Episode 12: Jim Hanke & Records of 2015

RECORDED AS POP CULTURE CLUB:  It's been awhile since I've podcasted but there's a slew of episodes coming your way for the next month or so.  First up, I welcome to the show, live in-studio, music enthusiast and vinyl expert Jim Hanke, who will soon become a part of The Now Playing Network family next month!   I asked him to stop on by so we could talk music for 2 hours, including his podcast plans, our Nick Digilio connection, and other pop culture tidbits.  The bulk of the conversation revolves around our favorite records of 2015, starting with some honorable mentions, then at about the 46 minute mark, we reveal our Top 5 favorites. Our lists will be available in blog form, in a couple of days over at Pop Culture Club in case you missed a title.  Can't thank you enough for listening as always, and mad props to Jim for his expertise and enthusiasm.  

00:00 - 01:30 -  Intro / Nick Digilio Mention
01:31 - 46:05 -  Jim Hanke Introduction / 2015 Records (Runners-Up)
46:06 - 1:06:59 - Top 5 Records of 2015 (Numbers 5 & 4)
1:07:00 - 1:07:28 -  "Bury Our Friends" - Sleater-Kinney
1:07:29 - 1:44:30 - Top 5 Records of 2015 (Numbers 3, 2, 1)
1:44:31 - 1:54:14 -  My Other Favorites / Outro
1:54:15 - 1:55:00 - "Mind On Fire" - Dan Deacon

Jim Laczkowski's Favorite Records of 2015
1. Bully - Feels Like
2. Torres - Sprinter
3. Courtney Barnett - Sometimes, etc.
4. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly
5. Algiers - Algiers
6. Natalie Prass - Natalie Prass
7. Florence and the Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
8. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell
9. Hop Along - Painted Shut
10. Destroyer - Poison Season

Honorable Mention
Deafheaven - New Burmuda
Sleater-Kinney - No Cities To Love
Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment – Surf
Wilco - Star Wars
Julia Holter - Have You In My Wilderness
Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon
Churches - With Every Open Eye
The Mountain Goats – Beat The Champ
Dan Deacon - Gliss Riffer

Jim Hanke's Favorite Records of 2015
Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear
Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free
Maritime - Magnetic Bodies/Maps of Bones
Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith
David Bazan - Bazan Monthly, Vol. 2

Honorable Mention...
Adele - 25
Chvrches - Every Open Eye
Drake - If You're Reading This, It's Too Late
Glen Hansard - It Was Triumph We Once Proposed EP
The Weeknd - Beauty Behind the Madness