Friday, January 5, 2001

McQ's Best Of 2015 Vol 2 - Women Who Rock

1. Strange Hellos - Torres
2. Elevator Operator - Courtney Barnett
3. Fangless - Sleater-Kinney
4. The Beigeness - Kate Temptest
5. Buddy In The Parade - Hop Along
6. Wishing Well - Screaming Females
7. La Loose - Waxahatchee
8. Desire - Dilly Dally
9. Freazy - Wolf Alice
10. Raising The Skate - Speedy Ortiz
11. Ideal World - Girlpool
12. Carrion Flowers - Chelsea Wolfe
13. Bad Year - Evans The Death
14. Trying - Bully
15. Air - Waxahatchee
16. Horseshoe Crabs - Hop Along
17. Some People - Colleen Green
18. Moaning Lisa Smile - Wolf Alice
19. Triumph - Screaming Females
20. Pedestrian At Best - Courtney Barnett
21. Sprinter - Torres
22. A New Wave - Sleater-Kinney

Track List / Mix Write-up / Spotify /
McQ's Favorite Albums Of 2015
McQ's Favorite Songs Of 2015

About The Albums/Songs On This Mix: For broad stretches of 2015, it felt like if it weren't for female rock artists, there wouldn't have been any rock and roll at all. But God bless these female artists, they came through in a serious way.

Carrion Flowers, courtesy of Sacramento-based rocker Chelsea Wolfe, is the most challenging track on this mix, and a solid representative of her fascinating 2015 album The Abyss, which saw Wolfe taking her powerhouse goth/folk vocals and setting them against the darkest, hardest hitting  instrumentation of her career, an often intoxicating, organic blend of industrial and black metal influences.  I liked several tracks on the album, but this track really seemed to strike a nerve with a certain segment of the listening population, and ended up appearing in multiple commercials, movie/television trailers, and video games over the last year.

Bad Year is my favorite track from London-based indie-rock act Evans The Death's sophomore LP Expect Delays. which was a fairly eclectic outing, even though overall it demonstrated a clear stylistic shift into harder-hitting, more post-punkish territory.

As much as I liked Bad Year, I can't say I loved the album in full, but it is definitely worth a listen as it does contain some other appealing songs, especially the title track and Intrinsic Grey.

Desire is the hard-charging opening track from the promising young Toronto quartet Dilly Dally's full-length debut Sore.  Centered around the grungy talents of one-time high school besties Liz Ball and Katie Monk (sister of Tokyo Police Club's David Monk), the album's screeching yet melodic vocals and thundering, fuzzed-out guitars will appeal to just about any fan of early 90s Pacific Northwest grunge acts like Hole. In addition to Desire, I am also a big fan of the Sore tracks Green, Ice Cream, and Purple Rage.

Ideal World is the opening cut and my favorite track from LA teenage electric guitar and bass duo Girl Pool's fine full length debut Before The World Was Big. Full of humor, teen-angst and punkish-brio (though at a fraction of punk's volume), their music is deeply indebted to the work of 90s female trailblazers such as Julianna Hatfield and Liz Phair, but feels very much a part of this moment in time, though their songs also feel like they would have been a perfect fit for the Juno soundtrack a few years back.

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