My Top 25 Albums of 2019

Earlier this month, I posted My Top 60 Albums of the 2010s. I also posted my Top 5 Albums of 2019 within another post on my favorite books, TV shows, movies and albums of this past year.

Now I’m expanding the list to 25 albums. I chose one song from each album, with the playlist not being a countdown, but organized alphabetically by first name of artist or group with album title. Since on the playlist it doesn’t show the title of each album, I am including the full list here along with the year each album was released.

I also am including a second list of another 25 albums of honorable mentions, some that I only discovered within the past week, thanks to top album lists around the Internet.

The Top 25

  • Angel Olsen – All Mirrors
  • Anthony Naples – Fog FM
  • Beyoncé – Homecoming: The Live Album (2019)
  • Big Thief – U.F.O.F.
  • Bon Iver – i, i
  • Bruce Springsteen – Western Stars
  • The Chemical Brothers – No Geography
  • Dave – PSYCHODRAMA
  • FKA Twigs – MAGDALENE
  • The Hold Steady – Thrashing Thru The Passion
  • Jenny Lewis – On The Line
  • Lambchop – This (Is What I Wanted To Tell You)
  • Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell
  • LCD Soundsystem – Electric Lady Sessions
  • Little Simz – GREY Area
  • Nilufer Yanya – Miss Universe
  • Powder – Powder in Space
  • Prince – Originals
  • Rocketship – Thanks To You
  • SAULT – 5
  • Sharon Van Etten – Remind Me Tomorrow
  • Tyler, The Creator – IGOR
  • Vampire Weekend – Father of the Bride
  • Weyes Blood – Titanic Rising
  • Yves Jarvis – The Same But By Different Means

The 25 Honorable Mentions

  • Better Oblivion Community Center – Better Oblivion Community Center
  • Burial – Tunes 2011-2019
  • Carly Rae Jepsen – Dedicated
  • CHAI – PUNK
  • Che Apalache – Rearrange My Heart
  • Dermot Kennedy – Without Fear
  • Dry Cleaning – Sweet Princess EP
  • FEELS – Post Earth
  • Floating Points – Crush
  • Four Tet – Anna Painting
  • Helado Negro – This Is How You Smile
  • Jamila Woods – LEGACY! LEGACY!
  • Jenny Hval – The Practice of Love
  • Joan Shelley – Like The River Loves The Sea
  • Kim Lenz – Slowly Speeding
  • KOKOKO! – Fongola
  • Mannequin Pussy – Patience
  • Moodyman – Sinner: KDJ-48
  • Nilufer Yanya – Miss Universe
  • ODD OKODO – Auma
  • Orville Peck – Pony
  • Rapsody – Eve
  • Robert Ellis – Texas Piano Man
  • Santana – Africa Speaks
  • Sofia Kourtesis – Sofia Kourtesis

I did not make a playlist (yet) for these honorable mentions, but I encourage you to seek them out on the platform of your choice in the meantime.

What were the albums that you had on heavy rotation this past year? Share in the comments below or link to your own list on your blog or a playlist on the music service of your choice.

#AMonthofFaves 2019: My Top 5 Books, TV Shows, Movies, and Albums of 2019

All this month, I’m joining Tanya & Kimberly at Girlxoxo and Tamara at Traveling with T for their annual #AMonthofFaves blog event – a fun way to recap the year that was. They have a schedule of topics planned out for 14 days and while I don’t plan to have a post for each topic, I do plan on having a post for several of them. To see the entire list, visit #AMonthofFaves 2019 [Blog Event] Announcement. Today’s topic is the fifth for the month: On the Screen or in Your Ear – What did you watch this year that you absolutely loved and did you see any movies inspired by books you’ve read – what did you think? Or, what are some of your favorite podcasts, audiobooks or songs / albums that you listened to and have on repeat?

I already covered my top 5 books in a previous post for A Month of Faves on Popular Books Worth The Hype, but I thought I’d include them here since it made the graphic below symmetrical:

A few caveats and explanations:

  • On Sunday, I also made a list of My Top 60 Albums of the 2010s, with the four of the five albums from 2019 included in that list. The only one I didn’t, i,i by Bon Iver, is because I chose 22, A Million instead for the decade.
  • I discovered four of the five TV shows through Hulu and found The Brokenwood Mysteries through Hoopla at the Free Library of Philadelphia.
  • I have not seen Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, The Irishman or Marriage Story yet, but my wife and I both want to see all three in the near future. I have a feeling at least one, if not all three, will change this list or at least be added to the list of my top movies for this year.
  • Powder in Space is technically not an album but a DJ mixtape by the Japanese DJ Momoko Goto, who produces and performs under the name “Powder.”
  • I had all five of the albums on heavy rotation this year and I anticipate that I will have one released last month, MAGDALENE by FKA Twigs, on heavy rotation in the coming year.
  • Four of my top five albums are on the The 50 Best Albums of 2019 list from Pitchfork The Father of the Bride, No. 25; Homecoming, No, 14; i, i, No. 16; Norman F***ing Rockwell!, No. 1, and that last one rightly so at No. 1, in my and my wife’s opinion. I like several of the other albums on the list including especially the ones at No. 2, MAGDALENE; Big Thief’s U.F.O.F. at No. 3 and Angel Olsen’s All Mirrors at No. 4, but I really haven’t listened to them a lot…yet, but I anticipate I will.
  • For all you bookish folks, the one movie on my list you need to see is Can You Ever Forgive Me?, which is based on the book of the same name by Lee Israel, portrayed brilliantly here by Melissa McCarthy. I have not read the book, but loved the movie (obviously, to include it in my top 5).

What were your favorite books read, TV shows and movies and/or albums read this year even if they weren’t released this year?

My Top 60 Albums of the 2010s

In addition to my normal post on the top albums of the year, that will be posted this coming Wednesday, Dec. 11 as part of #AMonthofFaves, I am putting up this bonus post on “My Top 60 Albums of the 2010s”. I shortened the title in Spotify to “My 2010s Top 60 Albums” so that you wouldn’t see ellipses. Five artists, Father John Misty, FKA Twigs, Grimes, James Blake, and Vampire Weekend, have two albums each; and one, Beyoncé, has three albums on the list.

I chose one song from each album, with the playlist not being a countdown, but organized alphabetically by first name of artist or group with album title. Since on the playlist it doesn’t show the title of each album, I am including the full list here along with the year each album was released:

  1. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color (2015)
  2. Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness (2014)
  3. Arcade Fire – Reflektor (2013)
  4. Arctic Monkeys – AM (2013)
  5. Beach House – Bloom (2012)
  6. Beyoncé – Beyoncé (2013)
  7. Beyoncé – Lemonade (2016)
  8. Beyoncé – Homecoming: The Live Album (2019)
  9. Björk – Vulnicura (2015)
  10. Bon Iver – 22, A Million (2016)
  11. Burial – Rival Dealer (2013)
  12. Caribou – Our Love (2014)
  13. Chris Stapleton – Traveller (2015)
  14. CHVRCHES – The Bones of What You Believe (2013)
  15. D’Angelo – Black Messiah (2014)
  16. Darkside – Psychic (2013)
  17. Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan (2012)
  18. Eric Church – The Outsiders (2014)
  19. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear (2015)
  20. Father John Misty – God’s Favorite Customer (2018)
  21. Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do (2012)
  22. FKA Twigs – LP1 (2014)
  23. FKA Twigs – Magdalene (2019)
  24. Foxygen – We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic (2013)
  25. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange (2012)
  26. Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost (2011)
  27. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! (2012)
  28. Grimes – Visions (2012)
  29. Grimes – Art Angels (2015)
  30. Hamilton: An American Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording) (2015)
  31. James Blake – James Blake (2011)
  32. James Blake – The Colour in Anything (2016)
  33. Jamie XX – In Colour (2015)
  34. Jon Hopkins – Immunity (2013)
  35. Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour (2018)
  36. Kanye West – Yeezus (2013)
  37. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly (2015)
  38. Khruangbin – Con Todo El Mundo (2018)
  39. Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell (2019)
  40. Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker (2016)
  41. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming (2011)
  42. Mitski – Be The Cowboy (2018)
  43. Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven (2013)
  44. Parquet Courts – Wide Awake (2018)
  45. Powder – Powder in Space (2019)
  46. Real Estate – Atlas (2013)
  47. Solange – A Seat at the Table (2016)
  48. Spoon – They Want My Soul (2014)
  49. St. Vincent – Strange Mercy (2011)
  50. Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds in Country Music (2014)
  51. Tame Impala – Lonerism (2012)
  52. The War On Drugs – Lost in the Dream (2014)
  53. The Weeknd – Trilogy (2012)
  54. Thundercat – Drunk (2017)
  55. Todd Terje – It’s Album Time (2014)
  56. Tierra Whack – Whack World (2018)
  57. tUnE-yArDs – W H O K I L L (2011)
  58. U.S. Girls – In A Poem Unlimited (2018)
  59. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City (2013)
  60. Vampire Weekend – Father of the Bride (2019)

At least three on the list technically aren’t albums on their own: Rival Dealer is an EP; Whack World, a mixtape, and The Weeknd’s Trilogy, remixed and remastered versions of his 2011 mixtapes House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence. However, I still counted them as albums for simplicity.

I also including a graphic below that has a list of all the albums and breakdown by year. If for some reason, you can’t read the graphic or link to the graphic, the breakdown is as follows: 2010, 0; 2011, 5; 2012, 8; 2013, 12; 2014, 9; 2015, 8; 2016, 5; 2017, 1; 2018, 7; and 2019, 5.

Much of the music I discovered in the 2010s was in large part thanks to Pitchfork, so a tip of the hat to the folks there for introducing me to so many great artists and bands.

What were the albums that you had on heavy rotation during the 2010s that you couldn’t live without? Share in the comments below or link to your own list on your blog or a playlist on the music service of your choice.

Pushing Forward Back November/December 2019

November overall was good. I had a dozen blog posts here on the blog, including this one, eight of them with two different events: Nonfiction November, which ended earlier this week, and Thankfully Reading Weekend, which is still continuing through tomorrow. In addition to two days off for holidays, I had two days off for vacation right before my wife and I celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary on the 23rd. We also watched two of the three things that I said last month we would watch: Good Omens, Season 1, and Brittany Runs A Marathon, both of which were very good.

However, the month was not without its hiccups, to say the least, including a trip to the hospital and a stay overnight for my wife in the middle of the month. The good news is that after a blood transfusion because of low hemoglobin numbers, and being on another medication to help, she is doing better…even though her numbers still are below normal. She also had nine days off from work, after her hospital stay, which she already had planned off as vacation days, but coincided nicely with her trying to regain her strength.

As for my own recuperation after arthroscopic surgery on my left knee at the end of October, I am progressing well. I still have slight pain from scar tissue that the physician assistant explains that I probably will have for a few months. But I have no limitations on what I can do, other than no deep squats or pivoting or “overdoing it.”

On the reading front, I talked a good game for Nonfiction November:

But I didn’t finish any books. I’m almost finished with The Lord God Made Them All (All Creatures Great and Small Book 4) by James Herriot, only one of 11 books I mentioned last month that I might read in November. I’ll probably finish it tomorrow for Thankfully Reading Weekend.

Blog post of the month

TV show of the month

  • Bess of Both Worlds (aka Upper Middle Bogan), on Hulu

Album of the month

  • MAGDALENE by FKA Twigs

December starts similarly to the last week in November, with a couple days off from work in the middle of the week this coming Wednesday and Thursday. Then at the end of the month, I have off three days for Christmas: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and the day after Christmas and two for New Year’s: New Year’s Eve Day to usher out 2019 and New Year’s Day to usher in 2020. My wife works Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but midnight shifts both days so at least we’ll see each other during both days. Even though we won’t able to travel anywhere to see family, we should be able to have Christmas dinner together.

Unlike last month, where I listed all the possibilities of what I might read and then only getting to one of them, this month I think I’ll just list one book that but I’d like to finish before year’s end: Every Living Thing, the fifth and final book of the All Creatures Great and Small series, by James Herriot. That way, I’m not setting my sights too high.

Also in December, I am joining hosts Tanya and Kim along with other bloggers for the event A Month of Faves. I already have started a note in Evernote that includes ideas for the days and topics in which I will be participating. The first one is Monday: Popular Books Worth The Hype.

Most Anticipated Movie of The Month

This one from director Noah Baumbach, to be released on Netflix, Dec. 6:

Most Anticipated Album of The Month

Tunes 2011 to 2019 by Burial, also due out on Dec. 6, which features this track:

How was your month of November ? Read any good books, seen any good movies and/or TV shows, listened to any good music? What are you looking forward to most in December?