs of the year

The Besnard Lakes The Golden Lion; Cheatahs Sunne and Murasaki; The Decemberists Florasongs; LA Font Hangtime Vol. 1; Sharon Van Etten I Don’t Want to Let You Down

(Later: playlist for best tracks from the bullet-pointed albums above)

 

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