End of the Year Review 2019


“Got a job I gotta do. I get down and dirty too. What it is? What it do?”

I absolutely love doing this each year. I have been doing this for over a decade. I’m old! I hope people still enjoy it.  Music is so unique because everything produced is new. Some people love movies for the same reason. I continue to be surprised by artists and get excited about new releases and discoveries. It is great. 

This year was a great example of the “new” nature of music. You have artists doing things that I have never heard done before.  Also, you had artists try something completely different from their norm.  A great example of this is Tyler, The Creator. He has been making successful music for 10 years. This year he made something completely different and unique. As a rapper, he basically has no rap on the album. It works. It is a huge risk for an established artist. More of that is always welcome. 

There were also new areas of the world to tap into.  Three of my top five albums are artist from Australia (Stella Donnelly, Julia Jacklin, and Alex Cameron). Two of my favorite new rappers are from Britain (slowthai and Little Simz). I’m not sure where Brittany Howard comes from since her talent cannot be of this world. Holy shit she’s incredible. Alabama. I just looked it up. 

More than half of the artists on my favorite albums list are new to me. Julia Jacklin, Stella Donnelly, and slowthai blew me away this year. I will be a fan of theirs for a long time and can’t wait to see where their creativity and sounds go. 

Several of my favorite albums of the year are from artists who re-established themselves with either a new project or a completely new sound. Aesop Rock as Malibu Ken, Brittany Howard solo, Tyler, the Creator as IGOR, Sophie Bridges and Conner Oberst as Better Oblivion Community Center.  

The new nature of music is what that keeps me interested in doing this list. I am inspired and forever eager to hear something new.  

Music is subjective.  That being said, I know all the best stuff. Everything you don’t like on my list is just your inability to enjoy good music. I am obviously serious and have never joked a day in my life. I just hope you find something here to love. 

I have listed my:

35 favorite albums

100 Best Songs

Favorite live performance videos

Community list (This is New)

All of my previous lists (2009-2018)

…and much much more. Everything is listed on Spotify below.

As always, please let me know your favorites for the year. I can’t hear everything. 

Of what I’ve heard, here are my lists.


Top 35 Albums of 2019

  1. Alex Cameron – Miami MemoryAlex-Cameron
  2. Local Natives – Violet StreetLocalNatives_VioletStreet
  3. Stella Donnelly – Beware of the DogsStellaDonnelly_BewareOfTheDogs
  4. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – BandanaFreddieGibbs&Madlib_Bandana
  5. Julia Jacklin – CrushingJuliaJacklin_Crushing
  6. slowthai – Nothing Great About BritainNothing-Great-About-Britain-1557973772-640x640
  7. clipping – There Existed an Addiction to Blood thereexisted
  8. Danny Brown – unknowhatimsayin?Danny Brown
  9. BROCKHAMPTON – GINGERbrockhampton
  10. Brittany Howard – Jaimebrittanyhoward_jaime
  11. Malibu Ken – Malibu Kenmalibu ken
  12. Tyler, The Creator – IGORTyler-the-Creator-IGOR
  13. Bon Iver – i,iBonIver_ii
  14. Vampire Weekend – Father of the BrideVampireWeekend_FatherOfTheBride
  15. Homeboy Sandman – Dustydusty
  16. Whitney – Forever Turned Aroundwhitney_foreverturnedaround
  17. Bill Callahan – Shepard in a Sheepskin VestBillCallahan_ShepherdInASheepskinVest
  18. Wiki – OOFIEwoofie
  19. Brother Ali – Secrets & Escapesbrother ali album
  20. Yeasayer – Erotic RerunsYeasayer_EroticReruns
  21. Anderson. Paak – VenturaAnderson.Paak_Ventura
  22. billy woods & Kenny Segal – Hiding Placeswoods+segal_HidingPlaces
  23. Denzel Curry – ZUUDenzelCurry_ZUU
  24. Big Thief – U.F.O.F.BigThief_UFOF
  25. The National – I Am Easy to FindTheNational_IAmEasyToFind
  26. JPEGMAFIA – All My Heroes Are CornballsJPEGMAFIA_AllMyHeroesAreCornballs
  27. EARTHGANG – Mirrorlandearthgang_mirrorland
  28. Rapsody – Everapsody
  29. Better Oblivion Community Center – Better Oblivion Community Centerbetter oblivion community center
  30. Mac DeMarco – Here Comes the CowboyMacDemarco_HereComesTheCowboy
  31. Clairo – ImmunityClairo_Immunity
  32. Blu – A Long Red Hot Los Angeles Summer NightBlueOhNo_LongRedHotLASummerNight
  33. YBN Cordae – The Lost BoyYBNCordae_LostBoy
  34. Earl Sweatshirt – Feet Of ClayFeet of Clay
  35. Little Simz – GREY AreaLittleSimz_GREYArea

100 Best Songs of 2019


1.Alex Cameron – “Divorce”  

 2. Stella Donnelly – “Tricks”

3. Local Natives – “When Am I Gonna Lose You”

4. Tierra Whack – “Unemployed” 

5. Brittany Howard – “Stay High”

6. Julia Jacklin – “Body”

7. Tyler, The Creator – “EARFQUAKE”

8. Big Thief – “Cattails”

9. Bon Iver – “Hey, Ma”


11. clipping. – “Nothing is Safe”

12. Danny Brown – “Dirty Laundry”

13. Stella Donnelly – “Old Man”

14. Malibu Ken – “Corn Maze”

15. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – “Crime Pays”


17. Bill Callahan – “The Ballad of the Hulk”

18. Clairo – “Bags”

19. Tierra Whack – “Wasteland”

20. Sufjan Stevens – “Love Yourself”

21. Julia Jacklin – “Don’t Know How to Keep Loving You”

22. Tyler, The Creator – “A BOY IS A GUN”

23. Vampire Weekend – “How Long?”

24. Denzel Curry – “SPEEDBOAT”

25. Whitney – “Giving Up”

26. Better Oblivion Community Center – “Dylan Thomas”

27. Kevin Abstract – “Georgia”

28. Alex Cameron – “Miami Memory”

29. Brother Ali – “Father Figures”

30. Mac DeMarco – “All Of Our Yesterdays”

31. The National – “Light Years”

32. Brittany Howard – “He Loves Me”

33. Schoolboy Q – “Numb Numb Juice”

34. Vampire Weekend – “Unbearably White”

35. Spoon – “No Bullets Spent”

36. JPEGMAFIA – “Jesus Forgive Me, I Am A Thot”

37. Alex Cameron – Bad For the Boys”

38. YBN Cordae – “RNP” Ft. Anderson. Paak


40. Danny Brown – “Best Life”

41. Denzel Curry – “ZUU”

42. James Blake – “Where’s The Catch?” ft. Andre 3000

43. YBN Cordae – “We Gon Make It” ft. Meek Mill 

44. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – “Giannis” ft. Anderson. Paak

45. Vampire Weekend – “Sympathy”

46. Anderson. Paak – “Jet Black” ft. Brandy

47. clipping. – “Blood of the Fang”

48. Local Natives – “Cafe Amarillo”

49. Stella Donnelly – “Beware of the Dogs”

50. The National – “You Had Your Soul With You”

51. clipping. – “He Dead” ft. Ed Balloon

52. Mac DeMarco – “Nobody”

53. Yeasayer – “Let Me Listen In On You”

54. Big Thief – “UFOF”

55. Local Natives – “Megaton Mile”

56. Sharon Van Etten – “Comeback Kid”


58. Bon Iver – “We”

59. Rapsody – “Oprah” ft. Leikeli47

60. Alex Cameron – “Stepdad”

61. American Football – “Uncomfortably Numb” ft. Hayley Williams

62. Brother Ali – “Situated” ft. Pharoahe Monch

63. slowthai – “Doorman”

64. DaBaby – “Suge”

65. Purple Mountains – “Snow is Falling in Manhattan”

66. Denzel Curry – “RICKY”


68. Anderson. Paak – “Come Home” ft. Andre 3000

69. Weyes Blood – “Andromeda”

70. Yeasayer – “Fluttering In The Floodlights”

71. Wiki – “Grim” ft. Lil Ugly Mane & Denzel Curry

72. Faye Webster – “Room Temperature”

73. Belle & Sebastian – “I Know Where The Summer Goes”

74. EARTHGANG – “Top Down”

75. Sharon Van Etten – “Seventeen”

76. Maxo Kream – “Meet Again”

77. Wiki – “Pesto”

78. Little Simz – “Selfish”

79. Tyler, The Creator – “I THINK”

80. Yeasayer – “Crack A Smile”

81. Weyes Blood – “Everyday”

82. Little Simz – “Offence”

83. billy woods – “Spongebob”

84. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – “Palmolive” ft. Pusha T & Killer Mike

85. Malibu Ken – “Tuesday”

86. Rapsody – “Ibtihaj” ft. D’Angelo & GZA

87. Jenny Lewis – “Red Bull & Hennessy”

88. Alex Cameron – “Far From Born Again”

89. Lizzo – “Truth Hurts”

90. Little Simz – “101FM”

91. Tyler, The Creator – “PUPPET”

92. black midi – “953”

93. Quelle Chris – “Obamacare”

94. Bill Callahan – “Black Dog on the Beach”

95. Chance the Rapper – “Do You Remember” ft. Ben Gibbard

96. Better Oblivion Community Center – “Didn’t Know What I Was in For”

97. slowthai – “Nothing Great About Britain”

98. Earl Sweatshirt – “74”

99. slowthai – “Dead Leaves”

100. Danny Brown – “Combat” ft. Q-Tip



My #1 Album of the Year comes from Australian singer-songwriter Alex Cameron with his 3rd great album in a row, Miami Memory. This album, like his others, is catchy, smart, and hilarious. Each time I listen to the album I feel like I find different song that to love. Alex Cameron’s strength is his ability to write honestly about a subject with a humorous twist. The delivery of this music is not Weird Al. It’s not hokey. It is very catchy indie pop. 

He has played characters on his first two albums, Jumping the Shark (A washed-up musician) and Forced Witness (An uber-masculine womanizer). Alex Cameron has grown his cult following into a horde of die-hard fans by using these personas.  When I saw him live this year, he plays a character in his performance. He has learned how to balance his persona and a tongue-in-cheek realness.  On Miami Memory he tackles some serious topics but still makes them enjoyable, while being himself. Much of this record is about love and womens’ empowerment. “Divorce” Stepdad” and “Miami Memory” are all about his relationship with his girlfriend. They are personal and vulnerable. 

I got friends in Kansas City with a motherfucking futon couch

If that’s how you want to play it

I’m drinking in the dark because my battery’s all ran out

All you got to do is say it


“Far From Born Again” and “Bad For The Boys” are both about women who are in very powerful places. The former is about making money and living while having no regard for what others think. The latter, about being fed up with toxic-masculinity.  

Poor Jack, that was slack

He took the bait and hit his girl back

And here comes Mike with the motorbike

Guess he’ll never get to see that little tyke

And handsome Cory with his high school glory

Yeah, no one wants to hear those fucking stories

And here come the grammar police

Here comes the PC brigade

And here comes a mattress on the floor

From the bed you tried to get her to make

And now you’re living little lives without women

And blaming them for all the change

You thought the boys were gonna to stay the same

But no one cares about your good old days

It is amazing to see the growth in his songwriting.  The lyrics are meaningful on this album without being pretentious. 

I highly suggest Alex Cameron’s entire catalog. This is my favorite album of 2019.

Pleasant Surprises

Brother Ali – Secrets & Escapes – He’s a great lyricist and the production from Evidence is perfect for him. 

Stella Donnelly – Beware of Dogs – Smart, catchy, and makes me want more. 

Julia Jacklin – Crushing – Personal, smart, and emotional. She has a voice that cuts through your heart. It is beautiful. 

slowthai – Nothing Great About Britain – This is the most interesting rap to come out of Britain since The Streets.

Underrated/Overlooked Albums: Albums critics/people did not give enough love to.

Local Natives – Violet Street – This is their best album since Gorilla Manor. They are not new, therefore are getting overlooked. This album is great. 

Homeboy Sandman – Dusty – Consistently overlooked. His delivery is both part of his brilliance and reason he stays overlooked. Cop Dusty, it’s a wonderful album.

Friends/Community Favorites: New section this year. Shout out to everyone that contributed. 


Rodney Waxton – Tyler, the Creator – IGOR, Westside Gun – Hitler Wears Hermes 7, Rapsody – Eve 

Jaime Elder – Tool – Fear Inoculum, James Blake – Assume Form

Michael Szewka – MF Grimm – American Rebirth Vol. 2, Gang Starr – One of the Best Yet

Virtina Valdez – Solange

Jelena Byers – Weezer – Teal Album 

Alec Boyd – Tyler, the Creator – IGOR, Julia Jacklin – Crushing, Cochemea – All My Relations

Jason McCauley – The Avett Brothers – Closer Together, Wilco – Ode to Joy

Steve Wilson – Kanye West – Jesus is King

Nikki Geron – Bad Wolves – N.A.T.I.O.N.

Bradley Daniel – KidzBop 40 

Tyler Reinsma – Post Malone – Hollywood Bleeding, Pouya – South Has Something to Say

Marcia Neeko – Beck – Hyperspace

Nicole Autumn – The National – I Am Easy to Find


@cody_griz  – Bon Iver- i,i

@austin_eiland – Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Bandana

@kmadderom – Lizzo

@jonwithoutthe_H – Kota the Friend – Foto

@raphsmodernlife – Gunna – Drip or Drown, Young Thug – So Much Fun


@sretenj78 – RubbleBucket – Sun Machine

@autumn_nic – Rex Orange County – Pony, Dennis Lloyd – Exident 

@outofconjoel – King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Fishing for Fishes

@pjbraso – Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble – Where Future Unfolds , Sult 5

@cynotavailable – Mac Ayers – Juicebox

Albums and Artists that didn’t come out in 2019 that I listened to a lot:

IDLES – Joy As An Act of Resistance (2018)

Tierra Whack – Whack World (2018)

Live Shows I saw this Year

Death Cab for Cutie (The Metro)

Bill Callahan (Thalia Hall)

Alex Cameron (Thalia Hall)

Anderson. Paak (Northerly Island)

The Roots (Festival of the Lakes)

Most Watched Live Performance Videos

IDLES – Glastonbury

Freddie Gibbs and Mablib Tiny Desk

Brittany Howard Tony Desk

IDELS Tiny Desk

Albums I look forward to coming out in 2020

IDLES – Toneland

The Professionals (Oh No and Madlib) –  The Professionals (1/17/20)

Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 4 (TBA)

Broken Bells – TBA

Tierra Whack – TBA

Tame Impala – The Slow Rush (2/14/20)

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