Essential Full-Length Releases
Adele - 25
This year, Adele ensured that any artist who may have thought that 2015 was their year would be terribly wrong. Starting a couple of months into the second half of the year, it started to become clear that something was soon to come from the world's favorite singer. The general release timeframe was announced back in August. In the relatively short time time between its release and the end of the year, it had already broken many of the year's records.
Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood and the Rajasthan Express - Junun
Jonny Greenwood is generally best known as the guitarist for Radiohead, but has had an active solo career with studio albums and composition work since 2003. Early last year, Greenwood traveled to Rajasthan, India to work with Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur and the Rajasthan Express ensemble for a truly international new album. The recording process was captured in a documentary of the same name, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.
Other Full-Length Releases
Arca - Mutant
Bill Wells & Friends - Nursery Rhymes
Listen: "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" (featuring Satomi Matsuzaki)
Listen: "Three Blind Mice" (featuring Karen Mantler & Yo La Tengo)
Cavanaugh - Time and Materials
Listen: "Typecast" (featuring P.O.S., Hemlock Ernst, & Busdriver)
Hurricane #1 - Find What You Love and Let It Kill You
WoodzSTHLM - Lighthouse
Singles, EPs, Soundtracks, etc.
Baio - The Names (Expansion Pack)
Beach Boys - Beach Boys’ Party! Uncovered and Unplugged
Listen: "I Should Have Known Better"
Listen: "Blowin in the Wind"
Freddie Gibbs - Shadow of a Doubt
Watch: "Fuckin’ Up the Count"
Listen: "Packages" (featuring ManMan Savage)
Guided By Voices - Suitcase 4: Captain Kangaroo Won the War
iLoveMakonnen - iLoveMakonnen 2
Listen: "Second Chance"
Listen: "Flippin All Night"
Indie for the Holidays
Listen: Sondre Lerche & Jherek Bischoff - "Surviving Christmas"
Listen: Robert Pollard - "What Begins on New Years Day"
Led Zeppelin - Mothership
Listen: "Whole Lotta Love"
Listen: "Immigrant Song"
M83 - Digital Shades Reissue
Listen: "Coloring the Void"
Listen: "By the Kiss"
M83 - Saturdays=Youth Reissue
Listen: "Midnight Souls Still Remain"
Natalie Prass - Side By Side
Listen: "Sound of Silence"
Punch Brothers - The Wireless
Listen: "Sleek White Baby"
Queen - A Night at the Odeon
Listen: "Bohemian Rhapsody"
Listen: "White Queen"
Roger Waters - Roger Waters The Wall
Stevie Wonder - Someday at Christmas
Listen: "Someday at Christmas"
Underworld - Second Toughest in the Infants Reissue
Listen: "Juanita : Kiteless : To Dream of Love"
Listen: "Pearl’s Girl"
Velvet Underground: The Complete Matrix Tapes
Watch: "We’re Gonna Have a Real Good Time Together"
Listen: "Sister Ray"
The Who - Live in Hyde Park