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Top Records of 2015: 13-7

13. The Sonics - This is the Sonics (Revox)

Who would expect a band that hasn't released a record for more than forty years to rock so hard? This is the Sonics undoubtedly shows that rock and roll is not necessarily a young person's game. The Sonics prove they still have what it takes in spades, delivering a record that has all the power of their early recordings with the levels turned up to eleven. The recording sounds crisp and clean, and the band has power to spare. The mono recording captures the power and passion of a group that sounds psyched to still be playing together and does not lessen the sheer visceral impact of their chosen material and performances. While it does not quite match the intensity of their 60s recordings, the album packs a wallop. Gerry Roslie still has the pipes to belt out frantic rock and roll numbers and Larry Parypa plays some riffs that could teach the youngsters a thing or two. Rob Lind blows his sax with the expected squall. The n…

Top Records of 2015: Honorable Mentions

Honorable Mentions (In No Particular Order):

Fuzz - Fuzz II (In The Red)

Meatwave - Delusion Moon (SideOneDummy)

Hop Along - Painted Shut (Saddle Creek)

The Bottle Rockets - South Broadway Athletic Club (Bloodshot)

Lucero - All A Man Should Do (ATO)

Will Johnson - Swan City Vampires (Undertow)

Turnpike Troubadours - Self-Titled (Bossier City)

Lou Barlow - Brace the Wave (Domino)

Eileen Jewell - Sundown Over Ghost Town (Signature Sounds)

Yo La Tengo - Stuff Like That There (Matador)