The 17 Best Albums of 2015

It's been a very good year for music, hasn't it?

So many great records have been released in 2015, it's difficult to make a list of the best 10, so I'm allowing myself 17.

Below are my favorites, in order of their release. It's no coincidence, I suppose, that I saw all of these bands live this year.

I've also put together a video playlist featuring each album in its entirety. Ah, the joys of Youtube.

Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear - February 10, 2015

Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit - March 20, 2015

Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell - March 31, 2015

Toro y Moi - What For? - April 7, 2015

Built to Spill - Untethered Moon - April 21, 2015

Blur - The Magic Whip - April 28, 2015

Django Django - Born Under Saturn - May 4, 2015

My Morning Jacket - The Waterfall - May 4, 2015

Hot Chip - Why Make Sense? - May 18, 2015

Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi-Love - May 26, 2015

Wilco - Star Wars - July 16, 2015

Fine Points - Hover - July 17, 2015

Tame Impala - Currents - July 17, 2015

Astronauts etc. - Mind Out Wandering - September 18, 2015

Kurt Vile - B'lieve I'm Goin Down - September 25, 2015

Blitzen Trapper - All Across This Land - October 2, 2015

City and Colour - If I Should Go Before You - October 9, 2015

Video for "Up For Grabs" by Astronauts, etc.

A few weeks ago, I saw Oakland-based Astronauts, etc. open for Toro y Moi and was mighty impressed.

After the show, I put their latest album, "Mind Out Wandering," on repeat.

One song in particular got stuck in my head, bringing up random thoughts about love and relationships.

Clocking in at 2 minutes 56 seconds, "Up For Grabs" is a gem of a song. It inspired me to make a video using some public domain film footage. People of a certain age will immediately recognize it.

Earlier today I was thrilled to see that Adrian Spinelli discovered my video.

Thanks to Adrian, the band noticed, too.

Here's the video. I hope you enjoy it. And go check out Astronauts, etc. Their music is sublime.