Grimey's Staff Picks - Best of 2015

Here are our staff picks for the best music of 2015. Some are lists of new releases, some include reissues. This is what the staff of Grimey's like dug the most this past year. Feel free to use these lists as recommendations or as a gift-buying guide or to just make fun of our taste. We don't care. We just love music and we're happy to share.

Doyle "D-Funk" Davis, Vinylist / Co-Owner / Host of Indie Underground Hour

Doyle "D-Funk" Davis, Vinylist / Co-Owner / Host of Indie Underground Hour

new records:

Kamasi Washington - The Epic
My Morning Jacket - The Waterfall
Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit & Think And Sometimes I Just Sit
Promised Land Sound - For Use & Delight
HeCTA - The Diet
Bully - Feels Like
Sleater-Kinney - No Cities To Love
Wilco - Star Wars
Kacey Musgraves - Pageant Material
Ryley Walker - Primrose Green
Lianne La Havas - Blood
Songhoy Blues - Music In Exile
Los Lobos - Gates Of Gold

reissues & from the vaults:
Raging Fire - Everything Is Roses 1985-1989
Velvet Underground - The Matrix Tapes
Sly & The Family Stone - Live At The Fillmore East 1968
Led Zeppelin - CODA expanded




Mike "Grimey" Grimes, Grimey's Co-Owner / Basement Proprietor

Mike "Grimey" Grimes, Grimey's Co-Owner / Basement Proprietor


Six Best of 2015:

1. Beach house 'Thank Your Lucky Stars' 
2. Patrick Sweany 'Daytime Turned To Nighttime' 
3. Deerhunter 'Fading Frontier' 
4. Hecta 'The Diet' 
5. Will Kimbrough 'Live At The Coast' 


Anna Lundy, The Indie Pop Princess / Store Manager


2015 Faves, Alphabetically:

Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit & Think & Sometimes I Just Sit LP (Mom + Pop)
Beach House - Depression Cherry (Subpop)
Bully - Feels Like LP (Startime International)
Destroyer - Poison Season LP (Merge)
Father John Misty - I Love You Honeybear LP (Subpop)
Kacey Musgraves - Pageant Material LP (Mercury Nashville)
Nap Eyes - Whine Of The Mystic LP (Paradise Of Bachelors)
Joanna Newsom - Divers LP (Drag City)
Ork Records: New York New York LP box set (Numero Group)
Ork Records: Complete Singles 7" box set (Numero Group)
Salad Boys - Metalmania LP (Trouble In Mind)
Shamir - Ratchet LP (Beggars Banquet)
Sleater-Kinney - No Cities To Love LP (Subpop)

"Smokin'" Josh Walker (assistant manager/import buyer)

"Smokin'" Josh Walker (assistant manager/import buyer)

As favorite label of the year. They can do no wrong in my opinion, seriously...check'em out!

Erased Tapes Records : Olafur Arnalds, Lubomyr Melnyk, Rival Consoles, Kiasmos, Nils Frahm, Michael Price, Masayoshi Fujita, Dawn of Midi. Do yourself a favor and check out this label & their artists!!

Super long but Awesome List of Amazing Music From 2015 (in no particular order):

Failure "The Heart is A Monster" 
Wilco "Star Wars" 
FFS "FFS" (Franz Ferdinand & Sparks) 
Olafur Arnalds / Alice Sara Ott "The Chopin Project" 
Eternal Summers " Gold and Stone" 
Blur "The Magic Whip" 
Mew "+-" 
Eels "Royal Albert Hall / Complete Dreamworks Collection" 
My Morning Jacket "Waterfall" 
Django Django " Born Under Saturn" 
Built to Spill "Untethered Moon" 
Charles Howl "Sir Vices" 
Courtney Barnett "Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I just Sit" 
Bjork "Vulnicura" 
The Church "Further Deeper" 
Public Service Broadcasting "The Race for Space" 
Swervedriver " I Wasn't Born to Lose You" 
Sleater-Kinney "No Cities to Love" 
The Smoking Trees "TST" 
Unwound "Empire" 
Richard Hawley "Hollow Meadows" 
HeCTA "The Diet" 
The Dears "Times Infinity Volume One" 
Silversun Pickups "Better Nature" 
Editors "In Dream" 
Mercury Rev "The Light in You" 
Wildhoney "Your Face Sideways" 
Ringo Deathstarr "Pure Mood" "God's Dream" 
Low "Ones & Sixes" 
Mark Lanegan " One Way Street (The Sub Pop Albums)" 
Mogwai "Central Belters" 

Ryan "Ryno" Norris (Hardest Workin' Man In Show Business / Resident Music Snob): 
New releases in alphabetical particular order:

Ólafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm - Collaborative Works
Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood and the Rajasthan Express - Junun
Black Devil Disco Club - s/t reissue
Damaged Bug - Cold Hot Plumbs
D'Angelo and The Vanguard - Black Messiah
Deerhunter - Fading Frontier
Destroyer - Poison Season
Bob Dylan - Shadows of the Night
Four Tet - Morning/Evening
Richard Hawley - Hollow Meadows
Jamie XX - In Colour
Max Richter - From Sleep
Rival Consoles - Howl
Pops Staples - Don't Lose This
Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld - Never Were the Way She Was
Kamasi Washington - The Epic
Yo La Tengo - Stuff Like That There
v/a - Sounds of the Universe: Art + Sound 2012-15

Dillon Jones

Diltron 3030's Top 15 of '15: 
Chloe Kat - "Illusions Of A Muse" 
Courtney Barnett - "Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit" 
Daddy Issues - "Can We Still Hang" 
Destroyer - "Poison Season" 
HeCTA - "The Diet" 
Jaakko Eino Kalevi - "Jaakko Eino Kalevi" 
Linear Downfall - "Sufferland" 
Nozinja - "Nozinja Lodge" 
Pale Blue - "The Past We Leave Behind" 
Panda Bear - "Panda Bear Meets
The Grim Reaper" Rodinia - "Drumside/Dreamside" 
Ryley Walker - "Primrose Green" 
Sean Nicholas Savage - "Other Death" 
Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood, & The Rajasthan Express - "Junun" 
Stone Jack Jones - "Love & Torture" 

Favorite Reissues: Air - "The Virgin Suicides" 
Raging Fire - "Everything Is Roses (1985-1989)"

Jason Bennett (Semi-Vinylist):

Fifteen For 2015 (in alphabetical order by artist):

Meg Baird - Don't Weigh Down The Light
Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
Deerhunter - Fading Frontier
Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear
Craig Finn - Faith In The Future
Steve Gunn & The Black Twig Pickers - Seasonal Hire
Hop Along - Painted Shut
Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free
Laura Marling - Short Movie
Keith Richards - Crosseyed Heart
Boz Scaggs - A Fool To Care
Sleater-Kinney - No Cities To Love
Songhoy Blues - Music In Exile
Kurt Vile - B'lieve I'm Goin' Down
Waxahatchee - Ivy Tripp 

Reissues/Archival Releases: 

Lizzy Mercier Descloux - Press Color
Bob Dylan - The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12
Francoise Hardy - Light In The Attic CD reissues (due on vinyl Jan. 29!) 
Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti/Presence/In Through The Out Door/Coda
Van Morrison - Astral Weeks/His Band And Street Choir
Rolling Stones - The Marquee Club Live In 1971
Bruce Springsteen - The Ties That Bind: The River Collection
Gloria Ann Taylor - Love Is A Hurtin' Thing
A Tribe Called Quest - People's Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm (25th Anniversary Edition) 
V/A - Punk 45: Burn Rubber City Burn! - Akron,Ohio: Punk And The Decline Of The Mid West 1975-80
V/A - Punk 45: Extermination Nights In The Sixth City - Cleveland, Ohio: Punk And The Decline Of The Mid West 1975-82
V/A - Ork Records: New York New York


Tyler "T-Glaze" Glaser (Semi-Vinylist):

My 10 favorite records of 2015:

1. Richard Hawley - Hollow Meadows
2. Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit
3. Wilco - Star Wars
4. Jessica Pratt - On Your Own Love Again
5. Sleater Kinney - No Cities To Love
6. Andrew Combs - All These Dreams
7. Josh Ritter - Sermon On The Rocks
8. Thee Oh Sees - Mutilator Defeated At Last
9. Jeff Lyne's ELO - Alone In The Universe
10. Bill Fay - Who Is The Sender?

Rollum Haas (Semi-Vinylist):

Deerhunter-Fading Frontier
AFX-Orphaned Deejay Selek (2006-2008) 
Laura Marling-Short Moves
Holly Herndon-Platform
East India Youth-Culture Of Volume
Blur-The Magic Whip
Kendrick Lamar-To Pimp A Butterfly
HeCTA-The Diet Lower Dens-Escape From Evil

Luke "Steel" Schneider:

My favorite records of 2015:

1. Promised Land Sound -- For Use and Delight
2. Jessica Pratt -- On Your Own Love Again
3. Ryley Walker -- Primrose Green
4. Bully -- Feels Like
5. Dungen -- Allas Sak
6. Martin Courtney -- Many Moons
7. Beach House -- Depression Cherry
8. Fuzz -- II
9. Idle Bloom -- Some Paranoia
10. Lower Dens -- Escape From Evil
11. Leon Bridges -- Coming Home

Kathryn Edwards:

In no particular order: 

hop along - painted shut
john grant - grey tickles, black pressure
gost - behemoth
protomartyr - the agent intellect
waxahatchee - ivy tripp
yautja - songs of lament
panda bear - meets the grim reaper
metz - II
weedeater - goliathan tuxedo - s/t

Anna Chittom:
Top 10 New Records:

1. Ryley Walker - Primrose Green
2. Deerhunter - Fading Frontier
3. Promised Land Sound - For Use And Delight
4. Kurt Vile - B'lieve I'm Going Down
5. Asher Horton - Mystery Bones
6. Kamasi Washington - The Epic
7. Bully - Feels Like
8. Jeff Lynne's ELO - Alone In The Universe
9. Hecta - The Diet
10. My Morning Jacket - The Waterfall

Emma Kimbrough

An odd list of things I enjoyed: 
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night OST (Death Waltz) 
Art Angels - Grimes
Stuff Like That There Reissue - Yo La Tengo
Fading Frontier - Deerhunter
The Scientists - The Scientists (Numero Reissue) 
Shadow of a Doubt - Freddie Gibbs
All them Nick Cave reissues
Flying Basket - Akira Sakata, Jim O'Rourke, Chikamorachi, Merzbow
Teens of Style - Car Seat Headrest
Gimme Fiction Reissue - Spoon
But You Caint Use My Phone - Erykah Badu (new mixtape) 
Whatever Brains - Whatever Brains (Sorry State Records) 
Bury Me at Makeout Creek - Mitski (late 2014, sorry) 
Black Messiah - D'Angelo & the Vanguard
Simple Songs - Jim O'Rourke 

Honorable guilty pleasure mentions - 
Dirty Sprite 2 - Future
Slime Season 1&2 - Young Thug

Jacob Eckert:

my best-ofs! Awesome New Records (in no order): 
Deerhunter - Fading Frontier
Neon Indian - VEGA INTL. Night School
Dungen - Allas sak
Jim O'Rourke - Simple Songs
Björk - Vulnicura
of Montreal - Aureate Gloom
Jessica Pratt - On Your Own Love Again
Alex G - Beach Music 

Awesome New Reissues (in no order): 
Ween - The Pod (Black Friday) 
All of the Broadcast Reissues
Connie Converse - How Sad, How Lovely
Guided by Voices - Bee Thousand on vinyl (took 'em long enough), and also King Shit and the Golden Boys
All of the Red House Painters reissues
Cate Le Bon - Me Oh My
Swans - Swans EP (Record Store Day) 
Zombies - R.I.P (Record Store Day) 
I bet that Harmonia box is really cool 

Song of the Year: Dungen - Franks Kaktus (by a country mile) 

Pleasant Surprise of the Year: How incredible the entire Fiery Furnaces discography is (though it does taper off a bit towards the end) 

Struggle of the Year: Reconciling Mark Kozelek's personality and general unbearableness with my love for Mark Kozelek

Larry Vaughn:


Rodrigo Avendano:


Jess Chambers: