I actually maybe listened to more new music this year than possibly ever, but mostly punk rock ghetto stuff. I felt drawn this year to a lot of european bands, sauna youth, lime crush, skiftande enheter, suburban homes. I dunno if that slight exoticism makes me more forgiving of what I would otherwise consider tired rock cliches if the band was american/australian? was pretty sick of australian rock music by the end of the year. I was looking forward to the shifters album more than any other album in a long time, but it came no where close to meeting my expectations : ( I still don't know what to make of "tropical fuck storm"
at first I thought I had enough of david nance's vocals and didn't like him anymore but that album grew on me. felt similarly about mountain movers album. basically this year trouble in mind released about a billion albums that were solid but really wish at least one could have blown my mind (rays, en attendant ana)
I have some avant-BS/"jazz" albums I aspirationally downloaded that I didn't really listen to. I really like brace up by chris corsano and bill orcutt and morning star by daniel bachmann. grouper and tim hecker good as always. just started listening to "christina vantzou" which seems good.
I think my favorite rap album was mick jenkins. I liked noname too. honestly I'm so far out of the loop with rap music and should just give up/admit to myself I've given up
soccer mommy is a lot like early non-crazy horse neil young in that she's singing these melodies that are kind of too simple but so sad and beautiful.
feel like on the year end stuff i've seen so far courtney barnett is getting shut out, I love that album a lot. I just started listening to this dj koze thing after seeing it on lists but it seems cool.
snail mail album is SUPER boring aside from pristine IMO and I liked the EP a lot. janelle monae album is far and away her worst. low sucks and always sucked. mitski and OPN rule. us girls is ok.