2015: favorites

  1. Irène Schweizer & Han Bennink: Welcome Back (Intakt) 
  2. The Chills: Silver Bullets (Fire Recods) 
  3. Kirk Knuffke: Arms and Hands (Royal Potato Family) 
  4. Chris Lightcap's Bigmouth: Epicenter (Clean Feed) 
  5. Rudresh Mahanthappa: Bird Calls (ACT) 
  6. Max Johnson Trio: Something Familiar (Fresh Sound New Talent) 
  7. Courtney Barnett: Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit (Hardly Art/Mom + Pop) 
  8. Sleater-Kinney: No Cities to Love (Sub Pop) 
  9. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment: Surf (self-released) 
  10. The Close Readers: The Lines Are Open ([2014], Austin Records) 
  11. Detail: First Detail (recorded 1982, Rune Grammofon) 
  12. Desaparecidos: Payola (Epitaph)
  13. Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts: Manhattan (Rough Trade) 
  14. The Mountain Goats: Beat the Champ (Merge Records) 
  15. Darius Jones Quartet featuring Emilie Lesbros: Le bébé de Brigitte (Lost in Translation) (AUM Fidelity) 
  16. Sleaford Mods: Key Markets (Harbinger Sound) 
  17. Henry Threadgill Zooid: In For a Penny, In For a Pound (Pi Recordings) 
  18. Mike Reed’s People, Places & Things: A New Kind of Dance (482 Music) 
  19. James Brandon Lewis: Days of Freeman (Okeh) 
  20. Robert Forster: Songs To Play (Tapete Records) 
  21. Gebhard Ullman Basement Research: Hat and Shoes (Between the Lines) 
  22. James McMurty: Complicated Games (Blue Rose Records)
  23. Almeida / van Duynhoven / Klein: Vibrate in Sympathy (Clean Feed)
  24. Rodrigo Amado: This Is Our Language (NotTwo Records) 
  25. Shopping: Why Choose (Fat Cat)
  26. Ezra Furman: Perpetual Motion People (Bella Union)
  27. Eric Church: Mr. Misunderstood (EMI Nashville) 
  28. Tal National: Zoy Zoy (Fat Cat) 
  29. Jazmine Sullivan: Relity Show (RCA)
  30. Gard Nilssen's Acoustic Unity: Firehouse (Clean Feed) 
  31. The Paranoid Style: Rock 'n Roll Just Can't Recall EP (Battle Worldwide) 
  32. Protomartys: The Agent Intellect (Hardly Art)
  33. Susana Santos Silva: Impermanence (Carimba Porta-Jazz)
  34. Laurie Anderson: Heart of a Dog (Nonesuch)
  35. Kendrick Lamar: To Pimp a Butterfly (Universal) 
  36. Vince Staples: Summertime '06 (Def Jam) 
  37. Team Hegdal: Vol. 3 (Particular Recordings) 
  38. Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook-Up: After All Is Said (482 Music) 
  39. Made to Break: Before the Code (Trost)
  40. Mikko Innanen with William Parker and Andrew Cyrille: Song For a New Decade (TUM Records) 
  41. Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba: Ba Power (Glitterbeat) 
  42. Rob Mazurek / Exploding Star Orchestra: Galactic Parables: Volume 1 (Cuniform Records) 
  43. Lionel Loueke: GAÏA (Blue Note)
  44. Ben Goldberg: Orphic Machine (Royal Potato Family) 
  45. Mbogwana Star: From Kinshasa (World Circut) 
  46. Snik: Metasediment Rock (Clean Feed) 
  47. Waxahatchee: Ivy Trip (Merge) 
  48. Will Mason Ensemble: Beams of the Huge Night (Amsterdam)
  49. Mario Pavone: Blue Dialect (Clean Feed) 
  50. Rich Halley 4: Creating Structure (Pine Eagle Records) 
  51. Jason Derulo: Everything Is 4 (Atlantic) 
  52. Rae Sremmond: SremmLife (Universal Music) 
  53. Wooley/Rempis/Niggenkemper/Corsano: From Wolves to Whales (Aerophonic Records) 
  54. Wormburner: Pleasant Living in Planned Communities ([2014] Dive Records)
  55. ObLik: order disorder ([2014] Ormo Records) 
  56. Aphex Twin: Computer Controlled Accoustic Instruments Pt. 2 EP (Warp) 
  57. Mette Henriette: Mette Henriette (ECM) 
  58. Makaya McCraven: In the Moment (International Anthem) 
  59. Hypercolor: Hypercolor (Tzadik) 
  60. Wire: Wire (Pink Flag) 

(As a general rule, these are singles only, albeit with the odd stand-out track. Good albums -- see the list above -- naturally have several good songs, so I rarely see the need to clutter this list with selections from those)
  1. Lil Mama: "Sausage" (n/a) 
  2. Missy Elliott ft. Pharrell Williams: "WTF (Where They From)" (Goldmind)
  3. Royal Headache: "Another World" (What's Your Rupture?) 
  4. The Switch: "We're Fooling No One" (Bangles & Brass Records) 
  5. Miguel: "Coffee" (RCA) 
  1. Sonny Sharrock: Ask the Ages (M.O.D. Technologies) 
  2. John Carter & Bobby Bradford: Self Determination Music (Flying Dutchman/BNG)
  3. Ornette Coleman: Science Fiction (Columbia/ORG)

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