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Spanspek's Favorite Music of 2015 - Joshua Tehee

Our look back on the music of 2015 continues with a great favorites list from Fresno Bee writer, Flowing With Famous podcast host, and It'll Grow Back frontman JOSHUA TEHEE!
The nationals (in no order)

Skeletons (Nuclear Blast Entertainment)
The long awaited covers album. Whether you think its genius or garbage (and the reviews are split) depends heavily on your love Glen Danzig (and also pitch harmonics). It is an odd record and a bit of a "fuck you I'll do what I want" to everyone but his fans. 

His fans will love it.

Bleeder (Sargent House)
Mutoidman in the collaborative metal band from guitarist Stephen Brodsky (Cave In) and  Ben Koller (Converge). I am reminded of "Screaming Life" era Soundgarden, though somewhat more technical and refined? 

Slim Bone Head Volt
Vol. 1 (Buddhabug Records)
The most anticipated album of 2015 for me was this jazz-punk spoken word project from Vincent D'Onofrio (yes, that Vincent D'Onofrio). Fourteen tracks of full-on jazz freak outs and performance-art poetry. Not for fans of pop music certainly, but at turns hilarious, hauntingly beautiful and dare I say, bad-ass.    

Definitely, the most commercial album on my list. No one does banshee-wailing rock epics better than Florence.  

The Bronx
IV (Original Signal Recordings)
This is cheat, because the album was released in 201, but it was new-to-me in 2015, so I'm counting it. I've always heard the Bronx described as a hardcore band, but I don't pick that up here. The songs are certainly in-your-face aggressive. They are also big, loud, bad-ass and catchy as hell.  
The locals (in no order)

The Ecology (Mass Appeal)
This could arguably be on the nationals list, seeing at it was released on Mass Appeal Records and has a host of big-name cameos (Nas, Busta Rhymes, Aloe Blacc). The most important record from a local artist this year.

Grizzly City Boys 
Grizzly City USA (The I.A.N. Group)
This mix tape from Fashawn's Fresno-centric side project features "Early 2000s," which I had on repeat for several weeks and may be my favorite song of the year. The seven-track mix tape was produced by local hip-hop powerhouse Jukebawks and features fellow Fresno MCs Otis Reed, Halo, Omar Aura.    

The Subtractions
It's Exposed (Hozac Records)
A rediscovered recording from Fresno's first punk band (featuring a  pre-Capitol Punishment Dale Stewart). Released on the Chicago label HoZac Records. It's like Fresno's own "A Band Called Death."

Lance Canales' bass growl falls somewhere between Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits (or maybe Nick Cave), playing on top of  a stripped-down bare-bones folk music. It's Americana roots blues. It's also pure Central California. Canales' debut album (on Austin, Texas label Music Road Records) did well on the Americana charts in Europe, apparently.

It'll Grow Back
Mosquito Pool (Get Faced Records)
Fourteen tracks of ballsy, retro-punk rock. Of course, I am biased.
[Editor's Note - Josh was kind enough of send over a copy of the new album and we're happy to say that it kicks some ass! We're particularly fond of the title track. By the time this blog is out the album should be available through their website. Get on that shit son!]
And that's it for today folks! Tune in the rest of this week for Spanspek's favorite music of the year, including lists for local albums and singles! IT'S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR!


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