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'Tis the season for making lists.  Here's a list of my favorite albums released in 2020 (in no particular order):

 

1. Cornershop - England is a Garden

2. Waxahatchee - St. Cloud

3. Bully - Sugaregg

4. Jeff Tweedy - Love is the King

5.  Drive-By Truckers -- The Unraveling

6. Rookie (self-titled)

7. Porridge Radio - Every Bad

8. Low Cut Connie - Private Lives

9. Bob Dylan - Rough & Rowdy Ways

10. Steve Earle -- Ghosts of West Virginia

 

What's on your list?

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1. Ohmme - Fantasize Your Ghost

2. Gorillaz - Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez

3. Jeff Tweedy - Love is the King

4. clipping - Visions of Bodies Being Burned

5. Rina Sawayama - SAWAYAMA

6. Nnamdi - BRAT

7. Charli XCX - How I’m Feeling Now

8. My Morning Jacket - The Waterfall II

9. Childish Gambino - 3.15.20

10. Sturgill Simpson - Cuttin’ Grass Vol. 1 (Butcher Shoppe Sessions)

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1 Bruce Springsteen - Letter to You

2 Waxahatchee - Saint Cloud

3 Jason Isbell - Reunions

4 Run the Jewels - RTJ4

5 Bill Callahan - Gold Record

6 Jeff Tweedy - Love is the King

7 Liz Pappademas - Rock Record

8 Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher

9 Kenny Roby - The Reservoir

10 Kevin Morby - Sundowner

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1. Scott McMicken - Original Love

2. Jeff Tweedy - Love is the King

3. Wilco - Summerteeth Deluxe

4. Bob Dylan - Rough and Rowdy Ways

5. M. Ward - Migration Stories

6. Fiona Apple - Fetch the Bolt Cutters

7. Lucinda Williams - Good Souls Better Angels

8. Veronica Bianqui - Veronica Bianqui

9. Man Man - Dream Hunting in the Valley of the In-Between

10. Black Lips - Sing in a World That's Falling Apart

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In no particular order:

 

1.  Real Estate-The Main Thing

2.  soccer mommy-color theory

3.  Jeff Tweedy-Love is King

4.  Jason Isbell...-Reunions

5.  The Jayhawks-XOXO

6.  Whitney-Candid

7.  Tennis-Swimmer

8.  DriveBy Truckers-The Unraveling

9.  Kathleen Edwards-Total Freedom

10. Pinegrove-Marigold

 

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1.   Nada Surf - Never Not Together

2.   Blake Mills - Mutable Set

3.   Guided By Voices - Surrender Your Poppy Field

4.   Stephen Malkmus - Traditional Techniques

5.   Phoebe Bridges - Punisher

6.   Cafe Racer - Shadow Talk

7.   Ben Seretan - Youth Pastoral

8.   Soccer Mommy - color theory

9.   Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - Reunions

10. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - K.G.

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More or less in favorite order!

 

1. Soul Asylum - Hurry Up and Wait

2. Drive-By Truckers - The Unraveling

3. Taylor Swift - Folklore

4. Alex Dezen - IV (So Far)

5. Pearl Jam - Gigaton

6. Phish - Sigma Oasis

7. Old 97s - Twelfth

8. Ohhme -  Fantasize Your Ghost

9. Kathleen Edwards - Total Freedom

10. Richard Thompson - Bloody Noses (EP)

11. Jeff Tweedy - Love Is The King

12. Letter To You - Bruce Springsteen

13. Drive-By Truckers - The New OK

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Not in any order:

 

1. Waxahatchee - Saint Cloud

2. Jeff Tweedy - Love Is the King

3. Bob Dylan - Rough and Rowdy Ways

4. Sturgill Simpson - Cuttin' Grass, Vol. 1: The Butcher Shoppe Sessions

5. Fiona Apple - Fetch the Bolt Cutters

6. Swamp Dogg - Sorry You Couldn't Make It

7. Adrianne Lenker - songs/instrumentals

8. Water Liars - Roll On

9. Caroline Rose - Superstar

10. Don Bryant - You Make Me Feel

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Most anyone on here who knows me will not be surprised to learn I didn't buy very many 2020 releases. However, I did buy a few, and they are mixed throughout this list of favorite albums I bought this year.

1) Joni Mitchell - Archives Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963-1967)

2) Wilco - Summerteeth Deluxe (CD Version)

3) Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders - Garcialive Volume 6: July 5, 1973 Lion's Share

4) Terje Rypdal - Conspiracy

5) Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention - The Mothers 1970

6) Grateful Dead - Dave's Picks Vol. 34, June 23, 1974, Jai-Alai Fronton, Miami, FL

7) Jeff Tweedy - Love is the King

8) Jan Garbarek - It’s Okay to Listen to the Grey Voice

9) Bevis Frond - Bevis Through the Looking Glass

10) Drive-By Truckers - The Unraveling

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The albums that I enjoyed at some point during 2020 are:

 

Coriky Coriky

...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead  X: The Godless Void and Other Stories

Andy Shauf Neon Skyline

Bob Mould Blue Hearts

Bill Callahan Gold Record

Say Hi Diamonds and Donuts

Flat Worms Antarctica

Hamilton Leithauser The Loves of Your Life

Protomartyr Ultimate Success Today

Built to Spill Built to Spill Plays the Songs of Daniel Johnston

Guided By Voices Surrender Your Poppy Field and Mirrored Aztec and Styles We Paid For

Doves The Universal Want

Daniel Romano's Outfit How Ill Thy World is Ordered

Idles Ultra Mono

Metz Atlas Vending

Kevin Morby Sundowner

Jeff Tweedy Love Is The King

The Mountain Goats Getting Into Knives

BOAT Tread Lightly

Damien Jurado What's New, Tomboy?

Wolf Parade Thin Mind

Stephen Malkmus Traditional Techniques

Waxahatchee Saint Cloud

Joel Plaskett 44

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Here's my top 20:

 

  1. Fleet Foxes - Shore
  2. Andy Shauf - The Neon Skyline
  3. Bob Dylan - Rough and Rowdy Ways
  4. Pinegrove - Marigold
  5. Waxahatchee - Saint Cloud
  6. Fiona Apple - Fetch the Bolt Cutters
  7. Jeff Tweedy - Love is the King
  8. Kevin Morby - Sundowner
  9. Adrianne Lenker - Songs
  10. Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher
  11. Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit - Reunions
  12. Nnamdi - Brat
  13. Rolling Blackouts C.F. - Sideways To New Italy
  14. Bright Eyes - Down In The Weeds, Where The World Once Was
  15. Dehd - Flower of Devotion
  16. Matt Berninger - Serpentine Prison
  17. Perfume Genius - Set My Heart On Fire Immediately
  18. The Beths - Jump Rope Gazers
  19. Stephen Malkmus - Traditional Techniques
  20. Destroyer - Have We Met

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the best of what i heard:

C Forsyth with Garcia Peoples - Peoples Motel Band (Solar Live vol 3)
C Forsyth/D Harrington/R Jewell/S Zahn - First Flight
Causa Sui - Szabodelico
Flavor Crystals - five
Gwenifer Raymond - Strange Lights Over Garth Mountain
Jason Molina - Eight Gates
Kungens Man - Trappmusik
Marmalade Knives - Amnesia
Mary Lattimore - Silver Ladders
Steve Von Till - No Wilderness Deep Enough


honorable mention:
Bailter Space - Concret
Dungen - Live
Elder - Omens
Elkhorn - The Storm Sessions
Emeralds - Live II
Guided By Voices - Surrender to your Poppy Field
Gunn-Truscinski Duo - Soundkeeper
IDLES - Ultra Mono
Korto - EP
Midwife - Forever
Neil Young - Homegrown
Oranssi Pazuzu - Mestarin Kynsi
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Sideways To New Italy
Silver Scrolls - Music For Walks
Sir Richard Bishop - Oneiric Formulary
Six Organs of Admittance - Companion Rises
The Verlaines - Dunedin Spleen
Ulaan Janthina - Part I and Part II
Various Artists - What Is This That Stands Before Me?

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