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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