2020: Favorite Albums of the Year

Worriers – You or Someone You Know: The record that truly accompanied me through this year. Every song could be my song of the year – and I plan on playing Grand Closing at midnight. Happy fucking new year.

Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher: Probably the best album of the year (though I haven’t given Fiona Apple’s new album enough time yet) From lyrics to production to artwork, a nearly perfect record.

Dream Wife – So When You’re Gonna…: My new discovery of the year. Rock’n’roll! Dream Wife are the kind of band that makes you look forward to the future with more excitement. If I could choose a first show to go to after this pandemic, it would be either Dream Wife or ..

Touche Amore – Lament: A great, almost positive postcore album. Touche Amore is the best hardcore band atm and I’d drive far to see them live. And Reminders is oddly life-affirming (especially if you combine it with the video.) Don’t have the physical vinyl, yet.. 

NOFX/Frank Turner – West Coast vs. Wessex: The album my wife and I listened to the most together. I can’t believe Thatcher Fucked the Kids isn’t actually by NOFX, or Eat the Meek actually by Frank Turner. 

Also amazing:

Bright Eyes – Down in the weeds, where the world once was

Algiers – There Is No Year

Laura Jane Grace – Stay Alive

I’m Glad It’s You – Every Sun, Every Moon

Porridge Radio – Every Bad

Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutters

Bruce Springsteen – Letter to You

Run the Jewels – RTJ4

What are your faves of the year?

This weekend, the Boss from New Jersey opened his concert in Brooklyn with his rendition of the biggest hit by the late purple genius from Minnesota. It’s already all over the internet, but it’s to relevant to all my interests not to have it on my blog, too. For more Prince-Old White Dudes crossover, check out this magnificent version of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”

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It’s incredible what Tom Morello does with his guitar in this live version of The Ghost of Tom Joad with Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band.

Plus, in these days of unemployment, debt, and resistance, songs like The Ghost of Tom Joad become more and more relevant.

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This is truly incredible. 



Map of New Jersey based solely on Bruce lyrics.

“200+ references from Greetings from Asbury Park to Born in the USA. Printed in ‘Spirit in the Night’ black on ‘Big Man-sized’ 23×32 newsprint. Individually numbered edition of 500. Serious magic in the night, shipped straight to your door.” Made by Dan Cassaro – buy it at Springstreets

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I tend to be a subscriber to the idea that you have everything you need by the time you’re 12 years old to do interesting writing for most of the rest of your life – certainly by the time you’re 18. But I do find it helps me with form, in that something may just inspire me, may give me an idea as to the form I’m going to create something in, or maybe the setting. Ten or 12 years ago, nature writing struck my imagination and it’s seeped into my work a little bit here and there ever since.. It’s all kinds of things… So when you go to record with your band, you have all those sounds, you’ve created a bank.