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Stuff I Listened To A Lot During 2020

There’s been a helluva lot of time to listen to music this year. Can’t put my finger on why.

You’ve probably seen a bunch of year-end lists and Spotify Wrapped-s, and lord knows you’ll see a lot more. But I still feel like adding to that noise and letting you know what I’ve been digging. With the release of my debut album, I’ve gotten a decent amount of messages telling me how my album is getting folks through the year, season, pandemic, election… and those messages have made my days. So I’m listing a bunch of releases not with the prerequisite of “best of 2020,” but rather, music that’s helped ME get through lots of stuff this year. And I’m not just including releases from this year, I’m including other music I’ve dived into that was released before 2020 but still helped me tons. Below are two lists — important releases to me in 2020, and releases I plain ol’ liked a lot that happened to be on heavy rotation during 2020. I hope some of these can help you like they helped me, or heck, help you differently than they helped me. I just hope they help!

2020 Releases

Deerhoof - Future Teenage Cave Artists

HAIM - Women In Music Pt. III

Liam Kazar - "Shoes Too Tight"

Adrianne Lenker - songs and instrumentals

Lucky Cloud - Laughter Yoga / You Know

Gia Margaret - Mia Gargaret


Jeff Rosenstock - NO DREAM

Rough Francis - Urgent Care

Sun Araw - Rock Sutra

Jeff Tweedy - Love Is The King

Releases I Plain Ol’ Liked A Lot That Happened To Be On Heavy Rotation During 2020

SUPER Heavy Rotation

Maggie Rogers - Heard It In A Past Life

HAIM’s discography

Holy Sheboygan’s discography

Big Thief’s discography, particularly U.F.O.F.

Deerhoof’s discography, particularly Mountain Moves

Don’t Stop Or We’ll Die’s discography

NNAMDÏ’s discography and side projects, particularly The Sooper Swag Project

Other Older Favorites!

The American Analog Set - The Fun of Watching Fireworks

Ada Babar and Kasra Kurt - Nino Tomorrow

Andrew Bird - Hands of Glory

The Coctails - Early Hi-Ball Years

Death - ...For The Whole World To See

Edith Frost - Wonder Wonder

LAKE - Circular Doorway

Kendrick Lamar - Black Panther The Album Music From And Inspired By and untitled unmastered.

Daniel Lopatin - Uncut Gems and Good Time soundtracks

A Mighty Wind soundtrack

Oneohtrix Point Never - Love In The Time Of Lexapro

Jim O’Rourke - Eureka

Purple Mountains - Purple Mountains

Ratatouille soundtrack

Rough Francis’ discography

Rupa - Disco Jazz

Silver Jews - Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - Euclid

Steven Universe soundtrack/score

Tropical Fuck Storm’s discography

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