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Episode 85 – Top 22 Albums of 2015

Episode 85 – Top 21 Albums of 2015 (Artwork - D.Hixon)

My top 22 Album’s of 2015 Album Art mixed as one. (Artwork – D.Hixon)

2015 will go down as the most challenging & rewarding year of my life. Intense is the adjective I’d use to describe a year in which*almost* too much happened. It started with the birth of my Son Dylan – the best thing that’ll ever happen to me. Becoming a Parent is easy, becoming one worth his salt takes some earnest work & humbles you at every early turn.

I lent my Vision Vibes to some great people at WEMF Radio – a perfectly eclectic Family, shout out to Nash, Crespo, Ryan SpaldingFar From Normal, and Andrew Lowery. I also navigated the waters of changing a long time job and career while buying my first Home. It felt like a lot.

All said, future eyes will gleam on 2015 with a favored smile – I’m a lucky man, and through it all, I had some killer music to push me over both the highs & lows. These 22 albums are what stood most out to me in this intensely fantastic year of 2015. Huzzah.

22Steeper – Glitch Root
“Okay: Dark”
Buy via BandCamp

21CFCF – Radiance & Submission
“Blanketed in Snow a Place Returned”
Buy via Bleep

20Man Called War – Naked Animals
Buy via BandCamp

19Wilco – Star Wars
Buy via Kung Fu

18Make Light – Demo
Buy via BandCamp


Joanna Gruesome – Peanut Butter
“Last Year”
Buy via Slumberland Records

16 Michael O. – Really?
“World Without Meaning”
Buy via Fruits and Flowers

15 Joey Bada$$ – B4.DA.$$
“Save The Children”
Buy via Pro Era

14Toro Y Moi – What For?
“The Flight”
Buy via Carpark

13The Mantles – All Odds End
“Police My Love”
Buy via Slumberland Records

12The Longwalls – Gold Standard
Buy via Static Motor Records

11Howlo – Howlo
Buy via City of Quality Records


Expert Alterations – Three Signs
“Three Signs”
Buy via BandCamp


Muler – Unlikely Soldiers
Buy via City of Quality Records


Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
“How Much a Dollar Cost”
Buy via Amazon


Mac DeMarco – Another One
“Just To Put Me Down?”
Buy via Captured Tracks


Fort Romeau – Insides
“New Wave”
Buy via Ghostly


Panda Bear – Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper
Buy via Domino USA


Big Nice – EP1
“Ta Dum”
Buy via BandCamp


Woolen Men – Temporary Monument
“Temporary Monument”
Buy via BandCamp


Kurt Vile – b’lieve i’m goin down…
“Lost My Head There”
Buy via Matador Records


Floating Points – Elaeina
“Silhouettes (I,II,III)”
Buy via LukaBop

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Episode 64 – WEMF Visions – 01/04/15

Episode 64 - WEMF Visions - 01/04/15

Episode 64 – WEMF Visions – 01/04/15

2015’s presenting a lot of exciting opportunities for Visions of the Unexcused – and none are more promising than joining the WEMF Radio Team. My weekly radio show, which is broadcasted live via WEMF early Sunday nights – will also be posted as a podcast episode on Visions in case you couldn’t catch live. This is my first show on WEMF from 1/4/15 – and features and eclectic mix that spans genre’s & generations.

  1. Blo – It’s Gonna Be A Good Day (Phase II – 1974)
  2. C.S. Crew – Doin’ The Good Thing (Funky Pack – 1976)
  3. Mozes And The Firstborn – What’s Wrong Momma (Mozes And The Firstborn – 2014)
  4. Alex Chilton – Jumpin’ Jack Flash (Free Again: The “1970” Sessions – 2012)
  5. The Woolen Men – Land Of Laughs (Dog Years – 2013)
  6. The Flamin’ Groovies – Yesterday’s Numbers (Teenage Head – 1971)
  7. Yo La Tengo – Can’t Seem To Make You Mine (Camp Yo La Tengo – 1995)
  8. Tenor Saw – Roll Call (Roll Call – 1984)
  9. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Ain’t Nobody (Calamity / Ain’t Nobody 7″ – 2014)
  10. Skull Snaps – It’s A New Day (Skull Snaps – 1973)
  11. The Juan Maclean – Running Back To You (In A Dream – 2014)
  12. Cookies – July Seventeen (Music For Touching – 2014)
  13. Cookies – Crybaby (A) (Music For Touching – 2014)
  14. Afro Funk – Afro Funk (Body Music – 1975)
  15. Les Macchabées – Rien A Faire (Les Macchabées – 2005)
  16. Canned Heat – Time Was (Hallelujah – 1969)
  17. Mac DeMarco – Freaking Out The Neighborhood (Mac DeMarco 2 – 2012)
  18. Cool Ghouls – Earthquake (Cool Ghouls – 2013)
  19. Armaggedon – Oh Man (Armaggedon – 1970)
  20. Guided By Voices – Bad Love Is Easy To Do (Cool Planet – 2014)
  21. Juan Wauters – Sanity (Sanity 7″ – 2013)
  22. The Mantles – Bad Design (Long Enough to Leave – 2013)
  23. Dug Dug’s – Eclipse (Dug Dug’s – 1971)
  24. Minutemen – History Lesson, Pt. 2 (Double Nickels on the Dime – 1984)
  25. Michael O. – Face The Facts (Face The Facts 7″ – 2014)
  26. Sonic Youth – Brave Men Run (In My Family) (Bad Moon Rising – 1985)
  27. All Natural Lemon & Lime Flavors – Jayne Baby (All Natural Lemon & Lime Flavors – 2001)
  28. WU LYF – Spitting Blood (Go Tell Fire to the Mountain – 2011)
  29. The Beta Band – Dog Got A Bone (The Three E.P.’s – 1997)
  30. Chauncey – My Radio (My Radio (Everything I Know) – 2005)
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Recommended Song: Michael O. – World Without Meaning

Michael O. - World Without Meaning

Michael O. – World Without Meaning

The Mantles Michael O. (Michael Olivares) will be releasing his debut 7″ and LP via the newly formed Fruits & Flowers Records this Spring, and the first track, “World Without Meaning”, is a mid-fi swaying beauty. While not as full sounding as previous Mantles records, it’s far from just an echo of those sweet songs, standing firmly on its own while providing much excitement for what’s to come on the rest of the album.

Recommended If You Like: The Mantles, Juan Wauters, The Troggs

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Episode 59 – Top 21 Albums of 2013

Episode 59 - Top 21 Albums of 2013

Episode 59 – Top 21 Albums of 2013

2013’s a strong branch on a stormy day – steadfastly bracing as the howl creates turbulent soundtrack. These 21 albums were my favorite from a year with shifting winds.

21. Dog Bite – Velvet Changes (Song: Prettiest Pills)
20. Ra-Grim – Alchemy EP (Song: Twilight)
19. Across Tundras – Electric Relics (Song: Seasick Serenade)
18. GRMLN – Empire (Song: Teenage Rhythm)
17. Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap (Song: Acid Rain)
16. Deerhunter – Monomania (Song: Back To The Middle)
15. Quasimoto – Yessir Whatever (Song: Seasons Change)
14. Eat Skull – III (Song: Space Academy)
13. Yo La Tengo – Fade (Song: Paddle Forward)
12. Toro Y Moi – Anything In Return (Song: Say That)
11. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories (Song: Giorgio by Moroder)
10. Captain Murphy – Duality (Song: Mighty Morphin Foreskin)
9. Glass Candy – After Dark 2 (Song: Warm In the Winter)
8. Chelsea Moving Light – Chelsea Moving Light (Song: Lip)
7. The Men – New Moon (Song: Electric)
6. The Woolen Men – The Woolen Men (Song: Magic Tricks)
5. Kurt Vile – Wakin On A Pretty Daze (Song Shame Chamber)
4. Psychic Ills – One Track Mind (Song: FBI)
3. Cool Ghouls – Cool Ghouls (Song: Natural Life)
2. The Mantles – Long Enough to Leave (Song: Reason’s Run)
1. Ducktails – The Flower Lane (Song: Letter of Intent)

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Long Enough to Stay – Review of The Mantles at Lilypad

The Mantles onstage at Lilypad. (Photo - D.Hixon)

The Mantles onstage at Lilypad. (Photo – D.Hixon)

The Mantles
Lilypad, Inman Square, 07/11/13

Last Thursday night The Mantles played Lilypad to a sweaty and anticipatory crowd. They took stage just after 12:30am – which by Boston standards is extremely late, but the wait was well worth it – as they tore through an excellent set to a frenzied group of revelers who danced and swayed through the early morning night, myself included.

The Mantles latest album, Long Enough to Leave, is one of my favorites of 2013, and they’re a band that I’m surprised isn’t getting more attention because their music demands it. The Mantles live set echoed their albums perfectly, with a laid back California cool that jangled everyone in the room. You can watch them in their latest video for “Hello” below and purchase Long Enough to Leave over at Slumberland Records.

Lastly, Queens native Juan Wauters put on an excellent show as well just before The Mantles, and the leader of The Beets will likely be showcased on Visions very soon, as his set was equally impressive.

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New Music: The Mantles – Brown Balloon

The Mantles

The Mantles are back. The Mantles were never gone. The Mantles are here.

It’s time to rejoice, for The Mantles are back. The Mantles released an exceptional self-titled debut album in 2009, and aside from a spattering of 7″ and 12″ records they’ve been relatively silent. They’ll be quiet no more though, as they’re releasing their first full length album in four years on June 18th via Slumberland Records. “Brown Balloon” is their first single and it’s as good as anything they’ve cut. It’s a jangly track with perfect bounce – the vocals are easy and the accompanying organ feels like a hug. This is music to play loudly with your windows down and open. This is Summer. Rejoice. Rejoice. Rejoice. The Mantles are back.

Recommended If You Like: Close Lobsters, Let’s Wrestle, Jangle Rock

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Episode 30 – In Dubious Battle

Episode 30 - In Dubious Battle (Artwork - D. Hixon)

Episode 30 – In Dubious Battle (Artwork – D. Hixon)

 “In Dubious Battle” by John Steinbeck

1. Sleigh Bells – Ring Ring (2HELLWU CD-R – 2009)
2. Spoon – Who Makes Your Money (Transference – 2010)
3. Caribou – Odessa (Swim – 2010)
4. Lake – Sing 99 & 90 (Let’s Build a Roof – 2010)
5. Wild Nothing – Chinatown (Gemini – 2010)
6. Dr. Dog – Shadow People (Shame, Shame – 2009)
7. Real Estate – Atlantic City (Real Estate – 2009)
8. The Mantles – Bury Me Dead (The Mantles – 2009)
9. Surfer Blood – Slow Jabroni (Astrocoast – 2010)
10. Midlake – Roscoe (The Trials Of Van Occupanther – 2006)
11. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Carry On (Deja Vu – 1970)
12. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Home (From Below – 2009)

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