MAGNET’s Top 25 Albums Of 2019

1) Michael Kiwanuka Kiwanuka (Interscope)
2) Fontaines DC Dogrel (Partisan)
3) Big Thief U.F.O.F.; Two Hands (4AD)
4) The Minus 5 Stroke Manor (Yep Roc)
5) Weyes Blood Titanic Rising (Sub Pop)
6) Angel Olsen All Mirrors (Jagjaguwar)
7) Guided By Voices Zeppelin Over China; Warp And Woof; Sweating The Plague (GBV Inc.)
8) Mannequin Pussy Patience (Epitaph)
9) The National I Am Easy To Find (4AD)
10) Karen O & Danger Mouse Lux Prima (BMG)
11) Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds Ghosteen (Bad Seed)
12) Charly Bliss Young Enough (Barsuk)
13) Brittany Howard Jaime (ATO)
14) Purple Mountains Purple Mountains (Drag City)
15) The Highwomen The Highwomen (Elektra)
16) Pernice Brothers Spread The Feeling (Ashmont)
17) Priests The Seduction Of Kansas (Sister Polygon)
18) Deerhunter Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? (4AD)
19) Nivhek After Its Own Death/Walking In A Spiral Towards The House (W.25th/Superior Viaduct) 
20) Hiss Golden Messenger Terms Of Surrender (Merge)
21) Sharon Van Etten Remind Me Tomorrow (Jagjaguwar)
22) Big Search Slow Fascination (30th Century)
23) Swans Leaving Meaning (Young God)
24) Vampire Weekend Father Of The Bride (Spring Snow/Columbia)
25) Pup Morbid Stuff (Little Dipper/Rise)

Michael Kiwanuka; photo for MAGNET by Wes Orshoski

Best Of 2019: Reissues/Collections

MAGNET’s A.D. Amorosi picks the best reissues/collections of the year

1) Sounds Of Liberation Unreleased (Columbia University 1973) (Dogtown)
2) Bob Dylan (Featuring Johnny Cash) Travelin’ Thru, 1967-1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 15 (Columbia/Legacy)
3) Chet Baker The Legendary Riverside Albums (Craft)
4) Sparks Past Tense: The Best Of Sparks (BMG)
5) Lee Hazlewood 400 Miles From L.A. 1955-56 (Light In The Attic)
6) Prince 1999 (Prince Estate/Warner Bros.)
7) Pink Floyd The Later Years (Columbia/Legacy)
8) Shin Joong Hyun Beautiful Rivers And Mountains: The Psychedelic Rock Sound Of South Korea’s Shin Joong Hyun 1958-74 (Light In The Attic)
9) R.E.M. Monster 25th Anniversary Expanded Edition (Craft)
10) The Replacements Dead Man’s Pop (Rhino)

Best Of 2019: Indie Roots

MAGNET’s Devon Leger picks the best indie-roots releases of the year  

1) Brìghde Chaimbeul The Reeling (River Lea)
2) Our Native Daughters Songs Of Our Native Daughters (Smithsonian Folkways)
3) Black Pumas Black Pumas (ATO)
4) Dominique Fils-Aimé Stay Tuned! (Ensoul)
5) Lenin Ramírez Seguimos Adelante (DEL)
6) Lula Wiles What Will We Do (Smithsonian Folkways)
7) Ranky Tanky Good Time (Resilience)
8) Leyla McCalla Capitalist Blues (Jazz Village)
9) Lillie Mae Other Girls (Third Man)
10) Kalyn Fay Good Company (Horton)

Best Of 2019: Singer/Songwriter

MAGNET’s Hobart Rowland picks the best singer/songwriter releases of the year

1) Bruce Springsteen Western Stars (Columbia)
2) Ian Noe Between The Country (National Treasury)
3) Tyler Childers Country Squire (Hickman Holler/RCA)
4) Allison Moorer Blood (Autotelic/Thirty Tigers)
5) Tyler Ramsey For The Morning (Fantasy)
6) Pete Yorn Caretakers (Shelly Music)
7) Ben Dickey A Glimmer On The Outskirts (SexHawkeBlack/Dualtone)
8) Todd Snider Cash Cabin Sessions, Vol. 3 (Aimless)
9) Hayes Carll What It Is (Dualtone)
10) Craig Finn I Need A New War (Partisan)

Best Of 2019: Metal

MAGNET’s Andrew Earles picks the best metal releases of the year

1) Boris LφVE & EVφL (Third Man)
2) Low Dose Low Dose (Knife Hits/Brutal Panda)
3) Cherubs Immaculada High (Relapse)
4) Darkthrone Old Star (Peaceville)
5) False Portent (Gilead Media)
6) Elizabeth Colour Wheel Nocebo (The Flenser)
7) Pelican Nighttime Stories (Southern Lord)
8) Lightning Bolt Sonic Citadel (Thrill Jockey)
9) Cloud Rat Pollinator (Artoffact)
10) Mortiferum Disgorged From Psychotic Depths (Profound Lore)