The Best Albums of 2019

Here’s the best music of 2019, according to Emacs, which has carefully tallied what I’ve been listening to:

Sam Amidon

I See The Sign

Meat Beat Manifesto

Opaque Couche




Third Noise Principle (Formative North American Electronica 1975-1984)

Brigid Mae Power

The Bones You Keep Close

Lucy Roleff

Left Open in a Room

The Volume Settings Folder



Nigeria 70 (No Wahala: Highlife, Afro-Funk & Juju 1973-1987)


Break Before Make

Christoph de Babalon

Hectic Shakes

Kronos Quartet

Terry Riley: Sun Rings

It’s a bit difficult to do a play-based ranking this year, because I’ve just bought way too much stuff, so there just hasn’t been time to listen to everything…

There wasn’t really any single stand-out new album this year (except the Amidon album), just a bunch of new music that’s good and interesting and stuff.

Here’s the best old albums I’ve bought in 2019, and once again Bright Phoebus by Lal and Mike Waterson won, because I bought a new version of it: This time the vinyl version that had to be withdrawn because the copyright holders demanded it be destroyed. But I got a copy from ebay! Hah!


Lal & Mike Waterson

Bright Phoebus

Sam Amidon

All Is Well



Blue Iverson


Joe Jackson

Live 1980-86

Mia Doi Todd

Pink Sun EP

New Order

Movement: Remaster


For Discos Only

A Certain Ratio


Don Cherry

Brown Rice

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