Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Top 10 Albums of 2015

There were so many great albums this year including triumphant comebacks from longtime favorites as well as promising new arrivals.  Here are the top ten albums that I listened to the most in 2015 listed in alphabetical order.

Leon BridgesComing Home  http://www.leonbridges.com/

Hanz BronzeS/T  http://hanzbronze.bandcamp.com/

Modest MouseStrangers To Ourselves http://modestmouse.com/

Natalie PrassS/T www.natalieprassmusic.com

ProtomartyrThe Agent Intellect http://protomartyr.bandcamp.com/album/the-agent-intellect

Sleater-KinneyNo Cities To Love http://sleaterkinney.bandcamp.com/album/no-cities-to-love

WilcoStar Wars http://wilcoworld.net/#!/

Friday, December 18, 2015

Top 5 EPs of 2015

Friday, December 11, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat – High Dive Records edition

Berwanger – “Why Are You So Strange” (Today marks the release of the Demonios EP from Berwanger, the solo project led by Josh Berwanger formerly of The Anniversary.  The follow-up to his excellent 2013 debut solo album, Strange Stains; the six-song EP on High Dive Records was inspired by the Lies EP by Guns n’ Roses and features two defined sides, with the A-side showcasing the band’s punky power-pop and the B-side focusing on bluesy, country-leaning acoustic tracks.) http://highdiverecords.bandcamp.com/album/berwanger-demonios
Stream the propulsive opening track here:

The Conquerors – “You Must Be Dreaming” (Also released today via High Dive Records is the second single and the first official physical release from the emerging garage-pop quartet The Conquerors.  Led by Rory Cameron, their retro-minded sound blends sun-streaked 60’s pop melodies and organ-drenched psych-rock with jangly Byrds-esque guitars and a dangerous punk spirit into an infectiously catchy and timeless concoction.) http://highdiverecords.com/?band=the-conquerors      

Psychic Heat – “In Two”/”Elixir” (On the heels of their two self-released EPs, the genre-defiant Lawrence, KS-based band is set to release their debut album, Sunshower via High Dive Records early next year.  Produced by Ron Miller - Kid Congo, the Pink Monkey Birds - and mastered by former Flaming Lip member, Kliph Scurlock, their experimental hybrid sound combines trippy psych-pop and noisy fuzz-rock with hazy shoegaze guitars and catchy melodies.  One of my most anticipated albums of 2016!) http://highdiverecords.com/?band=psychic-heat  
Stream two tracks from the upcoming Sunshower LP here: