The Best Albums of 2015

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It's that time of year again! I love doing the year end list...going over all the new music from the past year and trying to rank and rate them, it's fun. But it can be tough, picking which deserve to be in the coveted Top Ten and then even harder to rank them from one to ten. I always feel it is even more fun to read other lists to see what I may have missed. This year was an interesting one. Not a whole lot blew me away, but there were a few. Jeff Lynne's ELO album was definitely my fave, it's a welcome return and quite a comeback from a legendary artist. An album that just blew me away this year is "The Race For Space" by Public Service Broadcasting. It's an amazing concept record about mans first attempts space travel and exploration. It utilizes actual broadcast samples to tell the history of the space race all with the most amazing mix of electronica, rock and prog.

I always say that on any give day it could be different, but here is this years list...

The ObviousPop Top Ten Albums of 2015

  1. Alone In The Universe - Jeff Lynne’s ELO
  2. The Race For Space - Public Service Broadcasting
  3. Via Zammata - Dweezil Zappa
  4. Positive Songs For Negative People - Frank Turner
  5. FFS - FFS
  6. Get To Heaven - Everything Everything
  7. The Music Of Armikrog - Terry Scott Taylor
  8. Time Machine - D.A. Wallach
  9. Play This Intimately (As If Among Friends) - Pugwash
  10. Blurryface - Twenty One Pilots

The rest…

Currents - Tame Impala

Act IV: Rebirth In Reprise - Dear Hunter

Better Late Than Never - Anderson Ponty Band

Hand. Cannot. Erase. - Steven Wilson

The Epic - Kamasi Washington

Crush - Lettuce

Dancing At The Blue Lagoon - Cayucas

Glean - They Might Be Giants

The Grand Experiment - The Neal Morse Band

Best reissues:

Suburban Lawns (S/T) - Suburban Lawns

Amused To Death - Roger Waters


Episode 41 of the ObviousPopCast - The best new music now!

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What's this? A new episode of the OPC so soon? YES! Episode 41 of the ObviousPopCast is here and it is one of the best yet! I've been curating some amazing gems because there are so many great new songs out there right now! New stuff from Squeeze, Django Django, Self, FFS and more! Give it a listen and please let us know what you think! You can stream or download it right now as a high quality MP3, it's free and easy, just the way you like it!

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Download it now: ObviousPopCast Episode 41

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(If you use the link to download it to iTunes, it may go into your podcast folder or possibly be listed in the main music library under the title: ObviousPop or the artist name: Dr. Tony Shore.)

EPISODE 41 TRACK LISTING

Song – AlbumArtist

What Does It Take to Walk Away? - Last Laugh - Michael Collins

To The Blade - Get To Heaven - Everything Everything

Back of the Car (feat. Nate Henricks) - Back of the Car Single – RAC

Collaborations Don't WorkFFS - FFS

Electric LoveCandy EP – BØRNS  

ThisSee What You Started By Continuing – Collective Soul 

Bang Your Drum – Bang Your Drum Single – Dead Man Fall

Nail on the Head - Look Out Machines! - Duke Special

Monogamy - Monogamy Single – sElf

Moony Eyed Walrus - Dancing at the Blue Lagoon - Cayucas

Shake And Tremble - Born Under Saturn - Django Django

Happy DaysCradle To The Grave – Squeeze


ObviousPopCast Episode 40 - NEW MUSIC!

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Episode 40 of the ObviousPopCast is here and it is packed with wonderful new music and artists! Don't miss this one! We've got amazing new songs from They Might Be Giants, Secret Powers, twenty one pilots and more! Give it a listen and please let us know what you think! You can stream or download it right now as a high quality MP3, and it's free!

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Download it now: ObviousPopCast Episode 40

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(If you use the link to download it to iTunes, it may go into your podcast folder or possibly be listed in the main music library under the title: ObviousPop or the artist name: Dr. Tony Shore.)

EPISODE 40 TRACK LISTING

Song – AlbumArtist

My Type - My Type EP - Saint Motel

Tear In My Heart - Blurryface - twenty one pilots

Erase - Glean - They Might Be Giants

The Sun Is Mine - Bleak Strategies - The Dowling Poole

The Great Unknown - Jukebox the Ghost - Jukebox the Ghost

Bitter Sun - Secret Powers 6 - Secret Powers

I Bet My Life - Smoke + Mirrors - Imagine Dragons

Come With Me NowLunatic - KONGOS

Shakin' All Over - Savage Night - The Blue Hawaiians

Spell with a Shell - Guns - Cardiacs

Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf) - Run - AWOLNATION

Cecilia and the Satellite - Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness - Andrew McMahon

 


ObviousPopCast 39 - WE ARE BACK! New Music!

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Episode 39 of the ObviousPopCast is finally ready for you! We've been stockpiling fantastic new music that we will now release out into the world. A cornucopia of new music awaits! Featuring new songs from Aqualung, Guster, Nate Ruess and more! Give it a listen and please let us know what you think! You can stream or download it right now as a high quality MP3, and most importantly, it's free!

 

To stream it now click play:

 

Download it now: ObviousPopCast Episode 39

 Add it to your iTunes podcasts: CLICK HERE

(If you use the link to download it to iTunes, it may go into your podcast folder or possibly be listed in the main music library under the title: ObviousPop or the artist name: Dr. Tony Shore.)

EPISODE 39 TRACK LISTING

Song – AlbumArtist

Champions of Red Wine - Brill Bruisers - The New Pornographers

Distant Past - Distant Past Single - Everything Everything

Palarium - Secret Powers 6 - Secret Powers

I Wanna Get BetterStrange Desire - Bleachers

The Girl With X-Ray Eyes - Chasing Yesterday - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

ELO Forever - Beyond Time - Bubble Gum Orchestra

Simple MachineEvermotion - Guster

New Low - 10 Futures - Aqualung

Lucky Day - Time for Tea - 11 Acorn Lane

Nothing Without Love - Nothing Without Love Single - Nate Ruess

Everybody Knows It Was Me - Pop/Art - Adrian Bourgeois

Hide Away - The Winter Blue - Jesse And The Sprinkles

Freaky GnomesFreaky Gnomes Single - Dr. Tony Shore


Everything Everything give us everything in The Distant Past!

Is it too early to pick my song of the year for 2015? I'm a huge fan of the UK band Everything Everything anyway...they're inventive, quirky and downright weird at times...but always brilliant. Think a modern day Talking Heads meets Devo, but nothing like either of those bands! I think the stars have aligned for this band of artistic wizards with their new single "The Distant Past." Having a super clever video doesn't hurt either. Check this out and tell me I'm wrong... I dare you! The single is out in the UK and the album comes out in June. Probably import only here in the good old US of A.


Steven Wilson - Hand. Cannot. Erase. Review

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London musician Steven Wilson should be a familiar name to many music fans. Originally the leader of the modern progressive art rock band Porcupine Tree, Steven has really taken himself to a higher level with his remixes and mastering of classic rock albums, including state of the art surround mixes for some of the biggest rock albums ever made, including 5.1 mixes of King Crimson, Yes, XTC and Jethro Tull. However, it is his steadily growing solo career that has caught the attention of critics and fans. When Wilson does something, he does it big. His latest release, Hand. Cannot. Erase. is a beautifully dark artistic statement that tells a story. Loosely based on the true story of Joyce Vincent, a girl who had friends and family yet died in her London flat and wasn’t missed or discovered for 3 years. This is a concept record that is musically on a level with Pink Floyd’s The Wall. It draws musical inspiration from that album, as well as other influences, like Kate Bush and modern progressive art rock. The story itself is dark like The Wall but more focused, without some of the seedy scenes. Don’t worry, the album isn’t a music downer, it combines many styles, and fans of Steven’s previous work won’t be disappointed. He’s made a great concept album that also happens to feel and sound like the best Porcupine Tree and solo album of his career. This is truly a high water mark for an artist that has already given us a plethora of fantastic music. Hand. Cannot. Erase. goes from magnificent piano interludes and orchestration to progressive rock riffs and pounding drums, all while maintaining continuity and listen-ability.  Steven is a multi-instrumentalist and critically acclaimed producer, so it will come as no surprise that audiophiles will want to break out an expensive pair of headphones to soak up all the sound.

Find out more here: http://stevenwilsonhq.com/sw/

Buy here:  Hand Cannot Erase


Top Ten Albums of 2014 - Extended to the Best 20 records of 2014!

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For the first time since I started making a year-end top ten or top 20 list I had a hard time even finding 20 new releases that I really liked. Don’t get me wrong, the 20 albums listed below are good, many are even great, but with the exception of the top 10, they just don’t live up to years past. I’ve heard some of my music critic peers say what a great year for music this was and unfortunately I just didn’t hear it. I will be the first to admit that my year was consumed with a new job and family and I may have missed some great releases. I hope to remedy that in 2015 by getting the ObviousPopCast back up and running! That said, if you haven’t heard the following releases please do yourself, your ears and your heart a favor and give them a listen!

  1. The New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers
  2. Steve Taylor and The Perfect Foil - Goliath
  3. Eno-Hyde - High Life
  4. Beck - Morning Phase
  5. Sloan - Commonwealth
  6. Secret Powers - 6
  7. U2 - Songs of Innocence
  8. Cliff Hills - Song Machine
  9. Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness - Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
  10. Bleachers - Strange Desire
  11. Imogen Heap - Sparks
  12. The Drums - Encyclopedia
  13. Moon Hooch - This Is Cave Music
  14. Clockwork Orchestra - A Fish For A Heart
  15. Husky - Ruckers Hill
  16. Dan Wilson - Love Without Fear
  17. The Choir - Shadow Weaver
  18. TV On The Radio - Seeds
  19. Jukebox the Ghost - Jukebox the Ghost
  20. Mike Doughty - Stellar Motel

BEST REISSUES OF 2014: Trip Shakespeare - "Applehead Man" & "Are You Shakespearienced"

BEST MOVIE OF 2014 (by a long shot!): Guardians of the Galaxy

BEST BOOK OF 2014: The Magicians Trilogy Boxed Set


ObviousPopCast - Episode 38 - A Plethora of New Music!

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Episode 38 of the ObviousPopCast is now ready for mass consumption! A veritable plethora of new music awaits! Featuring new songs from The Feeling, Aaron Sprinkle, Polyphonic Spree, The Suburbs and more! What are you waiting for? You can stream or download it right now as a high quality MP3, and most importantly, it's free!

 

To stream it now click play:

 

Download it now: ObviousPopCast Episode 38

 Add it to your iTunes podcasts: CLICK HERE

(If you use the link to download it to iTunes, it may go into your podcast folder or possibly be listed in the main music library under the title: ObviousPop or the artist name: Dr. Tony Shore.)

EPISODE 38 TRACK LISTING

Song – AlbumArtist

Lazer Gun Show - Lazer Gun Show Single -  Hey Geronimo

Partner In Crime - Pop Motion Animation - Greg Pope

Born Under a Good Sign - Si Sauvage - The Suburbs

River of Lead - Water & Guns - Aaron Sprinkle

Hearts Like Ours - In Rolling Waves - The Naked and Famous

Wave Forms - Ski Mask - Islands

Heaven High - Heaven High - Lifesavers

Save Us - New - Paul McCartney

Sugarcandy Mountain - Alls Well That Ends Well - The Candle Thieves

You Don't Know Me - Yes, It’s True - The Polyphonic Spree

That Is Why (Live on air in Holland, March 17th,1993) - Radio Jellyfish - Jellyfish

Blue Murder - Boy Cried Wolf - The Feeling

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