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Austin B. Harvey presents: The Liquid Diet writesCHIRP Radio Best of 2019: Austin B. Harvey

CHIRP Radio Best of 2019

Throughout December, CHIRP Radio presents its volunteers’ top albums of 2019. Our next list is from Assistant Music Director, DJ, and Softball Team Manager Austin B. Harvey.

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#1   1000 gecs by 100 gecs (Dog Show)
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100 gecs 1000 gecsHEY YOU LITTLE PISSBABY. The year's most inevitable record came from this LA/Chicago-by-way-of-St. Louis duo who took every sound of the decade and turned it on its head. The result is a stunning work of songwriting and sound manipulation that is at once perplexing, catchy, infuriating, and perfect.

 

 

#2   Endless Column by Endless Column (Erste Theke Tontraeger)
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Endless Column Endless ColumnChicago band records a killer LP and waits a few years before it gets a release on a small label out of Mannheim, Germany. Sure. Expect 12-string licks, frantic beats, and airtight post-punk rhythms.

 

 

#3   Purple Mountains by Purple Mountains (Drag City)
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Purple Mountains Purple MountainsRIP David Berman. The swan song was immaculate.

 

 

#4   Sinner by Moodymann (KDJ)
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Moodymann SinnerThe enigmatic Detroit techno master unleashes perhaps his most definitive set yet. House, rock, jazz, the "Praise You" sample, R&B, and more all come together in a sumptuous melange.

 

 

#5   5/7/2019 by Sault (Forever Living Originals)
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Sault 5/7/2019This mysterious London trio meld ESG, DFA, and The xx into two impeccable dance records that Tony Wilson would have folded himself over to sign to Factory.

 

 

#6   LEGACY! LEGACY! by Jamila Woods (Jagjaguwar)
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Jamila Woods LEGACY! LEGACY!More groove than one can handle on Woods' funky tribute to her myriad influences.

 

 

#7   Westkust by Westkust (Run for Cover/Luxury)
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Westkust WestkustThis reviewer has always been partial to this Swedish noise-gaze collective, and their second album is another set of pensive, ear-destroying jams.

 

 

#8   Pre-Sunrise Authority by Clive Tanaka y Su Orquesta (Tall Corn)
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Clive Tanaka y Su Orquesta Pre-Sunrise AuthorityThe Chicago-Japan enigma's second full-length is an Avalanches-esque celebration of musical discovery. Pop escapism with just the right amount of fourth-wall-acknowledging artifice.

 

 

#9   Nowhere Now Here by Mono (Temporary Residence Ltd.)
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Mono Nowhere Now HereThe Japanese quartet's most massive record yet melds Explosions in the Sky, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and early M83's penchant for staticky noise into a cohesive whole that is greater than the sum of its parts or influences.

 

 

#10   Wallop by !!! (Warp)
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!!! WallopIt took a decade, but the Sacramento/Brooklyn dance-punk miscreants made another classic, replete with a pop single that no one knew they had in them with "Serbia Drums".

 

11. Fire-Toolz - Field Whispers (Into the Crystal Palace) (Orange Milk) This Chicago artist melds vaporwave into death metal and everything in between for an ethereal, mindbreaking experience.
12. Angel Olsen - All Mirrors (Jagjaguwar) In a year full of, and defined by, melodrama, no musician better harnessed it on record than this string-laden LP.
13. Sampa the Great - The Return (Ninja Tune) The Zambian-Australian rapper's debut is soulful, experimental, joyous, and dense.
14. Brittany Howard - Jaime (ATO) I could take or leave Alabama Shakes during their run. Clearly their singer is greater than the sum of the band's parts. "13th Century Metal" alone is a testament to Howard's singular artistic purpose.
15. N0V3L - Novel (Flemish Eye) The Vancouver band's Gang of Four-citing debut should be reason alone to convince you to buy a hi-hat and a chorus pedal.
16. FKA twigs - MAGDALENE (Young Turks) Not something I'd listen to on a regular basis, but the vocal gymnastics and amount of space present in this album recall trip-hop, choral arrangements, and a thousand other signposts.
17. Kim Gordon - No Home Record (Matador) We all know who won the divorce battle and it is not close. Forward-thinking and creative throughout.
18. Mannequin Pu**y - Patience (Epitaph) The Philly emo-punks combine '90s rock and emo for an unforgettable, touching listening experience.
19. Helado Negro - This Is How You Smile (RVNG INTL.) Roberto Carlos Lange explores memory and colonialism to devastating effect on his sixth album under his current moniker.
20. Blood Incantation - Hidden History of the Human Race (Dark Descent) Squealing death metal that offers no escape. Yes, please.

 

 

 

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