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Top 40 Albums of 2015 (20-1)

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This year didn’t quite live up to the high expectations I had back in January. Artists like Chance the Rapper, Frank Ocean, Jai Paul, Kanye West, PJ Harvey, Radiohead, and The Wrens didn’t make good on their promise for a new full-length album in 2015. Fortunately, others were there to pick up the slack and provide us with some great albums. Below you will find this year’s edition of what I consider the top 40 albums of the year. To read the first 20 entries (40-21), CLICK HERE. On this list you’ll find albums from varying genres and possibly a few albums that are new to you. In a time where you can look up any song on a streaming service and hear it instantaneously, I hold on tightly to a love for the album as a whole, a collection of songs that work off each other, building toward one major theme or mood. As you will see in the list below, I’m a bit obsessed with new music and the art form that is the album. I take great pride in this list and hope that you find something worth checking out by the end.

(To hear my choices for the Top 10 Songs of 2015, go check out the latest Podcast HERE)

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BDWPS Podcast #40

In this month’s podcast we focus on some of the best metal albums to come out in the past few months. You’ll hear new tracks from Chelsea Wolfe, Deafheaven, Myrkur, High On Fire, Windhand, and Locrian. I also discuss the documentary “Alive Inside” and contemplate the future of the Bob Dylan song tradition to finish off each episode. You can listen to the episode HERE or you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or Stitcher (search: BDWPS). Podomatic has also recently released an app that allows you to listen to the episodes that is worth checking out.

Tracklist:

Chelsea Wolfe “Carrion Flowers”
Deafheaven “Brought to the Water”
Myrkur “Jeg Er Guden, I Er Tjenerne”
High On Fire “The Falconist”
Windhand “Crypt Key”
Locrian “The Future of Death”
Ciroth Ungol “I’m Alive”
Candlemass “All Along the Watchtower”

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Top 40 Albums of 2013 (1-20)

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(Check out 40-21 HERE)

As I came to my conclusive final ordering of albums, I couldn’t help but feel like my list differed from the norm. You’ll find familiar faces like Arcade Fire and Vampire Weekend, but many of the albums that ended up surfacing near the top are absent from all the major lists I’ve perused in the past few weeks.  Does this mean I’m out of touch or that I’ve become such an outsider that I can’t connect with the mainstream? I hope not. Those albums you find on this list that you’ve never seen included on other lists are not my attempt at being different, rather, they are albums that fell through the cracks by the major outlets and deserve a listen from anyone who still appreciates “the album” as a work of art. The BDWPS.com mission statement of “guiding you down the path less traveled” is truer than ever in 2013.

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The Best Album Covers of 2013

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In the age of digital media, the idea of album artwork seems a bit archaic, but if you’re anything like me, you still hold the intrinsic connection between music and  art to be sacrosanct. Below you will find what I deem the 20 best images to be seen on the cover of albums in 2013. You can go get a closer look at that place your parents used to go to called the record store.

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Deafheaven “Sunbather”

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Sunbather

[Deathwish; 2013]

Rating: 8.5

Okay, I admit it – I was never a fan of Black Metal.  I know this makes me tragically unhip, and I know it tarnishes my credibility as a music journalist (acceptance is the first step). It wasn’t for a lack of trying. I listened two dozens upon dozens of Black Metal albums. I watched a couple Black Metal documentaries (Until the Light Takes Us and One Man Metal) and left both viewings telling myself that I had to like something that was so pure, so raw, and so brutal.  Yet, no matter what band I checked out, I just couldn’t get past the machine gun drums, grating guitars, and rasping screams.  I was doomed to be lame (in the right measure).

I guess all I needed was for someone to come along and take this jagged, bulky genre and make it more accessible. In 2010 it was Norwegian band Shining’s Black Jazz, an album that melded the core tenets of Black Metal with jazz scales and saxophones.  Of course, I enjoyed the jazz side more than the carnage, but it was a step in the right direction.

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