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

Pure Pop YearEnders: Jason Cooley

I’m Jason Cooley and I play guitar and sing in Blue Button.

Other things I liked:

Battles – “La Di Da Di”
Thee Oh Sees – “Mutilator Defeated At Last”
Dan Deacon – “Gliss Riffer”
Scharpling & Wurster – “Best Of The Best Show”
Unwound – “No Energy”

Pure Pop YearEnders: Nathaniel Lewis

Here’s a full list of my fav albums. good job, 2015, you made me proud!!!!! best year a dad could ask for!!!!!

1) Jamie xx – In Colour
2) Kendrick Lamar – TPAB
3) JLin – Dark Energy
4) Arca – Mutant
5) Bjørk – Vulnicura
6) Grimes – Art Angels
7) Disasterpeace – It Follows OST
8) Kuedo – Assertion of a Surrounding Presence
9) Vince Staples – Summertime ’06
10)Oneohtrix Point Never – Garden of Delete
11)Anthony Naples – Body Pill
12)Floating Points – Elania
13)Drake – If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late
14)Jeff Bridges – SLeep Tapes
15)Rafael Anton Insari – A Fragile Geonetry

Pure Pop YearEnders: Stan Payne

I am a music lover who grew up with old school rock music from the 50’s to present. Not to boast, but my music collection keeps growing every time I shop for decent CD’s and vinyl at independent record stores including Pure Pop Records. I relate to most of the music I listen to. They are autobiographical and are soundtracks to my life. Anyway, the albums I chose above are what I think are the best music of the year that you probably wouldn’t hear anywhere else, but your local independent record store.