2015 would be meaningless if you didn’t put your favorite records in order from least to greatest. Ok, well above are not the best records of 2015 but instead what I listened to the most this year.

I won’t review these records, as that takes time and effort with negative reward. However, I do want to share some thoughts regarding them and why they’re good.

So instead of long paragraphs explaining their sound and blah blah blah… I will form once complete sentence about each, explaining its significance to me. Also, they are not in any order from least to greatest as they all sound different and contain different peoples. So that would seem silly to me. Nobody is still reading this, right? I should be doing anything else right now, goodbye.

Tame Impala, “Currents”

This band just too the theme from Portlandia and made a record out of it that I enjoy driving too.

Mikal Cronin, “MCIII”

Apparently this guy wrote a lot of the music for TY SEGALL, who I’ve never listened to. Track 3 starts off with cowbell. So, yes.

EL VY, “Return To The Moon”

If you like the National, but also enjoy vocal melody.

Father John Misty, “I Love You, Honeybear”

Mood.

Bully, “Feels Like”

Alicia Bognanno interned with Steve Albini and produced her own record, enough said.

Wilco, “Star Wars”

Best/worst marketing technique of 2015.

Swervedriver, “I Wasn’t Born To Lose You”

THE Shoegaze band of the 90′s you never heard of, that you commonly mistake for SCREWDRIVER. No.

Kurt Vile, “b’lieve i’m going down…”

Two words. Pretty. Pimpin.

Death Cab For Cutie, “Kintsugi”

The guitar riff at 2:55…

Andy Shauf, “The Bearer of Bad News”

As reccomended to me by Lou Shorts last minute, this had to make my year end list… it’s that good.

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Written by Pat Benson

Guitar tech, podcaster, currently playing guitar for Tigers Jaw. Go to TIGERSJAW.com for upcoming tour dates! Twitter: @pat_benson | IG: @patbenson

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  1. Believe it or not, I really did read it all the way through. Interesting list. More reviewers should try the “one sentence” approach. I’d give it a go if I’d managed to listen to anything that was recoded in 2015. Dead Weather, I suppose. I’m sure there’s something else. …

    I know you have a life & shit to do. Really do miss the podcast. It really went well with drive thru fast food consumed during my post midnight commute home from the job. ~DWD

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    1. Thanks! Im recording new episodes as I type this. So be on the lookout for more episodes. Going to be doing some while on the road as well. Thanks for checking out the site! – PAT

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