playing favorites 2019

2019 was a pretty great year personally and for music. This year, I revisited the genres I ignored for a while and delved back into the things that I love.

Also, I’ve been doing this damn list for like 11 years now. Can you believe it? The older I get, the harder it is to “stay with the times.” So, if there’s anything you think I missed, please let me know. This year, I’m going to be lazy and write one sentence reviews.

Oh, also, also, I made a 2010s list that might be interesting to some of you. Come check that out.

I know you. As always, there’s a Spotify playlist of all my faves from this year that did and didn’t make this list.

Check out faves lists from:
2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 
| 2016 | 2017 | 2018

20. Steve Lacy Apollo XXI
19. YBN Cordae The Lost Boy
18. Snooze Familiaris
17. Jail Socks It’s Not Forever
16. Downhaul Before You Fall Asleep
15. Kehlani While We Wait
14. Forests Spending Eternity in a Japanese Convenience Store
13. Girlpool What Chaos is Imagery
12. DaBaby KIRK
11. Knocked Loose A Different Shade of Blue

10. Guilt Trip River of Lies

Y’all ever just wanna punch something real hard?

9. Trembler S/T

Every time I hear this band I’m like, “Oh, why didn’t I think of that?”

8. Mannequin Pussy Patience

It grooves so well.

7. Frankie Cosmos Close It Quietly

This one really came out of nowhere for me, and I’m glad it did.

6. Inclination When Fear Turns to Confidence


5. Benny the Butcher The Plugs I Met


4. Julia Jacklin Crushing

Julia really knows how to put together a tune.

3. Free Throw What’s Past Is Prologue

Want to revisit all your teenage angst? Why not try Free Throw?

2. PUP Morbid Stuff

I assume you have to be some urban leftist to like this band.

1. oso oso Basking in the Glow

The only album on this list to make my decades list.

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