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  • Favorite Books, Films and Music of 2015

    Holy shit, a lot happened this year. As usual, lots of touring with lots of different bands and artists. Waking up in California, going to sleep in Manhattan. Taking ambien and watching films on airplanes all the way to Milan and back. Some really cool records I played on got released this year. The two I'm most proud of are Matthew Mayfield's Coquette and Bob Schneider's King Kong. I played guitars and wrote songs for so many cool projects coming out in 2016. I scored my first film and produced my first record. I even started working on my very own solo record (due out summer of 2016). It was a lovely, heartbreaking year. Though I won't forget it, I'm relieved it's all over. Here is some of the art I consumed this year that kept me alive and humming when the world felt impossible and strange. Maybe it can do the same for you. Happy new year whoever and whever you are.

    1. The Last Night of the Earth Poems by Charles Bukowski
    2. Enter Night: A Biography of Metallica by Mick Wall
    3. Burning In Water, Drowning In Flame by Charles Bukowski
    4. The Pleasures of the Damned by Charles Bukowski
    5. Sound Man by Glyn Johns
    6. The Believing Brain by Michael Shermer
    7. Love Is A Dog From Hell by Charles Bukowski
    8. Rights of Man by Thomas Paine
    9. Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
    10. KISS and Makeup by Gene Simmons

    1. Maps to the Stars (David Cronenberg)
    2. Sicario (Denis Villeneuve)
    3. Anomalisa (Charlie Kaufman)
    4. The Lobster (Yorgos Lanthimos)
    5. Trumbo (Jay Roach)
    6. The Hateful Eight (Quentin Tarantino)
    7. Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller)
    8. The End of the Tour (James Ponsoldt)
    9. Ex Machina (Alex Garland)
    10. Spotlight (Tom McCarthy)

    1. Listen To Me Marlon (Stevan Riley)
    2. Best of Enemies (Robert Gordon)
    3. An Honest Liar (Tyler Measom)
    4. Going Clear (Alex Gibney)
    5. Happy Valley (Amir Bar-Lev)
    6. The Jinx (Andrew Jarecki)
    7. I am Chris Farley (Brent Hodge)
    8. Lost Soul (David Gregory)
    9. Cobain: Montage of Heck (Brett Morgen)
    10. Back In Time (Jason Aron)

    1. Spring (Justin Benson/Aaron Moorhead)
    2. Deathgasm (Jason Lei Howden)
    3. Goodnight, Mommy (Severin Fiala)
    4. Bone Tomahawk (S. Craig Zahler)
    5. Faults (Riley Stearns)
    6. The Green Inferno (Eli Roth)
    7. We Are Still Here (Ted Geogeghan)
    8. The Final Girls (Todd Strauss-Schulson)
    9. The Visit (M. Night Shyamalan)
    10. It Follows (David Robert Mitchell)

    1. Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit
    2. Wolf Alice - My Love Is Cool
    3. Butch Walker - Afraid Of Ghosts
    4. The Damnwells - The Damnwells
    5. Phoebe Bridgers - Killer
    6. Slayer - Repentless
    7. Puscifer - Money Shot
    8. Jessie Baylin - Dark Place
    9. The Neighbourhood - Wiped Out
    10. Kristin Diable - Create Your Own Mythology

    You can hear a curated playlist of my favorite songs of 2015 by following this Spotify link. enjoy!