Pure Pop YearEnders: Brendan Meryman

Hi. I’m Brendan. I fix bicycles. Here are my closing thoughts:

There was a lot of good music this year. Kurt Vile and Leon Bridges didn’t make my top five probably because I simply didn’t listen to their albums enough. Both of their albums were fantastic and deserve a lot more attention. Listen to music, have fun, and don’t forget to smile at strangers.

Pure Pop YearEnders: Mason Dixon

Thanks for reading. There was a lot of good music this year. Check out my Best of 2015 playlist if you have Spotify.

Other albums I liked:

Bedroom Eyes – Honeysuckle
Infinity Girl – Harm
Cheatahs – Mythologies
Wavves/Cloud Nothings – No Life for Me
Turnover – Peripheral Vision

Pure Pop YearEnders: Willie Strausser

2015 has been one of the best years for music in recent memory. It seems like interesting stuff is being made all across the board in every genre. After a relatively lackluster 2014, it’s been refreshing to say the least.

Honorable mentions:

Beach House – Depression Cherry
Elder – Lore
Hop Along – Painted Shut
Max Richter – Sleep
Misþyrming – Söngvar elds og óreiðu
Mgła – Exercises in Futility
Napalm Death – Apex Predator – Easy Meat
Oneohtrix Point Never – Garden of Delete

Pure Pop YearEnders: Justin Christopher Poulin

I’m Justin. I’m an analyst at Vermont Student Assistance Corporation by day, and a bartender at Four Quarters Brewing by night.

Honorable mentions this year include:
6) Tasseomancy – Palm Wine Revisited
7) Sufjan Stevens – Carrie and Lowell
8) Madaila – The Dance
9) Big Krit – It’s Better This Way
10) Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
11) Deerhunter – Fading Frontier
12)Destroyer – Poison Season
13) Major Lazer – Peace Is The Mission
14) Tame Impala – Currents
15)Hop Along – Painted Shut

Bye for now.

Pure Pop YearEnders: Shawn Beaulieu

My name is Shawn. I’m a master’s candidate in biochemistry/computational biology at McGill University.

Here are some other albums I liked:

– “Platform” by Holly Herndon
– “Poison Season” by Destroyer
– “In Colour” by Jamie xx
– “Carrie & Lowell” by Sufjan Stevens
– “Viet Cong” by Viet Cong
– “Vega INTL. Night School” by Neon Indian
– “Fading Frontier” by Deerhunter
– “Natalie Prass” by Natalie Prass
– “Ivy Tripp” by Waxahatchee
– “Black Messiah” by D’Angelo and the Vanguard (technically released in 2014)
– “Last Forever” by Westkust
– “Currents” by Tame Impala
– “The Powers That B” by Death Grips
– “Abyss” by Chelsea Wolfe
– “A New Place 2 Drown” by Archy Marshall
– “Xe” by Zs
– “Never Were the Way She Was” by Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld
– “Blood” by Lianne La Havas
– “B4.DA.$$” by Joey Badass
– “Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper” by Panda Bear
– “The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us” by Beach Slang
– “Angels Rig Hook” by Amnesia Scanner
– “Mutant” by Arca
– “Painted Shut” by Hop Along
– “The Most Lamentable Tragedy” by Titus Andronicus

Pure Pop YearEnders: Annie Russell

By day, I produce All Things Considered for VPR, and at night I tell jokes. You can find me hosting a monthly show called CRINGE!, where I convince people to share their old embarrassing artwork and music.

There were a few other records that I loved this year, Beach House and Carly Rae Jepsen stand out. Also Kendrick Lamar, Grimes, and many others. Listen to them all and have a happy new year, please.

Pure Pop YearEnders: Karla Noboa

Hello i’m karla and i work part-time at pure pop. My list this year seriously surprised me, but these were the albums I listened to most. I went to a lot of concerts this year and here are my top 3 favorites from the 2015:

3. Mac DeMarco @ the frendly gathering — this one was a personal dream come true
2. TOPS @ Waking Windows 5 — TOPS is my favorite band and seeing a full house of burlington peeps freaking out over them was awesome, plus i danced a lot
1. Terrible Records Showcase @ CMJ — This lineup was INCREDIBLE: Porches, Kirin J. Callinan, Empress Of, etc

Pure Pop YearEnders: Charlie Shatters

Charlie Shatters is shunted by his former self who is running backwards in time trying to escape his current near-constant state of oblivion but keeps on finding even larger forms of tragedy in history, goddamn was the holocaust horrific, how do human beings continue to live with these atrocities bearing down on our consciousness.
bush did 9/11.

Pure Pop YearEnders: Liam Connors

Lots of other great records worth checking out from 2015. Here are some other ones I dug:

Xe – Zs
A Year With 12 Moons – Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
Fading Frontier – Deerhunter
Thank Your Lucky Stars – Beach House
b’lieve i’m going down – Kurt Vile
Viet Cong – Viet Cong
Oneohtrix Point Never- Garden of Delete
Divers – Joanna Newsome
La Vie Est Belle/Life is Beautiful – Petite Noir
The Agent Intellect – Protomatyr
Painted Shut – Hop Along
Trading Basics – Palm
Vertigo – The Necks