KXSU’s Worsts and Bests of 2015

 

Every year, KXSU, somehow, in some way likes to put our thoughts on the music year, down on paper, then we draw on it, cut and paste pictures of dogs on to it, and sign it with our own blood. The point of this process is to create the most legit lists, anyone has ever seen, ever. So if that is what you were looking for, you’ve found it. This year we are taking a different approach to this and assigning awards to our favorite and least favorites of the year. For each award winner we have drawn a beautiful picture of a cactus and we will be sending these cacti to the winner of the award with the subject of the letter being, enclosed is an important photo of a cactus. We expect all of the winners to contact us back, and thank us. Any way each of our reporters has picked favorites and least favorites, so here is the list of the winners and losers. Congrats to the winners, and to those who didn’t win, you will be placed in to a loser’s bracket with the grand prize being a letter with absolutely no contents in it. Just an envelope. But honestly if both Justin Bieber AND Carly Rae Jepson can release great albums in one year, you can all be winners.

WORSTS

Worst album of 2015:

Craig (Writer’s Block): Smoke + Mirrors, Imagine Dragons – Night Visions was a total bop. They had a lot to live up to, and they just didn’t pull it off. Still have a huge crush on Dan Reynolds, though. I know he’s married. I know he has a kid. Don’t start with me.

Anna (Artist Editorials): How Does It Feel, MS MR -. Maybe this was just so bad to me because I was so heart eyes over their first record. Painted was literally the only good song on this record. I don’t know what happened between Secondhand Rapture and this but everything that made them special was ripped apart and left them with like 12 of the same slow and depressing songs over and over again.

Julia (Seattle University Student Correspondent): Confident, Demi Lovato. Just not my thing. Plus, I can’t tell you just how many thousands of times I had to listen to the song Cool for the Summer while stuck indoors at work this break, which just made me bitter about the whole thing.

Jason (In Bed With Jason): Wilder Mind by Mumford and Sons. Remember when we thought Mumford and Suns would be the ones to change modern music? They made the banjo hip again. But instead of initiating this sweet-ass revolution, they decided to dissolve into the pop music empire. For this album, if you replaced Marcus Mumford’s voice with say Adam Levine, I’d be convinced it was a Maroon 5 album. I’d say “yeah that sounds about right.” The uniqueness of Mumford and Sons that I started listening to them in the first place for is nooooowhere to be found.

Bella (HBIC): Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz by none other than Miley Cyrus. How do you follow an absolute BANGER of an album, then come up with this sludge? I kept listening for the entirety of an hour and half to see if there was anything redeemable about it (and there are TWO songs that I was like, “hmm, NOT COMPLETELY AWFUL,” on there) but listening to this album overall was the equivalent of sticking my ears in a blender and being forced to drink it.That’s how painful it was for me. We get you smoke pot. Thank you for saying it like 5 million times in your album. I love you Miley, and I know you don’t give a f*ck, but plz

Marcus (Head Reporter): With Arms Wide Open: A Retrospective, Creed. A Creed best hits. LOL. I’d rather get hit in the face 40 times than listen to the 40 songs on this album. I’d also rather eat 40 pairs or shoes, go 40 days without sitting, and THEN try to have an intelligent conversation with a Republican presidential candidate about gun control at a vegetarian restaurant, than listen to those 40 songs.

 

Worst song of 2015:

Craig (Writer’s Block): Freedom -Pharrell Williams – Don’t even start with me on the “IT SENDS A POSITIVE MESSAGE!” thing. It’s a mess of a song. For a guy who did such brilliant work with The Neptunes not that long ago, his solo material these past couple of years have been vanilla. This song is seriously so, so bland.

Anna (Artist Editorials): ​2 Heads – Coleman Hell. I hate this song more than anything else. It’s like a banjo and rap music had a child. Well it’s not like it, that’s what it is. I have no idea why it is so popular in the alternative world. Every time it comes on I cringe.

Jack (aka. Bands My Dad Showed Me When I Was 12): You Stand the Rain, Ray Lewis. He’s only released a teaser, but there’s no reason to think this is going to be anything but the worst piece of music in the last decade (century?)

Julia (Seattle University Student Correspondent): This is controversial but I have to say Can’t Feel my Face by the Weeknd. This song was a banger to see live, but this summer I heard it so. Many. Times. It started to have that Call Me Maybe effect to it where if I heard it come on my radio just one more time I would have smashed my it.

Jason (In Bed With Jason): Bi*ch, I’m Madonna – Madonna. She’s like when your aunt breaks her hip at the Christmas party because she got too drunk and tried to dance on a table like she did in ’94. Please stop, Madonna. We don’t want you to hurt your hip

Bella (HBIC): Watch Me by Silento is actually sonically cringeworthy. It’s monotonous, unoriginal, the beat is  lazy as f*ck, and I can’t believe people actually go crazy when this song comes on in the club???? Please never play this song ever. Thanks. Sincerely, Everyone.

Marcus (Head Reporter): Just Like You – Falling in Reverse. How does Ronnie Radke still exist?

 

Worst Person of 2015: This does not have to be musical(Cough Donald Trump…)

Geran(Music Director): Mike Huckabee

Anna (Artist Editorials): ​Gotta go with Donald Trump. Miley Cyrus. Jared the subway guy. My dad said I should put the leader of ISIS so him too.

Jack (aka. Bands My Dad Showed Me When I Was 12): Ray Lewis for thinking he can pull a Shaq (did you guys know Shaq released five albums? And that the first of which, Shaq Diesel,was certified platinum?)

Julia (Seattle University Student Correspondent): The classic: Donald Trump.

Jason (In Bed With Jason): John Mayer. It’s John Mayer every year.

Bella (HBIC): Raven Symone, Rachel Dolezal, Kim Davis, Bill Cosby, Jared Fogle aka the Subway guy, Ann Coulter, Martin Shkreli aka the guy who made buying AIDS drugs impossible… the list goes on. Donald Trump is a given, right?

Marcus (Head Reporter): Raven Symone – You went from That’s So Raven, to That’s So Racist, so seamlessly.

 

Most disappointing album of 2015:

Geran(Music Director): Caracal , Disclosure

Craig (Writer’s Block): Wilder Mind, Mumford & Sons

Anna (Artist Editorials): Run, AWOLNATION

Jack (aka. Bands My Dad Showed Me When I Was 12): 1989, Ryan Adams

Julia (Seattle University Student Correspondent): Kidz bop 30, I expected more

Jason (In Bed With Jason): Strangers To Ourselves, Modest Mouse

Bella (HBIC): Caracal, Disclosure

Marcus (Head Reporter): Boys Don’t Cry, Frank Ocean. BECAUSE IT NEVER CAMEEEEE. Still bitter.

Maria (Local Correspondent): Currents, Tame Impala

 

BESTS

Best outfit of 2015:

Craig (Writer’s Block): Beyonce at the Met Gala

Anna (Artist Editorials): What Drake in the Hotline Bling video

Jack (aka. Bands My Dad Showed Me When I Was 12): Everything that Shia Laboeuf wore.

Julia (Seattle University Student Correspondent):: baggy clothing completes their aesthetic.

Jason (In Bed With Jason): Angus Young – because it’s the same as it was in 1985

Bella (HBIC): Rihanna at the Met Gala 2015

Marcus (Head Reporter): Missy Elliot – ALWAYSS

 

Best Album Artwork of 2015:

Geran(Music Director): In Colour, Jamie XX

Maria (Local Correspondent): 25, Adele

Anna (Artist Editorials): If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, Drake

Jack (aka. Bands My Dad Showed Me When I Was 12): Bush, Snoop Dogg

Marcus (Head Reporter): I love you, Honeybear (LP with Pop outs),  Father John Misty

Julia (Seattle University Student Correspondent): Fading Frontier, Deerhunter

Bella (HBIC): I Love You Honeybear, Father John Misty

Jason (In Bed With Jason): Strangers to Ourselves, Modest Mouse

 

Best Local album of 2015:

Bella (HBIC): Depression Cherry, Beach House

Jason (In Bed With Jason): Color Punch, The Hoot Hoots

Julia (Seattle University Student Correspondent): Weirdo Shrine, La Luz

Marcus (Head Reporter): Baton Rouge, Fauna Shade

Jack (aka. Bands My Dad Showed Me When I Was 12): Fear and Lies, Sick Sad World

Maria (Local Correspondent): Weirdo Shrine,  La Luz

Geran (Music Director): The Trouble with People, Fox and the Law

 

Best Seattle Band of 2015:

Geran (Music Director): Acid Tongue

Anna (Artist Editorials): Cataldo

Julia (Seattle University Student Correspondent): La Luz

Jason (In Bed With Jason): Naked Giants

Marcus (Head Reporter): Porter Ray

Maria (Local Correspondent): S (Jenn Champion)

 

Best Artist of 2015:

Geran (Music Director): King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

Craig (Writer’s Block): Alabama Shakes

Anna (Artist Editorials): Walk the Moon

Jack (aka. Bands My Dad Showed Me When I Was 12): Thundercat

Julia (Seattle University Student Correspondent): Aero Flynn

Jason (In Bed With Jason): Alex G

Bella (HBIC): Grimes

Marcus (Head Reporter): Courtney Barnett

 

Best Live Performance of 2015:

Geran (Music Director): Tame Impala -Sasquatch

Craig (Writer’s Block): Chris Stapleton – The Showbox

Anna (Artist Editorials): The Rolling Stones – Carter-Finley Stadium – Raleigh, NC

Jack (aka. Bands My Dad Showed Me When I Was 12): El Ten Eleven – Neumos

Marcus (Head Reporter): Benamin Booker – The Crocodile

Julia (Seattle University Student Correspondent): Tallest Man on Earth – First Avenue in MN

Jason (In Bed With Jason): Sheer Mag – First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia

Bella (HBIC): Grimes – Showbox Sodo

 

Best Festival Lineup of 2015:

Geran (Music Director): FYF

Craig (Writer’s Block): Bumbershoot

Anna (Artist Editorials): Austin City Limits

Jack (aka. Bands My Dad Showed Me When I Was 12): Pitchfork

Julia (Seattle University Student Correspondent): Eaux Claires

Jason (In Bed With Jason): Firefly

Bella (HBIC): FYF before Frank Ocean dropped out

Marcus (Head Reporter): Fisherman’s Village

Maria(Local Correspondent): Eaux Claires

 

Best Music Video of 2015:

Geran (Music Director): Zond – Pond

Craig (Writer’s Block): Hello – Adele

Anna (Artist Editorials): What Kind of Man – Florence + the Machine

Jack (aka. Bands My Dad Showed Me When I Was 12): Everything On GP – Death Grips

Julia (Seattle University Student Correspondent): Bully – Trying

Jason (In Bed With Jason): Breaking Our Necks – Eskimeaux

Bella (HBIC): Flesh Without Blood/Life in the Vivid Dream – Grimes

Marcus (Head Reporter): Sunday Candy – Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment

 

Best Songs Released in 2015:

Geran (Music Director): Cha Cha – D.R.A.M

Craig (Writer’s Block): Hello – Adele

Anna (Artist Editorials): Hotline Bling – Drake

Jack (aka. Bands My Dad Showed Me When I Was 12): My Reward – Hamilton Leithauser

Julia (Seattle University Student Correspondent): Sparks – Beach House

Jason (In Bed With Jason): The Thunder Answered Back – Eskimeaux

Bella (HBIC): Carrie & Lowell – Sufjan Stevens

Marcus (Head Reporter): Grey Hair – Waxahatchee

 

Best Album Released in 2015:

Geran(Music Director): Man It Feels Like Space Again, Pond

Craig (Writer’s Block): 25, Adele

Anna (Artist Editorials): Our Own House, Misterwives

Jack (aka. Bands My Dad Showed Me When I Was 12Free (Based Freestyles Mixtape), Chance the Rapper & Lil B

Julia (Seattle University Student Correspondent): Carrie and Lowell, Sufjan Stevens

Jason (In Bed With Jason): Beach Music, Alex G

Bella (HBIC): Art Angels, Grimes

Marcus (Head Reporter): Ivy Tripp, Waxahatchee

Maria (Local Correspondent): Before the World Was Big- Girlpool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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