123 minutes

Up for Discussion

1. Introduction with Rachel West and Shane McNeil

– Our Top Five of 2015 –

2. THE FIVES (3:52)
3. THE FOURS (14:40)
4. THE THREES (30:15)
5. THE TWOS (51:00)
6. Past Guests Return with Their Top Picks (1:21:35)
7. THE ONES (1:27:14)


(00:00) “Spring” by My Morning Jacket
(05:47) “What Kind of Man” by Florence + The Machine
(09:16) “Anna” by Will Butler
(12:03) “Return to The Moon” by EL Vy
(16:05) “The Greatest” by Alabama Shakes
(19:47) “Dead Fox” by Courtney Barnett
(23:02) “Pistol Made of Bones” by The Arcs
(25:12) “Smooth Sailing by Leon Bridges
(29:15) “I Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd
(32:36) “King Kunta” by Kendrick Lamar
(36:24 “All Day” by Kanye West
(41:30) “Angels” by Chance the Rapper
(44:39) “When I See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa
(48:27) “Can’t Bring Me Down” by Awwreeoh
(51:00) “Everglow” by Coldplay
(55:00) “Hello” by Adele
(59:41) “Lazarus” by David Bowie
(1:05:47) “River” by Ibeyi
(1:09:49) “Fourth of July” by Sufjan Stevens
(1:14:22) “Easy Now” by Joan Shelley
(1:18:04) “Sprinter” by Torres
(1:21:35) “Dreams” by Beck
(1:26:45) “S.O.B.” by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
(1:30:38) “Biscuits” by Kacey Musgraves
(1:33:44) “Getting Ready to Get Down” by Josh Ritter
(1:36:40) “Under a Rock” by Waxahatchee
(1:38:43) “Bad Blood” by Ryan Adams
(1:42:20) “Feeling OK” by Best Coast
(1:45:35) “The Shade” by Metric
(1:49:03) “As Time Goes” by JR JR
(1:52:20) “Thank God for Girls” by Weezer
(1:55:44) “Price Tag” by Sleater Kinney
(1:59:34) “Clearest Blue” by CHVRCHES

Thoughts from your host…

It comes up at one point during the show, but when I look back on 2015 I don’t exactly see “a great year”. In my estimation “a great year” involves several future masterpieces…a cluster of home runs, if you will. Now while I don’t believe that 2015 had many of those, I do believe that there were an awful lot of triples, and doubles to the corner. Selections I believed to be really good…if not quite “great”.

Still, I would happily take a year like 2015 with all of its wonderful offerings and cinematic nourishment. Heck, when you get four of us around a table to talk about our top films and we pick sixteen different titles for twenty slots, you know there was a lot to cheer from.

So pour a glass of champagne and grab yourself a noisemaker…it’s time for a family affair.


As usual, if you’re curious about the songs used as bed music, the track list can be found above in the show notes.

As mentioned within the introduction, if you find the bed music distracting, a music-free version of this episode can be found here.

Thanks for tuning in to episode one-hundred-and-fifty, and all the best for the new year…


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