Splitting this list in half this year, the only reason being my blog is being a pain in the ass and not allowing me to upload so many jpegs into one post. Weird, I’ve never had this issue in prior years.
This year I got back to my roots and fell in love with a lot of primitive sounding rock records. Looking over this part of the list (as well as part 2, coming real soon), it’s overrun with bands that play their guitars really loud (with only a few notable exceptions). That’s what is doing it for me these days. Also, it was harder than ever this year to keep up with posting everything I wanted to or was listening to – it just became an impossible task. It doesn’t mean I was listening any less, and I think this year was a pretty solid one for new music overall.
Though they didn’t make the cut, this year I also really enjoyed albums from White Fence, Lantern, Gap Dream, Woollen Kits, Mind Spiders, arrange, Dinosaur Jr., Dylan Ewen, Expwy, GY!BE, Craig Finn, Grizzly Bear, Merchandise, No Kill, Benjamin Shaw, Simon Joyner, and Spiritualized.
As always, thanks for reading. My favorite songs list is coming soon as well. Hope you are safe, have a handful of wonderful holidays, and that you find some new favorites…….
30. Departures / Still and Moving Lines
Stream: Being There
29. Guided by Voices / The Bears for Lunch
Stream: She Lives In An Airport
28. Liars / WIXIW
Steam: No. 1 Against the Rush
27. Hunx / Hairdresser Blues
Stream: Always Forever
26. King Tuff / s/t
Stream: Keep On Moving
Stream: Bad Thing
25. Howls / Rocky Ground
24. Ty Segall & White Fence / Hair
Stream: I Am Not A Game
23. The Tallest Man on Earth – There’s No Leaving Now
22. Great Elk / Autogeography
Stream: The Weight of the Sea
Stream: I’m Going to Bend
21. Apache Dropout / Bubblegum Graveyard
20. Lotus Plaza / Spooky Action at a Distance
19. Tame Impala / Lonerism
Stream: Apocalypse Dream
18. Beach House / Bloom
17. Frank Ocean / channel ORANGE
16. Thee Oh Sees / Putrifiers II
Stream: Lupine Dominus