Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: The Recap

Well, we've come to the end of the road. While it was a bit more fashionably late than I anticipated, I hope you've enjoyed this trip down this musical memory lane with me. It's been a rough month for me, and listening back to this wonderful music has been like therapy. I have taken a lot of comfort in these albums, and I hope that perhaps you've found something that has made your life a little happier, too. 

As always, thank you for reading and bearing with my fashionably late ways, and, of course, many thank yous to the bands in this list (and those not on this list) for making such glorious music for us to listen to. Oh, and I promise to do better next time.  

Here's the full rundown with links for easy reading. Enjoy! 

#1: Lower Dens

Beach House

Blur

The Brian Jonestown Massacre

British Sea Power

Calexico

CHAMPS

CHVRCHES

Courtney Barnett

Crocodiles

Dave Rawlings Machine

The Diamond Center

Django Django

Father John Misty

Fuzz

Gaz Coombes

GEMS

Girls Names

Grooms

Gwenno

Happyness

The Helio Sequence

Holy Wave

Hot Chip

Joanna Gruesome

Julien Baker

Leon Bridges

Lord Huron

Moon Duo

Natalie Prass

No Joy

A Place to Bury Strangers

Post War Glamour Girls

Protomartyr 

Royal Headache

Sauna Youth

Sextile

SEXWITCH

Shana Falana

Shark Week 

Small Black

The Spook School

SPORTS

Swervedriver

Tame Impala

Thee Oh Sees

The Weather Station

Widowspeak

Younghusband

Youth Lagoon 


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The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015 #1: Lower Dens

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: Lower Dens

What: Escape from Evil

When: March 2015

Where: Ribbon Music

Why: Despite the volume of awesome released that were out in 2015, in truth I knew this was my number one record of the year the first time I heard it. Even as a Lower Dens fan for a good little while now, this one took my breath away. In place of the gorgeous gloom and haze, there was a slick, well-oiled noise machine churning out almost primal, glossy 80s-esque sinews. The excellent Jana Hunter's voice somehow became even more plaintive and pleading, cajoling, and at times smolderingly seductive. Naturally, it's not a cheery record, but the sheer intense beauty of it makes me incredibly happy this record exists. Escape from Evil is a luscious, high drama listen, and it still makes me a bit weak in the knees even after so many months listening to it on a rather incessant basis.

My very favorite jam: The whole dang record.






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The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: Youth Lagoon

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: Youth Lagoon

What: Savage Hills Ballroom

When: September 2015

Where: Fat Possum

Why: What a beautiful, messy, engaging, loud, and enveloping record one-man band Youth Lagoon has given the world. Each song is a mini-epic, giving and demanding intensity from start to finish. Some of the quirkiest, dreamiest, most heartfelt tunes out there.  

My very favorite jam: Each and every one. 




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The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: Younghusband

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: Younghusband

What: Dissolver

When: December 2015

Where: ATP

Why: I would go out tonight, but I'd rather stay in and listen to this record. This modern Brit poppiness is tempered with moody introspection, golden psych moments, and heady riffs, making it the ideal warm fuzzy for your ears.  

My very favorite jam: "Waverly Street" and actually all the rest as well. 




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Singles Club: Gringo Star

You know what sounds good to me, y'all? A new Gringo Star song. And looky here, as luck would have it that's exactly what we've got. 

"Rotten" is the Gringos at their best. Led by the brothers Furgiuele, the song sees the gents letting loose for some exhilarating, hazy goodness. Full of the kicky jangle you probably expect by now, "Rotten" is also coated with a sultry, smoky out of focus feel, adding to the undeniable charm. A welcome taste of their impending full length coming soon on Nevado.  




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Video Of The Day #133 (Premiere Edition): Citrine

There’s a bunch of videos out there. Some of them are good. Some of them are a cut above. I like to think my picks for Video Of The Day are a cut (or two) above.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is my most sincere pleasure to be offering you the premiere of this here video from Baltimore's slinky dream pop trio Citrine

The three-piece is newish on the scene but features folks who are no stranger to making beautiful music (Galen and Kelci formerly were together in Kindlewood, while Beau was a part of Lands and Peoples).

From the newly-released April EP comes "Decimal Point," a serpentine, precocious concoction that allows Kelci's floaty, gossamer vocals to run wild (while also channeling Kate Bush at times) against a glacially cool backdrop of impeccable noise. The video plays against the song wonderfully, offering live action shots of the band as they get down to business. 

The bottom line here is keep an eye on Citrine, y'all.

And as an added bonus, here's some Q + A from team Citrine for your reading pleasure. Get to know these three, why don't you?

Fuzzy Logic: How did the three of you come together as Citrine?
Chance. We (Kelci and Galen) asked Beau (who Galen met through work) to lay down drums for a few songs for the Kindlewood album we were working on. Kelci was really into what Beau was doing and fancied having him join us in our musical pursuits. The timing wasn’t right, as he was already involved with another touring group (Other Colors) and we weren’t quite ready to release the Kindlewood album. As chance would have it and shortly after having Beau lay down drums, Kindlewood amicably disbanded due to various factors.

We took that opportunity to form Citrine. This transition was a natural one (though extremely awkward -- not unlike puberty). For our first show as Citrine, we had Beau play drums and brought our friend JW on to play electric. It was pretty clear after that evening (and the practices that led up to it) that we had good chemistry and that it would be worth pursuing a working relationship together. It also became evident that we all bring different, but equally important elements to the table (so exciting!). We learned early on that intermingled collaboration was vital.

FL: What really pushed you in the direction sonically that Citrine is in, as opposed to Kindlewood?
It was a natural progression given that we were developing as humans and as artists. Additionally, after trying to force that project for a while, we knew it just wasn't "right" anymore. Kindlewood was a great start, but it began to feel tiresome. We were hungry for more. We envisioned people dancing at our shows instead of just gently swaying in the false reverence that softly electrified "folk" music can sometimes bring out in people. We took a long look back at what excited us as blossoming teenagers and started drawing from those influences. This exercise picked us up out of the musical rut we found ourselves in and set us on our current trajectory.

FL: You've been in Baltimore for a while now. What's your take on the scene in your new home?
It's seemingly always in need of repair. It's scrappy (in both senses of the word), but comfortable and homey, like your grandma's old La-Z-Boy. The best thing it has going for it is the camaraderie and friendships it seems to be built on. It’s a lot more relaxed and informal than what we experienced in D.C. We’ve had to hit a bit of a “reset” button with our connections due to the changes we’ve gone through over the past few years, but we’ve already made decent headway in the scene and have garnered some important, local support. We’re looking forward to connecting with more local artists and playing in every warehouse venue we can.

FL: Is Citrine planning world domination? Or at least a very big US tour?
YES, Pinky! We are focusing our energies and touring efforts on the Northeast US right now. Hopefully as we put out more music and the word spreads we'll do national tours, but all in due time. As for the domination, we can't speak explicitly on that subject but we DO have a stable crystal of ice-nine...we're working on an article for Scientific Murrican!!! (that's the *UBER-AMERICAN* subsidiary publication of Scientific American).

FL: If you could play a show with anyone (current bands only please), who would it be and how come?
Well, if we could got on a 5-show leg of a Raffy® tour, we'd die happy. But in all seriousness, Annie Clark (St. Vincent). Because she’s an incredible musician, a forward-thinking artist, and seems like she’d be crazy fun to hang out with.
       






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Monday, May 30, 2016

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: Widowspeak

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: Widowspeak

What: All Yours

When: September 2015

Where: Captured Tracks

Why: I'm a bit of a latecomer to the pastoral psych dream pop of Widowspeak, but this lovely long player soon made a fan of me. Heavenly vocals and a two-lane desert road vibe make All Yours a pleasure to listen to again and again. Wistful yet full of light, this one's a wee gem.   

My very favorite jam: Pretty much all of them. 





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The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: The Weather Station

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: The Weather Station

What: Loyalty

When: May 2015

Where: Paradise of Bachelors

Why: Timeless, that's what this record is. Absolutely timeless. Channeling the rich folk stylings of fellow Canadian Joni Mitchell all over the place, this big-voiced lass offers visions of wide open skies and whirlwinds of haunted emotion. A beautiful listen each and every time.

My very favorite jam: All of 'em




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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Video Of The Day #132: Methyl Ethel

There's a bunch of videos out there. Some of them are good. Some of them are a cut above. I like to think my picks for Video Of The Day are a cut (or two) above.

With the slightly random, slightly out of focus charm of so many 80s videos, so too does Methyl Ethel exude that throwback appeal with their clip for "Twilight Driving." The song itself is an earworm, all fuzzy jangle and more catchiness than should be legal. Perfect weekend vibes and then some.  




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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Remix Fix: John Grant/Gwenno

In theory I like the idea of the remix: taking someone else's song and tweaking it the way you want it done. It's a great means for completely redoing something, and for reinterpretation. Sometimes remixes go awry, and sometimes they're better than the original. Remix Fix is all about the happy medium when a remix totally nails it and makes a song that much better.

I'd call this here remix a perfect fit. Take the silky smooth operator vocals of Mister John Grant and add some slinky synth tomfoolery courtesy the fabulous Miss Gwenno, and you've got the lady's tweak of the gentleman's "Voodoo Doll." It's a dynamic little shimmy of a song that you'll probably end up listening to more times than you can count. 




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On The Road Again: Royal Headache

One of my favorite Down Under exports, Royal Headache, is giving America a special treat this summer: some US tour dates. Mind you, DC was left off the list so I'm slightly vexed, but for those of you in bigger cities, make sure you go check these fellows out. I have no doubt it'll be worth your while as you get down to their rambunctious, scuzzy rock and roll noise. And be sure to buy them a beer/give them a kiss from me.  

ROYAL HEADACHE TOUR DATES

Fri. July 8 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo

Sat. July 9 — San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar

Mon. July 11 — San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall

Sat. July 16 — Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival

Wed. July 20 — Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg





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Video Of The Day #131: Glimmermen

There's a bunch of videos out there. Some of them are good. Some of them are a cut above. I like to think my picks for Video Of The Day are a cut (or two) above.

There's something rather uplifting about Glimmermen's "Bang," both in song and in video. In "Bang" the Irish outfit traverses terrain both hopeful and grounded, with an earnest tunefulness (in a way that reminds me a bit of The Proclaimers) that's hard to deny. The video is a treat, too, bouncing between country, city, and the shore. A wonderful listen for the weekend (or really for any day of the week).  






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The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: Thee Oh Sees

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: Thee Oh Sees

What: Mutilator Defeated At Last

When: May 2015

Where: Castle Face

Why: I don't know how they can keep doing it, but the wily  Thee Oh Sees are here once again, with a collection of songs that simply can't be ignored. Frantic freakout energy pulsates all over the place, and the J. Dwyer brainchild kicks out the psych noise jams in a splendid kind of way. Music to blow out your speakers to.   

My very favorite jam: "Web" and "Withered Hand" and "Poor Queen" and "Lupine Ossuary" and "Holy Smoke" and "Rogue Planet"  




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The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: Tame Impala

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: Tame Impala

What: Currents

When: July 2015

Where: Interscope

Why: I was completely and totally obsessed with the unreal, out there mind melt of Lonerism, the previous Tame Impala record. So it stands to reason I was expecting a lot from the technicolor time warp psych contortionist Kevin Parker. And I got it. This record takes a rather different road than did its predecessor, sounding incredibly glossy and pitch perfect to the letter, but the mind expanding quotient is just as high. It's a simply glorious listen.   

My very favorite jam: "Let It Happen" as well as "The Moment" and also "The Less I Know The Better" and "Disciples" and "Love/Paranoia"




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The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: Swervedriver

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: Swervedriver

What: I Wasn't Born to Lose You

When: March 2015

Where: Cobraside

Why: Many a year has come and gone since those legends of Swervedriver last released a long player. But the sound remains much the same, with plenty of breathless heaven on Earth vocals, buzz saw drones, and shimmering waves of melodious noise. Older, wiser, and as good as ever.  

My very favorite jam: "Autodidact" and "Setting Sun" and "English Subtitles" and "I Wonder?"




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The Week In Shows: 5/30-6/5

A very sunny and very warm Saturday afternoon seems as good a time as any to plot ones weekly live music schedule, I think. Let's take a look at what's happening in the greater DC metro this week, shall we? Hot diggity!

Hello, Summer! And almost hello June. There's a fair bit to see through the greater DC metro this week as we bid adieu to the month of May and say bonjour to yours truly's birth month. As a reminder, you might catch me at any show with an asterisk (though not this week, as I'm still in mourning). Make sure you get out there this week and support your bands of choice. So here we go, a look at some recommended shows for the coming week.


TUESDAY, 5/31/16

-Heron Oblivion + Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band (DC9)
-Pree + The Cavemen + Neat + Jauze (Velvet Lounge)

WEDNESDAY, 6/1/16

-Lucy Dacus + Gracie & Rachel (DC9)
-Nada Surf + Big Thief + Bird of Youth (9:30 Club)
-Cyndi Lauper + Boy George (Wolf Trap)
-The Orchid + Shy, Low + Fine, Fine + The Greatest Hoax (Velvet Lounge)

THURSDAY, 6/2/16

-Loud Boyz + Heavy Breathing + Governess (MLK Library)
-Braids + Ginla (Comet Ping Pong)
-Diarrhea Planet + Soul Call Paul (Black Cat)

FRIDAY, 6/3/16

-Hamilton Leithauser & Paul Maroon + The Jackfields (DC9)
-Pinkwash + Flasher (Black Cat)

SATURDAY, 6/4/16

-Tiny Moving Parts + Prawn + Free Throw + Brick Top (DC9)
-Home Body + Social Station + Frankie Martinez (Comet Ping Pong)

SUNDAY, 6/5/16

-Years & Years (9:30 Club - SOLD OUT)

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Friday, May 27, 2016

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: SPORTS

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: SPORTS

What: All of Something

When: November 2015

Where: Father/Daughter

Why: There's something so very charming about this record. An overall youthful energy pops through the entire long player, balanced against solid, crunchy instrumentation and a wry, feisty vocal talent. Lean and wiry and alive, this punchy, sometimes deceptively happy group of songs really hits the spot.  

My very favorite jam: "Saturday" and "Getting On In Spite Of You" and "Harder" and "Get Bummed Out" and "GDP"





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The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: The Spook School

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: The Spook School

What: Try to Be Hopeful

When: November 2015

Where: Fortuna Pop

Why: Full of lovely, fuzzed to high heaven shambles, this is a record to bring a smile to ones face. These Edinburgh noisemakers unleashed a record that brings together 90s era college rock with hints of the Glasgow School and pure pop, and the result is undeniable.   

My very favorite jam: "Speak When You're Spoken To"




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The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: Small Black

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: Small Black

What: Best Blues

When: October 2015

Where: Jagjaguwar

Why: Each song on Best Blues has its own heartbeat. Synth-driven and expansive, this is music to envelop broken hearts, bleeding hearts, and hearts on fire. The Brooklyners cast a beautiful shadow with this one. 

My very favorite jam: "Boys Life"




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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: Shark Week

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: Shark Week

What: Beach Fuzz

When: May 2015

Where: Paper Cup Music

Why: It's nigh on impossible not to fall under the spell of DC swamp surfsmiths Shark Week and their sweaty, sassy jangle. Plaintively cooing vocals and a bounty of scuffed up fuzz make this a charming collection of songs that sound like summer but more than hit the spot all year round.  

My very favorite jam: "Desire" and "Waste Of Time" and "Honeybee" and "Minute Song" and "Weekend"




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The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: Shana Falana

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: Shana Falana

What: Set Your Lightning Fire Free

When: April 2015

Where: Team Love

Why: I don't know how it's possible, but there's a glow to this record. A beautiful, heavenly aura that emanates from each song. Falana's lovely dream pop-psych is at once heart-stoppingly pretty and forcefully inspiring. I crush harder with every listen. 

My very favorite jam: All of 'em! 




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The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: SEXWITCH

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: SEXWITCH

What: SEXWITCH

When: September 2015

Where: Echo

Why: Music to cast a spell to. Or perhaps to be put under one yourself. Psych band TOY joined up with Natasha from Bat for Lashes, and sonic rabbit holes were summarily fallen down. A magical, mesmeric menagerie of noise awaits you here.  

My very favorite jam: Pretty partial to this magic carpet ride as a whole.  




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The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: Sextile

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: Sextile

What: A Thousand Hands

When: August 2015

Where: Felte

Why: Dark and unexpected, the strange brew that is LA at night creeps into the Sextile sound and oozes out from every pore. At times a touch disorienting, this unpredictable and engaging noise pulls together dynamic, brooding 80s Brit synth with touches of industrial havoc and plain old howling at the moon. All told it's a sound that's well and truly entrancing.   

My very favorite jam: "Can't Take It" but also "Smoke In The Eye" and also "Shattered Youth" but then there's also "Into The Unknown" and "Visions of You"




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The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2015: Sauna Youth

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: Sauna Youth

What: Distractions

When: September 2015

Where: Upset The Rhythm

Why: A true gem of a record, Distractions is filled with the wiry, restless sonic antics of young England. An abundance of chunky riffs and just the right amount of abrasion in these perfunctory ditties will keep this on heavy rotation, as does the underlying (and irresistible) catchiness of the songs.  

My very favorite jam: "New Fear" and "Modern Living" and "Abstract Notions" and "Try To Leave" and "Creeping"




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