How bout that LIKE, LISTEN TO?!! Yeah, their name is a mouthful (the comma in the middle is a part of the name; no punctuation at the end), but their music couldn’t be more easy to digest. This nice Utah band reminds me a LOT of Michael Nau/Cotton Jones/Page France (that’s all talking about the same guy, just depends on which iteration rings a bell for ya) – smart, thoughtful, conscious folky stuff. My favorite track might be track 7, “Take Back the Night” – I’m sure you can guess what that one’s about, a feminist allyship anthem told in a singsongy, almost lullaby-style tone. If you like it, chances are high you can catch this band on tour—dates below, let me know if you wanna meet ‘em! I caught them in Seattle recently, and it was REALLY cool. Drew Danburry (the band leader) ALSO plays drums for his tourmate, Aubrey Debauchery, and then she plays in his band as well. Neat. CHECK IT OUT!





Like, Listen To is a musical project that was established by Drew Danburry and Jesse Nicholas Quebbeman-Turley. Adding a few friends to round out the ensemble but limiting themselves to an acoustic guitar, a string quartet and their voices, they entered MetCom Studios in SLC, Utah with one purpose. Time travel…or at least, to record an album in an old-fashioned and traditional manner.

The result, East of the Sun and West of the Moon, was recorded and mixed live, straight to 1/4 tape on a 2 track, then mastered from tape straight to vinyl by Gotta Groove Records. The limited vinyl release represents an attempt to get as close to authenticity as possible.

Drew Danburry is a part-time musician and full-time barber in Provo, Utah. Having spent years on the road playing music, he’s mostly settled down but for the occasional tour where he makes himself known by putting on ridiculously interactive shows sometimes consisting of sing-alongs, Mad Libs and Seven Up (aka Heads Down Thumbs Up). He’ll be touring this fall to promote the Like, Listen To album as well as an upcoming cassette release of anti-corporate commercial jingles.

RIYL: Say Hi, Kings of Convenience, David Bazan, Nap Eyes, Michael Nau/Cotton Jones/Page France,  Bonnie “Prince” Billy

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9/22 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court*!
9/23 – Boise, ID @ The Olympic*!
9/24 – Richland, WA @ Paper Street Brewing Co.*!
9/25 – Seattle, WA @ Substation!
9/26 – Olympia, WA @ Le Voyeur*!
9/27 – Portland, OR @ Kellys Olympian*!
9/28 – Chico, CA @ The Maltese (and an early show @ The Naked Lounge)*!
9/29 – Costa Mesa, CA @ The Wayfarer*!
10/2 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Bunkhouse*!
10/3 – Provo, UT @ Muse Music*!
10/4 – Denver, CO @ City O’City/The Deer Pile*!
10/5 – Kansas City, MO @ Records with Merritt*!
10/6 – Rock Island, IL @ Daytrotter*!
10/6 – Champaign, IL @ Library House*!
10/7 – Chicago, IL @ Cafe Mustache*!
10/8 – Fargo, ND @ Sudden Service*!
10/9 – Fort Collins, CO @ Surfside*!
10/21 – Florence, AL @ Co-Op Florence*
10/22 – Hattiesburg, MS @ Co-Op: Hattiesburg*
10/23 – Jackson, MS @ The Mosquito (afternoon show)*
10/23 – Oxford, MS @ The Wall*

*! w/Aubrey Debauchery
* w/Ben Ricketts

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PRAIRIE EMPIRE – THE SALT is at Top 200 Radio Now!!!

For the third week in a row, I’ve got a new add! This week it’s the wonderful PRAIRIE EMPIRE, from my former home of Brooklyn! (I actually currently live in band leader Brittain Ashford’s former home of Seattle, we switched!) I really love this band, and have for a very long time: they’re the only band that’s played not one but BOTH of the two CMJ parties I’ve ever thrown as the Band Mom, the most recent being this past year and the first being way back in 2011. So maybe you’ve even seen them play before; they’ve obviously been a part of the Band Mom family for quite a long time—as is also further evidenced by the fact that Band Mom artist MATT BAUER also sings on this record!! PRETTY COOL. Anyway this record is sooo good. Beautiful lush dreamy folk-leaning (but not just straight folk) indie rock. GET ON IT NOW so you can brag to your friends later!




Commodore Trotter

THE SALT, the sophomore album from Brooklyn’s Prairie Empire, is a moving, unexpected departure from their folky, self-titled debut. In the four years between albums, Brittain Ashford and her band developed a more sophisticated sound, one that expands beyond the four walls of the bedroom into cinematic terrain. Calm moments give way to fevered climaxes, strings and reeds humming as Ashford’s mournful, whiskey-soaked alto floats above the chaos. Inspired by the quietude of Elliott Smith and the dynamism of Jeff Buckley, Ashford directs her melancholic vocals through lush, atmospheric arrangements, oscillating between grief and anticipation.

Brittain Ashford (vocals, guitars, arrangements, etc.) and Nim Ben-Reuven (drums, drawings of cats) met by chance while getting copies in Manhattan. They eventually became friends and Ben-Reuven joined the Empire. For this record the duo filled out their sound with Brent Arnold (cello, The Antlers, Reggie Watts, Modest Mouse), Jeff Hudgins (clarinet, sax, bari-sax), Danah Olivetree (cello), Alec Spiegelman (pump organ, Cuddle Magic), Scott Colberg (additional guitar), and Matt Bauer (vox).

It’s fair to say that Prairie Empire has entered a larger world; The Salt surveys the land around them with power and subtlety.

2016 will be a busy year for Ashford. In addition to a cross-country tour in support of The Salt, she’s making her Broadway debut at The Imperial this fall in the acclaimed electro-pop opera Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. Composer Dave Malloy wrote Ashford’s solo, “Sonya Alone,” with her voice in mind; she performed in the Off-Broadway production of Great Comet for two years, earning raves from Variety, New York Daily News, Time Out NY, and The Boston Globe.

RIYL: Dark Dark Dark, Bowerbirds, Mirah, Natalie Prass, The Antlers,  Lost in the Trees, Matt Bauer, Jolie Holland, Dana Falconberry & Medicine Bow

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6/28 – Milwaukee, WI @ Company Brewing
6/29 – Madison, WI @ House Show
6/30 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Warming House
7/1 – Bismarck, ND @ Side B
7/2 – Bozeman, MT
7/3 – Bigfork, MT @ House Show
7/5 – Walla Walla, WA @ Main Street Studios
7/8 – Seattle, WA @ Gallery 1412
7/9 – Portland, OR @ The Harlowe House
7/10 – Eugene, OR
7/11 – Boise, ID @ House Show
7/12 – Provo, UT @ Studio Studio Dada
7/14 – Boulder, CO @ House Show
7/15 – Denver, CO @ Leon Gallery
7/16 – Denver, CO @ House Show
7/17 – Kansas City, MO @ Records with Merritt
7/18 – St. Louis, MO @ Mt. Thelonious House
7/19 – Memphis, TN @ Murphy’s
7/20 – Nashville, TN
7/21 – Knoxville, TN
7/22 – Asheville, NC
7/23 – Norfolk, VA @ Toast

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THE STARGAZER LILIES – DOOR TO THE SUN is at Top 200 Radio Now!!!!

That Graveface Records package I sent a couple weeks ago actually had two albums in it, different but equally incredible. One was Casket Girls; the other is the new album by THE STARGAZER LILIES!! They’re so great. Beautiful shoegaze (or psych/dream pop if you prefer) out of Northeast PA, home state also of their pals Black Moth Super Rainbow which is part of the story of how I met them. Impose also debuted a new music video for the track “Golden Key”, in case you needed another co-signer on this record’s coolness. I saw them play in Seattle last week and they totally rip. (cool visuals too.) (sorry bout the white dude with bandanna/dreads in the foreground, he was unavoidable.) Anyway, this is not their first album—their last was great as well—and also the core of this band previously had a really cool shoegaze band called Soundpool which I actually was a fan of when I myself was an MD at college radio—but this is The Stargazer Lilies’ first album being actively worked to college radio, so they may or really may not be a brand new band to you. Either way listen for about two seconds and you’ll see it’s great, so get on that!!




Graveface Records & Curiosities

Northeast Pennsylvania-based the Stargazer Lilies are the brainchild of husband-and-wife team John Cep and Kim Field, pioneers of shoegaze’s new wave with former band Soundpool. The Stargazer Lilies is the evolution of their gaze, this time with added psych rock elements (think MBV meets Pink Floyd), and complemented by artwork created by The Seven Fields of Aphelion (of Black Moth Super Rainbow & Tobacco). Cep’s heavy effects-driven guitars are accented by LA based drummer, Tammy Hirata’s minimalist approach, along with Field’s dreamy vocals and drony bass lines. Following their debut album We Are The Dreamers in 2013,their sound was described in Spin Magazine as the “reverb-washed slo-mo assault of Slowdive with the sparkling ambience of Air channeled into a lush, guitar-swollen whole.  Psych-fuzz epic.” PopMatters says, “The Stargazer Lilies possess a truly widescreen, cinematic sound with crescendos that build cascading waves of sound enveloping your whole body.  The music is a bit darker than standard dream pop fare, but that only makes it that much more mesmerizing.”  Brad Laner of Medicine describes them like this: “This is what your so-called shoegaze is supposed to sound like. Incredible melodies and singing plus great guitar work.”

RIYL: My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, A Place to Bury Strangers, Medicine, Lush, Chapterhouse, Ringo Deathstarr, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Soundpool

Start With: 6, 3, 4                                                    FCC CLEAN




6/02 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court w/ No Sun
6/05 – Portland, OR @ Rontoms w/ Cat Hoch
6/07 – Seattle, WA @ LOFI w/ TokyoIdaho
6/11 – San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern w/ Cruel Summer + Panda Riot
6/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo w/ Pale Dian + Tennis System
7/01 – Milwaukee, WI @ Quarters Rock & Roll Palace *
7/02 – Champaign, IL @ Institute for Creativity *
7/03 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle * w/ New Canyons + Pale Dian
7/05 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern w/ Pale Dian + Ex Astronauts
7/06 – Wilkes Barre, PA @ The Otherside w/ Pale Dian + The Morelings
7/07 – Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium w/ Pale Dian + Parrot Dream
7/09 – Providence, RI @ News Cafe *
7/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Bourbon & Branch *
7/14 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter *
7/15 – Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor *
7/16 – Atlanta, GA @ 529 w/ Pale Dian + Twin Studies
7/19 – New Orleans, LA @ Siberian *
7/22 – Austin TX @ Empire Control Room w/ Ringo Deathstarr + Pale Dian
7/23 – San Antonio, TX @ K23 Gallery * !
7/31 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall w/ BEST COAST
8/1 – Portsmouth, NH @ 35 Artspace w/ BEST COAST
8/2 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall w/ BEST COAST
8/15 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls w/ BEST COAST
* w/ Pale Dian
* ! w/ Pale Dian & Ringo Deathstarr

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CASKET GIRLS – THE NIGHT MACHINES is at Top 200 Radio Now!!!!!

OMG. I can’t believe I got this lucky, to be able to work this record. I’m serious, this one is a BIG BIG DEAL. Not to mention that it marks the beginning of the Band Mom’s working relationship with the longtime dear pals of GRAVEFACE RECORDS!!!

You may remember CASKET GIRLS from their truly fantastic 2014 album, True Love Kills the Fairy Tale (peaked at #55 back then, not worked by me but really really loved by me). They’re back with a new album and it’s just as good! Witchy dark weird stuff built on girl-group pop song structure bones, made by these two reclusive Savannah sisters (and Ryan Graveface) who wear costumes while performing (like matching outfits and blonde wigs, it’s really great and weird). Their live show really is a spectacle to see. Especially because they’re playing their music which is SO GOOD! This album also features drums by TW Walsh (who you might know from Pedro the Lion, Headphones, or the Soft Drugs), and some additional instruments were also played by Bobb Bruno (of Best Coast), in case that pedigree wasn’t enough for you. Stop reading this and go listen already, this album does not need my hard sell, this is seriously one of the best & most exciting things I’ve ever worked—as is evidenced by it having one of the Band Mom’s best add weeks ever last week, clocking in at #5 Most Added!!! SWEET, good job you guys!! This is gonna go so great.




Graveface Records & Curiosities

Casket Girls leave the safety of their blackout curtain lair to roam an apocalyptic world, questioning the essence of humanity, where the dreamers, prophets and vampires of the old world work together to forge a new path. The concept is Singularity. Welcome to The Night Machines.

Casket Girls are the virtually reclusive Savannah sisters, Phaedra and Elsa Greene, and Ryan Graveface (Graveface Records, Dreamend, etc). The group’s bond has continuously strengthened over the course of their four releases, culminating in The Night Machines, their third full length LP and strongest effort to date. They wrote, recorded and mixed the record in Savannah and Athens, GA with local hero Andy LeMaster. Drum duties were taken on by fellow Graveface Records artist T.W. Walsh, and additional instruments were played by Bobb Bruno (of Best Coast).

Casket Girls have gained momentum and a substantial cult following due to the unflagging catchiness of their songwriting and the compelling development of their polarizing live show, the likes of which prompted one reviewer to write “Casket Girls are more than just a band; they’re a living art piece. Their descent into the crowd at the end of the show for hugs that culminated in a shared embrace between the sisters was grand. In this final moment, Seeba’s earlier declaration rang true. We were The Casket Girls, they were The Casket Girls.”

RIYL: Youth Lagoon, Purity Ring, Grimes, Dum Dum Girls, Xiu Xiu, Robyn, The Shangri-Las

Start With: 3, 9, 5, 7, 1                                                    FCC: 2



w/ Casket Girls & Stardeath and White Dwarfs

06.08 – Savannah, GA @ Dollhouse +
06.09 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn +
06.10 – Raleigh, NC @ Slim’s +
06.11 – Washington DC @ Songbyrd +
06.12 – New York City, NY @ Mercury Lounge + %
06.13 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott + %
06.14 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Boot & Saddle +
06.15 – Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe +
06.16 – Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub ^
06.17 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean ^ $
06.18 – St Paul, MN @ Turf Club ^
06.21 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza *
06.22 – Portland, OR @ White Eagle *
06.24 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge *
06.25 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Crepe Place *
06.26 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater *
06.27 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
06.29 – Austin, TX @ The Sidewinder +
06.30 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links +
07.01 – Norman, OK @ The Opolis +

+ w/ Hospital Ships     % w/ TW Walsh
^ w/ Dott     * w/ Night School      $ w/ Maritime

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SEAONS – APRILIS is at Top 200 Radio Now!!!

This is a real interesting one. Check out the cool post-apocalyptos in SEAONS (that’s not a typo, it’s not Seasons, and the album title is APRILIS, not Aprils): a Southern Oregon band telling an epic story with their music. It’s about the survival of humanity in a post-apocalyptic future. High-energy but thoughtful music that reminds me a lot of Anathallo or The Dear Hunter, or one station has already compared it to Imagine Dragons (s/o Mandi @ KCWU!!).

PRONUNCIATION KEY: see-ons (rhymes with “peons”) – uh-PRIL-iss (rhymes with “uh kill us”).




King Monty Records

Our cycle of life has a pattern of destruction and restoration. The fibers of the universe suggest that all existence is prone to end at a certain point. One day, our thriving world will come to an end, its spinning axis will slow to a halt, and begin to deteriorate from the inside out. This will likely be the beginning of the end of our entire solar system.

There is a chance that humanity will witness the destruction of Earth and perhaps there is a small chance that a few survive to see the very last days of its well being, before being blasted into the cosmos. Humans are fortuitous creatures, having the ability to fill themselves with hope and faith; they can often appear immortal in the most detrimental and dooming situations. Sometimes, they can even foresee events before they occur.

These may be incredible traits, but humans are also cursed with an equal arsenal of dark powers. They are capable of terrible things: war, terror, fear, and all other actions of destruction. Humans are gifted with the power to choose paths of good or evil. Unfortunately, they are drawn to the power of the evil paths all too often.

When the inevitable destruction of Earth begins, the majority of life will be wiped out. Leaving only a handful of survivors. Through natural selection, a final leg of humanity will struggle to survive and continue to challenge the hardships of a post-apocalyptic world. This new state of the world is known as Aprilis. In the language of Latin Aprilis means April.

April is known as  a time to plant seeds, and to bring new life into the world. Another Latin translation of Aprilis is “new beginnings”. This newly destroyed world is not only labeled “Aprilis” by the survivors to encourage a hopeful life in a desolate world, but also because the destruction of earth literally occurs in the month of April.

Our reality requires energy to create and sustain, and in this case, the energy of the last leg of the human race carries the seed to new life. A handful of humans hold on to the light of hope as they fearlessly face their demise. The energy of that light is consumed by the world as the life is taken. This expresses why choosing the path of life up to the very end has such a huge impact on the fibers of existence. Over time, the energy consumed by Aprilis fuels the seed for new life, and ultimately, a new reality. Life will always be recycled. This is the story of Aprilis.

SEAONS is Sean Sider (lead vocals), Micah McCaw (guitar solos and riffs of epic proportions), and Grayson Phelps (bassist, exhilarating stage presence), and Andrew John Lee (drums). APRILIS is the Southern Oregon band’s sophomore release.

PRONUNCIATION KEY: see-ons (rhymes with “peons”) – uh-PRIL-iss (rhymes with “uh kill us”)

RIYL: Anathallo, Mutemath, The Dear Hunter, Muse, Annuals, The Most Serene Republic, Led Zeppelin

Start With: 3, 5, 8                                                 FCC CLEAN (8 says “damn”)


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MELAENA CADIZ – SUNFAIR is at Top 200 Radio Now!!!

My newest album is completely wonderful. Longtime Band Mom supporters will know MELAENA CADIZ (pronunciation key: muh-LAY-nuh cuh-DEEZ) well by now, from her albums Deep Below Heaven that I worked in 2014 as well as Rattle the Windows from 2010 (which hit NUMBER ONE on Earshot’s Folk/Roots/Blues chart as well as climbing to #99 on the Top 200!). But if this new album is an introduction to you, that’s great, it’s a perfect place to start! It’s so lovely, along the lines of a Marisa Nadler or Bill Callahan. Also RIYL my Band Mom artist Matt Bauer, because they’ve got similar sensibilities and also they’re good pals, in fact so good that he directed her new video for Track 1, the “stoned fairytale” “At the Symphony” (watch it in this nice premiere by the Fader)! NPR Music included her in their preview of the most exciting SXSW artists, The Austin 100, and Stereogum premiered a full-album stream along with a glowing review that called the sound “stripped, raw, sparse, and beautifully barren.” I had significantly less hard copies of this one than I generally like to work with (although you were more likely to get one if you were a past supporter of her records and have communicated a strong preference for physical—loyalty, consistency and communication don’t go unrewarded!!) – so make sure you do download this thing, it’s worth it!!




Misra Records

“It’s hard to make a clean escape,” Melaena Cadiz admits early on in her new album, Sunfair. But it’s been on her mind nonetheless. The songwriter, long based out of New York City, made a break for the West Coast in 2015, and on Sunfair she’s managed a breakthrough as well. Cadiz has honed her technique and stripped away any excess, leaving her haunting vocals and evocative storytelling unadorned, but also unencumbered.

A writing retreat in Joshua Tree earlier in the year, where she wrote the bulk of these songs, was a turning point for Cadiz. The artist, whose voice and prose are at once earthy and ethereal, wistfully recalls the sound of crows flying by. “It was so quiet you could hear the wing flaps,” she says.  “There weren’t a lot of outside distractions so I found myself looking inward, taking inventory of my thoughts and reflecting on the last few years.” The result is a spacious and rhythmic solo album, driven largely by her steel-string guitar playing and swirling vocals. The songs have a brushy, hazy quality to them evocative of the vast open space and brittleness of the desert.

Like the best confessional stories, these nine tracks are deeply personal, but have a universal ring that speaks directly to the listener. threaded together by a desire to “get back to the heart of things”, songs share an inkling that life could be something different. From the opening track that playfully describes getting stoned and falling asleep at the symphony, to returning home and realizing how tethered we are to where we come from (“Goes Without Saying”) to making a break for it, “a blue tidal wave careened over our heads and you said, I’m afraid but I’m glad” (“Last Night in My Dream”); there’s the shadow of escape in its many guises, the struggle to make a break and the looming truth that wherever you go, there you are.

Sunfair is named for the dirt road that led up to the mesa where Cadiz stayed in Joshua Tree. There’s a playfulness and rawness to these tracks that seems accidental, like we’ve caught the singer off guard, singing to herself on the front porch. But the album’s landscape is skillfully crafted. It’s rich and warm and dreamy and an enchanting place to get lost in.

RIYL: Dana Falconberry, Marisa Nadler, Bill Callahan, Jason Molina, Matt Bauer, Jessica Pratt, Emmylou Harris, Joanna Newsom

Start With: 2, 3, 7, 1                                                FCC CLEAN



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TUFT – LOOK LOOK is at Top 200 Radio now!!!

I’ve been sitting on this TUFT album for quite a while now, and I’m SO excited it’s finally getting out into the world. Honestly it was one of the best albums I heard in 2015, but I couldn’t tell you that back then because it didn’t come out in 2015!! I can’t wait to hear about how much you love it, now, finally. (BTW, that’s spelled in all caps, not just because that’s how I do it in these posts—their name is TUFT)! KCRW is already on board, in case you’re waiting for somebody else to tell you how great this is! There’s a chance you may have heard of this band before, especially if you’re from around LA/the West Coast/been hanging out with me, back when they were called Hi Ho Silver Oh. Or maybe you even recognize a couple of their/their members’ videos from FunnyOrDie, both music videos and comedy ones, like this one featuring a couple band members with DERRICK Comedy (yep, Donald Glover’s group—in fact it was through DERRICK member/Thomas Jefferson impersonator/author/wonderful human DC Pierson that I first met these guys; longtime Band Mom followers might remember HHSO’s song on this mixtape I worked for DC back in 2010!!). Anyway all that stuff’s great and should give you some context, but that’s old stuff, there’s all new stuff to marvel at now!! They’re also out on tour for a bit now (dates below), so check to see if they’re coming to your town, I’d love to hook you up with tix/interviews/etc! We’re a week in to this one and most stations I’m in touch with should have gotten a hard copy, so no more excuses about not getting around to it—this record is seriously a super special one and it deserves to be heard by EVERYONE!!





The most unexpected thing happened when Casey Trela packed up his car in North Carolina heading west for Los Angeles. He turned on the radio and heard himself. It was not music he had written or recorded, yet still he knew it to be his own. He heard his voice and the hum of his guitar and recognized them as immediately as he would his own reflection. He changed the station only to find another mysterious song of his own creation. Song after song poured from the speakers; song after song his own.

When Casey grew tired of his own thoughts he picked up a mustachioed hitchhiker, Kevin Manwarren, headed for Oklahoma. The radio remained audible though Casey would not let on the secret of the music’s origin. Instead, after many miles of silence, Kevin spoke up. He said, “You’ll think me mad – I think me mad – but I swear that is me playing bass. In this song. In all these songs. I don’t know how, but it is me.” Of course, Casey did not think him mad. “I am just as certain it is you.” Oklahoma came and went, Kevin stayed with Casey.

At a truck stop in the middle of who-knows-where they met Roxy Radulescu, and immediately knew she was destined to join them. She was less certain, at least at first. But upon hearing a single verse emanate from Casey’s automobile she plucked her personal belongings from the cab and abandoned the 18-wheel big rig she rode in on, joining them on their fateful journey.

The deejay called them TUFT, and so they were, ever more.

Introducing TUFT, the music.

RIYL: Dr. Dog, Islands, Pomegranates, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, David Bazan, Megafaun, Hi Ho Silver Oh

Start With: 2, 4, 6, 7, 3                                                       FCC: 1



3/4 – Chicago, IL—Subterranean (Downstairs)
3/5 – Canton, OH—Deli Ohio
3/6 – New York, NY—Sofar Sounds
3/7 – New York, NY—Rockwood Music Hall Stage 1
3/8 – Chapel Hill, NC—Local 506
3/10 – Nashville, TN—Sofar Sounds
3/10 – Nashville, TN—The East Room
3/12 – Birmingham, AL—Eclipse Coffee & Books
3/14 – Shreveport, LA—Bears on Fairfield
3/16 – Austin, TX (SXSW) – Carousel Lounge
3/19 – Austin, TX (SXSW) – in.gredients in.session
3/20 – Austin, TX (SXSW) – Tofu BBQ Party
3/22 – Albuquerque, NM—Mountain Dojo
3/24 thru 2/37 – Boise, ID—Treefort Music Fest
3/28 – Moscow, ID—Mikey’s Gyros*
3/30 – Seattle, WA—The Central Saloon*
4/1 – Portland, OR—The White Eagle*
4/3 – Reno, NV—The Holland Project*
4/4 – San Francisco, CA—El Rio*
4/5 – Santa Cruz, CA—Church House*
4/6 – San Diego, CA—Soda Bar*
4/7 – Los Angeles, CA—The Hi Hat*
4/8 – Long Beach, CA—Que Sera*
* = w/ Holiday Friends

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PHOTO OPS – VACATION is at Top 200 Radio Now!!!

This band is so great, and radio already knows it. PHOTO OPS play dreamy, gauzy, Americana-inflected indie pop from Nashville, along the lines of Real Estate or Local Natives or my (2012) Band Mom band Good Field. This record comes via Bad Friend Records, which is run by my good buddies from another beloved Band Mom band, Tereu Tereu. Check out this awesome Paste premiere of “Memories that Glow” (track 5)! That’s a really good one but by far not the only relevant single on this album—honestly this record was a hard one to pin down start-with tracks for (which is why I listed five of them on the sticker!); every track is single-quality and radio-ready! Like “Maybe We’ll Change” and “I’d Be Dead” (tracks 6 and 3), which have each ALREADY racked up over 100,000 plays on Spotify!!! Whaaaat. Get on board with this band now so you can pull the I-knew-them-when brag later.




Bad Friend Records

Following the victory and tragedy of 2013’s How To Say Goodbye, Photo Ops returns with their sophomore offering, Vacation, out 2/5 via Bad Friend Records. Masterminded by Nashville’s Terry Price, the dream pop project brings life to the deepest questions and concerns with infectious melodies and lush, often-unexpected textures. At once remarkably accessible and deeply poignant, Price effortlessly weaves hooks and harmonies that force the listener to both sing and think along.

The past half-decade or so has forced Price face-to-face with some of the darkest issues imaginable. His father was diagnosed with schizo-affective disorder, cursed by the symptoms of manic depression and schizophrenia throughout his life. He died in 2011 of a heart attack at age 55. Meanwhile, Price himself woke one morning with one side of his face completely paralyzed and was diagnosed with Bell’s palsy. He eventually recovered movement and his prognosis is positive. Still, the overall trauma combined to inform and inspire his debut work, asking universal questions we all desire the answers to, woven with driving, mesmerizing melodies.

As he returns on Vacation, Price creates soundscapes he hopes to be just that: a departure from daily life and chaos, shimmering with details immediate rather than obscure. Pondering how much thought to dedicate to the past, present and future, he paints mountain and ocean views in a dream pop via alt-country palette. “I’d Be Dead” features classical acoustic guitar and a mesmerizing melody, while “Memories That Glow” holds a bouncing piano hook begging to break free from the past. Meanwhile, “You And Me Driving Cross Country” captures perfectly a moment in time, with Price using his voice as in instrument, layering and harmonizing it with sighing strings.

A Nashville native for the past 15 years, Price was formerly a member of Oblio, who toured extensively for years. As he continues to come into his own with Photo Ops, he has shifted, with a production assist by Patrick Damphier (Mynabirds), from the creation of a live experience to the composition of a pristine and honest record, with songs that both get stuck in your head and bring you to face some of life’s toughest questions. Vacation is a human album that communicates pain but feels like understanding.

RIYL: Real Estate, Local Natives, Beach House, Girls, Beach Fossils, Wild Nothing, The Walkmen, Vampire Weekend, Surfer Blood, Good Field

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My first add for 2016 is a really good one: ANIMALS OF GRACE! I had a few less hard copies than would have been ideal for this one, so it’s possible you may need to grab it as a download. Don’t be afraid! This record rules. It fits into the general category of “folk” but is a real weird one within that genre—mainly, although not exclusively, because the lyrics to this album aren’t written by the band. They’re written by a (feminist, queer, awesome) poet from about a hundred years ago named Edna St. Vincent Millay! The band manages to extract her words and extrapolate them into something musical that feels really exciting and fresh with just a little bit of a classic old-timey veneer. This record is so lovely and unique, and really deserves a close listen to truly notice that uniqueness. You should really give it a listen, like right away.




Rolling Crone Records

Animals of Grace is an alt-folk duo based in Seattle led by innovative 12-string guitar player and classically trained vocalist Erika Lundahl. Together with percussionist Doug Indrick, Animals of Grace craft a musical experience that readily shifts from driving exhilaration to sublime and emotional. The duo formed in upstate New York in 2012. Drawn to the tall trees and rugged wilderness of Puget Sound, the duo moved to the Pacific Northwest in late 2013 and released their debut EP “Make Me Kind” in 2014.

Songs of Shattering is their first full-length album. A concept album in the vein of Jason Webley’s Margaret, the album is a conversation with the poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay, an early 20th century lyrical poet. Edna was an ardent feminist, a social activist, and an openly queer woman whose tender, lyrical poems wrangled with the tensions of wilderness and rampant industrialization, and about what it means to be a feminist in a complicated world.

Using innovative tapping, rich harmonies and driving cajon, Animals of Grace renews Edna’s poetry to have a dialogue with the past. Edna’s universal stories of life, her passion for natural landscapes, and her critiques of culture are brought to life with a very modern and completely unique sound.

RIYL: Joanna Newsom, Girls in Trouble, Laura Marling, Jason Webley, Anaïs Mitchell

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My Top Stuff of 2015

WELL. i’m making no pretense that anybody in the world could care about my thoughts about 2015 at this point, but i’ve been working on them anyway, just for myself, for posterity, to refer back to later, to remember and look back on the year in a digestible way. i do end up using these at unpredictable future points, like showing an artist years later that their last record was among my favorites of that year, or pointing out to some dude i met that i liked the movie he’s trying to tell me about long before he “introduced” me to it, or in giving an overview of my taste to future entertainment-biz employers, so i’m gonna keep doing that on the faith that something like that might happen again. so here this is!! i genuinely am just doing it for myself, because i like to have the record gathered together in one place, but if for some reason you see this and want to argue about 2015, well, i’m up for that too.

2015 was a really good one for me! i started to get pretty dug in to my main work/life activities in Seattle (in a really good way): aside from having pretty uniquivocally the best year yet in Band Mom history, i continued working as a show manager at the Vera Project, and also began working the door at my cool neighborhood venue, Columbia City Theater. (i can WALK to work for my first time ever!!!) i worked for my second year in the box office for the Seattle International Film Festival, which i really really loved. (i also did a day’s work as a PA on a corporate commercial shoot in Bellevue which was really fun.) in March i traveled yet again to Austin (and San Antonio) for my 9th SXSW in a row, then in October hustled back to NYC for my 10th straight CMJ: my first one ever where i got to host an official Band Mom CMJ showcase!! i also had the honor of acting as a guest speaker (as part of the “Music Industry One-On-Ones”) at an inaugural CMJ “College Day on Tour” event at Holocene in Portland. on top of all that, i got to participate (thanks to the Vera Project) in the Seattle festivals Bumbershoot (Sept) and Capitol Hill Block Party (July), and Sasquatch at the Gorge in May. AND i made trips to Anacortes for my 30th birthday, to Vashon Island and Kent/Bonney Lake to visit WA friends and family, and Ohio and Los Angeles in December for the holidays. i hosted or hung with friends visiting from all over the world, including from NYC, LA, British Columbia, Australia and New Zealand. PRETTY COOL YEAR ALL AROUND!

you’ll see my festival and venue work again reflected pretty heavily when we get down to my Top Shows lists, much as they were in my Top Stuff of 20142013, 2012 and 2011 (i didn’t have such jobs in 2010 and 2009, but the venues i’d later work at were reflected pretty heavily in those lists as well). i’m maintaining the rule that Band Mom Bands are ineligible for the Top Albums list because i couldn’t possibly rank them against each other, but that i can’t rule out shows where i worked the door or box office or show managed or was otherwise professionally involved in for my Top Shows lists, because then there would be almost no shows to consider.

as always, i never claim stuff on this list is the ‘best’ of the year. art is impossible to grade on an objective scale, and it’s insulting and ugly to posture as though one could do so. these are just my favorites:


my top 60 albums of 2015:

  1. sufjan stevens – carrie and lowell                                                                                                    suf-candl
  2. father john misty – i love you, honeybear
  3. hop along – painted shut
  4. low – ones and sixes
  5. courtney barnett – sometimes i sit and think, and sometimes i just sit
  6. sleater-kinney – no cities to love
  7. eskimeaux – o.k.
  8. little wings – explains
  9. dilly dally – sore
  10. the mountain goats – beat the champ
  11. mal blum – you look a lot like me
  12. ezra furman – perpetual motion people
  13. colleen green – i want to grow up
  14. mitski – bury me at makeout creek
  15. mount eerie – sauna
  16. beach slang – the things we do to find people who feel like us
  17. craig finn – faith in the future
  18. mac mccaughan – non-believers
  19. levoneh [aka osito] – what on earth
  20. heems – eat pray thug
  21. chastity belt – time to go home
  22. waxhatchee – ivy tripp
  23. pomegranates – healing power
  24. mates of state – you’re going to make it
  25. rocky votolato – hospital handshakes
  26. your heart breaks – america
  27. say hi – bleeders digest
  28. unlikely friends – solid gold cowboys
  29. joanna gruesome – peanut butter
  30. bully – feels like
  31. bad bad hats – psychic reader
  32. ought – sun coming down
  33. anna gordon – tuck your bones in
  34. el vy – return to the moon
  35. aqueduct – wild knights
  36. ibeyi – ibeyi
  37. jose gonzalez – vestiges & claws
  38. julien baker – sprained ankle
  39. oscar – beautiful words ep
  40. hot chip – why make sense?
  41. dick diver-melbourne florida
  42. elvis depressedly – new alhambra
  43. rhett miller – the traveler
  44. natalie prass – natalie prass
  45. the wonder years – no closer to heaven
  46. girlpool – girlpool
  47. car seat headrest – teens of style
  48. death cab for cutie – kintsugi
  49. titus andronicus – the most lamentable tragedy
  50. frog eyes – pickpocket’s locket
  51. jr jr – jr jr
  52. the decemberists – what a terrible world, what a beautiful world
  53. stelth ulvang – and, as always; the infinite cosmos
  54. son lux – bones
  55. third eye blind – dopamine
  56. belle and sebastian – girls in peacetime want to dance
  57. joanna newsom – divers
  58. unknown mortal orchestra – multi-love
  59. mew – + – [plus minus]
  60. beirut – no no no

the top 20 especially this year are albums i care a LOT about, like they’re particularly important to me. you’ll notice that this is a significantly longer list (and i’m expressing stronger feelings about it) than in 2014. this is a very nice thing. the amount of music i’m open to taking in at any given time is pretty directly tied to my emotional state, like you could make a pretty clear direct-relationship graph out of it, maybe one of the most obvious external barometers i give off of how i’ve been feeling. much longer music list than the recent past = much better year for me, emotionally. now you know. another factor is that i bought a car late in the year, my first for about a decade, and i was thus listening to full albums via my car’s cd player much more often than i have for quite a long time.

while i see my films list below as pretty definitive (with the couple of named possible exceptions and MAYBE like one or two wildcards that came out in 2015 but didn’t cross my radar), i see this music list as much less so. even so far past the end of the year, i still know there’s so much more music that was released in 2015 that never crossed my ears but that may end up being my favorite stuff in the future. so like, in ten years i bet i’ll probably largely stand by my top films list here, but my top music released in 2015 may look completely different (i’m talking additions, not deletions – the fact that this list of albums had a real impact on me can’t and won’t change retroactively). in fact i’ve got a list of about 40 more albums i just haven’t spent enough time with to include but i bet would be very likely to in a hypothetical distant-future accounting of this year. some of them are embarrassing, like bjork and beach house and panda bear and deerhoof – i love those bands, how could i have slept on those releases? WHO KNOWS

as mentioned and as always, Band Mom artists are ineligible for this list because I wouldn’t even begin to know how to rank them: this means you, kingsborough, san juan, ex’s with benefits, pocket panda, fred thomas, led to sea, anthonie tonnon, sara curtin, advance base, girls in trouble, eliza rickman, lonesome leash, matt bauer, jonas carping, and the effort award. that’s artists from California, Seattle, Michigan, DC, Chicago, Portland OR, New Zealand, and Sweden and beyond (and releases by Orindal, Misra, Polyvinyl and more – some of my very favorite, bucket-list-level record labels!! can’t believe I got to work with those!!!). you all put out FANTASTIC albums that are tied for number one in my heart, and I love you the most.


top 20 shows (concerts):

  1. sufjan stevens w/helado negro @ the paramount (seattle, june)                             
  2. sasquatch highlights: ryan adams, father john misty, sleater-kinney, courtney barnett, hot chip, st. vincent, new pornographers, jenny lewis, ex hex, gogol bordello, angel olsen, smokey brights, modest mouse, decemberists, spoon, dan mangan + blacksmith, sharon van etten, run the jewels (the gorge, may)
  3. low w/andy shauf @ the crocodile (seattle, november)
  4. polaris w/scarves @ the crocodile (seattle, april)
  5. stars w/leisure cruise @ the neptune (seattle, march)
  6. mxpx w/five iron frenzy & success @ the showbox (seattle, march)
  7. the both (feat. john roderick on “voices carry”) @ the crocodile (seattle, july)
  8. third eye blind w/dashboard confessional & ex-cops @ marymoor park (near seattle, july)
  9. the long winters/john roderick for city council campaign event @ the triple door (seattle, july)
  10. father john misty for a kexp intimate solo acousting show/interview @ columbia city theater (seattle, july)
  11. sxsw highlights: the zombies, fred thomas, mal blum, courtesy tier, alvvays, dott, dreamend, night school, the church, twilight sad, mew, fort lean, angel olsen, downtown boys, mitski, elijah wood dj set (with zach cowie, as ‘wooden wisdom’) (austin, march)
  12. cmj highlights: dilly dally, shannon and the clams, frankie cosmos, oscar, the album leaf, S, nai harvest, baeb rxxth (not to mention my aforementioned first-ever official Band Mom showcase!) (new york, october)
  13. creed bratton @ the sunset (seattle, october)
  14. luna @ bowery ballroom (new york, october)
  15. wilco for a kexp intimate solo acousting show/interview @ columbia city theater (seattle, august)
  16. dilly dally @ the sunset (seattle, october)
  17. bumbershoot highlights: neko case (w eric bachmann on guitar/keys), brand new, social distortion, lisa prank (seattle, september)
  18. capitol hill block party highlights: the julie ruin, father john misty, tv on the radio, ratatat, deep creep (seattle, july)
  19. okkervil river (will sheff solo playing black sheep boy & appendix) @ columbia city theater (seattle, december)
  20. oh! pears in twin peaks costumes @ the rendezvous (seattle, halloween)

this was a big nostalgia year, catching so many bands i loved ten years ago (some for the very first time)…i guess that’s what aging’s like, maybe no coincidence that this is the year I turned 30. many of them made this list, but it was so packed a few didn’t: like the ataris at el corazon, kevin devine at the vera project, death cab for cutie at deck the hall ball…this list was initially 35 shows long so i also cut out a lot of experiences i look back on very fondly, with friends’ bands, new fav bands, shows i worked, etc but just needed to get on with things so this doesn’t keep going for a million years (more). don’t be offended if your show that I was at didn’t make this list, it was still great!

it was also a big year for me and the New Pornographers: in addition to seeing the full band at Sasquatch, I was lucky enough to catch Kathryn Calder, Destroyer, and Neko Case each separately as well! ALL for the first time I think, like before 2015 I don’t think I’d seen any New Pornos (maybe Carl at a mostly-comedy show in Brooklyn once?) and now i’ve seen almost all of them, separately and together! (whoa)


my 10 favorite comedy/podcast/spoken word shows I saw (in chronological order):

-aparna nancherla and ron funches @ sasquatch 5.24

-jen kirkman @ vera project 6.25

-sharpling & wurster (with ben gibbard) @ neumos 8.27

-neil hamburger and hari kondabolu @ bumbershoot 9.5&6

-risk! (hosted by kevin allison) @ vera project 9.24&5

-alicia jo rabins poetry reading @ hugo house 9.29

-sparks nevada live @ littlefield 10.9, and then thrilling adventure hour @ bell house 10.10

-judge john hodgman with mark gagliardi and hal lublin @ le poisson rouge 10.11

-ask me another (hosted by ophira eisenberg and jonathan coulton) with bruce campbell & lucy lawless @ bell house 10.12; then also (hosted by ophira eisenberg and cecil baldwin) with peter sarsgaard @ bell house 10.19

-whiplash with james adomian and anthony atamanuik doing trump vs bernie @ ucb chelsea 10.12


top 50 movies:

  1. inside out                                                                                                                                                  inside-out-emotions
  2. what we do in the shadows
  3. love & mercy
  4. room
  5. clouds of sils maria
  6. people places things
  7. anomalisa
  8. me him her
  9. white god
  10. about elly
  11. tig
  12. magic mike xxl
  13. it follows
  14. he named me malala
  15. embrace of the serpent
  16. the look of silence
  17. dope
  18. the revenant
  19. spotlight
  20. the end of the tour
  21. merchants of doubt
  22. call me lucky
  23. cartel land
  24. racing extinction
  25. welcome to me
  26. me and earl and the dying girl
  27. do i sound gay?
  28. mistress america
  29. the hunting ground
  30. mustang
  31. winter on fire: ukraine’s fight for freedom
  32. coming home
  33. queen of earth
  34. ex machina
  35. nasty baby
  36. where to invade next
  37. deathgasm
  38. isabella rossellini’s green porno live!
  39. the danish girl
  40. 45 years
  41. night owls
  42. son of saul
  43. joy
  44. manson family vacation
  45. american ultra
  46. youth
  47. mad max: fury road
  48. theeb
  49. the hateful eight
  50. digging for fire

honorable mentions (roughly in order; this whole list was initially a numbered top 160 until I considered how ridiculous that is. but FYI I feel EXTRA strongly this time about the top 10 of the above list, but strongly enough about all of these to mention ‘em. I did see 85 other 2015 movies that didn’t make any list at all!):

goodnight mommy; the stanford prison experiment; entertainment; 4th man out, the overnight; the martian; the wolfpack; amy; phoenix; the big short; carol; going clear: scientology and the prison of belief; 7 chinese brothers; the invisible boy; don’t think i’ve forgotten: cambodia’s lost rock and roll; shaun the sheep; trumbo; tangerine; southpaw; jurassic world; crimson peak; experimenter; cub; turbo kid; the russian woodperker; hurricane of fun: the making of wet hot; brooklyn; bridge of spies; spring; steve jobs; cooties; ant-man; sleeping with other people; creed; manglehorn; love, theft, and other entanglements; jimmy’s hall; adult beginners; victoria; spy; project almanac; chappie; while we’re young; partisan; kurt cobain: montage of heck; boy & the world; shrew’s nest; romeo is bleeding; bloodsucking bastards; partners in crime; kingsman: the secret service; hits; tab hunter confidential; next time i’ll aim for the heart; results; when marnie was there; the man from u.n.c.l.e.; avengers: age of ultron; mommy; the good dinosaur; sisters; accused/lucia de b.; the young and prodigious ts spivet; all things must pass; slow learners; chuck norris vs communism; love [gaspar noe]; danny collins; mardan; woman in gold; i’ll see you in my dreams; iris; cop car; jenny’s wedding; 99 homes; star wars: the force awakens; straight outta compton; sicario; the diary of a teenage girl; slow west; home; the gift; guidance; dior and i; a second chance; a war [krigen]; miss you already; goosebumps; paper towns; best of enemies; strangerland; beasts of no nation; what happened, miss simone?; get hard; true story; jupiter ascending; macbeth; lost river; the nightmare; trainwreck; mission: impossible: rogue nation; unfinished business; the assassin; the intern; the lazarus effect; tomorrowland; ned rifle; truth; vacation; pan.

top NEW actors of the year (as in i’d never heard their names before/hadn’t noticed them in anything as actors and now they seem like a big deal to me, were each in several things i loved or at least were really impressive in one thing): jacob tremblay (room), john cena and lebron james (trainwreck)

standout actors of the year (who were not new to me, but were in a bunch of stuff i loved and seemed to have a really big year): jemaine clement (what we do in the shadows, people places things), jason schwartzman (7 chinese brothers, the overnight), donald glover (kept popping up unexpectedly in surprise small roles: magic mike xxl, lazarus effect, the martian, contributed to some songs in creed), tye sheridan (dark places, the stanford prison experiment, scouts guide to the zombie apocalypse, entertainment)

i usually only do those for actors, but this year i wanna make a special note about a particularly impressive filmmaker: max landis wrote american ultra AND wrote & directed me him her – both of which i loved, how’d ya do it all max!! (i also got to meet him at SIFF and he was so fun and nice!)

also as an aside, a few years ago I made up a ‘best sound design‘ category because I felt so strongly about black swan’s and then we need to talk about kevin’s and then upstream color’s and then the babadook’s, and was mad that they were slighted in oscar nominations, and this year I feel the same way about the sound in THE REVENANT (a lot was made of its natural-light cinematography but there were some really masterful touches in the sound as well!)

oh and I created a bunch more superlatives/notes of interest which tend to vary by the year, like this time i wanna talk about best cover song on a soundtrack: i was really impressed by lili rose mckay’s cover of the mountain goats’ “love love love” in welcome to me, as well as the polyphonic spree playing nirvana (on camera, not just extradiegetic soundtrack) in the big short.

how about, best score: i had strong feelings about disaster peace’s work in it follows, atticus ross’s work in love & mercy, and daniel lopatin’s work in partisan.

and the oddest coincidence i’d like to note: the young and prodigious ts spivet has a shot where the sister has 8 of herself sitting around a conference table in her mind – just like inside out. (they came out so close to the same time it’s really not possible one copied the other. just parallel thinking i guess!)

some stats notes on movies: in 2015 i saw 307 different movies. (148 of them were 2015-released movies.) exactly 98 of them were in theaters, and to date i’ve seen 245 movies that came out in 2015 (that’s by far the most i’ve ever taken in for one year! but i’m also publishing this like hilariously, unreasonably, late. i’ll never have this complete of an accounting of a year again, i’m sure, because i’ll never take THIS much extra time to think about that year. this includes several that i watched after the year ended, so they’ll be among the total i report having watched in 2016, but they’re also part of the group of 2015 movies i’m counting as eligible for this best-of list because i watched them before publishing this list, today).

as for movies with questionable release dates, the rule i made up is basically that if i saw it in like a festival or limited-engagement special event in 2015, even if it didn’t get even limited national release otherwise, it counts for my list, but if i did not see it in a festival before 2015 and its first limited release (a usa release that’s not a specific festival, even if it showed in fests pre-2015) was this year, then it counts. in other words it’s pretty subjective to my perspective, but it had to have its (limited or wide) release begin in 2015 OR be seen by me in a festival or special event (i saw movies at SXSW, SIFF and a few assorted micro fests and special screenings, and in theaters and homes in New York, Seattle, Ohio, and Austin) in 2015.

also of note, i saw 11 2015 movies in 3d, as well as 4 in IMAX (3 of those overlapped, IMAX 3d), and one in 70mm (the hateful eight). i continue to think 3d is a stupid cash grab that almost never adds to the film, but I suffer from pretty severe fear of missing out so i keep allowing myself to get suckered in. this year the only ones i’d really make a case for 3d being worth it were mad max: fury road, jurassic world, jupiter ascending, and the marvel movies (if nothing else, it enhances how fun it is to see ’em fly all around).

i saw only one movie twice in theaters this year: no coincidence that that was my number one, inside out. (one of the two screenings was in 3d.)

this is my longest movie list ever…there are just so many that I truly feel strongly about! also I keep seeing more and more movies every year in theaters, because of this service called Moviepass where I pay a monthly fee for nearly-unlimited movies so that it actually made financial sense to see MORE movies than less, and I was happy to oblige. i also included netflix/other VOD-only releases that debuted in 2015, even if they never showed in theaters. i think this is my first year doing that but it’s relevant these days.

here’s what 1.88 trips to the movie theater a week (plus a few extraneous otherwise tix) looks like, btw:


although i obviously saw a ton of movies this year, you’ll always miss a few; there are a few that i still intend to see. i feel very good about the above list, really got pretty much all of the serious contenders in for once (like for the first time ever since beginning to put these lists together, i caught every single feature-length film nominated for an oscar in any category before publishing!). even so, these stragglers might have had a chance at making the above lists had i been able to catch them: girlhood, gueros, uncle kent 2, stone barn castle, the secret in their eyes, labyrinth of lies, the glamour and the squalor, she’s funny that way, accidental love, grandma, gravy, samba, eden, mojave, tumbledown, life, staten island summer, amour fou, a hard day, jauja, meet the patels, everest, appropriate behavor, and freeheld. pretty much everything else, if it had a theatrical release in 2015 and it’s not listed here, it’s on purpose. SO THERE.

saw filmmakers/actors in person promoting:

-pod (director mickey keating and cast & crew q&a via live feed from the other room, SXSW @ alamo drafthouse at the ritz, march 17)
-night owls (director/co-writer charles hood, and co-writer/producer seth goldsmith, plus a producer, production designer, costumer, SXSW @ ‘rollins theater at the long center’, march 17)
-spy (paul feig q&a, SIFF opening night @ mccaw hall, may 14)
-love & mercy (composer atticus ross, SIFF @ egyptian, may 15)
-guidance (writer/director pat mills, SIFF @ harvard exit, may 15)
-shrew’s nest (co-director esteban roel, SIFF @ egyptian, may 19)
-do i sound gay? (filmmaker david thorpe w interview subject dan savage, SIFF @ harvard exit, may 27)
-it’s so easy and other lies (director christopher duddy with camera operator john jeffcoat, SIFF @ egyptian, may 28)
-the russian woodpecker (director chad gracia, SIFF @ uptown, may 31)
-saved from the flames (presentation of archival prints by Serge Bromberg, SIFF @ uptown, june 2)
-love, theft and other entanglements (co-writers and director rami and muayad alayan, SIFF @ pac place, june 3)
-experimenter (director michael almereyda, SIFF @ uptown, june 4)
-me him her (director max landis with producer peter saraf and cast members emily meade, dustin milligan, luke bracey [they also led an ‘i want it that way’ singalong pre-film, so fun], SIFF @ pac place, june 6)
-7 chinese brothers (director bob byington, star jason schwartzman, moderated by lynn shelton, SIFF @ egyptian, june 7)
-wayne’s world (intro by director penelope spheeris, SIFF uptown, september 18)


favorite new tv shows:

master of none
unbreakable kimmy schmidt
wet hot american summer: first day of camp
crazy ex-girlfriend
grace and frankie
marvel’s jessica jones
fresh off the boat
the jinx
w/ bob & david
documentary now!
wayward pines
better call saul
making a murderer
the last man on earth
man seeking woman
marvel’s daredevil
other space
scream queens
marvel’s agent carter

plus favorite returning (not new in 2015 but had 2015 seasons) tv shows:

parks and recreation
bob’s burgers
last week tonight with john oliver
adventure time
brooklyn nine-nine
bojack horseman
broad city
nathan for you
rick and morty
jane the virgin
new girl
comedy bang bang
drunk history
lucas bros moving co
the mindy project
house of cards
orange is the new black
marvel’s agents of s.h.i.e.l.d.

(fell behind on current seasons of american horror story, downton abbey, childrens hospital, hannibal, luther, scandal, silicon valley, and mozart in the jungle that might’ve otherwise made the list; also planning on someday getting around to happy valley, residue, sense8, the spoils before dying, narcos, american odyssey, ash vs evil dead, broadchurch, halt and catch fire, true detective, the knick, justified, parenthood, boardwalk empire, veep, shameless, enlightened, kroll show, key & peele, the affair…need more hours in the day)

also, never did a line like this in this post before, but a celebrity (or maybe “celebrity”, famous-to-me anyway…public figure?) death of 2015 affected me more than any other stranger’s death in my life has, i don’t think i ever even met this guy but always felt like he was one of my tribe, and he’s a tv-related person so i’ll put this here: eternal heavy-hearted RIP to harris wittels.



i’ve capped off these posts the last few years with “celebrity encounters”, where i humblebrag (RIP again harris) about meeting famous people then post my favorite photo, but all my “celebrity encounters” are really already detailed above…this year i’m just gonna go with an exciting thing i did, which was celebrate turning 30 by buying a Mount Eerie record in Anacortes (from The Business, a record store associated with Phil Elverum) and bringing it up to Mt. Erie. my kind of pilgrimage.

THE END! I love you.