Best Albums of the First Half of 2020

Health insurance rip off lying FDA big bankers buying
Fake computer crashes dining
Cloning while they're multiplying
Fashion shoots with Beck and Hanson
Courtney Love, and Marilyn Manson
You're all fakes
Run to your mansions
Come around
We'll kick your ass in

Postby buriedinspace » Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:24 pm

For the third year in the row, it's time for the Best Album of the half year thread. Share your lists and I'll tally them and come up with a HPN official list of the best of.

Albums are eligible if they were released on or after January 1st and on or before June 26th. You can post a preliminary list now and edit anytime until 11:59 PM July 15th. Re-releases and compilations are ineligible, unless it contains mainly new material, never before released. EPs are eligible but should be longer than, let's say 18 minutes in duration (I will probably not check but feels like a decent rule of thumb)

I'm going to stick with something like the point system for the last few lists.

Your options are ranked or unranked lists of 3, 10 or 20 albums. If you do a list of another number, every album will get 5 points, ranked or unranked (unless it is a number above 20). Lists near the target numbers (within 1 or 2 albums) will be ranked as if they had the target number.

For 3 album lists, the album ranked #1 gets 20 points, 2 and 3 get 15. Unranked they will all get 5 points.

For 10 album lists, that are ranked, #1 gets 20 points, #2 + #3 get 15, 4 gets 10 then 5 gets 9, 6 gets 8 and so on. You may include up to 40 honorable mentions that will get 1 point a piece. Unranked lists of 10 will get 5 points apiece.

For 20 album lists, that are ranked, #1 gets 20 points, #2 gets 18, #3 and 4 get 15, 5 and 6 get 10, 7 and 8 get 9, 9 and 10 get 8, 11-15 get 7, 16-20 get 5 a piece. You can have 30 honorable mentions at 1 point a piece. Unranked lists get 5 points a piece.
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Postby buriedinspace » Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:34 pm

My list, as of right now:

1. Fiona Apple - Fetch the Bolt Cutters
2. Waxahatchee - Saint Cloud
3. Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher
4. Charli XCX - How I'm Feeling Now
5. strawberry switchblade Scott Heron/McKayla McCraven - We're New Here
6. Emily Sprague - Hill, Flower, Fog
7. Helm - Saturnalia
8. YAEJI - WHAT WE DREW
9. girls rituals - crap shit.
10. Kate NV - Room for the Moon

Further listening needed for:
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
Felicia Atkinson

To be fair, this may be the only 10 albums I've listened to in full, so far this year...
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Postby buriedinspace » Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:36 pm

Is there a thing that makes G-I-L show up as... 'strawberry switchblade' for some reason?
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Postby Skerple » Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:43 pm

ya its when your album choices are ASS
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Postby subtitles » Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:46 pm

1. Eiko Ishibashi - Impulse of the Ribbon
2. Keeley Forsyth - Debris
3. Omar-S - You Want
4. Fiona Apple - Fetch the Bolt Cutters
5. Lido Pimienta - Miss Colombia
6. Kate NV _ Room for the Moon
7. KA - Descendants of Cain
8. Perfume Genius - Set My Heart On Fire Immediately
9. Rustin Man - Clockdust
10. Haru Nemuri - Lovetheism
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Postby buriedinspace » Thu Jun 25, 2020 11:03 pm

Skerple wrote:ya its when your album choices are ASS


...asked and answered, I suppose

I feel pretty strongly about my top 3 would rank high (and my #1 likely as #1), feel like my 4-7 would make a more thorough list but tbh, this has been the year I've least listened to new music in a few.
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Postby a long gush from your hole » Thu Jun 25, 2020 11:07 pm

1. Fiona Apple - Fetch the Bolt Cutters
2. Charli XCX - How I'm Feeling Now
3. Yves Tumor - Heaven to a Tortured Mind
4. Elysia Crampton - ORCORARA 2010
5. Lil Uzi Vert - Eternal Atake
6. Arca - KiCk i
7. Armand Hammer - Shrines
8. Arca - @@@@@
9. Nazar - Guerrilla
10. Rina Sawayama - Sawayama
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Postby lightfoot » Thu Jun 25, 2020 11:10 pm

1 bad bunny - yhlqmdlg
2. haim -wimpiii
3. lil uzi vert - eternal atake
4. bob dylan - rough and rowdy ways
5. the 1975 - noacf
6. dua lipa - future nostalgia
7. westside gunn - pray for paris
8. against all logic - 2017-2019
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Postby i am rich » Thu Jun 25, 2020 11:27 pm

hum
cant remember any more off the top of my head so ill keep ya posted
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Postby winjer » Fri Jun 26, 2020 12:37 am

1. destroyer - have we met
2. freddie gibbs & the alchemist - alfredo
3. fiona apple - fetch the bolt cutters
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Postby shirts optional » Fri Jun 26, 2020 1:12 am

1. fiona - ftbc
2. caribou - suddenly
3. grimes - miss anthropocene
4. dua lipa - future nostalgia
5. lil uzi vert - eternal atake
6. against all logic - 2017-2019
7. westside gunn - pray for paris
8. freddie gibbs & alchemist - alfredo
9. jay elec - a written testimony
10. holy fuck - deleter
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Postby scrambled » Fri Jun 26, 2020 1:15 am

be back soon
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Postby Brouhaha » Fri Jun 26, 2020 1:22 am

totally forgot to listen to music

I'll catch up
make it mild
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Postby Grey Poupon » Fri Jun 26, 2020 1:25 am

Will write this properly later

1. Wolf parade - Thin Mind
2. RVG - Feral
3. Perfume genius - Set Me on Fire Immediately
4. Neil Young - Homegrown
5. Westerman - Your Hero is Not Dead
6. Hamilton Leithauser - The Loves of your Life


big sigh
at least my running 2020 'new music' spotify playlist has like 100 songs on it, it's just that most of them predate 1990

this Haim is very good I see it shooting to the top 3 in a week
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Postby loaf angel » Fri Jun 26, 2020 2:02 am

anything before march is a blur. actually forgot there was a destroyer album this year and i was at his show right before lockdown
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Postby LloydChristmas » Fri Jun 26, 2020 2:03 am

Draft List

Charli XCX
Yves Tumor
Traffik Island
Nadia Reid
Caribou
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Postby Brevity » Fri Jun 26, 2020 2:10 am

Fiona Apple
Charli XCX
Bobby D
Jeff Parker
Dua Lipa
Jackie Lynn
Andy Shauf
Moodymann
Kehlani
Dagny
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Postby Viola Swamp » Fri Jun 26, 2020 9:09 am

what's tonight to eternity
texas sun
a written testimony
after hours
fetch the bolt cutters

probably mordechai
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Postby Skerple » Fri Jun 26, 2020 9:25 am

buriedinspace wrote:
Skerple wrote:ya its when your album choices are ASS


...asked and answered, I suppose

I feel pretty strongly about my top 3 would rank high (and my #1 likely as #1), feel like my 4-7 would make a more thorough list but tbh, this has been the year I've least listened to new music in a few.


hehe im just joshin around. also strawberry switchblade is because of internetstrange for some reason
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Postby becky » Fri Jun 26, 2020 10:04 am

yeah I feel really behind on new music this year, I've basically been listening to ECM and old favorites constantly throughout lockdown.

I guess this is as good a reason as any to plunk down a shortlist though

the 1975 - notes on a conditional form
gigi masin - calypso
phoebe bridgers - punisher
alabaster deplume - to cy & lee
pure x - pure x
eris drew - fluids of emotion
destroyer - have we met
the orb - abolition of the royal familia
laura marling - song for our daughter
omar s - you want
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Postby brentwurst » Fri Jun 26, 2020 12:55 pm

cindy lee - what's tonight to eternity
lyra pramuk - fountain
fiona apple - fetch the bolt cutters
elysia crampton - orcorara 2010
pure x - s/t
various artists - kulor 006
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Postby warmjets » Fri Jun 26, 2020 1:01 pm

placeholder, will edit later

01 Waxahatchee - Saint Cloud
02 Charli XCX - how i'm feeling now
03 Julianna Barwick - Healing is a Miracle
04 HAIM - Women in Music Part III
05 Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Sideways to New Italy
06 Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher
07 Empty Country - Empty Country
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Postby landspeedrecord » Fri Jun 26, 2020 1:44 pm

1 fiona apple: fetch the bolt cutters
2 upsammy: zoom
3 westerman: your hero is not dead
4 facs: void moments
5 cs + kreme: snoopy
6 soccer mommy: color theory
7 charli xcx: how I'm feeling now
8 grimes: miss anthropocene
9 laurine frost: lena
10 boof: rebirth of gerberdaisy

honorable mentions
beatrice dillon: workaround
elysia crampton: orcorara 2010
dj python: mas amable
yves tumor: heaven to a tortured mind
k-lone: cape cira
bufiman: albumsi
marlon hoffstadt: planet love
bergsonist: middle ouest
lyra pramuk: fountain
bambara: stray
nine inch nails: ghosts v + vi

I'm going to need to mull over EPs a bit more, but a top 3 off the top of my dome...

eris drew: fluids of emotion
andras: joyful
bored lord: cybernetic romance
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Postby neuartillery » Fri Jun 26, 2020 2:05 pm

Pretty sure Fiona's going to come in at #1.

I've been meaning to spend a weekend just listening to the new 2020 LPs I've bought. Kind of a weird year because some records have appeared out of nowhere (hello, Hum) and others have been delayed (Protomartyr).
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Postby emotional fascism » Fri Jun 26, 2020 4:19 pm

1. Fiona Apple - Fetch the Boltcutters
2. Hum - Inlet
3. Destroyer - Have We Met
4. Soccer Mommy - Color Theory
5. Moaning - Uneasy Laughter
6. NGHTCRWLR - Let The Children Scream
7. Ringo Deathstarr - s/t
8. Hilary Woods - Birthmark
9. Greg Dulli - Random Desire
10. Mrs. Piss - Self Surgery

hon: David Lynch feat Jack Cruz "The Flame of Love" 7" and Das Koolies "It's All About the Dolphins" 12"

Hoping for a big 2nd half of the year with The Beths, Kelly Lee Owens, Molina posthumous, King Woman, and probably a new Dinosaur Jr record...
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Postby loaf angel » Fri Jun 26, 2020 4:20 pm

ive seen more 90+ scores on metacritic this year than i think in any other on their site
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Postby Drinky » Fri Jun 26, 2020 4:30 pm

preliminary, may expand to 20

1. Horse Lords – The Common Task
2. Cindy Lee – What’s Tonight to Eternity
3. Califone – Echo Mine
4. Yves Tumor – Heaven to a Tortured Mind
5. Oranssi Pazuzu – Mestarin Kynsi
6. Jeff Parker – Suite for Max Brown
7. Empty Country – Empty Country
8. Six Organs of Admittance – Companion Rises
9. Beatrice Dillon – Workaround
10. Ulcerate – Stare into Death and Be Still
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Postby loaf angel » Fri Jun 26, 2020 4:31 pm

gotta say its been a really solid year for music or maybe im paying more attention cos ive been stuck at home for three months
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Postby buriedinspace » Sat Jun 27, 2020 9:26 am

loaf angel wrote:gotta say its been a really solid year for music or maybe im paying more attention cos ive been stuck at home for three months


Yeah, I'd think this would be the case (in spite of essential working throughout) but I've been leaning more on old faves.
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Postby antoine » Sat Jun 27, 2020 9:39 am

Run the jewels
Hum
Coriky

That's all I got cause I'm old and don't listen to new music ever.
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