Catching up on 2019 Music - A Pre-List Making Thread to push favorites, discuss critical consensus and prognosticate on eventual best-ofs for the year

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... and if you just want to get caught up on what people have been listening to all year, here's a bunch of playlists of songs discussed on the genre threads, organized by month:

January: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3gfEiJs2o4shZtC6vJEFhY?si=J7SogvC3R6yIvB33VKe-Zw
February: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0V2Fxhw4SLadknRwPu4tz4?si=j6cgdTIrRMCvwybnLHuTZg
March: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/33JTHumPssxBv4pOLJF9cU?si=GHdgkJXlTpyB_RdGkSBNXw
April: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5WyVvYDXRaEEtiAfwzjFri?si=DzSt7-SqTjOCYnY_PKYUTA
May: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3sPFgmuzgmDvq3DZDmVUl5?si=JNT23gaAS6yNloG5ofcKkg
June: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5x79vvSWwZl8crD2c9u2ep?si=AbiUy15xRBCn99vMYDcxdA
July: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4dFeYYyi3EqS9MT9jghdx6?si=bwJ3viwdTyWzGG1-qoxePg
August/September: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3gXxMTBGCrbe9Cc3eKFZOe?si=EADoLnJ1S7KQ3f8DeDl3Pw
October: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/11z6m0RWEO8AWRLZXsR6En?si=Ey_xQQ6iTRqG2ufDhYHaag
November: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/26YAdk9WuuOfNOxnpp80ur?si=Y9B0i9VpSB-t6Bi28ePTTA

and by year to date without repeats:
Songs Discussed on ILM's Genre Threads in 2019:
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3DNL9a5Dp8YC35dFInBRvt?si=WwYHbishQMu-n9-3JmJc_g

Here's a shared playlist for people to add a single song from their 10 to 20 fave albums for group consumption; offer your best!

Catching up on 2019 Music - An ILM Collaborative Pre-List Making Thread:
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/14GK8Gg5sTOLApaq6tj39H?si=gr6r3c7SQnuhpU5OvM2bLQ

On first glance, my fave albums would have to include work by Raphael Saadiq, Octo Octa, Koffee, Jamila Woods, Project Pablo, Brittany Howard, Samthing Soweto, Maxo Kream.. who else?

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 3 November 2019 20:54 (one week ago) link

Ariana Grande, Big Thief, The Highwomen, Taylor Swift, Tayla Parx, Purple Mountains

dracula et son fils (morrisp), Sunday, 3 November 2019 21:20 (one week ago) link

bakground, doubler, meitei...

brimstead, Sunday, 3 November 2019 22:33 (one week ago) link

Thanks for posting these!

billstevejim, Sunday, 3 November 2019 23:24 (one week ago) link

Maja Ratkje - Sult
Kumio Kurachi - Sound of Turning Earth
Kevin Hays and Lionel Loueke - Hope
Sarah Louise - Nighttime Birds and Morning Stars
Tauno Aints et al - Estonian Incantations 1
Thurston Moore - Spirit Counsel

No language just sound (Sund4r), Sunday, 3 November 2019 23:56 (one week ago) link

Those are album around which there is a critical consensus obv.

No language just sound (Sund4r), Sunday, 3 November 2019 23:57 (one week ago) link

Moka turned me on to the two SAULT albums that came out this year. Both are excellent, full of funky ESG-style grooves.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Monday, 4 November 2019 01:34 (one week ago) link

Kumio Kurachi - Sound of Turning Earth
Kevin Hays and Lionel Loueke - Hope
Sarah Louise - Nighttime Birds and Morning Stars
Thurston Moore - Spirit Counsel

I'll have to check these out. I've only heard Kim Gordon's solo LP post-SY's split, and I quite liked it, so I'm curious to hear Moore's album as well.

pomenitul, Monday, 4 November 2019 19:08 (one week ago) link

Anyone wants to recommend stuff for someone whose top last year included Aviary, El mal querer and a lot of afropop ? I actually listen to all main genres, so hip hop and stuff like Tropical Fuck Storm also works.
I'm at a record low for this year, like, less than 10 albums maybe.

Nabozo, Monday, 4 November 2019 19:29 (one week ago) link

@Nabozo: maybe try the Jamila Woods, Fire! Orchestra, Kelsey Lu albums?

britain's secret sauce (seandalai), Monday, 4 November 2019 19:44 (one week ago) link

if you haven't checked out the new 6-hour Underworld album yet you really should

frogbs, Monday, 4 November 2019 19:45 (one week ago) link

i gotta work on my long list.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 4 November 2019 19:46 (one week ago) link

King Gizzard went metal with Infest The Rats Nest, and it turned out to be a really good, fun record. Nice blend of silly and surly, with a generous helping of guitar pyrotechnics.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Monday, 4 November 2019 21:38 (one week ago) link

i'm still very into the jerkcurb album: https://www.discogs.com/Jerkcurb-Air-Con-Eden/master/1630676

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Monday, 4 November 2019 21:59 (one week ago) link

Aviary was my #1 last year but I can't imagine what its 2019 equivalent would be. My current short list of faves looking like: Girlpool, Chai, Hama, Spellling, DIIV, Raphael Saadiq.

geoffreyess, Monday, 4 November 2019 23:19 (one week ago) link

I doubt anything will beat Lingua Ignota for me.

jmm, Monday, 4 November 2019 23:45 (one week ago) link

I'll have to check these out. I've only heard Kim Gordon's solo LP post-SY's split, and I quite liked it, so I'm curious to hear Moore's album as well.

It's pretty different: a triple album consisting of three long instrumental compositions, with a lot of Branca influence. Hope you enjoy the others too. The Kumio Kurachi was really striking to me.

No language just sound (Sund4r), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 03:14 (one week ago) link

Anyone wants to recommend stuff for someone whose top last year included Aviary, El mal querer and a lot of afropop ? I actually listen to all main genres, so hip hop and stuff like Tropical Fuck Storm also works.
I'm at a record low for this year, like, less than 10 albums maybe.

― Nabozo

try the khana bierbood?

tantric societal collapse (rushomancy), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 03:31 (one week ago) link

Khana Bierbood is fantastic

the oxford book of chaos (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 04:52 (one week ago) link

Other stuff I'm into: Fly Pan Am, Purple Pilgrims, Wędrowcy~Tułacze~Zbiegi, The Gluts, and a bunch of the usual suspects

the oxford book of chaos (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 04:55 (one week ago) link

10 favourites:

Billy Woods & Kenny Segal - Hiding Places
Cult of Luna - A Dawn to Fear
Edmund Finnis - The Air, Turning
Gabriel Fauré - Nocturnes (Eric Le Sage)
Lingua Ignota - Caligula
Michael Tanner with Alison Cotton and Lino Capra Vaccina - The Blackening
Robert Rich - Tactile Ground
Tomb Mold - Planetary Clairvoyance
Toshio Hosokawa - gardens
Tristan Murail - Portulan

pomenitul, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 10:06 (one week ago) link

Oh wow, did not know about the Murail.

No language just sound (Sund4r), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 13:27 (one week ago) link

Michael Tanner with Alison Cotton and Lino Capra Vaccina - The Blackening

i actually see this guy quite a lot at local carboot fairs, have never got round to listening to his music though outside of united bible studies

the creator has a mazda van (NickB), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 13:35 (one week ago) link

Someone (I forget who it was) recommended Alison Cotton's All Is Quiet at the Ancient Theatre last year and I was immediately hooked. I'm a sucker for pseudo-medieval English pastoralism rerouted through the ambient/deep listening aesthetic.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 13:59 (one week ago) link

I liked Purple Pilgrims and Wędrowcy~Tułacze~Zbiegi. I watched that Gluts video and it was a straight up trans fantasy, but they don't seem to think of it that way?

tantric societal collapse (rushomancy), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 14:27 (one week ago) link

Nerija - Blume
Joe Armon-Jones - Turn to Clear View

fetter, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 14:30 (one week ago) link

xxp you rang?

Book Doula (sleeve), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 15:03 (one week ago) link

Actually, it may have been emil.y (unless you are her).

pomenitul, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 15:09 (one week ago) link

no I meant being a sucker for that type of music :)

Book Doula (sleeve), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 15:09 (one week ago) link

Oh nm. High five!

Then you'd likely enjoy that Edmund Finnis album I mentioned, although it's on the more academically composed end of the spectrum.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 15:10 (one week ago) link

Here's a shared playlist for people to add a single song from their 10 to 20 fave albums for group consumption; offer your best!
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/14GK8Gg5sTOLApaq6tj39H?si=gr6r3c7SQnuhpU5OvM2bLQ

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 15:35 (one week ago) link

these are the best received albums of the year according to this meta site:
https://www.albumoftheyear.org/ratings/6-highest-rated/2019/1

1. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Ghosteen
2. Fontaines D.C. - Dogrel
3. Employed to Serve - Eternal Forward Motion
4. Indoor Pets - Be Content
5. Dave - Psychodrama
6. Lingua Ignota - Caligula
7. Richard Dawson - 2020
8. Angel Olsen - All Mirrors
9. Michael Kiwanuka - Kiwanuka
10. FKA twigs - MAGDALENE
11. Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising
12. JPEGMAFIA - All My Heroes Are Cornballs
13. Rapsody - Eve
14. Kano - Hoodies All Summer
15. Big Thief - Two Hands
16. Little Simz - GREY Area
17. Whitechapel - The Valley
18. The Murder Capital - When I Have Fears
19. Purple Mountains - Purple Mountains
20. Queen Zee - Queen Zee
21. Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell!
22. Jamila Woods - LEGACY! LEGACY!
23. Tyler, the Creator - IGOR
24. Baroness - Gold & Grey
25. Vanishing Twin - The Age Of Immunology

the creator has a mazda van (NickB), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 15:46 (one week ago) link

I'm impressed the FKA twigs album is so well received when it hasn't come out yet

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 15:57 (one week ago) link

Added a bunch of fun tracks to the ulysses playlist

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 15:58 (one week ago) link

lol I only know ten of those, mostly by name only. I've only actually heard Big Thief and Baroness, and only then because of my radio show. I'm officially old and out of touch, which is fine.

Book Doula (sleeve), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 15:58 (one week ago) link

thanks moodles; encouraging more people to do the same. i guarantee i will listen to any single track you put from your fave album on there!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 16:09 (one week ago) link

ok not sure if this is my FINAL top ten but i added tracks to the playlist anyway

Big Thief - UFOF
American Football - American Football (LP3)
These New Puritans - Inside The Rose
Lambchop - This (Is What I Wanted To Tell You)
Jambinai - ONDA
Danny Brown - uknowhatimsayin?
Blanck Mass - Animated Violence Mild
The Comet Is Coming - Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery
Shinichiro Yokota - I Know You Like It
Purple Mountains - Purple Mountains
Sakanaction - 834.194

honourable mentions to the new Bill Orcutt / Richard Dawson / Black Mountain / the other Big Thief

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 16:24 (one week ago) link

ah maybe i fucked up, were the playlist instructions meant to be 'one song ONLY' per user taken from ONE of your top 10/20?

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 16:28 (one week ago) link

no, one song per album

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 16:30 (one week ago) link

just to avoid flooding the playlist with any one album

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 16:30 (one week ago) link

This Brittany Howard track on the playlist is skill.

Life is a meaningless nightmare of suffering...save string (Chinaski), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 16:45 (one week ago) link

just added a bunch. really got to narrow down my list haha, my best-of-2019 albums list is probably 70-80 releases long

kanye kendrick frank kendrick frank kanye (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 16:59 (one week ago) link

whole brittany howard album is awesome

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 17:07 (one week ago) link

Toshio Hosokawa - gardens

Well, this was an unexpected surprise! Googled it from your shortlist, it's amazing and had me sitting right up instantly (shivers, too). ty Pom!

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 17:21 (one week ago) link

My pleasure! Some would say his music is consistent to a fault but I can never get enough of it.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 17:25 (one week ago) link

Added 10 things to the playlist. Broke the 'one song' rule in one instance because I hate abrupt cut offs in playlists where the track segues into the next one. But the second song is short. And it's Dawn, for whom rules are made to be broken innit.

Jeff W, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 19:58 (one week ago) link

Burna Boy, Samthing Soweto, Jamila Woods, Dawn Richard and Ariana Grande would be in my top ten too. Here’s the other five, plus an extra handful:

💧DJ Maphorisa & Kabza De Small • Scorpion Kings
💧Various Artists (incl. Beyoncé) • The Lion King: The Gift
💧Lady Donli • Enjoy Your Life
💧Makhadzi • Matorokisi
💧Sha Sha • Blossom EP

💧Airic • Isgubh Sa Airic, Vol. 1
💧King Promise • As Promised
💧O Team (Nerú Americano x Os Santiegos) • O Team EP
💧Sho Madjozi • Limpopo Champions League
💧TNS • Madlovoku - King Of African House

(Jeff W, maybe you could post your list here too?)

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 20:59 (one week ago) link

Hmmm I post lists on too many ILM threads as it is. 🙂

My Q1, Q2 and Q3 faves are listed on the Rolling 2019 favourites thread. Q4 will follow there in December.

Jeff W, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 22:41 (one week ago) link

just to know what albums you added to the playlist without having to close read the playlist (and not everyone has Spotify anyway)

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 23:12 (one week ago) link

Lots of nice additions so far. Giving these ones a more in depth listen:

The Comet Is Coming
Blanck Mass
The Japanese House
Barker
Marika Hackman
Le SuperHomard
Gabe Knox

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 23:36 (one week ago) link

Added some tracks from:

Mariam the Believer - String Variations
Jenny Hval - The Practice of Love
Fire! Orchestra - Arrival
Paco Sala - Our Love is the Gold
Nilüfer Yanya - Miss Universe

britain's secret sauce (seandalai), Wednesday, 6 November 2019 00:47 (six days ago) link

I liked Purple Pilgrims and Wędrowcy~Tułacze~Zbiegi. I watched that Gluts video and it was a straight up trans fantasy, but they don't seem to think of it that way?

― tantric societal collapse (rushomancy), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 14:27 (yesterday) link

I don't know anything about a Gluts video

the oxford book of chaos (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 6 November 2019 06:07 (six days ago) link

my standout favourites this year:

Erika De Casier - Essentials
Lambchop - This (is what I wanted to tell you)
Burna Boy - African Giant
Big Thief - U.F.O.F.
Nilufer Yanya - Miss Universe

also want to rep for Samthing Soweto - Isphithiphithi

ufo, Wednesday, 6 November 2019 10:09 (six days ago) link

I don't know anything about a Gluts video

― the oxford book of chaos (Drugs A. Money)

it's on youtube

tantric societal collapse (rushomancy), Wednesday, 6 November 2019 14:33 (six days ago) link

vote for Paddy McAloon/Prefab Sprout - I Trawl The Megahertz for best reissue

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Wednesday, 6 November 2019 17:20 (six days ago) link

that Rapsody album is a good find that I meant to listen more closely to but didn't; thanks!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 6 November 2019 17:40 (six days ago) link

Added one track, by Twen, who I've not seen mentioned on ILM. Very crude description would be Cocteaus mashed up with Stone Roses, which obviously is a combination nobody ever wants to hear. Also, the album cover is terrible and they have their chorus pedal set to 11 throughout. And yet it's one of my favourite things I've heard all year.

Supposed Former ILM Lurker (WeWantMiles), Friday, 8 November 2019 17:55 (four days ago) link

Kind of digging this Twen. Is this dream pop? It's weird - according to Wikipedia, dream pop is an influential '80s style which includes stuff like Cocteau Twins. I don't remember hearing that term having much currency in the '90s, when I read a lot of music journalism. Now it seems every other new indie band is called "dream pop". Twen doesn't sound much like the Cocteau Twins to me. Maybe more like Siouxsie and the Banshees or Afghan Whigs. I guess Siouxsie were considered post-punk and the Whigs were grunge, but that seemed to be more a function of what was popular when they came on the scene than what they actually sounded like. Actually there's a lot of stylistic diversity on this Twen album. Now it reminds me a bit of that Gauntlet Hair album (wonder what became of them).

o. nate, Saturday, 9 November 2019 02:09 (three days ago) link

Things I haven't seen mentioned yet itt that stand a good chance of appearing on my EOY list:

Tomeka Reid Quartet - Old New
Oh Sees - Face Stabber
Jake Xerxes Fussell - Out of Sight

handsome boy modelling software (bernard snowy), Saturday, 9 November 2019 17:44 (three days ago) link

dream pop was quite popular around 1990, i thought it was a kind of precursor to shoegaze. besides the cocteau twins lush were put into that drawer. haven't listened to twen yet but i have huge difficulties to name any worthwile albums from 2019. i haven't listened to a lot though. i liked the two big thief albums, the weyes blood was nice, i love her voice, the erika da casier is a good late night listen, not to forget the new joan shelley. but there was not one exceptional album i heard. besides those i am pretty blank. btw aviary was also one of my faves from last year, together with double negative and an album by a german punk band.

walking towards the sun since 2007 (alex in mainhattan), Saturday, 9 November 2019 21:37 (three days ago) link

Thanks y'all for putting Twen on my radar, this is seriously cool. There is a looseness to the playing that makes for a nice contrast with the fussiness of the arrangements/production. Can't think of many bands that have covered similar ground... maybe Deerhunter

handsome boy modelling software (bernard snowy), Sunday, 10 November 2019 14:41 (two days ago) link

pushing some favorites:

R.M.F.C. - Hive Vols 1 and 2 - "The Clue" - Devo gets mentioned as a touchstone - not the later "Beautiful World" type stuff but the early "Mongoloid" robotic nasal vocal stuff - but there's also plenty of good old-fashioned gut-bucket fuzz of the proto-punk garage rock variety I associate with bands like The Saints.

Nightwatchers - Le Paix Ou Le Sable - "UPCist to the Bone" - Might seem at first like kind of meat 'n potatoes political pop punk, but the songs are kind of interestingly constructed, at least to me, with different sections that don't always repeat like you'd expect, and the harmonizing vocals and urgent rhythm section are fully committed.

o. nate, Monday, 11 November 2019 03:08 (yesterday) link

New Oh Sees is great! Loving the collaborative playlist — about 1 song in 3 or 4 is right up my alley. https://open.spotify.com/playlist/14GK8Gg5sTOLApaq6tj39H?si=gr6r3c7SQnuhpU5OvM2bLQ

Una Palooka Dronka (hardcore dilettante), Monday, 11 November 2019 04:25 (yesterday) link

i'm also enjoying this Twen lp a lot.

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Monday, 11 November 2019 12:30 (yesterday) link

Underworld - Drift Series 1
Omma - 1905
Floating Points - Crush
Shinichiro Yokota - I Know You Like It
Meemo Comma - Sleepmoss
Boreal Massif - We All Have An Impact
The Highwomen - s/t
CFCF - Liquid Colors
Barker - Utility
Iona Fortune - Tao of I Vol 2
Jenny Hval - The Practice of Love
Joan Shelley - Like the River Loves the Sea
Raphael Saadiq - Jimmy Lee
Maja S.K. Ratkje - Sult
Billie Eilish - When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go?
Mdou Moctar - Ilana (The Creator)
Outro Tempo Vol 2 - v/a
Billy Woods & Kenny Segal - Hiding Places
Big Thief - U.F.O.F. & Two Hands
The Comet Is Coming - Trust In the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery
Chromatics - Closer to Grey
John Coltrane - Blue World
Anthony Naples - Fog FM
The Radio Dept. - I Don't Need Love, I've Got My Band

omar little, Monday, 11 November 2019 16:58 (yesterday) link


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