I, like many of my fellow retailers are about to be lost in the rush of the next ten days. Before that happens the CIMS and ThinkIndie staff would like to share our picks for the best records of the year. So let the jabs and sneering begin.
Also I omitted a shout out to Karl Groeger last week for his chart placement in our CIMS top 100 chart. His Howlin’ Wolf and Janis Joplin releases were right after Adele in the charts. Nice.
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CIMS/ThinkIndie Year End Lists:
Michael Bunnell - CIMS/ThinkIndie Executive Director
1. Cassandra Wilson- Coming Forth by Day
2. Calexico- Edge of the Sun
3. Richard Thompson- Still
4. King Crimson- Live at the Orpheum
5. Bob Dylan- The Cutting Edge
6. Low- Ones and Sixes
7. Steve Earle- Terraplane
8. Kamasi Washington- The Epic
9. Matthew Shipp Trio- The Conduct of Jazz
10. Belinda Bowler- Trumpet Vine
Andrea Paschal - CIMS/ThinkIndie General Manager
1. Julia Holter- Have You In My Wilderness (I usually don’t put this list in order...and the rest aren't really ranked...but this is HANDS DOWN my favorite album of 2015!)
2. Blur- The Magic Whip
3. Bjork- Vulnicura
4. Tamaryn- Cranekiss
5. Beach House- Depression Cherry
6. Jamie xx- In Colour
7. Florence + the Machine- How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
8. Neon Indian- VEGA INTL. Night School
9. Blanck Mass- Dumb Flesh
10. No Joy- More Faithful
Scott Register - ThinkIndie A&R
Yearly Disclaimer – I hate best of list and know there are a lot of titles I could have included. My best of changes daily. Off the top of my head, here's a baker's dozen of albums that moved me in 2015.
1. Kurt Vile– Believe I'm Goin' Down
2. Florence & The Machine– How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
3. Wolf Alice– My Love Is Cool
4. Twenty One Pilots- Blurryface
5. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats– Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats
6. Anderson East- Delilah
7. Leon Bridges– Coming Home
8. Julia Holter– Have You In My Wilderness
9. My Morning Jacket– The Waterfall
10. Jason Isbell– Southeastern
11. Tobias Jesso, Jr.- Goon
12. Natalie Prass– Natalie Prass
13. Alabama Shakes– Sound & Color
Liz Boger - CIMS Sales & Marketing
In no order:
Tame Impala- Currents
Beach House- Depression Cherry
Kurt Vile- B’lieve I’m goin down
El Vy- Return to the Moon
Chvrches- Every Open Eye
Pure Bathing Culture- Pray for Rain
Sufjan Stevens- Carrie & Lowell
Frankie Cosmos- Fit Me In EP
Small Black- Best Blues
Russell Cothran- ThinkIndie Sales & Marketing
This year, as I look back, I still find myself listening to many records that hit in 2014. However, here are some albums/songs that I have enjoyed this year:
1. Tame Impala- Currents
2. Bjork- Vulnicura
3. HeCTA- The Diet
4. Lower Dens- Escape From Evil
5. Mew- +-
6. Beach House- Depression Cherry
7. D’ Angelo- Black Messiah
8. Toro Y Moi- What For
9. Jamie XX- In Colour
10. Dave Rawlings Machine- Nashville Obsolete
11. Panda Bear- Meets The Grim Reaper
12. Alabama Shakes- Sound & Color
13. Chromatics- Dear, Tommy*…WTF? Technically hasn’t come out yet, but have dug every new song they’ve put out this year
Top Songs (from records not found above)
1. Foals- "Mountain At My Gates"
2. Wild Nothing- "To Know You"
3. Hot Chip- "Huarache Lights"
4. Best Coast- "California Nights"
5. Savages- "The Answer"
6. Big Grams- "Fell In The Sun"
7. Unknown Mortal Orchestra- "Can’t Keep Checking My Phone"
8. M.I.A.- "Borders"
9. Courtney Barnett- "Pedestrian At Best"
10. Kurt Vile- "Life Like This"
11. Flume- "Some Minds"
12. Mickey Factz- "$4.14"
13. Small Black- "Boys Life"
14. Viet Cong- "Silhouettes"
15. The Dead Weather- "I Feel Love"
16. Ought- "Beautiful Blue Sky"
17. Santigold- "Can’t Get Enough Of Myself"
18. Chlorine- "Title Fight"
19. Wilco- "Random Name Generator"
20. Calexico- "World Undone"
21. Ibeyi- "River"
22. Protomartyr- "Why Does It Shake?"
Blake Wimberly - CIMS/ThinkIndie Maid
1. Jamie xx- In Colour
2. Julia Holter- Have You In My Wilderness
3. Tamaryn- Cranekiss
4. No Joy- More Faithful
5. Blanck Mass- Dumb Flesh
6. Oneohtrix Point Never- Garden of Delete
7. Bjork- Vulnicura
8. Holly Waxwing- Peach Winks EP
9. Container- LP
Earworm: LA Priest- "Oino"
Bryan Peters - ThinkIndie Warehouse Manager
Father John Misty– I Love You Honeybear
Kendrick Lamar- To Pimp a Butterfly
Kurt Vile– B’lieve I’m Goin Down
Beach Slang– The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion– Freedom Tower
Metz– Metz II
Mikal Cronin– III
Wilco– Star Wars
Futurebirds– Hotel Parties
Deana LeSourd - CIMS/ThinkIndie Accounting
In no particular order, here is a fun/boring mom’s list of music from a year of not “getting out” much…
1. Sufjan Stevens– Carrie & Lowell
2. Don’t judge me…Taylor Swift– 1989
3. Now that I’m out of the Taylor Swift fan club closet…Ryan Adams– 1989
4. Kendrick Lamar– To Pimp a Butterfly
5. Modest Mouse– Strangers to Ourselves
6. Hillsong United– EMPIRES
7. Tamaryn– Cranekiss
8. Jason Isbell– Something More Than Free