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    • Premiere: Garbage “Only Happy When It Rains (rare acoustic version)” from The Glamour & The Squalor
      Releasing digitally on November 3rd and on CD December 1st from Lakeshore Records, The Glamour & The Squalor Original Soundtrack features rare radio performances from Collins' show, including cuts by Garbage, Sebadoh, Death Cab for Cutie, Mudhoney, and others.
    • Fat Tuesday
      Unfortunately Fat Tuesday doesn’t live up to its energetic namesake. 
    • Hamilton Leithauser Shares Video for “Heartstruck (Wild Hunger)” (Song Features Angel Olsen)
      Last year Hamilton Leithauser of The Walkmen teamed up with Rostam Batmanglij (formerly of Vampire Weekend) to release a collaborative album, I Had a Dream That You Were Mine, via Glassnote. Then a couple of weeks back he shared a brand new song, "Heartstruck (Wild Hunger)," that featured the guest vocals of Angel Olsen. 
    • Spoon Share “Do I Have to Talk You Into It” Video Featuring Crazy Photoshop Tutorial
      Spoon released a new album, Hot Thoughts, back in March via Matador. They also just put out a 10th anniversary reissue of 2007's Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga on Merge. Now the band have shared a new video for Hot Thoughts track "Do I Have to Talk You Into It."
    • A flame my love, a frequency
      Cécile Schott (aka Colleen) likes to keep it fresh. Having only recently introduced vocals to her immaculate ambient compositions, the French multi-instrumentalist throws up another curveball on Colleen's sixth LP by dropping her instrumental mainstay—the viola da gamba—for a Septavox synthesizer.
    • Premiere: Jo Goes Hunting’s Iceland Airwaves Mixtape
      Our Iceland Airwaves mixtape series returns this week with more hidden gems from the upcoming festival.
    • Spirited Away
      Spirited Away – Academy Award winner for Best Animated Feature – is Hayao Miyazaki’s most wildly imaginative film, and a masterpiece of modern animation.
    • NOFF 2017 That’s a Wrap
      After nine incredible (and exhausting) days chockablock with films, parties, roundtables and events, the 28th New Orleans Film Festival came to a close this past Thursday.
    • The Killing of a Sacred Deer
      The Killing of a Sacred Deer lacks the high-concept hook that makes The Lobster so easy to discuss. 
    • Under the Radar Announces Fall 2017 Issue with Julien Baker on the Cover
      Under the Radar is excited to announce the full details of our Fall 2017 Issue, which is out now digitally via Under the Radar's app and the magazine app Readly. The print version has shipped out to subscribers and stores and will be on all newsstands soon (as well as available soon digitally via the magazine app Zinio). The issue features Julien Baker  […]
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    • Premiere: Cimo Fränkel - 'Never Give Up' October 23, 2017
      Super smooth R&B with a tropical taste...Coming of age in Amsterdam, Cimo Fränkel was always surrounded by music. The young vocalist's father was a funk musician, allowing him access to a library of sharp influences and inspired music. Yet there was something else. Taught to be independent, Cimo seized this with both hands, vowing to take control of […]
    • Polaris Prize Winner Lido Pimienta Announce UK Show October 23, 2017
      Toronto based talent is flying across the Atlantic...Polaris Prize winner Lido Pimienta has announced plans for a rare UK show. The Colombian-born and Toronto based artist returned last year, releasing her astonishing album 'La Papessa'. An exploration of race, identity, sexuality, and more, it also stood out as a vivid left of centre pop document, […]
    • Gemma Collins Meeting Stormzy Is So Pure October 23, 2017
      This will beat those Monday blues...Gemma Collins made a spectacular appearance at the Radio 1 Teen Awards over the weekend. Accidentally falling offstage, the reality television star spawned a new meme with the simple slip of a foot. But that's not all she got up to - at one point Gemma Collins crossed paths with Stormzy and that moment was so, so pure […]
    • Liam Gallagher To Play Finsbury Park Show October 23, 2017
      Special one-day event announced...Liam Gallagher is set to play a special show in London's Finsbury Park next year. The Oasis icon shot to number one with new album 'As You Were', notching up more than 100,000 sales in just one week. With each live show upping the ante still further, Liam Gallagher has announced plans for a huge show at Finsbu […]
    • Premiere: Glass Mountain - 'Gin Flows Through My Veins' October 23, 2017
      Something special from Bradford...Glass Mountain hail from Bradford, a city with a small, but incredibly fertile, creative scene. Taking their name from a David Hockney artwork, the band's sound is drenched in visual allusion, matching the size and scope of Sigur Ros, say, to something rather more personal. Working alongside DIY powerhouse Hide & Se […]
    • Clap Your Hands Say Yeah On The Shifting Nature Of Independence October 23, 2017
      Alec Ounsworth writes for Clash...Clap Your Hands Say Yeah were one of the first groups to break solely via the internet. The band's music was exchanged by fans, a digitally-enhanced hype circuit that spread across the globe, free from any barriers. 10 years on, the group are still claiming their independence. Leader Alec Ounsworth has steered Clap Your […]
    • Track Of The Day 23/10 - Woodes October 23, 2017
      'Dots'Melbourne artist Woodes is always evolving. With her profile blossoming the Australian artist recently embarked on a lengthy trip overseas, and this only served to spur her on. New cut 'Dots' was prompted by her travels, with Woodes picking up on this notion of distance to craft something personal. She explains: "The song evolv […]
    • Introducing... All Points East October 23, 2017
      It's a new festival for London's Victoria Park...New festival All Points East is set to launch in London's Victoria Park next year. The event will last 10 days in total, running between May 25th and June 3rd at the London park. The festival will include a three day event, alongside three stand alone shows and a variety of activities throughout […]
    • Where To Start... Metallica October 23, 2017
      A quick guide to the current Clash cover stars...Few bands have had the ability to endure 35 years together, let alone such a timeframe at the uppermost tier of rock music. Metallica have cleared pretty much every hurdle that’s been put in front of them - well maybe not that ill-fated Lou Reed collaboration… They’ve had countless number one albums, headlined […]
    • James Holden & The Animal Spirits Share 'The Animal Spirits' Clip October 23, 2017
      An entrancing clip directed by Dan Tombs...James Holden & The Animal Spirits is the latest project from the producer, and it features the singular talent in a group setting. New album 'The Animal Spirits' arrives on November 3rd, with the hypnotic electronics of the title track staking out a fresh chapter for James Holden. Dan Tombs has directe […]
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    • ACE FREHLEY TELLS EDDIE TRUNK THAT A KISS REUNION “COULD BE REALLY SPECIAL FOR THE FANS” October 22, 2017
      On October 9th, Ace Frehley was guest on Eddie’s radio show. Quotes from the interview appear below (as transcribed by blabbermouth.net. On whether he thinks his renewed friendship with Stanley and Simmons will eventually lead to his return to KISS: “”Well, Paul and Gene haven’t really talked to me about that. So until I get... Read more
    • TWISTED SISTER FRONTMAN DEE SNIDER THINKS VINTAGE T-SHIRTS ARE FOR TRUE METAL FANS, NOT A FASHION TREND October 21, 2017
      The New York Post reports: Think twice before taking on the vintage band T-shirt trend — at least, if you’re anywhere in the vicinity of Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider. The rocker took to Twitter earlier this week to vent about nonmetal fans wearing vintage metal band T-shirts. For Snider, it’s “sickening” and disrespectful to wear... Read more
    • 10/21: WARRANT/FIREHOUSE IN TULSA TOMORROW, BACK LIVE ON RADIO TUES, LA GUNS PODCAST October 21, 2017
      Had a great week in S FL catching up with some friends. I’m now in Tulsa where tomorrow I host another show in the concert series at the IDL Ballroom in the Brady District with Warrant and Firehouse, Rocket Science opens. Ever since I started coming to Tulsa back in 2007 I have many friends... Read more
    • WHITESNAKE BOOK, “THE PURPLE TOUR-A PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNEY,” TO BE RELEASED IN DECEMBER October 20, 2017
      Rufus Stone Limited Editions has announced the publication of the first-ever official Whitesnake book, The Purple Tour-A Photographic Journey. In 2015, Whitesnake took its newest release, The Purple Album, around the world on “The Purple Tour”. Featuring epic reworkings of David Coverdale’s Deep Purple songs and a raft of Whitesnake classics, the tour was on […]
    • SONS OF APOLLO RELEASE VIDEO FOR “LOST IN OBLIVION,” ALBUM “PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY” OUT TODAY October 20, 2017
      Sons Of Apollo–former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force)—has just released the Vicente Cordero-directed video for Lost In Oblivion from their highly anticipated debut albu […]
    • MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE 2018 FINAL PUBLIC SALE BEGINS TODAY (10/19) UPDATED LINEUP ANNOUNCED, EDDIE TRUNK HOSTING October 19, 2017
      As music fans begin to plan their 2018 vacations, Monsters Of Rock Cruise, the world’s premier hard rock/heavy metal experience at sea, has announced that its final public sale begins today (10/19). Limited cabins are available at MonstersOfRockCruise.com, with prices beginning at $1,299 per person, double occupancy. Government fees, taxes, and gratuities ar […]
    • RUSH TO RELEASE “A FAREWELL TO KINGS 40TH ANNIVERSARY” ON DECEMBER 1ST October 19, 2017
      On December 1st, Rush will release a lavish, new and expanded edition of the landmark album A Farewell to Kings — the fifth studio album originally released in 1977, which introduced the radio hit Closer To The Heart, album tracks A Farewell To Kings, Madrigal, Cinderella Man, as well as enduring fan favorites with Xanadu... Read more
    • TOM KEIFER RELEASES NEW VIDEO FOR “THE WAY LIFE GOES” October 18, 2017
      Tom Keifer has released a new video for his song The Way Life Goes, the title track of the guitarist’s 2013 solo album, which will arrive as a deluxe edition on October 20th. Watch the clip below. To read more about this release, please click here.
    • BLACK SABBATH STREAM “PARANOID” FROM “THE END” October 18, 2017
      Black Sabbath have released a live video of their final performance of Paranoid, watch it below. The footage was captured at the band’s last-ever show at Birmingham’s Genting Arena in February and was the last track they played together before they took their final bow. It’s been lifted from the DVD and Blu-ray of Sabbath’s... Read more
    • THIRD ANNUAL “BOWL FOR RONNIE” CELEBRITY BOWLING TOURNAMENT RAISES $49,000 FOR CANCER FUND October 17, 2017
      The third annual Bowl For Ronnie Celebrity Bowling Tournament, benefiting the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, took place on Friday, October 6th, 2017 at Pinz Bowling Center in Studio City, California. This year’s event brought in $49,000 for the Dio Cancer Fund, now in its eighth year of raising awareness and... Read more
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    • Sawdust City Music Festival July 27, 2017
      The inaugural Sawdust City Music Festival takes over Gravenhurst, Ontario this August long weekend. Running from August 4th – 6th the festival features performances from a plethora of talented artists from the area and all over Canada. Whether you want to check out the Muskoka music scene or experience the Jim Cuddy Family Band perform [...] Sawdust City Mus […]
    • 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
      Kid Koala chats with us about his chaotic party show Vinyl Vaudeville, his new album Music To Draw To: Satellite and working on . Interview: Kid Koala by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • The Lemon Bucket Orkestra July 19, 2017
      A Toronto music staple Lemon Bucket Orkestra had humble origins as buskers in Kensington Market, the band’s ringleader Mark Marczyk spoke to the Chart Attack team about the evolution of LBO and their drive to keep performing live for (and with) their ever-growing audiences. The Lemon Bucket Orkestra by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Interview: Mix Master Mike July 17, 2017
      Mix Master Mike put on an epic show in Quebec City on Friday and again in Toronto last night. We chatted with him about his tour with Metallica and his new Virtual Reality work. Interview: Mix Master Mike by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Interview: The Dirty Nil July 14, 2017
      The Dirty Nil played one of their biggest shows in Canada yesterday. We caught up with the band just before the show to talk about opening for The Who, touring and Minimum R&B. Interview: The Dirty Nil by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Interview: A Tribe Called Red July 13, 2017
      A Tribe Called Red played their biggest show in Quebec yesterday at Festival d'été de Québec. We caught up with Bear Witness just prior to the festival to talk about We are the Halluci Nation. Interview: A Tribe Called Red by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • FEQ in 2 Days! July 4, 2017
      Celebrating their 50th year this summer,  Festival d'été de Québec is throwing an epic bash from July 6th to July 16th. FEQ in 2 Days! by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Album Review: Prairie Cat’s Is Cary Pratt June 30, 2017
      The unconventional songwriter has been making waves with the release of his fourth album. Album Review: Prairie Cat’s Is Cary Pratt by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • REVIEW: !!! (ChkChkChk) June 17, 2017
      Wednesday, June 14th at the Horseshoe Tavern: dance-punk at its finest REVIEW: !!! (ChkChkChk) by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.

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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