December 31, 2015
A bit of background from my 2013 preamble for those new to my lists:
I do this more for me — as a way of discovering new music — than for you, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want you to get as much joy from these amazing artists as I did this year. My list-making secret is to start a “long list” of albums I like at the beginning of the year. I keep adding when something strikes my fancy and use the year-end holidays to figure out which ones really made the cut.
There are seven females (or female lead bands) on the list this year — same as last year, but better than 2013. This year I notice the laid-back sound of many of these albums and I’m particularly struck by the split between other-worldly electronic stuff and rootsy singer-songwriter stuff.
I’d say the Allan Rayman album is my favorite of the year that just about no one knows about.
Finally, this list was made a bit harder this year with the shutting down of Rdio and my move to Spotify thereafter. Having tried them all, I still think Rdio had the best service with a good understanding of how community can make a service richer and increase lock-in. I don’t think the race to be the ultimate music streaming service is near complete — I only hope we can keep the competition healthy and innovating until we get there.
For those interested, my previous Top 30 Albums are still online:
- Top 30 Albums of 2010
- Top 30 Albums of 2011
- Top 30 Albums of 2012
- Top 30 Albums of 2013
- Top 30 Albums of 2014
And now, my Top 30 Albums of 2015! Enjoy!
Note these are in alphabetical order. I could never rank these absolutely — it would change daily.
- Sound & Color by Alabama Shakes
- But You Caint Use My Phone (Mixtape) by Erykah Badu
- Imager by Barbarossa
- Fi by Bibio
- Vulnicura by Björk
- The Magic Whip by Blur
- Another One by Mac Demarco
- Caracal by Disclosure
- Surf by Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment
- Elaenia by Floating Points
- Morning/Evening by Four Tet
- Currency of Man by Melody Gardot
- Vestiges & Claws by José González
- Art Angels by Grimes
- Sunday by HNNY
- Ego Death by The Internet
- In Colour by Jamie xx
- Goon by Tobias Jesso Jr.
- To Pimp A Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar
- Lustmore by Lapalux
- Peace Is The Mission by Major Lazer
- Beauty Pageant by Kacey Musgraves
- Hotel Allan by Allan Rayman
- Company by Slime
- Carrie & Lowell by Sufjan Stevens
- Songs to Make Up To by Ta-ku
- Currents by Tame Impala
- Love Songs For Robots by Patrick Watson
- White Men Are Black Men Too by Young Fathers
- XTLP by μ-Ziq
I’d love to know what albums we have in common and which ones you think should have made my list but didn’t. Use the comments people, don’t be shy!
That’s 6 YEAR OLD son is on the terrorist watchlist is both ridiculous and disturbing:
Happy New Year Samuel! I hope 1663 will be a good year for you.
Having staid as long as I thought fit, to my infinite content, it being the greatest pleasure I could wish now to see at Court, I went out.
— Samuel Pepys (@samuelpepys) December 31, 2015
Just published my Top 30 Albums of 2015.
THREE of them will SHOCK YOU!!!
Star Wars is pretty much Hogan’s Heroes In Space
Just hit a page on last.fm that had 109 trackers/tags/cookies on it.
Toronto’s Donut Raccoon is better than New York’s Pizza Rat.
December 29, 2015
Had to look at a picture of myself to know what colour my eyes are.
December 27, 2015
Rewatching the first season of Fargo just to remember what snow looks like
Tweet like no one is watching, because no one is.
I have no idea why you follow me, but thanks for letting me into your life in itty bitty bits.
December 26, 2015
My mom is healthy, happy, and sharp at (almost) 95 years old.
I really hope I got her genes! pic.twitter.com/jkJ99Cfh2f
December 25, 2015
So pretty, I’m having a hard time reconciling they’re meant to be eaten. Then again, what’s Venus ever done for me. pic.twitter.com/ljJoUyI9Xl
Japanese chocolate solar system is wonderful despite lack of Pluto pic.twitter.com/Td3VP8O6GQ
My Christmas loot. These people know me. pic.twitter.com/GTOl5cwQSF
December 24, 2015
Watching Die Hard
December 23, 2015
Don’t think I shared any of these fake virals but I did fall for a few.
December 22, 2015
Now that I’VE seen Star Wars TFA I guess we can start talking about spoilers.
December 20, 2015
December 19, 2015
Close your eyes and Martin O’Malley sounds just like William Sanderson. pic.twitter.com/Grkb3j03DI
December 15, 2015
I think they have a side bet that the first person who says “boots” pays for the first round at the bar later.
The minor candidates should work to get Trump’s goat. Needle him and talk over him until he snaps.
December 13, 2015
🎤 “Now we can swim any day in November.” 🎤 pic.twitter.com/0NSObNErkV
Reminder: Weather is not climate, even if it supports your argument.
The distinction between Islamism and Islam is crucial.
This is particularly difficult for atheists to see.
December 12, 2015
Imagine you’re the company rep at this town council meeting.
My eyes would roll so hard they’d fall out.
While I love the praise Canada is getting for taking 25K refugees, Germany is the role model – over 1 million so far.
December 11, 2015
Kickstarter to get Luis Scola a haircut