During this festive season, you should think about where you’ve been and where you’re going (thanks Jimmy V), what records made you crazy in 2015, how you can improve your community, your family life, your health, ok your record collection too. And exactly who is that proud man in the picture? (More on him in a minute).Reflect and party. Give thanks. Make year-end lists. Spend NYE w/Steve + Steve.
Get our drift? No one ponders history more than us. During this festive season, you should think about where you’ve been and where you’re going (thanks Jimmy V), what records made you crazy in 2015, how you can improve your community, your family life, your health, ok your record collection too. And exactly who is that proud man in the picture? (More on him in a minute).
First, a brief promotional announcement: Hanging around JC on New Year’s? Well, dance and drink your way into 2016 with a Steve+Steve New Year’s Eve bash at The Citizen (formally The Dopeness), 332 2nd Street—just steps from the shop and Lucky 7 too (if you are making the rounds). We’ll be spinning from 9 PM-2 AM and The Citizen is offering a great $40 open bar deal (well drinks and select beers) plus some midnight snacks. There will be free t-shirts to a few lucky dancers, some champagne, plenty of trash talk as Steve+Steve wrestle for control of the decks and your musical attention. But don’t miss starting off 2016 with so much joy. WE WANT YOU THERE.
(Cough) OK, on to the MASSIVE amount of lists. Let’s start off with a some awards, observations and lists from Iris:
Customer Of The Year (in photo above with cookie): Johnnie Row, also known locally as “Mr Music.” He wins this award hands-down, if for nothing more than for his quiet, sheer determination. In his mid-60s and on bicycle even in the wind and rain, Johnnie shops at store 4 or 5 times a week and somehow keeps squeezing out winning 45s, many for 50 cents. According to a recent interview, he has given up the wild New Year’s of his youth, opting for family get-togethers where they sometimes drink too much. He is also an obvious throwback to Jersey City’s past, still selling newspapers daily at the corner of Communipaw and Garfield Avenues. Congrats Johnnie! A special gift awaits you at the front desk. Long may you run.
Albums Of The Year (my personal selections): Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp A Butterly,” Natalie Prass (self-titled), Sufjan Stevens “Carrie And Lowell,” Julia Holter “Have You In My Winderness,” Mercury Rev “The Light In You”
Albums Of The Year (store sales): Tame Impala “Currents,” Jamie xx “In Colour,” Kendrick Lamar “To Pimp A Butterfly, Lana Del Rey (all)
Used Records Of The Year (store sales): Otis Redding, Michael Jackson, Warren Zevon’s “Excitable Boy,” Sly & The Family Stone, Bruce Springsteen, Steely Dan “Aja,” The Smiths, Tom Waits, Earth Wind & Fire
Reissues We Can’t Order Fast Enough: Nirvana, Joy Division, Amy Winehouse, Bob Marley, Miles Davis, John Coltrane
Hot, Upticking Vinyl Genre Trend: Industrial and avant-garde electronic music both saw increases in sales. 45s across the board remain popular.
Cold As Ice Downticking Vinyl Genre Trend: the 12″ hip-hop single has been completely forgotten (albums are ok), non-hit 70s soul is still in a bear market.
Overblown Format Trend Of The Year: Yawn, the return of the cassette. OK, so some customers are looking for rare tapes. Most people don’t care.
Most Popular Iris Records T-Shirt: black with multi-colored Iris logo (shirts and tote bags available here, just page down and purchase through Shopify.)
Annoying Customer Trend Of The Year: Wearing headphones in store and not being part of the Iris world. What is the point of leaving home?
Best Live In-Store Music:
Hey Anna http://tinyurl.com/z4p5hyv
Iris Employee Of The Year: Steve Silvestri wins (again). Working the front desk at Iris is not for the faint of heart. Just the bullshit story-telling you must tolerate can put you in the hospital. Steve pulls it off with great ease and changes CD cases at the same time. Bravo!
JC Record Riot Weather Summary: 3 out of 4 rainouts in 2014, no rainouts in 2015. Yo, the trend is your friend. More Record Riots are on the way.
Random Political Prediction: Donald Trump will drop out of the Presidential Race when he realizes that he will not win and will therefore look bad. He will drop out and say “I could have won but I chose not to” like the stupid playground bully he is. (Remember that you heard it here first).
“Dangerous Dave’s” Another Goddamn Top 10 Picks of 2015
(Dave Feldman is the lead singer of Wyldlife and is JC’s resident wise ass/wildman. We anxiously await his band’s new LP.)
10) The Mandates, In The Back Of Your Heart (Taken BY Surprise Records) The first time I heard of this band was a few years back in some little record shop in Ottawa, and while the store-owners said “they’re Canadian,” their LP cover and packaging said “Despite all that, you should take me seriously.” And I did take them seriously, and boy am I glad… Fast forward to this year, I was lucky enough to have a copy sent my way of their newest LP, “In the Back of Your Heart.” It sounds like if The Cars got in a high-speed collision with The Cute Lepers. For lovers of power pop and punk alike.
CHECK OUT: “Messin’ Around” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAdjGOZoR4I
9) The Flesh Panthers, Flesh Panthers (Tall Pat Records)
Goddamn, I used to know these snaggletoothed dudes back when they were in a band called The Van Buren Boys. They impressed me then but are straight blowing me away now. The Flesh Panters are a fuzzy psychy garage band from Chicago not dissimilar from The Black Lips but putting their own fuzzy, “let’s get fucked” spin on everything. They know too much dirt about me from the first time we toured the Windy City so I can’t say anything bad… but I wouldn’t want to anyway because they’re great and they’re fans of Oasis and we need to stick together.
CHECK OUT: “Teethe” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nopUf535s2E
8) Warm Soda, Symbolic Dream (Castle Face Records)
These guys are from Oakland, a city where it’s cool to be dumb as far as the rock scene goes. These guys actually have really smart songwriting and intelligent lyrics that are masked behind a low-fi guitars and drums, reminiscent of when The Strokes sounded their best. This newest is definitely my favorite of the Warm Soda LPs.
CHECK OUT: “Symbolic Dream” (Or the whole goddamn album) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4533nPNEBZo
7) Dr. Boogie, Gotta Get Back to New York City (Dead Beat Records)
Despite the album/single title, these guys are an LA-based quartet that write music in the vein of The Small Faces or early 70s Stones with a vocal rasp like The Black Crows. I actually hate the Black Crows, but I really like Dr. Boogie. In a world where the biggest “ROCK” music is being made by folks who look like work in a Texas Instruments calculator lab, it’s good to see REAL rock ’n’ roll being made and played by people who look, sound and act like REAL rock ’n’ rollers. This shit makes me want to drive around in an old car, smoke cigs and look for trouble.
CHECK OUT: “Get Back to New York City” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEZbidRpyLc
6) Mike Krol, Turkey (Merge Records)
After his second self-released album, Mike had one and only one goal: to be on the Merge Records roster, and he did exactly that with this third record. At a mere 18 minutes long, this record lasts shorter than most meals, but brings a big bite. This is not just a testament to the DIY ethos that rock music is all about, this it is living proof that if you put in the time and effort, you can make your dreams come true, no matter how loud, delayed and screechy they may seem.
CHECK OUT: “This is the News” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmx4jdun7IU
5) OBNIIIs, Worth A Lot Of Money (12XU Records)
This is a group of four dirty white boys channeling their boredom with the Lone Star State into simple, loud and catchy garage rock. Headed by Orville Bateman Neeley III, these dudes sound like The Stooges or the MC5 if they came out of the South instead of Detroit. Not a single dud on this one and again, the best of the OBNIIIs catalog.
CHECK OUT: The entire album https://www.cmj.com/album-stream-premiere-obn-iiis/
4) Terry and Louie, Can Ya Tell Me? (How Life Goes On) (Tuff Break Records)
The only 7” on my top 10 list this year goes to Terry Six and King Louie, two former bandmates of the ill-fated Exploding Hearts. Like many of the Hearts material, “Can Ya Tell Me” is a poppy and sad and semi-self effacing. I don’t think it could have been written by anybody else This is just one of the many great releases to come out this year on Six’-own Tuff Break label. I can’t answer the question, but I guess life really does go on and I am very glad to hear these guys are back writing and performing together again.
CHECK OUT: “Can Ya Tell Me?” https://tuffbreak.bandcamp.com/album/terry-louie-can-ya-tell-me-how-life-goes-on-45-single
3) Baby Shakes, Starry Eyes (Lil’ Chewy Records)
It has to be addressed that Baby Shakes are the babeliest babes playing rock music today. Luckily they have the goods to back up the looks. Starry Eyes sounds like what most would imagine when hearing the phrase “a good time.” Poppy, stompy… a perfect auditory companion to anyone’s summer, best-served beachside with some frosty beers.
CHECK OUT: “Summer Sun” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuHU5yAOYik
2) Barreracudas, Can Do Easy (Oops Baby Records)
I waited a long time for this second release from the ‘Cudas and it was more than worth it. Every track on this record flawlessly executes the ability to sing along to a chorus on the listener’s first go around. They sound more like Tom Petty and the HeartBreakers than Kiss, but listening to this record brings the same feeling of excitement that shook you the first time you heard “Rock and Roll All Night (And Party Every Day).” Adrian Barrera is probably one of the funniest lyricists around, but the group’s ability to write hooks is no laughing matter. These songs are tuff, fun, honest, and unparalleled in strength through brevity.
CHECK OUT: I’ll be damned if I’m only choosing one track. You better hear the whole damn thing right here… https://oopsbabyrecords.bandcamp.com/album/can-do-easy-lp
1) Dirty Fences, Full Tramp (Slovenly Recordings)
Not just because of this fantastic album, not because of the numerous WFMU apperances or the cross-dressing music videos are The Dirty Fences worthy of all of the praise they receive and will receive. It’s all of that and none of that. These guys are the hardest-working band out today and it shows. Anyone lucky enough to have caught their live show can tell how being on the road 1/3 of the year turned these four NY schlemiels into a machine. Songs like “Judy (Don’t Go)” and “Heartbeater” are stand outs, but the entire album is tuff and cohesive like the four young men performing it. Full Tramp is a Harley Davidson with leather wheels being ridden by a denim-clad skeleton in sunglasses.
CHECK OUT: “Judy (Don’t Go)” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3a5cTeU_Ts
Jason Lamphier’s Top 50 Tracks Of 2015
(Jason is a Jersey City-based freelance music journalist, writing for publications like Bullett, Details, Out and Vman. And shhh, he’s one of our favorite customers!)
50. “Silhouettes (I, II, III)” – Floating Points
49. “4 Degrees” – ANOHNI
48. “bodyache” – Purity Ring
47. “Leave a Trace” – CHVRCHES
46. “Can’t Keep Checking My Phone” – Unknown Mortal Orchestra
45. “XTC” – DJ Koze
44. “Them Changes”– Thundercat (feat. Flying Lotus & Kamasi Washington)
43. “Ryderz” – Hudson Mohawke
42. “Something Soon” – Car Seat Headrest
41. “Morning Side” – Four Tet
40. “The Traveller” – Beach House
39. “Anything” – TOPS
38. “Rewind” – Kelela
37. “Don’t Wanna Fight” – Alabama Shakes
36. “Run Away With Me” – Carly Rae Jepsen
35. “Your Heart Still Beating” – Lower Dens
34. “Pedestrian at Best” – Courtney Barnett
33. “Alright” – Kendrick Lamar
32. “No Sleeep” – Janet Jackson
31. “Coffee” – Miguel (feat. Wale)
30. “Where Are Ü Now” (with Justin Bieber) – Jack Ü (Skrillex, Diplo)
29. “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)” – Jamie xx (feat. Young Thug and Popcaan)
28. “Unputdownable” – Róisín Murphy
27. “Time, As a Symptom” – Joanna Newsom
26. “I’m A Ruin” – Marina and the Diamonds
25. “PPP” – Beach House
24. “Kill V. Maim” – Grimes
23. “Night Song” – Julia Holter
22. “Hello” – Adele
21. “Without You” – Tobias Jesso Jr.
20. “leaves” – Miguel
19. “Breaker” – Deerhunter
18. “Feel You” – Julia Holter
17. “Gosh” – Jamie xx
16. “Hello” – Erykah Badu (feat. André 3000)
15. “Let It Happen” – Tame Impala
14. “Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)” – Father John Misty
13. “Can Never Be Myself When You’re Around” – Chromatics
12. “Flesh without Blood” – Grimes
11. “Fourth of July” – Sufjan Stevens
10. “Can’t Feel My Face” – The Weeknd
9. “Loud Places” – Jamie xx (feat. Romy)
8. “When You’re Smiling and Astride Me” – Father John Misty
7. “Eventually” – Tame Impala
6. “My Baby Don’t Understand Me” – Natalie Prass
5. “Should Have Known Better” – Sufjan Stevens
4. “Depreston” – Courtney Barnett
3. “Stonemilker” – Björk
2. “Hotline Bling” – Drake
1. “REALiTi (Demo)” – Grimes
Jason’s Top 15 Albums of 2015
15. Floating Points – Elaeina
14. Tobias Jesso Jr. – Goon
13. Natalie Prass – Natalie Prass
12. Deerhunter – Fading Frontier
11. Björk – Vulnicura
10. Miguel – Wildheart
9. Janet Jackson – Unbreakable
8. Beach House – Depression Cherry
7. Joanna Newsom – Divers
6. Julia Holter – Have You in My Wilderness
5. Grimes – Art Angels
4. Jamie xx – In Colour
3. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
2. Tame Impala – Currents
1. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
Redscroll Records’ Top Ten Under The Radar Releases Of 2015:
(Alphabetically – mostly because everyone who works here contributed a little and ordering them would have turned the worm.)
(Redscroll is one of the east coast’s best indie stores, located in Wallingford, CT, just north of New Haven. Iris carries their label’s records, along with other great CT releases like the aforementioned Mountain Movers. More info on their store here.)
(Dolch) “I & II Comp” (Ván Records)[Note: this band starts with “(“ and not “D” which is why it’s first and we at Redscroll are that specific about the alphabet!] Everything about the aesthetic says doom/black metal with a reverbed fuzz and vocal style akin to myriad shoegaze bands. If I was told that I might run the other way knowing that other bands fitting that description have fallen flat. What if I take that all back and just say, “fuzzed out illbient vibes through a black mirror”?!
Broken English Club “Suburban Hunting” (Cititrax)
I know that unless there is some unique connection between a particular artist and some other more main stream artist it’s hard to get attention as a producer of dark experimental music (how long did Oneohtrix Point Never put in work before getting recognized for it?). Broken English Club uses a lot of the aesthetics of Post-Punk, No-Wave and Industrial (think E.N. more than N.I.N.) music, but without being so out there that you can’t dance to it yet not being so in the pocket that you can refuse to.
DJ Nigga Fox “Noite E Dia” (Principe Records)
Lisbon, Portugal is where this label is based out of and maybe that’s why I don’t catch wind of their releases from many directions around here (other than when I order and specifically look for them of course). African influenced sounds like Kuduro, Batida, Kizomba, Funaná & Tarrachinha put into a house techno blender.
King Dude “Songs Of Flesh And Blood – In The Key Of Light” (Not Just Religious Music)
Personal and tragically dark folk.
Antoni Maiovvi & Umberto “Law Unit” (Death Waltz Originals)
Two synth monsters on one release. Neither overshadowing the other. I got more, “Who is this?’s,” from this playing in the store than any other release this past year. Sure, that might have something to do with how much I played it, but nevertheless. I didn’t see much coverage of this beyond footnotes here and there. Maybe if it was an actual soundtrack and not just an album designed like one and put out by a mostly soundtrack label…
Mdou Moctar “Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai” (Original Soundtrack Recording)
This is an actual soundtrack! It is not by a synth monster. It’s by a Taureg guitar monster. Mdou Moctar plays the Prince-ly part in this Niger based take on “Purple Rain” (the movie). It doesn’t take much of any musical cues from the purple one (the movie which I’ve yet to see beyond a trailer and some stills definitely takes many cues). The title translates to, “Rain the Color Blue with a Little Red In It.” Heavy psych to the serene. Hoping I’ll get to see the movie soon.
Mountain Movers “Death Magic” (Safety Meeting Records)
This one is a bit hyper-local to us. New Haven band on a New Haven label. This run of records sold out real fast and with good reason. It’s their best effort yet! Dan Greene, the main song writer of the group, used to be in The Butterflies of Love (many releases on the Fortuna Pop! Label and a rumored turn down of a deal with 4AD – I should maybe talk to Dan about that). The label is rounded out with some of the state’s finest who’ve been in myriad other bands (so many that I don’t even want to start to list them). This record is some folk rock pop of the finest pedigree and just because they don’t tour so much doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be getting offers from all over.
Satyricon “Live At The Opera” (Napalm Records)
Josh’s most played record of the year! Loud symphonic fast metal with moaning opera singers and growling contrasted vocals.
Wrekmeister Harmonies “Night Of Your Ascension” (Thrill Jockey Records)
It’s quiet and then it’s loud. Many many special guests from The Body to Mind Over Mirrors to Twilight and beyond – all taking their moment to add to these pair of massive tracks.
Chelsea Wolfe “Abyss” (Sargent House)
Her fifth album and with the strength especially of the previous two this one didn’t quite get the recognition it probably should have as Chelsea confronts her “hazy afterlife.”
Some more worth mentioning:
John Carpenter “Lost Themes” (Sacred Bones)
Dirt Devil (no label yet insofar as I know – just this promising video: https://youtu.be/iDX3vQR0eVY)
King Midas Sound / Fennesz “Edition 1” (& Instrumentals) (Ninja Tune)
Phemale “Dullard” (Erotic Mange, Cassette Only)
Police Des Moeurs “Ceux Qui Restent” (Mannequin Records)
XL Middleton “Tap Water” (Mofunk Records featuring labelmate Moniquea on a stellar track)
And, of course, we had 3 releases we’re proud of and definitely listened to frequently this past year:
Hex Inverter “Hex Inverter” CD & LP (Joint Release With Translation Loss Records)
Nothing Israel / The//Moon (Split Tape Release between two CT adventurous beat producers)
Theologian “A Means By Which To Break The Surface Of The Real” (First release using the sub-label moniker Nothing Under The Sun)
Jim Testa’s Most Memorable Maxwell’s Shows
(Jim has covered the NY/NJ music scene since before most of you were born. He writes and edits JerseyBeat.com and can be seen lurking at many live shows. You can also read Jersey Beat’s end of the year lists here.)
1. The Individuals / The Cucumbers – 1980
The second time I ever went to a show at Maxwell’s, notable because I met
Glenn Morrow and the Cucumbers (Jon and Deena) that night and we’ve
remained good friends for 35 years.
2. R.E.M. – The boys from Athens played Maxwell’s twice before they blew
up, hawking their Hibtone Records 7″ of “Radio Free Europe.” At the show
I remember best, Peter Holsapple of the dB’s came out for the encores and
they did the dB’s “Neverland” and an amazing cover of “Sloop John B.”
3. Husker Du, New Year’s Eve 1989 – Husker Du played Maxwell’s quite a few
times starting in the early Eighties and always delivered an amazing show,
but this New Year’s Eve bash turned into a crazy afterhours party that
I’ll never forget (let’s just say it involved some tighty-whities
wrestling by two people you’d recognize.)
4. The Replacements – The Replacements usually played the NYC area twice
every tour, once at Maxwell’s (where, out of respect for Steve Fallon,
they’d kill) and once somewhere in NYC, where as a fuck-you to all the
record-label types on the guest list, they’d get drunk and fuck around.
There’s a tape around someplace of the ‘Mats at Maxwell’s on February 4,
1986 that proves what an awesome live band they could be when they took
5. Butthole Surfers – On the night that the Replacements played CBGB’s and
got signed to Warner Brothers, I was at Maxwell’s covering the Butthole
Surfers for Matter fanzine. This was their first appearance in the NYC
area – their first tour out of Texas, really – and you really had to be
there to appreciate it. Gibby, mostly naked and filthy, flinging
clothespins out of his dreadlock, King and Teresa on timpani on that tiny
stage… Later we had dinner together and did an interview that appeared
in Matter, still one of my favorites.
6. Mega City 4 – This “grebo” band was much more popular in England than
the U.S. and hit their stride around the same time as the Blur/Oasis
Britpop war and EMF’s “Impossible.” To the best of my recollection, this
was the only show wherr I actually came down from Maxwell’s risers to the
floor and danced my fool head off.
7. Squirrel Bait – These St. Louis teens only played the East Coast
twice, once at Maxwell’s and once at CBGB, and I was lucky enough to see
them both times and become friends with several of the members. If you’ve
never heard of Squirrel Bait, look them up, or just check out some of the
many bands SB’s members would form or join, which include Slint, Bastro,
Gastr El Sol, Rapeman, Codeine, Bitch Magnet, The For Carnation, Big
Wheel, and Starbilly.
8. Oasis – I can’t say I remember this show (I saw Nirvana on the Bleach
tour and don’t really recall that show either) but several friends swear I
was there, and there’s a great anecdote. Neil Gallagher kept wandering
outside with a beer in his hand, either ignorant of American alcohol laws
or (more likely) just being a dick. Chris Ward, the doorman that night,
asked him politely to bring it back inside until Gallagher came out with a
drink one time too many. “So you’re in Oasis? What do you do in the
band?” Chris asked. “Play guitar, mate,” answered Gallagher. “Oh, and
can you do that with a broken arm?” asked Chris. That was the last time
Noel tried to take his drink outside.
9. The Goo Goo Dolls – Before they started having hit records with
shmaltzy commercial ballads, the Goo Goo Dolls were one of the best garage
bands in America, and frequently stopped at Maxwell’s, always playing
barefoot and getting their feet filthy on the club’s grotey stage. There
used to be a gas heater on the back wall of Maxwell’s stage and during one
show, Johnny kept saying he could smell gas. (Sure enough, there was a
leak.) The band left the stage and refused to go back after the leak was
fixed, a harbinger of their wimpy future, perhaps?
10. The Feelies, Fourth of July — Any year really. This was always one
of my favorite shows of the year. For years, Maxwell’s had an air
conditioning system that really didn’t work if it was a warm day and there
were more than 50 people in the club, so many of these 4th of July shows
felt like saunas, but it was always worth it.
Repo Records Top Records Of 2015
(One of Philly’s top stores–538 South Street at the corner of 6th–and always on top of new release vinyl. Click on link below and page down for their selections.)
From The Tasteful Turntable Of Ian Schlein
(Ian owns and operates “Records The Good Kind,” another excellent Connecticut indie shop in Vernon, CT, just east of Hartford off of I-84.)
“Here’s a selection of recordings I heard this year, though most of
them I probably should have heard a long time ago…”
1. Cold Beat – Over Me LP 2015 – Crime On The Moon
Picking up where their amazing debut left off, here’s another great
collection of songs from Hannah Lew and group.
2. Secret Oyster – Sea Son LP 1974 – CBS Denmark
Jazzy prog with some krautrock moves that straddles the line of being
cheesy but come out a winner.
3. Saints – Prehistoric Sounds LP 1978 – Harvest
I finally found a copy of the third Saints album and it was all I’d
hoped it would be. Catchy driving edgy pop songs with cool horn
arrangements and Ed Kuepper’s signature guitars.
4. The American Dream – s/t LP 1970 – Ampex
This one was a pleasant discovery. Todd Rundgren-produced harmonious
power pop with moments not unlike Big Star.
5. Salvation s/t LP 1968 – ABC
Fun psych-pop from the generally reliable ABC label.
6. Politicians – Politicians Featuring McKinley Jackson LP 1972 – Hot Wax
Fuzzed-up funk with great grooves and whacked-out sounds.
7. Henry Badowski – Life Is A Grand LP 1981 – IRS
Catchy post-punk synth-pop that took me totally by surprise. It sat
unsold on the shelf for months before I finally played it. It’s not
for sale anymore!
8. Andrew Hill – Passing Ships CD 1969/2003 – Blue Note
I’m not a jazz expert, but you don’t need to be one to appreciate this
inventive and thoroughly enjoyable collection. I’m not sure why this
took 44 years to finally get released, but it was worth the wait.
9. Connie Francis – My Heart Has A Mind Of Its Own 45 1960 MGM
An absolutely flawless country-tinged harmony pop song. I’m not sure
how I never heard this song before but I thank WDRC-2 for introducing
me to it.
10. Sneaky Feelings – Send You LP (reissue) – Captured Tracks/Flying Nun
This one isn’t new to me this year; it’s been an all-time top five
favorite since 1989 when I bought it on a whim. The perfect collection
of Dunedin guitar-pop classics from a band with three amazing
songwriters. It’s finally available again with other great tracks
(including their debut 45 that’s been out of print for over 30
years!). Get it before it’s too late!
From Tom Barrett: “Here’s some stuff I enjoyed this year:”
(Tom is the driving force behind the popular Jersey City band Overlake.)
Lou Barlow, Brace the Wave
Beach House, Thank Your Lucky Stars
Brian Jonestown Massacre, Mini-Album Thingy Wingy
Deerhunter, Fading Frontier
Sean Kiely, Your Logo My Logo
Long Beard, Sleepwalker
Screaming Females, Rose Mountain
Kurt Vile, b’lieve i’m goin’ down
Wilco, Star Wars
Wreaths, Mr. Fang
The Yin Yangs, s/t
J Nifras’s Top Albums Of 2015
(J needs no introduction if you follow our website’s music reviews.
He’s our arch indie rock critic and represents the future generation
of record buyers…yes, he’s young.)
THANKS TO ALL OF OUR CONTRIBUTORS! SEE YOU NEXT YEAR.