December 31, 2015 / 11:32 am

Blog Directors’ Favorites of 2015

Top 25 Songs:

Jessica Yarvin:
25. Third Eye- Florence + The Machine
24. 4th and Roebling- The Districts
23. No Room In Frame- Death Cab For Cutie
22. Gimme All Your Love- Alabama Shakes
21. All Day- Kanye West, Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom, Paul McCartney.
20. Yes, I’m Changing- Tame Impala
19. Depreston- Courtney Barnett
18. West Coast- Fidlar
17. Feeling OK- Best Coast
16. Loud Places- Jamie xx feat. Romy
15. My Love- Circa Waves
14. How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful- Florence + The Machine
13. Brainfreeze- Bully
12. You’ve Haunted Me All My Life- Death Cab For Cutie
11. Waves- Gosh Pith
10. Young- Frankie Cosmo.
9. I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)- Jamie xx, Popcaan, Yung Thug
8. ’Cause I’m A Man- Tame Impala
7. 6 AM- The Districts
6. Too Tough- Bully
5. The Less I Know The Better- Tame Impala
4. The Thrash Particle- Modern Baseball
3. What Kind of Man- Florence + The Machine, How Big
2. The Rest Is Noise- Jamie xx
1. Let It Happen- Tame Impala

Kevin Hyland:
25. Paper – Sam Gellaitry
24. White Iverson – Post Malone
23. Are U There – Mura Masa
22. Heaven Only Knows (Ft. Chance The Rapper, Lido & Eryn Allen Kane) – Towkio
21. On Me (ft. Kendrick Lamar) – The Game
20. The Less I Know The Better – Tame Impala
19. Loud Places (ft. Romy) – Jamie XX
18. Lilly – Toro Y Moi
17. Don’t Wanna Fight – Alabama Shakes
16. To U (ft. AlunaGeorge) – Jack U
15. Disciples – Tame Impala
14. Oui – Jeremih
13. All Day (ft. Allan Kingdom, Paul McCartney & Theophilus London) – Kanye West
12. The Glitzy Hive – Neon Indian
11. Slide In (Yah) – Antonio Mendez and Jonah Baseball
10. These Walls – Kendrick Lamar
9. Back, Baby – Jessica Pratt
8. Forever 1 (Cashmere Cat Edit) – Hudson Mohawke
7. I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times) (ft. Young Thug & Popcaan) – Jamie XX
6. Fourth of July – Sufjan Stevens
5. 56 Nights – Future
4. Them Changes (ft. Flying Lotus & Kamasi Washington) – Thundercat
3. Chateau Lobby # 4 (in C for Two Virgins) – Father John Misty
2. Like Acid Rain – Unknown Mortal Orchestra
1. Let It Happen – Tame Impala
Bonus: Drake Trio (Hotline Bling, Charged Up, Back To Back)

Top 10 Albums:

10. St. Catherine– Ducktails
9. A Flourish and a Spoil– The Districts
8.  Glitterbug– The Wombats
7. Sound and Color– Alabama Shakes
6. Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit– Courtney Barnett
5. The Perfect Cast EP– Modern Baseball
4. Feels Like– Bully
3. In Colour– Jamie xx
2. Currents– Tame Impala
1. How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful– Florence + The Machine

10. Someday Somewhere, Mura Masa
9. Vega Intl. Night School, Neon Indian
8. What For?, Toro Y Moi
7. Carrie & Lowell, Sufjan Stevens
6. DS2, Future
5. To Pimp A Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar
4. Multi-Love, Unknown Mortal Orchestra
3. In Colour, Jamie xx
2. Currents, Tame Impala
1. I Love You, Honeybear, Father John Misty

Music Videos of the Year:



Assorted Great Things We Saw This Year:


And when I saw F.K.A Twigs in the press area at Lolla but was to nervous to take a picture.


Guilty Pleasures of the Year:


I mean I saw Death Cab twice within three months.

Oh and this song. This was my guilty pleasure of the summer.

….and this one too.


Lil Wayne’s verse on “Only”

The Quan (and the utter confusion about what exactly it is. See :15-:17 below.)

I can not tell you how many times I watched this clip of Makonnen belting out some out of key gold in this Noisey clip. Upwards of 200 times…at least.

Any other thoughts?

Jessica: 1. Paul McCartney is still the biggest rockstar in the world. 2. The tectonic plates of music journalism shifted this year and the Big One is gonna hit us in 2016. 3. 80s synth-pop has been slowly creeping back and it’s gonna come back full force next year.

Kevin: Fetty Wap is a fad, and is 2015’s closest thing to Trinidad James. It was progressive house in 2013, trap in 2014, tropical house in 2015, 2016 will be the year for deep house and its emerge into the mainstream. I still can’t believe that I like Drake now…shows what well handled beef can do for a rapper’s career. Fingers crossed that in 2016 we will (finally) get albums from: Kanye, Frank, Jai Paul, and Jay Electronica.

..and don’t you ever forget: