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Top 20 Albums of 2018

# ArtistAlbumLabel
1.Janelle MonáeDirty ComputerBad Boy RecordsListen | Buy
2.First Aid KitRuinsColumbia RecordsListen | Buy
3.Laura Veirs
The LookoutRaven Marching BandListen | Buy
4.BoygeniusBoygeniusMatador RecordsListen | Buy
5.Sloan12Yep Roc RecordsListen | Buy
6.Snail MailLushMatador RecordsListen | Buy
7.Dirty ProjectorsLamp Lit ProseDomino Recording Co.Listen | Buy
8.Soccer MommyCleanFat Possum RecordsListen | Buy
9.Jeff TweedyWarmdBpm RecordsListen | Buy
10.JayhawksBack Roads And Abandoned MotelsLegacy RecordingsListen | Buy
11.SuperorganismSuperorganismDomino Recording Co.Listen | Buy
12.Lucy DacusHistorianMatador RecordsListen | Buy
13.Lykke LiSo Sad So SexyLL RecordingsListen | Buy
14.Father John MistyGod’s Favorite CustomerSub Pop RecordsListen | Buy
15.FlasherConstant ImageDomino Recording Co.Listen | Buy
16.SantigoldI Don’t Want: The Gold Fire SessionsDowntown RecordsListen | Buy
17.Manic Street PreachersResistance Is FutileShornday LtdListen | Buy
18.Hop AlongBark Your Head Off, DogSaddle Creek RecordsListen | Buy
19.SuperchunkWhat A Time To Be AliveMerge RecordsListen | Buy
20.Tracyanne & DannyTracyanne & DannyMerge RecordsListen | Buy

Here are Youtube and Spotify versions of a “Selections from” playlists featuring a great selection off of each album:

If you don’t see either of the embedded versions of the playlist, you can listen by clicking the direct links above.


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Top 20 Albums of 2017

# Artist Album Label
1. Aimee Mann Mental Illness SuperEgo Records |Listen|Buy|
2. Tennis Yours Conditionally Mutually Detrimental |Listen|Buy|
3. Alvvays Antisocialites Polyvinyl Records |Listen|Buy|
4. Jesca Hoop Memories Are Now Sub Pop Records |Listen|Buy|
5. Broken Social Scene Hug of Thunder Arts & Crafts |Listen|Buy|
6. Cloud Nothings Life Without Sound Carpark Records |Listen|Buy|
7. Temples Volcano Fat Possum Records |Listen|Buy|
8. Slowdive Slowdive Dead Oceans |Listen|Buy|
9. Wavves You’re Welcome Ghost Ramp |Listen|Buy|
10. Bash & Pop Anything Could Happen Fat Possum Records |Listen|Buy|
11. Shins Heartworms Aural Apothecary |Listen|Buy|
12. Clientele Music For The Age Of Miracles Merge Records |Listen|Buy|
13. Beck Colors Capitol Records |Listen|Buy|
14. XX I See You Young Turk Records |Listen|Buy|
15. Pains Of Being Pure At Heart The Echo Of Pleasure Painbow |Listen|Buy|
16. Kendrick Lamar DAMN. Aftermath |Listen|Buy|
17. Dirty Projectors Dirty Projectors Domino Recording Co |Listen|Buy|
18. Jay Som Everybody Works Polyvinyl Records |Listen|Buy|
19. New Pornographers Whiteout Conditions Matador Records |Listen|Buy|
20. U2 Songs Of Experience Interscope Records |Listen|Buy|

Here are Youtube and Spotify versions of a “Selections from” playlists featuring some of the best songs from these albums:

If you don’t see either of the embedded versions of the playlist, you can listen by clicking the direct links above.

There were also 2 additional releases that were great, but were recorded many years ago, so therefore did not qualify for my best of list.  First off, released in September, Neil Young gifted us with a never before released album that was recorded in 1976 called Hitchhiker.  Do give it a listen, it features a handful of never before released tracks and some alternate versions of already classic songs.  In October we saw the release of The Replacements first official live album called – For Sale: Live at Maxwell’s 1986.

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Top 20 Albums of 2012

This year I am featuring combined post of my Top albums of 2012 list and the companion “selections from” playlist at the bottom.

# Artist Album Label
1. Tennis Young & Old Fat Possum |Listen|Buy|
2. Twin Shadow Confess 4AD |Listen|Buy|
3. Chairlift Something Kanine/Columbia |Listen|Buy|
4. David Byrne & St. Vincent Love This Giant 4AD |Listen|Buy|
5. Purity Ring Shrines 4AD |Listen|Buy|
6. A.C. Newman Shut Down The Streets Matador |Listen|Buy|
7. Grimes Visions 4AD |Listen|Buy|
8. Bat For Lashes The Haunted Man Capitol |Listen|Buy|
9. Andrew Bird Hands of Glory Mom & Pop Music |Listen|Buy|
10. Beach House Bloom Sub Pop |Listen|Buy|
11. Dirty Projectors Swing Lo Magellan Domino |Listen|Buy|
12. Wild Nothing Nocturne Captured Tracks |Listen|Buy|
13. Grizzly Bear Shields Warp |Listen|Buy|
14. Passion Pit Gossamer Columbia |Listen|Buy|
15. Fanfarlo Rooms Filled With Light Canvasback/ATL |Listen|Buy|
16. Evens The Odds Dischord |Listen|Buy|
17. Tame Impala Lonerism Modular Fontana |Listen|Buy|
18. Divine Fits A Thing Called Divine Fits Merge |Listen|Buy|
19. Shins Port of Morrow Aural Apothecary/Columbia |Listen|Buy|
20. Cloud Nothings Attack On Memory Carpark |Listen|Buy|

Honorable Mention:

Best Coast – The Only Place – Mexican Summer
Andrew Bird – Break It Yourself – Mom & Pop Music
Dinosaur Jr. – I Bet On Sky – Jagjaguwar
Light Ships – Electric Cables – Domino
Diiv – Oshin – Captured Tracks
Bob Mould – Silver Age – Merge
…And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead – Lost Songs – Superball
School Of Seven Bells – Ghostory – Vagrant

From now on, I have decided to embed playlists from Youtube, as they are easily viewable/listenable by anyone and do not require any sign-up or download of any kind to enjoy the music as you would from the alternatives like Spotify and Rdio. Grooveshark.com is no longer an option as they will eventually be shut down completely.

Just the tracks from the top 20 list are included and they have been re-sequenced for maximum listening pleasure, please enjoy.

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Playlist: Best Songs of 2009

Running a little late on this one…  As a companion to my list of the top 20 best albums of 2009, I present a playlist featuring one of the best cuts off of each of those albums, re-sequenced for maximum enjoyment.

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Top 20 Albums of 2009

# Artist Album Label
1. Metric Fantasies Metric/Last Gang |Listen|Buy|
2. Dirty Projectors Bitte Orca Domino |Listen|Buy|
3. Handsome Furs Face Control Sub Pop |Listen|Buy|
4. Camera Obscura My Maudlin Career 4AD |Listen|Buy|
5. Joe Henry Blood From Stars Anti |Listen|Buy|
6. Why? Eskimo Snow Anticon |Listen|Buy|
7. Jason Lytle Yours Truly, The Commuter Anti |Listen|Buy|
8. Dinosaur Jr. Farm Jagjaguwar |Listen|Buy|
9. Andrew Bird Noble Beast Fat Possum |Listen|Buy|
10. Bill Callahan Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle Drag City |Listen|Buy|
11. Doves Kingdom Of Rust EMI |Listen|Buy|
12. Built To Spill There Is No Enemy Warner Bros. |Listen|Buy|
13. Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion Domino |Listen|Buy|
14. Antlers Hospice Frenchkiss |Listen|Buy|
15. Pains Of Being Pure At Heart Pains Of Being Pure At Heart Slumberland |Listen|Buy|
16. jj jj n° 2 Sincerely Yours |Listen|Buy|
17. Lou Barlow Goodnight Unknown Merge |Listen|Buy|
18. Sonic Youth The Eternal Matador |Listen|Buy|
19. Mountain Goats Life of The World To Come 4AD |Listen|Buy|
20. Yeah Yeah Yeahs It’s Blitz Interscope |Listen|Buy|

Honorable Mention:

The Gossip – Music For Men
Girls – Album
Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse – Dark Night Of The Soul
Mos Def – The Ecstatic
Mountain Goats & John Vanderslice – Moon Colony Bloodbath
Wilco – Wilco (The Album)
tUnE-yArDs – BiRd-BrAiNs
Boat – Setting The Paces
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