Several bands in my 2010-2019 retrospective put out albums that I didn’t get to listen to (Clutch, Shahmen, Chained To The Bottom Of The Ocean, Cult of Luna, and Lingua Ignota come to mind most immediately.) While those releases are definitely hot on my list, I wanted to highlight a couple other bands that I probably should have gotten to by now, and a few albums that skated in right at the end of 2019 that I haven’t had the chance to check out in depth yet, who I haven’t already talked about.
Jeepers here we are already.
I missed a couple fantastic pieces of music in 2018, but you can read about the ones I did find here.
I only have a couple here, since I already covered most of my favorite albums from 2017. There are always a few that you pick up later, though, that fell through the cracks of the previous year but glimmer just as brightly as their previously-vaunted kin.
The release of the Panama Papers and Pokémon GO, the manufacture of the last VCR, the Cubs’ victory at the World Series, and the first effective vaccine against ebola; David Bowie, Prince, Muhammad Ali, Eli Wiesel, Gene Wilder, George Michael, Carrie Fisher.
The reforging of US diplomatic relations with Cuba, the first observation of gravitational waves, the passing of Leonard Nimoy, Sir Terry Pratchett, Lemmy Kilmister, and Christopher Lee.
A lot of really rough stuff happened in 2014. (Flint, MI; Brown, Seeger, Hoffman, Temple, Márquez, Giger, Angelou, Williams, Attenborough). But also a lot of dogs had birthdays.
The International Year of Quinoa (oof) was also the year that gay marriage became legal nationwide, and the year that Edward Snowden blew the whistle on secret surveillance programs. Also, Greta Thurnberg and Quvenzhané Wallis turned ten!
The hottest doomsday year since Nostradamus was, in my opinion, also the best year for music this decade. Our last solar transit of Venus until 2117, the discovery of the Higgs boson, the birth of Tardar Sauce (aka Grumpy Cat).
The beginning of the Arab Spring and the Occupy movement; the launch of the Curiosity rover; the release of Rebecca Black’s “Friday”; the deaths of beloved authors, musicians, and Macho Man Randy Savage.