My top 50 albums for 2019

January 2nd, 2020

I have agonized over this list more than one should about these sorts of things. These are 50 albums that I listened to and loved this year. The order has changed a zillion times, but I figured I needed to get this up sooner than later. 

 

  1. THE MURDER CAPITAL – WHEN I HAVE FEARS (HUMAN SEASON)
  2. FONTAINES D.C. – DOGREL (PARTISAN)
  3. GOOD SHADE – WAY OUT (DIRTNAP)
  4. ORVILLE PECK – PONY (SUB POP)
  5. THE BLACK KEYS – LET’S ROCK (NONESUCH)
  6. CHESLEA WOLFE – BIRTH OF VIOLENCE (SARGENT HOUSE)
  7. JAIL WEDDINGS – WILTED EDEN (TRU-VOW)
  8. NIGHT SINS – PORTRAIT IN SILVER (FUNERAL PARTY)
  9. DIAT – POSITIVE DISINTIGRATION (IRON LUNG)
  10. THE TELESCOPES – EXPLODING HEAD SYNDROME (TAPETE)
  11. BOY HARSHER – CAREFUL (NUDE CLUB)
  12. BLACK MOUNTAIN – DESTROYER (JAGJAGUWAR)
  13. SERATONES – POWER (NEW WEST)
  14. BODEGA – SHINY NEW MODEL (WHAT’S YOUR RUPTURE?)
  15. SWERVEDRIVER – FUTURE RUINS (DANGERBIRD)
  16. VEIL OF LIGHT – INFLICT (AVANT!)
  17. CHROMATICS – CLOSER TO GREY (ITALIANS DO IT BETTER)
  18. THE MARK LANEGAN BAND – SOMEBODY’S KNOCKING (PIAS)
  19. PLAGUE VENDOR – BY NIGHT (EPITAPH)
  20. PURPLE MOUNTAINS – PURPLE MOUNTAINS (DRAG CITY)
  21. ANGEL OLSEN – ALL MIRRORS (JAGJAGUWAR)
  22. DEVIL MASTER – SATAN SPITS ON CHILDREN OF LIGHT (RELAPSE)
  23. THE HOLD STEADY – THRASHING THROUGH THE PASSION (FRENCH KISS)
  24. DRAB MAJESTY – MODERN MIRROR (DAIS)
  25. RITUAL HOWLS – RENDERED ARMOR (FELTE)
  26. DANNY BROWN – uknowhatimsayin (WARP)
  27. FEET – WHAT’S INSIDE IS MORE THAN JUST HAM (CLAPPED)
  28. VERSING – 10000 (HARDLY ART)
  29. THE MOUNTAIN GOATS – IN LEAGUE WITH DRAGONS (MERGE)
  30. CLAY RENDERING – CALIFORNIA BLACK VOWS (HOSPITAL PRODUCTIONS)
  31. DIIV – DECEIVER (CAPTURED TRACKS)
  32. SHE PAST AWAY – DISKO ANKSIYETE (METROPOLIS)
  33. NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS – GHOSTEEN (GHOSTEEN)
  34. WIVES – SO REMOVED (CITY SLANG)
  35. SHARON VAN ETTEN – REMIND ME TOMORROW (JAGJAGUWAR)
  36. TITUS ANDRONICUS – AN OBELISK (MERGE)
  37. RIDE – THIS IS NOT A SAFE PLACE (WICHITA)
  38. GIRL BAND – THE TALKIES (ROUGH TRADE)
  39. FULL OF HELL – WEEPING CHOIR (RELAPSE)
  40. TEMPERS – PRIVATE LIFE (DAIS)
  41. EX HEX – IT’S REAL (MERGE)
  42. ROSETTA STONE – SEEMS LIKE FOREVER (CLEOPATRA)
  43. PROFIT PRISON – SIX STRANGE PASSIONS (AVANT!)
  44. JULIA JACKLIN – CRUSHING (POLYVINYL)
  45. CORRIDOR – JUNIOR (SUB POP)
  46. THE SOFT CAVALRY – THE SOFT CAVALRY (PIAS)
  47. BIG THIEF – TWO HANDS (4AD)
  48. DAN LUKE & THE RAID – OUT OF THE BLUE (NEW WEST)
  49. MOON DUO – STARS ARE THE LIGHT (SACRED BONES)
  50. NOTS – 3 (GONER)