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GORILLA VS. BEAR’S ALBUMS OF 2015

GvsB ALBUMS OF 2015

We feel pretty confident proclaiming 2015 the best year for new music this decade, and we'd even go so far as to say it's been arguably our favorite year in the history of this site. So many stars seemed to serendipitously align this year — our 10th as a blog — for sounds that veered right into our own personal, sometimes insular little lane: the triumphant return of Grimes; the improbable meteoric rise of Leon Bridges from seemingly out of nowhere (i.e., right here in our own backyard); a sweet, thoroughly relatable, '90s-hip-hop-inspired record from Panda Bear (our favorite artist); two Beach House albums in the span of two months; D'Angelo with probably the best show we've seen since the last time he rolled through town 15 years ago; Grouper started a pop group; the summer of Jamie xx; and on and on. If 2015 had seen the release of Dear Tommy and new music from Shabazz Palaces or Burial (all still possible, I suppose), our blog might have imploded.

With all of that said, I still feel like we went as deep as ever this year, and as always, there were some genuinely incredible hidden gems to uncover if you spent a little time digging. Let us know how your year went as you check the full list of our 50 favorite records of the year, and lose yourself in our nearly 3-hour-long spotify playlist:

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photos: Gorilla vs. Bear V starring Jamie xx, Lower Dens, Tei Shi + more

JAMIE XX IN COLOUR LIVE

Still basking in the afterglow of both amazing, sold-out Gorilla vs. Bear V shows in Dallas + Austin, and one the most memorable and magical weekends of our lives. Massive thanks to Jamie xx, Lower Dens, Tei Shi, Bop English, Yumi Zouma, Prince Innocence, DJ Sober, and of course, everyone at the Granada, the Mohawk, and Transmission for making it happen. Can't wait to do it again next year. Live shots by the great Bill Ellison + more polaroids after the jump...

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Panda Bear vs. GvsB takeover: Come To Your Senses video premiere

PANDA BEAR x GvsB TAKEOVER

Rua da Rosa is the narrow but main street cut through the Bairro Alto neighborhood here in Lisbon. Visitors mainly stock the area during the day but its perhaps the principle target for partying Lisbon teenagers Thursday through Sunday nights...

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Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper details + download Panda Bear’s Mr Noah EP

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Well this is a pleasant surprise: Panda Bear drops a brand new EP out of nowhere, featuring one of the best jams from his incredible new album Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper. In addition to "Mr Noah," the EP features 3 non-album b-sides: "Faces in the Crowd", "Untying the Knot", and "This Side of Paradise". Listen to the EP in its entirety below + download it now on iTunes. PBVSGR is out January 13, 2015, pre-order the 3xLP here. You can also see some of Danny Perez's PBVSGR visuals here. Tracklist after the jump...

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premiere: Leon Bridges – Coming Home

LEON BRIDGES COMING HOME

It's been way too long since we were blown away by someone from around here, but we feel like these brilliant throwback soul jams from Crowley's Leon Bridges are pretty undeniable. We don't know much about Bridges at this point, and it's hard to believe that this kid channeling a young Sam Cooke comes from our own backyard, or anywhere, but we can't escape the promise of greatness we keep hearing in his timeless songs...

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GvsB IV

GvsB IV

We are psyched to finally announce the 2014 edition of our annual summer showcase: GvsB IV happens on Friday, September 12, 2014, at the Granada Theater here in Dallas. This year is special, as we are beyond honored to present arguably our single favorite artist in the history of this site, Noah Lennox, aka Panda Bear, whose Person Pitch remains one of the most influential and acclaimed albums of the past decade, and whose current live set (complete with all new material + mind-warping visuals from Animal Collective collaborator Danny Perez) is one of the best shows we've ever experienced...

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favorites of 2014.5

2014.5

These are our favorite things from the first half (roughly) of 2014, complete with an incomplete soundcloud playlist:

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ALBUMS
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01 SHABAZZ PALACES - Lese Majesty
02 DOSS - Doss EP
03 LEWIS - L'Amour (reissue)
04 FEAR OF MEN - Loom
05 FREDDIE GIBBS + MADLIB - Piñata
06 YUMI ZOUMA - Yumi Zouma EP
07 THE WAR ON DRUGS - Lost in the Dream
08 ANA CAPRIX - For Seven Nights This Island Is Ours
09 SCHOOLBOY Q - Oxymoron
10 JEROME LOL - Deleted / Fool EP
11 ANGEL OLSEN - Burn Your Fire For No Witness
12 MARK BARROTT - Sketches From An Island
13 CEO - Wonderland

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SONGS
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01 SHABAZZ PALACES - Forerunner Foray
02 FUTURE - Benz Friendz (feat...

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gorilla vs. bear’s albums of 2013

ALBUMS OF 2013

Here is the list of our favorite releases of 2013: not quite as deep as last year's list, which probably has more to do with our increasingly/intently focused listening habits (I feel like I listened to nothing but Anxiety for a month straight early this year, thus its spot at the top) than the quality of this year's offerings. Check our selections + a very emotional accompanying BEST OF 2013 mix (and Spotify playlist) below, and as always, we'd love to hear your thoughts on anything we might have overlooked. Stay tuned for the GvsB songs of 2013 list -- easily my favorite post every year -- coming soon...

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mp3: gorilla vs. bear halloween mix 2013

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mp3: Booty Fade – GvsB III official mix

GvsB III x BOOTY FADE

If this doesn't convince you to grab your tix, you're probably a lost cause: the official GvsB III mix by Dallas' own Booty Fade. Featuring this year's GvsB III stars Danny Brown, Blue Hawaii, HAERTS, Empress Of, and Booty Fade, plus GvsB alums Glass Candy and more, brilliantly mixed by Sober + Picnic...

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