Ranking the 61 New Albums I’ve Listened To In 2019

Girl with Basket of Fruit

  • Xiu Xiu’s new experimental record is an absolute trip. I highly recommend listening to this at a high volume outside. Basic structures feel like mirages. It messes with you. Nothing on the album hits harder than Pumpkin Attack on Mommy and Daddy, which launched me into another stratosphere upon my first listen. It’s like if Frontier Psychiatry by the Avalanches were updated with today’s production value.

American Football (LP3)

  • I was anticipating this one so much. It’s really, really good. Nothing was as good as the second single, Uncomfortably Numb (feat. Hayley Williams), but few songs are. They are one of the most technically impressive rock bands in the business. They showcase their math rock and emo roots while also evolving to highlight a beautiful maturity in their sound.

On The Line

  • I guess I was expecting to click with this more than I did, but Jenny Lewis is undeniably talented and a good songwriter. I didn’t love any songs on here, but it is collectively a solid project.

The World Is Yours 2

Nothing Happens

  • Wallows, which features the guy from Thirteen Reasons Why that my students said I looked like after I shaved, are not wrong. Nothing happens. It’s boring, unoriginal, and actually begs the question: who at Atlantic thought this was a band to invest in? It feels slimy.

WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?

  • I need to listen to it again, because twice in a row is apparently not enough. This album was something else. I really, really enjoyed it. The singles mesh well here. bad guy is fantastic. So is i love you. I guess, I love it? I’m not sure yet.

Paris

  • THE TWILIGHT SAD, YOU HAVE BEEN DEMOTED. The band of my dreams, OWEL, crushed my pathetic soul with this project. I’ll save some of the commentary on it for a feature article I’ll have about them in the near future, but just know this: if you are reading this, listen to this. It’ll linger with you for a long time.

 


  1. Paris – OWEL
  2. IT WON/T BE LIKE THIS ALL THE TIME – The Twilight Sad
  3. PSYCHODRAMA – Dave
  4. Phoenix – Pedro the Lion
  5. Heard It In A Past Life – Maggie Rogers 
  6. Sucker Punch – Sigrid
  7. To Each His Own – E.B. The Younger
  8. When I Get Home – Solange
  9. Remind Me Tomorrow – Sharon Van Etten 
  10. In Search of the Miraculous – Desperate Journalist
  11. LP3 – American Football
  12. Outer Peace – Toro y Moi
  13. Beware of the Dogs – Stella Donnelly
  14. Crushing – Julia Jacklin
  15. Girl With Basket Of Fruit – Xiu Xiu
  16. WHEN WE FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? – Billie Eilish
  17. Ulfilas’ Alphabet – Sundara Karma
  18. Gallipoli – Beirut 
  19. Better Oblivion Community Center – Better Oblivion Community Center 
  20. Rap Or Go To The League – 2 Chainz
  21. Olympic Girls – Tiny Ruins 
  22. Good At Falling – The Japanese House
  23. Nowhere Now Here – MONO 
  24. Electric Lady Sessions – LCD Soundsystem
  25. The Door to Doom – Candlemass
  26. Tasmania – Pond
  27. On The Line – Jenny Lewis
  28. SUGA – Kyle Dion
  29. This is Not the End – Spielbergs
  30. Almost Free – FIDLAR
  31. FIVE – White Lies
  32. Malibu Ken – Malibu Ken
  33. Betty – Betty Who
  34. Assume Form – James Blake
  35. Everythings For Sale – Boogie
  36. Future Hndrxx Presents: THE WZRD – Future
  37. GREY Area – Little Simz
  38. Five Stars – Higher Brothers
  39. The World Is Yours 2 – Rich The Kid
  40. Homebrew – DIRE GNOME 
  41. placeholder – Hand Habits
  42. This Is How You Smile – Helado Negro
  43. Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? – Deerhunter
  44. Vernissage My Heart – Bilderbuch
  45. Stuffed & Ready – Cherry Glazerr 
  46. AJ Tracey – AJ Tracey
  47. Death Race For Love – Juice WRLD
  48. Love Hates What You Become – Lost Under Heaven
  49. Berkeley’s On Fire – SWMRS
  50. VOL. 4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR – HEALTH 
  51. Goes West – William Tyler
  52. What Chaos Is Imaginary – Girlpool 
  53. Zeppelin Over China – Guided By Voices 
  54. Nothing Happens – Wallows
  55. Helium – HOMESHAKE 
  56. Groove Denied – Stephen Malkmus
  57. American Love Call – Durand Jones & The Indications
  58. Quiet Signs – Jessica Pratt 
  59. XXXTENTACION Presents: Members Only, Vol. 4 – XXXTENTACION 
  60. Lux Prima – Karen O and Danger Mouse
  61. Bobbie Gentry’s The Delta Sweete Revisited – Mercury Rev

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