Happy almost 2016!
This is a shorter list than usual, because this year, for the first time in a long time, I didn’t put music first. I put books and writing and smiling and yoga first instead. Making playlists lost it’s charm. I also listened to an awful lot of podcasts: Serial, All Songs Considered, New Yorker Fiction, Nerdist…the list goes on.
Still I bought a lot of vinyl and went to a good number of gigs. This is a potted look at what will stay with me from 2015.
Record of the Year: Sufjan Stevens, Carrie & Lowell
An unsurprising choice, I love it as much as the rest of the world.
Gig of the year: Twilight Sad at the Barrowlands
Watching a band who have come so far do so well was quite something. I also watched two of them do an in-store in February at Vox Box music. It was quite something.
New Discovery of the Year (x2)
I love this band – Drums. Rap. Yes.
What a lady.
I was also listening to lots of other new and old stuff, which I have decided to bullet point for no particular reason…
- Micah P Hinson (especially the song Patience)
- Low (Drums & Guns & Ones and Sixes)
- David Bazan
- Damien Jurado
- Nada Surf
- The Decemberists
- Sun Kill Moon
- Dark Dark Dark
- John Grant
- Courtney Barnett
- Joanna Gruesome
Peace and happy listening x