In 2015, The Brainstems released their debut LP,  No Place Else, the the first full-length from the St. Louis based garage foursome. It dropped on Bad Diet Records in November.

The Brainstems record and eat tacos in St. Louis, Missouri. They bonded a few years ago at a local radio station, which led them to form a cover band indebted to garage rippers by Ty Segall and The Coachwhips. After a pact to pursue the rock life for real, the guys inevitably began to feel the tug of the twinkling coasts, the anchor of the dollar. The title No Place Else is a nod to the decisions and developments that kept the band banded (thankfully). Counted among their peers are St. Louis’ golden berzerkers Lumpy & The Dumpers. In fact, both groups share a band member in Gabe “The Babe” Karabell.

We recently caught up with the band to talk ask them what their favorite releases were in 2015. This is what they told us.

Sufjan Stevens, Carrie and Lowell

Vince Staples, Summertime ’06

Protomartyr, The Agent Intellect

Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp A Butterfly

Shopping, Why Choose

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Paper Mâché Dream Balloon

Chelsea Reject, CMPLX

Destroyer, Poison Season

Kamasi Washington, The Epic

Viet Cong, Viet Cong


Tim Anderl is an American journalist from Dayton, Ohio, whose work has been published in Alternative Press, Strength Skateboarding Magazine, and Substream Music Press. He was previously the web editor of and is currently the editor of, a host of Sound Check Chat Podcast, and a contributing writer for New Noise Magazine, Ghettoblaster Magazine and Dayton City Paper.

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