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by @ccol4him
Shosa’s Top 40 Albums of 2019Welp, I wasn't gonna do one of these, but then Secat did one and if Secat did one, that means I have to do one. He's trying to take over my webzine. But it's mine. itsmineitsmineitsmineitsmineitsmine. Anyways, this is in no way accurate or comprehensive so put absolutely no stock into it. I didn't hear all of the music (though I can say made it into the several thousands of artists listened to in 2019 so that counts for something kinda maybe), and even if I had, there's no formula to this shit. Narrowing down the year's music to 40 albums is a fool's errand, but hey, we're fools. With all that said, here are The 40 Objectively Best Albums of 2019. Also I'm stealing Secat's X Factor thingy. And go read his list here. 40. BA Johnston - The Skid Is Hot Tonight [bandcamp width=700 height=820 album=3180143103 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=de270f tracklist=false] X Factor: the bum's bible: book nine (read more) Favorite Tracks: “We’re All Going to Jail (Except Pete, He’s Gonna Die)”, “Circle the Bowl” 39. Dim Wit - Dim Sh!t [bandcamp width=700 height=820 album=3614386357 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=f171a2 tracklist=false] X Factor: hooky, playful twee punk about farts, boners, and the duality of man; brimming with joy, darker at a second glance (read more) Favorite Tracks: “Wee Thee Peeple”, “Duel Schism”, “Puppy Wuv” 38. Headboggle - Polyphonic Demo [bandcamp width=700 height=820 album=3141126448 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=333333 tracklist=false track=2172144800] X Factor: so Commercial Album they even took the track length gimmick; i'm ok with this (read more) Favorite Tracks: Best experienced as a whole 37. Red Pants - Distortion and Snow [bandcamp width=700 height=820 album=1999868468 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=2ebd35 tracklist=false] X Factor: noisy, adventurous power pop/indie rock; basically 2019's Bakesale (read more) Favorite Tracks: We All Fall Down, Heartshade (In the Afternoon), Citrus Kisses 36. Koutei Camera Girl Drei - Dawn by Flow Stream X Factor: experimental japanese hip house by cute girls who change their name every album oh sees style? target demographic is me specifically but maybe you too incidentally Favorite Tracks: No Reaction, Speed Test, Movin' 35. WAKE IN JUNE - lavender pink [bandcamp width=700 height=820 album=1009364091 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=f171a2 tracklist=false track=2122120816] X Factor: think cleaners from venus but more inward (read more) Favorite Tracks: Engrams, Mega Cartridge, He Once Dreamed of Being a Butterfly 34. Suite 309 - 101 Notes On Jazz [bandcamp width=700 height=820 album=303719653 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=333333 tracklist=false] X Factor: as someone who used to host a college late-night radio program called The Ascending Jazzhole, this triggers my PTSD; awkward live reads ARE art, dammit Favorite Tracks: it makes absolutely no sense to do this here 33. Graham Hunt - Leaving Silver City [bandcamp width=700 height=820 album=3237954530 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=f171a2 tracklist=false track=1663431798] X Factor: some of the most massive power pop jams of the year; really sounds like a classic '90s record (read more) Favorite Tracks: Every Person, Natural Pace, Impersonal Favor 32. Various Artists - ShopLand World: Music for a Discovery Park of Miniature Supermarkets [bandcamp width=700 height=820 album=1165062040 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=63b2cc tracklist=false] X Factor: nothing better exemplifies the artists of the experimental music community than over 20 of them getting together to make a concept album about a theme park of markets that are physically small (read more) Favorite Tracks: “What Penumbras”, “Wait Line for the Bossa Nova Aisle”, “Study into the Effects of Background Music on In-store Shopping Behaviour (See R. E. Milliman, 1982)”, “No Sleep Funnies”, “Secret Supermarket”, “Look Mother (My Own Tiny Supermarket)” 31. Jonathan Something - Art So Small You Can Hardly See It [bandcamp width=700 height=820 album=1028991295 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=e99708 tracklist=false track=3463880592] X Factor: witty, nihilistic baroque folk; not a fan of politicians, old people, or god Favorite Tracks: #1 Dad, Idiot War, At the Orgy in the Sky 30. Kevin and the Bikes - Dorkcore 101 [bandcamp width=700 height=820 album=3080181825 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=f171a2 tracklist=false track=1620241064] X Factor: nearly four hours of songs entirely about Ed, Edd & Eddy; somehow never gets boring; features horrible covers, horrible 'podcasts', and a couple good songs too (read more) Favorite Tracks: barely applicable overall but I Fucking Hate My Friends, They Don't Understand My Love for the Eds 29. Backxwash - Deviancy [bandcamp width=700 height=820 album=3540667125 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=de270f tracklist=false] X Factor: furious yet tender, powerful yet vulnerable; evil voodoo shit cocooning a woman's pain and making her love shine brighter; title track could compact cars, You Like My Body the Way It Is will compact your heart Favorite Tracks: Don't Come to the Woods, Deviancy, You Like My Body the Way It Is 28. CHANCE デラソウル - All Together Now! [bandcamp width=700 height=820 album=3581993062 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=333333 tracklist=false track=2232071822] X Factor: makes me dance; i don't dance Favorite Tracks: Summer, Handsomeboy Technicality, You Will Be There 27. glass beach - the first glass beach album [bandcamp width=700 height=820 album=3077286953 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=63b2cc tracklist=false] X Factor: hey look it's glassbeachband y'know the kid who won't sit still but that's ok because one day they're gonna grow up and make a wonderful wacky heartwarming big queer album with all their favorite toys that make noise and it'll have all of the hooks ever and it'll go off on little spontaneous adventures but always find its way back home because GLASSBEACHBAND Favorite Tracks: bedroom community, dallas, yoshi's island 26. Carly Rae Jepsen - Dedicated Stream X Factor: the preeminent purveyor of girly pop continues to give me faith that mainstream music can be good; slays; would slay even harder if she had a sword Favorite Tracks: Julian, No Drug Like Me, Want You In My Room 25. Swim Camp - Barlow Hill [bandcamp width=700 height=820 album=320885963 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=2ebd35 tracklist=false track=3265445059] X Factor: sounds like homegrown coffee beans shot on super 8 film with a hikikomori's journal whinged over the top of it; pretty good drums; slightly better than alex g (read more) Favorite Tracks: “Pretty Bird”, “Mighty Son”, “Bug Spray” 24. Lemon Melon - Des Winks [bandcamp width=700 height=820 album=1722752067 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=63b2cc tracklist=false track=908209957] X Factor: chemical brothers meets avalanches + a heavy dose of sunny tropical shit and big dumb = the first big beat album i've loved in ages; perpetually winking, but only semi-ironically (read more) Favorite Tracks: The Greatest Song I've Ever Heard, 1000 Rooms 23. Spartan Jet-Plex - Godless Goddess [bandcamp width=700 height=820 album=164505648 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=e99708 tracklist=false] X Factor: witchy neofolk rich in occult atmosphere; very personal record on the rejection of religion and the acceptance of oneself as their own master (read more) Favorite Tracks: Stop, Everything, Light 22. Hatchie - Keepsake [bandcamp width=700 height=820 album=481669826 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=7137dc tracklist=false track=4175856570] X Factor: lush, ethereal dream pop with massive hooks; this being a danceable record (and often not in a 'slow dance' way) really helps this stand out among its peers Favorite Tracks: Without a Blush, Obsessed, Stay With Me 21. The Wolfmanhattan Project - Blue Gene Stew [bandcamp width=700 height=820 album=615924776 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=333333 tracklist=false] X Factor: weirdo garage rock dream team comes through in a pinch Favorite Tracks: Now Now Now, Jar in the Staircase, Silver Sun 20. Greet Death - New Hell [bandcamp width=700 height=820 album=522035487 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=e99708 tracklist=false track=2906801884] X Factor: i think this what folks call 'the harbringer of the end times'; really pretty tho; i identify as hopeless Favorite Tracks: Circles of Hell, You're Gonna Hate What You've Done, New Hell 19. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Bandana Stream X Factor: gangsta rap that's actually gangsta; madlib is still probably the best hip-hop producer alive; proof that hip-hop doesn't need to choose between bars and hooks Favorite Tracks: Crime Pays, Palmolive, Cataracts 18. Julia Jacklin - Crushing [bandcamp width=700 height=820 album=171742989 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=2ebd35 license_id=406 tracklist=false track=2816961756] X Factor: titled Crushing because that's what the lyrics are Favorite Tracks: Head Alone, Pressure to Party, Don't Know How to Keep Loving You 17. Free Refills - Raw Steak Black Coffee [bandcamp width=700 height=820 album=3354155485 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=de270f tracklist=false] X Factor: it's not a bird, it's not a plane, it's the raw blasts of high volume distortion courtesy of free refills that made your ears pop; gets better the louder you play it; also gets more dangerous; worth it Favorite Tracks: Libra, Bodybuilder Boyfriend, Crusher 16. Frog - Count Bateman [bandcamp width=700 height=820 album=1120166767 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=2ebd35 tracklist=false] X Factor: the best weerd americana around; if Gummo was an album, it'd be Count Bateman; the prettiest pop melodies of the year; i like neil young too Favorite Tracks: Hartsdale Hotbox, Black Friday, It's Something I Do 15. Whettman Chelmets - Doesn't Remember... [bandcamp width=700 height=820 album=2668270027 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=333333 tracklist=false track=4249440607] X Factor: conceptual vaporwave/post-rock/ambient/plunderphonics/everything using 20 year old personal recordings as the basis for an album about the degradation and mutation of memory; woah that's meta; one of a bajillion great albums wc put out in 2019 (read more) Favorite Tracks: “Recollections Suite”, “Drowned and Faded”, “What a Failure of a Year” 14. Bent Knee - You Know What They Mean Stream X Factor: heard someone compare them to the black keys but if bent knee and the black keys bumped shoulders in an alleyway, black keys would be the ones to be bend the knee pun entirely intended; if more prog starts sounding like this, i promise to stop hating prog; courtney swain's vocals are fuckin' WILD Favorite Tracks: Bone Rage, Catch Light, Golden Hour 13. BabyTron - Bin Reaper Stream X Factor: skinny mexican kid from detroit in a posse called 'ShittyBoyz' makes video game trap rap with '80s synths, ends up making the best rap album of the year; take a shot every time you hear a pop culture reference; references i can remember in Scampire alone off the top of my head: rob van dam, aquaman, jj watt, ratchet & clank, one punch man, subzero, mario & luigi, quagmire, beerus, charizard Favorite Tracks: Jesus Shuttlesworth, Scampire, Flawless Victory, Punch God 2 12. Copper - Number Six Girls School [bandcamp width=700 height=820 album=3749767416 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=de270f tracklist=false] X Factor: yes, that IS the worst album art you have ever seen in your entire life; also the best power pop album of 2019; American Boy makes me cry, Bippy Can't Be Bothered makes me laugh, Kellyanne is some beautiful big dipper-jellyfish baby, all of it kicks ass Favorite Tracks: American Boy, Kellyanne, Bippy Can't Be Bothered 11. Townes Van Zandt - Sky Blue [bandcamp width=700 height=820 album=1086107546 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5 tracklist=false] X Factor: all these years after his passing, we finally get a record with a sound that does justice to van zandt's weary, drunken, lonesome songs; the new songs are incredible (read more) Favorite Tracks: All I Need, Sky Blue, Pancho and Lefty, Silver Ships of Andilar 10. Stella Donnelly - Beware of the Dogs [bandcamp width=700 height=820 album=1078144981 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=e99708 tracklist=false] X Factor: stella donnelly is the cutest, strongest, angriest, lewdest, funniest, most awesome bad bitch in music and i am 100% about this energy; may have a massive crush on her and that may make me biased; but damn can she pen a jangly jingle; i think i have a thing for australian female singer-songwriters huh Favorite Tracks: Old Man, Boys Will Be Boys, Tricks, Beware of the Dogs 9. William Lyon of Rosycross - Alter in der Fülle [bandcamp width=700 height=820 album=1738943581 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=7137dc tracklist=false] X Factor: the world's only demi-crossdressing christian goth synthpop artist really says it all, don't it; affected and overindulgent, and i mean that as a compliment (read more) Favorite Tracks: “Double Life”, “Protestant Body and a Catholic Mind”, “Lifeforce (Johnny, It’s Not Too Late to Call Off the Wedding)” 8. Otoboke Beaver - Itekoma Hits [bandcamp width=700 height=820 album=843931662 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=63b2cc tracklist=false track=3496525412] X Factor: kawaii is now hardcore; NOT a gimmick; loud, fast, political, technical, and fun as fuck; exhausting in the best way Favorite Tracks: Datsu . Hikage no onna, Love Is Short, Don't Light My Fire, 6 Day Working Week Is a Pain 7. Chat Pile - Remove Your Skin Please [bandcamp width=700 height=820 album=610567478 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=7137dc tracklist=false] X Factor: the sound of a serial killer murdering the absolute shit out out you; every time i hear Dallas Beltway it feels like i'm simultaneously edging and about to piss myself; yea i know it's an ep shut the FUCK up Favorite Tracks: Dallas Beltway, Davis 6. Purple Mountains - Purple Mountains [bandcamp width=700 height=820 album=2523026786 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=7137dc tracklist=false track=2025813005] X Factor: i listened to this a lot when i was in the midst of a long, severe depressive period this year and that was NOT A GOOD IDEA; rip berman, thanks for holding on so long you beautiful bastard Favorite Tracks: All My Happiness Is Gone, Margaritas at the Mall, Nights That Won't Happen 5. HAWN - For a Ride [bandcamp width=700 height=820 album=1923442683 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=e99708 tracklist=false] X Factor: hunter s thompson presents: the digital apocalypse; whenever i think hey, i haven't felt severe existential dread in a while, this is my go-to album (read more) Favorite Tracks: Still Above the Ground, King, Closed and Shuttered, Cody Matthews 4. black midi - Schlagenheim [bandcamp width=700 height=820 album=1994165613 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=2ebd35 tracklist=false] X Factor: SUCH A MAGNIFICENT PURPOSE; aeifuvhziduvbshidugfbai ad iulf bhskfugbhs dflguvh; very chaotic children Favorite Tracks: 953, Near DT, MI, Western, bmbmbm, Ducter 3. Weyes Blood - Titantic Rising [bandcamp width=700 height=820 album=2878289508 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5 tracklist=false track=448154343] X Factor: big: beautiful; bombastic; blue Favorite Tracks: A Lot's Gonna Change, Andromeda, Everyday, Movies, Wild Time 2. Hakushi Hasegawa - Air Ni Ni Stream X Factor: one of the most batshit insane pop albums of all-time; does to my ears what Mind Game does to my eyes; he just turned 21 holy shit he's gonna get better Favorite Tracks: Only You, o (_*), Desert, Evil Things 1. Get a Life - Our Band Could Be Your Life or Debt [bandcamp width=700 height=820 album=2712226821 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=333333 tracklist=false] X Factor: o shit it me: the album; deceptively ambitious; equal turns hilarious and devastating. often at the same time; superb pop sensibilities; feels like it could fall apart at any moment; it's just about stuff, which is great because life is really just stuff; camus would probably dig it (read more) Favorite Tracks: “Get a Job”, What You Deserve, “All Fun No Gum”, “2 Plus 2 Equals 5”, Here Comes the Fun, “Dungeon” Alright, that's all from me. I'm afraid if I start an honorable mentions list, I won't be able to stop. Know if we've ever covered you, we love you, and if we haven't, we might. There is entirely too much good music for a couple kids from Texas to give it all the spotlight it deserves, but going forward into 2020, we'll do what we can. Thanks for reading and caring slightly about our opinions.
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