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Top 20 Albums of 2019

January 4, 2020

2019 was another faithful year that reminded us that there’s no hope whatsoever for anything: Our political system continues to fail us in a remarkable number of ways, cultural institutions continue to decay from lack of funding and relevancy, and the nearly-decade long rise of continued support for far-right nationalism stretched its hands even further. The damage that has taken place, and will continue to take place, shows a general moral failing on the part of society at large —…

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#KickingtheCanon by Josh Hurst Music

Johnny Cash | American Recordings

Nobody denies that Johnny Cash was a legend; his mythos looms large in Ken Burns’s Country Music documentary, as good a bellwether as any for how Cash remains one of the genre’s defining personalities. On what foundation does his legacy truly rest, though? For decades, the Man in…

December 11, 2019
#KickingtheCanon by Brendan Nagle Music

Guided By Voices | Bee Thousand

It’s somewhat curious that Guided By Voices has so comfortably settled into its position on the Mount Rushmore of ’90s indie rock. That their brand of junky, compressed pop songs resonated with the slackers in Archers of Loaf T-shirts is hardly a surprise, but…

November 25, 2019
#PopRocks by Jack Lent Music

Alessia Cara | This Summer

Recall that Cartoon Network’s The Powerpuff Girls had an opening sequence which explained how to create “super-powered” girls: mix sugar, spice, and everything nice — along with the “extra” ingredient, Chemical X. Alessia Cara’s new EP, This Summer, follows a similar formula, but with…

October 17, 2019
#ObscureObject by Greg Cwik Music

Chromatics | Closer to Grey

Johnny Jewel’s music is imbued with an eldritch air of nostalgia, the coupling of retro synth-pop and filmic ambiance bringing to mind images of a late night drive along a caliginous road; his production gleams like a rain-slick street, and the recalcitrant synth lines…

October 14, 2019
#KickingtheCanon by Greg Cwik Music

Miles Davis | Bitches Brew

When Miles Davis released his seminal 1969 album In a Silent Way, its newfangled, neoteric sound — which Lester Bangs described as “space music” — polarized the musician’s fans. The Jazz purists, much like acoustic Bob Dylan die-hards, were flummoxed by the jarring change even…

October 1, 2019
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