It’s taken nearly half a year, but I finally received the last album from my list of albums I wanted to hear that were released in 2015. The last few albums I picked up didn’t end up making the list, but one never knows at the start…
5. I love you all the time- Eagles of Death Metal
I really only became interested in this song after the night clubs attack in France, where Eagles of Death Metal were the band playing at one of the clubs. In response to those events, the band gave this song to anybody who wanted to cover it and are using it as part of a Play It Forward campaign to aid the victims of the attack.
4. Christmas will break your heart- LCD Soundsystem
LCD Soundsystem broke up in 2011 with a show at Madison Square Garden, the largest of their existence, that lasted over 3 hours. On Christmas 2015, they posted this fantastically melancholy downer of a Christmas song.
3. 40oz. on repeat- FIDLAR
FIDLAR seem to be developing into a band where their first singles from each album are great, but the followup singles fail to meet expectations. This song is one where you should really see the video.
2. Patience (Guns n Roses cover)- Shovels & Rope (f. The Milk Carton Kids)
When some alt folk bands decided to cover a GnR classic, the results could have really gone either way. Get too outside of their range and the song would sound lackluster. Get too artistic and you risk straying too far from what made the original so good in the first place. But, when done right, it both pays homage and sounds great in its own right.
1. At the Seams (#blacklivesmatter)- Kimya Dawson
I heart Kimya Dawson. As the lead singer of the Moldy Peaches, she made hear name by creating songs where no topic was taboo, from being a scared kid to what it feels like to fall in love. As a solo artist, her first album covered topics from libraries to death to being scared that she was about to become a mother. Now, when there was turmoil in the streets, a multi-ethnic punk rock single mother with piercings and tattoos decided to write a song about how she felt given all that had been happening. The chorus alone is worth the price of admission “Hands up, don’t shoot, I can’t breathe/black lives matter, no justice no peace/i know that we can overcome because i had a dream/we tore this racist broken system apart at the seams”