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Best of 2015

M&T Best of 2015

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M&T Best of 2015

That’s it folks, 2015 is a wrap. We’re off to Brooklyn Bowl to catch our old pals Deer Tick tonight, but before we go we’ll leave you with a few quick links to check out all of our favorites from the year that was. Thanks for a 2015 filled to the brim with music, see you on the other side.

Top 10 EPs of 2015

Top 50 Songs of 2015

Top 40 Albums of 2015

M&T Best Albums of 2015

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M&T Best Albums of 2015

We’ve compiled our 40 favorite albums from 2015 and you can check out the full list below and take a listen to each album via Spotify. We’re such nice people that we also put together a playlist featuring one song from each album, which you can check out on Spotify by clicking the link below. See you all in 2016 for more good jams and good times.

Full Spotify Playlist

40. EL VY- Return To The Moon

39. Amason- Sky City

38. Deerhunter- Fading Frontier

37. Courtney Barnett- Sometimes I Sit And Think, Sometimes I Just Sit

36. Here We Go Magic- Be Small

35. Darlingside- Birds Say

34. Kendrick Lamar- To Pimp A Butterfly

33. Tame Impala- Currents

32. Ratatat- Magnifique

31. Mini Mansions- The Great Pretenders

30. Action Bronson- Mr. Wonderful

29. Bad Bad Hats- Psychic Reader

28. Rah Rah- Vessels

27. Only Real- Jerk At The End Of The Line

26. Rayland Baxter- Imaginary Man

25. The Vaccines- English Graffiti

24. Modest Mouse- Strangers To Ourselves

23. Alabama Shakes- Sound & Color

22. The Decemberists- What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World

21. Lady Lamb- After

20. Toro y Moi- What For?

19. Grimes- Art Angels

18. DILLY DALLY- Sore

17. Father John Misty- I Love You, Honeybear

16. Sun Club- The Dongo Durango

15. Desaparecidos- Payola

14. Born Ruffians- RUFF

13. Bully- Feels Like

12. The Cribs- For All My Sisters

11. Saintseneca- Such Things

10. The Ballroom Thieves- A Wolf In The Doorway

As we mentioned in our Best Songs of 2015 post yesterday, A Wolf In The Doorway was well worth the wait. Unlike many people I still listen to CDs in my car and I can safely say that this one never left the #1 slot in the CD changer all year.

Essential Tracks: “Archers”, “Lantern”, “Oars To The Sea”, “Wolf”

9. The Arcs- Yours, Dreamily,

I wish The Black Keys could still be this cool. Or maybe Richard Swift could just join The Black Keys and make them cool again. Either way it’s great to see Dan Auerbach putting out an incredible record again.

Essential Tracks: “Put a Flower in Your Pocket”, “Stay In My Corner”, “Chains of Love”

8. Wilco- Star Wars

If you read this blog you know it’s not surprising that Wilco’s surprise album made its way into our top 10. And if you were lucky enough to catch Wilco on tour this summer you probably heard this album performed live in its glorious entirety.

Essential Tracks: “More…”, “Where To Do I Begin”, “Random Name Generator”

7. Built To Spill- Untethered Moon

Question: Has Doug Martsch ever made a bad album? Answer: No.

Doug and co. return to vintage BTS form with Untethered Moon and prove they can still hang with all the young guns in the world of guitar rock.

Essential Tracks: “So”, “Living Zoo”, “Never Be The Same”

6. Houndmouth- Little Neon Limelight

Houndmouth is 2-for-2 in releasing nearly perfect albums. No pressure for album #3 guys.

Essential Tracks: “For No One”, “Black Gold”, “Say It”, “Honey Slider”

5. The Districts- A Flourish And A Spoil

They own our top song of 2015, and with A Flourish And A Spoil, The Districts prove they’re no one-trick pony.

Essential Tracks: “Young Blood”, “Hounds”, “4th and Roebling”, “Peaches”

4. Sufjan Stevens- Carrie & Lowell

What can we say about Stevens’ masterpiece that hasn’t already been said? At this point you’ve probably read a billion and one interviews with Stevens about the content covered on the record, but if you haven’t read this Pitchfork interview with Lowell himself then definitely take a few minutes to understand this work of art from his perspective.

Essential Tracks: “Should Have Known Better”, “Fourth of July”, “All of Me Wants All of You”, “John My Beloved”

3. Hey Rosetta!- Second Sight

One of the best indie bands to descend from the Great White North in the past 10 years, Hey Rosetta’s Second Sight is certainly their best effort to date and one that’s more than worthy of a spot in our top 3 albums of 2015.

Essential Tracks: “Soft Offering (For The Oft Suffering)”, “Neon Beyond”, “Kintsukori”, “Promise”

2. Hop Along- Painted Shut

Hop Along’s 2012 release Get Disowned flew under the radar a bit (not on our watch though), but in 2015 everybody was watching (and listening) after they dropped Painted Shut and deservedly so.

Essential Tracks: “The Knock”, “Well-dressed”, “Waitress”, “Powerful Man”

1. My Morning Jacket- The Waterfall

The greatest live band of our generation (said it, sue me) has broken through to critical acclaim with their recorded material once again in 2015. The Waterfall is one of those records where I wish I could capture and bottle up the feelings of wonderment, awe, and excitement I experienced the first time I listened to it, even though those feelings have barely waned with subsequent listens. It’s safe to say that The Waterfall is My Morning Jacket’s best since 2005’s Z and is an album that we’re sure will stand the test of time as well.

Essential Tracks: “Spring (Among The Living)”, “Tropics (Erase Traces)” “Compound Fracture”

M&T Best Songs of 2015

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M&T Best Songs of 2015

To say 2015 was an incredible year for music would be an understatement. That means sifting and sorting through hundreds of tracks to choose the “best” songs from the year was quite the tall task. In the end we settled on 50 tracks, though we easily could have created a list double or triple that size with tunes that were just as good as those included below. Take a look at the full list and make sure to subscribe to our Spotify playlist of this year’s top tracks using the link below.

Full Spotify Playlist

50. Wolf Alice- “Your Loves Whore”

49. Natalie Prass- “My Baby Don’t Understand Me”

48. Lady Lamb- “Penny Licks”

47. Diet Cig- “Sleep Talk”

46. Long Time- “Victory March”

45. Tunde Olaniran- “Namesake”

44. Gallant- “Weight In Gold”

43. Miike Snow- “Heart Is Full”

42. Trails and Ways- “Skeletons”

41. Sjowgren- “Seventeen”

40. My Morning Jacket- “Spring (Among The Living)”

39. DILLY DALLY- “Desire”

38. Sun Club- “Tropicoller Lease”

37. EL VY- “Return To The Moon (Political Song for Didi Bloome to Sing, with Crescendo)”

36. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats- “S.O.B.”

35. Only Real- “Backseat Kissers”

34. The Tallest Man On Earth- “Timothy”

33. Sam Cohen- “Let The Mountain Come To You”

32. Wilco- “Where Do I Begin”

31. Weezer- “Do You Wanna Get High?”

30. Foals- “Mountain At My Gates”

29. Ratatat- “Cream On Chrome”

28. The Arcs- “Put A Flower In Your Pocket”

27. Sufjan Stevens- “Should Have Known Better”

26. Saintseneca- “River”

25. The Cribs- “Different Angle”

24. The Vaccines- “Denial”

23. Bully- “Trying”

22. Desaparecidos- “City on the Hill”

21. Built to Spill- “So”

20. The Decemberists- “A Beginning Song”

Not only is it a damn good road trip song, it’s just a damn good song period.

19. Titus Andronicus- “Fatal Flaw”

A full-on romp of a jam with a singalong chorus makes it the standout track from TA’s 90 minute opus The Most Lamentable Tragedy.

18. The Ballroom Thieves- “Lantern”

We’ve been following this Boston trio nearly from the very beginning and after years of waiting we can safely say that their debut LP surpassed any and all expectations. It was tough to choose just one track to include, but it in the end it always came back to “Lantern.”

17. Hop Along- “Well-dressed”

Again, tough to pick just one here, but “Well-dressed” takes the cake for the most intriguing offering from Frances Quinlan and co.

16. Houndmouth- “For No One”

This time around Houndmouth’s true winner of a track wasn’t when they pushed the foot-stomping into overdrive, it was when they peeled back all the layers and got down to the basics.

15. Billington Sea- “Goodbye Old Friend”

Folk songwriting at its finest.

14. Level & Tyson- “Tied Up”

Hopefully this year’s Gruesome Twosome isn’t the last we hear from these Norwegian indie darlings.

13. Toro y Moi- “Empty Nesters”

Chazwick Bundick strikes again. This time with more guitars.

12. Hey Rosetta!- “Neon Beyond”

Dare we say the best Canadian indie band of 2015?

11. Here We Go Magic- “Ordinary Feeling”

A criminally underrated band and a criminally underrated jam.

10. Born Ruffians- “When Things Get Pointless I Roll Away”

“I feel like it’s nice to think the world falls apart when I go to sleep. Then I like to think the world comes together the second I wake.”

If we had a list for best lyrics of the year this one might be near the top.

9. Tame Impala- “‘Cause I’m A Man”

Didn’t think it was possible to have a song stuck in my head for a whole summer until I heard this one.

8. Unknown Mortal Orchestra- “Can’t Keep Checking My Phone”

Instead of looking at your Instagram every two seconds, dance to this jam instead. It’s much healthier for you.

7. My Morning Jacket- “Tropics (Erase Traces)”

That guitar solo though…

6. Hot Chip- “Huarache Lights”

I don’t know who, where, or what Huarache is, but I’m glad it existed to inspire this oh so danceable jam.

5. Diet Cig- “Harvard”

Another challenger for best lyrics of the year.

4. Animal Flag- “Cathedrals”

Savor every second of this 10+ minute epic because you’re going to wish it was longer as soon as it ends.

3. Iron & Wine + Ben Bridwell- “Coyote”

Somehow this collaborative track is a cover of this song. I don’t know what Sam Beam and Ben Bridwell were on when they re-arranged this one, but I want some of whatever it was asap.

2. Alabama Shakes- “Gimme All Your Love”

The lyrics, the power of Brittany Howard’s voice, the guitar tone in Heath Fogg’s solo, all of it is just perfect.

1. The Districts- “Young Blood”

Holy guitars Batman. Don’t be scared off by this track’s nearly 9 minute long runtime, because much like Animal Flag’s “Cathedrals,” you’ll want to run this one back as soon as it ends. Often albums released near the beginning of the year are forgotten when it comes to best of lists, but A Flourish and a Spoil and this track especially, stood the test of time. Do yourself a favor and go see this band live whenever you can because 1) This song is even more epic in concert 2) They’re going to start selling out theatres before you know it and 3) Because I said so. Shouldn’t that be reason enough?

M&T Best EPs of 2015

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M&T Best EPs of 2015

2015 is nearly over, but we’ve still got a few more days to share our favorites from the year that was. This year we’re kicking things off with our favorite EPs from the last 12 months. Some may argue that EPs should be lumped in with albums when it comes to end-of-year lists, but we like to do things the logical way here at M&T so we’ll be comparing apples to apples and keeping the oranges separate. Check out the list below and subscribe to a playlist of one track from each EP here.

10. Baba Sonya- How To Land A Hot Air Balloon

Quite a fine debut from this New York based duo and we’re certainly excited to hear what’s next.

9. Zuli- Supernatural Voodoo

Yet another fine debut from another fine New York based band.

8. Eryn Allen Kane- Aviary: Act 1

No doubt a superstar in the making.

7. Mates of State- You’re Going To Make It

After a four-year absence they’re back and better than ever.

6. Hamilton Leithauser + Paul Maroon- I Could Have Sworn

Former bandmates reunite for five splendid tracks that make you wish The Walkmen never broke up in the first place.

5. Stars- Lost & Found

The Toronto group follow up their acclaimed 2014 LP with a short, yet oh so sweet, set of three nostalgic tracks that are better than any other b-side album leftovers we’ve heard in quite some time.

4. Diet Cig- Over Easy

If you missed this one you were probably living under a rock for all of 2015, and we’re sure the firecracker that is Alex Luciano will be everywhere in 2016 too.

3. Tall Heights- Back To Autumn

We’d be lying if we said we weren’t feeling like a proud uncle after seeing this one skyrocket up over 1 million plays on Spotify.

2. Billington Sea- Billington Sea

Not only are this duo of Jake Hill and Hayley Sabella some of our favorite people around, they also made some of our favorite tunes from 2015.

1. Animal Flag- EP 2

We’re loving this revival of emo and post-rock that has taken over in 2015 and you better like it too because this Boston based group led by Matt Politoski will be huge in 2016 and beyond. You heard it here first.