Top Ten Albums of 2015 [Judy Mills' Picks]
10) Title Fight Hyperview–not the hardcore emo band you remember. This record shows a more shoegaze version of the band that I keep going back to.
9) Joanna Newsom Divers–Will not convince you if you are not a Joanna fan. But if you are, you’ll love “Divers” for being more concise but equally ethereal.
8) Low Ones and Sixes–Sure it’s slowcore, but it’s still tense, and gorgeous and engaging. “Lies” (song) gets in your head and leaves you all the better for it.
7) Grimes “Art Angels”–I feel like I’m watching Boucher decide the Voice she wants to have. Empowered, smart pop, that needs to be in everyone’s headphones.
6) Wand Golem–Fuzzy, lo-fi and heavy with a lick of psych, but undoubtedly an Ty Segal record. Most played in record in store of 2015.
5) Shamir Ratchet–Guilt free pop with a delicate vocal, but don’t worry Shamir has an edge and this is just his first record. Can’t wait to watch his career unfold.
4) Bummer Spank–Heavy, hard hitting opening track will make you bang your head, but the hooks keep you til the end. Do not miss this band live either. #local
3) Kamasi Washington The Epic–Find it because of it’s hip/hop connection, love it because it’s simply great, new jazz.
2) Neko Case Truck Driver, Gladiator, Mule–No new music but the Virginian on vinyl for the first time in this glorious package got me all giddy.
1) Jim O’Rourke Simple Songs–these are not simple songs, but O’Rourke tones down the noise and brings us songs about aging and being world weary etc with intelligent humor and luxe arrangements.