Here we go again! Below is my un-ranked, un-quantified list of music stuff I liked in 2019. As usual, this barely scratches the surface of amazing music released in 2019. I feel like I really dropped the ball on listening to new stuff this year. I haven’t even gotten around to listening to new music from Mammoth Penguins, Lost Tapes, Night Flowers, Patience, Strange Passage, or Ex Hex, which I’m sure would have made this list. These were just some of the tunes I kept going back to.
» Tallies – Tallies (Kanine): This was definitely my favorite album of 2019 … and it came out in January. I’ve been waiting all year to put this at the top of my list. Dreamy, jangly, Canadian.
» Jeanines – Jeanines (Slumberland): If you haven’t bought this album yet, what are you waiting for? Classic indie-pop jangle … in the same vein as all those other Slumberland bands you love, but Jeanines make their own mark on the sound.
» Pushflowers – Close For Comfort (Forged Artifacts): Debut full-length from this Boston band channeling the 1990s.
» The Ballet – Matchy Matchy (Fika): I’m so glad this band is back.
» Mini Dresses – Heaven Sent (Joy Void): Boston-based dream pop (but it’s not really dream pop … don’t pigeon-hole them like that, OK?). Lira and Caufield can do no wrong … they also released great music as Dee-Parts this year and they have about 25 other musical projects which are continually pumping out new music (I think it must be up to 25 by now).
» Elva – Winter Sun (Tapete): Like if Allo Darlin’ and Making Marks got together and had a baby … oh wait, that’s exactly what this is. Wonderful, wonderful stuff.
» Tullycraft – The Railway Prince Hotel (HHBTM): I mean, Tullycraft had to be on this list, right? Of course.
» Robert Forster at City Winery
(Boston, MA) — 14 November
» Blondie at Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
(Boston, MA) — 23 July
» Psychedelic Furs at House of Blues
(Boston, MA) — 9 July
» The Beths w/ Bad Bad Hats, Bad Moves at Brighton Music Hall
(Boston, MA) — 28 February
» The Chills at The Middle East Downstairs
(Cambridge, MA) — 20 February