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It's become this column space's tradition to spend the year's last dispatch regaling my favorite record of the year. This year, two minor changes in programming: 1) It's not the year's last column, which, yes, I know, deal with it you pedantic nerds. And 2) If you flip a few pages over you'll notice that my pick for the year's best record is Sufjan Stevens' articulate meditation on death and familial loss, “Carrie & Lowell.” Thing is, I already went on about it back in May.
So this year's love letter instead goes to my runner-up, Australian Courtney Barnett's charming and rambling, wise-beyond-her-years debut “Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit.
A band that originated in Oklahoma confirmed via Facebook Friday evening that it was in Paris but unharmed.
Originally formed in Stillwater, Other Lives are scheduled to support the band Belle and Sebastian Thursday, Nov. 19 at a venue in Paris, according to the music website Songkick.
An official statement was posted to Other Lives' Facebook account Friday evening that read "We're in Paris, and we're safe. Words cannot describe this atrocity. All of our thoughts are with the people in France."
Jonathan Mooney, a member of the band, also updated his Facebook account Friday evening saying that he was safe.
And now, a post-mid-year look-back on 2015's standout records. Overall they could use a little more cowbell, but I ain't complaining.
Rae Sremmurd — “SremmLife” Atlanta continues its reign as rap's most fun-having city, post-Bay Area hyphy.
Courtney Barnett — “Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit” Come for the wiggly power-pop and lip-curling grunge, stay for the unassuming songwriting wit.
Father John Misty — “I Love You, Honeybear” It should be so easy to ignore a songwriter dude as bitter and caustic as Tillman but, #damnitstrue.
Carly Rae Jepsen — “E•MO•TION” Carly Rae one-upped Taylor for dedication to the ‘80s on a record that's about as good as big-budget pop
Can you feel it? I can feel it. New tracks, baby!
Lil B & Chance The Rapper — “Amen”
Chicagoan Chance the Rapper was part of a collaboration earlier this year that released an excellent record “Surf” under the name Donnie Trump and the Social Experiment. Last week he followed up on that by putting out a freebie mixtape in collaboration with the prolific Bay Area rapper Lil B, titled “Free (Based Freestyles Mixtape)” that proves the two to be a really provocative combination. Chance's rapid-fire onomatopoeia and heavily rhythmic style serve as foil to Lil B's slurry, slow rapping, which so often seems to pursue a certain mood or broader thematic idea greater than the literal meaning of the words he's saying.