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2015 Tedious Lists

2015 Tedious Lists


Albums from bandmates and labelmates in no particular order:

The Corner Laughers - Matilda Effect

Alison Faith Levy - The Start Of Things

Andy Z - Classic Songs & Traditional Tunes

The Orange Peels - Begin The Begone

Pop 4 - Summer

Flotation Device - Play It

Anton Barbeau — Distortion Schlager

Favorite albums from the rest of the world:


  1. The Stereo Twins - Good News

  2. Belle & Sebastian - Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance

  3. Stornoway - Bonxie

  4. Skinny Lister - Down On Deptford Broadway

  5. Statuesque — Introversial

  6. Joe Jackson - Fast Forward

  7. Ezra Furman — Perpetual Motion People

  8. Colleen Green — I Want To Grow Up

  9. Kitty, Daisy & Lewis — Kitty, Daisy & Lewis The Third

  10. Surfer Blood — 1000 Palms

  11. Cleaners From Venus — Rose of the Lanes

  12. Frank Turner — Positive Songs for Negative People

  13. Kacey Musgraves — Pageant Material

  14. Courtney Barnett — Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

  15. The Decemberists — What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World

  16. Nellie McKay — My Weekly Reader

  17. Sarah Cracknell — Red Kite

  18. Richard Thompson — Still

  19. Desaparecidos — Payola

  20. Tom Robinson — Only The Now

  21. Summer Fiction — Himalaya

  22. Dan Bern — Hoody

  23. C. Duncan — Architect

  24. Love Axe — South Dakota

  25. Natalie Prass — Natalie Prass

  26. The School - Wasting Away And Wondering

  27. The Indelicates - Elevator Music

  28. Legends Of Country - Talk About Country

  29. Squeeze - Cradle To The Grave

  30. Hamilton Soundtrack

Most-played songs (from 2015) according to Last.fm


  1. Belle and SebastianNobody's Empire

  2. Karla KaneWe're Gonna Change The World

  3. The Corner LaughersQueen of the Meadow

  4. StornowayGet Low

  5. Belle and SebastianThe Power Of Three

  6. StatuesqueLightbulb Swing

  7. The Corner LaughersOctavia A

  8. The Corner LaughersFairytale Tourist

  9. The Stereo TwinsJ2J

  10. The Stereo TwinsAll That I Know

  11. StatuesqueRetromantic

  12. Alison Faith LevyThe Start of Things

  13. Belle and SebastianAllie

  14. The Corner LaughersMidsommar

  15. StatuesqueYoung Country

  16. The DecemberistsA Beginning Song

  17. Alison Faith LevyRainbow Tunnel

  18. Martin NewellRose of the Lanes

  19. Brandon SchottDear Daisy

  20. StornowayNight Drive

Series TV that I enjoyed in 2015 in various formats:

The Great British Bake-Off

The Hour

The Great War - The People's Story

Call The Midwife

Reign

Quatermass

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmitt

Miranda

Outlander

Mad Men

Wolf Hall

Silicon Valley

Louie

The Casual Vacancy

Switched At Birth

Children Of The Stones

Orange Is The New Black

Last Tango In Halifax

Portlandia

Scrotal Recall

The Delivery Man

2012 & W1A

Master Of None

Continuum

Broadchurch

Full-length movies I enjoyed in 2015, from various years:

Deadball

Fruitvale Station

Frank

The Imposter

Saving Mr. Banks

Begin Again

Love & Mercy

Bandslam

Gone Girl

Goodbye Mr. Chips

Pelican Dreams

The Search For General Tso

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Bunny Lake Is Missing

In Bruges

Time Lapse

The Age Of Adeline

Paddington

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Favorite books read in 2015, from any year:


  1. The People’s Songs - Stuart Maconie

  2. The Sympathizer -Viet Thanh Nguyen

  3. The Bone Clocks - David Mitchell

  4. How To Build A Girl - Caitlin Moran

  5. A Message From Martha - Mark Avery

  6. The Girl On The Train - Paula Hawkins

  7. King Dork Approximately - Frank Portman

  8. Edge Of Eternity - Ken Follett

  9. Landline - Rainbow Rowell

  10. The Art Of Asking - Amanda Palmer

Favorite live theater:


  1. Violet - Tabard Theater, San Jose 4/11

  2. Build - City Lights, San Jose 1/24

  3. Lake Effect - Lucie Stern, Palo Alto 3/7

  4. Once - San Jose Center For The Performing Arts 4/21

  5. M. Butterfly - City Lights, San Jose 3/20

  6. Book Of Mormon - San Jose Center For The Performing Arts 7/1

  7. Voice Of The Prairie - Dragon Theater 8/21

  8. Chicago - Palo Alto Players 9/12

  9. Or - Dragon Theater 10/2

  10. RFK - San Jose Stage Company 10/3

  11. Fallen Angels - Theatreworks, Mountain View 6/6

  12. Arcadia - Pear Theater, Mountain View 6/19

  13. Cowardy Custard - Stanford Summer Theater 8/13

  14. Emma - Theatreworks 12/10

  15. Exit, Pursued By A Bear - City Lights, San Jose 5/15

Favorite live shows in which I partook:

The Corner Laughers / Fun Of The Pier / Iain & The Orange Alert / The Cambridge Corncrakes / Dr. Mark Avery - The Portland Arms, Cambridge UK 9-November

The CL / FotP / King Courgette - Miller’s Yard, York UK 14-November

The CL / Anton Barbeau - The Beehive, Swindon UK 13-November

The CL / FotP / Lou & The Llamas / Plastic Jeezus - Duke Of Uke, London UK 8-November

The CL / Anton Barbeau / Eliza Skelton - Bombane’s, Brighton UK 12-November

Alison Faith Levy’s Big Time Tot Rock - Central Park, Santa Clara 6/13

Grasshopper Clock / Bag Of Kittens - Luna’s, Sacramento 1/17

The CL / Debbie Miller / & Yet - Conor Byrne, Seattle 8/27

The CL / William Cleere & The Marvellous Fellas - Devil’s Canyon, San Carlos 7/31

Andy Z - Courthouse Square, Redwood City 10/29

The CL / Blake Jones & The Trike Shop - Gazebo Gardens, Fresno 10/10

Alison Faith Levy’s Big Time Tot Rock - Golden Gate Park, San Francisco 4/4

The CL / Bellygunner - Shine, Sacramento 7/3

Andy Z - Marine Science Center, Redwood City 4/18

AFL Tot Rock - Naval Officer’s Club, Alameda 8/19

The CL / Anton Barbeau - Octopus Literary Salon, Oakland 9/6

The CL / The Rubinoos - Starry Plough, Berkeley 7/25

The CL - Redwood City Library 5/13

The CL / The Real Numbers / The Y Axes / The Honey Wilders - Hotel Utah, SF 12/4

Andy Z - Courthouse Square, Redwood City 9/13

Favorite “new” restaurants:

Kamakshi's Kitchen - San Carlos

Cafe Flora - Seattle

Blossoming Lotus - Portland

Bun Bun Bun - Hoxton, London, UK

Howie’s Artisan Pizza - Redwood City

Jhanj Thai - Ballard

Cha Cha Cha - Portland

Picture Cafe - Bingham, UK

Anna’s Vegan Cafe - Sacramento

Angkor Grill - Alameda

Favorite podcasts, radio shows, other long-form audio:

1. Pop Talk & Aliens - The William Cleere Podcast
2. Democracy Now
3. KZSU Time Traveler
4. Fresh Air
5. Twirl Radio
6. Tom Robinson Introducing
7. Serial
8. NPR Weekend Edition
9. KPFA Up Front
10. Twit Wit Radio

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