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Joanna Bz writesCHIRP Radio Best of 2019: Joanna

CHIRP Radio Best of 2019

Throughout December, CHIRP Radio presents its volunteers’ top albums of 2019. Our next list is from DJ (Fridays 10PM-12AM) Joanna.

I am delighted to include so many local acts in my favorites list-- due in part to becoming a DJ earlier this year and the other part to being an avid CHIRP listener, which I am first and foremost. Here's a whittled down list of albums I returned to and/or that moved me in a particular way, for any number of reasons (over-explainy, I know).


Purple Mountains by Purple Mountains (Drag City)
BUY: Reckless / Amazon

Purple Mountains Purple MountainsRIP David Berman. Even more poignant since his passing.



Olivia Neutron-John EP by Olivia Neutron-John (Sister Polygon)
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Olivia Neutron-John Olivia Neutron-John EPDo EP's count? I loved this 5-track groover.



KIWANUKA by Michael Kiwanuka (Polydor Ltd.)
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Michael Kiwanuka KIWANUKABeautiful vocals and orchestration. Rolling is the song I want playing when I walk into a room.



Two Hands by Big Thief (4AD)
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Big Thief Two HandsI think I sat perfectly still the first time I listened to this album in order to feel it all.



Field Whispers (Into the Crystal Palace) by Fire-Toolz (Orange Milk)
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Fire-Toolz Field Whispers (Into the Crystal Palace)Local Chicago artist Angel Marcloid doing fascinating, humorous, and really brilliant sound collage mash-ups that work better than I'd ever believe. Scratches a lot of itches for me.



Raw Honey by Drugdealer (Kemado d/b/a Mexican Summer)
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Drugdealer Raw HoneyAn AM gold toe-tapper. And I just realized Gold Toe are old man socks, so that kind of works.



Bounce House by The Curls (Diversion)
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The Curls Bounce HouseProggy. Arty. Funny. Is it condescending to call them goofs? I mean it in the best way.



Exposure Therapy by Wingtips (Artoffact)
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Wingtips Exposure TherapySometimes you feel like a goof, sometimes you want to wear eyeliner and be gloomy like your screaming teen-innards want.



The Seduction of Kansas by Priests (Sister Polygon)
BUY: Reckless / Amazon

Priests The Seduction of KansasTough and menacing.



Heavy Handed by Pixel Grip (Feeltrip)
BUY: Reckless / Amazon

Pixel Grip Heavy HandedBoth crunchy and dreamy synths. For me, it's catchy, dark pop.


Weyes Blood, Titanic Rising; Sharon Van Etten, Remind Me Tomorrow; Guerilla Toss, What Would the Odd Do? EP; Ex Hex, It's Real; Thigh Master, Now For Example; Sudan Archives, Athena; Jamila Woods, LEGACY! LEGACY!




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