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)

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Beats by Dre Breakdown

By Doc Vocado

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Happy Monday to all you primal souls out there. While you’re out there chasing the weekend and making rash decisions with your amygdala like I know I do sometimes, save yourself from doing an injustice to your appreciation for good music by purchasing sub-par headphones or speakers. Artists spend countless hours writing, recording and producing their music. True musicians pay close attention to the interactions each component of a musical work in progress. How do the bass and drums frame the tempo of the song? How do the lyrics and melody sound in conversation with one another? Is this guitar coming in too strong, or just right?

After they feel their creative license has been exhausted, and the project is almost complete, artists work with producers and sound engineers to make subtle adjustments to the relationship between the types of sounds coming through your speakers. As content providers, musicians seem to exert maximum effort into dictating how listeners will hear their music, which ultimately determines its effect on emotion. All this labor considered, why then as listeners, do we so often settle for audio products that distort and dismantle the artistry that truly goes into creating, recording, and mastering even one single 3 minute song?

Listening to music is an art in itself, and it should be undertaken with the same careful craftsmanship that goes into creating that music. Unfortunately, in the marketplace for headphones and speakers, the power of social media marketing and endorsements has overshadowed the power of truly high quality audio. Check out this great tech video from and independent YouTube tech reviewer discussing the phenomenon of Beats by Dre headphones. You’ll learn something about marketing and pricing strategy in addition to sound quality, and also why Dr. Dre is filthy rich. Enjoy.

Glass Animals – Gooey

By Doc Vocado

I can’t explain the amount of smooth in this song. I’m talking silky nutella body wash pureed with Bohemian aftershave made from the tree sap of the eldest trunk in the Amazon. If the line “ride my little pooh- bear” isn’t enough to make you want play this on repeat and swan dive into rainbow waterfalls while catching butterflies with a net, then I don’t think you’re reading the right blog.

Anyway, the title “Gooey” really does this track justice. The psychedelic melody and whispery vocals will make you feel like you’re canoeing with Barry Manilow inside the hollowed ebony skin of a ripened Avocado that you bought from Barry White on the side of a back road in California.

So. Much. Barry…

Glass Animals’ discography as a whole sticks to this silky sound pretty loyally without ever sounding repetitive. If you already like mellow tracks, or are looking to soften up the buffet of heavy bass and vulgarity that currently dominates your iPod, then give these 4 gents from the UK a listen because they definitely have what you’re looking for.

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