2015 Top Tens


Once again, we present our end-of-the-year favorites from the Burst & Bloom family and friends. It is our hope that you might discover something that has made us happy in 2015, and that it will make you happy as well.

It’s been an amazing year for Burst & Bloom, too. Our eight 2015 releases are among the strongest to date, and we hope that you might check them out, too:

Through the Static and Distance: The Songs of Jason Molina

Meet Me Where We Survive: Jason Molina Interviews 1998-2002

Cape Snow “Cape Snow”

Friendship “You’re Going to Have to Trust Me”

Eastern Mountain Time “Eastern Mountain Time”

Tiger Saw “Horn Hill”

various artists “Some Guys”

The Landladys “20 Year Reunion”

And here are our favorites…



Beauty Pill “Describes Things As They Are”

Kendrick Lamar “To Pimp A Butterfly”

Joanna Newsom “Divers”

Fred Thomas “All Are Saved”

U.S. Girls “Half Free”

Vince Staples “Summertime ’06”

Mount Eerie “Sauna”

Jim O’Rourke “Simple Songs”

Sun Kil Moon “Universal Themes”

Gwenno “Y Dydd Olaf”

Adrian Sherwood “Sherwood at the Controls, Vol. 1”

Miniboone “Bad Sports”

Destroyer “Poison Season”

Girlpool “Before the World Was Big”

Singles & EPs:

Kanye West “All Day”/“Only One”

Monika “Secret in the Dark”

Wilder Maker “Everyday Crimes Against Humanity Vol. 3”

Chromatics “I Can Never Be Myself When You’re Around”

Wolkoff “Talismans”

Missy Elliott “WTF (Where They From)”

GUY CAPECELATRO III (solo, Tiger Saw, The Landladys, Cape Snow)


Brown Bird “Axis Mundi”

Eskimeaux “O.K.”

Will Johnson “Swan City Vampires”

Jason Isbell “Something More Than Free”

Joan Shelley “Over and Even”

Soak “Before We Forgot How to Dream”

Howling “Sacred Ground”

Andy Shauf “The Bearer of Bad News”

Sufjan Stevens “Carrie & Lowell”

100% “It Gets Darker”

Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield “Sing Elliott Smith”

Andrew Combs “All These Dreams”

Anna & Elizabeth “s/t”

Hop Along “Painted Shut”

TV Shows:


Mr. Robot


The Returned


Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell


Orphan Black

Walking Dead

Getting On

Deutschland 83

Silicon Valley


Game of Thrones


My Top Ten Favorite Songs of 2015:

“The Hills” by The Weekend

“O Contest Winner” by Frankie Cosmos

“Hour” by Porches

“Moon In My Mouth” by No Joy

“Chinatown” by Girlpool

“For Every Bite” by Daughn Gibson

“No Sleeep” by Janet Jackson

“Youth Is A Fire” by Gracie

“Cool For The Summer” by Demi Lovato

“Multi-Love” by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Ten More Songs I Liked A Lot From 2015:

“Hotline Bling” by Drake

“Cause I’m a Man” by Tame Impala

“Lean On” by Major Lazer

“Lampshade On Fire” by Modest Mouse

“Tell Your Friends” by The Weekend

“Double Talk” by Jaakko Eino Kalevi

“All Yours” by Widowspeak

“Really Love” by Body Language

“La Loose” by Waxahatchee

“Carrion Flowers” by Chelsea Wolfe

SEAN HOOD (Eastern Mountain Time)

Top 10 Albums of 2015:

  1. Sam Outlaw “Angeleno”
  2. Brandon Flowers “The Desired Effect”
  3. Andrew Combs “All These Dreams”
  4. Drake “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late”
  5. Tallest Man on Earth “Dark Bird is Home”
  6. Jason Isbell “Something More Than Free”
  7. Big Sean “Dark Sky Paradise”
  8. Action Bronson “Mr. Wonderful”
  9. Kacey Musgraves “Pageant Material”
  10. Kendrick Lamar “To Pimp a Butterfly”

Top 5 Re-Issues of 2015:

  1. Bruce Springsteen “The Ties That Bind: The River Collection”
  2. The Rolling Stones “Sticky Fingers (Super Deluxe Edition)”
  3. Van Morrison “Astral Weeks (Expanded Edition)”
  4. Bob Dylan “The Cutting Edge: 1965-1966”
  5. Fleetwood Mac “Tusk (Deluxe Edition)”

Top 5 Movies of 2015:

  1. Spotlight
  2. Ex-Machina
  3. Trainwreck
  4. Mad Max: Fury Road
  5. The Martian

Top 5 Concerts of 2015:

  1. Modest Mouse at Memorial Auditorium in Burlington, VT (10/19)
  2. Spoon at The House of Blues in Boston, MA (6/18)
  3. Neil Young & The Promise of the Real at The Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Jct., VT (7/19)
  4. Brandon Flowers at The House of Blues in Boston, MA (8/3)
  5. Sam Outlaw & Dawes at Higher Ground in Burlington, VT (7/21)


DYLAN METRANO (Tiger Saw, Cape Snow)

Top Ten Albums:

  1. Matt Bauer “Dream’s End” A staggeringly beautiful album by somewhat under-the-radar singer-songwriter. In a perfect world, this would make Bauer a household name. The lush arrangements and deeply emotive singing on “Dream’s End” come together to create a sound that makes you take notice, and tugs at the heartstrings in all the right ways. So gorgeous, I could cry. Album of the year.
  2. Karl Blau “Introducing Karl Blau” Karl Blau has made more records than I care to count. Last year I bought an actual oyster shell containing a veritable treasure chest of Blau albums on a flash drive. This album is a collection of country soul covers in the vein of “That’s How I Got To Memphis”. His voice suits the material perfectly, and the instrumentation and arrangements are classy, understated, and perfect. A high-water mark from an always interesting iconoclast.
  3. Sufjan Stevens “Carrie and Lowell” Another high point in a long, varied, exciting career. A return to the understated soft beautiful feel of “Seven Swans”. Heavy / heavy good.
  4. Courtney Barnett “Sometimes I Sit and Think…” Her first proper album, though it somehow seems like she’s always been there with us. The best Nirvana record of 2015.
  5. Ibeyi “Ibeyi” French-Cuban twin sisters singing in English and a Nigerian language. Both funky and beautiful.
  6. Alabama Shakes “Sound & Color” I loved their debut, and this is a surprising evolution of their sound, taking a strange, modern psychedelic detour. Great songs, a great voice, and a strong record all around.
  7. House of Wolves “Daughter of the Sea” This voice. An elegant, purposeful recording. Simple and haunting.
  8. Jenny Hval “Apocalypse, girl” As much for the live show as for the album. “The Battle is Over”is a killer single / alternate reality Fiona Apple karaoke jam. A strange, obtuse album, with significant rewards nested within.
  9. Cocorosie “Heartache City” Cocorosie is consistent in always stretching, always moving, always exploring. They’re not a band, they’re adventurers!
  10. Julien Baker “Sprained Ankle” A recent discovery. Simple and sad. A tender lovely voice. One to watch.

Bonus tracks:

Brown Bird “Axis Mundi”

White Hinterland “Chill and Natural” single

Waxahatchee “Ivy Tripp”

Torres “Sprinter”

Bruce Springsteen “The Ties That Bind: The River Collection”

Elvis Costello “Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink”

JIM RIOUX (Pale Wallace, solo)

Top ten albums of 2015, in no particular order:

10. “What Went Down”, Foals

9. “Return to the Moon”, El Vy

8. “Revisionist”, William Ryan Fritch

7. “Bones”, Son Lux

6. “Vulnicura”, Bjork

5. “Aubade”, Elvis Perkins

4. “Syncope”, Port St. Willow

3. “Strangers to Ourselves”, Modest Mouse

2. “Abyss”, Chelsea Wolfe

1. “Untethered Moon”, Built to Spill

PETER SQUIRES (Landladys, solo)

Ten things I loved in 2015:

  1. Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings” by ZZ Top
  2. Pile
  3. Whetstone Station in Brattleboro, VT
  4. Mediterrano in Hillsborough, NH
  5. Dr. Gasp / Dan Blakeslee
  6. The New York Mets
  7. The Guy Capecelatro III tribute concert / party at 3S Artspace
  8. Blunt Talk on Starz
  9. Steve Albini (I was at Electrical Audio recording with him when his WTF interview was released!)
  10. Starting a podcast