11.11.2015 news

ATO Artists + Staff: Best of 2015

Continuing our annual end-of-year tradition, ATO’s artists and staffers have rounded up our Best of 2015 lists! Whether it’s best albums, songs, or shows, vibe with our favorite sounds of 2015. Listen to our favorite tracks on a Spotify playlist, and check out the full lists below:

BRITTANY HOWARD, ALABAMA SHAKES

D’Angelo – Black Messiah

The Deslondes – The Deslondes

Bjork – Vulnicura

Buena Vista Social Club – Lost and Found

Promise Land Sound – For Use and Delight

Futurebirds – Hotel Parties

 

JON SALTER, GM

Best Albums

Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color

Sun Club – The Dongo Durango

Jamie XX – In Colour

Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit

 

Best Shows

“Hamilton”

ATO CMJ Showcase 2015

My Morning Jacket – Bonnaroo 2015

King Gizzard – Bowery Ballroom 2015

Alabama Shakes – Red Rocks 2015

Brandi Carlile – Bonnaroo 2015

 

Best Music Doc

What Happened, Miss Simone?

 

Coolest Musical Score for TV

The Knick

Mr. Robot

 

BENJAMIN BOOKER

  1. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
  2. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
  3. Dilly Dally – Sore
  4. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  5. Young Fathers – White Men are Black Men Too
  6. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
  7. Joey Bada$$ – B4.DA.A$$
  8. Royal Headache – High
  9. Kurt Vile – B’lieve I’m Goin’ Down
  10. Young Thug – Barter 6
  11. Deerhunter – Fading Frontier

 

LAURA LYONS, MARKETING

[1] Future/Drake – What A Time To Be Alive (Live From The Gutter)

[2] The Internet – Ego Death (Girl)

[3] Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear (The Night Josh Tillman Came To Our Apt.)

[3.5] Kelela – Hallucinogen* (All The Way Down)

[4] Young Thug – Barter 6 (Can’t Tell)

[5] Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color (The Greatest)

[6] Vince Staples – Summertime ‘06 (Norf Norf)

[6.5] Future – Beast Mode* (No Basic)

[7] Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly (For Free – Interlude)

[8] Empress Of – Me (Standard)

[9] Christine & The Queens – Christine & The Queens (Tilted)

[10] Jamie XX – In Colour (Good Times)

 

*EPs and mixtapes get half-spot love on my list. Honorable Mentions: Kali Uchis – Por Vida; Thundercat – The Beyond/Where The Giants Roam; Majical Cloudz – Are You Alone?; Drake – If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late; Archy Marshall – A New Place 2 Drown; Ibeyi – S/T; Future – DS2.

 

SIMON RIX, KAISER CHIEFS

LISTEN ON SPOTIFY

Go – The Chemical Brothers

The Giver (Reprise) – Duke Dumont

Dreams – Beck

Cheer Up London – Slaves

Lousy Connection – Ezra Furman

All Day – Kanye West

Better Man – Leon Bridges

Lean On – Major Lazer ft. MO and DJ Snake

Multi-Love – Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Pretty Pimpin – Kurt Vile

What Do You Mean? – Justin Bieber

Distant Past – Everything Everything

Huarache Lights – Hot Chip

The Party Line – Belle & Sebastian

Marks To Prove It – The Maccabees

Restless – New Order

How Deep Is Your Love – Calvin Harris, Disciples

The Other Side – Public Service Broadcasting

 

KELLY KETTERING, PUBLICITY

In no particular order:

Royal Headache – High

Beach Slang – The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us

Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

Kacey Musgraves – Pageant Material

Sleater Kinney – No Cities To Love

High on Fire – Luminiferous

Brandi Carlile – The Firewatcher’s Daugther

Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit

Future – DS2

Kurt Vile – B’lieve I’m Goin’ Down…

 

SHANE MCCORD, SUN CLUB

*best song in parentheses

archy marshall – a new place 2 drown (arise dear brother)

weyes blood – cardamom times (in the beginning)

sick lion – overturned trash can lid (a bone)

francis lung – vol.1 (age limits)

mild high club – timeline (note to self)

dan deacon – gliss riffer (learning to relax)

slendermen – thin priviledge (heroin friends)

butch dawson & elon – pvrvllels ep (record)

 

JEANETTE WALL, A&R

in no particular order:

  1. Cloakroom – Further Out
  2. Lianne La Havas – Blood
  3. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
  4. The Weeknd – Beauty Behind the Madness
  5. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
  6. Emily King – The Switch
  7. SPORTS – All of Something
  8. And The Kids – Turn To Each Other
  9. Carly Rae Jepsen – Emotion
  10. PWR BTTM – Ugly Cherries

 

ALYNDA LEE SEGARRA, HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF

  1. Kendrick Lamar : To Pimp a butterfly
  2. Grimes : Art Angels
  3. D’Angelo : Black Messiah
  4. Thunderbitch : s/t
  5. Alabama Shakes : Sound and Color
  6. Deslondes : Deslondes
  7. Florence and the Machine
  8. Drake : If you’re reading this its too late
  9. Pops Staples : Don’t lose this
  10. City and Colour : If i should go before you

 

TOM SCHMALL, RADIO

Chris Stapleton – Traveller

Bjork – Vulnicura

Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

Miguel – Wildheart

Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color

D’Angelo – Black Messiah

Jamie XX – In Colour

Tame Impala – Currents

Beach House – Depression Cherry

FKA Twigs – M3LL155X

 

BRANDI CARLILE

TOP SONGS:

Sufjan Stevens – No Shade in the Shadow of The Cross

My Morning Jacket – Spring (Among the Living)

Kurt Vile – Life Like This

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats – S.O.B.

Blitzen Trapper – Love Grow Cold

Florence + The Machine – What Kind of Man

Gill Landry – Funeral In My Heart

Ivan & Alyosha – It’s All Just Pretend

Noah Gundersen – Slow Dancer

 

RHETT MILLER, OLD 97’S

Roger Lion – Roger Lion

Will Johnson – Swan City Vampires

David Wax Museum – Guesthouse

Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free

Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit

The Decemberists – What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World

Best Coast – California Nights

Annalisa Tornfelt – The Number 8

CHVRCHES – Every Open Eye

Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color

 

MELISSA RICH, ACCOUNTING

  1.  Tame Impala – Currents
  2. Laura Marling – Short Movie
  3. Hot Chip – Why Make Sense
  4.  !!! – As If
  5. Telekinesis – Ad Infinitum
  6. Dawes – All Your Favorite Bands
  7. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
  8. Kurt Vile – b’lieve I’m going down
  9. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit
  10. Jamie xx – In Colour

 

KELSEE BECKER, PRODUCT MANAGEMENT

In no particular order:

Death Cab for Cutie – Kintsugi

Chris Stapleton – Traveller

Half Moon Run – Sun Leads Me On

Of Monsters and Men – Beneath The Skin

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love

Brandi Carlile – The Firewatcher’s Daughter

Brand New – Leaked Demos 2006 (It counts!)

Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color

Houndmouth – Little Neon Light

Mumford & Sons – Wilder Mind

 

And a Happy 10 Year Anniversary to… (I can’t help it haha!)

Jack’s Mannequin – Everything In Transit

Acceptance – Phantoms

Mae – The Everglow

 

RAYLAND BAXTER

Alabama Shakes: Gemini

Raury: Crystal Express

Natalie Prass: Christy

The Weeknd: Earned It

Kurt Vile: Pretty Pimpin

D’Angelo: Betray My Heart

Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Multi-Love

Bully: Picture

 

MARC OFFENBACH, DIRECTOR OF SALES

  1. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
  2. Ruth B – The Intro
  3. Brandi Carlile – The Firewatcher’s Daughter
  4. Oh Wonder – OW
  5. Wolf Alice – My Love Is Cool
  6. Tame Impala – Currents
  7. Julia Holter – Have You In My Wilderness
  8. Coldplay – A Head Full of Dreams
  9. John Grant – Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
  10. Father John Misty – I Love You Honeybear
  11. Fantasma – Free Love

 

MARIACHI EL BRONX

  1. Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love (No Anthems)
  2. Sonics – This Is The Sonics (Bad Betty)
  3. Metz – Metz II (Spit You Out)
  4. Refused – Freedom (Elektra)
  5. John Reis and the Blind Shake – Surf Classics (Wet Greek)
  6. Wilco – Star Wars (Random Name Generator)
  7. Ty Segall – Mr. Face (Circles)
  8. Los Lobos – Gates of Gold (Gates of Gold)
  9. Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes (Blossom)
  10. Pounded by the Surf – No Waves (Beach Cholo)

 

DAVID MCCLAIN, PRODUCT MANAGER

Tame Impala – Currents

Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color

Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

Vulfpeck – Thrill of the Arts

Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit

Chris Stapleton – The Traveller

Brandi Carlile – The Firewatcher’s Daughter

Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear

Grimes – Art Angels

 

Shows

Kendrick Lamar @ Bonnaroo

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard @ Webster Hall

Brandi Carlile @ Red Rocks

Other Stuff

Song of the year – Let it Happen by Tame Imapala

Session of the year – King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard @ KEXP

 

MARGARET GLASPY

Pops Staples – Don’t Lose This

Milk Carton Kids – Monterrey

Wilco – Star Wars

Empress Of – Me

Justin Bieber – Purpose

Julian Lage – World’s Fair

Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit

Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color

Deerhoof – Fever 121614

David Bowie – Blackstar (Single)

 

MIKE QUINN, PRODUCT MANAGER

In no particular order:

Rachel Grimes “The Clearing”

The Cairo Gang “Goes Missing”

Dick Diver “Melbourne, Florida”

Low “Ones and Sixes”

Julia Holter “Have You In My Wilderness”

Wilco “Star Wars”

Velvet Underground “Matrix Tapes”

Thunderbitch @ Knitting Factory

Doug Paisley & Joan Shelley @ Old Town School of Folk Music

“How To Ru(i)n A Record Label” by Larry Livermore

 

JOSEPH

Some of these records aren’t new … that said, these are whole records we’ve had as trusty companions this year. 🙂 <3

Death Cab for Cutie – Kintsugi

The Japanese House – Pools To Bathe In

Sales – Sales EP

Shakey Graves – And The War Came

Bear’s Den – Islands

Bahamas – Bahamas Is Afie

Sylvan Esso – Sylvan Esso

Lucius – Wildewoman

Bird Courage – Maia Manu

London Grammar – If You Wait

The Innocence Mission – Hello I Feel The Same

Laura Veirs – July Flame (always on repeat. gets better with age!)

 

ROBIN HENDRICKSON, ART + PRODUCTION

Notable Things That Brought Me Joy in 2015, in no particular order:

Joan Shelley – Over & Even (No Quarter)

Band Practice – Make Nice (Chill Mega Chill)

Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color (ATO)

This is the Modern World with DJ Trouble on WFMU, Tuesdays 9am – 12 noon

Ian MacKaye & Steve Albini interviewing each other on Kreative Kontrol podcast

Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys by Viv Albertine

Billie Holiday: The Musician and the Myth by John Szwed

Jonny Fritz solo @ Baby’s All Right, March 3

Miscreant Records Showcase, Palisades, June 13

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard @ Baby’s All R ight with the AC broken, June 24

DN’T opening for Tav Falco’s Panther Burns @ Grand Victory, Oct 13

The Flick @ Barrow Street Theatre, by Annie Baker

Down Down The Deep River film – Will Sheff

New Jersey Factory Service – Expert repair of Teac & Tascam analog tape machines

thehardtimes.net

New Traditions and Old Ways: A Visual Guide to Turkey’s Thriving DIY Scenes – Pitchfork Feature by Ebru Yildiz

 

RICHARD HARPER, FLY GOLDEN EAGLE

Trax are in ( )

Khruangbin – The Universe Smiles Upon You (Two Fish and an Elephant)

Square People – Dark Vader

Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color (any!)

Shye Ben Tzur, Johnny Greenwood, The Rajasthan Exoress – Junun (Roked)

Oneohtrix Point Never – Garden of Delete (Sticky Drama)

Dej Loaf – #AndSeeThatsTheThing (Back Up)

Earl Sweatshirt – I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside (Mantra)

Dungen – Allas Sak (Franks Kaktus)

Kamasi Washington – The Epic (Re Run Home)

Erykah Badu – But You Caint Use My Phone (Hello)

 

PAUL DRYDEN, PRODUCT MANAGER

Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color

Andra Day – Cheers To The Fall

Andy Shauf – The Bearer Of Bad News

Big Grams – Big Grams

Bomba Estereo – Amanecer

Brandi Carlile – The Firewatcher’s Daughter

Chris Stapleton – Traveler

Christine & The Queens – Christine & The Queens

Floating Points – Elaenia

Ibeyi – Ibeyi

Jamie XX – In Colour

Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free

Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

Lianne La Havas – Blood

Natalia Lafourcade – Hasta La Raiz

Monsieur Perine – Caja De Musica

Nicola Cruz – Prender El Alma

Ryan Adams – 1989

St. Germain – St. Germain

Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love

 

ANDREW RODRIGUEZ, INTERN

  1. To Pimp a Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar
  2. Days of Freeman – James Brandon Lewis
  3. Choose Your Weapon – Hiatus Kaiyote
  4. Sound & Color – Alabama Shakes
  5. Blood – Lianne La Havas
  6. Breathless – Terence Blanchard
  7. The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam – Thundercat
  8. Revive Music Present Supreme Sonacy Vol. 1
  9. Thrill of the Arts – Vulfpeck
  10. Beauty Behind the Madness – The Weeknd

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