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Best Albums of 2015

December 11, 2015 — Leave a comment

I listen to music almost all day while I work so it is always fun to go back and look through some of my favorite albums of the year. Each year when I post this, I find myself regretting not adding an album and also repenting that I ever put one of these on here. Well hindsight is 20/20 my friends.

Without further ado, here is my list for best albums of 2015.

(P.S. I have not listened to Adele. And yes, I did not really like Kendrick’s new album, so sue me. Also all Drake’s songs sound the same, so there.)

(1) Tame Impala: Currents


(2) Sufjan Stevens: Carrie & Lowell

(3) Dan Deacon: Glass Riffer

(4) Leon Bridges: Coming Home

(5) Josh Garrels: Home

(6) Sandra McCracken: Psalms

(7) Chvrches: Every Eye Open

(8) Justin Bieber: Purpose

(9) Grimes: Art Angels

 (10) Beach House: Depression Cherry

(11) Jamie XX: Colour

(12) The Weeknd: Beauty Behind the Madness

Notable mentions: Borns, Father John Misty, The Lone Bellow, Alabama Shakes.

Here are my lists for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.






Best Albums of 2014

December 11, 2014 — 4 Comments

Each year I compile my favorite albums of the year (09, 10, 11, 12, 13). It is always difficult to go back through music and try to evaluate where they stand in relation to one another. Maybe this will make you aware of a few albums you missed.

Listen on.



The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream

Any list worth their salt this year has this album on it, and for good reason.

Delta Spirit – Into the Wide

fast or slow, these guys hit a home run with this album. Read the lyrics, deeper than you might expect.


Caribou – Our Love

the whole album swims with talent and softness.


Damien Rice – My Favorite Faded Fantasy

I have been waiting for this for 8 years, and it did not disappoint.

Sia – 1000 Forms of Fear

best pop album of the year, and there are more songs than Chandelier.

Trip Lee – Rise

the first half is very strong, last half not as much, but still an incredible accomplishment.


Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

real country music peeps, and he is from Kentucky.


First Aid Kit – Stay Gold

the voices of this sweedish duo always sound good together

Interstellar – Soundtrack

the organ gets its groove back, great studying music.




Notable Mentions

Hundred Waters – The Moon Rang Like a Bell

Tweedy – Sukierae

Elbow – The Take Off and Landing of Everything

Future Islands – Singles

Trampled by Turtles – Wild Animals

The Apache Relay





On Spotify I have a playlist called “Best Studying Soundtrack Songs.” This playlist has helped me through many a projects, and it makes your writing feel epic.

Currently I have a little over 7 hours of play time on the playlist, so sometimes I forget about a song that is on the list. The other day I ran across a beautiful song I had forgotten about. The composer Hans Zimmer continually produces amazing songs, and he did it again for the movie 12 Years a Slave.

If you have seen 12 Years a Slave, this one drips of sorrow, regret, yet there are hints of hope. And the strings, I can’t get past the strings. If play it over your laptop speakers, you are doing it wrong.

Josh Butler | Flood

August 11, 2014 — 1 Comment

Josh Butler :: Flood from Antioch Church on Vimeo.

Yesterday we visited Imago Dei in Portland. Josh Butler led music and he sang a song I had never heard before. After doing some research I found out I had never heard it because he wrote it. I thought it was worth sharing so I have posted the only version I could find online. Obviously hearing it in person was a different experience.

One of my favorite songs right now. Listen to the longing for freedom and the drowning of misery.