Basement Dwelling: Top 25 Albums Of 2015

A few days ago while combing through my record collection I started taking tabs of just how many records I have bought within this calendar year of 2015. As someone who makes an effort to buy at least one new record a week i didn’t find it too surprising that my count calculated to around 65. I say ‘around’ because odds are I forgot to count down an album or two or forgot a release came out this year; because I’m a man not a filing system. But out of this mass amount of 65 albums these were the records that I felt offered some of the best music to come out this year. Believe me when i say this list could have been much longer and It was painful to cut a lot of great releases as well as rank my favorites. But here it, is the cream of the musical crop. These are the records that have kept this music nerd most entertained and made my life feel most affirmed throughout 2015. Hopefully they did or will for you too.

The Joup Friday Album: Radiohead ‘Kid A’

 

kidaI’m not here, this isn’t happening.

For lyrics like this to be presented on a record such as Kid A is kismet. Kid A by Radiohead was created at a time when the band was facing deep pressures. With all of the album of the year and modern classic accolades that the band received with their 1997 classic Ok Computer it’s understandable why the thought of how a follow up to a record that important could be a daunting task. Somehow along the way though, amid all of the stress and tension within the band, a near perfect piece of art emerged in a way most great thing in life do, completely by accident.

Introducing: The Joup Mixtape!

Introducing: The Joup Mixtape

Introducing: The Joup Mixtape

Hello, and welcome to the first installment of the Joup Mixtape series. What is the Joup Mixtape series? It is an hour long playlist hand curated by me your friend and writer of the Basement Dwelling column Daniel R. Fiorio.  Hopefully with each new playlist you’ll discover some great new acts that you have never heard before, along with some long standing favorites thrown into the mix as well. Make you’re work day a little more tolerable and listen below…..





Daniel R. Fiorio

Writer, blogger, record collector/music fanatic, comic book junkie, jerkstore/all around nice dude from the south suburbs of Chicago

Basement Dwelling//Ought: Sun Coming Down

rp_36356-sun-coming-down.jpgHello and welcome to Basement Dwelling a column written by me: Daniel R. Fiorio where I review new records that should be on your musical radar. What sets Basement Dwelling apart from other music review columns is that these are all albums that are currently residing in my record collection. No promo copy was given, no stream was listened to, but a record was purchased (even if i didn’t like it). Don’t think of me as a critic but as a music obsessive looking to open a dialouge about some of the best tunes that are currently being released. Let’s head down to the basement and listen to….

The Joup Friday Album: The Radio Dept: Clinging To A Scheme

“People see rock n’ roll as youth culture, and when the youth culture becomes monopolized by big business what are the youth to do? Do you have any idea? I think we should destroy the bogus capitalist system that is destroying youth culture.” As a 16 year old who had been getting deeper and deeper into the world of music, hearing that quote (Spoken by Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth) and the music that followed is the kind of moment that sticks with any music fan. Hearing a song that is so damn perfect, so well written, means so much to you at that time that it sticks with you forever; that you never want it to end. That’s the experience I have anytime I hear the second track on this record: “Heaven’s On Fire.” The entirety of The Radio Dept’s third record Clinging To A Scheme  (2010) is just as joyful of an experience.

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