Monthly Recommendations: January 2020

Spine Readers – Recorded Instruments

Spine Readers coalesced through the dismemberment of the great prog band Illogicians, which is already a promising start, if you ask me! Then, the band’s new hive mind decided to experiment with various song structures and ideas, going experimental with the progressive rock genre. The result is an astonishing album of genre-hopping madness that doesn’t take itself seriously at all!

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Ekmeles – A Howl, that Was Also a Prayer (New Focus)

What a mind-blowing record this is! The Ekmeles vocal ensemble recorded commissioned works by microtonal aficionados and contemporary classical composers Taylor Read more

January in 161 Albums

Wednesday, 1 January

Blast Furnace – I Pray for Death

22:15
grindcore, experimental jazz, noise
New Jersey
Harvestman

Blast Furnace – The Pox

22:57
grindcore, experimental jazz, noise
New Jersey
Harvestman

East London Sound Ensemble – Echoes / Shadows

22:22
contemporary classical, electroacoustic
London, UK
Independent

Good Night Owl – Liars

44:29
progressive rock
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Independent

Mammock – Itch

30:38
noise rock
Athens, Greece
Independent

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I Can’t Believe This Is Called Music! Top 2019 Albums of 2019, Part XXIII: 3-1

That’s it! This is the best! Those three albums are the absolute crème de la crème! I wouldn’t let any of those three fall down any further on the list. That’s just how intensely good they are, how gratifying to listen to, how aurally cathartic and heavenly gifted. These are my top 3 albums of 2019.

Part I: 2019-1920

Part II: 1919-1820

Part III: 1819-1720

Part IV: 1719-1620

Part V: 1619-1520

Part VI: 1519-1420

Part VII: 1419-1320

Part VIII: 1319-1220

Part IX: 1219-1120

Part X: 1119-1020

Part XI: 1019-920

Part XII: 919-820

Part XIII: 819-720

Part XIV: 719-620

Part XV: Read more

I Can’t Believe This Is Called Music! Top 2019 Albums of 2019, Part XXII: 10-4

Part I: 2019-1920

Part II: 1919-1820

Part III: 1819-1720

Part IV: 1719-1620

Part V: 1619-1520

Part VI: 1519-1420

Part VII: 1419-1320

Part VIII: 1319-1220

Part IX: 1219-1120

Part X: 1119-1020

Part XI: 1019-920

Part XII: 919-820

Part XIII: 819-720

Part XIV: 719-620

Part XV: 619-520

Part XVI: 519-420

Part XVII: 419-334

Part XVIII: 333-221

Part XIX: 220-121

Part XX: 120-21

Part XXI: 20-11

Part XXII: 10-4

10: Car Made of Glass – Every Song Is a Good Song (Montgomery Street)

California’s Car Made of Glass is a peculiar thing indeed. Though it started as a sort of emoviolence, grindcore, and … Read more

I Can’t Believe This Is Called Music! Top 2019 Albums of 2019, Part XXI: 20-11

Engage phase 3! This is the ranked portion of our best of 2019 extravaganza! These are the 20 albums I remember the most fondly, those that resonated the most with me, and of which I keep the most vivid memories. So, let’s begin the last stretch of this comically long journey with numbers 20 through 11!

Part I: 2019-1920

Part II: 1919-1820

Part III: 1819-1720

Part IV: 1719-1620

Part V: 1619-1520

Part VI: 1519-1420

Part VII: 1419-1320

Part VIII: 1319-1220

Part IX: 1219-1120

Part X: 1119-1020

Part XI: 1019-920

Part XII: 919-820

Part XIII: 819-720

Part XIV: 719-620

Part XV: Read more