100 Favourite Albums of the Year 2019 – Part Three

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Bart – Today, Tomorrow & The Next Day (Idee Fixe Records, 2019)

Diving into a new day and chapter three of this year-end saga. Starting from Toronto with a song from the wonderful new Bart album. This one just sounds heavenly good. Rich arrangements, beautiful harmonies, gorgeous singing.

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Matt Woods – Natural Disasters (Lonely Ones Records, 2019)

Back to Nashville via Knoxville, Tennessee for some awesome country and rock’n’roll from long time favorite Matt Woods.

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Leslie Stevens – Sinner (LyricLand, 2019)

Next off to Los Angeles to meet up with Leslie Stevens and her great new country record called Sinner.

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Jake Xerxes Fussell – Out Of Sight (Paradise of Bachelors, 2019)

A release of new Jake Xerxes Fussell album is always a parade-worthy event.

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Paper Beat Scissors – Parallel Line (Forward Music Group, 2019)

Back in Canada and Montreal for some magical chamber folk from Paper Beat Scissors aka songwriter Tim Crabtree.

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Kelsey Waldon – White Noise / White Lines (Oh Boy Records, 2019)

It’s been fantastic to see John Prine’s label Oh Boy Records giving a platform to some great artists. There’s at least Tre Burt album coming in 2020 and in 2019 we got this fabulous country record from Nasville-based songwriter Kelsey Waldon.

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Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster – Take Heart Take Care (Big Legal Mess Records, 2019)

This little year in review post continues in Fayetteville, AR with another excellent solo album from Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster. My only recommendation concerning Water Liars catalogue and the solo catalogues of Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster and Andrew Bryant is buy all and everything.

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Continuing with the solo treasures. An incredible album from Courtney Hartman that you may know from Della Mae. Especially the first half of this record is almost otherwordly. Pure magic.

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Courtney Hartman Website

Eamon Fogarty – Blue Values (Jealous Butcher Records, 2019)

Thanks to Adeline Hotel and Dan Knishkowy for guiding me into the arms of Blue Values. Just a magical record by songwriter Eamon Fogarty from Santa Barbara CA. The whole record is magnificent, but I love Utopia Blue, If the Spirit and God’s Guts madly.

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Benjamin Tod – A Heart of Gold Is Hard to Find (independent, 2019)

One of the late treasures of the year is this solo album from Benjamin Tod that came out in the end of November. The Lost Dog Street Band album Weight of A Trigger is also excellent and could be on this list just as well.

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Joshua Ray Walker – Wish You Were Here (State Fair Records, 2019)

Back in the Texas country zone. This amazing record from singer-songwriter Joshua Ray Walker came out early in the year and stayed with me throughout the year. Canyon is the standout and probably would be one of my songs of the year, if I didn’t already include it as one of the best songs of 2018. There’s far more treasures here though than just Canyon. A great record altogether.

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VanWyck – Molten Rock (Maiden Name Records, 2019)

Next stop Amsterdam, Netherlands and the new album Molten Rock from wonderful dutch folk songwriter VanWyck. Full of really strong songwriting.

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Simon Joyner – Pocket Moon (BB*Island, 2019)

Simon Joyner is a true poet and one of the finest songwriters of the past couple of decades. His 2015 album Grass, Branch & Bone would be one of the first picks, if I did the decade list. This new one is also brilliant and full of powerful songwriting.

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Vetiver – Up On High (Mama Bird Recording Co / Loose Music, 2019)

Vetiver and Andy Cabic have had a huge influence on my music taste. Thing of the Past and Andy Cabic interviews were my treasure vaults in the 00s. So if you dig the direction this blog has taken during the years, Andy is part of the reason. So how cool is that Vetiver has a magical new record on my favorite label in the world, Mama Bird Recording Co. Well pretty damn cool.

Rachel Toups – Sundog (Peconic, 2019)

Wrapping up the third chapter of this story with one of my favourite new finds of the year. Rachel Toups is a songwriter, musician and visual artist from Los Angeles and her album Sundog is haunting and mesmerizing. I love the whole record, but Foxes and There have been biggest favorites since the beginning. I can’t decide which one to put here, so here they are both.

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100 Favourite Albums of the Year 2019 – Part Two

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Mammoth Penguins – There’s No Fight We Can’t Both Win (Fika Recordins, 2019)

We kick off part two in Cambridge UK. I’ve almost been thinking about making a separate pop list, because I still love pop music but with current folk/americana emphasis I’m not able to squeeze in many pop records on these lists. One that I couldn’t leave out is this great one from Mammoth Penguins. Especially Closure and You Just Carry On are brilliant songs.

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Will Beeley – Highways & Heart Attacks (Tompkins Square, 2019)

And then something rather different, but equally wonderful. Will Beeley released a couple of great records in the 70s, but have since been a truck driver. Thankfully Tompkins Square first reissued those old records and one thing led to another and we got a mighty good brand new Will Beeley album.

Abigail Lapell – Getaway (Coax Records, 2019)

Back to Toronto, Canada for the tremendous Abigail Lapell album Getaway. Sparrow For a Heart and Shape of a Mountain are so incredible. The whole record is.

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Bill Callahan – Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest (Drag City, 2019)

Hey it’s Bill Callahan. You love him, I love him, doesn’t everybody love him.

Sunny War – Shell of a Girl (Hen House Studios, 2019)

Next this little year in review goes to Los Angeles for the new Sunny War album Shell of a Girl. Her last two albums have both been remarkable. Rock N Roll Heaven is the standout for me, but whole record is excellent.

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Vincent Neil Emerson – Fried Chicken & Evil Women (La Honda Records, 2019)

Back in Texas and in the arms of classic country music. Vincent Neil Emerson is a great songwriter and has a perfect voice for this music.

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Weyes Blood – Titanic Rising (Sub Pop Records, 2019)

Genre-hopping and on we go to the fantastic Weyes Blood album. Everyone knows about this one, but yeah it’s amazing and people are raving about it for a reason.

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Darrin Bradbury – Talking Dogs & Atom Bombs (Anti, 2019)

Next we explore the slow wildness of the everyday with a long time favourite Darrin Bradbury.

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Claire Cronin – Big Dread Moon (Orindal Records, 2019)

I fell for Claire Cronin’s dark and beautiful songs when I first heard them some years ago. Her latest came out on Orindal Records and is probably the best one yet as a whole. This song in particular hits really hard.

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Black Pumas – Black Pumas (ATO Records, 2019)

Been fun to watch this rise from the release of that Karma Chief Records single Black Moon Rising into something that gets a couple of million views. Definitely worth each and every one of those views too. Such a great record.

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Gabriel Birnbaum – Not Alone (Arrowhawk Records, 2019)

Next stop Brooklyn, NY and the marvellous solo album from Wilder Maker’s frontman Gabriel Birnbaum.

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Lucy Roleff – Left Open in a Room (Lost and Lonesome Records, 2019)

Another trip to down under and Melbourne. Folk musician and songwriter Lucy Roleff released a really magical album Left Open in a Room.

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Natural Bridges – Residual Daydreams (Roayl Oakie, 2019)

Back in Oakland, CA. I really enjoyed two Natural Bridges albums this year. Good Medicine and Residual Daydreams are both excellent albums. Good Medicine is an older though, but was reissued by Royal Oakie before the new album arrived. A new favorite band for sure. I think I’ve praised the should-be hit Ronnie’s In Bed several times, so let’s drop a bit more soulful treat on this post.

Roseanne Reid – Trails (Last Man Music, 2019)

Year-end travel takes us to Scotland for the wonderful new Roseanne Reid album. Full of great songs like Levi, Amy and I Love Her So.

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Bob Sumner – Wasted Love Songs (independent, 2019)

Let’s wrap this second chapter of the year in review with a magnificent song from the debut solo album of Bob Sumner. It came out very early in the year, but I carried it with me throughout the year and still have zero intention to let go. This is my personal favorite of the record Ticket To Ride.

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100 Favourite Albums of the Year 2019 – Part One

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Finally the albums of the year list. This thing got out of hand and contains 100 albums, if I counted correctly. Doing the weekly playlist every week and therefore trying to listen all interesting albums every weekend really skyrocketed my already excessive music listening habits. I created my first draft for this list by going through the year of posts and I ended up with about 180 albums. So even narrowing it down to 100 was really hard, because it felt like I really liked all those records. This year this list will be partly ranked and partly unranked. There will be some kind of top 25 in the end that will be in a vague order. It’s sort of a compromise, because ranking is silly but I’m also fully aware that everyone doesn’t have time or need to spend every spare minute listening to new music like I do and they might be more interested in what were the ones that I loved the most. However, the first 75 will be in a completely random order. I just took them from the media folder in the order I saw them. There’s some on this part one that could have easily made the top 20 on another day. That’s how random it is. I have a three day weekend and I try to get this done during it. So if everything goes smoothly, it will be ready on Monday at the latest. Possibly even sooner, if I manage to work fast. I won’t write a whole lot, because I just want get this done and then either quit, take a break or move on to 2020 music. Anyway, time to get started.

Little Mazarn – Io (Self Sabotage Records, 2019)

Starting this long list in Austin, TX with my most recent addiction Little Mazarn. I just found this in November when working on the weekly playlist. I was very late on this one, because the album came out in May on Self Sabotagae. Anyway, I’ve really loved this one during the recent weeks. Banjo, singing saw and beautiful singing. Oh my.

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The Fire Harvest – Open Water (Snowstar Records, 2019)

Year in review travels on to Utrecht, Netherlands. The Fire Harvest released this amazing and haunting album that occasioally reminds me of Songs:Ohia. Canadian Michael Feuerstack recorded and mixed.

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Mount Eerie with Julie Doiron – Lost Wisdom Pt 2 (P.W. Elverum & Sun, 2019)

One that doesn’t need an introduction. I first put on this album and it’s opening song Belief while walking in the city and just had to stop, listen and then somehow pull myself together.

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Kelly Hunt – Even the Sparrow (Rare Bird Records, 2019)

Next to Kansas City for a wonderful folk record from songwriter and banjo-player Kelly Hunt. Full of great songs like Fingernail Moon and Across the Great Divide.

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Hiss Golden Messenger – Terms of Surrender (Merge Records, 2019)

Another big name with a great new record. Not one of his very best, but can’t blame a man for having such a brilliant back catalogue. Wonderful once again.

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Jason James – Seems Like Tears Ago (Melodyville Records, 2019)

I’ve been vaguely familiar with Jason James for a few years, but I didn’t know he was this special before hearing Seems Like Tears Ago. Wonderful classic country album.

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Jerry Leger – Time Out For Tomorrow (Latent Recordings, 2019)

Back to Canada and more precisely Toronto for Jerry Leger’s new album Time Out For Tomorrow. Great songwriting from first word to last note.

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Our Native Daughters – Songs of Our Native Daughters (Smithsonian Folkways Records, 2019)

Rhiannon Giddens, Amythyst Kiah, Leyla McCalla and Allison Russell collaborated as Our Native Daughters and created one of the most powerful and important records of the year. Leyla McCalla also made an excellent solo album The Capitalist Blues.

Big Thief – UFOF / Two Hands (4AD, 2019)

The two Big Thief albums have to settle for this one place, because a) it leaves room for one more b) I can’t decide which one I love more. Both are fabulous.

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Friendship – Dreamin’ (Orindal Records, 2019)

Next off to Philadelphia and into the arms of the new Friendship album Dreamin’. Our relationship is still in the early stages, but I’m fully ready to marry the song Dusky. The rest is also amazing.

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Kyle Cox – Perhaps One Day (independent, 2019)

A gentle old-fashioned get-together in Nashville, Tennessee with the loveliest of records. Perhaps One Day is a sweet ode to jazz vocal groups of the 30s and 40s. This one drifts the troubles away.

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Garrett T. Capps – All Right, All Night (Shotgun House Records, 2019)

Carrying the year-end round up thing to San Antonio for this might good country and rock and roll album from Garrett T. Capps.

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Freschard – On Fire (Wiaiwya, 2019)

And then to Berlin, Germany for the record from the always awesome Freschard. Wasting Time and Happy By Your Side are pure bliss.

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Rob Snarski – Sparrow & Swan (2019)

First visit to Australia for the second solo album from Rob Snarski (The Blackeyed Susans). Probably one of my all-time favorite vocalists and a great songwriter too.

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red steppes – Arcs (Native Cat Recordings, 2019)

The first chapter of this year in review closes in Oakland, CA with a spectacular song Madera from the new red steppes album Arcs. An amazing record from songwriter Nika Aila States.

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