I am still doing 2015 in review. I think that’s okay because the year is long, and it takes some time to go through everything. You don’t want to do these things too quickly.
I tend to keep songs I like on a playlist and then start a new one every few months over the course of the year. This year, I’ve pulled my favorites from these together to make a playlist from all of my seasonal playlists. It has been fun to listen to these again, and so I hope you enjoy these – it is an eclectic mix, and I’ve kept the things that are embarrassing on there, even:
My favorite song is easily either Sjowgren’s “Seventeen” or the Trishas’ “Drive” or Kacey Musgraves’ “Dime Store Cowgirl”. But most of these songs on this playlist have been on the top 5 list at some point in the year, so it’s a bit unfair to rank them. To put this in perspective, these are songs that I listened to for entire weeks at a time on repeat, sometimes on repeat for entire 45-minute commutes.
My favorite albums – the ones that I’ve come back to over and over – are probably the following:
- Sturgill Simpson,
- Kacey Musgraves,
- Courtney Barnett,
- Erin Rae and the Meanwhiles,
- Patrick Watson,
- Sufjan Stevens, and
- Sylvan Esso.
But my weirdest favourite is probably Land Lines, whose album The Natural World immediately sounded like my feelings or the soothing I needed. Does anyone else know this band? I can’t explain why I liked it so much.
And, finally, I went to a lot of gigs – most of which were with my friend C., with whom I now I have a great gig tradition that I really love. We saw tons of music – I have talked about this elsewhere, but gigs are perfect if you work too much because they start really late, and they’re fun without being exhausting (you don’t have to drink) and you can tag food onto it easily.
Anyway, favourite gigs:
- The funnest crowd was at Sons of Bill – lots of really nice middle-aged men who really love this band in an infectious way;
- Patrick Watson with C., but also with N. & S. He puts on a very good show;
- the entire Marlborough Jazz Festival, where I discovered Ma Polaine’s Great Decline and Lil Jimmy Reed; and
- Dar Williams – I still totally love her with my whole heart.
There were quite a few more (but, it turns out, not as many as 2014 – this year was brutal at work), including Sharon van Etten and Cat Power, but they don’t make favorites list.
Would love to hear more from you on your year in music!