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    It’s finally my favorite time of year again… Very excited to see what other have been listening to and what has captured you this year. The best thread for discovering new music!

    As of now, here is what I have (ordering is very approximate)…

    Best Albums 2015
    1. Father John Misty: I Love You, Honeybear
    2. Viet Cong: Viet Cong
    3. Youth Lagoon: Savage Hills Ballroom
    4. Gang of Youths – The Positions
    5. EL VY – Return to the Moon
    6. Courtney Barnett: Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
    7. Deerhunter: Fading Frontier
    8. Kendrick Lamar: To Pimp a Butterfly
    9. Kurt Vile: b’lieve i’m goin down
    10. Tame Impala: Currents

    11. Sharon Van Etten: I Don’t Want to Let You Down EP (I added this as #11 because I liked it, but it’s just an EP so I’m not sure it should be an “album”)

    vile bastard
    vile bastard

    Hey Jimbo – Your wish is my command so I am going to repeat the list of my top 5 albums of 2015 >

    1. Simone Felice – From The Violent Banks Of The Kaaterskill
    2. David Corley – Available Light
    3. David Ramirez – Fables
    4. Israel Nash – Israel Nash’s Silver Season
    5. Noah Gundersen – Carry The Ghost

    I would have included John Murry’s “The Resurrection Of John Quixano el Bueno” but for the fact it was produced in extremely low numbers over in Ireland and is, therefore, extremely elitist…….but then you recall, I am extremely elitist.

    I see your list is topped by Father John Misty and although I quite like it, think it has had the advantage of being massively hyped to appeal to hipsters. I sincerely think that the Miserablist Josh Tilman prior output was superior….. but then you will recall, I too am a Miserablist.

    Be interested to know what you make of David Corley who was on the crest of a wave earlier this year until his heart attack – thankfully survived.


    Agreed that the FJM album is so fucking hyped that it’s a challenging for any self respecting smug elitist bastard to put it on the top of their list. But I have to say it’s so damn popular because it deserves to be. Solid song-writing, original (enough) content, and very clever yet personal lyrics are a winning combination. Unlike yours, my list contains a multiple products of the hype machine, some deservedly so (#8) and others not as much (#10; but still a fun album).

    So far I listened to the first two on your list:
    1. Simone Felice – I couldn’t find the album name you mentioned (on Spotify). I did see that he released something called “Strangers” this year so I listened to that. It was a little hit or miss, as some of it felt like it was brushing up against the pop country zone for me. But there was other stuff that sounded great; notably the trumpet solo at the end of The Best That Money Can Buy took me by total surprise and was great. The two songs that followed (Heartland and Bastille Day) were both really good too.

    2. David Corley – Available Light. It looks like this was actually released in 2014, but I’ll cut you some slack considering it must hard for someone as elite as you to find even a few worthy albums in any given year. This fucking guy is great. I like litteraly every song on this album. Granted its my first listen and things often change over time, but at this point I feel very good about this one. Thanks for the solid recommendation.

    I’ll continue through your list next week.

    vile bastard
    vile bastard

    Mr Jimbo….. this is turning out to be our own personal thread but the traffic on this once vibrant site is so skinny that who cares?

    Firstly, I really appreciate that you took the time and effort to check out the stuff that floated my boat this year. I chose the list carefully and in light of the dialogue between you and AU regarding lack of inspiration. In truth my comprehensive list would definitely include Re-issued/ re-worked sets that came from Bob Dylan – Bootleg Series 12 Cutting Edge Collectors Edition (all 18 cds) cos I can listen to umpteen versions of Visions of Johanna all day long, the four cd Bruce Springsteen – The Ties That Bind (The River Collection) and Van Morrison’s – Astral Weeks remastered and expanded – one of my all time favourite albums.

    Re FJM – don’t get me wrong, I like him and his new persona even through the hype but still preferred the old Josh Tilman.

    The Simone Felice Kaaterskill album was released in about October this year and is a live retrospective of his career to date which includes songs from his involvement in THe Felice Brothers, The Duke & The King as well as solo stuff. He is as good live as in the studio and for me is the consummate artist, bringing a bit of musical theatre with him. On a 24 track album there are highs and some not so highs but watch the attached video please and evaluate.

    Corely is a strange fish having cut this first album at 54 years old…like a Tom Waits on speed? I was due to go see him in London but the date got switched last minute and I was away in Spain. (We go to the place where Sergio Leone made the Spaghetti Westerns cos it is a great place and very few Brits have discovered it. For years we haven’t seen a drop of rain but this time the desert turned into a fucking river – there is something wrong with that somehow).

    Anyhoot, Billy McCarthy has just announced his first solo tour at small venues over Europe. Luckily I’ve got tickets for two gigs in London and Brighton in February as the increased popularity of Augustines has upped the demand to see him.
    It is thanks to you and Katie that I became aware of how good Pela were and how talented (and troubled) Mr McCarthy is.


    another uninnocent
    another uninnocent

    Dear Bastardo, I’m listening, I’m listening, it’s not just the both of you, and doing due diligence on both your lists, thank you very much.


    I’ve cranked through the rest of your list. Some of it I’ve heard before others I have not.

    David Ramirez – My cousin told me about this album earlier this year and I’ve had the same reaction when listening to it again now. Some songs (Communion, for example) I find myself completely amazed by while others (Hold On, for example) I fine almost uncomfortable to listen to. It’s the songs that don’t really jive with me that keep this from being daily listener and hence prevent me from getting to know it intimately. Don’t worry David, it’s me, not you…
    (On a side note, my cousin saw him in concert last month and said it was really really good, so maybe that’s all I need.)

    Israel Nash – Never heard of this guy before, but I like him a lot. Unlike Mr. Ramirez I find Israel Nash to be very consistent and also with a unique style (psych-blues-americana) that I find very pleasing. Not sure how I’ve never heard of him before, but I’ll make sure and keep an eye out now.

    Noah Gundersen – I like the highly emotional aspect of his music, but doesn’t really connect with me for some reason. Reminds me a bit of other bands that I love (Evening Hymns / JBM), but for some reason this version seems a little too polished which maybe takes away a little for me. That said, I’ve only listened to the album once, so repeated listens could really pull me in…

    Based on what I know of your musical taste (VB), I think you should check out Gang of Youths. Although it’s much more upbeat and loud that all of the albums on your list it does have several solid rock anthem with a singer that can really belt it out at the apex of a song. Some of the lyrical content is quite miserable too which is nice. I recommend to you because I do feel a bit of a Pela/Augustines influence there, but maybe that’s just me…



    I have not listened to 10 new albums this year…but my favorites are
    Two Gallants – We Are Undone
    Chemical Brothers – Born in the Echoes
    El Vy – Return to the Moon
    David Gilmour – Rattle That Lock
    I had another one, but it’s not coming to me at the moment.

    vile bastard
    vile bastard

    Hello again Jimbo, AU and Carol.

    If just one of my bullets has hit your target then consider my work done.

    Jimbo, Ramirez is an angry man and I like that his edge comes across in his music.
    Israel Nash’s previous release (Rain Plans) was probably superior to Silver Season but (obviously) time barred on this thread.
    I clearly recall your fondness for Evening Hymns and agree that Noah Gundersen is in the same envelope. He is 26 years old but has been on the road for 8 years honing his craft. I think he has picked up the baton that was dropped by Jackson Browne but one man’s meat and all that……

    A confession. I have never been able to relate to any Australian band. From The Easybeats to Inxs to Gang Of Youths. I cannot explain why because I like and generally get on well with Aussies.
    Vile Bastard Junior, however, appreciates GOY and has instructed me to point you towards Holy Holy who seem to be attracting a large and dedicated following. VB jnr stood alongside Noel Gallagher and other glitterati watching them play a recent London gig.

    Happy New Year!


    I have never been able to relate to any Australian band.

    but, but, but…. What about Nick Cave or INXS (or even some of Courtney Barnett’s slower ones like Depreston or Anonymous Club)?


    I am Australian, and I too have never been able to relate to an Australian band.

    Having said that, apparently my most played album (released in 2015) was Currents.

    It was quite a disappointing year for music 2015.

    Next year is looking more hopeful with the new Frightened Rabbit just around the corner.


    Next year is looking more hopeful with the new Frightened Rabbit just around the corner.

    I haven’t heard much about this, have they released a single?



    I haven’t heard any singles or album announcements, but going by their twitter there should be something announced soon. I think we’re late for an annual thread, by the way.



    Bad list of good 2015 music

    1) Spoon River – Original Cast Recording. My love of all things Richard Buckner drew me to this and they produced something equally as brilliant from the same source material.

    2) Bry Webb and the Providers – Live at Massey Hall. I wuz there. Magical night

    3) Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress. Finally saw them in concert. wow.

    4) John Moreland – High on Tulsa Heat – Finally saw him too. Only Canadian stop so far and I would love to see him back

    5) Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I…. Seeing her in May – Yahoo!

    6) Mikal Cronin MCIII.

    7) Barrence Whitfield & The Savages – Under the Savage Sky

    8) Daniel Romano – If I’ve Only One Time Askin’

    switched over to vinyl almost exclusively, that’s why it is a top 8 vs a top 10 or 20.

    Best Concerts/Plays

    Jim Bryson at my house
    Richard Laviolette and his Country Parade at my house
    Matthew Ryan at Dean’s house in Grosse Point
    (really into house concerts these days)

    Spoon River – ended up seeing the play 3 times.

    Constantines at Call the Office. Loved it so much, bought the original concert poster. It is amazing and another thing to start to collect.

    Wolfe Island Music Fest. Ended up dancing with Hayden for a couple songs, starfucker that I am.

    Barrance Whitfield and the Savages at Call The Office. Great night.

    Cheers – T



    Re: Australian bands, I really love Casino Twilight Dogs by Youth Group.
    And I go back and forth about the Go-Betweens and Robert Forster.
    This has nothing to do with 2015 albums.

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