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My Favorite Music of 2020

Albums:
Phoebe Bridgers, PUNISHER
Bob Dylan, ROUGH AND ROWDY WAYS
Tyler Keith, THE LAST DRAG
Fiona Apple, FETCH THE BOLT CUTTERS
Waxahatchee, SAINT CLOUD
Bruce Springsteen, LETTER TO YOU
Lydia Loveless, DAUGHTER
Adrianne Lenker, SONGS AND INSTRUMENTALS
Waylon Payne, BLUE EYES, THE HARLOT, THE QUEER, THE PUSHER & ME
Soccer Mommy, COLOR THEORY
Lucinda Williams, GOOD SOULS BETTER ANGELS
Andrew Bryant, SENTIMENTAL NOISES
The Microphones, MICROPHONES IN 2020
Drive-By Truckers, THE UNRAVELING
Frances Quinlan, LIKEWISE

Songs:
“Garden Song,” Phoebe Bridgers
“anything,” Adrianne Lenker
“Can’t Do Much,” Waxahatchee
“Space and Time,” S.G. Goodman
“Shameika,” Fiona Apple
“My Own Version of You,” Bob Dylan
“If I Was the Priest,” Bruce Springsteen
“baby jesus is nobody’s baby now,” Julia Jacklin
“How Do You Survive,” Kath Bloom
“circle the drain,” Soccer Mommy
“Shadows and Doubts,” Lucinda Williams
“Beat Temptation,” Tyler Keith
“The Roving,” Bonny Light Horseman
“Everybody Loves You,” The Chicks
“September,” Lydia Loveless
Here’s a playlist with many of my favorite songs of the year: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7agZ1XYdgsb7GK1UPgnkgr?si=GA82PQAsTl-lcm7p1Rie2A

Reissues/live/lost albums:
Joni Mitchell, ARCHIVES VOLUME 1: THE EARLY YEARS (1963-1967); Nick Cave, IDIOT PRAYER (NICK CAVE ALONE AT ALEXANDRA PALACE); The Catholic Girls, ROCK N’ ROLL SCHOOL FOR GIRLS; Jason Molina, EIGHT GATES; The Pogues, THE BBC SESSIONS, 1994-1996; Water Liars, ROLL ON; The Replacements, PLEASED TO MEET ME (Deluxe Edition); The Mendoza Line, WE’RE ALL IN THIS ALONE; Gillian Welch, BOOTS NO. 2; Joan Shelley, LIVE AT THE BOMHARD; Bobbie Gentry, THE DELTA SWEETE (Deluxe Edition); Elliott Smith, S/T (25th Anniversary Edition); Lou Reed, NEW YORK (Deluxe Edition); Tom Petty, WILDFLOWERS & ALL THE REST; Roland S. Howard, TEENAGE SNUFF FILM; Neil Young, RETURN TO GREENDALE and HOMEGROWN; Bessie Jones & the Georgia Sea Island Singers, GET IN UNION; Mirah, YOU THINK IT’S LIKE THIS BUT IT’S REALLY LIKE THIS; Sade, THIS FAR; Thelonious Monk, PALO ALTO; Lee Fields & the Expressions, BIG CROWN VAULTS VOL. 1; Dave Alvin, FROM AN OLD GUITAR: RARE AND UNRELEASED RECORDINGS; Vic Chesnutt, MORNING BECOMES ECLECTIC (LIVE, SANTA MONICA, 1995); Okkervil River, A DREAM IN THE DARK: TWO DECADES OF OKKERVIL RIVER

Other albums I loved:
Bonny Light Horseman, S/T; Kath Bloom, BYE BYE THESE ARE THE DAYS; Pillow Cry, THE UNDYING LOYALTY OF DOGS; Moses Sumney, GRÆ; The Chicks, GASLIGHTER; Chuck Prophet, THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT; Tim Heidecker, FEAR OF DEATH; Bill Fay, COUNTLESS BRANCHES; S.G. Goodman, OLD TIME FEELING; Mark Lanegan, STRAIGHT SONGS OF SORROW; Swamp Dogg, SORRY YOU COULDN’T MAKE IT; Kathleen Edwards, TOTAL FREEDOM; Will Johnson, EL CAPITAN; Lonnie Holley, NATIONAL FREEDOM; Rev. John Wilkins, TROUBLE; Bonus, IIII; Dent May, LATE CHECKOUT; Andy Shauf, THE NEON SKYLINE; Damien Jurado, WHAT’S NEW, TOMBOY?; William Tyler, NEW VANITAS and MUSIC FROM FIRST COW; Courtney Marie Andrews, OLD FLOWERS

Other albums I liked (but haven’t spent enough time with):
Stephen Malkmus, TRADITIONAL TECHNIQUES; HAIM, WOMEN IN MUSIC, PT. III; Kevin Morby, SUNDOWNER; Emma Ruth Rundle & Thou, MAY OUR CHAMBERS BE FULL; Chris Cornell, NO ONE SINGS LIKE YOU ANYMORE; M. Ward, THINK OF SPRING; Shelby Lynne, S/T; Greg Dulli, RANDOM DESIRE; Destroyer, HAVE WE MET; Indigo Girls, LOOK LONG; Lily Hiatt, WALKING PROOF; Margo Price, THAT’S HOW RUMORS GET STARTED; Jason Isbell, REUNIONS; Guided by Voices, MIRRORED AZTEC and SURRENDER YOUR POPPY FIELD; Pearl Jam, GIGATON; Nadia Reid, OUT OF MY PROVINCE; Bright Eyes, DOWN IN THE WEEDS, WHERE THE WORLD ONCE WAS; X, ALPHABETLAND; Tomo Nakayama, MELONDAY; Miley Cyrus, PLASTIC HEARTS; Taylor Swift, FOLKLORE and EVERMORE; Shemekia Copeland, UNCIVIL WAR; Elvis Perkins, CREATION MYTHS; Steve Earle, GHOSTS OF WEST VIRGINIA; Bill Callahan, GOLD RECORD; Sarah Peacock, BURN THE WITCH; Samantha Crain, A SMALL DEATH; Lori McKenna, THE BALLADEER; Old 97’s, TWELFTH; Bettye LaVette, BLACKBIRDS; Eddie Chacon, PLEASURE, JOY, AND HAPPINESS; Angel Olsen, WHOLE NEW MESS; Don Bryant, YOU MAKE ME FEEL; Kelly Lee Owens, INNER SONG; Matt Berninger, SERPENTINE PRISON; Sturgill Simpson, CUTTIN’ GRASS, VOL. 1 and VOL. 2; Danzig, SINGS ELVIS; Aesop Rock, SPIRIT WORLD FIELD GUIDE; Willis Earl Beal, MORNINGSTAR; The Mountain Goats, GETTING INTO KNIVES; Songhoy Blues, OPTIMISME; Alasdair Roberts, FRETTED AND INDEBTED; Run the Jewels, RTJ4; John Moreland, LP5; Katie Pruitt, EXPECTATIONS; Isobel Campbell, THERE IS NO OTHER; Paul McCartney, MCCARTNEY III

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My Favorite Albums and Songs of the 2010s

My favorite albums of the decade:

1. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, SKELETON TREE

2. Mount Eerie, NOW ONLY

3. Purple Mountains, S/T

4. Joanna Newsom, HAVE ONE ON ME

5. Sharon Van Etten, TRAMP

6. Julien Baker, SPRAINED ANKLE

7. Leonard Cohen, YOU WANT IT DARKER

8. Kanye West, MY BEAUTIFUL DARK TWISTED FANTASY

9. Tom Waits, BAD AS ME

10. Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.

11. Lucinda Williams, DOWN WHERE THE SPIRIT MEETS THE BONE

12. Jason Isbell, SOUTHEASTERN

13. Bob Dylan, TEMPEST

14. Angel Olsen, MY WOMAN

15. Richmond Fontaine, YOU CAN’T GO BACK IF THERE’S NOTHING TO GO BACK TO

16. Fiona Apple, THE IDLER WHEEL…

17. Charles Bradley, CHANGES

18. Bill Callahan, APOCALYPSE

19. John Prine, THE TREE OF FORGIVENESS

20. Damien Jurado, MARAQOPA

21. Courtney Marie Andrews, MAY YOUR KINDNESS REMAIN

22. Phoebe Bridgers, STRANGER IN THE ALPS

23. Water Liars, WYOMING

24. Titus Andronicus, THE MONITOR

25. Sun Kil Moon, BENJI

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My favorite songs of the decade:

1. “Working Titles,” Damien Jurado

2. “Riding for the Feeling,” Bill Callahan

3. “Serpents,” Sharon Van Etten

4. “Margaritas at the Mall,” Purple Mountains

5. “Higgs Boson Blues,” Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

6. “Rejoice,” Julien Baker

7. “Scott Street,” Phoebe Bridgers

8. “Shut Up Kiss Me,” Angel Olsen

9. “Emmylou,” First Aid Kit

10. “You Want it Darker,” Leonard Cohen

11. “Table for One,” Courtney Marie Andrews

12. “On a Good Day,” Joanna Newsom

13. “Ways of This World,” Kelly Hogan (written by Vic Chesnutt)

14. “Relatively Easy,” Jason Isbell

15. “Hell Broke Luce,” Tom Waits

16. “Depreston,” Courtney Barnett

17. “When I Get to Heaven,” John Prine

18. “Head,” Lydia Loveless

19. “Foolishness,” Lucinda Williams

20. “Change for the World,”’Charles Bradley

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