Sep 212017
 

Essential list of early influential recordings, sorted approximately by recording date:

  • [recordings 1923-] Bessie Smith – The Essential Bessie Smith (Compilation, Columbia/Legacy, 1997)
  • [recordings 1927-] Blind Willie Johnson – Dark Was the Night (Compilation, Columbia/Legacy, 1998)
  • [recordings 1927-] Blind Lemon Jefferson – The Best of Blind Lemon Jefferson (Compilation, Yazoo, 2000)
  • [recordings 1928-] Mississippi John Hurt – Avalon Blues: The Complete 1928 Okeh Recordings (Compilation, Columbia/Legacy, 1996)
  • [recordings 1929-] Charley Patton – Founder of the Delta Blues (Compilation, Yazoo, 1969)
  • [recordings 1930-] Son House – Complete Recorded Works of Son House & the Great Delta Blues Singers (Compilation, Document, 1990)
  • [recordings 1931-] Skip James – I’d Rather Be the Devil: The Legendary 1931 Session (Compilation, Rev-Ola Records, 2007)
  • [recordings 1933-] Billie Holiday – The Ultimate Collection (Compilation, Hip-O, 2005)
  • [recordings 1935-] Billie Holiday – Lady Day: The Master Takes and Singles (Compilation, Columbia/Legacy, 2007)
  • [recordings 1934-] Lead Belly – King of the 12-String Guitar (Compilation, Columbia/Legacy, 1991)
  • [recordings 1935-] The Carter Family – Can the Circle Be Unbroken?: Country Music’s First Family (Compilation, Columbia/Legacy, 2000)
  • [recordings 1936-] Robert Johnson – King of the Delta Blues: The Complete Recordings (Compilation, Columbia/Legacy, 1997)
  • [recordings 1937-] Bukka White – The Complete Bukka White (Compilation, Columbia/Legacy,1994)
  • [recordings 1940-] Woody Guthrie – Dust Bowl Ballads (Compilation, Buddha Records, 2000)
  • [recordings 1944-] Woody Guthrie – This Land Is Your Land: The Asch Recordings, Vol. 1 (Compilation, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 1997)
  • [recordings 1944-] Charlie Parker – The Complete Savoy and Dial Studio Recordings 1944-1948 (Compilation, Atlantic, 2000)
  • [recordings 1947-] Hank Williams – 40 Greatest Hits (Compilation, Polydor/Mercury, 1978)
  • [recordings 1947-] Muddy Waters – His Best, 1947 to 1955 (Compilation, MCA/Chess, 1997)
  • [recordings 1947-] Django Reinhardt – Peche à la Mouche (Compilation, Verve Reissues, 1992)
  • [recordings 1948-] John Lee Hooker – The Definitive Collection (Compilation, Hip-O, 2006)
  • [recordings 1949-] B.B. King – Original Greatest Hits (Compilation, Virgin, 2005)
  • [recordings 1951-] Elmore James – The Sky Is Crying: The History of Elmore James (Compilation, Rhino, 1993)
  • [recordings 1951-] Howlin’ Wolf – His Best: The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection (Compilation, MCA/Chess, 1997)
  • [recordings 1951-] Ray Charles – The Best of Ray Charles: The Atlantic Years (Compilation, Rhino, 1994)
  • [recordings 1951-] Willie Dixon – The Chess Box (Compilation, MCA/Chess, 1989)
  • [recordings 1953-] Elvis Presley – Sunrise (Compilation, RCA, February 9, 1999)
  • [recordings 1954-] Elvis Presley – Elvis Presley (Album, March 23, 1956)
  • [recordings 1954-] Bill Haley – 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Bill Haley & His Comets (Compilation, MCA, 1999)
  • [recordings 1955-] Carl Perkins – Original Sun Greatest Hits (Compilation, Rhino/Warner Bros, 1986)
  • [recordings 1955-] Little Richard – The Very Best of Little Richard (Compilation, Fantasy/Specialty Records/Universal, 2008)
  • [recordings 1955-] Chuck Berry – The Definitive Collection (Compilation, Geffen/Chess, 2006)
  • [recordings 1955-] Bo Diddley – The Definitive Collection (Compilation, Geffen/Chess, 2007)
  • [recordings 1955-] Johnny Cash – The Sun Years (Compilation, Rhino, 1990)
  • [recordings 1956-] Buddy Holly – The Definitive Collection (Compilation, Geffen/Decca, 2006)
  • [recordings 1956-] Jerry Lee Lewis – Original Sun Singles ’56-’60 (Compilation, Sundazed, 2009)
  • [recordings 1956-] Charles Mingus – Pithecanthropus Erectus (Album, Atlantic Records, July 1956)
  • [recordings 1957-] John Coltrane – Blue Train (Album, Blue Note, 1958)
  • [recordings 1958-] Link Wray – Rumble! The Best of Link Wray (Compilation, Rhino, 1993)
  • [recordings 1959-] Miles Davis – Kind of Blue (Album, Columbia, August 17, 1959)
  • [recordings 1959-] Ornette Coleman – The Shape of Jazz To Come (Album, Atlantic, October 1959)
  • [recordings 1960-] The Shadows – Shadows Are Go! (Compilation, Scamp, 1996)
  • [recordings 1960-] The Ventures – Walk Don’t Run : The Best of the Ventures (Compilation, EMI Music Distribution, 1990)
  • [recordings 1960-] Muddy Waters – At Newport (Album, MCA/Chess, 1960)
  • [recordings 1961-] Roscoe Holcomb – An Untamed Sense of Control (Compilation, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 2003)

» Best albums of 1963

Sep 012017
 

Release date order:

  • The xx – I See You (January 13)
  • Piano Magic – Closure (January 20)
  • Moon Duo – Occult Architecture Vol 1 (February 3)
  • Tinariwen – Elwan (February 10)
  • Lawrence English – Cruel Optimism (February 17)
  • Vagabon – Infinite Worlds (February 24)
  • The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Don’t Get Lost (February 24)
  • Fen – Winter (March 10)(BM)
  • Jay Som – Everybody Works (March 10)
  • Planning For Burial – Below The House (March 10)
  • Yasmine Hamdan – Al Jamilat (March 17)
  • Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me (March 24)
  • Falls of Rauros – Vigilance Perennial (March 31)(BM)
  • Ulver – The Assassination of Julius Caesar (April 7)
  • Robyn Hitchcock – Robyn Hitchcock (April 21)
  • The Black Angels – Death Song  (April 22)
  • Mark Lanegan Band – Gargoyle (April 28)
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto  – Async (April 28)
  • Flowers Must Die – Kompost (April 28)
  • Slowdive – Slowdive (May 5)
  • Perfume Genius – No Shape (May 5)
  • Big Thief – Capacity (June 9)
  • Flotation Toy Warning – The Machine That Made Us (June 16)
  • Lana Del Rey – Lust For Life (July 21)
  • Drudkh / Paysage d’Hiver – Somewhere Sadness Wanders (August 25)(BM)
  • Oh Sees – Orc (August 25)
  • Der Weg Einer Freiheit – Finisterre (August 25)(BM)
  • The Dream Syndicate – How Did I Find Myself Here? (September 8)
  • Gregg Allman – Southern Blood (September 8)
  • The National – Sleep Well Beast (September 8)
  • Myrkur – Mareridt (September 15)(BM)
  • Wolves in the Throne Room – Thrice Woven (September 22)(BM)
  • Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Luciferian Towers (September 22)
  • Chelsea Wolfe – Hiss Spoon (September 22)
  • The Horrors – V (September 22)

Forthcoming:

  • Bell Witch – Mirror Reaper (October 20)

EPs:

  • VANUM – Burning Arrow (April 1)(BM)
  • Oranssi Pazuzu – Kevät / Värimyrsky (April 12)(BM)

« Best albums of 2016

Dec 272016
 

Rank order:

  1. Oranssi Pazuzu – Värähtelijä (February 26)(BM)
  2. Alcest – Kodama (September 30)(BM)
  3. Sylvaine – Wistful (May 12)(BM)
  4. Emma Ruth Rundle – Marked For Death (September 30)
  5. Ash Borer – The Irrepassable Gate (December 2)(BM)
  6. Marissa Nadler – Strangers (May 20)
  7. The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Third World Pyramid (October 8)
  8. Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker (October 21)
  9. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool (May 8)
  10. King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity (April 29)

Others, release date order:

  • David Bowie – Blackstar (January 8)
  • The Besnard Lakes – A Coliseum Complex Museum (January 22)
  • Atlanter – Jewels Of Crime (January 22)
  • Emma Pollock – In Search of Harperfield (January 29)
  • Amute – Bending Time In Waves (February 5)
  • DIIV – Is the Is Are (February 5)
  • Aluk Todolo – Voix (February 5)(BM)
  • Cavern Of Anti-Matter – Void Beats / Invocation Trex (February 19)
  • Mogwai – Atomic (April 1)
  • Nothing – Tired of Tomorrow (May 13)
  • Cool Ghouls – Animal Races (August 19)
  • Andrea Schroeder – Void (August 26)
  • Angel Olsen – My Woman (September 2)
  • Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree (September 9)
  • Drudkh / Grift – Betrayed By The Sun / Mirages (September 16)(BM)
  • Winterfylleth – The Dark Hereafter (September 30)(BM)
  • TOY – Clear Shot (October 28)
  • Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions – Until the Hunter (November 4)

Compilations:

  • Pink Floyd – The Early Years 1965-1972 (box set) (November 11)

« Best albums of 2015
» Best albums of 2017

Mar 062016
 

Release date order:

  1. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (February 3)
  2. Austere – To Lay like Old Ashes (February 27)(BM)
  3. Marissa Nadler – Little Hells (March 3)
  4. Oranssi Pazuzu – Muukalainen Puhuu (April 22)(BM)
  5. Sunn O))) – Monoliths and Dimensions (May 18)
  6. Natural Snow Buildings – Shadow Kingdom (September)
  7. The Black Heart Procession – Six (October 6)
  8. A Place to Bury Strangers – Exploding Head (October 6)
  9. The Flaming Lips – Embryonic (October 13)
  10. Piano Magic – Ovations (?)

Other albums:

  • Radiohead – The King of Limbs (February 18)
  • Bat For Lashes – Two Suns (April 3)
  • Horrors – Primary Colours (April 21)
  • Japandroids – Post-Nothing (April 28)

 

« Best albums of 2008
» Best albums of 2010

Mar 062016
 

Release date order:

  1. Have a Nice Life – Deathconsciousness (January 1)
  2. Cut Copy – In Ghost Colours (March 22)
  3. Portishead – Third (April 8)
  4. No Age – Nouns (May 6)
  5. Deerhunter – Microcastle (August 19)
  6. Wovenhand – Ten Stones (September 9)
  7. Deerhunter – Weird Era Cont. (October 28)
  8. {{{Sunset}}} – Bright Blue Dream (?)
  9. U.S. Christmas – Eat The Low Dogs (?)
  10. Calexico – Ancienne Belgique (Live in Brussels 2008) (?)

« Best albums of 2007
» Best albums of 2009

Mar 052016
 

Release date order:

  1. Of Montreal – Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? (January 23)
  2. Deerhunter – Cryptograms (January 29)
  3. Besnard Lakes – Are The Dark Horse (February 20)
  4. Odawas – Raven And The White Night (March 6)
  5. Marissa Nadler – Songs 3: Bird On The Water (March 12)
  6. Low – Drums and Guns (March 20)
  7. Alcest – Souvenirs D’Un Autre Monde (August 3)(BM)
  8. Wolves in the Throne Room – Two Hunters (September 25)(BM)
  9. Radiohead – In Rainbows (October 10)
  10. Strawfoot – Chasing Locusts (?)

Others:

  • Tinariwen – Aman Iman (March 13)

« Best albums of 2006
» Best albums of 2008

Mar 042016
 

Release date order:

  1. Wolves In The Throne Room – Diadem Of 12 Stars (February 7)
  2. Tenhi – Maaäet (February 10)
  3. Man Man – Six Demon Bag (February 21)
  4. Mogwai – Mr Beast (March 6)
  5. Drudkh – Blood in Our Wells (March 23)(BM)
  6. Built To Spill – You In Reverse (April 11)
  7. Black Heart Procession – The Spell (May 9)
  8. Amy Winehouse – Back To Black (October 27)
  9. Joanna Newsom – Ys (November 14)
  10. The Ruins Of Beverast – Rain Upon The Impure (?)(BM)

Others:

  • Destroyer – Destroyer’s Rubies (February 21)

 

« Best albums of 2005
» Best albums of 2007

Mar 042016
 

Release date order:

  1. LCD Soundsystem – LCD Soundsystem (January 24)
  2. Low – The Great Destroyer (January 25)
  3. The Mars Volta – Frances The Mute (March 1)
  4. Drudkh – The Swan Road (March 14)(BM)
  5. Okkervil River – Black Sheep Boy (April 5)
  6. Piano Magic – Disaffected (April 18)
  7. Sufjan Stevens – Illinois (July 4)
  8. Sigur Rós – Takk… (September 12)
  9. Marissa Nadler – The Saga Of Mayflower May (?)
  10. Dirty Three – Live! At Meredith (?)

Others:

  • Andrew Bird – The Mysterious Production Of Eggs (February 8)
  • A Hawk and a Hacksaw – Darkness At Noon (April 5)
  • Eels – Blinking Lights And Other Revelations (April 26)

« Best albums of 2004
» Best albums of 2006

Mar 032016
 

Release date order:

  1. Ghost – Hypnotic Underworld (January 27)
  2. Blonde Redhead – Misery Is A Butterfly (March 15)
  3. Joanna Newsom – The Milk-Eyed Mender (March 23)
  4. Wilco – A Ghost Is Born (June 22)
  5. Wovenhand – Consider The Birds (September 20)
  6. Man Man – The Man in a Blue Turban with a Face (October 19)
  7. Drudkh – Autumn Aurora (November 28)(BM)
  8. Piano Magic – The Troubled Sleep Of Piano Magic (December 15)
  9. Robert Rich – The Open Window (?)
  10. Marissa Nadler – Ballads Of Living And Dying (?)

Others:

  • Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand (February 9)
  • Charalambides – Joy Shapes (May 10)
  • Arcade Fire – Funeral (September 14)
  • Dresden Dolls – Dresden Dolls (September 26)
  • Black Tape For A Blue Girl – Halo Star (?)
  • Bark Psychosys – Codename:Dustsucker (?)

« Best albums of 2003
» Best albums of 2005

Mar 032016
 

Release date order:

  1. Supersilent – 6 (January 20)
  2. Cat Power – You Are Free (February 18)
  3. Calexico – Feast of Wire (February 18)
  4. Dirty Three – She Has No Strings Apollo (February)
  5. Radio Dept. – Lesser Matters (March 4)
  6. M83 – Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts (April 14)
  7. Mogwai – Happy Songs For Happy People (May 21)
  8. Radiohead – Hail to the Thief (June 9)
  9. Elbow – Cast Of Thousands (August 13)
  10. Drudkh – Forgotten Legends (August 18)(BM)

Others:

  • Massive Attack – 100th Window (February 10)
  • Okkervil River – Down The River Of Golden Dreams (September 2)
  • Robert Wyatt – Cuckooland (October)
  • Richard Youngs – Airs of the Ear (?)

« Best albums of 2002
» Best albums of 2004