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We All Want Someone’s Best Songs of 2015

By Will Oliver, March 18th 2016 — with 2 comments

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Artwork thanks to our very own Anthony Bauer

We look back 2015 fondly, one of the best years of music in some time. There was almost too much of it, making it nearly an impossible task to come up with my top albums of the year. Even worse, was choosing the best songs of the year.

Many albums had multiple offerings that deserved recognition, but I tried my best to limit it to one song per artist, except for a few special cases. It wasn’t easy to do a top 100 list, but it was fun to reflect on 2015 with all the sounds that helped soundtrack my life throughout those months.

Below you can find the list posted in countdown style from 100-1, and I’ve created a handy Spotify playlist in countdown order for your listening convenience and pleasure. I’ve posted the embeded playlist below.

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Will’s Best Albums of 2015

By Will Oliver, March 18th 2016 — with 1 comment

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Artwork thanks to our very own Anthony Bauer

We’re certainly far enough removed from 2015 now for me to properly look back at the year and realize how remarkable it was. I meant to get this list up in January, but as it does, life got in the way and things got delayed. Sure, I may have missed the “list” cycle, but that’s ok. Now with some more time I was able to catch up on albums I wasn’t able to get to during the 2015 calendar year, as well as give some albums the chance to further reveal themselves to me over time.

2015 saw an abundance of great artists converge to release new material, almost to the point where there was a consistently too much great music on a week-to-week basis. Worlds smallest violin playing, I know.

I already shared my honorable mentions for best albums of the year, and many of these albums were good enough to make a top list any other year. But 2015 was a really great year, and this top 50 list really demonstrates how much quality stuff was released.

Without further ado, here are my top 50 albums of 2015.
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We All Want Someone’s Best Shows Of 2015

By Will Oliver, March 15th 2016 — with 1 comment

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I lost count of how many shows I went to in 2015, but I’m pretty sure I managed to top the amount of shows I went to in 2014, which was a previous record.

You’ll notice a good chunk of the shows that made the cut are established artists playing intimate venues such as Baby’s All Right or Bowery Ballroom. Nothing quite matches getting to see big acts in a great small venue. That’s not to say that a show at a large venue can’t be good, as plenty of big bands playing large venues or dare I say arenas ended up on here as well. There’s a lot of ingredients to a good show, and I don’t discriminate..

Below, find my top 40 shows of 2015 and feel free to click through to each individual show recap to re-live them along with me. We can’t wait to see what 2016 brings to us. All I know is it will be tough to match what I saw in 2015.

40. Ryan Adams at Governors Ball

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39. Future Islands at Terminal 5 (January 9)

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38. Diarrhea Planet at Bowery Ballroom (April 4)

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37. Tallest Man On Earth @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (June 2)

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36. FFS at Terminal 5 (October 6)

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35. Kishi Bashi at The McKittrick Hotel (November 4)

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34. Alvvays at Bowery Ballroom (April 2)

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33. My Morning Jacket at Governors Ball

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32. Dr. Dog at Music Hall of Williamsburg (January 10)

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31. The Growlers at Baby’s All Right (March 7)

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30. Panda Bear @ MOMA PS1 (Janaury 11)

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29. Savages at Mercury Lounge (January 21)

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28. Tobias Jesso Jr at Baby’s All Right (March 27)

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27. Beirut @ Bowery Ballroom

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26. Kendrick Lamar @ Terminal 5 (November 2)

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25. U2 at Madison Square Garden (July 19)

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24. Ben Folds at Bowery Ballroom (April 27)

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23. Spoon @ Kings Theatre (June 16)

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22. Modest Mouse @ Webster Hall (March 19)

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21. Tame Impala at Terminal 5 (October 7)

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20. Foals at Terminal 5 (December 18)

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19. Father John Misty @ Bowery Ballroom (February 14)

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18. Death Cab For Cutie at Music Hall of Williamsburg (January 28)

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17. Florence + The Machine at Music Hall of Williamsburg

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16. Dinosaur Jr. at Bowery Ballroom (December 3)

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15. Bjork at Carnegie Hall (March 14)

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14. My Morning Jacket at The Beacon (November 25)

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13. Blur at Madison Square Garden (October 23)

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12. El Vy @ Bowery Ballroom (November 13)

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11. Sufjan Stevens @ The Beacon Theatre (April 11)

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10. Muse at Webster Hall (May 8)

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9. Joanna Newsom at The Apollo Theater(December 11)

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8. Sufjan Stevens at Loew’s Jersey Theatre (October 31)

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7. Courtney Barnett at Bowery Ballroom (May 19)

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6. The Arcs @ Housing Works (9/9)

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5. Leon Bridges at Mercury Lounge (February 17)

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4. Hot Chip at Baby’s All Right (August 3)

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3. Beach House @ Baby’s All Right (August 27)

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2. Sleater-Kinney @ Market Hotel (December 16)

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1. Blur at Music Hall of Williamsburg (May 1)

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Anthony’s Best Albums of 2015

By Anthony Bauer, March 12th 2016

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Looking back on 2015, it has got to be one of the best years that we’ve had for music in recent memory. Not only did we get an insane amount of releases, but we also got an equally insane amount of quality releases across the board. Narrowing down all these releases into a “top 10” style list was very, very difficult. Instead of another “best albums of 2015” list, I thought I’d switch things up a bit and go through my favorite album releases in 2015 (which lets be honest, there were a lot).

The year brought us some wonderful debuts, a couple surprises, and a few releases that were a more return to form of sorts. So in no particular order, here are my favorite albums of 2015:
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Will’s Best Albums Of 2015: Honorable Mentions

By Will Oliver, March 12th 2016 — with 1 comment

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Artwork courtesy of our very own Anthony Bauer

2015 was one of the best years for music in recent memory with many established artists releasing great new work, while tons of brand new artist made the sort of introductions that we will look back fondly once they’re leading the way in the future.

I had such a hard time narrowing down my top 50 albums list that I still had plenty of quality stuff left over to make up my honorable mentions list. So without further ado, here are some honorable mentions for best albums of 2015 that are plenty worth your time
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Favorite Live Photos of 2015

By Will Oliver, March 7th 2016

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(Blur at Madison Square Garden)

2015 was one hell of a year for music. Naturally, there were a ton of great shows to be found. We saw as many as ever last year, and we look to attend even more shows in 2016. With that said, we’re finally giving a look back to 2015, selecting some of our favorite moments from the year.

Along with my small but trustworthy team of friends who happen to also be photographers, we took hundreds if not thousands of photos last year. I went through the ever-growing archives and selected just a handful of favorite photos taken throughout the year. It was hard and nearly impossible to narrow it down, but here are just some of my favorite photos that we shared on this blog in 2015, in chronological order taken throughout the year. If not taken by me, credit is given along with the posted caption below the photo.
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Dana’s Best Albums of 2015

By Dana Pacifico, January 26th 2016

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For me 2015 was a great year musically. Three of my favorite bands released solid albums and pop music made a serious movement. It was incredibly difficult to put a number on each of these albums because they not only speak to my soul sonically but in being a concert photographer I’ve gotten so see many of these artists live and those experiences also help give me a singular feeling that is hard to measure.
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Best Songs of 2014

By Will Oliver, February 20th 2015 — with 1 comment

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(artwork by Dana Pacifico)

Apparently I got Chinese New Year confused with the end of 2014, as it took me until now to finally share my list of favorite songs from 2014. It’s late, but you better bet it’s a true indication of my favorite songs of 2014. These are the 100 songs that I played and enjoyed the most and are still playing on regular rotation. They came from the most established artists like Beck, as well as newcomers such as Alvvays, Leon Bridges and Flyte. It’s a bit all over the map stylistically, which is a good thing if you ask me.

I’ve posted the list of songs below from 100-1. I’ve turned the entire list into a spotify playlist (keep in mind some tracks weren’t on spotify so if that’s the case, just come back here and you can click the song it will take you to the tracks soundcloud/youtube page). Head to the bottom of the page for the spotify playlist, or just head here.

With that said, here are my favorite songs that were released in 2014, finally:
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Best Albums of 2014

By Will Oliver, February 12th 2015 — with 6 comments

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(artwork by Dana Pacifico)

We are almost a month and a half into 2015, but I finally got around to publishing a full list of my favorites albums of 2014. There was a lot of great music released, so much so that I had to make a separate honorable mentions list of records that just missed the cut. Which makes the 50 records that did make it even more impressive.

If anything, these albums are more so my favorites of the year than “the best” as it’s all totally objective. But these were the albums that defined the 12 months of 2014, soundtracking endless drives into the cities, summer festivals, moments of solitude, as well as parties and celebrations of all kind. Looking back, it really was a pretty damn good year.

With that said, here are my 50 best albums of 2014:
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Best Albums of 2014: Honorable Mentions

By Will Oliver, February 9th 2015 — with 2 comments

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There was a lot of great music released in 2014, a lot more than can be represented fairly in a top 50 list. Sometimes some quality stuff just slips through the cracks, just barely missing the cut. But that doesn’t mean that these albums didn’t get plenty of love from me throughout the year.

This year I decided to do a separate posts of some honorable mentions for albums that just fell shy of making the list. All of these are well worth your time. They’re posted below in no particular order or ranking:
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