Flashflooder’s Top 100 Music Releases of 2015

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Damn, 2015 is already over and (sadly) I’m just now discovering that this is my first blog post since last years Top 100 albums listravaganza. I’m really pumping out these posts at a record pace! Hurry and get me a pacemaker! Or make me some tomato paste (picante salsa will also do)! Or go to Indiana and watch an nba game! Or just press Ctrl+V for christ’s sake! Not that Jesus would know how to use a computer anyways. But I digress…there was a lot of great music in the last year and it would be silly and naive for me to assume this hodgepodge list of mine is comprehensive. But, I can confidently say that I did listen to a lot of records in 2015 and probably more than your average joe schmo (screw that guy anyways, everyone’s always talking about him like he’s so average…). Take the order for what you want but give some of these artists, bands, djs, and producers tunes a test drive. You might be surprised the places they’ll take you.

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Flashflooder’s Top 100 Music Releases of 2014

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Ok, I’m going to keep this short and sweet. I’ve finally made my objectionably arbitrary picks for best music releases of the year 2014 (remember? that year a little over a month ago). However, since I’m late and all I’m going to cut the blasé pun banter and just give you my list, as well as a bunch of others to read for relativity. Plus, this year I made a Spotify playlist!

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Flashflooder DJ Sets: Before/After STRFKR Show

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A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of DJ’ing at a private show that STRFKR played live at in a tiny venue that hosted maybe 200 people. More specifically, this went down at a new venue called Leo’s along the Berkeley/Oakland border and was thrown by two great dudes, one who happens to be a friend of mine and the other happened to be the owner of the venue. Anyways, the night was spectacular, the energy and vibes of the people were great, and of course STRFKR played a great show and were overall good dudes.

My contribution of the night was playing the intro DJ set before STRFKR took the stage and also playing a closing dance set after they finished their set. All in all I DJ’ed for about 3.5 hrs that night with the “before” set being a mix of indie and chill house tunes with some dance appeal starting slow and then picking up the pace up to an eventual dance floor friendy tempo which was continued and extended into heavier tracks (including some crowd requested trap hehe) for the “after” set. The response was unanimously great to my DJ sets for the night, especially the “before” set and it was such a wonderful feeling that I can’t be thankful enough for. If anyone is reading this that was actually there who gave me a high-five, a smile, a hug, or a thank you….THANK YOU! It’s that kind of energy and response that really makes me enjoy DJ’ing and sharing music with other people.

But if you weren’t there and want to hear what you missed out on, you’re in luck! I happened to record both sets and have posted them below for your listening pleasure. Full tracklisting for each is posted below as well as on the soundcloud descriptions. Enjoy!

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Hear Mr. Scruff’s 6hr DJ Set in San Francisco

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Mr. Scruff recently came to San Francisco to play a rare 6 hr long DJ set spanning all sorts of funky tunes through time, genres, and space. Well, to be fair it wasn’t quite all genres but a lot of older and lesser known tunes with some level of dance-ability and an ample amount of groove and funk. And it was great. He was looking like he had a stellar time spinning tunes and messing with his studio rack styled custom DJ setup, fit with nice sounding filters, delays, and reverbs a plenty. Read on for a 20 min video of his set and a full audio recording of all 6 hrs in their funk filled glory.

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Flashflooder’s Top 100 Music Releases of 2012

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It’s again time to reflect on my favorite musical releases from the past year. Now that 2012 is fully over and done with I’ve now had a few moments to digest all of the enjoyable things I listened to last year and put them in some sort of loosely ordered list (the list has been changing almost every day so don’t pay too much importance to order).

Unlike most other blogs and publications, I like to wait until the following year to consider and consume all the sounds that the prior year had to offer (in this case there were plenty of good ones). In addition this gives my brain some breathing room from catching up on listening to lots of albums in December that I slept on when they were released earlier in the year. I know I’m always going to miss a fair amount of good releases per year (no one can really listen to and be expected to enjoy everything) but I think this year especially I gave it a pretty valiant effort across a wide array of genres and styles. Hopefully you discover a couple new artists and albums that you enjoy or at least find intriguing as a result of this list.

On that note, I’ll never forget the moments of reading about Manitoba’s (now known as Caribou) Up In Flames as being some random guy on the internet’s #1 album of the year in 2003 (on his geocities page or something) or reading about (and then listening to the weird sounds of) Animal Collective’s critically acclaimed Sung Tongs in 2004 and having both literally change my life in terms of the way I listened to and perceived music. I realized a long while back that the discovery of new music was the best part of reading these year end lists and so I started making my own, mainly for the personal fun of making those decisions but also in hopes that someone else might read this and discover something that becomes their new favorite; because to me, there is no better feeling than hearing something you love for the first time ever. It’s a high unlike any other.

Now if you’re wondering what the process I undertake to make a list like this (maybe so you can make your own next year), I simply have a spreadsheet that I keep generally open on my main computer in which I list any albums I’ve listened to from that year and put them in a general order of my liking (after having listened to each once all the way through). Eventually as time goes on, the list gets longer and longer and forces you to try to compare various albums to each other for a relative ranking of which is better and before you know it, the end of the year will be here and you’ll have your own best albums list! To be honest, it’s a really fun activivty and if you work on it early enough in the year you can honestly see how your thoughts compare to other supposed music critics (it’s hard not be a little influenced if you start working on your list in December after already having read a bunch of other lists). A couple other caveats of this are that I do consider self released material, mixtapes, and EPs (as long as they are generally three or four solidly lengthed tracks). Since it is a yearly list I will also combine multiple EP releases for artists as some genres are more suitable to releasing albums and in others getting a few EP releases a year is more the norm.

And again, these picks are all a bit subjective to my taste so don’t take me too literally, all of the albums are good and should be taken as recommendations. However, for a comprehensive post of all the various critic’s best albums lists look to none other than Metacritic for their 2012 Music Critics Top 10 Lists collection. There’s a lot of quality in there, especially since they generally link to each actual article/post which often feature more than just ten albums in their list. And what better why to find some new good music real fast? I’m like a kid in a candy store these days with critic music lists, fast internet, and some online hookups. Anyways, enough of the this and that, onto the list…

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A$AP Rocky & Danny Brown Interview Each Other

In an great new interview concept show called Back & Forth (hosted by Vice music site Noisey), A$AP Rocky & Danny Brown Interview each other while just chilling on the side of a pool, in Barcelona.

This recent episode featured both said up and coming hip-hop stars discussing whatever they felt like but mostly hitting topics circulating around girls, sex, drugs, and music (they are rappers after all). There are too many good quotes throughout the interview for me to try to even summarize, you just have to see it for yourself.

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