Saturday, May 14, 2016

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: A Place to Bury Strangers

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: A Place to Bury Strangers

What: Transfixiation

When: February 2015

Where: Dead Oceans

Why: I'm sure none will be surprised to see APTBS on this list, perennial favorites as they are. Transfixiation is a good representation of the band, especially when taken as a performance vehicle. The songs here capture the chaotic, furious electricity and energy the band brings to their gigs, noise unrelenting and ear-splitting and just this side of completely shambolic. Continuously evolving and tweaking their sound, the constant remains the devastating, knee-shaking fire of the band's hellfire sonic assault. For the uninitiated it's a trial by fire, and for the loyal followers it's a welcome addition to a dynamite discography.  

My very favorite jam: "Straight" and "Deeper" and "We've Come So Far" and "Now It's Over" and "I'm So Clean" and "Fill The Void" (can't narrow it down beyond that)





[posted 5.14.16]

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