End of Year List, Music

2015 Wrap Up

Here are my fav albums of 2015. I’ve divided the playlists by mood. One playlist is best to accompany driving and the other is best paired with your favorite beverage.

In the next few days, I hope to publish several more playlists to examine 2015 in unique ways. Stay tuned for my upcoming playlists which will highlight eccentric albums, stellar under-the-radar albums, and more.

Apple Music Best of 2015 Driving Playlist

Apple Music Best of 2015 Sipping Playlist

Spotify Best of 2015 Driving Playlist

Spotify Best of 2015 Sipping Playlist

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LJR Music’s Top Dozen Albums of 2015

No Cities To LoveSleater-Kinney – No Cities to Love

  • Genre – Indie Rock, Punk
  • From – Olympia, WA
  • Fav Tracks – Surface Envy, Bury Our Friends, No Cities to Love
  • Recommended Tracks – Surface Envy, Bury Our Friends, No Cities to Love, Price Tag, A New Wave, Fangless

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SometimesCourtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit 

  • Genre – Indie Rock
  • From – Melbourne, Australia
  • Fav Tracks – Nobody Cares If You Don’t Go to the Party, Pedestrian at Best, Elevator Operator, Aqua Profonda!, Dead Fox, Depreston
  • Recommended Tracks – Nobody Cares If You Don’t Go to the Party, Pedestrian at Best, Elevator Operator, Aqua Profonda!, An Illustration of Loneliness, Depreston, Dead Fox

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In ColourJamie xx – In Colour

  • Genre – Electronic, Garage, Dubstep, Club Dance
  • From – London
  • Fav Tracks – Gosh, Loud Places, I Know There’s Gonna Be, Girl, Obvs, The Rest Is Noise
  • Recommended Tracks – Gosh, Sleep Sound, SeeSaw, Obvs, Stranger In A Room, Loud Places, I There’s Gonna Be, The Rest Is Noise, Girl
  • Singles – Girl, Gosh, I Know There’s Gonna Be

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Art AngelsGrimes – Art Angels

  • Genre – Electronic
  • From – Vancouver, Canada
  • Fav Tracks – Flesh without Blood, California, Kill V. Maim, Venus Fly, Belly of the Best
  • Recommended Tracks – California, SCREAM, Flesh without Blood, Belly of the Beast, Kill V. Maim, Artangels, Easily, Venus Fly

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RatchetShamir – Ratchet

  • Genre – Alternative Dance
  • From – Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Fav Tracks – On The Regular, Call It Off, In For The Kill, Head In The Clouds
  • Recommended Tacks – Vegas, Make A Scene, On The Regular, Call It Off, Hot Mess, In For The Kill, Youth, Darker, Head In The Clouds, KC
  • Singles – On The Regular, Call It Off, Darker

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CurrentsTame Impala – Currents

  • Genre – Indie Rock
  • From – Australia
  • Fav Tracks – Let It Happen, The Less I Know The Better, Eventually, ‘Cause I’m A Man, New Person Same Old Mistakes
  • Recommended Tracks – Let It Happen, ‘Cause I’m A Man, The Less I Know The Better, Eventually, The Moment, Yes I’m Changing, Reality In Motion, Love/Paranoia, New Person Same Old Mistakes
  • Singles – Let It Happen, Because I’m a Man

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Sound And ColorAlabama Shakes – Sound and Color

  • Genre – Indie Rock, American Trad Rock
  • From – Alabama
  • Fav Tracks – Don’t Wanna Fight, Future People, Gimme All Your Love, Guess Who, The Greatest, Shoegaze, Miss You, Over My Head
  • Recommended Tracks – Don’t Wanna Fight, Future People, Gimme All Your Love, Guess Who, The Greatest, Shoegaze, Miss You, Over My Head, Sound & Color, Dunes, This Feeling, Gemini

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b'lieve i'm goin downKurt Vile – b’lieve i’m goin down

  • Genre – Indie Rock, Singer-songwriter
  • From – Philadelphia, PA
  • Fav Tracks – Pretty Pimpin, Life Like This, That’s Life Tho, Lost My Head There, Wild Imagination
  • Recommended Tracks – Pretty Pimpin, Dust Bunnies, That’s Life Tho, Wheelhouse, Life Like This, Lost My Head There, Stand Inside, Kidding Around, Wild Imagination
  • Singles – Pretty Pimpin, Life Like This

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Firewatcher's DaughterBrandi Carlile – The Firewatcher’s Daughter

  • Genre – Alternative Country, Singer-songwriter
  • From – Washington
  • Fav Tracks – Wherever Is Your Heart, The Eye, Mainstream Kid, The Things I Regret, Alibi
  • Recommended Tracks – Wherever Is Your Heart, The Eye, The Things I Regret, Mainstream Kid, Beginning To Feel The Years, Wilder (We’re Chained), Blood Muscle Skin & Bone, I Belong To You, Alibi, The Stranger At My Door, Heroes And Songs, Murder In The City

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Depression CherryBeach House – Depression Cherry

  • Genre – Dream Pop
  • From – Baltimore, MD
  • Fav Tracks – Sparks, PPP, Space Song
  • Recommended Tracks – Levitation, Sparks, Space Song, 10:37, PPP, Wildflower

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Thank Your Lucky StarsBeach House – Thank Your Lucky Stars

  • Genre – Dream Pop
  • From – Baltimore, MD
  • Fav Tracks – All Your Yeahs, Marjorette, Elegy to the Void, Somewhere Tonight, Common Girl
  • Recommended Tracks – Marjorette, She’s So Lovely, All Your Yeahs, One Thing, Common Girl, The Traveller, Elegy to the Void, Rough Song, Somewhere Tonight

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Fading FrontierDeerhunter – Fading Frontier

  • Genre – Indie Rock, Dream Pop
  • From – Georgia
  • Fav Tracks – Snakeskin, Breaker, Living My Life, All the Same
  • Recommended Tracks – All the Same, Living My Life, Breaker, Duplex Planet,
  • Singles – Snakeskin, Breaker, Living My Life

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