2015 Listening (Half Time)

Graded
(3+ Listens)

A- | Kendrick Lamar: To Pimp a Butterfly

B+ | Miguel: Wildheart
B+
| Jason Derulo: Everything Is 4
B+ | Young Thug: Barter 6
B+ | Heems: Eat Pray Thug

B | James McMurty: Complicated Game
B | Colleen Green: I Want to Grow Up
B | Young Fathers: White Men Are Black Men Too
B | Nellie McKay: My Weekly Reader
B | Neil Young + Promise of the Real: The Monsanto Years
B | Christopher Owens: Chrissybaby Forever
B | Fabiano do Nascimento: Dança dos Tempos
B | Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba: Ba Power
B | Hanoi Masters: War Is a Wound, Peace Is a Scar
B | Leon Bridges: Coming Home
B | 4Minute: Crazy [EP]
B | Amber: Beautiful [EP]
B | Dwight Yoakam: Second Hand Heart
B | The Mavericks: Mono
B | Dawn Richard: Blackheart
B | Rihannon Giddens: Tomorrow Is My Turn
B | Leo Welch: I Don’t Prefer No Blues
B | Bettye LaVette: Worthy
B | Girlpool: Before the World Was Big
B | EXO: Love Me Right [Exodus Repackage]
B | Vijay Iyer Trio: Break Stuff
B | Rudresh Mahanthappa: Bird Calls
B | Sleater-Kinney: No Cities to Love
B | Allison Moorer: Down to Believing
B | Alabama Shakes: Sound & Color
B | Steve Coleman & the Council of Balance: Synovial Joints
B | Four Tet: Morning/Evening
B | Vince Staples: Summertime ‘06
B | Mbongwana Star: From Kinshasa
B | Amy LaVere & Will Sexton: Hallelujah, I’m a Dreamer
B | Xiomara Laugart: Tears and Rumba
B | Samba Touré: Grandadiko
B | Bob Dylan: Shadows in the Night
B | Dale Watson: Call Me Insane
B | Madonna: Rebel Heart (Deluxe Edition)
B | Sam Outlaw: Angeleno
B | Jazmine Sullivan: Reality Show
B | Charles McPherson: The Journey
B | KARA: In Love [EP]
B | Crayon Pop: FM [EP]
B | Fifth Harmony: Reflection
B | Miss A: Colors [EP]
B | Natalia Lafourcade: Hasta la Raiz
B | Lil Durk: Remember My Name (Deluxe Edition)
B | Courtney Barnett: Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
B | EXID: Ah Yeah [EP]

B- | Carly Rae Jepsen: Emotion
B- | BadBadNotGood & Ghostface Killah: Sour Soul
B- | ASAP Rocky: At. Long. Last. ASAP.
B- | SHINee: Odd
B- | The Mountain Goats: Beat the Champ
B- | Mavis Staples: Your Good Fortune [EP]
B- | Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard: Django & Jimmie
B- | Laura Marling: Short Movie
B- | Earl Sweatshirt: I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside
B- | Gretchen Peters: Blackbirds
B- | Rae Sremmurd: Sremmlife
B- | Sistar: Shake It [EP]
B- | Estelle: True Romance
B- | Ga-In: Hawwah [EP]
B- | GFriend: Season of Glass [EP]
B- | Action Bronson: Mr. Wonderful
B- | Death Grips: The Powers That B
B- | Bilal: In Another Life
B- | Desaparecidos: Payola
B- | Tricot: And
B- | Ciara: Jackie (Deluxe Edition)
B- | Nicolas Jaar: Nymphs III
B- | Lim Kim: Simple Mind [EP]
B- | CLC: First Love [EP]
B- | Jung Yong Hwa: One Fine Day
B- | Nicolas Jaar: Nymphs II [EP]
B- | Kelsea Ballerini: The First Time
B- | Kacey Musgraves: Pageant Material
B- | Waxahatchee: Ivy Tripp
B- | Maya: Love Elevation Suite [EP]
B- | Minah: I Am a Woman Too [EP]
B- | Björk: Vulnicura
B- | CLC: Question [EP]
B- | Death Cab for Cutie: Kintsugi
B- | Teen Top: Natural Born Teen Top
B- | AOA: Heart Attack [EP]
B- | Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment: Surf
B- | Hong Dan Ah: Asura [EP]

C+ | Big Sean: Dark Sky Paradise
C+ | Drake: If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
C+ | Sufjan Stevens: Carrie & Lowell
C+ | Oh My Girl: Oh My Girl [EP]
C+ | Cassandra Wilson: Coming Forth by Day
C+ | Jamie xx: In Colour
C+ | Panda Bear: Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
C+ | Future Brown: Future Brown
C+ | Florence + the Machine: How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

C | Mark Ronson: Uptown Special
C
| Major Lazer: Peace Is the Mission
C | Thundercat: The Beyond / Where Giants Roam [EP]
C | MBLAQ: Mirror [EP]
C | Purity Ring: Another Eternity
C | Ne-Yo: Non-Fiction (Deluxe Edition)
C | Red Velvet: Ice Cream Cake [EP]
C | Huh Gak: Snow of April [EP]
C | MIIII: Not Boyfriend [EP]
C | Nine Muses: Drama [EP]
C | Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell: The Traveling Kind

C- | Meghan Trainor: Title (Deluxe Edition)
C-
| The Daisy: I Think I Loved [EP]
C- | Fiestar: Black Label [EP]
C- | Father John Misty: I Love You, Honeybear

D+ | Passion Pit: Kindred

D | Diana Krall: Wallflower (Deluxe Edition)

Mixtapes

+ | Death Grips: Fashion Week
+ | Rich Homie Quan: If You Ever Think I Will Stop Goin’ in, Ask RR
+ | Future: 56 Nights
+ | DP Beats & Chief Keef: Almighty DP
+ | Rap Monster: RM
– | Future: Beast Mode
– | Lil Wayne: Sorry 4 the Wait 2

Ungraded
(At Least 1 Listen)

Belle & Sebastian: Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance
Best Coast: California Nights
Blur: The Magic Whip
Shamir: Ratchet
Tal National: Zoy Zoy
Bomba Estereo: Amanecar
Dele Sosimi: You No Fit Touch Am
Disiz: Rap Machine
Everything Everything: Get to Heaven
The Fall: Sub-Lingual Tablet
Holly Herndon: Platform
Kid Rock: First Kiss
Laura Bell Bundy: Another Piece of Me
Lupe Fiasco: Tetsuo & Youth
Richard Thompson: Still
Tyga: The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty
Tyler, the Creator: Cherry Bomb
Brian Wilson: No Pier Pressure
Dalshabet: Joker Is Alive [EP]
Godspeed You! Black Emperor: Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress
Jason Isbell: Something More Than Free
Jim O’Rourke: Simple Songs
Low Cut Connie: Hi Honey
Marcus Miller: Afrodeezia
Natalie Prass: Natalie Prass
Protoje: Ancient Future
Rhett Miller: The Traveler
Ricky Martin: A Quien Quiera Escuchar
The Sonics: This Is the Sonics
Steve Earle: Terraplane
Terrence Blanchard: Breathless
They Might Be Giants: Glean
Torche: Restarter
Trey Songz: Intermission I & II
Uniq: EOEO [EP]
The Very Best: Makes a King
Viet Cong: Viet Cong
William Basinski: Cascade
Wire: Wire
BoA: Kiss My Lips
Hotshot: Am I Hotshot? [EP]
Raekwon: Fly International Luxurious Art
Boosie Badazz: Touch Down 2 Cause Hell
Dar Williams: Emerald
Hop Along: Painted Shut
Kelly Clarkson: Piece by Piece
My Morning Jacket: The Waterfall
Raheem DeVaughn: Love Sex Passion
Rosín Murphy: Hairless Toys
Snoop Dogg: Bush
BTS: In the Mood of Love, Pt. 1
Henry Threadgill Zooid: In for a Penny, in for a Pound
Jack Dejohnette: Made in Chicago (Live at the Chicago Jazz Festival)
Makaya McCraven: In the Moment
Screaming Females: Rose Mountain
Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas Sound Prints: Live at Monterey Jazz Festival
Nicolas Jaar: Pomegranates
Meek Mill: Dreams Worth More Than Money Can Buy
Pops Staples: Don’t Lose This

Compilations

Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection
Ann Peebles: The Essential Ann Peebles
Jill Scott: Golden Moments
Siouxsie & the Banshees: Spellbound: The Collection
Various Artists: Defected Presents House Masters: Frankie Knuckles
Various Artists: Disco Dildar
Various Artists: Highlife on the Move: Selected Nigerian & Ghanian Recordings
Various Artists: Jukebox Mambo, Vol. 2: Afro Latin Accents in Rhythm & Blues
Various Artists: Los Angeles Soul: Kent-Modern’s Black Music Legacy
Various Artists: PC Music Vol. 1
Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Bollywood Disco
Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Psychedelic India
Various Artists: Saved and Sanctified: Songs of the Jade Label

Top Songs/Singles

Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCarntney: “FourFiveSeconds”
Ciara: “I Bet”
Fetty Wap: “Trap Queen”
Jason Derulo: “Want to Want Me”
Jay Park: “Mommae (Feat. Ugly Duck)”
Omi: “Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix)”
Rihanna: “American Oxygen”
Kendrick Lamar: “i” [album version]
Rae Sremmurd: “No Flex Zone”
Amber: “Shake That Brass (Feat. Taeyeon)”
Kendrick Lamar: “For Free? (Interlude)”
Vijay Iyer Trio: “Hood”
Björk: “Stonemilker”
Grimes: “REALiTi”
Kanye West: “All Day (Feat. Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom, etc.)
Young Thug: “Constantly Hating (Feat. Birdman)”
Death Cab for Cutie: “Black Sun”
4Minute: “Cold Rain”
Rihanna: “Bitch Better Have My Money”
Jazmine Sullivan: “Mascara”
Rap Monster: “Do You”
Madonna: “Body Shop”
Heems: “Flag Shopping”
Fabiano do Nascimento: “Se Ela Preguntar”
Bettye LaVette: “Undamned”
Kendrick Lamar: “The Blacker the Berry”
Gepe: “Hambre (Feat. Wendy Sulca)”
Kanye West: “Only One (Feat. Paul McCartney)”
Luhan: “As Sweet as Honey”
Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment: “Sunday Candy”
Prince: “Baltimore (Feat. Eryn Allen Kane)”
Kara: “In Those Days”
Taylor Swift: “Bad Blood (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)”
Rich Homie Quan: “Flex”
Sistar: “Shake It”
Kelsea Ballerini: “Yeah Boy”
Mark Ronson: “Feel Right (Feat. Mystikal)”
Lil Durk: “Like Me (Feat. Jeremih)”
Shinee: “View”

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