Support CHIRP in this strange 10th anniversary year! Keep us going strong for another decade! →

$15.071 $20,000
Become a Member

Now Playing

Current DJ: Paul

ADULT. Why Always Why from Perception is/as/of Deception (Dais) Add to Collection

Listen Live

Requests? 773-DJ-SONGS or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The CHIRP Blog

Entries on the topic of “Best Of 2019” 30 results

CHIRP Radio writesCHIRP Radio’s Top Ten Albums of 2019!

CHIRP Radio Best of 2019

All month we've been reviewing lists of our volunteers' favorite music for this year. Of the hundred of albums submitted for consideration, here are the 10 that were cited the most often.

This year the top spot on the list goes to a Chicago artist whose 2nd album made a strong impression on many of our volunteers since its release in May. Call it R&B, call it Neo-Soul, there's no denying its musical power and inspiration.

From all of us at CHIRP, THANK YOU for listening to and supporting independent radio, and Happy New Year!

 

Keep Reading…

Share December 31, 2019 http://chrp.at/1O0Z Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Topics: best of 2019

DJ Mick writesCHIRP Radio Best of 2019: Mick Reed

CHIRP Radio Best of 2019

Throughout December, CHIRP Radio presents its volunteers’ top albums of 2019. Our next list is from volunteer and DJ Mick Reed.

CHIRP AOY

In the three years that I’ve been with CHIRP this is the first year that I can say that I genuinely felt like the majority of the albums I listened to were excellent. Not just good, not just fair, but excellent. As a result, this was the hardest list I’ve had to compile yet. It pains me when I think of all the worthy albums I’m leaving off either because I haven’t full absorbed them yet, or because I just haven’t gotten around to checking them out. The first couple of weeks of 2020 are going to be spent doing some major catch up listening and I really relish the opportunity to do a deep dive into everything 2019 had to offer.

That’s not to say that 2019 didn’t have its duds though. While there were hundreds of phenomenal albums released this year for our listening pleasure, roughly half of the albums I was actually anticipating checking out ended up being either mediocre (Sudan Archives, Angel Olsen), not up to the artist’s potential (Pivot Gang, Chance the Rapper, Sleater-Kinney), “Whelp, we did an album” low-effort affairs (Tacocat), bed sh*tting embarrassments (In Flames, Fallujah), or boring to the point of feeling like a personal insult (Sun O)))). But, this is not about what I didn’t like, this is a celebration of what made 2019 a landmark year in music. So before I get all needlessly hung up on negativity, allow me to introduce my top 10 (plus 40ish) albums of the year.

I hope this list inspires you to check out some of the albums I’ve written about, or at least introduces you to an artist you didn’t realize you needed in your life (or just listen to whatever you like, it doesn’t bother me either way). Enjoy!

Keep Reading…

Share December 31, 2019 http://chrp.at/1O0H Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Topics: best of 2019

Wildewoman writesCHIRP Radio Best of 2019: Allison Parssi

CHIRP Radio Best of 2019

Throughout December, CHIRP Radio presents its volunteers’ top albums of 2019. Our next list is from Assistant Music Director and DJ (Wildewoman) Allison Parssi.

If there was one success of 2019, it was how much good music was released this year. Many new artists emerged and established artists pushed their crafts. This is a selection of releases that held steady spots in my heavy rotation. Many of the albums below are emotional, powerful, and ones I definitely danced (and cried) to at some point throughout the year.

Keep Reading…

Share December 31, 2019 http://chrp.at/1NYq Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Topics: best of 2019

Alex Gilbert writesCHIRP Radio Best of 2019: Alex Gilbert

CHIRP Radio Best of 2019

Throughout December, CHIRP Radio presents its volunteers’ top albums of 2019. Our next list is from DJ Alex Gilbert.

There was A LOT of great music released in 2019, so whittling it down to 10 albums was a tough task, but ultimately these selections all found their way onto the list because they spoke to me in one way or another; they introduced me to something new, they told a genuinely compelling story, they were honest and raw and full of emotion, or they simply just made me want to dance and sing over and over again.

Keep Reading…

Share December 30, 2019 http://chrp.at/1NZx Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Topics: best of 2019

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).

Keep Reading…

Share December 30, 2019 http://chrp.at/1NZc Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Topics: best of 2019

Tony Breed writesCHIRP Radio Best of 2019: Tony Breed

CHIRP Radio Best of 2019

Throughout December, CHIRP Radio presents its volunteers’ top albums of 2019. Our next list is from DJ Tony Breed.

In addition to my top 10, every year I pick a track of the year, something I heard other DJs play that really made me stop and listen. This year that track is “Sounds Like Now” by Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble, from their live album Where the Future Unfolds.

Keep Reading…

Share December 30, 2019 http://chrp.at/1NYl Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Topics: best of 2019

Sarah Spencer: Resident Alien writesCHIRP Radio Best of 2019: Sarah Spencer

CHIRP Radio Best of 2019

Throughout December, CHIRP Radio presents its volunteers’ top albums of 2019. Our next list is from DJ Sarah Spencer aka: Io the Resident Alien.

2019 marked my second year DJing at CHIRP Radio, and once again, I was fortunate to be exposed to a lot of great new artists. Although I took a little break from DJing after the birth of my son in July, I'm pleased to be rejoining the weekly schedule in January. You can be sure I'll continue to include these artists in my playlists in 2020.

Keep Reading…

Share December 27, 2019 http://chrp.at/1NNH Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Topics: best of 2019

Eric Wiersema writesCHIRP Radio Best of 2019: Eric Wiersema

CHIRP Radio Best of 2019

Throughout December, CHIRP Radio presents its volunteers’ top albums of 2019. Our next list is from volunteer Eric Wiersema.

2019 was yet another phenomenal year for music! I listened to over 150 new releases this year and this list consists of the 40 albums that received the bulk of my love and attention. Please take these rankings with a grain of salt as these largely depend on my mood at the time and usually change on a daily basis. That being said, all of these albums are top notch and highly recommended by yours truly!

Keep Reading…

Share December 27, 2019 http://chrp.at/1NNI Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Topics: best of 2019

Tyler Clark presents: Local Mythologies writesCHIRP Radio Best of 2019: Tyler Clark

CHIRP Radio Best of 2019

Throughout December, CHIRP Radio presents its volunteers’ top albums of 2019. Our next list is from DJ and Programming Committee member Tyler Clark.

I've been making these lists informally since 2003, for CHIRP since 2014, and for Consequence of Sound since 2017, and this year's was easily the most difficult to finalize. Despite everything going on in our rapidly deteriorating world, music managed to produce some real bounty, a richness that left the top crowded and the honorable mentions littered with records that might've been in the Top 5 in other years. As a counterbalance to anxiety and socio-cultural hopelessness, it's a pretty good start.

Keep Reading…

Share December 27, 2019 http://chrp.at/1NNL Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Topics: best of 2019

Mike Bennett writesCHIRP Radio Best of 2019: Mike Bennett

CHIRP Radio Best of 2019

Throughout December, CHIRP Radio presents its volunteers’ top albums of 2019. Our next list is from DJ and Board member emeritus Mike Bennett.

Thanks to CHIRP, I still listen to a ton of music. I listened to over 150 2019 releases, hearing all sorts of music from different genres. When compiling this list, I stuck with music that I actually purchased, because that's the stuff that I spent the most time with. There are many amazing albums that I didn't buy, in some cases because artists are now choosing to only release their albums on streaming services, or only on one physical format. This is shame, but there's never a shortage of great music, and I only have so much time.

Keep Reading…

Share December 21, 2019 http://chrp.at/1OWT Share on Facebook Tweet This!

Topics: best of 2019

  1. 1
  2. 2