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Songpiles Compiled

I thought I’d make a complete list of every track in my “songpiles” playlists for 2019, alphabetized by artist, title, album, year of release/recording… (Apologies: there was no easy way to construct and copy this list properly alphabetized by last names…)

3D Blackboard
Ask Her
Just Like Christmas [unreleased]
1988
Alex Lilly
Hypothetical
2% Milk
2019
Amanda Shires
Eve’s Daughter
To the Sunset
2018
Angel Olsen
Summer
All Mirrors
2019
Angie McMahon
Knowing Me, Knowing You
Like a Version (Triple J)
2019
Arc Iris
Friends
Friends and Lovers
2019
Astral Drive
A Dream Goes On Forever
Love Is Real
2018
Attarazat Addahabia
La Lettre à Élise
Habibi Funk: An Eclectic Selection of Music from the Arab World
1973
Barry Andrews
Lollipop Bomb
Contaminated Pop
2019
Beck
Tarantula [ft. Feist]
Roma [sdtk]
2019
Big Thief
Not
Two Hands
2019
Bob Dylan
Crash on the Levee (Down in the Flood)
Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits, Vol. II
1971
Bob Mould
I Don’t Mind
I Don’t Mind [single]
2019
Boy
Skin
Mutual Friends
2011
Cary Grace
It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
Covers Volume I
2018
Cary Grace
Vanishing
Vanishing [single]
2009
Cass McCombs
I Followed The River South To What
Tip Of The Sphere
2019
Channels
Always Winter, Never Christmas
 
2016
Charlie Looker
Golden Flesh
Simple Answers
2018
Charms Against the Evil Eye
Where Are the Living?
Where Are the Living? [single]
2019
Chop
She’s as Beautiful as a Foot
David Markey and Heavy Friends: Volume Infinite
1995
Chris Cohen
Heavy Weather Sailing
Chris Cohen
2019
Chrissie Hynde
Caroline, No
Valve Bone Woe
2019
Clinic
Laughing Cavalier
Wheeltappers and Shunters
2019
Cold Specks
New Moon
Fool’s Paradise
2017
Courtney Barnett
Everybody Here Hates You
Everybody Here Hates You
2019
Cream Vellum
Tiger Song
Venus Rx Rx
2019
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick &Tich
The Sun Goes Down
Zabadak! [single]
1967
David Bowie
Mother Grey
Spying Through a Keyhole: Demos & Unreleased Songs
1968
David Fonseca with Ana Moura
The Man Who Sold the World
Bowie 70
2017
DIIV
Between Tides
Deceiver
2019
DIIV
Blankenship
Deceiver
2019
Django Django
High Moon
Born Under Saturn
2015
DoubleVee
Ladder for the People
Songs for Birds and Bats
2019
Dropkick
Out of Tune
Longwave
2018
Echo & the Bunnymen
Ocean Rain
The John Peel Sessions 1979-1983
1983
Ether Feather
Cayenne
Devil/Shadowless/Hand
2019
Everything But the Girl
Kid
Love Not Money
1995
Ex Hex
What Kind of Monster Are You?
It’s Real [single]
2019
Fairport Convention
Chelsea Morning
Fairport Convention
1968
Fanny
Ain’t That Peculiar
Ain’t That Peculiar [single]
1972
Fitted
Training Pit Bulls for the Navy
First Fits
2019
Ford Pier
Boyfriend
12-Step Plan, 11-Step Pier
1999
Fountain
Cataclysmic Fusion
Laughing Through Traffic
2019
Frank Turner
1933
Be More Kind
2018
Gary Lucas & Nona Hendryx
Tropical Hot Dog Night
The World of Captain Beefheart
2017
Ghost Funk Orchestra
Modern Scene
A Song for Paul
2019
Girl Ray
Girl
Girl
2019
Gold Connections
Turn
Like a Shadow
2019
Gretchen’s Wheel
Stuck on You
Stuck on You [single]
2019
Guided By Voices
The Hearing Department
Zeppelin Over China
2019
Hand Habits
Placeholder
Placeholder
2019
Hatchie
Unwanted Guest
Keepsake
2019
Hem
So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry)
No Word from Tom
2006
Human Sexual Response
A Question Of Temperature
In A Roman Mood
1981
J. Robbins
Un-Becoming
Un-Becoming
2019
Jamestown Revival
California Dreamin’
San Isabel
2019
Jealous of the Birds
Plastic Skeletons
The Moths of What I Want Will Eat Me in My Sleep
2018
Jeff Jagielo
The Other Side
 
2019
Jess Ribeiro
Chair Stare
Love Hate
2019
Jim James
Why Can’t We Live Together
Big Little Lies [sdtk]
2019
John Vanderslice
Henry Ford Gymnasium
The Cedars
2019
Johnny Cash
Heart of Gold
Unearthed
2003
Johnny Marr
Armatopia
Armatopia [single]
2019
Johnny Marr
The Bright Parade
The Bright Parade [single]
2019
Johno
Country Road
The Road Not Taken
2019
Joyero
Salt Mine
Salt Mine [single]
2019
Joyero
Dogs
Release the Dogs
2019
Joyero
Time
Release the Dogs
2019
Kendra Amalie
Breathe Underwater
Intuition
2019
Kim Gordon
Hungry Baby
No Home Record
2019
King Crimson
Breathless
Meltdown: King Crimson Live in Mexico
2018
Kit Sebastian
Mantra Moderne
Mantra Moderne
2019
Kyle Craft
The Rager
Full Circle Nightmare
2018
Lake Ruth
Extended Leave
Extended Leave [single]
2019
Lana Del Rey
Season of the Witch
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark [sdtk]
2019
Last Dinosaurs
Dominos
Yumeno Garden
2018
LCD Soundsystem
Seconds
Electric Lady Sessions
2019
Liela Moss
Moon
My Name Is Safe in Your Mouth
2018
Light FM
Tourist
Tourist [single]
2019
Lighterthief w/Barry Andrews
Running with the Mothmen
Hard Listening
2010
Linda Smith
I So Liked Spring
All the Stars That Never Were
2014
Listening Center
Driveway
Paths and Surfaces
2018
Lloyd Cole
Violins
Guesswork
2019
Loose Wing
Moving Blankets
Loose Wing
2019
Lost Lander
Wonderful World
DRRT
2012
Lucy Dacus
My Mother & I
2019
2019
Matt LeMay
Sagittarius Song
Sagittarius Song [single]
2019
Mavis Piggott
Out of the Blue
Dream Home Heartaches…: Remaking/Remodeling Roxy Music
1997
Medicine
Listen to the Band
Scarred for Life
2019
Molly Burch
Only One
Only One [single]
2019
Monday Machines
Ruined Morning
Monday Machines
2010
Morrissey
I Thought You Were Dead
I Thought You Were Dead [single]
2019
My Darling Clementine
Stranger in the House
Country Darkness, Vol. 1
2019
My Drug Hell
Girl at the Bus Stop
This Is My Drug Hell
1996
Nine Inch Nails
Dead Souls
Dead Souls [bootleg]
1994
Nouvelle Vague
In a Manner of Speaking
Nouvelle Vague
2004
Ohmme
Give Me Back My Man
Give Me Back My Man [single]
2019
Omni
Delicacy
Delicacy [single]
2019
Omni
Flat Earth
Networker
2019
Out
Unreal Cities
Billie
2019
Paula Carino
Flying Dream
Flying Dream [single]
2019
Pernice Brothers
Mint Condition
Spread the Feeling
2019
Pete Shelley
Think for Yourself
Yellow Submarine Resurfaces [Mojo]
2012
Phil and the Osophers
Endeavour
Endeavour [single]
2019
Piroshka
What’s Next?
Brickbat
2019
Pixies
St. Nazaire
Beneath The Eyrie
2019
Pixx
Hysterical
Small Mercies
2019
Q-Tip
Barely in Love
Kamaal the Abstract
2001
R.E.M.
Revolution
Road Movie
1995
Ralph McTell
Michael In The Garden
The All-New Electric Muse: The Story of Folk Into Rock
1969
Randy VanWarmer
Convincing Lies
Warmer
1979
Redd Kross
When Do I Get to Sing ‘My Way’
Beyond the Door
2019
Richard Thompson
Woodstock
An All-Star Tribute to Joni Mitchell
2000
Robert Forster
Life Has Turned a Page
Inferno
2019
Robyn Hitchcock / Andy Partridge
Turn Me On, Deadman
Planet England
2019
RVG
Alexandra
Alexandra [single]
2019
RVG
Dying on the Vine
Dying on the Vine [single]
2019
Salt
Miracle Soul Pow(d)er
The Loneliness Of Clouds
2019
Salt
Some Strange Vision
The Loneliness Of Clouds
2019
Sam Fender
Will We Talk in the Morning?
Hypersonic Missiles
2019
Sasami
Jealousy
Sasami
2018
Seun Kuti
IMF [with M1 from Dead Prez]
A Long Way to the Beginning
2014
Sharon Van Etten
Hands
Remind Me Tomorrow
2019
Sinkane
Come Together
Aquarium Drunkard: Lagniappe Sessions
2019
Sparks
You’ve Earned the Right to Be a Dick
Hippopotamus
2018
Spiraling
Bye Bye Love
Substitution Mass Confusion: A Tribute to the Cars
2005
Spoon
No Bullets Spent
No Bullets Spent [single]
2019
Stephen Malkmus
Death and the Maiden
Under the Influence: 21 Years of Flying Nun Records
2002
Steve Goldberg and the Arch Enemies
When It Hits My Blood
 
2007
Swervedriver
Reflections
Think I’m Gonna Feel Better [single]
2019
Swervedriver
Good Times
Future Ruins
2019
Tancred
Underwear
Nightstand
2018
Tanya Donelly
The Law
Swan Song Series Bonus Tracks
2016
The Armoires
Alesandra 619
Zibaldone
2019
The Associates
Boys Keep Swinging
The Affectionate Punch
1979
The Bad Shepherds
The Model
Yan, Tyan, Tethera, Methera!
2009
The Belbury Circle
Forgotten Town [ft. John Foxx]
Outward Journeys
2017
The Black Watch
Julie [ft. Julie Schulte]
Julie [single]
2019
The Black Watch
Much of a Muchness
Crying All the Time! [single]
2019
The Black Watch
Oh Mary
Magic Johnson
2019
The Changelings
Riverman
Brittle Days: A Tribute to Nick Drake
1992
The Cush
The Vigilant Ones
Between the Leaves
2019
The Dead Shakers
Can You Take Me Back?
All Circles Vanish
2018
The Dream Syndicate
Space Age
These Times
2019
The Fernweh
Sunrise
Sunsighs [single]
2019
The Goalltheways
Silly Girl
Silly Girl and Tourist [Big Stir Digital Single No. 47]
2019
The GOASTT
You’re Gonna Miss Me
You’re Gonna Miss Me [single]
2019
The Golden Palominos
Strong, Simple Silences
Blast of Silence
1986
The Good Life
Album of the Year
Album of the Year
2004
The Gravel Pit
Favorite
Silver Gorilla
1999
The Heads with Andy Partridge
Papersnow
No Talking Just Head
1996
The Hot Rats
The Lovecats
Turn Ons
2016
The John Faye Power Trip
Whisper at the Top of My Lungs
The John Faye Power Trip
1999
The Kariannes
Every Word Means No
This Song Is a Cure [single]
2019
The Mekons
After The Rain
Deserted
2019
The Minus 5
My Master Bull
Stroke Manor
2019
The Mutton Birds
Straight to Your Head
Envy of Angels
1996
The New Pornographers
Higher Beams
In The Morse Code Of Brake Lights
2019
The Orielles
Old Stuff, New Glass
Silver Dollar Moment
2018
The Paranoid Style
A Goddamn Impossible Way of Life
A Goddamn Impossible Way of Life
2019
The Quiet Temple
Shades of Gemini
The Quiet Temple
2019
The Rain Parade
When You Smile
3×4
2019
The Rallies
All Over Town
Upside Down
2019
The Sour Notes
Cuttooth
This Is Not Our Music (Covers LP)
2018
The Starfolk
The Great Unknown
The Starfolk
2013
The Thermals
No Culture Icons
Don’t Look Down (Pitchfork TV)
2012
The Verlaines
I Am
Dunedin Spleen
2019
The Walker Brigade
Tower
Big Stir Singles: The Fourth Wave
2019
The Woolly Bushmen
Dense
In Shambles
2019
They Owe Us
Robots
Robots [single]
2019
Thom Yorke
Not the News
Anima
2019
Thom Yorke
Runwayaway
Anima
2019
Thurston Moore
Leave Me Alone
Pollination [single]
2019
Toy
You Make Me Forget Myself
Happy in the Hollow
2019
Ulrika Spacek
Lord Luck
Lord Luck [single]
2018
Vampire Weekend
Harmony Hall
Harmony Hall [single]
2019
Victor Krummenacher
Blue Pacific
Blue Pacific
2019
Wreckless Eric
Creepy People (In the Middle of the Night)
Transience
2019
Wye Oak
Fortune
Fortune [single]
2019
Yes
Everydays
Time And A Word
1970
Yohuna
Mirroring
Mirroring
2019

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2017: What Is an ‘Ablum’?

So here’s what 2017 looked like to me, musically.

My very favorite albums (in alphabetical order) were the following:

  • The Black Watch The Gospel According to John
  • Brief Candles Retreater
  • Caroline Says 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong
  • The Clientele Music for the Age of Miracles
  • Cotton Mather Wild Kingdom
  • Destroyer Ken
  • Game Theory Supercalifragile
  • Great Ytene Locus
  • Robyn Hitchcock Robyn Hitchcock
  • New Boss Third Sister
  • Novella Change of State
  • Omni Multi-Task
  • Spoon Hot Thoughts

I was pleasantly surprised by the Game Theory album…since it was an album salvaged from demos, fragments, and stray ideas, a work-in-progress when songwriter Scott Miller ended his life back in 2013. He’d intended this to be a collaborative project, and so it was: with the archival assistance of his widow, Kristine, and musical direction from Ken Stringfellow, a long list of musical collaborators pulled together an album that, miraculously, sounds quite distinctively like a Game Theory record.

My second tier of favorites for 2017 (there’s actually very little difference between these first two tiers):

  • The Bye Bye Blackbirds Take Out the Poison
  • The Dream Syndicate How Did I Find Myself Here?
  • Filthy Friends Invitation (Peter Buck, Corin Tucker, Scott McCaughey and Kurt Bloch, Bill Rieflin…)
  • Guided by Voices How Do You Spell Heaven? 
  • Ted Leo The Hanged Man
  • Thurston Moore Rock n Roll Consciousness
  • The New Pornographers Whiteout Conditions
  • Robert Plant Carry Fire
  • St. Vincent Masseduction
  • Sparks Hippopotamus
  • Wire Silver/Lead

And just a little below…:

  • Mark Eitzel Hey Mr. Ferryman
  • Grizzly Bear Painted Ruins
  • The Magnetic Fields 50 Song Memoir
  • Monks of Doom The Brontë Pin
  • The National Sleep Well Beast
  • Washington Hebrew (Michael Kentoff from The Caribbean) Washington Hebrew

My end-of-year best-albums songpile, Belgian Whistles, is drawn from the above (see next post for details and links).

The next levels are still really fine records:

Algiers The Underside of Power, Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile Lotta Sea Lice, Beck Colors, Benjamin Booker Witness, Dirty Projectors Dirty Projectors, Dutch Uncles Big Balloon,, Fleet Foxes Crack-Up, Guided by Voices August by Cake, Holy Hum All My Bodies, LCD Soundsystem American Dream, Queens of the Stone Age Villains, Lee Ranaldo Electric Trim, The Sadies Northern Passages, Slowdive Slowdive.

Dale Cooper Quartet & the Dictaphones Astrild Astrild, Brian Eno Reflection, The Fall New Facts Emerge, Father John Misty Pure Comedy, Nick Hakim Green Twins, Dhani Harrison In///Parallel, Liars TFCF, Lo Tom Lo Tom, Aimee Mann Mental Illness, Laura Marling Semper Femina, Eric Matthews Too Much World, Momus Pillycock, The Mountain Goats Goths, Sampha Process.

And, honorable mention to: Anton Barbeau Antronica 2, The Mike Benign Compulsion Kid, Big Thief Capacity, Cherry Glazerr Apocalipstick, Crystal Fairy Crystal Fairy, Karla Kane King’s Daughters Home for Incurables, Los Campesinos! Sick Scenes, Maximo Park Risk to Exist, Pixx The Age of Anxiety, The Proper Ornaments Foxhole, Real Estate In Mind, Ride Weather Diaries, Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble Find Me Finding You, Statuesque Accusative, Matthew Sweet Tomorrow Forever, Paul Weller A Kind Revolution.

The best EPs of the year: Anton Barbeau Heaven Is In Your Mind, Cotton Mather Young Life, Cate Le Bon Rock Pool, TC&I (Colin Moulding & Terry Chambers, formerly of XTC) Great Aspirations, Kamasi Washington Harmony of Difference.

 

(If I didn’t mention it, either I haven’t heard it, haven’t heard it enough, or remain meh on it…)

 

 

 

 

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A Metronome of Quilts: second 2015 covers mix

The last of my year-end flurry of mixes…this one consisting of the covers I most liked among those I ran into (or became reacquainted with) during the second half of 2015. Here it is: A Metronome of Quilts:

  1. Anton Barbeau “Sometimes I Wish I Was a Pretty Girl” (Robyn Hitchcock) 0:00
  2. Continental Drifters “When You Dance I Can Really Love” (Neil Young) 2:22
  3. Paul Myers “I Want to Tell You” (the Beatles) 6:00
  4. Grace Vonderkuhn “Love My Way” (Psychedelic Furs) 9:23
  5. Cristina Quesada “Just Like Honey” (Jesus & Mary Chain) 13:02
  6. Susanna Hoffs “Ghost of His Smile” (Sparklehorse) 15:05
  7. Show of Hands “The Boys of Summer” (Don Henley) 18:09
  8. Casper Iskov “Schizophrenia” (Sonic Youth) 22:14
  9. Field Report “Take Down Your Flag” (Peter Mulvey) 26:17
  10. The Unthanks “Shipbuilding” (Elvis Costello/Robert Wyatt) 29:28
  11. Makrosoft “Losing My Religion” (R.E.M.) 33:09
  12. PMJ ft. Sara Niemietz “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)” (Talking Heads) 38:11
  13. Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach “My Little Red Book” (Manfred Mann) 42:09
  14. Of Montreal “Time Will Show the Wiser” (Emitt Rhodes Merry-Go-Round/Fairport Convention cover) 44:34
  15. These United States “To Ramona” (Bob Dylan) 48:16
  16. Mandible “Cousin Kevin” (The Who) 52:14
  17. Popdudes “Kinder Murder” (Elvis Costello) 56:15
  18. Race Horses “No Man’s Land” (Syd Barrett) 59:26
  19. Manishevitz “Free Will and Testament” (Robert Wyatt) 1:01:25
  20. Leo Kottke “Eight Miles High” (The Byrds) 1:05:32
  21. Glenn Mercer “Third Stone from the Sun” (Jimi Hendrix) 1:09:02
  22. D’Cuckoo “No One Receiving” (Brian Eno) 1:15:35
  23. Corinne Bailey Rae “Since I’ve Been Loving You” (Led Zeppelin) 1:20:51
  24. White Flag “Wuthering Heights” (Kate Bush) 1:25:12
  25. XTC “Ella Guru” (Captain Beefheart) 1:29:09

As always (recently)…this is one big mp3 file. If you like any of the songs, please consider actually buying them.

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Winter Songpile 2015: Certified Clean Idol

Favorite songs that came my way during the last three months but which aren’t on albums I own (yet)…Certified Clean Idol:

  1. Ricked Wicky “Temporarily Inane” 0:00
  2. Moonsocket “The Way Is Shut” 2:56
  3. The Feelies “Fa Cé-La” (1977 single version) 6:25
  4. Raccoon Fighter “Mr. Cool” 9:15
  5. A Sunny Day in Glasgow “Jet Black, Starlist” 12:51
  6. Beliefs “1992” 15:40
  7. Very Fresh “Clean Touch” 19:37
  8. Red Krayola “Hurricane Fighter Plane” (1978 re-recording) 23:09
  9. Cotton Mather “Book of Changes” 26:10
  10. Surfer Blood “Island” 29:35
  11. Salad Boys “No Taste Bomber” 33:18
  12. Sheer Agony “Fizzical Lime” 38:12
  13. Eleanor Friedberger “False Alphabet City” 42:24
  14. Bad Bad Hats “Say Nothing” 45:58
  15. Strange Faces “I Saw Your Face” 48:46
  16. Primitive Parts “Miracle Skin” 51:04
  17. Poppy Seed and the Love Explosion “Look at You” 53:48
  18. Lionlimb “Turnstile” 1:00:15
  19. Mitylion “Maybe Tonite” 1:03:42
  20. Field Music “The Noisy Days Are Over” (single version) 1:07:33
  21. Preoccupied Pipers “Minor Doorsteps” 1:12:29
  22. Hop Along “Texas Funeral” 1:14:10
  23. The Black Ships “Dead Empires” 1:18:37
  24. Jesse R. Berlin “Wash Your Boat!” 1:23:36
  25. Alex Chilton “All of the Time” 1:27:19

(The link is to a single, long .mp3, sequenced and segued: if you like any of these songs, please consider actually purchasing them.)

 

 

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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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yet more 2012 (the end)

As has been the case for the past several years, I end up making 7 separate playlists covering the year’s music, with 25 tracks on each (and the occasional bonus track), for (at least) 175 tracks total. Here they are (none of that fancy last-name-first or disregard-articles stuff – I am too lazy…also, asterisks are covers):

  • A.C. Newman    Do Your Own Time
  • Adrian Belew    Me and My Arrow    *
  • Aimee Mann    Gamma Ray
  • All Tiny Creatures    Sleepless    *
  • Andrew Bird    The Crown Salesman
  • Arrica Rose    Tragedy    *
  • Arrington de Dionyso’s Malaikat dan Singa    Perawan Berawan
  • Beach Pigs    Catch Up in the Sun
  • Beachwood Sparks    Forget the Song
  • Bear In Heaven    Sinful Nature
  • Beauty Pill    This Is the Hidden Track
  • Beck    Pink Moon    *
  • Beirut    Santa Fe
  • Blessed Feathers    Hey! All You Floridians
  • Blue Epic    A Man Needs a Maid    *
  • Boris    Flare
  • Brian Ray    The Tears of a Clown    *
  • Bruce Cockburn    Incandescent Blue
  • California Wives    Marianne
  • Carolyn Mark    Not Like the Movies
  • Cate Le Bon    Puts Me To Work
  • Communist Daughter    Not The Kid
  • Constants    Sunrise
  • David Bronson    The Turns
  • Dead Leaf Echo    Act of Truth
  • Death Cab For Cutie    World Shut Your Mouth    *
  • Destroyer    Leave Me Alone    *
  • Dirty Projectors    About to Die
  • Divine Fits    I Was Born in a Laundromat    *
  • Divine Fits    Would That Not Be Nice
  • Drive-By Truckers    This Fucking Job
  • Elephant & Castle; Tune-Yards    En Memoria
  • Elliott Smith    Figure 8    *
  • Eternal Summers    Millions
  • Ex Cops    James
  • Father John Misty    Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings
  • Father John Misty    Do You Realize??    *
  • Father John Misty    This Is Sally Hatchet
  • Field Mouse    Falling (Twin Peaks Theme)    *
  • Field Music    Don’t Pass Me By    *
  • Field Music    Is This The Picture?
  • Field Report    Taking Alcatraz
  • Field Report    Captain Video
  • Gangi    Railways Nos. 1-27
  • Garland Jeffreys    Eggs
  • Garrison Starr    Between the Devil’s Rain and a Dying Language
  • Glen Campbell    Jesus    *
  • Great Lake Swimmers    Before They Make Me Run    *
  • Grizzly Bear    Yet Again
  • Helvetia    Rybro
  • Holograms    Chasing My Mind
  • Hospitality    Rikki Don’t Lose That Number    *
  • Howth    Wind Blows Cold
  • Hush Arbors/Arbouretum    New Scarab
  • Ida    Golden Hours    *
  • Iggy Pop    Low Life
  • Indians    I Am Haunted
  • J. Robbins    Fear Is a Man’s Best Friend    *
  • Jaill    Perfect Ten
  • Jason and the Scorchers    Absolutely Sweet Marie    *
  • Jay Farrar; Will Johnson; Anders Parker; Jim James    Old L.A.
  • Jeff Lynne    Strange Magic
  • Jesca Hoop    Ode to Banksy
  • Jim O’Rourke    Pictures of Adolf Again    *
  • John Cale    Scotland Yard
  • John Wesley Coleman III    A Clown Gave You a Baby
  • Johnny Bertram and the Golden Bicycles    Miracle
  • Johnny Marr    The Messenger
  • Jonathan Coulton    Todd the T1000
  • Jonathan King    A Modest Proposal (Swift’s Song)
  • Jonathan King    A Free Man In Paris    *
  • Joshua McCormack    Terminal Velocity
  • Julian Cope    Non-Alignment Pact    *
  • Jumbling Towers    Our Rehab Neighborhood
  • Juniper Tar    Via Chicago    *
  • Kelly Hogan    Constructive Summer    *
  • Ken Stringfellow    Shittalkers!
  • Lambchop    Gone Tomorrow
  • Lana Del Rey    Video Games [live on Letterman]
  • Levek    Girl in the Fog
  • Liars    WIXIW
  • Lilys    Well Traveled Is Protest
  • Lower Dens    Candy
  • Madmixmustang    From the Heart of Glass [Blondie vs. Philip Glass]   *
  • Malka Spigel    See It Sideways
  • Mark Eitzel    Oh Mercy
  • Maximo Park    Waves of Fear
  • Melody’s Echo Chamber    Crystallized
  • Melody’s Echo Chamber    I Follow You
  • Melody’s Echo Chamber    Some Time Alone, Alone
  • Michael the Blind    Who Is She?
  • Milk Maid    Do Right
  • Minimal Compact    Lay Lady Lay    *
  • Mock Suns    Cabinessence    *
  • Moons    Waves at Night
  • Motel Beds    Ladder Dancer
  • Mount Eerie    Ocean Roar
  • Mrs. Magician    There Is No God
  • MV & EE    Too Far To See
  • Nada Surf    See These Bones
  • Nada Surf    Teenage Dreams
  • Old Bricks    Anthem
  • Opossom    Blue Meanies
  • Oscar & The Majestics    I Can’t Explain    *
  • Ozone Baby    Let’s Pretend We’re Spies
  • Parquet Courts    Borrowed Time
  • Paul Brill    The Royal Oui
  • Paul Weller    Dragonfly
  • PS I Love You    Saskatoon
  • Punch Brothers    Just What I Needed    *
  • Pure Bathing Culture    Ivory Coast
  • Radiation City    Find It Of Use
  • Rebecca Gates and the Consortium; Rebecca Gates    Four Sticks    *
  • Rebecca Gates and the Consortium; Rebecca Gates    Lease and Flame
  • Rebecca Zapen    Addicted To Love    *
  • Rhett Miller    I Believe She’s Lying    *
  • Rhett Miller; Jon Brion    Cynthia Mask    *
  • Richard Buckner    Lost
  • Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians    Eight Miles High [rough mix]    *
  • Rosie Flores    Working Girl’s Guitar
  • Saucer    Shaken Baby Syndrome
  • Scott Walker    Phrasing
  • Sean0Sean    Don’t You Worry About a Thing
  • Sean0Sean    Living Room
  • Sera Cahoone    Naked
  • Sewing Machines    This Must Be the Place    *
  • Sharon Van Etten    Leonard
  • Shawn Lee    No Surprises    *
  • Shearwater    Breaking the Yearlings
  • Sia    Paranoid Android    *
  • Sic Alps    Glyphs
  • Silver Dapple    Soleil …lectrique
  • Snowmine    The Hill
  • Soundhog    Whole Lotta Helter Skelter [Led Zeppelin vs The Beatles]    *
  • Sparkle Jets UK    Above the Clouds    *
  • Stevie Jackson    Where Do All the Good Girls Go?
  • Strolling Scones    May This Be Love    *
  • Suckers    Chinese Braille
  • Superhumanoids    I Wanna Be Sedated    *
  • Swearin’    Kenosha
  • Teenage Fanclub    Like a Virgin    *
  • The Ampersands    Golems in Waves
  • The Cribs    Come on, Be a No-One
  • The Darcys    Peg    *
  • The Hathaways    Johnny Killed Susan
  • The Hidden Messages    Stalemate
  • The Holmes Brothers    I Want You to Want Me    *
  • The Maccabees    Go
  • The Mommyheads    Skinny White Uptight
  • The Monkees    Love Is Only Sleeping
  • The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart    Jeremy    *
  • The Phantom Family Halo    White Hot Gun
  • The Pharmacy    Dig Your Grave
  • The Raveonettes    My Tornado
  • The Young    Don’t Hustle For Love
  • thenewno2    Make It Home
  • Those Darlins    Screws Get Loose
  • Title Tracks    Turn Your Face
  • TKTTSM    Eyeyeye
  • Tom Jones    Bad As Me    *
  • Toy    Left Myself Behind
  • Toy    Colours Running Out
  • Ty Segall Band    I Bought My Eyes
  • Unicycle Loves You    Dropout Boogie    *
  • Union Avenue    Should I Stay Or Should I Go?    *
  • UV Pop    No Songs Tomorrow
  • Vinyl Williams    Harmonious Change
  • Vinyl Williams    Stellarscope
  • Violens    Der Microarc
  • Violens    Unfolding Black Wings
  • We Are Augustines    Book of James
  • Willie Wisely    Sunrise    *
  • Wolfmen    Needles In The Camel’s Eye    *
  • Writer    Hot Days
  • Zig Zags    Wastin’ My Time
  • Zula    Make Contact
  • [unknown]   “endless celestial sex”

 

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