For some reason 2015 was for me the year of the female rocker. Every year, I try to listen to new music and not fall into the trap of listening to the same White Strip songs over and over again. (Not that they’re not good, but variety is the spice of life, or whatever.)
Anyhow, the top songs I enjoyed from 2015 turned out to be from female rockers, lead by Courtney Barnett. If you haven’t checked her shit out, I highly recommend it. Not each of these songs were released in 2015, but most were:
It’s been an interesting year in music for me. So much great stuff tumbling out of Spotify, it’s been hard to keep up! (I did pull together mixes based on my favorite tracks from the spring, summer and fall.) With all of these great songs, there really haven’t been many albums that have kept my attention.
But the one that did were great! Here were my favorites:
Ex Hex – Rips
I love the meta description from their website: “Ex Hex is what your older brother’s friends listened to. It’s what your babysitters listened to.” My description (to my brother): the Ramones crossed with Sleater-Kinney. (His response, “isn’t that what Sleater-Kinney is?”)
St Vincent – St Vincent
As discussed before, it’s an electronic, rock, vocal mix of songs that really catch me.
Spoon – They Want My Soul
Great album from one of the all time great bands. If you haven’t read the New York Times Magazine article on them, I suggest you check it out.
Todd Terje – It’s Album Time
Loungy (loungey?), moody and strange. Caused my assistant to come into my office and say “what is that you’re playing.” But captivating at the same time.
Real Estate – Atlas
These ‘surf rock’ dudes fill an important ecological niche in my household: great sounding music that isn’t too ‘hard’ for the kids and Veronica. Managed to push Jack Johnson off the radio.
I took a quick gander at Metacritic and it seems that some top albums are represented on their Best of 2014 list: St Vincent was #2 and Ex Hex was #18. Well, at least I didn’t like A.K.A. by Jennifer Lopez, their lowest rated album of the year!
What great lyrics. Here’s a sample:
Remember the time we went and snorted
That piece of the Berlin Wall that you’d extorted
And we had such a laugh of it
Prostrate on my carpet
Spring of 2014 has been a great one for new music. Past favorites like Beck, The Black Keys, Ray Montagne and The Roots all released new albums, and I discovered new to me favorites like Neon Trees, Cloud Nothings and The War On Drugs.
Most of all, Man Man’s 2013 song Head On [Hold On To Your Heart] was played over and over:
Anyhow, here is the mix of music I really enjoyed this spring, all just for you:
It’s an electronic, rock, vocal mix of songs that really catch me. The song Birth in Reverse, is a bouncy dance track, littered with mini-guitar solos and electronic fuzz, and it’s about … well, who knows what:
Like a birth in reverse
What I saw through the blinds
You could say that I’m saying phenomenal lies
On the cosmic eternity party line
Was a birth in reverse in America
But it’s as catchy as hell.
For more about St Vincent, check out Sasha Frere-Jones’s piece in the New Yorker, or take a listen yourself:
Reading my old journal from 2003 – 2005 this evening, and I came across an entry that commented on how bad the band Yes, was.
Thanks to Spotify, I could fire up Owner Of A Lonely Heart and Roundabout and take a fresh listen… and I was pleasantly surprised. I’m not going to “star” the songs on Spotify, but certainly better than I thought.
The Strokes are stuck in my head again this morning, and mostly Welcome to Japan.
I didn’t want to notice
Didn’t know the gun was loaded
Didn’t really know this
What kind of asshole drives a Lotus?
Wow. An acoustic and somewhat country version of OutKast’s “Hey Ya!” which is pretty good. Definitely worth a listen.