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Spanspek's Favorite Music of 2015 - Aaron Gomes

Que dicen gueys?!  Enjoying your egg nog and cookies?  After a long  year celebrating our 10th anniversary, we here at Spanspek Headquarters are more than ready to partake in all the holiday festivities.  But before all that we'll be looking back on our favorite music of the past year.  It's super tight y'all.  And like we did last year, we've asked a few of our friends to help us out! So warm up your eyeballs and take a read of our first guest blog from Sound N Vision Foundation's own AARON GOMES!
I will forever remember 2015 as the year my son and I started diving deeper into vinyl.  Most of our purchases were jazz-based, but here are a few 2015-released records that were spun pretty consistently around the house.

The Universe Smiles Upon You (Late Night Tales)
This was hands down the record we spun the most at my house in 2015.  If I was drawing or painting, sending emails, or just chillin', this record always made for the perfect soundtrack.  The Houston, Texas-based trio take melodic and scale cues from 60s and 70s Thai music as their main influence.  Their predominantly instrumental music feels free and other-worldly in the best ways...check 'em out.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Multi-Love (Jagjaguwar)
Perhaps it's because I caught an amazing set from this band in L.A. a few months ago (they've got a killer new keyboard player), along w/ the nostalgia of hosting these guys in Visalia a couple times in the past, but this band never lets me down.  Once again their trippy lyrical subject matter and unique approach to song and recording make them a stand-out.

Tame Impala
Currents (Modular Recordings) 
I'm pretty sure everybody has heard this band at this point in time. At first I must admit that their new soul and slightly R&B direction took me a minute to get into.  But the brave stylistic shift just proved how much depth Kevin Parker has as a songwriter and self-producer.  Dude is a genius.  He too has yet to make a bad record.  And once again, with a few extra listens this time, he won me over.

Kamasi Washington
The Epic (Brainfeeder)
Well duh, the album is called "The Epic".  If you are a patient listener, there are some sweet moments on this loooooong player.

Courtney Barnett
Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit (Marathon Artists)
This album makes me think of all the quirky and playful 90's Pavement lyrics  I used to live by.  She's pretty dang great.
Thanks for the great picks Aaron!  This guy knows a thing or two about music, so be sure to check out all the shows Sound N Vision has coming up!  

Thanks for reading and we'll be back with more guest blogs as well as our own lists of favorite music of 2015!


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