The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: Courtney Barnett

I am forever running late. While it may not be a part of my charm, I would refer you to the old saying about better late than never. In any case, after probably way too much thought, I finally settled upon my favorite 50 records from the year that was 2015. I'm also mixing it up a little this year, y'all. Instead of ranking every record, I'm giving you my picks in alphabetical order, saving my number one, very favorite record of the year for last. So sit back, relax, and refresh your memory of last year's best with a group of records that I hope will tickle your fancy.

Who: Courtney Barnett

What: Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

When: March 2015

Where: Mom & Pop

Why: Miss Courtney Barnett well and truly blew up last year, and with a record like this it's not hard to understand why. This critical darling reports on the rubbishness and oft-boringness of modern life with grungy, scuzzed aplomb, droll vocals and plenty of big riffs carrying the songs into wonderful depths. Her lyrics are uncannily right on, and the lines "we don't have to be around all these coffee shops" and "a little pesticide can't hurt" will forever make me smile. 

My very favorite jam: "Pedestrian At Best" in a dead heat with "Boxing Day Blues"

[posted 4.25.16]


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