My Year In Lists: 2015

Here are my lists of everything 2015:

Top 25 Albums:

#25
East India Youth – Culture of Volume
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William Doyle’s sophomore album puts him on the map with this electronic delight.
Key Tracks: Turn Away, End Result

 

#24
Ratatat – Magnifique
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Traditionally I am not one for purely instrumental albums, but Ratatat let me eat my own words.
Key Tracks: Cream On Chrome, Abrasive

#23
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Chasing Yesterday
Chasing_Yesterday_cover_artBusiness as usual here for Noel, nothing ground-breaking but it delivers.
Key Tracks: In The Heat Of The Moment, The Dying Of The Light

 

#22
The Weeknd – Beauty Behind the Madness
The_Weeknd_-_Beauty_Behind_the_MadnessThe breakthrough release stays true to the R&B roots and brings the help of a few friends including Ed Sheeran and Lana Del Rey.
Key Tracks: Can’t Feel My Face, The Hills

#21
Blur – The Magic Whip
Blur_MagicWhip_201590s Brit-pop era band prove they still have it the magic.
Key Tracks: There Are Too Many Of Us, Go Out

 

 

#20
Matt & Kim – New Glow
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A quick 28 minute session of fun by the American duo.
Key Tracks: Hey Now, Can You Blame Me

 

#19
Speedy Ortiz – Foil Deer
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Noise rock with a bit of catchiness
Key Tracks: The Graduates, Raising The Skate

 

#18
Editors – In Dream
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Slightly haunting, certainly dark but a sense of maturity shown by Tom Smith and co.
Key Tracks: Salvation, The Law

 

#17
CHVRCHES – Every Open Eye
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Consistent effort and a nice follow up their 2013 debut
Key Tracks: Leave A Trace, High Enough To Carry You Over

 

#16
Grimes – Art Angels
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A grower of an album, flooded with joy.
Key Tracks: Flesh Without Blood, Kill V. Maim

 

#15
EL VY – Return To The Moon
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The National’s Matt Berninger new project is a success
Key Tracks: Return To The Moon, I’m The Man To Be

 

#14
The Wombats – Glitterbug
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A great pop record encouraging sing-alongs and dancing
Key Tracks: Your Body Is A Weapon, Emoticons

 

#13
Enter Shikari – The Mindsweep
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No sign of complacency for these English lads
Key Tracks: The Last Garrison, The One True Colour

 

#12
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
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Incredible hip hop record for any music fan
Key Tracks: King Kunta, These Walls, Alright

 

#11
Tobias Jesso Jr. – Goon
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John Lennon inspired singer-songwriter showcases beauty
Key Tracks: Without You, How Could You Babe, Hollywood

 

#10
Tame Impala – Currents
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Took me a while to jump on the Tame train, this record won me over
Key Tracks: Eventually, Let It Happen, The Less Know The Better

#9
Alison Wonderland – Run
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My favourite Australian album of 2015
Key Tracks: Run, U Don’t Know, Already Gone

 

#8
Emile Haynie – We Fall
Emile_Haynie,_We_Fall Excellent record with endless collaborations including Andrew Wyatt, Randy Newman, Brian Wilson and many more
Key Tracks: Falling Apart, Wait For Life, Dirty World

#7
Everything Everything – Get To Heaven
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An album overflowing with Indie dancefloor must-plays
Key Tracks: Distant Past, To The Blade, Regret

 

#6
Jamie xx – In Colour
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Impressive solo debut
Key Tracks: I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times), Loud Places, Stranger In A Room

 

#5
Florence + the Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
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Florence Welch is as epic as ever
Key Tracks: Ship To Wreck, What Kind Of Man, St Jude

 

#4
Hot Chip – Why Make Sense?
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Not to be forgotten just yet, 15 years and still going strong
Key Tracks: Dark Night, Huarache Lights, Need You Now

 

#3
Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
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Simply beautiful, heartfelt  and elegant
Key Tracks: Should Have Known Better, Fourth Of July, Death with Dignity

 

#2
Purity Ring – Another Eternity
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Enormous beats from the Canadians
Key Tracks: Begin Again, Flood On The Floor, Bodyache

 

#1
Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
Fjm-iloveyouhoneybear Talented song-writing with a voice to match, cannot fault at all
Key Tracks: I Love You Honeybear, Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins), Holy Shit

 

Honourable Mentions: 
Titus Andronicus – The Most Lamentable Tragedy
Miami Horror – All Possible Futures
Death Cab For Cutie – Kintsugi
Say Lou Lou – Lucid Dreaming

Click for Spotify Playlist

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2015 Top 50 Tracks

1              Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
2              Jamie xx – I Know There’s Gonna Be Good Times
3              Kendrick Lamar – King Kunta
4              The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face
5              Purity Ring – Begin Again
6              Father John Misty – Chateau Lobby #4
7              Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Downtown
8              Tame Impala – Let It Happen
9              Major Lazer – Lean On (Feat. MØ + DJ Snake)
10           Hot Chip – Dark Night
11           Purity Ring – Flood On The Floor
12           Kurt Vile – Pretty Pimpin
13           Enter Shikari – The One True Colour
14           Tame Impala – Eventually
15           Sufjan Stevens – Should Have Known Better
16           Father John Misty – Holy Shit
17           Florence + The Machine – What Kind Of Man
18           Everything Everything – Distant Past
19           Florence + The Machine – Ship To Wreck
20           Emile Haynie – Falling Apart
21           Vance Joy – Fire and The Flood
22           Hot Chip – Huarache Lights
23           Father John Misty – The Night Josh Tillman Came To Our Apartment
24           Banfi – Where We Part
25           Father John Misty – Bored In The USA
26           Wiz Khalifa – See You Again
27           Sufjan Stevens – Fourth Of July
28           Jarryd James  – Do You Remember
29           Jamie xx – Stranger In A Room
30           Eves The Behavior – TV
31           Tobias Jesso Jr – Without You
32           RUFUS – Innerbloom
33           MØ – Pilgrim
34           Hot Chip – Need You Now
35           Natalie Prass – My Baby Don’t Understand
36           Grimes – Flesh Without Blood
37           Drake – Hotline Bling
38           Sam Smith – Writing’s On The Wall
39           Blur – Go Out
40           Urban Cone – Sadness Disease
41           Matt & Kim – Get It
42           Until The Ribbon Breaks – Revolution Indifference
43           #1 Dads – Two Weeks
44           Florence + The Machine – St Jude
45           Ratatat – Cream On Chrome
46           Jack Ü — Where Are Ü Now (with Justin Bieber)
47           EL VY – Return To The Moon (Political Song for Didi Bloome to Sing, with Crescendo)
48           The Vaccines – Dream Lover
49           The Chemical Brothers – Go
50           Set Mo + Deutsch Duke – White Dress

 

Honourable Mentions:
Jamie xx – Loud Places
Luke Million & Jesse Davidson – Fear The Night
The Decemberist – Calvary Captain

Click for Spotify Playlist

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Best Debut Album: 
Tobias Jesso Jr. – Goon

Top 10 Gigs of 2015: 
1- Father John Misty @ The Forum (Thursday 10th of December, 2015 – Melbourne)
2- Blur @ Splendour In The Grass (Sunday 26th July 2015 – Yelgun, NSW)
3- Purity Ring @ Splendour In The Grass (Saturday 25th July 2015 – Yelgun, NSW)
4- Everything Everything @ Splendour In The Grass (Friday 24th July 2015 – Yelgun, NSW)
5- Banks @ Laneway Festival (Saturday 7th of February, 2015 – Footscray Community Arts Centre, Melbourne)
6- Florence + The Machine @ Splendour In The Grass (Saturday 25th July 2015 – Yelgun, NSW)
7- #1 Dads @ Northcote Social Club (Saturday 31st of January, 2015 –Melbourne)
8- Royal Blood @ Laneway Festival (Saturday 7th of February, 2015 – Footscray Community Arts Centre, Melbourne)
9- Frank Turner + The Sleeping Souls @ The Corner Hotel (Sunday 12th of April, 2015 – Melbourne)
10 – Enter Shikari @ The Forum (Friday 22nd of May, 2015 – Melbourne)

Honourable Mention: 
MØ @ Splendour In The Grass (Sunday 26th July 2015 – Yelgun, NSW)

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NON-MUSIC SECTION

Top 10 Films: 
220x320_acf5166955083d8d10d7b810b3412f44-3023313 1- The Lobster
2- Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
3- Room
4- Amy
5- Spotlight
6- The Revenant
7- Inside Out
8- Batkid Begins
9- Star Wars: The Force Awakens
10- Ex Machina

Honourable Mentions: 
Partison
Jurassic World
Kingsman: The Secret Service

Top 10 TV Shows: 
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1- The Jynx
2- Narcos
3- Master Of None
4- House Of Cards
5- Inside Amy Schumer
6- Broad City
7- Peep Show
8- Making A Murderer
9- Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
10- Transparent
 
Honourable Mentions: 
Bojack Horseman
Survivor
Orange Is The New Black
Louie
Homeland
The Newsroom

Best SNL Host: 
Amy Schumer (S41/E2)

Best Podcast: 
The Hamish And Andy Podcast

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