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This should be a rolling list for people's records of 2019. I'll post my top 20 after I've finished it on Facebook, but here's a list of stuff that was new to me in 2019 that I thought was very good, along with a Spotify playlist of whatever is available.

Su Tissue - Salon de Musique - thanks again to @Brent Lampton for this piece of Reichian outburst, really beautiful.
Michael O'Shea - Michael O'Shea - Irish street musician 'discovered' by two lads from Wire, got a reissue this year that is really nice
Fred Frith - Gravity
Fred Frith - No Birds - two different Frith records but completely unalike. No Birds is the beginning of post-rock and ambient while Gravity is ravishing and exploratory.
Anthony Moore - Flying Doesn't Help - like if Eno kept making pop records
Black Sabbath - Master of Reality - never heard in full, feels like their best
Pentangle - Willy O'Winsbury - probably the best song I heard this year, hands down
Team Dresch - Personal Best - made up for a disappointing SK record, this is like riot grrl meets Q & Not U or something
Mark Hollis - S/T - heard ages ago but his death hurt and then this was re-released
Arthur Russell - Iowa Dream - this made me realise he kind of invented Ariel Pink
His Name Is Alive - All The Mirrors - was never a fan of the later stuff but this early ambient stuff rules
Black Dice - Natty Light - from when they were a bratty punk band, absolutely dire playing but an amazing document of a time
Wooten Family - Present Joys - got way into sacred harp singing this year and this one threw me esp when @cuppatea pointed out basically Animal Collective nicked it
Deliluh - Day Catcher - think @Teb was on these first but I heard them through our guitarist, great slack indie vibe
Gentle Giant - various - thanks PhilPub! no one amazing album but lots of very good songs here and there
Van Der Graaf Generator - some amazing sounds from this lot, can see why the cool post-punkers liked them even though they were definitely on the prog side of art rock
Peter Hammill - Over - and yet VdGG's singer would turn out these tender non-prog miserable solo records, this one is incredible
EXEK - Ahead of Two Thoughts - best post-punk record that I heard this year is from 2017...very PIL...industrial and dub vibes really work. Aussie nihilist vibe.
Zazen Boys - Honnoji - incredible Japanese math punk act, the band the singer from the Dino Jr influenced Number Girl formed. Battles-ish?
Lime - I Don't Want To Lose You - not a huge italo fan but this single is new to me and it RULES
Bjork - Vulnicura - thanks to the Bjork a week, this was my favourite, an absolute brutalisation of the soul set to music
Electric Light Orchestra - Letter From Spain - deep cut of the year

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0pTp4TGVMaWxmGaK0Az7MB

dunno why that won't embed but it does work.

 

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Albums of the Decade 2010 - 2020

Ariel Pink - Before Today

Wild Nothing - Gemini

Surfer Blood - Astro Coast

Teengirl Fantasy - 7AM

Panda Bear - Tomboy

Belong - Common Era

Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972

John Maus - We Must Become Etc

Craft Spells - Idol Labor

The Raveonettes - Raven in the Grave

Ear Pwr - Ear Pwr

Zombi - Escape Velocity

The Raveonettes - Observator

Prince Rama - Top Ten Hits Etc

Emeralds - Just to Feel Anything

Smashing Pumpkins - Oceania

Umberto - Confrontations

Veronica Falls - Waiting for Something to Happen

No Joy - Waiting to Pleasure

Mick Harvey - FOUR (Acts of Love)

Daft Punk - Random Access Memories

Jon Hopkins - Singularity

Mood Rings - VIP Harmony

Fuck Buttons - Slow Focus

Soft Metals - Lenses

Prefab Sprout - Crimson/Red

Teeth of the Sea - Your Mercury

Disasterpeace - FEZ

Blank Realm - Grassed Inn

Dum Dum Girls - Too True

Beck - Morning Phase

Todd Terje - It's Album Time

Peter Matthew Bauer - Liberation!

The Juan McLean - In a Dream

Johnny Greenwood - Inherent Vice

The Advisory Circle - From Out Here

John Carpenter - Lost Themes

Blanck Mass - Dumb Flesh

Best Coast - Crazy for You

Surfer Blood - 1000 Palms

Jamie XX - In Colour

Carly Rae Jepson - E.MO.TION

Dearhunter - Halcyon Digest

Zombi - Shape Shift

Alexandre Desplat - Zero Dark Thirty

Gustavo Santaolalla - The Last of Us

Inon Zur - Fallout 4

David - Blackstar

The Avalanches - Wildflower

Nick Cave Etc - Skeleton Tree

The xx - I See You

Blanck Mass - World Eater

John B McLemore/Tor Lundvall - Witness Marks

Robyn - Honey

Carly Rae Jepson - Dedicated

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NOT final, will go back to stuff I haven't had time for and will be declaring it the best thing ever written throughout the next decade

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top records of the decade.

John Maus - Pitiless Censors
John Maus - Screen Memories
Purple Mountains - Purple Mountains
Women - Public Strain
Sky Ferreira - Night Time, My Time
Bing & Ruth - Tomorrow Was The Golden Age
Cosmic Dead - Rainbowhead
Low - Double Negative
Deafheaven - Sunbather
Death Masks - Queen's Language
Bjork - Vulnicura
Dawn of Midi - Dysnomia
Facel Vega - The Body
David Bowie - Blackstar
King Krule - 6 Feet Beneath The Moon
Metronomy - The English Riviera
Frog Eyes - Carey's Cold Spring
MGMT - Congratulations
Chuck Person - Eccojams Vol. 1
The Caretaker - An Empty Bliss Beyond This World
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Before Today
Prurient - Frozen Niagara Falls
Colin Stetson - New History Warfare Vol. 2
Torticoli - S/T

I'd personally put National Service against any record not here. Arrogant, sure, but I am proud of it and think it stands up.

Ariel Pink and Matana Roberts two of the most consistent artists of the decade. No bad releases but couldn't put them all in.

I also really liked everything (or nearly everything) this decade by Kendrick Lamar, Julia Kent, The Intelligence, Tortoise, The Oh Sees, Field Music, The Field, Caribou, JPEGMAFIA, Obnox, Kamasi Washington, Gary War, Suede, Scott Walker, Bill Callahan, Dam Funk, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Danny Brown, Vince Staples, Sightings, Pan American, Anjou, and Grass Widow.

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Top 25 for the decade (chronologically - tried ranking them but it felt futile):

Oneohtrix Point Never - Returnal
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Before Today
Diddy-Dirty Money - Last Train to Paris
Dixon - Live at Robert Johnson Vol. 8
Bat for Lashes - The Haunted Man
Deftones - Koi no Yokan
Paramore - s/t
Beyoncé - s/t
Caroline Shaw/Roomful of Teeth - Partita for 8 Voices
The Hotelier - Home, Like Noplace Is There
Grimes - Art Angels
Miguel - Wildheart
The Hotelier - Goodness
Crying - Beyond the Fleeting Gales
Dawn Richard - Redemption
David Bowie - Blackstar
Paramore - After Laughter
The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die - Always Foreign
Against All Logic - 2012-2017
Jorge Elbrecht - Here Lies
Autechre - NTS Sessions 1-4
The Beths - Future Me Hates Me
American Football - LP3
Carly Rae Jepsen - Dedicated

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