Thursday, December 31, 2020

Best Albums of 2020

2020 sucked beyond belief, and 100 times over for artists.  Go buy these albums from the bands now, and do it on Bandcamp, not Amazon or some other soulless corporate vampire.  

I'll probably keep adding albums to this...

 

1.  Cindy Lee - “What’s Tonight to Eternity”

2.  Fiona Apple - “Fetch the Bolt Cutters”

3.  Eartheater - “Phoenix: Flames Are Dew Upon My Skin”

4.  Porridge Radio - “Every Bad”

5.  Wednesday - “I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone”

6.  The Avalanches - “We will Always Love You”

7.  The Lovely Eggs - “I Am Moron”

8.  Flaming Lips - “American Head”

9.  Cindy Lee - “Cat O’ Nine Tails”

10.  Doomsquad - “Spandrels 2”

 

11.  Loma - “Don’t Shy Away”

12.  Ashtray Navigations - “It was the Start of Another Strange Week”

13.  Lucretia Dalt - “No era sólida”

14.  Ireen Amnes - “In the Land of Silence”

15.  Soccer Mommy - “color theory”

16.  Woods - “Strange to Explain”

17.  Perfume Genius - “Set My Heart on Fire Immediately”

18.  Dig Nitty - “Reverse of Mastery”

19.  Fontaines DC - “A Hero’s Death”

20.  Croation Amor - “All In the Same Breath”

 

21.  Waxahatchee - “Saint Cloud”

22.  Katie Gately - “Loom”

23.  Oneohtrix Point Never - “Magic OPN”

24.  Cabaret Voltaire - “Shadow of Fear”

25.  Run The Jewels - “4”

26.  Mary Lattimore - “Silver Ladders”

27.  Dehd - “Flowers of Devotion”

28.  Orion Sun - “Hold Space For Me”

29.  Black Dresses - “Peaceful As Hell”

30.  Jeen - “s/t”

 

31.  Anna McClellan - “I saw first light”

32.  Honey Radar - “Sing the Snow Away”

33.  Elvis Perkins - “Creation Myths”

34.  Secret Pyramid - “Embers”

35.  Deap Lips - “s/t”

36.  Pure X - “s/t”

37.  Emma Kupa - “It Will Come Easier”

38.  Phoebe Bridgers - “Punisher”

39.  Whitney - “Candid”

40.  Neil Young - “Homegrown”

 

41.  SAULT - “Untitled (Black Is)”

42.  Thanya Iyer - “Kind”

43.  Alex Maas - “Luca”

44.  Alex Zhang Hungtai & Patel Milyakov - “Styx”

45.  Kelly Lee Owens - “Inner Song”

46.  Giirls - “Far Reality”

47.  Cindy - “I’m Cindy”

48.  Noveller - “Arrow”

49.  Stephen Malkmus - “Traditional Techniques”

50.  Moses Sumney - “Græ”

 

51.  Landshapes - “Contact”

52.  Drew Citron - “Free Now”

53.  R.A.P. Ferreira - “Purple Moonlight Magic”

54.  Ana Roxanne - “Because of a Flower”

55.  Cafe Racer - “Shadow Talk”

56.  H.C. McEntire - “Eno Axis”

57.  Jessie Ware - “What’s Your Pleasure”

58.  Dorcha - “Honey Badger”

59.  Lomelda - “Hannah”

60.  Shitkid - “Always Amber (OST)”

 

61.  Jess Williamson - “Sorceress”

62.  No Joy - “Motherhood”

63.  Mint Field - “Sentimiento Mundial”

64.  Me Lost Me - “The Good Noise”

65.  Joan of Arc - “Tim Melina Theo Bobby”

66.  Adrienne Lenker - “Songs”

67.  Cold Beat - “Mother”

68.  Flavor Crystals - “Five”

69.  Young Jesus - “Welcome to Conceptual Beach”

70.  Rosa Anschütz - “Votive”

 

71.  Skyway Man - “The World Only Ends When You Die”

72.  Ekin Fill - “Coda”

73.  Siv Jakobsen  - “A Temporary Soothing”

74.  Peaking Lights - “E S C A P E”

75.  Sam Burton - “I Can Go With You”

76.  Jackie Lynn - “Jacqueline”

77.  Yves Jarvis - “Sundry Rock Song Stock”

78.  Choux - “Fallen”

79.  Ruby Haunt - “The Middle of Nowhere”

80.  Tara Jane O’Neill - “Songs for Peacock”

 

81.  Alexandra Savior - “The Archer”

82.  Galore - “s/t”

83.  Sally Anne Morgan - “Thread”

84.  See Oleana - “Weaving a Basket”

85.  Pool Holograph - “Love Touched Time & ...”

86.  Holy Motors - “Horse”

87.  Public Memory - “Ripped Apparition”

88.  Widowspeak - “Plum”

89.  Windy & Carl - “Allegiance & Conviction”

90.  Austra - “Hirudin”

 

91.  MJ Guider - “ Sour Cherry Bomb”

92.  White Poppy - “Paradise Garden”

93.  The Goodbye Party - “Beautiful Motors”

94.  Slow Spirit - “Nowhere No One Knows Where To Find You”

95.  A.A. Williams - “Forever Blue”

96.  Hey Colossus – “Dances / Curses”

97.  Geotic - “Oxperls”

98.  Shitkid - “20/20”

99.  Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - “Music of Transformation”

100.  Maria Minerva - “Soft Power”

 

101.  Good Sad Happy Bad - “Shades”

102.  Haim - “Women in Music, Pt. III”

103.  TALsounds - “Acquiesce”

104.  Bdrmm - “Bedroom”

105.  Lewsberg - “In This House”

106.  Jennifer Castle - “Monarch Season”

107.  Bad History Month - “Old Blues”

108.  Future Museums - “Transitional Spirit Mirror”

109.  R Beny “natural fiction”

110.  The Microphones - “Microphones in 2020”

 

111.  The Vacant Lots  - “Damage Control”

112.  Slow Pulp - "Moveys”

113.  Maya Hawke - “Blush”

114.  Sunstack Jones - “Golden Repair”

115.  Andy Bell - “The View from Halfway Down”

116.  Salem - “Fires in Heaven”

117.  Ray LaMontagne - “Monovison”

118.  Muzz - “s/t”

119.  Jonsi - “Shiver”

120.  Midwife - “Forever”

 

121.  L.A. Witch - “Play With Fire”

122.  Matchess - “Huizkol”

123.  Destroyer - “Have We Met”

124.  Ichiko Aoba - “Windswept Adan”

125.  Library of Babel - “Sing to Me of...”

126.  Ian Skelly - “Drifter’s Skyline”

127.  Primo! - “Sogni”

128.  Illuminati Hotties - “Free I.H.”

129.  Julian Lynch - “Animals 2”

130.  Nothing “The Great Dismal”

 

131.  Melkbelly - “Pith”

132.  Blear Moon - “Expanding lands”

133.  Yves Tumor - “Heaven to a Tortured Mind”

134.  Protomartyr - “Ultimate Success Today”

135.  En Attendant Ara - “Julliet”

136.  Nicolas Jaar - “Cenizas”

137.  Deadoorian - “Find the Sun”

138.  Laveda - “What Happens After”

139.  Tenci - “My Heart Is An Open Field”

140.  Stillhavet - “Kama Muta”

 

141.  CocoRosie - “Put the Shine On”

142.  David Nance - “Staunch Honey”

143.  U.S. Girls - “Heavy Light”

144.  Four Tet - “Parallel”

145.  Madeline Kenney - “Sucker’s Lunch”

146.  Half Waif - “The Caretaker”

147.  I Break Horses - “Warnings”

148.  Sleepy Sun - “Fever”

149.  Kidbug - “s/t”

150.  Empty Country - “s/t”

 

151.  Hilary Woods - “Birthmarks”

152.  William Tyler - “New Vanitas”

153.  Helena Deland - “Someone New”

154.  V.V. Lightbody - “Make a Shrine or Burn It”

155.  Mamalarky - “s/t”

156.  Tough Age - “Which Way Am I”

157.  Freak Heat Waves - “Zap the Planet”

158.  Gorillaz - “Song Machine, S1: Strange Timez”

159.  Billow - “III”

160.  Field Music - “Floral Music”

 

161.  Grykë Pyje - “Collision and Coalescence”

162.  Black Light Animals - “Playboys of the Western World”

163.  Sofie - “Cult Survivor”

164.  Actress - “Karma & Desire”

165.  Trummors - “Dropout City”

166.  Heather Trost - “Petrichor”

167.  Spill Gold - “Highway Hypnosis”

168.  The Warlocks - “The Chain”

169.  Sore Eros - “s/t”

170.  Ada Rook - “2,020 Knives”

171.  Sneaks - “Happy Birthday”

 

 

 

EPs:

 

#1.  Wished Bone - “A Bug Crawled in

Sapphire Slows - “Emotion Still Remains”

Relay Tapes - “Early Morning Abstract”

Amos the Kid - “Mountain Viewl

Floating Room - “Tired and True”

Kelly Moran - “Chain Reaction at Dusk”

Doomsquad - “Pure Yoke / Hard Boiled”

The Foreign Resort “the Rabbit Hole”

Sour Widows - “s/t”

Use Knife - “Tropentarn ep”

Zella Day - “Where Does the Devil Hide”

Shane Parish - “Acid Tunnel”

Alex Degroot - “Evolver Studies”

Tomberln - “Projections”

Public Memory - “Illusion of Choice”


Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Best Albums of 2019

I'm adding less of an intro or labels for this year's list because I've been working on something bigger that I'll post sometime in the next week---but wow so much good music came out this year! 

Support the artists, go to shows, but their records and merch, and share the ones you love with those you love. Happy New Years, all my friends :)


1. Sondra Sun-Odeon - “Desyre” 
2. Lana Del Rey - “Norman Fucking Rockwell” 
3. The Caretaker - “Everywhere, an empty bliss”
4. Doomsquad - “Let Yourself Be Seen” 
5. Lightning Bug - “October Song” 
6. DIIV - “Deceiver” 
7. Sharon Van Etten - “Remind Me Tomorrow” 
8. Benoît Pioulard - “Sylva” 
9. Purple Mountains - “s/t” 
10. Tempers - “Private Life” 
11. Hana Vu - “Nicole Kidman/Anne Hathaway”
12. House and Land - “Across the Field” 
13. Loscil - “Lifelike”
14. The National - “I Am Easy To Find” 
15. Nivhek - “After its own Death...”
16. Blankenberge - “More” 
17. Angel Olsen - “All Mirrors” 
18. The Warlocks - “Mean Machine Music” 
19. A Winged Victory for the Sullen “Undivided Fifth” 
20. Lillie Mae - “Other Girls” 
21. Wand - “Laughing Matter” 
22. Boy Scouts - “Free Company” 
23. Weyes Blood - “Titanic Rising” 
24. Dolphin Midwives - “Liminal Garden”
25. Kim Gordon - “No Home Record” 
26. FKA Twigs - “Magdalene” 
27. Julia Jacklin - “Crushing” 
28. Tara Jane O’Neill - “Yoake”
29. Flaming Lips - “King’s Mouth” 
30. Anna Tivel - “The Question” 
31. Ana Roxanne - “~~~”
32. Pi Ja Ma - “Nice to Meet U” 
33. Death & Vanilla - “Are You A Dreamer” 
34. Daniel Norgren - “Woah Dang” 
35. Dustin Wong - “Seasons” 
36. Cate Le Bon - “Reward” 
37. Foxes in Fiction - “Trillium Killer” 
38. Laura Stevenson - “The Big Freeze” 
39. Ruby Haunt - “The Middle of Nowhere” 
40. Yohuna - “Mirroring” 
41. Wished Bone - “Sap Season” 
42. Chromatics - “Closer to Grey” 

43. Saariselka - “The Ground Our Sky” 
44. Cellar Doors - “s/t” 
45. Fleeting Joys - “Speeding Away to Someday”
46. Purple Pilgrims - “Perfumed Earth”
47. Cosey Fanni Tutti - “Tutti”
48. Little Scream - “Speed Queen”
49. Florist - “Emily Alone”
50. Credit Electric - “s/t”
51. Jason Lytle - “Nylonandjuno”
52. The Humble Bee & Benoît Pioulard - “Honesty”
53. Cate Le Bon & Bradford Cox - “Myths 2”
54. Jamila Woods - “Legacy! Legacy!”
55. Sasami - “s/t”
56. Living Hour - “Softer Faces”
57. Common Holly - “When I Say to you Black Lightning”
58. Dives - “Teenage Years are Over”
59. Aldous Harding - “Designer”
60. Hand Habits - “Placeholder”
61. Kazu - “Adult Baby” 
62. Whitney - “Forever Turned Around”
63. Vivian Girls - “Memory”
64. Jake Xerxes Fussell - “Out of Sight”
65. Primal Wound - “Flesh Bound World”
66. Big Thief - “U.F.O.F.”
67. Hotel Neon - “Vanishing Forms”
68. Daughter of Swords - “Dawnbreaker”
69. Bodywash - “Comforter” 
70. Froth - “Duress”
71. Field Medic - “Fade Into Dawn”

72. Kedr Lavinsky - “Your Need”
73. The Jeanines - “s/t”
74. Dope Lemon - “Smooth Big Cat”
75. Patio - “Essentials”
76. Holly Herndon - “Proto”
77. Greys - “Age Hasn’t Spoiled You”
78. Yeule - “Serotonin II”
79. Joan Shelley - “Like the River Loves the Sea”
80. Jenny Hval - “The Practice of Love”
81. Shana Cleveland - “Night of the Worm Moon”
82. Devendra Banhart - “Ma”
83. Girlpool - “What Chaos Is Imaginary”
84. Loscil - “Equivalents”
85. Slow Glows - “Stargaze Rock N’ Roll”
8. Chelsea Wolfe - “Birth of Violence”
87. Mercury Rev - “Delta Sweete Revisited”
88. Eerie Wanda - “Pet Town”
89. Esther Rose - “You Made It This Far”
90. Cross Record - “s/t”
91. Mister Lies - “s/t”
92. The Telescopes - “Exploding Head Syndrome”
93. Frankie Cosmos - “Close It Quietly”
94. Félicia Atkinson - “The Flower & the Vessel”
95. Campfires - “Fare Trax”
96. Lina Tungren - “Free Cell”
97. Seablite - “Grass Stains & Novocaine”
98. Foghorn - “Thanatos”
99. Lambchop - “This (is what I wanted to tell you)”
100. Viul - “Bright Decline”
101. Duster - “s/t”
102. Spellling - “Mazy Fly”
103. Sneaks - “Highway Hypnosis”
104. Bill Callahan - “Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest”
105. Westkust - “s/t”
106. Justus Proffit - “LA’s Got Me Down”
107. Drowse - “Light Mirror”
108. Yves Jarvis - “The Same but by Different Means”
109. Steven Malkmus - “Groove Denied”
110. Kevin Morby - “Oh My God”
111. Munya - “s/t”
112. Marissa Nadler & S. Brodsky - “Droneflower”
113. Fawns of Love - “Permanent”
114. Deerhunter - “Why hasn’t Everything already Disappeared?”
115. Jordan Moser - “Long Night”
116. Molly Sarlé - “Karaoke Angel”
117. Kelsey Lu - “Blood”
118. Benoît Pioulard & Sean Curtis Patrick ‎- “Avocationals”
119. Pan American - “A Son”

120. 93MillionMilesFromTheSun - “ Echo Delay Fuzz Reverb”
121. Gliss - “In Utopia”
122. Solange - “When I Get Home”
123. Iggy Pop - “Free”
124. Julian Lynch - “Rat’s Spit”
125. Operators - “Radiant Dawn”
126. Wurve - “Memory Bleach”
127. Jay Som - “Anak Ko”
128. Ohtis - “Curve of Earth”
129. Bear Call - “Fancy Acid”
130. Emily Reo - “Only You Can See It”
131. Oh Sees - “Face Stabber”
132. Tearjerker - “Faded”
133. Lower Dens - “The Competition” 
134. Cherry Glazerr - “Stuffed & Ready”
135. Jackie Cohen - “Wagg”
136. Billow - “Seascape”
137. 3 Leafs - “Four Blind Men”
138. Underground Youth - “Montage Images of Lust & Fear”
139. Palm Haze - “Rêve Blue”
140. Smileswithteeth - “Care”
141. R Beny - “Echo’s Verse”
142. Eerie Family - “s/t”
143. Shitkid - “Detention”
144. Rakta - “Falha Comum”
145. Night Beats - “Myth of a Man”
146. Mike Donovan - “Exurbian Quonset”
147. Machinefabriek - “With Voices”
148. Evan Caminiti - “Coiling”
149. Panda Bear - “Buoys”
150. Toro Y Moi - “Outer Peace”
151. Dido - “Still on my Mind”
152. Lisel - “Angels on the Slope”