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2023 was a great year for music.  Here are my favorite releases (in no particular order).  What are yours?


Yo La Tengo - This Stupid World

Margo Price - Strays

Waco Brothers - The Men That God Forgot

Wilco - Cousin

Wednesday - Rat Saw God

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit - Weathervanes

Bully - Lucky For You

Rodney Crowell - The Chicago Sessions

The Baseball Project - Grand Salami Time!

Bettye Lavette - LaVette!

Son Volt - Day of The Doug

Handsome Family - Hollow

Sparklehorse - Bird Machine

Robbie Fulks - Bluegrass Vacation

Low Cut Conne - Art Dealers

Ratboys - Window

Indigo De Souza - All Of This Will End



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I haven't listened to many new releases this year, but of what penetrated my ears these are what I liked the best: 


Wilco - Cousin

MJ Lenderman - And the Wind (Live and Loose!)

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - Weathervanes

Margo Price - Strays

Grateful Dead - Here Comes Sunshine box set

Lucinda Williams - Stories From a Rock N Roll Heart



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Definitely a great year for music. 


Wednesday - Rat Saw God (my favorite album of the year)


The rest (in no particular order):


Ratboys - The Window

Yo La Tengo - This Stupid World

Blur - The Ballad of Darren

Sweeping Promises - Good Living Is Coming for You

Lonnie Holley - Oh Me Oh My

Son Volt - Day of the Doug

The Baseball Project - Grand Salami Time!

Cut Worms - Cut Worms

Sufjan Stevens - Javelin

Peter Gabriel  - i/o

Wilco - Cousin


Favorite reissues:


Lemonheads - Come on Feel the Lemonheads

The Connells - Ring

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once again i feel like i bought too many reissues; looking back rather than forward is not the best way to go through life but i am a sucker for nostalgia.

I will have to dig through the list of what i got (Discogs, thx for the assist) but i think i can reasonably say that my favorite record of the year was probably the new Grails record, Anches En Maat. 

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I agree 2023 ended up being a pretty good year! Here were some of my favorites:


1. Yo La Tengo - This Stupid World
2. Ratboys - The Window
3. Wilco - Cousin
4. Woods - Perennial
5. Indigo De Souza - All of This Will End
6. Beach Fossils - Bunny
7. Deer Tick - Emotional Contracts
8. Hiss Golden Messenger - Jump For Joy 
9. Caroline Polachek - Desire, I Want to Turn Into You
10. Slowdive - Everything is Alive

11. Cut Worms - Cut Worms

12. Jess Williamson - Time Ain't Accidental
13. Margo Price - Strays
14. Buck Meek - Haunted Mountain
15. Son Volt - Day of the Doug
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2023 albums that I enjoyed

The Clientele - I Am Not There Anymore

The Men - New York City

Yo La Tengo - This Stupid World

Civic - Taken By Force

Mudhoney - Plastic Eternity

Protomartyr - Formal Growth In The Desert

W.I.T.C.H. - Zango

Martin Frawley - The Wannabe

Hayden - Are We Good

Osees - Intercepted Message

Slowdive - Everything Is Alive

Woods - Perennial

Flat Worms - Witness Marks

The Mountain Goats - Jenny From Thebes

Bry Webb - Run With Me

A. Savage - Several Songs About Fire

Say Hi - Elocution Prattle

All 3 Guided by Voices Albums

I still need to check out the 3 albums released by Damien Jurado...I'm sure I'll like them.




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I've been doing my list in the past few years as a video for friends and family:




But here it is in list form if you don't want to read!


1. Wednesday - Rat Saw God
2. Sufjan Stevens - Javelin
3. Joanna Sternberg - I’ve Got Me
4. Buck Meek - Haunted Mountain
5. Mitski - The Land is Inhospitable and So Are We
6. Hotline TNT - Cartwheel
7. Genesis Owusu - Struggler
8. Cut Worms - Cut Worms
9. Indigo De Souza - All of this Will End
10. Wilco - Cousin
11. Geese - 3D Country
12. feeble little horse - Girl With Fish
13. Ratboys - The Window
14. Video Age - Away From The Castle
15. Jason Isbell - Weathervanes
16. Andy Shauf - Norm
17. Mac Demarco - One Wayne G
18. Deeper - Careful!
19. Kevin Morby - More Photographs
20. Slowdive - Everything is Alive
21. King Tuff - Smalltown Stardust
22. The National - Laugh Track
23. boygenius - The Record
24. Cory Hanson - Western Cum
25. Neil Young - Before and After



Just for you folks here's my favourite live albums of the year, in no order, featuring new and archive material:

Iron & Wine - Who Can See Forever

Sloan - Alive & Alright

Neil Young - Odeon Budakon (I know technically it came out a few years ago but it's first time on vinyl was 2023 so I'm counting it)

MJ Lenderman and the Wind - Live and Loose

Alex G - Live from Union Transfer

Frank Black & The Catholics - Live 2006

William Tyler - Secret Stratosphere

The White Stripes - Live in Las Vega

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Scott McMicken and the Ever Expanding - Shabang

Michael Nau - Accompany

Jolie Holland - Haunted Mountain

Sparklehorse - Bird Machine

Wilco - Cousin

Duff Thompson - Shadow People

Ceramic Dog - Connection

Dick Stusso - S.P.

M. Ward - Supernatural Thing

Lisa O’ Neill - All of This is Change

dd Toby Leaman - Military Applications



Tom Waits Island Reissues 

Dr. John - The Montreux Years

Bob Dylan - Complete Budokan 1978 


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