A Response to Timmy T’s Top 10 of 2015

13 Feb

(Editor’s note – read up on Timmy T’s Top 10 of 2015 below. But we couldn’t let him have all the fun, so we had to respond with our favorites too.)


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Thoughts, conclusions, proclamations and rebuttals:

  • Tim is spot on with Ryan Adams. Long after he is gone, he will be regarded as the troubadour of our generation. The quality and output are unparalleled. If his catalog seems a bit daunting, i don’t blame you – but either Tim or I are happy to provide gateway songs whether you need whiskey-sippers or torch-lighters.
  • Leon Bridges should be on the list, but there is no better song of his than “Coming Home”. It sounds like it could have been written in 1963, unlike the rest of the album, which is trying to sound like it was written in 1963.
  • Also thought that Mumford got a bad rap for trying to be U2 this time around – but i suppose that heavy is the backlash when you first come to the party with a banjo and moustache wax.
  • Where is Glen Hansard on this list? The Van Morrision acolyte with probably the best song of the year with “Winning Streak”
  • Cameron Crowe let me down with Aloha, but at least he picked the Cold War Kids “First”
The Top 10 songs i purchased on ITUNES in 2015 that were from 2015 and not on Tim’s list:
  1. “Winning Streak” by Glen Hansard – just buy it, you fathers of boys and girls, you brothers of men. Trust me, you’ll have a moment at some point. Maybe when your kid bumps their head. Or succeeds at something for the first time. Or when someone you care after said thank-you.
  2. “Dearly Departed” by Shakey Graves – all the ingredients to a good song. Clever lyrics, catchy, girl and boy harmony. Add a crunchy and rollicking beat and you have a winner.
  3. “All Your Favorite Bands” by Dawes  – a grower that somehow has become one of my favorite songs. It’s a little cliche but hey i’m a soul music softie
  4. “Turn Your Love” Half Moon Run – the Strokes meet Bedouin Soundclash. In a good way.
  5. “Let It Happen” by Tame Impala – John Lennon’s younger brother is into techno. Inescapable groove.
  6. “On A Dime” by Joel Plaskett – fond memories of a life on the east coast, but you prairie boys will relate if you like girls, gin and street hockey
  7. “Anthem for Doomed Youth” by Libertines  – the brit pop heroes are back and they are older and slightly wiser
  8. “Depreston” by Courtney Barnett – the smartest lyricist i have heard in a long time. And she sounds kinda grunge which is coolio.
  9. “Devil’s Time” by Reuben and the Dark. CanCon meets Joshua Tree.
  10. “Sedona” by Houndmouth – don’t know what to make of these guys yet, but they have at least 4 promising songs.
The Top 7 songs i purchased from ITUNES in 2015 that i should have bought some time ago because they are just awesome:
  1. “Hourglass” by Catfish and the Bottlemen. The next British candidate for World Dominance (there’s one for every year isn’t there,Tim?)
  2. “Rich Girl” by Hall and Oates – its a bitch girl.
  3. “Missing Heart” by Dwight Yoakem – a country ballad i like, who knew?
  4. “Jamaica Farewell” by Harry Belafonte – you’ll hear it the next time you drink with me on a porch, i can guarantee you that.
  5. “Hungry for your Love” by Van Morrison – another lost classic.
  6. “Stuck on the puzzle” Alex Turner (from Arctic Monkeys) softer side
  7. “I Make The Dough, You Get the Glory” Kathleen Edwards – major props for rhyming marty mcsorley in a song.
3 Songs for the bright new future in 2016 (aka what i am listening to right now):
  1. “Tennessee Whiskey” by Christ Stapleton – a straight rip off of Etta James “I’d rather go blind”, but he makes the grade because it sounds nothing like the original song and its just so. damn. smooth.
  2. “Sugar Daddy” Sturgill Simpson – the future, grounded the past. Like always. Great kick in at the end too.
  3. “Everglow” or “Fun” by Coldplay – they can still write a ballad even if they never had heavy album like i wanted them to.
Good night, good luck, and i hope all your favorite bands stay together.

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