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Best of 2015…So Far

The year is only half over, and already there are too many great new records to keep up with. Jim and Greg take a breath and catch you up with the Best of 2015…So Far.

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Spotify music personalization agent Ajay Kalia talks to Jim and Greg about a recent study of their users. Based on their account data, he found that as people get older, they listen to less and less popular music. As frequent“new music”listeners, our own not-quite-teenage hosts are curious why this is happening?

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The Best Albums of 2015…So Far

As of June 2015, Greg and Jim have already reviewed over a dozen records. Being good critics, they're going to point you towards some of their favorites of the year.

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Review: Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment Surf

Out now is a debut for the new collective Chance the Rapper and the Social Experiment. Surf smoothly combines rap, soul and pop as well as it seamlessly blends its different musicians. Chance's childhood pal Donnie Trumpet fronts the band. Although Chance is the big name, he appears on fewer than half the tracks. That's not a problem for Greg. He thinks the record's sonics showcase a variety of sounds, musicians and friendships. Greg is even inticed by the fact they have big name rappers laying down rhymes over a harp. He gives it a Buy It. Jim agrees, adding that Surf showcases light and positivity present in neighborhoods where violence is all too prevalent. He calls it“inspired and brilliant,”and says Buy It.

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Featured Songs

  1. Alphaville, Forever Young, Forever Young (Single), WEA, 1984
  2. Jamie xx feat. Romy, SeeSaw, In Colour, Young Turks, 2015
  3. Joe Esposito, You're the Best, The Karate Kid Soundtrack, Casablanca, 1984
  4. Wire, Shifting, Wire, Pink Flag, 2015
  5. Torres, Sprinter, Sprinter, Partisan, 2015
  6. Torres, Strange Hellos, Sprinter, Partisan, 2015
  7. Bully, Reason, Feels Like, Columbia, 2015
  8. Bully, I Remember, I Remember (Single), Columbia, 2015
  9. Van Hunt, Puddin', The Fun Rises, the Fun Sets, Godless Hotspot/Thirty Tigers, 2015
  10. Low Cut Connie, Danny's Outta Money, Hi Honey, Contender Records, 2015
  11. Shamir, In for the Kill, Ratchet, XL, 2015
  12. Courtney Barnett, Nobody Really Cares if you Don't Go to the Party, Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit, Mom + Pop Music, 2015
  13. Kendrick Lamar, How Much a Dollar Cost, To Pimp a Butterfly, Interscope, 2015
  14. Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment, Sunday Candy, Surf, Self-Released, 2015
  15. Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment, Miracle, Surf, Self-Released, 2015
  16. Jim Croce, Operator (That's Not the Way It Feels), You Don't Mess Around With Jim, ABC, 1972
  17. Zola Jesus, Dangerous Days, Dangerous Days (Single), Mute, 2014
  18. Major Lazer and DJ Snake feat. MØ, Lean On, Lean on (Single), Mad Decent, 2015
  19. Sisyphus, Rhythm of Devotion, Sisyphus, Asthmatic Kitty, 2014
  20. Sisyphus, Lion's Share, Sisyphus, Asthmatic Kitty, 2014

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