People I almost didn't do this at all. Work my butt off and get no page views. But then I read Pitchfork's top 50 and knew I couldn't remain silent. What a sack of crap that was.
Here are my top 10 releases from 2015
The first, by far, is Tom Carter, Long Time Underground. This is the dude from Charalambides come back from the dead with a stunning solo guitar album. This is mesmerizingly great.
My next favorite two are
Peacers self-titled album and Adult Mom's "Momentary Lapse of Happily"
Peacers is what Mike Donovan (Sic Alps) is calling himself nowadays and it's absolutely a slacker/psych/garage/retro monster of an album.
Adult Mom is Steph Knipe and her song "Survival" is my favorite pop song of the year. Little bit of Kimya Dawson, little bit of Liz Phair, and a lot of awesome.
There are actually 2 releases in Pitchfork's top 50 that are really good (type I error I guess)!
Courtney Barnett: Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
This young woman is the real deal. This reminds of the Kinks! Great energy, tunes, just a great feel to this band.
Sufjan Stevens: Carrie and Lowell
My prayers were finally answered and Suffy dropped the pretense and went back to his roots. The result is stunning. All is forgiven. I'm sorry I doubted you.
My next 3 releases are in no particular order:
Speedy Ortiz, Foil Deer
Reminds me or Deerhoof or Miu Miu, great time changes, love the singer.
Royal Headache, High
They are supposed to be punky, but the singer is so damn soulful!
Car Seat Headrest, Teens of style
Look for more from CRH, but this year they gave me my second favorite pop song "The Drum".
And to round out a top 10 list, If you stuck a gun to my head and made me buy two more off Pitchfork's list I'd buy......
Kurt Vile, B'lieve I'm goin down
Joanna Newsom, Divers
Both of these records are really really good, but both of these artists are just coasting (downhill).
Looking back over this list I notice that (a) 40% of my picks are women or bands fronted by women (I really wanted Waxahatchee in here but their new record is just not so good), and (b) every single one is available as an LP (or double LP).