ATN Writers' Best of 2015


Ian McFarlane


Top 10 Albums – Australian

  1. The Go-Betweens – G stands for Go-Betweens: The Go-Betweens Anthology Volume 1
  2. You Am I – Porridge & Hotsauce
  3. Jim Keays – Age Against the Machine
  4. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  5. Warumpi Band – Warumpi Band 4 Ever
  6. Various Artists – Buried Country 1.5 The Story of Aboriginal Country Music
  7. Shane Nicholson – Hell Breaks Loose
  8. Various Artists – When Sharpies Ruled
  9. The Id featuring Jeff St. John – Big Time Operators
  10. Various Artists – Come & See Me: Dream Babes & Rock Chicks from Down Under

Top 5 Albums – International

  1. Faces1970-1975: You Can Make Me Dance, Sing or Anything…
  2. Dr. FeelgoodI’m a Man: The Best of the Wilko Johnson Years 1974-1977
  3. Richard ThompsonStill
  4. Keith RichardsCrosseyed Heart
  5. HarmoniaComplete Works

Top 5 Books

  1. Clinton WalkerBuried Country, The Story Of Aboriginal Country Music (Revised and Updated Edition)
  2. Catherine Fleming & John Tait with Mic & Jim Conway – Captain Matchbox & Beyond: The Music & Mayhem of Mic & Jim Conway
  3. David Stubbs – Future Days: Krautrock and the Building of Modern Germany
  4. David N. Pepperell & Colin Talbot – 100 Greatest Australian Singles of the ’60s
  5. Stuart Coupe – Gudinski: The Godfather of Australian Rock ’n’ Roll

Top 5 Gigs

  1. Raised by Eagles (Queenscliff Festival)
  2. Canned Heat (Wangaratta Festival)
  3. Sean Kelly Trio / James Reyne Band (Corner Hotel, Richmond)
  4. Broderick Smith & the Backsliders (Way Out West Club)
  5. Dave Tice Band (Flying Saucer Club)

Rob Dickens


Top 10 Albums 

1. Traveler – Chris Stapleton

2. Nashville Obsolete – Dave Rawlings Machine

3. What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World – The Decemberists

4. Something More Than Free – Jason Isbell

5. A Fool To Care – Boz Scaggs

6. Blackbirds – Gretchen Peters

7. High On Tulsa Heat – John Moreland

8. The Phosphorescent Blues – Punch Brothers

9. Mother’s Not Feeling Herself Today – Suzannah Espie

10. Angeleno – Sam Outlaw

Top 10 Live Shows

1. Punch Brothers – Fayetteville Town Centre, Fayetteville Arkansas (August)

2. Darrell Scott (with Kenny Malone) – Downtown Presbyterian Church, Nashville (September)

3. Lucinda Williams – The Forum, Melbourne (December)

4. Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings – Ascend Amphitheatre, Nashville (September)

5. Donnie Fritts and John Paul White – City Winery, Nashville (September)

6. Steve Earle and The Dukes – Cumberland Caves, Tennessee (September)

7. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (and guests) – Ryman Auditorium, Nashville (September)

8. Hard Working Americans – George’s Majestic Lounge, Fayetteville Arkansas (August)

9. JJ Grey & Mofro – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne (October)

10. Dave and Phil Alvin – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne (April)

Top 10 Books

1. Careless Love by Peter Guralnick (Abacus)

2. This Wheel’s On Fire: Levon Helm and The Story of the Band by Levon Helm with Steve Davis (Chicago Review)

3. It Still Moves: Lost Songs Lost Highways & The Search For The Next American Music by Amanda Petrusich (Faber)

4. Just Kids by Patti Smith (Eccobooks)

5. Feels Like Going Home: Portraits in Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll by Peter Guralnick (Canongate)

6. The Mansion On The Hill by Peter Goodman (Random House)

7. They Came To Nashville by Marshall Chapman (Vanderbilt)

8. The Best Years of Our Lives by Richard Clapton (Allen & Unwin)

9. Where Did Our Love Go?: The Rise and Fall of The Motown Sound by Nelson George (University of Illinois)

10. Oxford American Southern Music Edition (Texas)

Andrew Hamlin


Top 10 Albums

 1.  Miles Davis:  Miles Davis At Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol. 4

 2.  Ernestine Anderson:  Ernestine Anderson Swings The Penthouse

 3.  Dizzy Gillespie:  Live At Ronnie Scott’s Vols. 1-4

 4.  Heads Of State:  Search For Peace

 5.  Gang Of Four:  What Happens Next

 6.  The Sonics:  This Is The Sonics

 7.  Shannon And The Clams:  Gone By The Dawn

 8.  Rocket From The Tombs:  The Black Record

 9.  Ariel Pocock:  Touchstone

10.  New Order:  Music Complete

Top 5 Books

1.  Wind/Pinball (reprint), by Haruki Murakami

2.  The Lotus Caves (reprint), by John Christoper

3.  Naked in the Woods: My Unexpected Years in a Hippie Commune, by

Margaret Grundstein

4.  Strawberry Yellow (A Mas Arai Mystery), by Naomi Hirahara

5.  The Good Shufu: Finding Love, Self, and Home on the Far Side of

the World, by Tracy Slater

Top 5 Films

1.   Jafar Panahi’s Taxi, directed by Jafar Panahi

2.  Faults, directed by Riley Sterns

3.   Foxcatcher, directed by Bennett Miller

4.  Satellite Girl And Milk Cow, directed by Jang Hyung-yoon

5.  Snow On The Blades, directed by Setsurô Wakamatsu

Top Gigs

None.  I never go out anymore!

Highlights of the Year!

Discovering Tacocat and Chastity Belt.  And Ariel Pocock. Discovering that the Sonics fulfilled my expectations, but the Gang of Four exceeded them.

Declaring bankruptcy!

Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM ( in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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