As the year comes to a close, it’s a time for a reflection. Deaths, loss, hardship were abundant. It seems as I get older this happens often. That’s life. Everyone struggles in their own way to get through this existence. We all find ways to enjoy ourselves. Some healthy, some unhealthy, but I do my best to make myself and the people around me happy. You can’t change people, but you can be a positive experience when they are around you. I’m going to attempt to write some blips and blurbs about stuff I enjoyed this year. They made my life a little better, and maybe they can do the same for you.
Anxious and Angry – Ryan Young from Off With Their Heads plays good tunes and talks to other musicians about life and how to make sense of it. It often gets heavy and philosophical, but Ryan is someone everyone can relate to so nothing is over your head.
Campaign – A Star Wars Roleplaying Adventure. One of the most entertaining podcasts I listen to. You don’t need to know anything about Table Top games or Star Wars to enjoy. If you like comedy and a good story this is for you.
Last Podcast on the Left – Every been curious about serial killers and the paranormal, but felt weird doing your own research? This podcast is for you. The humorous angle that the guys come at the topics with is what keeps me coming back to this one and not others that cover similar topics.
Modern Vinyl Podcast – If you like music and are in yours 20s, this one’s for you. You don’t really have to appreciate vinyl to like this podcast, but I’m a collector myself so hearing about pressings of records makes me all giddy.
Monday Morning Podcast – Bill Burr is a funny guy with years under his belt in the comedy world. He’s unapologetic about his views on what’s happening in the world, and as I get older his cynicism makes sense.
Overnight Drive – Two guys shooting the shit. It’s pretty simple, but their long friendship creates a dynamic that you can’t fake. They don’t update as frequently as they used to (neither do I with this blog), but life happens. I’m always excited when a new episode does pop up on my feed.
Roundtable of Gentleman – A group of improv comedians talk about weird stories of the week. I never stop laughing when listening to an episode.
Start the Beat with Sikes – I recently wrote a blog gushing about Sikes, so I’ll keep this short. He’s a genuine guy that has conversations with people from all walks of life. His down to earth nature brings the best out of his guests.
Allison Weiss “New Love” – The best 80s pop album of 2015.
Blacklisted “When People Grow, People Go” Heavy hardcore with just enough melody
California X “Nights in the Dark” Fuzzy, classic rock for a new generation
Ceremony – “The L-Shaped Man” A Joy Division influenced album that doesn’t suck
Chrome Over Brass “Chrome Over Brass” An instrumental post-punk masterpiece
Cradle of Filth “Hammer of Witches” Shock value has worn off, good songs remain
Defeater “Abandoned” Melodic hardcore I can’t help but love
Desparecidos “Payola” Reunion albums never live up to hype, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t great
Ghost Bath “Moonlover” Intense black metal music
Leftover Crack “Constructs of the State” A solid punk album that I expected not to like
Leon Bridges “Coming Home” The second coming of Sam Cooke
Loma Prieta “Self Portrait” A hardcore album for people who like variety in their life
Murder By Death “Big Dark Love” This band cannot put out a bad album if they tried
Nathan Gray “NTHN GRY” This album hit me really hard emotionally…like really hard
Night Birds “Mutiny at Muscle Beach” I’m so happy bands still make punk music like this
Pruirient “Frozen Niagara Falls” The most jarring album I’ve ever heard. The layers of noise here is something incredible. I’ve never heard anything like it.
Roger Harvey “Twelve Houses” I waited a long time to hear this album. It was worth the wait. Probably my favorite album of the year.
Royal Psalms “I Could Have Been Anything” A formulaic rock EP, but it’s done so well
Self Defense Family “Heaven Is Earth” I still can’t stand Pat’s voice, but they make good music so I keep listening. I definitely don’t understand the fanboy-ism that comes with this band though
Sikes and the New Violence “I’ve Seen Better” Rap, rock, punk, electronic music mashed together to make something that sounds new and unique. It’s refreshing.
Timeshares “Already Dead” The best Fest-band that no one talks about
Tony Molina “Dissed and Dismissed” 12 minutes of the best songs Weezer forgot to write
Turnover “Peripheral Vision” Dreamy rock songs to vibe out to
Waxahatchee “Ivy Tripp” Possibly my most listened to album this year. Pop music without all that extra sugar.
White Reaper “Does It Again” Garage rock done right. Listen to this band.
Those are the albums I listened to the most this year. Of course, there were more I liked that I didn’t list, but I figured 25 is enough. Hopefully, you find something new that you might like. I’ve already found a few new things browsing other people’s list.
Enjoy whatever holidays you choose to celebrate. If none of them suit you, go ahead and celebrate yourself. Life’s all about making the best out of your life and those around around you who you care about. You don’t need a religion to tell you that.