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MadCity Music’s Favorites of 2020

Favorite Albums of 2020 – Staff Picks!

(in no particular order)
Swamp DoggSorry You Couldn’t Make It 
WireMind Hive
Bill FayCountless Branches
Drive-By TruckersThe Unraveling
WaxahatcheeSaint Paul
Black Market BrassUndying Thirst
Leon Bridges & KhruangbinTexas Sun
Art Blakely & The Jazz MessengersJust Coolin’
OhmneFantasize Your Ghost
Bob MouldBlue Hearts

Che’Noir & Apollo BrownAs God Intended
Sa-RocThe Sharecroppers Daughter
Against All LogicIllusions of Shameless Abundance
Litia~LoeEach Dawn Every Dawn
Afrikan SciencesHave It Tall
The New MorningRiddims of Culture 3 
Four TetSixteen Oceans
Theon Cross/PokusCandace of Meroe/Pokus One
Jeff Parker & The New BreedSuite For Max Brown 
Carlos Nino & Miguel Atwood-FergusonChicago Waves
Ras GRaw Fruit Vol. 5 & 6
ThundercatIt Is What It Is
Freddie Gibbs & AlchemistAlfredo 
Experience UnlimitedFree Yourself 
Tom Misch & Yussef DayesSome Kinda Music
Jorja Smith/Ezra CollectiveRose Rouge/Footprints 
Herbie HancockMy Point of View

Damaged BugBug On Yonker
John Dwyer with synths playing Michael Yonkers material? Yes, please.
Drive-By TruckersThe Unraveling
Best Alt-Country record of the year.
Rowland S HowardTeenage Snuff Film Reissue
A true legend performing his best group of songs and a Billy Idol cover.
OseesProtean Threat
After a bunch of records that seemed to tread the same water the band
has once again shifted gears and gone even farther “out there”.
Tom PettyWildflowers Reissue
Long overdue reissue of this classic Tom Petty album from the 90s.
PylonChomp / Gyrate Reissue LPs
Athens, GA best punk band. Contemporaries of the B-52s and R.E.M. with
a lot more bite than both of those excellent bands.
The ReplacementsComplete Incarcerated Live
Stunning live set from the Replacements in Milwaukee with just the
right amount of cacophony.
Science ManII
One man band from Buffalo that seamlessly bridges the gaps between KBD
punk, hardcore and garage-rock.
TorresSilver Tongue
A fantastic mix of indie-pop with electronic elements and sugar sweet melodies!
Werewolf JonesPremium
Psychotic blown out punk rock from Detroit.

PowerplantA Spine / Evidence
Black MarbleI must be living twice
GagStill Laughing
Peaking LightsEscape
GermThe Hijinx Tape
DJ SmokeyOnly 2 Left Alive
ChromaticsCloser To Grey
Slim GuerillaBlue Light Cemetery 2

Special Guest! Our good buddy
1. MotorheadAce of Spades 40th Anniv. Box set
It’s Lemmy, Phily Phil, and Fast Eddie Clark.

2. The ReplacementsPleased to Meet Me Deluxe Reissue
Holy cow, how could this record BE ANY BETTER!?!?!?

3.  NothingThe Great Dismal
Beauty in Chaos, Darkness and Joy all in 1 album.

4. Napalm DeathThroes in the Jaw of Defeatism
John Peel approved Grindcore pioneers have one of their most
accessible records to date.

5. Pete YornCaretakers
This surprised me as much as you are while reading this.

6. Bob DylanRough and Rowdy Ways
The Poet Laureate strikes again and again and again.

7. HumInlet
This is what 2020 needed. A hearty welcome back from the
Champaign-Urbana heavyweights.

8. BuzzcocksSell you Everything
I’m a sucker for the Buzzcocks. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

9. Run The JewelsRTJ4
Best record they’ve done and they’ve had 3 classics prior to this.

10. MoaningUneasy Laughter
I hope they continue doing great things. Viva La Sub Pop!

11.  Sick WishGoodbye Sun, Hello Moon
Boise, ID still churning out great music by the nicest person in the world.

12.  WireMind Hive & 10:20
More greatness from the genre originators.

13. Paul WellerOn Sunset
I love everything he’s ever done. EVEN The Style Council. Change my
mind. I dare you.

14. GordiOur Two Skins
JagJaguwar keeps putting out some of the most beautiful music in the
world. This record just kills me- check out her backstory.

15. Bill FayCountless Branches

Phoebe BridgersPunisher
BeheritBardo Exist
The BethsJump Rope Gazers
SalemFires In Heaven
Black CurseEndless Wound
Caustic WoundDeath Posture
Old TowerThe Last Eidon
Bohren & Der Club Of GorePatchouli Blue

ArcaKiCk i
Einstürzende NeubautenAlles in Allem
Rina SawayamaSawayama
EartheaterPhoenix: Flames Are Dew Upon My Skin
Armand HammerShrines
Yves TumorHeaven to a Tortured Mind
Makaya McCraven, Gil-Scott HeronWe’re New Again
Bohren and Der Club of GorePatchouli Blue
Shabaka and the AncestorsWe Are Sent Here By History
Fiona AppleFetch the Bolt Cutters

Special Guest! HiFi Haus Owner
(In no particular order)
ProtomartyrUltimate Success Today
Fontaines D.C. – A Hero’s Death
ThundercatIt Is What It Is
Fiona AppleFetch The Bolt Cutters
Greg DulliRandon Desire
Phoebe BridgersPunisher
Sylvan EssoFree Love
Moses SumneyGrae
PJ HarveyDry (reissue)
Augustus MullerMachine Learning Experiments



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