QUARTERLY REPORT: January – March 2015

Kendrick Lamar (via GQ)
Kendrick Lamar (via GQ)

The first quarter of 2015 is in the books, and there was enough music to fill an entire calendar year. From Kendrick Lamar to Sleater-Kinney, Viet Cong to Courtney Barnett, these three months have been some of the most fruitful for music in years. With albums from Kanye West, Chromatics, Rihanna, My Morning Jacket, Jamie xx, and a whole slew of others yet to be announced, the last nine months of the year are poised to bring even more excellent musical moments.

But these are the best songs and albums from January to March 2015.

TOP50TRACKS

50 Kotomi, “The Last Time”

49 Harriet Brown & Astronauts etc., “Fiction”

48 Panda Bear, “Crosswords”

47 Calexico, “Cumbia de Donde”

46 Róisín Murphy, “Gone Fishing”

45 Giorgio Moroder ft. Kylie Minogue, “Right Here, Right Now”

44 Torres, “Sprinter”

43 Passion Pit, “Where The Sky Hangs”

42 Kero Kero Bonito, “Picture This”

41 Hannah Cohen, “Keepsake”

40 My Morning Jacket, “Spring (Among The Living)”

39 Charli XCX ft. Rita Ora, “Doing It” (A.G. Cook Remix)

38 Action Bronson, “Actin’ Crazy”

37 Florence + The Machine, “What Kind of Man” (Nico Jaar Remix)

36 Modest Mouse, “Of Course We Know”

35 Kanye West, “All Day”

34 Django Django, “Reflections”

33 Twin Shadow, “Flatliners”

32 Kendrick Lamar, “King Kunta”

31 Meek Mill, Big Sean, & A$AP Ferg, “B Boy”

30 Jessica Pratt, “Strange Melody”

29 Rae Sremmurd, “This Could Be Us”

28 Lower Dens, “Ondine”

27 Carly Rae Jepsen, “I Really Like You”

26 Sufjan Stevens, “No Shade In the Shadow of the Cross”

25 Courtney Barnett, “Depreston”

24 Modest Mouse, “Shit In Your Cut”

23 Drake, “Energy”

22 Kendrick Lamar, “Hood Politics”

21 Earl Sweatshirt, “Grief”

20 Viet Cong, “March of Progress”

19 Björk, “Stonemilker”

18 Sufjan Stevens, “Fourth of July”

17 Unknown Mortal Orchestra, “Multi-Love”

16 Låpsley, “Brownlow”

15 Grimes, “REALiTi”

14 Hot Chip, “Huarache Lights”

13 Chromatics, “Just Like You”

12 Sleater-Kinney, “Price Tag”

11 Lower Dens, “To Die In L.A.”

10 Jamie xx ft. Romy Madley-Croft, “Loud Places”

9 Tobias Jesso Jr., “How Could You Babe”

8 Father John Misty, “True Affection”

7 Natalie Prass, “My Baby Don’t Understand Me”

6 Sufjan Stevens, “Should Have Known Better”

5 Jenny Hval, “That Battle Is Over”

4 Tame Impala, “Let It Happen”

3 Chromatics, “I Can Never Be Myself When You’re Around”

2 Courtney Barnett, “Pedestrian At Best”

1 Kendrick Lamar, “The Blacker the Berry”

TOP20ALBUMS

20 Purity Ring, another eternity

19 Låpsley, Understudy EP

18 Rae Sremmurd, Sremmlife

17 Matthew E. White, Fresh Blood

16 Laura Marling, Short Movie

15 Earl Sweatshirt, I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside

14 Panda Bear, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper

13 Lower Dens, Escape From Evil

12 Jessica Pratt, On Our Own Love Again

11 Drake, If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late

10 Modest Mouse, Strangers to Ourselves

9 Natalie Prass, Natalie Prass

8 Tobias Jesso Jr., Goon

7 Björk, Vulnicura

6 Sleater-Kinney, No Cities To Love

5 Viet Cong, Viet Cong

4 Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit And Think, Sometimes I Just Sit

3 Father John Misty, I Love You, Honeybear

2 Sufjan Stevens, Carrie & Lowell

1 Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp A Butterfly

Here are previous Quarterly Reports from January-March 2013 and 2014.

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