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2019 In Music

Well… another year come and gone. I make a new playlist every month that you can find on @ https://open.spotify.com/user/windhamdavid . I try to use only new releases and some re-releases to make up the playlists. I keep track of all of my listening details over @ https://davidawindham.com/studio/music using the Last.fm API @ https://www.last.fm/user/windhamdavid. Year over year since I’ve begun tracking them in 2007, Bill Evans is taking the lead again. There’s a lot of it to go around. Just the Bill Evans recordings posthumously released (Fantasy, Verve, Riverside, Village Vangard, etc) would be about 50 CDs worth or recordings. I really don’t tire of him. There were a newly couple newly recorded albums that stuck out last year. The various ‘music year in review’ articles from other publishers have become a ‘wash’ for me mostly because my taste have gotten crotchety like an opinionated old man. I still like to browse through all kinds of new music, I pay some attention to other curators, and I like to listen to various shows. The music discovery mechanisms have gotten pretty good, but I feel like they suffer the same kind of ‘information silo’ ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Information_silo ) effect that plagues any other algorithmic driven data. There are some errors in my data because of the way single tracks are pre-released before the albums. I’m kinda weary of the ‘first to market’ approach to releasing single tracks for streaming because I miss the old days of being excited to hear an album in it’s entirety. I’m sure my tastes tend to lean towards my experience… after all I did wake up this morning trying to convince my better half how good the Bob Segar Live Bullet album I used to listen to as a teenager mowing grass is. Here’s what I was listening to in 2019:

Artist

  • Bill Evans
  • Ahmad Jamal
  • Michael Kiwanuka
  • John Williams
  • Terry Allen
  • Brad Mehldau
  • Easy Star All-Stars
  • Merz
  • Duke Ellington
  • Kevin Hays
  • Jon Hassell
  • Talking Heads
  • First Aid Kit
  • Rayland Baxter
  • Destroyer
  • Steven Goldmund
  • Calexico
  • Hiss Golden Messenger
  • Quantic
  • Voyager
  • Deep Watch
  • Empty Space
  • Foxygen
  • James Taylor
  • Kevin Morby
  • Louis Armstrong
  • Steely Dan
  • Van Morrison
  • Wilco
  • Allah-Las
  • Beck
  • Ben Harper
  • Brittany Howard
  • Curtis Fuller Quintet
  • Frazey Ford
  • Iron & Wine
  • J.J. Cale
  • Jungle
  • Justin Townes Earle
  • Kraak & Smaak
  • Michael Nau
  • Momento
  • of Montreal
  • Paris Atmosphere
  • Poncho Sanchez
  • Post Malone
  • Sylvan Esso
  • Tejal Yann
  • Terry Riley
  • The National
  • Bill Evans
  • Ahmad Jamal
  • Michael Kiwanuka
  • John Williams
  • Terry Allen
  • Brad Mehldau
  • Easy Star All-Stars
  • Merz
  • Duke Ellington
  • Kevin Hays
  • Jon Hassell
  • Talking Heads
  • First Aid Kit
  • Rayland Baxter
  • Destroyer
  • Steven Goldmund
  • Calexico
  • Hiss Golden Messenger
  • Quantic
  • Voyager
  • Deep Watch
  • Empty Space
  • Foxygen
  • James Taylor
  • Kevin Morby
  • Louis Armstrong
  • Steely Dan
  • Van Morrison
  • Wilco
  • Allah-Las
  • Beck
  • Ben Harper
  • Brittany Howard
  • Curtis Fuller Quintet
  • Frazey Ford
  • Iron & Wine
  • J.J. Cale
  • Jungle
  • Justin Townes Earle
  • Kraak & Smaak
  • Michael Nau
  • Momento
  • of Montreal
  • Paris Atmosphere
  • Poncho Sanchez
  • Post Malone
  • Sylvan Esso
  • Tejal Yann
  • Terry Riley
  • The National

Album

Side TracksBob Dylan
Mendelssohn: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2Felix Mendelssohn
Glenn Gould GatheringAlva Noto
Stay AroundJ.J. Cale
Some Other Time: The Lost Session from the Black ForestBill Evans
BalladesAhmad Jamal
Face The FactsFoxygen
Rated PGPeter Gabriel
Grateful Dead Records Collection (Remastered)Grateful Dead
The BalanceAbdullah Ibrahim
Father MountainCalexico
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)John Williams
Tenderly (An Informal Session)Bill Evans
Dreams of Sleep and Wakes of SoundMerz
Just Like Moby DickTerry Allen
KiwanukaMichael Kiwanuka
WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?Billie Eilish
RadiodreadEasy Star All-Stars
Liszt: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (Remastered)Franz Liszt
In the Key of the UniverseJoey DeFrancesco
Oh My GodKevin Morby
Tracks (Remastered Anniversary Edition)Oscar Peterson
Money JungleDuke Ellington
The Saint Of Lost CausesJustin Townes Earle
Spotify SinglesKurt Vile
All Of Our YesterdaysMac DeMarco
Motivic RetrogradeQuantic
Come On Up To The House: Women Sing WaitsTom Waits Tribute
Another Time: The Hilversum ConcertBill Evans
Years to BurnCalexico
Daddi (Reggie Watts Remix)Cherry Glazerr
Seeing Other PeopleFoxygen
Listening To Pictures (Pentimento Volume One)Jon Hassell
Light YearsThe National
Ride Me Back HomeWillie Nelson
Simple Twist of FateJerry Garcia Band
VioletaKevin Hays
Pino EuropeoPino Europeo
Blue TrainPoncho Sanchez
That’s Not TrueSkip Marley
RelaxamentoVarious Artists
WhisperingsAhmad Jamal
Finding GabrielBrad Mehldau
FlashbackFujiya & Miyagi
HopeKevin Hays
Rides Through The MorningMichael Nau
Santa Cruz de la Sierranico landa
Good MmorninRayland Baxter
Saw LightningBeck
Uneven DaysBen Harper
LargoBrad Mehldau
KaputtDestroyer
Strange Beauty – SingleFirst Aid Kit
Jenny of Oldstones (Game of Thrones)Florence + the Machine
Se Eu Quiser Falar Com DeusGilberto Gil
California Voodoo, Pt. IIHoundmouth
LEGACY! LEGACY!Jamila Woods
Nothing Sacred / All Things WildKevin Morby
Wide AwakeRayland Baxter
I’m Comin’ OutShovels & Rope
Take The Money And Run / Love Is Strange / Swingtown / Killing Floor / Rock’n MeSteve Miller Band
True Stories (Deluxe Version)Talking Heads
Go / Eagle Birds / Lo/HiThe Black Keys
General StrikeThe Souljazz Orchestra
Side EffectsWhite Denim
JabulaAbdullah Ibrahim
Portrait In Jazz [Keepnews Collection]Bill Evans
UndercurrentBill Evans
Bring It to MamaBoyfriend
Midnight MagicCommodores
GhostrideCrumb
Not Ready To GoDiane Coffee
Stay GoldFirst Aid Kit
An AnthologyHank Jones
Everybody Needs SomebodyHiss Golden Messenger
Rolling into OneJordan Rakei
Invocations / ConversationsJr Jr
It Rains LoveLee Fields & The Expressions
Hot TearsLeif Vollebekk
The Great ReunionLouis Armstrong
Poison The WellModest Mouse
As Far as I Can SeePhil Cook
Come Back to EarthRayland Baxter
I Hear You Paint HousesRobbie Robertson
They Want My SoulSpoon
Can’t Buy A ThrillSteely Dan
Spotify SinglesToots & The Maytals
Valleys (My Love)Whitney
Automatic YouthAlex Ebert
LAHSAllah-Las
Everybody Digs Bill EvansBill Evans
You Must Believe in SpringBill Evans
The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings (Sampler)Bob Dylan
Can’t Find My HeartBroken Social Scene
Hello SunshineBruce Springsteen
The Great Pixley Train RobberyCass McCombs
AntidoteChick Corea
Blues-etteCurtis Fuller Quintet
Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?Deerhunter
A Fool Like Me (feat. Self-Made Men)Delbert McClinton

Track

  • Ahmad Jamal – Poinciana
  • First Aid Kit – Strange Beauty
  • Ahmad Jamal – Whisperings
  • Ahmad Jamal – Because I Love You
  • Bill Evans – Baubles, Bangles and Beads – Trio
  • Bill Evans – What Kind Of Fool Am I?
  • Brad Mehldau – Dear Prudence
  • Curtis Fuller Quintet – ファイヴ・スポット・アフター・ダーク
  • Kevin Hays – Violeta
  • Michael Nau – Rides Through The Morning
  • Poncho Sanchez – Blue Train3
  • Wilco – Love Is Everywhere (Beware)
  • Ahmad Jamal – I Should Care
  • Ahmad Jamal – Land of Dreams
  • Ahmad Jamal – Marseille
  • Ahmad Jamal – Spring is Here / Your Story
  • Ahmad Jamal – What’s New
  • Allah-Las – Holding Pattern
  • Allana Johnson – Second Level
  • Angie McMahon – Take It With Me
  • Antologie – Time Travel
  • Barcelona Atmosphere – Parc Güell
  • Beck – Star
  • Bill Evans – Alfie
  • Bill Evans – How About You?
  • Bill Evans – It Could Happen To You
  • Bill Evans – Very Early
  • Bill Evans – You’re Gonna Hear From Me
  • Bill Evans – You’re Gonna Hear From Me – Alternate Take
  • Binary One – Tunnel Traveller
  • Binaural Landscapes – Skyline
  • Bing Crosby – It’S Been A Long, Long Time
  • Brad Mehldau – Paranoid Android I
  • Brittany Howard – Georgia
  • Calexico – Father Mountain
  • Calexico – Years to Burn
  • Deep Watch – Moments
  • Deep Watch – Reasons For Being
  • Duke Ellington – Switch Blade – Remastered
  • Earl St. Clair – Fed Up
  • Eleanor Arroway – Trancendent Sleep
  • Emblemic X – Pondering Life
  • Empty Space – Paranormal
  • Empty Space – Storyteller
  • Erik Wøllo – Ody At Sea
  • EverLight – Breath, Your Journey Begins
  • Frazey Ford – The Kids Are Having None of It
  • Gavin Luke – Gone
  • Gilberto Gil – Se Eu Quiser Falar Com Deus
  • Glen Hansard – I’ll Be You, Be Me