Here it is. The obligatory end of year list. As is the case with every year, I try to keep track of albums I love starting in January. Then all of a sudden December rolls around and I feel confident I missed a ton, or glossed over some great ones. I have lofty ambitions to revisit certain albums (Django Django, CHAPPO, Fiona Apple, etc.) and then it never happens.
Disclaimer now done, here is a list of 20 albums and 10 EPs (in no particular order) that I really enjoyed this year, and recommend checking out!
Being in the music industry, and in the position of a “buyer” I see (and am invited to) a lot of live music. Admittedly, I’m not out as much as many people I know, some in the music industry and some not, but still a great deal. I’ve been to most of the local venues, large and small. Showcases at restaurants, cafes, courtyards and offices. And hands down the most consistently rewarding viewing experience is the Los Angeles incarnation of Songs from a Room.
For those unfamiliar, Songs from a Room (or “Sofar”) is a music movement that started in London and is now in cities all over the world – São Paulo, Melbourne, Nashville, Paris, Berlin, Mexico City, Sydney, Dallas and many more. A selection of four or five artists play intimate sets in private living rooms; the sets are recorded and (often) livestreamed. The audience doesn’t know who the artists are until they arrive and, the Los Angeles events at least, are all BYOB.