Albums Of The Year 2015

It’s hit the time of year when I tend to look back over the last twelve months worth of music releases to decide on a list of personal standout albums. So, in addition to joining the world in enjoying the things Justin Bieber did with the sound of clocks ticking and pan flutes, below is a list of the albums I really liked in 2015.

Row by row, from left to right: Ryan Adams’ ‘1989', Father John Misty’s ‘I Love You, Honeybear’, Matthew E. White’s ‘Fresh Blood’, Butch Walker’s ‘Afraid Of Ghosts’, Frankie Lee’s ‘American Dreamer’, Andrew Combs’ ‘All These Dreams’, Kurt Vile’s ‘B’Lieve I’m Going Down’, Andrew Shauf’s ‘The Bearer Of Bad News’ and Sufjan Stevens’ ‘Carrie & Lowell’
  • Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
  • Kurt Vile – B’lieve I’m Goin’ Down
  • Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free
  • John Moreland – High On Tulsa Heat
  • Natalie Prass – Self-Titled
  • Hop Along – Painted Shut
  • Andy Shauf – The Bearer Of Bad News
  • Beach Slang – The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us
  • Tobias Jesso Jr. – Goon
  • Butch Walker – Afraid Of Ghosts
  • Frankie Lee – American Dreamer
  • Drug Cabin – Wiggle Room
  • Andrew Combs – All These Dreams
  • Julia Holter – Have You In My Wilderness
  • Blur – The Magic Whip
  • Salad Boys – Metalmania
  • Matthew E. White – Fresh Blood
  • Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
  • Cass McCombs – A Folk Set Apart
  • Ryan Adams – 1989
  • Destroyer – Poison Season
  • Then Thickens – Colic
  • Mikal Cronin – MCIII
  • Wavves X Cloud Nothings – No Life For Me
  • Sufjan Stevens – Carrie And Lowell

I curate a mix-tape called The Record Spins and the last edition of this year consisted of a track from each of the above albums (played on vinyl where possible). If you have an hour and a half to spare and want to listen you can find the mix on Mixcloud and the playlist on Spotify.

Concerts Attended 2015

From left to right: Father John Misty at The Village Underground, Ryan Adams at Clapham Common and Foo Fighters at The National Bowl

Barring a relatively packed February and November, I was generally a bit quieter on the live music front than I have been in prior years. I still managed to get out to a good selection of gigs over the last twelve months though and this is how my concert diary looked in 2015:

  • 08/02: Justin Townes Earle @ The Union Chapel
  • 10/02: Blake Mills @ The Union Chapel
  • 16/02: Alvvays @ The Badabomb Paris
  • 20/02: George Ezra @ The Brixton Academy
  • 26/02: Father John Misty @ The Village Underground
  • 29/04: Sharon Van Etten @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire
  • 01/06: Mikal Cronin @ The 100 Club
  • 18/06: The Strokes & Beck @ Hyde Park
  • 02/07: Butch Walker @ The Borderline
  • 04/07: Noel Gallagher & Ryan Adams @ Clapham Common
  • 23/07: Rosanne Cash @ The Union Chapel
  • 06/09: Foo Fighters @ The National Bowl
  • 08/09: Andrew Combs @ The Hoxton Square Bar
  • 29/10: Best Coast @ The Electric Brixton
  • 04/11: Death Cab For Cutie @ The Brixton Academy
  • 06/11: Giorgio Moroder @ Koko
  • 11/11: Misty Miller @ The 100 Club
  • 12/11: Kurt Vile @ The Electric Ballroom
  • 23/11: Frankie Lee @ The Social
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