Music Supervisors, Music Consultants and Music Coordinators :: Best Albums of 2015

Music Supervisors, Music Consultants and Music Coordinators :: Best Albums of 2015

As the year comes to a close, we asked forty music supervisors, music consultants and music coordinators to list their favorite albums, EPs, songs and reissues of 2015.

ABE BRADSHAW – REEL FINE MUSIC
ABE
1. White Reaper – Whiter Reaper Does It Again
2. Wet Blankets – Rise Of Wet Blankets
3. Fuzz – II
4. Titus Andronicus – The Most Lamentable Tragedy
5. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
6. Torche – Restarter
7. Metz – II
8. Mikal Cronin – MCIII
9. PINS – Wild Nights
10. FIDLAR – Too

ALEX HANCOCK – MUSIC SUPERVISOR
ALEX
Carly Rae Jepsen – E*MO*TION
Elsyia Crampton – American Drift
Future – DS2
Jlin – Dark Energy
Micachu and the Shapes – Good Sad Happy Bad
Oneohtrix Point Never – Garden Of Delete
Smurphy – A Shapeless Pool Of Lovely Pale Colours
Tame Impala – Currents
Viet Cong – Viet Cong
Young Thug -The Barter 6

ALICEN SCHNEIDER – NBCUNIVERSAL TV & UNIVERSAL CABLE PRODUCTIONS
ALICEN
1. Early Winters – I Want To Break Your Heart
2. Big Data – 2.0
3. Deerhunter – Fading Frontier
4. Youth Lagoon – Savage Hills Ballroom
5. Lana Del Rey – Honeymoon
6. FKA Twigs – M3LL 155X
7. Lower Dens – Escape From Evil
8. Cocteau Twins – Pink Opaque (Re-issue)
9. The Weeknd – Beauty Behind The Madness
10. Tame Impala – Currents

AMANDA KRIEG THOMAS – NEOPHONIC
Music Supervisors, Music Consultants and Music Coordinators :: Best Albums of 2015
San Fermin – Jackrabbit
Lord Huron – Strange Trails
CHVRCHES – Every Open Eye
Algiers – Algiers
Grimes – Art Angel
Troye Sivan – Blue Neighborhood
MS MR – How Does It Feel
Wolf Alice – My Love Is Cool
Son Lux – Bones
Hamilton – (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

BEN HOCHSTEIN – MUSIC SUPERVISOR
ben and owen
Sufjan Stevens – Carrie and Lowell
Beach Slang – The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us
Jamie XX – In Colour
Grimes – Art Angels
Colleen Green – I Want to Grow Up
MICK and Leon Bridges – Coming Home to Texas (Mixtape)
Sheer Mag – II 7″
FKA Twigs – M3LL155X EP
White Reaper – Does It Again
Lizzo – Big GRRRL Small World

BEN SOKOLER – METALMAN MEDIA
Music Supervisors, Music Consultants and Music Coordinators :: Best Albums of 2015
Sufjan Stevens – Carrie and Lowell
Punch Brothers – Phosphorescent Blues
Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
Kamasi Washington – The Epic
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love
Vulfpeck – Thrill of the Arts
Tame Impala – Currents
Tobias Jesso Jr. – Goon
The Arcs – Yours Dreamily
Deerhunter – Fading Frontier

BRANDY RICKER – mcgarrybowen
BRANDY
Kamasi Washington – The Epic
Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
Slime – Company
Donnie Trumpet & The Socialist Experiment – Surf
Potatohead People – Big Luxury
Janet Jackson – Unbreakable
Kendrick Lamar – How to Pimp a Butterfly
Leon Bridges – Coming Home
Dr. Dre – Compton
Erykah Badu – But You Can’t Use My Phone Mixtape


BRETT WEYHRICH – IGNITION CREATIVE
BRETT
Panda Bear – Meets the Grim Reaper
BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface – Sour Soul
Golden Dawn Arkestra – S/T (released in 2016)
Sudakistan – Caballo Negro
Johnny Jewel – Lost River OST
Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Style
Bob Dylan – The Cutting Edge Bootleg 1965-1966
Shannon & The Clams – Gone by the Dawn
Jamie XX – In Colour
Viet Cong – S/T

CHRIS MUCKLEY – KCRW + SIRIUSXMU
CHRIS
1. Boxed In – Boxed In (Nettwerk)
2. Car Seat Headrest – Teens Of Style (Matador)
3. Houndmouth – Little Neon Limelight (Rough Trade)
4. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love (Jagjaguwar)
5. B.C. Camplight – How To Die In The North (Bella Union)
6. Kamasi Washington – The Epic (Brainfeeder)
7. Leon Bridges – Coming Home (Columbia)
8. Deerhunter – Fading Frontier (4AD)
9. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit (Mom + Pop)
10. Jr Thomas & The Volcanos – Beware (Truth & Soul)

CHRIS RESTIVO – TOY BOX
CHRIS
Tame Impala – Currents
Cart Seat Headrest – Teens Of Style
Bayonne – Bayonne (Unreleased)
Kamasi Washington – The Epic
C Duncan – Architect
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
Khruangbin – The Universe Smiles Upon You
Boxed In – Boxed In
Natalie Prass – Natalie Prass
Girl Band – The Early Years EP

CHRIS SWANSON – SECRETLY GROUP
CHRIS SWANSON
Julien Baker – Sprained Ankle (6131 Records)
Christine and the Queens – s/t (Because)
Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear (Sub Pop)
Grimes – Art Angels (4AD)
Julia Holter – Have You in My Wilderness (Domino)
Jessica Pratt – On Your Own Love Again (Drag City)
Royal Headache – High (What’s Your Rupture?)
Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell (Asthmatic Kitty)
Vince Staples – Summertime ’06 (Def Jam)
Youth Lagoon – Savage Hills Ballroom (Fat Possum)

DAN WILCOX – KCRW
Music Supervisors, Music Consultants and Music Coordinators :: Best Albums of 2015
1. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear (Sub Pop)
2. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color (ATO)
3. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell (Asthmatic Kitty)
4. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit (Mom + Pop)
5. Beach House – Depression Cherry (Sub Pop)
6. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love (Jagjaguwar)
7. Toro Y Moi – What For? (Carpark)
8. C Duncan – Architect (Fat Cat)
9. Deerhunter – Fading Frontier (4AD)
10. Ryley Walker – Primrose Green (Dead Oceans)

DANNY EXUM – WORKSHOP CREATIVE
DANNY
Algiers – Algiers
Big Data – 2.0
Big Grams – Big Grams EP
Erykah Badu – But You Caint Use My Phone
Jamie xx – In Colour
Joey Bada$$ – B4.DA.$$
Kamasi Washington – The Epic
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
Khrunangbin – The Universe Smiles Upon You
Pops Staples – Don’t Lose This
Viet Cong – Viet Cong
Vince Staples – Summertime 06

DAVID HAYMAN – SUPERGROUP SONIC BRANDING CO.
David Hayman
Christopher The Conquered – I’m Giving Up On Rock N Roll
Kurt Vile – Pretty Pimpin
Pops Staples – Don’t Lose This
Andy Shauf – The Bearer Of Bad News
Leon Bridges – Coming Home
Tobias Jesso Jr. – Goon
Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think….
FIDLAR – Too
Drake – Hotline Bling
Etiquette – Reminisce

DONDREA ERAUW – INSTINCT
DONDREA
CHVRCHES – Every Open Eye
Ellie Goulding – Delirium
The Paper Kites – twelvefour
Mumford & Sons – Wilder Mind
For Esmé – Sugar
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love
Ryn Weaver – The Fool
Tame Impala – Currents
Halsey – Badlands
Leon Bridges – Coming Home

GABE HILFER – FULL PURSUIT
Gabe
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
Son Little – Son Little
Dr Dre – Compton
A$AP Rocky – At Long Last A$AP
Leon Bridges – Coming Home
Alabama Shakes – Sound and Color
Lord Huron – Strange Trails
Big Data – 2.0
Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I just Sit

GARY CALAMAR – GO MUSIC
gary
Courtney Barnett – “Depreston”
Kurt Vile – “Pretty Pimpin”
Best Coast “Feeling Ok”
Christine – “Tilted”
Matthew E. White – “Rock and Roll is Cold”
Paper Pilots – “The Weather”
Holly Miranda – “All I Want Is To Be Your Girl”
Decembrists – “Make You Better”
Louise Goffin and Joseph Arthur – “If I’m Late”
Elle King – “Ex’s and Oh’s”

GAVIN ALEXANDER – VAPOR MUSIC
GAVIN
US Girls – Half Free
Olivia Chaney – The Longest River
Benjamin Hermann – Windows Wide Open
Eska – Eska
Hiatus Kayote – Chose Your Weapon
Kamasi Washington – The Epic
Fiona Bevan Talk to Strangers
Floating Points – Elaenia
Electric Jalaba – Merhaba
Shy Kids – Lofty

HOLLY WILLIAMSON – IGNITION CREATIVE
HOLLY WILLIAMSON
Chelsea Wolfe – Abyss
Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
Gary Clark Jr. – The Story of Sonny Boy Slim
Björk – Vulnicura
Hillsong UNITED – Empires
Leikeli47 – Leikeli47
Brandi Carlile – The Firewatcher’s Daughter
Best Coast – California Nights
Kurt Vile – B’lieve I’m Goin Down
Active Child – Mercy

IAN SHEIN – PICTURE MUSIC COMPANY
IAN
1. Panda Bear – Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
2. Rival Consoles – Howl
3. Jamie XX – In Colour
4. Floating Points – Elaenia
5. Ought – Sun Coming Down
6. Deerhunter – Fading Frontier
7. Lower Dens – Escape from Evil
8. Tobias Jesso Jr. – Goon
9. De Lux – Generation
10. Mas Ysa – Seraph

JACKIE PALAZZOLO – VICE
JACKIE P
1. Foxing – Dealer
2. The Wonder Years – No Closer To Heaven
3. The World Is A Beautiful Place – … Harmlessness
4. Adventures – Supersonic Home
5. Turnover – Peripheral Vision
6. Wavves – V
7. Beach Slang – The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us
8. Waxahatchee – Ivy Tripp
9. Majical Cloudz – Are You Alone?
10. Frank Turner – Positive Songs For Negative People

JASON KRAMER – KCRW
JASON
Disclosure – Caracal
Jamie XX – In Colour
Rudimental – We the Generation
Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
Kamasi Washington – The Epic
James Bay – Chaos and the Calm
Borns – Dopamine
Boxed in – Boxed in
Leon Bridges – Coming Home
Liane La Havas – Blood

JEMMA BURNS – LEVEL TWO MUSIC
JEMMA BURNS
1. Utakata no Hibi by Mariah (reissue)
2. Half Free by U.S. Girls
3. Sicario (OST) by Jóhann Jóhannsson
4. Press Color by Lizzy Mercier Descloux (reissue)
5. Have You In My Wilderness by Julia Holter
6. Melbourne, Florida by Dick Diver
7. Currents by Tame Impala
8. Nocna Hudba by Floating Points
9. Naturally by Jaakko Eino Kalevi
10. Nozinja Lodge by Nozinja

JEN MALONE – BLACK & WHITE
JEN MALONE
Ghost B.C. – “Cirice”
Major Lazer – “Too Original (feat. Elliphant & Jovi Rockwell)”
The Mynabirds – “Hanged Man”
Titiyo – “Drottningen är Tillbaka”
Beach House – “Space Song”
POP ETC – “Running In Circles”
Troye Sivan – “Wild”
M.I.A – “Borders”
Justin Bieber – “What Do You Mean?”
Wolf Alice – “Turn To Dust”

KASEY TRUMAN – CHOP SHOP
KT
BØRNS – Dopamine
Brandon Flowers – The Desired Effect
Mikky Ekko – Time
Brandi Carlile – The Firewatcher’s Daughter
Ryan Adams – 1989
Sam Dew – Damn Sue
Pretend – Seinabo Sey
Son Little – Son Little
Christine And The Queens – Christine And The Queens
Adele – 25

JENNIFER SMUCKLER – LIONSGATE TELEVISION MUSIC
JENNIFER SMUCKLER
1. Wolf Alice – My Love Is Cool
2. Jamie XX – In Colour
3. Foals – What Went Down
4. Florence and the Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
5. Brandi Carlile – The Firewatcher’s Daughter
6. Hot Chip – Why Make Sense
7. The Staves – If I Was
8. Tame Impala- Currents
9. Drenge- UnderTow
10. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell

JOHN MCMAHON – THE EGGPLANT STEREO/COLLECTIVE
Johnny McMahon
All Get Out – Movement
A$AP Rocky – At. Long. Last. A$AP.
Better Off – Milk
Carly Rae Jepsen – Emotion
Chvrches – Every Open Eye
Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
Drake – If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late
The Front Bottoms – Back On Top
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
Pentimento – I, No Longer

JUSTIN GAGE – AQUARIUM DRUNKARD / MUTATO MUZIKA
justin gage
Kamasi Washington – The Epic
Ought – Sun Coming Down
The Velvet Underground – Velvets Matrix Tapes
Dungen – Allas Sak
Deerhunter – Fading Frontier
Jim O’Rourke – Simple Songs
Gloria Ann Taylor – Love Is A Hurtin’ Thing
Jessica Pratt – On Your Own Love Again
Ryley Walker – Primrose Green
Protomartyr – The Agent Intellect

LAURA KATZ – CORD WORLDWIDE
LAURA KATZ
Mild High Club – Timeline
Jessie Baylin – Dark Place
American Culture – The Olympia Sessions
Seinabo Sey – Pretend
Estelle – True Romance
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
JD McPherson – Let the Good Times Roll
Mac DeMarco – Another One
Deep Creep – Deep Creep
Braids – Deep in the Iris

LAUREN MIKUS – MUSIC SUPERVISOR
LAUREN
Numero Group (Various Artists): Ultra High Frequencies – The Chicago Party
Lee Hazelwood The Very Special World of Lee Hazelwood (Reissue)
Amanaz – Africa (Reissue)
Beach House – Thank Your Lucky Stars
Thee Oh Sees – Mutilator Defeated at Last
Lana Del Rey – Honeymoon
Deerhunter – Fading Frontier
Joanna Newsome – Divers
Ringo Deathstarr – Pure Mood
Jack Name – Weird Moons

MADELINE DOWLING – CHOP SHOP
MADELINE
1. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
2. Deerhunter – Fading Frontier
3. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
4. SLEEPWALKERS – Greenwood Shade
5. Shamir – Ratchet
6. Bully – Feels Like
7. Carly Rae Jepsen – Emotion
8. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – Surf
9. Eskimeaux – O.K.
10. Miguel – Wildheart

MATT MUGFORD – NBCUNIVERSAL
Music Supervisors, Music Consultants and Music Coordinators :: Best Albums of 2015
Tame Impala – Currents
Son Lux – Bones
Foals – What Went Down
Seinabo Sey – Pretend
Brandon Flowers – The Desired Effect
Youth Lagoon – Savage Hills Ballroom
On An On – The Wave Has Two Sides
Ellie Goulding – Delirium
Ryan Adams – 1989
Mikky Ekko – Time

MATTHEW SMITH – VICE
matt smith
LA Priest – Inji (Domino)
Darkstar – Foam Island (Warp)
Max Richter – From Sleep (Deutsche Grammophon)
Grimes – Art Angels (4AD)
Bad Bad Hats – Psychic Reader (Afternoon)
Shamir – Ratchet (XL Recordings)
Savant – Artificial Dance (RVNG Intl.) reissue
Tei Shi – Verde (Mom + Pop)
Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell (Asthmatic Kitty)
Carly Rae Jepsen – E-MO-TION (Interscope)

MAURA DUVAL GRIFFIN – MUSIC SUPERVISOR
MAURA
The Helio Sequence – The Helio Sequence
Dave Gahan & Soulsavers – Angels & Ghosts
Youth Lagoon – Savage Hills Ballroom
Ludovico Einaudi – Elements
Foals – What Went Down
Tobias Jesso Jr. – Goon
Son Lux – Bones
Beach House – Depression Cherry
Algiers – Algiers
Mew – +/-

MICHAEL TURNER – MEDIA CREATURE PROPERTIES
MT_Happy Holidays
Father John Misty – I Love Your Honey Bear
Miya Folick – Strange Darling
Ryan Adams – 1989
Carley Rae Jespen – Emotion
Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love
Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit
Butterfly Child – Lost in These Machines
Tame Impala – Currents
New Order – Music Complete

NATALIE HAYDEN – PARAMOUNT MUSIC
Music Supervisors, Music Consultants and Music Coordinators :: Best Albums of 2015
1. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
2. Benjamin Clementine – At Least For Now
3. Major Lazer – Peace is the Mission
4. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
5. Foals – What Went Down
6. Florence & The Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
7. Jamie XX – In Colour
8. Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast recording)
9. Caribou – Our Love (Expanded Edition)
10. Halsey – Badlands

OMAR HERRERA – IGNITION CREATIVE
OMAR
1. John Carpenter – Lost Themes (Sacred Bones)
2. Chelsea Wolfe – Abyss (Sargent House)
3. HEALTH – Death Magic (Loma Vista)
4. Ratatat – Magnifique (XL Recordings)
5. BadBadNotGood & Ghostface Killah – Sour Soul (Lex Records)
6. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear (Sub Pop)
7. Tame Impala – Currents (Universal)
8. Moon Duo – Shadow of The Sun (Sacred Bones
9. Gary Clark Jr. – The Story of Sonny Boy Slim (Warner Bros.)
10. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly (Aftermath/Interscope)

REBECCA RIENKS – E! ENTERTAINMENT / NBCUNIVERSAL
Rienks + Slash-2
1. FIDLAR – Too
2. Clarence Clarity – No Now
3. Tunde Olaniran – Transgressor
4. Son Lux – Bones
5. METZ – II
6. Bob Moses – Days Gone By
7. Vince Staples – Summertime ’06
8. Disclosure – Caracal
9. Empress Of – Me
10. Algiers – Algiers

SEAN HAMILTON – SUPERGROUP SONIC BRANDING CO.
sean
Dawes – All Your Favourite Bands
Drake – If Your Reading This Its Too Late
Oh Wonder – Oh Wonder
Lord Huron – Strange Trails
Tobia Jesso Jr – Goon
Leon Bridges – Coming Home
The Decemberists – What A Terrible World, What A Wonderful World
Decaparecidos – Payola
Ezra Furman – Perpetual Motion People
Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats – Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats

SCOTTY TAYLOR – SUPERGROUP SONIC BRANDING CO.
SCOTTY
The White Buffalo – Love and the Death of Damnation
Lucero – All A Man Should Do
Kurt Vile – b’lieve i’m going down
Gaz Coombs – Matador
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – s/t
Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
Beach Slang – The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us
Chris Stapleton – Traveller
Ryan Bingham – Fear and Saturday Night
Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free

SUZANNE CAMPANA – AV SQUAD
SUZANNE
Björk – Vulnicura
Kamasi Washington – The Epic
Ibeyi – Ibeyi
Kendrick Lamar – King Kunta
Eartheater – Rip Chrysalis
Young Fathers – White Men Are Black Too
HEALTH – Death Magic
Jamie XX – In Colour
Django Django – Born Under Saturn

TODDRICK SPALDING – MOB SCENE
TODDRICK
10. Ceremony – The L-Shaped Man (Matador)
9. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell (Asthmatic Kitty)
8. Ought – Sun Coming Down (Constellation)
7. Meat Wave – Delusion Moon (SideOneDummy)
6. Viet Cong – Viet Cong (Jagjaguwar)
5. Makthaverskan – Witness 7″ (Luxury)
4. Hamilton Leithauser and Paul Maroon – I Could Have Sworn (Leithauser + Leithauser)
3. Father John Misty – I Love You Honeybear (Sub Pop)
2. Protomartyr – The Agent Intellect (Hardly Art)
1. Pops Staples – Don’t Lose This (Anti)

WHITNEY PILZER – FULL PURSUIT
whitney
Atlas Genius – Inanimate Objects
Big Grams – Big Grams EP
The Bird and The Bee – Recreational Love
MisterWives – Our Own House
BØRNS – Dopamine
Charli XCX – Sucker
T.I. – Da ‘Nic EP
Kacey Musgraves – Pageant Material
Mini Mansions – The Great Pretenders
Beach House – Depression Cherry
Rae Sremmurd – SremmLife
Oh Wonder – Oh Wonder