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The top 124 local releases of 2015

It's time for our annual countdown of the top local releases of the year, as determined by a count of spins by all of our WXDU DJs.

Numbers 68-36 are being counted down Sunday 12/27 from 4-6 p.m, and numbers 35-1 will be counted down on Sunday 1/3, again from 4-6 p.m.

Unfortunately, there isn't enough airtime to count down all 124 releases, so here are the lower 56:

69: Polyorchard: Color Theory in Black and White

70: Lowland Hum: Lowland Hum   

71: Patois Counselors: Patois Counselors 7"

72: No Love Dogs//Wolves 7"

73: Bandway: Buddies

74: Elephant Micah: Where in Our Woods

75: Steph Stewart and the Boyfriends: Nobody's Darlin'

76: Lack: Atemporal

77: American Aquarium: Wolves

78: Monologue Bombs: Single

79: Ruscha: 2015 EP

80: 6 String Drag: Roots Rock N Roll

81: Boneslinger: Boneless Cuts

82: Dogs Eyes: 2015 EP

83: Mandolin Orange: Such Jubilee

84: Terrace Heater: Harris Teeter

85: AL Riggs and The Inconveniences: And I You

86: Alpha Cop: Acid Cop

87: Magnolia Collective: Coldest Winter

88: Songs from the Road Band: Traveling Show

89: Tashi Dorji: Appa

90: Villages: Procession Acts

91: Canine Heart: Sounds Live on the Moon

92: Greg Hawks: What Goes Around

93: Weedeater: Goliathan

94: Lost Trail: One Day We'll All Walk Outside and Stare Up at the Blameless Sky and Wait for Something to Happen

95: Malcolm Holcombe: The RCA Sessions

 

Web Stream Upgrades

We've put some effort into improving our web streams recently, and now that the work is pretty much done, I thought I'd do a quick writeup.

First off, it's worth pointing out that for the past little while, we've actually had four streams for you to choose from. They're all linked from the Internet Streams page, which you can also reach from the "Other" link in the upper-right-corner of every page.

In addition to the 128k MP3 stream that is at the main Listen Now link (and playable via the mini-player on the homepage), we have three other varieties for you to choose from:

 

WXDU's Top 65 NC Releases of 2014

Based on airplay by all of our DJs during the 2-month period each album was on playlist. I’m pretty sure I’ve never had the same band back-to-back in the top 5 before.

1 - John Howie Jr & the Rosewood Bluff - Everything Except Goodbye
2 - T0W3RS - TL;DR
3 - See Gulls - 2 Songs
4 - Hiss Golden Messenger - Bad Debt
5 - Hiss Golden Messenger - Lateness of Dancers
6 - Reigning Sound - Shattered
7 - Dex Romweber Duo - Images 13
8 - Solar Halos - Solar Halos
9 - Various - Merge 25th Anniversary Covers EP
10 - Daniel Bachman - Orange County Serenade
11 - Lilac Shadows - No Dark / No Light
12 - Humble Tripe - The Giving
13 - Last Year’s Men - Underwhelmed
14 - Datahata - Spectral Cities
15 - Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba - The Great Peace
16 - Sylvan Esso - Sylvan Esso
17 - Horseback - Piedmont Apocrypha
18 - Silent Lunch - Late to Bloom
19 - Horizontal Hold - This is Not a Living
20 - Logical Sound Discovery - Thrill Seeker
21 - Shipwrecker - III
22 - Wesley Wolfe - Numbskull
23 - The Loudermilks - The Loudermilks
24 - The Tender Fruit - The Darkness Comes
25 - Dan Melchior und das Menace - Hunger
26 - Jenks Miller/JJ Toth - Roads to Ruin
27 - Curtis Eller’s American Circus - How To Make it in Hollywood
28 - Sagan Youth Boys - Annotated Universe
29 - Ezekiel Graves - Chthonic Journey