2015 was a surprising year where artistry was torn from much of the popular music that hit the airwaves. Fortunately artists that hang on the fringes haven’t sold their souls, opting to create musical masterpieces. In no particular order, these are the albums that made Ghettoblaster’s Top 25 for the year.
Ghettoblaster Top 25 Albums of 2015
Pell – Limbo (Federal Prism)
He raps, he sings, he has a great musicality about him. Album kicks.
Beach Slang – The Things We Do To Find The People Who Feel Like Us (Polyvinyl)
James Alex spent years playing in Weston and then he formed this!!!
Czarface – Every Hero Needs A Villain (Brick Records)
Wu-Tang Clan’s Inspecktah Deck and Esoteric & 7L return with a banger!
Andy Gabbard – Fluff (Alive Naturalsound)
Member of the Buffalo Killers. Heavy handed rhythms with lots of pop sensibility.
Vicky Speedboat – Two Years No Basement EP (Self-Released)
Philly punk duo makes good!
Meat Wave – Delusion Moon (Side One Dummy)
Post-Punk, Punk, Rock, whatever sub-genre, it’s just phenomenal.
Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell (Asthmatic Kitty)
The beauty lies deep with in Sufjan’s songs.
Julian Baker – Sprained Ankle (6131 Records)
Young singer/songwriter’s album is simply beautiful.
Ceschi Ramos – Broken Bone Ballads (Fake Four Inc.)
More than a rapper, he’s a musician. Ramos is a songwriter.
Nervosas – Self-Titled (Dirtnap)
Short and sweet anthemic punk jams are blisteringly good.
Mac McCaughan – Non Believers (Merge Records)
Superchunk and Portastatic may come to mind.
Nightbeast – It’s Different I Guess EP (Self-Released)
They do what they want regardless of genres, and have fun doing it.
Bully – Feels Like (Columbia/Star Time)
Rough vocals &sweet voices coming from one body; they all fit perfectly together.
Chelsea Wolfe – Abyss (Sargent House)
Sultry, dark, heavy, all the while keeping things distinctive.
Circus Devils – Stomping Grounds
Ohio made up of GBV’s Robert Pollard and Tim & Todd Tobias. Magical.
Mega Ran – RNDM (Random Beats)
The chip tunes artist has had a busy year . Mega Ran is unique.
Blackalicious – Imani Vol. 1 (OGM Records)
It’s the return of Blackalicious. Gift of Gab’s lyricism, 2nd to none.
Liturgy – The Ark Work (Thrill Jockey)
Black metal at its finest? Quite possibly.
Milo – So The Flies Don’t Come (Alpha Pup)
The art of rap is something Milo takes seriously. Mind blowing.
Desaparecidos – Payola (Epitaph)
Conor Oberst’s band. They rock the fuck out.
Motel Beds – Mind Glitter (Anyway Records)
Dayton, OH native sons. Robert Pollard likes them.
Colleen Green – I Want To Grow Up (Hardly Art)
If you’re over 30, you’ll get it. Everyone else will too.
Murs – Have A Nice Life (Strange Music)
He gets grimy, introspective and gangsta, all at the same time.
High On Fire – Luminiferous (Relapse)
Kick that metal into high gear with the band.
Emerald Knights – The Album (Self-Release)
Bag Of Tricks Cat and Mega Ran. Great lyricism on this collaboration.