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    • Paranormal
      Paranormal, Cooper's first studio album since 2011's Welcome 2 My Nightmare, is a welcome surprise. 
    • The Last Face
      Let’s just get the big ugly out of the way right now—The Last Face is not a good movie.
    • Listen to Jarvis Cocker, Richard Hawley, and John Grant Cover Scott Walker for BBC Proms
      At a BBC Proms concert tonight at the Royal Albert Hall in London they paid tribute to Scott Walker. Jules Buckley and the Heritage Orchestra led the concert with guest vocalists Pulp's Jarvis Cocker, Richard Hawley, John Grant, and Susanne Sundfør all performing Walker's songs. 
    • Briana Marela Shares “Feel What I Feel” and Announces New Tour Dates with San Fermin
      Briana Marela is releasing a new album, Call It Love, on August 4 via Jagjaguwar. Previously she shared its songs "Quit" and "Give Me Your Love." Now she has shared another song from the album, "Feel What I Feel," and has announced some new fall tour dates for September opening for San Fermin. 
    • Phoenix Announce New Fall North American Tour Dates
      France's Phoenix released a new album, Ti Amo, last month via Glassnote. Now the band have announced some new fall North American (and Mexican) tour dates to go down this October. Check them out below, followed by videos for "J-Boy" and "Goodbye Soleil."
    • Hiss Golden Messenger Announce New Album
      Hiss Golden Messenger just released their last album, Heart Like a Levee, last October via Merge, but they have already announced another one due for release a little less than a year later. It's entitled Hallelujah Anyhow and is due out September 22, also via Merge. 
    • Listen: Alvvays - “Dreams Tonite”
      Toronto-based indie-pop four-piece Alvvays are releasing a new album, Antisocialites, on September 8 via Polyvinyl. Previously the band shared its first single, album opener "In Undertow," as well as a trippy lo-fi video for the song.
    • Father John Misty - The Under the Radar Cover Story
      Josh Tillman is nervous. In five days he'll perform  "Total Entertainment Forever" on Saturday Night Live, but he can already see the headlines from Monday morning from his hotel room in New York City. 
    • Lost in America
      Lost in America works as a bit of an escapist fantasy.
    • Goodnight Rhonda Lee
      It's worth buying Goodnight Rhonda Lee just for first single, "A Little Crazy." This lush Roy Orbison-esque lament (co-written with Chris Isaak) is one of the best '60s pop ballads released since the '60s. 
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    • A Place To Bury Strangers For Liverpool Psych Fest July 26, 2017
      New additions confirmed...A Place To Bury Strangers are set to play at this year's Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia. The mind-expanding two-day event returns in September, with headline performances from Songhoy Blues and The Black Angels. New additions have been announced, with noise rock group A Place To Bury Strangers perhaps the most […]
    • Premiere: Giorgia Angiuli - 'Revive' July 26, 2017
      Upcoming on Kindisch...Toscana talent Giorgia Angiuli hooks up with new Get Physical cousin label Kindisch for an essential two-tracker. A dexterous multi-instrumentalist, the ever-creative producer packs more ideas into one release than we can possibly count. Two slices of ever-evolving electronics, 'Revive' sits alongside the undulating system ca […]
    • Premiere: Rat & Co. - 'Soldiers' July 26, 2017
      Electronic pop with a curious ambiance...Australian three-piece Rat & Co. seem able to conjure a highly evocative atmosphere with only a few notes. Matching enthralling electronics to soothing vocals, the group's near pastoral sense of pop futurism has a painterly touch. New single 'Soldiers' opens in almost Boards Of Canada territory, the […]
    • Listen: The Japanese House Covers Fleetwood Mac July 26, 2017
      'Landslide' gets the Amber Bain treatment...The Japanese House has delivered a new cover of the Fleetwood Mac classic 'Landslide'. Amber Bain recorded a session for Spotify, matching previous single 'Face Like Thunder' against something a little unusual. 'Landslide' is a classic Stevie Nicks vocal, but Amber Bain finds […]
    • Premiere: Kafka Tamura - 'Find Me Well' July 26, 2017
      Pop minimalism with electronic assurance...Minimalist pop duo Kafka Tamura first connected on SoundCloud. Stumbling across each other's work, the pair decided to join forces, building something new in the process. Kafka Tamura it is, then. Eliot James steps in on production duties for new single 'Find Me Well', and this finds the group seizing […]
    • Paul Draper Shares 'Things People Want' Video July 26, 2017
      New album 'Spooky Action' incoming...Paul Draper enters a trippy new realm with his video for 'Things People Want'. The former Mansun lynchpin is ready to release his new solo album, with 'Spooky Action' set to be released on August 11th. 'Things People Want' is a divine piece of digital soul, with Paul Draper continua […]
    • Wednesday Wish List: Saint Laurent July 26, 2017
      Noe backpacks As you might of noticed, Saint Laurent is becoming something of a one stop shop for team Clash, and all our fashion needs. Looking for backpacks to make our sunshine driven morning bike commute a little more slick, we've just come across their new Noe backpacks. Translating the essence of their best selling Noe handbag into a sturdier and […]
    • Listen: Nick Mulvey - 'Mountain To Move' July 26, 2017
      New album 'Wake Up Now' incoming...Nick Mulvey has shared gently inspiring new track 'Mountain To Move'. The soft, acoustic instrumentation slowly builds, the chirruping chords building into a vast tumbling torrent of sound. Produced by Rodaidh McDonald, the track bounds along, but beneath its skipping rhythm Nick Mulvey has a warning for […]
    • Listen: Alex Lahey - 'Every Day's The Weekend' July 26, 2017
      New album 'I Love You Like A Brother' incoming...Alex Lahey has shared delirious new indie pop jam 'Every Day's The Weekend'. The Melbourne artist initially studied saxophone at university, but found the rigorous dynamic creatively stifling. Throwing herself into the Australian city's arts community, Alex Lahey seemed to unlock […]
    • Angelo De Augustine's 'Haze' Is Incredibly Beautiful July 26, 2017
      Clash chats to this inquisitive American artist...The music of Angelo De Augustine seems to emerge effortlessly from the ether. A series of phantom-like songs, the stripped down recordings permit a rare fragility to seep through, a real sense of frailty and innocence. New album 'Swim Inside The Moon' will be released on August 18th via Sufjan Steve […]
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    • 7/25: GnR, CHESTER BENNINGTON PODCAST, MORE July 26, 2017
      Been a bit since an update here from me, sorry, been super slammed. A few things: Had a great time hosting Loud In Lima this past weekend in Ohio. First time festival but with some tweaks it can be a great one if they continue. SO many festivals and live events these days, but good... Read more
    • ALICE COOPER REMEBERS HE OWNS AN ANDY WHARHOL, FINDS IT IN A STORAGE LOCKER July 25, 2017
      Rock star Alice Cooper found an Andy Warhol silkscreen that could be worth millions of dollars stashed away in his LA storage locker — which he forgot about for nearly 40 years, the Guardian reported. Cooper, 69, only remembered the print, “Little Electric Chair,” four years ago, while out at dinner with an art dealer... Read more
    • AUDIO SNIPPETS FROM ALICE COOPER’S FORTHCOMING ALBUM, PARANORMAL” POSTED ONLINE July 25, 2017
      Youtube is streaming audio samples from Alice Cooper’s forthcoming new album, Paranormal. Snippets of all of the songs can be heard, below. Listen to Paranoiac Personality, in its entirety, here. Paranormal, which will be released on July 28th, will come bundled with a bonus CD featuring studio recordings with original Alice Cooper band members Dennis... Rea […]
    • METALLICA FRONTMAN JAMES HATFIELD CRITCIZES THE JENNER SISTERS FOR USING THE BAND’S LOGO ON THEIR T-SHIRTS, SAYS “IT’S DISRESPECTFUL” July 25, 2017
      In a story posted on June 30th, Jenner sisters, Kendall and Kylie, were selling “vintage” T-shirts with the pair’s faces superimposed over some of rock and rock’s biggest icons. The T-shirts in question featured images of Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, KISS, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Doors, the late rappers, Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur, overlaid... Read […]
    • BLACK SABBATH POST TRAILER FOR “THE END OF THE END” July 25, 2017
      As previously reported, Black Sabbath will be showing The End Of The End will be shown in cinemas for one night only, on September 28th. A trailer has been released, and can be viewed, below. Announcing the film’s release, Black Sabbath said, “To bring it all back home after all these years was pretty special.... Read more
    • DEEP PURPLE TO RELEASE COMPREHENSIVE NEW ANTHOLOGY, “A FIRE IN THE SKY,” ON SEPTEMBER 28TH; NORTH AMERICAN CO-HEADLINING TOUR WITH ALICE COOPER BEGINS AUGUST 12TH IN LAS VEGAS July 21, 2017
      Deep Purple stands alongside Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath as part of the Holy Trinity of British hard rock. The list of the band’s classic songs is legion, and the influence it’s had on successive generations of musicians is both enduring and remarkable. Rhino will celebrate Deep Purple’s history with three definitive collections. A Fire... Read more […]
    • REVOLUTION SAINTS TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM, “LIGHT IN THE DARK,” ON OCTOBER 13TH July 21, 2017
      After the 2015 release of the self-titled debut album by Revolution Saints–Deen Castronovo (ex-Journey, Bad English), Doug Aldrich (The Dead Daisies, ex-Whitesnake, DIO), Jack Blades (Night Ranger, Damn Yankees)—rock fans around the world rejoiced at the inspired musical offering. Those fans will, once again, have cause for celebration as Revolution Saints w […]
    • BY OVERWHELMING DEMAND, NEW SHOWS ADDED TO THE #1 SELLING GUNS N’ ROSES “NOT IN THIS LIFETIME” TOUR July 21, 2017
      Three decades ago today, Guns N’ Roses transformed and transfixed the world of rock and roll forever with their seminal debut album Appetite for Destruction. To celebrate the multi-platinum record that welcomed fans to the jungle and topped the Billboard 200, the unprecedented legends of rock are announcing a selection of new stops on their... Read more
    • ANGEL’S FRANK DIMINO SCHEDULES THREE NORTHEAST SHOWS July 21, 2017
      Legendary singer Frank DiMino of 70s rock group Ange; will be playing a few shows for his east coast fans in early August. Fans can expect to hear lots of classics and songs from his solo album Old Habits Die Hard. His backing band includes Jeff Duncan (Armored Saint, DC3), Michael T. Ross (Lita Ford,... Read more
    • SLAYER TO PERFORM ON JULY 27TH EPISODE OF “THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON” July 20, 2017
      Two-time Grammy-winning thrash/metal legends, Slayer, will make its 11:35PM late-night television debut on July 27th when the band performs its iconic Raining Blood on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The show airs at 11:35PM ET/PT and 10:35PM CT on NBC. Immediately following Thursday’s taping of The Tonight Show, Slayer will head over to New... Read […]
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    • Interview: Danko Jones July 21, 2017
      We sat down with John Calabrese, bassist of Danko Jones to talk about the band's impressive 20+ year career, most memorable moments and their newest album Wild Cat.  Interview: Danko Jones by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Interview: Kid Koala July 20, 2017
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    • The Lemon Bucket Orkestra July 19, 2017
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    • Interview: Mix Master Mike July 17, 2017
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    • Interview: A Tribe Called Red July 13, 2017
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    • TWEET TO WIN: Passes to All Eyez on Me June 9, 2017
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The 50 Best Albums of 2015

Posted by falconi5 on December 6, 2015


bestalbums2015 was a most excellent year for music.  The Waterboys with a comeback of sorts, released an excellent record. Chris Stapleton ventured out from behind the quill taking a break from crafting New Country classics to deliver his own semi-classic, and the singer songwriters were tunefully represented by Tobias Jesso, Ryley Walker, and Gretchen Peters.

Hair raising Rock and Roll had a vintage year with the Biters, Von Hertzen Brothers, and The Libertines all delivering fine sets of Classic Rock inspired mayhem.  The old guard dusted off the rust with Paul Weller delivering a fine set of tunes, Graham Parker, who is incapable of putting out a bad record doing it again, and even Rod Stewart didn’t even disappoint with a nice selection of listenable tunes. Boz Scaggs also joined the fray this year.

Genres continued to blend with Country, Rock, and Americana all coming together courtesy of Sons of Bill, Whitey Morgan, and Blackberry Smoke. Throw all of this in a blender along with Leon Bridges, the best Soul singer to come along in a very long time, along with the return of Sleater-Kinney and a visit from The Pope himself and your ears should definitely be buying you a round for treating them very well this year.

01.  Chris Stapleton – Traveller

This one goes down as smooth as a glass of Tennessee whiskey. A veteran songwriter steps out from behind the quill to create one for the ages.

02.  Dawes – All Your Favorite Bands

Take a trip through Laurel Canyon courtesy of what should be one of your favorite bands.

03.  Blitzen Trapper – All Across This Land

A finely tuned set of Rock meets Country bliss. Key track “Rock and Roll (was made for you.”

04. Leon Bridges – Coming Home

The heir apparent to Sam Cooke, “Smooth Sailing” is one of the songs of the year.

05.  Fool’s Gold – Flying Lessons

Soul, Funk, Pop, and a lot of fun is the order of the day on this infectious every songs a winner release.

06.  The London Souls – Here Come the Girls

This one will take you back to the streets of London circa 1968. New age retro music of the finest order. Big Star, Raspberries, and The Beatles are all obvious influences.

07.  Sons of Bill – Love and Logic

The entire record is good, however “Lost in the Cosmos (Song for Chris Bell)” is worth the price of admission alone.

08.  Biters – Electric Blood

Hands (and ears) down, the Rock album of the year.

09.  Gretchen Peters – Blackbirds

Another Nashville songwriter steps up behind the microphone with stellar results.

10. Ryley Walker – Primrose Green

Shades of Donovon and 60’s Brit-Folk. Listen to this one once all the way through then give it a secondary listen for the guitar playing.  It is exquisite.

11. The Deslondes – The Deslondes

Americana collides with old school country.  There is even a touch of The Texas Tornado’s here from a branch of the Hurray for the Riff Raff New Orleans based family tree.

12.  The Waterboys – Modern Blues

The boys are back and better than ever. Sometimes less is more, and here we have a tidy nine songs worth of powerful Irish Rock.

13. The Orange Humble Band – Depressing Beauty

A startlingly good record that floats somewhere between present day Americana and 70’s Cosmic Cowboy deliciousness.

14.  Houndmouth – Little Neon Limelight

A lot to like here with this Americana with a dusting of Roots Rock number.

15.  Josh Ritter – Sermon on the Rocks

Josh Ritter channels his inner Rock gospel on what might be his best record to date.

16.  Danielle Nicole – Wolf Den

Bonnie Raitt by way of Grace Potter. This one sets the groove and lays it down.

17.  Heartless Bastards – Restless Ones

Rock, Americana, and more than a little dose of Fleetwood Mac Americana Rock Chick noir.

18. Nigel Hall – Ladies and Gentlemen..Nigel Hall

Who is Nigel Hall? Introduce yourself to this soulster.  You will be glad you did.

19.  Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit

aggressively cool Aussie Rock.  This one has put Courtney Barnett on the map.

20.  The Peterson Brothers – The Peterson Brothers

The next big thing in the Gary Glark Jr. Blues Rock mold.

21.  The Statesboro Revue – Jukehouse Revival

This one takes you back to early Poco and Loggins and Messina.  Good Cosmic Cowboy stuff.

22.  Low Cut Connie – Hi Honey

This piano based party stomper is pure Rock and Roll adrenaline fun. Listen to this one and you will have the most fun you could possibly have with your clothes on.

23.  Lucero – All a Man Should Do

Another band that is incapable of putting out a bad record.  “Went Looking for Warren Zevon’s Los Angeles” is the drop the microphone winner for song title of the year.

24.  Sufjan Stevens – Carry and Lowell

This record is beautifully tender. Tough subject matter dealing with the death of a loved one, presented her with poignant dignity.

25.  Dale Watson – Call Me Insane

A true Texas treasure. “Jonesin’ for Jones,”  “Everybody’s Somebody in Lukenbach Texas,” “Heaven’s Gonna Have a Honky Tonk.”  Need we say more?

26.  J.D. McPherson – Let the Good Times Roll

Creedence, Buddy Holly, and pure fun are the order of the day.

27.  Jason Isbell – Something More than Free

A more than satisfying follow-up to last years classic.

28.  Peace – Happy People

A good time, psychedelic tinged good feeling record.

29.  Kurt Vile – b’lieve I’m Going Down

“Pretty Pimpin” has song of the year possibilities while the rest of the songs come pretty close in their own right.

30.  Vintage Trouble – 1 Hopeful Road

Probably the Blues Rock record of the year, along with a whole lot of Soul.

31.  Paul Heaton – Wisdom, Laughter, and Lines

If you are not aware of the partnership between Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abott and their work with The Beautiful South, this is a fantastic way to make their eloquent acquaintance.

32.  The Vaccines – English Graffiti

A slightly fuzzed out 80’s tinged Rock and Roll triumph.

33.  Wolf Alice – My Love is Cool

Atmospheric and cool, this one is not for the tame of ears.

34. Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard – Django and Jimmy

Willie does much of the heavy lifting on this one, but these two Icons are worth their worth in Country gold. Their version of “Swinging Doors” here throws the clock back 50 years. “Missing Ol’ Johnny Cash is a history lesson in a song.

35.  Whitey Morgan – Sonic Ranch

One of the best Country Rock Honky Tonk bands in the business. “Goin’ Down Rockin” is stellar as is “Still Drunk, Still Crazy, Still blue” is most excellent, how could it not be with a song title like that, but the game changer here is their cover of the Townes Van Zandt tune, “Waitin Round to Die.”

36.  Tobias Jesso – Goon

More than a few singer songwriter influenced make their way into this piano based sublimely excellent record including Harry Nilsson early Paul Simon, and Randy Newman.

37. Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin – Lost Time

The Blasters pretty much paved the way for the No Depression Roots Rock movement, so it is all the more exciting to have the Alvin brothers back in the fold for a lot more fun on a Saturday Night.

38.  Natalie Prass – Natalie Prass

Written some time ago but just released this year this one sounds a bit like Carole King with a touch of Diana Ross. The string arrangements here make this a next level, must listen.

39.  Sleater-Kinney – No Cities to Love

A fabulous comeback record after a 7 year hiatus, No Cities to Love is a Post Punk girl power marvel.

40.  Anderson East – Delilah

Blue-eyed soul with a lot of punch. Keep your ears on this guy, he is poised for greatness.

41.  Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers – Loved Wild Lost

This record comes across like an early Linda Ronstadt album with a touch of Sheryl Crow. Some Country a good dose of rock, with a bit of an underlying smoldering energy that holds the day.

42.  Gloria Volt – Recharged

This one is the driving record of the year. Sunset Strip vintage Rock and Roll with a melodic bent. If Gun’s and Roses went straight they might sound like these guys. “Flyin’ and Rollin'” is the best Rock and Roll song of the year.

43. The Night Flight Orchestra – Skyline Whispers

If a super group were to be put together that combined elements of Styx, Grand Funk Railroad, and The Electric Light Orchestra this is what they would sound like. If you like 70’s and early 80’s over the top Rock and Roll your spaceship has just come in.

44.  Fraser A. Gorman – Slow Gum

There is a lot of Ryan Adams in this exciting new  Aussie singer songwriter that hangs with Courtney Barnett.

45. Reverend and the Makers – Mirrors

When the musical references are Paul Weller Syd, Barrett Pink Floyd,and Dexy’s Midnight Runners there is not a lot not to kike, this one is old and new at the same time.  Listen to is with the proper head phones.

46.  Boz Scaggs – A Fool to Care

Boz get’s bluesy again on this more than solid effort. The title song is vintage Scaggs.

47.  Widespread Panic – Street Dogs

Not just your Aunts favorite jam band, this one would have made the list even if “Honky Red” wasn’t such a kick-ass song. Extra props for the cowbell on “Steven’s Cat.”

48.  The Lone Bellow – Then Came the Morning

Coming from the same Americana on steroids noir of Dawes, the Lone Bellow deliver another finely crafted set of songs.

49.  Delta Deep – Delta Deep

Def Leppard wing man Phil Collen and his side project Delta Deep provide some deep delta blues courtesy of Debbie Blackwell-Cook and the rest of the band. Guest vocal turns from Joe Elliot and David Coverdale serve as bonuses on an already impressive set.

50.  James McMurtry – Complicated Game

The master of the 3:00 story song delivers another stellar set of man on the street noir.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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