Best albums of 2019

(Sandy) Alex G., Purple Mountains, PUP, Lankum and The Replacements top NSN music lists

Ben Bengtson

Top 10 Albums

1. (Sandy) Alex G: House of Sugar (Domino Recording Company)

2. Lana Del Rey: Norman F****** Rockwell! (Polydor Records/Interscope Records)

3. Fontaines D.C.: Dogrel (Partisan Records)

4. Fennesz: Agora (Touch)

5. Default Genders: Main Pop Girl 2019 (Self-released)

6. Taylor Swift: Lover (Republic Records)

7. Klute: Whatever It Takes  (Commercial Suicide)

8. Crumb: Jinx (Self-released)

9. Chris Lightcap: SuperBigmouth (Pyroclastic Records)

10. Cate Le Bon: Reward (Mexican Summer)


(Sandy) Alex. G
(Sandy) Alex G released House of Sugar on Sept. 13 through Domino Recording Company. - Supplied












Lukas Henne

Top 10 Albums

1. Purple Mountains: Purple Mountains (Drag City)

2. Sharon Van Etten: Remind Me Tomorrow (Jagjaguwar)

3. Fontaines D.C.: Dogrel (Partisan Records)

4. Helado Negro: This Is How You Smile (Universal Music Australia)

5. Deerhunter: Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared (4AD)

6. Weyes Blood: Titanic Rising (Sub Pop)

7. Bill Callahan: Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest (Drag City)

8. Andrew Bird: My Finest Work Yet (Loma Vista Recordings)

9. Fat White Family: Serfs Up! (Domino Recording Company)

10. Teeth of the Sea: Wraith (Rocket Recordings)


Purple Mountains
David Berman released the album Purple Mountains on July 12 through Chicago's Drag City label. He passed away shortly after its release on August 7. - Supplied


Liam Starnes

Top 10 Albums

1. Purple Mountains: Purple Mountains (Drag City)

2. Sharon Van Etten: Remind Me Tomorrow (Jagjaguwar)

3. PUP: Morbid Stuff (Rise Records)

4. The Murder Capital: When I have Fears (Human Season Records)

5. Fontaines D.C.: Dogrel (Partisan Records)

6. Weyes Blood: Titanic Rising (Sub Pop)

7. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Ghosteen (Ghosteen Ltd.)

8. black midi: Schlagenheim (Rough Trade)

9. Angel Olsen: All Mirrors (Jagjaguwar)

10. Orville Peck: Pony (Sub Pop)


PUP released their album Morbid Stuff on April 5 through Rise Records. - Supplied


Eli Teed

Top 10 Albums

1. PUP: Morbid Stuff (Rise Records)

2. Weyes Blood: Titanic Rising (Sub Pop)

3. black midi: Schlagenheim (Rough Trade)

4. Mike Krol: Power Chords (Merge)

5. Purple Mountains: Purple Mountains (Drag City)

6. METZ: Automat (Sub Pop)

7. Kevin Morby: Oh My God (Dead Oceans)

8. slowthai: Nothing Great About Britain (Method)

9. Black Mountain: Destroyer (Jagjaguwar)

10. Show Me the Body: Dog Whistle (Loma Vista Recordings)


Dublin's Lankum released their album, The Livelong Day, on Oct. 25 through Rough Trade Records. - Supplied


John Goodman

Top 10 Albums

1. Lankum: The Livelong Day (Rough Trade Records)

2. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Ghosteen (Ghosteen Ltd.)

3. Sarathy Korwar: More Arriving (The Leaf Label)

4. Fontaines D.C.: Dogrel (Partisan Records)

5. Foxwarren: Foxwarren (Anti- Records)

6. Tui: Pretty Little Mister (Self-released)

7. North Mississippi Allstars: Up and Rolling (ATO Records)

8. Sharon Van Etten: Remind Me Tomorrow (Jagjaguwar)

9. Ahmed Ag Kaedy: Akaline Kidal (Sahel Sounds)

10. Sarah Davachi: Pale Bloom (Superior Viaduct/W. 25th)


The Replacements
Archive label Rhino Records released The Replacements' Dead Man's Pop as a box set on Sept. 27 and features a remix of the band's 1989 album, Don't Tell a Soul, by the original producer, Matt Wallace; a disc of rarities and unreleased tracks called We Know the Night: Rare and Unreleased, which contains early versions of songs from the Don't Tell a Soul album, and songs recorded with singer Tom Waits. The last two discs in the box set are a live show recorded at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on June 2, 1989. - Supplied


John Goodman

Favourite Reissues/Archival Recordings

1. The Replacements: Dead Man’s Pop (Rhino)

2. Art Pepper: Promise Kept: The Complete Artist House Recordings  (Omnivore Recordings)

3. The Band: The Band 50th Anniversary Edition (Capitol)

4. June Tyson: Saturnian Queen of the Sun Ra Arkestra (Modern Harmonic)

5. The Raincoats: The Raincoats (We Three)

6. Yabby You Meets King Tubby: Walls Of Jerusalem (Pressure Sounds)

7. Miles Davis: The Complete Birth of the Cool (Capitol)

8. The Stooges: The Stooges (Rhino)

9. Reggie Young: Session Guitar Star/Various Artists (Ace Records)

10. Mercury Rev: Bobbie Gentry’s The Delta Sweete Revisited (Partisan Records – re-imagining 1968 album with new performances from various artists)



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