Top 5 albums of 2015 from Top 3 Sources

I don’t know if the three of us are the top 3 sources but it sounded good as a title. You all can be the judge! Mark Levy the drummer for the Bozeman musical project, Ranges and a dear friend of mine who works as a pharmacist in Alaska, Brian Haviland and myself picked our top 5 albums of 2015. To be more accurate, Mark picked 6. Amazingly but not surprisingly, we all picked 5 different records. Keep in mind, we did not order our records numerically by awesomeness. They are all tied for the best of 2015. Please let Music For Lunch know your thoughts and feel free to tell the three “sources” they’re idiots and they missed all the great music of 2015. Email me your top 5 and I’lll share them on MFL’s Facebook!


Mark’s top 6 picks of 2015:

  1. Telekinesis – Ad Infinitum 

“Perfect synth pop.”


2. Vince Staples – Summertime ’06

“Minimalist, eerie beats with great lyrical flow.”


3. Motorhead – Bad Magic

“Excellent Motorhead Rock and Roll. Lemmy is a true original. I will miss him.”


4. Beach Slang – The Things We Do To Find People Like Us

“Powerful tunes with hooks all over.”


5. Swervedriver – I Wasn’t Born To Lose You

“Sounding like a great continuation from Raise and Mescal Head.”


6. Iron Maiden – The Book Of Souls

“On par with some of their greatest work. Props to Bruce Dickinson for laying down fantastic vocals AFTER being diagnosed with throat cancer. He has made a full recovery and they will tour. I will go.”





Brian’s top 5 picks

MFL’s top 5 picks of 2015:


Amason, Amazing

I’ve been meaning to chat about (and by “chat” I mean have a one way conversation with whomever is reading…or listening to musicforlunch) Amason’s new album. NPR premiered their album as part of ‘First Listen’ and I fell hard for every track. And, before I say anything else, check out this bizarro-fantastic music video for “Duvan” (it’s a combination of what my hair would look like in another life or a parallel universe AND those wacky Jibjab cards…you know you know what I’m talking about):

This was the first song I heard on the album…I can’t recall where I heard it but I did. Likely I heard it on ‘All Songs Considered‘ or the Hype Machine “Kelly” (at first I thought it sounded like they were saying “ketamine” not “Kelly”…the nerds out there will know what ketamine is):


Anyway, this group is a truly unique and fantastic collaboration. All talented Swedish musicians:

Pontus Winnberg (from Miike Snow) – This is my favorite Miike Snow song:

Gustav Ejstes (from Swedish psych band, Dungen)

Peter Winnberg

Nils Törnqvist (from Little Majorette)

Amanda Bergman (from Hajen and Idiot Wind)

This video is a little old but I really enjoyed it. It’s Amanda Bergman in Hajen circa 2008:

Needless to say, Amason just released their first full length album, ‘Sky City’, last week and it is delightful.

PHEW! So many videos…I hope this isn’t too overwhelming and everyone can find something they enjoy in this post!