Favorite Things of 2015: Volume 2

It's been a year...

It's safe to say that 2015 has been a C R A Z Y year for everyone here at Feed The Beat - in all the best ways! We welcomed 200 new artists to the program, got to watch tons of awesome bands in so many awesome cities, we threw three intimate parties with Pandora Radio, celebrated the first ever Taco Bell pop-up container store in Austin... we could keep going, but we'll wrap it up by reiterating it's been a CRAZY awesome year.

As we start to close the book on 2015 and look towards an exciting 2016, we talked to a bunch of our Feed The Beat friends about what their highlights of the last year were. This the second of six celebratory lists, with over 30 artists dishing on their faves. Take a look, take notes, and enjoy!

7 Minutes In Heaven's Five Favorite Things

1. American Candy, The Maine: "This album was the soundtrack to our year. Every tour we did it was constantly playing and setting the vibes."
2. Seeing Matthew Perry at a coffee shop in L.A.: "To add to the hype of playing The Roxy, down the road was Chandler Bing from FRIENDS in all his glory."
3. Gay Marriage was federally legalized: "More of a serious note than the others on the list. But it's really cool to see something so important in the world accomplished this year."
4. Our Van!: "Although it didn't have A/C until after the summer, we bought our first van this year. Her name is W√úZZAMOBILE and we love her dearly."
5. Playing our first House Of Blues venue: "It's such a milestone as a band to play House Of Blues. We not only played our first one this year, we were lucky enough to play 3 of them!"

Allison Weiss's Five Favorite Things

1. The National Womens Soccer League: Womens soccer is my number one favorite thing I discovered in 2015. Did you see the USWNT win the f**k out of the World Cup? They were incredible. Watching this performance got me into the NWSL. Nothing better than watching a bunch of extremely talented ladies being total badasses. My team is Seattle Reign. I got into them via Rapinoe, and quickly fell in love with Little, Fishlock, Winters, and all the other incredible players on this perfect team. If you're new to the sport or the league, get ready to be impressed and addicted. And pick up some merch. Even though these ladies arguably play better and smarter than their male counterparts, they're paid a fraction of the amount the dudes are getting. Loving the NWSL feels like loving underground music. Get into it.
2. Peau De Loup: As a queer person with female body but a pretty androgynous taste in style, it's hard for me to find clothes that fit me the way I want them to. Enter Peau De Loup. I discovered this brand this year and immediately bought 5 shirts. They're my new go-to and I want them to be huge. The company was started by a girl who much like myself, was just looking for that menswear in a fit made for women. So she created it. I couldn't be more thankful.
3. Rix's Tavern in Wilcox, AZ: When I was on the New Love Tour this past fall, my tourmates and I stopped for a night in Wilcox, AZ. There was a cheap hotel there with great reviews, so that's where we landed. We decided to go out and explore this tiny town and ended up at a bar called Rix's (literally pronounced Rixes). We danced, we shot pool, we did karaoke, we made friends with the locals. I sang Carrie Underwood like it was my job. Talk about a one-of-a-kind experience.
4. Dr Pepper, My New Tour Van: Last winter, my band and I were in a super rough accident on I-80 in Wyoming. We hit some ice and flipped our van. Luckily we all walked away unscathed, but the van was toast. Thanks to incredibly generous donations from fans and friends and family, I was able to buy my "new" van. It's a 2002 Ford E350 V10, baby. It's a powerhouse. It's maroon. It's name is Dr Pepper. For some reason I always pictured myself in a maroon tour van. I hope Dr Pep lasts me the 200k miles I know she's got in her.
5. Side One Dummy Records: Y'all, I am straight up obsessed with my new label. All my life I've just wanted to build a team around me who believe in what I'm doing as much as I do, and I truly believe I've found that at Side One. No group of 'industry folk' have ever been as inviting and receptive and just totally stoked on life. I'm so looking forward to many more years ahead with them! (Ed. note: check out this video from when Allison was signed to S1D!)

's Five Favorite Things

1. The film The Martian
2. England winning the ashes (Cricket)
3. The Rugby World Cup
4. Sound and Color, Alabama Shakes
5. Tom becoming an uncle

Mike Krol
's Five Favorite Moments

1. Getting signed to Merge Records - the best record label in the world!
2. Going on my first world tour
3. Opening for Mac McCaughan on the west coast, and The Sonics in the Netherlands
4. Visiting the Ramones Museum in Berlin
5. Seeing my record Turkey on the shelf of Amoeba Music in Hollywood

's Five Favorite Records
photo via Jess Flynn

1. To Pimp A Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar
2. Bleeder, Mutoid Man
3. The Most Lamentable Tragedy, Titus Andronicus
4. Star Wars, Wilco
5. We Cool?, Jeff Rosenstock

Charley Marley
's Five Favorite Things

1. Probably my most favourite moment of 2015 (although the rest aren't really in any order) would have to be playing Wembley Arena. I'm from London and as it was my home crowd, the Charley Marley crew and family were out in full force. Wembley will always have a special aura but for me it was extra dope.
2. Coming to America to hang with my friends here and make some tunes. The whole experience was sick, particularly linking with Pete Wentz. We really hit it off and he ended up signing me!
3. My all black Huaraches. You can't go wrong with those bad boys. Always put a smile on my face when I'm running those kicks.
4. Shooting a music video. We did it on a shoe string but all my homies got together and helped me out! It was a stress trying to put it all together but seeing everyone come through on the day put a warmth in my chest that's still there now. You can check out our baby - it's called "Bad Things With Jamaicans".
5) Learning to ski. I DJ as well as make music and spinning at parties has taken me to some pretty mad and amazing places. I never got to do that kinda stuff growing up, so when they asked me to play some beats up the side of the mountain I was most hyped to try out skiing! It's so beautiful being up there and I fell in love with the whole vibe.

The Wonder Years
Josh Martin's Five Favorite Records

1. Kintsugi, Death Cab for Cutie
2. Back On Top, The Front Bottoms
3. Mr Wonderful, Action Bronson
4. Foil Deer, Speedy Ortiz
5. Pets Hounds, Pet Symmetry

Stay tuned through December for more Favorite Things from Feed The Beat artists!

See Volume 1 of our Favorite Things of 2015 series HERE.