So Far So Good: OpenAir Hosts’ Favorite Releases From The First Half Of 2015

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We've reached the halfway point of 2015, so it's time to look back at the music released so far this year.

OpenAir staff members picked their 10 favorite albums from the first six months of 2015. Check out their lists below and watch videos from their top picks. And be sure to tune in Friday, July 3 for our So Far So Good special. From 6 a.m. to midnight, we'll be playing some of our favorite music released in 2015.

Mike Flanagan

  1. Courtney Barnett: "Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit"
  2. Father John Misty: "I Love You, Honeybear"
  3. Sleater Kinney: "No Cities To Love"
  4. Blur: "The Magic Whip"
  5. Bjork: "Vulnicura"
  6. Belle and Sebastian: "Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance"
  7. Kendrick Lamar: "To Pimp A Butterfly"
  8. Sufjan Stevens: "Carrie & Lowell"
  9. Death Cab for Cutie: "Kintsugi"
  10. Leon Bridges: "Coming Home"

Jessi Whitten

Alisha Sweeney

  1. Young Fathers: "White Men Are Black Men Too"
  2. Purity Ring: "Another Eternity"
  3. Courtney Barnett: "Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit"
  4. Land Lines: "The Natural World"
  5. Alabama Shakes: "Sound & Color"
  6. Stelth Ulvang: "and as always the infinite cosmos"
  7. Colleen Green: "I Want To Grow Up"
  8. The River Arkansas: "Golden Light" 
  9. Belle and Sebastian: "Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance"
  10. Dirty Few: "Party Or Don't"

 

Scott Carney

(in alphabetical order)

  • Arthur Russell: "Corn"
  • Belle and Sebastian: "Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance"
  • Courtney Barnett: "Sometimes I Sit and Think And Sometimes I Just Sit"
  • Father John Misty: "I Love You, Honeybear"
  • ​Jose Gonzalez: "Vestiges & Claws"
  • Holly Herndon: "Platform"
  • Torres: "Sprinter"
  • Sufjan Stevens: "Carrie & Lowell"
  • Thee Oh Sees: "Mutilator Defeated At Last"
  • Viet Cong: "Viet Cong"

 

Aaron 'Loki' Johnson

  • Jose Gonzalez: "Vestiges & Claws"
  • Kendrick Lamar: "To Pimp A Butterfly"
  • Belle and Sebastian: "Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance"
  • Torres: "Sprinter"
  • Courtney Barnett: "Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit"
  • Modest Mouse: "Strangers To Ourselves"
  • Desaparecidos: "Payola"

Local releases:

  • Strawberry Runners: "When We Were Good"/"Hatcher Creek" (single)
  • Oko Tygra: "Glass Jaw"/"Plasticine"
  • Clouds and Mountains: "Slumber"

 

Daniel Mescher

  1. Lower Dens: “Escape From Evil”
  2. Holly Herndon: “Platform”
  3. My Morning Jacket: “The Waterfall”
  4. Jamie xx: “In Colour”
  5. Mitski: “Bury Me At Makeout Creek”
  6. Torres: “Sprinter”
  7. Kendrick Lamar: “To Pimp A Butterfly”
  8. Sufjan Stevens: “Carrie & Lowell”
  9. Colleen Green: “I Want To Grow Up”
  10. Panda Bear: “Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper”