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WPKN’s Favourite Picks of the Year, 2019

Bob Anderson: “A Little Bit Of Everything

  • Sun Ra: Monorails and Satellites Works for Solo Piano Vols. 1,2,3 (Cosmic Myth)
  • Art Ensemble of Chicago: We Are On The Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration (Pi)
  • Charlie Karp: Back To You (Red Parlor)
  • Delbert McClinton and the Self-Made Men: Tall, Dark & Handsome (Hot Shot)
  • Eric Dolphy: Musical Prophet: The Expanded 1963 New York Studio Sessions (Resonance)
  • Galactic: Already Ready Already (Tchoup-Zilla)
  • The JB’s: More Mess On My Thing (Now-Again)
  • John Coltrane: Blue World (Impulse!)
  • Nick Lowe: Love Starvation (Yep Roc)
  • Raphael Saadiq: Jimmy Lee (Columbia)
  • Thom Yorke: Anima (XL)

Steve di Costanzo: “Radio Base Camp

  • Altin Gün: Gece (ATO)
  • Brittany Howard: Jaime (ATO)
  • The Comet Is Coming: Trust In The Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery (Impulse!)
  • Fontaines D.C.: Dogrel (Partisan)
  • Jamila Woods: Legacy! Legacy! (Jagjaguar)
  • Michael Kiwanuka: KIWANUKA (Interscope)
  • ¿Que Vola?: ¿Que Vola? (Nø Førmat)
  • Sampa The Great: The Return (Ninja Tune)
  • Sault: 5 (Forever Living Originals)
  • Steve Gunn: The Unseen In Between (Matador)

Alec Cumming “Snap, Crackle, POP!

  • Aldous Harding: Fixture Picture (4AD)
  • Cate Le Bon: Daylight Matters (Mexican Summer)
  • DIIV: Skin Game (Captured Tracks)
  • Joe Jackson: Friend Better (earMUSIC)
  • Kate Tempest: Firesmoke (American Recordings)
  • Nick Lowe: Love Starvation (Yep Roc)
  • Robert Forster: Crazy Jane on the Day of Judgement (Tapete)
  • Stephen Bishop: Like Mother Like Daughter (BMG Rights Management)
  • The Stroppies: Cellophane Car (Tough Love)
  • Sunflower Bean: Fear City (Mom + Pop)

Del “in Transition

  • Bonnie Bishop: The Walk (Bonnie Bishop)
  • Bruce Hornsby: Absolute Zero (Zappo Prod’s)
  • Fred Gillen Jr: If I Woke Up This Morning and Died (Dye)
  • Gary Clark Jr: This Land (Warner Bros.)
  • Josh Ritter: Fever Breaks (Pytheas)
  • Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry: Rootz Reggae Dub (Megawave)
  • Norah Jones: Begin Again (Blue Note)
  • Son Volt: Union (Transmit Sound)
  • Willie Nelson: Ride Me Back Home (Legacy)
  • Wynton Marsalis: Bolden (OST) (Blue Engine)

Kevin Gallagher “Digging In The Dirt

  • Bria Skonberg: Nothing Ever Happens (Bria Skonberg)
  • The Infamous Stringdusters: Live from Covington Kentucky (Tape Time)
  • Juan Álamo & Marimjazzia: Ruta Panoramica (Summitt)
  • Justin Townes Earle: The Saint of Lost Causes (New West)
  • Mavis Staples – Live in London (Anti-)
  • Our Native Daughters (feat. Rhiannon Giddens, Amythyst Kiah, Leyla McCalla, Allison Russell): Songs of Our Native Daughters (Smithsonian Folkways)
  • Paul Nedzela: Introducing Paul Nedzela (Outside In)
  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band: A Tuba to Cuba (Sub Pop)
  • Snarky Puppy: Immigrance (GroundUP)
  • Stan Getz: Getz at the Gate (Live at the Village Gate, Nov 26th, 1961) (Verve)

Tone “Doc” Hardy “Jazz and Soul On Ice

  1. Miles Davis: Rubberband (Warner/Rhino)
  2. Althea René: Flawsome (Althea Rene)
  3. Norman Brown: Highest Act of Love (Shanachie)
  4. Lori Williams: Full Circle (LoriJazz)
  5. Brendan Rothwell: Sentiment (Brendan Rothwell)
  6. Prince: Originals (NPG/Warner Bros)
  7. G-Nice: I’m Aroundd – The Marathon Continued (The Real G-Nice/Horizon)
  8. Cassandra Lucas: Long Way Home (CRC Musik)
  9. Trombeatz: A Carribean Thing (Truth Revolution/The Innovative People)
  10. Tahirah Memory: Asha (Tahirah Memory)

Rich Kaminsky: “Off-Beat

  • Alex Lahey: Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself (Dead Oceans)
  • Ali Barter: History of Boys (PIAS)
  • Charlie Bliss: Hard to Believe (Barsuk)
  • Le Butcherettes: father/ELOHIM (Rise)
  • The Coolies: Blueberry Crumble (Wicked Cool)
  • Deer Tick: Hey! Yeah! (Partisan)
  • Duck and Cover: Bleeding (State Line/Susspool)
  • The Hu: Yuve Yuve Yu (Eleven Seven)
  • Los Straitjackets: Ashokan Farewell (Yep Roc)
  • Tacocat: New World (Sub Pop)

Binnie Klein: “A Miniature World

  1. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Ghosteen (Ghosteen)
  2. Aldous Harding: Designer (4AD)
  3. Hozier: Wasteland, Baby! (Columbia
  4. Big Thief: U.F.O.F. (4AD)
  5. Weyes Blood: Titanic Rising (Sub Pop)
  6. Angel Olsen: All Mirrors (Jagjaguwar)
  7. Toro Y Moi: Outer Peace (Carpark)
  8. Thom Yorke: Anima (XL)
  9. Beck: Hyperspace (Capitol)
  10. Kevin Morby: Oh My God (Dead Oceans)

Martha Willette Lewis: “The Flux Capacitor

  1. Kate Tempest: Holy Elixir (American Recordings)
  2. Higher Brothers: Sunshine (88rising)
  3. Mondo Cozmo: Black Cadillac (Last Gang)
  4. Mattiel: Keep the Change (ATO)
  5. Son Volt: The 99 (Transmit Sound)
  6. I Know Leopard: Seventy Lies (Ivy League)
  7. The Felice Brothers: Undress (Yep Roc)
  8. Catherine Russell: You’re Not the Only Oyster in the Stew (Dot Time)
  9. Doomsquad: General Hum (Bella Union)
  10. Foals: Exits (Warner Bros.)

Michelle Morgan: “Love and Communication”

  • Angel Olsen: All Mirrors (Jagjaguwar)
  • Big Thief: Two Hands *and* U.F.O.F (4AD)
  • Cherry Glazerr: Stuffed & Ready (Secretly Canadian)
  • Helado Negro: This is How You Smile (RVNG Intl.)
  • Kishi Bashi: Omoiyari (Joyful Noise)
  • Mannequin Pussy: Patience (Epitaph)
  • Mega Bog: Dolphine (Paradise of Bachelors)
  • Nilüfer Yanya: Miss Universe (ATO)
  • Pile: Green & Gray (Exploding in Sound)
  • Sharon Van Etten: Remind Me Tomorrow (Jagjaguwar)

Mark Mushin: “One Step Ahead Of The Blues

  1. Kelly’s Lot: Alyssa (Kelly’s Lot)
  2. Sean Gaiser: Brave (Sean Gaiser)
  3. Sally Fletcher: Colours Of Your Rainbow (1555456 Records DK)
  4. Southbound: Four Leaf Clover (Southbound)
  5. Cara Being Blue: Old Feelin’ (Cara Being Blue)
  6. Regina Bonelli: Killing Floor (True Groove)
  7. Adam Holt: Mr. Morning Drive (Zenith)
  8. Brandon Santini: Heartbreaker (American Showplace)
  9. Seth Rosenbloom: Keep On Turning (HOLMZ)
  10. Michael Bloom And The Blues Prophecy: Old Man Blues (Random Acts)

Martha Nachman: “The Music Never Stopped

  1. Vampire Weekend: Father Of The Bride (Columbia)
  2. Kevin Morby: Oh My God (Dead Oceans)
  3. Hayes Carll: What It Is (Dualtone)
  4. Our Native Daughters (feat. Rhiannon Giddens, Amythyst Kiah, Leyla McCalla, Allison Russell): Songs of Our Native Daughters (Smithsonian Folkways)
  5. The Highwomen: The Highwomen (Elektra)
  6. The Black Keys: Let’s Rock (Easy Eye/Nonesuch)
  7. Jade Bird: Jade Bird (Glassnote)
  8. The Avett Brothers: Closer Than Together (American Recordings)
  9. Upstate: Healing (Royal Potato Family)
  10. Sheryl Crow: Threads (Valory/Big Machine)

Rick Petrone: “The Jazz Sound

  1. Joey DeFransesco: In The Key Of The Universe (Mack Avenue)
  2. Mike Le Donne: Partners In Time (Savant)
  3. Monty Alexander: Wareika Hill Rastamonk Vibrations (MACD)
  4. Mary Stallings: Songs Were Made To Sing (Smoke Sessions)
  5. Jimmy Cobb: This I Dig Of You (Smoke Sessions)
  6. Ted Nash, Steve Cardenas, Ben Allison: Somewhere Else: West Side Story Songs (Plastic Sax)
  7. Nicki Parrott: New York To Paris (Arbors)
  8. Ryan Keberle & Catharsis: The Hope I Hold (Green Leaf)
  9. Jonathan Kreisberg: Capturing Spirits – JKQ Live! (New for Now)
  10. Adrian Cunningham: Play Lerner & Loewe (Arbors)

Rod Richardson: “Radio Nothing

  • A-WA: Bayti Fi Rasi (S-Curve)
  • Acid Arab: Jdid (Crammed)
  • The Budos Band: The Budos Band V (Daptone)
  • The Hu: The Gereg (Eleven Seven)
  • Michael Gordon: Acquanetta (Cantaloupe)
  • Natacha Atlas: Strange Days (Whirlwind)
  • Park Jiha: Philos (Glitterbeat)
  • R. Weis: Glass In Your Ear (R. Weis)
  • Rammstein: RAMMSTEIN (Universal)
  • Širom: A Universe That Roasts Blossoms For a Horse (Glitterbeat)

Valerie Richardson: “Radio Something

  • Altın Gün: Gece (ATO)
  • BaianaSystem: O Futuro Não Demora (Máquina de Louco)
  • Buke & Gase: Scholars (Brassland)
  • Cate Le Bon: Reward (Mexican Summer)
  • Jesca Hoop: Stonechild (Memphis Industries)
  • Keb’ Mo’: Oklahoma (Concord)
  • Mark Mulcahy: The Gus (Mezzotint)
  • Rachid Taha: Je Suis Africain (Naïve)
  • Various Artists: Puro Tayta Shanti (Discos Shaki/Little Axe)
  • Violent Femmes: Hotel Last Resort (Add It Up/PIAS)

KC Ryan

  • Bruce Springsteen: If I Should Fall Behind (Columbia)
  • Cate Le Bon: Daylight Matters (Mexican Summer)
  • Josh Ritter & The Milk Carton Kids: The Gospel of Mary (Pytheas)
  • Kate Tempest: People’s Faces (American Recordings)
  • The Menzingers: America (You’re Freaking Me Out) (Epitaph)
  • Savoy Brown: Don’t Hang Me Out to Dry (Quarto Valley)
  • Serena Fisseau and Vincent Peisani: What a Wonderful World (ACT Music)
  • The Slambovian Circus of Dreams: Every Little Light (Storm King)
  • Whyte Horses: Ça Plane Pour Moi (CRC)
  • Youn Sun Na: Mercy Mercy Me (the Ecology) (Warner Music)

Rob Silber: “Rock Therapy

  1. Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul: Summer Of Sorcery (Wicked Cool)
  2. Samantha Fish: Kill Or Be Kind (Rounder)
  3. Mike Zito and Friends: Rock & Roll – A Tribute To Chuck Berry (Ruf)
  4. Bruce Springsteen: Western Stars (Columbia)
  5. Kelly’s Lot: Can’t Take My Soul (Kelly’s Lot)
  6. The Who: Who (Polydor)
  7. Alice Wallace: Into The Blue (JTM)
  8. John Mayall: Nobody Told Me (Forty Below)
  9. Genya Ravan: Icon (Rum Bar)
  10. Stephen Clair: Strange Perfume (Rock City)

Bruce Swan: “Music My Mother Would Not Like

  1. Dave Gunning: Up Against The Sky (Wee House of Music)
  2. Martyn Joseph: Here Come The Young (Pipe)
  3. Ordinary Elephant: Honest (Ordinary Elephant)
  4. Peter Mulvey: There Is Another World (Righteous Babe)
  5. Danny Schmidt: Standard Deviation (Live Once)
  6. Catherine MacLellan: Coyote (Catherine MacLellan)
  7. Anna Tivel: The Question (Anna Tivel)
  8. Charlie Parr: Charlie Parr (Red House)
  9. Rod Picott: Tell The Truth & Shame The Devil (Welding Rod)
  10. River Drivers: Big Oak Road (River Drivers)

howard thompson: “PURE

  1. Mondo Cozmo: Black Cadillac (Last Gang)
  2. Kelly Hunt: Across the Great Divide (Rare Bird)
  3. Robyn Hitchcock: Take Off Your Bandages (Tiny Ghost)
  4. Iris Dement: House Where Nobody Lives (Dualtone)
  5. Daniel Norgren: Dandelion Time (Superpuma)
  6. Mindy Gledhill: Adiós Cariño (Blue Morph)
  7. The Reverse Cowgirls: Hot Dinners (Northern Cowboy)
  8. Lost Bayou Ramblers: Amedé Choupique (live) (Lost Bayou)
  9. The Vacant Lots: The Bells (A Recordings)
  10. Motörhead: Overkill (40th Anniversary Edition) (BMG)

Amy “Night Nurse” Wachtel: “Rockers Arena

  1. Mykal Rose: Red, Gold, Green and Blue (Trojan JA)
  2. Akae Beka: Mek A Menshun (Zion High Productions)
  3. Various: Down In Jamaica (40 Years Of VP Records) (VP)
  4. Third World: More Work to be Done (Ghetto Youths International)
  5. Koffee: Rapture (Columbia)
  6. Jesse Royal: LionOrder (ft. Protoje) (Easy Star)
  7. Steel Pulse: Mass Manipulation (Rootfire Collective)
  8. Oku Onuora: I’ve Seen (Fruits)
  9. Lila Iké: Where I’m Coming From(In.Digg.Nation Collective)
  10. Mortimer: Lightning (Easy Star)

WPKN’s Favourite Picks of the Year, 2018

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