My Favorite Music of 2015

Julien Baker, Sprained Ankle (6131)
Beach Slang, The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us (Polyvinyl)
Sufjan Stevens, Carrie and Lowell (Asthmatic Kitty)
Andrew Bryant, This is the Life (Sleep)
Craig Finn, Faith in the Future (Partisan)
John Moreland, High on Tulsa Heat (Old Omens)
Jake Xerxes Fussell, s/t (Paradise of Bachelors)
Advance Base, Nephew in the Wild (Orindal)
Kurt Vile, B’lieve I’m Goin Down… (Matador)
Kamasi Washington, The Epic (Brainfeeder)
Leon Bridges, Coming Home (Columbia)
Hop Along, Painted Shut (Saddle Creek)
Jason Isbell, Something More Than Free (Southeastern)
Ryan Adams, 1989 (Pax-Am)
Mount Eerie, Sauna (P.W. Elverum & Sun)
Sharon Van Etten, I Don’t Want to Let You Down EP (Jagjaguwar)
Dave Rawlings Machine, Nashville Obsolete (Acony)
Will Johnson, Swan City Vampires (Undertow)
Destroyer, Poison Season (Merge)
Little Wings, Explains (Woodsist)
Built to Spill, Untethered Moon (Warner Bros)
Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit (Mom & Pop/Marathon Artists)
Sir Richard Bishop, Tangier Sessions (Drag City)
Bob Dylan, Shadows in the Night (Columbia)
Sun Kil Moon, Universal Themes (Caldo Verde)
Joanna Newsom, Divers (Drag City)
John Carpenter, Lost Themes (Sacred Bones)
Velvet Underground, The Complete Matrix Tapes
End of All Music releases: Barry Hannah LP + Plume cassette
Bonnie Prince Billy “Raglan Road” 7”
Scott Fagan, South Atlantic Blues
Ryan Adams, Live from Carnegie Hall
Bruce Springsteen, The Ties That Bind box set
Okkervil River, Black Sheep Boy 10th Anniversary reissue
Mount Eerie, No Flashlight reissue
Marah, Kids in Philly reissue
David Lynch and Marek Zebrowski, Polish Night Music
The Complete Them: 1964-1967
Westerberg & Hatfield singles
Tori Amos, Little Earthquakes and Under the Pink reissues
The Gunshy covering Elliott Smith’s “King’s Crossing”
Springsteen ’87 L.A. bootleg
See End of All Music reissue list for a bunch of other favorites

Pillar of Fire

On December 16, 1960, two commercial airliners crashed over NYC. My stepdad was a student at St. Augustine’s, a school in Brooklyn right near where one of the planes came down. I grew up hearing about the crash and got to be pretty obsessed with it, reading old newspapers and searching out images. Here’s a story I wrote about it, one that I’ve been working on for a few years now.