2019 in review.

Hey Fam!

2019 is almost gone. Thank goodness. Here's my list of albums I loved, albums I'm looking forward to diving deeper into, reissues that opened up new perspectives on classic and unknown to me catalogs, and the songs I had on repeat all year... If you'd like to see what stood out for some of my friends this year check out our 19 of 2019 lists here. Speaking for myself, I'm glad the year's nearly over and I'm hopeful and looking forward to 2020: releasing albums on Sonic Ritual from some really amazing artists, doing great creative at Mob Scene, rad times with my family and friends, electing a new president and hearing a new Meat Wave record. 


See you next year. UNFTW. Get in the van. Punk is dad.




Albums I loved.

Amon Tobin “Fear In A Handful of Dust” (Nomark)

Angel Bat Dawid "The Oracle" (International Anthem) 

Angel Olsen "All Mirrors" (Jagjaguwar)

Angelo De Augustine “Tomb” (Asthmatic Kitty)

Automatic “Signal” (Stones Throw)

B Boys “Dudu” (Captured Tracks)

Big Thief "UFOF" (4AD)

Big Thief "Two Hands" (4AD)

Bill Callahan "Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest (Drag City)

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy "I Made A Place" (Drag City)

Bonnie Prince Billy, Bryce Dessner & Eighth Blackbird “When We Are Inhuman” (37d03d)

The Comet Is Coming "Trust in the Life-force of the Deep Mystery" (Impulse)

Craig Finn “I Need A New War” (Partisan)

Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble "Where Future Unfolds" (International Anthem)

Dean Hurley “Anthology Resource Vol. II: Philosophy of Beyond (Sacred Bones)

FACS “Lifelike” (Trouble In Mind)

FEELS “Post Earth” (Wichita Recordings)

Jaimie Branch "Fly of Die II: bird dogs of paradise" (International Anthem)

Iggy Pop "Free" (Loma Vista / Concord)

Kim Gordon "No Home Record" (Matador)

Mikal Cronin “Seeker” (Merge)

Mdou Moctar "Ilana (The Creator)" (Sahel Sounds)

The National "I Am Easy To Find" (4AD)

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds "Ghosteen" (self-released)

Nils Frahm “All Encores” (Erased Tapes)

Thee Oh Sees “Face Stabber” (Castle Face)

Omni "Networker" (Sup Pop)

Orville Peck “Pony” (Sub Pop)

Peel’d “Take It As It Comes” (Ahata Sound)

Pile “Green and Gray” (Exploding In Sound)

Purple Mountains "Purple Mountains" (Drag City)

Rosie Tucker “Never Not Never Not Never Not” (New Professor)

Sharon Van Etten "Remind Me Tomorrow" (Jagjaguwar)

Swans “leaving meaning.” (Young God)

Theon Cross "Fyah" (Gearbox)

Thom Yorke "ANIMA" (XL)

Tinariwen "Amadjar" (Anti)

Twen “Awestruck” (Frenchkiss)

Ty Segall “First Taste” (Drag City)

Wilco "Ode To Joy" (dBpm)

Albums I plan on spending some serious quality time with.

75 Dollar Bill "I Was Real" (Thin Wrist)

Aldous Harding "Designer" (4AD)

Ana Roxanne "˜˜˜" (Leaving)

Avalanche Party “24 Carat Diamond Trephine” (self released)

Badge Époque Ensemble "S/T" (Telephone Explosion Records)

Bill Orcutt "Odds Against Tomorrow" (Palilala)

Cochemea Gastelum "All My Relations" (Daptone)

Cy Dune “Desert” (Lightning Records)

Dehd “Water” (Fire Talk)

Duster "S/T" (Muddguts)

Erland Cooper “Sule Skerry” (Phases)

Félicia Atkinson "The Flower and The Vessel" (Shelter Press)

Fennesz “Agora” (Touch)

Fontaines D.C. “Dogrel” (Partisan)

French 79 "Joshua" (Alter K)

Gong Gong Gong "Phantom Rhythm" (Wharf Cat)

The Hecks "My Star" (Trouble In Mind)

Holly Herndon "PROTO" (4AD)

Hey Colossus "Four Bibles" (Alter)

Jimmy 'Duck' Holmes "Cypress Grove" (Easy Eye Sound)

Kacy & Clayton "Carrying On" (New West)

Kevin Morby “Oh My God” (Dead Oceans)

LIFE “A Picture Of Good Health” (PIAS)

Lightning Bolt “Sonic Citadel” (Thrill Jockey)

Marissa Nadler & Stephen Brodsky “Droneflower” (Sacred Bones)

Matana Roberts “COIN COIN Chapter Four: Memphis” (Constellation)

Mountain Goats "In League With Dragons" (Merge)

The Murder Capital “When I Have Fears” (Human Season)

Pip Blom “Boat” (Heavenly)

Rituals of Mine “Sleeper Hold EP” (Carpark)

Sarah Bethe Nelson “Weird Glow” (Burger)

Sault "5" (Forever Living Originals)

Sault "7" (Forever Living Originals)

Shannon Lay “August” (Sub Pop)

Telefon Tel Aviv “Dreams Are Not Enough” (Ghostly International)

Tyler. The Creator "IGOR" (Columbia)


Abdallah Ag Oumbadougou "Volume 1: Anou Malane" (Sahel Sounds)

Arthur Russell "Iowa Dream" (Audika)

Bob Dylan "Travelin' Thru: 1967-1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 15" (Columbia)   

Brian Eno "Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks" (Universal)

Duster "Capsule Losing Contact" (Numero Group)

Gene Clark "No Other" (4AD)

The Gerbils "Are You Sleepy?" (Elephant Six)

Griot Galaxy "Kins" (Third Man Records)

Jim Sullivan "S/T" (Light In The Attic)

John Coltrane "Blue World" (Impulse)

John Coltrane "Coltrane '58: The Prestige Recordings" (Craft / Concord)

Norma Tanega "Walkin' My Cat Named Dog" (Rhino)

The Replacements "Dead Man's Pop" (Rhino) 

Sir Shina Peter & His International Stars "Sewele" (Strut)

Sonny Sharrock "Ask The Ages" (Hive Mind)

Stereolab "Transient Random Noise-Bursts With Announcements"

Stereolab "Mars Audiac Quintet" (Warp) 

Stereolab "Emperor Tomato Ketchup" (Warp) 

Stereolab "Dots and Loops" (Warp) 

Stereolab "Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night" (Warp) 

Stereolab "Sound-Dust" (Warp) 

Stereolab "Margerine Eclipse" (Warp)

Various Artists "Kankyo Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental and New Age Music 1980-1990 (Light In The Attic)

Great songs.

Big Thief "UFOF"

Big Thief "Not"

Big Thief "Cattails"

Big Thief "Forgotten Eyes"

Bill Callahan "Angela"

Black Midi "bmbmbm"

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy "In Good Faith"

The Comet Is Coming "Birth of Creation"

Craig Finn "Blankets"

FACS "In Time"

Feels "Car"

Gypsum "Kaleidoscope"

The National "Light Years"

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds "Leviathan"

Orville Peck "Dead of Night"

Peel'd "The Song of Simone"

Pile "The Soft Hands of Stephen Miller"

Purple Mountains "All My Happiness Is Gone"

Rosie Tucker "Habit"

Sharon Van Etten "Jupiter 4"

Swans "Sunfucker"

Twen "Damsel"

Wilco "Love Is Everywhere (Beware)"

Listen on Spotify here.