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Seen some Best of 2020 So Far lists start to trickle out, so I figured I'd share.  Feel free to add any others.  Would love to hear what other VCers are digging as well - always looking for something new.

https://www.pastemagazine.com/music/best/indie-rock-albums-2020/

http://www.getalternative.com/the-best-albums-of-2020-so/

https://www.stereogum.com/featured/best-albums-2020-midyear-list/

https://www.spin.com/featured/the-30-best-albums-of-2020-so-far/

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I've liked a lot this year but my favorites have been:

Great American Ghost "Power Through Terror"

Porches "Ricky Music"
Yumi Zouma "Truth or Consequences"

Mumrunner "Valeriana"

Choir Boy “Complainer”

Off Road Minivan “Swan Dive”

Deathbreaker “Isolate”


EPs include:

Holy Fawn “The Black Moon”

Work Drugs “True Palms”

Some Mess “Some Mess”

Mouse on the Keys “Arche”

 

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Waxahatchee - Saint Cloud
Dogleg - Melee
Soakie - Soakie
Disclosure - Ecstacy EP
Porridge Radio - Every Bad
AJJ - Good Luck Everyone
Fiona Apple - Fetch The Bolt Cutters
Jeff Rosenstock - NO DREAM
HUM - Inlet
Moses Sumney - Græ
Coriky - S/T
Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher
Run The Jewels - RTJ4
Taylor Swift - folklore
Logic - No Pressure
Days N' Daze - Show Me The Blueprint.
The Suicide Machines - Revolution Spring

 

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  1. Dirty Projectors - 5 EPS
  2. Owen - The Avalanche
  3. Justin Bieber - Changes
  4. The Midnight - Monsters
  5. Bombay Bicycle Club - Everything Else Has Gone Wrong
  6. Soccer Mommy - Color Theory
  7. 1975 - Notes on a Conditional Form
  8. Dawes - Good Luck With Whatever
  9. Andy Shauf - Neon Skyline
  10. Childish Gambino - 03.15.20
  11. Ryan Adams - Wednesdays
  12. Denzel Curry - Unlocked
  13. New Found Glory - Forever and Ever x Infinity
  14. Christian Lee Hutson - Beginners
  15. Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher
  16. Thundercat - It Is What It Is
  17. Tame Impala - Slow Rush
  18. Ray LaMontagne - MONOVISION
  19. Japanese House - Chewing Cotton Wool
  20. Adrianne Lenker - songs

 

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My current favorites this year, alphabetically:

 

Best Coast - Always Tomorrow

Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher

Coriky - S/T

Drakulas - Terminal Amusements

Brian Fallon - Local Honey

Hum - Inlet

Christopher Lee Hutson - Beginners

Jason Isbell - Reunions

Bob Nanna - Celebration States

Jeff Rosenstock - N O D R E A M

Run The Jewels - RTJ4

SNST - It's Hard To Be Loved By You

Soccer Mommy - Color Theory

Sparta - Trust The River

The Suicide Machines - Revolution Spring

Hayley Williams - Petals For Armor

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7 hours ago, scottheisel said:

My current favorites this year, alphabetically:

 

Best Coast - Always Tomorrow

Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher

Coriky - S/T

Drakulas - Terminal Amusements

Brian Fallon - Local Honey

Hum - Inlet

Christopher Lee Hutson - Beginners

Jason Isbell - Reunions

Bob Nanna - Celebration States

Jeff Rosenstock - N O D R E A M

Run The Jewels - RTJ4

SNST - It's Hard To Be Loved By You

Soccer Mommy - Color Theory

Sparta - Trust The River

The Suicide Machines - Revolution Spring

Hayley Williams - Petals For Armor

Its funny. Whenever I put on the new Suicide Machines, my wife will ALWAYS ask "Who is this?". Shes a Suicide Machines fan and shes heard the album many times but for some reason she forgets it.

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I've probably listened to more new music this year than in any other year - not much else for me to distract myself with, sadly.  My favorites, so far, roughly in order:

 

David Keenan - A Beginner's Guide to Bravery

SAULT - Untitled (Black Is)

Rope and Ladder - Rope and Ladder

Carpool - Erotic Nightmare Summer

Stay Inside - Viewing

Andrew Judah - Impossible Staircase

Flies are Spies from Hell - Final Quiet

Katie Pruitt - Expectations

Katie Malco - Failures

Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher

Fiona Apple - Fetch the Bolt Cutters

So Soon, the Truth - Were You Ever Really There?

Bruce Peninsula - No Earthly Sound

VASA - Heroics

Myrkur - Folksange

 

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Favorites so far:

The Lawrence Arms - Skeleton Coast 

Four Year Strong - Brain Pain

Spanish Love Songs - Brave Faces, Everyone

PEARS - S/T

New Found Glory - Forever and Ever x Infinity

 

 

Good romps:

Criteria - Years

The Garden - Kiss My Super Bowl Ring

Beach Slang - The Deadbeat Band of Heartbreak City

AJJ - Good Luck Everybody

Hot Mulligan - You'll Be Fine 

Bob Nanna - Celebration States

 

 

Stuff I need to dig into more:

Covet - technicolor

Bad Cop/Bad Cop - The Ride

Pictures of Vernon - Bug

Broadway Calls - Sad in the City

Sparta - Trust The River

 

 

Stuff I'm looking forward to:

Bright Eyes - Down in the Weeds...

Into It. Over It. - Figure

METZ - Atlas Vending

Drug Church - LP 4 (hopefully)

 

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against all logic-2017-2019

man-eaters - ggentle ballads for the simple soul

BIB-deluxe

the cowboy-wifi on the prairies 

caustic wound-death posture

bolt gun-begotten

sunami-sunami

geld-beyond the floor

special interest-the passion of

gulch-impenetrable cerebral fortress 

protomartyr-ultimate success today

the microphones-the microphones in 2020

 

the microphones album is definitely my aoty so far, and i dont think that will change

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So far, alphabetically. Expecting the new Oh Sees in the mail today so that'll probably be included once I hear it. 

 

...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead – X: The Godless Void and Other Stories 

Against All Logic - 2017 2019 
The Cool Greenhouse – S/T
Crack Cloud – Pain Olympics

Datassette – Void Fill Product 
Hum – Inlet
Nicolás Jaar – Cenizas
Cindy Lee – What's Tonight to Eternity
Men With Secrets – Psycho Romance and Other Spooky Ballads

Police des moeurs – Péril 

Quelle Chris & Chris Keys – Innocent Country 2

R.A.P. Ferreira – Purple Moonlight Pages 
The Seneschal Arrives – Haze of Reality

The Serfs – Sounds of Serfdom 
Stuck – Change Is Bad

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This year was kinda bad for me as far as good new music I liked. I did a lot of backtracking because of it though and I explored old soul, reggae and country so that was the highlight of this year.

 

Fave projects:

Poppy - I Disagree

21 Savage and Metro Boomin - Savage Mode II

Kali Uchis - Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios) 

Denzel Curry and Kenny Beats - Unlocked

Mac Miller - Circles

 

That's literally it. RTJ4 didn't click with me as much as I wanted but I still enjoyed it. I also dug a lot of Pop Smoke, but his album just ended up being a little too bloated for me. I ought to get out of my comfort zone and listen to more newer music that isn't hip-hop.

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Here’s my top 10 (in no particular order)

 

Bad Cop/Bad Cop - The Ride

The Lawrence Arms - Skeleton Coast

Ways Away - S/T

X - ALPHABETLAND

Soccer Mommy - color theory

The Bombpops - Death In Venice Beach

New Found Glory - Forever And Ever x Infinity

Moving Targets - Humbucker

Pinegrove - Marigold

The Front Bottoms - In Sickness & In Flames

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In no particular order:

 

Hum "Inlet" 

Seaway "Big Vibe" 

Envy "The Fallen Crimson" 

Yumi Zouma "Truth Or Consequences" 

Intronaut "Fluid Existential Inversions" 

Loathe "I Let It In and It Took Everything" 

Misery Signals "Ultraviolet"

Run The Jewels "RTJ4" 

The Weeknd "After Hours"

Taylor Swift "Folklore" 

The 1975 "Notes on a Conditional Form"

Deftones "Ohms" 

Gleemer "Down Through"

The Midnight "Monsters" 

 

So far.... 

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