Friday, December 22, 2017

My Favorite Albums of 2017

1. Emel Mathlouthi - Ensen
2. Lorde - Melodrama
3. Swale - There's No One Here
4. Rob Jungklas - Blackbirds
5. The National - Sleep Well Beast
6. Henry Jamison - The Wilds
7. Natalie Hemby - Puxico
8. The Orwells - Terrible Human Beings
9. Rhiannon Giddens - Freedom Highway
10. Walpyrgus - Walpyrgus Nights
11. The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers - No Glory
12. Ex Eye - Ex Eye
13. Hurray for the Riff Raff - The Navigator
14. Slowdive - Slowdive
15. Valerie June - The Order of Time
16. Bathsheba - Servus
17. The Unthanks - Diversions Vol. 4: The Songs and Poems of Molly Drake
18. Andrea Laszlo De Simone - Uoma Donna
19. Aaron Watson - Vaquero
20. Matt the Electrician - The Doubles
21. Jaakko Aukusti - Mountain
22. Cory Branan - Adios
23. Jessi Colter - The Psalms
24. Andrew Combs - Canyons of My Mind
25. Bedouine - Bedouine
26. Ane Brun - Leave Me Breathless
27. the xx - I See You
28. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - The Nashville Sound
29. The Killers - Wonderful Wonderful
30. Offa Rex - The Queen of Hearts
31. Josh Panda - Shake It Off
32. Steve Earle - So You Wanna Be an Outlaw
33. Fiver - Audible Songs from Rockwood
34. The Mountain Goats - Goths
35. Grandaddy - Last Place
36. Kesha - Rainbow
37. Kevin Morby - City Music
38. The Raveonettes - 2016 Atomized
39. Thundercat - Drunk
40. Nev Cottee - Broken Flowers
41. Bob Dylan - Triplicate
42. Jon Latham - Lifers
43. The Magnetic Fields - 50 Song Memoir
44. Sam Baker - Land of Doubt
45. The Caretaker - Everywhere at the end of time - Stage 2
46. Jesca Hoop - Memories Are Now
47. Amy MacDonald - Under Stars
48. White Reaper - The World's Best American Band
49. Shilpa Ray - Door Girl
50. Elder - Reflections of a Floating World

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

My Favorite Albums of 2016

Eric Bachmann - Eric Bachmann
Júníus Meyvant - Floating Harmonies
Robert Ellis - Robert Ellis
The Jayhawks - Paging Mr Proust
Vultures of Cult - Pastoral
Honeyblood - Babes Never Die
Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker
Francis and the Lights - Farewell, Starlite!
Weezer - Weezer [White Album]
Mistki - Puberty 2

Ben Watt - Fever Dream
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree
Bleached - Welcome the Worms
Iron Eyes Cody - Goodness All Good Saints Have Died
Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
High Spirits - Motivator
Lucinda Williams - The Ghosts of Highway 20
The Coathangers - Nosebleed Weekend
Frightened Rabbit - Painting of a Panic Attack
The Pines - Above the Prairie

Sidestepper - Supernatural Love
Malcolm Holcombe - Another Black Hole
Emmitt Rhodes - Rainbow Ends
J-Zone - Fish-n-Grits
Beach Slang - A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings
Minor Victories - Minor Victories
Russian Circles - Guidance
SAGE - SAGE
Violet Ultraviolet - Pop City
William Bell - This Is Where I Live

Kevin Morby - Singing Saw
The Bo-Keys - Heartaches By the Number
Waco Brothers - Going Down in History
Shearwater - Jet Plane and Oxbow
Wooden Dinosaur - Working Weather
The Caretaker - Everywhere at the End of Time
The James Hunter Six - Hold On!
Look Park - Look Park
Glenn Jones - Fleeting
Escondido - Walking with Strangers

Tom Brosseau - North Dakota Impressions
case/lang/veirs - case/lang/veirs
Jimbo Mathus - Band of Storms
Kat Wright - By Your Side
Jason Collett - Song and Dance Man
Emma Pollock - In Search of Harperfield
The Cactus Blossoms - You're Dreaming
Duke Aeroplane and the Wrong Numbers - Higher Ground
Sam Moss - Fable
The Besnard Lakes - A Coliseum Complex Museum

Monday, December 28, 2015

My Favorite Albums of 2015

1. The Decemberists, 'What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World'
2. Jason Isbell, 'Something More Than Free'
3. Madaila, 'The Dance'
4. John Moreland, 'High on Tulsa Heat'
5. Natalie Prass, 'Natalie Prass'
6. Algiers, 'Algiers'
7. Tom McRae & The Standing Band, 'Did I Sleep and Miss the Border'
8. Bob Dylan, 'Shadows in the Night'
9. Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard, 'Django and Jimmie'
10. Titus Andronicus, 'The Most Lamentable Tragedy'

11. Torres, 'Sprinter'
12. Sufjan Stevens, 'Carrie & Lowell'
13. Buddy Guy, 'Born to Play Guitar'
14. Hana Zara, 'The North'
15. Neil Young & Promise of the Read, 'The Monsanto Years'
16. Brandi Carlile, 'The Firewatcher's Daughter'
17 .Tom Brosseau, 'Perfect Abandon'
18. Whitehorse, 'Leave No Bridge Unburned'
19. Lucero, 'All a Man Should Do'
20. Kacey Musgraves, 'Pageant Material' 

21. The Sonics, 'This Is the Sonics'
22. Enforcer, 'From Beyond'
23. The Snaz, 'Running Away from Home'
24. Caitlin Canty, 'Reckless Skyline'
25. William Basinski, 'Cascade'
26. Kelly Ravin, 'County Tracks'
27. Grace Potter, 'Midnight'
28. Asaf Avidan, 'Gold Shadow'
29. Stone Jack Jones, 'Love & Torture'

30. Bomba Estereo, 'Amanecer'
31. Will Hoge, 'Small Town Dreams'
32. Guster, 'Evermotion'
33. Alabama Shakes, 'Sound and Color'
34. Árstíðir, 'Hvel'
35. Blood Warrior, 'Letter Ghost'
36. Death Cab for Cutie, 'Kintsugi'
37. White Reaper, 'White Reaper Does It Again'
38. Colleen, 'Captain of None'
39. Eskimeaux, 'O.K.'
40. Local H, 'Hey Killer'

41. Fabrizio Moro, 'Via Delle Girandole 10'
42. Shamir, 'Ratchet'
43. SOAK, 'Before We Forgot How to Dream'
44. Will Butler, 'Policy'
45. Richard Thompson, 'Still'
46. Lady Lamb, 'After'
47. The Libertines, 'Anthems for Doomed Youth'
48. Charlie Parr, 'Stumpjumper' 
49. Otis Taylor, 'Hey Joe Opus Red Meat'
50. Ezra Furman, 'Perpetual Motion Machine'

Friday, December 19, 2014

My Top 40 Albums of 2014

1. Leonard Cohen, 'Popular Problems'
2. John Fullbright, 'Songs'
3. First Aid Kit, 'Stay Gold'
4. Doug Paisley, 'Strong Feelings'
5. GRMLN, 'Soon Away'
6. Hurray for the Riff Raff, 'Small Town Heroes’
7. Weird Al Yankovic, 'Mandatory Fun'
8. Agalloch, 'The Serpent & The Sphere'
9. The Gloaming, 'The Gloaming'
10. Ex Hex, 'Rips'
11. Lykke Li, 'I Never Learn'
12. We Are Scientists, 'TV En Francais'
13. Robert Ellis, 'The Lights from the Chemical Plant'
14. Buck 65, 'Neverlove'
15. Doug Keith, 'Pony'
16. Weezer, 'Everything Will Be Alright in the End'
17. Sun Kil Moon, 'Benji'
18. Alvvays, 'Alvvays'
19. Sam Amidon, 'Lily-O'
20. Roadkill Ghost Choir, 'In Tongues'
21. A Winged Victory for the Sullen, 'Atomos'
22. The Majorleans, 'Black Belt'
23. The Orwells, 'Disgraceland'
24. Christopher Denny, 'If the Roses Don't Kill Us'
25. The New Pornographers, 'Brill Bruisers'
26. Mirel Wagner, When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day'
27. Anthony D'Amato, 'The Shipwreck from the Shore'
28. Sonny Knight & The Lakers, 'I'm Still Here'
29. The Barr Brothers, 'Sleeping Operator'
30. Christopher Owens, 'A New Testament'
31. Field Report, 'Marigolden'
32. Frazey Ford, 'Indian Ocean'
33. The Gotobeds, 'Poor People Are Revolting'
34. Rosanne Cash, 'The River & The Thread'
35. Bear's Den, 'Islands'
36. Mono Town, 'In the Eye of the Storm'
37. Daniel Lanois, 'Flesh and Machine'
38. Lucinda Williams, 'Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone'
39. Epic Rain, 'Somber Air'
40. Bloodpheasant, 'Traum'

Thursday, December 19, 2013

My Top 50 Albums of 2013

1. Dawn of Midi - Dysnomia
2. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away
3. Christopher Owens - Lysandre
4. David Ford - Charge
5. Blaudzun - Heavy Flowers
6. Kacey Musgraves - Same Trailer, Different Park
7. Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
8. Steve Earle - The Low Highway
9. Gregory Alan Isakov - The Weatherman
10. Five Iron Frenzy - Engine of a Million Plots
11. Paul McCartney - New
12. The National - Trouble Will Find Me
13. Sam Amidon - Bright Sunny South
14. Pet Shop Boys - Electric
15. Iron & Wine - Ghost on Ghost
16. Richard Buckner - Surrounded
17. Elton John - The Diving Board
18. Night Beds - Country Sleep
19. Avicii - True
20. King Krule - 6 Feet Beneath the Moon
21. Baths - Obsidian
22. San Fermin - San Fermin
23. The Leisure Society - Alone Aboard the Ark
24. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Mosquito
25. Sam Baker - Say Grace
26. The Lonely Island - The Wack Album
27. Xiu Xiu - Nina
28. Nine Inch Nails - Hesitation Marks
29. Har Mar Superstar - Bye Bye 17
30. David Bowie - The Next Day
31. Sigur Rós - Kveikur
32. Okkervil River - The Silver Gymnasium
33. The Front Bottoms - Talon of the Hawk
34. eels - Wonderful, Glorious
35. John Grant - Pale Green Ghosts
36. Ezra Furman - Day of the Dog
37. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
38. Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP 2
39. The Civil Wars - The Civil Wars
40. Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold
41. The Flaming Lips - The Terror
42. Camper Van Beethoven - La Costa Perdida
43. Rhye - Woman
44. Shearwater - Fellow Travelers
45. Jon Hopkins - Immunity
46. Jason Isbell - Southeastern
47. Houndmouth - From the Hills Below the City
48. Dear Reader - Rivonia
49. Frightened Rabbit - Pedestrian Verse
50. The Handsome Family - Wilderness

Monday, December 31, 2012

The Best 50 Albums of 2012

1. Shearwater – Animal Joy
2. Kyla La Grange – Ashes
3. Japandroids – Celebration Rock
4. The Killers – Battle Born
5. Sinead O’Connor – How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?
6. Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball
7. Father John Misty – Fear Fun
8. Of Monsters and Men – My Head Is an Animal
9. Leonard Cohen – Old Ideas
10. Cosmo Jarvis – Think Bigger
11. Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Psychedelic Pill
12. Kishi Bashi – 151a
13. The Mountain Goats – Transcendental Youth
14. Bob Dylan – Tempest
15. Calexico – Algiers
16. Hip Hatchet – Joy and Better Days
17. Cat Power – Sun
18. Lost in the Trees – A Church That Fits Our Needs
19. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist
20. Jason Lytle – Dept. of Disappearance
21. Sigur Rós – Valtari
22. PS I Love You – Death Dreams
23. Die Ärzte – Auch
24. the xx – Coexist
25. Swans – The Seer
26. Glen Hansard – Rhythm and Repose
27. Cody ChesnuTT – Landing on a Hundred
28. Andre Williams & The Sadies – Night & Day
29. The Raveonettes – Observator
30. Julia Holter – Ekstasis
31. Fang Island – Major
32. Oberhofer – Time Capsules II
33. Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dreams
34. Patti Smith – Banga
35. Bill Fay – Life Is People
36. James Iha – Look to the Sky
37. Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music
38. Plants and Animals – The End of the That
39. Lower Dens – Nootropics
40. The Shins – Port of Morrow
41. Sun Kil Moon – Among the Leaves
42. Howlin’ Rain – The Russian Wilds
43. mewithoutYou – Ten Stories
44. iamamiwhoami – Kin
45. Best Coast – The Only Place
46. Men Without Hats – Love in the Age of War
47. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
48. The dB’s – Falling Off the Sky
49. Islands – A Sleep & A Forgetting
50. Titus Andronicus – Local Business

Note: I excluded any albums I worked PR for from consideration.

Sunday, January 01, 2012

The Top 50 Albums of 2011

50. Wye Oak – Civilian
49. Childish Gambino – Camp
48. Bill Callahan - Apocalypse
47. Feist - Metals
46. Richard Buckner – Our Blood
45. Le Butcherettes – Sin Sin Sin
44. Gillian Welch – The Harrow and the Harvest
43. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Belong
42. Calhoun – Heavy Sugar
41. Gruff Rhys – Hotel Shampoo
40. O’Death - Outside
39. Kanye West & Jay Z – Watch the Throne
38. Iron and Wine – Kiss Each Other Clean
37. The Rosebuds – Loud Planes Fly Low
36. Hunx & His Punx – Too Young to Be in Love
35. Mates of State – Mountaintops
34. Cosmo Jarvis – Is The World Strange or Am I Strange?
33. Eleanor Friedberger – Last Summer
32. Britney Spears – Femme Fatale
32. Dum Dum Girls – Only in Dreams
31. My Morning Jacket – Circuital
30. Florence + the Machine – Ceremonials
29. Crooked Fingers – Breaks in the Armor
28. The Streets – Computers and Blues
27. Gringo Star – Count Yer Lucky Stars
26. Drive-By Truckers – Go Go Boots
25. Fountains of Wayne – Sky Full of Holes
24. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
23. Bobby - Bobby
22. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
21. R.E.M. – Collapse Into Now
20. The Mountain Goats – All Eternals Deck
19. A Dancing Beggar – Follow the Dark As If It Were Light
18. The Antlers – Burst Apart
17. Fucked Up – David Comes to Life
16. Low – C’mon
15. Wilco – The Whole Love
14. Damion Suomi and the Minor Prophets – Go, and Sell All of Your Things
13. The Coathangers – Larceny & Old Lace
12. King Creosote & Jon Hopkins – Diamond Mine
11. Tom Waits – Bad As Me
10. EMA – Past Life Martyred Saint
9. Ezra Furman & the Harpoons – Mysterious Power
8. Buck 65 – 20 Odd Years
7. The Civil Wars – Barton Hollow
6. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
5. Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost
4. Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
3. Julianna Barwich – The Magic Place
2. Bon Iver – Bon Iver, Bon Iver
1. Josh T. Pearson – Last of the Country Gentlemen