music

Each year, I celebrate my love of music (and attempt to process the absurd volume of music that I’ve enjoyed) by creating a list of my favorite albums.

These may not be the years’ best or most popular records, but they’re the ones that stuck with me and gave my life a soundtrack.

2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012

< Favorite Records of 2017 >

Kendrick Lamar
DAMN.
Spotify
YouTube

IDLES
Brutalism
Spotify
YouTube

Father John Misty
Pure Comedy
Spotify
YouTube

Run the Jewels
Run the Jewels 3
Spotify
YouTube

Fred Thomas
Changer
Spotify
YouTube

Lorde
Melodrama
Spotify
YouTube

The xx
I See You
Spotify
YouTube

Sylvan Esso
What Now
Spotify
YouTube

the Mountain Goats
Goths
Spotify
YouTube

The Magnetic Fields
50 Song Memoir
Spotify
YouTube

Jesca Hoop
Memories are Now
Spotify
YouTube

Pissed Jeans
Why Love Now
Spotify
YouTube

Alex Cameron
Forced Witness
Spotify
YouTube

Iglooghost
Neō Wax Bloom
Spotify
YouTube

William Basinski
A Shadow in Time
Spotify
YouTube

BROCKHAMPTON
SATURATION II (& I, III)
Spotify
YouTube

Kelela
Take Me Apart
Spotify
YouTube

Vince Staples
Big Fish Theory
Spotify
YouTube

SZA
Ctrl
Spotify
YouTube

Neil Cicierega
Mouth Moods
Site (Free Download)
YouTube


< Favorite Records of 2016 >

David Bowie
Blackstar
Spotify
YouTube

Aesop Rock
The Impossible Kid
Spotify
YouTube

Bon Iver
22, A Million
Spotify
YouTube

Death Grips
Bottomless Pit
Spotify
YouTube

Car Seat Headrest
Teens of Denial
Spotify
YouTube

The Hotelier
Goodness
Spotify
YouTube

Tegan And Sara
Love You to Death
Spotify
YouTube

Conor Oberst
Ruminations
Spotify
YouTube

Esperanza Spalding
Emily’s D+Evolution
Spotify
YouTube

Anderson .Paak
Malibu
Spotify
YouTube

Injury Reserve
Floss
Spotify
YouTube

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Nonagon Infinity
Spotify
YouTube

The Drones
Feelin Kinda Free
Spotify
YouTube

Nails
You Will Never Be One of Us
Spotify
YouTube

GoGo Penguin
Man Made Object
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YouTube


< Favorite Records of 2015 >

Kendrick Lamar
To Pimp a Butterfly
Spotify
YouTube

the Mountain Goats
Beat the Champ
Spotify
YouTube

Father John Misty
I Love You, Honeybear
Spotify
YouTube

Bully
Feels Like
Spotify
YouTube

Courtney Barnett
Sometimes I Sit and Think,
And Sometimes I Just Sit
Spotify
YouTube

Milo
So the Flies Don’t Come
Spotify
YouTube

Dan Deacon
Gliss Riffer
Spotify
YouTube

Kamasi Washington
The Epic
Spotify
YouTube

Hiatus Kaiyote
Choose Your Weapon
Spotify
YouTube

Deafheaven
New Bermuda
Spotify
YouTube

Torres
Sprinter
Spotify
YouTube

Ought
Sun Coming Down
Spotify
YouTube

MATRiXXMAN
Homesick
Spotify
YouTube

CHVRCHES
Every Open Eye
Spotify
YouTube

Grimes
Art Angels
Spotify
YouTube


< Favorite Records of 2014 >

Swans
To Be Kind
Spotify
YouTube

Future Islands
Singles
Spotify
YouTube

Sun Kil Moon
Benji
Spotify

Run The Jewels
Run The Jewels 2
Spotify
YouTube

Field Report
Marigolden
Spotify
YouTube

Cloud Nothings
Here and Nowhere Else
Spotify
YouTube

The War on Drugs
Lost in the Dream
Spotify
YouTube

Timber Timbre
Hot Dreams
Spotify
YouTube

clipping.
CLPPNG
Spotify
YouTube

Wye Oak
Shriek
Spotify
YouTube

Liars
Mess
Spotify
YouTube

Kalle Mattson
Someday, The Moon Will Be Gold
Spotify
YouTube

Busdriver
Perfect Hair
Spotify
YouTube

tUnE-yArDs
nikki nack
Spotify
YouTube

Flying Lotus
You’re Dead!
Spotify
YouTube


< Favorite Records of 2013 >

Savages
Silence Yourself
Spotify
YouTube

Baths
Obsidian
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YouTube

Volcano Choir
Repave
Spotify
YouTube

The Haxan Cloak
Excavation
Spotify
YouTube

Phosphorescent
Muchacho
Spotify
YouTube

Moonface
Julia With Blue Jeans On
Spotify
YouTube

Rhye
Woman
Spotify
YouTube

Melt Yourself Down
Melt Yourself Down
Spotify
YouTube

CHVRCHES
The Bones of What You Believe
Spotify
YouTube

Vampire Weekend
Modern Vampires of the City
Spotify
YouTube


San Fermin
San Fermin
Spotify
YouTube

Unknown Mortal Orchestra
II
Spotify
YouTube

Mikal Cronin
MCII
Spotify
YouTube

The National
Trouble Will Find Me
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Young Galaxy
Ultramarine
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YouTube


< Favorite Records of 2012 >

the Mountain Goats
Transcendental Youth
Spotify
YouTube

Japandroids
Celebration Rock
Spotify
YouTube

Swans
The Seer
Spotify
YouTube

Jack White
Blunderbuss
Spotify
YouTube

Purity Ring
Shrines
Spotify
YouTube

Right Away, Great Captain!
The Church of the Good Thief
Spotify
YouTube

Tame Impala
Lonerism
Spotify

Grimes
Visions
Spotify
YouTube

Field Report
Field Report
Spotify
YouTube

Father John Misty
Fear Fun
Spotify
YouTube