The end is near… Of 2015! And my top 30 favorite sets of 2015. Here are the last 10.
This show is on the list for a few reasons. This was probably my 14th or 15th time seeing this Baltimore group since their formation several years ago, and this was to be my (and everyone’s) last time to see them. Their UN Fest (an excellent festival in Baltimore) set was advertised as their last, and I was able to experience the loudness and wild crowd, one last time.
The second set on this list was Pleasure Leftists opening for Chameleons VOX, at Metro Gallery. I have been a fan of this Midwest post-punk group for a while, and it was nice to finally see them live. I loved the singer’s dance moves.
The next one was something random for me, Sun Ra Arkestra at the Ottobar. I was hooked on their weirdo jazz, and loved every minute. The pissed off looking dude was my favorite performer of their raucous set.
This was one of the Wildhoney sets I saw. This noisy group gets better and better. This was their first set with a new guitar player.
Expert Alterations are some nice dudes and local indie pop heroes. This was their debut album release show. I made it there just in time to see them (performing with a member of Wildhoney as a quartet) give an inspired and impassioned performance.
I saw the Polyphonic Spree for a third time. This time I had a front table seat at a sit down venue. The Spree tore it up for two sets; one being their first album in it’s entirety, the second a greatest hits and covers and rarities set. I love the Spree and this performance further cemented my love.
I have seen Wolf Eyes a few times now. This was the weirdest of all of the sets. Which is saying a lot for the mavens of Trip Metal. This was almost a jazz set, and I think it was mostly improv. I could be wrong, but it didn’t sound like their new LP.
Wing Dam is one of my favorite bands. They always rock. They played Cocoon which is my favorite song by them and one I think they had not played the last couple times I saw them. They also had the best shirts (Miley Cyrus ones that can be seen in the picture below) and I added one to my collection.
At number 9 is DC band Paint Branch. This show was in a library basement. They are another band I have been into for a few years and finally saw. I think they are the new America (the band) with their harmonies and interplay (guitar and vocals).
The last of my favorite sets was actually tonight. And no I am not just throwing them on here. I felt like i might really dig it so I saved a slot, just in case. Good thing I did because the unseasonable heat and a packed basement in DC with one of my favorite singers belting out her old and new songs was too excellent. I had heard they were gonna break up, now it seems like they wont. Good, I want to see them again…
Until 2016 (and the one last show I have this year, or maybe two) my friends!
All images in all show pictures by me
There were 20 more albums that I really wanted to highlight (well, loads more, but I had to limit it). These were all pretty noisy numbers, with shoegaze and noise rock making appearances.
Dilly Dally – Sore
Helen – The Original Faces
Pinkshinyultrablast – Everything Else Matters
Swervedriver – I Wasn’t Born to Lose You
Potty Mouth – Potty Mouth EP
Pleasure Leftists – the woods of heaven
METZ – II
Static Daydream – Static Daydream
Tamaryn – Cranekiss
American Wrestlers – American Wrestlers
Dilly Dally – Ballin Chain
Helen – Allison
Pinkshinyultrablast – Land’s End
Swervedriver – Last Rites
Potty Mouth – The Bomb
Pleasure Leftists – Burning Down
METZ – Nervous System
Static Daydream – Another Rainy Night Without You
Tamaryn – Softcore
American Wrestlers – Holy
Photo of Pleasure Leftists by me
Dragged to Hell 17 features 22 rock and roll tracks from some amazing female voices that are currently kicking ass. The tracks run the gamut from indie folk to noise-punk. 1 hour and 10 minutes long. Image was taken by me of the only Afghan girl that I saw in 9 months.
SoftSpot – The Cleansing Hour
Which Magic – High Already
the Courtneys – Insufficient Funds
Body/Head – Everything Left
SLUTEVER – No Offense
NUDITY – BADD TEEETH
Jail Solidarity – Cries and Hues
Manic Sheep – You Lie, You Choke the Rules We Trust
Pleasure Leftists – Passage on a Ghost Ship
Shannon And The Clams – Into A Dream
Potty Mouth – Damage
White Murder – Safety in Numbers
Speedy Ortiz – Tiger Tank
the Stargazer Lilies – Sad Colored Tears
SISU – Light Eyes
Veronica Falls – If You Still Want Me
Joanna Gruesome – Satan
Young Trynas – Be Gone
GOAT – Run To Your Mama
Hunters – Brat Mouth
Magik Markers – Mirrorless
Perfect Pussy – III
Dragged to Hell 14 is a dark journey through post-punk, witch house, hip hop, and other types of music that I am currently enjoying. As always, I have linked the artists’ websites on their names in the setlist. If you dig any of them, please follow my example and toss them a couple of dollars! We all have to do our part to make sure the music we enjoy is still able to be produced. Anyways, I don’t mean to preach, but it is definitely something I am passionate about.
1. NФΔH ஜ3 – JΔGuΔЯ
2. DJ SMURPHY – June
3. Pleasure Leftists – 100 Years (The Cure cover)
4. KKING FELIXX – feeling like a ghost too
5. Flash/lights – Ruby Sun
6. Tantrum – Day of Fun
7. JANE WOODMAN – Black Forest
8. HAARPS – Underground (feat. Bobbi Dahl)
9. Dani Shivers! – Trilogy Pt. 3 (Ghost)
10. Le1f– Hush Bb (produced by Boody)
11. Tempers – Killing For Company (Swans Cover)
12. Talk All Night – Dig For Babel
13. Which Magic – Breeezin
14. Police Academy 6 – Gallow
15. Abdu Ali – BLEED
16. Matmos – Very Large Green Triangles
17. Night Vision – Betrayal
18. Von Haze – Conduct Your Touch
Cover/Photo by me
From Cleveland comes this solo outing of Pleasure Leftists member, Haley Morris. It is a minimal synth and drum loop affair, with female vocals about a myriad of dark topics. 7 bucks digital, 7 bucks for a cassette of 9 tracks.