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Top Ten – Hope Arthur

Written by The Point 91fm. Posted in Lists, Local, Music


Hope Arthur's 2015 has been busy with her various musical projects being a Piano Instructor, composing for different art projects, leading the way for The Hope Arthur Orchestra and on top of that she is a accompanist for the Fort Wayne Ballet. It is difficult to even guess how much music Hope has absorbed during 2015. Hope wanted to share her top ten list, a list of what has colored her world in the year of 2015. (in no particular order)
Before we jump into her list, Hope wants to share her latest project a tribute to Hulk Hogan's "Hulk Rules" a cover of "I Want To Be A Hulkamaniac" and her next show is January 23rd at The Arts Lab in collaboration with Mikautadze Dance Theatre, The Hope Arthur Orchestra, and introducing Silbo Gomero and Saitnkini-Productions

Fugue from 33 Variations by Ludwig von Beethoven (piece) This was my first classical piano gig outside of a university setting without the help of my teacher. It was for a play. I had to perform this piece in the dark with a crazy man screaming at me. That’s a new experience to put under my belt!

The Music of Stones For The Resonating Stones of Elmar Daucher by Stephan Micus (album) To me, feeling anything resonate is a powerful experience. So naturally, when my friend introduced The Music of Stones to me I was very excited. I was having a very hard time musically, but the sounds of stones resonating was very healing.

Areski and Brigitte Fontaine – L’Incendie  (album) This album just plain rocks. I listened to it a lot when I moved into my new apartment. I should probably give it back to my friend now….

Kate Bush “50 Words for Snow” (song) A friend introduced Kate Bush to me this year. All of her music is brilliant, but if you haven’t heard 50 Words For Snow, you’re missing out. Go listen to it now! It’s amazing!

Justin Bieber “What Do You Mean?” (song) Before you judge me, I was working on a project where I had to compose a radio hit pop anthem. I spent weeks dissecting all sorts of pop music, including this song.

Bjork – Debut (album) I know this is the year of Vulnicura, but I actually spent more time listening to Debut. I love Bjork’s music so much that sometimes I’m afraid to listen to it.

Sylvan Esso – Self-titled  (album) Great album by a great band. I also saw them live in Indianapolis. Very important part of my year!

Pow Wow Songs Music of the Plains Indians (album) I’m super fascinated by Native American history. My friend and I did an album trade and he decided to share this one. I am so thankful.

Sergei Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini (piece) I’m actually not that crazy about this piece, but I’ve spent hours and hours and hours and hours helping a colleague arrange it for piano solo. So I had to include it on the list.

La Comtessa de Dia “A Chantar” (Trobairitz song from the 1100s) La Comtessa de Dia (or Beatriz de Dia) was a singer in the 1100s during a time when women were not encouraged to be musicians. Her music survives though and this song is an awesome description of her calling out a dude for playing with her heart. Part of my year involved organizing a concert featuring the works of female composers throughout history, and this was one of the songs we performed.

Hope and her Orchestra can be caught all around the city, keep up with them on their Facebook page and here is her cover of the Hulk Hogan original “I Want To Be A Hulkamaniac”

Sam Carroll’s Selections: 2015

Written by Sam. Posted in Lists

10. Panda Bear – Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper


Panda Bear’s funky electronic psychedelia maintains traces of his signature Beach Boy-esque poppiness but pushes the frontier of the Animal Collective’s aural legacy into a more mechanically organic creation.

Best Track: Come To Your Senses https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHQnMdPMZW4


9. Jeff Bridges – Sleeping Tapes

Jeff Bridges’ spoken word ambient album.

“Sleeping Tapes. Ha. I love that right there. And all that it implies, you know?
Sleeping Tapes.
Sleep, of course implies waking up.
Tapes – imply recording. Yeah? Sharing things. Sort of implies, you know, the past and the future. Things recorded in the past, to share in some future time.
(Sigh) I think ah, done everything… Ha Ha Ha.
Everything implies everything else, you know? Yeah. Sleeping Tapes.”

– Jeff

Best Track: Temescal Canyon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHEv-Go1Bcc


8. The Underachievers – Evermore: The Art Of Duality

Two of Brooklyn’s finest philosophically highlight contradictions in life while the stark duality of thought and behavior they explore manifests itself in two distinct phases of their album.

Best Track: Unconscious Monsters (Evermore Outro) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlhtMU_NFvo



7. Jenny Hval – Apocalypse, girl

A brilliant Norwegian singer with hybridized electro-instrumental backdrops gives a bird’s eye analysis of culture.

Best Track: Heaven https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ufcx1wamdkE


6. Youth Lagoon – Savage Hills Ballroom

Idaho’s 2011 lo-fi dreamy bedroom pop icon has developed his sound into a crisp, heavy, and unique array of electronic rock. Dealing with his own form of ennui, Trevor Powers’ lyrics explore loss and nostalgia in a replayable 40 minute ride.

Best Track: Free Me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8J-sPFZx-I

5. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear

Amidst cultural and existential ennui, Father John relates the multifaceted mysteries of the concept of love and the place it occupies over lush and complex instrumentation.

Best Tracks: Strange Encounter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hefr781v2pc

True Affection https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X36cTqByZ7c


4. Oddisee – The Good Fight

“Smart. Way smarter, way smarter than your average bear. And you gotta get that right off the tap, like, first things first, listening to Oddisee there’s just a couple of things you’re gonna have to acknowledge that are gonna go over your head, like just get ready for that… We’ve dumbed it down to the point where we want things to be super simple, we just want everyone to get it and Oddisee doesn’t really focus on that, I don’t think he really focuses on you getting it, I think he’d rather have you keep up with him, like actually use your brain for more than a hat rack, and you know, go ahead and keep pace with what’s going on in the music and if you need to rewind it, rewind it there’s no shame in that; if you need to look something up, look it up there’s no shame in that, but like, as far as the where the concepts are gonna go, and, and what the lyrics are gonna be, Oddisee is a dude who really holds that mark solid, and I think the only thing that keeps him from being mainstream is the fact that he won’t dumb down. Like he’s still fighting, I don’t know if it’s even fighting the good fight.”

– Worse Before Better

Best Tracks: Want Something Done https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0cGnfx4nWU

First Choice https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJJzyvjmZes

3. Jamie xx – In Colour

This album is British. A colorful feast for the senses, a smattering of stylistic influences come together here to weave an electronic web of sounds that define individual patterns within songs but transition effortlessly between those designs to form one cohesive and addictive journey. I, and most people I know, weren’t initially impressed by this album; after I started with the second last track and let it loop- infection.

Let it loop.

Best Tracks: The Rest Is Noise https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDiQgUS7HsE

Loud Places https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmtFPqZmOdU


2. Tame Impala – Currents

An album about change in a world solely defined by perpetual change. In a world solely defined by perpetual change, a word exists to define cultural pillars that embrace and contemplate the nature of the perpetual change that defines, enables, and is inextricably entangled with the concept of time itself: Timeless.

Enjoy the second law of thermodynamics.

Best Tracks: Let It Happen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ed6UeDp1ek

‘Cause I’m A Man https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hefh9dFnChY

1. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

“I remembered you was conflicted
Misusing your influence, sometimes I did the same
Abusing my power full of resentment
Resentment that turned into a deep depression
Found myself screamin’ in the hotel room
I didn’t wanna self destruct, the evils of Lucy was all around me
So I went runnin’ for answers”

Best Tracks: Wesley’s Theory https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0QtdISwioc

Alright https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z938ya2fbPo



Honorable Mentions:

Kurt Vile – B’lieve I’m Going Down

Cannibal Ox – Blade of the Ronin

Dan Deacon – Gliss Riffer

Deerhunter – Fading Frontier

Hiatus Kaiyote – Choose Your Weapon

The Internet – Ego Death

Jib Kidder – Teaspoon to the Ocean

Vince Staples – Summertime ’06

Top Ten – Kendra From The Snarks

Written by The Point 91fm. Posted in Lists, Local, Music


Kendra lead singer of The Snarks shared her top ten albums of the year. The Snarks will be holding their album release party for their brand new album “It’s like… Carpe, YOLO, Man” on February 6th at the Brass Rail.  The album will be available digitally on January 8th at thesnarks.com

10. White ReaperWhite Reaper Does it Again

Chalked full of garagey goodness

9. Purity RingAnother Eternity

I can’t help myself. This album is chill yet makes me want to dance.


This album means it’s time to party.

7. Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Style

Perfect chill vibe bummer jams for a rainy day.

6. Courtney BarnettSometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes Times I Just Sit.

Seeing her play this songs live made this album that much better to listen to. So so good.

5. DeerhunterFading Frontier

Every album they put out takes the band in a different direction. I dig the dreamy feel of this record.


This album brings it. It will melt your face off while making you wish there was a mosh pit in your living room.

3. Kurt Vileb’lieve I’m goin down

I’ll admit it, I’m completely obsessed with Kurt Vile. I may or may not have teared up a little when I saw him play this summer.

2. BullyFeels Like

The opening track “I remember” is such a perfect breakup song I’m genuinely bummed I didn’t write it.

  1. Sleater KinneyCities to Love

    I waited my entire adult life for them to put this album out and I must say it was worth it.


The Snarks new EP “It’s like… Carpe, YOLO” recorded by Jason Davis at Off the Cuff.  You can hear their song Counterfeit only on The Point 91fm and you can pick it up over on their soundcloud page.

Top Ten – Nate from Metavari

Written by The Point 91fm. Posted in Lists, Local, Music

Nate from Metavari

Recently I was asked to participate in a year-end list called “10×15” where designers re-imagine the album covers from their top 10 records of the year. I’ve felt incredibly lucky to be a part of the 10×15 project this year. When The Point asked for my year-end list, I thought a perfect recap would be to catalog my contributions to 10×15 here on their blog.

Be sure to check out all the designers involved in “10×15” at 10×2015.com!


Oneohtrix Point Never – Garden of Delete


An abrasive collage of seemingly unfinished avant EDM jammers. A 45-minute retreat for both the halcyon and the insane.


Night Beds – Ivywild


Singer-songwriter/alt-country is so rarely in my year-end list. Unless of course the singer-songwriter takes a huge risk, shifts gears, writes an electronic/r&b record in collaboration with his brother and nearly 20 other producers/musicians and hits the whole damn thing outta the park. Coincidentally, I was lucky enough to design the retail packaging for this thing.


Airbird & Napolian – Mr. Foolish


Debut collaborative full-length from Los Angeles producer, Napolian Evans, and easily one of my most admired living electronic music producers—Brooklyn’s, Joel Ford. To boot, “In The Zone,” is my favorite track of 2015.


Tame Impala – Currents


Gorgeously quirky pop songs. Previously disguised as psychedelic rock ‘n’ roll. Currently marinating in nostalgic electronics. Check please.


Beat Connection – Product 3


Sleek electropop who’s not afraid to deconstruct, experiment and risk accessibility for incredibly thoughtful composition. The curation of sounds—the whirlwind of production that can make or break an electronic record—feels virtually flawless on Product 3.


Cities Aviv – Your Discretion Is Trust


Hip-hop as seen through some sort of mangled lens that harkens to both industrial and rhythm & blues records of the early 90s. And also doesn’t.


Jamie xx – In Colour


I’ve listened to this record 247 times since May 29, 2015 and the plays do not appear to be slowing down just yet. Unfortunately for “In Colour,” three pretty remarkable records stole my heart this Summer and left this at #4. But that doesn’t tell you what this sounds like. It’s just more electronic music on my top ten. Somebody with the Wikipedia username, “AssortedLiquorice,” calls it “future garage.”


Blanck Mass – Dumb Flesh


Eight tracks encompassing the “sweeping emotional and physical power of sound.”


CFCF – The Colours of Life


CFCF (aka Mike Silver) wrote a single song building on themes from Phil Collins’ “Hand in Hand” and milestones from the 70’s new age label, Windham Hill Records. It’s a smooth, yet wildly rhythmic, instrumental pop adventure. A single 40-min song broken into 12 tracks. Reminiscent of moments in Steve Reich’s catalog or Edgar Froese/Tangerine Dream’s “Virgin Era.” Here’s the first 3:53.


Health – Death Magic


Drenched in darkness. Seeping beauty. Stomping out the light with such thunder while singing to you with tears in its eyes. There are tracks on Death Magic that just annihilate me. And yet tracks like “Life” or “L.A. Looks” that peel off like unabashed pop singles. That marvelous moment in life when you come across something that feels like it was made just for you. Death Magic was this for me in 2015.

You can listen to both Metavari’s electronic debut (Moonless) and their 7-inch single (Oh Diane) from this year on metavari.com.

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