Best of 2015...So Far & Opinions on Donnie Trumpet

Best of 2015 So Far

The year is only half over, and already there are too many great new records to keep up with. Jim and Greg take a breath and catch you up with the Best of 2015...So Far.

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Spotify music personalization agent Ajay Kalia talks to Jim and Greg about a recent study of their users. Based on their account data, he found that as people get older, they listen to less and less popular music. As frequent "new music" listeners, our own not-quite-teenage hosts are curious why this is happening?

The Best Albums of 2015...So Far

As of June 2015, Greg and Jim have already reviewed over a dozen records. Being good critics, they're going to point you towards some of their favorites of the year.


  • Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit
  • Low Cut Connie, Hi Honey
  • Bully, Feels Like
  • Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly
  • Wire, Wire


  • Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly
  • Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit
  • Shamir, Ratchet
  • Van Hunt, The Fun Rises, The Fun Sets
  • Torres, Sprinter

Surf Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment

Donnie Trumpet

Out now is a debut for the new collective Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment. Surf smoothly combines rap, soul and pop as well as it seamlessly blends its different musicians. Chance the Rapper's childhood pal Donnie Trumpet fronts the band. Although Chance is the big name, he appears on fewer than half the tracks. That's not a problem for Greg. He thinks the record's sonics showcase a variety of sounds, musicians and friendships. Greg is even inticed by the fact they have big name rappers laying down rhymes over a harp. He gives it a Buy It. Jim agrees, adding that Surf showcases light and positivity present in neighborhoods where violence is all too prevalent. He calls it "inspired and brilliant," and says Buy It.

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