FAVOURITE ALBUMS OF 2015
- Gang Of Youths “The Positions”
- Jason Isbell “Something More Than Free”
- Shane Nicholson “Hell Breaks Loose”
- The Paper Kites “twelvefour”
- Ryan Adams “1989”
- The Decemberists “What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World”
- David Ramirez “Fables”
- Courtney Barnett “Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit”
- Mumford & Sons “Wilder Mind”
- John Moreland “High On Tulsa Heat”
- Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats “Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats”
- Chris Stapleton “Traveller”
- Gin Wigmore “Blood To Bone”
- Leon Bridges “Coming Home”
- Tobias Jesso Jr “Goon”
- Gretchen Peters “Blackbirds”
- James Bay “Chaos And The Calm”
- Marlon Williams “Marlon Williams”
- The Weeknd “Beauty Behind The Madness”
- Justin Bieber “Purpose”
FAVOURITE LIVE GIGS OF 2015
- Ryan Adams – July 23, Sydney Opera House
- Ryan Adams – July 21, Enmore Theatre, Sydney
- Taylor Swift – December 5, Suncorp Stadium Brisbane
- Conor Oberst – February 25, The Triffid, Brisbane
- Gang Of Youths – May 16, Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane
- Gin Wigmore – December 9, The Foundry, Brisbane
- Jarryd James – July 10, The Metro Sydney
- Ben Howard – May 28, The Tivoli Theatre, Brisbane
- Vance Joy – December 5, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
- The Preatures – May 27, Sydney Opera House
- Winterbourne – April 9, The Milk Factory, Brisbane
- Birds Of Tokyo – June 6, The Triffid, Brisbane
- Alessia Cara – August 19, Ambush Gallery, Sydney
- James Bay – Feb 2, Some random bar, Sydney
- British India – September 18, Beer InCider Experience, Brisbane
- Augie March – April 30, The Triffid Brisbane
- Foo Fighters & Rise Against – February 24, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
- Jack Carty, Jordan Miller – August 14, The Milk Factory, Brisbane
- Bernard Fanning – January 22, The Triffid, Brisbane
- Megan Washington – February 14, The Triffid, Brisbane
FAVOURITE TRACKS OF 2015
- Gang Of Youths “Magnolia”
- Jason Isbell “24 Frames”
- Shane Nicholson “Hermannsburg”
- Mumford & Sons “The Wolf”
- The Paper Kites “I’m Lying To You Cause I’m Lost
- Alessia Cara “Here”
- Ryan Adams “Out Of The Woods”
- Gang Of Youths “Restraint & Release”
- Gin Wigmore “Written In The Water”
- The Weeknd “Can’t Feel My Face”
- Shane Nicholson “Weight Of The World”
- Jamestown Revival “California”
- David Ramirez “How Do You Get ‘Em Back”
- Gang Of Youths “Knuckles White Dry”
- Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats “SOB”
- Tobias Jesso Jr “How Could You Babe?”
- The Paper Kites “Revelator Eyes”
- Chris Stapleton “Traveller”
- Jason Isbell “Speed Trap Town”
- The Decemberists “Cavalry Captain”
You can listen to this list via our Spotify playlist…
In 2016, I CAN’T WAIT….
- To see my baby daughter grow, smile, laugh, play, talk, walk, and generally become a menace.
- To see my little brother marry the girl of his dreams. I’m a sucker for love…
- To enjoy our first “family” holiday at some point. Probably dog in the back, baby in the carseat, heading to a little beach house up the coast…
- To see what Gang Of Youths do next. Such an incredible debut album, and the most charismatic young frontman in Australia.
- To see Brisbane’s Beer InCider Experience continue to grow, expand, and impress everyone.
HIGHLIGHTS OF 2015
Personally: The birth of Audrey, our baby girl. And watching my wife become an incredible mother.
Musically: The all-time Ryan Adams tour. And being introduced to the Gang Of Youths album. Blew my mind, instantly.
Travel: Journeying to Alaska with Lauren in February/March. The most incredible holiday I could ever hope for, topped off by finding out that we were pregnant while in Anchorage.
LOWPOINT OF 2015
The Wallabies losing the Rugby World Cup Final.
COOLEST ARTISTS OF 2015
Jarryd James – A kid from small town QLD (Dalby) taking on the world, and winning.
Courtney Barnett – Propelled from pub singer to world class rock star. With grace.
Gin Wigmore – Continues to make some of the most relevant pop music in the world without enough recognition. That voice is still one of the finest in all of music.
Jason Isbell – The transformation from shambolic, drug-adled alcoholic to genuine country music star to legit megastar and family man, is complete.
The Weeknd – How to go from relative obscurity to superstardom by not doing a single interview, and letting your music do the talking…
Shane Nicholson – Being a single dad and ARIA award winning singer/songwriter. Huge.
OVERHYPED ARTIST OF 2015
DICKHEAD OF THE YEAR
Isis. NRA. Donald Trump. Take your pick.
5 ARTISTS TO WATCH IN 2015
- Vera Blue