HearYa Top 50 of 2019

by Woody on December 13, 2019

Here’s my Top 50 of the year. I tried to get away from ranking the albums as I’ve constantly seen that the artists don’t like it. I got most of the way there but still felt the need to kick out my top 10. These are the ten albums I played the most in 2019. And in classic HearYa fashion, I miscounted so there are actually 52.

There are some albums that you’re seeing all over other lists like Sharon Van Etten, Purple Mountains and Angel Olsen. There are some on here that I have barely seen anywhere and I’m dumbfounded; The Hold Steady, Stef Chura, Hiss Golden Messenger and Shovels & Rope. Plenty of debuts – Black Pumas, Fontaines D.C., Black Midi, Jason Hawk Harris and No Win. And then some bands that continue to fly under the radar – Beautiful Dudes, Goon, Martha, Quaker City Night Hawks and Vandoliers. And some HearYa session vets like Strand of Oaks, Brittany Howard and JTE.

1. The Hold Steady – Thrashing Thru The Passion
2. Black Pumas – s/t
3. Fontaines D.C. – Dogrel
4. Stef Chura – Midnight
5. Purple Mountains – s/t
6. Julia Jacklin – Crushing
7. Brittany Howard – Jaime
8. Pkew Pkew Pkew – Optimal Lifestyles
9. Whitney – Forever Turned Around
10. Strand of Oaks – Eraserland

10-50 in Alphabetical Order
Angel Olsen – All Mirrors
Beautiful Dudes – Radio
Big Thief – Two Hands
Black Midi – Schlagenheim
Cherry Glazerr – Stuffed & Ready
Dumb – Club Nites
Ex Hex – It’s Real
Jake Xerxes Fussell – Out Of Sight
Jason Hawk Harris – Love & the Dark
Jeremey Ivey – The Dream & The Dreamer
Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster – Take Heart, Take Care
Justin Townes Earle – The Saint of Lost Causes
Goon – Heaven Is Humming
Hayes Carll – What It Is
The Highwomen – st/
Hiss Golden Messenger – Terms Of Surrender
Iguana Death Cult – Nude Casino
Kevin Morby – Oh My God
Lady Lamb – Even in the Tremor
Lillie Mae – Other Girls
Mannequin Pussy – Patience
Martha – Love Keeps Kicking
Michael Kiwanuka – KIWANUKA
Mikal Cronin – Seeker
New Pornographers – In The Morse Code Of Brake Lights
No Win – downey
Palehound – Black Friday
Pup – Morbid Stuff
Priests -The Seduction of Kansas
Quaker City Night Hawks – QCNH
Queen of Jeans – If you’re not afraid, I’m not afraid
Ryan Bingham – American Love Song
(Sandy) Alex G – House of Sugar
Sharon Van Etten – Remind Me Tomorrow
Shovels & Rope – By Blood
Stella Donnelly – Beware of the Dogs
Titus Andronicus – An Obelisk
TK & The Holy Know-Nothings – Arguably OK
Twin Peaks – Lookout Low
Vandoliers – Forever
The Yawpers – Human Question
Wilco – Ode to Joy

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