The Beard – EP 121 – Best So Far 2015 by Beard Radio on Mixcloud

Halfway to Music – 2015 Best So Far

With albums like To Pimp A Butterfly from Kendrick Lamar, Carrie & Lowell from Sufjan Stevens, Choose Your Weapon from Hiatus Kaiyote, The Epic from Kamasi Washington, From Kinshasa from Mbongwana Star, In Colour from Jamie xx, Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress from Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The Bad Plus Joshua Redman, Cortar Todo from Zu, Why Make Sense? from Hot Chip, it has been a great five months of epic hip hop, jazz, and rock music releases.

But there is so much more that is running under the mainstream of top 40 radio play. Which is why you should be thankful for Public Radio. Beard Radio on 89.7FM KUCB goes to the edge of the musical pantheon and stretches the seams of what is mostly unheard these days. Thankfully we are not alone. Many sing the praises of the following artists, but there are so many more ears yearning to hear, that there is more work needs be done. So press play on the Mixcloud podcast player above and listen:

Bop EnglishConstant Bop – Dani’s Blues / Sentimental Wilderness
Courtney BarnettSometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit – An Illustration of Loneliness (Sleepless in New York) / Dead Fox
Sleater KinneyNo Cities To Love – No Cities To Love / No Anthems
Hop AlongPainted Shut – The Knock / Powerful Man
Speedy OrtizFoil Deer – Raising the Skate / My Dead Girl
WaxahatcheeIvy Tripp – Under A Rock / Poison
VietcongVietcong – Continental Shelf
BlurThe Magic Whip – Go Out
Built To SpillUntethered Moon – Living Zoo