Top 100 Albums of 2015

by, Art Carny

Without further ado, I present to you the best one hundred albums (and ep’s) of 2015 (in alphabetical order, because rankings are arbitrary and comparing one album to another is apples and oranges in that each is an individual work, seeking independent outcomes and presenting varying experiences).  Enjoy and see you in 2016, the year of the monkey…

Alex Calder, Strange Dreams (Captured Tracks)
All Dogs, Kicking Every Day (Salinas)

Ava Luna, Infinite House (Western Vinyl)
Aye Nako, The Blackest Eye (Don Giovani)

Beach House, Depression Cherry (Sub Pop)

Beach House, Thank Your Lucky Stars (Sub Pop)

Beliefs, Leaper (Hand Drawn Dracula)

The Beverleys, Brutal (Buzz) 
Blank Realm, Illegals in Heaven (Fire)

BOAN, Mentiras (HOLODECK)
Boys Age, ELSE (MAGNIPH)

Bully, Feels Like (Colombia) 


Chastity Belt, Time to Go Home (Hardly Art)

Childbirth, Women’s Rights (Suicide Squeeze)

Chris Forsyth & Koen Haltkamp, The Island (Trouble in Mind)

Colleen Green, I Want to Grow Up (Hardly Art)

Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit (Mom + Pop)

Damon & Naomi, Fortune (20/20/20)

Dommengang, Everybody’s Boogie (Thrill Jockey)

Dr. Duloc, Bowl Cuts (Little L)
DRINKS, Hermits on Holiday (Birth)

Ducktails, St. Catherine (Domino) 


Dumbo Gets Mad, Thank You Neil (Bad Panda)
El Vy, Return To The Moon (4AD) 

Elvis Depressedly, New Alhambra (Run For Cover)

Faith Healer, Cosmic Troubles (Mint)

Frankie Cosmos, Fit Me In (Bayonet)

Froth, Bleak (Burger)

Future Punx, This Is Post-Wave (Dull Tools)

George Clanton, 100% Electronica (100% Electronica)

Gnoomes, Ngan! (Rocket)

Grooms, Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair (Western Vinyl)

Happyness, Weird Little Birthday (Bar None)

Heaven’s Gate, Woman At Night (Dull Tools)

Helen, The Original Faces (kranky) 
Hinds, Very Best of Hinds so Far (Mom + Pop) 

Holydrug Couple, Moon Lust (Sacred Bones)

Hooton Tennis Club, Highest Point in Cliff Town (Heavenly)

Horsebeach, II (Alone Together)

Indian Wells, Pause (Bad Panda)

Jade Statues, Executive Towers (Dream Catalogue)

James Ferraro, Skid Row (Break World) 

JEFF the Brotherhood, Wasted on the Dream (Infinity Cat) 

Jerry Paper, Carousel (Bayonet) 

Joanna Gruesome, Peanut Butter (Slumberland) 

Kid Wave, Wonderlust (Heavenly) 

Krill, A Distant Fist Unclenching (Exploding In Sound)

Kristin Anna, Howl (The Vinyl Factory) 
La Luz, Weirdo Shine (Hardly Art)

Larry Wish, Born Outside My Window (Orange Milk)

Laurel Halo, In Situ (Honest Jon’s)
Marie Davidson, Un Autre Voyage (HOLODECK)

Mild High Club, Timeline (Circle Star)

Moss Lime, Zoo Du Québec (Telephone Explosion) 
Mourn, Mourn (Captured Tracks)

No Joy, More Faithful (Kemando)

Novella, Land (Sinderlyn)

Oneohtrix Point Never, Garden of Delete (Warp) 


Ought, Sun Coming Down (Constellation)
Palehound, Dry Food (Exploding In Sound)

Palm, Trading Basics (Inflated)

Parquet Courts, Monastic Living (Rough Trade) 

Photonz, Gnosis of Wolfers (Cremé) 
Pile, You’re Better Than This (Exploding In Sound)

Pill, Pill EP (Dull Tools)

Pinact, Stand Still and Rot (Kanine)

Potty Mouth, Potty Mouth EP (self-released)

Primitive Parts, Parts Primitive (Trouble In Mind) 


Princess Century, Progress (Paper Bag) 

Protomartyr, The Agent Intellect (Hardly Art)

Psychic Blood, Alien (Wharf Cat)

Radical Dads, Universal Coolers (Old Flame)

Radioactivity, Silent Kill (Dirtnap)

Red Sea, Yardsticks for Human Intelligence (Bayonet)

Sasha Conda, Bronco (Not Not Fun)

Sauna Youth, Distractions (Upset the Rhythm)

Screaming Females, Rose Mountain (Don Giovanni)

Sean Henry, It’s All About Me (DOUBLE DOUBLE WHAMMY)

Sex Jams, Catch! (This Charming Man)

Shopping, Why Choose (FatCat)

Sleater-Kinney, No Cities to Love (Sub Pop)

Speedy Ortiz, Foil Deer (Carpark)

Stove, Is Stupider (Exploding In Sound)

Sunflower Bean, Show Me Your Seven Secrets (Fat Possum)

Swings, Sugarwater (Exploding In Sound)

Triptides, Azur (Requiem Pour Un Twister) 

Tropic of Cancer, Archive: The Downward Singles (Blackest Ever Black)

TV Wonder, Bird Sounds (Faux Discx)
Ty Segall, Ty Rex (Goner)

U.S. Girls, Half Free (4AD) 


Upset, ‘76 (Lauren)
Valet, Nature (kranky) 
Velvet Morning, Gorilla (EXAG’)

Warehouse, Tesseract (Bayonet)

Widowspeak, All Yours (Captured Tracks)

Wilco, Star Wars (dBPM) 

Wimps, Suitcase (Kill Rock Stars)

Yuko Yuko, Yuko Yuko’s Greatest Hits (2K12 – 6003) (self-released)

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